Miss Maha’s May

Outdoor and More!

By Maha Kashani

Summer … It’s so close! We’ve had a few teaser days so far this year, but not enough for me to re-introduce my white shoes and purses to society. They are patiently waiting alongside my bathing suits to emerge onto the scene and officially see their first light of a 2012 summer day.

Much to my delight, we’ve had a mild winter. I hope that means we will have a long, hot summer. I know Mother Nature has the tendency to be moody, but my glass is half full! While we all patiently await the luxury of laying poolside during the warm summer days ahead, May offers some exciting options to keep us busy in the interim.

Did you know? On September 8th & 9th, the first-ever Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival will take over the city! This Fall, it’s all about “Rock, Roll & Dayton Soul” as the streets of downtown Dayton are transformed into a unique music venue featuring three stages to showcase chart-topping artists like John Legend, Train and Dayton’s own Guided by Voices. Think Lollapalooza, on a smaller scale, in Downtown Dayton. Matt Luongo, President of Downtown Revival LLC, is a genius! With so many fantastic things happening in our city, how can you not be excited? To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.downtownrevival.com.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets”

 — Celebrate the Kentucky Derby:
“Run for the Pink Roses” Derby Day Brunch, Saturday the 5th from 10a.m. – 1p.m. at Brio at The Greene.
Ladies, I know you’ve always wanted to dress up with a big, fancy hat for Derby. Every year, I told myself I needed to head south for what is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”  Well, it never happened, but luckily the Crown Jewels of Dayton started a fabulous Derby Day Brunch at the Greene so we could stylishly celebrate Derby Day in our own backyard. While the gentlemen sip on traditional mint juleps and enjoy a delectable brunch, we ladies can mingle, have photos taken and peruse the silent auction in our beautifully elaborate hats. All to benefit the Kettering Medical Center’s Women’s Wellness Fund. It doesn’t get much better than that! To purchase tickets, email crownjewelsinc@sbcglobal.net. Cost: $40, which includes brunch and a mint julep.

— Meet Young Professionals:
Community Engagement Conversation — Wednesday the 9th from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Jimmie’s Ladder 11.
The City of Dayton is hosting this casual conversation to talk with Dayton’s young professionals about how they are engaging citizens, neighborhoods and businesses in local government to plan for our community’s future. The goal is to strengthen and build collaboration between neighborhoods, businesses and institutions. We will provide our valuable feedback about how the city can better appeal to a wide spectrum of citizens to foster greater community involvement in the successful revival of our great city! Cost: Free to the public, though food and beverage options are available for purchase.

—Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Carillon Park:
Big Blues and Brews and Fleurs et Vin, Friday the 18th and Sunday the 20th, at Carillon Park.
The third weekend in May offers Daytonians double the fun with both the 3rd Annual Big Blues and Brews beer tasting, benefitting Diabetes Dayton, and the famous Fleurs et Vin wine tasting benefitting ARC Ohio and Dayton History. Both of these unique events feature a wide array of beverages for guests to enjoy, coupled with culinary treats from local favorites and of course, great entertainment. Big Blues and Brews offers 30 draught beer options to sample with a special focus on Ohio breweries, and there will be live blues music throughout the event. Fleurs et Vin offers over 300 wines to taste, a Belgian beer garden, live music and a silent auction. For more information visit www.BigBluesandBrews.com and www.Fleursetvin.com. Cost: Blues and Brews, $30 in advance, $35 at the door, which includes 20 samples. Fleurs et Vin, $60 in advance, $70 at the door for all you can sample.

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it” Pick of The Month:

Urban Nights, Friday the 11th from 5p.m. – 10p.m. around Downtown Dayton:

If you have not yet experienced Urban Nights, then shame on you! The Downtown Dayton Partnership hosts this all-inclusive street party showcasing everything that makes our city great, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. More than 30,000 people are expected for this free biannual showcase of downtown’s dining, nightlife, art, live music, retail and urban living options. I personally recommend taking advantage of the free trolley rides to explore the city! If you can’t wait for the actual event, visit www.DowntownDayton.org to learn all about the biggest and best party in town. Cost: Free!

Don’t miss a beat, “like” my page on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Life is too short! Make sure to stay entertained, my friends.

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




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

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