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Monday, Sept. 1 - Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 -

                            Festival Guide HERE                              
(Click HERE for Miami County Obituaries & HERE for Archived News) 

Miami County Sheriff's Deputy Exchanges Badge for Life on the Road
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Piqua Blaze Last Since 2006
(Video from WHIO)

Miami County's Most Wanted
(Article from Troy Daily News)

WACO Fly-In Set for Sept. 12-14
(Article from Troy Daily News)

Community Events to Introduce Rachel's Challenge
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Groups Plan Ceremony for New Piqua School Buildings
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Registration Open for Annual Mum Run
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Troy Bicentennial Parade Accepting Applications
(Article from Dayton daily News)

Go Red Goes North Luncheon Set in Piqua
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Walter Kidder, Hayner Distillery Topic of Presentation
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Gospel Family Comes to Piqua
(Article from Troy Daily News)

Fire Causes Over $200K in Damage at Former Piqua Ice & Fish Company
 (Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Ginghamsburg Church to Host Fall Festival Sept. 6
(Article from My Miami County) 

Autumn in Ohio Country 1814 Set for Sept. 27-28 at Staley Mill
(Article from My Miami County) 

Taste of Troy Returns September 13
(Article from My Miami County)

Thrivent Financial Agent Discusses Legal and Life Insurance Needs for Parents with College Bound
(Article from My Miami County)

(Click HERE for all recent news stories in Miami County) 

(Click HERE for this Weekend's Calendar of Events
For Nightlife only, click HERE)

Sunday, August 31

Apple dumblings, homemade chicken and noodles and
gravy and biscuits are all popular items at the Fort
Rowdy Gathering in Covington.

Fort Rowdy Gathering - Sunday & Monday (FREE)
COVINGTON - The Fort Rowdy Gathering will continue today at Covington Community Park. The festival has live entertainment, craft vendors, historical encampments and very popular food, including homemade chicken and noodles, apple dumplings and gravy and biscuits, among others. Live music on Sunday includes: Berachah Valley, Jim Greer and the Mac-O-Che Valley Folk, Lonsesome Strangers, Titus Bowman and Dulahan. To plan your visit, click HERE. The festival is free.

The Montgomery County Fair - today through Monday
DAYTON - The Montgomery County Fair will take place today through Monday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in downtown Dayton. For a complete schedule of events and additional information, click HERE.

Enjoy Black Jack and other games
of chance at Alterfest.
AlterFest - Sunday & Monday
KETTERING - AlterFest features gambling, live music, food from midway vendors and local restaurants, games for children and adults, carnival rides and more. For more information, click HERE.

International Sunflower Festival (FREE)
FRANKFORT - The International Sunflower Festival features a popular Sunflower Show, arts and crafts vendors, lots of food (including Sunflower-related foods!), non-stop entertainment, a kiddie tractor pull and baby contest, a car show and the infamous Tug-O-War. A parade will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival takes place in downtown Frankfort and is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, click HERE.

Ohio Renaissance Festival - Today-October 19th
HARVEYSBURG - The festival features 30 acres of recreated 16th century English village with over 150 costumed characters. Throughout the marketplace, you will find over 135 artisans and demonstrations of crafts like glass blowing and metalsmithing. For ticket information, click HERE.

Milan Melon Festival - Sunday & Monday (FREE)
MILAN - Head to Thomas Edison's birthplace for the annual Milan Melon Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The festival features rides, games, contests, an antique car show, a baby contest, entertainment, a grand parade and, of course, famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet, among other melon-related foods and treats. The festival takes place in Milan Town Square and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE.

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival - Sunday & Monday (FREE)
CANAL WINCHESTER - This three-day festival on Labor Day Weekend features free daily entertainment, arts and crafts displays and sales, festival foods, games and rides, one of the premier car shows in Central Ohio, a Labor Day parade and the crowning of Miss Canal Winchester. The festival takes place throughout historic downtown Canal Winchester (which is very close to Hocking Hills!!!) and is open noon to 11 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. For a full schedule of events, click HERE. For more information on the festival, click HERE.

Portsmouth River Days - Friday-Sunday (FREE)
PORTSMOUTH - A weekend of music, fireworks, food, parades and more awaits visitors to the very popular Portsmouth River Days. Click HERE for details. 

