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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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Size matters

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Yellow Springs’ intimate Art and Soul Fair Art: Dylan Engler’s “erosion” glass bowl By Lisa Bennett Famous French  Artist, Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Degas, one of the founders of the Impressionism, believed that being able to use art to reach people was as […]

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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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No-shave November comedy

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Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” to Taft Theatre Photo: Nick Offerman brings his “Full Bush” tour to Taft Theatre this Saturday By Tim Walker Nick Offerman—successful actor, author, comic, producer, and enthusiastic woodworker—is speaking to the Dayton City Paper from his home in Los Angeles, and bemoaning how sound bites, screen culture, and technology have […]

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Enter the queen of clean

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Chonda Pierce’s polite humor with a bite Photo: Chonda Pierce continues her new tour, Getting Back to Funny, in Kettering on Saturday By Dana Walczak Comedian  Chondra Pierce has been known on the circuit as the “Queen of Clean” or as Billboard magazine once referred to her, the “Queen of Country,” for over two decades. […]

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Plan for lots of company

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The Longest Table breaks bread and barriers in Dayton Photo: Longest Table Dayton at Lincoln Hill Gardens on Earth Day for the April meal this past year By Erin Callahan “Imagine a table spanning the length of a bridge.” That’s what Bryan Stewart asked of his audience at the 2016 UpDayton Summit. And now, this vision […]

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Haunted Troy

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The region’s paranormal hotbed Photo: Patrolmen John Stager (left) and Craig Synan (right) with Jack the Ripper (Tom Sowers) By Lisa Bennett Crisp autumn  leaves adorn sidewalks like works of colorful art and the comforting scents of cinnamon and spices dally outside coffee shops and bakeries. October is as a refreshing break from the heat […]

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Boos and brews 

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Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or […]

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Street legal

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Dayton’s golf cart grand tour Photo: Touring Carts are safe and legal. They meet all Highway Traffic Safety regualtions for low speed vehicles. By Lisa Bennett When my editor, Ashley, asked me to cover a story about a golf cart tour of Dayton, it sounded like fun; but I have to admit I was a […]

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2 miles of terror

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Yellow Springs heritage comes out to scare The haunted WPA ampitheatre in Yellow Springs is home to some of the mysteries. Photo: Robin Heise By Lisa Bennett One warm summer day about a century ago, a young woman walked out along a trail in search of berries to pick. She meandered about the trail, blissfully […]

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Defining an era

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Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau at the Dayton Art Institute Photo: Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 1897; Dhawan collection By Terri Gordon Alphonse Mucha is not Art Nouveau—Art Nouveau is Alphonse Mucha. His name may not be as well known, but the works of Alphonse Mucha are as recognizable as any Monet or Van Gogh—maybe even more so. Mucha’s work […]

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Don’t fall down!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters go over the edge at Downtown’s Courthouse Square Going down 27 stories of the KeyBank Tower; photo: Big Brother Big Sisters Miami Valley By Terri Gordon Imagine standing atop the KeyBank building in downtown Dayton, looking out over the Miami Valley. Now look down. You are 27 stories above the street. […]

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A reel and a jig

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Irish dance invades Hobart Arena Photo: Elina Espy and Addyson Randolph take a break between rounds. By Terri Gordon The Hobart Arena has been the venue for a variety of entertainment—from the circus, to sports, to music—and on Oct. 14 and 15 it will host a back-to-back Feis Weekend put on by Dayton’s own Celtic Academy of […]

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A memorable mum experience

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Tipp City’s 59th Annual Mum Fest Photo: The parade Saturday will help honor past and present service members By Ehron Ostendorf The smell of fresh food wafts through the air of a warm, September day. Sunshine peaks through the trees of the Tipp City Park where over two hundred venders rest. T-shirts, blankets, arts and […]

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Pretzels and Germantown: fun, food, and community combined

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Annual Pretzel Festival set to return for the 38th year Photo: Living statue interacts with children at last year’s festival By Tim Walker People love pretzels, and during its annual Pretzel Festival, the city of Germantown has plenty of them: pretzels of all kinds, as far as the eye can see. Soft pretzels, gourmet pretzels, […]

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The talking dead

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Mediums Lisa Williams and Cindy Kaza bring supernatural powers to Funny Bone Photo: Lisa Williams is a psychic medium, as was her grandmother By Paula Johnson Lisa Williams is the perfect ambassador for the dead. She’s effusive, warm, vivacious, and filled with mirth, humor, and compassion. In short, the opposite of death. She saw her […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]