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The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”
Reflecting on a pumpkin patch, it reminds me of the way a community should truly be. Occupying your own mounded hill, you are nurtured from the same sustenance offered to your neighbor. When you bask in the warmth of a sunlit day, your neighbors feel the sun’s impartial rays as well. When hard times befall you, the community must endure the inclement storms. Eventually, your vines and roots tangle and twist together, becoming a communal plot of land. Could it be that a simple jack-o’-lantern could bring a community of people together as well?
Many years ago, Judy Chaffin envision ghoulishly glowing pumpkin lighting the perfect darkness of the McKinley Park located on Forest Ave. by the Dayton Art Institute. Her vision remained a wil-o’the-wisp…until she moved nearby onto Stoddard Ave.
“When I moved onto Stoddard Ave., I thought, ‘Boy, if we put some over on the hill, how neat would that look?’” Judy reminisce. “I then asked my brother and his wife if they would help me and I went out and bought thirty-six pumpkins and, back then, I thought that was huge! So, we put them over there and people stopped by and seemed to really like them and that was really nice.”
The hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church seemed perfect, providing the pumpkins with a raised dais so that the casual passersby would fall under it’s eerie orange stare while the stone edifice of the Church itself endowed the tableaux with the ideal backdrop. The idea seemed to grow all on it’s own, sending tendrils and roots through the fertile furrows of the imagination. Judy recounted how the pumpkin patch grew with each subsequent year that passed.
“Then the next year, we decided to go for a little more. We tried to increase it by twenty-five or so…we did seventy-five, then one hundred, then one hundred and twenty-five…it just kept going up and up and up.” With a wave, Judy said, “At some point, it just jumped up to three hundred, and once that number goes up, you really can’t go back down. Last year it jumped to like four hundred and this year we have like five hundred pumpkins.” We just heard that for 2015 there will be 825 pumpkins on display.
In the beginning, Judy would trek up towards Springfield each night after work to cull through a local pumpkin farm, loading up her little Honda Civic with all that it would carry. After a few years, her brother helped her by loading up his van with the orange gourd-like squash. Eventually, she was referred to another Springfield area farmer who not only negotiated a fair price for the prestigious pumpkins, but more importantly…he delivered.
Neighbors and friends have joined into the mix, offering their services from gutting and cleaning to carving, placing and lighting the finished pumpkins. It became a neighborhood affair. Now it’s even bigger, with a volunteer team working on carving, set up and feeding of volunteers.
“Well, I think that a lot of them like to bring people into the neighborhood for something positive. You know how it is. If you say, ‘Oh, I live over by the Dayton Art Institute’ people are aghast. It’s not like that. It’s a great neighborhood.” Judy opined, “I think that is why the neighbors enjoy it because we have people from all over…we have people from Sidney and Troy and other cities that come down. It’s just nice. I have friends from Cincinnati who come up to see it.”
With every manner of carving displayed, the Pumpkin Glow has definitely grown, taking in the hearts and imaginations of people from far away cities who have hear about the extraordinary exhibit by word of mouth. The sheer logistics is staggering when one realizes how few people are involved in the actual process of cleaning and carving the pumpkins.
If you’d like to help
“We’re going to try and put them up early this year at about eleven o’clock in the morning and then at about four-thirty or five o’clock, we’ll begin lighting them and they’ll stay lit well past midnight. Then they will be up Saturday night and Sunday night and then Monday, we take them off the hill.” Judy ended by alluding to one of the many factors that make this such a special occasion. “Some people want us to keep them lit until Monday. I think that two nights is enough…it’s fleeting, and that’s what makes it so special.”
Update: Ms. Judy was sick and unable to hold the pumpkin glow in 2016, then in 2017 the Grafton Hill Historic District took charge of the event that Daytonians had come to love . Judy Chaffin, the Pumpkin Lady passed away in December of 2018, but with lots of volunteer help the Pumpkin glow continues
The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow can be seen from 6-10pm on the Monday and Tuesday prior to Halloween. It is a display that is well worth seeing, not only for it’s sheer eerie beauty, but also for the sense of community that it invokes.
“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.”
Here is a video done in October 2011.
(note – this article was originally written in October 2010 and has been updated each year)
Let’s Celebrate the Season!
5:30-6:00 – Social time
6:00 – Class begins – promptly!
