Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fiddler on the Roof


Come join us for Fiddler on the Roof presented by Stage Lefters, a God-honoring drama club.  Amazing sets, live band, authentic costumes and top-notch actors will thrill both young and old. 

Friday,   April 12th  7:00 PM
Saturday, April 13th  7:00 PM
Friday,   April 19th  7:00 PM
Saturday, April 20th  2:00 PM

Refreshments (hot dogs, chips, various sweets and water) will be served in the gym during intermission (donation only).  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  $8.00 Adults $5.00 Student  Children 5 and under FREE

Randy Chisholm Memorial Hall
2745 S. Smithville Road 
Dayton, Ohio 45420

for additional information, contact Kathy Western

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas in Dayton


     Christmas in Dayton is a terrific time.  Today (12/26/2012) it snowed a ton.  We had 6-8 inches and many businesses were closed.  It is a bit amusing that we didn’t have a white Christmas -- but we certainly had a white post-Christmas.  This is a good thing because it gave us all the opportunity to explore Dayton and to discover all the cool things you can do as you get into the holiday mood.
     One of the best things to see during Christmas in Dayton is to see the Clifton Mill and its fantastic decorations.  They also have one of the best light shows you’ll ever see on Christmas.  Below is an example of one such light show.  This was actually taken last year:

     Clifton Mills also has one of the most fantastic collections of Santa Clause.  Check out a few of the pictures we took:

     There is no doubt Clifton Mills is one of the best places to go for Christmas in Dayton, but if you don’t feel like fighting the crowds or paying the entrance fee, there are a ton of free things you can do as well.  For example there is family across the street from the Fairhaven Church near Kettering that puts together one heck of a light show.  They gussy up their house and then transmit Christmas music to a radio frequency so that you can listen to the music in your car.  Once you tune in to the music, you’ll also see that the lights are in time with the music.  It is really cool.  Here is an example:

Monday, October 8, 2012

National Museum of the United States Air Force

    If you have ever been to the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., you will likely be impressed.  However, believe it or not, the National Museum of United States Air Force is much better.  We had friends visiting us from Australia who visited both.  By far they felt that the Air Force Museum was head and shoulders more fascinating than either of the two museums that make up the Air and Space Museum.  They are not the only ones who thought the museum was incredible.  Check out the myriad of super reviews at trip advisor:


    The Air Force Museum is free to the public and has great hours for everyone:

Museum Hours
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
FREE admission!
Blue line
Museum Location
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 (near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286

   There are also special events on a regular basis.  And don’t forget the personal tour you can have visiting one of the several Air Force One planes set-up for public view.

     The museum is huge with airplanes from just about every period of time, including an incredible display with history about the Wright Brothers.

     When you are ready for a break from walking around the massive museum there is also an IMAX and a terrific gift store.  If you are going to visit Dayton, the Air Force Museum is a must visit!  

     What do you think about the museum?....share your thoughts and experiences with us here.  


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oktoberfest 2012 -- Dayton Art Institute

Mark your calendars for Oktoberfest 2012, September 21-23! Presented by Miller Lite, this community event proudly boasts a dazzling array of artisans, unique foods, ample domestic, international and craft beers, kid-friendly art activities, live music on two stages, delicious international wines and so much more!
Oktoberfest includes a fully covered Main Stage viewing area, an expanded Craft Beer tent with four big-screen TVs for all the weekend football action and the annual Oktoberfest Home Brew Beer Contest. The ACCO Brands FamilyFest provides free art activities for the kids, from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Don't forget about the annual Friday evening Oktoberfest Preview Party. Preview Party guests will enjoy complimentary draft beer and wine, live entertainment by Cincinnati's Soul Pocket and great socializing in a casual, less-crowded atmosphere.


Preview Party: 7 - 11 p.m.
Saturday, noon - 11p.m.
Sunday, noon - 7p.m.


Preview Party (Friday, September 21)
Advance Tickets: $45 members; $60 non-members
At the Gate: $80
Saturday/Sunday General Admission
Advance Tickets: $5 adults and seniors; $3 students (ages 7-18)
At the Gate: $7 adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for students
Children 6 and under admitted free
Online advance ticket sales for Saturday & Sunday have ended. Oktoberfest advance tickets may still be purchased through the close of business on Friday, September 21 at: the museum’s Visitor Services Desk, Arrow Wine & Spirits (all locations), Belmont Party Supply, Chappys Tap Room, Cuvee Wine Bar & Cellar, Dorothy Lane Market (all locations), and Dublin Pub. Advance tickets may also be purchased by calling 937-223-4ART (4278) during regular museum hours.

Get Social!

Join the Oktoberfest celebration on Facebook and Twitter for photos, video, special offers and exclusive updates from Oktoberfest! On Twitter, search for the hashtag #OktoberfestDayton for the latest updates.

Ten Best Places to Eat in Dayton

    Some say that Ohio is a true representative of America.  In politics, we know how Ohio goes so do most Presidential elections.  Indeed it is true that Ohio is an absolute melting pot.  Well, just as Ohio has a huge and wonderful mixture of people, so too does Ohio have a great mixture of wonderful places to eat.  Today (speaking of melting pots) I present to you the (first three of the) 10 best places to eat in Dayton:

10.  Linh’s

4770 Airway Rd
DaytonOH 45431

Here is a sample review:
 "It's difficult to find anything authentic as far as cuisine in Dayton. I've been going to this place with my family for years, and I love it.  It's a small little place located right next to an Asian grocery store, so keep your eye out; the location isn't crazy obvious. Being close to an Air Force base, be sure to get there EARLY for lunch if you want to get a seat and beat the rush. Otherwise, be prepared to wait, inside or out. The restaurant itself is quite small, so it gets a little crowded at times.  If I had anything bad to say about their food... I'd have to comment on their selection of herb s and greens as far as the condiments for the pho, and inside their soft rolls as well. It seems as though they've completely omitted using basil. Mommy wasn't happy.  All in all, definitely try it out! You won't be disappointed.”

