Frisky fall fling fun

Belly dancers entice the crowd. Belly dancers entice the crowd.

Third Friday and more.

By Deborrah Adams

The evenings are getting distinctly shorter and cooler. Those first twinges of fall bring thoughts of sharing food and friends in an unhurried atmosphere like Current Cuisine, Winds Cafe, Ye Olde Trail Tavern, the Corner Cone, Peach’s Grill and others. With al fresco dining soon to be but a memory why not take advantage of the open air and patio dining opportunities still available this Third Friday, Sept. 17?  Some even offer cozy firepits.

Belly dancers entice the crowd.

Then, after dinner, stroll the shops and galleries open for late evening browsing and shopping. At the Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Ave., there will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. for “By the Available Light,” an exhibition featuring the miniature “sculpted stories” of folk artist Sharon Mohler with quilt artist Karen Russell, who is also a fabric recycler. Additional gallery hours and flower sculpture demos will be Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 18 and 25, and on Oct. 2 and 9. For more information, contact Sharon Mohler by email at

“Would you, Could you” In a Frame, 113 Corry St., will be open for evening browsing where there is always something unique and beautiful on display. Of course, the Little Art, 247 Xenia Ave., will have films at 7 and 9 p.m. and the Main Squeeze, 229 Xenia Ave., will have its beer demonstration beginning
at 7:30 p.m.

Maybe it’s time to try something new like folk dancing. Third Fridays at the Bryan Center on Dayton Street are the scene of the monthly Family Folk Dances. The dances are for all ages and run from 7 to 9 p.m.

This month there will be live music at Emporium Wines and Peach’s Grill. From 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Emporium Wines, 233 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs’ own The Revolving Door will be playing during the monthly wine tasting. Then the late night music scene will take over at 10 p.m. at Peach’s Grill with Doctor Meat, bringing its own blend of rock, hard core, and metal sounds.

As an added feature for this first fall Third Friday, the Wright State University Astronomy Club will host a Stargazing event on the lawn by the Antioch College Amphitheater, 920 Corry St., from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. This is a weather dependent activity so cloud cover or precipitation will mean a cancellation. For more information call (937) 769-190

Third Friday is just the start of a full weekend of Yellow Springs activities for this month. On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. it’s time again for the Yellow Springs Criterium Bike Race. This is a limited course road-type race for cyclists with strong experience and skills. The race course is the block at Mills Lawn School or roughly four city blocks.

Depending on the rider’s level, races can be from 20 to 35 miles long so there are high speeds and challenging corners to negotiate. According to Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce executive director Karen Winslow, “This kind of race is very fun to watch and the finishes are typically very exciting.”

Also on Saturday, Sept. 18, Getaways for Women will host a “Time Out for Women” event. It will be a day of classes and sessions, including Authentic Movement with Marybeth Wolf, Pampered Feet and Hands by Keri Spek L.M.T. and Amy Spurr L.M.T., a Mini Spa Sampler by Creative Explorations, and a Mini Yoga Retreat with Carmen Milano, for relaxation and deepening your inner world.

All activities will be indoors at various Yellow Springs locations and registration is ala carte ranging from $30 to $60 per class. Participants may come alone or with friends. For more information about activities and registration visit or call Nancy at (937) 767-1366.

Saturday, Sept. 18, is also the start of the annual two-day Wool Gathering event at Young’s Jersey Dairy. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Sheep’s wool and other fleece-bearing animals are the focus of this free, fun and informative festival for the whole family dedicated to fibers and fiber-crafts and artisans. This year there will be a new “demo-tent” where there will be teaching and demonstrations from spinners, weavers, rug hookers and other fiber artists to check out but no classes will be offered. Also sheep shearers Eugene Hadenschield and his son will demonstrate their skills, and Mr. John Allread from St. Paris, Ohio will demonstrate his herding dogs. The popular Kids Craft area where children can learn new skills like felting, weaving, spinning with a drop spindle and other crafts will be back again this year. There will be entertainment, too, with Jeb Mac (Jeff McKinley) and his wife, Carolina Pearl, returning with their farmhouse fiddle, banjo, lap dulcimer and other instruments. Kids young and old enjoy singing along, playing instruments, and dancing. There will be 200 vendors, many offering unique items, at Woolgathering; as well as variety of fiber-bearing animals will be on display such as sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats and rabbits. Guests are asked to please respect the “no pets allowed” rule during Woolgathering. Young’s Jersey Dairy is located on state route 68 just north of Yellow Springs. For more information visit online at

