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National Public Lands Day 2018: Get free admission to national parks Saturday

Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

>> See a list of participating parks here

Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.

Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.

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Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.

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Lily’s Bistro has planned a Renaissance FEAST, topped off with fire-eating, sword-swallowing and more

Hear ye, hear ye! Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District has planned a feast only worthy of Daytonian royalty — although it won’t cost your last gold coin.

Lily’s Bistro is hosting “thee” Renaissance Feast, a Renaissance dining experience complete with performers from thee Ohio Renaissance Festival, the Pickled Brothers Circus. The entertainment will follow the three-course feast with sword-swallowing, bed of nails, jokes and “weather permitting” fire-eating. 

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“With the days getting shorter and weather beginning to cool, RenFeast sets a hearty seasonal banquet table fit for a king and queen,” said Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro.

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The RenFeast full menu includes:

-Red Ale and Ox Tail Pottage in a bread bowl 

-Braised Wild Boar Ribs, potato cakes, roasted root vegetables, honey mead demi-glace 

-Apple Tansey with lemon custard

Attending the RenFeast costs $35 (including tax and tip) and includes the three-course feast and evening entertainment. “Additional meals and specialty cocktails will be available to purchase with $1 off if you come dressed in costume.”


WHAT: Lily’s Bistro RenFeast

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton



Hal McCoy: Why Pete Rose play ‘Banned from Baseball’ is worth seeing

It was 1989 when Pete Rose was banned from baseball, and it was evident the repercussions would never die, not as long as baseball exists. 

That’s because of the taint and stain placed on the game and because of Rose’s Type A personality, a mentality that won’t let it die from his perspective.  

His lifetime (and beyond) banishment for gambling on baseball was 29 years ago, but its poignancy continues, live and in living color at the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton.  

The Human Race Theatre Company’s “Banned From Baseball,” a play depicting Rose’s battle with then baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti and investigator John Dowd, is currently on a run through Sunday, Sept. 23. 

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Rose is played forcefully and accurately by Brian Dykstra, who not only resembles Rose on stage, but perfectly captures Rose’s arrogance, stubbornness, boastfulness and egotistical characteristics.  

Those are characteristics that helped mold Rose into baseball’s all-time hits leader, The Hit King. They also are characteristics that led to his downfall as a man who believed because of his stature in the game that he was a Teflon ball player who could do whatever he pleased and suffer no consequences. 

From the moment Dykstra walks on stage, it is evidence that writer Patricia O’Hara and director Margaret Perry did their homework. 

Dykstra was wearing a gaudy plaid jacket, white shoes, tan slacks and a huge watch, a style Rose perpetuated. As one baseball official said when Rose applied for re-instatement, “I never met the man, but when he walked in the door dressed like a pimp, I instantly disliked him.” 

Dykstra also affected accurately Rose’s mannerisms, body language and voice inflections. It was as if Rose was playing himself. 

After he banished Rose, permitting him to walk away from the game without admitting he bet on the game, Giamatti, a heavy smoker, died eight days later of a heart attack. 

Close friends and some baseball officials blamed the stress Rose put on Giamatti as the reason for his death. In one of the play’s best lines, Dykstra says, “I didn’t kill Bart Giamatti. Bart Giamatti killed me.” 

O’Hara, the playwright, said the play draws no conclusions as to whether Rose did or did not bet on baseball. But by using all the evidence dug up by investigator John Dowd there is no doubt about the guilt. 

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Dykstra, though, does a perfect enactment of Rose’s attitude throughout the investigation — deny, deny, deny. 

At one point, during a meeting with Dowd that actually took place at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, Dykstra points a finger at Dowd (played by K.L Storer) and says, “I did not bet on baseball. And I did not bet on the Cincinnati Reds.” While Dykstra is screaming, Storrer (Dowd) is waving the evidence in his face. 

Throughout the play, Rose is given a chance to confess. His attorney, Reuven Katz (played by Marc Moritz) implores him to come clean and Giamatti would go easy on him, suspend him one year and he would be eligible for re-instatement. Dykstra belligerently, in Rose fashion, says his fans are behind him and won’t stand for any lifetime banishment. 

Bart Giamatti was an erudite and sometimes pompous man, president of Yale University before becoming commissioner. His pomposity is portrayed admirably by Doug Mackenzie. 

Giamatti was a baseball lover and an idealist, a man who idolized Rose the baseball player. And he didn’t want to believe Rose would be so foolish as to break baseball’s rule 21-d: “Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform, shall be declared permanently ineligible.” 

Assistant commissioner Fay Vincent (played by Scott Hunt) is adamantly anti-Rose and implores Giamatti to banish Rose. Giamatti’s stance changes when Dowd presents the evidence and the commissioner wants to give Rose an out. 

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He says over and over that if Rose admits his guilt he would be suspended one year and one year only. But Rose continues to deny guilt to Giamatti and everybody else. Giamatti is left with no recourse and takes the ultimate action specified in rule 21-d. 

In the final scene, Dykstra is seated at a table, selling his autograph, as Rose still does in Las Vegas and other venues. Dykstra says, “I’m still going to be in the Hall of Fame.” 

