4th of July Celebrations

If you’re looking for something to do for the 4th of July, look no further!

  • DaytonLights in Flight Festival: A street festival at RiverScape on Sunday, July 3rd at 5pm, then the Lights in Flight fireworks show at 10pm.
  • Beavercreek2022 Fourth of July Celebration: A parade at 6pm on Monday, July 4th, along Dayton-Xenia Road from Meadow Bridge Drive to Beavercreek High School. The fun then continues at Rotary Park, and ends with a 10pm fireworks show!
  • KetteringGo 4th!: Monday July 4th, from 6pm-10pm at Delco Park with food trucks, live music, a kids’ zone, and fireworks at 10pm!
  • CentervilleAmericana Festival: The 50th Americana Festival starts on Sunday, July 3rd at Centerville High School with a festival, then continues on Monday, July 4th with a 5K run, parade, street fair, and more!
  • Huber HeightsStar Spangled Heights: A full day of celebration starting at 10am on Saturday, July 2nd, at Thomas Cloud Park with festivities, then fireworks at dusk!

Jewish Cultural Festival 2022

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head on out to the Jewish Cultural Festival at Temple Israel on Sunday June 12 between 11 am and 7 pm, located at 130 Riverside Drive.

This festival involves over 150 volunteers contributing their time to serve food, perform, lead tours, and answer questions about Judaism, all to welcome everyone to share the Jewish experience.

Some highlights for this years events are:

  • Interactive, hands-on projects for children and a giant inflatable slide.
  • Baked goods such as rugelach, hamentaschen, mandel bread, honey cake, and challah.
  • There will be interactive sessions featuring local and regional speakers including rabbis.
  • Crafts will include a market to showcase Jewish and Israeli arts and crafts including woodworking, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and accessories from local and regional artisans.
  • If you’re feeling lucky, try your chances to win one of five prize bundles worth over a total of $4500.

Bring items to donate to Crayons to Classrooms and Daybreak or stay to make a toy to be donated to SICSA.

Marshall Weiss will be just outside the Jewish Federation tent on Sunday from 11-2, with copies of his new book Stories of Jewish Dayton. Get a chance to meet him in person and get a copy of his book!

Our Favorite Hiking Spots

It’s almost summer! The weather is beautiful, and we’re all starting to get outside more. Here are a few of our favorite places to go hiking in the area!

  • Koogler Wetland Prairie Reserve
  • Russ Nature Preserve
  • Caesar Creek State Park
  • Twin Creek MetroPark
  • Germantown MetroPark
  • Aullwood Farm
  • Charleston Falls Preserve
  • John Bryan State Park

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The Future of A World A’Fair

This time of year, we would normally be sharing all about A World A’Fair and how excited we are to attend.

Unfortunately, the event has been cancelled for the third year in a row. According to a statement on their website:
Unfortunately, due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 and its variants plus uncertainties surrounding the Convention Center’s new ownership and management, the festival board has decided to cancel the May 2022 festival and study revamping the festival, pretty much from scratch. We have formed a committee to study what our options might be and as any decisions are made they’ll be presented here.

We hope to see the festival return in the future! Here are some pictures from past years.

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Huffman Dam

After the Great Flood of 1913, the Miami Conservancy District, led by Colonel Edward Deeds and Arthur Morgan, started the process of building dams to prevent future flooding catastrophes in Dayton. Driving along Route 444, you’ve probably glanced over to see the Huffman Dam.

Huffman Dam
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Michelangelo is coming to Dayton!

An amazing new art exhibit and experience is coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons! Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Experience is opening up today, January 14th in the upper level of the old Elder Beerman store.

According to the website, “This exhibit is reproduced using state-of-the-art technology and is suitable for all audiences, relying on a spacious area where Michelangelo’s masterpieces stretch floor-to-ceiling and closer than ever. The experience will awaken visitors’ curiosity by presenting a never-before-seen perspective of his timeless masterpieces.
When:
One month, opening January 14th, 2022
Each visit takes 60-90 minutes
Wednesday-Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 11am – 5:30pm

Where:
Mall at Fairfield Commons
2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Beavercreek, OH 45431
Upper Level of previous Elder-Beerman

Admission:
$19 per adult (13+)
$13.30 per child (4-12)
$14.30 per 65+, student, or military
(VIP ticket options are available also)

Edith Deeds

Edith Deeds was born in Spring Valley in 1869, to Samuel and Mary Walton, and was the older sister of William Walton. In her early life, Edith studied music, painting, and languages at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Though her father Samuel was a Quaker, the family attended the First Baptist Church after moving to Dayton. It was there that Edith met Colonel Edward Deeds. Edith and Edward married on June 5, 1900. Throughout their marriage, Edith assisted her innovative husband and the infamous Barn Gang by performing office work and participating in the development of the automobile self-starter.
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