Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 YSAC Members Show – “Art for Change”

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 15, 2013 (6-9pm)
Experience Saturday:  Saturday, March 9, 2013 (6-9pm)
Location:  YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street

Art sparks ideas, inspires individuals and creates vision…Art opens minds and touches hearts…Art changes our world.

The 2013 Members Show – “Art for Change” – opens on Friday, February 15 (6-9pm) at the YSAC Community Gallery and continues through March 10.  From art activism and protest art to political commentary and personal contemplation, these works encourage discussion, create controversy and promote change.  This Opening Reception is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

During the Opening Reception, experience the diversity and breadth of our Yellow Springs artists.  Respond and connect with their art via our interactive People’s Choice Awards activity.  During the reception, Joanne Caputo’s 2005 documentary On a Roll will be screened in the YSAC’s Multi-Arts Space.  On a Roll raises awareness about people with disabilities and has recently been re-selected for broadcast on PBS's "True Stories.”

This February 15 Reception is also the annual gathering of YSAC members, enabling them to elect their Board of Trustees.  Past and prospective members can check their membership status and renew or join.  Supporters of the arts in Yellow Springs should be sure to attend and cast their ballots for community arts representation.

The YSAC’s first Experience Saturday event of 2013 is on March 9 (6-9pm), kicking off Spring Into The Arts – Experience Peace.  We will begin the evening with a “Free Art Fridays” talk and slide show led by Corrine Bayraktaroglu, who will explore this international movement.  The Curious Sound (Kyleen Downes, Theresa Snider & Emma Woodruff) will perform at 7:30pm.  Suggested donation is $5.  The Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Experience Saturday series provides opportunities to share in the talents of our local artists.

Can art change YOU?  Come see for yourself how our artist members harness the power of art to promote consciousness, provoke dialogue and inspire action!  Explore your passions and envision positive change for yourself, your community and your world.

Bring your artwork to the YSAC Community Gallery on February 2 & 3 (1-4pm) for the 2013 Members Show and engage with fellow artists in making your voice heard.  For more details, visit or contact our Gallery Coordinator, Nancy Mellon, at 937-767-1366 or  Not a YSAC member?  Join at the “support” or “advantage” levels and receive free Members Show submission among other benefits.  Go to or pick up a membership form at the YSAC Gallery (111 Corry Street).
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Visit the Yellow Springs Arts Council on Facebook for more details.  The YSAC Community Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday (1-4pm), except for the third week of each month.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Senior Center and the Super Bowl

Please come to the Senior Center's Super Bowl Supper Bowl Fundraiser, Sunday, February 3, at 5:30 pm; enjoy chili, veggies and dips, chips, Current carrot cake and Current chocolate cake, home made pies, cookies and brownies, coffee, tea, and soda. This is a NON-ALCOHOL event. The party is in the Senior Center Great Room, 227 Xenia Avenue, at the back of the building, with pre-game coverage on big-screen tv starting at 6:00 pm, and kick-off at 6:30 pm. Table games will be available for people who can multi-task! There will be a 50/50 Raffle, to which $100 has already been donated, and a Silent Auction. Support the Yellow Springs Senior Center, and have a good time at the Super Bowl Supper Bowl Fundraiser on Sunday, February 3! Invite friends, see you there!

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

Clifton Opera House is proud to announce that Serendipity  will be playing a concert on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, from 7:30-9:30pm.  Box office opens at 6:30pm.  

Serendipity is a very diverse multi-instrumental family group consisting of Dave Dill on Guitar, Vocals and Bass, Karianne Dill on Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin and Ukulele, and Mike Dill on Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Harmonica and assorted percussion. Dave has played in the Dayton area with many groups over the past thirty or so years, including John Stanley and Cotton, Lost Canyon Band and The Mainstreet Band, and most recently with Ralph Kettering and The Impossibles, and of course, Serendipity. Mike has played with Dave in Mainstreet, 3-speed, and as a duo since the mid-90’s, and Karianne has played with Mike and Dave for the last three years, as well as many studio appearances. 

Their repertoire consists of material from the 1930’s to the latest hits, from pop standards to classic rock and country, folk, comedy and Americana. They cover a little bit of everything. Songs from The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Train, Simon and Garfunkel, John Prine, Heywood Banks, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Above all, they like to have fun! You’ll be laughing, clapping hands, snapping fingers, singing along and tapping toes as you take a musical trip through the years with Serendipity!

Call 767-2343 for more information.  The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser

YS Kids Playhouse

February 9, 2013, 6-11pm
Glen Helen Building

The YS Kids Playhouse invites you to eat, drink and be merry at its Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser and Gaston Boudreaux – The Cajun Robin Hood Kick-Off Party!  The YSKP family brings you a carnival of entertainment in keeping with its mission to cultivate the development of future leaders and innovatively engage audiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Creole delicacies from Chef John Steiding such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Cajun Boudin and Muffaletta while being entertained by a variety of performers including Emma Woodruff, Jill Becker, Jennifer Gilchrist, John Fleming & Byron Crews, Sharon Perry, Walter Rhodes, DJ Clean Gene and Mark Laurens.  And, we have carved out a portion of the evening for King Cake, Bead Throwing and the Mardi Gras Mambo!  Other fun stuff – Pierre Nagley’s fabric flowers, photo ops with Sondy Kai’s upcycled plastic body masks and a raffle featuring Tecumseh Land Trust’s Swamp Tour.  So, pull out your most outrageous masks, don your favorite purples, golds & greens, gather your Krewe & “Laissez les bons temps rouler”!

The festivities begin at 6pm with aperitifs and appetizers accompanied by Zydeco music and performances from our YSKP youth, including Shekinah Williams, Windom Mesure, Joshua Seitz & Jack Lewis.  At 7:30pm, we move to the main course with everything from blackened redfish and shrimp & grits to red beans & rice and oysters; the entertainment continues with Mardi Gras-inspired melodies and a sneak preview of the YSKP’s 2013 Summer Show, Gaston Boudreaux – The Cajun Robin Hood.  From 9-11pm, the dance floor opens and if you want some of those pretty beads, just shout “Throw me somethin’, mister!”

Gaston Boudreaux was created by the YSKP in 2002; this original production investigates the impact of the environment on cultural changes, a timely message given the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913.  This is the first time that the YSKP has revisited one of its popular musicals.  “As the YSKP enters its 19th year, we are ever grateful to the people of Yellow Springs for almost two decades of support as audiences, actors, volunteers and patrons,” says YSKP Founder and Artistic Director John Fleming.  The Cajun Robin Hood will be performed at the Antioch Amphitheater from July 11-21, 2013.  For more information, visit

Dance your winter blues away at YSKP’s Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser – this will be the highlight of the winter season.  Tickets are $65 for adults, $115 for couples and $35 for students (under 21).  Seating is limited and there will be no ticket sales at the door.  Reservations must be confirmed by February 1.  For reservations, contact Bette Kelley at 937-767-1910 or  Details (including full menu) can be found at our Facebook event.  The YSKP would like to thank our 2013 partners, which include Tecumseh Land Trust, Glen Helen, Miami Conservancy District, YS Community Foundation, Antioch College, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

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The YS Kids Playhouse invites you to eat, drink and be merry at its Mardi Gras Gala FUNdraiser!  For reservations, contact Bette at 937-767-1910 or  Details (including full menu) can be found at our Facebook event or



Appetizers: Crawfish Boil, Alligator Bites or Muffaletta & Okra, Creole Dip, Oysters (cooked) and Fried Green Tomatoes

Main Course: Vegetable Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Chicken & Boudin, Blackened Redfish, Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits, Spoon Bread (corn bread)

Dessert: King Cake


Swamp Tour by Tecumseh Land Trust

Didn’t know there were swamps in Ohio?  Well, the Cajuns have nothin’ on us!  We got swamps all over the place.  Some call ‘em wetlands…Others call ‘em bogs…And, a few call ‘em fens.  There’s game to be trapped out there, too!  Or, even better, to just be listened to and looked at – birds, snakes, muskrats and even those tiny little critters that the “learned” call macroinvertebrates.

Check it out for yourself!  Enter YSKP’s Mardi Gras Gala Swamp Tour Raffle and be guided by veteran land steward Tom Kumbusky through a swamp near you this Spring. 

Keep in mind that Tom, with all his knowledge, doesn’t go out into the swamps with just anybody at anytime. You have to make plans.  And, he likes to associate with folks who show their appreciation for certain kinds of organizations and activities.  In particular, the Tecumseh Land Trust and the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse.  You know the ones.  They’re doing that play about The Cajun Robin Hood – Gaston Boudreaux – this summer.  You’ll want to be there, too!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Pews Askew at YSUMC

A little painting and a new carpet at the Methodist Church required moving some of the pews around.

Reader submitted by anonymous.

Reader submissions are always welcome.

Friday, January 25, 2013

High School One-Acts are back

Destination YS

Arts & Culture    
Meme: Culture in Transmission; 11/30-2/13/2013
The work of 12 regional artists.
1/24, 7p Will Davis, Rodney Veal & Free Shakespeare! Perform
Chamber Music YS 1st Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia
Vienna Piano Trio; 2/24, 7:30p; $20/$7 students

Eddie Eckenrode Gallery Sam & Eddies Open Books, Kings Yard
937.767.1966; The Work of Eddie Eckenrode

Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave., 937.767.7077
The Work of Ryan Hansen; 1/24-2/20
Opening Reception - Saturday, 1/26, 4p
Village Artisans 100 Corry St., 937.767.1209
An artist cooperative featuring 20 artists.
The Winds Cafe 215 Xenia Ave. 937.767.1144
Devon Hansen "Heart People"

"would you, could you" In A Frame 113 Corry St. 937.767.2962
The Work of Lee Funderburg & Paul Reif.  

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St., 679.9722
2013 Members Show "Art for Change" 2/15-3/10; We-Su 1-4p
Opening Reception 2/15, 6-9p
Drop Off Days for artists - 2/2-3, 1-4p
Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.; 937.769.1902
Geology Hike - Moderate intensity, 12-2p, Trailside Museum
Past, Present & Future of Ash Trees - 2p, Glen Bldg.
Be a Glen Helen Volunteer!  769.1902 x 103
Antioch Farm Work Session - 1/26, 3-5p

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

In case you missed them in the fall; we would like to introduce you to the "C & M Bluegrass" band, they will be performing on Saturday, January 26th at 7:30pm. A Sister and Brother band with good traditional Bluegrass harmonies that only a family singing together since childhood can produce. Joined by Cathy's husband Rick of 38 years playing a solid hard driving rhythm upright bass , Jeff Causey on mandolin and last but not least by any measure they are proud to introduce you to one of the best 17 year old banjo pickers anywhere, Mr. Houston Slone from St. Mary's, Ohio. Only playing banjo for just over 2 years he is truly an amazing talent with command and drive of the instrument this young man has is amazing already. C & M was formed 5 years ago and have played many shows around the Miami Valley and Central & Eastern Ohio. Houston and Jeff joined about 2 years ago. Together they are really doing a fine show of good traditional bluegrass music combined with some fresh newer bluegrass music and some old country songs done in bluegrass style. It's great to see them return to Clifton! The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Suggested door donation $7.00, box office opens at 6:30pm. Call 937-767-2343 for more information.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Meeting on Glen Helen Bridge - Wednesday

Here's what the Yellow Springs Creek bridge and dam looked like before the 1913 flood. Help us plan what the new crossing will look like! Join us for a public meeting on Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:30 pm at the Glen Helen Auditorium.

Greene CATS to change bus routes

The Xenia Daily Gazette reported in part:

Green Line (Xenia Circulator) will be accessible from Xenia Towne Square, Xenia Kroger, Juvenile Court, Social Security, Walmart, Community Action Partnership, Wright Cycle Senior Apartments, Walter G. Sellers Apartments, County Complex at Ledbetter Road, Wilberforce University, Central State University, and the Xenia Library. Regular fare is 50 cents and reduced fare is 25 cents. Free connections are available from the green line to the yellow line.

Yellow Line (Xenia/Yellow Springs/Fairborn Connector) will be accessible from County Complex at Ledbetter, Xenia Towne Square, Greene Memorial Hospital, Yellow Springs Library, Yellow Springs Village Offices, Antioch Midwest, Fairborn Kroger and Five Points Plaza. Regular fare is 50 cents and reduced fare is 25 cents. Free transfers to blue, orange and green lines are available for yellow line riders.

Read the entire list of changes here.

YSLA Celebrates Founder’s Day with Music

The Yellow Springs Library Association has planned a fun celebration of its rich history on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10am until 3pm at the library, with a theme of music.  Local musicians will perform in the Virginia Hamilton Room. Delicious baked goods as well as sheet music, CD’s, DVD’s and other music-related items will be on sale to benefit the Yellow Springs Library.

From the inception of the Library over 100 years ago, the YSLA has been helping make our Library better. Funds raised by the YSLA most recently contributed to the renovations at the Library. 

Donations of any music related items are welcome and should be dropped off at the Library by Friday, January 25. Used musical instruments received will be donated to the Yellow Springs Schools. Donations of baked goods can be dropped off on Saturday morning, January 26, between 8am and 10am.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Call for artists - YSAC Member Show

Drop off dates for the 2013 Members Show -- "Art for Change" -- are February 2nd & 3rd (1-4pm, YSAC Community Gallery), so get busy finishing your pieces and be a part of harnessing the power of art to promote awareness, provoke dialogue, and inspire action.

Art can change our world -- sparking ideas, inspiring individuals and creating vision...Art can change YOU!  Join with other local artists to make your voice heard.  Why do you make art?  What is your passion?  How do you envision change for yourself, your community and your world?

The first artwork submission is free to members!  There is a $10 entry fee for a second piece.  Work may be NFS or priced for sale (with no commission).  This show has a 2-foot horizontal dimension limit, and multimedia is welcomed, including performing arts via MP3 or DVD submissions.

Not a YSAC member?  Join at the "support" or "advantage" levels and receive free Members Show submission among other benefits.  Go to or pick up a form at the YSAC Gallery (111 Corry Street) to become a member.

For additional information, contact Nancy Mellon at 937-767-1366 or  "Art for Change" is part of YSAC's Experience Peace.

Depicted is Sharon Mohler's "Good Neighbors."