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More than 30 people from our area have found their way onto reality TV shows, including the Linzes (above), winners of TV’s “The Amazing Race” in 2005.


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Discover Our Region, Take II


n a beautiful, sunny afternoon last summer, my wife and I were looking for something new and different to do with our three children. We quickly agreed to pull the Discover Greater Cincinnati magazine off our shelf and pick a few activities. The evening started at the Greyhound Tavern, our first visit to the Fort Mitchell restaurant named by Polly Campbell as one of “10 Places That Will Help You Get To Know Cincinnati.” We could not have been treated better by the Greyhound staff, despite showing up on a Saturday night with no reservation. We then hauled the kids to Bellevue. One Enquirer staff member last year cited ice balls with ice cream at Schneider’s Homemade Candies as “the coldest thing available to eat in Greater Cincinnati.” They were. Turned out to be a great night in a part of our region we don’t frequent. Which is precisely the idea of this publication. Our hope is Discover will guide you to new people, places and things. Your response last year overwhelmingly told us you enjoyed the magazine. One person even sent a thank-you note. We’re back for Year Two. Have fun. Michael Perry, Discover editor

HOT NUMBER: Drew Lachey, formerly of the band 98°, danced his way to even bigger stardom with partner Cheryl Burke on the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars.”

We’re interested in your comments about this publication. Please e-mail thoughts and suggestions to, or send a note to: Michael Perry, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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Numbers Game: All the stats you need from the region, including demographics, weather, income and housing data.


Our Real World: Why do we love reality TV? Let us count up the more than 30 local participants – from Angie Montgomery to Carmen Electra to the Linz kids. Who Are They? You know their work but perhaps not their names. They’re TV and movie stars from the area who excel behind the scenes. Page 22

26 CINCY LIFE Name That Bridge: Can’t? We’ll help with our handy guide to the bridges that connect Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. We’re So Strange: At least that’s what the book “Weird Ohio” says about us. Page 30 Did You Know: 10 fun facts about Greater Cincinnati. Page 35 What’s That?: You may have seen these and wondered. We tell you. Page 36 Names You Should Know: From the city’s political and business leaders to its top philanthropists. Page 38 College Bound: There are more than two dozen higher education choices in the area. Page 42


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Call (513) 768-8286, fax orders to (513) 7688478 or go online to Cincinnati.Com/ Discover. Copies also can be purchased at The Enquirer’s customer service center at 312 Elm St. Cost (shipping not included): 1-29 copies, $1.50 each; 30-74 copies, $1 each; 75 or more copies, 75 cents each. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Photo Illustration: Ron Huff, Michael E. Keating and Leigh Patton Pictured: The Linz family, winners of “The Amazing Race” in 2005. For more about the photo and the Linzes, turn to Page 14.




48 CINCY SECRETS Word is Out: 21 Enquirer staff members share their best-kept secrets, and our Fort Mitchell, Ky., newsroom adds another 15. Now shhhh.

56 CINCY FOOD Raise Your Glass: Who knew this was a hotbed for the fruit of the vine? Check out our guide to 15 local wineries. In Search of Steak: Our restaurant reviewer tells you where to find the best steaks in town. Two words to start with: Jeff Ruby. Page 58 Good Morning: Pancakes. Bagels. Goetta. Oh my. Here are some fine dining choices to start the day. Page 59 Bring the Kids: Here are some family-friendly weekday dinner options in the north, west, east and in Northern Kentucky. Page 60

66 CINCY FUN Coming Attractions: Don’t wait for out-of-town guests to take advantage of some of the area’s top features. Calling Young Professionals: Here’s where you find organizations to get involved in – and five local bands you can’t miss. Page 73

76 CINCY BUSINESS Big Business: Greater Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies. Attention, Shoppers: Looking for a place to drop some cash? Here are 24 places to do it. Page 82

88 CINCY ARTS Master Pieces: We tell you about 10 of the most interesting pieces of art around town and their origins. Wonders to Behold: Greater Cincinnati is home to 20 National Historic Landmarks. Can you name them? Page 92 Art-ful Community: So much to do, so little time. From museums to theater, here are 40 places to visit or catch a performance. Page 96


Sporting Proposition: Whether you’re a diehard Reds or Bengals fan, you like college sports or minor league hockey, Greater Cincinnati has it. Meet the Owners: Who’s running Cincinnati’s top teams? Get to know Mike Brown and Robert Castellini. Page 103

104 CINCY CALENDAR Mark it Down: Plays, concerts, festivals. Take a look at our calendar of upcoming events. There’s something for everyone. Tall Stacks: It’s coming in October – for the sixth time. Here’s your primer for the popular steamboats. Page 106 Fall Festivals: From a Garlic Festival to a Pumpkin Show, you’ll want to clip this list and put it on the fridge. Page 108


NOTHING BETTER: Kings Island amusement park’s children’s area was rated No. 1 in the world by Amusement Today magazine for the sixth year in a row.

Did you miss our 2005 edition?


ON ITS WAY: The Tall Stacks Music, Art and Heritage Festival arrives Oct. 4.




If you enjoyed this issue of Discover, you can visit Cincinnati.Com/Discover to find PDF pages of the 2005 edition of the publication. Last year, we gave you the 20 biggest celebrity names to come out of Greater Cincinnati and explained for whom 25 local streets (from A to Z) are named. And yes, we found a way to get Carmen Electra and Nick Lachey in both issues. GO ONLINE to view PDF files of 2006 Discover Greater Cincinnati.


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Butler County Place

Beckett Ridge College Corner Fairfield Hamilton Jacksonburg Middletown Millville Monroe New Miami Olde West Chester Oxford Ross Seven Mile Sharonville Somerville South Middletown Trenton Wetherington


2005 total pop. 9,109 418 42,564 60,873 81 51,958 889 9,375 2,634 224 22,509 2,083 653 13,307 335 265 10,445 1,174


Area in square miles 4.9 0.3 21.0 21.6 0.0 25.7 0.6 15.5 0.9 0.3 5.9 1.7 0.8 9.8 0.3 0.1 3.8 0.7

Average income per person $36,242 $21,130 $27,178 $19,467 $16,821 $21,409 $22,731 $28,427 $17,693 $36,127 $13,934 $21,049 $22,583 $32,598 $15,351 $18,462 $23,444 $87,445

Households per square mile 685 771 827 1,137 1,434 856 580 234 1,073 239 1,038 462 330 626 424 935 1,020 613


Median household income $81,619 $38,837 $56,023 $38,958 $44,750 $39,852 $48,861 $64,061 $40,871 $79,167 $27,854 $47,000 $50,919 $52,817 $35,484 $53,819 $57,140 $188,496


Median value of all housing units $194,802 $89,474 $141,027 $101,328 $101,364 $109,149 $120,185 $146,664 $77,046 $161,458 $153,908 $119,670 $121,264 $135,791 $85,769 $86,400 $133,017 $387,654

Clermont County Place

Amelia Batavia Bethel Chilo Day Heights Felicity Loveland Milford Moscow Mount Carmel Mount Repose Mulberry Neville New Richmond Newtonsville Owensville Summerside Williamsburg Withamsville

2005 total pop. 3,174 1,674 2,530 111 2,847 844 11,604 6,372 253 3,774 4,360 3,468 134 2,362 500 749 5,763 2,425 3,011

Area in square miles 1.4 1.5 1.3 0.2 1.2 0.3 4.6 3.8 0.4 1.7 2.0 1.5 0.4 3.4 0.2 0.4 2.3 1.9 1.8

Average income per person $20,332 $22,679 $16,010 $20,766 $29,644 $12,210 $31,847 $25,213 $15,049 $19,959 $24,353 $30,292 $17,257 $20,519 $20,835 $18,009 $23,870 $21,040 $25,653

Households per square mile 910 459 728 236 858 1,206 977 815 241 906 825 908 120 249 749 861 1,034 513 733

Median household income $49,073 $45,488 $33,605 $46,250 $69,670 $23,981 $63,574 $35,876 $36,304 $40,649 $61,775 $58,677 $40,833 $45,163 $47,102 $27,444 $49,062 $42,805 $55,341

Median value of all housing units $125,603 $127,011 $102,809 $68,889 $139,219 $69,722 $148,639 $133,128 $94,400 $119,040 $138,738 $139,105 $82,000 $120,492 $105,242 $116,791 $125,793 $103,234 $133,038

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Addyston Amberley Arlington Heights Blue Ash Bridgetown North Cherry Grove Cheviot Cincinnati Cleves Covedale Deer Park Dent Dillonvale Dry Run Elmwood Place Evendale Fairfax Fairfield Finneytown Forest Park Forestville Fruit Hill Glenda Golf Manor Grandview Greenhills Groesbeck Harrison Indian Hill Kenwood Lincoln Heights Lockland Loveland Park Loveland Mack North Mack South Madeira city Mariemont village Milford city Monfort Heights E. Monfort Heights S. Montgomery Mount Healthy Heights Mount Healthy Newtown North Bend North College Hill Northbrook Northgate Norwood Pleasant Run Pleasant Run Farm Reading Sharonville Sherwood Silverton Springdale St. Bernard Terrace Park Turpin Hills White Oak White Oak East White Oak West Woodlawn Wyoming

2005 total pop. 907 3,387 831 11,944 12,379 4,379 8,327 310,852 2,675 6,390 5,700 8,559 3,431 6,532 2,445 2,932 1,809 42,564 12,878 18,376 10,401 3,562 2,174 3,729 1,474 3,788 6,793 7,467 5,689 6,961 3,858 3,404 1,824 11,604 3,816 6,042 8,505 3,166 6,372 3,939 4,657 9,530 3,152 6,646 2,333 565 9,466 10,216 7,808 20,328 5,184 4,595 10,489 13,307 3,625 4,814 9,912 4,499 2,156 4,794 12,855 3,429 3,219 2,660 7,875

Warren County Place

Blanchester Butlerville Carlisle Corwin Five Points Franklin Harveysburg Hunter Landen Lebanon Loveland Park Loveland Maineville Mason Monroe Morrow Pleasant Plain South Lebanon Springboro Waynesville

2005 total pop.

4,320 260 5,357 289 3,188 12,229 640 1,640 13,319 19,110 1,824 11,604 1,624 29,379 9,375 1,437 160 2,885 15,693 2,805

Area in square miles 0.9 3.5 0.3 7.7 3.4 1.1 1.2 78.0 1.6 2.8 0.9 6.0 0.9 4.8 0.3 4.8 0.8 21.0 4.0 6.5 3.7 1.3 1.7 0.6 4.4 1.2 2.9 3.7 18.5 2.3 0.7 1.2 1.5 4.6 3.1 3.7 3.4 0.9 3.8 1.4 3.1 5.3 0.8 1.4 2.3 1.1 1.8 1.9 2.5 3.1 2.1 1.0 2.9 9.8 1.1 1.1 5.0 1.5 1.2 3.0 4.1 0.8 1.3 2.6 2.9

Average Households income per per square person mile $16,996 382 $49,165 378 $20,505 1412 $41,593 630 $25,892 1514 $26,923 1322 $22,564 3298 $22,688 1810 $21,134 581 $32,531 892 $24,500 2977 $28,377 604 $25,297 1685 $49,099 438 $14,165 2958 $49,041 216 $21,580 954 $27,178 827 $27,912 1265 $24,553 1113 $34,278 1148 $34,197 1050 $52,523 574 $21,734 2833 $21,867 123 $27,018 1253 $24,598 901 $19,975 746 $87,308 108 $36,402 1343 $14,280 2069 $17,136 1230 $28,507 449 $31,847 977 $34,416 399 $40,139 548 $36,073 966 $35,963 1566 $25,213 815 $26,154 1103 $35,502 573 $50,230 647 $22,750 1552 $20,988 2158 $38,643 392 $37,310 221 $20,922 2184 $21,692 2029 $24,815 1088 $20,498 2838 $24,172 860 $25,400 1551 $25,564 1587 $32,598 626 $35,366 1144 $21,629 2162 $26,097 850 $20,045 1238 $47,313 587 $46,174 579 $27,422 1267 $30,247 1792 $40,148 937 $27,180 466 $44,748 989

Median household income $40,671 $88,456 $34,649 $71,926 $51,076 $73,222 $40,391 $32,947 $55,266 $64,428 $44,271 $55,964 $49,324 $118,366 $30,979 $105,372 $46,420 $56,023 $58,808 $53,720 $67,905 $68,896 $88,188 $42,772 $39,420 $50,672 $55,372 $50,130 $183,838 $58,194 $22,308 $31,200 $49,681 $63,574 $85,523 $95,718 $68,631 $67,066 $35,876 $54,707 $68,676 $99,880 $50,636 $36,134 $59,887 $66,576 $41,277 $49,224 $61,420 $36,934 $63,034 $67,721 $44,112 $52,817 $85,338 $37,416 $47,532 $41,039 $114,099 $96,408 $51,509 $62,612 $67,041 $47,524 $98,975

Median value of all housing units $64,878 $254,599 $83,000 $177,158 $125,078 $151,650 $101,373 $113,075 $120,588 $143,157 $118,412 $141,311 $125,496 $225,960 $74,405 $248,727 $118,868 $141,027 $129,380 $121,584 $172,573 $141,127 $241,860 $91,786 $115,400 $120,692 $123,491 $124,239 $872,899 $208,724 $75,294 $83,981 $136,893 $148,639 $191,917 $202,395 $188,782 $251,667 $133,128 $128,106 $139,861 $255,684 $99,455 $98,090 $134,221 $144,355 $97,876 $92,222 $121,287 $108,506 $120,208 $136,369 $114,577 $135,791 $162,166 $115,652 $129,179 $108,077 $362,879 $242,246 $133,350 $131,140 $176,709 $93,535 $288,795

Area in square miles

Average income per person

Median household income

Median value of all housing units

3.0 0.1 3.4 0.3 2.9 9.1 0.7 1.6 4.7 11.8 1.5 4.6 0.2 17.6 15.5 1.7 0.1 1.7 8.8 2.3

$18,264 $21,250 $20,881 $24,135 $45,969 $20,325 $21,273 $26,348 $34,496 $23,409 $28,507 $31,847 $32,651 $35,200 $28,427 $17,915 $18,719 $18,296 $34,909 $26,252

Households per square mile

578 622 581 388 374 552 336 410 1,110 573 449 977 2,798 592 234 315 537 704 615 500

$38,895 $54,583 $49,120 $54,808 $119,085 $41,181 $49,700 $49,787 $72,154 $52,620 $49,681 $63,574 $69,280 $79,625 $64,061 $36,835 $52,604 $40,760 $82,310 $53,912

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Dearborn County Place

Aurora Bright Dillsboro Greendale Hidden Valley Lawrenceburg Moores Hill St. Leon West Harrison

2005 total pop. 3,990 5,728 1,631 4,329 4,478 4,744 708 427 273

Kenton County Place

Bromley Covington Crescent Springs Crestview Hills Edgewood Elsmere Erlanger Fairview Fort Mitchell Fort Wright Independence Kenton Vale Lakeside Park Latonia Lakes Ludlow Park Hills Ryland Heights Taylor Mill Villa Hills Visalia Walton

2005 total pop. 750 42,108 3,990 3,300 9,190 7,997 16,866 149 7,656 5,599 17,877 154 2,792 300 4,287 2,845 760 7,030 7,842 94 2,541

Area in square miles 2.776 14.309 1.01 6.046 4.216 4.9 0.475 7.161 0.091

Area in square miles 0.3 13.1 1.4 1.9 4.2 2.5 8.3 0.7 3.1 3.5 16.8 0.1 0.8 0.3 0.9 0.8 4.9 6.3 3.7 0.3 3.5

Campbell County Place

Alexandria Bellevue California Claryville Cold Spring Crestview Dayton Fort Thomas Highland Heights Melbourne Mentor Newport Silver Grove Southgate Wilder Woodlawn

2005 total pop. 8,828 5,975 84 2,536 4,166 446 5,546 15,739 7,218 482 176 15,808 1,372 3,459 2,751 273

Boone County Place

Burlington Florence Oakbrook Union Walton

2005 total pop. 13,813 25,290 9,229 4,312 2,541

Area in square miles 5.4 0.9 0.2 7.0 4.7 0.1 1.3 5.7 2.3 0.9 0.5 2.7 1.2 1.4 3.7 0.0 Area in square miles 8.4 9.9 3.3 3.2 3.5

Average Households income per per square person mile 17,880 585 26,564 133 17,998 635 27,304 301 31,664 375 17,874 401 16,532 518 24,315 21 18,004 1,538

Average income per person $16,907 $19,867 $30,608 $37,831 $36,103 $20,020 $23,582 $25,923 $35,254 $30,816 $23,191 $21,510 $39,856 $10,875 $19,093 $34,827 $20,615 $29,589 $41,805 $9,043 $23,512

Average income per person $25,453 $20,992 $18,333 $28,559 $28,418 $23,055 $17,354 $31,612 $22,373 $28,327 $31,023 $17,829 $16,733 $28,932 $35,429 $27,051

Median household income 35,448 72,555 33,991 51,657 78,063 31,265 44,346 51,562 26,667

Median value of all housing units 108,436 168,849 103,600 131,871 172,940 108,566 81,277 163,125 85,000

Households per square mile 1,010 1,373 1,186 727 744 1,207 817 79 1,096 712 375 983 1,610 357 2,026 1,746 57 420 763 145 280

Median Median value household of all housing income units $36,103 $76,429 $34,846 $85,660 $49,888 $170,146 $66,858 $183,996 $87,317 $178,140 $48,950 $96,168 $47,771 $115,803 $60,577 $93,043 $51,762 $177,107 $56,307 $157,526 $59,646 $134,401 $46,250 $86,667 $61,638 $149,584 $24,951 $47,857 $41,258 $89,440 $48,904 $162,776 $49,958 $116,358 $67,354 $145,511 $86,045 $179,896 $17,353 $92,000 $52,165 $117,846

Households per square mile 581 2,772 108 136 347 1,538 1,573 1,153 1,352 174 131 2,417 450 1,152 337 2,239

Median household income $64,446 $40,230 $46,250 $59,989 $65,533 $58,413 $36,450 $56,538 $42,436 $60,938 $69,643 $31,947 $37,184 $47,931 $58,079 $60,294

Median value of all housing units $138,472 $85,090 $107,143 $120,690 $156,619 $111,813 $69,576 $153,428 $97,204 $125,962 $88,095 $82,113 $85,000 $95,517 $120,317 $97,273

Median household income $61,858 $45,313 $70,045 $94,029 $52,165

Median value of all housing units $146,683 $122,615 $159,034 $223,320 $117,846

Average Households income per square per person mile $24,877 593 $22,209 1,071 $32,258 1,097 $30,984 398 $23,512 280

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CINCY PEOPLE About the cover: The photo of the Linz kids, from left to right, Alex, 24, Megan, 21, Tommy, 20, and Nick, 25, was shot in the hangar of the Blue Ash Fire Department on Cooper Road by Leigh Patton. The background photo of the Cincinnati skyline was taken by Michael E. Keating. The two photos were combined in Photoshop by senior designer Ron Huff.



Why is reality TV thriving here? Maybe because we’re part of the act By Lauren Bishop


esidents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky love their reality TV. In a 2005 survey of 75 television markets, Cincinnati and Flint, Mich., ranked second only to Providence, R.I., in reality television viewing, with 29 percent of consumers here and in Flint saying they “typically” tune in to reality shows. The national average is 23 percent. Cincinnati is among the top four markets nationally for “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” and periodically has been ranked No. 1 for both. Maybe this region’s ravenous appetite for reality TV has something to do with the 30-some local people who have appeared on such shows. See which real people-turned-TV stars you recognize: 14





LORD OF THE DANCE: Local product Drew Lachey, formerly of the band 98°, partnered with Cheryl Burke to win “Dancing with the Stars” early in 2006. The pair earned high marks from on-air judges and voters at home. PROVIDED BY ABC


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Drew Lachey, College Hill

Angie Montgomery, Forest Park

Show: ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” What happened: Lachey and dancing partner Cheryl Burke won the competition in February, beating future NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and his professional partner, Anna Trebunskaya, in the final. Drew is a former member of boy band 98° with brother Nick.

Show: Nickelodeon’s "Search for the Funniest Mom in America" What happened: Montgomery, a mortgage broker and mother of Aiken High School student Courtney, was one of five finalists who competed in New York for $50,000 and the chance to develop her own show for Nick at Nite. She lost to Rubi Nicholas of Denver, who won the show, and runner-up Lisa Alvarado of Los Angeles. MICHAEL E. KEATING

WELCOME HOME: The Hassalls, after a trip to Disney World during their home makeover, joined Ty Pennington, left, for the unveiling of their new abode.

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HARSH REALITY: The Corrao family of Kings Mills experienced a culture clash on ABC’s “Wife Swap.”

Corrao family, Deerfield Township Show: ABC’s “Wife Swap” What happened: Billed by ABC as “grit versus glamour,” Kim Corrao, a hairstylist at Tuscany Spa Salon in Symmes Township, switched places with "Cowgirl Jen" – aka Jen Ridgely, 36 – who runs a ranch and a no-nonsense household with her husband, Randy, 38, a professional bull rider and steer wrestler. Kim’s husband, Louis, kicks "Cowgirl Jen" out of the Corraos’ Kings Mills house and later is suckerpunched by her husband at the reunion.

Show: ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” What happened: Contractors demolished the Hassalls’ home and built a new one in 106 hours to fit the family’s needs. Michelle’s immune system had been weakened by cancer; Brian, a police officer, had been shot in the line of duty and CARA OWSLEY suffered from migraines. LIVING ROOM: The Hassalls’ new home has They have two young chil- 3,500 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and 31⁄2 baths. dren.

Chaffee family, Union Show: FOX’s “Trading Spouses” What happened: Shon Chaffee, mother of 7-yearold triplets, switched places with Judy Hornaday of Buford, Ga. The Chaffees are vegetarians who emphasize family, church and exercise. The Hornadays have PROVIDED BY FOX BROADCASTING their own version of fun – DIFFERENT WORLD: The Chaffees, who love the including online gaming on great outdoors, got a look at cyberspace when they participated in a FOX show. their seven computers. SUMMER 2006


IF YOU BUILD IT … Doug Hall might critique it. He’s one of four “expert judges” on “American Inventor.”

