Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TLT Maple Sugar Event - Sunday

Meet us at Flying Mouse Farms for an exciting afternoon exploring year round local farming and maple sugaring.

Have you ever wondered just how maple syrup gets from the tree to your pancakes? Or, are you a maple syrup connoisseur? Are you curious about how local farmers grow veggies year round? If you are, grab your boots, wrangle the family and head out to Flying Mouse Farms on Sunday March 3 at 2:00pm.

The Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT) members and friends will be joining local farmers Michele Burns and John DeWine as they open Flying Mouse Farms for their 4th annual sugar shack tour.  Learn about the entire process of how sap becomes syrup and check out a year round vegetable operation, and new this year – primitive fire starting.  Local storyteller and naturalist, Brother Wolf will demonstrate how to start fires and weave in the importance of fire to our way of life.  Come with questions and maybe even take home some of their homemade maple syrup for yourselves.  This promises to be a fun and educational afternoon for the whole family to enjoy.

By exploring local foods, TLT and other local partners hope to learn about alternative food and farming operations that can make agriculture an even bigger part of the local economy in Southwest Ohio.  The Tecumseh Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that has preserved nearly 22,000 acres of agricultural land in Clark and Greene counties over the last two decades with many more acres to come in the future.  The land trust also works to educate the public about land preservation options and the ways in which they can directly purchase food from local farmers to stimulate the local economy. The Tecumseh Land Trust works to preserve local agriculture and natural lands for the benefit of future generations.

The Sugar Shack Tour is located at Flying Mouse Farms, 100 E. Fairfield Pk., Yellow Springs, OH.  For more information visit or find us on Facebook by searching for “Tecumseh Land Trust.

Center Stage to offer Miller's "The Crucible"

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March 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church

Center Stage proudly presents Arthur Miller’s “timeless” tale, The Crucible. Written as a response to McCarthyism, Miller’s story tells the harrowing but still resonant tale of the Salem Witch Trials. The play is considered part of the bedrock of American theater, and Center Stage is excited to bring its vision to local and regional audiences in the unique setting of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance reservations are not available and seating is limited. Doors open at 7pm with audience members encouraged to arrive early to enjoy live ‘mood-setting’ music before the curtain rises. The Crucible is produced by Kay Reimers, on behalf of Center Stage, and directed by Lorrie Sparrow. This production features Brendan Sheehan, Kayla Graham, Ellen Ballerene, Aaron Saari, Thor Sage and Rob Campbell.

Founded in 1971, Center Stage is the community theater of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Center Stage is proud to produce both classic and new works in the creative community of Yellow Springs. Upcoming auditions for Center Stage’s next production, The Women (written by Clare Boothe Luce and directed by Rob Campbell), will be mid-March. For upcoming events and submission guidelines for the 2013 Center Stage 10-Minute Play Festival, visit the Yellow Springs Center Stage Facebook page.

Eco and Water Art Lecture - Friday

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Friday Night at Clifton Opera House

Clifton Opera House will host a bluegrass gospel show on Friday, March 1st featuring Leisa Hinkle and the Willow Creek band.  The box office opens at 6:30, show starts at 7:30pm.

 Leisa Hinkle, is an incredible vocalist, talented musician and one who has receives standing ovations when she appears on a stage. Her impressive range of vocal talent combined with the variety of music she sings, will have an audience leaving one of her shows wondering, “Where will she be appearing next?”
 After seven years appearing as the lead singer for Berachah Valley throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Renfro Valley, Wheeling Jamboree and the IBMA in Nashville, Leisa decided to venture out on her own with her own band, Willow Creek.
 Her style is similar to Rhonda Vincent or Allison Krauss, but is presented in her own “unique” way. The amazing talent and control of her vocals, with her accomplished piano ability, allows her to accompany herself or with her band Willow Creek.
 Whether it is on stage, a Church appearance, a private or corporate gathering, Benefit, Fair or Festival, her goal is to assure that everyone attending the event will enjoy their experience of seeing and hearing her love for sharing her music.
Her touching Gospel music, upbeat Bluegrass, beautiful Ballads and knee tapping Country music make it almost impossible for her not to perform something for everyone’s liking at each and every show.

Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton.  For more information please visit

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Alumni and Combined Band Concert - Wednesday

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History residency at Antioch to start Feb. 27

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Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of history at Antioch College, is pleased to announce a history residency, taking place February 27 through March 1, featuring historian Bob Johnson ’65 and archivist Rod Ross at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
On Wednesday, February 27, in McGregor Hall, room 113 on the Antioch campus, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Johnson and Ross will discuss “Memory and World War II: The Eastern European Experience.” 

On Thursday, February 28, Johnson and Ross will hold concurrent workshops from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In McGregor Hall, room 147, Rod Ross will discuss “Lincoln and the passage of the 13th Amendment” exploring links to websites for access to 19th century Congressional publications. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops if possible.  

At the same time, in McGregor Hall, room 149, Bob Johnson will use White House audio recordings of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Richard Nixon to illustrate how accessible these recording are, and to show what can be learned from them.
On Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Coretta Scott King Center (corner of Livermore and Center College streets) Ross and Johnson will participate in will discuss the various ways freedom to information—including use of the Freedom of Information Act—can affect social justice. 

About the historians
Robert Johnson (Antioch '65) is a historian of Russia and the Cold War who teaches at the University of Toronto. In recent years he has been studying archives of the USSR and the Cold War, and has produced two series of radio programs on these subjects. 

Rod Ross, an archivist with the Center for Legislative Archives in the National Archives Building (Washington, D.C.), spoke at the Lithuanian Embassy in September following a trip to the homeland of his grandparents.  Prior to receiving his 1975 Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago, he taught at Wilberforce University and served as a legislative assistant to an Illinois Congressman.

For more information, please contact Kevin McGruder at

Friday, February 22, 2013

Antioch Midwest to Screen "Escape Fire"

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On Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00pm, Antioch University Midwest will be hosting the first Ohio screening of the award-winning new documentary film, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, to be followed by a panel discussion featuring some of the Miami Valley’s most important voices on healthcare.

Produced and directed by Matthew Heineman and Oscar nominee and Emmy-winner Susan Froemke, Escape Fire is a feature-length documentary that examines the powerful forces maintaining the healthcare status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement is gaining ground to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system. This film follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military. Escape Fire is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.

Antioch Midwest is committed to education and conversation about topics that deeply affect the lives of Miami Valley residents, so to help bring the issues raised by the film closer to home, Dr. Kent De Spain, Chair of Midwest’s Healthcare Consumer Advocacy/Patient Navigation program, has invited Bryan Bucklew, Dr. James Hardy, and Dr. Sharon Sherlock to join him in a panel discussion following the film. Formerly the Vice President of Public Policy for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Bucklew is now the President and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. Dr. James T. Hardy is presently the Chief of Staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Dr. Sharon Sherlock is an Assistant Professor of Community Health at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University and also serves as the Executive Director of Reach Out of Montgomery County, a clinic providing access to health care services for Dayton’s underserved/uninsured population.

The event will take place in PNC Bank Auditorium at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs. The screening will begin at 6:00pm with the panel discussion to follow. Coffee and tea will be available in the AUM lobby beginning at 5:30pm. The event is sponsored by Antioch’s Healthcare consumer Advocacy/Patient Navigation program, supported by the generosity of Greene and Soin Hospitals, and is free of charge.

Any questions on the film or the event can be directed to Kent De Spain by email ( or by phone (937-769-1877).

