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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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Destination Troy 5/22

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Kick-off is Here! One of the highlights of summer in Troy is Final Fridays. In addition to live music, the family-friendly event features a bounce house, face painting, a City of Troy fire truck, the library’s book mobile, and children’s activities. Many downtown businesses will host sidewalk sales and will stay open late during the […]

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Destination Yellow Springs 5/15

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Taking it to the streets It wouldn’t be summer in Yellow Springs without the annual Yellow Springs Street Fair. This year’s celebration of all things local will take place on Saturday, June 9. The Street Fair boasts over 200 vendors, 65 shops and eateries, and live music, including street performers throughout the town. Music will […]

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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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Art Everywhere 05/01

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“Wreck of the Old ’97” lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton is part of the Americana exhibit at Springfield Museum of Art Juried Spring Exhibition Opening Reception at the Dayton Society of Artists 48 High Street, Dayton Friday, May 4, 6 to 9 p.m. The Dayton Society of Artists invite you to help celebrate the Miami […]

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The draw of downtown living

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Summer events kick off with Downtown Dayton Housing Tour First Place at 330 W. First Street offers residents a prime location, luxurious living spaces, and spectacular views. By Sarah Monroe One of the wonderful things (among many) about living in the city of Dayton and its surrounding areas is that there is no shortage of […]

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Destination Troy 04/24

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The Troy Foundation Building is a highlight of the Downtown Walking Tour Downtown Troy Walking History Tour Returns Journey through downtown Troy as it once was on the Downtown Troy Walking History tours. Hosted by Troy Main Street and the Troy Local History Library, these tours offer a glimpse of what downtown Troy looked like […]

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The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By Tim Walker In June 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law, thereby making Ohio one of 29 states that have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. The new law, which took […]

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It’s happening in Troy

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Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with three diverse musical presentations. All events are free and open to the public. Kicking things off on March 24 is jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The Cleveland native began her career singing in small clubs in […]

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What to do in the Springs

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Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery has long been known for presenting innovative work by artists from the Miami Valley. Their latest exhibit is called “Have You Red/Read It?” The exhibit runs through April in the lobby of the gallery, located […]

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Climbing Walls

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Be upwardly mobile at Oregon District’s Urban Krag Climber Miranda Stricker By Julie Sigler  |  Photos By Gary McBride It’s Friday night. Maybe you are going out with friends to your usual places. Maybe you are visiting for the first time for work. Maybe it is even the middle of the day in the middle […]

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Magic of the mundane

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Christopher Burk’s “Illuminating the Everyday at Springfield Museum of Art Christopher Burk, Connected—Columbus, Harrison West I, 2016 Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ By Sarah Monroe When we look back at the great artists of our past, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper and even Bob Ross, we appreciate their eye for and their interpretation […]

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Yoopers running amok

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Troy Civic Theatre presents Jeff Daniels’ “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” Jeff Bryant (seated), Paul Robinson (center) and Scott Atkinson (right) yoop it up in “Escanaba.” By Gary McBride Judging from the title, the Troy Civic Theatre’s new production “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” may sound romantic or exotic, however, the play is definitely not. Rather, it […]

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Flying high

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Yellow Springs Arts Council displays vintage banners A small sampling of the many beautiful banners in the exhibit.  By Terri Gordon As Maxine Skuba tells it, it all began with rip-stop nylon, a lightweight fabric that doesn’t fray when cut. It was relatively inexpensive and she liked how it was “luminescent in the light—like stained […]

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Passions on paper

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Rosewood Gallery’s “Works on Paper” highlights Dayton’s artists Michele BonDurant; Secret House In The Woods; 2017 by Tracy Flagg Centers On view through February 23 at Rosewood Gallery in Kettering’s Rosewood Arts Centre is the 28th installation of the Dayton-area Works on Paper exhibition, an annual juried art show featuring many of Dayton’s most talented […]

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Characters welcome

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Dr. Sketchy Dayton, not your average “drink and draw” At a recent Dr. Sketchy event: Ileana Gray in her traditional Dia de los Muertos outfit and make-up. By Gary McBride When artists gather for Dr. Sketchy, they’re treated to something different every time. It might be Lara Croft, or maybe Bogie & Bacall, or Dia […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]