Best Bets For August
By Maha Kashani
Hey Dayton! Hope you had a fun-filled July! I received great feedback for the first edition of this column last month, and look forward to continuing to share my passion with this community. The goal of my column is to get you excited about what’s happening in our town and identify my “best bets” for ways to stay entertained. After reading this column, I am confident that no one can say “there is nothing to do in Dayton.” Let’s check out what August has in store!
Did you know?
Dayton is a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community! What does this mean, you ask? Well, as a result of many efforts, including the new “bike only” lanes downtown, the bike hub at Riverscape and 250+ miles of bike trails throughout the Miami Valley, Dayton is now recognized nationally as one of two cities in Ohio (Columbus is the other), and one of only a handful of communities throughout the Midwest, with a Bicycle Friendly Community Designation.
“Best Bets” in August:
August 6, 5-10 p.m., Downtown Dayton ~ Head into the city for this monthly art hop featuring several unique exhibits and galleries. Many galleries have complimentary wine and cheese to enjoy while admiring the wide variety of local art. My personal recommendation: Renowned artist Mike Elsass’ Color of Energy Gallery located at 16 Brown St. www.DowntownDayton.org Cost: FREE
Encore Theater Company presents Next Thing You Know:
thurs Aug. 12-sat aug. 14, Blair Hall Theatre at
Sinclair Community College ~ ETC’s calling is to perform emerging American musicals and they do a marvelous job. This musical chronicles four artists from NYC coming of age. I
recently had the opportunity to hang with creators Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham while they were in Dayton. Great guys! GenD has a group attending on the 13th. I’m definitely looking forward to this world premiere.
www.EncoreTheaterCompany.com Cost: $15
Friday, August 27- Sunday, August 29, St. Ignatious of Antioch Church ~ Marhaba! Being Middle Eastern, I must admit this is my favorite festival of the year! Who doesn’t love fresh authentic hummus, kibbee, kafta, falafel, shawarma, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves and Lebanese pastries? Yum! Throw in culture, belly dancing, shopping, not to mention a little blackjack, and you just can’t go wrong. Make sure to pick up one of the popular hip scarves to practice your belly dancing moves at home! www.Conchi.Homestead.Com/LebaneseFestivalDayton.html Cost: FREE
Friday, August 13-Sunday, August 15, Carillon Park ~ Satisfy your taste buds with Schnitzels, metts, sauerkraut balls, pretzel burgers, cabbage rolls, Liederkranz potato salad, German desserts and more! Top that off with German beer, live music, souvenirs and dancing all at Carillon Park? Ja Bitte! www.DaytonGermanClub.org Cost: FREE
Litehouse Living Tour + Rooftop After-Party
Tuesday, August 31, 5:30 p.m., Litehouse Spec Home, First St. and Patterson Blvd. ~ Tour one of the coolest urban housing options on the market and receive an invitation to the Rooftop After-Party at the Firefly building for Maroon 5’s performance at Fifth Third Field. Rooftop space is limited, so make sure you RSVP and arrive early! www.LitehouseLiving.com Cost: FREE
“Scotch & Cigars are Sexy”
Thursday, August 5, 6 p.m., Side Bar in the historic Oregon District ~ Join members of PUSH for this Scotch & Cigar tasting fundraiser at the uber trendy Side Bar. Feel good knowing you’ve supported resources and programs to help educate and protect our next generation. www.PUSHDayton.org Cost: $35 at the door.
2nd Annual “British Bash”
Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m., Packard Museum ~ A British invasion with lively spirits, food, dancing, door prizes and great company. Proceeds benefit the Dayton Ballet Barre. It’ll be a bloody good time! www.DaytonBalletBarre.org Cost: $19/Member, $26/Non-Member, $49/Couple
Oregon District Dine Around
Wednesday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. ~ Experience the Oregon District as never before! Start by admiring the fine art at Gallery 510 while enjoying wine and appetizers, followed by a historic Oregon District mansion tour. After the tour, land at Jay’s Seafood or Boulevard Haus for dinner and a beverage. Then reunite for dessert at Side Bar. Spots are limited – register at www.DineOutDayton.org COST: $40/Person
“Bike-with-a-Ranger” The Gem City Tour
Sunday, August 8, 10 a.m., Wright Cycle Co ~ Experience our Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community first hand while embracing Dayton’s heritage. This tour begins and ends at the Wrights’ bicycle shop in the Wright-Dunbar Historic District. Stops include the home of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Riverscape, the Engineers Club, Carillon Historical Park and Garden Station. Helmets mandatory.
www.NPS.gov/daav Cost: FREE
Generation Dayton & HYPE Canoe Trip
Sunday August 8th, 1 p.m, Barefoot Canoe ~ Join GenD and HYPE (Helping Young Professionals
Emerge) for a fun filled afternoon of canoeing on the beautiful Stillwater River in West Milton. Beverages are permitted. Canoes not your thing? Join us for the after-party at Hinders in Tipp City. Register via e-mail by August 6 to:
email@example.com Cost: $14/Person
Get Technology First’s “Mobile Applications for your Business” Panel
Wednesday August 18, 11:30 a.m., Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College ~ Do you have an app for that? Mobile apps have exploded in the wireless industry! Come learn about their development, the different mobile platforms available and what this trend can mean for your business. www.TechnologyFirst.org Cost: $30/Members, $35/Non-Members
“Don’t Miss It” pick of the month:
Surf Ohio’s Festiki
Saturday, August 14, 2-10 p.m., Historic Old River Park ~ Aloha! Enjoy a Polynesian paradise circa 1960 without leaving Dayton. This unique festival features several surf rock and Hawaiian music bands, hula/fire dancers, tiki carvers, retro vendors, vintage hot rods and a cruise-in for pre-1970s vehicles. Plus, this year’s headliner is the legendary Space Cossacks, reuniting for the first time in 10 years!
www.Festiki.com Cost: $10/Adults, $5/Kids 10-17, Ages 9 & under FREE
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at firstname.lastname@example.org