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Could Ohio be the next Colorado?

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September 8th is in sight, but what’s in store? Colorado retail dispensaries vary from slick corporate style storefronts to shops that retain the “hippie head shop” motif By Ben Tomkins It looks like Ohio will be opening up medical marijuana to the public this September 8th, and it’s about time. For those of you who […]

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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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Back to square one

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Dayton Music Festival promises two nights of music from the Miami Valley Photo: Dayton pop-punk band The Raging Nathans opens the Dayton Music Festival Friday night at Blind Bob’s. Photo: Todd White By Josher Lumpkin Dayton Music Festival (DMF) is a homegrown annual tradition that has served to exhibit some of the incredible local region’s best […]

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Lebanese if you please

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A weekend of food and fun for the whole family Photo: St. Ignatius Youth Dabke Troupe performing By Terri Gordon The St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church is gearing up for its 24th annual Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival and it promises to be rich in cultural offerings—food, entertainment, and activities—and did I say food?! […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival

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The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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Darke County’s famous daughter

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Annie Oakley Festival remembers the sharpshooter By Terri Gordon Photo: 1st Runner Up Katie Hurd, 2014 Miss Annie Oakley Hayley Maher, 2015 Miss Annie Oakley Mariana Ramos, 2nd Runner Up Hannah Gulleyphoto: JoEllen Melling Most people know Annie Oakley as the sharpshootin’ gal in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West traveling show, but most probably don’t know […]

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Not your dad’s beer

Jungle Jim’s beer festival welcomes geeks, newbies By Jim Witmer If you think Jungle Jim’s has a vast selection of beer on a normal shopping day, then you’ll be even more impressed with its International Beer Festival. Jungle Jim’s has built a reputation in just about every food category possible, and their craft and import […]

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FilmDayton talks business

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Annual film festival focuses on life behind and in front of the camera By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Breaking A Monster” will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 during the Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival As part of its early marketing and promotional blast, the team behind the seventh annual Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival, Oct. 23-25, announced […]

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Dayton LGBT Film Festival at ten

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A decade of movement By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Evan Todd as Adam in “Fourth Man Out” With more mainstream film representations of the LGBT community in flux—“About Ray” release gets pushed back, seemingly in response to a less than favorable preview at the Toronto International Film Festival and “Stonewall” facing challenges from activists concerned whitewashing […]

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Big beers, bigger benefits

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Big Beers and Barley Wines: a treat for geeks By Hayley Fudge Photo: Big Beers and Barley Wines takes place Oct. 3 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds; photo: Jim Witmer Those Daytonians seeking out the hard-to-find, heavy and funky beers are in for a treat. The Miami Valley beer geeks’ version of trick-or-treat comes in […]

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It’s bock!

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DAI’s Oktoberfest bigger and more local By Tara Pettit Photo: Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute, 1972 Dayton’s annual Oktoberfest has, since its inception in 1972, offered one weekend out of the year for Dayton to “taste the world” by bringing to the event an array of international craft beer and food offerings for the […]

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This little piggy…

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Preble County Pork Festival spotlights local rural community By Katie Christoff Photo: The Preble County Pork Festival takes place Sept. 19-20 at the Preble County Fairgrounds; photo: Kimberly Nichole Photography County festivals are a popular and effective way to bring communities together, especially in Dayton and surrounding communities. If they revolve around a theme, they […]

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Pop into Labor Day

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Beavercreek Popcorn Festival celebrates sweet and salty By CC Hutten Photo: The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival takes place Sept. 12-13; Stan Rohrer Since 1987, the people of Beavercreek have gathered the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate community, popcorn and, this year, veterans. “It started out like many things,” says John Engel, festival president of about […]

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Come hungry, leave humming

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Annual Lebanese Festival returns By Janell R. Ward Photo: Will Thomas grillis Kafta while Danny Slilaty grills chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the annual Dayton Lebanese Festival, Aug. 28-30; photo: Jim Zaidain Experience the culture of Lebanese dance, cuisine, and traditions this year at the 22nd Annual Lebanese Festival, taking place Aug. 28-30. “This festival is […]

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Welcome to the village

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Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival keeps traditions alive By John Hamilton Photo: The Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival, taking place Aug. 28-29, features a wide array of performers and artisans Although the summer season is coming to an end again, there are still some fun outdoor activities that can be done just as […]

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A family affair

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Dayton African American Cultural Festival returns By Katie Christoff Photo: The Dayton African American Cultural Festival takes place Aug. 22 at Island MetroPark and Aug. 23 at Courthouse Square; photo: Terry Flucas It’s a family affair at the annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival—the theme has mandated this for the past three years, but it’s […]

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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, […]