Miss Maha and the City

Fashion week, Ride the  RIver, and more summer events

By Maha Kashani

As we move into the second half of 2012, I am reminded once again that the older I get, the faster time flies! The first half of the year was great, especially with 80 degree weather in March, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the second half will be even better!

In addition to celebrating our Independence from Great Britain on July 4th, there are a lot of unique and exciting ways to stay entertained in July. Check it out!

Did you know? Dayton Fashion Week is almost here! The mission of this uber-exciting inaugural event, titled “The Rise of Fashion,” is to bridge the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and prestige fashion media. Dayton has already gained global exposure as a result and is expected to attract thousands downtown for New York-style runway shows complete with VIP seating, fashion workshops and credentialed media access, as well as upscale promotional and after-parties. The economic impact is projected to be huge! Make sure you come downtown to support this exciting new experience from July 24-28, 2012.  www.DaytonFashionWeek.com

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

–  Explore Downtown Dayton:

Ride the River Rentals Saturdays and Sundays until Labor Day at Riverscape MetroPark

Whether you prefer being on land or water, Five Rivers MetroParks has you covered with bikes, rollerblades and kayaks available to rent this summer. Featuring a variety of bicycles with a host of child-attachment options to individual and tandem kayaks, Riverscape MetroPark is a premier destination for fun in the sun. Note: kayak rentals only available on Saturdays. www.MetroParks.org Cost: Beginning at $3

–  Enjoy a Summer Festival:

Celtic Fest July 27th through 29th at Riverscape Metropark in downtown Dayton

The 11th Annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival is one of the most anticipated summer festivals in town. Festival-goers will have the unique opportunity to experience the sounds, sights and tastes of Celtic Ireland, Scotland and Wales right along the river in downtown Dayton. With three different stages featuring regional and local entertainers, workshops, souvenir vendors, theatre productions, family activities, a 5K Run/Walk, Celtic eats and a whole lot of Guinness, how can you go wrong?

www.unitedirishofdayton.org/Festival Cost: FREE!

– Support a Great Cause:

“Fashion for a Cause” Tuesday July 24th at the Dayton Masonic Center

Dayton’s brightest local celebrities come together for the official kick-off to Dayton Fashion Week and showcase their personal senses of fashion and style for this special “Fashion for a Cause” Celebrity Fashion Show to benefit Hospice of Dayton and Clothes that Work. Presented by the Dayton City Paper, chaired by yours truly and hosted by Zuri Hall of Living Dayton, we have a very special evening planned. In addition to meeting the DFW Designers and a fantastic silent auction, our line-up of models includes County Commissioners Deb Lieberman & Judy Dodge; Luke Notestine, Sports Anchor at Fox 45/ABC 22; Allen Elijah, President and CEO of the United Way; Joyce Reives, Vice President of DP&L Energy and Miami County elected official; Katt Saliba, Dancing with Dayton’s Stars 5-time champion, and many more local favorites! DaytonFashionWeek.com Cost: $50


Cirque Carnival July 20th through 22nd in downtown Yellow Springs

Yellow Springs, our beautiful haven northeast of the city, brings us many exciting and eclectic events all year long. Cirque Carnival, a three-day celebration of the whimsical, colorful and electrifying, is one of these many events that make Yellow Springs one of the coolest places to play. Highlights of this year’s carnival include aerial and fire feats by CincinnatiCircus.com & Soul Fire Tribe, performances from the YS Kids Playhouse, entertaining workshops from local artisans, the Kids Side Show play area, Zoot Theatre’s giant roaming puppets and a vibrant music & arts festival. Attendees are encouraged to put on your costumes and be ready to have some major fun! www.YellowSpringsOhio.org Cost: FREE!

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it” pick of the month:

Call of the Tropics July 6th through 21st at the Color of Energy Gallery in the Oregon Arts District

This inaugural festival celebrating Tiki Art, music and mid-century culture is one that I am personally very excited about. Since spending time with the Māori people of New Zealand, I have been fascinated with Polynesian culture. This exciting event kicks off as a block party on First Friday (July 6th) in downtown Dayton’s Oregon Arts District with surf and rockabilly bands, Tiki Carvers, Street Performers, fire dancers, a hot rod display and more! http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/callofthetropics Cost: FREE!

To keep up to date on more local events and exciting news impacting our region, you can “like” me on Facebook: facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Make it a great day!

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com

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