September 21-28, 2014 - - Your Guide to Local Living

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Local Doctor in August Bike Collision Has Died
(Article from WHIO)

McGail Court Appearance
(Video from WHIO)

Attorney to Get McGail Seized Filed Back
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Tipp City Schools Receive High Performance Index
(Article from the Sunday Record Herald)

Three in Running for Tipp City City Manger Job
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Miami County Commissioners Appropriate Real Estate
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call) 

Piqua Farmer's Market Wraps Up Sixth Season
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Beagle Receives OMA Endorsement 
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Feed Ohio Collects Almost 2,000 Pounds
(Article from the Troy Daily News)  

Judge Delays Sentencing in Troy Murder Case
(Video from WHIO)

New Free Library Opens in Tipp 
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Puppy Up Troy Dog Walk Set for November 2
(Article from My Miami County)

Bradford Pee-Wee Coach Accused of Assaulting Player
(Video from WHIO)

Contract OK'd for Work on North Fourth Street in Tipp
(Article from the Dayton Daily News) 

Sentencing Set in Credit Card Theft in Tipp City 
(Article from WHIO)

Piqua Man Sentenced to Prison in Child Sex Case
(Article from WHIO)

Crop Circle Clay Chosen as Finalist for Martha Stewart American Made Awards
(Article from the Troy Daily News) 

Tennant Promoted to Deputy Sergeant 
(Article from My Miami County) 

Hot Air Balloon Festival Returning to Miami County Fairgrounds
(Article from My Miami County)

Muddy Hands Makes Relaxing Creations in Troy
(Article from My Miami County) 

Sheriff's to Host Drug Take-Back on Sept. 27
(Article from My Miami County) 

Historical Rendezvous Coming to Troy this Weekend
(Article from the Troy Daily News) 

The Roaring Twenties Are Coming to the Hayner 
(Article from My Miami County) 

Pink Floyd Tribute Coming to Hobart Arena in November 
(Article from My Miami County) 

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

(Click HERE for this Weekend's Calendar of Events)

Wednesday, September 24

                                           Special Events                                           

Enjoy Winans chocolates and a free presentation on
Winan's Chocolate Factory at this free event.
Desserts & More at Heartland of Piqua (FREE)
PIQUA - The topic of this month's Desserts & More at Heartland of Piqua is "Winans Chocolates and Coffees." Join Amy Snyder and Rita Stevens from Winans from 2-3 p.m. to learn about their operation while also enjoying chocolate treats and beverages - all free of charge. The program is free but registration is required by calling (937) 773-9346. Heartland is located at 275 Kienle Dr.

Trivia Night at Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy (FREE)
TROY - The Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy will host Super Trivia with Ryan Productions from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at 116 W. Main St. The trivia is free and teams or individuals can win gift certificates to the restaurant. There are four rounds.

Fall Perennials and the Changing Garden at Cox Arboretum (FREE)
DAYTON - Light and temperature change, and so should the look of your garden. While some flowers have faded, they have been replaced by colorful seed heads. Learn the tricks of color and textures and make your fall garden as exciting a place to visit as it was in summer at Fall Perennials and the Changing Garden - taking place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cox Arboretum, 6733 Springboro Pike in Dayton. Optional walk in the gardens after class. The program is free, but registration is required by calling (937) 434-9005.

Fall Harvest at Fulton Farms - Open Daily
TROY - Fulton Farms is displaying its fall harvest, which includes blackberries (including pick-your-own), apple cider, apples, pumpkins and gourds, mums, cauliflower, broccoli, organic produce and more. Coming soon will be pick-your-own pumpkins, including a fall fun area, hayrides and more. Fultons is located at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Bake Schedule - Wednesday
TROY - On Wednesdays, Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company bakes fresh Asiago Onion, Raisin-Walnut and Pumperknickel. The store is located at Public Square SW in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8100. To see the full baking schedule, as well as the menu and box lunch options, click HERE.

The Square is Where Lunchtime Entertainment – Weekdays, Now through Sept. 30 (FREE)
DAYTON – The Downtown Dayton Partnership and Montgomery County present The Square is Where, featuring live entertainment, vendors, and more at the Courthouse Square. The entertainment will take the stage around the noontime lunch hour and food trucks and vendors will set up on the Courthouse Square. Come enjoy cornhole, mini golf, giant chess, and more. The Courthouse Square is located at the corner of Third and Main Streets in Dayton. For entertainment schedule and more information, click HERE.

Halloween Shopping at the Apple Tree Gallery - Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua has an entire floor dedicated to Halloween. It includes one-of-a-kind and unique decorations, as well as decorative pieces, such as Halloween silverware rings, salt shakers and lighted decorations, figurines and more. On the bottom floor of the shop, located at 405 N. Main St., there is a section for Vintage Halloween, which contains collectible items from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The Apple Tree Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
M n J's Gift Boutique Liquidation Sale - Open Daily
TIPP CITY - Time is running out to receive 70 percent or more off of everything at M n J's Gift Boutique in downtown Tipp City. The gift shop is liquidating its entire sale and also giving away huge prizes, including big screen TVs, to shoppers. Everything must go, including fixtures, shelves and flower arrangement decorating items. To view the hours and the special offers at the shop - located at 125 E. Main St. - click HERE.

New Fall Arrivals at Dr. Littlejohn's in Piqua
The office of Dr. Littlejohn carries all your favorite brands including, Ray-Ban,
Oakley, Nike, Kate Spade, Coach and many more. Visit them at 8090 Looney Road In Piqua next to Winans and take advantage of their $50 off a complete pair of glasses offer!  Can't remember when your last eye exam was?  Give them a call today at (937) 606-2772 to schedule - they'll help you see what you've been missing! Dr. Littlejohn and his friendly staff look forward to seeing you soon!  *$50 off offer is not valid with insurance or other discount plans.

                                        Dining & Nightlife                                        


Italian or Mushroom Steak Sub for $3.95 at Little York Tavern Troy
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday is an Italian or Mushroom Steak Sub for $3.95 for a half and $6.50 for a whole. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Salads at the Bakehouse Cafe
TROY - The Bakehouse Cafe serves three specialty salads between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. They are: a Mixed Field Greens salad, the Mediterranean Salad and the Market Salad. To view what's in each salad, click HERE.

All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza serves its all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for $8.95. Guests can dine on nine different items, as well as all-you-can-eat salad and bread with house-made herb butter. The buffet features pizza, vegetables, a potato item, soups and more. For today's buffet menu, click HERE.

Z's $6 Lunch Specials
PIQUA - From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Z's offers five $6 lunch specials. Options are: Breaded Tenderloin, Hamburger, Pulled Pork, Steak Sub and Fish Sandwich. Each meal is served with a drink and chips. Z's is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.

30% Off Appetizers at La Piazza
TROY - Each Wednesday evening, La Piazza takes 30 percent off of its popular appetizers, including Calamari BBQ, Chicken Dummies BBQ, Chicken Spiedini, Meatballs, Calamari, Bruschetta Floretine and Steamed Mussels, among others. For a full list of appetizers and the dinner menu, click HERE. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square in downtown Troy.

$3.11 Savory Brat at the 311 Drafthouse 
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, the 311 Drafthouse offers its Savory Brat for $3.11. Additionally, during this time, domestic pints are $1.50 and well drinks are $3. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. For more information, click HERE.
$5 Spaghetti Lunch and Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse
DAYTON - Between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Wednesday, the Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, hosts $5 Warehouse Wednesday. For $5, guests receive spaghetti with choice of meat, tomato or marinara sauce, plus a garden salad and sourdough bread with garlic butter. For more information, call (937) 461-3913.

$5 Steak Dinner at Fricker's
TROY - From 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday, Fricker's locations throughout the Miami Valley, including in Troy and Vandalia, offer $5 steak dinners. The meal is a six-ounce sirloin and a side.

Extra Large, Two-Topping Pizza, Breadsticks and a 2-Liter for $20.99 at Beppo Uno
PIQUA - Click HERE for a coupon good for the above offer at Beppo Uno in Piqua. To place your order, call (937) 615-1100.

Pizza Special at Al's Pizza in Troy
TROY - Buy two or more 14-inch pizzas and get $2 off each pizza at Al's Pizza, 13 S. Weston in Troy. To place your order, call (937) 335-2100. Click HERE for more information.

Two for $20 Menu at Applebee's in Troy
TROY - Receive two entrees and one appetizer for $20 at Applebee's in Troy. To view the menu, click HERE.

Paella, Stuffed Gnocchi and Shredded Zucchini Cakes at Basil's on Market in Troy
TROY - Basil's on Market features a variety of unique menu items, including Paella (fresh mussels, shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage tossed with tomatoes, peas, peppers, with tri-colored pasta in a saffron broth), Gnocchi (filled with herbed asiago cheese over basil's house marinara) and Zucchini Cakes (over heirloom tomatoes, on top grilled asparagus covered with fresh mozzarella evoo and fresh ground sea salt and pepper). Basil's is located at 18 N. Market St. in downtown Troy. For more information, click HERE.

Dine on the Upper Deck at Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City
TIPP CITY - Enjoy lunch or dinner, or relax with a cocktail, on the Coldwater Cafe's private outdoor deck. The deck is open after 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To plan your visit, click HERE.

The Greenfire Burger at the Greenfire Bistro in Tipp City
TIPP CITY - Among many dishes, the Greenfire Bistro serves the Greenfire Burger. The burgers is hand-pattied and seasoned with sweet rice wine and ponzu sauce and topped with sesame spinach. It is served with brown sugar-butter sweet potato fries and wasabi mayo. The Greenfire Bistro is located at 965 W. Main St. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials at the 25A Diner in Troy
TROY - The 25A Diner in Troy offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. To see what's in store for today, click HERE. The diner is located at 1469 S. County Road 25-A.


Karaoke, Beer Pong and 60 Cent Wings at Z's (FREE)
PIQUA - Z's Sports Bar will host Karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday. Participants can also try out for the Country Concert Karaoke Contest on June 11 - with the finals taking place at Z's on June 18. Along with karaoke, guests can dine on 60 cent wings from 5-9 p.m. and also play beer pong! There is no cover charge. The bar is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.

Hump Day at the Leaf & Vine in Troy (FREE)
TROY - Get over the mid-week blues and join the Leaf & Vine to celebrate Hump Day with $1 off all craft and import beers (draft and bottle) all night long. The pub opens at 4:30 p.m. and is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy. For more information, call (937) 332-0773 or click HERE.

New 5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza is introducing a new Happy Hour called 5-4-3-2-1. Bar patrons can get discounts of $5 to $1 off appetizers and drinks from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

$1 Off All Drinks at MoJos Bar & Grill
TROY - Starting at 4 p.m. on Mondays, MoJos Bar & Grill offers $1 off each of its drinks on the MoJos Drink Menu. For the menu and more specials at MoJos, click HERE.

Bike Night and Karaoke at Jackass Flats (FREE)
DAYTON - Jackass Flats Wednesday Bike Night takes place starting around 5 p.m. every Wednesday, with $1 burgers, thousands of bikes, live music, pizza and other food, drink specials, vendors, games and more. There is no admission. Stick around for karaoke, which also is free. Jackass Flats is located at 6024 Rip Rap Road in Dayton and can be reached at (937) 236-4329.

Open Mic Night at Cadillac Jacks in Huber Heights (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - From 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Cadillac Jacks will host an Open Mic Night hosted by Jeff Powell. Guests can bring an instrument or their voice and jump on stage for a few songs. The event is free and takes place at 7720 Old Troy Pike (St. Rt. 202) in Huber Heights.
Open Blues Jam at the Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal (FREE)
DAYTON - From 8 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays, the Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal hosts an Open Blues Jam. The event is free and the pub is located at 130 N. Patterson Blvd. For more information, call (937) 361-3131.

Karaoke at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern - in the Oregon District - hosts karaoke from 9:30-11:30 p.m. every Wednesday. There is no cover charge. Blind Bob's is located at 430 E. Fifth St. and can be reached at (937) 938-6405.

99 Cent Margaritas and Smokin BBQ Feasts at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - Harrison's Restaurant offers 99 cent margaritas all day Wednesday, as well as a lunch portion of its smoked BBQ feast for $8 and its dinner version (bigger and more sides) for $13. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223. For more specials at Harrison's, click HERE.

Board Game Night at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery (FREE)
DAYTON - If you love board games but can't get your friends or family to play, head to Lucky's Taproom and Eatery at 9 p.m. Wednesday for Board Game Night. Guests can choose from a variety of games at the pub or bring their own. There is no cover charge and food and drinks are available throughout the evening. Lucky's is located at 520 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton and can be reached at (937) 222-6800.

Old Time Acoustic Jam at the Trolley Stop in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - The Trolley Stop hosts an Old Time Acoustic Jam starting at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bring your acoustic guitar or bass and join Rick Good and Ben Cooper on stage. There is no cover charge. The Trolley Stop is located at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton.

                                          Arts & Leisure                                           

1913 Flood Photo Exhibit - Daily through October 11
PIQUA - Now through October 11, the Piqua Library lobby will house a display of
photos taken by professional photographer and author Andy Snow. These "before & after" images show the devastation right after the flood of 1913, alongside a modern photo taken from the same vantage point. These images were used in Snow's book "A Flood of Memories", which is a centennial commemoration of the great 1913 flood. These works were recently on display at the Dayton Art Institute. The library's lobby exhibit will focus on the photos of Piqua and its surrounding area. For more information call (937) 773-6753.

Creative Expressions Beyond The Classroom: Works Of Troy Visual Art Teachers - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Hayner Cultural Center's current exhibit celebrates the artwork of over 20 past and present art educators representing Troy City Schools, Troy Christian and St. Patrick Elementary. School children's talent and creative thinking is developed by art teachers who encourage their students to reach their potential through creative problem solving projects. Many of our teachers are artists in their own right creating from a variety of mediums including paintings, watercolors, mixed media, sculptures, wood block prints, photography, ceramics, stained glass and more. This exhibit will remain at the Hayner through October 5 and can be seen during regular business hours. The Hayner is located at 301 W. Main St. For more information call (937) 339-0457.

KitchenAid Experience Cooking Classes - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (FREE)
GREENVILLE - Step into a fully-equipped kitchen and watch as fun is stirred up with a variety of KitchenAid Countertop Appliances. Teachers will use mixers, attachments, food processors… even cutlery! Learn the full use of these wonderful
countertop appliances, as well as new culinary techniques, tips and tricks of the trade. Activities and demonstrations make this more than a store… it’s a mixing, blending, slicing culinary adventure! Cooking classes are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. and are free. They take place at the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center, 423 S. Broadway in Greenville. For more information, call (888) 886-8318 or click HERE.

Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open bowling is available at Troy Bowl from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday at 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can enjoy a full kitchen and bar, billiards and video games. Always call in advance for Open Bowling - in case leagues are playing, at (937) 339-3315.

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462. The bowling alley is located at 8433 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua.

Fairborn Farmers Market (FREE)
FAIRBORN - The Fairborn Farmers Market takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fifth Third Commons at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Fairborn. The market features locally grown produce, flowers, local honey, handmade soaps, farm-raised meat and eggs and homemade baked goods, including breads and cakes. The market takes place through November - weather permitting. For more information, click HERE.
                                  For Children & Families                                     

Baby & Me Laptime at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday, the Troy Library will host Baby & Me Laptime - a free program for babies from birth to 2-years-old and their caregiver that includes stories and songs. The program is free and no registration is required. 

Children's Storytime at the Milton-Union Library (FREE)
WEST MILTON - The Milton-Union Library will host Children's Storytime 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The free program is for children ages 3 and up. Each week there is a new theme. This week's theme is "Spring." Children will do a craft and enjoy stories and a puppet show with a spring theme.

Preschool Story Hour at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Tipp Library will host preschool story time and a craft for ages 3-5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. Parents are encouraged to attend with the child. The program is free, and registration is required. Call (937) 667-3826 to register.

Scene75 - Wednesday-Sunday
VANDALIA - Scene75 offers everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf and Indoor Go-Karts to Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Min-Bowling, plus the largest arcade in Ohio. Additionally, there is food, restaurants and a bar, among other features. The entertainment center is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Weekly hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Open Skating Family Night at Skate World in Vandalia
VANDALIA - Skate World hosts Open Skating Family Night from 7-9:30 p.m. on
Wednesdays. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for the whole family. Skate rental is $3 for regular skates and $3.50 for inline skates. The skating rink is located at 333 S. Brown School Road in Vandalia. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 890-6550.

Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy
TROY - It's Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy. The fun center is open from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and guests can enjoy unlimited laser tag for $15 and can add jumping for $5, or unlimited jumping for $7. Jumpy's Fun Zone is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's. For more information, click HERE.

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! 

Antiques and Crafts Available at Trash to Treasures Antiques 
TIPP CITY – Trash to Treasures Antiques located at 7130 S. County Road 25 A is the place to find quirky and repurposed antiques at negotiable prices. Browse through items such as gourd crafts, antique furniture, and antique toys. Treasures can be found inside and out. The store is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, and opens by appointment the rest of the week. For more information, call 937-667-2637. The owner can also be reached on her cell phone, 937-313-2294.

David Fair on the Square Continues to Add New Items
TROY - Come find high end consignment furniture and decor at David Fair on the Square, located at 301 Public Square SE in Troy. The store is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information and inventory updates, click HERE.

Rent a Tandem Bike and More at Becky’s Bike Rentals 
TIPP CITY – Rent a bicycle and explore the beautiful Miami County. Becky’s Bike Rentals operates out of Crossroads Consignments at 42 S. Second Street. Choose from an Electra Townie, Huffy Skyliner, and for the adventurous twosome, a Worksman Tandem. For rates and more information, call 937-506-8729.

ReStore Provides Heavily Discounted Home Improvement Products
TROY - The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells gently used home improvement merchandise at 50-75% below retail price. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Miami County. Donations are also accepted. They are located at 150 E. Race St. in Troy. For more information, click HERE.

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.

Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814 this Weekend, Plus
By Amy Maxwell
For My Miami County
Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814
Visitors can experience activities based on real events on the Ohio frontier in the fall of 1814 during the “Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814” event taking place this Saturday and Sunday.
 While the troops march, civilians will prepare food on a campfire, dye and sew uniforms and demonstrate artisan skills from the historical period. The event takes place at the historic Staley Mill Farm, which also features the newly built artisan whiskey distillery, Indian Creek. Both are located at 7095 Staley Road in New Carlisle. 
Joe and Missy Duer, of Staley Mill Farm and Indian Creek Distillery, have partnered with Terry and Karen Purke and the Elizabeth Township Historical Society to coordinate the event.
“Re-enactments of militia and frontier life will take place and Simon Kenton, portrayed by nationally known interpreter Mel Hankla, will be featured at the event as well,” Missy said. “He will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days of the event and will mingle with the visiting folks in the Kenton character throughout the weekend.”
Living history exhibits and demonstrations will be part of the
Autumn in the Ohio Country 1814 on Sept. 27-28 at Staley Mill.
The event will also feature The Copper Arrow Antique Show, which will offer primitive and country furniture and collectibles presented by dealers from the surrounding Ohio areas. Historic artisans will also be demonstrating their skills during the event.
“A robust Scottish lace-maker will also be on hand to delight visitors with his humor and ‘old-style’ personality,” Missy said.
The event first took place two years ago and focused on the times surrounding the War of 1812 on the frontier in Miami County and the Ohio area.
“What we are doing this time is more of a form of a celebration and heaving a sigh of relief that the war has moved on and isn’t here anymore,” Terry Purke explained.
Visitors can also tour the old Staley Grist Mill - known as Ohio’s oldest standing grist mill - founded by Elias Staley in 1818. Tickets for the tour will be $5. 
The farm has been preserved for over six generations and the Indian Creek Distillery continues to distill early American rye whiskey in the family’s original 1820 pot stills.
“There’s over 200 years of family history that goes into our Staley rye whiskey,” Missy said. “It is crafted in the hearts and hands of the sixth generation to own and live on the old Staley Mill Farm.” Onsite whiskey sales, tastings, gifts and food will be available as well.
Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and admission is $5 per person. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 216-0949.
Eastern Primitive Rendezvous
TROY- Visitors are invited to step back in time and observe the way of life in the 17th and early 18th centuries when Ohio was becoming a state at the Eastern Primitive Rendezvous. 
The 38th annual event will take place at J & J Cron Farm in Troy on September 27 through October 3. The National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation (NRLHF) present the annual event and change the location each year so people from different areas of the eastern part of the United States can benefit from the experience. 
NRLHF Secretary Vicki Johnson has been involved with the organization for 15 years. 
“There are five regional events that take place within the NRHLF and the Eastern Primitive Rendezvous is the largest of the five events,” she said. “Two years ago, when the event was held at the same site, we had about 1,000 participants.”
The event is a weeklong reenactment of a rendezvous, where fur trappers, long hunters, American Indians and frontier families gather to experience the way people lived before 1840, during Colonial times and pioneer days and live the life 24 hours a day. 
Visitors will find various vendors and merchants at the camp, as well as many different demonstrations taking place. 
“There will be weavers, blacksmiths, coppersmiths and tinsmiths, as well as cooking over campfires and period music,” Johnson said. 
Visitors can also observe a period wedding at 1 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 27.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1 the event will feature the Highland Games, which are of Scottish origin and will include various competitions for observation by visitors. Also on Wednesday there will be an evening lantern tour for visitors through the camp while it’s lit only by campfires and candles. 
The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 2 p.m. until dark on Oct. 1. The merchant area of the event site will be open to the public from 11a.m to 3p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, Tuesday, Sept. 30, Thursday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 3, but on those days the rest of the encampment is closed to visitors.  Admission is $5 per person ages 13 and older and children 12 and younger are free. Pets are not allowed. J & J Cron Farms is located at 1315 E. Rusk Road in Troy
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Hot Air Balloon Fest to Return to Miami County Fairgrounds Oct. 3-5
TROY - The fall season in Miami County is a great time to be outside to enjoy the crisp air and to discover the many events taking place during this wonderful time of year.
With this in mind, the Miami County Agricultural Society and the Troy Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Annual Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest on October 3-5 at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Among many attractions, the festival will
feature more than 12 colorful hot air balloons, as well as activities commemorating everything autumn.
So much is being planned to make this an event to remember.
Free kids activities will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday October 3 and will include: a rock climbing wall, zip lines, a mini- golf course and free kiddie rides. Adding to this line-up on Saturday and Sunday, the YMCA Robinson Branch will have kids running, jumping and tumbling on an obstacle course. Then on Saturday, October 4, kids will love the horse-drawn wagon rides out to a makeshift pumpkin patch where they can select their very own free pumpkin to decorate. (One pumpkin per child in attendance only while supplies last.) They may also sign up and participate in the Kiddie Tractor Pulls. And from noon to 4 p.m., the festival is bringing COSI to the Balloon Fest. COSI's all-new Science Spot traveling science exhibition will offer a great opportunity to play, explore and learn about science. COSI's Science Spot consists of colorful hands-on kiosks with activities suitable for adults and children. 
On Sunday, WACO Air Museum representatives will be out to help kids build their very own kite - then watch them soar!  And at 1 p.m. Sunday, families may visit with animals and representatives from one of the top zoos in the country - the Columbus Zoo. This program will give visitors and their kids the opportunity to learn about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. Discover where they’re from, what they eat and possibly touch the birds, reptiles and a variety of mammals.
There's also plenty for adults and families to enjoy. A mini- golf course will entertain the entire family, or simply tempt your taste buds and visit the many food vendors that will be available; offering delicious options including: great ribeye sandwiches, elephant ears, caramel popcorn and much more.
If you enjoy classic cars, visit with the Miami Valley Kruzers and the Piqua Antique Car Club all day on Saturday and look for your favorite timeless automobile.
An evening Balloon Glow will be one of many highlights at this year's
Harvest Moon & Balloon Festival in Troy.
There will be plenty of musical entertainment to enjoy throughout the entire weekend as well. On Friday night at 7 p.m., guests can sing along with their favorite oldies with the American Kings. The big show will take place Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and will feature The Floorwalkers. This group is reigning supreme for the third year in a row as the best local band around the Columbus area. With six members cranking out an energetic live show, and a stop at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, the Floorwalkers have maintained a label-free, independent mindset, making them a favorite not only in Columbus, but throughout the Midwest.  While enjoying the entertainment, be sure to visit the ever-popular Beer Garden, which will be open throughout the weekend.
Back by popular demand, the festival will present three area wineries for adult visitors to enjoy a variety of wine tastings. For those who are 21 and older, the Winery at Versailles, the Old Mason Winery and Valley Vineyards invite everyone to sample their wonderful wines.
Other featured entertainment during the entire weekend will be 12 breathtaking hot air balloons that will be launching from the fairgrounds infield and will glow Friday and Saturday evening. Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10 per person Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All launches and tethered rides are subject to good weather conditions with little wind and no rain.
Mike Jess, President of the Miami County Agricultural Society said he is looking positively toward this event.
“In spite of the rain conditions we experienced last year, we still had folks coming out to enjoy all we offered. We received nothing but extremely positive comments from our visitors who encouraged us to continue this outstanding festival.  So we’re planning for bigger and better!” he said.
Volunteers are needed to assist with each hot air balloon crew. Interested individuals should call Diana Thompson, Event Chair at (937) 339-1044 for details and times.
The admission price to the festival is $5 per person. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. RV camping is available by contacting the fairground office at (937) 335-7492. All visitors to the Harvest Moon & Balloon Fest should use the middle fairground entrance gate located off of County Road 25A. The gate will be marked with brightly colored purple flags and banners.
This event is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Troy Foundation, celebrating 90 years of Home. Grown. Giving.