Thursday, May 31, 2012

The latest from Kindlin' Quarterly


Check out "The Spider" by yours truly.

Street Fair is nigh

Yellow Springs Street Fair is right around the corner. June 9th is the date to remember for this 1-day festival, named the Best Place to People Watch by Ohio Magazine, with streets filled with art, crafts, food, music and entertainment.

Street Fair is all about unique shopping from hundreds of vendors lining the streets or our own boutiques; great food, from an array of vendors serving international cuisine to our excellent local restaurants; and the fun of an unexpected street performance. And Ohio Magazine named Yellow Springs Street Fair the Best Place to People Watch.

Entertainment is always a focus at Street Fair and this June is no exception. At the Jackson Lytle Lewis Stage located next to the Food Tent, local favorite Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers perform at noon and again at 2 pm. At 1, visitors will be treated to an exclusive preview of a local production of “Our Town” debuting the following weekend. TD Brown will take the stage at 3, performing an all acoustic cover set and Alli King will be making her encore appearance this year, closing out the day at 4 pm.

The Street Fair Music Festival & Beer Garden at the Bryan Center starts at noon and lasts until 8. Sample one of many craft beers and some old favorites as you listen to the great musical line-up. The Professors kick things off at noon, with new performers every hour including Slipstream, the Carl Schumacher Band, Soul Rebels, Wheels, the Relentless Mules, Emma Woodruff and the Ruffians, and the Ohio Corndaddies will round out the day, taking the stage at 7.

To make getting to Street Fair easier, use our free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy at 6800 Springfield-Xenia Rd. or Yellow Springs High School at 420 E. Enon Rd. The shuttle service is available from 9 am to 7 pm. There are also several lots available for a small donation to local non-profit organizations; go to DestinationYellowSprings.com for a map and directions.

The event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Handicapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St . PETS are not allowed at Street Fair by ordinance and owners will be asked to leave. The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce thanks sponsors Antioch University Midwest, Wagner Subaru and WesBanco for their support of Street Fair. For more information contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at (937) 767-2686 or visit www.DestinationYellowSprings.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TLT/Glen Celebration

Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT) will celebrate our on going efforts to permanently protect Glen Helen at our 22nd Annual Meeting of members at 2 PM on Sunday, June 3rd, at the Glen Helen's Outdoor Education Center. "A gathering and walk on Miami Valley's natural treasure is the perfect way to celebrate the work of our land trust, the work of Glen Helen, and to look ahead to securing permanent protection of the Glen Helen for future generations," says Executive Director, Krista Magaw.

Live music by Stuffed Possum and Cornbread will open the meeting along with light refreshments. Following a brief business meeting, George Bieri will lead a walk in the South Glen focusing on the flora of the area and Nick Boutis will share a little history on a walk in the North Glen. Betty Ross will lead a tour of the Raptor Center. Parking is limited at the Outdoor Education Center so please consider walking, biking, or carpooling. Enter the Glen from SR 343 and follow directions to parking areas. For more information, call 937-767-9490 or e-mail krista@tecumsehlandtrust.org.

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

Banjos N Brass

Springfield Banjos N Brass will play the historic Clifton Opera House on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:30pm. This interesting group mixes a blend of traditional jazz forms to provide a wide variety of sounds of the ragtime and early jazz eras. They add several different modes of playing, with they’re various instruments, such as brass, woodwinds, percussion, bass, banjos, vocals, guitars, and Honky Tonk piano. The selection of “Tin Pan Alley” tunes were the Hit Parade numbers of that era, and the lycerists and composers were the elite of that era, making them classic numbers transcending the decades of popular music. Doc Cain and his group are an Opera House favorite. The music is toe-tapping to say the least, and the zest the performers exhibit during the performance makes the show “contagious” to the audience. They have been performing for nearly forty years around western Ohio region and have performed for high level dignitaries. The Clifton Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton as a fund raiser for the historic building maintenance fund. Call 937.767.2343 for information. Box office opens at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back Story: It's okay, I'm awake

I got hooked on NBC's "Awake," this season. That was hard enough to do given two things: The show was never adequately promoted, so I wasn't aware of it until a couple shows into the fall season; and the premise is so far out that it was hard to buy into. For those who don't know, the protagonist, a police detective, has been in an automobile accident wherein his wife and teenage son were either one or both killed. We don't really know, because whenever he falls asleep, the next time he wakes up he is in a different reality where either his wife or his son is the one who has survived. In each version of his life, he is seeing a psychiatrist. They each think he is dreaming the other half. When one of them says, "I can tell you, you are not dreaming right now," he says, "That's what my other shrink told me." Both think he is psychotic. I got hooked.

I watched the entire season on the NBC Website and was disappointed, as the season was coming to a close, to learn that the show would not be renewed next year. However, given the plot device, I couldn't see how they could carry on much longer in any event. Yesterday, I viewed the final episode. And as the last two episodes proceeded, it seemed as if the writers had found an intelligent way to wind it down and reach a meaningful conclusion.

Not!

Remember "Life on Mars?" It had the same problem. It was a great show that didn't have a following. So it had to be ended prematurely. The bailout was the trick that any fiction writing workshop will tell you never to use: The protagonist wakes up and finds out that he was only dreaming. In that case, he was on a spaceflight to Mars. In the case at hand, our man was dreaming that he was dreaming, that he was dreaming.

Holy crap! How can you get away with this kind of stuff in this day and age?

Not that this device hasn't been used to good effect in some notable cases. Take "The Wizard of Oz"or the second Newhart show for instance.

But most of the time, the viewer's investment in time and emotion, and believe me "Awake" was an emotional roller coaster, deserve better.

While we're on the subject of emotional investments in TV land, let's revisit "Lost." For six years-or-so, I lived for every next episode. When Blockbuster started closing stores in our area, I bought the the first five seasons on DVD, used at a big discount. I was prepared to buy the final season, once the show was over. I planned to watch the whole thing all over. Then came the biggest cop out of all, bigger even than "I'm okay now, it was all just a dream." I call it "We've all died and this is hell." Rod Serling disposed of that one some 50 years ago.

Ya know, it just doesn't pay to get too caught up in television.

-vh

Herndon Gallery to host SOURCE exhibition

Beginning June 1

Antioch College will present SOURCE with artists Basia Irland, Dornith Doherty, Amber Ginsburg, and Joe Madrigal from June 1 through August 17 in Herndon Gallery, South Hall. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

An opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1 in the gallery. The closing reception, featuring an artist talk with Amber Ginsburg and Joe Madrigal, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012.

SOURCE presents the work of four artists whose work is intimately involved with “the seed”, and includes the goal of environmental restoration, preservation of endangered genetic material, and uncovering histories. They work in a range of mediums, from photographs made with X-Ray cameras in seed banks across the world, to carving of ice books that use seeds as “text”, to an imaginative repurposing of World War I ceramic test bomb dummies into seed shakers. The work is poetic, performative, and profound.

