Some of our local wildlife begin their day just as the sun begins to set. Learn about these animals and more on a guided walk through the Glen.All ages. Maximum of 15 participants. $5 members free. Please register prior to event. Trailside.
Glimpse the birds of early spring with Glen Helen director Nick Boutis. $5, members free. Trailside.
Glimpse the birds of early spring with Glen Helen director Nick Boutis. $5, members free. Trailside.
A mild winter creates a sense of urgency for spring to arrive. We crave the sunshine to beat down and brighten our mood. And when we get an intense cold snap post a pre-spring tease we’re instantly frustrated. A local getaway to the quaint Yellow Spring’s Arthur Morgan House, AMH, is the answer to brightening a mood. This tranquil escape to rest, relax, and recover is a short 25 minute drive from Downtown Dayton and well worth it.
Upon arrival you’ll be mesmerized with the historic home that was constructed in 1921. It’s charm can be found throughout the home in it’s attention to details. It’s furnished with a fresh clean modern look. And the beds are made with soft blankets and cotton linens. The bathrooms are full of organic amenities, fluffy towels and locally made soaps. Press a special button in the bathroom and you’ll be met with a bit of a red flare, a infrared heat lamp. This provides extra heat when it is needed rather than wasting it. Stepping out of the shower onto a cold floor is no longer an issue. Then climbing into bed there is nothing better than looking out the large original windows to see the bright moon glow as you lay to sleep. What’s even more extraordinary is that there are no televisions, radios, or in-room phones to distract you from the surrounding beauty. Fear not business travelers, there is free wireless high-speed internet on the occasion that you may need to connect.
In the morning after you’re well rested you stroll downstairs for an included cooked-to-order breakfast for two. Worry not, ingredients are sourced locally at the Yellow Springs Farmer’s Market. Fair trade and organic coffee and teas also awaits you. If you have any special dietary needs, your concerns are met without hesitation; gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan breakfasts are always available upon requests. During breakfast you may have the wonderful opportunity to meet other B&B guests, who do not disappoint and are lively and up for conversation. Plus, food at the Arthur Morgan B&B is made with love, a perfect way to start your getaway day in Yellow Springs.
From there you’ll definitely want to check out local shops and go for a hike in John Bryan or Glenn Helen to continue on your relaxing getaway. The AMH is downtown Yellow Springs and just a short walk to: Little Art Theater, Chamber Music Yellow Springs concerts, the John Bryan Community Center, the Dharma Buddhist Center and the House of AUM yoga studio. Additionally AMH is a short drive to John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge and Young’s Jersey Dairy.
From the wonderful Staff, to the unique guests, and delicious breakfast, you will not forget your stay at the Arthur Morgan B&B, located at 120 W Limestone St, in Yellow Springs, OH 45387.
Some Food Adventures are inspiring. Take the case of local artist, scenester and zinester, Tom Watson III. In March 2005, he survived a brain stem stroke. What did he do next? He used art to recover his motor skills and heal his mind. Today some of his collection adorns the walls of Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs for a limited art showing. Tom’s art show, titled “Entropy & Reclamation” will be running though March 2014. The event is named for his initial decay and chaos from the stroke, and his eventual reclaiming of a normal life.
We have actually eaten with Tom at HaHa Pizza a couple of times, since his first art show in 2007. We will get into the pizza in a bit, but first some history.
Tom’s story is one of overcoming obstacles, and never giving up. Since his stroke, his life has changed. He used the artwork not only to recover, he finished his degree, he married a loving wife, and has two wonderful sons. Again, an inspiration and not bad for someone who wasn’t expected to live through the massive stroke. He not only lived, he turned the entire ordeal into a learning experience. He tackled his nightmare head-on, using scans of his brain stroke in many of his paintings.
Tom exhibits his art locally from time to time but in 2011, it received NATIONAL attention, when Tom was awarded the first annual RAISE Award from the National Stroke Association. Watson received the Outstanding Individual Award in recognition of his efforts to advocate for stroke awareness and prevention through his artwork. The awards ceremony was held at the Denver Natural History museum in Denver, Colorado, and Watson was honored with the award by Henry “The Fonz” Winkler of Happy Days fame.