Doug Hall, Newtown Show: ABC’s “American Inventor” What happened: Hall, a marketing guru, inventor, author and public radio host, is one of four judges on the competition created by Simon Cowell of “American Idol.”

Family in Erlanger Show: ABC’s “Supernanny” Status: The family was filmed in early March, but ABC won’t release information about the participants until the episode airs later this summer or fall, a network spokeswoman says.




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Show: Spike TV’s "The Ultimate Fighter" What happened: Hamill was injured in the June 1 episode and had to leave the show, which features martial artists who live and train together in Las Vegas and face elimination each week.

Karen Brackenridge, Mason

Show: CBS’ “The St. Joseph Pressure Challenge” What happened: Brackenridge was vying for a $250,000 grand prize in this first-year reality golf show. She was one of 10 players eliminated in the Closest to the Pin competition in a preliminary round. She left her shot 53 feet from the pin; the qualifying distance was 42 feet.


Area Reality Stars Josh Rafferty, Colerain Township Show: Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” What happened: Rafferty, a Cincinnati State Technical and Community College student, was eliminated in the eighth episode of the show, which featured 15 other contestants competing in boxing, karate and other martial arts for a sixfigure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.


TEAM WHO-DEY: The Linzes

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Linz family, Anderson Township

Show: CBS’ “The Amazing Race: Family Edition” What happened: Siblings Nick, Alex, Megan and Tommy Linz defeated nine other teams while traveling around North America and competing in challenges. The four decided to share their $1 million prize (an estimated $600,000 after taxes) with their parents and three other siblings.

Angela Harlan, Greenhills Show: ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” What happened: Harlan received a nose job, chin implant, liposuction, breast lift and implants, eyelid lift, facial fat injections, Lasik surgery, two teeth extractions, 12 porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and a new hairstyle. Total cost: $51,200-$55,200. PATRICK REDDY

FRESH-FACED: Nathan Chalk shows a photo of his pre-makeover self.

Nathan Chalk, Florence

Show: ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” What happened: Chalk received a nose job, brow lift, acne treatment, 16 teeth extractions, nine root canals, 10 teeth implants, 24 porcelain crowns and veneers, Lasik surgery and a haircut. Total cost: $64,190-$74,190.

Lachele Vaughn, Forest Park Show: ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” What happened: Vaughn received a nose job, chin implant, breast implants, liposuction, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, seven composite fillings, 12 porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and a new haircut. Total cost: $41,175-$48,675.

Susan and Patrick Vaughn, Hamilton

Show: CBS’ “The Amazing Race 7” What happened: The mother-and-son team was eliminated after four episodes.

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Area Reality Stars Carmen Electra (formerly Tara Patrick), White Oak Show: MTV’s “ ’Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave” What happened: The six-episode series followed Electra and her fiancé, musician Dave Navarro, as they planned, in MTV’s words, their “anything-but-traditional, extraordinarily sexy wedding.”

Jeff Klug, Delhi and Kim Wagner, Rising Sun

Elizabeth Costello, Mount Lookout

Show: TBS’ “The Mansion” What happened: Klug, Wagner and six other contestants spent seven weeks renovating a 1924 English Tudor mansion at 5336 Cleves Warsaw Pike, but viewers decided in online voting to give the keys to Dan Deal of Strasburg, Pa. Deal sold the house in January.

Show: NBC’s “Fear Factor” Thanksgiving special What happened: Costello came in second after retrieving seven flags from underwater in 1 minute, 52 seconds. Winner April Steiner beat her by gathering all the flags in 1 minute.

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Matthew Metzger, Oxford Show: FOX’s “American Idol” What happened: One of 32 semifinalists, the Miami University grad failed to receive enough votes to advance after his first performance. He has played Duke Buchanan on “One Life to Live” since August 2004.

Drew Daniel, Oxford, and Diane Henry, Burlington Show: CBS’ “Big Brother” What happened: A jury of ousted players granted Daniel, a Miami University graduate from Urbana, the $500,000 first prize on the fifth installment of the series after he sent Henry – who became his girlfriend during the show – packing.

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Reichen Lehmkuhl, Cincinnati Show: CBS’ “The Amazing Race 4” What happened: Lehmkuhl (left) and partner Chip Arndt won. Lehmkuhl, who was born here and attended elementary school in Groesbeck, now lives in California and has dabbled in acting.

Lillian Morris, Deerfield Township

Show: CBS’ “Survivor: Pearl Islands” What happened: A Scoutmaster called “Big Lill” and the oldest member of the show’s cast, Morris finished in second place and won $100,000.

Teresa Crone, Blue Ash, and Hannah Buchanan, Fairfield Show: “Starting Over” (syndicated) What happened: Buchanan wanted to be on the show – which features six women in the same house working with life coaches to start anew – to become an auctioneer. Crone wanted to rid herself of $40,000 in debt. Both “graduated” from the house on their way to fulfilling their dreams.

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2003 continued Shannon Stewart, Franklin Township

Rodger ‘Kentucky Joe’ Bingham, Crittenden

Area Reality Stars

Show: UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” What happened: Stewart was one of three finalists. She has been modeling in the United States and Australia.

Note: No locals known for 2002

HOLD THE RICE: “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” didn’t result in a wedding for the Muellers.

Show: CBS’ “Survivor: Australian Outback” What happened: Bingham was the 11th person of 16 voted off the show and won $55,000. He’s now Kentucky’s agricultural marketing spokesman.

Kate Pahls, Columbia Township


Don Mueller, Glendale Show: NBC’s “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” What happened: Mueller proposed to the woman he chose on the show, Christena Ferran of San Diego, but they decided instead to be friends because neither wanted to relocate. Daughter Heidi Mueller now plays Kay Bennett on NBC soap “Passions.”

Show: ABC’s “The Mole” What happened: Pahls was eliminated in the sixth episode of the show, which pitted contestants against one another – and an unknown saboteur (the mole) – for a $1 million prize.

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Ronald Stang was in the basement when a ruptured aortic aneurysm very nearly ended his life. As his abdomen began to fill with blood, Ronald miraculousl y located a phone and dialed 9-1-1, even as sharp pains began to signal massive internal bleeding. The ambulance arrived, rushing a fading Ronald to the closest community hospital. Doctors there realized the severity of his condition and phoned vascular surgeon, Dr. Joseph Giglia of University Hospital. Immediately, Dr. Giglia arranged to have Ronald sent to University Hospital via Air Care, University’s emergency helicopter. Once there, he received the appropriate care, and within four months, had recovered enough to mow the yard. It seems everyone has their own route to becoming living proof.

Practicing tomorrow’s medicine today.






By John Kiesewetter and Margaret McGurk


armen Electra, Nick Lachey and George Clooney may get all the face time in local media outlets, but many other former denizens of the Greater Cincinnati area have made careers in movies and TV working behind the scenes. Here are just a few people whose work you know, even if you’ve never heard their names before: Marty Callner: The former WCPOTV employee and 1964 Woodward High School graduate has established himself as one of TV’s best live concert directors. For more than a quarter-century, he has directed HBO concerts for Robin Williams, Britney Spears, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Estefan, Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston, Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. George Ciccarone: Former WKRC-TV reporter from the 1980s produces “Cathouse: The Series” for HBO about a Nevada brothel. David Collins: The creator of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and independent movie producer grew up in West Chester. Doug Cramer: The UC graduate and former WLWT-TV stagehand was executive producer of some of the most popular TV series in the 1970s and ’80s: “Dynasty,” “Hotel,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Love Boat.” Ron Cowan: The Cincinnati native and 1962 Walnut Hills High School graduate was executive producer and writer for NBC’s “Sisters,” Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” and “An Early Frost,” TV’s first movie (1985) about the AIDS epidemic.


WHO’S THE BOSS? In "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno’s case, it’s NBC vice president and Miami University graduate Rick Ludwin (left with Leno).




Creator of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and independent movie producer grew up in West Chester




Writing credits include “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “China Beach,” “21 Jump Street,” “Murder One” and “High Incident.”



Oversees “Frontline,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “The American Experience,” “Mystery!” and “ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre”

Ann Donahue: On every “CSI: Miami,” millions of TV viewers see the name of this executive producer from Loveland High School. She also has written for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: NY,” “China Beach,” “Picket Fences,” “21 Jump Street,” “Murder One” and “High Incident.” Margaret Drain: A daughter of WLWAM entertainers, Drain oversees “Frontline,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “The American Experience,” “Mystery!” and “ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre” as programming vice president for Boston’s WGBH-TV. She had previously been executive producer of “The American Experience” and a CBS News producer. Suzanne Fitzpatrick: The Villa Hills native worked her way up the Hollywood ladder from script coordinator for Carol Burnett specials to writer for WB’s “7th Heaven.” Dan Guntzelman: After going to Hollywood to write for “WKRP in Cincinnati,” this Cincinnati native wrote and directed “Growing Pains,” “Just the Ten of Us,” “Gloria” and other network sitcoms. DeAnn Heline: Former West Chester Township resident and Lakota High School graduate is an executive producer on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” She has written and produced “Roseanne,” “Murphy Brown,” “Ellen” and “Committed.” Rick Ludwin: This 1970 Miami University graduate, who returns to campus a couple times each year, is Jay Leno’s and Conan O’Brien’s boss as NBC’s senior vice president for late night and prime-time series. He was the NBC executive who championed “Seinfeld” despite low ratings in the early 1990s.

Marshall Peck: An alumnus of Walnut Hills High School and Xavier University, Peck is a producer and casting director (“Primary Colors,” “Tin Cup,” “Holes”) who cast Frankie Muniz in his first movie-star role in “My Dog Skip,” before the young actor found fame on “Malcolm in the Middle.” Charles Edward Pogue: This Cincinnati native is a screenwriter (“The Fly”) and former board member of the Writers Guild of America West. Robert Rehme: A producer of “Clear and Present Danger” and “Patriot Games,” the Cincinnati native served several terms as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people) – including the year 55 statuettes were stolen before the ceremony. Van Gordon Sauter: The Middletown native has worked for more than 30 years as a broadcast and print journalist, including serving as president of CBS News (1982-86) and Fox News. Ted Turner: Decades before Turner created TV’s first cable “Superstation” in Atlanta and founded CNN and its related networks, his first media job was selling The Enquirer on an Avondale street corner near the Cincinnati Zoo at age 8. He was born here in 1938, and moved to Savannah, Ga., at age 9 in 1948. His lifelong love for wildlife and animals traces back to growing up near the Cincinnati Zoo. Brad Wigor: An Indian Hill High School graduate, Wigor has produced and directed a half-dozen network movies, including “The Sandy Bottom Orchestra” for Showtime adapted from the Garrison Keillor novel and the Emmy-winning “Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232.”


STAR TREATMENT: Avondale native Ted Turner was honored with the 2,251st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

Marty Callner: Pop culture music video icon Woodward graduate Marty Callner is one of the leading live concert directors around today. He also has quite an impressive resume directing music videos. Here’s a list of some of the music videos Callner has directed:


OLDIE BUT GOODIE: Marty Callner (standing behind and right of Chevy Chase) has been directing films and music videos for over 30 years, including “Chevy Chase and Friends,” at Chase’s house in 1979.

AEROSMITH - "Blind Man" AEROSMITH - "Crazy" AEROSMITH - "Amazing" AEROSMITH - "Cryin’" AEROSMITH -"Livin’ On The Edge" AEROSMITH -"Dude Looks Like a Lady" AEROSMITH - "Angel" AEROSMITH - "Ragdoll" AEROSMITH - "Love in an Elevator" AEROSMITH - "The Other Side" AEROSMITH - "Sweet Emotion" AEROSMITH - "Dream On" DIANA ROSS - "I Will Survive" BON JOVI - "Lie To Me " BON JOVI - "Always " BON JOVI - "Something For The Pain" CHER - "If I Could Turn Back Time" CHER - "Heart of Stone" CHER - "The Shoop Shoop Song" CHER - "Love and Understanding" CRANBERRIES - "Free To Decide" CRANBERRIES - "When You’re Gone" ZZ TOP - "Breakaway" WHITESNAKE - "Give Me All Your Love" WHITESNAKE - "Still of the Night" WHITESNAKE - "Is This Love" WHITESNAKE - "Here I Go Again" WHITESNAKE - "Fool for Your Loving" WHITESNAKE - "The Deeper The Love" POISON - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" POISON - "Fallen Angel" POISON - "Your Mama Don’t Dance" POISON - "Unskinny Bop"


LOOKING GREEN: Marty Callner (right) works with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on the set of “Livin’ On The Edge.” POISON - "Something to Believe In" POISON - "Ride the Wind" POISON - "Life Goes On" POISON - "Flesh & Blood" POISON - "So Tell Me Why" RATT - "Way Cool Junior" CULT - "Firewoman" CULT - "Edie (Ciao Baby)" CULT - "Wild Hearted Son" BAD ENGLISH - "Forget Me Not" JIMMY PAGE - "Wasting My Time" FLEETWOOD MAC - "Seven Wonders" DAN ACKROYD & TOM HANKS - "City of Crime" LONE JUSTICE - "I Found Love" BELINDA CARLISLE - "I Feel the Magic" HEART - "Alone" HEART - "Nothin’ at All" HEART - "Never" HEART - "Stranded" HEART - "Secret" BANGLES - "Be With You" TWISTED SISTER - "We’re Not Gonna Take It" SUMMER 2006

TWISTED SISTER - "I Wanna Rock" TWISTED SISTER - "The Price" TWISTED SISTER - "Leader of the Pack" TWISTED SISTER - "Be Chrool to Your School" STEVIE NICKS - "Blue Denim" STEVIE NICKS - "Talk to Me" STEVIE NICKS - "I Can’t Wait" STEVIE NICKS - "Rooms on Fire" STEVIE NICKS - "Sometimes It’s a Bitch" TORI AMOS - "The Big Picture" PAT BENATAR - "Ooh Ooh Song" PAT BENATAR - "We Belong" PAT BENATAR - "Invincible" DIO - "All the Fools Sailed Away" MSG - "Gimme Your Love" LITA FORD - "Kiss Me Deadly" SAM KINISON - "Wild Thing" SAM KINISON - "Under My Thumb" SAM KINISON - "Mississippi Queen" KISS - "Reason to Live" KISS - "Turn on the Night" KISS - "Hide Your Heart" STEPHANIE MILLS - "Bit by Bit" STEPHANIE MILLS - "I Feel Good All Over" STEPHANIE MILLS - "Puttin’ a Rush on Me" DAVE EDMUNDS - "High School Nights" DAVE HARTMAN - "Get Outta Town" SCORPIONS - "Believe in Love" SCORPIONS - "Big City Nights" SCORPIONS - "No One Like You" SCORPIONS - "Rhythm of Love" CHAKA KHAN - "Through the Fire" ZEBRA - "Wait Until Summer’s Gone" ZEBRA - "The Bears" THE ZOO - "Shakin’ the Cage" STONE FURY - "Life is Too Lonely" KROKUS - "Our Love" FEMME FATALE - "Falling In and Out of Love" FEMME FATALE - "The Big One" PATTI LA BELLE - "Something Special" SOUTHGANG - "Tainted Angel"








CINCY LIFE SPANNING THE YEARS: The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge has been a link between Cincinnati and Covington since 1866. CRAIG RUTTLE

Cross reference An introduction to the bridges that get you over the Ohio River Bridge facts

By Cliff Radel


et’s get three things straight. The big, muddy river south of Cincinnati is named after Ohio but is owned by Kentucky. One down, two to go. The Bluegrass State rules the river and the bridges that run over it. Two down, one to go. Few people can recite the complete names of all the bridges from memory. Too many tongue-twisters; not enough time. But hold on – you’re in luck. Here are the bridges’ names and where they came from. Plus, at no extra charge, we’ll throw in the places the bridges link and the prices of the structures. 26


m The oldest area bridge is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1866. m The newest area span is the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, which opened in 1995. m The Suspension Bridge is due for a new coat of paint – a job expected to cost the state of Kentucky $7 million. The Enquirer conducted an online poll to determine what color is favored for the span, and more than 1,100 people provided these results:


COLORFUL NICKNAMES: Officially known as the Newport Southbank Bridge (bottom) and Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (top), these structures are better known by names resulting from their paint jobs – the Purple People Bridge and the Big Mac Bridge (because of its golden arches).



Kentucky Wildcat blue: 34.6 percent Spanish brown: 22.5 percent Sky blue: 13.4 percent Verdigris (bluish-green): 11.3 percent Red, white and blue: 7 percent Bronze: 5.4 percent Silver: 3.4 percent Pink: 2.3 percent


PAINT SCHEME: The Suspension Bridge, now painted blue after originally sporting brown, resembles the Brooklyn Bridge, for which it was a prototype.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge Opened: 1866 Cost: $1.8 million Links: Cincinnati and Covington You should know: John A. Roebling, bridge builder extraordinaire, designed this span and it became the prototype for his most famous work, the Brooklyn Bridge. His Cincinnati-Covington creation landed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It’s the only bridge to stay open along 800

miles of river during the cataclysmic 1937 flood. The bridge’s roadway does not line up with any Cincinnati street by law because Queen City merchants feared losing business to Kentucky – even then regionalism was an issue. This is the only area bridge with a fan club: The nonprofit Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee ( pays for the span’s lights and flags.

Bridge construction circa 1865






Daniel Carter Beard Bridge

Opened: 1976 Cost: $24 million Links: Cincinnati and Newport via Interstate 471 You should know: Daniel Carter Beard, a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was born in Cincinnati and grew up in Covington. Nicknamed the “Big Mac Bridge,” this structure’s yellow arches resemble the golden ones of Ronald McDonald’s eateries.


WALK THIS WAY: Originally a railroad bridge, the Newport Southbank Bridge became a pedestrian-only span in 2003.

Newport Southbank Bridge Opened: 1872 as a railroad bridge; closed in 2001; reopened in 2003 as a pedestrian-only bridge. Cost: $1.4 million (1872); $4 million renovation (2001-03). Links: Cincinnati and Newport via foot power You should know: Its name comes from Newport (the bridge’s southern terminus) and the Southbank Partners (a Northern Kentucky economic development group). Born as a railroad span named the

Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, it was renamed the L&N Bridge (Louisville & Nashville Railroad Bridge) in 1904 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. It was nicknamed the Purple People Bridge in 2003. Stay tuned for a planned bridge climb ( designed for climbers to cross the river by trekking atop the structure’s arches. For more on the bridge climb, see Cincy Fun, Page 72.


GOLDEN LINK: The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connects Cincinnati and Newport.

Brent Spence Bridge


DOUBLE-DECKER: The Brent Spence Bridge, which has separate northbound and southbound levels, is the area’s most heavily traveled span over the Ohio River. It bears an average of 150,000 vehicles each day.





Opened: 1963 Cost: $17 million Links: Cincinnati with Northern Kentucky via Interstates 71 and 75 You should know: Brent Spence was a Kentucky congressman and early booster (circa 1941) of building what now is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Plans in 1947 and 1955 called for a highway tunnel to be built under the Ohio River where the bridge now stands. Expected replacement costs for the span, which was built to handle 80,000 vehicles a day but carries more than 150,000, stand at $1.5 billion.


US? Book chronicles area’s, er, weirdness. And what a lot of weirdness there is!

By Lauren Bishop

The Buckeye State is one bizarre place – and Cincinnati is one of its strangest cities. Need proof? The book “Weird Ohio” by James A. Willis, Andrew Henderson and Loren Coleman (Sterling Publishing Co., $19.95) features 17 peculiar Queen City phenomena, making Cincinnati about equal with Cleveland in terms of weirdness. (Willis theorizes the waterways in the northern and southern parts of the state allow more strangeness to seep in.) See which ones you’ve heard of:

It’s a jungle in there “Weird Ohio” lists lots of the things that make Jungle Jim’s International Market weird, including its 618pound block of cheese, automated fortune teller known as “The Brain,” 950 kinds of hot sauce and eight aisles of food from England graced by a Robin Hood figure standing beneath a giant oak tree. The latest atypical arrival at the market: A 51⁄2-foot tall Campbell’s Soup can that swings, talks and sings above the American Grocery Department’s soup aisle.

One wild garden James Batchelor’s garden in Walnut Hills once was described in a newspaper article as “yard-art mosaic that’s a little bit Mardi Gras, a little bit Looney Toons, a little bit roadside Americana,” according to “Weird Ohio.” A colorful array of stuffed animals, signs and statues sprout alongside flowers and vegetables, plus there’s a Batchelor family “Walk of Fame” with star-studded squares for Batchelor’s late wife and each of their nine children.





IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE: Jim Bonomino’s market is both eccentric and epicurean. At Jungle Jim’s, you can stock up on exotic foods – and hear a mechanical lion’s best Elvis impersonation, too.


Signs, signs, everywhere signs The country’s first museum dedicated entirely to signs, the appropriately named American Sign Museum, is located in Walnut Hills. Tod Swormstedt, the former publisher and editor of Signs of the Times magazine, operates the 6,500-square-foot facility. It’s filled with more than 120 signs – painted, neon, electric, blinking and spinning ones dating from the 1890s.

One, ahem, tall tale Heard of Munchkinland? It’s not just in the Land of Oz. For years, rumors have abounded about a midget town in Colerain Township. It does exist, but it’s not inhabited by little people. The “town” is a miniature frontier village built by an eccentric farmer named Percy Ritter on his property near Buffalo Ridge, behind Mount Rumpke, in the early 1960s; he and his wife offered hayrides there.

Crunchy on the outside …


SIGN HERE … and there … and over there, too. Tod Swormstedt founded a museum that’s full of them.

Nineteenth-century philosopher Captain John Cleves Symmes of Hamilton came up with the Symmes Theory of Concentric Spheres and Polar Voids, which claimed the world was hollow and inhabitable inside. Symmes lectured about his theory across the Midwest and the East Coast, claiming he could gain entry into the Earth via the North and South Poles. Hamilton’s Ludlow Park boasts a stone monument – complete with a hollow model of the earth made of granite on top – dedicated to Symmes.

