The Mead monument was once the tallest obelisk at Woodland Cemetery. Today, just a few short feet away from the Mead family lot stands the tallest obelisk, that of John Alexander Collins. During a search through the Wright State University Archives, a series of photographs were found of storm damage at Woodland involving the Mead monument. On the back of each photo was written “Storm Damage July 1944.” I did some checking with the local National Weather Service office in Wilmington and found out that there was a heat wave and drought in the summer of 1944. On July 11th the temperature was 100 … [Read more...] about Luminaries of Dayton: The Mead Monument
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, everyone looks to the Irish cultural touchpoints in town. When you are looking for a dive bar that is also Irish, the field goes down considerably. The Dublin Pub is thrown out immediately; it is incredibly Irish, but incredibly lovely as well. Paddy’s Irish Pub falls into the same category at the Dublin Pub. Tremendous and very nice, not especially divey. Harrigan’s Tavern? Difficult to classify it as a dive bar. Their menu is pretty extensive, which digs into the debate of what earns the distinction of a dive bar vs. a diner. At the moment, … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Thursday: Flanagan’s Pub
Angels are often referred to as Agents of God. They direct you towards Heaven. They are the guardians of the dead and they symbolize spirituality. Angels are shown in all types of poses with different symbolism. Two angels can be named and are identified by the objects they carry: Michael, who bears a sword and Gabriel, who is depicted with a horn. Michael is known as the leader of the angels who remained faithful to God after after the great war in heaven, overcame and cast Satan from their midst. Gabriel was sent by God to announce the birth of Jesus. An angel with a trumpet is a … [Read more...] about Luminaries of Dayton: The Angel as a Cemetery Symbol
Sometimes, you stumble upon a Dayton Gem and can't believe you never knew it was there. And sometimes, you trek through a way too cool old building to find a sunny little space full of awesome. Armed with a bottle of Pinot Grigio and some fancy schmancy plastic cups, I recently did just that. Tucked away in the up and coming Davis-Linden building, you'll find the just-barely-revealed-to-the-public Goodness and Grace Photography Studio. As my velvet heels made their way up the stairs to this new space, I couldn't help but ooh and ahh over the industrial charm of the sprawling building. Once … [Read more...] about Oh my Goodness…and Grace!
Let your love light shine with a special Valentines Day photo shoot! Knack Creative is illuminating your love with the help of Event Lites. From February 12 through February 14, you can make an appointment to stop by Knack Creative's newly-opened studio space for a mini shoot with your mini humans or your special someone. Event Lites are providing their brand new life sized marquee lights that spell out L-O-V-E for the perfect backdrop. All the details: - sessions available the 12th, 13th and 14th - $85 for a 20-minute portait session - at least 6 final, edited digital files … [Read more...] about Love In Lights
The Bloody Mary is THE brunch cocktail. There can be an argument for the mimosa, but it lacks the vibrancy a Bloody Mary offers. The vodka and tomato juice are essentially blank canvases for the spices the bartender chooses to add. When concocted during Prohibition, it was a half and half blend of vodka and tomato juice. The tomato juice was a gift from American bartenders fleeing to practice their craft; the vodka was provided by Russians fleeing an unstable country. They met in Paris, and the rest is history. Eventually the mixture was spiced up. The story goes that a Russian businessman had … [Read more...] about Five For Drinking: Bloody Mary Edition
It's not a difficult task to discover visual arts in downtown Dayton. Whether you're exploring a gallery space or admiring local products sold in downtown businesses, Dayton's rich arts amenities abound. Last year, we introduced our first event in the new Summer in the City series in May, and it was a blast. But we've got a lot more in store for art lovers at this year's event. Pack your bags, because you're in for a trip! Art in the City is the next signature event of the 2016 DP&L Summer in the City lineup, and it promises to be quite the visual feast. The Downtown Dayton Partnership … [Read more...] about Art is Everywhere During New Juried Show and Kickoff Event
It's the start of the downtown event season! This week includes the kickoff for The Square Is Where as well as First Friday and the first in the DP&L Summer in the City signature series. In preparation for the May 7 Downtown Housing Tour, the Downtown Dayton Partnership is pleased to present two more resident profiles. The "typical" downtown resident is anything but -- with ages spanning from young professionals to families to empty nesters, people are turning to downtown living not as a rite of passage but as a lifestyle choice. Residents choose urban living for its density and proximity … [Read more...] about Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? … Again?
Even pacifists agree that cancer needs its butt kicked. More and more people realize how cancer affects family members, friends, co-workers etc. It's hard to find someone that cancer hasn't touched in one way or another. So we are asking you to help us Pick a Fight with Cancer. This Thursday, May 5th at the Engineers Club of Dayton, Mike Nichols will be hosting the Pick a Fight with Cancer Wine tasting from 6 - 9 pm. This great event is to celebrate those who have survived cancer, those angels cheering on from heaven and to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Mike Nichols states: … [Read more...] about Help us Pick a Fight with Cancer!
Did you miss the Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) Art Auction this year? If so, you missed out. Billed as "Dayton's biggest art party of the year," the number of artists, art pieces, and active art lovers filling the space at the Ponitz Center confirm the hype. While the silent auction allows more tentative bidders (yours truly) to explore fascinating pieces by local artists, and raise the price in $10 increments, the live auction (hosted by Doug Sorrell) is always a treat. This year - especially so - as a beautiful piece from John Emery raised a whopping $6,100 for the cause! Food, … [Read more...] about For the Love of Local Art