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The not-so-big house

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Tiny house phenomenon invades Dayton By Tim Smith Photo: Tiny interior stairs; photo: Paul Kohlman, courtesy of Coles Whalen of EcoCabinsEcoCabins Someone once said that good things come in small packages, but I doubt they meant houses. Yet, the tiny house movement, where people choose to downsize from the standard home, has taken root in […]

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Festive ‘fanfayr’ for all

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Wright State’s Madrigal Dinner brings the 1500s to the holidays By Katrina Eresman Photo: Wright State’s Madrigal Dinners take place Dec. 10-13 at the Dayton campus; photo: courtesy of Wright State University Imagine an evening where you can say goodbye to routines of the present era and be swept away to 1578. The Wright State […]

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Bring sensible shoes

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Preparing for disaster in the Miami Valley By Mark Luedtke Photo: Omega Survival Supply is the only dedicated survival supply store in the Dayton area The term “prepper” conjures wildly varying visions for many people. For some, the TV image of oddballs locked in sheds clutching rifles come to mind. Others envision the old survivalist […]

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In character

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The staff of Carillon Park puts the ‘story’ in history By Katrina Eresman Photo: Merry Masterson, Assistant Director of Education at Carillon Park, prepares for a Tavern Dinner in costume; photo: Dayton History In 1796, a group of settlers known as the Thompson Party found themselves on a journey up the Great Miami River, landing […]

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Spooky in Springfield

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SSO’s first-ever Fright Lights concert By Tim Smith Photo: Peter Stafford Wilson conducts the Springfield Symphony Orchestra during their Halloween-themed Fright Lights prgoram on Saturday, Oct. 31; photo: Bob Bingenheimer Ghosts, goblins, thrills and chills will be served up during the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s first Nightlights 1—Fright Lights concert Oct. 31. The program of all […]

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Gently down the stream

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Dayton becomes Olympic rowing pick By Katrina Eresman  Photo: Rowers from the Greater Dayton Rowing Association carry their shell in after a race at the Midwest Championships 2014; photo: Joleen Cook Saturday morning, my alarm goes off at 6:30. I pull myself out of bed, and drive 30 minutes to East River Road. I arrive […]

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Toot your flute

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Annual SunWatch Flute and Art Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Native Flute and Art Festival, held at SunWatch on Aug. 16, also features booths, vendors and food for visitors to experience Dayton, Ohio is known for many things. It’s a cultural epicenter filled with great music, great beer, great arts and great people. […]

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Welcome to the barony

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Society for Creative Anachronism is more than LARPing By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Society for Creative Anachronism partakes in activities including armored combat, fencing and archery as well as embroidery, weaving and dyeing In Civil War and World War II reenactments, each costumed actor recreates famous battles. In an Adrian Empire reenactment, players can dress […]

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Asking tough questions

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SunWatch Native American exhibit goes beyond the mascot By Emma Jarman Photo: Wright State University public history graduate students Mitchell Dorsten and Fayelee Conley prepare a component of the More Than a Mascot exhibit at SunWatch Indian Village SunWatch Indian Village—a reconstructed Fort Ancient Native American village and museum next to the Great Miami River—presents […]

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A human/animal advocate

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Tim Harrison protects exotic animals and educates people by Josher Lumpkin Photo: Tim Harrison, Outreach for Animals founder   Tim Harrison is a self-described human/animal advocate. For over 40 years, he has worked with animals and people to ensure the safety and well-being of both crea-tures in a world that is in-creasingly full of threats.irteen years […]

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Seeing (and hearing) stars

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Catch A Rising Star Gala showcases young talent By Erin Callahan Photo: Alpin Hong will perform in the Education Center of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery as part of Discover Classical WDPR’s Catch A Rising Star program The three performers of Catch A Rising Star, hosted by Discover Classical WDPR, can boast professional music study, […]

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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

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Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls Preserve By Janell R. Ward Photo: Charleston Falls Preserve features a 37-foot waterfall; photo: Terry Netzley How long has it been since you’ve seen wild Geraniums, Blue Bells and Solomon Seal flowers? Charleston Falls Preserve may have what you’ve been missing. This family-friendly park offers a relaxing habitat along […]

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One in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000

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Xenia’s Drew Brads takes speedcubing World Record By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Xenia local Drew Brads displays his collection of Rubiks puzzles I bet there was one in your basement in the ’80s. A six-colored, six-sided puzzle cube, deceptive in its apparent candor, charming in its manageable size. And if it was like mine, half […]

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Worth the wake-up

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Fort Ancient’s annual Winter Solstice celebration By Tara Pettit Photo: Participants gather at the Fort Ancient Fall Solstice program in 2011; photo: Kristy Kreel There is a single moment that occurs each year when Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is at 23 degrees and 23 feet, creating the shortest day and longest night […]

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The perfect art of chamber music

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Vanguard Concerts presents clarinetist Narek Arutyunian By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Narek Arutyunian will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the DAI; photo: Christian Steiner When talking about all the work and effort that’s gone into more than 52 years of Vanguard Concerts, George W. Houk wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “It’s been […]

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Dirty jobs

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Professor John A. Long researches prehistoric sex and beyond By Gary Spencer Photo: Professor and paleontologist John A. Long on location in South Australia Have you ever wondered how the dinosaurs “did it”? Have you ever wondered what member of the animal kingdom is the best endowed? Have you ever wondered if there are any […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

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 […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]