The Black Experience in YS of the 60s

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

Saturday, February 23rd, the Rock Island Plow Company returns to Clifton.  This high energy group will keep you entertained all evening with their fun loving anecdotes and  traditional bluegrass.  They can't help but combine a story with a song; it's a bluegrass tradition and they do a great job on both counts!  Come out and enjoy Doyle Wright, Stan Taylor,  Rick Hagens, Houston Slone and their newest member Trent Williams for some down home bluegrass!  The show starts at 7:30pm, suggested door donation $7.00  Call (937)767-2343 or check out for more band information.   The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Your input is important

Attention greater Yellow Springs residents! Antioch College is seeking your input on the new wellness center on campus. As they work to revitalize the historic campus, a key project in the facilities master plan is the health and wellness center, scheduled to open in spring/summer 2014. The center will serve both community and campus needs. A Web-based survey has been developed to collect community feedback. Please let them know what you'd like to see!

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National Bronze Sculpture Symposium

A Yellow Springs Experience

Four national and area artists will be invited to participate in a small abstract Bronze Sculpture Symposium that will take place October 13-26, 2013 on the campus of Antioch College. Featuring an ancient practice—bronze casting—dating back nearly 5,000 years, but rarely seen, the symposium will engage and educate community members, students, and visitors in Yellow Springs and the Greater Miami Valley. All will be invited to observe the artists at work, plus attend an evening series of related lectures and presentations that culminate in the pouring of molten bronze at a public event. Why bronze? Why now? Utilizing a very traditional medium, this symposium challenges artists to uniquely reimagine bronze in a modern discourse about its sculptural potential.

An Advisory Selection Committee, comprised of national public art professionals, will review submitted design images, past work, and resumes. The committee hopes to commission three (3) artists: one (1) of the artists will be from the State of Ohio and two (2) artists will be selected from the remaining United States. In addition, invited artist Brian Maughan from Yellow Springs will participate. An open call process begins February 15 and close April 1, 2013 utilizing the website:

Each of the artists will create three (3) small abstract sculptures to be cast and installed on a Bronze Sculpture Trail – the first of its kind in the area – which will be promoted through print and Internet maps. In addition, one sculpture from each artist will be cast and auctioned as part of the project’s fund-raising plan.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council (YSAC) has regularly worked with local artists in many disciplines, plus a variety of community partners, to create major village-wide arts and cultural events known as “Yellow Springs Experiences.” Committed area partners for the Symposium to date (in addition to the YSAC) include Antioch College, YS Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Yellow Springs, the Yellow Springs Schools and international sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson. Students from Dayton STEM Academy, Clark County’s Project Jericho and other schools and colleges are expected to participate.

Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Wintrow notes, “The Bronze Symposium is a perfect complement to Yellow Springs’ national reputation as a vibrant and livable arts community. There’s an ongoing commitment to the arts, which in turn, creates a community that is constantly growing, evolving, and creating.” In 2008, Budget Travel featured Yellow Springs as “one of America’s 10 Coolest Small Towns”; Ohio Magazine bestowed the honor of ‘Best Ohio Small Town’ in 2010; and it was featured in Rand McNally’s 2011 “Best of the Road” TV show as one of “America’s Most Fun Small Towns.”

As events unfold, watch for further information at:

Exploring End of Life Issues - Monday

The 2nd Community Conversation on Exploring End of Life Issues will be held as planned on Monday, February 18th, 7pm-9pm, at the Rockford Chapel on the Antioch College Campus (515 President Street).  Anyone interested in these issues is invited to attend.  Contact Information:  Jane Brown ( or 767-7802).

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Historical Society Program - Feb. 24

The Best Town in the World:  Touring Yellow Springs 100 Years Ago by Postcard

Dave Neuhardt will lead us on a graphic tour of Yellow Springs just after the turn of the 20th Century using 100 year old postcards to illustrate what looks the same---and what is different---about our own and its surroundings.  A picture postcard craze swept the nation as multiple daily mail deliveries encouraged use of the cards as a quick and easy means of communication—leaving us today with an unparalleled illustrated view of just how our town looked at the time. The program will be held in the Senior Center Great Room Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 YSAC Members Show – “Art for Change”

Opening Reception - Friday, February 15, 2013 (6-9pm)
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.

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.

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.

Free Writers' Workshop - Feb. 17


We invite you to join us at the next Free Writers' Workshop offered by Antioch Writers' Workshop and Books & Co on February 17, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Books & Co at The Greene. The topic will be "2013 Programs" presented by a panel of instructors, board members and past participants of Antioch Writers' Workshop.

The panel will review "Writing For Young Readers," the upcoming Spring Seminar (March 30), the 28th Annual Full Week Workshop (July 6-13), and our 2nd Annual Fall Retreat (Nov. 1-3). The panel will answer audience questions and provide information about registration, scholarships, opportunities for young writers, future programming and more!

Join instructors, board members and past participants to learn more about these exciting 2013 AWW programs at Books & Co at The Green on Sunday, February 17 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.. No reservations are required for the Free Writers' Workshop, but expressed intention to attend is appreciated. Call Books & Co at The Greene at 937- 429-6302.

For more information about Antioch Writers' Workshop or the Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop, visit our website or email us. The Antioch Writers' Workshop will be held July 6-12, 2013 in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CMYS Presents Vienna Piano Trio

One of the “world’s leading ensembles of piano, violin and cello” – in the words of the Washington Post – The Vienna Piano Trio will be featured at the third Chamber Music Yellow Springs concert on Sunday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (314 Xenia Avenue). This will mark a return for the trio, who came to Yellow Springs in 1992, when they were just getting started. At the time, pianist Stefan Mendl confided that he was at first alarmed that the audience was so quiet and attentive. Was something wrong? No, the audience was simply enthralled with the music.

Over the years, the trio has risen to the top of the profession and is widely considered the most authoritative interpreter of Viennese music (naturally). Their violinist, Wolfgang Redik, left this year to head the chamber music institute at the Vienna Mozartium. In September of 2012, the Serbian virtuoso Bogan Bozovic joined cellist Matthias Gredler and Mendl as the ensemble's new violinist. The reviews of the trio from Europe have been ecstatic – Bozovic is a rare talent.

Their CMYS program opens with the Haydn Trio in C, XV.27 and the ever-popular Beethoven "Ghost" trio Op.72. After intermission, they will depart from the Viennese repertoire to play an exceedingly ambitious work, the rarely-heard Saint-Saens Trio in E, Op.92. Though raised on German music, Saint-Saens set out after the disastrous Franco-Prussian War to develop a distinctively French school of composition, and this trio combines the best of both. The ensemble has recently released a new recording of the Saint-Saens – with the new violinist – and it is receiving rave reviews. Further information about the group is available at their website:

Concert tickets can be purchased in advance at or by mail; reservations at 937-374-8800. Individual tickets cost $20 per adult, $7 for students. Those wishing to attend a post-concert dinner with the artists should contact CMYS.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Slam champ to perform at Antioch

Two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield will be performing at Antioch College’s Sontag Fels performance space on February 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
Wakefield has been featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear. He successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.
In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again and has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in hundreds of venues internationally from The Great Lawn in Central Park and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, and the House of Blues in New Orleans.
In the spring of 2001, Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, Washington, sold everything he owned, moved into his Honda Civic and set out touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He still tours full-time and considers annual Revival tours with Derrick Brown and Anis Mojgani, as well as separate tours with Ani DiFranco, to be the highlight of his career thus far.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, now claiming Seattle as home, Wakefield has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, a triathlete, and a sucker for anything unfolding.
Buddy, a Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high-vibration performances of humor and heart.
The event is free to the Antioch College community, and a donation of $5 to $10 is otherwise requested.
For more information, contact Jennifer Berman at 937-768-3183 or e-mail her at

Saturday Night at Clifton Opera House

Get your boots ready for scootin', Michael Smith Country  is coming back to the Clifton Opera House on Saturday, Feb 16th.    How to describe his style?   "Old country style" with an occasional bluegrassy, rockabilly, or old rock and roll tune thrown in to keep your toes tapping. 

Clifton's own Michael Smith has been playing acoustic music since the '80's.  His early days were filled with bluegrass and country with his  "Honeycreek Bluegrass Band".   These days his influences include Johnny Cash, John Prine, Doc Watson, Tom Russell, Stevie Ray Vaughan and cowboy Ian Tyson,  and he'll still do some bluegrass if requested, just ask!  Have a request?  Ask him, this guy knows hundreds of songs!

 The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton.  The Box office opens at 6:30pm, concert at 7:30pm.  Door donation $7.00  Contact 767-2343 for more information or visit the website

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Antioch to host eco and water artist Basia Irland

Basia Irland, eco and water artist, will be returning to the area on the weekend of March 1-3 to participate with a group of Antioch College and University of Dayton students in an immersive workshop that will focus on the health and biodiversity of local creeks and springs. Participating students will study native medicinal plants, collect sounds from Glen Helen, and create sculptures and medicinal bundles representing a fantastic apothecary. 

The community is invited to attend a public lecture by Irland on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vernet Ecological Center auditorium. Irland will present an overview of 30 years of water projects, which include rainwater harvesting, education on waterborne diseases, object making, and connecting people along the length of rivers.  There will be a public ceremony on Sunday afternoon where the artifacts created during the residency will be shared. 

This residency is the culmination of a collaboration between the University of Dayton and Antioch College that began in June 2012 with the exhibition Source, which included work from Irland's Ice Book series as part of an investigation of artists who work with the seed as source. Irland carves books from large pieces of ice and embeds seeds from riparian waterways to be read as “text.” Irland's work was on exhibition at ArtStreet at the University of Dayton in September 2012 as part of her engagement with the University of Dayton community, and numerous ice books and ice “pages” were created that were then cast into the Great Miami River in a public ceremony. Irland's work can be seen at

Also making contributions to Irland’s residency and public lecture are the Tecumseh Land Trust, Wright State University, and Glen Helen.

Irland, praised for her ability to cross the disciplinary boundaries of art and science, is internationally known for her efforts and focus on international water problems, specifically waterborne diseases, scarcity, and river issues. This author, poet, sculptor, installation artist, and activist offers a unique perspective on water while studying how eco-communities rely on it. She lectures and exhibits on a worldwide scale and is the recipient of more than 40 grants, including a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship Grant and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Grant.

Irland has been recognized by agencies of both the arts and sciences, ranging from Art in America to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. In 2007, the University of New Mexico published her book, Water Library, which features many of her international water projects, which have taken place in locations in Africa, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Canada. Irland is professor emerita in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, where she established the Arts and Ecology Program.

According to Irland, she did not choose this life path: “Water chose me,” she said. Growing up in Colorado, she spent much of her time at the creek that ran behind her family’s home. Many of her childhood pastimes—ice-skating on frozen ponds, skiing, swimming in mountain lakes, and inner tubing—relied on the presence and integrity of water. Irland currently lives in New Mexico.

For more information, please contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, at or call 937-768-6462. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Destination YS

Arts & Culture    
Meme: Culture in Transmission; 11/30-2/13/2013
The work of 12 regional artists.
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
John Bryan Community Pottery 100 Dayton St. 937.767.9022
Beth Holyoke "New Sculptures" 1/18-2/10
Mishima Workshop 2/9, 1-4 pm; FREE but reservations required. 
Gallery & Open Studio Sat & Sun 1-4p; Classes Available

Two-Headed Theatre The Vagina Monologues
2/17, 7p; $7; John BryanCenter, 100 Dayton St; 937-684-3118

Village Artisans 100 Corry St., 937.767.1209
Ann Bain Wonderfulness: A Celebration of the Artful Use of Words
2/1-2/28; Opening Reception - 2/15; 6-9pm
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

YS Hootenany Coretta Scott King Center   
Sing or Play unplugged instruments.  2/16, 6-9p

Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.; 937.769.1902
Be a Glen Helen Volunteer!  769.1902 x 103
Antioch Farm Work Session - 2/9, 3-5p

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mardis Gras FUNdraiser - Saturday

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.


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!