An identified flying object soars over southern Wayne County. It's a promotion for a film, believe it or not, flying over corn fields and forests in search of filmgoers, presumably.
Another September song
People have been saying since June, ‘I can’t believe it. Summer’s almost
This week I believe
The other day we got caught up in the madness that is Oxford when the
new students start to arrive and came away with a distinct craving for college
football. But larger than that, next week is September. Because we are prone to
pray that September go slowly, we are happy to report that we, the people, have
found a new way to extend it.
With the help of the public schools coming into session so early, we can
imagine all the rest of August a sort of pseudo-September, especially when
those bonus days of the month we love the most top out at 80 degrees and drop
into the low 60s at night.
This year we expect September to extend the other way, too, into
October, the tenth month of the year whose name says it’s the eighth.
Since we’re in this weather reporting mode, we might as well add that
this is going to be a milder winter than the past few. The reason is we haven’t
had those summer spells like the past few years when old man winter’s nasty
cold zephyr came swooping out of the north regularly.
Our goal here is to extend September to at least two months and this
year it seems we’re on the right track.
Fleet feet for Shakespeare meet
You have to act quickly when you’re in a play, and in this case, to see
the play you have to act quickly. Seven p.m. Tuesday evening the Cincinnati
Shakespeare Company will be presenting ‘Romeo and Juliet’ presumably on the
Uptown Parks stage where the Oxford Summer Music Festival is held.
This might be the last time this summer when you’ll have a chance to don
your Montague coat or your Capulet cap, depending on which side you’re on. So
get thee to the pre-performance Art Festival where you’ll find people from
local art organizations likewise dressed for this Shakespearean themed
The Art Festival begins at 6, the play at 7. You are asked to bring a
picnic and a lawn chair and we advise any other items which might enhance your
Wine stompers ball
Vevay may be a little out of the way for folks in Preble County, Ohio,
but then the feeling is mutual. Folks from one should be happy to visit
activities in the other, especially when there’s a good reason.
The covered bridge festival held in Eaton and environs two years back
was a good reason for Vevayers to sashay to Eaton. And this week the Swiss Wine
Festival provides a good reason for traffic to head the other way, that is
south and west on the Ohio River Scenic Byway a relatively short way to Vevay.
The Swiss Wine Festival is ‘where the good times flow!’ Get it? Flow, as
in wine pouring. The opening ceremonies are at 6:30 on Thursday evening and the
next few hours are devoted to teen pageants. No Where Bound will be performing
classic rock from 8 to 10 pm.
Friday the Chicago Boyz Acrobatics start the program at 5:30 with activities
going on until 1:30 in the morning. The bands on Friday are the Skallywags,
Parmalee and Remember Me Monday.
Also at 7:30 the Grape Stomp Competition begins and we believe this is
what sets this wine festival apart. At other wine festivals you want to wear
your best white linen and sample you whites and reds with your pinky finger in
the air or near it, but here you better wear your grape stomping duds if you
really want to sample the Swiss Wine Festival essence.
The grape stomp competition continues on Saturday and Sunday when at 4
pm we expect the best stomper to be announced. Activities continue all day Saturday and conclude with a
fireworks show at 10:20 or so. Sunday the festival opens and 10:30 and
concludes around 5.
Outdoor and indoor music
Walhill Farm is throwing an art and music extravaganza this weekend.
It’s called ‘Bacon, Blues & Brew’. The bacon will be provided by Walhill
Farms in the form of ‘fantastic food’. The blues will be provided by Luke
Winslow King, Devon Allman, Ana Popovic, The Defibulators, and HoneyHoney. The
brew is by local breweries and since Samuel Adams is a prime sponsor you’d
expect some of their many lines.
The outdoor stage and artist booths are free, though the artists named
above will be inside The Barn where admission will be charged. You are invited
to come, browse, listen and munch though the munchin’ might cost you. VIP
ticket holders will enjoy a lavish Sunday brunch. Other activities take place
on Friday and Saturday.
‘Bacon, Blues & Brew’ is billed as ‘a festival inspired by the roots
of American music and the beauty of handmade art.” The festival runs from
Friday through Sunday at the 106 acre working farm on Six Pine Ranch Road in