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OWN PERSONAL JESUS: Solid Rock Church has an eyecatching one – the sculpture is 62 feet tall and sits between the church and Interstate 75.

‘King of Kings’ It’s been covered by the local, national and even international media. Now, the Solid Rock Church’s “King of Kings” sculpture – a 62-foot-tall wood and Styrofoam rendering of Jesus’ head and torso that looms over a stretch of Interstate 75 in Monroe – has earned an entry in “Weird Ohio.”

Next stop … nowhere The Cincinnati subway never was abandoned – because it never was finished. In 1917, Cincinnati voters gave their final approval for a 16-mile, $6.1-million rapid transit system above and below ground, but World War I delayed the project. By the time construction began in 1920, inflation had doubled the cost of the goods and materials needed for the project. By 1927, 10 miles of the loop, including 2 miles of tunnels under Central Parkway downtown, had been completed, but the money had run out. Because of two wars, the Great Depression and political wrangling, the tracks never were laid and subway cars never were purchased.

Tunnel lore Supposedly, Satanists once met in a subterranean maze of drainage tunnels beneath Blue Ash known as Satan’s Hollow. Willis says he and a friend spent weeks trying to find the hollow with no luck.

The Oxford Files The most popular version of the Oxford motorcycle ghost story dates to the 1940s. According to the legend, a Miami University student’s parents disapproved of her motorcycle-riding boyfriend, so the couple figured out a way to meet without her folks finding out: He’d wait on his motorcycle near the girl’s house on Oxford-Milford Road, and she’d flash the front porch light three times after her parents went to sleep as a signal to him. One night, after drinking some wine to kill time, the boyfriend crashed into a barbed-wire fence on his way to pick up his girlfriend and was decapitated. It is said the young man’s ghost still is trying to reach his girlfriend and will make an appearance if you flash your headlights three times.

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Oxford also is said to be home to the Phantom Bicyclist who was struck by a car and killed while on either Ohio 732 or Buckley Road. Supposedly, if you park on Buckley Road facing 732 and flash your headlights three times, you’ll see a white light come toward your car.

Our very own castle In 1929, Harry Andrews began building a full-scale replica of a 10th-century Norman-style castle, naming it Chateau Laroche – which roughly means “stone castle” in French – for a Boy Scoutsesque group he founded called the Knights of the Golden Trail. Almost single-handedly, Andrews carried an estimated 56,000 buckets of stones to the site, many pulled from the nearby Little Miami River. Andrews died in 1981, and today, Historic Loveland Castle – complete with a great hall, banquet hall, armory, watchtower and dungeon – is available for tours, parties and weddings. But in true medieval castle style, there’s no indoor plumbing.

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In March 1972, on separate occasions, two policemen spotted what has become known as the Loveland Frogman. The first officer said he saw what he first thought was a dog but then appeared to be a 60-pound, 3- or 4-foot-tall creature with textured, leathery skin and a frog- or lizard-like face. Two weeks later, a second officer had a similar sighting. But after the officers took flack for the story, one of them later claimed he had seen an iguana.

One cold stare Legends and stories surrounding Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum – one of the largest cemeteries in the United States – abound, but one of the strangest is that of the statue with human eyes. The story goes that the bust on the grave of Charles C. Breuer contains his own eyes, in accordance with his will. Spring Grove historian and tour coordinator Phil Nuxhall says the bust of German-born Breuer, who died in 1908 at age 63, actually contains glass eyes. Want to see for yourself? He’s buried in Section 100, Lot 9.

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In late August 2004, a Miami Township police officer spotted a pattern of interlocking crop circles pressed into a cornfield off Linden Avenue, just east of the Miamisburg line. Crop circle investigator Jeffrey Wilson of Williamsburg called the design “the most impressive corn crop formation” he ever had seen, as well as one of the largest, and said there were no signs of mechanical damage sometimes seen in obvious fakes.

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Hamilton is home to the worst mass killing in Ohio history, which took place on Easter in 1975. In what became known as James Ruppert’s Easter Sunday Massacre, Ruppert shot and killed his mother, brother, sister-in-law, and eight nieces and nephews in his mother’s Minor Avenue home. Police said his motive was to inherit the estates of his mother and brother. A jury found Ruppert guilty of first-degree murder in the cases of his mother and brother and not guilty by reason of insanity on the other nine counts. He received dual life sentences and was denied parole last June at age 71. His next hearing is in 2015.

The Screaming Bridge, on Maud Hughes Road outside Fairfield, is so named because a girl allegedly jumped off it from a moving car during a heated argument and fell screaming to her death. Supposedly, if you sit still on the bridge you can hear the dialogue from her last discussion.

A hitchhiker’s guide to really scaring the pants off you There probably is a Dead Man’s Curve in every county in the country, including Clermont County. The road there was part of the Ohio Turnpike, built in 1831, according to “Weird Ohio.” The state rebuilt the road into a straight four-lane highway in September 1969, and a month later five teenagers died there when their Impala was hit at more than 100 mph by a 1969 Roadrunner. Someone named Rick survived, the book says, and he supposedly has been seen as a faceless hitchhiker five times since then. A driverless Impala and a green Roadrunner also have been seen. The location of Dead Man’s Curve is in dispute because of the rerouting, but many believe it’s the place where Ohio 222 and Bantam Road cross Ohio 125, near Amelia.


TRAGIC TALE: James Ruppert (left, with attorney Hugh Holbrook) is responsible for the worst mass killing in Ohio history. He killed 11 family members on Easter in 1975.


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KEEPING THE FAITH: Jerry Reiner marks the National Day of Prayer at one of the region’s odder sites, the World Peace Bell, in 2004.

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THERE … OFF IN THE DISTANCE: The Fujitec Tower, an elevatortesting facility, looms over the golf course at the Tournament Players Club at River’s Bend in Warren County.

Fujitec Tower

You see it when you’re driving to the Jeffersonville outlet malls, Columbus or Cleveland – the really tall structure off of Interstate 71 near Lebanon. It’s a 210-foot tower used by Fujitec to test elevators. The Japan-based company has installed elevators in many places, including Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. But when the company is developing new elevators and prototypes, they need to be tested. And to test elevators, you need a really tall building. The tower, built in 1993, consists of 17 floors and has four elevator hoistways, as well as one escalator. Michele Phelps, director of marketing communications for Fujitec North America Headquarters, gets a couple calls a month from curious people. Some thought it was a place to develop film, or that conference rooms or boardrooms are on the top floor. But the reality is, it is the company’s only elevator-testing facility in the United States. For the most part, the public is not permitted to tour the elevator facility. But each November, Fujitec hosts field trips of local second-graders and teaches them elevator and escalator safety. — Katie Kelley





Many of us have seen the World Peace Bell in Newport. You know it – it’s that huge structure looming over the corner of Fourth and York streets. Maybe it’s what some refer to as the “shower stall” look that makes the bell distinct from its flashy surroundings. It seems it takes a whole lot of wire mesh to keep that bell from rolling down to the river. “I think the Peace Bell itself is a nice thing; the thing that bothers me is the giant parking lot next to it,” says Josh Baker, a former owner of Mammoth Coffee in Newport, which is a neighbor to the gargantuan structure. “It has the potential to have a lot of cool uses. They need to redevelop it and basically take the ‘shower stall’ off of it. I’d like to see something green and living around it.” The bell rings every day at about 11:55 a.m. – because, as World Peace Bell Center manager Debbie Kayse says, the Newport courthouse bells have been ringing at noon for years. The bell, hung in October 1999, is worth an estimated $10 million. — Kari Wethington



As you walk up Hill Street in Mount Adams, you might have come across a strange elevator that looks like it came from the circus. The funny thing is, it’s attached to a three-story apartment complex. To find what on earth this contraption was exactly, we called Chris Bortz, general counsel for Towne Properties. He didn’t even know the answer to this question, but he knew his father, Neil Bortz, did. When Neil was on a trip in San Francisco in 1961, he came across a phone booth that looked out of the ordinary – it was a phone booth on tracks that went up a steep hill, much like a tram. Intrigued, he called the company that built these unique phone booths and was told they were called “Hillavators.” Immediately, Neil knew Mount Adams needed one of these inventions, since it has that San Francisco feel to it. Plus, his apartment in Mount Adams was up a few stories, and he didn’t want his wife – who was seven months pregnant – to carry groceries that far. The Hillavator was installed in 1962. Though it looks rather old and rusty, Chris Bortz says that it is in good condition. “You get in it, you think, ‘No way,’ but up it goes,” he says. Unfortunately, the public can’t ride this West Coast creation, but the next time you’re in Mount Adams, you might be lucky enough to see one of the complex’s tenants riding it. — Rich Shivener

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GOING UP: The San Francisco-inspired Hillavator, installed at this Mount Adams site in 1962, is still in good condition and in operation.

Yes, it’s true. There’s a giant woman/doll in a backyard in Clifton. “We call her Big Girl,” said owner Andy Scheurer. “She’s been a source of humor and a bit of mystery, but she’s also a timely piece of pop art. She’s lovely, and as the leaves fall off the trees in the winter, she literally slows traffic.” Big Girl is 171⁄2 feet tall and very pale. Yet she’s beguiling in her femininity, with her classically ’60s flip hairdo, her white V-neck T-shirt and red, form-fitting, knee-length skirt. “She’s a piece of art rather than a kitschy piece of crap,” Scheurer says. “Her context is in a formal yard. It’s the oldest standing house in Clifton, and you expect stone walls and flowery crap and sculptures. To find her in this context is jolting. She is made to drive by on the highway. And indeed, she has LEIGH PATTON her own dose of creepiness.” Clifton has been Big Girl’s home THAT’S NO LADY: That’s Big Girl, who since Scheurer’s brother found her has graced Clifton for more than abandoned in a park in the late ’70s two decades. or early ’80s. Before that, she stood at the old F&M Steakhouse in Northern Kentucky. “My brother, who is an artist, saw great potential in her and decided to bring her home,” Scheurer says. “The first reaction from my father was, ‘How long will that stay in our driveway?’ My brother said, ‘Not long. She’s going to the backyard.’ There was no tension there. And she’s been back there in a couple of different places since around 1980. She’s going to be with us forever.” — Gina Daugherty

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Power brokers

A who’s-who guide of movers and shakers in the community By Rebecca Goodman


ome people leave their mark through elected office. Some make decisions that affect our businesses and, in turn, our economy. Others touch our lives through big bank accounts and bigger hearts. Some movers and shakers you should know:

Cincinnati Mayor

Democrat Mark L. Mallory, 43, is the city’s 68th mayor and the first African-American to be directly elected to the office. He grew up in the West End – where he resides today – and graduated from the Cincinnati Academy of Math and Science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative management from the University of Cincinnati. Mallory served in the Ohio House of Representa-



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James R. Tarbell, 63, a member of the Charter Party, first was appointed to City Council in 1998. He attended St. Xavier and Withrow high schools. A former restaurateur, he lives in Pendleton.

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Democrat Laketa Cole, 32, was elected to her second council term in November. A Cincinnati native and Bond Hill resident, she received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wittenberg University in 1995. She teaches at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.


Mike McConnell

Station: WLW-AM 700 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday Noon-3 p.m. Saturday


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m John F. Barrett is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern Financial Group. m Bob Castellini, president of Castellini Co., a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, also is CEO of the Reds. He is a graduate of the Wharton School. m David B. Dillon, CEO of Kroger Co., holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Southern Methodist. m Richard Farmer, is chairman of Mason-based Cintas Corp., the nation’s largest uniform supplier. He is also founder of the Farmer Family Foundation of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, a six-figure contributor to national Republican Groups and benefactor of Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business.

m A.G. Lafley, chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co., was elected to the board in 2002. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1969 and received an MBA from Harvard in 1977. m Carl H. Lindner is chairman of the board of American Financial Group. He and his sons, Carl H. Lindner III (coCEO, co-president and co-director of American Financial and chairman and president of Great American Insurance Co.) and S. Craig Lindner (co-CEO, copresident and co-director of American Financial), are among the region’s top philanthropists (see next page). m George A. Schaefer Jr. has been president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp since 1989. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a master’s degree in finance from Xavier University.


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m Patricia Corbett founded the Corbett Foundation with her late husband, J. Ralph Corbett, in 1955. Since then, the foundation has given away $58 million to the arts in Greater Cincinnati. m Stanley Kaplan founded the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation, a major supporter of the arts in Cincinnati. m Carl H. Lindner (see previous page) has donated more than $100 million to local charities and has helped colleges and churches alike. The family name is on an array of parks, buildings and programs throughout Greater Cincinnati. m Manuel D. and Rhoda May-

erson founded Mayerson Academy, a professional development center for K-12 educators, in addition to supporting many organizations in Greater Cincinnati. m Louise Nippert and her late husband, Louis, founded the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation in 1981 to fund philanthropic efforts in Southwest Ohio. m Lois and Richard Rosenthal support arts in the city through the Rosenthal Foundation. They gave a $2.15 million grant to the Cincinnati Art Museum that made admission free for all. They contributed $6 million for the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Antonelli College Office of Admissions 124 E. Seventh St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 241-4338

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Office of Admissions 1212 Jackson St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 562-8740

A Bearcat? A Musketeer?

Art Institute of Cincinnati

The first time the University of Cincinnati was referred to in print as the Bearcats was Nov. 3, 1914 in a cartoon by John “Paddy” Reece in the University News, the student newspaper. The cartoon showed a Kentucky Wildcat being chased by a “Cincinnati Bear Cat.” UC had defeated UK 14-7 in an Oct. 31, 1914 football game with the help of star player Leonard K. “Teddy” Baehr. Is there such a thing as a Bearcat? Well, there’s one at the Cincinnati Zoo. Actually, it’s a binturong – a large cat from Malaysia. The nickname “Musketeers” – dedicated guards of the King of France – was proposed for Xavier in 1925 by Rev. Francis J. Finn, a member of XU’s Board of Trustees for many years until he died in 1928. Finn wanted to recognize Xavier’s strong ties with French origins and culture. Such as: m The first priest, and one of the first Europeans to navigate the Ohio River past the site that was to become Cincinnati, was a Jesuit from French Canada named the Rev. Joseph Pierre de Bonnecamps. That was 1749. m The first Jesuit Priest of Xavier, in 1840, was Father John Anthony Elet, a native of the French-speaking provinces of Belgium. m St. Francis Xavier, the patron of the university and a native of Spain, received his university education at the College of St. Barbe at the University of Paris and helped found the Jesuit Order in Paris in 1540. Sources: Cincinnati and Xavier sports information offices

Office of Admissions 1171 East Kemper Road Cincinnati, OH 45246 (513) 751-1206

Athenaeum of Ohio/ Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Office of Admissions 6616 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230 (513) 231-2223

Brown Mackie College Office of Admissions 1011 Glendale-Milford Road Cincinnati, OH 45215 (513) 771-2424

Chatfield College

North Fairmount – Cincinnati Campus 2569 St. Leo Place Cincinnati, OH 45225 (513) 921-9856






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Christ Hospital School of Nursing Office of Admissions 2139 Auburn Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45219 (513) 585-2401

Cincinnati Christian University Office of Admissions 2700 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45204 (800) 949-4228

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Sciences Office of Admissions 645 North Bend Road Cincinnati, OH 45224 (513) 761-2020

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Office of Admissions 3520 Central Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 861-7700

College of Mount St. Joseph Office of Admissions 5701 Delhi Road Cincinnati, OH 45233 (513) 244-4531

Gateway Community and Technical College Office of Admissions 1025 Amsterdam Road Covington, KY 41011 (859) 441-4500

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ITT Technical Institute

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

Ivy Tech State College

Office of Admissions 1810 Young St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 721-7944

Office of Admissions 375 Dixmyth Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45220 (513) 872-2743

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Office of Admissions 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45220 (513) 221-1875

Indiana Wesleyan University-Cincinnati Office of Admissions Cincinnati Education and Conference Center 9286 Schulze Drive West Chester, OH 45069 (513) 881-3600

Office of Admissions 4750 Wesley Ave. Norwood, OH 45212 (513) 531-8300

NEW SAINT: Thomas More unveiled its new mascot "Tommy Mo" prior to a women’s basketball game at Connor Convocation Center on Feb. 8.

Office of Admissions 500 Industrial Drive Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 (800) 715-1058

Miami University Office of Admissions 301 S. Campus Ave. Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-2531

Northern Kentucky University Office of Admissions LAC400/Nunn Drive Highland Heights, KY 41099 (859) 572-5100

Thomas More College

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University of Cincinnati

Office of Admissions 340 University Pavilion P.O. Box 210091 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091 (513) 556-1100

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Wilmington College McAuley, located in College Hill, is committed to educating faith-filled women of vision who have respect for the past, an understanding of the present, and a view to the future. 6000 Oakwood Ave. • Cincinnati, OH 45224 (513) 681-1800 •

Purcell Marian invites students from all neighborhoods of the greater Cincinnati area to be a part of our family. Purcell Marian is a Catholic, diocesan, co-educational high school with a curriculum heavily rooted in the Christian tradition. We are committed to developing the whole person and we provide a learning environment that nurtures the mind, body and spirit of our students.

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THE NORSE MAN COMETH: A Nordic raider serves as mascot for Northern Kentucky University’s athletic teams.

Xavier University

Office of Admissions ML 5311/3800 Victory Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45207 (513) 745-3301

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n the Enquirer staff, we have longtime Greater Cincinnatians, newcomers to the area and some folks who left and returned after spending time elsewhere. Last year, we asked for best-kept secrets and shared them with you. We decided to try it again, only this time we’ve attached names and faces to the tips. Here are some personal favorites from our newsroom …

Catch an indie film at Esquire, Mariemont


Hometown: Newark, Del. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 2½ years Resides: Hyde Park

My tip: Into independent films? Tuesday and Wednesday nights are the best times to see them. It’ll cost you only $5.50 anytime Tuesday to see any of the movies playing at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton or the Mariemont Theatre in Mariemont. On Wednesdays, buy a discounted ticket for $6 at either theater and get a coupon for a 20 percent discount at select neighborhood restaurants. Esquire Theatre: 320 Ludlow Ave., (513) 281-8750, Mariemont Theatre: 6906 Wooster Pike, (513) 272-0222,

Row, row, row your way to serene Rowe Woods

PETER BRONSON COLUMNIST Hometown: East Lansing, Mich. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 14 years Resides: Loveland

My tip: The Cincinnati Nature Center is a hiker’s heaven. The Nature Center says, “Rowe Woods is a prime example of a mixed mesophytic eastern deciduous forest.” Translated, that means big trees. Very big trees. Some are older than Johnny Appleseed. Rowe Woods, south of Milford, wanders over 1,000 acres along 18 miles of trails that wind past wildflowers, a lake, ponds, breathtaking views and all those big trees that turn a fall afternoon into an impressionist canvas of intense colors. And all it takes is $3 and a pair of walking shoes.

Take your bicycle and a little extra sunscreen


SPORTS COLUMNIST Hometown: Bethesda, Md. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 18 years Resides: Loveland



My tip: Check out the upper reaches of the Loveland bike trail, 20 miles north of Loveland. You pedal through beautiful country: wooded farmland and pastures, occasionally flanked by the Little Miami River, through the tiny village of Oregonia, up through the Caesar Creek recreation area. Most days, you have the trail to yourself. Take sunscreen, a couple quarts of water and a camera. Very peaceful.


TAKE A HIKE, FOLKS: Amy Gilkey, from Madiera, walks the trails of the Cincinnati Nature Center with her daughter Amelia, 2. CINCINNATI.COM/DISCOVER


When you’re feeling a little blue, let these great clubs get you jazzed



Hometown: Los Altos, Calif. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 33 years Resides: Wyoming

My tip: Some of Cincinnati’s jazz clubs are little-known treasures, with some great local musicians, and the occasional national name sitting in. Some don’t even have cover charges. The Blue Wisp downtown is a gem that regularly features the Blue Wisp Big Band and local jazz musicians such as the Phil DeGreg Trio. Serious aficionados – including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s maestro, Paavo Järvi – gravitate to this club. Then there’s the new Friday Jazz at the Hyatt series in the Hyatt Hotel downtown, where the cover is a bit steep ($20) but you’ll hear some amazing jazz, and very often big names. Simone’s restaurant in East Walnut Hills is a newcomer, presenting fantastic talent such as young local piano phenom William Menefield. Don’t miss the legendary Billie Walker Fridays and Saturdays at the Cincinnatian Hotel, downtown. For jazz concerts, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s jazz department regularly puts on themed shows (such as a Duke Ellington evening) at the school, often bringing in bigname guests. Visit for info.


THE SOUND DOWNTOWN: The Blue Wisp features local and national acts including local favorite, the Phil DeGreg Trio, pictured with guest trombonist John Fedchock.

A slice of life

My tip: Cassano’s, 8227 Daly Road, Finneytown (513) 5222263. This place takes me back to high school every time I walk in the door: Same location, same layout, same tables, drink case and order bar. Best of all, the same great pizza, topped with crumbled sausage LEE ANN and pepperoni and cut into HAMILTON those bite-sized squares that DEPUTY MANAGING you just keep eating... and eatEDITOR ing ... and eating one more. Hometown: Owner Elaine Hill calls pepperCincinnati oni and sausage the "standard How long in happy pizza" – the most popuGreater Cincinnati: lar pizza ordered since the tiny 6 years, latest stint restaurant and carryout Resides: Wyoming opened in 1958. This is the place to go when your No. 1 priority is comfort food – fast. While you’re there, say hello to Rob Adkins, day manager for more than 25 years. He’ll likely be slinging the pizzas in and out of the big ovens.

Great crab cakes and Guinness on tap: Head to the Red Onion


JUICED FOR FRESH FRUIT: Alpine Berry Farm, The Berry Patch and Irons Fruit Farm offer prospective pickers the opportunity to bulk up on some of nature’s sweet rewards.

Pound for pound, the best fruit you can get



Hometown: Cincinnati How long in Greater Cincinnati: 20 years Resides: White Oak

My tip: Blueberries grow on bushes, have no thorns and it’s easy to tell when they’re ripe. Generally, the fruit farm provides a bucket to hang around your neck. You stand (no stooping or squatting necessary) and pick berries into your bucket. I picked and froze 30 pounds of blueberries last year, and won’t come home with fewer than 50 pounds this year. At most fruit farms, you can pick your own, or buy them pre-picked. (Note: Pack containers to transport blueberries. I’ve seen pickers put them straight into plastic containers to freeze immediately when they get home.) Where to pick: Alpine Berry Farm, 26185 Pocket Road, Batesville. (812) 934-6677. Mid-June through August. The Berry Patch, 9429 Yorkridge Road, Guilford, Ind. (812) 623-1433, (812) 623-3774. Blueberries: late June. Irons Fruit Farm, 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon, Ohio. (513) 932-2853, Blueberries: mid-June. For more pick-your-own fruit farms, visit Cincinnati.Com, Keyword: you pick

My tip: The Red Onion Café in Monroe is a gem. It reopened last summer under new ownership: Gary Henz of Liberty Township, a former Maisonette chef who also worked at the famed Trailsend in Dayton before it closed. The menu features Gary’s unparalleled crab cakes, and there are daily signature JANICE MORSE specials such as “the Hornet burNEWS WRITER ger,” a mildly spicy sandwich Hometown: named after Monroe’s high school Alliance, Ohio mascot. Happily, the bar is one of How long in the few in the area that serves GuinGreater Cincinnati: ness on tap. It’s all served up in a ti7 years ny but pleasant historic inn from the Resides: Middletown stagecoach era. I call it “bar food with attitude.” My husband prefers the term, “tavern fare extraordinaire.” Dining tables are decorated with historic newspaper clippings about Monroe’s past; historic photos line the walls and copper pennies are encased in resin, adding an eclectic touch to the bar. Ah, yes, it’s one of my favorite hangouts. Only drawbacks: 1. Smoking is allowed. 2. If you don’t get there early on weekends, you don’t get a seat.







Hometown: Columbus How long in Greater Cincinnati: 2 years Resides: Hyde Park


No-frill burgers, a nice beat and a gorgeous view

Northside’s novelty: Great places to eat


My tip: The restaurants of Northside, from the upscale (Honey) to the downhome (Comet) to the exotic (Gajah Wong Indonesian) to the convenient (takeaway at Melt and Potluck).



PEACEFUL RIDE: Nothing beats a hot summer day like tubing or canoeing down the Little Miami River.

Hometown: Detroit How long in Greater Cincinnati: 6 years Resides: Cheviot

Take a river run in the summer sun





Hometown: Born in Kyoto, Japan. Son of a career Army man. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 41⁄2 years Resides: Hyde Park

SPORTS DESIGNER Hometown: Richmond, Ind. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 6 years Resides: West Chester

Searching for good Mexican? Try Acapulco

My tip: The best Mexican food around is at Acapulco in Fairfield. It’s flat-out awesome, and it’s affordable. We found Acapulco while living in Forest Park years ago. We liked it so much that when we lived in Florence, we would drive up to Fairfield just to go there. The company has grown over the years. Now, there are eight Acapulcos, including one in Florence. Call (513) 874-5777 or visit



My tip: Tubing down the Little Miami River is just an awesome thing to do on a 95-degree summer day. Little Miami Canoe in Oregonia, west of I-71 in Warren County, has them for $10, less for groups, and it provides bus transportation to the entry point upstream from its riverside camp. Requires no energy whatsoever, and the river’s clean and beautiful. For more information, visit new/littleinfo.htm or call (513) 8993616.

My tip: City View Tavern in Mount Adams is a great place to enjoy no-frill burgers, a great jukebox and an outstanding panoramic view of downtown Cincinnati. Check out its Web site for views of the city in every season. slideshow_seasons.html Telephone: (513) 241-8439 Location: 403 Oregon Street, Mount Adams

Alms Park offers peace for picnics


DEPUTY NEWS EDITOR Hometown: Portage, Ind. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 1½ years Resides: Anderson Township

My tip: The Alms Park Overlook in Columbia Tusculum is beautiful during the summer, with fantastic views of Lunken Airport, the Ohio River and the hills of Kentucky. It’s a nice place for the kids to run around or to have a picnic, and there has seldom been much of a crowd there on our visits.

Keep it classical, turn to 90.9 FM


NEWS REPORTER Hometown: New York City How long in Greater Cincinnati: 10 years Resides: Anderson Township


My tip: I consider WGUC-FM (90.9) a local gem for its classical music. In fact, I credit the station for my newfound classical appreciation. A couple years ago, I switched from hip hop/rock radio during Lent, and haven’t turned back. I also like the station’s ongoing features with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Paavo Järvi and the station’s radio hosts, who discuss the music and upcoming arts programs, and offer special segments for children.



OH DEER: A deer nibbles on leaves on a branch on the road that leads up to Alms Park off of Tusculum Avenue.

Go ahead, let the dogs out


DOG DAY AFTERNOON: Shelley Arthur of Clifton plays with her dogs (from left) Cass, Corbin and Lulu at the Mount Airy Dog Park.

My tip: On a sunny weekend morning, the see-and-be-seen spot for sociable Cincinnati canines is the Mount Airy Dog Park, in the Highpoint Picnic Area of Mount Airy Forest on Westwood Northern Boulevard between Montana Avenue and North Bend Road. FundMARGARET ed by donations from A. MCGURK Cincinnati dog lovers FEATURES REPORTER and PetSmart Charities, Hometown: the park encompasses Chicago about 2 acres where How long in dogs can run unleashed Greater Cincinnati: while their human com15 years panions relax on picnic Resides: East Price Hill benches. With so much room to run, the dogs rarely fight. Still, a separate enclosure of generous size is set aside for small dogs. The grounds include a couple of water pumps and trash bins, where visitors are expected to deposit the biodegradable bags (which, of course, they brought with them) that they used to clean up after their dogs. A shelter stands between the two areas, presumably a place to get out of the rain. However, be advised that in soaking wet weather, much of the park turns into a boot-grabbing mud pit. For a full list of rules, visit or call (513) 352-4080.

Take the creative option on a Saturday morning


ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR/LOCAL NEWS Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 10 years Resides: Hyde Park

My tip: My 6-year-old daughter and I are members of the Taft Museum. One of our favorite activities, there or elsewhere, is the Saturday morning Families Create program, a combination art/art appreciation class. Once a month it’s at the Taft and once a month at the Westin Art Gallery downtown (cost is $10 for non-member parent and child, $5 for members). When at the Taft, we enjoy time in the museum’s garden and cafe. You can find more info at

Shawnee Lookout Park has quite a nice peek of the area


COPY-DESK CHIEF Hometown: Cincinnati How long in Greater Cincinnati: 24 years Resides: Delhi Township

My tip: For a fun day in the wilderness, check out Shawnee Lookout Park. In addition to the usual park amenities, it includes or borders wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, archaeological exhibits, remnants of Indian burial mounds, challenging trails, one of the best golf courses in town and breathtaking views of the Ohio River. Best of all, from some vantage points, you can see both neighboring Indiana and Kentucky. A great place to take visitors who will think it’s cool to see three states at once. The 1,156-acre park is off U.S. 50 in Hamilton County’s Miami Township. Directions: I-275 to Kilby Road exit, right on Kilby Road, right onto U.S. 50, left onto Lawrenceburg Road to park entrance on left, about 1.5 miles. For details and a map, visit


SHOW AND TELL: The Taft Museum of Art’s Families Create! program offers hands-on opportunities for children ages 5 to 10 two Saturdays each month. SUMMER 2006




You can always go ... Downtown

Putz’s ice cream boasts nice twist




How long in Greater Cincinnati:

49 years

My tip: Try club hopping right here in good ole downtown Cincinnati. My friends and I start at Bella located on 600 Walnut St. for the fine dining and upscale romantic atmosphere. Right across RON COSBY the the street is the Havana MartiDEPUTY ni Club located at 580 Walnut St. PRESENTATION Thursday nights is Salsa Night EDITOR and even if you have rhythm, paHometown: trons bear with you and it’s just New Orleans one big party with the dancing, ciHow long in Greater Cincinnati: gars and martinis. If you haven’t tired yourself out, you can walk 11⁄2 years latest stint maybe two blocks for a night cap Resides: and more dancing at McFadden¹s Independence, Ky. Restaurant and Saloon located at 19 E. Seventh St.

My tip: I don’t know if the softserve ice cream there is the best or it just seems that way. The place has been a popular stop with West Siders for years. They have all kinds of fancy concoctions. But I always go with the vanilla-chocolate twist. It’s simple and simply perfect. The place has walk-up windows to order. It reminds me of the 1970s. Putz’s is on West Fork Road, just off I-74 at the Montana exit. 2673 Putz Place, Westwood, (513) 681-8668.

Resides: Westwood

Tasty tapas await at Latitudes Cafe



Hometown: Albany, N.Y. How long in Greater Cincinnati: 10 years Resides: Hyde Park

My tip: In quiet Milford, along the tree-lined street of its old town, is a pleasant surprise. Latitudes Café boasts the scene that Cincinnatians crave – live music, a spacious upstairs loft and an ever-crowded bar. It’s the small-town watering hole in a big-time city, and it’s nestled on Milford’s Main Street. Unique in both its hours and menu (the bar is open until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday and the meals are mini, tapas-style), make GARY LANDERS sure to check out Latitudes for its weekly Karoke night and Jam sesWEST SIDE SOFT SERVE: Putz’s has been sions. Go to or call serving up its famous creamy whip to (513) 831-9888. customers since 1938.

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How long in Greater Cincinnati:

42 years

My tip: The Northern Kentucky University summer dinner theater is a great series every year. It’s a jewel in the crown of Queen City glories. “The Odd Couple” runs June 14-July 2 and the 1940’s Radio Hour will be July 12-30. Visit news.htm or call (859) 572-5464.

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NICK HURM SPORTS DESIGNER Hometown: Cincinnati How long in Greater Cincinnati: 8 years Resides: West Chester

My tip: Two miles south of Waynesville on U.S. 42 is Red Stewart Airfield, an airport that hasn’t changed much in the last 60 years. Three generations of Stewarts have owned and operated the airport since 1946. If you’ve ever thought about getting your pilot’s license or you just want to take an airplane or glider ride, try Stewart Airfield. It’s not your typical airport. It’s peaceful, the people are laid-back, and it’s the perfect place to watch 1940s vintage aircraft take off and land. They have fresh popcorn in the office and benches outside perfect for plane watching on a nice, sunny day. Visit or call (513) 897-7717.

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e asked The Enquirer’s newsroom in Fort Mitchell for some of Northern Kentucky’s fun and unique places to go and things to do. Here’s what they came up with:

Kenton Paw Park Shops An enclosed area inside Pioneer Park in Covington The Bellevue Beadery for dogs of any kind to enjoy off-leash recreation. Customers can pick out beads from a huge asPhase I opened in July 2004, and a second area – sortment of sizes and colors and make their own Phase II – opened in May 2005. Pooches enjoy plenty jewelry, or the store employees can help. There’s of open space to run and frolic, while owners sit at a always special attention given to anyone who walks picnic bench under a shady tree. Open dawn to in the door. 307 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue; (859) 292dusk, it was recently named one of the top 10 dog 0800, parks in the nation by Novartis Animal Health and Florence Antique Mall Dog Fancy magazine. 3950 Madison Pike, Covington; One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Plenty of (859) 392-0024, antiques, collectibles and “long-forgottens” inBoone County side. It’s a great way to see lots of antiques, Arboretum at Central Park including furnishings, at once. 8145 Mall One of the first of its kind in the naRoad, Florence; (859) 371-0600, flortion, and Northern Kentucky’s only arboretum. Features more than Blue Marble Bookstore 2,700 trees and shrubs, all of The full-service, independent which are GPS located on a map children’s bookstore has over available at one of three kiosks 50,000 titles. Also helps schools along the arboretum’s 2.5 miles with special author visits, and arof paved trails. Open from dawn ranges children’s book parties and to dusk. 9190 Camp Ernst Road, hosts authors for signings. Will loUnion; (859) 384-4999, bcarborecate out-of-print and hard-to-find children’s books. 1356 S. Fort Totter’s Otterville CARRIE Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; (859) at Johnny’s Toys COCHRAN 781-0602, Children’s activities include COOL BEADS: Carol Hennich of scripts/community?sid=5792. water play, giant stacking toys, Fort Thomas selects beads at the enclosures for jumping into Special Bellevue Beadery in Bellevue. plastic balls, big slides, crafts miscellaneous and puppets shows. Outside Northern Kentucky features a trolley ride, fishing and large jungle gym. Brotherhood Singers Great place to take kids on a rainy day. Howard LitAn a cappella gospel group of men who have zler Road and Boron Drive, Covington; (859) 261performed together for about 12 years. They still 6962, perform at local fundraisers and arts workshops, Monmouth Theatre and the schedule includes periodic tours of A 125-seat theater about six blocks from NewSpain. An upcoming performance is Aug. 4 at Deport on the Levee with creative and offbeat shows. vou Park’s “Coffee Cup” series. Cost ranges $12-$15. 636 Monmouth St., Newport; Tower Park in Fort Thomas (859) 655-9140, A great place for walkers to come enjoy a Rabbit Hash General Store beautiful day out in the fresh air. Plenty of trees Truly a trip back in time. A working general and greenspace. 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort store since 1831, the Northern Kentucky landmark Thomas; (859) 781-1700, in western Boone County was submerged in the homepage.html. flood of 1937. Store sells antiques, collectibles, Riverside Drive in Covington hand-woven towels and soaps, wooden kitchen Come sit on a park bench here and watch the utensils and other items. Located in a great spot for bikers, Sunday drivers or anyone hoping to catch a boats, barges and traffic along the Ohio River. Riverside Drive is located in the Licking Riverside Hisgreat view of the river and watch time stand still. toric District, at the confluence of the Licking and 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash; (859) 586Ohio rivers. 7744, Devou Park Florence Family Aquatic Center The overlook at Devou Park in Covington has One-of-a-kind water park features a lazy river, one of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline from competition pool, zero-depth area, two spray Northern Kentucky. The park also features a congrounds, a spiral and a speed slides, sunbathing cert bowl, picnic shelters, walking and bike trails, areas, shelters, bathhouse and concessions area. golf course and fishing lake. Located off Dixie HighSwim lessons, aquacize, diving and scuba lesway, turn onto Sleepy Hollow Road and drive 1.7 sons also available. 8200 Ewing Blvd., Florence; miles to park’s entrance on the right. (859) 647-4619, County Farmers Market ic_center.htm. The Burlington market has a little bit of everyFlorence Skate Park thing fresh. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, even The 20,000-square-foot park is designed for infresh Kentucky-made jams and honeys of all sorts. line skaters and skateboarders. Features beginner, You’ll learn a thing or two about local agriculture intermediate and advanced areas with challenging while you buy. From April through October, the elements; with shelter, spectator area, emergency market is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and until telephone and parking lot. Ky. 18 and Ewing Blvd., 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, near the corner of Florence; Ky. 18 and Route 237.






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Straight From the Vine Looking to sample some fine wine? We offer 15 area wineries to pick from

By Jim Knippenberg


here was a time, as little as 10 years ago, when serious wine drinkers turned up their educated noses at the thought – let alone the taste – of locally produced wines. But that was then, and this is now. Today, Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana have 15 wineries. Most are open to the public, most welcome tasters and many have won national and international awards. Area wine makers who have earned accolades include: Henke Winery in Westwood won seven medals, including golds for best blush and best Cabernet Franc, at last summer’s Indiana International Wine Competition, the secondlargest in the nation. Burnet Ridge in North College Hill produces a Syrah and a Purple Trillium that have consistently won gold medals at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival. Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery in Ripley walked away from the American Wine Society’s 2005 competition in Las Vegas with a total of three medals – 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, its 2003 Syrah and its 2004 Viognier/ Roussanne. Woodstone Creek in Evanston has earned gold medals for its port, Crowne Amber (port-style honeywine) and Vidal Blanc. Vinoklet in Colerain Township has a wall full of silver and bronze medals for two whites – Dreamer and In Vino Veritas, both sweet white wines – and its sweet red La Dolce Vita, all from Ohio State competitions. The wines are not only getting better, they’re getting more plentiful. Ten years ago there were seven local wineries, a figure that has more than doubled in a single decade. Spring and summer are perfect for touring wineries and grabbing a taste along the way. Go ahead, try it. ENDLESS CROP: There are 60 acres of vineyards at Valley Vineyards at 2276 E. U.S. 22 in Morrow.






Well done

A perfect steak is a rare find. Here are prime places to seek one


here is a 500-pound gorilla in this category – Jeff Ruby has five restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area (plus one at Belterra Casino and another that soon will open in Louisville). All serve the same dry-aged, prime, thick-cut steaks, with a variety of side dishes in extravagant surroundings. Ruby’s restaurant’s are: The Precinct

311 Delta Ave., Columbia Tusculum (513) 321-5454

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse 700 Walnut St., downtown (513) 784-1200

South Beach Grill

14 Pete Rose Pier, Covington (859) 581-1414

Carlo and Johnny 9769 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery (513) 936-8600

Our food reviewer

Polly Campbell has been reviewing area restaurants since 1996. Catch her reviews each Friday in The Enquirer’s Weekend section.

Jeff Ruby’s Tropicana

1 Levee Way, Newport (859) 491-8900

There are other places to sink your teeth into a steak. These are the best of the rest:

The Celestial Steakhouse

1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams (513) 241-4455 Far above the city at the top of Mount Adams is a place to eat first-class steaks. There’s also a good choice of seafood and other fine-dining fare, such as braised lamb and veal chops.



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8170 Montgomery Rd., Madeira (513) 984-8090 Steak and sushi are the specialties at this handsome, dark-wood

steakhouse up the road from its sister restaurant, Trio. Try the strip steak with sautéed spinach, bacon and wild mushrooms, or choose one of the fresh seafood offerings.

Jag’s Steak and Seafood

5980 West Chester Rd., West Chester (513) 860-5353 In the northern suburbs, this is the place for big, showy meals like Kobe filet, crab legs or lobster ravioli. There also is a bar for live music and cocktails.

Parker’s Blue Ash Grill

4200 Cooper Rd., Blue Ash (513) 891-8300 A little more casual than many steakhouses, with cozy rooms and four fireplaces. Big menu of steaks, chops and fish, plus potatoes and other side dishes.

Former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore (left) holds a record at Big Texan Steak Ranch for eating a 72-ounce steak in 91⁄2 minutes. The restaurant, located in Amarillo, Texas, will pick up the $50 tab for a full dinner for anyone who can finish a baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, roll and a 72-ounce top sirloin steak in less than an hour.


GO BLUE: Heed the advice of regulars at cozy Sugar ’N Spice Restaurant in Bond Hill and try its blueberry pancakes – and don’t hold back on the syrup.

Rise and dine

Looking for a great meal to start the day? Try these locally-owned hot spots The Breakfast Club Cafe

102 N. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 932-0210 They roast their own coffee here, which should tell you something about how seriously they take breakfast. There’s a huge menu, with everything from banana-nut pancakes to steak and eggs to vegetarian omelets.

Sugar ’N Spice

4381 Reading Rd., Paddock Hills (513) 242-3521 Eat at the counter and rub elbows with early-risers from all walks of life at this bright-pink breakfast and lunch cafe. It’s known for its thin, light pancakes; the blueberry variety is especially good.

The National Exemplar

6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont (513) 271-2103 Start your day by filling up in an Olde English-style inn at Mariemont’s town square. Enjoy eggs served all kinds of ways – omelets, frittatas and eggs benedict – plus pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and fresh fruit.

Foster’s Lake Forest

4445 Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash (513) 769-9108 It may seem strange to go into an office building for breakfast, but this officepark eatery offers great coffee, comfortable banquettes and good, hot breakfasts for sit-down or grab-and-go.

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9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash (513) 891-5542 A place with a creative array of bagels, plus cream cheese and other toppings – all dairy kosher. Maybe a sunflower seed bagel with lox cream cheese …

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Colonial Cottage


3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger (859) 341-4498 The waitresses seem to know everyone’s name here; fit in by ordering goetta with your eggs over-easy. This place sells a lot of goetta, often as part of its huge country breakfasts.

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Country Grill

21 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge (859) 824-6000 It’s right off 71-75, which makes it sort of a truck stop, but it’s nicer than that might imply – homey and very country. Load up on omelets, country ham, biscuits and gravy.

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ENJOY: Gavin Leonard and Charles Addei enjoy the sandwiches at Blue Ash Chili. The restaurant, which opened in 1969, was bought by Nick and Charlene Insco in March 2005.

Best bets: North

The Works

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20 Grear Millitzer Ln., Loveland (513) 697-8408 An old municipal building converted to the ideal midweek restaurant in Loveland. Brick oven pizza is the specialty, along with pasta, salads and sandwiches in a spacious setting.

The Silver Spring House

8322 E. Kemper Rd., Montgomery (513) 489-7044 Chicken and more chicken. Their specialty is grilled marinated chicken, with a wide selection of side dishes. Or get it barbecued or Cajun-style, or go for salmon or pork chops. Also free popcorn. Families going from school and work to soccer practice are well in evidence, though you might have to wait for a table.

Blue Ash Chili

9565 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash (513) 984-6107 Chili, sure, but also Cincinnati’s other chili parlor specialty: monster double-deckers. Try the ham and roast beef. New owners have also added homemade soups, battered fish and a colossal burger.

Polly’s picks

We challenged Enquirer restaurant reviewer Polly Campbell to offer some of her favorite weekday family-friendly, nonchain restaurants all over the area. So she did. That’s what you’ll find on this page, as well as Page 62 (West), Page 63 (East) and Page 64 (Northern Kentucky). Eat up!