The exhibition has been curated by Dennie Eagleson ‘71, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, and Sara Black, professor of visual arts at Antioch College.

For more information, contact Eagleson at deagleson@antiochcollege.org or 937-768-6462.

Enon to emulate YS

Have you noticed that there seem to be a lot of electric golf carts tooling around the village, lately? Well, you're not the only one. A Village Councilman from neighboring Enon noticed, too; and he is suggesting to their village government that they pass a law similar to that in Yellow Springs, allowing slow moving four-wheel vehicles to use their roads, the Springfield News-Sun is reporting.

Springfield News-Sun: Underspeed vehicles pitched for Enon streets

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Dayton based "Ain't Misbehavin" band will return on Friday, June 1st. The show starts at 7:30pm. Box office opens at 6:30pm.

Ain't Misbehavin' is a group of professional musicians from the Dayton area featuring music from multiple styles and genres........jazz and blues standards, modern and classic pop tunes, R&B and funk.

John Derrickson, Keyboards and Vocals - John has been playing professionally and teaching music for many years. You'll enjoy his unique arrangements and colorful voice!

Lee Gelbert, Bass and Vocals - An accomplished guitarist and bassist, Lee has been with multiple groups in New Jersey and the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Lee is the newest member of the band and amazes us with the number of tunes he knows!

Al Talib, Drums and Percussion - Originally from Columbus, Al has played in many bands over the last 25 years. In addition to performing, Al is spearheading a non-profit organization to create awareness and music outreach for inner-city youth in the Miami Valley area.

Jeanne Harman, Flute, Vocals - Jeanne has been part of the Michelob Dayton Women in Jazz Festival for the last three years. You might hear her play classically in church, or lay it down on flute at another venue around town.

The opera house is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. Check out the calendar on www.cliftonoperahouse.com or call 937.767.2343 for more information.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Maxine’s Annual Plant and Book Swap

You’re invited

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28, 2012

Come anytime between 1-5 p.m.
422 N. Park Place, Yellow Springs

Bring 1 to 10 plants and take home the same number of different plants. AND/OR bring used books for the book swap. Those not taken will be donated to the Sea Dogs Yard Sale and the Annual Planned Parenthood Book Sale.

Light refreshments will be served. You are invited to wear your favorite garden hat.

Tell your friends and bring them along. Come and share!

Call Maxine at 760-7715 with any questions.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Back Story: Reliving my teens in a digital age

On my new subscription to the New York Times Book Review

For as long as I can remember, my father was an avid newspaper reader. When I was ten in Woodhaven, Queens, he would send me out at night to walk the dog and pick up the early editions of the New York Daily News and the Herald-Tribune. He would give me a dime and let me keep the 2 cents change. Yes, the newspapers cost just 4 cents apiece. That would have been around 1954 or '55.

I'm not sure if the old man read the Times on his way to work back in those days. Reading that large format on the crowded subway would have been a tricky feat. I imagine he took the two tabloids from the night before and finished reading them on his way to the office. Later, however, when he commuted on the Long Island Rail Road, the New York Times was the paper of his choice. And there was always the Sunday Times. When we went away in the summer, he had to drive me and my two sisters to Sunday Mass at the local Catholic summer camp. He would drop us off and go to pick up the newspaper. After mass, we would find him parked outside, reading the Sunday Times in the car. It was his form of religion.

When I reached my teens, I started to take notice of the Times on Sundays. We had lived across the street from the Queensboro Public Library in Woodhaven and the old man had instilled in me a sense of the importance of reading. As a teenager, I wasn't interested in the news, but I took to reading the New York Times Magazine, the Entertainment Section and the Book Review. But, it was the New York Times Book Review that I looked forward to the most. It was my main intellectual endeavor throughout high school.

What I learned from the Book Review was multifaceted. I learned who were the important intellectuals of our time; I learned enough about books that I would never have time to read, so when I saw or heard reference to them elsewhere, I would be conversant about them; and I was provided with the information I needed to make my own reading choices.

Over the intervening years, I've lived in a lot of places where I didn't have easy access to the Times or the Book Review. And even when it was available I didn't always take advantage of the opportunities I had to read it. Of course, when I lived and worked in New York, my hands were perennially stained with newsprint from the Times. But in the twelve years I have lived in Ohio, except for reading the occasional article at  NYTimes.com, the Times and its Book Review, even though available right in Yellow Springs, have been absent from my life. Until now...

Flash forward some 50 years. Yesterday, I subscribed to an ebook edition of the New York Times Book Review. Each new week's edition will be downloaded automatically to my Reader Library on Saturday. If I can wait, I can grab a cup of coffee and open it up on a Sunday morning, just like the old days. Only no printer's ink...

-vh

Friday, May 25, 2012

Community Band to play at Strawberry Festival

7 p.m., June 8 at the First Presbyterian Church


In what is becoming an annual event, the Yellow Springs Community Band will set up in the drive-thru at US Bank to entertain diners at the Friday night of Strawberry Festival at the First Presbyterian Church on June 8, the night before Street Fair at 7 p.m.

Destination YS



Arts & Culture 

Emporium 233 Xenia Ave.
"South Africa in Focus" A WSU Photography Show; 5/19-6/10

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St.
"The Light on America's Great Lands" Ronald Levi; 5/2-6/27

John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery 100 Dayton St. (rear)
"The Leading Edge: Ceramic Educators in the MV"; Sa & Su 12-4p

Village Artisans 100 Corry St.
"Spring Has Sprung" through 5/31.

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St.
"Dancing with the Universe: Masks & Beyond" Margrit Tydings-Petrie;
5/26, 6/2 & 6/9: Gallery Open 1-4p; Paper Mache Workshops 2-4p, $5


Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.
South Glen Restoration Project - 5/26, 10a-1p; RSVP 937.769.1902 x103
Wild & Useful Plants Hike - 5/26, 4-6p, Trailside Museum
Wildflower ID Hike - 5/27, 1-3p, Trailside Museum
Bug Bio-Blitz - A romp in search of bugs; 5/27, 5-9p, Trailside Museum


Entertainment


Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave. 767.4850
Food, Drink & Fun
Open Daily, 11:30-2:30a
Music Starts at 10 ($5 Cover)
Friday - The Clifftones
Saturday - Jennie Hudson Benefit; Music from 12p-2a; $5 donation
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Emporium Wines
233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Every Friday at 6:30p
Jeanne Ulrich & Friends

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Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave.
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Stop motion animated comedy.

The Healthcare Movie
5/27, 4p Free (Donations)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Public Arts Policy Interactive Forum

Facilitated by the Yellow Springs Arts Council

Saturday, June 2, 2012 (10:30am-12:30pm)
First Presbyterian Church

The YS Arts Council invites the Yellow Springs community to join an interactive discussion focused on gathering feedback to develop a local arts policy that reflects a solid community partnership fitting to our Village.

The YSAC participated in a public forum held by the YS Village Council during its May 21st meeting at the John Bryan Center to begin a dialogue about a public art policy. We are looking for direct input from the Yellow Springs community as to what a local strategy could look like. Share your opinions about art in public spaces and relevant issues to be considered.

Proposed Talking Points for the June 2nd Feedback Session:

1. Arts in the Public Eye: Village Perspectives
(Panel Talk – Jerome Borchers, John Booth, Deb Housh, Nancy Mellon & Meg Miller)

2. Arts – Creativity – Economic Development: The Connection for Yellow Springs
(Interactive Discussion led by TBC)

3. Community Process for Public Art: Freedom – Censorship – Mediation
(Focused Working Session led by Dennie Eagleson, Creative Director, Antioch College)

4. Public Support for the Arts: Role of YS Government, Business & Non-Profit Organizations
(Solution-Driven Idea Generation led by Jo Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Wright State U., SARDI)

The Arts Council is dedicated to advocacy for and promotion of our community’s creative spirit, strengthening capacity to build economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life. Based on your feedback, we plan to generate an action plan to preserve the rich artistic culture that defines Yellow Springs. Get involved!

Don’t miss this opportunity to express your perspectives on these critical issues. This community roundtable discussion will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs on Saturday, June 2 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. For more information, contact Jerome Borchers at 937-546-1381.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday at the Library

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Friday night at the Emporium

Wahooo!!! We're coming up on a 3 day weekend! (And for some of us, the end of the school year!)

Start your weekend off right by heading on down to the Emporium.

Jeanne Ulrich and Devil's Backbone (that's Duke Dewey, Carl Schumacher, and Tim Beach) will be playing tunes that will make you want to dance and sing this Friday, May 25, from 7-10 pm.

There will be mucho vino y buena música. We hope to see you there!

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

Ragtime River Boat Rats

On Saturday evening May 26th, the Ragtime River Boat Rats will kick off a night of ragtime at 7:30pm . This talented group of musicians will get your toes tapping!

The Ragtime Riverboat Rats dates back to the early 1980's and features music that is fun and has stood the test of time. They present a program reminiscent of the showboat era with good old ragtime music, some Jolson,Americana, and a strong flavor of patriotism. The music and the mood is happy, lively, and toe tapping. They have created a versatile style and repertoire of Ragtime, Dixeland, Jazz,Golden Oldies and Original Songs about love and travel. The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm. Check out their website www.rrrats.com

The Clifton Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton and staffed by volunteers. Come on out and support the historic jewel of Clifton, we welcome volunteers! Door donation is $7.00, call 937-342-2175 for information or visit the website www.cliftonoperahouse.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rocky & Pee Wee: Taking sides


Tonight at MTFR

National EMS Week

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SPAN to Show “The Healthcare Movie”

SPAN Ohio (the Single Payer Action Network) will show “The Healthcare Movie” at the Little Art Theatre, Sunday, May 27th at 4:00 PM

Admission is FREE. Donations Appreciated.

The film is about Canada’s single payer health care system. SPAN Ohio will be on hand to talk about the single payer movement in Ohio. The movie is 75 minutes.

WYSO needs volunteers this Thursday

WYSO is looking for volunteers to help get renewals and reminders out to our members. If you're available to help from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 24th simply email sbuckingham@wyso.org.

Thanks for supporting WYSO!

Monday, May 21, 2012

YSKP Auditions for Youth of All Ages

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at noon
The Playhouse, YS Kids Playhouse, 910 Corry St.

YS Kids Playhouse

Auditions for Youth of All Ages

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Fun! Easy! Non-competitive!

Come to The Playhouse, 910 Corry Street, (next to Antioch College Amphitheatre)

This free community event will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy dance, theater and singing exercises while getting a flavor for the YSKP’s 2012 Summer Performing Arts Immersion, Mo’s Night at the Opera. Enhance art awareness in the Yellow Springs area by supporting youth arts education programming.

Auditions begin at noon. The auditions are for all youth interested in participating in YSKP’s new original musical: Mo’s Night at the Opera. Youth for Acting 1 (entering grades 4-5) and Acting 2 (entering grades 6+) will be auditioned together.

All auditioners are to prepare a one minute comic speech and a song.

Youth interested in playing in the 2012 Immersion Orchestra and participating in the Technical Theater Immersion can sign up at the auditions.

For more info, contact 937-767-7800

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Back Story: Walkin' the dog II


The dog's no fool. She knows that 90% of the time, if I want her to go for a ride in the car, it's going to mean that she will be spending time waiting for me while I go to the post office, my office, Tom's, the Dollar Store, you name it. It got to the point where I would give her a choice, "You want to go in the car, or you want to go to bed?" and she would head straight for her crate and settle in for a nap while I took care of my chores. That's not so bad. But, it makes me feel guilty and limits my roaming time to an hour to an hour-and-a-half. And there may be other reasons why I have to put her to bed during the day, such as the meetings I frequently have to attend. She can't spend her entire day in bed. So, I prefer that she come with me when I run out to do errands.

Of course, there are times when she does want to come in the car. It all depends on where we are going. She likes to visit my friend Walter, whether it be at his place or the office of the Presbyterian church where he can often be found, chatting up the church secretary. She likes to go up to Nick Ormes' animal rescue where she can herd goats or just be another dog in Nick's pack. Most of all, she likes to go over to our daughter's house in Fairborn to play with her cousin dog and visit her extended family. I can leave her in the yard over there, if I am going to be busy for a long time.

But the business of her not wanting to go along for a ride was bothering me. I needed a way to make it fun for her. So, I started including side trips. Whenever I insisted she come along to the post office, I would stop at the Antioch golf course on the way home and walk her over there. Once she learned that there was something in it for her, it became easier for me to get her to cooperate. After awhile, I added trips up to Ellis Pond. Now that's special.

On our last trip to the pond, I got this idea that we ought to explore the Ellis Park spur of the bike path. As we started up Polecat Road, the level of excitement in the back seat was, as usual, palpable. First there was the soft woof accompanied by scurrying back and forth to look out the windows on both sides. When she spotted her first cow, the full-scale barking and howling started. I thought I might have some trouble once we got out of the car in the parking lot, because she might want to get started around the pond right away. But she was cool with going off in a new direction, so we followed the bike path from the lot and crossed Polecat.

I was hoping this section would be long enough to give us a good walk, and it was. By my estimate, it was a little more than a half-mile to the main section of the bike path that runs from Yellow Springs to Springfield. But the distance marker said it was a mile. In any event, it was just what I was looking for, a not too heavily used path where I could enjoy the surroundings with my dog.

As we started out, there was a cornfield on our left and a stand of trees on our right. The corn is just starting to come up and I envision that this will be an ever-changing landscape as we walk here through the different seasons. The path winds from the bright sun of the open field into the shade. At this time, there are wildflowers along the edge of the woods. We walked up to the main path and turned around and went back. As we walked, I knew I had discovered another local gem. We encountered only one walker on the way out and a man with a dog on the way back. Another benefit to this addition to our Ellis Park experience is that sometimes when we get to the park in morning, the grass is very wet. Walking on the bike path will help me keep my shoes dry, while the grass is drying out.

Once we got to Ellis Park, we did our usual circuit of the pond and headed home, man and dog, both satisfied and ready for a nap.

-vh

Seeking Cirque Carnival participants

Another YS Experience is in the works, centering around Cirque Carnival, from July 20-22.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council would like to know if you have any related events that you would like to include in the schedule. Details should be submitted to Brian Housh (brianhoush@gmail.com) by May 25 so that they can be included in the marketing collateral. Call 614-634-8531 if you have any questions.

Home, Inc fundraiser

This from Beth Bridgeman (bethbridgeman@sbcglobal.net):

Hi all. I would like to invite you to a wine tasting on May 26 at the Emporium. It is to benefit Home Inc. There will be loads of great appetizers and desserts, entertainment by Mac and the Rockets, a raffle, and of course great wine.

Can you let me know if you would like a ticket? They are $25, and I will be happy to drop the tickets by your house. Please let me know if you would like to attend. Thanks!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Street Fair,June 9

June 9 is the date to remember for the Yellow Springs Street Fair, a unique festival that fills the streets of Yellow Springs with people enjoying a wonderful mix of vendors, food and performers. But remember it’s only one day, from 9 am to 5 pm with the Music Festival starting at noon and lasting until 7pm.



Take what is already special about Yellow Springs and multiply it on Street Fair day when over 200 vendors join the 50 shops and galleries selling one of a kind art, beautiful hand-crafted items and unique imports. You’ll find old favorites like Crazy Uncle Jester’s hot sauces and lots of new vendors including Lady Creepshow’s vintage inspired accessories and interesting jewelry from Metalledwith.

Food from around the world is featured at Street Fair as well as some great vegetarian fare. Relax at the Jackson Lytle Lewis Food Tent where you can also enjoy entertainment throughout the day. Acoustic musicians will perform all afternoon, with the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers. You can also slip into one of the local restaurants for a delicious dining experience.

For a break from shopping, stop by the Music Festival & Beer Garden at the Bryan Center from noon to 8. Sample one of many specialty beers, including some delicious summer seasonals like Sam Adams Summer Ale, Sierra Nevada Summer Ale, Goose Island IPA and 312, among others, as you listen to the great musical line-up all presented by Peach’s Grill.

To make getting to Street Fair easier, use our free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy at 6800 Springfield-Xenia Rd. or Yellow Springs High School at 420 E. Enon Rd. The shuttle service is available from 9 am to 7 pm. Check the Chamber website for alternate routes also.

The event is free, and open to the public. Handicapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St . PETS are not allowed at Street Fair by ordinance and owners will be asked to leave. The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce thanks sponsors Antioch College , Wagner Subaru, Greene/Soin Hospitals and WesBanco for their support of Street Fair. For more information contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at (937) 767-2686 or visit DestinationYellowSprings.com.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Community Council hears about programs

YSCC Annual Meeting, May 17


The Yellow Springs Community Council held their annual meeting in the Senior Center Great Room on Thursday evening. YSCC works with United Way to help obtain $15,000-$20,000 in annual funding for a variety of Yellow Springs and Miami Township organizations. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the recipient organizations to explain their programs and how the YSCC money allocation is used to support the three UW focus areas - education/income/health. If you'd like to learn more about YSCC, visit with them at their St. Fair booth located directly across from Dino's.

Destination YS




Arts & Culture

Antioch College Herndon Gallery One Morgan Place
"The Orphanage Project 2012" Zachary Cahill; through 5/18, 1-4p

Emporium 233 Xenia Ave.
"South Africa in Focus" A WSU Photography Show; 5/19-6/10

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St.
"The Light on America's Great Lands" Ronald Levi; 5/2-6/27

John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery 100 Dayton St. (rear)
"The Leading Edge: Ceramic Educators in the MV"; Sa & Su 12-4p

Village Artisans 100 Corry St.
"Spring Has Sprung" through 5/31. Reception 5/18, 6-9p.

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St.
"Dancing with the Universe: Masks & Beyond" Margrit Tydings-Petrie; 5/19 & 26, 6/2 & 9: Gallery 1-4p; Paper Mache Workshops 2-4p, $5

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.
South Glen Restoration Project - 5/19, 10a-1p; RSVP 937.769.1902 x103

Antioch Farm Tour & Chicken Welcome - 5/19, 3p
Wildflower Hike - 5/20, 1-3p, Trailside Museum


Entertainment

Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave. 767.4850
Food, Drink & Fun
Open Daily, 11:30-2:30a
Music Starts at 10 ($5 Cover)
Friday - Emma Woodruff Band
Saturday - Fox & Hounds

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Emporium Wines
233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Every Friday at 6:30p
Speaking Suns

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Little Art Theatre 247 Xenia Ave.
"Footnote" Academy award nominated.

"Marley" A documentary.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Girls Gone Wild Dept.: Suzie the Snake

See photo detail below.


From the mind of M.Young, the creative force behind
Kindlin' Quarterly.

Free bulbs available

FREE: Canna bulbs, Majestic Red, grow 4-7 feet high in full sun, on curb at 540 Ridgecrest Drive, Y.S., OH  enjoy.

In urgent need of a beekeeper

Springfield friends have a bee hive in their front yard they believe are honey/brown bees. Easily accessible, but located by a sidewalk used by school kids, they would like to remove the hive rather than to kill it. Does anyone know a beekeeper who might be interested in transplanting the hive elsewhere? Please contact Jean Payne at jean.payne@wright.edu.

The Antioch School reunion

Needs help in locating alums

The Antioch School is having an alumni reunion, its first, to celebrate its first 90 years. We are trying hard to find alumni from all generations that we hope will come to the reunion this summer.

Can you help us track down anyone you know who went to The Antioch School? Please email their names and contact info, if you have it, to bethbridgeman@sbcglobal.net. We will be so grateful!

We have a Facebook page where you can find info, and also have a link to alumni and reunion information on our website.

Here is information on the event. Please forward to anyone you know who went to the Antioch School.

In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of The Antioch School, there will be an all-alumni reunion on Saturday, July 7, 2012, from 12-4pm at the school. Alumni are asked to contact bethbridgeman@sbcglobal.net with your email address and mailing address. It would also be nice to include the era (or years) you attended the school. You may also call M.J. Richlen with this information at 937.767.7642. Alumni and parents of alumni interested in volunteering for the event are welcome. Please contact Beth Bridgeman if you are interested in helping with the event.

Noodle Factory at Bogey's, Friday

The Noodle Factory is playing at Bogey's this Friday from 8pm - 12am , there will be a $3 door fee.

Bogey's is a bar and grill on 68 between Yellow Springs and Springfield, at the Rock Lakes Golf Course. Note: This is a Bar and may limit patrons underage if not accompanied by a parent.

Click here for map.


The Noodle Factory is (for this event): Brandon Semler, Rick Sanders, Matt Denman. Natalie will not be joining us for this gig, but she'll be back soon!

Like us out at facebook for more notifications:
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We hope you can make it.

Antioch to sponsor film at Little Art

Antioch College is sponsoring a free screening of the movie "Higher Learning" at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

"Higher Learning" is a movie about young students from different countries, races, and social backgrounds who are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. Each has his or her individual problems, such as finances, harassment, personal safety, and self doubt. However, the racism of campus life is a problem they share.

There will be a discussion following the film.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fourth of July Parade Info

The Odd Fellows Lodge of Yellow Springs is pleased to sponsor the 2012 Fourth of July parade. Dean Severtson will be the parade chairman, and all organizations and individuals are invited to join him in helping to organize this event.

Those who intend to participate in the parade are asked to call in advance, though the Odd Fellows will allow last minute participants. To sign up, call Dean at 232-5454 or e-mail him at deansevertson@yahoo.com. You can also contact the Odd Fellow Lodge at 286-2637.

The parade will begin at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, July 4th. Line up will be on the circular drive behind Friends Care on E. Herman St. Participants are asked to arrive by 2:30 pm. The parade will commence promptly at 3:30 from Friends Care and will end at the Bryan Center.

Herndon Gallery to host SOURCE exhibition

Beginning June 1

Antioch College will present SOURCE with artists Basia Irland, Dornith Doherty, and duo Amber Ginsburg and Joe Madrigal from June 1 through August 17 in Herndon Gallery, South Hall. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

An opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1 in the gallery. The closing reception, featuring an artist talk with Amber Ginsburg and Joe Madrigal, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012.

SOURCE presents the work of four artists whose work is intimately involved with “the seed”, and includes the goal of environmental restoration, preservation of endangered genetic material, and uncovering histories. They work in a range of mediums, from photographs made with X-Ray cameras in seed banks across the world, to carving of ice books that use seeds as “text”, to an imaginative repurposing of World War I ceramic test bomb dummies into seed shakers. The work is poetic, performative, and profound.

The exhibition has been curated by Dennie Eagleson ‘71, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, and Sara Black, professor of visual arts at Antioch College.

About the artists

Doherty travels to international seed banks in the United States and England where she works with biologists to photograph materials using high power X-ray equipment. She then constructs photographic collages of these minute objects and prints them at a gigantic scale. The images to be displayed at the Herndon Gallery come from a series titled Archiving Eden, which has been shown extensively in national and international venues. Doherty is a recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the United States Department of the Interior, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Society for Contemporary Photography.

Irland identifies herself as a water and eco-artist. She has been traveling to different eco-systems in the United States and internationally to make projects that she describes as ice books. She works with stream biologists and botanists to identify seeds from endangered species, and then carves large ice books in collaboration with participating communities. Seeds are embedded in the book as text to be read before being launched into local streams or rivers. Irland’s work will be represented by photographic documentations of selected ice books from the hydrolibro series, and a video titled receding/reseeding. Irland has the honorary title of faculty scholar at the University of New Mexico, and has received grants and awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Foundation. She has also been a Fulbright senior research fellow and a Woodrow Wilson fellow, among many others.

Ginsburg and Madrigal have been collaborating on projects since 2007, working with the material and social properties of clay. Their participation in the exhibition will be from an installation that they call FLO(we)(u)R that will contain reproductions of World War II terra cotta dummy test bomb seed-shakers, a casting station, and a video of their production. The test bombs have been re-purposed to be seed distribution objects. This exhibition is a part of a larger exhibition that is being shown concurrently at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Saturday Night at CliftonOpera House

The Clifton Opera House is going to be swingin' with the return of the Back Porch Swing Band on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm. They will be bringing their old timey flavor and swingin' rhythm to Clifton. This group combines the talents of several noteable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 15 years.

The band specializes in Western Swing, but plays several musical styles , ranging from Appalachian tunes, Blues, Old Country & Folk, to Swing music from the '20's, '30's, '40's. Requests from the audience are frequently honored. Dance music includes swing, two steps, waltzes, polkas, shaddishs, and square dances. Grab your partner, those aisles were made for dancing!

The group consists of Pete Shew, lead vocals and guitar; Adam Jackson on fiddle; Kris Geis does their lead and harmony vocals; and Dale Irwin on upright bass.

The historic Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Call 937.767.2343 for information.

Third Friday Fling in the Springs

The 3rd Weekend Fling starting May 18 will be jam-packed with lots of fun things to do all over downtown. From late night shopping and gallery hopping, to dining and a variety of live entertainment, there will be lots to keep you busy and happy.

Headlining the Fling is the Cyclops Fest Pre-party “Dynamite Soul: An Evening of Gimmick Free Hip-Hop and Ill Sensations,” an outdoor event at Kings Yard located in the heart of downtown Y.S.

Kicking off the festivities at 6, Dynamite Soul will be a showcase for Ohio hip-hop artists and DJ’s. Featured artists will be Turntable Philanthropy ( Columbus OH ), Skratchmatik Turntable Crew ( Dayton OH ) and Grey Market / Dysfunktional Family ( Athens OH ). In addition, there will be live graffiti, screen-printing demos and a craft beer and food garden sponsored by Ye Olde Trail Tavern. And at 9 pm, Soul Fire Tribe will be lighting the night with an exciting performance in front of Asanda Imports.

There will also be art openings around town from 6-9 pm. Yellow Springs Arts Council will host an artist reception for their latest exhibit “Dancing with the Universe: Masks and Beyond” at their beautiful new gallery at 111 Corry St . Across the street at 100 Corry St. Village Artisans hosts an opening for “Spring has Sprung” and John Bryan Community Pottery , in the Penguin Building at 100 Dayton St., has their show “The Leading Edge; Ceramic Educators in the Miami Valley.”

Usual Friday evening activities include wine tasting and live music at Emporium from 6:30-10 pm and live music at Peach’s Grill starting at 10 pm. And remember that a trip to Yellow Springs is never complete without a stroll through the downtown shops and some delicious food from one of our great bistros like the Fling special black bean nachos from Current Cuisine.

For information about all of the Fling Weekend events in Yellow Springs, visit DestinationYellowSprings.com or call 937.767.2686.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bench to Nowhere: Blowin' in the Wind


YSKP Auditions

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Friday night at Clifton Opera House

Get ready Clifton, here comes the Corndrinkers! Friday, May 18th they will take the stage at 7:30pm. This group has been a Miami Valley "cultural" institution since the mid '70's. The Corndrinkers is an old-time stringband that channels the sound and spirit of the "Golden Age" of country music - the 1920s and 1930s.

With the twin fiddles of Linda Scutt and Barb Kuhns echoing the great north Georgia dance bands and leading the charge, Tom Duffee (banjo), Doug Smith (guitar) and Al Turnbull (bass) have played at festivals throughout Ohio and the Appalachian region.

Box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. $7.00 door donation is requestion. For more information call (937)767-2343 or visit the website www.villageofclifton.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

Great Strides walk on May 20

This from Ruth Lapp:

We are down to the last week of fundraising for the Great Strides walk on May 20 at noon in Dayton Island Metro Park.

We have had support from many friends and family, Yellow Springs Curves, a kite decorating program at the Presbyterian Church, bunches for brunch, raffles and even Long John Silvers is helping to raise funds for CFF. Even so, we are still short of our goal and will keep trying.

It is not too late to join us, pass on the message and/or make a donation. Any amount will be gratefully accepted and applied to finding a cure for this inherited disease.

Click on to learn more http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/RuthLapp7398

Thanks,

Ruth and Hank Lapp
Lilly's Sunshine Team

Friday Afternoon at Clifton Opera House

On Friday afternoon, May 18th an Opera House favorite will take the stage. Glen Parks Banjo Entertainment will be bringing his charming stories and music to Clifton for our matinee show that starts at 1:30pm. Glen provides a treasure trove of entertainment with his funny jokes and banjo music. Everyone is welcome to sing along on Friday afternoon! Banjo music is happy music, join us! The box office opens at 12pm. Suggested door donation $5.00. www.cliftonoperahouse.com

The Backyard Flock: Chix coming to B'creek?

Here's some poultry news for our neighbors to the west. The Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Beavercreek City Council is considering loosening up its beekeeping laws to allow for the keeping of chickens in residential neighborhoods.

Dayton Daily News: Council considers allowing chickens to be kept in residential neighborhoods

This post has been corrected. In its original, it reported that it was the Dayton City Council that was considering allowing chickens.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Call for scripts by local playwrights

The Yellow springs 10-Minute Play Festival:
Shooting for late October or early November

Springers, dust off your old scripts; start writing something new and exciting; get ready for production!

Last year's 10-Minute Play Festival was a success beyond anything we could have contemplated. So, let's do it again!

The deadline for script submissions is September 7, 2012.

Scripts may be sent as email attachments to gunchpress@yahoo.com or mailed to Gunch Press, P.O. Box 544, Yellow Springs.

Open to those who live or work in Yellow Springs or Miami Township (Greene). This festival is not a competition (beyond the initial screening process). Therefore, we will not be strict about the 10-minute limit, but we are looking for very short plays. If it is too long, it will not make the cut. Those who submit a script should be prepared to produce their own play. A limited amount of help will be available, but we really like it when the playwrights either direct their own plays or find someone to do it. Same goes for casting. We might be able to help you find actors, but we prefer you to cast your own play. Keeping that in mind, short plays are always best with small casts. Rehearsing a 10-minute version of "Ben Hur" is going to grate on the actors' nerves. And keep the sets simple - they change every 10 minutes.

Give your unwanted stuff to the Seadogs

Does Your Life Feel Cluttered?
Do You Want To Dump Your Extra Stuff?
Too Busy To Have Your Own Yard Sale?
We're Here For You!!!!!!


The YS Seadogs Swim team will be holding a yard sale fundraiser on June 30 from 9-4 at the Union Schoolhouse on Dayton Street. We are in need of donations and they can either be dropped off or picked up if you contact Deb at 545-4729. We need donations by June 29 but can take them now as we have storage available. If possible, could you mark on the box or bag the category of the majority of the contents (for example, kitchen items, books, children's toys etc.). Sorry, this year we cannot take clothing or electronics (such as computer equipment and TVs).

Don't miss this opportunity to get rid of your kid's stuff before they notice it's gone!!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Antioch College Farm Tour

You don't have to be a spring chicken to enjoy ours.

Help welcome the new Antioch Farm chicken flock to campus while touring also the greenhouse, food forest and annual garden area.

We'll be visiting Antioch College 's Farm and Food Forest. There will be a tour of three main components of Antioch College 's sustainability curriculum: the greenhouse, food forest and annual garden area. New chicks will have arrived and, thanks to the hoop house, some beautiful greens and herbs will be ready for the campus chef.

May 19, 3pm. Meet near the Antioch College Outdoor Amphitheater, Corry Street. After the tour you can lend a hand in the gardens for a bit. Bring gloves and water.

Friday, May 11, 2012

WYSO off-air Saturday

WYSO will be off the air for most of the day on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Beginning sometime in the morning, WYSO will be off the air while a crew climbs our broadcast tower to finish upgrading our broadcast equipment, completing work begun last November.

We expect to be off the air most of the day, but you will still be able to stream WYSO on our website and on your mobile device - on the iPhone it's the Public Radio Player and on Android, the NPR News App.

When this work is finished, we will be ready to increase our power output to 50,000 watts.

Open Mic at the Cone, Sunday afternoon

Sunday May 13, 2:00 till 5:00

Open Mic at The Corner Cone with guest host Les Groby. Bring your instrument and your friends and share a few songs with us! Sound system and lovely stage provided.

Shades of the Web Coffee House?

Destination YS

 
Arts & Culture

Piffstock A concert in the Bryan Center Lawn May 12, 12-4:30p; Wheels, Blue Moon Soup, Sport Fishing USA & Speaking Suns. A Fundraiser for YS Kids Playhouse; $3 Donation.

Antioch College Herndon Gallery "The Orphanage Project 2012" Zachary Cahill; through 5/18, 1-4p

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St. "The Light on America's Great Lands" Ronald Levi; 5/2-6/27

John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery 100 Dayton St. (rear) "The Leading Edge: Ceramic Educators in the MV"; Sa & Su 12-4p

Village Artisans 100 Corry St. "Spring Has Sprung" through 5/31. Reception 5/18, 6-9p.

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St. "Yellow Springs Photographic Survey" Nancy Koehler; 5/12, 1-4p

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St. Stargazing- 5/11, 8p; 
Antioch College Amphitheater Mother-Daughter Gypsy Girl Hike - 5/12, 2-3p; 
Trailside Museum South Glen Restoration Project - 5/12, 10a-1p; 
RSVP 937.769.1902 x103 
Antioch Farm Volunteer Session - 5/12, 3-5p 
Wildflower Hike - 5/13, 1-3p, Trailside Museum

Entertainment

Peach's Grill 104 Xenia Ave. 767.4850 Food, Drink & Fun 
Open Daily, 11:30-2:30a Music Starts at 10 ($5 Cover) 
Friday - East Coast Float Saturday - Animal Grace

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Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave. 
Wine Tasting/Live Music Every Friday at 6:30p 
Gary Arnold & Friends

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Little Art Theatre 247 Xenia Ave. 
Damels in Distress Hysterical & offbeat new film.

Sundog 9 Film Festival Sat. May 12, 2-4p; 
Free See these incredible student films.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dancing with the Universe: Masks and Beyond

Presented by the Yellow Springs Arts Council
Friday, May 18, 2012 (6-9pm)
YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street


Margrit P. Tydings-Petrie is an ambassador of “imaginationary” art, and her one-woman mixed media show at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery highlights her unique perspective. With a get-your-hands-dirty, no-nonsense approach to the creative process, Petrie enchants and enlivens! This exhibit celebrates Margrit’s dynamic masks, sculptures, paintings & drawings.

This well-seasoned artist has been influenced by various cultures and environments, having traveled extensively and notoriously; her exploits include riding across Canada in a potato chip truck. Margrit focuses on the Earth and its valuable but limited resources, motivating her to work with recycled materials from diverse sources. Petrie’s colorful sculpture, Form Stack, is made from Styrofoam shipping boxes dressed in vibrant paper mache hues.

Known for its euphoric faces and attractive shapes, Margrit’s art is captivating. Her love for heart-shaped objects led to her winning the Yellow Springs Village Artisans’ 2012 Best of Valentine’s Theme Show, and her sketches of the female form were a prominent feature of the recent controversial Women’s Voices Out Loud Exhibit.

Join us on Friday, May 18 at the YSAC Gallery from 6-9pm for the Opening Reception of Margrit Tydings-Petrie’s Dancing with the Universe: Masks and Beyond. Whimsical refreshments and wine will be provided. The YSAC Gallery will also be open for the community to view this exhibit on May 19 & 26 and June 2. During these Saturdays, the artist will facilitate workshops highlighting paper mache techniques; adult fees are $5 per hour, including all materials, and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult (contact Margrit at 937-767-7039 for reservations). The YSAC Gallery will be open from 9am-5pm on June 9, which is Street Fair in Yellow Springs.

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

The musical group GoodVibes has been entertaining crowds for more than 15 years now and on Saturday, May 12th they return to Clifton. Band members Mark Smarelli on vibraphone (think xylophone but more mellow) provides a wonderfully visual excitement while improvising over jazz standards; John Dessinger keeps the group on time with his very unique drum set. He provides the groove that allows the other musicians to perform. Jim “Boney” Bonecutter also performs on a unique instrument. His upright skinny bass is somewhat of a hybrid. And like “some hybrids today” Jim sometimes finds it difficult to put on the brakes when it comes to laying down a great bass line for the group. Chuck Young provides both very tasteful guitar playing and is the voice of GoodVibes. He offers the audience a great mix of vocal standards as well as selections from more contemporary artists. Together these seasoned musicians are the musical group GoodVibes.

And if you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying their performance, please come to the Clifton Opera House on Saturday, May 12th from 7:30 pm till 9:30 pm. GoodVibes looks forward to once again filling the hall with music from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and more…..The group has two audio CDs that will be for sale at this performance. A splendid time is guaranteed for all ! The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Box office opens at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bench to Nowhere: The Incredible Shrinking Village

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Community Band Concert, Friday night

Moved back outdoors at Mills Lawn at 7:30 p.m.

The Yellow Springs Community Band's next concert will be held on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the Mills Lawn School lawn. The band will perform American and English selections for concert band, including music by Elgar, Granger, Sousa, Grundman and selections from Harry Potter and the Beatles. Note: This is a change from an earlier post that said the concert would be indoors, which was a change from an even earlier post that said it would be outdoors. Maestro James Johnston has decided, due to the weather forecast, it would be nice to perform outside. If it rains, look in the gym. Better yet, just follow the sound of the brass players warming up.

Derr moves on

President of Sterling College

 
Photo link from BurlingtonFreePress.com

Matt Derr, the alum who refused to stop resuscitating after many thought Antioch College had breathed its last, becoming Interim President and holding down the fort until reinforcements arrived, has been named the new President of Sterling College in Vermont.

Burlington Free Press: Sterling College names president

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

Black Diamond is coming to Clifton Opera House on Friday, May 11th. The show starts at 7:30pm, don't miss it! Black Diamond is an accomplished Ohio based bluegrass band, featuring one of a kind, tight harmony vocals, along with great picking and enthusiastic personalities. Formed in 1997 the band started out performing for private parties and events all over Ohio. Expanding out as a regional band the band has performed all over Ohio as well as traveling to surrounding states.

Black Diamond has many influences dating back to the founder of our music (Bill Monroe), original music written by members of the band, to the newest artists on the circut today. It has been said that the band is a real joy to watch perform and the comeradity among the members is evident. Black Diamond hosts their own indoor shows at the Maranatha Community Fellowship Center just south of Plain City Ohio. They have shared the stage with many of Ohio's premier bluegrass bands as well as national talent such as Dave Evans and River Bend, Don Rigsby and Midnight call, Missy Raines, The Tommy Webb Band, Summertown Road and many others. Their bassist, Greg Criner hostes bass workshops taught by artists such as Travis Book, Marshal Wilbourne, Missy Raines and others.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. Suggested door donation $7.00

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Scene Around Town

Suzie the Snake


Outside the Yellow Springs Arts Council's new gallery on Corry St.

SeaDogs about to hit the pool


Yellow Springs Summer Swim Team, SeaDogs, has a new head coach and assistant coach.

Kate Johnson, the new head coach, has been a swimmer for most of her life and has been a swim coach for five years. In the past she has instructed swimmers in private lessons and the YMCA. She is currently the Swim Coach for Northwestern High School in Springfield and one of the coaches for the Spy Swim Team. Kate is a fifth grade Intervention Specialist at Northwestern Middle School.

Beth Talley, the new assistant swim coach, has been swimming since she was 4 years old. She was an assistant swim coach for three years for the Dearborn County YMCA and she was the volleyball coach at McKinney Middle school in 2009.

Beth is a Intervention Specialist for a Multi-age class at Mills Lawn Elementary School.

SeaDogs is having an open registration Tuesday May 22nd, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Yellow Springs High School cafeteria. The new coaches will give a small presentation at 7 p.m. and will answer any questions or concerns. Registration fee is $75 per swimmer; $125 if two or more swimmers in a family. First swim practice will start Wednesday, June 6th.

YSAC needs gallery volunteers

Suzie the Snake can't do it all by herself.

Dear Arts Council Members,

Our new gallery at 111 Corry St. is open and beautiful!

Have you seen Suzie the Snake greeting visitors at the door to our gallery? She is a public art installation by Beth Holyoke and Kathe Seidl and will be visiting with us for the summer and autumn months. (We are taking bets on how long Suzie will survive Ohio weather.)

The shows scheduled for our February-November season are fun, beautiful, different, exciting and well worth coming to see. I hope you have a chance to come and see them all. You never know what surprises we will have cooked up for you. There might be art workshops, goofy games, fun with food, craft nights, open mics with historical storytelling, artist talks or live music and dancing on the patio.

We are looking for volunteers to help keep the gallery open during the week. We would like to have the gallery open from Tuesday- Saturday 1-4 p.m. (The third week of each month the gallery will be closed for changing over of the shows.)