Greek Festival in Columbus - Sunday & Monday
COLUMBUS - This is the largest Greek festival in Ohio and takes place throughout Labor Day Weekend at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. in downtown Columbus. Activities include traditional dancing, music and authentic Greek fare, including freshly baked baklava. Guests can also take a tour of the cathedral to learn how it was painstakingly decorated by hand. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; and free for those 12 and under. To plan your visit, click HERE.

                                        Special Events                                          

Music in the Parks: Red Barn Melodies (FREE)
TROY - The Miami County Park District will host its Music in the Parks: Red Barn Melodies event from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. St. Rt. 41 - east of Troy. The event is free and guests will be able to sit in the shade of old oak trees and listen to the sound of music and nature. Bring a blanket and a snack and sit back and enjoy! For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.

The YOLO Festival of Races
GREENVILLE - The YOLO Festival of Races will take place starting at 7 a.m. Sunday at Greenville High School100 Greenwave Way. This first-time marathon, as well as 15K and 5K, takes runners through beautiful terrain and past many historic sites in Darke County. For a list of each race, as well as registration information, click HERE.

Draft Horse Days (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - Watch as the United States Plowing Contest is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights. Participants from many different states will put their skills to the test to see who the best plow hand is. Also, various demonstrations are given highlighting the skills required to drive draft horses. The event is free. For more information, click HERE.

7th Annual Baltes Classic at Eldora Speedway
NEW WESTON - Eldora Speedway will host the 7th Annual Baltes Classic on Sunday at 13929 St. Rt. 118 in New Weston. The races will feature Sunoco American Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, plus Eldora Stocks. Tickets are $15 for adults 13 and older and $3 for children. Add $4 for reserve seating. For times, tickets and additional information, click HERE.
Sweet Corn & More at Fulton Farms - Open Daily
TROY - Fulton Farms currently has three varieties of sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, organic produce and greens and much more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Sunday Concert in the Parks in Greenville (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The Greenville Concert Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Greenville City Park. The concert is free. Bring a chair or blanket.

M n J's Gift Boutique Liquidation Sale - Open Daily
TIPP CITY - M n J's Gift Boutique is liquidating its entire business, including fixtures and tons of silk floral design items. Located at 124 E. Main St. in downtown Tipp City, the store is open daily with discounts of 20-50 percent off everything - and more! There are also prizes being given away for shoppers. For complete details, including times and prize options, plus items for sale, click HERE.

Cool Films: Silk Stockings at Victoria Theatre
Dayton- The Victoria Theatre will be showing the film Silk Stockings at 3 p.m. today. Individual tickets will be available an hour prior to show time for $6. The film stars Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.  Free popcorn and sodas will be available in the lobby an hour before show time. For tickets and show times, click HERE.

Paris Flea Market at the Dixie Drive-In
DAYTON - A flea market takes place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday this summer at the Dixie Drive-In, 6201 N. Dixie Dr. in Dayton. Dozens of vendors set up selling everything from household items and arts and crafts, to baked goods and collectibles. Those interested in selling their wares can show up at 6 a.m. and pay the $16 vendor fee. Admission to the flea market is $1 per carload.

Mary Poppins at La Comedia Dinner Theatre - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - La Comedia Dinner Theatre will present the Disney classic Mary Poppins this Wednesday through Sunday at 765 W. Central Ave. in Springboro. The show is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins. The score is filled with classics, including "A Spoon Full of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for the Wednesday-Sunday show and buffet. For matinees shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, arrive between 10:30 and 11 a.m. with the buffet beginning at 11:15 a.m. For tickets and additional information, click HERE

                                       Dining & Nightlife                                       

20 Beers on Tap and Great Food at the 311 Drafthouse in Piqua
PIQUA - The 311 Drafthouse is open seven days a week; serving 20 beers on tap, plus a full bar, and one of the best American-themed menus in Miami County. Popular menu items include Beer Cheese Fondue, the Stockpile Brat and Pepper Bacon Brat, The Crazy Horse Burger (a must try if you like slightly spicy food), Fish n' Chips, a Reuben Pizza, Patty Melt and Veggie Wrap and more. Click HERE for the full menu. The pub is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

All Day Happy Hour at Z's Sports Bar
PIQUA - Every Sunday, Z's Sports Bar hosts All Day Happy Hour with $1.75 beers. The bar is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.

Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy Daily Lunch Specials - Open Daily
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday's special is a hamburger meal for $5.50;
Tuesday is a Pork Tenderloin meal for $6; Wednesday is an Italian or Mushroom Steak Sub for $3.95 for a half and $6.50 for a whole; Thursday is a huge Chef Salad for $6.75; and Friday is a Classic Sub $3.50 for a half and $5.95 for a whole. Patrons can also enjoy a garden salad and the homemade soup of the day for $6.95 seven days a week. If you need a quick lunch, you can call ahead to place your order at (937) 552-9347. To view the full menu, click HERE. The Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily with kitchen hours of 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. in downtown Piqua and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. 

50 Cent Boneless Wings, 75 Cent Bone-In Wings and $1.25 Draft Beers at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Starting at 5 p.m. on Sundays, Mulligan's Pub in Piqua serves 50 cent boneless wings, 75 cent bone-in wings and $1.25 domestic drafts. Guests can also dine for the regular menu and enjoy drinks from two bars, as well as outdoor dining. Mulligan's is located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819. For additional specials and entertainment, click HERE.

Kids Eat Free at La Piazza
TROY - Open from 4-10 p.m. on Sundays, La Piazza offers free meals for children (with the purchase of an adult meal) from its Children's Menu. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553.

Extra Large Two-Topping Pizza with Breadsticks and a 2-Liter for $20.99 at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Click HERE for an exclusive coupon good for an extra large two-topping pizza with breadsticks and a 2-liter for $20.99. To place your order, call (937) 615-1100. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. in downtown Piqua. To view the full menu, click HERE. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. on Mondays.

                                      Relaxing Recreation                                     

Shopping at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Open Daily
PIQUA - The Miami Valley Centre Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guests can shop, dine and enjoy a new children's play area and games. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Spa Services at Giacamo's A Salon & Spa in Troy - Monday-Saturday
TROY - From Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and reflexology to manicures, pedicures and specialty waxing, Giacomo's A Salon and Spa in downtown Troy is the place to pamper yourself and relax. Call (937) 332-7075 to book your spa treatment or service. Giacomo's is located at 221 S. Market St. To view all services, click HERE. Call tomorrow to make your appointment!

Racino! - Open Daily
MASON - Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Miami Valley Gaming (Racino) is located at 6000 Ohio 63 in Lebanon. The casino features hundreds of slot machines and horse racing. There is also entertainment, two full bars and a restaurant. To plan your visit and to view upcoming events and special offers, click HERE. All new visitors receive $20 in free play.

Cycle or Hike the Great Miami Recreational Trail (FREE)
The Great Miami Recreational Trail is an amazing mix of rural and urban landscapes, as well as historical landmarks, beautiful views and great exercise for individuals and groups. To view an interactive map of the entire trail system, click HERE.

                                 For Children & Families                                   

Visit Johnston Farm - Thursday-Sunday
PIQUA - Ride the General Harrison II canal boat, visit the historic Indian museum, tour the Johnston Farmstead and more during a visit to Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road in Piqua. The historic site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Jumping and Laser Tag at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy is open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7. Stay and play with video games and a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE.

Reggae Sundays at The Beach Water Park
MASON - Every Sunday from 2-5 p.m., The Beach Water Park hosts Reggae Sundays, with live reggae music and an "authentic island ambiance." For more information, click HERE.

Horseback Trail Rides at Carriage Hill - Saturday & Sunday
HUBER HEIGHTS - The Carriage Hill Riding Center offers public Horseback Trail Rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October 26 at 8111 E. Shull Road in Huber Heights at Carriage Hill Farm. The cost is $30 per person, which includes horse rental and pre-registration is required by calling (937) 274-3120. Guests must be at least 8-years-old and up to six people at a time ride the trail with a guide. The program is weather dependent and the ride lasts about an hour and is in a wooded area. 

Visit the Idle-Hour Ranch in Troy - Friday-Sunday
TROY - Idle-Hour Ranch in Troy features hundreds of animals, from Sam the Giraffe, a mountain lion, kangaroos (that love bread and will eat it from your hand), alpacas, singing dogs, hybrid wolves, man varieties of sheep and goats and much more. The ranch is located at 4845 W. Fenner Road west of Troy and is open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for children 3-12; $10 for adults and free toddlers, military (including veterans), firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Everything Thomas at EnterTRAINment Junction - Daily
WEST CHESTER - Thomas and Friends are everywhere at EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., through September 14. Travel through the world's largest indoor model train display where you can search for the Thomas characters hidden throughout the display. The Imagination Junction Kids' Play Area features Thomas the Train play tables and special Thomas crafts. And right now through September 1 kids 2 and under are free! For hours of operation, or to purchase tickets visit

More Family Fun!
Click HERE for dozens of family friendly activities in and around Miami County - from museums and fun centers to outdoor activities and indoor recreation! 