Tom’s art is unique and takes you through his mind and recovery. We asked why he uses cardboard instead of canvas for his paintings. His answer was that it all about recycling. Tom had to learn how to recycle certain uses of his brain and muscles, so the cardboard is a message passed down from his struggle. Today, Tom announced he is facing another hardship, as he was diagnosed with cancer in his tongue. With his positive attitude, he is certain to conquer this challenge as well.
So if you want to support an incredible story of a local man beating the odds, please take some time to visit Ha Ha Pizza this Friday or visit TOM’S WEBSITE HERE. You may find a piece you like. It is more than art, it is a symbol of perseverance.
WHAT: Art Reception Event “Entropy & Reclamation” at Ha Ha Pizza at 108 Xenia Ave in Yellow Springs
WHEN: Feb 21st, 5:30pm – 10pm
WHY: Showcasing local artist and stroke survivor Tom Watson’s artwork.
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/tomwatson3rd.art
UPCOMING ART: Tom will also be the featured artist for April 2014 at North South Studios in Wilmington, Ohio.
Want to support Tom? Then check out the art show or buy some hand-printed, silk-screened T-shirts, available at Urban Handmade store in downtown Yellow Springs.
Now about our FOOD ADVENTURES to HA HA PIZZA with Mr Watson…………
******HA HA PIZZA******
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Iconic pizza joint located in Yellow Springs since 1971
— An Urban Legend says the name “Ha Ha” Pizza came from the sprinkling of a certain wacky weed on the pizza and the effects on customers. Other rumors swirl about “magic mushrooms” being used on 70’s pizzas.
— All pizza dough is made daily from scratch. Crusts choices include a Whole Wheat Crust option or a Traditional Flour Crust in 9 inch, 12 inch or 16 inch pies
— Causal atmosphere, also offering Calzones, Subs and a Full Salad Bar
— THE SALAD BAR: We recommend the one trip salad bar deal, it will fill you up for sure ! No iceberg lettuce here, just some fresh Romaine Greens. Grab some of the many toppings including Tofu and Garbonzo Beans ! Ohh did we mention incredible in-house dressings too ??? Yeah … they got that.
— THE LUNCH SPECIAL: Your choice of a slice of pizza with 2 toppings and one trip to the salad bar for $5.99. Tasty and filling!
— THE EGGPLANT SUB: Perfectly broiled slices of Eggplant, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Ha Ha pizza sauce. Served with Mikesells Groovy chips, how appropriate !
— THE FALAFEL CALZONE:An interesting Garbonzo Bean mix, with green peppers, onions, HaHa Pizza Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese. This has to be a one of a kind, right?
— ARTICHOKE, SPINACH, PESTO, GARLIC and TURKEY SAUSAGE PIZZA: Want to try a delicious flavor combo? Try these 5 toppings on your pizza pie.
The bottom line, is this place is not a legend for nothing. Want a real Food Adventure? Try unique topping choices like bananas, water chestnuts, zucchini and falafel.
The Big Ragu and Crew are gonna try an anchovy and smoked oyster topping pizza next time for sure! Won’t you join us for a bite and a laugh at HA HA PIZZA???
Remember, we are not food critics, we are just 2 guys that love to eat. Want more from FOOD ADVENTURES? Then check out these “Miami Valley Foodies” and like them on Facebook HERE !
Check out our photo gallery below, showing off some of the numerous tasty meals we have had at Ha Ha Pizza. Have you been to Ha Ha? What is your take on local artist Tom Watson’s journey? Please comment below and be heard.
If you are interested in his artwork or a T-shirt feel free to contact the man, the myth, the legend, Tom Watson HERE ON FACEBOOK
Dayton was home to numerous amazing art exhibitions, collaborations and projects in 2013. Although there were many, many more superb events that are not on this list, the arts listed below serves as a glimpse into the vitality of the Dayton region’s creative folks and spaces! Enjoy!
Dayton Visual Arts Centre
January 2 – 11
A collaborative project between artist Leesa Haapapuro and the Young People’s Homeschoolers program at K12 Gallery culminated into a short show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center. The young circus performers next to their murals, sculptures and paintings, created an incredible new world of possibility and magic for youth and adults.
Jud Yalkut: Visions and Sur-Realities
University of Dayton
Jan. 31 through March 7
Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut, Beatles Electroniques, 1969
One of Dayton’s most treasured artists, Jud Yalkut was revered for his advocacy of the arts, his pioneer video works, his collages and his writing. The exhibition captured many of his artworks, including special screenings of his film and video works, many of which hadn’t been seen by the public in decades. Jud passed away in July 2013, marking an end of an era and a huge loss to the Dayton arts community. Learn more about the his timely retrospective and career here.
The week of May 4 – 12
Urban Nights, Sideshow 8, Art on the Playground and AIA Architecture Week
Throughout Dayton and Kettering
The high quality and numerous events that took place over the first and second weekends of May was inspiring; Dayton’s Urban Nights, The Circus Creative Collective’s Side Show 8, Kettering’s inauguralArt on the Playground and AIA’s Architecture Week brought thousands of people out to participate in Dayton arts and culture.
Dayton Art Institute
June 30 – September 29
Emily Evans, Untitled (Twin Towers), 2012
As evidence of Dayton’s vitality, a special project launched in January captures the city’s pulse. Local radio station WYSO 91.3 and filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar teamed-up to create the multi-platform media project Reinvention Stories, a series of audio stories and short films of Dayton and its residents. The project, instigated by WYSO’s general manager Neenah Ellis, is based on a series of questions: how does a city of inventors reinvent itself? How are individuals reinventing themselves? How are people dealing with the economic turmoil of recent years? How is Dayton doing? Through this documentation, a collection of videos and photographs were selected by Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Centre, and partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center and WYSO 91.3. Learn more bout the project at http://www.reinventionstories.org.
Inside Out 11M is a project based on Jr’s Inside Out with a focus on the question of immigration. Focusing on the residents of Dayton, the project captured portraits of hundreds of kids, adults and seniors. From the website: “A nationwide participatory art initiative aimed at creating a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike.” Learn more about the project here.
HWD: Regional Sculpture Exhibition
August 26 – September 27
HWD, or Height x Width x Depth, featured dozens of artists working in three-dimensional form. Participating artists were featured from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virgina, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana. Highlights included the work of Don Williams, Terry Welker, Rebecca Emrick, Courtney Kessel, Carrie Longley, David Kenworthy, Erica Wine, and so many more. Learn more about the exhibition here and photos are here.
Soo Sunny Park
Wright State’s Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries
September 15 – October 13
Exploring the boundaries between drawing and sculpture, Park’s chainlink fence and plexiglass transformed the Stein galleries into a moving experience. Originally commissioned by Rice University, Park’s beautiful installation has been traveling to galleries around the country.
National Bronze Sculpture Symposium
October 13 – 26
Yellow Springs Arts Council
The Yellow Springs Arts Council launched its first symposium in October, focusing on the process of lost-wax bronze casting. Commissioning four sculptors, including D’jean Jawrunner (New Mexico), Susan Byrnes (Cincinnati), Brian Maughan (Yellow Springs), and John Weidman (New Hampshire), the artists created works on site for two-weeks, culminating in a live pour of their molds. Exhibitions, lectures and artist talks complemented the artmaking daily. More info is here.
Object of Devotion:
Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Dayton Art Institute
October 26 – January 5, 2014
A stunning collection of medieval alabaster sculptures, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, demonstrate the dramatic, narrative and intricate scenes interpreted from biblical texts. An art form popular in the 15th and 16th centuries, alabasters were considered a low-end of medieval craft for centuries. Over 40 examples at the Dayton Art Institute show the merit of this art form, which finally gained recognition by scholars and collectors in the twentieth century.
Bullet: Who Pulls the Trigger?
Art Street, University of Dayton
September 24 – November 3
James Pate and DECA students collaborative drawing
Art Street presented a complicated, difficult and important question within the multi-faceted collaborative art installation with artist James Pate, Dayton Early College Academy, South Chicago Art Center and Newtown, CT artists. Focused on creating a dialogue on issues of gun violence with a focus on South Chicago, Newtown and Dayton, panel discussions were a major component to the gallery exhibition. Artworks included New York artist S.B. Woods’ Meditation on Mourning, paintings made by Sandy Hook shooting survivors, Dayton-based artist James Pate and a group of DECA high school students. From the website: “This piece was conceived in part by James Pate, and in part by the students. After a conversation about gun violence, the students came to the consensus that ‘we as a society pull the trigger.’” Chicago artist Sarah Ward and students from the South Chicago Art Center created etchings of bullets to symbolize one for every person affected by gun violence on a daily basis. Read more about the exhibition here.
Dia de los Muertos
Dayton’s Day of the Dead parade and celebration took place on Friday, November 1, from the Oregon District to the historic St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood. Hundreds of folks participated, many donning costumes and painted faces as music, art and food commemorated our loved ones. Stivers School for the Arts students, professional and emerging musicians and artists contributed to the celebration. Spearheaded by volunteers, including Jean Howat Berry, MB Hopkins, Tonia Fish, Lisa Grigsby, and several others, the event found support from the community in its crowdsourcing fundraiser, as well as Welcome Dayton’s sponsoring of the parade, and Missing Peace Art Space and the Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace hosting.
The Big Ragu, Chef House and Hungry Jax are no different than other Daytonians. We have full time careers, love our family, and we chase Food Trucks around town. As you know, mobile food cuisine is currently ‘all the rage’ in the Miami Valley.
One of our favorites, Harvest Mobile Cuisine is a Dayton food truck owned by Patrick Sartin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. After working in various kitchens across the country, Patrick bought a food truck with the goal to offer comfort foods that use local produce at an affordable price.
Harvest Mobile Cuisine is one of the most popular food trucks in Dayton and has a legion of loyal customers. Follow them on Facebook and check out their website harvestmobilecuisine.com to find out where they are gonna be rolling off to next. Its a local Food Adventure on the “go” ..
- Harvest Fries– These are not your average fries! They are a mixture of white potatoes & sweet potatoes, seasoned with fresh herbs and served with Sriracha ketchup.
- Humble Farmer– A salad made with Patchwork Greens, a variety of seasonal vegetables, creamy goat cheese and tossed in Harvest Vinaigrette. One of the reasons we love this salad, is that it’s constantly changing! Order it one time and your salad might be made with fresh picked strawberries and asparagus…..the next time it might contain sugar snap peas. You can count on the fact that it will always be fresh!
- Local Wrap– Our favorite rendition of this wrap so far consisted of Hill Family Farms Chicken, Jackson’s local Strawberries, Asparagus, & Goat Cheese on a Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap. This tasty offering is also served with your choice of fruit or Patchwork Greens. We highly suggest the Patchwork Greens!
- Harvest Burger– We love Harvest Mobile’s take on America’s favorite sandwich! It consists of a Turkey Burger, Roasted Garlic aioli, White Cheddar and Patchwork Greens on a warm bun.
Please browse through our photo album below for some killer pics. Harvest Mobile Cuisine, one of the best Food Adventures on four wheels !
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We sampled a few craft beers and they were delicious. Our favorite was a beer called the “Little Bike Brown.” It is a stout beer with a full bodied, rich taste. All of the beers are brewed using local Yellow Springs water. The brewery tries to use other local ingredients in the brewing process whenever possible.
The tasting room is decorated with a local flair. The bar is made of an old bowling lane, once used in an alley in Yellow Springs. How is that for original and unique? They plan to continue the local theme by adorning the walls with local artwork. The tasting room grand opening is scheduled for Sat, April 13th from 1-9pm.
Other future plans for Yellow Springs Brewery include an outside patio. This would be wonderful spot for a Food Adventure in the summer months and suitable stop for thirsty cyclists using the bike path.
This place is going to be a hit. What’s not to love? Good local brews, and a tasting room that has a lot of character just like the beer. Upon opening, Yellow Springs Brewery will sell pints of beer and growlers. Their motto is “crafting truth to power.” Make sure you stop in and grab this powerful taste of Yellow Springs, sample some local brewmaster’s works, and pick a favorite of your own. This brewery is yet another reason to make Yellow Springs your destination for a little getaway.
As the Downtown Dayton Revival Festival approaches, we here at Dayton Most Metro are highlighting all the bands that will be bringing music to the masses. Here are four more acts that will be performing.
From the pleasant city of Yellow Springs, Wheels are ready to give the crowd an incredible show. Recently, the band released their second album, Big Feeling. To help fund the equipment needed to self-record all of their own albums, including their newest one, Wheels decided to call upon the help of their fans and others and set up a Kickstarter account. The band set a goal of $3,000 to help pay for several studio equipment, which included microphones, software, and computers.
