Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chamber Orchestra Concert, Nov. 11

The Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra with soloists Jennifer Gilchrist, soprano and Seth Kaplan, cello; James Johnston, conductor will perform on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

The concert is free. Contributions to benefit Community Music (of which the orchestra is a member) are warmly accepted.

The Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra performs music of the season by composers of the Romantic period.  Soprano Jennifer Gilchrist will sing Schubert's famous song "Der Erlkonig" - a spooky tale of a man and his young son confronting supernatural forces.  Antioch student Seth Kaplan will perform as soloist in Max Bruch's haunting setting of the "Kol Nidrei," a traditional part of the Yom Kippur service.  The orchestra will also play Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 ("The Reformation"), comissioned for the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther's reforms. Come and experience these powerful expressions of the Romantic spirit!


3:30 PM

$5-$10 Suggested Donation

"Broken Rainbow" (1985) written by Maria Floria and Victoria Mudd, narrated by Martin Sheen. This historical documentary chronicles the Navajo-Hopi Resettlement Act of 1974, which relocated 10,000 Dineh (Navajo) peoples from their ancestral homeland in northeastern Arizona and the community resistance to the law. The film dives deeply into the many causes and effects associated with the cultural removal of the Dineh including the role of Peabody Coal Co. Although the film was made in 1985, it continues to have revelance today as the "Relocation Law" remains in effect and Dineh communities continue to resist. Proceeds from the film will Jake Stockwell return for the fifth consecutive winter to Big Mountain/Black Mesa as Dineh Grandmother Pauline Whitesinger's sheepherder.

A question and answer session will follow the film facilitated by Jake.

For more information on the struggle for Dineh sovereignty on Black Mesa please check out

If you have questions please feel free to contact me: fb: Jake Stockwell

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House is going to be swingin' with the return of the Back Porch Swing Band on Saturday, November 3rd 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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Art & Soul: A YS Art Fair, Nov. 17

This year marks the launch of a brand new juried art fair in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The fair, Art & Soul: A YS Art Fair, is replacing the longstanding Nature Arts and Crafts Show that was at Glen Helen for 30 years.  It will be an intimate show with 29 artists from the region displaying and selling their hand made fine art and fine craft.  The show will have a mixture of artists new to the area along with some past participants in Nature Arts and Crafts and the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour.  The show’s promoter, Lisa Goldberg, also produces the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale.

“This seems like a natural follow-on to the Studio Tour”, says Goldberg who is honored to have assembled such quality arts and fine crafts professionals in one place. “Thanks to a start-up grant form the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the show is expected to start out with a bang” says Goldberg.

The name Art & Soul was chosen because “artists put their souls into the making of their work.” Says Goldberg. She and her sidekick Pam Geisel (former producer of Nature Arts and Crafts) are excited about the lineup of artists for this, the inaugural show.  They worked with a jury of three arts professionals to make the initial selection of artists and then additional artists were invited to participate to provide a well-balanced show. The show includes works of ceramic artists, glass blowers, jewelers, bead makers, photographers, and mixed media art of all price ranges.

This seems like a natural follow-on to the Studio Tour, says Goldberg who is honored to have assembled such quality arts and fine crafts professionals in one place.

Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert create clocks, jewelry, lamps, candleholders and other art made from found objects. They say that “By creatively “upcycling” these objects with other media we not only offer a new story to an old item, we also challenge the viewer to observe these everyday items in a completely different way.” A wide variety of found objects are assembled with textiles and mixed metals.

Julie Kay Karlson, a well know painter and pastel artist, has recently begun making decorative paper mache bowls using recycled paper of every variety and color, even some of her old paintings. Julie creates a paper pulp, forms the bowls and then, after they have dried, draws and paints on them. Each bowl tells a unique story.

Jim Delange, a Cedarville Glassblower is well know in the area for his artful use of color, shape and design.