Lost Creek Music Experience Set For Saturday
Show Features Clark Manson, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and Hey Monea! 
TROY - The Miami County Park District will host a one-day music festival at Lost Creek Reserve in Troy on September 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Lost Creek Music Experience will feature various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk and bluegrass. 
“We want this to be a relaxing day of food, friends and music,” said J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Park District. “It is a way to share the County’s rural charm with visitors.”
Headlining the festival will be Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Clark Manson, Higgins-Madewell and Hey Monea!. The festival will also showcase "Home.Grown.Talent" throughout the day with featured local bands. 
Clark Manson will be one of the headline acts at the first ever
Lost Creek Music Experience in Troy on September 6.
According to Myers, a few of the bands that will be performing are on the verge of national recognition. Hey Monea! is currently touring in support of their Hard Rock Records debut release Cheap Souvenirs, featuring the single “Adeline,” which is currently charting on both AAA and Hot AC radio formats. Produced by Grammy-winner Dennis Herring (Ra Ra Riot, Modest Mouse, Counting Crows), Cheap Souvenirs highlights the band’s unique brand of classic piano-based poprock bringing to mind the prime of Elton John, Billy Joel and Jackson Browne. The trio from CantonOhio won the 2012 Hard Rock Rising contest beating out over 12,000 bands worldwide. They subsequently played main stage at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival opening for Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band.
Another up-and-coming artist scheduled to perform is Clark Manson (from Covington), officially sponsored by Jagermeister USA. He released his debut album in November 2013, "Running with the Night," which quickly climbed the iTunes charts, peaking at No. 30 on the day of its release. "Running with the Night," also checked in at No. 5 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart in November 2013, and has received much
Hey Monea! is an up-and-coming folk/rock band that
will be performing at this music concert in Troy.
recognition all around the world by some of Manson’s 36,000 Twitter followers and fans. Since the album's release, Manson has swamped the ticket-booths, selling out a number of shows and quickly becoming a notable country vision in states ranging from Wisconsin, all the way to Texas.
Back by popular demand are bluegrass favorites Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers. They have an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.  They have been seen by thousands of fans across the country at nearly every national bluegrass event.
Also appearing is Higgins-Madewell who bring their unique combination of strong vocals, acoustic guitar and heartfelt original lyrics to the stage.  Their music appeals to a broad range of people and their fan base spans from teens to retirees.
“We felt that it was important to showcase local musicians at the festival too,” Myers said.
The park district partnered with Chris and Linda Tatarian from Rum River Productions to coordinate the local talent. They will also be performing on stage with their band Rum River Blend.  
Capacity at the festival is limited and there will be presale tickets available.  In the upcoming weeks, more information will be posted on the park district website.
Taste of Troy Returns on September 13
TROY —Troy Main Street, Inc. presents the 2014 Taste of Troy on Saturday, September 13th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is held annually in downtown Troy to showcase local restaurants in the picturesque town square.
Visitors can sample the culinary delights of thirteen hometown restaurants, listen to live music, shop at the Downtown Farmers Market, participate in beer and wine tastings, and visit dozens of downtown shops.
Expect to taste a wide range of food from a variety of independent restaurants including Italian, Mexican, classic American fare, locally grown and raised, and more.  New participants in this year’s Taste of Troy are Brittney’s Cakes, Little York Tavern, and Basil’s on Market.
“Tastes” for sale include a diverse array of menu items featuring up to three different offerings from each participating restaurant.
To satisfy a hunger for entertainment, several musical performances are scheduled for Prouty Plaza throughout the day. Slated to perform are A Sweet Sound, Megan Osman, Colin Richards, and Southbound.
Troy is unmatched in the quality and quantity of independent restaurants for a city of its size,” observes Andi Trzeciak, director of Troy Main Street.  “The Taste of Troy provides an opportunity for people to sample signature dishes from a wide variety of restaurants while enjoying live music.”
Two downtown establishments, La Piazza and The Caroline, will offer wine and beer tastings on their respective outdoor patios. The Downtown Troy Farmers Market will extend its hours until 2 p.m.
Admission to the Taste of Troy is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Gordon Orthodontics, the Miami Country Visitors and Convention Bureau, WYSO, and the Troy Tribune.
Tickets for food tastes and drinks can be purchased at the Taste of Troy. For additional information, contact Troy Main Street at 937-339-5455 or visit
Thousands Expected For Community Fall Fest At Ginghamsburg Church
Festival to Feature Fireworks, Games, Food and More
TIPP CITY - On Saturday, September 6 the Ginghamsburg Church front lawn is set to transform into an evening of fun for the entire community. All ages are welcome, and admission is free for the 2014 Fall Fest featuring giant inflatables, carnival games and rides, food vendors and more. The festivities all conclude with a fireworks show at dark.
The fall fest has been held annually at Ginghamsburg for more than a decade. Last year nearly 4,000 guests took part. Due to the overwhelming number of participants
Along with games, food and family entertainment,
the Ginghamsburg Church Fall Festival on
Sept. 6 will feature fireworks.
last year, festival coordinators plan to double most of the attractions at this year’s Fall Fest.
“The purpose of Fall Fest is to provide a fun, free event for guests and families. We want to create an atmosphere that produces lasting memories and most importantly shows the community the love of Jesus Christ,” said Nathan Mills, Director of Guest Services and Events.
Guests will enjoy a fun-filled activity tent for kids, a DJ, hayrides, pony rides and a pumpkin patch where every child receives a free pumpkin. Approximately nine food vendors will also be on site offering all the favorite traditional festival foods such as elephant ears, funnel cakes, cotton candy, Philly cheese steak and sausage sandwiches. There will also be gourmet burgers, pizza, chicken and hand-cut chips.
The fireworks show is provided by American Fireworks and is scheduled to last about 20 minutes. “You won’t want to miss this incredible firework display. It’s going to be the perfect end to a fantastic evening,” said Mills.
In addition to providing a good time for all visitors, Ginghamsburg also looks forward to introducing newcomers to the church. With over 100 volunteers and staff members hosting the event, festival goers will be invited back to the Ginghamsburg Church front lawn on Sunday, September 7 for a powerful one-of-a-kind worship experience bringing together all three Ginghamsburg campuses. This “All Church” Outdoor Worship will take place at 10am, and the community is encouraged to take part.
Sponsors of the 2014 Community Fall Fest include: Troy Ford, Dave Arbogast Buick/GMC, Dave Knapp Ford, Emmerson Climate Technologies, New Tech Plastics,, ProSource, Piqua Steele and Crane, Speedpro Imaging, Tipp City Veterinary, Hospital and Wellness Center, American Fireworks, US Bank and Amlin Advantage.
For more information about Ginghamsburg Church, visit
Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814 Set for Sept. 27-28 at Staley Mill
Event to Feature Living History Exhibits, Crafters and More
NEW CARLISLE - Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814 will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at Historic Staley Mill Farm, 7095 Staley Road in New Carlisle.
Come experience activities based on real events on the Ohio Frontier in the fall  of
Living history exhibits and demonstrations will be part of the
Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814 on Sept. 27-28 at Staley Mill.
1814; a militia muster, a community feast of thanksgiving, various artisans at work.
Presentations are scheduled throughout the day by historic Interpreters and historic artisans will be demonstrating their skills and some will be selling their wares.
Frontiersman, Simon Kenton, will be portrayed by nationally known historic
interpreter Mel Hankla who will speak on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 2
o’clock and will mingle with visitors until 3:30 p.m.
The Copper Arrow Antique Show will feature primitive and country furniture, good collectable smalls and all needfuls to fill your country home. Presented by dealers from the surrounding Ohio country.
Historic Staley Mill Farm, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places is located in Miami County in Bethel Township off of State Rt. 201 at 7095 Staley Road, New Carlisle.
The farm is one of America’s last original Pioneer Agricultural / Industrial Farms of its kind and features a 1818 grist mill as well as Indian Creek Distillery which distills early American Rye Whiskey in the family’s original 1820 pot stills.
True Heritage, Timeless History and the Spirit of Liberty reflect Elias Staley’s entrepreneurial vision that has been preserved for 6 generations at the Staley Mill Farm.
For more information, click HERE.
“Bubbles in a Bottle” Wine Tasting in Piqua Set for September 12
PIQUA - The Friends of the Piqua Public Library are presenting “Bubbles in a Bottle” at the library on Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m., as part of its Library Lounge Series. Julia Benkert, of Love 2 Wine Parties, will share information about (and give tastes of) a variety of sparkling wines from all over the world.
Julia Benkert is a serious wine enthusiast who loves nothing more than introducing people to the joys of wine appreciation. Benkert holds a Wine Spirits Education Trust Certification in wine expertise, and has facilitated events and tastings of both large and small groups. She frequents seminars and professional tastings to increase her knowledge of the wine experience.
Benkert says, “Wine tasting should be fun, educational, and enjoyable, but never intimidating,” and she would like to introduce event goers to one of her favorite varieties, sparkling wines, in an evening that promises to be unique, fun-filled, and “snob free.”
The wines will be provided by Jerardi’s Little Store in DaytonOhio. The event is free and open to the public, and only for those over the age of 21. Please join us in the lobby of the Piqua Public Library at 116 W. High St, on September 12th, refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
More information about these and other upcoming events can be found on the library calendar at
Second Story Secrets Tour to be held in Downtown Troy
TROY - Troy Community Works and the Leadership Troy 2014 Action Team are excited to present to the city the inaugural Second Story Secrets Tour to be held downtown on October 4, 2014 from 4-7pm. The tour will feature 11 second floors around the square of Troy. We will begin at the Mayflower and finish at the Troy Community Room with food and wine at those locations. Locations include:

  • The Troy Rec (newly renovated!)
  • The Dye Building (2nd & 3rd Floors)
  • The Shannesy Building (1st-2nd Floor)
  • The East Gate Building (1st & 2nd Floors)
  • The Miami County Power Plant
  • The Troy Masonic Temple
  • 221 Public Square Apartment
  • The Old Courthouse (Little York Tavern)
  • La Piazza 2nd Floor Apartment
  • The Troy Community Room
  • The Mayflower
The tour will begin at the Mayflower 11 W. Main St. (2nd floor) where you will exchange your ticket for a passport and map of various locations open for the tour and which can be visited casually in any order. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Mayflower and leisurely make your way around to the other 10 locations. The evening will end at the Troy Community Room with more refreshments. Have your passport stamped at every location and throw it into a drawing for some door prizes. The tour is a walking tour with stairs and is recommended for adults 18 and older. An exclusive website has been developed with more information at
Tickets are available now and until September 29th for $25 each or 2 for $45 or at the door on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at $30 each. Tickets are available for purchase on the website or at Partners In Hope, Winner’s Computer, Applied Chiropractic, and the Olive Oasis in downtown Troy beginning August 26th.
All proceeds benefit Troy Community Works, a non-profit organization that strives to enhances the long term well-being and livability of the City of Troy by a collaborative approach to sustainable community development.  For more information please contact Martha Harris at
Mayflower Arts Center to Add Open Mic Variety Nights to Repertoire
TROY – To further its vision to support local artists, the Mayflower Arts Center11 W. Main St., is adding Open Mic Variety Nights to its repertoire. The event is open to any and all who would like to perform. Solo and group acts may include, but are not limited to, music, stand-up comedy, poetry, skits, or magic. The MAC is a family-friendly venue, so all content must be acceptable for all ages. “We are very excited!” says Lisa Bauer, Owner and Director of the
Mayflower Arts Center. “Having the new mini-stage in our main theatre allows us to flex the space for a variety of uses, including theatre and performance. This is all a small step toward our giant vision of renovating the original 1928 stage in the back of the building. Back in the day the stage was used for performance events including vaudeville acts. It is wonderful to get back to the Mayflower’s roots and showcase more venues now as an Arts Center!”
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and the acts will go on from 7-9 p.m. There will be a $5/person cover at the door (to play or stay). Upon arrival, artists will be able to sign up for a fifteen minute time slot that includes a five minute period for setup. Time slots will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If artists wish to secure a time slot ahead of time, they may sign up in person at the Mayflower Arts Center between 4-6 p.m. on Saturdays with a nonrefundable $5/person deposit.
Available equipment for the Open Mic Variety Night will be limited to only one microphone, used through the house sound system. Artists are welcome to perform acoustically or bring their own additional (minimal) equipment, as there will be a strict time schedule and each act will only have five minutes to set up.
A raffle will be held at the conclusion of the evening. Two (2) tickets will be drawn at random for prizes. Participants must be present to win. For more information, visit or LIKE “Mayflower Arts Center” on Facebook and @MayflowerArts on Twitter.
The Mayflower Arts Center provides a community-friendly environment to create art, and enlighten and inspire a deeper appreciation of art among artists and patrons. Located prominently on the vibrant downtown square of TroyOhio—in the historic 1928 Mayflower Theater building—the Mayflower Arts Center offers gallery and exhibit spaces, fine art retail, classes and workshops, art lectures, indie movies, and variety of other special events.