We already have artists to keep the gallery open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. We are looking for volunteers to keep it open on Thursdays and Fridays. If you could do one or two, regularly scheduled 3 hour shift, a month or would like to be on an emergency call list that would be wonderful! You could bring your art or craft to the gallery and work on it during your time or bring a book to read.

Thank you for supporting the arts in Yellow Springs!

Please contact:

Nancy Mellon 
YSAC Gallery Coordinator 2012 
767-1366 

Third Friday Fling in the Springs

Friday May 18, 2012, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
The 3rd Weekend Fling starting May 18 will be jam-packed with lots of fun things to do all over downtown.  From late night shopping and gallery hopping, to dining and a variety of live entertainment, there will be lots to keep you busy and happy. 
 
Headlining the Fling is the Cyclops Fest Pre-party “Dynamite Soul: An Evening of Gimmick Free Hip-Hop and Ill Sensations,” an outdoor event at Kings Yard located in the heart of downtown Y.S.
 
Kicking off the festivities at 6, Dynamite Soul will be a showcase for Ohio hip-hop artists and DJ’s. Featured artists will be Turntable Philanthropy ( Columbus OH ), Skratchmatik Turntable Crew ( Dayton OH ) and Grey Market / Dysfunktional Family ( Athens OH ). In addition, there will be live graffiti, screen-printing demos and a craft beer and food garden sponsored by Ye Olde Trail Tavern.  And at 9 pm, Soul Fire Tribe will be lighting the night with an exciting performance in front of Asanda Imports. 
 
There will also be art openings around town from 6-9 pm.  Yellow Springs Arts Council will host an artist reception for their latest exhibit “Dancing with the Universe:  Masks and Beyond” at their beautiful new gallery at 111 Corry St .   Across the street at 100 Corry St. Village Artisans hosts an opening for “Spring has Sprung” and John Bryan Community Pottery , in the Penguin Building at 100 Dayton St., has their show “The Leading Edge; Ceramic Educators in the Miami Valley.” 
 
Usual Friday evening activities include wine tasting and live music at Emporium from 6:30-10 pm and live music at Peach’s Grill starting at 10 pm. And remember that a trip to Yellow Springs is never complete without a stroll through the downtown shops and some delicious food from one of our great bistros like the Fling special black bean nachos from Current Cuisine.

 

For information about all of the Fling Weekend events in Yellow Springs, visit DestinationYellowSprings.com or call 937.767.2686.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Here they come!

Drill, Baby Drill!

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that a test oil well will soon be drilled just outside town on West Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road in Miami Twp. Look for it sometime this month. It should be easy to spot.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Back Story: On rereading "Confederacy" and more


Taking the mystery out of a book I love

I love it when I come into possession of a book about which I know nothing - never heard of it or its author - and find I have stumbled onto a gem. One time I picked up a copy of Captain Maximus in a used book store in Melbourne, Florida and a whole new world was opened to me, the world of the increidble writer Barry Hannah. But the way I came into possession of my first copy of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is a story almost as strange as the one attendant to its authorship and subsequent publication.

If you haven't read Confederacy, you should be aware that the whole experience will be colored by reading Walker Percy's foreword. It is a story in itself, the story of how one woman's determination got a book that many deemed unpublishable into print. It went on to win a Pulitzer. The foreward adds to the air of mystery one might take away from reading such hilarity. What muse prompted this strange creativity? Sadly, we tell ourselves, we will never know, because the author will never explain himself.

I'm not exactly sure when this occurred. Most likely it was the late 80's or early 90s. I was practicing law in Manhattan and had developed a client base, mostly criminals, that would rival the cast of characters in Confederacy. One lesbian couple that I had known for years had actually been introduced to me through a civil matter, but got themselves into a jam in another state where they ran a Ponzi scheme that allegedly bilked innocent investors out of a few million dollars. One of them took the weight in order to spare her partner and ended up doing two years in the federal pen.

One day I got a call that the one who had pleaded guilty had done her time and had been released. They were inviting me out to dinner to celebrate the occasion. I thought it a bit odd, feeling that this was taking my relationship with them to a new level. But, I figured they had alienated all their friends by their larcenous behavior and a criminal lawyer would be the only one who wouldn't be put off by what they had done. They were right about that last part. I suggested a restaurant a few blocks from my office.

I got to the restaurant a half-hour early in order to fortify myself for an evening of not knowing what to expect. I was standing at the bar working on my second martini when I felt someone's hands begin to massage my shoulders. In the mirror behind the bar I saw the beautiful, statuesque Mary Ann. I spun around on the bar stool and she gave me a hug and a peck on the cheek. Behind her was her partner Maureen, short and stout, and dressed like a preppy in grey slacks and a blue blazer. Mary Ann was wearing a low-cut dress that clung to her shapely figure.

Dinner was truly a joyous occasion. The food was good and the liquor flowed freely. I had thought that they might have set this whole thing up either to con me or get free legal advice. To my recollection, none of that happened. But then again, the whole evening had turned into one big blur. All I could remember the next day was that I'd had a good time. I could tell by my hangover. Fortunately, I didn't have any cases on in court in the morning.

About mid-morning, my secretary came into my office with a package that a messenger had delivered. It was from Mary Ann. I opened the large envelope with a great deal of curiosity. In it were a book and a map of Wyoming. The book was A Confederacy of Dunces. I wracked my brain trying to figure out what this delivery was all about. Slowly it came back.

The map was simply confirmation that Wyoming does in deed exist. In a drunken debate, I had taken the position that there was no such place, as I had never met anyone who had ever been there - or something like that. The book took a bit more digging. Flipping through the pages, I determined that it was a novel set in New Orleans. I had recently been to New Orleans. And then I remembered that my two friends told me they had also been there, looking for a business opportunity. They had visited the Dr. Nut soda pop factory, which was up for sale, and had been given this book because their product was prominently mentioned in it. Later they would split up and Mary Ann would marry a straight guy and have a kid. Maureen the jailbird, distraught over the breakup, would go on to be accused of embezzling funds from a woman who had turned down her amorous advances.

A few days later, after my head had sufficiently cleared, I undertook to read the book, which, incidentally, neither of them had done. I only did this because I had enjoyed New Orleans as a tourist and was interested to learn more about the Crescent City. And that is how I was introduced to the raucous world of Ignatius J. Reilly and the short, sad life of John Kennedy Toole. Only later did I learn of the book's cult following.

A few weeks ago, a new biography of Toole came out: Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by Cory MacLauchlin (Da Capo Press, 2012). As I started it, I decided it would be best if I were to reread Confederacy, which I did with great joy. I am about halfway into the biography and reading with great interest. Before I started reading, I wondered, do I really want to delve into the psyche of the mysteriously dark figure that penned this strangely appealing book? So far the mystery has only deepened. There are interesting facts and lots of conjecture as the book approaches the ultimate tragedy. Maybe something will yet be unearthed; maybe it will be left up to the reader to make his or her own inferences. But whatever happens, I will still have my own story of how I came to read the book.

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