By Maha Kashani
Is it summer yet? Mother Nature has been quite bipolar this year, so I can barely tell. Besides the flip-flop between high 70s and cold/rainy weather we experienced in May, the first full month in my new loft at the Cannery has been amazing. I’m within walking distance of almost everything and I love it.
Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, I can bust out my white purses and heels in preparation for summer festival season, BBQs and my new life in the city. As the official kickoff to summer, June always has a lot of exciting things in store. Check out some of these unique events for a guaranteed good time.
Did you know? The Downtown Dayton Partnership and Five Rivers MetroParks have teamed up to add an exciting element to the infamous monthly art hop. First Friday @5 Summer Concert Series is a brand new concept launching this month featuring live performances by local bands at the Riverscape MetroPark Pavilion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Vanity Theft, who is currently touring the U.S. and has performed at exciting music festivals such as SXSW, is the inaugural band. Kick off your First Friday with these free concerts on the river, then head over to the Oregon District for a bite to eat or walk around downtown to enjoy the First Friday festivities I’ve highlighted below.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore downtown Dayton:
- First Friday – Friday, June 3, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. around downtown Dayton. If you’ve been to Urban Nights and thought, “I wish they did this more than twice a year,” you need to experience First Friday. Although this is a more intimate version of the downtown-wide block party, it’s just as fun. In addition to live music at the new First Friday @5 Summer Concert Series, you can check out the various galleries, join the Courteous Mass bike ride, enjoy arts demonstrations and more. The best part? It’s all free. www.Facebook.com/FirstFridayDayton. Cost: Free
Experience Dayton history:
- Jump into Architecture – Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District. I am personally thrilled about this event. This is our opportunity to join a private walking tour of downtown to take in the architecture, learn about the history and enjoy the art displays around downtown Dayton. Led by the Gem City Circle Walking Tours, this will be an enjoyable way to learn about the history and architecture of our great city. You can meet the group at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District for brunch at 11 a.m., or at the downtown Dayton Metro Library at 1 p.m. to kick off the tour. www.GemCityCircleWalks.wetpaint.com. Cost: $10 for the tour, brunch at your own expense.
Meet young professionals:
- Get Behind the Bar – Generation Dayton vs. Young Lawyers Division, Thursday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Brixx Ice Company. The first-ever Generation Dayton vs. Young Lawyers Division “Get Behind the Bar” bartending challenge was created to encourage networking between young professionals and young lawyers as well as to raise awareness for CARE House. Some of the featured match-ups include GenD’s Steve VanGorder of Jeff Schmitt Auto vs. Adam Krumholz of the Law Offices of Adam Krumholz; Jill Del Greco of WHIO Channel 7 vs. Denis Blasius of Law Offices of Ira H. Thomsen; and Dayton’s sweethearts Jennifer Rettig from the Blaine Block Institute vs. Andrew Reitz of Faruki, Ireland & Cox to name a few. You don’t want to miss this exciting series of face-offs. www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost: Food/Drinks at your own expense.
Engage in intellectual conversation:
- Conversation Piece featuring Dayton Young Professionals – Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 510 Gallery in the Oregon District. “You speak. We listen. Everyone Reacts.” is the statement encompassing what the Conversation Piece is all about. Anthony Barwick, author of the Conversation Piece, started hosting these forums all around the nation provoking reactions and facilitating spirited debates among participants. “You’ll either leave enlightened or changed,” he said, which is what motivated Jen Cadieux and myself to host one of these relaxed, sophisticated and casual conversations about social, political and relationship issues impacting our generation. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. www.facebook.com/TheConversationPiece. Cost: $15.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
- Dayton Rocks! – Tuesday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. I know that Dayton Rocks! Do you? If you have doubts about how awesome Dayton is, this event was made especially for you. Join Generation Dayton to learn more about downtown Dayton’s assets, opportunities, hidden gems and reasons to be excited that you are a Daytonian. Our generation has a unique opportunity to shape the future of our urban core, and community leaders like Sandy Gudorf and John Gower want to tell us how. www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost: Free for Generation Dayton and UpDayton members, $25 for non-members.Now that summer has arrived, I fully expect to see each and every one of you out and about enjoying everything the city and region has to offer. 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, Khoodafez!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani