The Winery at Versailles is offering it’s first ever Advent Calendar this holiday season!
The Winery at Versailles is offering it’s first ever Advent Calendar this holiday season!
Tickets went on sale today for The Rubi Girls annual Thanksgiving performance- The Show Must Go On. In a brand new venue, The Brightside, in downtown Dayton, this show on Sat, Nov 24th at 8pm, is a tradition for the hundreds of fans that come out each year for one of the most entertaining, over the top nights of fun and laughs for a great cause
What started in living rooms and attics over 30 years ago has evolved into a FUNdraising phenomenon. Having helped to raise over one million dollars for HIV/AIDS and LGBT-related charities, the Rubi Girls are some of the most philanthropic girls in the Miami Valley! With musical numbers, the year in revue and the show ending Rubi Dance, this show is one of the bawdiest in town, so guests must be 21 or older to attend.
Tickets are available online now! Buy quickly- this show will sell out!
VIP Ticket – The Show Must Go On ($125) . New this year- Reserved Seating by ROW!
Each premium seat provides an up close view of the Rubi Girls and their uproarious antics during their largest Thanksgiving show to date. VIP tickets also include a private Open Bar for your convenience.
General Admission – The Show Must Go On ($30)
Each general admission seat provides a great way to enjoy the Rubi Girls and their uproarious antics during the largest Thanksgiving show to date. Arrive early as these seats are general admission.
Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8ish. Don’t forget to bring cash to tip your performers!
On Thursday, November 8th Roost Modern Italian in the Oregon District will host a five course dinner, featuring the wines of Pine Ridge Vineyards. This California winery founded in 1978 by Gary Andrus, sits in the heart of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines of distinctive power and elegance. The dinner will begin at 6:30pm and reservations are required.
Pine Ridge Wine Dinner Menu:
Malene Rose ‘17 by Chamisal
Paired with Roast halibut with fig Sugo and prosciutto
Dijon Clone Chardonnay ‘14
Paired with Crisp Joyce Farms chicken And mascarpone creamed spinach
Seven Hills Red Blend Walla Walla ‘14
-The inaugural release of this wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot.
Paired with Duck Confit & ‘Candy’
Confit with Butternut Squash and Ricotta Caramelle Pasta with pan jus
PR Stags Leap District Cab ‘12
You don’t want to miss this Cab!
Paired with Rosemary Glazed Lamb and Scallop Affumicato
Pine Ridge Napa Cab ‘15
Paired with a Cheese course
The dinner will start at 6:30pm and tickets are $92 for wine and dinner, $60 for dinner only. Call 937-222-3100 to make your reservation for the Pine Ridge Wine Dinner!
The new exhibition opening at the Dayton Art Institute, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, is from contemporary African-American artist Mickalene Thomas and features several large scale photographs of influential and personal themes along with the artist curated works entitled tête-à-tête. Thomas is widely known for her complex paintings made of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel, but her photography is also an important and dramatic aspect of her work.
Mickalene’s large scale photographs of black women will evoke a diverse range of thought and emotion from viewers as they examine issues of femininity, beauty, race, sexuality, and gender in her work. Mickalene purposefully omits long descriptions beside her work so the viewer is able to create their own narrative without prompting from the artist. However, it is noteworthy that one of the first series of photographs in the exhibit features Mickalene’s mother Sandra Bush, a former fashion model who was a very influential in her life who eventually succumbed to kidney disease. Their relationship was not always easy and attendees can view a film shown inside the exhibit that deals with some of these aspects of their lives.
The photographs, being personal and influential, also share a theme of 70s decor and fashion that were a part of the artist’s upbringing. Mickalene was born in 1971 in New Jersey, so was very much a child of the 70s. Also, showing a playful but albeit daring side, there is a portrait of Mickalene in her alter ego that she wore sometimes on campus while attending Yale which undoubtedly rose the issue of “who belongs where” among students and faculty.
The visual conversation curated by Mickalene, tête-à-tête, further explores the ideas central to her work featuring photographers and key images which have inspired her. Artists in tête-à-tête include Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Written by Ed Dixon
A number of events and programs will be held in conjunction with this special exhibition, including:
Admission to Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $14 adults; $11 seniors (60+), students (18+ w/ID), active military and groups (10 or more); $6 youth (ages 7–17); and free for children (ages 6 & under). Prices include admission to Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, as well as the museum’s collection galleries. Equitas Health will sponsor a special Community Day on Saturday, October 27, with free admission to the special exhibition and the collection galleries.
For more about the exhibition and its related programs, go to www.daytonartinstitute.org/muse and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #MuseDAI. To learn more about Mickalene Thomas, visit the artist’s website at www.mickalenethomas.com.
It’s been talked about for years and now the RTA is making it happen!
The FLYER will be a shuttle-style service that will begin servicing the downtown and UD area in early November. There will be a launch event with local media and public officials on Courthouse Square on Friday, Nov. 9th.
The circulator will operate six days a week and is FREE for anyone to use. There will be signs posted at the designated stops. People can get on or off simply by waiting at the stop, and a Flyer should arrive in 10 minutes or less.
The Flyer provides easy access to offices, local dining, nightlife, entertainment, parks, hotels, parking, and all that downtown Dayton has to offer in 10 minutes or less. Three “green fleet” hybrid buses run on a continuous loop to provide quick service, and each vehicle is trackable through RTA’s real time products, including the free Transit app available for download in the App Store or Google Play. By offering this service for free to all customers, The Flyer opens up transportation access to downtown employees and residents, students at the University of Dayton and visitors to Dayton to all the city has to offer.
The Flyer will head north on Brown and Warren streets up to Jefferson Street and Patterson Boulevard.
The buses will drive west on Fifth Street, then head north up Main Street and then take a right on East First Street, before looping back around using Monument Avenue. Shuttle stops will be on both sides of the street.
This joint venture is being sponsored by CareSource and Premier Health, which will help their employee shuttles to parking lots near their offices. The bulk of the expense will be absorbed by Greater Dayton RTA .
“This is a great opportunity for University of Dayton students, faculty and staff to explore the wonderful arts, culture and entertainment in downtown Dayton and do it in a sustainable way,” said University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina.
To see the complete list of stops, download the flyer map below:
Enjoy a panel for Q&A with Dean Gregory, Molly Wellmann, and Greg Hardman on the history of Little Kings Cream Ale.
Four Courses + Bourbon Tasting + Little Kings | $60 per guest (includes tax and gratuity).
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Bill’s Donuts in Centerville has put Dayton on the national donut map. From National Magazine awards, to stars visiting while in town, Bill’s has a reputation.
The locals love it . You can typically find a line out the door on not only weekend mornings, but random times such as 9:30pm on a Wednesday. There is no rhyme or reason, there is only the good thing that they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Through the decades of Food Adventures. beyond the dozens and dozens of donuts we have eaten from Saturday mornings, to the Superhero 5k. With all the press that has been written, what else can we say about this place that hasn’t been printed already?
Today, Food Adventures RANKS the best Bill’s donuts, individually, the baker’s dozen, one through thirteen, like only we would. After decades of research, we present the “Delicious Dozen.”
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THE DELICIOUS DOZEN (The best donuts at Bill’s Donuts….. in order… the top bakers dozen)
#1 THE PRETZEL DONUT:
The signature donut, the pinnacle of yeast donuts. Always plentiful and one of the few donuts that is equally as good with a glass of milk as it is with coffee. HUGE TIP – when you get one of these, pop it in the microwave 15 seconds when you get home and taste the fresh difference.
#2 THE PEANUT BUTTER FILLED LONGJOHN:
The traditional chocolate covered longjohn with a peanut butter cream filling. OMG is that good. Bill’s signature donut, and the peanut butter addictiveness.
#3 THE PERSIAN WITH NUTS:
It might sound like a handsome stranger, but this donut is a lesson balance. It is a delicious donut, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to eat without spilling a piece of nut. Impossible we well you. The inside is a cinnamon delight, and the frosting is a caramel butterscotch, with chopped peanuts topping this confection of perfection
#4 THE CUSTARD FILLED LONGJOHN WITH CHOCOLATE ICING:
An American staple, done better nowhere else. The grill marks on the bottom, The icing that sometimes melts unforseen or sometimes stays rock solid. When it all comes together in a big bite and the custard squirts out, well, then you have liftoff.
#5 THE DEVILSFOOD DONUT:
The absolute perfect, #1 donut of all time to have with milk. Again, use the trick of zapping this donut 15 seconds in the microwave.. Get the biggest glass of milk you can find. Find a quiet area and indulge. Crossed eyes and moans are normal here.
#6 THE BACON MAPLE DONUT:
A new experiment and limited time donut. It is a Longjohn with maple icing, and bacon crumbles on top. inside is a butterscotch creme filling. It is new, and it is a hit. Ask when they will be making them next, so you can give them a try.
#7 THE GLAZED TWIST DONUT:
The most underrated donut in the case. A long, buttery twisted yeast donut with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. It is a good bang for your buck too. It has that signature yeast taste from Bill’s, and is filling. Perfect with coffee.
#8 THE JELLY DONUT WITH WHITE ICING:
In the 80’s movie Strange Brew, Rick Moranis bribes a brewery worker with a jelly donut .. “Here .. it’s a jelly…” If that was a Bill’s Donut, he could have bribed the Canadian Government.
#9 THE ROUND VANILLA CREME FILLED with CHOCOLATE ICING:
It is a round donut with chocolate icing on top. the difference is in the filling is a white cream, like whipped cream. Again, the signature yeast donut that only us recognizable at Bill’s Donuts.
