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What’s unique about our region? Plenty! Stars of stage, sound and television have called Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati home. There’s much to love about Northern Kentucky. Check out these treasures. Enquirer staff members let you in on their bestkept secrets about the region. It’s big business here, with Fortune 500 companies and corporate headquarters all over the place. Education in Northern Kentucky. Where to find the best child care. You may drive down these streets daily, but do you know the stories behind their names? Sometimes you’ve just got to get the kids out of the house. We’ve got some ideas for you. Food, glorious food — from all over the area. Our arts community offers quality, quantity and variety. Just a few hours’ drive in any direction and you’re bound to stumble upon a great day trip. Friends are in town and you’re not sure what to do? We’ll help. If you’re looking for dating ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Get out your calendar and jot down key dates. From the Reds and Bengals to Kentucky Speedway and Northern Kentucky University, sports options abound.

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here were many discussions about what this publication should be. Informational? Useful? Fun? Handy? We tried for all of that — and more. The Enquirer staff itself is a vast collection of newcomers and longtime area residents eager to share with each other the staples of the community, as well as some fresher features that entice the younger crowd. We want Discover Northern Kentucky to appeal to everyone. It’s a new publication, so we started from scratch. We relied on the expertise of our newsroom to provide the best outings with kids, exciting places to visit with out-of-towners, best-kept secrets and, of course, where to eat in each part of town. We hope you’ll find a new attraction or restaurant to try. We hope you’ll learn something about the area you didn’t know. More than anything, we hope you’ll enjoy discovering more about Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Michael Perry, Discover editor 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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■ City in which a woman, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, began and operated a large manufacturing operation — Rookwood Pottery (1880). ■ First and only city to build and own a major railroad (1880). ■ Concrete skyscraper built in the United States — the Ingalls Building (1902). ■ Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, later known as the Boy Scouts of America (1905). ■ University to offer cooperative education — University of Cincinnati (1906). ■ Night baseball game played under lights (1935). ■ Heart-lung machine — makes open-heart surgery possible. Developed at Children’s Hospital Medical Center (1952). ■ City to have a licensed public television station — WCET TV (1954). Source: Cincinnati USA

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eems we’ve got our own unique ways here in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. If you’re a native, this should help separate fact from fiction or remind you why we do some of the things we do. If you’ve just moved here, read closely: Many monikers: First called “Losantiville” by settlers in the late 18th century, the area was named Cincinnati in 1790 by Gen. Arthur St. Clair in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers. By the 1820s, many residents proudly called their town “Queen City of the West,” an endearing label used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1854 poem “Catawba Wine.” During the early 19th century, Cincinnati grew to become the world’s leading



pork processor, earning it the nickname “Porkopolis.” Other city nicknames over the years included “London of America” (1860s), “Paris of America” (1870s) and “Blue Chip City” (1980s). More recently, some have hiply shortened the city's name to “The ‘Nati.” PIGS IN RACE: Marathon tradition takes off.

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A bird. A plane. A pig?: To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 1988, Cincinnati planned to build a riverfront park — Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point — that would include an entrance sculpture. A committee chose a sculpture design that incorporated bronze statues of flying pigs to pay homage to Cincinnati’s pork-processing heritage. Opponents feared visitors would ridicule the city for the soaring porkers, but after much debate, the four winged pigs were positioned above tall riverboat smoke stacks at the park entrance. Since then, the city has embraced flying pigs as its unofficial symbol. In 1999, organizers held the first Flying Pig Marathon, featuring more than 6,000 runners. And a year later, Cincinnati hosted the Big Pig Gig, in which artists designed and painted nearly 400 plaster pigs. The porcine art was displayed around town and later auctioned for charity.

Very German: Cincinnati represents one leg of the historic “German Triangle” in the United States, along with Milwaukee and St. Louis. All three Midwestern cities welcomed large waves of German immigrants during the early to mid-19th century, although Germans were among the first to settle in what would become Cincinnati in the 1780s. Germans continued to move to the Cincinnati area in the 20th century, especially after World Wars I and II. Many of these immigrants hailed from northwest Germany, near the cities of Bremen and Oldenburg. And many were Catholic, but German Protestants and Jews also moved to the area. German immigrants left their mark on Cincinnati’s architecture, food, dialect and place names, including the historic neighborhood Overthe-Rhine. Cincinnati streets bearing German names were changed when World War I began, a reaction to anti-German sentiment.

More than chili, cornhole Please?: Many newcomers are confused when they hear “please?” at unexpected points of conversation with a Cincinnatian. In these cases, “Please?” probably means “Excuse me?” or “Say again?” and is a direct translation from the German bitte, which means the same. Although this quaint usage was passed on by Cincinnati’s German immigrants more than a century ago, it is now used by other ethnic groups who grew up in the area. When you hear “Please?” in this context, it’s usually a dead ringer for a native. Got goetta?: Pronounced GET-uh, Cincinnati’s indigenous breakfast food probably evolved in the 19th century from a German pork and grain-based sausage called “gruetzewurst.” Goetta is made by stewing various parts of pork and/or beef with tiny pin oats, onions and other seasonings. After it has cooked and thickened, this stew is poured into loaf pans and chilled. To serve, the goetta loaf is sliced and crisply pan-fried. Goetta is sold in most Cincinnati groceries, and some butchers make their own from family recipes. There are now goetta festivals that offer goetta pizzas, burritos, GLT (goetta, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches and other creations. But most aficionados enjoy fried goetta at breakfast, sometimes topped with grape jelly, ketchup or maple syrup, with eggs and rye toast on the side. Continued on page 12


COME AND GOETTA IT: It’s the Cincinnati area breakfast of champions — goetta, toast and eggs. Yum-yum!


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Only in Kentucky ... A few sights you’ll find only south of the Ohio River: Basilica of the Assumption Cathedral in Covington: A small-scale Notre Dame with large oil paintings and 82 stained-glass windows, including the world’s largest hand-blown window. (859) 431-2060 or Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington: Located in Devou Park, it’s small and focuses on regional history, especially how the river played a role in developing the area. Exhibits include American Indian prehistory, the Civil War, 19th-century home life, wildlife, and fine and folk art. The museum is housed in the former Devou family mansion, which began as a Federal-style farmhouse built by James Eubank in 1848. Also, Devou Park offers one of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline. Covington Riverwalk: The scenic path provides splendid views of the skyline and the Ohio River, and includes bronze statues of seven prominent figures in Kentucky history. Markers explain historic significance of local places and events. Garden of Hope in Covington: A re-creation of Christ’s tomb. The site also features the Chapel of Dreams, a 16th-century Spanish mission. (859) 491-1777. MainStrasse Old World Village in Covington: This restored 19th-century German village takes up five blocks. The cobblestone streets include restaurants, taverns and shops. It also features 100-foot tall Carroll Chimes Tower, which plays every hour with its 43-bell carillon as wooden figures act out the story of the Pied Piper on the tower’s second level. (859) 491-0458. Monte Casino Chapel at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills: With a seating capacity of one, it’s certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s smallest. Newport’s East Row Historic District: Walking tours available of 25 historic homes. (859) 292-3667. Vent Haven Museum of Ventriloquism in Fort Mitchell: World’s largest collection of ventriloquist dolls and memorabilia, including Mortimer Snerd and Charley McCarthy. More than 500 items from 20 counties. Tours by appointment. (859) 341-0461 or World Peace Bell in Newport: The world’s largest free-swinging bell at 66,000 pounds. It rings at the top of each hour. (859) 581-2971 or Sources: Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Enquirer research


