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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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Rock to restock

Electric Orange Peel is (L-R) Marko Manastyrskyj, Austin Crumrine, Dylan Aughe, and Nate Labine

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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Dill or sour?

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Dayton’s Kroc Center’s pickleball tournament Athletes play pickleball in The Kroc Center’s offical court By Tim Smith There is an indoor sport called pickleball that seems to have crept in under the radar. Apparently, it has captured people’s enthusiasm on a level akin to golf. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center […]

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Squandering wealth

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Dayton government’s most wasteful deals Sitting as an idle eyesore since 2014 and originally destined to be subsidized Sinclair College student housing, City of Dayton bailed-out and owned most of the old Dayton Daily News building until recently handing it over as debt payment to the demolition contractor. By Mark Luedtke It’s not taxes that […]

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Come for the homes, come back for the community

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St. Anne’s Hill Historic Holiday Home Tour Photo: Homes on High Street are festively decorated for the Home Tours this upcoming weekend. By Brennan Burks I recently became a father. In the number of ways that this new identity has turned my world upside down, one existential change I did not entirely anticipate is my […]

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Angels of Christmas


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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Plan for lots of company

URBAN Longest Table Dayton at Lincoln Hill Gardens April Meal on Earth Day

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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Boos and brews 


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


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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Don’t fall down!


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 memorable mum experience


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


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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Bikes and beats


Rock the Bike Music Festival rides into Troy Photo: Eric Jerardi Band performs Saturday night By Matt Clevenger The city of Troy is gearing up for a bicycling-themed weekend, celebrating the arrival of an estimated 3,000 Tour de Donut bicyclists with the new Rock the Bike Music Festival this Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. […]

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Stuff your mouth


Dayton Greek Festival’s 59th year Dean Margioras and friends dancing at the festival; photo: Linda Bouris By Terri Gordon By the second week of July, volunteers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church have begun to prepare the food for the Dayton Greek Festival. It takes them about two months. They prepare pastitsio (a Greek version […]

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Grass strains


Paddle faster, hear bluegrass at Tipp City’s Canoegrass Photo: Listeners float near one of the two stages where bluegrass will blast at Canoegrass in Tipp City By Joyell Nevins Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass! So goes the tagline under the unofficial music video for the annual Tipp City festival, which this year goes from Aug. […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]