By Maha Kashani
Given my Middle Eastern descent, I’m no stranger to the heat, but even I had a hard time braving the elements last month. Besides the heat wave, July provided great entertainment with events like CityFolk, Americana, the Temptations at the Fraze and the 37th Dayton Air Show. Plus, our own Dayton Dragons made us all proud by breaking the professional sports record for most consecutive sellouts. Love it!
What I love about Dayton is not necessarily the night life, it’s the unique opportunities to experience, explore and enjoy our city that keeps me wildly entertained and coming back for more. Now, let’s see what August has in store for you.
Did you know? August 19 we officially kick off Dayton Beer Week. In addition to my “Can’t Miss It” pick of the month, you can check out the AutoberFest tasting at Taj Ma Garaj (Dayton’s Porsche museum), play in the Pints, Putters & Pink Balls Tournament at Kittyhawk and officially close down Dayton Beer Week by sampling over 300 craft beers during AleFest at Carillon Park. Now, that’s a lot of beer to try. For a full listing of all the Dayton Beer Week festivities, visit www.DaytonBeerWeek.com.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore downtown Dayton
Ride the River rentals – Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Riverscape Metropark. In case you missed it, Dayton was named the Outdoor Adventure Capitol of the Midwest. With outdoor recreation options like cycling, fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, orienteering, climbing, kayaking and more, it’s no wonder the title was bestowed upon us. A great introduction to our outdoor recreation culture is the Ride the River rentals at Riverscape. You just missed the boat (no pun intended) on kayaking, but you can still rent coaster bikes, tandem bikes and rollerblades to enjoy a scenic ride along the river for a fun-filled afternoon in the city! www.Metroparks.org, Cost: Rentals starting at $3/hr.
Experience arts & culture:
Dayton Arts Project – Exhibition – August 5 and 6, 7 p.m. at Sinclair Community College’s Blair Hall. Fearless arts pioneer, Dan Karasik, created the Dayton Arts project for a few simple reasons. He felt invested in our community, loved Dayton’s robust cultural arts and wanted everyone to experience our talented local artists in an innovative fashion. This brilliant, cutting-edge, mixed media crossover concept is sheer genius in my eyes. With visual and performing art coming together, this is guaranteed to be a fantastic show. Art exhibit opens at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m. www.DaytonArtsProject.com, Cost: $15 General Admission, $10 for Students
Meet young professionals:
Generation Dayton Quarterly Membership Meeting – August 10, noon – 1:30 p.m. at Goodwill Easter Seals, 1511 Kuntz Road. Generation Dayton has opened countless doors and facilitated many of my leadership opportunities as a young professional, so I love spreading the word. Come on out for a meet and greet with our leadership team, yours truly included, and learn about who we are, what we do and ways you can get involved. This event is open to the public, so let us treat you to lunch while you learn about all the great things young professionals are doing to create and maintain a vibrant Dayton. www.GenerationDayton.org, Cost: Free, RSVP required
Enjoy a summer festival:
17th Annual Dayton Lebanese Festival – August 26 – 28 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church. Marhaba, my friends. Call me biased, but I think Lebanese Fest is one of the best festivals in town. You can’t beat this unique taste of Middle Eastern culture, arts, homemade food and pastries. All the entertainment is wonderful, but it’s the mystic belly dancing that allures me the most. Conchi and AlHambra as well as the beautiful Kira will be there to shimmy the weekend away. Yalla, don’t forget your appetite. Ma’a salama, see you at Lebanese Fest. www.TheLebaneseFestival.com, Cost: Free.
“Can’t miss it” pick of the month
4th Annual Great American Beer Tasting – August 6, 2 – 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. There is no shortage of hops in Dayton this month. This unique tasting at Fifth Third Field focuses on American craft beers with over 60 different options. What could be better than spending a memorable Saturday afternoon at the nation’s most sold-out sports venue while enjoying great beer, food and entertainment? Hopefully you’ll also walk away with one of many exciting door prizes. Don’t drink beer? Are you driving? Designated driver tickets are available and get you a non-alcoholic beverage, souvenir cup and raffle ticket for just $5. www.DaytonDragons.com Cost: $25 for 20, four oz. samples, souvenir glass and raffle ticket.Make sure you enjoy the summer while it lasts. As always, find me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter @MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around town. Until next time, ciao!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.