Off the beaten path in Yellow Springs

Shoppers and vendors connect at Winter Market. Photo courtesy of Roger Reynolds. Shoppers and vendors connect at Winter Market. Photo courtesy of Roger Reynolds.
Emily McCord is at the control board during her shift as host of ‘All Things Considered’ Emily McCord is at the control board during her shift as host of ‘All Things Considered’

A sampling of winter events

By Deb Adams

WYSO Radio hosts Silent Auction

Emily McCord is at the control board during her shift as host of ‘All Things Considered’

This year’s WYSO Silent Auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 12, will move to the Wright State University Nutter Center concourse. The annual fundraiser offers WYSO members, supporters and staff a chance to connect while supporting the station. This year’s event will feature food from Current Cuisine as well as wine, cheese and chocolate tastings provided by The Winds Café, Young’s Dairy and Winans Chocolates and Coffees.

According to WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis, they are moving the auction to a larger space. “The annual WYSO Silent Auction is our biggest fund-raising get-together of the year,” she said. “We love meeting our listeners and getting them to meet each other. This year we’ll also be featuring a performance by the up-and-coming acoustic quartet Wheels from Yellow Springs and a live auction will close the evening.”

Ellis went on to explain, “Our listeners continue to show their strong support for WYSO public radio. We’ve enjoyed a surge of support in the last two years and we have been able to step up our development of local programming as a result. We’re growing and we’re optimistic about the future.”

WYSO Public Radio 91.3 FM is a 37,000-watt non-commercial educational radio station licensed to the Board of Governors of Antioch University broadcasting from the Yellow Springs campus. It began as a 10-watt student-run station broadcasting four hours per day in 1958. Today, the station operates 24 hours a day, including locally produced programming and boasts eight full-time staff, two part-time staff, 20 volunteers and nearly 4,000 members.

Tickets for the event, which are $35 until Feb. 11 and then $40 the day of the event, can be purchased through the online form at  In addition, there is an online auction currently underway. The link to the online auction, which will remain open until 8 p.m. Feb. 12, is also found on the WYSO home page.

To donate an auction item contact Jacki Mayer, director of business operations and development, at (937) 767-1388 or by email at

Winter Farmers’ Market

Shoppers and vendors connect at Winter Market. Photo courtesy of Roger Reynolds.

The Yellow Springs Methodist Church is hosting its second annual Winter Farmer’s Market. The market, which opened Jan. 8, meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the church basement at 202 S. Winter St. through April 2.

The market was launched last winter by a group from the church who were inspired by a quotation in Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”: “If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week.”

According to group spokesperson Roger Reynolds, the idea was that “a winter market would make it easier to buy local and also support our local farmers.”

Reynolds explained that the market focuses on attracting local producers, primarily within a 10-mile radius but some come from as far as 60-70 miles, which is probably the feasible outer limits. The goal is to have six to 12 vendors every weekend, but each market day is dependent on three things: availability of produce, community support and weather conditions.

Last year the market ranged from three to 11 vendors each week with an average of 150 shoppers weekly. Specific items vary weekly but can include such items as a variety of greens, maple syrup, pork sausage, lamb meat, natural soaps, eggs, cheeses, carrots, winter squash, radishes, sweet potatoes, chicken, jellies, breads, cakes, sweet rolls and more.

The buzz at Emporium Wines and Underdog Café

The grip of winter has hit the Miami Valley and an antidote can be found at the Flower Power Art Group Show on exhibit at Emporium Wines and Underdog Café until Jan. 30. The show features local artists, the Jafa Girls and the Monday Morning Artists, art about flowers and using flower images in various art media.

The Really Really Free Market

Did you know that since January 2009 on every second Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., Emporium Wines and Underdog Café host Yellow Springs’s version of the Really, Really Free Market (RRFM)? RRFM is a grassroots temporary market movement to counteract capitalism, over-production and waste in a positive, community-centric and organic way. Individuals can donate what they don’t need or use, or they can choose from items donated by others.

There are no participation fees or requirements, and no selling or trading within the RRFM. Browsing and joining in the community spirit though is highly encouraged. For more information about RRFM check the website at

Call for art and artists

The Yellow Springs Art Council in cooperation with the Yellow Springs Experience Wellness Weekend, March 18-20, will be hosting a month-long exhibition, “The Art of Healing” – all about the power of art in healing and transition. Visual works of art related to wellness and healing by working artists or posthumous submissions are welcome.

To submit works or for more details contact or call (937) 767-1107. Also musicians and other arts’ disciplines are invited to collaborate at the March 18 opening and should contact or call (937) 392-1908 for information or to suggest a performance. The deadline for all submissions is Feb. 15.

Reach DCP freelance writer Deborrah Adams at


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