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You can see the oldest American-made locomotive at Rail Festival this weekend

The oldest existing American built locomotive, the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is one of the transportation treasures that will be on display this weekend during the Carillon Park Rail Festival

The origin of the John Quincy Adams, how it took on an unusual nickname, and its’ twisting path to Dayton is an intriguing adventure. 

“The Baltimore & Ohio, the first commercial railroad in the United States, ran a contest in the early 1830s to design an engine, “said Bob Limoseth, a volunteer at Carillon Historical Park. 

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“Phineas Davis, a watch maker from York, Pennsylvania submitted a design which was different from all the others in that the rods and the pistons ran in an up and down position as opposed to a horizontal position. From that design it gained the nickname the “grasshopper.” 

The John Quincy Adams was one of seven locomotives built with this unique design and put into service. Originally it was on a line from Baltimore to Washington D.C. carrying passengers who paid $2.50 for a ticket. 

Over the years its name was removed and changed as the engines with this design were scrapped. 

The provenance of the John Quincy Adams became even more muddled in 1893 when it was altered to appear as an 1833 locomotive named Traveler, to appear in what was billed as the “greatest historical railroad show in the world” at the Chicago World’s Fair. 

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The “grasshopper” returned to Baltimore and sat in a scrap yard before it was placed in a museum unrestored, according to Dayton History research. 

In 1947 Col. Edward Deeds, chairman of the board of The National Cash Register Company, approached the B&O for a train engine for his new museum. 

The railroad company had Traveler available and Deeds sent it off for restoration. During rebuilding the true identity of the locomotive was revealed. Deeds had acquired the John Quincy Adams. 

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“The uniqueness of the train, the uniqueness of the design, and the fact that it is the only remaining American made steam engine from that time period makes it special,” said Limoseth. 

Today the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is on display in the James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center at Carillon Historical Park. A Barney & Smith wooden parlor car, an Interurban and more transportation history are also on display in the center. 

The two-day rail festival will feature live steam engines, model train displays, and free miniature train rides. 

WANT TO GO? 

What: Carillon Park Rail Festival 

Where: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton 

When:  Saturday June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday June 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Adults: $8; seniors (60+): $7 and children (3-17): $5; Dayton History members: free. 

Parking is free. 

For more information: (937) 293-2841 or railfestival.com   

Even MORE music, local food and fun at third annual Festival on the Hill this weekend

What better way to celebrate summer than with good music, food and fun?

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This weekend, the third annual Festival On The Hill! takes place June 22-23 at the Dayton Masonic Temple.

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Festival On The Hill! will feature entertainment on a main stage with local favorites as well as national touring and recording artists. Wine, domestic and craft beer will be available for purchase and numerous food vendors will be available.

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General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $7 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission. There are also 4-ticket packs available for $20 prior to the event sold at the Dayton Masonic Center Ticket Office. Please note, this is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be made.

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Musical acts include Stranger, The Menus, 33 People, Shadow Life, Eric Jerardi and Vicious Cycle, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute. 

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On Saturday, there will also be a Special Olympics benefit run with four stops including Ride 1 Powersports, Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson, Sporty’s Trikes & Bikes and finally Festival On The Hill. There is a fee of $10 for one rider or $15 for two to participate. Each rider will receive Saturday admission to the Festival on the Hill as well as assorted “swag” provided by the event sponsors. Proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics Ohio.

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Food vendors include: RKP Vending, Cajun Specialties, Mobile Family Cafe, Southern Sisters, Cork-N-Bottle, Riddle Ribs and Keller Catering. >> Vandalia offers tips about Air Show traffic

Want to go?

WHAT: Festival On The Hill! 

WHEN: Friday, June 22 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website | Call 937-22-9103 

Break out the newspaper! Here are 3 local shrimp boils to get you through hot days 

Don’t fight the heat! Use it to your tummy’s advantage. 

Three dining opportunities are coming up that will allow you to eat seafood on newspaper. 

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Mark your calendars for these three shrimp boils:

Here are the details:

WHAT: Summer Seafood Boil

WHERE: The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive,  Beavercreek

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30  

COST: $59.99 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

DESCRIPTION: 

“The full menu includes...- an endless pot of seafood boil with shrimp, mussels, crab, andouille sausages, potatoes and corn- four drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine or well-liquor drinks”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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WHAT: Guest Chef Anne Kearney's Shrimp Boil 

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WHERE: JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 1 

COST: $22 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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DESCRIPTION: 

“As part of a week long celebration of our 15 year party JD Legends presents chef Anne Kearney . You can come at 6pm or 7pm. Seating is first come first serve on the patio.

Kearney describes her cooking with the motto "Food of Love". With a background at Bistro at the Maison de Ville and Peristylewith John Neal and as line cook and culinary assistant at Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's, she was given the opportunity to purchase Peristyle from Neal's estate in 1995. She rose to national recognition and later was honored in 2002 with a James Beard Foundation award as "Southeast Regional Best Chef". Kearney's food is an American interpretation of Provençal bistro fare.”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 746-4950 | FacebookWebsite

WHAT: Shrimp Boil for Wright Dunbar

WHERE: West Third Street in the Wright-Dunbar business District, Dayton 

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WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28  

COST: $30 per person. Tickets available on Planned2give.

(Ticket includes shrimp boil dinner and two beer tickets.) 

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DESCRIPTION: 

“The full menu includes...

Celebrate summer with a low key fundraiser for Wright Dunbar by joining us for a Shrimp Boil. We'll cook up the shrimp, corn, and sausage, have plenty of cole slaw and potato salad. Don't be afraid to dig in and peel some shrimp, drink some ice cold brews and enjoy.Thanks to our friends at Bonbright Distributors, we'll be featuring the beers of New Belgium Brewing and our friends at Gordon Food Service are helping to make this possible.

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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Here is how to get into Dayton event featuring Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and nearly 40 other celebs 

Who wouldn’t like a shot to hit a few balls with Jordan or Kobe?

Registration is open for the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event set for Aug. 19 to 20 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

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Registrations for 2 to 8 players range from $750 to $5,000 for the event that will benefit Hoopology Camp — former NBA player and coach Jim Cleamons’ Columbus-based charity for student athlete development. 

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A list of of 40 athletes, including Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Lenny Wilkens, Kobe Bryant, Willie Reed, Ross Browner and Dennis Hopson are expected to attend. 

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Members of the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University coaching staffs are also expected to participate, as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 

Ron Edwards, the event’s Dayton-based organizer, said a sponsorship registration is required for attendance.

“Unlike major golfing tournaments, this is a private event,” he told this news organization. “You can’t enter without (a team) sponsorship.”

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The presenting sponsor, albatross sponsor and eagle sponsor registration include entrance into a drawing to play with a pro or celebrity, an invitation to the event’s pairing party and auction and other benefits.

The birdie sponsor registration includes an invitation to the pairing party, but does not include the drawing.  

Find package details here. 

Edwards urges those interested in attending to visit the Hooplogy Camp website

Questions can also be emailed to ron@hoopologycamp.org.

Cleamons was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.  Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

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13 things you won’t want to miss at the Dayton Air Show this weekend

 

All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that  marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.

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Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. 

“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.

This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

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»»F-22 Raptor, Golden Knights to perform at 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Here’s what you should know to have a great time:

MUST-SEE SHOWS IN THE SKY United States Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year. 

The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart. 

The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.

Fastest woman racer

Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.

She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.

Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.

Sean D. Tucker’s farewell show

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances. He has flown more than 1,200 performances at 475 air shows in front of more than 105 million fans. Sean has received numerous awards and recognitions including being named as one of the Living Legends of Flight. He also is a National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee.

TORA! TORA! TORA!

living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs. 

Sky aerobatics

The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages. 

U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor

Last seen at the air show in 2016, the Raptor will make a return appearance. Research and development of the F-22 was done right here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patt continues to be responsible for overseeing production and sustainment of the Raptor. The Raptor was the first American fighter jet to fly at supersonic speeds without using the afterburner. The F-22 can reach airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

U.S. Army Golden Knights

Last appearing at Dayton in 2015, the Army Golden Knights inspire audiences of all ages with their patriotism and exciting maneuvers. Formed in 1959, the Golden Knights are the Army’s official demonstration team. Members are drawn from US Army paratroopers who have demonstrated excellence in parachuting skills. The Golden Knights will show intricate canopy work along with skydiving formations and landings that require extreme precision.

B-17G Movie Memphis Belle

The B-17G Movie Memphis Belle that will appear at the 2018 show was the star of the 1990 Warner Brother film, Memphis Belle. The film was a fictionalization of the 1943 documentary Memphis Belle, about the 25th and last mission of the American Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress bomber.

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‘Screamin Sasquatch’ Jet Waco

The name alone is enticing. The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a re-creation of the popular Jet Waco attraction developed by Jimmy Franklin and Les Shockley in 1969. The Sasquatch is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically.

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P-51C Red Tail Mustang ‘Tuskegee Airmen’

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron has selected Dayton for an appearance of its Tuskegee P-51 Mustang aircraft and Rise Above Theater production. CAF’s mission is to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots. The CAF presentation will include a flight and display of the P-51 Mustang Red Tail aircraft Tuskegee Airmen flew. The Rise Above theater is a 30-seat panoramic film presentation of the Tuskegee Airmen’s story.

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THE SCHEDULE

The schedule is subject to change, but can be found here:

Gates open at 9 a.m.

Feature show: Noon to 4:15 p.m.

Gates close at 6 p.m.

Note: Show schedule is the same for both days.      

FEATURE FLYING SHOW:  

Opening Ceremonies (Saturday only)  

Flag Drop and National Anthem  

Tuskegee Airmen P-51 Mustang  

U.S. Army Golden Knights  

Vicky Benzing  

B-17 Movie Memphis Belle  

Redline  

Sean Tucker  

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor  

U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight  

Care Flight Dedication  

Tora, Tora, Tora  

Jet Waco  

U.S. Navy Blue Angels    

*All acts and times are subject to change without notice.

MUST-SEE PLANES ON THE GROUND 

Though planes will be soaring overhead don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft. 

Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang. 

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The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010. 

