Tune in Thursday, December 12th, for the 10th annual MIX 107.7 Radiothon presented by McAfee Heating and Air. For 12 hours straight, MIX 107.7 personalities will broadcast live from the Ronald McDonald House, allowing Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton to connect our mission with the community, share stories of the families we support, and raise critical funding for our organization.
Come test your Indiana Jones movie knowledge!
*Happy Hour 3pm-6pm
*Student and Military disc. 10% W/ID
*Prizes awarded to winners of each round
Come Test your Bible Knowledge!
*Student and Military disc. W/ID
*Prizes awarded to winners of each round
Test your knowledge of Aviation with your talented host : Ron Kaplan
*Happy Hour 6:30pm-8:30pm
*Student and Military 10% Disc. W/ID
*Prizes awarded to winners of each round
Each attendee gets their own bottle of wine… (over 21 only)
Does that get your attention for this event at Kennedy Vineyard in New Madison Ohio, near Arcanum?
Well, what else? A Hog Roast with all the fixins and Live music featuring local talent. From Acoustics to bands, this day promises to be a special Food Adventure.
Directions are easy just get to 70 west out towards Greenville – hit US-127 North to OH-722 W and you are there. THATS IT !
Tickets are on sale online for just $25 and include an itinerary from 2pm – 10pm.
You may want to bring a folding chair, as there is limited seating. Attendees can mingle on the patio, inside the tasting room, around the Vineyard and in the concert barn.
KENNEDY VINEYARD is a locally owned, family run business featuring wines using Niagara and Concord grapes grown on site. They have a Riesling that is a little champagne like and delicious as well. Feel free to browse the menu below and check out the various wine choices. Most are sweet with a fruitty finish, again due to the Ohio grapes.
Why waste 4 hours driving to Put in Bay when you can have a local party with a group of friends right here at the Vineyard??
This is a perfect chance to get a car full of friends and make the short jaunt to the winery and spend a day full of fun. Good food, vino and music. The price is a great deal.
HERE IS THE ROUGH SCHEDULE (Subject to change – not set in stone)
*** SATURDAY JUNE 3rd ***
2pm WINERY OPENS – Guests arriving between 2pm-5pm get to choose their own bottle of wine
3pm – 5pm – LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC
4pm – 6pm – DINNER IS SERVED – Hog Roast , Pulled Pork, Potato Casserole, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans
7pm – 9pm – LIVE BAND
10pm – WINERY CLOSES
NOTE: Winery bar will also be open from 2pm-10pm if you want to buy additonal wine, wine slushies, etc…
Join us for a laid back, relaxing day of food, music and wine. This is a great, one time only event you do not want to miss. Drink some Ohio wine, visit with friends and enjoy some local musicians. Browse the gallery below and see what to expect on the the grounds of Kennedy Vineyard.
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For the second week in a row – Wow!! We had one of our best Thanksgiving Weekends ever at THE NEON! Audiences are loving both DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and PHILOMENA, and I want to Thank YOU for being such loyal and wonderful patrons at THE NEON. Even though other theaters jumped in on PHILOMENA, you made us come out on top! Thank You! (To visit the official site for each of our current titles (which we will hold), click on the titles above.)
Though we are doing well with our current titles, I’d suggest hurrying down if you still need to see them. We have other titles we need to get to before the end of the year – including Alexander Payne’s new film NEBRASKA and the star-studded AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.
This year’s Family Holiday Film Series starts this Saturday! Tickets are FREE for children 12 and under, and all other tickets are $2 each. We will screen RISE OF THE GUARDIANS on December 7, on December 14 we will screen HOME ALONE, and on December 21 – the holiday classic – WHITE CHRISTMAS. Each film will only screen one time – at Noon. Tickets will only be available starting 45 minutes before each show.
Dayton-native Toni Dixon will premiere her new short film on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30. “FROM HIDDEN PAIN TO FREEDOM is an emotional depiction of the life of Tia. It is a powerful story of survival against all odds – the story of a little girl caught up in a world of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The setting takes place in the inner-city projects of Ohio where Tia resides with her grandmother because her mother chose the company of men over family. There, she quickly realizes how cold and cruel the world can really be. Gaining strength from within, she grows up to overcome her pain to new found freedom.” (taken from Press Notes) Tickets are $10 each and are now available at THE NEON’s box office.
Thanks for your continued support!
We hope to see you soon,
SHOWTIMES for Friday, Dec. 6 – Thursday, Dec. 12:
PHILOMENA (PG-13) 1 hr 38 min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40
Monday – Thursday: 3:00, 5:15, 7:30
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R) 1 hr 57 min
Friday: 12:10, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
Saturday: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
Sunday: 12:10, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
Monday – Thursday: 2:40, 5:10, 7:45
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
As always, all dates are tentative. Many of these dates will change.
In some rare cases, titles may disappear.