Sturkey’s Encore Café

9521 Fields-Ertel Rd., Symmes Township, (513) 774-7072 776 N. Main St., Springboro, (937) 748-8877 7305 Tylers Corner Drive, West Chester, (513) 759-0200 Swanky enough for a special night out, but designed for weekday dining, too. There are pizzas, entrée salads, pastas, burgers, and seriously delicious desserts. Kids’ menu, too.


7880 Remington Road, Montgomery (513) 794-0080 The pizza’s good because it’s wood-fired; there are also pastas and some excellent salads. Plus they’ll give your kids

raw pizza dough to play with while you wait.

Anand India

10890 Reading Rd., Sharonville (513) 554-4040 For a mid-week change of pace, choose a variety of dishes from mild biriyani to a fiery vindaloo. Indian is always a good choice if there are vegetarians in your family.

Taste of Julia’s

8095 Beckett Center Dr., West Chester (513) 942-1800 Good homestyle cooking with a definite Southern accent—think smothered pork chops and fried chicken. Julia’s added some healthier choices, too, like tilapia sautéed in olive oil. In addition to the menu, there’s a $12 dinner buffet.

The Pasta Wagon 4877 Smith Rd., West Chester (513) 881-2244 Pasta is a no-brainer for a quick meal together— here’s a good inexpensive place. There’s a family-style meal option, with pasta and salad and bread sticks, or order a la carte: including toasted ravioli, wagon-wheel pasta and French bread pizza. (There’s also one in Hyde Park)

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Best bets: East side Dewey’s Pizza

3014 Madison Rd., Oakley (513) 731-7755 This is the original Dewey’s; there are locations in Newport, Clifton and Symmes Township, too. A great place for parents to eat a sophisticated pizza and order wine or beer, and for kids to have their usual.

Betta’s Italian Oven

3764 Montgomery Rd., Norwood (513) 631-6836 This second location of the small family-owned restaurant on Mount Lookout Square adds delicious wood-fired pizza to the original Italian menu, so there’s something for everyone.

Pelican’s Reef

7261 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township (513) 232-2526 Seafood with a relaxed Key West atmosphere. Grouper sandwiches, conch fritters, crab cakes and fried oysters.


7565 Kenwood Rd., Kenwood (513) 984-1905 Both civilized and relaxed. A good wine list and a wide variety of food choices, including sandwiches, pasta and a children’s menu.

Choo Choo’s

7701 Railroad Ave., Madeira (513) 272-2466 It used to be a train station; now it’s full of railroad memorabilia and humorous signs. It’s a good place for kids in their train-obsessed phase and beyond.

Dilly Deli

6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont (513) 561-5233 It’s attached to a wine store, and you can choose any bottle there to drink with a casual menu of salads, sandwiches and dinner entrees. (No corkage fee MondayWednesday.) Nice patio in the summer.

Kona Bistro

3012 Madison Rd., Oakley (513) 842-5662 This hip little place has a creative, eclectic menu that’s surprisingly inexpensive.

Song Long

1737 Section Rd., Roselawn (513) 351-7631 Not all kids like Vietnamese food, but if they turn up their noses at Song Long’s delicious cold rolls, beef salad and sweet-peppery clay-pot dishes, they always can have Chinese cashew chicken.

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Best bets: Kentucky

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Colonial Cottage

400 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell (859) 344-5333 The ribs are the main draw, but there are lots of other menu choices, including chicken, sandwiches and the restaurant’s signature Saratoga chips. And you all can wear matching bibs to ward off barbecue stains. There are two other locations: the original in Montgomery and the Boathouse downtown.

3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger (859) 341-4498 It’s homey, old-fashioned and affordable. The kids’ menu offers a variety of selections – maybe they’d like to have breakfast for dinner.

El Coyote

3041 Dixie Highway, Edgewood (859) 331-6767 When you have worked up a huge appetite, this is a good place for you to head. There’s an expansive menu of Mexican and steak offerings, plus large portions of side dishes – including macaroni and cheese, so you know there’s something for the kids. It also has margaritas for the over-21 crowd.

Karlo’s Bistro Italia

4911 S. Houston Rd., Florence (859) 282-8282 It’s near a lot of chain restaurants, but this isn’t a chain. It has just about anything you could want in Italian cuisine, and you probably will have leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Casual atmosphere for families, and not too expensive.



NO PASSPORT NEEDED: From start (bruschetta) finish (tiramisu), dining at Karlo’s Bistro Italia is like touring Italy without leaving Kentucky.

Greyhound Tavern

2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell (859) 331-3767 American cooking, including heralded fried chicken and onion rings. There are more upscale menu choices, too, and it’s a good idea to call ahead for a table. You definitely will see other families here.

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Indigo Casual Cafe

2053 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell (859) 331-4339 Great for when you want to eat out but want something healthy, or if there’s a vegetarian in your group. Indigo has lots of salads, vegetarian pastas and pizzas, and a pleasant front-yard patio. There’s another location in Hyde Park

200 E. Third St., Newport (859) 491-7200 Perhaps a little loud for a weeknight with the oom-pah band, but there’s nothing wrong with the occasional party. And if your family’s loud it won’t bother anyone. Hearty German food – sauerkraut optional – with a children’s menu.

York Street Cafe

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Spark things up No need to sit around the house with all these attractions


sn’t it always the locals who miss out on what’s in their own backyards? How many New Yorkers refuse to take an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building? How many Washington, D.C., natives never sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stare into the Reflecting Pool? So raise your hands – How many of you have traveled to Florida to take the kids to Disney World but haven’t gone to Kings Island? The Greater Cincinnati area is loaded with attractions that appeal to all ages. Don’t wait for relatives to come into town to take advantage of what’s here. This section mentions 21 area attractions. Take a minute to go through this checklist and see how many you’ve already visited. Certainly they’re not all for you, but make a goal to add a check mark or two this year.




FIRE IN THE SKY: Every night at 10 p.m., Kings Island closes with a bang – with its traditional fireworks show.



Argosy Casino and Hotel

777 Argosy Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (888) 274-6797; This riverboat casino offers about 2,300 slot machines and 80 gaming tables in its three-deck facility, which can accommodate more than 4,000 passengers. There’s a multi-level entertainment pavilion that’s home to restaurants, bars and lounges, and also a 300-room hotel. Hours: Open 24 hours daily Admission: Free

BB Riverboats

101 Riverboat Row, Newport (859) 261-8500; BB Riverboats has been a staple of the local riverfront for the past 25 years. Its cruises are more than just boat trips – they’re a chance to learn about the history of the river, enjoy a meal or dance under the stars. BB Riverboats offers a wide variety of cruises ranging from lunch and dinner trips to sightseeing jaunts and all-day excursions. Hours: Vary by cruise Admission: Varies by cruise


CHIPS ARE DOWN: You can try your hand at blackjack at Lawrenceburg’s Argosy Casino, a riverboat venue that offers an array of gambling opportunities for about 4,000 people at a time.

The Beach Waterpark

2590 Water Park Drive, Mason (513) 398-7946; With 49 water rides and attractions, including Kahuna Beach wave pool and the Volcanic Panic flume, The Beach makes it easy for the entire family to plunge into the fun of summer. Splash away the day in 2.5 million gallons of water and surround yourself with 35 acres of lush, tropical landscape filled with palm trees, waterfalls and 2,600 tons of sand. Hours: June 9-Aug. 20 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Aug. 21-Sept. 4 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 9-10 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Check the Web site or call for special hours. Admission: $19.99 Monday-Thursday, $26.99 Friday-Sunday adults; $9.99 youths 48 inches and shorter; free for ages 2 and under

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa

777 Belterra Drive, Belterra, Ind. (888) 235-8377; The 38,000-square-foot riverboat casino features 1,600 slot machines and more than 40 table games. The property has six restaurants and a hotel with 608 rooms. Hours: Open 24 hours daily Admission: Free

Big Bone Lick State Park

3380 Beaver Road, Union, Ky. (859) 384-3522; The park, named after the warm salt springs that once attracted herds of giant mastodons, wooly mammoths, ground sloths and other prehistoric vis-


H2OHHH!!! Just add water to let the good times roll at The Beach, a 35-acre oasis of tropical fun located in Mason. It offers everything from the exciting twists and turns of high-speed flumes to calming soaks in tidal pools. itors bills itself as “the center of American paleontology.” Fossilized animal remains were discovered in 1739, and many of them are on display in the Big Bone Lick Museum. But this park also offers much to do outdoors, with hiking trails, a 7.5-acre lake, picnic and camping areas, and facilities for tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and miniature golf. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Admission: Free

Boone County Arboretum at Central Park

9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky. (859) 384-4999; Boone County Arboretum at Central Park is the nation’s first arboretum within an active recreation park setting. Its 121 acres have more than SUMMER 2006

2,700 trees and shrubs. Its collection includes specialized arrangements of plant families and obscure selections rarely observed by the public. All this can be viewed while strolling along miles of paved walking trails that wind through woodland settings and athletic fields. There’s also a children’s garden and a wildlife viewing area. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Admission: Free









SMASHING PUMPKIN: Mai Thai, a resident of the Cincinnati Zoo, enjoys an autumn treat. The zoo’s Elephant House, built in 1906, is a national historic landmark.

Coney Island

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6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati (513) 232-8230; The roots of this entertainment facility date to 1870, when it first was rented for private picnics. Today, the site features a variety of activities and shows. Primary among them is Sunlite Pool, which was built in 1925 and – at 200 feet wide and 401 feet long and with a capacity of 3 million gallons of water – is the world’s largest recirculating swimming pool. Coney Island also has four water slides and many classic amusement park rides, including the Python steel roller coaster, bumper cars, a ferris wheel and a carousel. Visitors can take a ride in pedal boats on Lake Como, enjoy live stage shows at Lakeside Pavilion, dance or listen to live music at Moonlite Gardens, or play miniature golf and several arcade games. Picnic facilities also are available. Hours: Vary according to venue; mostly 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 27-Sept. 4 Admission: $18.50; $9.95 after 4 p.m.; $9.95 ages 2-3

198 S. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 933-8022; These nostalgic train rides, which depart from Lebanon Station and travel along the original Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railroad line, offer the experience of travel from days gone by. The trains have restored 1950s GP-7 dieselelectric locomotives, commuter coaches built in 1930 and an open gondola car on the rear. Special rides are offered, including Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Tank Engine themes for kids and mystery motifs and dinner rides for adults. Hours: Vary by trip Admission: Varies by trip

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati (800) 944-4776; With 510 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties, the zoo attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually. Open since 1875, the zoo is the second-oldest in the United States. It has been designated Cincinnati’s top tourist attraction and one of the top five zoos in the country by Zagat Survey. Special celebrations take place year-round, including Zoo Babies in the spring, HallZOOween in the fall and PNC Festival of Lights in the winter. New this year is Adventure Down Under, which features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, kookaburras, penguins and other animals of Australia. Hours: Vary depending on season; typically 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $12.95 adults; $7.95 ages 2-12; $10.95 ages 62 and older

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START YOUR ENGINES: The Cincinnati Railway is fired up and ready to go on themed excursions for riders of all ages. SUMMER 2006

3205 Waynesville Road, Morrow (513) 563-7524 Spend your day having fun cowboy style, or maybe play a little paintball – this place offers both. Enjoy a horseback ride with a real cattle drive, just like in the old West. Make a day of it and enjoy additional activities such as a hayride, a marshmallow roast around a campfire, a game of horseshoes and a visit to all the friendly animals in the children’s petting zoo. Or play paintball – guests 14 and older are provided with all the latest equipment, including 50 paintballs per person. Hours: Vary Admission: $4-$54.95 depending on activity




Gorman Heritage Farm

3035 Gorman Heritage Farm Lane, Evendale (513) 563-6663; gormanheritage This 120-acre historic homestead, first settled in 1789, lets visitors experience the workings of a farm up close. Guests also can relax by taking in the scenery while strolling the trails. The farm includes wooded areas, a former Indian trail, a freshwater spring and a creek for milling operations, fields for crops and rocky areas for quarrying. Special events, such as a Civil War re-enactment, often are scheduled, and there are demonstrations and classes for both children and adults, covering subjects ranging from wildlife to gardening to beekeeping. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $3 adults, $1 children weekdays; $5 adults, $3 children weekends

Grand Victoria Casino

600 Grand Victoria Drive, Rising Sun, Ind. (800) 472-6311; A variety of table games and more than 1,500 slot machines are offered at this dockside casino and resort. There’s also a 200-room hotel, a pool, a health club and several dining options, including a deli, a buffet and a sit-down steakhouse. Nearby is Southern Indiana’s only Scottish links-style golf course. Hours: Open 24 hours daily Admission: Free

Krohn Conservatory

1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati (513) 421-5707; parks This nationally recognized conservatory, located in Eden Park, is home to more than 3,500 species of plants from all over the world. Permanent displays show plants in their natural settings, ranging from a desert environment to a rainforest-like atmosphere with a 20-foot waterfall. Special events are held throughout the year, including floral displays and Cooking with Krohn, a program in which area chefs and horticulturalists combine to create a special culinary experience. One of the most popular programs at the conservatory is the annual Butterfly Show, in which thousands of these colorful creatures fly freely in the facility’s showroom. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: Free; special events vary in price

Lazer Kraze

3187 Western Row, Maineville, Ohio (513) 339-1030; This three-level arena, with special lighting and a sound system, is the area’s largest laser-tag facility. It’s one of only two tri-level arenas in




FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: Krohn Conservatory annually plays host to thousands of these colorful creatures. This year’s show, Butterflies Down Under, includes varieties from Australia as part of its free-flight display. the Midwest and nine in the country. There’s also a large arcade that’s home to more than 40 video and interactive games. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Admission: $8-$18

Loveland Castle 12025 Shore Road, Loveland, Ohio (513) 683-4686; Harry Andrews built this castle on a bank along the Little Miami River, stone by stone, beginning in 1929. It hosts events year-round, including a haunted castle in October. There also are picnic facilities, games and tours. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April-September; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends November-March Admission: $2 ages 12 and under, $3 adults




CREATING A SCENE: The views are stunning at the Links at Grand Victoria – and the golf on the 18-hole Scottish-style course isn’t too shabby, either.

Newport Aquarium


1 Aquarium Way, Newport (859) 491-3467; Newport Aquarium, which opened in May 1999, showcases more than 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the globe in a million gallons of water. Featuring a 385,000-gallon shark tank, a coral reef and a rainforest, it was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004. This state-of-the art facility puts visitors close to the action, leading them through 200 feet of underwater tunnels, over see-through floors and past walk-around exhibits. There’s also a touch pool for a hands-on experience. An 8,000-gallon display, complete with icy cliffs, puts penguins on center stage while guests take in the show on theatre-style seating.. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; extended weekend hours during summer. Admission: $17.95 adults; $10.95 ages 3-12; $15.95 ages 65 and older.

WHAT’S BLACK AND WHITE AND CUTE ALL OVER? Why, penguins, of course. You can sit back and watch ’em waddle at Newport Aquarium, which even offers theater-style seating to accommodate the birds’ many fans.

Ohio Renaissance Festival


MAKING HISTORY: The costumed performers at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg take visitors back to days gone by. Those not wanting to try the stocks on for size can be entertained by musicians, storytellers and jousting. SUMMER 2006

State Route 73, Harveysburg (513) 897-7000; This annual event recreates a 16thcentury English village on its 30-acre site. Hundreds of costumed performers provide an authentic atmosphere and roughly 100 shows each day, including jousting battles by knights on horseback. Musicians, dancers and storytellers roam the grounds and perform on one of the venue’s 12 stages, providing further entertainment. Guests also can take in archery demonstrations, and even take up a bow and arrow themselves. An open-air marketplace provides a place for more than 130 merchants and craftsmen to show their wares and demonstrate their talents. Dining choices abound, with such authentic fare as roasted turkey legs, fresh-baked bread, stews, fish and chips and steaks offered. Beer and wine also are available. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 2-Oct. 22. Admission: $16.99 adults; $9.99 ages 5-12.





UP AND OVER: Dennis L Speigel headed the development of the Purple People Bridge Climb, which offers a new and exciting way for folks to cross the Ohio River.

Paramount’s Kings Island

6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason (800) 288-0808; This park encompasses seven themed areas, including two designed for small children. There are more than 80 rides, shows and attractions. The park is well known for its roller coasters, especially The Beast, the world’s longest wooden coaster, and Son of Beast, the world’s only looping wooden coaster. For the youngsters, there’s Nick Universe, which has 18 rides and attractions featuring popular Nickelodeon characters. Boomerang Bay, an Aussie-themed water park, offers a chance to cool off. Seasonal events are held in the fall and winter. Hours: Vary depending on season; typically 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $49.99 ages 7-59; $29.99 ages 3-6, 60 and older

Parky’s Farm

10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati (513) 521-3276; Located in Winton Woods, this 100acre demonstration farm includes animals, orchards, gardens and fields of crops. There’s also a working windmill and a display of antique farm equipment, and pony rides are offered. Parky’s PlayBarn, an indoor, two-story playground with soft safety flooring, gives the kids a place to burn off some excess energy. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11



to each climber at the end of the journey. This adventure, conducted in groups of up to 12 people, begins at “Base Camp” at Newport on the Levee behind the Tropicana restaurant. It lasts about 21⁄2 hours, including 11⁄2 hours of climbing. Hours: Vary by date and type of climb Admission: $59.95 daytime; $79.95 sunrise, sunset or night

Wolff Planetarium


GO FISH: Fishing at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods is one of many activities for kids at the 100-acre site. a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday in spring and autumn; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday in summer Admission: Pony rides, Parky’s PlayBarn, wagon rides $2 each

Purple People Bridge Climb

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Climbers, decked out in special suits, communication headsets, safety harnesses and hats, will embark upon a journey among the upper trestles of the bridge’s five spans, providing a bird’seye view of Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati. At the apex of the bridge, climbers go over a 35-foot glass floor suspended over the Ohio River. During the climb, leaders will provide information about the history and design of the bridge and also will point out interesting views. A complimentary group photograph will be taken and presented

3075 Cliff Top Drive, Cincinnati (513) 321-6070; Located in Burnet Woods, Wolff Planetarium can seat 20 people under its 12-foot dome, where they’ll view stars in all seasons and all latitudes. This is one of the nation’s oldest planetariums, and it’s decidedly low-tech. There are no prerecorded programs; your journey will be led by an experienced naturalist who will go into detail about the facts and myths of various celestial bodies. Audience participation is encouraged. For world travelers planning a trip to the southern hemisphere or the arctic circle, the planetarium can provide a preview of stars that can be seen there. Hours: Vary by season and program Admission: Varies by season and program

Where’s a young professional to go? By Gina Daugherty


hese groups and events are all about professional networking, good causes – and having a good time, of course. Looking to get some more contacts in your razor-thin cell phone? Then look no further than these five young professional organizations. They’ll get you networking, contacting and rubbing shoulders with the freshest faces in Greater Cincinnati.

Give Back Cincinnati This is the club you want to join if you’re not that into commitment. Give Back Cincinnati, a nonprofit intent on enhancing Cincinnati through volunteering, doesn’t have dues, meetings to attend, harassing phone calls or junk mail asking for money. Furthermore, they believe in having fun! So where do you sign up? Go online, where signing up ensures you’ll receive

e-mail notifications of upcoming social and service events. Some upcoming events: m July 15: Give Back Cincinnati Challenge, which pits teams against each other in high-stakes games such as volleyball and cornhole. m Aug. 5: Charity Golf Classic.


(513) 579-3100; You know people in YPCincy, even if you don’t know that you know them. It’s the organization that pulls everyone under 40 together., part of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber – is the spot to find out what young professional organizations in the area are doing. No matter your interests – arts/culture, networking/professional development, sports, volunteering – YPCincy definitely has the hookup. And you can join their e-mail list free.

Kari’s Pick 5 Erika Wennerstrom has a voice big enough to drown all of our sorrows. The singer and guitarist of Heartless Bastards, Wennerstrom has received critical acclaim for her powerful voice everywhere from Rolling Stone to the New York Times. Since releasing “Stairs and Elevators” on Fat Possum Records in 2005, the bluesy-garage-rock trio has spent lots of time on the road – playing shows from New York City to the South by Southwest music festival in Texas. Learn more at

Cincinnati Sports Leagues

(513) 533-9386; Here is a recreational sports league that doesn’t miss a reason to party. Between leagues of volleyball, softball and other team sports, CSL makes sure everyone has a good time on and off the field. It’s like a giant playground that also throws some of the best happy hours in Greater Cincinnati. Whether you’re a recreational flag football player or you just want to socialize with over 300 other young professionals at events, CSL can match your money with friends.

Legacy of Northern Kentucky Looking for maximum return for you volunteer investment? Then Legacy should be on your radar.

Animal Crackers

When the Animal Crackers take the stage, you just can’t ignore the energy. You don’t need to be a tried-and-true hiphop fan to appreciate this music – the eclectic sounds will make you want to dance. With a rotating cast of eight DJs, emcees and producers, the Animal Crackers are Cincinnati’s hottest hip-hop collective. Since releasing its fourth disc, “National GeoPlastic,” last year, the crew has stayed busy with gigs, signing on as the official touring DJs for Bootsy Collins’ Bootzilla Productions and reviving the popular Wednesday night hip-hop events at Top Cats in Corryville. Learn more at

Legacy, with over 100 members, creates programs and initiatives designed to benefit the community, with young professionals at the helm. Membership: $100 per year.

One World Wednesday

(513) 639-2984; Over 800 participants strong, and there’s no end in sight for One World Wednesday. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly celebration of art and culture packs in hundreds of young professionals and young families the first Wednesday of each month to celebrate a different culture. Japan. Ireland. India. They’re all celebrated through art, music, food and wine. Cost is $8 or free if you’re a current member of the museum.

CiN Weekly music writer Kari Wethington’s five local bands that you need to hear


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When you think of Cincinnati and funk, Bootsy Collins comes right to mind. But just as funky, colorful and loud is Chris “Freekbass” Sherman – who, it turns out, actually got his nickname from Bootsy. Freekbass is both a band and a man, and since releasing his solo debut, “Ultra-Violet Impact,” in 1998, he’s become a sheer force in both the local music scene and the national funk music circuit. Freekbass’ live show is a sonic experience, and you’ll appreciate the thick bass lines and groovy beats. Learn more at


Tasha and Justin Golden have found the best of both worlds. As husband and wife, they have a peaceful home in Northern Kentucky. And as bandmates they are the folksy duo Ellery. The full-time musicians split their time between honing their craft at home and hitting the road to play gigs across the country. This spring, the band released its first nationally distributed album, “Lying Awake,” on Seattle-based Virt Records. The group continues to tour and share its music, which is always heartfelt, beautiful and soul stirring. Learn more at

FREEKY: Growing up in Cincinnati, Chris "Freekbass" Sherman was interested in comic books and superheroes.


The Greenhornes

The Greenhornes are making a name for themselves with their retro garage-rock sound. In the last year, the band has songs featured on the soundtrack for the film “Broken Flowers” and toured Australia for the first time. Even if you haven’t heard the group’s own work, including the recent retrospective disc “Sewed Soles,” you’ve probably heard their handiwork on other artists’ releases. Greenhornes’ drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence teamed up with Jack White of the White Stripes and Brendan Benson to form the Raconteurs. And Keeler and Lawrence have also worked with musical big shots Loretta Lynn, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. Learn more at




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The region is a key part of an ever-changing business world


By Mike Boyer


he Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region, which employs just more than 1 million people, long has been considered a microcosm of the larger U.S. economy. The 15-county region, spread over three states, is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and a diverse mix of large and small companies serving the automotive and chemical industries as well as wholesale and retail services. But lately, economic planners have expressed concern that the region’s historic linkage with the national economy has been eroding. Last year, the region’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent – nowhere near historic highs – but for the first time since 1984, it exceeded the national rate of 5.1 percent. In addition, the region’s population – just less than 2 million, which ranks in the top 25 markets nationally – has been growing at only half the national average. Much of the concern has focused on the out-migration of people, especially highly educated singles, to other parts of the country, and an in-migration of people from other nations that’s less than a third the national rate. Still, about 221 companies invested $2.2 billion to create 10,089 jobs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky last year, the Cincinnati USA Partnership says. The economic-development unit of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce said about 43 percent of the investment came in health care. Also on the plus side, the region continues to be a transportation hub for rail, truck and air traffic, although the bankruptcy filing of Delta Air Lines, which operates its second-largest hub at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, is a concern for local development officials. The region’s list of Fortune 500 companies was trimmed by one this year when Cinergy Corp., the regional electric and gas utility, was acquired by Duke Energy Corp. in Charlotte, N.C. On the other hand, acquisitions by two of the region’s largest companies – Procter & Gamble Co. acquired Gillette Co. and Federated Department Stores acquired rival May Department Stores in 2005 – is expected to bolster the local employment outlook.



business fun facts to know

Take note of these tidbits about Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky:


More than 300 foreignowned companies operate in the region, according to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.


The region is home to the nation’s largest health and beauty products company (Procter & Gamble), uniform supplier (Cintas Corp.) and jet-engine maker (GE Aviation).


Some 221 companies invested $2.2 billion to create 10,089 jobs in the region last year, according to the Cincinnati USA Partnership.


The region’s reputation as a highway, rail and air hub is enhanced by the fact that 20 major markets are located within 400 miles.


The region ranked sixth on Site Selection magazine’s recent list of top 10 markets for corporate expansions, totaling 115.


The metropolitan area had the third-lowest cost of living among 15 major markets surveyed at the end of 2005 by the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association.


The region’s largest employer is the University of Cincinnati, which has more than 15,000 workers.


More than 33,000 scientists and engineers work within 50 miles of Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.


The average existing home sold for $163,237 in Southwest Ohio and $159,469 in Northern Kentucky in February, according to area realtor organizations.



SMOOTH MOVE: Pauline Munroe, marketing director for blades and razors in P&G’s Gillette unit, shows off Gillette’s Fusion razors.



The area is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies, more than any other metro area in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Good places to know

Handy info to catch a flight, catch a show

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) 2939 Terminal Drive, Hebron (859) 767-3151;

Duke Energy Center 525 Elm St., Downtown (513) 352-3750

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington (859) 261-1500;

Riverbend Music Center

6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township (513) 232-6226; Riverbend is one of Cincinnati’s premier outdoor music venues with indoor and outdoor seating. Riverbend has welcomed national acts such as The Chieftains, Blink-182, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews Band, and, of course, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. Three VIP ticket programs feature benefits such as nameplate seat identification, complimentary access to the restaurant and club and the Party Source patio, parking passes and more. Hours: Vary by event. During the season, the box office is open MondayFriday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (later on show nights). Admission: Varies by event.

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Road, Sharonville (513) 771-7744; Opened in 1994, the Sharonville Convention Center has become the home to thousands of events from conventions, trade shows and consumer events to business meetings, banquets, wedding receptions and other special occasions. The center has been recognized nationally for its user-friendly policies, excellent food & beverage operation and exceptional services. Over 200,000 persons attend functions at the Convention Center annually. Having an ideal location at the intersection of I-75 and I-275, state-of-the-art amenities, free parking and the availability of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms nearby, the Sharonville Convention Center has become one of the most preferred meeting and banquet facilities in Greater Cincinnati.

U.S. Bank Arena

100 Broadway, Downtown (513) 421-4111; U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975,


CHANGES IN ATTITUDE: It’s an annual summer event when Parrotheads converge in droves on Riverbend Music Center to see their beloved Jimmy Buffet at a soldout concert. then called Riverfront Coliseum. Since then, it has been named The Crown, Firstar Center, and now U.S. Bank Arena. It is Cincinnati’s largest indoor arena. The arena was virtually rebuilt in 1997. On the outside, the facade was redesigned and the entrance was changed. On the inside, concession areas were redesigned, restrooms were redone, and the seats were replaced. Also, the arena installed a new sound system and Sony JumboTron. The bowl itself was redesigned to have the ability to shrink down to a “theater” type setup, or to be opened up to allow over 17,000 patrons room to enjoy a show. Over the years, many great performers have visited U.S. Bank Arena to entertain Cincinnati, including Phish, Reba McIntyre, Brooks & Dunn, Dave Matthews, Celine Dion, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, Bill Cosby, N Sync, Cher, Creed, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Dixie Chicks, Metallica, Faith Hill, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, Elvis Presley and others. The facility also hosts many “shows” each year including the WWE, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney On Ice, Champions on Ice, Target Stars on Ice, monster truck rallies, motocross and countless others. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.


FAMILIAR FACE: Delta accounted for about 92 percent of the nearly 22 million passengers who went through the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport last year. SUMMER 2006




Greater Cincinnati’s



Ten companies in Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky made this year’s Fortune 500 list of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies, based on sales

No. 24

Procter & Gamble, consumer goods, $56.74 billion

No. 21

Cincinnati consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble ranked close behind Kroger at No. 24 with about $57 billion in revenues. The company moved up from No. 26 last year after acquiring Boston-based Gillette Co.

Kroger Co., supermarkets, $60.55 billion

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. – the nation’s largest grocery chain and second-biggest food seller, behind Wal-Mart – was the highest-ranking company on the magazine’s list for the area with 2005 revenues of about $61 billion. Kroger, which held the same spot on last year’s list, was the secondranked company for the state of Ohio, behind Dublin-based Cardinal Health, a distributor of drugs and medical products to health care providers.

No. 87

Federated Department Stores, $23.34 billion

Federated Department Stores, which has corporate headquarters in Cincinnati and New York, made the biggest move on the list – climbing 46 spots from No. 133 to No. 87. The nation’s largest department store chain, which includes Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, has more than 1,000 locations and reported revenues of more than $23 billion in 2005.

And the rest ... No. 308: Fifth Third Bancorp, banking, $7.49 billion Jumped nine spots from No. 317 No. 385: AK Steel, steel, $5.64 billion Moved down nine spots despite gain in profits from last year No. 398: Cinergy (now Duke Energy), utilities, $5.46 billion Jumped from No. 412 No. 406: Omnicare, pharmacy services, $5.29 billion Health care provider gained 53 spots No. 473: Western & Southern Financial, financial, $4.31 billion Up 19 spots from 492 last year No. 492: American Financial Group, insurance, $4.03 billion Moved up eight spots from No. 500 last year





No. 239

Ashland Inc., chemicals, $9.86 billion

Covington-based Ashland Inc. – a chemicals producer and operator of the Valvoline automotive oil-change chain – topped all other Northern Kentucky firms at No. 239, with nearly $10 billion in sales. It ranked second on the list for the state of Kentucky, behind health care provider Humana Inc. at No. 150.





Fresh from the farm If home-grown fruit and veggies are important to you, buy here

By Polly Campbell


at local. That’s the increasingly loud mantra of chefs, nutritionists, environmentalists and anyone who’s ever compared a homegrown tomato to one trucked in from across the country. “There are so many great reasons to buy local,” says Bob Bauer, who raises produce at Maribel Farms in West Chester. “Mostly the health of it. Shipped produce loses so many vitamins. And it tastes better, so you eat more. Even things like spinach and onions taste so much better grown locally. And it supports local farm families ...” One of the best, and most enjoyable, ways to eat local is to go to farmers markets, which are more accessible than ever in Greater Cincinnati. Locally grown produce is available at these markets: Barn ’n’ Bunk Farm Market, Ohio 73 and Wayne Madison Road, Trenton (513) 988-9211 Bergefurd’s Farm Market & Greenhouse, 234 Ohio 350 West. Corner of U.S. 68 South and Ohio 350, Clinton County 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (937) 383-2133 The Black Barn, 1161 W. Main St., Lebanon 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (513) 932-2093 Brown’s Family Market, 11620 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Crosby Township 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (513) 738-0404 Farm Market of College Hill, corner of Llanfair and Hamilton avenues, College Hill 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday (513) 542-0007 The Feed Barn, 9257 CincinnatiDayton Rd., West Chester Township 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (513) 779-1190 Findlay Market, Elder Street, between Race and Elm streets, Over-theRhine (open year-round) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (through October) (513) 665-4839 Gravel Knolls Farm, 9424 Cincin-




NEW BATCH: Anne Kearney, owner of Two Small Tomatoes Farm, poses with some of her homegrown items at the Lebanon Farmer’s Market in Lebanon. nati-Dayton Rd., West Chester Township 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (through October) (513) 779-1190 Hamilton’s Farmer’s Market, Court House Square, Hamilton 7 a.m. to noon Saturday (through end of October or early November) Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. (513) 932-1869 Hollmeyer Orchards, 3241 Fiddler’s Green Rd., Green Township 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (513) 574-0663 Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, U.S. Bank parking lot, 3424 Edwards Rd., Hyde Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (513) 561-1205



Irons Fruit Farm, 1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon (513) 932-2853 Lebanon Farmers Market, corner of Sycamore and Main streets, Lebanon Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday (through Oct. 25) (513) 228-3172 Lovely’s Farm Market, 1484 Ohio 73, Springboro 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday (937) 748-3616 Maribel Farms, 9300 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (June-November) Mason Farmers Market, 770 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Mason Middle School parking lot 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays (July 8 through Oct. 14) (513) 229-8510

Michener’s, 4980 E. Old State Highway 73, Waynesville 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (513) 897-7236 Mount Washington Farmers Market, Beechmont Avenue and Campus Lane 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday (513) 231-0984 Newtown Farm Market, 3950 Round Bottom Rd., Newtown 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (513) 561-2004 Northside Farmers Market, parking lot at Hamilton Avenue and Lingo Street, Northside 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (513) 706-5401 Oxford Farmers Market Uptown, Oxford 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (at Memorial Park); 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday (at municipal lot at Church and Main streets) (513) 523-2590 Oxford Original Farmers Market, Talawanda High School, 101 W. Chestnut St. 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (513) 524-9591 Rousters Apple House, 1986 Ohio 131, Milford (513) 625-5504 Schuchter Farm Market, 2041 E. U.S. 22/Ohio 3, Morrow 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (June-October) (513) 899-2595 Shaw Farms, 1737 Ohio 131, Milford 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (July-November) (513) 575-2022 Turner Farm, 7400 Given Rd., Indian Hill 9 a.m. to dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 2:30 to dark Thursday (513) 561-8482 Tailgate Markets Inc. Tentative opening dates below; call to verify. 3:30 to 6 p.m. (859) 491-6140 m Monday: Nativity Church, Woodford and Ridge roads, Pleasant Ridge (June 5) m Wednesday: St. Jude Church, 5928 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown (July 5) m Thursday: St. Therese Church, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Southgate (July 6) m Friday: Northminster United Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Finneytown (June 16) Wilfert Farms, 3135 Lindale Mount Holly Rd., Amelia 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (513) 797-8018 Windmill Farm Market, 1454 E. Ohio 73, Springboro (937) 885-3965

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POWER OUTLET: Shoppers can get a lot of bang for their bucks at Cincinnati Mills, where some big-name retailers offer merchandise at major markdowns.

Buyer’s market Itching for something new? Here are some places to find what you need Anderson Towne Center

7500 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township (513) 232-3438 Anchored by the nation’s largest Kroger, this open-air center also has a Kmart and a Macy’s among its retailers. Hours: Vary by merchant; Kroger open 24 hours.

Buttermilk Towne Center

Buttermilk Pike and Anderson Road, Fort Mitchell The 315,000-square foot shopping area includes a Remke Market, Ashley Furniture and Home Depot. Hours: Vary by merchant.

Cincinnati Mills

600 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Forest Park (513) 671-7467; This facility combines manufacturers’



outlets and value retailers with restaurant and entertainment venues. Stores include OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Nine West Outlet and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Cold Spring Crossing

U.S. 27 and the AA Highway, Cold Spring The 350,000-square-foot facility is anchored by Kohl’s and Kroger. Hours: Vary by merchant.

Crestview Hills Town Center

I-275 and Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills (859) 341-4353; shopcrestviewhills PATRICK REDDY This facility has about 70 merchants, including Borders, Dillard’s and Bed Bath SHOPPING OFF THE POUNDS: Greg Noll (right), property manager at Crestview Hills & Beyond. Town Center, leads a group of walkers in the Commit To Be Fit program. The Hours: Vary by merchant. center is open to walkers every day from 7 to 10 a.m.







Deerfield Towne Center

Mason-Montgomery and Irwin Simpson roads, Mason More than 60 shops and restaurants, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wild Oats Market. Hours: Vary by merchant.

Dry Ridge Outlet Shops

1100 Fashion Ridge Road (Exit 159 off Interstate 75), Dry Ridge (859) 824-9516; nedrky.htm This mall is home to several outlet stores, including Nike and Liz Claiborne. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MondayThursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Eastgate Mall

4601 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township (513) 752-2290; The mall is home to anchor stores Dillard’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Sears, plus 90 other shops and eateries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Florence Mall

2028 Florence Mall, Florence (859) 371-1231; The center features 130 specialty stores, including Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Houston Road

Houston Road, from Burlington Pike (Ky. 18) to Donaldson Highway, Florence On this stretch you’ll find a variety of merchants, including Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Best Buy and Target. Hours: Vary by merchant.


BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Among the merchants at Tower Place Mall is O2 Fresh, an oxygen bar and aromatherapy shop. Come here to mix in a little rosemary and mint or peppermint and wintergreen.

Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion

2699 Edmondson Road, Norwood These neighboring complexes combine to provide more than 70 shopping possibilities, including Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, and Wild Oats. Hours: Vary by merchant.

Kenwood Towne Centre

7875 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Township (513) 745-9100; kenwoodtowne There are three leading department stores – Parisian, Macy’s and Dillard’s – and 180 specialty retailers and dining options at this facility. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tower Place Mall

Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way, Newport (866) 538-3359; newportonthe This 350,000-square-foot facility, home to Newport Aquarium, also offers shopping, dining and entertainment. Hours: Vary by merchant. Normal retail hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondayThursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Stores open at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday June 1-Aug. 31.




TWO FOR THE MONEY: Rookwood Commons sits adjacent to Rookwood Pavilion, and the centers combine to offer more than 70 shopping choices.

Northgate Mall

9501 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township (513) 385-5600;



The mall, with 1.1 million square feet of retail space, is home to more than 100 stores, including anchor tenants Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Fourth and Race streets, downtown (513) 241-7700; The three-level center, connected to Carew Tower downtown, features dozens of exclusive shops and a large food court. Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue are nearby. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tri-County Mall

11700 Princeton Pike, Springdale (513) 671-0120; Anchored by Macy’s, Dillard’s and Sears, this mall has 170 retailers and eateries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

restaurants. The area is lined with brick sidewalks and many pre-Civil War buildings, and has more than 80 stores. Hours: Vary by merchant.

BEYOND THE MALLS Fairfield Avenue

Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue An art gallery and craft stores selling handmade soaps, jewelry and chocolates are among the businesses that line the sixblock stretch. Hours: Vary by merchant.

MainStrasse Village

Sixth and Main streets, Covington (859) 491-0458; The MainStrasse, a neighborhood of German-American heritage full of Italianate and Late Victorian buildings, has been designated a national historic district. The 100-foot Carroll Chimes Bell Tower is its defining structure. Stroll the tree-lined streets, check out art galleries and shops selling antiques and collectibles, dine at one of the many restaurants or slip into one of the 19 pubs for a beer. Hours: Vary by merchant.

Findlay Market

1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine (513) 665-4839; Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market is one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. Findlay Market, built in 1852, is home to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, produce, flowers, cheese and deli and ethnic foods. On Saturdays and Sundays in April through November, it also hosts a thriving farmers market with dozens of outdoor vendors, street performers and special events. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. WednesdayFriday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Hyde Park Square

Erie Avenue and Edwards Road, Hyde Park This quarter-acre square, with Kilgour fountain as its focal point, is surrounded by specialty merchants – many dedicated to upscale women’s fashion – as well as eateries and other businesses. Side streets offer even more shopping and dining. Hours: Vary by merchant.



CINCINNATI FAVORITE: Findlay Market, located in Over-the-Rhine, is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market.

Jungle Jim’s International Market

5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield (513) 674-6000; People come from as far as several states away for this sprawling store’s selection of specialty foods from 75 countries, plus the huge produce section. But that’s only part of the experience. Jungle

animals and stock cars are part of the exterior decor. Inside, animatronic characters “perform” at various locations. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


Mulberry Street, Lebanon (513) 932-3060; A diverse collection of shops, from ice cream parlors to antique dealers to formal

1971 to 2128 Madison Road, Cincinnati This business district is best known for its art galleries and antique stores, but you also will find shops selling gifts, clothing, sportswear and stationery. Hours: Vary by merchant.


Main Street, Waynesville (513) 897-8855; Founded in 1797, this village is known as the “Antiques Capital of the Midwest,” with at least 18 shops lining a stretch of a few blocks. There also are art galleries, furniture stores, gift shops and crafts stores. For those with grumbling stomachs, the village features ice cream shops and several cafes. Hours: Vary by merchant.

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MULTILINGUAL: The "Pinwheel Sign" at the entrance of the 22-acre Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park is in eight different languages.

Art in the open

Amazing creations aren’t just in museums – they’re outside, too By Sara Pearce


ome outdoor sculptures grab the eye. Others are less obvious – you have to pay attention in order to spot them. If you think of it as a scavenger hunt, you’ll start seeing sculptures everywhere. There are thousands out there. Consider the 10 here a jumping-off point for a larger exploration: CROWNING GLORY: Artist Susan Ewing capped her towering, 83foot sculpture in Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park with this gold leaf-covered topper. MICHAEL E. KEATING




From the vivid “Pinwheel Sign” at its entrance, to a hand-shaped tribute to mound builders, to David Nash’s oak “Seven Vessels Ascending and Descending,” sculpture is integral to the 22-acre Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park at 1101 Eastern Ave., about a mile east of downtown’s riverfront. The most recent addition, the 83-foot high Crystalline Tower by Miami University’s Susan R. Ewing and Czech artist Vratislav Novak, was installed in October.




An 11-foot-high geodesic stainless-steel sculpture, “30 Module Sphere #1” by Pat Renick is a gateway to the West End neighborhood once known as Brighton that surrounds Brighton Place off Central Parkway. Artist studios and alternative galleries – Renick co-owns a warehouse here – are within a stone’s throw of this beacon-like ball.


The amphitheater at Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum boasts “Inspiration Outburst,” a work by Bellevue and Scott high school students. They worked with professional artists as part of the Kentucky Heritage Sculpture Project to make the swaying pole of steel ribbons and glass. Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road. (859) 491-4003.





The elegant “StarLine” graces the Veterans Memorial Plaza in the Voice of America Centre, West Chester Township. The 26-foot-high stainless steel piece, commissioned for the plaza, also was created by Ewing. The plaza is at the northeast corner of Tylersville and Cox roads, just off Interstate 75.

EXTRA CREDIT: High school students helped build “Inspiration Outburst” at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington.



You can’t miss Mark di Suvero’s giant steel abstract “Atman,” which has been anchored on the sloping lawn leading to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park since 1985. A dangling redwood platform beckons visitors to a unique picnic spot. (513) 721-2787;

IN THE RED: Crimsoncolored steel beams and a swinging redwood platform form the abstract sculpture “Atman” – Hindu for “world soul.” It’s displayed on the grounds of the Cincinnati Art Museum.


POSTING UP: “StarLine” soars 26 feet high at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in West Chester Township’s Voice of America Centre.


Places to go on Metro

in Northern Cincinnati Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy Ann Taylor Loft Aquarium Adventures Archiver’s Arhaus Furniture Bankhardt’s Luggage & Gifts Becoming Mom Bed, Bath & Beyond Birkenstock Bombay Borders Books & Music Bugaboo Moosetracks C. J. Banks Camille La Vie

Celebrity Kids Portrait Studio Christopher & Banks Cincinnati Bell Chaddaugh Irish Pub Claire’s Coldwater Creek Dick’s Sporting Goods E.B. Gameworld Framer’s Market Gold’s Gym Gymboree Huntington Bank James Wolf Jewelers Jimmy John’s


Jones The Florist Kay Jewelers Kirkland’s Lane Bryant Macaroni Grill Maggie Moo’s McAllister’s Deli Merle Norman Mimi’s Cafe Missy & Jack New York & Company Nothing But Noodles Oreck Vacuums Ovation Audio/Video Panera Bread

Pure Concepts Salon /Aveda Odoba Mexican Grill Red Star Tavern Sharper Image Skeffington’s Sprint Sunglass Hut Talbots The Children’s Place The Maytag Store The Polo Grille Track-N-Trail Venetian Nail Salon White House/Black Market Wild Oats

What can you do in Cincinnati? The better question is, what can’t you do? Visit a variety of museums, observe wild and exotic habitats at the Zoo, go for a ride on a roller coaster, or take in a ballet. What ever you find to do, Metro can get you there. Points of Interest/Metro Route

Metro is a non-profit public service of Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA).

Cincinnati Art Museum, Rt. 1 Cincinnati Museum Center, Rt.1 Cincinnati Zoo, Rts. 1, 46, 78 Contemporary Arts Center, All Downtown routes Krohn Conservatory, Rt. 1 Paramount’s Kings Island, Rt 72 Playhouse in the Park, Rt. 1 Music Hall, Rts. 1, 6, 20, 21, 49, 64 Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove Rts. 1, 28, 49 Taft Museum, Rt. 49 Taft Theater, Rts. 3, 4, 27, 28, 49

5305 Deerfield Blvd., Deerfield Township, Ohio 45040

You can Ride Metro’s Rt. 1 to the Cincinnati Art Museum.







Suspension Bridge builder and designer John A. Roebling. Shawnee Chief Little Turtle. Boy Scouts founder Daniel Carter Beard. Former slave and renowned debater James Bradley. These are among the lifelike bronzes of famous people created by various artists and foundries for Covington’s scenic Riverside Drive.


Dozens of sculptures from figurative to abstract dot the streets of Hamilton, the self-proclaimed City of Sculpture. Stop by the Hamilton Visitors Center at 1 High St., downtown, for a detailed map and guide. Start your tour here, because half the sculptures are within a few blocks. (513) 895-3934,


Jim Dine’s tongue-in-cheek bronze “Cincinnati Venus” stands off the beaten path in the courtyard of Centennial Plaza, west of City Hall at Central Avenue and Eighth Street, downtown. Dine, a Cincinnati native and international pop art icon, cut the head off a plaster cast of the second century “Venus de Milo” as the starting point for various takes on the famed work.



NICE VIEW: A statue of Shawnee Chief Little Turtle sits on the Covington, Ky., riverfront overlooking the Ohio River. Little Turtle, born in 1752, led a small group of Native American tribes to victory over federal army forces on the Miami River in 1790.

Water sprays the spines of the stacks of enormous books that make up the Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain outside the main library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., downtown. Potter/sculptor Michael Frasca made the books of fired clay over a concrete core.




Hamilton’s Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is 265 rolling acres dotted with more than sculptures – most of them large-scale works. Some were built for the site, others were donated or bought by owner/founder Harry T. Wilkes, whose pyramid-shaped house is an added attraction. Hours vary. 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road. (513) 868-8336;


MAN’S BEST FRIEND: This sculpture, “Lentil,” at High and Front Streets in Hamilton, depicts a scene from Robert McCloskey’s 1940s children’s book.

BY THE BOOK: The Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain is outside the entrance to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown on Vine Street. The artist is Michael Frasca.








I KNOW THAT: Jim Dine’s sculpture, “Cincinnati Venus,” is at Centennial Plaza downtown, just west of City Hall. It was developed in the mid-1980s.

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KNOW IT BY SITE? This structure, built with private funds raised from what is believed to be the nation’s first matching grant fund drive, opened in 1877. Do you know its name? Find out on page 94.

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Greater Cincinnati is home to 20 National Historic Landmarks


reater Cincinnati abounds in architectural and historic wonders. Many buildings, structures – even entire neighborhoods – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which includes 70,000 sites across the country. But a rarer designation is that of National Historic Landmark – there are just 2,300 nationwide. These are places that “possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.” That is, they are beyond mere local or regional interest. Greater Cincinnati’s 20 sites range from ancient Native American earthworks to the birthplace of a president to the home of the “father of American beekeeping.” The year each was designated a landmark is noted in parentheses. 92



King of the Skyline Carew Tower is the tallest building in Cincinnati. Building plans called for limestone cladding instead of brick, but the Stock Market crash of 1929 forced budget cuts. Here is a list of the tallest buildings downtown:


SEE SHELL: Cincinnati Union Terminal, which has the largest half-dome in the Western Hemisphere, has been home to the Cincinnati Museum Center since 1990.


Building 1. Carew Tower 2. PNC Tower 3. Scripps Center 4. Fifth Third Center 5. Convergys Center 6. Chemed Center 7. Netherland Plaza 8. Chiquita Center 9. PNC Center 10. Atrium Towers 11. U.S. Bank Tower 12. Millennium Hotel 13. Kroger Building 14. Federated Building 15. 312 Elm Street 16. Crowne Plaza 17. Cinergy Building*

Year Floors Height 1931 49 574 feet 1913 31 495 feet 1990 36 468 feet 1969 32 423 feet 1984 29 418 feet 1991 32 410 feet 1931 31 372 feet 1984 29 368 feet 1979 27 354 feet 1984 30 351 feet 1981 26 351 feet 1977 32 350 feet 1959 25 320 feet 1978 21 317 feet 1992 25 312 feet 1949 19 272 feet 1929 18 269 feet

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HALL OF FAME: If your answer to the question on page 92 is Music Hall, you get a gold star. This landmark was the site of the 1880 Democratic Convention.


Glendale Historic District

Baum-Longworth-Taft House/Taft Museum of Art

The village, founded in 1851 and incorporated in 1855, is the country’s first planned suburban community laid out in a curvilinear pattern, and the first planned railroad commuter town. (1977)

The last owners of Martin Baum’s home, built in 1819-20, were Charles Phelps Taft and his wife, Anna, who bequeathed it to the city. It became a museum in 1932. 316 Pike St., downtown. (1976)

John P. Parker House

Carew Tower/ Netherland Plaza Hotel

Home of a former slave who purchased his freedom when he was 18 and went on to become an inventor, businessman and conductor on the Underground Railroad. 300 N. Front St., Ripley. (1997)

Built in 1930 in the sleek art deco style, this remains downtown Cincinnati’s tallest building at 49 stories and 574 feet. Fifth, Vine and Race streets, downtown. (1994)

John Rankin House

Cincinnati Music Hall

Prolific Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford designed the hall, which opened in 1877, in high Victorian Gothic style. 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. (1974)

Cincinnati Observatory

The cornerstone to this 1873 building, designed by Hannaford, was part of an earlier observatory built in 1843 at what is now Mount Adams. 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout (1997)


STAR ATTRACTION: The Cincinnati Observatory lays claim to being the birthplace of American astronomy as well as the U.S. Weather Bureau.

Cincinnati Zoo

Fort Ancient

The two oldest buildings at the country’s second-oldest zoo are landmarks: the Aviary and the Herbivore (Elephant) House. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. (1987)

The 18,000 feet of earthworks were built 2,000 years ago by Native Americans. 6123 Ohio 350, Oregonia. (1964)

Cincinnati Union Terminal Daniel C. Beard boyhood home Built in 1930, this is another art deco gem, and it boasts the largest half-dome in the Western Hemisphere. 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. (1977)



The author and artist was a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. 322 E. Third St., Covington. (1965)



George Hunt Pendleton House

Home of an American politician who was a congressman, senator and candidate for vice president on the unsuccessful Democratic ticket in 1864. 559 E. Liberty Hill, Prospect Hill. (1964)

This home of a Presbyterian minister and abolitionist was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. 6152 Rankin Road, Ripley. (1997)

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge When it opened to pedestrians in December 1866, the bridge had the longest suspension span in the world: 1,057 feet. Its the forerunner of the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Downtown Cincinnati and Covington. (1975)

John B. Tytus House Home of the ARMCO employee who developed a revolutionary steel-making process in the early 20th century. 300 S. Main St., Middletown. (1976)


OUTPOST OF FREEDOM: Located along the Ohio River, Rankin House was a notable stop on the Underground Railroad – it sheltered more than 2,000 runaway slaves from 1825 to 1865.


PRESIDENT-TO-BE: Mementos of Ulysses S. Grant are on display in his boyhood home, built by his father, Jesse Grant in 1823.

Langstroth Cottage

The “father of American beekeeping,” Lorenzo L. Langstroth, moved to this 10-acre site in Oxford in 1858. His Greek Revival home now is part of Miami University, housing its Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. 303 Patterson Ave., Oxford. (1981)

Plum Street Temple

Architect James Keys Wilson’s ornate synagogue was inspired by Spain’s Moorish mosques and was built in 1866. Eighth and Plum streets, downtown. (1975)

Showboat Majestic

Launched in 1923, this is one of two surviving showboats in the country. Cincinnati Public Landing. (1989)

Taft (Alfonso) Home

Birthplace of William Howard Taft, 27th president of the U.S. 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn. (1964)

Ulysses S. Grant boyhood home

The president’s family moved here from Point Pleasant, Ohio, when he was 1. 508 S. Water St., Georgetown. (1985)

William H. McGuffey House

Home of the author of the McGuffey Readers. 401 E. Spring St., Oxford. (1965)


LIGHTING THE WAY: The chandeliers and candelabra first used when Plum Street Temple was dedicated in 1866 are still in use today. They originally were lit by gas but were converted to electric power. SUMMER 2006




The list

Like art? There’s plenty to go around in Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati Fire Museum

American Classical Music Hall of Fame

315 W. Court St., Cincinnati (513) 621-5553 Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati’s firefighting artifacts while honoring all the heroic firefighters, past and present. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Available for group tours by appointment Tuesday through Friday. Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children.

1225 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 621-3263 This is a non-profit organization devoted to celebrating the past, present and future of American classical music. Hours: By appointment or during performances. Admission: Free.

American Sign Museum

2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati (513) 258-4020 The American Sign Museum was founded to inform and educate the general public, as well as business and special interest groups, of the history of the sign industry and its significant contributions to commerce and the American landscape. Hours: By appointment. Admission: A donation of $10 per adult is suggested. Call for group rates.

Cincinnati History Museum 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 287-7000

Opened in 1990, the Cincinnati History Museum displays materials related to the history of Cincinnati and its surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a recreation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat. The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an authentic 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from the 1900s to the 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations. It’s located in the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Arts Consortium of Cincinnati

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 381-0645 Now located inside the Cincinnati Museum Center, this is the Queen City’s premier center for African-American art and culture. The organization has operated continuously since 1972. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7.25 adults; $5.25 children (3-12); $6.25 seniors (60+).

Cinergy Children’s Museum

BehringerCrawford Museum

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 287-7000 Children can climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them in the Cinergy Children’s Museum. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in nine educational and dramatic exhibit areas. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and re-opened as the Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7.25 adults; $5.25 children (3-12); $6.25 seniors (60+).

1600 Montague Rd., Covington (859) 491-4003 The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of Northern Kentucky’s natural, cultural, visual and performing arts heritage. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission: $4 for adults (18-59); $3 for seniors (60+); $3 for children (3-17); free for BCM members and children under 3.

Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati (513) 639-2984 The museum was founded in 1881 and opened five years later. It is considered one of the country’s oldest visual arts institutions. There are 88 galleries to display the permanent collection, with more than 80,000 works of art. A two-year, $13 million renovation was finished in January 1993. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdaySunday; open until 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission: Free.



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44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati (513) 345-8400 The CAC showcases “art of the last five minutes” in a building that has gained international acclaim for its extraordinary architecture. It is located in downtown Cincinnati. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission: $7.50 adults; $6.50 seniors; $5.50 students; $4.50 children (3-13); Mondays are free from 5 to 9 p.m.

German Pioneer Heritage Museum

Promont House Museum

4790 West Fork Rd., Cincinnati (513) 598-5732 The German Heritage Museum serves as the focal point in presenting and displaying German-American culture. This museum is the first of its kind in the region and a testament to the many contributions German immigrants and their descendants have made toward the building of the Ohio Valley and America. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (from May 21 through Dec. 3 only). Admission: Free.

906 Main St., Milford (513) 248-0324 Promont House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. It is an Italianate Victorian structure, built in 1865 by William Megrue, and purchased in 1879 by John Pattison, who became Ohio’s 43rd governor in 1905. The house, named the “finest house in Clermont County” when built, was received by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society in 1984 from the estate of James Kirgan. The museum is named Promont because of its location “high on a hill,” situated on 5 acres overlooking the village of Milford. Hours: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Group tours available. Admission: Free; donations accepted.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati (513) 751-0651 The house was built by Lane Seminary in 1833 to serve as the residence of that institution’s president. Harriet Beecher moved to Cincinnati from Connecticut in 1832 with her father, Dr. Lyman Beecher, who had been appointed president of the seminary. It was in Cincinnati where Harriet learned about the evils of slavery, which inspired her book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (from May 1 through Labor Day); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month (after labor day). Also available by appointment. Admission: Free; donations accepted.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

Hebrew Union College – Skirball Museum

3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati (513) 487-3058 The museum’s permanent exhibition, “An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience,” focuses on the cultural heritage of the Jewish people as conveyed through seven thematic galleries: Immigration, Cincinnati Jewry, Archaeology, Torah, Jewish Festivals and Life Cycles, the Holocaust, and Israel. “Mapping Our Tears” is another permanent, interactive exhibition at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion. “Mapping our Tears” is an environmental theater that will “map” the journeys of Holocaust refugees and survivors, liberators and rescuers, and follow in their footsteps from Nazi Europe to their new homes in the Greater Cincinnati area. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Also available by appointment for groups. Admission: Free; donations are accepted.

Heritage Village Museum

Sharon Woods Park, U.S. 42, Sharonville (513) 563-9484 Return to small-town life of 100 years ago and engage in educational activities that will help you appreciate how changes in 19thcentury family life in southwest Ohio relate to your own experiences. Heritage Village is a picturesque gathering of 11 historic country buildings from the 19th century. Hours: May through October – Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. April, November and December – Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours available Friday-Sunday. Admission: Free.


GENIUS WITHOUT HER WATER: The Genius of Water, part of the Tyler Davidson fountain, is now on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum during Fountain Square renovation.

John Hauck House Museum

812 Dayton St., Cincinnati (513) 721-3570 Hauck House Museum is an educational institution established to promote an understanding of daily life and customs in late 19thcentury urban Cincinnati through the preservation and interpretation of the Hauck House. Visit this Italianate home of a prominent Cincinnatian in its original location in what was known as “Millionaire’s Row,” and learn how a prosperous family lived during the latter years of the 19th century. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Friday; also open noon to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month.Admission: $3 adults; $2 seniors (60+); $1 children (ages 5-12).

Museum of Natural History & Science

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 287-7000 Walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7.25 for adults; $5.25 for children (3-12); $6.25 for seniors (60+)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati (513) 333-7500 The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation’s newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance – and relevance – of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today. Made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom – courage, cooperation and perseverance – the freedom center’s curving architecture reflects the winding river and the often-changing path to freedom. In the 1800s, Cincinnati served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad, and its banks offered refuge to thousands seeking hope and a new way of life. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors (60+); $10 students; $8 children (ages 6-12). Free children under 6. Group rates available. SUMMER 2006

1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton (513) 887-9514 Pyramid Hill is one of few sculpture parks in the United States. Upon opening in 1996, it was touted as the “most beautiful natural setting of any art park in the country” by Atlantic Monthly. With 265 acres and 45 sculptures (several additions are planned), Pyramid Hill is attempting to display the history of sculpture through its collection – something not yet accomplished by any other park. It is a non-profit organization supporting the arts, as well as the environment. Concerts, special events and kids programs are held throughout the year. Hours: April through October – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. November through March – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission: Tuesday through Friday – $3 adults; $1.50 children (ages 5-12); Saturday and Sunday – $4 adults; $1.50 children (ages 5-12). Members admitted free during regular hours.

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St., Cincinnati (513) 241-0343 A National Historic Landmark built in about 1820, the Taft is home to nearly 700 works of art, including European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts. The mission of the Taft Museum of Art is to preserve, exhibit and interpret its unique collections and historic house in a way that exemplifies artistic, intellectual and professional standards of the highest quality; fosters the pleasure and understanding of art; embraces diverse audiences; maximizes its human, financial and physical resources; and enhances the cultural, educational and economic climates of our city and region. The museum reopened in 2004 after extensive renovations. The expansion doubled the size with a new special exhibitions gallery, redesigned gardens, parking, and museum shop. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors (65+); $5 students with ID; free for children (18 and younger). Wednesdays are free for everyone. Group rates available.




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444 Reading Rd., Cincinnati (513) 241-4010 The sound of Verdin bells rings from more than 30,000 churches and cathedrals while these clocks, street clocks and towers beautify and enhance thousands of communities, colleges, shopping malls and public spaces throughout the world. The Verdin Company was started in 1842 in Cincinnati and has been guided by five generations of Verdins. During these years the company collected a trove of historic items associated with the bell and clock business. A museum, located in the recently restored Old St. Paul’s Church, was a natural way to present the collections to the public. Groups can tour the building or rent it for private functions. Hours: Guided tours are given between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for reservations. Admission: $3 per person.

Warren County Historical Society Museum

105 S. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 932-1817 The Warren County Historical Society Museum is housed in a three-story, 28,000square-foot brick building. It contains artifacts from prehistoric eras to the 1830s and mid-20th century periods. Harmon Hall is the current home for Warren County history artifacts. It holds more than 30 exhibits on three floor levels displaying thousands of items that will interest people of all ages. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $4 adults; $3.50 seniors (65+); $2 students (ages 5-18).

THEATER/MUSIC Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut St., Cincinnati (513) 721-3344 Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the state-of-the-art facility opened in October 1995. The Center consists of three performance spaces: Procter & Gamble Hall, Jarson-Kaplan Theater and Fifth Third Bank Theater. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center

1028 Scott Blvd., Covington (859) 491-2030 The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center is a multidisciplinary arts venue for all ages that provides events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the community. With five art galleries, a turn-of-the-century theater and a brand new education center, the Carnegie is one of the most prominent arts institutions in Northern Kentucky. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Varies by event.

The Children’s Theatre

2106 Florence Ave., Cincinnati (513) 569-8080 In 1924, The Junior League of Cincinnati developed a plan to introduce area children to theater. Performances attempt to incorpo-


TRIBUTE: Workers at the Verdin Bell Company cast bronze bells commemorating the life of the late Pope John Paul II. rate dance, visual art, opera and a variety of musical styles. Performances are at the Taft Theatre, downtown. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: $7-$18. Group rates available.

Cincinnati Ballet

1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati (513) 621-5282 Classical, modern and children’s productions run October through May. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

1406 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 723-1182 The orchestra debuted in 1974 at the College of Mount St. Joseph. In 1976, it became professional, with a subscription season and paid musicians. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 744-3344 Built in 1878 with private money raised from what is believed to be the nation’s first matching grant fund drive, this Cincinnati showpiece has been renovated and updated and includes what is judged to be among the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world. Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus, among other local performing arts organizations. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Cincinnati Opera

1243 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 768-5500 Dating back to June 1920, the Cincinnati Opera Association is the second-oldest opera company in the United States. For more than fifty years, the Opera performed at the Cincinnati Zoo Pavilion. In 1972, Cincinnati Opera moved from the Zoo Pavilion to its present venue, Music Hall, a 3,417-seat theater listed as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival

719 Race St., Cincinnati (513) 381-2273 Cincinnati’s professional classical theater produces Shakespeare, William Beckett, Moliere, Sophocles and more in a contemporary, accessible fashion. Shows generally take place from September to May. Hours: Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Admission: $22 adults; $20 seniors; $18 students. Group rates available.

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 287-7000 Cincinnati Museum Center’s OMNIMAX Theater surrounds viewers with super-sized images and exceptional visual and audio quality, making them feel as if they are "in the picture." It features a five-story-high, 72-footdiameter, tilted, domed screen and one of the most sophisticated digital sound systems. Hours: Vary by film. Admission: $7.25 adults; $6.25 seniors (60+); $5.25 children (ages 3–12). Group rates available.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 621-1919 The fifth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO was founded in 1895. The CSO entered a new era in September 2001, when conductor Paavo Järvi succeeded Jesús López-Cobos (now music director emeritus) and stepped to the podium as the orchestra’s 12th music director. The CSO has been home to the American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel and Bartók, and has commissioned works that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire, including Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The CSO was the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience (1921) and the third orchestra to record (1917). Today, the orchestra continues to commission new works and to program an impressive array of music. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati

1127 Vine St., Cincinnati (513) 421-3555 Cincinnati’s professional Off-Broadway theater is dedicated to producing passionate, provocative, powerful plays and musicals. Ensemble Theatre is a professional Equity Theatre dedicated to the production and development of new works and works new to the region. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Greaves Concert Hall

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights (859) 572-5901 Greaves Concert Hall is just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Opened in 1992, this 637-seat hall offers listeners a warm and intimate setting with superb acoustics and sight lines. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

La Comedia Dinner Theatre

765 W. Central Ave., Springboro (800) 677-9505 Featuring six Broadway-style shows a year along with a buffet, La Comedia has been producing shows for 30 years. For each production, talent is cast from auditions in New York City, as well as locally, ensuring that the performers in the productions are the best available. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: $44 to $59.

Shadowbox Cabaret

Newport on the Levee, Newport. (859) 957-7625 newport_home.php The facility at Newport on the Levee, christened Shadowbox Cabaret South, features a 250-seat, three-tiered, warehouse-feel theatre with state of the art lighting and sound equipment. Patrons are seated at large round tables where they can order appetizers like and a variety of sodas, beers and cocktails from performers doubling as wait-staff. Hours: Performance schedule – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon Friday; 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10 to $25. Goup rates available.

Showboat Majestic

636 Monmouth St., Newport. (859) 655-9140 The Monmouth Theater is one of Greater Cincinnati’s newest entertainment venues. On any given weekend, your choices can range from poetry to jazz standards to Shakespeare to Elvis. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

435 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati (513) 241-6550 The city of Cincinnati purchased the Showboat Majestic in 1967 to serve as a focal point for the developing Central Riverfront. Until 1988, it was leased to the University of Cincinnati as a summer stock theater for its students. Now, under the administration of Cincinnati Landmark Productions, in cooperation with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Majestic is a professional summer stock theater utilizing local performers, providing them opportunity and experience in a theater rich with history, nostalgia and river romance. Hours: Performance schedule – 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open by telephone 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission: $15 adults; $14 seniors, students and groups of 20 or more.

Playhouse in the Park

Stained Glass Theatre


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Madcap Puppet Theater

3316 Glenmore Avenue, Cincinnati (513) 921-5965 The 21-year-old touring children’s theater company combines giant puppets with actors tackling classic tales, as well as original productions. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event. JOE FUQUA III

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Monmouth Theatre

962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati (513) 421-3888 The playhouse attracts more than 190,000 people annually to its two-theater complex during an 11-month season (August-June). In 2004, the playhouse was honored with the Regional Theatre Tony Award. One of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, it honors a non-profit professional regional theater company that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. The award has been given to one theater annually since 1976, and it places the playhouse in the company of some of the nation’s finest regional theaters including Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage and Yale Repertory Theatre. Hours: The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Show times vary by event. Admission: Varies by event. SUMMER 2006

802 York St., Newport (859) 291-7464 Footlighters Inc. was established in 1963 by a small group of community theater volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the western side of Cincinnati. In 1986, Footlighters moved to Newport, when they took possession of the tornado-damaged Salem United Methodist Church and converted it into the Stained Glass Theatre. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: $17. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call (513) 474-8711 for tickets.

Taft Theatre

317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati (513) 721-8883 The Taft Theatre features musicians, comedians, childrens’ shows and theater productions. Handicapped seating is available, as well as hearing-enhancement devices. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.





The game plan

From pros to ponies, area offers sporting events of all kinds


e are home to baseball’s oldest professional team, as well as the reigning American Football Conference North Division champions. There are colleges in our region competing in all classes – from Division I, II and III to the junior-college level. We have become a mecca of sorts for minor league professional sports. You name it, it’s here: Indoor football. Women’s football. Men’s soccer (outdoor and indoor). Women’s soccer. Hockey. Baseball. And wait, there’s more. You can catch auto racing and horse racing or see some of the greatest tennis and volleyball players in the world here. What are you waiting for?


Majestic Dugout Shop (21 E. Fifth St., downtown) and select locations (Visitors Center on Fountain Square, Meijer, Play It Again Sports).

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Bengals

100 Main St., Cincinnati, 45202 (513) 765-7000; Members of Major League Baseball’s National League Central Division. Play home games at Great American Ball Park, downtown. Tickets: Range from $5-$215. Purchase online at, by phone at (513) 381-7337 or at the ballpark, the


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SIGN HERE, PLEASE: You can get autographs from your favorite Reds – like Austin Kearns – and take in a big-league ballgame at Great American Ball Park, which drew 1,943,157 fans last season.

One Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, 45202 (513) 455-4800; Members of the NFL’s AFC North Division. Play home games at Paul Brown Stadium, downtown. Tickets: Range from $55-$73. Purchase online at, by phone at (513) 621-8383 or at the stadium.

The CinCinnaTi Reds hall of fame and museum:

a little bit of history & a whole lot of fun! oPen YeaR-Round and eVeRY daY duRinG The season • Only $5 admission on game days • Every day during the season • Extended hours before, during and after day games • Until 8 p.m. during night games

The Reds hall of fame inCludes: • Interactive exhibits • Rare baseball memorabilia • 3 World Series Trophies • 71 Hall of Famers

TouR The BallPaRK, Too Now you can combine your visit to the Reds Hall of Fame with a tour of Great American Ball Park! • Sit in the Dugout • Visit the Press Box • Tour the Reds Hall of Fame • Visit FSN Ohio Club 4192 • Call 513.765.7926 for more information.

Isn’t it time you visited the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum? Tickets & information call 513.765.7923 or visit SUMMER 2006



101 Members of the National Junior College Athletics Association. Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (513) 861-7700.

Cincinnati Cyclones

100 Broadway, Cincinnati, 45202 (513) 421-7825; Members of the East Coast Hockey League. Play home games at U.S. Bank Arena, downtown. Tickets: Range from $12-$22.50. Purchase online at or by phone at (513) 421-7825.

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Cincinnati Excite

530 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, 45240 (513) 648-9248; Members of the American Indoor Soccer League. Play home games at TriCounty Sportsplex, Cincinnati. Tickets: $12 adults, $7 children under 10 last season (2006-07 prices were not announced at press time). Purchase online at or by phone at (513) 648-9248.

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Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, 45040 (513) 651-0303; Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open, July 15-23; Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Aug. 11-20. Men’s event is one of the top tournaments in the world. Tickets: Prices vary by event. Purchase online at or, or by phone at (513) 6510303 or (513) 562-4949.

Florence Freedom

7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky., 41042 (859) 594-4487; Members of minor-league baseball’s Frontier League. Play home games at Champion Window Field, Florence. Season is scheduled from May into September. Tickets: Range from $6-$9.50. Purchase online at, by phone at (859) 594-4487 or at the ballpark.

Kentucky Speedway

Cincinnati Kings

P.O. Box 998, Cincinnati, 45201 (513) 721-5464; Members of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division. Play home games at Xavier ’s Corcoran Field. Tickets: Range from $6-$9 individuals; $30 families. Purchase online at or at the field on game days up to two hours before kickoff.

Cincinnati Ladyhawks

7620 Joseph St., Cincinnati, 45231 (513) 772-5425; Members of the U.S. Soccer League – W-League. Play home games at Lakota West High School. The season is scheduled to take place May through July. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students (ages 5-18), free (4 & under), $45 adult season tickets; $25 student season tickets, $120 family season tickets. Call 772-5425.

Cincinnati Marshals

100 Broadway, Cincinnati, 45202 (877) 381-8873; Members of the National Indoor Football League. Play home games at U.S. Bank Arena. Tickets: Range from $10-$25. Purchase online at, by phone at (513) 562-4949 or at the arena.

Cincinnati Sizzle

916 Surrey Trail, Cincinnati, 45245 (513) 236-2886; Members of the National Women’s Football Association. Play home games at La Salle High School. Tickets: Can be bought on game day at La Salle High School.




FREEDOM FAN: Liberty the eagle is the Florence Freedom’s mascot.

Kings Comets

1065 Reading Road, Mason, 45040 (513) 459-4883 Members of the Mid-Continental Football League. Play home games at Princeton High School. Tickets: $6 adult, $4 teens, $2 ages 6-12. Purchase online at

COLLEGES Cincinnati Bearcats

2600 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, 45221 (513) 556-4603; Members of the Big East Conference (NCAA Division I). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Purchase online at, by phone at (513) 556-2287 or on campus at the Lindner Center ticket office.

Miami RedHawks

501 E. High St., Oxford, 45056 (513) 529-1809; Members of the Mid-American Conference (NCAA Division I). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Purchase online at, by phone at (866) 684-2957 or on campus at Millett Hall.

Xavier Musketeers

3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, 45207 (513) 745-3000; Members of the Atlantic 10 Confer-



ence (NCAA Division I). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Purchase online at, by phone at (513) 562-4949 or on campus at Cintas Center.

Northern Kentucky Norse

Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., 41099 (859) 572-5220; Members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (NCAA Division II). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (859) 572-6639

Mount St. Joseph Lions

5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, 452331670 (513) 244-4200; Members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (513) 244-4311

Thomas More Saints

333 Thomas More Parkway; Crestview Hills, Ky., 41017 (859) 341-5800; Members of the Presidents Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (859) 344-3536

Cincinnati State Surge

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, 45223 (513) 861-7700;

5120 Sparta Pike, Sparta, Ky., 41086 (859) 567-3400; Remaining events for the 2006 season: July 7 – ARCA RE/MAX series; July 8 – NASCAR Craftsman Truck series; Aug. 12 – IRL Indy Pro Series; Aug. 13 – IRL IndyCar series. Tickets: Prices vary by event. Purchase online at, by phone at (888) 652-7223.

Florence Speedway

12234 U.S. Route 42, Union, Ky., 41091 (859) 485-7591; Schedule includes Late Models, Modifieds, Super Dirt Stocks and Pure Stocks. Tickets: Prices vary by event. Call (859) 485-7591

AVP Cincinnati Open

9933 Alliance Rd., Blue Ash (800) 280-2330; Men’s and women’s pro beach volleyball tournaments will be held Aug. 31Sept. 3 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Tickets: $18 per session general admission; $28 reserved box; $75 VIP. Call (800) 919-6272 or order at

River Downs Racetrack

6301 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, 45230 (513) 232-8000; Live thoroughbred racing and simulcasting. Tickets: Free admission

Turfway Park

7500 Turfway Road, Florence, Ky., 41042 (800) 733-0200; Live thoroughbred racing and simulcasting. Tickets: Free admission

Meet the owners

Cincinnati’s two big-time pro sports teams are run by strong businessmen 2006 Bengals schedule PRESEASON WASHINGTON 8 p.m. at Buffalo 7 p.m. GREEN BAY 8 p.m. at Indianapolis 7 p.m. REGULAR SEASON Sept. 10 at Kansas City 1 p.m. Sept. 17 CLEVELAND 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Oct. 1 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. Oct. 8 Bye – Oct. 15 at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. Oct. 22 CAROLINA 1 p.m. Oct. 29 ATLANTA 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Baltimore 1 p.m. Nov. 12 SAN DIEGO 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at New Orleans 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Cleveland 1 p.m. Nov. 30 BALTIMORE 8 p.m. Dec. 10 OAKLAND 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at Indianapolis 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at Denver 4:15 p.m. Dec. 31 PITTSBURGH 1 p.m. All times Eastern Home games in CAPITAL LETTERS Aug. 13 Aug. 18 Aug. 28 Sept. 1

Mike Brown, Bengals president

Bengals president Mike Brown has been running Cincinnati’s NFL franchise since the death of his father, coaching legend Paul Brown, in 1991. Brown heads a family-owned business. His daughter, Katie Blackburn, is the club’s executive vice president and her father’s heir apparent. Pete Brown, Mike’s brother, and Paul H. Brown, Mike’s son, are vice presidents in the team’s scouting department. Troy Blackburn, Mike Brown’s sonin-law and Katie Blackburn’s husband, also is a Bengals vice president. Mike Brown spent much of the 1990s working to secure a new home for the Bengals – Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. In March 1996, Hamilton County voters approved public funding for Paul Brown Stadium and a new Reds stadium, Great American Ball Park. Mike Brown has been around football all of his life. He worked closely with his father to bring professional football to Cincinnati. The Bengals’ first season was 1968. Brown worked with Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to secure funding for the construction of Riverfront Stadium, which became the Bengals’ home in 1970. Brown turned down a lucrative stadium deal in Baltimore, which tried to

Robert Castellini, Reds CEO

Before Robert Castellini bought the Reds, he figures he did one media interview in 20 years. But Castellini’s love of baseball and Cincinnati prompted him to take on one of the city’s most visible roles – chief executive officer of the Reds. Castellini took over the Reds on Jan. 19 and showed he was not afraid to predict success. “I want to make a promise, one fan to another: We will bring championship baseball back to Cincinnati,” he said Castellini, 64, was born and raised in Cincinnati. He began working in the family produce business at age 11. He eventually built Castellini Co. from a

local produce operation to a business that includes perishable distribution, food processing, public warehousing, transportation and leasing. Ownership of the Reds is not Castellini’s first foray into baseball. He previously was an investor in the Reds, the Baltimore Orioles, the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Castellini, a graduate of Georgetown University and Wharton Graduate School, is a member of the board of directors of Xavier University. He also serves on numerous civic and corporate boards. He has taken a hands-on approach to ownership. Castellini set up an office at the club’s spring training headquarters in the Sarasota, Fla. He goes directly to scouts and quizzes them before approving trades. Castellini plans to take some of that successful formula he used in the produce business to the Reds. “It was a matter of hiring the right people who had the passion and energy and common sense to succeed – and who wanted to succeed,” Castellini said. “I hired ’em, got ’em trained and let ’em run. I empowered them to go out and find new customers and new products to sell. It was all people, and that’s what this is.” — John Fay

lure the Bengals before it persuaded former Browns owner Art Modell to move the former Cleveland franchise to the city before the 1996 season. Brown also was assistant general manager, helping his father build Bengals teams that played in Super Bowls following the 1981 and 1988 seasons. Brown has a background playing football as well – he was a quarterback at Dartmouth College. He later earned a law degree from Harvard University. His daughter and son-inlaw also are lawyers. Brown has served on the NFL’s competition committee and the management council’s executive committee. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Indian Hill. They have two granddaughters.

— Mark Curnutte

FATHER AND SON: Bengals president Mike Brown (left) is part of a family business with the Bengals. In running the team, he has followed in the footsteps of his father, team founder and NFL legend Paul Brown (right). THE ASSOCIATED PRESS







Save these dates for concerts, plays, county fairs and more

Contemporary Arts Center. 24-Sept. 17: Cirque du Soleil, “Quidam,” The Banks, downtown Cincinnati. 25-27: Germania Society Oktoberfest, 3529 West Kemper Road, Colerain Township. 26: Eartha Kitt, Crown Jewels of Jazz Gala and Concert, Music Hall. 26: Cincinnati Cornhole Fest, Eden Park. 28: Family Values Tour featuring Korn, Riverbend. 29: Steely Dan with Michael McDonald, Riverbend. 31-Sept. 3: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Cincinnati Open, Linder Family Tennis Center, Mason. 31-Sept. 4: Alexandria Fair and Horse Show, Campbell County, Ky.


24-Aug. 20: Paul Strand Southwest. Photographs by Strand, pioneer of photographic modernism, Cincinnati Art Museum. 25: Panegyri, Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Finneytown. (513) 591-0030 25: Desdemona Independent Arts Festival, Sawyer Point. 25: Lite Brite Indie Pop and Film Fest, Southgate House, Newport. 25: Lynyrd Skynyrd & 3 Doors Down, Riverbend Music Center. 28: Chicago, with Huey Lewis and the News, Riverbend. 30: Nickelback, U.S. Bank Arena. 30-July 4: Newport Motorcycle Rally.


2: All American Birthday Party, Sawyer Point, downtown Cincinnati. 3: LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, Coney Island. 4: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Red, White and Boom!, Riverbend. 6-8: Spirit Song, with Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, TobyMac, Casting Crowns, Kutless; Paramount’s Kings Island. 7-9: St. Rita Fest, St. Rita School for the Deaf, Evendale. 7-8: Ohio River Way Paddlefest, Four Seasons Marina, Columbia Tusculum. 9: Second Sunday on Main. Food lecture, wine tasting, music, shopping. “Equality and Freedom.” Main Street, Over-the-Rhine. 11: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II, U.S. Bank Arena. 12: Counting Crows, Riverbend. 13: Poison, with Cinderella, Riverbend. 13, 15: Cincinnati Opera, “A Masked Ball,” Music Hall. 14-Sept. 10: Dark Jewels: Chinese Black and Brown Ceramics, Taft Museum of Art. 15: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, with Art Garfunkel, Riverbend. 15-16: Cincy Latino Festival, Sawyer Point. 15-23: Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. 16: MainStrasse Village Classic Car Show, Covington. 17-20: Kenton County Fair and Horse Show. 17-22: Warren County Fair, Lebanon. 20: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Moonlite Gardens, Coney Island. 20, 22: Cincinnati Opera, “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Music Hall. 21-23: “Barbie Live in Fairytopia,” Aronoff Center, downtown Cincinnati. 23: Bridalrama, Cinergy Center.





Aug 31 - Sept. 3: Cincinnati Open

Karch Kiraly goes for the ball during an AVP Nissan Series Cincinnati Open volleyball match against Lee and Priddy in Mason last July 2. 25: Def Leppard and Journey, Riverbend. 26: Vans Warped Tour, Riverbend. 23-29: Butler County Fair, Hamilton. 28-29: Macy’s Music Festival, with Earth Wind and Fire and Patti LaBelle. Paul Brown Stadium, downtown Cincinnati. 28-29: Queen City Blues Fest, Sawyer Point. 29-30: Vectren Dayton Air Show, Dayton International Airport. 29-30: Newport Arts and Music Festival, Newport Festival Park. 30: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New World Spectacular. Riverbend Music Center.


1: Dave Matthews Band, Riverbend. 2-6: Hamilton County Fair, Carthage. 2-13: Ohio State Fair, Columbus. 3-6: World’s Longest Yard Sale, MainStrasse Village, Covington, to Gadsden, Alabama. 4: 311, Riverbend. 4-6: Glier’s Goettafest, Newport Festival Park.



5: The Black Crowes, Riverbend. 6: Morning Glory Ride, Sawyer Point, downtown Cincinnati. 7-12: Boone County 4-H Utopia Fair, Ky. 10-13: Scribblejam. 10-14: Great Inland Seafood Festival, Newport Festival Park. 11-13: Union Center Boulevard Bash, Butler County. 11-20: Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. 12: Gala of International Ballet Stars, ballet tech ohio performing arts association, Aronoff Center. 12: Rascal Flatts. Riverbend. 12-Jan. 14: Natural Moderns: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Contemporaries, Cincinnati Art Museum. 13: Second Sunday on Main. “International Bazaar.” Main Street, Over-the-Rhine. 16: John Fogerty and Willie Nelson. Riverbend. 17-20: Abracadabra, Playhouse in the Park. 17-27: Kentucky State Fair, Louisville. 18-20: Midwest Black Family Reunion, Sawyer Point. 19-Nov. 5: The Paper Sculpture Show,

2: Cruise-A-Palooza, Coney Island. 2: Brooks & Dunn, Riverbend. 2-Oct. 22 (weekends only): Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg. 3: Penn Station Riverfest and Toyota/ WEBN Fireworks, Sawyer Point and Newport Festival Park. 5-17: “The Light in the Piazza,” Broadway Across America. 5-Oct. 6: “Of Mice and Men,” Playhouse in the Park. 7-Oct. 8: “As You Like It,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 8-10: Harvest Home Fair, Cheviot. 8-10: MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Covington. 9: i-wireless Prep Classic, Paul Brown Stadium. 10: Second Sunday on Main. “Bling Bling on Main.” Main Street, Over-the-Rhine. 15-16: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Paavo Jarvi conducts. Gil Shaham, violin. 16-17: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, downtown Cincinnati. 16-17: Blue Ash Airport Days. 20-23: MidPoint Music Festival, downtown Cincinnati. 23-24, 30-Oct. 1: Falloween Fest (formerly Cincinnati Flower and Farm Fest), Coney Island. 29-Oct. 1: Kitchen, Bath and Design Show, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 29-Oct. 1: Middfest International: China. 29-Oct. 4: Newport Oktoberfest, Newport Festival Park. 29-Oct. 18: 20/20 Festival. 30: Brad Paisley, with Carrie Underwood. Riverbend. 30-Oct. 1: Pyramid Hill 4th Annual Art Fair. 30-Oct. 20: “In the Continuum,” Playhouse in the Park. 30-Oct. 31: St. Rita School for the Deaf Haunted House, Evendale.


Water wheels

BACK FOR AN ENCORE: The General Jackson, an authentic sternwheeler, will cruise up the Ohio River to Cincinnati this year for her second Tall Stacks appearance.

With the riverboats of Tall Stacks, Cincinnati celebrates its port heritage By Jim Knippenberg


he 2006 Tall Stacks Music, Arts and Heritage Festival, Cincinnati’s signature event celebrating the golden age of riverboats, steams into town Oct. 4-8. And if there’s one positively sacred rule you need to follow, it’s this: Plan now. Buy now. This year’s festival will bring in 17 calliope-tooting riverboats from cities across the nation, including Memphis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Minneapolis, Dubuque, Nashville and Galveston. And yeah, it’s true there are at least 300 cruises and 140,000 tickets available, but with a million or more people expected, tickets go quickly. In 2003, for example, 117,000 cruise tickets were snatched up in the first couple months they were on sale. Here are a few other things you should know about Tall Stacks 2006: m This will be the sixth Tall Stacks (1988, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2003), and like the others, it will be headquartered on the central riverfront from the Public Landing east to Yeatman’s Cove and Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point. m Not everyone knows it, but the first Tall Stacks in 1988 was supposed to be a one-time event to celebrate Cincinnati’s Bicentennial. But it went over so well that organizers held another in ’92, and it’s been churning along at intervals ever




ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: The Belle of Louisville, built in 1914, is the country’s oldest operational steamboat. Run by the Louisville Metro Government, the Belle was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. since, getting bigger at every turn. m The festival breaks down into “land” and “on-board” segments. The land portion includes dozens of concerts, roving entertainers, food, ven-



dors and volunteers in riverboat-era costumes. Tickets for the ground portion will go on sale this summer at $20 and $22 each. In 2003, 900,000 land tickets were sold.

The on-board portion covers the cruises. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner cruises, ice cream cruises, afternoon tea cruises, race cruises, happyhour and late-night cocktail cruises, wine-tasting cruises, bourbon and martini cruises, music cruises, Cajun cruises and heaven only knows what all else. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (513) 5624949. m The 2006 concert lineup has not been announced yet, but Tall Stacks organizers have promised it will be similar to the one in 2003 – roots music, including blues, rock, folk, jazz and riverboatstyle acts. Local, regional and national performers all participate. m Every Tall Stacks adds something new or expands on something old. This year it’s Steamboat City on Newport’s riverfront, offering an up-close look at life on the river during the 1800s, with Civil War encampments and demonstrations of crafts, soap and candle making, and even presentations on what people from that era ate for dinner and how they cooked it – all done by costumed interpreters. m Tall Stacks is the largest gathering of riverboats in the nation. In past years, the centerpiece of the festival has been the Parade of Tall Stacks, an event during which all the boats sail to a spot near Coney Island, then steam majestically back to port. This year, it’s scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 8.

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