9:00 – Class over
$35 16″ x 20″ canvas
Get ready for Fall with this decoration to be either hung on your front door or in a frame to hang over your fireplace! So easy to do! You’ll also learn the technique of faux painting to make the background look like real wood! Ribbon will be supplied, unless you want to bring your own and you will need at least 3 yards. You can write Happy Halloween, welcome, your name – you can put anything in its place! Its your creation!
Grab some friends and sign up for this fun fall painting!
Brush & Bottle is a fun art studio for anyone interested in painting! You will be painting with acrylic paints on a 16 x 20 canvas, and Jan Hunsche will teach the class step by step through the painting process. Most of you will have no painting experience and all of you will have great success! Guaranteed!
PAINTING PARTY CLASS – here is what you need to know:
*You must be registered for class prior to the event date – no observers allowed without a registration.
*The class meets in the Art Room of the Oxford Community Art Center.
*Class begins PROMPTLY at start time indicated above! You need to arrive at least 10 minutes before the class start time. In consideration of the others in class, if you arrive 15 minutes or more late you may not be allowed to paint and lose the registration fee.
*Walk ins are not allowed at the time of class.
*You are welcome as much as 30 minutes before the start of class to enjoy some food, drink and socialize with friends if you want before you get ready for the fun!
*All materials are provided: your canvas, paints, brushes, glasses (for your BYOB), and the corkscrew! The step-by-step instruction will help you to create this painting you see before you.
* Please wear comfortable clothes on which you don’t mind getting paint; the paint is acrylic and permanent on fabric . . . even though aprons are supplied, spills and splatters can happen!
*Classes are 2 hours to 3 hours long, depending on the art chosen.
*Brush and Bottle Cancellation Policy applies to all classes:
48 hours or more = refund.
48 hours or less = studio credit.
4 hours or less from class time = no refund/credit.
*You must be 21 yrs. old to consume alcoholic beverages in our studio.
**NO Hard Alcohol Allowed, NO EXCEPTIONS Please** Please drink responsibly.
BYOB and Munchies!
The studio is all BYOB – we only serve paint water! Feel free to bring in your favorite beverage (adult beverages limited to beer/wine* or premix pouches) and some light snacks to enjoy during class! There will be ice, wine openers and glasses for your use. A large table will be set up for you to put your snacks, etc. on. Remember you are painting most of the time so finger foods are best!
* Again, you must be 21 yrs. old to consume alcoholic beverages in the studio.
How to Sign Up and Pay!
*Register online or in person at the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC). If you have any questions about how to register, you can call OCAC at (513) 524-8506 or email Bonnie at [email protected]
*If you have any questions about the class, please don’t hesitate to contact the instructor, Jan Hunsche at [email protected]
This is not a fine art class – this is a FUN art class! Everyone is an artist!
Be Social! Be Artsy! Take pART!
If you’ve ever driven or taken a stroll down Linden Avenue in the Huffman Historic District, you may have been struck by the beauty of the tunnel of oak and linden trees that create a continuous canopy overhead. Or perhaps you were too distracted by the stately collection of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Eastlake Victorian homes. Especially in the fall, there’s a certain magic in the air in Huffman when jack-o-lanterns grace front porch steps and the leaves of the tree canopy transition to autumn colors.
This October 12th and 13th, that magic will be alive and well when the Huffman Historic Neighborhood Association puts on their biannual, guided home tour, “The Spirit of Huffman.” The Spirit of Huffman home tour’s tagline is, “Where Halloween and History Collide,” and, indeed it’s true, when the outing offers tour goers a visual feast of Halloween decorations and entertainment dispersed among the Victorian homes.
Participants of the home tour will be guided through the neighborhood, established in the 1860s through the 1890s by William P. Huffman, stopping to tour nine unique homes: one totally renovated house, a home bought through auction, homes renovated through Rehabarama, one home that housed the neighborhood post office, and two houses that were doctor’s offices. They will encounter an extensive collection of Halloween decorations, marble mantles, one-of-a-kind woodwork, bay windows, original hitching posts for horses, original carriage houses, carpenter’s lace, fretwork, corbels, towers, and curved-glass windows. Along the way, they’ll take note of Dayton’s first brick school house, two beautiful Victorian churches with active congregations, and an old market that is looking at a second life. They’ll hear about the importance of the community’s connection to the country’s largest manufacturer of bicycles.
