Trash ‘n Treasure! St. Anne’s Hill Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale. 35+ sales. Sat June 16. Opens 8am. Sale maps, directions, and all the details available at www.stanneshill.org – click Trash ‘n Treasure.
St. Anne's Hill
When the Collaborator himself, Peter Bekendorf, first approached me about putting on Dayton Porchfest, I thought he was crazy. Cleveland does it, he explained, involving 30 some porches all simultaneously playing free music throughout neighborhoods. That sounded like a tremendous amount of effort and energy. “Peter, I love the idea, but you’re crazy,” I’d say to him. He grinned with a gleam in his eye. “We’re going to do this,” he replied determinedly.
That was a year or so ago, and more recently, while perusing the interwebs, I stumbled across an article about International Play on a Porch Day on August 26th. I had no idea there was an international day dedicated to playing on porches! The IPPD website explained “Music goes beyond words. It can transcend the most difficult barriers. It ties us together like a thread through our hearts. Our skin is many colors but music is in our blood, our bones and our soul.” Given the current climate in our country and even community, it sounded like just the remedy we needed. I forwarded the info on to Peter, who immediately ran with it.
That is how Dayton’s first Porchfest was born. In just a couple short weeks, home owners in St Anne’s Hill, came together to support this idea in the most amazing way! What seemed like overnight the porches were lined up, as were the musicians, and schedules were being made. An after party at Fifth Street Brew Pub was also arranged. Kudos to Peter, the musicians, homeowners, and the entire team of ad hoc group of volunteers who are making these free concerts happen!
Come on out and enjoy the show Saturday August 26th, which is the official “Play on a Porch” day. Meet the St Anne’s neighborhood and support local music at the first of what will be an annual festival celebrating the quality and diversity of the Dayton music scene. All ages welcome! No cost! Bring a chair or blanket, and the whole family, for some summer fun!
How to go?
When: Saturday August 26, 2017 from 3:30pm – 10pm
Where: St Anne’s neighborhood. Starts at 4th and Henry Streets.
Kickoff 3:30 – 3:45 TRSS Drum Corps at Fourth and Henry
Music Block 1 4:00 – 4:45 Craig Jackson Jazz Band, Charlie Campbell and Steve Makofka Accordion Duo, Nick Kizirnis and Firecreek.
Music Block 2 5:00 – 5:45 Harmonica Neil, Aaron Maheu, Spill The Wine, Sonny B. Gould and Blue-Eyed Grass.
Music Block 3 6:00 – 6:45 Berachah Valley, Skyp Krantz, John Dubuc, Andy Rush, Jack Ballengee Morris and Tim Spoores.
AfterFest 7:00 – 9:30 Nothing But Treble at Fifth Street Brewpub
St. Anne’s Hill Historic District hosts a shoppers extravaganza every summer affectionally known as Trash ‘n Treasure. Many homes in the neighborhood join in the fun, cleaning out attics and basements and setting up sales that attract visitors from all over the region. This year there are 45 different spots to shop on Saturday, June 3rd. Here’s the map provided by the neighborhood to help you plot your route:
The event starts promptly at 8am and runs until they run out of trash and treasures! You can even find a listing of what’s for sale at each stop here.
Maps will also be available throughout the neighborhood on Saturday morning, including at Gem City Catfé, which will have baked goods for sale and FREE coffee! Then, use your map for $1 off your bill at brunch at Fifth Street Brewpub (opening at 10, family friendly, and they will have the patio open!) And if you’re not exhausted after visiting St. Anne’s you’ll also notice on the map references to more sales in the neighboring Oregon District and Huffman area. Happy shopping!
Gem City Catfé’s location at 1513 E. 5th Street in St. Anne’s Hill is already purchased and under construction. The location boasts a full-service espresso bar with unique, premium baked goods, separate cat lounge area, and community event space. Visitors can enjoy a coffee and visit the cat lounge or watch cats play through a glass partition in the café. The upstairs event space, “The Canopy”, will be used for fantastic events with felines and private rentals.
Money raised will be used entirely for café setup with additional funds being used for furnishings, cat walks and trees, stair chair-lift for upstairs accessibility, and kitty cams. Backers can earn rewards like their name on a “Community Pawrtner” wall, early entry to the Catfé, a Kickstarter exclusive tee, Catfé membership, VIP party tickets, a private party for 12, and an Emerald Mug granting the backer a lifetime of free coffee.
“We feel Dayton is the perfect place for a locally focused organization like Gem City Catfé,” says Co-Founder, Sabrina Cox. “We’ve seen amazing support so far; people are ready to make a difference and invest in their communities.”
To celebrate the launch, the Catfé will hold a daytime party at Boston Stoker downtown at 34 W. 2nd St. from 9:00 – 5:00 PM. The “After Dark” party from 5:00pm – 8:00pm will be held at Proto Build Bar, 534 E. 1st St. Owners Sabrina Cox and Karin Gudal-Johnson invite the public to both events for a meet and greet and special information regarding Gem City Catfé and their Kickstarter campaign.
There was a day when driving east on 5th Street, you may have wanted blinders, hoping to just pass quickly through the abandoned houses and businesses. My, oh my, how things have changed! Today, when you begin your ascent into St. Anne’s Hill, you actually slow down to see all the progress! And it is everywhere.
“Today, you see banners, flowers and bustling businesses,” says St. Anne’s Historic District board member Mary Jo DuPree. “It’s really an exciting neighborhood.” St. Anne’s Hill, once known as Vinegar Hill due to all its rich orchards, has been working on its renaissance for some time, and it has paid off. “No doubt that the 5th Street Brew Pub was instrumental in putting St. Anne’s back on the map.” DuPree goes on, “but when you reside here, it is the sense of community you really appreciate.” She recalls her first day as a resident like this, “I was moving things into my new place and my neighbor literally came by and said ‘Need a ladder? Need a screwdriver? Need anything at all…let me know!’ That means a lot. People here foster goodwill for each other.”
Neighbors in St. Anne’s Hill quickly become friends through a plethora of activities. “We have chili cook-offs, soup and salad socials, Porch, Patio and Deck parties, game nights and lasagna dinners.” Says Chris Sidner, a resident. “We also have events for people outside the neighborhood to enjoy like our Christmas and Garden Tours.”
You would think a transition like this would take a PR maven, but it is ‘word-of-mouth’ that has propelled St. Anne’s Hill. You cannot talk with this group of neighbors without getting the sense that they want everyone to know how great it really is. “We have a website (Stanneshill.org), a Facebook page, and a neighborhood newsletter, but it is the people’s stories about living here that inspire new neighbors.” DuPree adds.
In this hotly divided political time, St. Anne’s stands proud of its diverse community. Within its radius, you will find a Turkish Center, a Mosque and many people from many backgrounds. It is the mix that makes the area so appealing. “You will find quite a wide range of people here. The LGBTQ community is very prevalent here.” says Sidner.
The neighborhood, which is made up of about 300 or so parcels abuts Huffman Historical District and Newcom Plain. St. Anne’s resurgence is inspiring these areas to follow suit, with more and more homes being renovated in both.
St. Anne’s, even with its eye on the future, keeps its roots in the past. The homes are updated respectfully and thoughtfully. The storied past of this section of the city, spared in the 1913 flood, was used to assist Dayton’s wounded and ill. It was the location of the first Anticoli’s restaurant. It is home to the invention of the Forkula and the Water Broiler. And of course, the beer being brewed on 5th Street, flows daily.
Dayton is known for her historic areas. Oregon, with her restaurants and nightlife; South Park, with her wide boulevard and eclectic homes; Wright-Dunbar, with its tribute to the names we still hold dear; McPherson Town, and its stories of survival and revitalization; Dayton View, with its prominent past and unparalleled architecture…The list goes on and on!
For St. Anne’s Hill it comes down to taking care of folks! “We depen
d on a network of people. Through that network, you find diversity, safety and a sense of home!” DuPree says. On your next Sunday drive, head up 5th , open your eyes, and enjoy this little gem of a neighborhood. You’ll like what you see!
Your weekly round-up of ways to get involved in Dayton’s urban neighborhoods.
Give Back in the Halloween Spirit!
- The Oregon District Business Association needs volunteers to sell tickets and serve beer at its annual Hauntfest on Fifth, October 27, 7pm-1am. It’s a great way to meet people and see all the crazy costumes! E-mail Mike Martin to volunteer and ‘like’ their page to stay in the loop. There will be a special beer booth to fundraise for Garden Station – e-mail Lisa Helm to help there. And if you can’t help out, be sure to attend – $5 tickets will be available this First Friday in front of the old Boulevard Haus.
- Dayton’s costumed Party of Parties, Masquerage, will be held at the Fairgrounds again this year and needs volunteers for everything from selling drinks to taking pictures to simply showing off your “hot body.” Masks required! Sign up at their VolunteerSpot page for this Oct. 20th event. Since 2002, over 10,000 Masquerage volunteer hours have helped raise $1 Million for the Aids Resource Center.
- I normally don’t feature for-profit organizations here, but I think it’s cool that we have a haunted house downtown. So if you’re favorite pastime is scaring people, sign up to volunteer at the Wayne Avenue Haunted Butcher House on the eastern edge of the Oregon District.
- Historic Huffman neighborhood volunteers will be dressing up their beautiful Victorian residences for a Halloween-themed Spirit of Huffman home tour, Oct. 13-14. Your admission will fund neighborhood activities and improvements throughout the year!
- Not exactly Halloween, but similar – Dayton’s Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) organizers need volunteers for their Community Offrenda, First Friday, Nov. 2, 6-10pm. The Offrenda is organized by Cityfolk’s Culture Builds Community program and Missing Peace Art Space in partnership with an array of Hispanic, school, and neighborhood groups as well as local artists. It will feature workshops, a parade, party, and exhibition. Please contact Missing Peace via e-mail or at (937) 241- 4353 if you’d like to volunteer. And if you would like awesome events like this to continue, please give to Cityfolk’s Post-Festival Campaign at their website.
