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Firmly rooted

2014 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival By Zach Rogers Photo: Whiskey Bent Valley performs at the 2013 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival Jim Morrison once sang something about summer almost being gone. “We had some good times,” he crooned, “but they’re gone.” In another line, he asks, “Where will we be/When the summer’s gone?” I don’t know […]

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Thom, ah-ee-la and mahrah for all

Lebanese festival offers food, family and fun By Tammy Newsom Photo: Will Thomas grills Kafta and Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the 2013 Lebanese Festival; photo: Jim Zaidain Are you ready for some Lebanese cheer? Then much Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! for you. Thom! Ah-ee-la! Mahrah! (which means, food!, family!, fun! in Arabic) can […]

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Kettering’s ultimate outdoor art festival

Art on the Commons annual art show draws thousands By Joyell Nevins When someone is willing to travel from Washington and Florida to Kettering, Ohio, there has to be a good reason. In the case of Rosewood Arts Centre, there are about 7,000 of them. That’s the number of attendees expected at this year’s 26th […]

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But wait, there’s more

Miami County Fair returns By Alyssa Reck Photo:  The Miami County Fair will be held Aug. 8-14 at the Miami County Fairgrounds; photo: Laura Sutherly For children, the fair is a time to ask mom and dad for cotton candy, funnel cakes, a game of ring toss and a general run of the grounds. For teenagers, […]

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Break out the lederhosen

Liederkranz-Turner German Club’s annual Germanfest Picnic By Chelsea Davis Photo: Alphorn Gruezie perform in the Spassplatz at last year’s Germanfest Picnic; photo: Judy Schneider Looking for an exciting, fun-filled, family event with plenty of food and beer? Look no further than the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner German Club’s 31st Annual Germanfest Picnic, beginning Friday, Aug. 8 at Carillon […]

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Dayton’s Irish summer

Celtic Festival kicks off By Andy Hertel Photo: The Dayton Celtic Festival begins at 6 p.m. on July 25 at Riverscape MetroPark; photo: Bill Russell Since its inception in 2002, the unmistakable sights and sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and Irish dance have taken over the stage at Riverscape MetroPark for one weekend each summer, and this […]

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A bunch of bad cats

Poetic Soul Fusion at the Loft Theatre By Chelsea Davis Photo: Gem City performs at the 2013 “Poetic Soul Fusion” Poetry. Spoken word. Music. Singing. Communicating. These are the things that go on at a show put on by The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. “The Signature is a live, energetic fusion of creativity, cultures, community […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Ohio’s Lydia Loveless returns for Bunbury Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Lydia Loveless released her second album, Somewhere Else in Februrary 2014; photo: Patrick Crawford/Blackletter Music festivals have become a rite of passage for music lovers. They offer fans a chance to not only see the bands and artists already known, but the ability to venture […]

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The hills are alive …

Nelsonville Music Festival celebrates 10 years By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dinosaur Jr. will perform at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival; photo: Brantley Gutierrez Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, a two-hour drive from Dayton, Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary with Dinosaur Jr., The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels & Rope, Motel […]

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Education meets improvisation

Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]