Friday, August 31, 2012

Destination YS - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

Arts & Culture    
"If Becoming This" Photos & Video of Sheilah Wilson; 8/31-11/16
Opening Reception & Artist Talk - 8/30, 6-9p

Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave., 937.767.7077
Photography by Alan Steiger; 8/17-10/7
Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St., 937.769.1902
"Exploring Nature's Worlds" Oil Paintings by Nancy Fisher; 9/1-11/11
Opening Reception & Artist Talk - 9/9, 2-4p
Birch House Artist Series Glen Helen's Birch House
4 part workshops series hosted by local artists; Weds 9/5-26, 10a-3p
Each session $20 Glen members/$25 non-members; register for one or all.

John Bryan Community Pottery 100 Dayton St. (Penguin Building)  
Fall classes for adults & children; 8 week classes, various times.
For information and to register, call 767.9022 or e-mail.   

Village Artisans 100 Corry St., 937.767.1209
"The Spirit of Nature" 9/1-9/30
Opening Reception - 9/21, 6-9p  

"would you, could you" In A Frame 113 Corry St. 937.767.2962
Works of local artists.

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St., 679.9722
"Carnival of Souls" Figurative Sculptures 8/17-9/16; Wed-Sun, 1-4p
" Harmonizing Unnatural with Natural" Artist Demo, 9/15, 2-3p
Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.; 937.769.1902
Be a Glen Helen Volunteer!  769.1902 x 103
South Glen Restoration Project - 9/1, 7-11a; rsvp
Farm Volunteer Session - 9/1, 10a-12p, Antioch College Farm

AWW Fall Retreat registration deadline approaching

2012 Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fall Retreat, October 5-7, 2012


Just want to remind you to consider applying to attend our FIRST EVER writing retreat, October 5-7. The deadline to apply is just around the corner... Sept. 10. It's simple to apply... just send 10-20 double spaced pages of your work in progress, and a brief, informal letter about your goals in attending the retreat (we'll use this info to firm up details for the weekend, based on participants' needs.)  

The leaders are supportive, accomplished, helpful pros, and the location is amazing and inspiring. Cost of the full weekend cost is $450 and includes lodging, meals, instruction... everything but travel expenses. That's about the cost of two nights and meals at a standard hotel... but this event is at Grailville, a renowned retreat center, and focuses on YOU, the writer!

Details about that fall writing retreat...

Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat--October 5-7, 2012
Do you yearn for a get-away to focus on your work-in-progress, in an inspiring yet restful setting, while receiving guidance from writing and publishing professionals, so you can return home re-charged and ready to take the next steps on your creative writing path? If so, our Fall 2012 Weekend Writers' Retreat--October 5-7, 2012 may be just what you need!

WHO may attend?
This retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels), poetry, or essay(s)/creative nonfiction either complete or in progress and who wish to focus on revising/completing this work and identifying next steps on their writing paths. Up to fifteen writers will be selected from applicants. (See "How to apply" at bottom of this page for details.)

WHERE will the retreat be HELD?
This event will be held at the beautiful, historic Grailville Retreat Center, Loveland, Ohio.   

WHO will LEAD this retreat?
This retreat will be led by Kevin Haworth and Lynne Hugo.
  • Kevin Haworth is Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University, and Executive Editor, Ohio University Press & Swallow Press. He holds an M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Arizona State University and a B.A., English, Vassar College. His publications include The Discontinuity of Small Things, a novel (Quality Words in Print, 2005); Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing (co-editor with Dinty W. Moore, Ohio University Press, 2011); as well as fiction and non-fiction in Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Copper Nickel, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Center, Cold Mountain Review, Swink, Harpur Palate, Juked, Sentence, Another Chicago Magazine, Permafrost, JBooks, Jewish Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Jewish Education News, Poetica and elsewhere.
  • Lynne Hugo's publications include five novels, most recently Last Rights, one volume of creative non-fiction, two books of poetry and a children's book. A National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship recipient, she has also received repeat individual artists grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Ohio Arts Council. She has taught creative writing through the Ohio Arts Council's renowned Arts in Education program. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, and a Master's from Miami University.

WHAT is the SCHEDULE for the retreat and WHAT will participants DO?
Friday, October 5, 2012
  • 6:00 p.m.--Arrive and check in at Grailville
  • 7:00 p.m.--Ice breakers, creative writing exercises, wine, beverages and snacks provided; small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • @8:30 a.m.--Breakfast delivered to your door! Write on your own in the inspiring setting of Grailville, drawing on the creativity starters and feedback received on Friday evening.
  • 12:30 p.m.--Lunch provided
  • After lunch until dinner--small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
  • 6:30 p.m.--Dinner provided
  • Post dinner--participant readings; small group discussions*
Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • @8:30 a.m.--Breakfast delivered to your door! Write on your own, participate in small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
  • 12:30 p.m.--Lunch and final group gathering
  • 2:00 p.m.--Depart Grailville to return home and apply inspiration, motivation and momentum gained at retreat to your own work-in-progress!
*So what do "small group discussions" and "one-on-one consultations" mean? That will depend on the participants! Rather than set specific topics, we will ask selected participants to identify what THEY want to get out of one-on-one consultations and small group discussions. Discussions about publishing, voice, research, character development? Sure! One-on-one feedback from one of our instructors on a partial manuscript or to simply provide advice/answer questions? Sure! Specifics will be determined from feedback from participants after selection but before the beginning of the retreat.

So... if I'm SELECTED, WHAT will this COST?
For 27th Annual Summer Program participants only, cost is $400.00 TOTAL (a $50 discount as our thanks to you for attending the su--and includes two nights lodging at Grailville, all food catered by Grailville (Friday evening snacks; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening snacks; Sunday breakfast and lunch), and instruction/guidance by Kevin Haworth and Lynne Hugo. Transportation to and from Grailville is not included and must be arranged by participants.

Email with the subject line: Fall 2012 Retreat Application. Attach, as a WORD file, or mail to Antioch Writers' Workshop, c/o Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, the following TWO documents:
  • a one-page cover letter providing your name, contact information (address, email, phone), and a paragraph or two about where you are on the writing path (what you're working on) and why you want to attend this retreat.
  • a writing sample: between 10 and 20 double spaced pages for nonfiction or fiction OR between 5 and 10 pages of poetry
PLEASE NOTE: Fifteen applicants will be selected by the Antioch Writers' Workshop Scholarship Committee. Applications will be accepted between July 25, 2012 and September 10, 2012. Applicants MUST be over 21 years of age. Applicants will receive a confirmation via email that application has been received within 3 business days of receipt. (For example, if you send your application on a Friday, expect confirmation via email by midnight the following Wednesday. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 3 business days, please re-send application.)
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or decline by email by September 17, 2012, midnight. PLEASE NOTE: Antioch Writers' Workshop cannot provide feedback on submitted pieces about why application might be declined.

WHAT happens NEXT if I am ACCEPTED to the FALL 2012 RETREAT?
After notification of acceptance by September 17, 2012, you will be invoiced for $400.00 for the fall retreat. This will be due September 24, 2012. $125.00 of this fee is nonrefundable; after September 30, 2012, the entire amount is nonrefundable. You will also receive a detailed questionnaire about your goals/preferences for the small group/one-on-one consultations. If you are planning to have a one-on-one consultation about a manuscript that is different than the one you submitted, it must be no more than 20 double spaced pages for fiction/non-fiction, or 10 pages of poetry, and must be received electronically by September 24, 2012 in order to allow Lynne or Kevin time to review. You will receive a detailed email by October 1, 2012 about the retreat.

Little Art to be renovated

The Little Art Theatre has launched, “Lights, Camera, Action!” - a campaign to renovate the theatre.  Beloved by many, but struggling as many other independent theatres around the country, the Little Art became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 2009.

The Little Art Theatre opened its doors in 1929, and has not had a major remodel in its 83-year history. The current seats were purchased used in 1987 and are now 36 years old.  The 35mm projectors date back to the1940s and the industry is rapidly phasing out 35mm film and going to an all-digital format, and so must the Little Art to stay in business.  This fact alone has forced the theatre to embrace a renovation, which will include new digital projection and sound, new seats, a new screen, increased floor incline for improved sight lines, new ADA restrooms and greater overall handicap accessibility plus hearing assistance.

“Basically, we have held this theatre together with creative ingenuity and duct tape for many years, “ said Executive Director, and former owner, Jenny Cowperthwaite who has worked at the theatre for over 30 years. “We hope that with new levels of comfort and accessibility we will attract new patrons and the return of those who found the theatre wasn’t meeting their needs, and in addition with digital technology we hope to broadcast live events, including opera; the latter being of particular interest to a significant number of our patrons and donors.”

The goal of the campaign is to raise $475,000.  The community has rallied around this effort with a gift from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation of $30,000 and the Morgan Family Foundation of $250,000.  In addition, the Board, staff, and generous members have contributed another $145,000.  “We are moved by the generosity of so many people, and feel hopeful about our ability to raise the final $50,000 from a few other foundations, and our ‘Name a Seat’ effort,” said Maureen Lynch, Board Chairperson.  Donors who make a donation of $500 can put their name, or the name of a loved one, on a seat.  All Donors will be recognized on screen in a list of Campaign Contributors.

“It is our hope that the funds will be raised by December 31, 2012, and that construction will begin in the spring of 2013,” said Cowperthwaite.  For more information go to the website at:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Application Deadline Extended


Friday eve-Friday Fling in the Springs

Saturday 10-4pm Wellness Fair
5:30 Art Heals Exhibit at YSAC, Create Mandalas and learn mudras, and mantras for healing, followed by West African Dancers and DJ Ju Ju

Sunday- Wellness Workshops
Throughout the community. We are looking for offerings. 

Contact Monica for an application form.
Deadline has been extended - act soon.

Save the Date-Thursday Sept 13, 7-8:30pm, Wellness Weekend kickoff party, hosted by YSAC. 

Please help continue to get the word out to practitioners, artists, dancers, musicians, doctors, nurses, anyone related to health & wellness. I welcome feedback and ideas on how we can make this event fun and unique! 


Monica Hasek, ERYT, director
Yoga Springs Studio
Yellow Springs & Springfield, Ohio

Candidate forum on agriculture

Another election year is upon us and what better way to become acquainted with your national, state, and local candidates than at a candidate forum on agriculture?  The Greene County Farm Bureau, Greene County Fair Board, OSU Extension, and Tecumseh Land Trust are hosting a Greene County Candidate Forum on Agriculture on September 12, at 7 PM at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the Buckeye Room, 100 Fairground Rd., Xenia.

Agriculture is the largest industry in the county which is why it is an important focus of the upcoming election.  The sponsoring organizations would like to offer the candidates an opportunity to communicate their views on various agricultural related topics to the community.  The audience will also be asked to share their concerns about agricultural issues and ask specific questions of the candidates.

This event is free and open to the public.  Many candidates are already planning to attend, so it is sure to be an informative evening.  For more information or questions regarding this forum please contact Michele Burns at 937-767-9490 or  Participation in this event does not indicate endorsement by any of the sponsoring organizations.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

YSKP Fall Classes starting soon

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse offers an exciting new round of classes for all ages, running September 10-December 15th at The Playhouse, 910 Corry St. (next to the Antioch College Amphitheater). Schedule info can be found at  Contact: or call 937-767-7800.

Classes include: New Actors Club,  Ballroom Dancing, Creative Movement, Ballet/Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Club Glee, Kindermusik and The Fluid Core.  Participants in the New Actors Club and Ballet/Modern Dance will perform in the YSKP Holiday Show:  The New Bremen Town Musicians.

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

It's bluegrass weekend in Clifton.  On Saturday evening, Sept. 1st,  another fabulous bluegrass group will take the Clifton Opera House Stage at 7:30pm.  Storm's Creek plays a down home family friendly mix of bluegrass and gospel music. Formed about 6 years ago with fun as the primary goal they have meshed together bringing a good show wherever they perform. Bud Brubaker on Guitar and vocals, Mac Mckenzie on Mandolin, Guitar, and vocals, Paul Odegard on the Bass and vocals, and Pat Carine Sr., on Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and vocals.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street.  The box office opens at 6:30pm.  Suggested door donation is $7.00, call 937-767-2343 for information.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Found chicken!

A reader found what looks like a Rhode Island Red hen on W. North College Street, yesterday. If you have lost a Rhodie, email the Blog and I will put you in touch.

IRS Seminar registration deadline is approaching

Sponsored by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation and Greene Giving.

Bench to Nowhere: Where are all the Munchkins?

A Funky Town Toon

Click on image to enlarge.

WYSO could use a few good volunteers

WYSO is looking for 4-6 volunteers to help get renewals and reminders in the mail.  If you are available  on Thursday, August 30th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and would like to help, send an email to

Friday Night at Clifton Opera House

Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass band are coming to the Clifton Opera House on Friday, August 31st.  The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm.  This is their second stop on a whirlwind tour that begins in Nashville. 

Ernie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band represent what fans expect from bluegrass music today – an ability to bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional styles. Known for their strong lead vocals, classic hits, and ability to entertain their audiences, The Florida State Bluegrass Band is rapidly gaining a widespread fan base across the United States.  Check out their website at
Join us for some outstanding bluegrass this weekend.   The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton.  Call 937-767-2343 for more information.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back Story: Late night adventures

I'm sitting out on the deck, watching the weather come in. The dog is under the table as the small drops start; I am under the eaves. We are pensive, sleep-deprived, replaying in our heads the events of the previous night. To the dog, it was an adventure, the kind that will inspire dreams for years to come. To the dog's owners, it was just another wild chapter in our relationship with the ornery creature we love too much.

The dog had been a bit off the last couple days. Everything seemed normal, but for the poop situation. When she went, it was like opening a faucet. By yesterday afternoon, after constantly monitoring her offerings, I had pronounced her cured. But then it started again late last night. She was reluctant to go into her crate at her normal 10 p.m. bedtime. Once in, she wanted to come out again. By 12:30, we decided she needed to go out - I took her out front. After a few minutes, she had taken care of business and we were back in the house again. We all went back to bed.

Later, I woke from a dead sleep and heard Amy talking to the dog as they went out the front door. I looked at the clock radio; it was 3:30. The A/C was off and the windows were open.

"Suki, come back! --- Okay, I'm going home without you. --- Bye, bye! --- Daddy's calling."

Amy was shouting. For her to be using those particular words could only mean one thing: the dog was off the leash. As I lay there considering getting up, my thoughts ran from how this could be, to hoping the dog was not in the road, to what the neighbors must have been thinking. I heard the two of them coming back into the house, just as I had decided to join the chase.

I got the story in bits and pieces, late last night and again this morning. Amy had heard the dog making noises in her crate, as if she needed to go out. In the dark, she hooked the leash to the wire ring that holds the dog's tags, instead of the solid steel D-ring attached to the collar. Once they hit the sidewalk, the dog spotted a half-dozen deer in the road a couple houses down. When she lunged in that direction, she pulled the wire ring apart and got loose. She took off down the road after the deer.

Miraculously, Amy's shouts had worked and the dog came back on her own. As unruly as she normally is, she often comes when called - well, at least when she wants to. She was probably feeling outnumbered by the small herd she was pursuing. Or, maybe, she realized she wasn't going to catch them anyway. 

Usually, when we are walking her, she just stares at them. Earlier in the evening, on her regular walk, we had seen plenty of them. One yearling buck and Suki stared at each other for several minutes from just 20 feet apart. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time we run across the neighborhood herd. One thing is for sure, the leash will be attached to the correct ring.

Quilting workshops

Have you ever wanted to try making an art quilt? The Miami Valley Art Quilt Network is hosting an art quilt workshop in Yellow Springs. The group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month (with no meeting the month of December and the January meeting will be on the second Tuesday). They will meet from 7-9 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs.
The group will be doing hands-on exercises and working from the book “Adventures in Design” by Joen Wolfrom with the goal of finishing several art quilts by May 2013. Participants do not have to have read the book before starting.
The cost for the workshops is $1 per meeting which will be donated to the church. Quilters who wish to participate are required to become members of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network by the second meeting. The annual dues are $15.
More information can be found at or by contacting Pam Geisel at

Opening reception, Aug. 30

Artist Sheilah Wilson to sleep in Herndon Gallery for If Becoming This art exhibition

Sheilah Wilson is a photographer and videographer who uses performance as a way of creating photographic work. On the evening of her opening reception on Thursday, August 30, she will spend the night at the Herndon Gallery in a bedroom crafted especially for this exhibition.

That evening, Wilson will sleep over a written description of someone's favorite photograph and a piece of photographic paper, which will then be processed, scanned, and digitally printed, revealing the marks of her body, random light strikes, and other mysterious color traces. The resulting piece will then become a part of the exhibition.

This is a continuation of her investigation into the body acting as a translation machine.  Wilson approaches making photographs as a performance, using her body in direct contact with photographic materials to translate stories (or written memories) into visible marks. 

Wilson could be sleeping over YOUR written description of a favorite photograph.  The Herndon Gallery is collecting submissions and will select from them at the opening reception.  The photograph can be a favorite professional photograph or a precious family photograph. 

Send in either a handwritten or typed description of a favorite photograph, along with a scanned and printed reproduction to:

Dennie Eagleson
Creative Director of the Herndon Gallery
Antioch College
One Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Entries must be received by August 29, OR come to the opening reception and artist talk which will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. 

If Becoming This will be on exhibit from August 31 through November 16.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.