Each time The Spirit of Huffman Tour is presented, visitors are entertained. In addition to being a tour of today’s homes, this is an energized evening walk through time. Expect to meet up with Huffman residents of a century ago who are scheduled to make an historic return engagement this year – just in time to make the past live again. Visitors are advised: It is likely you will be transported beyond the Victorian architecture you are coming to see. Come prepared for several “Close Encounters of the Huffman Kind” as they pull back the curtain on time, revealing William Huffman’s new dream for a diverse community of bankers, laborers, shopkeepers, and street vendors at a moment when it is all so exciting and new. When you come, be sure to listen carefully. The winds of change are rustling through the prairie grasses outside the city. It is 1870 and thanks to one man’s vision, Huffman Prairie is about to transform into the vibrant “Inner East” of Dayton.
A special thank you to sponsors DK Effects, LinkDayton, Blackbox Improv, Dayton Most Metro, St. Anne the Tart, Gem City Podcast and our great neighborhood of volunteers helping to keep the Spirit of Huffman alive.
How to Go?
When: October 12 and 13, 2018
Where: Huffman Historic District – 19 Linden Avenue, Dayton, OH 45403
Note: This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Once you arrive for the tour signs and guides will help to find parking.
What can I bring into the event?
This event is rain or shine. Please come prepared with umbrellas and/or ponchos in the event of rain. We will have flashlights to share but are limited. Feel free to bring your own.
On Halloween if you’re in costume you can score a burrito, burrito bowl, order of tacos, or salad for $3 just by showing up at your local Chipotle. The discount is good from 3pm ’til close at most of the burrito empire’s locations
Excludes online, mobile, fax and catering orders. Limit one Boorito per person; must be in costume to qualify. Determination of whether a ‘costume’ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $3 purchase price.
Even without a costume you can also enter Chipotle’s text drawing to win BURRITOS FOR A YEAR by texting BOORITO to 888222 by 10/31. If you enter via text-messaging, you will receive a message confirming your entry into the Sweepstakes. Up to 6 automated marketing messages will be sent to the number provided at entry.
Consent is not a condition of purchase or entry. The wireless carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. Message and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. At the time of entry, you will have the opportunity to opt-in to receive further communications from Sponsor. Entrants are not required to opt-in and opting in will not increase your chances of winning the Sweepstakes. One(1) GRAND PRIZE will be awarded. The Grand Prize will consist of fifty-two (52) Free Burrito Cards (up to a value of $10 each card) to be redeemed by the Grand Prize Winner at any participating Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize: $520
Our annual Trunk or Treat is a fun time for children to come and receive candy from our many creatively decorated vehicles in a safe environment. We are giving away children’s books to the first 300 registered children. Come out and enjoy this exciting family event!
Hosting a party? Looking for a chilled, laid back drink to serve guests that will will keep them howling? Just need something to sip in between trick or treaters?
Each month we share a seasonal recipe, and this month, we have a quick, easy, and fun tip.
We think you will like it, like a Walking Dead Zombie loves a good shoulder.
Let us exspleen…
We call it …
THE YELLOW ZOMBIE
In a blender, spin:
8 ice cubes
12 ounces of rum
4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
4 ounce pineapple juice
4 ounce cream of coconut
4 ounce triple sec
Blend until consistency of a smoothie
Makes 4 drinks
Rots of luck …
Stay tuned each month as Chef House, Big Ragu, and Hungry Jax share monthly recipes.
Also, check back for our feature food articles on Dayton food spots, right here on MostMetro !
HAPPY HALLOWEEN ………… enjoy !
Hay! Hay! Hay! Food, fun and fall flavors await you at The Hidden Valley Fruit Farm. Just a few minutes south of Centerville on State Rout 48, Hidden Valley is the perfect place for a family Food Adventure, especially for little ones. You can find pies to petting zoos, and scarecrows to strawberry jams. They even have hay rides, pick your own apples and more. We have great memories of coming here as kids. This farm store is a perfect place to spend time with your loved onesand experience the sights and sniffs of the Fall season.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on HIDDEN VALLEY FRUIT FARM:
—For over 60 years, located at 5474 OH-48, Lebanon, OH 45036 just a few minutes south of Centerville.