Two-dimensional artists Cecelia Nance, Sara Gray, Edith Wadkins, Talitha Greene, Debbie Loffing and Claudia Retter will be showing a variety of photographs, watercolors and encaustics. Nance’s designs are often painted on distressed planks of wood, metal surfaces and colorful canvases. In her work she intertwines vintage papers with her mixed media approach to painting.

Deborah Yorde is a weaver working with a variety of high quality fibers. Barbara Jones hand spins, weaves, knits and dyes fiber. The handmade yarns are then woven into fabric which Jones designs and tailors into garments and accessories. Award winning Pam Geisel and Kim Gillie Krier specialize in making modern art quilts. Both have a large repertoire of items ranging from bags, journal covers and wine glass coasters. Other fiber artists, including Hajar Davis and Michelle Ishida, will exhibit beautiful bags, clothing, and dolls and decorated boxed.

Rose Lawson, Alice Young Basora, Theresa Mayer, Lynda Fisher, and Jill Huelskamp all create jewelry with hand made and purchased beads. Jewelers Jay Teilhet and Ben Jordan create their work with metals. Karen Gaski is a silversmith making pieces accented by etching the surface and enameling the pieces.

Ceramic artists Bruce Grimes, Dianne Collinson, Lisa Wolters, Jancy Jaslow, Kristy Jo Beber and Geno Lucketic all have unique styles and work that stands alone or complements the other potters’ work. Several of the ceramic artists are hand builders, while others create their pots on a pottery wheel. Most of Kristy Jo Beber’s work starts out on the potter’s wheel and often gets altered, carved or assembled from multiple parts. All of the potters spend an equal amount of time decorating their pieces as they do making them.

Art & Soul marks a kick off to “Holiday in the Springs” in Yellow Springs. Look for decorated storefronts, wonderful and unique shops and restaurants and an opportunity to take a hike in the Glen while you are in Yellow Springs.

The show, on November 17th, opens its doors at 10am and runs until 5pm at Mills Lawn Elementary School at 200 S Walnut Street, located adjacent to the downtown shopping district. There is an entry fee of $3, a portion of which will be donated to the Yellow Springs School District and the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund. The schools will be selling refreshments and some jewelry and snowman pins made by special education and art students.  The halls will be filled with artwork created by students in the arts programs. The show will provide an excellent opportunity to do some holiday shopping for gifts large and small.

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Friday night at Clifton Opera House

On Friday Nov 2nd, Clifton Opera House will host a soothing evening of acoustic guitar and Native American flute by the duo known as "TP".  Tim Corbin and Paul Frazier will entertain with acoustic guitar and Native American flute.

Show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm.  Suggested door donation $7.00.  The Clifton Opera House is owned by the village of Clifton.  Located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton.  For more information

Monday, October 29, 2012

Save these dates: Oct. 25 & 26, 2013

The Third Annual Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. Performances will start at 8 p.m. The festival features plays by local playwrights with local actors and directors. All plays will be performed on both nights. For information about script submissions and auditions email

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Being Black in YS - 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at AUM

The 365 Project Presents:

The Elders Speak:
Being Black in Yellow Springs


Betty Ford
Isabel Newman
David and Sharon Perry
Kingsley Perry, Jr.

Monday, October 29, 2012
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Antioch Midwest

The mission of the 365 Project is to serve as a catalyst that challenges and supports the people of Yellow Springs and Miami Township to engage critically and respectfully in dialogue and action that promotes and sustains diverse African-American heritage and culture, and educational equity, 365 days a year.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Back Story: Only in Yellow Springs...

During intermission at the 10-Minute Plays last night, a fellow come over and said he would be interested in learning how I came to quit my law practice in Manhattan and move to Yellow Springs. I have told this story so many times in the last 12 years, I tend to go on autopilot once the lips start to move. This time was a bit different, however, as this fellow is a forensic psychologist and also has a law degree. Once he assured me that he was not trying to figure out what is wrong with me, I shut off the autopilot and reanalyzed the situation, both for him and myself. When we got to that final question that everyone asks, "Why Yellow Springs..?" I looked out at the crowd that had come to see our plays and said, "Where else could I do this? Only in Yellow Springs..."

What a crowd we had, last night - a fanny in every seat - and worthy of the great lineup of plays we presented. We expect even more for this evening's performance and will be scouring the building for extra chairs and printing extra programs.

Speaking of programs, somehow, some of them ended up with the interior pages swapped, i.e. page 3 is where page 2 should be and vice versa. We thought about reprinting that particular batch, but decided against it. A simple announcement will take care of the problem. Yeah, yeah. Only in Yellow Springs...


Friday, October 26, 2012

Got 10 minutes?

Tonight and Tomorrow
Two Nights Only

The Second Annual Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 26 & 27 at 8:00 p.m. The entire program will be performed on both nights. Admission is $5.

Eight plays are set to go off, all of them written and performed by locals.

The 10-minute Play Festival is a production of Centre Stage, community theater in Yellow Springs.

School Tax Levy makes regional news

The Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District has an additional 7.4-mill, five-year emergency levy on the Nov. 6 ballot. The levy would generate $915,000 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $226 annually, the Dayton Daily News reported, yesterday, as a part of schools superintendent Mario Basora's push to get the word out.

Dayton Daily News: Yellow Springs schools has emergency levy on ballot

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Find yourself here

  • Do you wear a red cap?
  • Do you drive a plugin Prius?
  • Have you ever hung out on one of our village's many benches?
  • Have you ever crossed Xenia Avenue from Tom's Market to the Emporium?
  • Have you ever shouted, "Get a job!" to one of our local malingerers?
If so, you might just find yourself in one of the 10 Minute Plays this Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 at the Presbyterian Church.

Going somewhere, Dusty?

Full-tuition scholarships to continue at Antioch

The Board of Trustees has approved a plan to enroll 75-85 new students each year until 2016. Horace Mann Fellowships to be offered to students who enroll in fall 2013 and 2014.

The Antioch College Board of Trustees recently endorsed a “stable growth” formula that aims to expand the student population from about 100 at the current time to approximately 250 by 2016, a plan that would allow the College to continue to offer the full-tuition Horace Mann Fellowships to all students who enter the college in the 2013 and 2014 academic year.

“This clearer understanding of the projected rate of growth ensures that all Antioch College students will engage with a high-quality, rigorous, liberal arts curriculum,” Board Chair Frances Horowitz said. “All Antioch students will experience a variety of co-op placements; participate in community governance; and reside on a campus dedicated to fostering sustainable living.”  

The College expects to enroll between 75 and 85 new students each year for the next three years. The growth strategy is timed with a continued renovation of the historic 160-year-old campus and a multi-phased, multi-year accreditation processes.

The College received more than 3,100 applications for fall 2012 admission; 5.2 percent of those applicants received acceptance letters, making Antioch one of the most selective colleges in the U.S. Seventy-five new students arrived for fall orientation, joining a class of 33 returning students. Many students turned down offers from other elite colleges to become partners with the administrators and faculty in rebuilding the institution.

While most members of Antioch’s new class are first-year students, 17 percent are transferring from other colleges to attend Antioch. Fifty-three percent of the students entering the College in October are from outside of the state of Ohio. The average GPA of those incoming students is 3.69 (unweighted). Among students who submitted test scores with their applications, the average SAT verbal and math score was 1180; the average ACT score was 27 (Antioch is a test-optional school).

A storied college with a history that includes deep connections to the U.S. civil rights and social justice movements, as well as science innovation, Antioch is in its second year of independent operation since its much-publicized 2008 closure. Following months of negotiations, an alumni-led group in September 2009 purchased the campus, rights to the institution’s endowment, its 1,000-acre Glen Helen Preserve, and its award-winning The Antioch Review. The College’s new trustees hired Mark Roosevelt, a former Pittsburgh Schools superintendent and former Massachusetts legislator, as the college’s new president. With just six tenure-track professors on board, the College opened to a class of 35 students in the fall of 2011.

Antioch’s campus remains a work in progress. The 1943 Birch Hall dormitory, a design of famed architect Eero Saarinen, is home to the first class of students. A nearly 160-year-old dormitory, North Hall, has gotten a $5.7 million renovation that will make it the oldest building in the U.S. to meet LEED Gold Standard for sustainable construction. And the historic 1930s Science Building—where the likes of Leland Clark and Mario Capecchi studied while working on their bachelor’s degrees—will begin a $3.5 million partial renovation beginning this fall.
Antioch College was an early pioneer of the cooperative education program that requires students to complete full-time periods of paid work as part of their education. The College was also one of the first fully coeducational and racially integrated colleges in the U.S.
Cooperative education remains a core component of the Antioch education; all students complete at least four quarters of full-time work off campus. Additionally, the general education curriculum includes emphases on language acquisition (most students will do one year of language study leading to novice-high proficiency in a second language) and global issues (students are required to complete four of six global seminars on food, water, energy, health, governance, and education).
Antioch College’s alumni include noted television producer and director Rod Sterling; civil rights activist Coretta Scott King and her sister, Edythe Scott Bagley; Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi; Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; and novelists Nova Ren Suma and Jaimy Gordon.

November Historical Society Event Postponed


Glen Forest Cemetery: Yellow Springs' Buried History
Nov. 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Senior Center Great Room
Cemeteries are not only acres of reverence — our forgotten history is written on the stones of those who have gone before us.
Come join local historian Robin Heise as she unearths some of Yellow Springs' forgotten history.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Don't miss the bus

8 p.m. Friday & Saturday
at the Presbyterian Church


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friday and Saturday

10-Minute Plays
Two Nights Only

The Second Annual Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27 at 8:00 p.m. The entire program will be performed on both nights. Admission is $5.

We have eight plays in rehearsal - written and performed by locals. Watch the Blog for more details.

Last year, we were close to capacity on Friday night and SRO on Saturday night. So, get there early!

The 10-minute Play Festival is a production of Center Stage, community theater in Yellow Springs.

Glen Helen Open House, Saturday

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What's blooming in Glen Helen? Check-out our line up of family-friendly programs, events, and workshops:

Become a member! It's an easy way to support our trails and programs:

YSHS Fall Play announced

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The YS High School Drama Club, Thespian Troupe #4671 and the YS High School Theatre Arts Association proudly present our 2012 Fall Play:  Spotlight on Acting: A Theatrical Review.  Excerpted scenes from Arsenic & Old Lace, Peter Pan, Huck Fin, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Crucible and many more will be featured!  Performance dates are November 2,3,4 and November 9,10,11.  Friday & Saturday performances begin at 8pm; Sunday performances begin at 2pm.  Tickets are sold at the door with prices as follows: $10-adults; $5-students & seniors.

Little Art to host broadcaster/writer, tonight

On Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. the Little Art Theatre will host a special guest speaker, DAVID BARSAMIAN. Barsamian is an Armenian-American radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the Boulder, Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program heard on some 125 radio stations in various countries. His interviews and articles also appear regularly in The Progressive, The Nation, and Z Magazine. Barsamian also lectures on U.S. foreign policy, corporate control, the media, and propaganda. As a writer, Barsamian is best known for his series of interviews with Noam Chomsky, which have been published in book form and translated into many languages, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. His latest book "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism" (with Richard Wolff) will be the topic of his talk. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

Springfield Banjos N Brass will play the historic Clifton Opera House on Saturday, October 27 th  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.  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

In case you missed them in the spring; we would like to introduce you to the "C & M Bluegrass" band, they will be performing on Friday, October 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.  Calll 937-767-2343 for more information.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Going somewhere, Dusty?

Catch the final debate at the Little Art, Monday

The Little Art Theatre is showing the 3rd, and final (thankfully), Presidential Debate on Monday (Oct 22nd).  It's FREE - doors open at 8:30pm and the debate runs from 9:00-10:30pm.  This debate is supposed to focus on international issues.  The concession stand will be open during the debate.  Also a reminder that this week's show (The Master) will not run on Monday night.  Photo by Patti Dallas is of the first debate.

Groby at the Goat, Friday

Les Groby will be performing at the Spirited Goat Coffee House, 118 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, on Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm until 9:30.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Information on land recently bid on by the Village

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Village had the winning bid on the old grain elevator site. Judging from information gleaned from the Greene County Recorder's files, at $170k, the village is paying a fair price for the lot at 102 Dayton (aka 350 Railroad St.). However, we will be losing $4,215.44 per year in real estate taxes, as this parcel will be off the tax rolls after the sale closes.

From the County Recorder's files (red highlights are mine):

Parcel ID F19000100110024600
Property Address 102 DAYTON ST
Mailing Address 1440 PASSPORT LA

Description 8-4-19


Land Use 400
Acres 0.727
Appraised Bldg $0.00
Appraised Land $174,170.00
Appraised Total $174,170
Total Taxes $4,215.44
Taxes Owed $0.00
Delinq Taxes: $0.00
Sale Date 6/12/2006
Sales Amount $180,000.00
Neighborhood 00526000
Deed Volume/Page 2579 / 0776
Survey Record 037 / 0231
Cabinet Vol/Pg /

Back Story: The Process

In the past, on the eve of production of one or another of my 10-minute plays, I have written about my awakening to the theatrical aspects of getting a play from paper to stage, from the fun we have had in rehearsals to how important it is for the writer to be part of at least the early rehearsals, so he can hear the actors try to spit out the mouthful he has left them with. Mostly, for everyone involved, it is a learning process. It starts all over again with each new play.

This year, for the first time, I am working with a bigger cast than my usual three. This involves a bit of choreography, especially when all the actors are on stage together. And, with more actors, comes more amazement and gratitude that I can get people to study, memorize and deliver my words. Sometimes I feel guilty for putting them through this; sometimes I wonder if I haven't duped them into thinking that we really have a play worth going through all this for. Maybe I'm not a writer at all, but just a salesman who has sold them a beaten up old jalopy, or, in this case, a bus.

But then it all comes together. Yesterday, after rehearsal, I observed to Walter Rhodes, the lead actor in this year's production, "From nothing, we have made something. It's amazing how that happens." The play has taken on a life of it's own. The actors get what it's about and pitch in with their own creative nuances to make it into something bigger than what was on those pieces of paper I handed them when we first started. Yesterday, I looked up from my script and was amazed at the animation taking place on the bench in front of Bill's Market. I am so grateful for them playing along until it reached this stage. Bravo, cast! I couldn't be happier with what you are doing.


Cast of "Bench to Nowhere": (L-R) Ron Siemer, Kayla Graham, Jerry Buck, Lee Huntington, Gary Reimers and Walter Rhodes. The Second Annual Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Fri. & Sat., Oct. 26 & 27 at 8 p.m.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Find yourself here...

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Destination YS

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Arts & Culture    
If Becoming This: Photos & Video of Sheilah Wilson; 8/31-11/16
Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave., 937.767.7077
Kelly Lecko; Opening Reception 10/20, 4-7p; ; 10/13-11/18
Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St., 937.769.1902
Exploring Nature's Worlds: Oil Paintings by Nancy Fisher; 9/1-11/11
John Bryan Community Pottery 100 Dayton St. (Penguin Building)  
Celebrating JBCP:  Community Testimonials; 8/20-10/21; Reception 10/19
Gallery & Studio open Weekends 1-4p

Village Artisans 100 Corry St., 937.767.1209
Dare 2B Square, Art Stroll Opening Reception 10/19, 6-9p  

"would you, could you" In A Frame 113 Corry St. 937.767.2962

A Fall Preview: Paul Reif; Opening Reception 10/19, 6-9p; 10/19-11/2  

Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery 111 Corry St., 679.9722
Circles & Pocketbooks: Ingrid Edwards; Opening Reception 10/19, 6-9p
 10/9-11/10; Gallery open Wed-Sun, 1/4p

Graveyard History Tour Glen Forest Cemetery, Rt. 68
Guided history tour by Robin Motter Heise; 10/21, 11a & 4:30p; $5

Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.; 937.769.1902
Annual Bird Seed Sale-10/20, 9:30a-4:30p; Glen Helen Nature Shop
Backyard Birding Talk, Director Nick Boutis-10/20, 1p; Trailside Museum
Be a Glen Helen Volunteer!  769.1902 x 103
South Glen Restoration Project - 10/20, 8a-12p; rsvp
Antioch Farm Work Project - 10/20, 1-3p; Antioch College Farm 

Coming Up
 10/26-27, 8p; 1st Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. 

Glen Helen Open House to see Renovations-10/27, 12-4p; 405/505 Corry

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Band Concert - Change of Date - Nov. 16

Community Band Concert
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30  p.m. 

The Yellow Springs Community Band will give its first concert of the fall season on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the gym at the Mills Lawn School. The program will be jam-packed with Broadway show tunes from newer shows such as "Mama Mia" and "Purlie" to old classics like "Oklahoma" and "The Sound of Music."

This is a change of date and time from that previously announced on this blog.

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

As a part of our Americana series, the Clifton Opera House presents the Muleskinner Band on Saturday, October 20th  at 7:30pm.   

Bill, Jim, Ed, and Gary have come together as The Muleskinner Band, bringing their individual musical backgrounds, experiences, and influences with them.  An evening with the Muleskinners will certainly lead one to the conclusion that none are willing to abandon their musical heritages.

Hence, the musical offerings on a given evening will span Big Mon to Buck, Patsy to Merle, Gospel to the Drifters, Doobie Brothers to Crosby, Stills, & Nash.  Great vocal history is a centerpiece of every Muleskinner rendering, as is solid instrumental backing and soloing. 

An evening with the Muleskinners will certainly include frequent and prolific storytelling, humor, and good-hearted dialogue with the audience.   "Come give The Muleskinner Band a listen.” 

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.  Please call 937)767-2343 for information.  Box office opens one hour before show.   $7.00 door donation.

The Clifton Opera House features year round  musical entertainment as a fund raiser for the historic building maintenance.  Come out and support the history of Clifton every Friday and Saturday night.

Noodle Factory at Emporium, Friday night

The Noodle Factory is playing at the Underdog Cafe (the Emporium ) in downtown Yellow Springs this Friday the 19th from 7-10.

As always at the Underdog Cafe, it is free and there will be wine tasting.

We play energetic guitar centric rock.  You'll hear originals, old classics and some newer ones.

The Noodle Factory is: Brandon Semler, Rick Sanders, and Matt Denman.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

Friday evening, October 19th  the Clifton Opera House will be filled with strains of "newgrass bluegrass" with the trio called Triclectic.   Bob Farley, Lynn Perdzock and Pat Carine make up this dynamic group.  Each brings something different to this band.  Triclectic is Americana!  The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm.  Join us!  The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.  For more information 937-767-2343.

