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Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 10:09 AM
— In the Dayton area, you don’t need a DeLorean to experience what our region looked like thousands of years ago.
From 1000-1750 CE, according to ohiohistorycentral.org, Native Americans believed to be descendants of the Hopewell culture lived and flourished in villages settled along the Ohio River. One of the most well-preserved sites remaining is Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, a National Historic Landmark near Lebanon.
Here are three reasons this site is a must-visit if you’re in the area.
1. It’s pure history -- and there’s MUCH more than meets the eye
Ceremonial platform mounds built by the Hopewell Native Americans scatter the trails of Fort Ancient, showcasing the natural and archaeological features of Southern Ohio.
Earthen walls stand strong on either side of the road as visitors enter the preserve, remembering a time when this region was home to a civilization vastly different than our own.
2. It could soon be a World Heritage Site (and one of the few in the U.S.)
The significance Fort Ancient has to this region is so great, that the site could soon become a World Heritage Site — joining the likes of only 23 other World Heritage Sites in the U.S., including Yosemite National Park.
3. Events are held year-round
The prehistoric site not only has a museum you’ll want to get lost in as you see firsthand, what our predecessors created so long ago, but year-long events are scheduled— bringing some of the most forward-thinking scholars and natural history educators to Southern Ohio.
Just a few of the events planned for 2018 include guided wild flower hikes, observing the summer solstice as the ancient people did 2,000 years ago, maple syrup tutorials and many others.
Want to go?
WHAT: Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
WHERE: 6123 State Route 350, Oregonia
Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:28 AM
— If you thought today was just a regular Friday, you’d better think again! It’s National Onion Ring Day. The momentous day we anticipate every year.
OK, it might just be another forgetful food holiday that comes and goes without much excitement. But let’s be honest, these golden, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth rings of joy sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve.
A juicy burger’s best friend and a vehicle for delicious chipotle or ranch sauce — onion rings are pretty important, and Dayton has some of the best.
So to help you celebrate this year, we asked around to see where Daytonians are going to get their onion ring fix. Here are some popular faves:
PERFECTLY BALANCED BATTER
These onion rings sizzle in a flavorful batter that leaves them perfectly fried. And word on the street is, they’re BIG.
HOMEMADE ONION RINGS
These fresh-cut, hand-battered rings are served with homemade ranch and Cajun dipping sauce. Yum!
LEANING TOWER OF ONIONS
These juicy, thick-cut onion rings are piled high and waiting to be dunked in savory southwest chipotle sauce. Try NOT finishing the whole stack before your food comes.
BEER-BATTERED ONION RINGS
Oh, the batter! Dunked in beer batter then fried to a golden crisp, these thick-cut onion rings are served with a side of southwestern ranch dressing.
SKINNY AND DEEP-FRIED
This Food Network recognized steakhouse has deep-fried onion rings that you won’t be forgetting after your first bite. A generous portion of these skinny rings packs a lot of flavor into each bite.
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 9:43 AM
— Ahh, it’s that time of year again. We can’t wait to hear our hostess ask, “Would you like a seat inside or on the patio?”
If you’re like us, you’re ready to say “patio please!”
We’ve rounded up the best patios to visit in and around Dayton.
Little York Tavern & Pizza
Why? Our readers voted Little York’s patio the best in Dayton in 2017, and for good reason. The spacious outdoor area features charming archways for you to sit beneath as you scarf down pub fare and brews.
Where: 4120 Little York Rd., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 to 2:30 a.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-890-6700
Bargos Grill & Tap
Why? Another top choice from Dayton.com readers, Bargo’s has a wide selection of beers on tap (including local) as well as tasty kitchen offerings. The patio features an outside connection to the bar so you can stay outside in the sunshine -- oh and don’t miss their “Crazy Hour” for a great drink discount.
Where: Two locations in Centerville and Fairfield
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun 12- to :30 a.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-999-1347 (Centerville)
Basil’s on Market
Why? Few things are better than beautiful, delicious drinks and food overlooking the Great Miami River.
Where: 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-818-4390
The Dayton Beer Company
Why? A variety of games, locally-crafted brews and the buzz of the city make this spot a patio favorite.
Where: 41 Madison St., Dayton
Hours: Tues-Thurs 4 to 10 p.m., Fri 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun 12 to 6 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-228-2337
Why? This is one of the chillest patios in the city. Sit under an umbrella and order a pint.
Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Info: Website | 937-224-7822
Wheat Penny Restaurant
Why? Nothing goes better with vino and pizza than outdoors. Wheat Penny’s patio is great for groups, too.
Where: 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-496-5268
Ye Olde Trail Tavern
Why? You get a front row seat to people watch in the heart of downtown Yellow Springs, plus there’s great food and drink. Do a little shopping, then find a seat on the patio of Ohio’s second oldest restaurant.
Where: 228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-767-7448
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Why? The Caroline has great food, and you get to enjoy it with a view of Troy’s charming Public Square.
Where: 5 S. Market St., Troy
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4 to 9:30 p.m.
Info:Website | 937-552-7676
Why? Those in search of a little romance need not look further than Coco’s cool, inviting patio.
Where: 250 Warren St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat 5 to 11 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-228-2626
Fifth Street Brewpub
Why? It’s a beer garden with homegrown brew -- what’s not to love?
Where: 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 to 11 p.m., Fri 11 to 12 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 12 a.m , Sun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-443-0919
The Oregon Express
Why? The patio may no the fancy, but you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Oregon District and that can been very, very interesting indeed.
Where: 336 E. 5th St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-223-9205
Why? With spacious dining spaces, TVs at nearly every angle and a huge variety of food and drink offerings, TJ Chumps patios at its four Dayton-area locations make it easy to enjoy the covered cozy patio tables.
Where: Multiple location sin Englewood, Huber Heights, Miamisburg and Fairborn.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Why? Lily’s has three patios with personality, including two that face Fifth Street. The restaurant’s beautifully landscaped back patio is a no-so-secret oasis that can accommodate up to 500 people.
Where: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton
Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tues-Thurs 5 to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 to 11 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun 5 to 9 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-723-7637
Brio Tuscan Grille
Why? The restaurant’s sophisticated patio is the perfect place to watch entertainment happening in The Greene with munchies on your fork and wine in your glass.
Where: 4459 Cedar Park Dr., Beavercreek
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-429-7792
Peach’s Bar & Grill
Why? Peach’s is a great spot to put back on those pounds you took off on the nearby Greene County bike path. Good food, people watching and beer help, too. While you’re in the Village, check out the patio at Yellow Springs Brewery.
Where: 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2:30 a.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-767-4850
Jimmie’s Ladder 11
Why? Potted plants help set the mood on this beautifully decorated and relaxed patio near UD. There is plenty of room for the entire gang.
Where: 936 Brown St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2:30 a.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-424-1784
Why? Thanks to food and cocktails that transport you to Central America, South America and the Caribbean, festive decorations, heaters and weather panels, it always feels like the tropics on El Meson’s main patio -- even in the winter. You are not in the Buckeye State when you are one of the eatery’s patios.
Where: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 to 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 to 10 p.m., Sat 4:30 to 10 p.m.
Info: Website | Call 937-859-8229
The Trolley Stop
Why? The Trolley Stop patio is a number of things, depending on the day and time you visit. It is a hidden garden in the middle of the city where you can read a book over lunch, a chill place to catch up with friends or a place to be seen my anyone who wants to look.
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2 a.m.
Info:Website | Call 937-461-1101
Published: Friday, April 03, 2015 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 10:25 AM
— Going to a Dayton’s Dragon game is a one-of-a-kind experience, but one thing’s for sure -- whether you’re a baseball fanatic or someone who’s less enthused about the sport, a game at Fifth Third Field has something for everyone.
Here's how to make the most of it.
The team’s primary mascots Heater and Gem will be all over the stadium to keep you entertained. Bring the kids to stop to say hello, get a picture or give a hug -- these lovable characters are always ready to spend a little time with you.
Coolest of all: you can play tug-of-war with them on the field. If you win, you’ll take home a Dragons t-shirt.
The following signature elements of the Dragons experience will return for another season in 2017.
The Green Team
The Dragons have their own entertainment staff, which works to keep you hyped up and on your feet throughout the game. The Green Team organizes the in-game skits, a Dragons fan favorite. The skits are family-friendly, funny, and best of all, get you involved. Get ready to dance or reach for a T-shirt.
The Dragons feature national entertainment each season that you should definitely check out.
National entertainment acts have been booked to perform at 11 Dragons games this season at Fifth Third Field.
BirdZerk! will make his return to Fifth Third Field on June 3. BirdZerk! is well-known for skits that revolve around pranks on players and umpires and acrobatic, synchronized dances. In 2008, BirdZerk! was named as the top minor league baseball promotional act by CNBC sports business columnist Darren Rovell.
The Russian Bar Trio is a Canadian group featuring Marco Diekmann, Christine Bedard, and Yves Gagnon. Initially part of a circus company, two members of the group carry a 30-foot long, 4-inch wide Russian Bar, while the third performs acrobatic flips in the air and lands on the bar. Since appearing on Seasons 3 and 11 of America’s Got Talent, the trio has performed at festivals around the world, NBA half-time shows, and worked for several circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil. They will be at Fifth Third Field on April 30.
The Jesse White Tumblers are known worldwide and have been performing since 1959. Their acrobatic show has been part of two Presidential Parades and has been seen in numerous NFL, NBA, and MLB stadiums. They will perform at Fifth Third Field for the second straight season on May 21 and August 6.
The ZOOperstars have become a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field based on past performances. These hilarious inflatable characters are based on sports figures with an animal resemblance, such as Ken Giraffey, Jr., LeBronco James, and Nolan Rhino. The ZOOperstars will perform on June 4.
The Xpogo Stunt Team is the top pogo performance team in the world, flying nine feet in the air and engaging the crowd with flips and tricks. They will visit Fifth Third Field on July 1.
The Team Zoom Canine Entertainment group is already a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field. These unbelievably athletic dogs will perform death-defying leaps and unique tricks at incredible speeds. They will perform four times this season at Fifth Third Field, entertaining Dragons fans on May 18, June 1, July 21, and August 17.
Jake the Diamond Dog is one of the most original acts in baseball. Jake will be delivering the game ball to the pitcher, shagging foul balls, taking water and towels to the umps, playing batboy, and catching Frisbees. Jake will be at Fifth Third Field to assist the Dragons on July 9.
More than peanuts & beer
Hungry? The stadium has plenty to eat whether you’re snacking, need a cold drink or in the mood for something big and hearty.
Dragons fans will have an assortment of new food options to enjoy during ballgames this season. Items added to the menu include a crispy chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, smoked corn on the cob, elephant ear, and pizza burger. A wide assortment of Gluten free options will also be available, including sandwiches, snacks, beverages, and desserts.
...But of course, BEER
Don't miss the selection of 10 different craft beer selections at Milano’s Tap Room. The selections rotate throughout the season, and the space has a distinctly local feel modeled after Milano’s -- think big screen TVs, high-top tables, wall decor and a bar. It also has mixed drinks, fountain sodas and domestic 16 oz. cans, as well as peanuts by the bag.
Be sure to take home some gear from the Dragon’s Den gift shop. It’s got something for everyone: t-shirts, jerseys, golf shirts, hats, logo baseballs and mini bats.
What to do before & after the game?
With its downtown location, Fifth Third Field is a prime spot to check out a few places before or after the game. Here are a few of our favorites:
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
— They’re big, they’re iconic and they’re one of people’s favorite ways to flaunt their Gem City swagger.
The Dayton Inspires murals can be spotted around downtown Dayton, where people frequently stop to pose beneath the scrawled slogan. Announced earlier this week, a brand new mural is in the works at Fifth Street Brewpub.
“No we aren't entering a blue period or feeling sad. We are preparing for the upcoming installation of our patio mural with Dayton Inspires. Thanks to member-owner Caleb Stapleton for doing the base painting today,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post.
In addition to unveiling the brand new ink, Fifth Street Brew will be celebrating their sixth anniversary all day Saturday, June 23rd.
“Come celebrate all day long as we have a tap list full of FSB beers including some new and some throwbacks, a special food menu, live music 6 to 9 p.m. with Nothing But Treble, and Dayton-centric prize giveaways,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post.
What's a birthday party without presents? This year we are giving presents to YOU.. Throughout the day we will draw to giveaway these great prizes donated from some wonderful Dayton favorites: @ghostlightcoffee gift certificates @daytonartinstitute tickets to special exhibit: Yousuf Karsh @daytonartinstitute tickets to special exhibit: Muse Photographs of Mickalene Thomas @dragonsbaseball game tickets & swag @gemcitycatfe 1 Year Membership & swag @linkdyt Annual Membership @dkeffectdayton TBA Fifth Street Brewpub gift cards
In 2012, Fifth Street Brewpub, located at 1600 E. Fifth Street, opened in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood as Dayton’s first co-op brewery. The initiative started to save a historic building, and has since grown to be a whistle-wetting staple in the community.
Soon, the brewery will add to the collection of Dayton Inspires murals scattered about the city including 5th Street in the Oregon District on the side of Brim, one on the side of the Cannery building on 3rd St. and one located on Courthouse Square at the entrance of Catapult Creative’s office.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: FSB Sixth Birthday Celebration
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 23rd
WHERE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton