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Calling all adventure junkies

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Midwest Outdoor Experience returns By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The DK Bike Team will provide shows throughought the Midwest Outdoor Experience; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Calling all outdoor adventurers! This weekend at Eastwood Metropark there is an event sure to satisfy all of your cravings for outdoor competitions, gear and supplies, playtime with your favorite furry […]

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Dark Horse by a nose

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Texas Style BBQ in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: The Combo Platter at Dark Horse Tavern In politics, a “dark horse” is a come-from-behind candidate whose success would be considered surprising. My visit to Dark Horse Tavern on Byers Road in Miamisburg led me to consider the restaurant’s similarities to the political definition. Dark Horse […]

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The Best and the Würst

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Oktoberfest at the DAI By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Chardon Polka Band will perform again at this year’s Oktoberfest; photo: MediaMoments.com/Peter Wine Oktoberfest has been a German tradition since Crown Prince Ludwig wed Princess Therese in 1810. Here in our little corner of the globe, Oktoberfest has been a very special annual event supporting the […]

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As seen on TV

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The Great Sabatini is guest of honor at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: [l-r top] Sean and Joey, [l-r bottom] Rob and Steve of The Great Sabatini; photo: Big James Arsenian Roughly a year and a half ago, I walked into Blind Bob’s bar in the Oregon District on a random Sunday, not really […]

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Keeping the doctor away

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Apple Fest returns to Aullwood Audubon Farm By Joyell Nevins Photo: Take a wagon ride pulled by draft horses Mick and Red, at the 2014 Aullwood Audubon Farm Apple Fest; photo: Ardith Hamilton Fall is here, and brings with it the 28th Annual Apple Fest, Sept. 27-28 at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. To those […]

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Fiddlin’ around

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Quebe Sisters’ nostalgic fiddle music at Miami U Hamilton By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Quebe Sisters Band will perform at Miami University’s Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton on Sept. 27; photo: Bill Stipp When Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) went to a fiddle contest with her sisters Grace and Sophia at the county fair in 1998, she […]

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In the trenches

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Relive World War I at the United States Air Force Museum By Mark Luedtke Photo: A reenactor stands with his aircraft at the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous in 2011, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force; photo: U.S. Air Force Imagine cowering in a World War I trench while biplane aces […]

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What’s in the box? – ‘The Boxtrolls’

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An orphaned boy raised underground ventures into the world above By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Boxtrolls” is in theaters now; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ For those in the know, the snippet of dialogue I appropriated for the title of this piece probably serves as a harbinger of dark sinister things to come, but let me […]

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Twist and shout

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Pretzel Festival in historic Germantown By Paula Johnson Photo: The Germantown Pretzel Festival begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27 At the entrance to Germantown, a historic hamlet southwest of Dayton, there’s a plaque that reads, “Germantown, Jewel of Twin Valley, founded in 1804 by Philip Gunckel.” It’s a safe bet that Gunckel, a German […]

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The return of the brewsters

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What does it mean to be female in the beer industry? By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Massie Lawson from Dark Horse Brewing Company Before the Industrial Revolution pushed them to the margins, women were the dominant brewers of beer. Today, women are rejoining the beer world. In doing so, they are bringing to light issues […]

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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]