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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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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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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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Rock to restock

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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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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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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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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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Bikes and beats

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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

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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

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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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Beer building community

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Future sounds

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1st Electronic Dayton Music Festival thrills at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: Grammy-winning Cleveland hip-hop veterans Bone Thugs N Harmony headline Electronic Dayton Music Festival July 14 at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer Over the past few or so years, Dayton has become one of the places to go for live electronic dance music […]

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Field of dreams

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Soak in the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival at Peaceful Acres Farm photo: Demo gong meditation as well as other healing and whole-health activities June 17 and 18 By Tara Pettit Although its wide uses and benefits have been recognized for centuries, Lavandula angustifolia has made a comeback in the recent decade. As published studies continue […]

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Come together

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1st World Culture Celebration Festival unites in Centerville Photo: Baoku Moses, a Cincinnati-based Afro-beat musician, headlines World Culture Festival in Centerville; photo: Leo Koiko, Foto With Edge By Tim Smith We seem to be living in an era where division has replaced diversity, but one local human rights advocate would like to see that change, starting […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]