—10am – 6pm Sunday through Wednesday and 10am – 7pm Thursday – Saturday
— Fun attractions include: Hayrides, pick your our pumpkin, pick your own apples, a gift shop in the 150 year old barn, an ice cream shop, and a petting zoo. There is “so much room for activities”
— The Country Store is in a 150 year old barn. It features a gift shop, a bakery, a produce area, grocery items and coffees.
— The small restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday, and features an $8.99 lunch for a pulled-pork sandwich and two sides – choices are potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, or baked beans.
— They grow 38 different kind of apple varieties.
There are literally hundreds of choices, local squash, fruit jams and so much more. Over the years we have tried dozens of items. Here are some of our favorites that have lasted from the 1970’s. Without further delay.. we present our MUST EATS !
MUST EATS at HIDDEN VALLEY FRUIT FARM:
— GALLON OF APPLE CIDER: Hidden Valley Fruit Farm is one of the only farms in Ohio that still prepares its apple cider the old-fashioned way. Not from concentrate, their cider is pressed from select apples out of their own orchards. The cider goes from orchard, to press, to bottle, then straight to the refrigerators. Their is no homogenization, no pasteurization, and no additives or preservatives. The best cider ever in the Big Ragu’s opinion. Maybe it is the nostalgia, but he has never tasted anything like it.
— PUMPKIN DONUTS: Small, sugary and delicious. We have been enjoying these for decades. Get a few extra, they seem to disappear into hungry mouths on the way to the car.
— GALA APPLES: OK, so they have 38 different kinds of apples… One of our favorites is the sweet Gala apples grown on site. There are so many others, some good for baking, others good for eating. All of them local, right off the trees and delicious.
— APPLE FRITTERS: These are huge. They are sweet, glazed and delicious. So sweet in fact, that they are guaranteed to attract a bee or two if eaten outside. Made fresh, they melt in your mouth and go great with a glass of milk.
— LOCAL NATURAL RAW HONEY: There are so many uses for this wonderful product. From a drop in your tea, to drizzling over cereal, this honey is fantastic. On toast or a spoonful from the jar, it is a wonderful treat. Did you know that consuming local honey helps guard against allergies to local plants? It is true with all natural honeys and the area they are produced.
— CARAMEL APPLES WITH NUTS: Nice sized apples dipped in a thick caramel coating, with the bottom half rolled in chopped peanuts. The result is everything you could ever want from a salty and sweet treat. Sinful? You bet… If you want to go big, they have a “Thriller” apple which is the deluxe chocolate added treat. Although they are great, we stay old school here and prefer the original.
Honorable Mention: The Homemade Fudge. All flavors. It used to cause family squabbles in the car on our way back from Kings Island..
The Hidden Valley Fruit Farm is a throwback Food Adventure and a tribute to the old days. Rural America eats and treats, and simple pleasures like a fall Hay ride.
Find the peace and calm of a brisk Autumn day, and visit this local treasure. There is still time to grab a pumpkin before Halloween, and this is the perfect spot to scope one out. See you near the corn stalks, inside the barn….
Please enjoy the sights of Fall at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm by browsing our photos below.
CALLING ALL GHOST HUNTERS! BYOE.. bring your own equipment!
(Caution: All attendees must sign a waiver) Get your tickets by clicking HERE.
Friday night, October 21st, in the wee hours of the night, you may hear a creak, you may feel a chill. But this is what many are coming for, this is what they want. The Amber Rose Restaurant is giving 40 attendees unprecendented access to the previously private areas of the “Haunted” restaurant. Some will bring cameras, some will bring fancy recording devices, others will just bring their senses.
Access to the spooky azz basement.. CHECK
Access to the creepy old attic… CHECK
Paranormal investigators “ParaSense” will be on hand, sharing their findings and helping guide visitors. It’s all you hunt from 9pm til 2am.
But hey, Ghost Hunters get hungry and thirsty.. So we have put together a 3 station stop of food and brews… in between your, BOOS ! For late stayers, there will be a special late night cheap eats menu and drink specials until 2am.
Now, THAT is a Food Adventure.