The Day Abbie Hoffman Came to the Village

by Chris Till

            On March 16, 1969, the legendary Abbie Hoffman visited Yellow Springs. At 8:30 pm on that Saturday night, he spoke at 113 McGregor Hall on the Antioch College campus. According to Hoffman’s FBI files, only 30 to 35 students attended.
            This relatively small turnout is notable because it was exactly four days before Abbie became world famous. Why? Because on March 20, 1969, the Chicago Eight were born. On that date, he and seven others were indicted for their alleged conspiracy to foment riots at the August 1968 National Democratic Party Convention in Chicago. After that indictment made him a star, Abbie became a popular and controversial speaker at college campuses across America, performing to audiences vastly larger than a few dozen.
            In his 1969 book Woodstock Nation, Abbie colorfully described his visit to Yellow Springs:
                        "Antioch is Hippie Heaven. It's our version of R & R (rest and recreation for you who weren't in the army)…
                        "It didn't take long to figure out where Antioch's head was at. There are lots of progressive nursery schools, but there the kiddies are so big! Most issues that are being fought for at other schools were won at Antioch ten years ago. Perhaps won is not the right word, they were liberally given. Like the big sheet  of paper over the men's pissing stall for graffiti. But, well Antioch would be the dream school for most students given what they now have. No ROTC, close teacher-student community relations, people turn on and fuck everywhere, naked swim-ins in the gym pool, a black dorm, nice woods, co-ed dorms, Sunday tourists who drive through to stare at the commie-hippies, and so much love and identity-searching. It was all "Who am I?" stuff. Everything was so beautiful, I was completely bored after three hours. The school lacked the energy that comes from struggle. When I was leaving the next day [my Antioch guide] remarked, "You know surveys show that 55 per cent of us end up in large corporations." What Hair is to Broadway, Antioch is to universities. That's not really a put-down. If you can't fuck you might as well jerk off. Antioch is the best play going, that is, if you've got about $25,000 for an orchestra seat."

            Whether Abbie’s commentary is insightful or insulting or both, I will leave to those of us who may have been in Yellow Springs in 1969.
            From Abbie's FBI files, regarding that March 1969 Antioch appearance: Hoffman "attacked 'the establishment' and called for everyone 'to do their thing,' meaning to behave as they individually wished … [T]he subject was not paid a fee by the college but was given some money taken up as a collection from among the students who were interested in giving to that purpose… [The FBI informant] was not familiar with the amount of money the subject might have received nor would there be any record of it anywhere at the college."
            “Who was Abbie Hoffman?” younger readers may ask.
            Abbie was the author of about ten books, ostensibly about politics. Yet, he may be better understood as a humorist, rather than as a serious commentator. He was a terrifically irresponsible man. A master of self-publicity. Media darling. Media demon. An acid eater. Womanizer. Charmer. Liar. Shoplifter. Co-founder of the Youth International Party, aka the Yippies. One of the leaders of the protests at the 1967 Levitation and Exorcism of the Pentagon and 1968 Chicago Democratic Party Convention. One of the Chicago Eight (later the Chicago Seven) in the massively publicized Chicago Conspiracy trial of 1969-1970. Would-be hero of the Second American Revolution. Cocaine dealer. Felon. Fugitive. And finally, dead by suicide at age 52 in 1989.
            His two thrown-together books from 1968 and 1969, Revolution for the Hell of It! and Woodstock Nation really capture the era's rebellious psychedelia. For some, it was an era full of revolutionary pretense: the world was about to change, the Age of Aquarius had dawned, the revolution was at hand! As director John Waters wrote, it was "a decade which may never be surpassed in misguided revolutionary lunacy." Abbie aspired to be a general in that flower power army, but, even more than that, Abbie just aspired to be famous.
            Looking back, Abbie's suicide in 1989 is especially unfortunate because, regardless of his character flaws, he would have really enjoyed the fall of the Soviet Union's tyranny soon after his death. For those curious about Abbie, the classic book on his life is Larry Sloman's 1998 oral biography, Steal This Dream: Abbie Hoffman and the Countercultural Revolution in America.
            If any readers attended that Abbie’s McGregor Hall lecture in 1969, I would love to hear their memories.

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