#10 THE BLUEBERRY CAKE DONUT:
A cake donut that is mixed with blueberries making a pleasingly purple donut. The donut is glazed and sometimes will have a chocolate or strawberry tint. This donut and a glass of milk is a ticket to heaven. Also great with a hot chocolate !
#11 THE POWDERED with CHOCOLATE CREME:
The messiest donut by far, but delicious as well. Get the chocolate creme filled for a trip back in time to your childhood. Passport not included. Neither is a bib or napkin and you will look like you lost a fight with a bag of flour if you eat it correctly.
#12 THE DUNKING STICK:
The oddest donut in the case. this old fashioned throwback is dedicated to the coffee lovers. Made specifically for dunking, this glazed donut is a yeast donut but has a cake feel. This long stick is an old favorite, but a new discovery for us in the pat couple of years.
# 13 THE SUGAR COATED JELLY DONUT:
A jelly donut rolled in sugar. The jelly is delicious and is the subtle feature here. Each bite has a slight crunch and the sweetness is perfect. A bit messy? Yes, But worth every napkin.
The Red Velvet Cake Donuts – a nice twist on a favorite cake recipe.
The Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate icing – Get a glass of milk for this rich treat that will put you into chocolate overload.
**** Which ones are your favorites? Do you agree ? Do you disagree?
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HERE’S THE SKINNY ON BILLS DONUTS:
— Opened in 1960, it is now owned by a brother and sister team, Lisa and Jim. The store was handed down by their father Bill Elam, who passed away in 2010.
— A pillar in the community, they have supported countless sports teams, and local causes.
— Over the years. Bill’s has won multiple national awards and recognitions as one of the top donut shops in the USA.
—They not only make great donuts- they are very community involved and philanthropic. Right now they are collecting donations for Mexico Beach, Florida! You can help by donating: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, personal hygiene products, new underwear/socks, cleaning supplies, work gloves, shovel/rakes, batteries, flashlights, bug spray, trash bags, backpacks/bookbags and first aid supplies. A truck will be leaving on Oct. 22nd to deliver these items to those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the shop at any time.
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Dayton Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead) Parade and Celebration
Dia de Muertos is a unique and colorful holiday observed across Mexico, the southwestern United States, Latin America and right here in Dayton, Ohio. During Dia De Muertos people reminisce on the lives of loved ones who have died by creating and sharing ofrendas (Day of the Dead alters), food, sugar skulls, papel picado banners, processions, calaveras (skulls) music, traditional dance while wearing sugar skull painted faces and bright costumes.
The Dayton parade and celebration will include all of these traditional Mexican traditions with some unique Gem City twists.
Expect more than a thousand people to participate in this free and family friendly event. October 21st 2 – 8 PM.
The celebration begins when the parade returns to the Yellow Cab Tavern:
Traditional homemade Mexican food will be provided by the families of St. Mary’s Church on Xenia Ave in Dayton. El Meson’s food truck will also be there.
Traditional Dia De Muertos ofrendas (alters) will also be on display.
Dayton Dia De Muertos t-shirts and stickers will be available.
Calling all bakers and architects with a competitive edge: The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area’s most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the 13th annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, Nov. 23. Entries will be judged and displayed for public viewing inside the Old Courthouse at Third and Main streets downtown on that day only, during the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4-9 p.m.
All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this free contest by entering a gingerbread house in the child (12 and younger), teen (13-17), adult (18 and older) or professional category. Entry forms and a complete list of contest rules are available for download at www.daytonholidayfestival.org. Forms may be submitted to the Downtown Dayton Partnership at 10 W. Second St., Suite 611, Dayton, OH 45402 or by e-mail to [email protected] Entry forms are due by Thursday, Nov. 15.
Traditional houses, replicas of buildings, a purchased kit or even cardboard entries are permitted — as long as all exposed surfaces are covered with edible materials. First place in each category will receive a prize package featuring a variety of items. Award ribbons also will be given to second and third place winners in each category. In addition, one amateur and one professional house will be selected as the “Best Houses on the Block,” and each will win a $500 cash prize.
“The entries get more creative each year,” said Sandra Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “The imagination and skill that goes into creating each of these gingerbread houses makes for a really special exhibit ― it’s always a fun part of our holiday season kickoff.”
Contest entries are to be delivered to the Old Courthouse between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, Nov. 23. They will be judged from 1-2 p.m., and the winners will be notified by telephone. All contest winners will have the opportunity to be recognized on the Main Stage in Courthouse Square before the Grande Illumination tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m.
For more information on the contest and other activities that are part of the Dayton Holiday Festival, marking 46 years of kicking off the holiday season in the Dayton region, call 937-224-1518 or visit www.daytonholidayfestival.org.