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,...

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...