Join us on the eve of the Kentucky Derby for an art opening celebration! This show features Lesley A.J. Baumann’s illustrations from the upcoming book J is for Justify. Inspired by the 13th Triple Crown winner and reigning Derby champion, this tale voyages through the alphabet from American Pharoah to Zenyatta. Follow along with the horses’ rhythmic strides through a world of delightful colors and patterns as well as stories of victory, courage, strength, beauty and accomplishing the impossible. The Craves food truck will also be onsite for the evening.
At Rent Foundation’s NITE AT THE RACES – it all can come true. The Greater Dayton Apartment Association’s charitable arm is the Rent Foundation, and they need your help by attending a spectacular night of fun on November 9th at 1675 Woodman Drive (former IUE CWA Hall).
This is an annual charity event that you just cant miss. Do you like endless food and beer? How about betting on horse races on the big screen? We will also have more liquor baskets than Charlie Sheen. Pull tabs, door prizes, snacks and oh so much fun.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO LOCAL FAMILIES AT RISK OF EVICTION:
The best part, is your participation will keep Dayton area families from going homeless. How? Because theRent Foundation pays rent of families who are going through and unforseen crisis and are unable to pay rent. By stepping in and helping these local residents, we are able to help them stay on their feet and avoid eviction. REAL FAMILIES, REAL THREATS OF HOMELESSNESS….
Pre Pay $15 online by clicking HERE or
pay $20 at the door Friday Nov. 9th 6pm.
Includes – Beer, Bottled Water and Soft Drinks
Includes – Wings, Pizza, Hot Dog Bar, Pasta Salad and Snacks
Includes – 8 horse races on the Big screen, bet cash and win cash !!
Includes – Pull Tabs Available for purchase
Includes – Over 50 Fabulous Door Prizes from electronics, to booze, to baskets, to restaurant gift cards and more
WHAT: RENT FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL NITE at THE RACES !
WHEN: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th, 6pm -11pm
WHERE: 1675 WOODMAN DR, KETTERING, OHIO (formerly the IUE CWA Hall)
2 doors down from the famous Root Beer Stande Drive In.
COST: $15 if you pre pay online by clicking HERE or pay $20 per person at the door
WHY: To help worthy Dayton families in crisis from going homeless by paying their rent due.
*** Bring cash because there will be chances to buy raffle tickets for prizes and pull tabs, as well as horse race betting.
Feel free to dress in your race hats, or Derby attire !
What did the winning horse say to the 2nd place horse …. “Why the Long Face?”
Endless Beer? Endless food? Bet Cash? Win Cash? Pull Tabs? Raffle Prizes? And all for charity?? YES! This is one time you are encouraged to “horse around.”
For the first time ever, this year’s event is being held at the ARBOR HALL in Dayton.
You will be able to bet cash and win cash on horse races shown on the BIG SCREEN and so much more. Saddle up! Are you ready? Because ……
HERE’S THE SKINNY on “NITE AT THE RACES !”
—WHEN: FRIDAY NIGHT NOV. 18th from 6pm – 11pm
—WHERE: ARBOR HALL, 2150 Arbor Blvd, Dayton, OH 45439
—COST: **TICKETS are $15 at the door and includes all the food, draft beer and soft drinks you want.**
—FOOD: Wings, Pizza, Taco Bar, Hot Dog Bar and more.
Bring your friends and family! You must be 21 or older to attend.
4 WAYS YOU CAN WIN and HELP THE RENT FOUNDATION!
— BET CASH, WIN CASH – Bet on horse races that will be shown on the big screen, pick the winner!
— “OWN” A HORSE at AUCTION – Be the winning bidder on a horse that wins the race!
— PULL TABS – Cash prizes for pull tabs. Last year there was a $250 pull tab winner
— BUY A WINNING RAFFLE PRIZE TICKET: Liquor, Gift Baskets, Restaurant Gift Cards, Designer Purses, Electronics, massage certificates and much more.
family tragedy, and need some temporary help. By partnering with the Greater Dayton Apartment Association (GDAA), the money raised will help benefit people living in those apartments communities across the Miami Valley.
What better way to help real people in the Dayton area?
And what a deal for endless drinks, food and entertainment for such a low price. It is a no brainer! Please help, by attending this event for a great cause.
SEE YOU AT THE RACES !!!
The night will be a blast, and will help house families. Help support this worthy Dayton cause. See you Friday, at the races !
Like many of you saw in our RESTAURANTS CLOSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN ARTICLE, all good things must come to an end. Today, The Big Ragu & Crew add another name to this list .. sort of. Some of our favorite Food Adventures have been at sporting events. It is with sadness that we announce that one such place, Lebanon Raceway, will be closing this Saturday after 65 years of harness horse racing. The reason for the closing is to make way for a new racetrack and casino in Monroe. We are going to miss this place and the years of memories it gave us.
Last week at the track, we said our goodbyes. We savored the sights and the memories. We bought a program and a pen (superstition), and sat in the front row behind the glass, cheering for our horses to come in. It takes some dexterity to hold a beer, hot dog, and program while watching the race and hollering. The crowd was sparse, but enthusiastic. We had some winners, and some losers, but loved every minute of the 13 races that night.
We have placed bets to win, place and show. We even knocked out a daily double or a trifecta here and there. But, to us, the live horse racing was just half of the story. We also loved the cheap food and beer. From must eats like hot dogs and pork tenderloin sandwiches to popcorn and hamburgers, Lebanon Raceway had more than just concession stands. They had some good sporting event eats that became a tradition for us over the past 20 years. The characters that serve the food are also a big part of the experience. The bar area was always interesting, with the bartenders pouring bottled beers into a plastic cup, sometimes two or 3 at a time. Foam? …sometimes, just deal with it…
Opened in 1948, the race track facility is showing its age a little, but there is something special about this place. Maybe it is the sound of the horses whizzing past, or the trumpets before each race. Lebanon Raceway is known as the “cradle of drivers,” having produced some of the best harness racing jockeys in the nation. Their other motto is “pace baby pace,” referring to the trotting horses. This place is full of personality from the announcers to the bet window workers. We wanted to share our Food Adventure memories and let people know that this Friday and Saturday are the final days of live racing at Lebanon.
Yes it is true, this weekend is your last chance to experience Lebanon Raceway, so saddle up and visit this Dayton area icon one last time. Races will be Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:30pm. Literally – “down the stretch they come !!” Need directions? CLICK HERE. Want more horsing around with THE BIG RAGU, CHEF HOUSE and HUNGRY JAX? Then ‘like’ FOOD ADVENTURES on FACEBOOK by clicking HERE !
Check out our photos and memories from Lebanon Raceway in our gallery below: