Miss Maha and the City

Kick off your new year in the city!

By Maha Kashani
Photo: Join Dayton ENCORE! for The Music of the Rolling Stones at the Schuster Center on Jan. 18

Happy (almost) New Year, Dayton! Are you prepared to ring in 2014?! I am ready for the next 12 months of madness and have chosen to end the current year on a high note with a family trip to Iran. Being surrounded by my extended family is not a luxury I often get to experience, so I’m living it up!

With Christmas almost behind us, the excitement is building as we close out 2013. Do you have your New Year’s resolutions all lined up? Last year, I challenged everyone to make a resolution to love Dayton for everything it has to offer. I hope my column was able to offer some guidance to help you explore this community over the last 12 months. Moving into the New Year, I encourage you to keep it up! There is so much to learn and appreciate about our big small town.

For yours truly, I am determined to cook more, work less and spend some time in the gym. Sound familiar? So much for being original! Speaking of being original, check out some of these fun ways to kick off your New Year in the city.


Did you know? 

The much anticipated Warped Wing Brewery Company (WWBC) plans to open their doors mid-January. Located at 26 Wyandot St. in downtown (formerly the Foundry), this newest addition to Dayton’s booming microbrewery scene is distinguishing itself through its inspiration from Dayton’s history. The unique name comes from “wing warping,” a Wright brothers-patented aircraft technology. German-educated John Haggerty, former head brewer for New Holland Brewing in Michigan, is the brewmaster and co-founder of WWBC. He has scores of beer enthusiasts patiently waiting in anticipation for his exclusive and “warped” take on beer styles on the near horizon. WWBC will maintain a special focus on seasonal and specialty varieties with all brews distributed in special four-pack pint (16-ounce) cans. Plus, the microbrewery will feature a tasting room for patrons. Not much information is available on their website just yet, but check out their social media feeds for some sneak previews. WarpedWing.com

 Miss Maha’s Best Bets to…

Explore the City

First Friday, Jan. 3 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. in and around downtown Dayton

One of my favorite nights in the city is always First Friday. Galleries are open late, free entertainment roams the streets and friends from near and far come together to celebrate the vibrancy of downtown. Don’t let the cold keep you away – there is an assortment of special events happening throughout the city. Visit downtowndayton.org for a complete listing of all the excitement in January. Cost: Free

Experience Arts & Culture

“Seussical,” Running Jan. 16 – 19 at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when it comes to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat plays host and emcee – and all-around mischief-maker – in this musical romp through Dr. Seuss’ classics, brilliantly combining the works of Dr. Seuss into one funny, sweet and joyful action packed evening full of punchy choreography and sassy singing all wrapped up in a bow of good morals and lessons. “Seussical” features 140 uber-talented youthful and energetic performers from around the Dayton region, brought together into the cast, orchestra and crew of one outstanding family-friendly production! MuseMachine.com Cost: $15 to $59/ticket on sales exclusively through Ticket Center Stage (ticketcenterstage.com)

Enjoy Live Music

WinterFolk Fest, Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. at the “Old” Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St.

Who says you can’t have a rocking music fest in the winter? The Repeating Arms, one of Dayton’s favorite Americana bands, is hosting the first annual WinterFolk Fest to celebrate the growing number of talented singer/songwriters and roots musicians around the Dayton region. Spend your evening supporting local music, plus half of your ticket price will go to Yellow Cab of Dayton for continuing to give local artists and musicians a welcoming venue to infuse their creativity. This event is open for all ages and B-Y-O-B (with ID) fyifly.com/dayton/winterfolk-fest Cost: $10

As we ring in the New Year, please make sure to keep an open and inquiring mind, as Dayton has much in store for the curious explorer. To learn about more positive news and ways to stay entertained, you can “like” me on Facebook at Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter at @MissMaha – Until next time, Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MahaKashani@DaytonCityPaper.com.


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