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE NIGHT OF GHOST HUNTING:
WHEN: OCTOBER 21st at 9pm and you are welcome to stay and Ghost Hunt until 2am
WHERE: The AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT at 1400 Valley Street in Dayton
WHAT: 3 Beers, 3 Food Stations, 1 Night of unprecendented access for Ghost Hunting and ghastly findings from Parasense Paranormal Investigative Team. What will they share from their 2015 and 2016 overnight visits? Shelly, Kat and Alicia have recordings, photos and computer findings that will make your hair stand on end ! The Food Adventures Crew may be hiding under a table
—Deluxe Potato Pancakes & Bavarian Pretzels with Bier Cheese Dip
—Erdinger Dunkel Beer
—Bratwurst Encroute & Hunter Schnitzel Sliders
—Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
—Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
SPECIAL LATE NIGHT MENU 1opm – 2am – CHEAP PRICES, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP SCREAMS ! Hungry Jax, Chef House and The Big Ragu are always up for a late night Food Adventure.
COST: EVENT IS PRE PAY ONLY $25 includes the tip – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS –
Welcome to the heart of Haunted Dayton ladies and gentleman. Come learn about the history of Amber Rose, hear the personal stories, and most of all explore for yourself. There will be door prizes, trivia and much more. If you are serious Ghost Hunter or just have a hunger for the Miami Valley’s scariest places… Dont miss this one night only event !
Sellout crowd expected again !!
FOOD, BEER, … GHOSTS
This is a post that many of you have been waiting for… Dayton Most Metro is kicking of the fall season with a “BOO!”
—October 7th, the popular “RHINEGEISTS and POLTERGEISTS” ghostly beer dinner returns! A brainchild of local bloggers, the Food Adventure crew, this popular scarefest looks to again to have a sellout crowd of over 100 foodies at the Amber Rose restaurant. There will also be a special presentation from a nationally known paranormal investigative group, ParaSense.
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON “RHINEGEISTS and POLTERGEISTS”
WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th at 7pm
WHERE: AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT at 1400 Valley St. in Dayton
WHAT: 4 COURSE DINNER from AMBER ROSE and 4 BEERS from RHINEGEIST BREWERY
—COURSE 1: Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Pierogies and German Bier Cheese Dip
—COURSE 2: Beef Rouladen (rolled) with Roasted, Rustic Vegetables
—COURSE 3: Apple Cinnamon Smoked Pork Chop with German Potato & Bavarian Hash
—COURSE 4: Cherry Almond Bread Pudding
Each course will be paired with a Rhinegeist Beer:
—BEER 1: “ALICE” a Belgium Style Ale
—BEER 2: “EXUM” a Pale Ale
—BEER 3: “HUGH” an Oktoberfest brew
—BEER 4: “STEVE” a Dark Lager
WHAT ELSE: A special presentation from a local paranormal investigative team with national exposure, called PARASENSE. ParaSense will be sharing their findings from numerous overnight ghost hunts from 2015 and 2016. NEW FINDINGS, NEW GOOSEBUMPS !
COST: $35 per person includes the tip ! Tickets are PRE-PAY and ONLY AVAILABLE at THIS LINK. This event has always sold out and will be limited to 100 people.
EACH ATTENDEE GETS A FREE RHINEGEIST PINT GLASS !
*****The party continues after the event, downstairs at the bar with “Happy Hour” pricing*****
As many of you may know, The Amber Rose is supposedly a haunted venue. The ghost is believed to be the daughter of the former house owner. She is a playful ghost named Genevieve Ksiezopolski aka “Chickie.” Employees have many stories of glasses flying off of shelves, lights being turned on and even the appearance of a poltergeist. Take for example this case, where a cook claimed to see a full apparition of a lady in a long dress who walked into the room, then turned and walked away. When the frightened cook alerted the staff, they quickly pulled the security surveillance camera footage. What they saw at the same time the cook claimed to encounter the ghost was this: click to see video
A local, three person “ghost hunter” crew will be investigating the Amber Rose facility in the weeks leading up to the dinner. They have appeared on on National Television! Their work has been featured in“America’s Most Haunted,” “My Ghost Story”, and Haunted Ohio VI. Independent Paranormal Investigators Kat Powell and Shelly Suittor met in 1999 as tour guides for the Ohio State Reformatory, Prospect Place, and Snow Hill Country Club. Teaming up with Alicia Soich in 2012, they’ve logged hundreds of hours of field research and private investigations across the state.
What will their findings be? Will they be contacted by “Chickie” or some other poltergeist? Join us and find out ! And stay for the Happy Hour after party at the bar !
BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! TICKETS ARE PRE-PAY ONLY! LIMITED SEATING!
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