The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground. Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness. 

The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend. The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.

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HELICOPTER RIDES

The Sky Soldiers, a Vietnam re-enactment group will provide rides in a vintage UH-1H “Huey”. For a $75 donation, riders are able to strap in the back of the helicopter and fly with a veteran pilot for 8-10 minutes. Weather permitting, the doors of the helicopter are open during the flight.  The UH–1 “Huey” entered U.S. Army service in 1958 with more than 9,440 different aircraft having been procured over thirty five years. The HUEY was the first mass-produced turbine powered helicopter to enter Army service.

KIDS’ HANGAR

When the kids need a break, this is the place to go. The Kids’ Hangar has places for children to dig in a huge sandbox, enjoy face painting and crafts, climb on a backyard gym and maybe even get some autographs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show 

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia 

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24 

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Vectren Dayton Air Show

JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Chris Young extends 2018 tour to include stop in Dayton

It seems like 2018 might be Chris Young’s golden year. 

After more than 30 sold-out arena and amphitheater dates, being named an ACM Male Vocalist nominee and scoring his 10th No. 1 single, the country mega star has added 15 more shows to his “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour”— including a stop near Dayton at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Nov. 3, 2018. 

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“Recently inducted as a member of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, Young achieved another milestone in 2017 with the release of Losing Sleep, his second consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart,” according to a press release.

Accompanying Young during his Dayton will be special guests, Dan + Shay, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver. 

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Tickets and VIP packages for the Dayton tour stop go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 28th. In addition, American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26th. through 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Chris Young with special guests, Dan + Shay, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay SilverMa

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3

WHERE: Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy. #430, Fairborn 

INFO: ChrisYoungCountry.com

JUST ANNOUNCED: Kobe Bryant, Lenny Wilkens join the guest list for new celebrity golf tournament

A who’s who of NFL and NBA players have just been announced as participants in a new charity event slated for Dayton Aug. 19-20.

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As we first told you last week, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are expected to attend the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

Hoopology Camp — Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development — has just announced that the classic will be headlined by former NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Lenny Wilkens and include several speaking engagements around the event.

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Organizers say the 40 former NBA and NFL players and coaches will include Kobe BryantWillie Reed, Ross Browner, Jordan, Pippen, West and Dennis Hopson

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

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“In that I’ve had wonderful success in the game of basketball, I felt this would be a great opportunity for others to share in my joy of giving back to the community,” said Cleamons, a former NBA player and coach.

Members if the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University’s coaching staffs are also expected to participate as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 

A pairings party with memorabilia and gifts auctioned is planned for Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The tournament will be played the following day, with a best-ball scramble beginning at noon.

Additional information about the event can be found at HoopologyCamps.org. 

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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NEW FESTIVAL: Oregon District street fair to help kick off Dayton’s Fourth of July celebration

If there’s one thing the Oregon District does right, it’s independent business. 

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In honor of the Fourth of July and independent businesses, the neighborhood is hosting a new street festival — the 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair.

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The goal of the event, according to event organizers, is to celebrate and develop independent culture, commerce and creativity. There will be food, drinks and opportunity to shop from local vendors. Vendors will be announced closer to the event.

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Event organizers are currently accepting vendor applications. Email Heart Mercantile for more information, heartdayton@gmail.com. 

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The new street fair will take place from 1-8 p.m. Also happening downtown that same day is The City of Dayton’s signature Fourth celebration — City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival at Riverscape Metropark. That event will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Lights in Flight returns to downtown Dayton's RiverScape Metropark on Tuesday, July 3, with a multi-cultural festival featuring music, food and family fun including a kids' zone.  The festival begins at 5 p.m., and fireworks will light the sky over downtown Dayton at 10 p.m.

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Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair

WHERE: 501 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHEN: July 3 from 1 to 8 p.m.

INFO: Facebook  

A 30-year tradition continues this weekend at one of the summer’s biggest cultural celebrations

Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region.

Hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley. 

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“For contemporary Native Americans, Pow Wow represents an opportunity to honor their shared culture, to celebrate traditions with ancient roots, and enter the circle with honor and respect for each other and the ever-present drum,” according to a SunWatch press release. 

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Men and women spend weeks preparing full traditional regalia — complete with long, weed-like fringe that is worn for the historic Grass Dance. The Grass Dance is a competition, as the seasoned performers have great pride in the beauty of this ceremony. 

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While the men perform the Grass Dance, the women shine during the traditional shawl and jingle dances— dressed in brightly-colored ensembles and demonstrate syncopated dance steps with fast, whirling rhythms.

“Community celebrations like this, which include music, food and dance, are the kind of gatherings that communicate across cultures,” said Andy Sawyer, Site Manager and Site Anthropologist at SunWatch. “Year after year MVCNA members continue to show their commitment to keeping those traditions by harvesting willow branches and other materials to construct the traditional arbor, and putting in days of work to host this event at SunWatch.”

This year’s festival schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staff and colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

5:00 p.m. Dinner Break: Entertainment TBA 

6:00 p.m. Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors 

6:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

8:30 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

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Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staff and Colors

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow WowWHEN: 12 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton

INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org

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