Their seasoned sound is a collection of different styles-classic rock and roll, with folk and bluegrass influences. Their love for Ohio comes alive in some of their songs. The most common thing you hear about this quintet is that the fact they are so young. Don’t let this fool you. Wheels bring a style and sound that is well beyond their years.
Red Wanting Blue
Columbus, Ohio brings us the alternative rock band Red Wanting Blue. The band has been touring for over a decade now, gaining fans one by one throughout the United States. Red Wanting Blue take pride in letting it be known that will do what it takes to make fans in every stop. In return, Red Wanting Blue is emerging as one of the top indie bands in the county.
The bands lyrics tell stories of being on the road, the people that meet while remembering where they have come from. The band’s sound bursts at the seams with passion, which gives theirstage show one that keeps people engrossed from start to finish.
Early this year, Red Wanting Blue released their 9th album, From The Vanishing Point. According to the band’s website, the album ‘sheds some of Red Wanting Blue’s small-town sensibilities as it evolves into the world-class rock n’ roll outfit that audiences have believed in for years and marks an official move to the national stage for a band that will always remember where it’s from’.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
In the western parts of Massachusetts in 2003, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers were formed. Kellogg and the Sixers have an unashamed way about them and their music has given them a rabid fan base. With a roaring sound of rock, coupled with folk and country flavor, the band’s lyrics are about their lives, and the world around them. They sing about their relationships, past and present. They sing about wisdom given to from family. It gives you a very intimate feel, and just connects you with the group even more.
Gift Horse is the latest work from Kellogg and the Sixers, and it will be the last album for a while. The band posted on their website back in July that at the end of the year, they will be going on hiatus. The reason for the planned break, according to the band, is that band needs to ‘explore other facets of life’. In the meantime, the band plans on bringing their wild stage show to the Dayton festival.
Kristy Lee is one of the few female acts taking the stage during the two day festival. From her home in Alabama, Lee will be bringing a rawness that will no doubt leave people with their mouths wide open. Her vocals are rich with that trademark Southern soul sound. Lee’s lyrics are filled with heartbreak and anger. However, with the pain of losing love, the healing is the bond that forms with the crowd, singing along with her. Raise The Dead, Lee’s recent album, talks about starting all over again, and finding your way.
See all of our Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival Band Spotlights
- Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival Band Spotlight – Volume I
- Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival Band Spotlight – Volume 2: Werking Hard On The Duck Farm
- Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival Spotlight – Volume 3: Shake! Shake! Shake! with Bronze Radio Return
- Downtown Dayton Revival Festival Band Spotlight Volume 4
- Downtown Dayton Revival Festival Band Spotlight Volume 5: The Funky Worm Returns
- … more to come…
Editor’s Note: submitted by 91.3FM WYSO
On Sunday, June 24, public radio station WYSO will hold an open house at their new studios at 150 E. South College Street in Yellow Springs.
From 1pm til 5 pm, there will be live music and spoken word events in the new, expanded performance space. Visitors will have a chance to tour the new facilities, meet WYSO staff and resource board members, and to record a greeting in one of the new production booths.
On the same day, WYSO will officially power up to fifty thousand watts. A new transmitter and antenna have already been installed and tested. WYSO has also launched their annual fiscal year end fund drive and will be “selling watts for WYSO.”
Listeners can “buy” watts for two dollars each and help WYSO raise funds. Everyone who gives two dollars or more during June will receive a certificate.
During the Open House on June 24 there will be many musical and spoken work guests including Wheels from Yellow Springs, Dayton blues band Miss Lissa and Co and Ohio Heritage Fellow Rick Good, with more performers to be announced soon.
“Our open house will be fun and family-friendly,” says WYSO general manager Neenah Ellis. “ We’ll have snacks and drinks available and activities for kids as well.”
In addition to four consecutive hours of live music and spoken word guests, hosted by WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota, visitors will be allowed to record themselves and their families in new WYSO production booths. “We hope people will come and see what a community-friendly new space we have,” says Ellis.
Antioch University, which holds the WYSO license, invested one million dollars to renovate the first floor of the former Kettering Research Lab building for WYSO. The upgraded broadcast facilities were paid for in part by a matching federal grant.
“Antioch invested in WYSO because they recognize our value to the community and to the university,” says Ellis.