I would agree with this review and add that while it is a “hole in the wall” type restaurant...the food is great, and it is truly authentic.  Definitely a must if you work or live anywhere near WPAFB.

9.  Mama Disalvo’s

1375 E. Stroop Rd.
Kettering Ohio 45440

Here is a sample review:
"In Dayton, there are only 2 places to get good Italian, and the last time I was in town, the other one was closed down.  I don't know if the other place ever reopened in a new location, but Mama DiSalvos was still going strong when I was there.

I first went to Mamas in the 70s, and ate there regularly through the 90s, when I moved out of the country for a time.  I've been back every time I'm in town.  It's still the same great place, though last time I was there I'm pretty sure the boys are running it now instead of Mama.

Everything is good there but the one thing I ALWAYS try to get every time I go there is the Eggplant Sub.  I thought it was incredibly weird the first time I saw it on the menu, but . . . it was instant Nirvana! . . .

The place is small and tends to get crowded, but it is worth the visit.  If there's one thing I miss about the area, it is Mama DiSalvos.  Long may they rule!"

I love Mama Disalvo’s because it is true Italian.  A great selection and having been to Italy, I can say it is authentic.  Try it -- you’ll love it.

8.  El Toro

Various locations around Dayton

      I have to admit that I was hesitant to put this on the list because it is a semi-formidable chain, but as far as Mexican restaurants go it is not bad.  The food is inexpensive.  The portions are huge.  The wait staff is very attentive...and we seem to eat there a lot.  You might disagree with my selection of El Toro, but as far as a family friendly restaurant goes -- this one is right up there.  We go to the one on Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

More selections to come tomorrow.  Enjoy!

And as always if you would like to comment about anything on this blog -- I welcome your input.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cedarville Labor Day Fireworks

    I love Cedarville!  What a terrific little town.  If you live in Dayton, but have not visited Cedarville, you are missing out.  There are a myriad of things to do there.  This December, I’ll be posting a message about the Christmas concert put on my Cedarville University.  It is perhaps one of best concerts of the year.  The students put on a performance with ensembles from just about every type of instrument.  It really is a sight to see.
    Cedarville University also has an incredible theater group.  My family has been to a couple of their plays, and they are fantastic.  Keep an eye out for upcoming performances because Cedarville University is always putting on something good (and you know it will be family friendly because Cedarville is a Christian University that still maintains the tradition of good quality Christian education). A link to their activities website can be found here:


    This September my family was given another huge treat.  We went to Cedarville for Labor Day and watched the fireworks.  Put on by the Cedarville Chamber of Commerce, the fireworks, parade, and fair that goes along with both, are all a part of Cedar Fest.

     A link to Cedar Fest can be found here:


    I got a chance to record a few seconds of the fireworks, and even though these aren’t part of the finale, they show you just how awesome the fireworks display can be (for such a small town):

    Cedar Fest puts on such a fantastic fireworks display because they wait until after the 4th of July to purchase their fireworks.  By this time most of the regions other fireworks displays are over and so vendors are anxious to sell their wares as quickly as possible.  Cedarville swoops in and gets a great bargain and is therefore able to put on a display comparable to much bigger cities -- all because they can afford to purchase larger quantities at much cheaper prices.  Here is another example of fireworks from the at least 10-20 minute long demonstration:

    Why, you ask, does Cedarville put on such an incredible Labor Day celebration?  That’s because Labor Day, as we know it, would not exist were it not for Senator James H. Kyle, the “Father of Labor Day.”  He was from Cedarville Ohio and was the person responsible for putting forward a bill in Congress to recognize Labor Day.  So another reason to appreciate and celebrate Cedarville -- they brought us Labor Day.

     If you have other stories about Cedarville, or other fireworks stories you’d like to share, please let us know.  I’d love to hear from you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sauerkraut Festival

  Don’t forget to put this on your calendar.  May sound crazy but one of the best festivals of the year is the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival.  This year (2012) it is held on October 13 - 14th.


From the website:
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival has grown from a small local event in 1970 to one of the premier craft festivals in the nation.  We jury our 450+ vendors to ensure that all items are handcrafted, and select items based on quality and variety.
Our unique food offerings range from sauerkraut pizza to fudge.  Visitors return year after year to sample their favorites, making the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival a favorite Midwest destination. 

43rd Annual Sauerkraut Festival

2012 Schedule
Saturday, October 13th 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 14th 9:00am - 6:00pm
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival is always held the second full weekend of October.

    We’re going to be there.  And don’t worry if you don’t like sauerkraut.  There are many other activities and fun crafts for everyone.  Believe it or not -- even for a festival celebrating sauerkraut -- this is a great place to be for everyone.
    If you have been there before, please feel free to add your two cents about the festival.  I’d love to hear from you.  I’ll update this blog after we return from the outing.

    Oh and don’t forget the cabbage roll run 5 mile race on 6 October 2012.