Miss Maha and the City

Yeah, Summer’s over … fall into Fall!

by Maha Kashani

Photo: A skull waves during the 2013 Dia de los Muertos Parade; photo: Kevin Bonnett

The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler and the leaves have begun to change color. Fall is in the air! Can you believe it? It’s time to break out those sweaters, boots, fall décor and more.

Although 2014 seems to have slipped away, I’ve made the most of this year by continuing my never-ending exploration of all things Dayton. If you can’t say the same, no worries – you still have time! Check out these fun and interesting ways to discover and stay entertained this fall.

Did you know? Dayton’s newest distillery, Belle of Dayton, is bringing distilling history back to Dayton and exceeding all expectations! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard the news of a micro-distillery opening up in the Oregon District. And that skepticism was drop-kicked out the door when I tried that first sip. To say I was blown away is an understatement. Is it the mineral-rich water of the Great Miami Aquifer? The artisan craft results of small-batch copper distilling? Maybe the channeled spirit of Dayton’s distilling heritage? Whatever it is, Belle of Dayton has struck gold! Located in the Oregon District at 122 Van Buren St., you can stop by any Friday between 3–8 p.m. for a facility tour and complimentary tasting. BelleofDayton.com

Miss Maha’s Best Bets to…

Experience Arts and Culture:

ShakesBeer: Downtown mix ‘n’ mingle, Thursday Oct. 9 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St.

What do Shakespeare and Craft Beer have in common? Well, not much, but if you are a fan of one, the other, or both, ShakesBeer is the event for you! This double dose of craft and culture will feature shortened and modern versions of Shakespeare’s “Othello” performed by Dayton’s own professional Human Race Theatre Company for “40 minutes of tweets and deceit” beginning at 5 p.m. Following the show, take a trip to another one of Dayton’s originals – Warped Wing Brewery – to enjoy craft beer in great company. In addition to a completely new way of enjoying Shakespeare and local brews, guests will enjoy a tour of the brewery and leave with a complimentary Warped Wing pint glass. Facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibrary Cost: FREE!

Discover the Boonshoft:

Chemistry + Cocktails, Friday Oct. 24 from 7–10 p.m. at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway.

From anthropology to geology, and paleontology to planetary exploration, the Boonshoft is one of the coolest museums ever. This year, the Boonshoft celebrates Halloween with a special evening of all things SuperNATURAL. Local bartenders are teaming up with scientists to showcase the fascinating physics, chemistry and biology that make the spooky science of your favorite libations. Come dressed in your craziest costume and enjoy delicious local bites while sipping Halloween-themed drinks. Whether you want to explore the museum, get personal with the live critters, or hang in the only planetarium installation of its kind in the U.S., you are guaranteed to have a ghostly good time. Tip: Don’t be late. You don’t want to miss any of this excitement. BoonshoftMuseum.org Cost: Admission is $25 in advance; $45 at the door. Admission includes food, one drink voucher and full access to all activities.

Explore the City:

Dayton’s Dia de los Muertos Parade and Celebration, Saturday Nov. 1 from 6–10 p.m. starting at 200 S. Jefferson St. and ending at Missing Peace Art Space at 234 S. Dutoit St.

Last year, 400+ people took Fifth Street by storm and made El Dia de los Muertos a huge success. This year, the whole community is invited for this special opportunity to celebrate the lives of loved ones passed by joining together through the colorful Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead! This family friendly event will showcase bright colors, skull imagery and Day of the Dead traditions. The celebration kicks off at 200 S. Jefferson St. next to the Convention Center with a food truck rally before going mobile shortly after 6 p.m. The parade’s final destination is the Missing Peace Art Space in St. Anne’s Hill featuring a special festival of altars, art exhibits, performances and more. Tip: Do a little research online for inspiration of how to show homage. MissingPeaceArt.org Cost: FREE!

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

“Dirty Little Secrets” Masquerage 2014
Saturday Oct. 18 from 8 p.m.–1 a.m. at The Roundhouse at Montgomery County Fairgrounds

If you’ve never heard of Masquerage, you might be living under a rock. No, seriously. This crazy, over-the-top, sexy, sassy and wildly entertaining charity event has absolutely earned its title as Dayton’s “Party of All Parties.” Back for its 13th year, and returning to the Roundhouse, Masquerage promises to be bigger and better than ever. The energy of this spectacular event is truly intense. Don’t miss this totally acceptable opportunity to party to the theme, “Dirty Little Secrets” alongside a thousand fellow supporters of AIDS Resource Center Ohio’s mission to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, advocacy and care at Masquerage 2014. Masquerage.org COST: General admission is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Red Ribbon Lounge VIP tickets are $200 in advance or $220 at the door and include valet parking, complimentary face painting, open bar and a fabulous swag bag.

Dayton offers so many great ways to stay entertained, get involved and have fun. The Dayton City Paper is dedicated to keeping you in the know, so keep reading. You won’t regret it. Cheers, my friends!

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

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