Over at Glen Helen there are several guided nature hikes this weekend. On Saturday there are two hikes: The first is the Glen Helen Wild Edible and Useful Plants Hike from 2 to 4 p.m. with Dave Jansen looking at the many uses of plants found along the way. Families are welcome to join the hike which starts at Trailside Museum. For more information call the Outdoor Education Center at (937) 767-7648. Second is the Glen Helen Critter Walk also from 2 to 4 pm and also leaving from trailside Museum. This fun family walk will be a search for signs of wildlife within the Glen, from deer to salamanders, so don’t forget your camera. For more information call the Reception Desk at (937) 769-1902.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, there will be a Glen Helen Wildflower Hike with Daniel Pearson at 1 p.m. to catch a glimpse of wildflowers so bring your camera. This is a moderate intensity hike departing from Trailside Museum and will last about two hours. For more information call the Glen Helen Building at (937) 769-1902. Those who enjoy nature photography will want to check out the “Sacred Places” in the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery through September 29. This is an exhibit of landscape photographs taken within Glen Helen and throughout Ohio by Scott Kissell.

The Atrium Gallery is located in the Glen Helen Building, 405 Corry Street. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the exhibit is free and artwork will be available for purchase. For more information call (937) 976-1902.

Fall in Yellow Springs also means part two of the Street Fair. For one day, Saturday Oct. 9, vendors, artisans and musicians will take over the streets of the village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music continuing until 7 p.m. Street Fair brings together 200 vendors, offering local, regional and international goods and foods, 50 shops and galleries, plus street musicians and actors to create a one of a kind world bazaar that’s close to home.

There is entertainment to enjoy all day from acoustic musicians in the Jackson Lytle Williams tent to the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers to seven hours of music and craft beer at the Bryan Center presented by Peach’s Grill. Getting to Street Fair is easy with free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy at 6800 Springfield-Xenia Rd. or from Yellow Springs High School at 420 E. Enon Rd.  The shuttle service is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Handicapped parking is available in the municipal lot on Corry St. downtown. The event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Please note that pets are not allowed at Street Fair by ordinance and owners will be asked to leave. Street Fair is presented by the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship support from Antioch University Midwest, Wagner Subaru and WesBanco. For more information contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at (937) 767-2686 or visit online at

Also, on Oct. 9, the seventh annual One Room School Car Show sponsored by the Clark County Retired Teachers will be held at Young’s Dairy. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon and disc jockey Dick Ryman will have music from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit upgrades to the school on New Carlisle Pike and students who cannot afford outfits for living history day. For more information e-mail

In addition, throughout the next month there will be several kinds of hikes taking place at Glen Helen. Starting with a Full Moon Hike on Sept. 21, the roster includes a Geology Hike with Mike Hils, Wild Flower Hikes with Daniel Pearson, Nature Immersion with Ohio Certified Naturalist Deb Dillon, Fall Migration Bird Hike with Glen director Nick Boutis, and a Photo Hike with Rebecca Ingebo. For more information and hike schedules check the Web site at

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Young’s Dairy will be the site of the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk sponsored by Genworth Financial. Information and registration are online at Don’t forget Young’s Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, from 12 to 6 p.m. It will be a time for everything pumpkin, from pick your own to painted pumpkins and much more. More information is at

Reach DCP freelance writer Deborrah Adams at

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