Celebrate the Freedom to Read: The East Branch library in Dayton’s Walnut Hills neighborhood needs volunteers to read aloud for 30 minute or 1hr time slots during Banned Books Week (Oct 1-6). They have a collection of ‘challenged’ books to read from so all volunteers need bring with them is their voice and their enthusiasm for the freedom to read. They are hoping to have readers during all open library hours (MTTH 9:30-8:30; WSa 9:30-6). Contact Samantha or call the branch at 496-8930.
- Deadline extended for St. Anne’s park fundraiser! St. Anne’s Hill residents hope to raise $1000 to match their City mini-grant for Terry park improvements, including an ornamental gate, bocce courts, and landscaping. Regardless of where you live, can you give $10? If we all give a little to neighborhoods outside our own, we’ll have some great parks! (Plus, you’ll feel entitled when you go there to play bocce.)
Discussions in our group
- One topic of discussion I raised in our Facebook group is whether there is interest in starting a Time Bank for Dayton. This involves a network of people earning Time Dollars for every hour spent helping others in the network, which they can spend having someone else help them with a project. The exchanges are tracked using simple online software. It’s an incentive for volunteerism, can be helpful for anyone short on cash, and helps build community connections. Share your thoughts here.
- Another topic that’s been debated in multiple spots this week is what to do with the recently-acquired Hughes Supply property that the City of Dayton recently acquired for development. Obviously it’s a sweet location, being right on the eastern end of the Oregon District at Fifth and Wayne. There are lots of good ideas out there, but the overwhelming majority of commenters on Dayton Most Metro, updayton, and our group hope it becomes a grocery store (BTW – If anyone’s interested in a downtown food co-op, I’ve got a group for that too). What do you think?
Don’t forget to e-mail me your items and report back your successes! And send pictures of your costumed volunteering!
Welcome to our new weekly round-up of urban Dayton volunteer opportunities!
As someone who’s been involved in a lot of community improvement projects at both grassroots & government levels, I’ve sensed a need to better coordinate all the amazing energy that people have for our center city these days. I’ll be pulling these from our Facebook group and items that you e-mail me. So if you’re looking for ways to get involved in Dayton’s revival, check back here every week. Be sure to report back what you’ve accomplished!
Get Your Hands Dirty – Help Wanted!
- Install a mosaic mural: East End Community Services and K12 Gallery need your help at 504 Xenia Avenue in the Twin Towers neighborhood. Tues. & Wed., Sep. 4-5; drop in any time from 8:30am until 2pm. Bring work gloves if you have them and dress to get messy! For more info call Amanda at 259-1898 or e-mail her.
- “First Friday Park” Planting & Volunteer Social: Downtown volunteer Brian Ressler took it upon himself to get a grant to beautify the highly-visible triangle between St. Clair & Patterson at Fifth. Now he needs some extra hands to help plant flowers! Gather for drinks, pizza, and First Friday after. Friday, Sep. 7, 6pm; more info & RSVP here.
- Downtown Dayton Revival Music Fest: Talk about slacktivism! All you need to do to show your support for downtown is buy a ticket and show up to hear great music. Saturday & Sunday, Sep. 8-9.
- Volunteer at Urban Nights: Downtown’s favorite street party needs your help! Visit the Downtown Dayton Partnership and sign up to be a trolley or walking guide, serve beer, or survey guests at this Friday, Sep. 14th event.
- The Dayton Skatepark Project: Join other skateboarding enthusiasts in their quest to start a downtown skatepark by following their page.
- Dayton Unleashed is a grassroots group improving a fenced area at Deeds Point for use as a dog park. Learn more at their page and stay tuned for volunteer clean-up dates.
- Donate Dayton items for the RNNC basket: Each year neighborhood activists represent Dayton at the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference and contribute a Dayton-themed basket (including gift certificates, mugs, T-shirts, etc.) to be raffled off. Contact Sandy Melke to contribute.
We know that money is often tight these days, but remember that there is power in numbers – even the smallest donations can add up for grassroots projects!
- Build a park in St. Anne’s Hill: This historic neighborhood just east of downtown hopes to raise $1500 as a match to their City of Dayton mini-grant. Learn more and contribute on Razoo.
- Own a brewpub: Speaking of St. Anne’s, their cooperatively-owned Fifth Street Brewpub is still seeking inaugural members, so for $100 you could be an owner too!
- Cityfolk Post-Festival Appeal: The weather was truly unkind this year, shutting down the downtown festival twice and resulting in a 60% loss compared to other years. To keep the festival, the concert season, and the Culture Builds Community educational program going, Cityfolk hopes to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. Please give at the Cityfolk website.
- Give a Dam!: Over $3.8 million has already been raised for the River Run project, but now it’s your turn to give a dam.
- Success! Congrats to Sew Dayton and the Downtown Mural Project for meeting their recent crowdfunding goals (although I’m sure they’ll continue to take your money).
You can also join our group to participate in discussions on Dayton activism–this week’s hot topics include food trucks, bike share programs, and the Priority Board system–send me volunteer opportunities, or just check back here next Tuesday!