On the beat

When friends visit…

By Jim Bucher
You know what I love best about writing my column for Dayton City Paper every week?

It’s hearing from our fabulous readers.

You guys are the best, hands down, and when I recently posted a question, you came through again.

Was there any doubt?

So, here it is.

If friends, family or your basic out-of-towners are “swooping thru” (that was a veiled attempt at trying to be hip) for a visit, and let’s say they’ve never been here, or it’s been a while since their last stopover, what do you do? Where do you go? What do you show off that truly makes it “Great in Dayton”?

My readers speak:

Ron, Susan, Mary Ann and Jim all say, “Carillon Historical Park” with a few more votes for the new Carillon Brewery.

Many readers chimed in with, “The National Museum of the United States Air Force.” Or as I still say to this day, The Air Force Museum.

Mike added, “Where else in the world can you find any other institution close to it?”


Candy is thinking spring: “I would take them to either Eastwood Lake for a picnic or down to Huffman Dam picnic area.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good right about now.

Ron suggested, “Woodland Cemetery, very historical.”

Joe concluded, “Gravestones of famous people who called Dayton home is pretty cool to see.”

Mary suggested showing off a bit of our areas rich diversity.

“Have people coming in for a Lithuanian activity,” she said. “We would start at Holy Cross Lithuanian Church then to Amber Rose to eat. Next, over on Troy Street for donuts from Evans Bakery and then right across the street to the new Turkish store. Moscow International for some good coffee to make at home and get our sandwiches and lottery tickets at Charlie’s Imports just a few blocks down.”

Mary, I suggest auto-lotto.

Libby’s laundry list of things to do: “We get lots of company with family out of town and military friends from around the nation. A driving tour of the area including the Wright home, Bicycle Shop and Dunbar home, Oregon District, Riverscape, the churches of Dayton, K12 Gallery etc. Wegerzyn Gardens, Cox Arboretum or any of the wonderful MetroParks. If here long enough, an event at the Schuster, the Victoria or a play at the Loft.”

Then she continued, “Dinner and lunch at Olive, Meadowlark, Roost, Lily’s, Dublin Pub or any if the wonderful local places. Catch a movie at The Neon. Head to the Golden Lamb and shop for antiques in Lebanon. Lunch at Hammell House and shopping in Waynesville. Clifton Gorge and the shops of Yellow Springs. Dinner at The Winds. Ice cream cones at Young’s Dairy.”

Whew, I think Libby should go in the travel industry biz.

I received tons of suggestions for a bit or a bite of pizza from Cassano’s and Marion’s and speaking of, Marge said, “You gotta take them to Mama DiSalvo’s!”

Now that’s Italian.

How about this from Khadijah, “Take your visitors to SunWatch Village, The Annual Native American Pow Wow, everyone can join in on the last day of the Pow Wow, which is the last Sunday in June. Come for the weekend, enjoy the beautiful landscape and the Native American culture and enjoy a free home cooked meal Sunday Night at the end of the Pow Wow.”

Others suggest Scene 75, The Dayton V.A. (National Cemetery) Foy’s Halloween and Variety Store, The Dayton Art Institute and as Robin says, “The DAI is one of the best treasures in town!”

Others say Fricker’s, The Pine Club, The Deli at Webster Station, Carmen’s Deli, Spaghetti Warehouse and Blind Bob’s for dill pickle soup.

Rajean, who called Dayton home for a long time, wrote, “Take them to Hawthorn Hill, Aviation Heritage Museum & Tour, The Barnsider (Best fried shrimp and cocktail sauce in Dayton and beyond), Hot Air Balloon ride over Dayton/Oakwood, the tunnels of WSU, a drive by Phil Donahue and Erma Bombeck’s homes (winks), a stroll through the UD campus in Spring, and Wittenberg University in the Fall. Airshow for summer visitors, but in a chalet, a ride on the Wright Trolley downtown, a ride in the Wright B Flyer at the Dayton South Airport, and depending on when the visitors are there – all the fabulous themed festivals. These are truly special and you realize it more when you move away.”

And finally Glinda wrote, “I just love living in Dayton. There’s a lot you can find to do!”

Glinda, you’re right, there’s no place like home.



A regionally known and loved local television icon for over 25 years, “Buch’s” followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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