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More than chili & cornhole Continued from page 9 Chili of choice: Texans resent it, but Cincinnati may be the most famous chili town in the United States. Of course, Cincinnati chili is different — certainly not like the spicy red Texas stew. Macedonian immigrant and hot dog stand operator Athanas Kiradjieff is credited with creating Cincinnati chili in 1922, using unusual ingredients such as cloves, cinnamon and chocolate. From the beginning, Cincinnati chili was a layered dish — served over spaghetti, topped with kidney beans and sometimes chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Cincinnatians still order chili using the local code: “3-Way” (chili, spaghetti and cheese), “4-Way” (chili, spaghetti, cheese, beans or onions) or “5-Way” (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions and beans). Oyster crackers are traditionally served on the side. Two chains — Skyline and Gold Star — dominate the Cincinnati chili scene, but Kiradjieff’s original chain, Empress, still ladles chili at several restaurants around town. And many diners and dives also offer their versions. East Side-West Side story: When two Cincinnatians meet for the first time, one will no doubt soon ask: “East Side or West Side?” Most agree the city’s dividing line — at one time called the “Sauerkraut Curtain” — is Vine Street, placing neighborhoods and suburbs such as Price Hill, Westwood and Delhi


IT’S A TOSSUP: Cornhole enthusiasts let fly across the Greater Cincinnati area. Township on the West Side; Hyde Park, Oakley and Mariemont, among others, on the East. According to stereotypes, West Siders are mostly blue-collar workers, devout Catholics of German or Italian heritage, who rarely move from their closely knit neighborhoods. East Siders, many believe, are




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affluent professionals who pull up stakes and move about freely. (Some aren't even born in Cincinnati!) Although West Siders seem more loyal to their parishes, taverns and high schools, these perceptions are changing. And as far as which side is wealthier, a common saying goes: “West Siders have more money, but don't spend it, while East Siders have less money, but spend it.” Most famous Cincinnatian not born here: Although he was born in England, raised in New York and educated in Chicago, many Cincinnatians consider Jerry Springer (left) a favorite son. While working for a downtown law firm in 1971, he was elected to City Council at age 27. Three years later, he resigned from

council after it was revealed he gave a personal check to a prostitute. But in 1975, Springer staged a surprising comeback, getting re-elected to City Council. And in 1977, after receiving the most votes, he was named mayor. In his first political foray outside Cincinnati, Springer lost the Democratic primary for Ohio governor in 1982. Soon, he became a nightly commentator for WLWT-TV and then news coanchor. Springer debuted his first talk show at the same Cincinnati station in 1991 and moved it to Chicago the next year, where it became a nationally syndicated hit. Since 2003, Springer has flirted with running for office again in Ohio — for governor or U.S. Senate. And in 2005, he began hosting a liberal radio talk show in Cincinnati that later became syndicated. Springer owns an apartment in downtown Cincinnati, a town he still calls “home.” Oddly named game: In many parts of Cincinnati, especially on the West Side, cornhole is the lawn game of choice during warm weather. To play cornhole, two to four contestants toss small cloth bags filled with dried corn at wooden platforms set just above ground level. Their goal is to toss bags through a hole in the opposing platform. Scoring is similar to horseshoes. No one is sure when or where cornhole originated, although it seems to be gaining popularity in other parts of the town and region. Some cornhole tournaments award large cash prizes, several Web sites are devoted to the sport and companies now sell cornhole bags and “boards.” In other parts of the country, there are similar games with names like “bean toss” and “bag toss.” None dare to be called “cornhole.” “Big Strong Men Will Very Rarely Eat Pork Chops”: For years, this mnemonic device has been used to help remember the first letter of each downtown street name from east to west: Broadway, Sycamore, Main, Walnut, Vine, Race, Elm, Plum and Central. Perhaps the phrase is easy to remember because it’s hard to imagine a big, strong man in Cincinnati not eating pork chops.

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Star power

From Doris Day to Nick Lachey, Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati have been home to many movie, music and TV celebrities. Here are the 20 biggest by John Kiesewetter


1. Kathleen Battle (above): The opera diva, who studied voice at the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, became one of the world’s most acclaimed lyric sopranos. 2. Rocky Carroll (right): After his 1990 Tony-nominated Broadway role in “The Piano Lesson,” the Mount Auburn native and School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduate moved to Hollywood to star in “Roc,” “Chicago Hope,” “Welcome to New York,” “The Agency,” “Crimson Tide” and “Spider-Man 2.”



