Giveaway! Win a four-pack of admission tickets to the Country Fair at Bonnybrook Farms

Giveaway! Win a four-pack of admission tickets to the Country Fair at Bonnybrook Farms

Have you been to Bonnybrook Farms? Read here about Terri’s adventure there last summer. We had so much fun that we told the friendly folks at Bonnybrook that we’d help them spread the word about their Country Fair and give our readers a chance to win free admission tickets. (Each ticket is worth $10 and we’re giving away two four-packs.) a Rafflecopter giveaway Bands, Bike Race/Ride, BBQ & Brew! Kick-Off the summer with a “Yee Haw!” at the First Annual Bonnybrook Farms COUNTRY FAIR. Early morning starts with the Twisted Twig Mountain Bike Race/Ride winding throughout 370 acres of scenic farmland, back roads, trails, hills and streams. Participants receive entry to the fair. COUNTRY FAIR festivities begin with everyone’s favorite American Idol discovery Alexis Gomez, who will also judge the amateur SING-OFF competition following her performance. For those who can’t sing there is an ice cream eating contest and fishing derby. The Farm Kitchen will be serving smokin’ good BBQ and fun fair foods all day. Enjoy an ice cold beer, soft drink or ice cream as you take in the day’s events. Country Fair activities include giant slingshots, clodhopper golf, archery, 80’ underground slide, farm characters and friendly farm animals.  Winding up the day is 90 Proof Twang, the 2015 award winner of City Beat Magazine’s Best Country Music Band in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana tri-state area. Location: 3779 St. Rt. 132, Clarksville, Ohio 45113 20 minutes east of Kings Island ▪ 40 minutes NE of Cincinnati Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 Admission: General: $10 Children (5 – 12): $5 4 & younger: Free Bike Race & Singing Competition participants: Free Admission A portion of proceeds benefits local,...

Book update: UnMuseum / Contemporary Arts Center has new hours, new free evening

The Contemporary Arts Center, home of the UnMuseum, has changed their hours since we published our book. They used to have free admission on Monday evenings; it has been changed to Wednesday evenings. Per their website, these are the new hours: CAC Gallery/Store: Saturday – Monday 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday Closed (Store open from 10 am – 4 pm) Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 9 pm *Admission is FREE on Wednesday nights 5–9pm, thanks to Macy’s Lobby/Café Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 3 pm Monday & Tuesday 7 am – 4 pm Wednesday – Friday 7 am – 9 pm The CAC is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s...
Construction preview of the new Scene75 in Milford

Construction preview of the new Scene75 in Milford

If you live in the Milford / Miami Township area, like we do, you’re probably familiar with this sight: the old Kmart. You may have heard that a new indoor entertainment center is going to be opening soon in the old Kmart building. Although it doesn’t look much different on the outside, there have been plenty of changes happening on the inside. I was invited as part of the media to their Hardhat Press Tour and got a sneak peek at what the finished center is going to look like. As a member of this community, I’m excited about it and am happy to share the pictures. This is Jonah Sandler, the Founder and Chief Entertainment Officer of Scene75. This is the second location of Scene75; the first one is in Dayton. The Dayton location is the largest indoor entertainment center in the country. The new location in Milford is about 15% smaller. Jonah gave us a tour of the facility and showed us around. When your first arrive, you purchase a game card. As you play, credits are deducted from your card. If you don’t use them all, save your card for another visit and reload as necessary. Scene75 will have two different glow-in-the-dark mini golf courses. An artist is currently working on painting murals on the walls. One course has an Underwater Adventure theme. The theme of the second course is The Immortal Jungle which has an Avatar-like feel. This next area will be the X Rider 4D Theater with special effects like wind, bubbles, and snow. I think my 17-year-old son is going to like this next one. The...

Book update: World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab

UPDATE (7/16/15): We found the crab! It is now owned by Old Days Vintage Campers in Hillsboro. It had to be taken apart and moved in pieces and is in the process of being reassembled. We’ll post another update when it is ready for viewing. Original Post (7/9/15): We have some disappointing news to report: the World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab (page 179 in our second edition) is no longer in Blanchester. The property was sold and the new owners didn’t want the crab. We have been attempting to contact the former property owner to find out if it is on display elsewhere. (We heard that it might have been moved to Hillsboro, but don’t know any details.) If you have any information about its current whereabouts, please let us...

Day Trip Idea: Richmond, Indiana

Last summer we had the opportunity to go on a two-day, one-night adventure to Richmond, Indiana. Although there was plenty to keep us busy for days, Richmond makes a great day trip because it’s less than a 90-minute drive from Cincinnati. Here are some ideas for things to do: Joseph Moore Museum is a natural history museum on the campus of Earlham College with free admission. It has an Egyptian mummy, giant prehistoric mammals, and lots of hands-on exhibits. The museum director is also a mom and she knows what kids like. Wayne County Historical Museum fills eight buildings with all kinds of interesting artifacts including an early airplane that was manufactured in Richmond.  This one is better for older kids because there isn’t anything hands-on.   Another interesting stop is the Levi Coffin House which was considered the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. Over 2000 fugitive slaves came through the house. You can crawl into one of the hiding spots.   The Visitor’s Bureau does a great job of pointing out fun little stops. Stop at the Welcome Center to pick up information on three different trails they offer. The Chocolate Trail passport allows you to pick up free samples of things like brownies and chocolate ice cream as you’re going around town. The Enchanted Fairy Trail tells you where to look for tiny fairy dwellings in shops all over the city. A fossil passport program tells you where to seek out fossils. Our favorite spot was Thistlethwaite Falls where the kids had a blast wading in the water after they finished looking for fossils. If you...

Sleeping Beauty at the Ensemble Theater through Jan 4

I was excited to be offered media tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, and even more thrilled to find out that the production was on my daughter’s 12th birthday. What made it even more special, is that this same daughter is performing Sleeping Beauty with her Musical Theater homeschool class in the spring. I thought that she’d be able to see how they performed the show and compare it to how her group is performing it. I was even more surprised to find out that this Sleeping Beauty is nothing like the Sleeping Beauty that she is doing. Everything about it was different, the story, the music, the characters. Despite being a completely different show, we enjoyed every minute of it! The costumes are bright and colorful, the music is fun and the story kept us guessing! The ETC’s production has a few similarities including a king and a queen, a princess named Briar Rose, a prince, some fairies, and an evil witch who casts a spell on the beautiful princess causing her to prick her finger. That’s about where the similarities end. She’s pricked by a rose instead of a needle, she isn’t whisked away into the woods to be raised by the fairies, instead, the fairies try protect her by magically eliminating all the roses in the kingdom. The show is great for kids and adults. Its not specifically written for kids, but the younger princesses sitting near me all really enjoyed it. I’d also be comfortable taking another adult to the show–its not just for kids! My 12 year old daughter...

A Parent’s review of ‘An Illiad’

When I heard that ‘An Iliad was going to be performed at the Ensemble Theater, I was thrilled, knowing that my freshman son was going to have to read it for his literature class next year. He, being a sports-minded 14 year-old who doesn’t generally enjoy his assigned literature material, was not so enthusiastic. When I told him that I had been offered media tickets to attend the show, he was hoping I would invite someone, anyone, besides him. With the promise of an ice cream treat after the show, I dragged him downtown as my date for the evening. I tried to explain to him that plays aren’t generally written to be boring, and assured him it would be worth his time. I was quite relieved when, at the end of the show, he agreed that he was glad he came and that he actually enjoyed it! The entire play is performed by one actor, “The Poet”, who is on stage for the entire 100 minute show with no intermission. The Poet is performed by Bruce Cromer who you may have seen playing Ebenezer Scrooge at Playhouse in the Park’s version of A Christmas Carol. As The Poet, he tells the story of the Iliad to the audience. Thankfully, the 15,693 line poem is condensed into a more manageable story. It’s the story of the Trojan War, but most importantly, the people, the soldiers, the wives left behind, and the children of the war. Its told in an up-to-date way, making the audience feel like it didn’t take place 3000 years ago. It has a contemporary feel, while...
Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Like ballet? How about hip hop? How about seeing both in the same show? Once a year, dance enthusiasts have an opportunity to see world premieres of modern dance works created by a variety of choreographers from around the country performed by the Cincinnati Ballet. This year’s installment of The Kaplan New Works opened Sept. 11 and runs through Sept. 21. I received a media invitation to the opening for me and a guest. I brought a friend with me who was a dancer through her college years and is now a dance/theater mom. I really looked forward to going because, although I do watch some of the dance shows on TV, it had been quite some time since I’d seen a live performance. Six works comprised the performance with three before and after a 20-minute intermission. What I didn’t expect was that there would be live music. Some of the pieces were accompanied by musicians and singers. In fact, before the curtain rose for the opening piece, members of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble set the mood. The first piece was Floating Forward, choreographed by Cincinnati native Heather Britt. Of the six works, this one most resembled traditional ballet. The second work was a fun hip hop piece choreographed by Derrek Burbridge of Elementz Urban Dance Center in Over-the-Rhine. It was performed by his own dancers. Fans of the FOX show So You Think You Can Dance will recognize some Twitch-like moves. Fractured Glass was choreographed by the Cincinnati Ballet’s own artistic director, Victoria Morgan. During the intermission, the dancers put away their toe shoes, then another trio of modern pieces followed. Yesterday, Tomorrow was...

Strawberry Picking Tips

Call ahead. Sometimes strawberry crops can be completely picked early in the day depending on how many berries are ripe. Make sure you know the farm will be picking that day so that you don’t have a carload of disappointed folks. Bring kneeling pads or old towels to kneel on. Strawberries plants are low and these items will make it a lot easier on your knees and back. Explain to your kids that a ripe berry is RED. You might want to show them the difference. They may be used to seeing pale, unripe strawberries at the grocery store and you want to be sure to go home with ripe and tasty berries. Wear clothes and shoes that you won’t mind adding some red stains to. Pack sunscreen. A cooler full of water bottles will be a welcome sight at the end of your adventure. Bring cash. Many farms don’t accept credit cards. You don’t want to spend your valuable time picking and not be able to enjoy your berries. Prepare a flat surface in your vehicle to transport your berries home. Sports moms may need to clean gear out of the back of the minivan to have a place to safely place your berries. Buy Ingredients. Be prepared with supplies for pie/shortcake/jam if you plan on concocting any of these delicacies. Your kids will be excited to create something yummy when they get home. Here’s a great pie recipe if you’re looking for one. Freezer jam is really easy! All you need are clean jars, freezer pectin, sugar and berries. Yum! Big berries or little berries? The little...

Easy Strawberry Pie Recipe

Adventures Around Cincinnati Second edition available now!   Fresh Strawberries (enough to fill a pie crust) 1 package (4 serving) strawberry jello 1 package (4 serving) cook n serve vanilla pudding mix 1 ¼ c water Place quartered berries in pie crust. Stir jello and pudding mix and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly till mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute then remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Pour over berries evenly. Refrigerate till firm and serve with whipped cream or cool whip....