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Look! Up in the sky!

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Beautiful balloons are the main draw featured at The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held at Middletown’s Smith Park, the Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition with over 30 participants slated to appear. Pilots from more than ten states, as far away as California, will trailer their lighter-than-air paraphernalia in for […]

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Feeding the soul

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The onslaught of festivals in and around the city of Dayton is in full swing, but not all of them can make you feel it in your bones the way the Dayton Blues Festival can. Coming back for the 33rd year, this gathering celebrates the history and love of blues, while also introducing the genre […]

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Beer, bands, bar-b-q, Brooks, Brown, and Urban

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There is only one way to cram a year’s worth of events into six weeks and the Springfield Arts Council (SAC) has discovered it. The amazing result is the Springfield Arts Festival. A production of “Oliver!” was the initial performance. By the time you read this, they will have presented KidsFest (sponsored by the Springfield […]

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Three’s a charm

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Springsfest music festival returns to Yellow Springs Guided by Voices await further instructions. Kevin March, Bob Pollard, Doug Gillard, Mark Shue (l-r), and Bobby Bare, Jr. (front) by Tim Walker Summer sun, craft beer, and a lineup of great bands are a combination that can’t be beat. And when you take a day filled with […]

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Happy Birthday to U.S.

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Dayton has always been a patriotic town, which is a natural fit for the birthplace of aviation. Each year, communities all across the Miami Valley show their true colors for the Fourth of July. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, the Dayton City Paper offers the following guide to some of the local celebrations.

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Darling, you don’t look a day over 150

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Stars will have plenty of opportunity to shine on the Star City’s Bicentennial bash. Miamisburg, Ohio, is set to celebrate its two hundredth birthday with eight fun-filled days of an eclectic mix of events. In a nicely niched parallel, two hundred volunteers have been working for three years on the celebration. According to PR Chair […]

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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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A whole lotta stompin’ goin’ on

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If you like stompin’ and you like streets, the Lebanon Country Music Festival is the place for you. Their annual event, Stompin’ in the Streets, will be held Saturday June 9. Come early, come hungry, come thirsty, and come ready to hear seven different performers during the twelve-hour event. Opening at 11 a.m. and running […]

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Rockin’ in Hockin’

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“Don’t do it!” That was the immediate response of my friends Meggan and Chuck when they heard about this article. They love the Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) and want to see it remain small and unspoiled. The four-day event will be held this year May 31 to June 3 at Robbins Crossing at Hocking College […]

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Soaking up good tunes

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Spungewurthy has graced the Dayton scene since 2001, playing the coolest tunes from rap, rock, country and dance to the dancefloor delight of participating patrons. Members have put time in other acts, bringing a wealth of history and experience to the group including Northside Tribe, Festive Skeletons, Funky G and Mad Hatter.

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Piqua’s Taste of the Arts returns

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An art, music, and food feast Food, drink, art, entertainment… what better way to spend a spring evening in Piqua?   By Julie Sigler Twenty-four years ago, the city of Piqua embarked on what has become a long-standing tradition—they came together to celebrate the artists who call Piqua home, with local food, lively music, dancing, […]

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Rock to restock

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Annual Restock festival at Oddbody’s unites bands to benefit local charities Electric Orange Peel is (L-R) Marko Manastyrskyj, Austin Crumrine, Dylan Aughe, and Nate Labine By Gary Spencer The holiday season has come and gone, just like it always does. But even though the calendar says the season for giving is over, there are still […]

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Cello there

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Cello Springs Festival’s Yellow Springs homecoming Cellist (l-r) Alicia Randisi-Hooker, David Skrill, David Smith, and Miriam Liske-Doorandish performing at Emporium Wines By Joyell Nevins For a musical generation, the people who participated in Friends Music Camp (FMC) through Olney Friends School experienced a symbiosis between teacher and learner, professional and amateur. “There was a special […]

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Mrs. Kettering’s community Christmas gift

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Dayton’s Holiday Festival Photo: Dayton’s Holiday Festival includes activities like horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown By Tim Smith Since 1972, the official beginning of the holiday season in the Miami Valley has been the annual Dayton Holiday Festival and Grande Illumination on Courthouse Square. It has become a holiday tradition for many families. This year’s […]

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Angels of Christmas

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Custom trees and wreaths benefit Dayton Children’s fundrasier Photo: A Grinch themed tree up for auction at the Sugarplum Festival of Trees By Lisa Bennett Prior to 1960, children faced the very real possibility of dying before they reached puberty. Diseases like polio and pertussis claimed the lives of thousands of children. Malnutrition, accidental deaths, […]

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Back to square one

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Dayton Music Festival promises two nights of music from the Miami Valley Photo: Dayton pop-punk band The Raging Nathans opens the Dayton Music Festival Friday night at Blind Bob’s. Photo: Todd White By Josher Lumpkin Dayton Music Festival (DMF) is a homegrown annual tradition that has served to exhibit some of the incredible local region’s best […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]