Miss Maha plans out this month
By Maha Kashani
T-minus 61 days. Let the countdown to 2012 begin! Now that Halloween and my Wonder Woman costume are behind us, I know life is about to kick into high gear with the holiday season full-speed ahead. I can’t complain, this is one of my favorite times of the year. The seemingly endless opportunities for parties, galas, light shows, holiday home tours, food, fun, family and charity make this season of giving my absolute favorite.
Did you know? Yuengling is here! After much anticipation, including numerous billboards and ads on buses teasing us for months, “America’s Oldest Brewery” has made its debut in the Gem City. Why all the buzz, you ask? Although they are the oldest and fourth largest brewery in the nation, Ohio is only the 14th state to offer Yuengling beer. Many Ohioans developed a taste for the brand based on experiences on the East Coast, and as a result have developed a cult-like following for this beer. Yuengling’s launch in central and northeast Ohio last month broke records, with die-hard fans even camping out to ensure they landed a precious 12-pack. Retail sales will not be available in Dayton until November 14, but several local establishments are now offering this special treat on tap. Cheers! www.Yuengling.com
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore Downtown Dayton:
Dayton Holiday Festival & Grande Illumination — Black Friday, Nov. 26, 4-9 p.m. at Courthouse Square.
Started by the inspirational Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the 39th anniversary festival features a carnival and horse drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts and games in the “Holiday Village” in Kettering Tower, and even Gingerbread homes on display in the Old Courthouse. Plus, the “Grande Illumination,” one of Ohio’s largest tree lighting ceremonies, will take place at 8 p.m. right on Courthouse Square. Bundle up and enjoy this magical night of family fun for all ages. www.DowntownDayton.org Cost: FREE
Meet Young Professionals:
Jump into ART — Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dayton Visual Arts Center
JumpstART offers an exciting exploration of ART to BUY at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) featuring light snacks, good wine and art appreciation for young professionals. Created by a coalition of local artists and artistic supporters, DVAC is one of the region’s leading contemporary galleries. ART to BUY’s giftable art helps you find unique and affordable gift options for the holidays while supporting our local artists. If you can’t make it for the jump, you can still check out the ART to BUY boutique through December 30. www.daytonvisualarts.org/content/art-to-buy Cost: FREE
Be a Dayton Original:
Living City Film Festival presents Bram Stoker’s Dracula — Monday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Neon
If you have yet to experience the Neon, downtown Dayton’s famous independent movie theatre, then this is your perfect opportunity. Start your evening with dinner at one of the many local independent restaurants in the Oregon Arts District, then stroll down Fifth Street to catch the 1992 box office hit, Dracula, on the silver screen. www.NeonMovies.com Cost: $8/ticket
Give back and have a blast:
AutoberFest — Friday, Nov. 4, 6-10 p.m. at the Taj Ma Garaj
The Taj Kreuzer’s Annual Craft Beer Tasting at the Taj Ma Garaj, downtown Dayton’s exclusive Porsche museum, is guaranteed to be a good time. This year’s tasting will feature 30 craft beers and varietal wines, live music by My Three Sons, appetizers, a silent auction and lots of fun. Proceeds benefit The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. Must be 21 or older to attend. www.Kreuzers.com/beer.php Cost: $40 online, $50 at the door.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
Encore Friday at the Phil — Friday, Nov. 18, 7:15-11 p.m. at the Schuster Performing Arts Center
Encore Evenings is an exciting new program created to introduce young professionals to our fantastic Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO). Hosted by DPO Trustees Lauren Hamer and yours truly, we invite you to take a step above the traditional Friday night out and come downtown to connect with great music, socialize and meet new friends. The Encore experience begins with an exclusive backstage tour, premium Loge seating for the concert and an Encore after party in the Wintergarden with the maestros and musicians featuring desserts, snacks, coffee, door prizes and swag bags for all. First drink ticket included, cash bar available. With Beethoven, Liszt and modern master William Bolcom giving us a dose of culture at this smokin’ price, dinner and a show has never sounded better.
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Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.