TBD – KILL YOUR DARLINGS
Dec. 20 – NEBRASKA
Dec. 25 – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
TBD – THE ARMSTRONG LIE
The month-long Dayton Holiday Festival begins Nov. 29 with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. on Courthouse Square, on the corner of Third and Main streets. The tree-lighting ceremony will start at 7:45 p.m. with the parade immediately following. Holiday events will continue into late December. This will be the 41st year for the holiday celebration.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving beginning at 4 p.m., an array of family-friendly activities will be available to enjoy all evening. Activities on Courthouse Square include live music on the Courthouse Square Main Stage, sponsored by Kroger, until 7:45 p.m. In the Old Courthouse, the Downtown Dayton Priority Board and B94.5 Hot Country‘s Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest entries will be on display. Winners will be announced during the evening. Children can participate in the Junior League of Dayton’s Holiday Hunt by checking in at the Junior League booth. The scavenger hunt runs until 7 p.m.
Several other activities will take place near the Square. Children can create holiday crafts or “Dial-An-Elf” to share their wish list with one of Santa’s helpers at Time Warner Cable Media’s Holiday Village in the Kettering Tower. Carnival rides and games on Third Street, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, will run all evening. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered through 7:30 p.m. Wagon rides are $1 per person, but all other activities are free.
The Tike’s Shoppe — sponsored by ABC 22/FOX 45, Victoria Theatre Association and the Oakwood Register and managed by YES! For Youth — will be located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. This gift shop specifically designed for children will remain open through Dec. 23 on select days. Patrons also may view Rike’s animated holiday windows in the Wintergarden.
Capping off this festive night is the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square. Volunteers will pass out 3D glasses provided by CareSource. The Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights will immediately follow the ceremony. More than 100,000 lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of festive floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises. Miami-Jacobs Career College and MIX 107.7-FM are sponsoring the activities.
“The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights is a great night for the entire family to come downtown,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “It is a magical night guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.”
The Dayton Holiday Festival continues throughout the month of December with such activities as the Family Movie Series at The Neon, Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display and more.
The Dayton Holiday Festival is presented the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund. A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.
Volunteers are still needed for the Grande Illumination. Sign up online to volunteer.
You have driven by and seen the packed parking lot, so you know something is up. Archer’s Tavern has just surpassed its 3rd year in business and is still cookin’ right along in more ways than one. Owner’s Dan Apolito, Scott Dorsten and Mike Fullenkamp have a great formula for success. Good food, good drink, and affordable prices. The owners also immerse themselves in the community, donating to various churches, charities and youth organizations. The belief is “If you do good things for people, it will come back to you.” The menu, which is printed on newspaper, keeps customers coming back for sure.
Archer’sm, located at 9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike, is a family pub-style restaurant named after John Archer Jr. who owned Centerville’s first tavern. This nod to history is true to form with ownership’s belief in local involvement.
From Burgers and Pizzas, to Salads and Craft Beers, there is something for everyone at Archer’s Tavern. Don’t forget the special events they showcase from time to time.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Family Friendly Atmosphere with a pub feel. You could bring the kids here after a soccer game, or sit at the bar with some friends.
— Great Craft Beer selection on tap and in bottles. Archer’s partners with regional breweries for some rare, delicious selections. Their rotating selection is sure to please thirsty patrons.
— Affordable meals with most selections in the $7-$10 range. They even have a burger for under $4.
— Don’t miss their special events throughout the year. Whether it is a crawfish boil to celebrate their anniversary or a beer/menu tasting featuring Goose Island beers, these events are worth checking out. Stay tuned to their website and Facebook Page to keep up with the latest happenings. Here is EXCLUSIVE SCOOP on the next upcoming event !
****EXCLUSIVE SCOOP ! YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST ! ***
Archer’s will feature a CHILI COOKOFF on Saturday, September 14th from 2pm-4pm. Do you have a winning recipe? Limited to 20 entrants, the winning person’s chili will be featured on the Archer’s menu for an entire year. There is also a cash prize of $200. To enter the contest, stop into Archers Tavern, but do it quickly as space is limited to the first 20 entrants. Food Adventures will be celebrity judges and you can be a judge too! Just show up the day of the event and pay $10 to sample the 20 chili entries and cast your vote. Join us for this FOOD ADVENTURE ! The money collected will go to the Centerville High School Culinary Student fund or the Archer’s Scholarship Fund. Again, Archer’s is giving back to the community. We love and respect that.
With so much going on in this place, we offer up our suggestions on some of the best. As with all of our Food Adventures, we have been here numerous times and tried almost everything on the menu.
If you have not yet been to Archer’s, let Big Ragu, Chef House and Hungry Jax point you in the right direction.
— THE BRANDON BURGER: This burger is a favorite. It features a fried egg and bacon all on top of a fresh Zink’s Meat Market Burger. It is quite simply one of the best burgers in town.
— ARCHER’S ALE: An ESB (Extra Special Bitter), that is an original craft beer. A quality brew to be appreciated by the beer connoisseur in you. Smooth and easy, this is an enjoyable drink for those ESB lovers.
— CITRUS CHICKEN SALAD – Grilled chicken on a bed of fresh greens, mixed with a balsamic dressing. Other toppings include mandarin oranges, cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles and almonds. A healthy and tasty alternative!
— THE MARGHERITA PIZZA: Fresh Mozzarella and a smooth tomato sauce is the key to this pizza. Fresh basil leaves and Roma tomatoes top off this vegetarian pie nicely.
— THE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK: A heaping sandwich filled with meat, peppers and melted provolone cheese. You can also request cheese whiz on this monster. We say, go for it. This is how they do it in Philadelphia. Your choice of ribeye steak or chicken for the meat.
— THE STICKY BURGER: A burger with peanut butter on it? YES! The result is a unique taste, reminiscent of a Thai Peanut Sauce. This burger is the Big Ragu’s Favorite. It also comes with bacon and smoked pepper jack cheese. This is a curiously good burger that you won’t soon forget.
— CRAZY UNCLE JESTER’S HOT SAUCE: Archer’s is partnered with a local hot sauce maker that really lights things up. Make sure and ask your waitress to bring out some different flavored bottles of Crazy Uncle Jester’s Hot Sauce. Add it to some wings, chili or whatever you want to pack a wallop of flavor. Good stuff here, some of it isn’t for the squeamish.
Finally, this article would be incomplete if we didn’t talk about the servers. Our many experiences have shown us that this friendly staff cares about the customers and shows commitment in offering good service. The management instills this belief from the top down. If you love decent prices for good food, then give Archer’s Tavern a shot. This place is about relaxing in a fun eatery. Our advice is, scan the beer selection, order a burger or one of our ‘must eats’ and then… enjoy. In this Food Adventure, you can be sure that Archer’s will hit the bullseye !
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Hello Dayton! While the blog’s normally promote our special events, this week we will take a look at Friday’s opening movies. With movies ranging from family to action, there’s something for everyone at Rave Dayton South this week! And…don’t forget family appreciation weekend! From November 2nd to November 4th Rave Cinemas is proud to present another awesome family appreciation weekend. This week get $1 off an Icee and meet the Icee bear on Sunday from 11a-6p! The Icee bear will be giving out coupons and Wreck-it Ralph prizes. Come say hello!
THE DOORS: LIVE FROM THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ’68 11/8 & 11/13 @ 7PM
For the first time ever in cinemas, the complete concert film from this legendary band digitally re–mastered in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound
The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68 is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. Now for the first time fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of Hello I Love You, Texas Radio and the Big Beat and Spanish Caravan. The film includes a special feature of interviews, prior to the concert, with the band talking about what it meant to perform at the Hollywood Bowl and the enduring significance of the concert. This one-of-a-kind concert film will be a hit with longtime Doors fans, as well as those new to this classic band.
Don’t miss this special event playing for two nights only!
WRECK-IT RALPH- OPENING FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND
Wreck-it Ralph will be one of fall’s most lovable movies! Featuring John C. Rielly as Wreck-it Ralph, who is a video game villain who longs to be the good guy. When Ralph sneaks into the new video game with the intent to finally win a medal of his own, he accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy. Ralph then recruits help from Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), a young girl who is a “glitch” from a race car game. Can the two of them become heroes together? Come to Rave Cinemas and find out!
FLIGHT- OPENING NOVEMBER 2ND
If a drama is something you’re interested in, Flight is the movie to watch this upcoming week! Denzel Washington is a pilot who saves countless lives when his maneuvers save a plane from crashing. However things take a turn when an investigation reveals a shocking revelation.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS- OPENING NOVEMBER 2ND
For those seeking more of an action movie, The Man with the Iron Fists is the perfect option. The movie, starring Russell Crowe, RZA, and Rick Yune, occurs when a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier attack a Chinese village, and a quiet blacksmith takes it upon himself to save his village.
SPECIAL SHOWING- SKYFALL- THURSDAY NIGHT @ 12:07AM.
Fans of James Bond can catch the movie before its official Friday, November 9th opening. Playing Thursday, November 8th at 12:07am (Thursday night into Friday morning). Featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as M, this James Bond pushes new limits as Bond’s loyalty to M is put to the test.
The Phantom Tollbooth
THE ZOOT THEATRE COMPANY
TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY
Theatre at its very essence is collaboration: designers and directors; directors, production team, and actors; artistic and front of house staff; and numerous other people all work together to create art. However, we don’t have to limit collaboration to simply what can be done within a single theatre. Rather, collaborating between theatre groups, working together to put on a show or teach classes or read plays, can greatly expand both audiences and participants.
This weekend, the Zoot Theatre Company and Town Hall Theatre are doing just that in their production of The Phantom Tollbooth. In the story based on Norton Juster’s 1961 classic, young Milo is bored with everything from his toy collection to his life, so extremely that the Demons of Ignorance eagerly wait for him to succumb and urge him not to do anything at all (for that would be dangerous). However, with the arrival of an anonymous package and his entry into the fantastical Phantom Tollbooth, he discovers a new world and embarks on a remarkable journey to save the Kingdom of Wisdom. A funny and entertaining show for all ages, The Phantom Tollbooth is filled with puns and plot elements, such as Milo’s sudden Jump to (the Island of) Conclusions, that are the consequences of interpreting idioms literally.
Because of the combination of familial and fantastical elements, this show perfectly showcases the expertise of both the Dayton-based Zoot Theatre Company, which focuses on puppet work, and Centerville’s Town Hall Theatre, a professional and quality-driven children’s theatre. ZTC and THT have collaborated equally on a production annually for the past four years; they usually share artistic responsibilities, and selected this show together. This piece is different in that due to the nature and schedule of this piece, ZTC directed and artistically formed The Phantom Tollbooth, while THT handled all the front of house, publicity, and related areas. However, several students and Town Hall regular actors play the childrens’ roles, including the lead of Milo, making this production a successful model of collaboration between two groups, and providing both patron bases with opportunities beyond what either theatre could do alone.
Working together benefits both theatres. Mark Metzger, Artistic Director at Town Hall Theatre, remarked,
“I look for opportunities for our young people to be challenged, and to operate a puppet and receive feedback from professional puppeteers is an opportunity they won’t get anywhere else.”
Working on a production where the puppets take center stage, and other production elements (set, lighting, costumes) support the puppetry, is a great learning experience for student participants and audience members. This is especially beneficial given the prevalence of shows on Broadway – such as The Lion King, Avenue Q, Shrek, and WarHorse – that incorporate similar techniques.
Even if puppet-based shows were not experiencing such popularity, though, because plays are meant to be seen, not just heard, the addition of such a predominant visual element teaches skills applicable to all theatre, and collaborations such as this benefit both organizations. Metzger commented on Zoot’s talent and ability to produce quality theatre, so he had no reservations whatsoever about doing a project where THT’s own artistic involvement was minimized, knowing that the show would be excellent for both theatres.
As a traveling-based rather than single-venue theatre, Zoot finds collaboration extremely important. Working with Town Hall allows them the chance to perform in another space and with a different patron base; they also do a lot of work within schools and help area theaters with puppet-based work when needed, and even within specific shows, place a high emphasis on collaboration. For example, in describing the process through which the theatre designs and creates puppets, Zoot’s Artistic Director Tristan Cupp explained that various artistic staff design, sometimes originating with group discussions and sometimes with a focal designer’s vision, all the while working with the director to make puppets that align with the characters’ and show’s needs. These different processes, and Zoot’s production skills, are very collaborative. Cupp said,
“What’s wonderful is each one of these artists has strengths in different mediums and different styles, which really lends to the variety of puppets and looks and different ideas… You can expand your creative horizons that way, by learning from each other and learning to use different materials and different styles; that’s what’s needed, and it’s really appealing to a lot of artists who want to help us out and be a part of it.”
Part of that collaboration involves the input of visual artists not involved in theatre, which adds diversity and a variety of skills to the art.
Fittingly, then, Zoot has just announced a residency with the Victoria Theatre Association, and their Mathile Theatre at the Schuster Center. In the previous couple of years, Zoot has presented two shows independently at the Mathile, but this residency will provide both groups an opportunity for growth and collaboration. Zoot’s productions fit into two categories, Mainstage and Zoot Tales (child or family oriented), and the residency will introduce more people within those areas to a type of theatre relatively new to Dayton. Now, Zoot will choose a season of three shows to present, and the VTA will provide venue and/or assistance with touring; the Victoria will be able to offer educational initiatives in puppetry through ZTC, which fits nicely with programs such as their Physicians for Kids Discovery Series.
“Puppetry itself is storytelling through a universal language.”
As such a collaborative organization, Zoot is looking ahead to continuing their work with schools and various theatres, and both Town Hall Theatre and the Zoot Theatre Company hope to continue their collaborations together. Cupp noted, “Puppetry itself is storytelling through a universal language,” and the idea of working together on something so universally applicable is beautiful. Collaboration, too, is universal, for we all have a certain connection as imaginative human beings capable of working together because of that humanity. Reflecting this, The Phantom Tollbooth provides an experience and combination unlike anything else in Dayton right now, where audience members truly can experience imagination come to life.
TICKETS AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Dates: April 15 – 17, 2011, at Town Hall Theatre; April 21 – 30, 2011, at the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre