By Maha Kashani
Can you believe this is my first anniversary of MMATC? Wow, time flies! As I look back on the past 12 months, it has been such a neat experience digging deeper into the robust arts, culture and entertainment options that our wonderful community has to offer. I’ve loved sharing them with you and very much appreciate all of my fantastic and loyal readers.
With vacations, holidays and scorching hot weather, July is always the first month that really feels like summer for me. There are so many things to do, I wish I could write about them all, but alas I have to stick within my word count. That being said, here are my top picks for you to stay entertained in July.
Did you know? The United Irish of Dayton is generating a lot of buzz around their 10th Anniversary Dayton Celtic Festival. In addition to the festival, which is my “can’t miss it” pick of the month, there is a “Celtic Crush Party” on Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Flanagan’s Pub. For all you Celtic Festival fanatics out there, you can enjoy a preview of the festival with great eats, a few pints and special announcements about 2011 festival happenings. Plus, 20 percent of your tab will be donated back to the Festival if you write “Dayton Celtic Festival” on your bill. Sláinte! Visit www.unitedirishofdayton.org/Festival/celticcrush for more information
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Celebrate the 4th of July
The 38th Annual Americana Festival – Monday, July 4, All Day in the heart of Centerville (48 & 725). Growing up in Washington Township, I always looked forward to the Americana Festival. Starting in the heart of Centerville, festivities will include a 5K run, pancake breakfast, mile-long parade, huge street fair with over 300 vendors, live entertainment, classic car/truck show with over 150 vehicles, free childrens activities in Benham’s Grove and a spectacular fireworks display at Centerville High School starting at 10 p.m. It can be a long, but extremely fun way to spend your Independence Day. www.AmericanaFestival.org, Cost: FREE.
Experience Downtown Dayton
Dayton Blues Festival – July 18, 1 – 9 p.m. at Dave Hall Plaza Park located behind the Crowne Plaza. As part of the 2011 Summer Music Series, Blues Fest has always been a fan favorite. This year’s festival will feature eight different performance sets by both local and national blues artists. With music inspired by the Deep South in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll form, you can’t go wrong. Dave Hall Plaza Park is an intimidate venue and the perfect location to have fun in the sun for a relaxing Saturday downtown while enjoying the Blues. www.DowntownDayton.org, Cost: FREE
Enjoy Arts, Culture and a Movie
Cool Films Series presents ‘West Side Story’ – July 1-3, 7:30 p.m. Friday/Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Victoria Theatre. Now THIS is an awesome concept. Every summer, the Victoria Theatre Association brings the silver screen to center stage playing a different movie each weekend in July and August. Yes, you can enjoy Hollywood and modern classics in our own historic and beautiful Victoria Theatre right downtown. West Side Story (1961) is set to kick off the season and is sure to be a hit. Free popcorn and sodas are available in the lobby, plus you can enjoy Latin dancing in front of the Victoria Theatre 30 minutes before Friday night’s show. Talk about a cool way to catch a fun flick. www.VictoriaTheatre.com, Cost: Individual tickets: $5, 10-ticket passbook: $28
Meet young professionals
Generation Dayton’s 4th Friday Lunch featuring John North, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau – Friday, July 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria in Kettering. “Communicating Across Generations” is the topic for July’s Speaker Series lunch and I can’t think of a better presenter than Mr. North himself. Earning the title of President and CEO before turning 30 is quite the accomplishment, so John truly understands the importance of properly communicating across generations, both personally and professionally. This is a hot topic these days when it comes to professional development, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best. Lunch provided with RSVP. Limited space, so don’t delay. www.GenerationDayton.org, Cost: FREE
“Can’t miss it” pick of the month
10th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival – July 29-31 at Riverscape MetroPark. The Dayton Celtic Festival is one of my top five favorite festivals around the region. This year marks the United Irish of Dayton’s 10th year of celebrating all things Celtic. Riverscape will be flooded with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Celtic heritage and tradition for this fun-filled weekend on the river. With traditional food, beverages, live music and entertainment, plus children’s activities and merchandise vendors offering authentic imports from Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain, you can’t go wrong. www.UnitedIrishofDayton.org/Festival Cost: FREE
With summer officially in full swing, I’m looking forward to taking advantage of all the activities and festivals happening around town. Hope to see you out and about enjoying all these fun things that Dayton has to offer. As always, find me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Khoodafez!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.