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But cut the grass first

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Yellow Springs has long embraced artistic expression as a way to bring people together. The village itself is a mecca for creativity. While summer cookouts will be dotting the lawns of the Midwest, this August will mark the 35th annual Art on the Lawn Festival in Yellow Springs. The AOTLF will host 100 new and […]

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New alternative rock beats on old stomping grounds

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There is a first time for everything. This time it’s the first year for a psychedelic new wave of alternative rock, punk, and indie rock, rolling through virgin bucolic farmland with all the excitement and anticipation of a blank canvas. The Bellwether Music Festival debuts on the same grounds occupied by the Ohio Renaissance Festival […]

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“Celtic” isn’t just about Ireland

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Break out your kilts, dust off your favorite pint glass, and gather up all the kids, the 17th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival is almost upon us. This festival is downtown Dayton’s largest, and will be in full tilt from July 27–29 at Riverscape Metropark. The celebration will have non-stop music and entertainment, authentic Irish beverages, […]

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Look! Up in the sky!

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Beautiful balloons are the main draw featured at The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held at Middletown’s Smith Park, the Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition with over 30 participants slated to appear. Pilots from more than ten states, as far away as California, will trailer their lighter-than-air paraphernalia in for […]

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Feeding the soul

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The onslaught of festivals in and around the city of Dayton is in full swing, but not all of them can make you feel it in your bones the way the Dayton Blues Festival can. Coming back for the 33rd year, this gathering celebrates the history and love of blues, while also introducing the genre […]

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Beer, bands, bar-b-q, Brooks, Brown, and Urban

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There is only one way to cram a year’s worth of events into six weeks and the Springfield Arts Council (SAC) has discovered it. The amazing result is the Springfield Arts Festival. A production of “Oliver!” was the initial performance. By the time you read this, they will have presented KidsFest (sponsored by the Springfield […]

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Happy Birthday to U.S.

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Dayton has always been a patriotic town, which is a natural fit for the birthplace of aviation. Each year, communities all across the Miami Valley show their true colors for the Fourth of July. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, the Dayton City Paper offers the following guide to some of the local celebrations.

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Darling, you don’t look a day over 150

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Stars will have plenty of opportunity to shine on the Star City’s Bicentennial bash. Miamisburg, Ohio, is set to celebrate its two hundredth birthday with eight fun-filled days of an eclectic mix of events. In a nicely niched parallel, two hundred volunteers have been working for three years on the celebration. According to PR Chair […]

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A whole lotta stompin’ goin’ on

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If you like stompin’ and you like streets, the Lebanon Country Music Festival is the place for you. Their annual event, Stompin’ in the Streets, will be held Saturday June 9. Come early, come hungry, come thirsty, and come ready to hear seven different performers during the twelve-hour event. Opening at 11 a.m. and running […]

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Soaking up good tunes

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Spungewurthy has graced the Dayton scene since 2001, playing the coolest tunes from rap, rock, country and dance to the dancefloor delight of participating patrons. Members have put time in other acts, bringing a wealth of history and experience to the group including Northside Tribe, Festive Skeletons, Funky G and Mad Hatter.

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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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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]