No, he isn’t. 

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The play doesn’t address Rose’s confession in 2004, 15 years after he was banished. He did it in a book, “My Prison Without Bars,” for which he was paid a $1 million advance. 

Whether you believe Rose has served his time or if you believe he remains a pariah to the game, “Banned From Baseball” is worth seeing and take that from a guy who lived it in 1989 as part of the Dayton Daily News’ mostly exclusive coverage of a fallen idol.


What: “Banned from Baseball”

Where: Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton

When: Sept. 6-23; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings; 7 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets: $37-$55 adults; $34-$48 for seniors; and $19.50-$27 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts available for parties of 10 or more. The Sunday, Sept. 9 7 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. 

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Kaboom! International fireworks festival rockets into Cincinnati  

Saturday is going to be a blast. 

The seventh annual international fireworks festival, Fire Up the Night, will be held at Coney Island in Cincinnati. 

This year, teams from Germany, France and Mexico will compete in the pyrotechnic showdown billed as the only international fireworks competition in the United States. 

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The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and audience voting and be judged on presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization. 

Following the competition, a show by Cincinnati’s Rozzi Famous Fireworks will light up the night. 

Fireworks are just part of the festivities. Coney Island’s rides and attractions will be open, the “’world’s largest empty-pool party” will be held, and local band, “Marsha Brady” will perform. 

New this year in the park’s Moonlite Pavilion will be a celebration of Germany, France and Mexico with interactive music, dancing and art displays. 

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“Plus this year, our guests can celebrate the last days of summer with a beer and or glass of wine from those countries as well as indulging on special delights from food trucks,” said Madeline Brown, special events manager. 


What: Fire Up the Night 

When: Saturday, Sept. 22 Gates open at 4 p.m.; Fireworks competition begins at 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati 

Admission: $25 per carload includes parking, rides, attractions and largest “empty-pool” party. If you are a season pass holder admission is $20 per carload. Carload pricing applies to average sized vehicles (cars, trucks, minivans) with legally seated passengers. Additional passengers will be charged $5 per person. 

More info: Website | (513) 232-8230

‘Rick and Morty’s’ Rickmobile is coming to town TODAY

Fans of one of Adult Swim’s most popular shows have a really big reason to be excited. 

The Rickmobile will be at Maverick's Cards and Comics from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 18, according to Chris Adams, the manager of the shop located at 2312 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering.  

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The 25-foot long, 8-foot wide and 12-foot tall vehicle  celebrating the animated series “Rick and Morty” was in Toledo recently as part of the show’s “Don’t Even Trip Road Trip Around America,” Adams said. 

The Dayton/Kettering stop is the only other stop in Ohio this year, he said. 

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Interest has been high and hundreds of people are expected. 

“We’ve had people say they are coming from two or three hours away,” Adams said. 

A shopping tent with exclusive “Rick and Morty” items for sale will be set up in the parking lot in front of the comic store. 

Maverick is having a special sale featuring comic books, toys and other items. 

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What: “Rick and Morty’s” Rickmobile visit 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 18 5-8 p.m.

Where: Maverick's Cards and Comics, 312 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering

More info: Facebook




Cult horror classics return to big screen for Cinepolis at Austin Landing’s Halloween movie marathon

Halloween is near.

In celebration of the upcoming Halloween season, Cinepolis Dayton at Austin Landing will be screening a handful of cult horror classics including “The Shining,” “Ghostbusters,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Frankenstein” as part of their Cinépolis Handpicked programming. 

Discounted priced tickets can be purchased online by visiting

Below is a full list of films being screened during the Halloween season: 

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  • The Shining — Tuesday, Sept. 25 
  • Rosemary’s Baby (50th Anniversary) — Wednesday Sept. 26 
  • Ghostbusters — Tuesday, Oct. 9 
  • Frankenstein — Tuesday, Oct. 16 
  • Young Frankenstein — Tuesday, Oct. 23

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What: Cinepolis at Austin Landing

Where: 10251 Penny Lane, Austin Landing, Miamisburg

Admission: Regular admission: Adults $13.25, child 12 and younger $11.25, seniors 60 and older $11.75. Matinees: Adults $11.25, child 12 and younger $10.25 and seniors $10.75.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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Here’s who we spotted at the Preble County Pork Festival on Sept. 15, 2018. (Contributed photos by David Moodie)

Start your Oktoberfest celebration early with Warped Wing special beer release

Oktoberfest. It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, right?

You can get a jump start on your Oktoberfest fun with a special event Thursday night to celebrate the release of Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Lager, Lagerstadt. The seasonal brew will be available for a limited time.

“See a bright golden color with copper highlights. Taste subtle hints of honey, hazelnut and almond paired with light noble hops sourced from Germany. Get a slight malt sweetness that is lightly toasted and nutty. This cold-fermented beer finished with a clean, crisp lager taste. Bring the homeland home,” Warped Wing staff said in describing the brew.

The beer has 5.5% ABV , 25 IBU. The cost is $9.99 for a six-pack of cans. Find a retailer here.

The celebration will begin Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. at the brewery.


What: Lagerstadt Launch Party

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton

More info: Facebook


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