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3. George Clooney (right): Northern Kentucky University’s most famous dropout went to Hollywood against his father’s wishes and appeared in everything from “Return of the Killer Tomatoes!” to “The Facts of Life,” “Roseanne” and “Murder, She THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wrote” before becoming a superstar on NBC’s “ER.” Success in “One Fine Day, “The Peacemaker,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Ocean’s Eleven” gave Clooney clout to produce “Ocean’s Twelve” and direct “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” 4. Bootsy Collins (right): The bass-playing funk pioneer, born William Collins in the West End in 1951, was a session musician by age 15 at King Records in Evanston, where the legendary James Brown recorded. Two years later, Collins joined the STEVEN M. HERPPICH Godfather of Soul on tour. In the 1970s, Collins moved to Detroit and joined George Clinton’s revolutionary funk outfit, Parliament-Funkadelic. It was Clinton who encouraged his bassist to be creative and experiment, which led to Collins’ trademark star-studded look. 5. Doris Day (right): Doris Kappelhoff was given her stage name by local bandleader Barney Rapp after one of her favorite songs, “Day By Day.” Her movie career has spanned 50 years, from “Romance On The High Seas,” “Pillow Talk,” “Calamity Jane” and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies” to “Antz.”




6. Greg Dulli (above, front): The Hamilton native ascended to the status of indie-rock icon in the ’90s at the helm of his Cincinnati-based band, the Afghan Whigs. The group, which colored its dark post-punk tales of twisted love with tinges of soul, disbanded in 2001. The singer now lives in Los Angeles and fronts a new rock outfit, the Twilight Singers.


8. Carmen Electra (above): Born Tara Patrick in White Oak, she danced summers at Kings Island before going to Los Angeles, where she caught the eye of Prince and signed with his Paisley Park label. Replacing Jenny McCarthy as MTV’s “Singled Out” host led to roles on “Baywatch,” “Summerland,” “Scary Movie,” “Starsky & Hutch” and “Carmen & Dave: An MTV Love Story,” a reality series about her marriage to rocker Dave Navarro.

9. Peter Frampton (above): English rocker Peter Frampton moved from Nashville to Indian Hill with his wife, the former Tina Elfers, a Cincinnati native, and their young daughter in 2000. After the former teen idol became a naturalized U.S. citizen, he helped raise campaign funds here for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. 10. Woody Harrelson (below): The 1979 Lebanon High School graduate, first exposed to movies when Barbara Eden filmed “Harper Valley PTA” in Lebanon, got his big acting break as Woody the bartender on NBC’s “Cheers” (1985-93). His film credits include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Wag the Dog,” “Anger Management,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Doc Hollywood,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Natural Born Killers” and “Kingpin.” Continued on page 16


7. Big Joe Duskin (above): The Alabama native, who moved here at age 6 in 1927, is one of the progenitors of boogie-woogie blues piano. Earlier this year, his “Big Joe Jumps Again” was nominated for a 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Award – the blues world’s equivalent of a Grammy – for comeback blues album of the year.



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All along the Riverwalk People honored with statues on Covington’s Riverwalk: John A. Roebling, 1806-1869: Roebling, a native of Germany, was trained as an engineer in Berlin. He found his interest in bridge design frustrated by Prussian bureaucracy and emigrated to the United States. Fascinated by suspension bridges, he became interested in their design. The newly chartered Covington and Cincinnati Bridge Co. invited Roebling to submit a proposal to build a bridge between Covington and Cincinnati. He designed a suspension bridge with two spans and a tower 194 feet high in the center of the river. Opposition was strong and all progress was stopped until 1856 when the company, revived and with new directors, entered into a contract with Roebling. A new design was drawn up and approved with two towers 230 feet high with a 1,057-foot span. However, money soon ran out and the work was halted in 1859. The need to move men and supplies during the Civil War renewed the project in 1863. Finally, on Jan. 2, 1867, the bridge was formally opened to traffic. J.A. Roebling moved to New York to design the Brooklyn Bridge. He died while surveying the piers for the bridge. Simon Kenton, 1755-1836: Kenton, for whom Kenton County was named, stands with Daniel Boone and George Rogers as a leading figure in opening the West. Kenton entered Kentucky in 1771 as a longhunter and gained a reputation for bravery and leadership in the battles that led to the settlement of Kentucky and Ohio. A cholera epidemic took his life. Captain Mary B. Greene, 1868-1949: Greene was born the daughter of a country storekeeper. When she married Captain Gordon C. Greene, she left the land to make her life and raise her family on the rivers of America. Captain Mary was one of the few women to become a licensed boat master and river pilot. The exploits of Mary Greene are legendary. She steered through a cyclone, survived an explosion of nitroglycerine, and gave birth to a son while her boat was locked in an ice gorge. After the death of her husband, in 1927, Captain Mary ran the 28 paddlewheelers of the Greeneline Steamers Company, including the Delta Queen. James Bradley: Slave traders brought Bradley to America as an infant. By the time he was 18 years old, Bradley managed his master’s Arkansas plantation. Over a five-year period, he earned enough money to purchase his freedom. As a free man, Bradley crossed the Ohio River at Covington. He enrolled at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati in 1834. Bradley was the only ex-slave who participated in the famous Lane Seminary debates on slavery and abolitionism. Chief Little Turtle, 1752-1812: This great Miami war chief fought to protect the Indian hunting grounds of Kentucky and the villages of southern Ohio from the onrush of American settlers. Little Turtle twice led a confederation of Miami, Shawnee and Delaware Indians in victory against American armies. In October 1790, he defeated an American army led by Gen. Josiah Harmar. In November 1791, he defeated an army led by Gen. Arthur St. Clair. Between battles, Little Turtle hunted and fished in this part of Northern Kentucky. After the Indians were defeated at Fallen Timbers in 1794, Little Turtle joined in the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. He declared, “I am the last to sign it and I will be the last to break it.” He kept his word. John James Audubon, 1785-1851: Audubon was best known as a painter of birds and most notably for his series called “The Birds of America.” Audubon came to the Northern Kentucky area in 1819, and made many drawings near this place. It was the force of circumstances prior to and during his stay in the Cincinnati-Kentucky area that converted him from an amateur to professional artist. He left Cincinnati in October of 1829 and embarked on his mammoth project to record the birds of North America, which was first published in 1826. While in Cincinnati, Audubon worked for a time at the Western Museum, which became the Cincinnati Natural History Museum. Daniel Carter Beard, 1850-1941: Beard spent much of his youth in the house behind this statue. He played in the nearby woods and along the banks of the Ohio and Licking rivers, where he developed a keen interest in nature and the outdoors. Working as a civil engineer in Cincinnati and later in New York, Beard observed the plight of inner-city boys. To help them, he formed the “Sons of Daniel Boone,” which merged with others in 1910 to become the Boy Scouts of America. Source: Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau



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Stars Continued from page 15 11. Bill Hemmer: CNN’s “American Morning” coanchor, a 1983 Elder High School graduate, was a WCPOTV (Channel 9) sports reporter and news anchor before going to the allnews cable network in 1995. He gained national media attention for his reports from the 2000 presidential election Florida recount, and the war in Afghanistan, before taking over CNN’s morning show in 2002. 12. Nick Lachey (below): Best known for his MTV reality series, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” with wife Jessica Simpson, Lachey grew up in Cincinnati and attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He and brother Drew were members of 98 Degrees, the best-selling group to come out of Cincinnati since Midnight Star in 1983. Nick

will star in a MTV reality series this summer about recording his new solo album. 13. James Levine (above): America’s most important, influential and powerful conductor grew up in Avondale and graduated from Walnut Hills High School. He now presides over two of America’s greatest performing institutions: the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His child-prodigy days are part of Cincinnati lore: making his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut in 1954 at age 10, and as a pre-teen sitting through hours of opera rehearsals at the Cincinnati Zoo.


14. Keith Lockhart (above): The Boston Pops conductor spent his formative years here as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra associate conductor (1990-95). He was an unknown boy wonder when he left here in 1995 to lead one of America’s most venerable and visible musical institutions, the 120-year-old Boston Pops. After going to Boston, he remained music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra until 1999.


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15. Vicki Lewis (right): The 1978 Anderson High School and University of Cincinnati graduate left Broadway in 1991 for Los Angeles, where she has appeared in “NewsRadio,” “Seinfeld,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Breakfast of Champions” and “Three THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sisters.” She also has provided a voice for “Finding Nemo” characters, and has returned to New York for productions of “Chicago” and “Damn Yankees.” 16. Sarah Jessica Parker (right): Technically she was born in Nelsonville in southeastern Ohio, but we claim her as one of our own because she trained with the Cincinnati Ballet and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music while living in Clifton for seven years. She left for New York in 1976 to appear in “The Innocents” on Broadway and took over the starring role of “Annie” in 1979, at age 14, before doing TV series and movies.



17. Steven Spielberg (left): One of the greatest film directors of this generation was born here in 1946. He lived in Avondale until 1951 while his father, Arnold, studied electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati and his mother, Cincinnati native Leah Posner Spielberg, studied piano at the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. He has talked about making a movie about his years here from a script written by his sister Anne, who wrote “Big.” Continued on page 18

■ James Brown (above) recorded some of his biggest hits – including “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1),” “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s A Man’s World” – at King Records in Evanston. ■ Country rock band Pure Prairie League (“Amie,” “Let Me Love You Tonight”) was formed in 1971 by Covington native Craig Fuller. ■ “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling began his professional writing career in 1950 at WLW-TV and WLW-AM. Some of the live TV dramas he wrote for “The Storm” on WKRC-TV here later became “Twilight Zone” stories. ■ Although a handful of exterior scenes for “WKRP in Cincinnati” were filmed here during the show’s CBS run (1978-82), creator Hugh Wilson based the situation comedy on a radio station in Atlanta, where he worked in advertising before his TV career. ■ Red Skelton broadcast his first national network radio shows from Cincinnati in the 1930s, when WLW-AM was a mecca for future stars such as Eddie Albert (“Green Acres”), Durward Kirby (“The Garry Moore Show”), jazz pianist Fats Waller and the Mills Brothers. In the 1940s, Andy Williams, Doris Day and Rosemary and Betty Clooney made their debuts on WLW-AM. ■ Hall of Fame baseball announcer Red Barber saw his first professional baseball game on the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day in 1934, making his Reds radio debut for Crosley Broadcasting. He did Reds games for five seasons before he was hired away by the Brooklyn Dodgers. ■ Author Harriet Beecher Stowe (right) gathered material for “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1851) while living in Walnut Hills from 1832-50 with her father, the Rev. Lyman Beecher, a Presbyterian minister who founded Lane Theological Seminary.



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Stars Continued from page 17 18. Jerry Springer (right): The former Cincinnati City Council member and mayor (197174; 1975-81) converted his popularity into TV ratings as a WLW-TV (Channel 5) news commentator and anchor (1982-93). At the peak of his popularity, Channel 5’s owners launched his daytime TV show in 1991, which moved to Chicago a year later. He returned here in January 2005 to embark on a new career, hosting a liberal talk radio shoe now heard nationally on the Air America network. 19. Ted Turner (left): Decades before he created TV’s first cable “Superstation” in Atlanta and founded the CNN networks, Turner’s first media job was selling the Cincinnati Enquirer at an Avondale street corner near the Cincinnati Zoo at age 8. He was born here in 1938 and moved to

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Easy Bake Oven toys stoves. The actress has been a TV series regular on “Wings,’ “Alright Already,” “Life On A Stick,” and “Days Of Our Lives,” while appearing in “Problem Child,” GLENN HARTONG “The Mask,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “Pretty Woman” and “Dracula: Dead And Loving It.” She met her future husband, actor John Ritter, filming “Problem Child” in 1989. They married in 1999 at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio.

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Treasures of Northern Kentucky

Monmouth Theatre in Newport. The 125-seat theater about six blocks from the Levee is always booked with shows costing $12-$15 or so. It often sells out. It’s an intimate space. The shows are creative and offbeat. (The theater once hosted a “puppet slam,” for instance.) The resident theater company is Falcon Theatre (, but there are others doing performances. Check out the lineup at Rabbit Hash General Store, Rabbit Hash (below). A trip back in time. Old-fashioned general store in far western Boone County sells a little bit of everything. Aquatic Center in Florence (right). The only public water park of its kind in Northern Kentucky.




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Treasures The overlook at Devou Park in Covington (above left). Best view of the Cincinnati skyline from Northern Kentucky. Blue Marble Bookstore, Fort Thomas (below left, center). Full-service, independent

children’s bookstore helps schools arrange author visits, throws children’s book parties and hosts authors for signings. Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers. An a cappella gospel group of men who have performed together for about 12 years. They still perform at local fund-

raisers and arts workshops, although their schedule also includes periodic tours of Spain. Upcoming performance: Aug. 4, Devou Park’s “coffee cup” series. Fantasy in Frosting, Newport. Custom-made cakes – including racy ones for bachelor and bachelorette parties – as well as an extensive supply of baking and


cake-decorating equipment for sale. Florence Skatepark (above right). Popular spot for skateboarders and mountain bikers. Half-pipes, rails, bowls, ramps and more. The Bellevue Beadery (below right). Pick out beads and make your own jewelry, or have the store make pieces for you.




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LOOK NO FURTHER: The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival presented an updated version of “Much Ado About Nothing” in 2005.

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ON THE AIR: Michael Grayson hosts the morning music program at WNKU-FM (89.7).



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Here’s our secret list of places you have to see by The Enquirer staff

t’s easy to expose the knowns in Greater Cincinnati: Montgomery Inn. Kings Island. Chili. Those are all staples of the community. But what about the unknowns? What about personal favorites, from food to fun to relaxation? We turned to Enquirer newsroom employees, some who have lived here forever, some who are newer to the area. We asked for their bestkept secrets. We said we’d keep it hush-hush. We fibbed. Check out this Dirty (Little Secret) Dozen … WNKU radio: For fans of music from Bill Monroe to the


Rolling Stones with stops at Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen, WNKU-FM (89.7; is an oasis in the local radio landscape. The adult alternative station, which is affiliated with Northern Kentucky University, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer by sponsoring special concerts and community events. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival: Individual show tickets are only $20 (adults), $18 (seniors), $16 (students). The performances are entertaining. The cast is edgy and sharp. The productions get more polished every year. For information, call (513) 381-2273, or go to

LEFT: A view of the river combined with the springtime sun and beverages make for the perfect mix at Cabana on the River at Sayler Park. BELOW: If your idea of relaxation involves having a good read, check out the Mercantile Library. MALINDA HARTONG

Secrets Cabana on the River, Sayler Park: An open-air bar and grill on the Ohio River next to what was the Fore and Aft. Cabana is open seven days a week from mid-April to the last Sunday in September. The view of the undeveloped Kentucky hills across the way makes you feel like you are miles outside the city. It’s pretty much a West Side thing, but East Siders who experience it love it, too. Phone: (513) 941-7442. Schneider’s Homemade Candies, Bellevue: Ice balls with ice cream — somewhat like a snocone on top of ice cream — is the coldest thing available to eat in Greater Cincinnati; it’s great on hot summer days. The novelty of the dish tends to obscure just how good the homemade ice cream is. And take home a box of opera creams. Phone: (859) 431-3545. Starlite Drive-in Theater, Bethel/Amelia: Open since 1948, Starlite

shows all first-run movies and is a great family outing during the summer. Show up early and let the kids hang out on the playground. Plan dinner at the snack bar. It’s open seven nights a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and holds about 450 cars. Admission is cheaper than a theater, too: $6 adults, $3 children (ages 4-11). Call (513) 734-4001. Mercantile Library: A downtown Cincinnati cultural institution founded in 1835, it’s still offering noontime concerts, book discussions and lectures by some of America’s best authors. Visitors have included Herman Melville, Tom Wolfe and John Updike. Salman Rushdie is scheduled to visit in November. A membership for just $45 (anyone can visit) allows access to a great collection of current bestsellers, books on tape and valuable historic books about Cincinnati, with comfortable leather chairs to read them in. Call (513) 621-0717 or go to Continued on page 24


SWEET TOOTH: Satisfy your taste for treats at Schneider’s Homemade Candies, Bellevue.



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WHAT A VIEW!: See the fog burning off around downtown Cincinnati from Mount Echo Park in Price Hill.


Continued from page 23 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati’s Cloud Club: You can get season tickets to the Broadway in Cincinnati series at Aronoff Center for as little as $120. That’s for a full season of seven shows in the last five rows of the upper balcony. Having those

tickets also gets you on a priority list so you can buy non-series tickets to shows like “Les Misérables” and “Rent” before they go on sale to the general public. Phone: (513) 241-2345. Mount Echo Park: The best high-on-a-hill view of the city. Great just before sunset, it’s the best place to take visitors and anyone else you want to impress, and the raccoons eat treats out of your hand.

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Northside Tavern, Northside: The best place in Cincinnati to see local and touring bands before they get huge. Hometown rock trio the Heartless Bastards, which has racked up recent accolades in Rolling Stone, Spin and other national music publications, played its first gigs there (and frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom used to work behind the bar). The tavern hosts live music seven nights a week, and there’s never a cover. Phone: (513) 542-3603. Heritage Program tours run by the Museum Center at Union Terminal: Once a year you have a chance to tour mansions in Clifton, the city’s subway system, five castles, haunted sites and more. These typically run March through October and are generally only advertised on the Museum Center’s Web site and members’ publication. The lineup changes somewhat each year, and some tours are sold out days after they’re announced. Call (513) 2877031 or visit the Web site: CCM shows: The University


CORNER BAR: Northside Tavern is the spot to rock. of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music puts on about 900 performances per year, many of them free. You’ll see the stars of tomorrow in top-notch musical-theater shows, operas, orchestra and chamber music concerts and much more. Or catch one of CCM’s big-name faculty members, such as pianist Awadagin Pratt, in an intimate recital. Call (513) 556-4183 or visit Valley Vineyards, Morrow: For $50 a couple, you get to sample the winery’s award-winning wines and pick out a bottle for din-

ner, cook steaks on giant outdoor grills, and eat all you want of salad, green beans and homemade desserts. Late in the summer, they have fresh-picked sweet corn. It’s only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights (and Sundays when the corn is in season) and has a very informal, friendly atmosphere. Best to make reservations. Phone: (513) 899-2485, Jim Borgman, Peter Bronson, John Byczkowski, Brent Coleman, Reid Forgrave, Janelle Gelfand, Cynthia Hanifin, Michael Perry, C.E. Reutter


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CATCHING A RIDE: The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is a great way to get around.

On the road When to drive, where to get a cab and when to just take a bus


With three interstate highway systems totaling 65 miles of road, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties are accessible and easy to navigate for the driver in a hurry, according to Nancy Wood, public information officer for District 6 of the Kentucky Department of Transportation. “There are also 35 interstate exit ramps. This makes it convenient for motorists to have a quick commute,” she said. That commute can sometimes be slowed by areas of rush-hour congestion on Interstate 71/75 near the Brent Spence Bridge in Kenton County and Interstate 471 approaching the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge in Campbell County.

Bus service

Anyone interested in leaving the driving to others may want to consider taking the bus. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) gives passengers several reasons, according to Gina Douthat, director of communications and development for the company. “We’re very attractive to people who work downtown but don’t want to pay to park,” said Douthat. “We’ve also been hearing lately that gas prices are encouraging even more people to



ride the bus as well.” TANK riders can take advantage of park-and-ride routes; guaranteed-ridehome programs that give monthly pass holders a way to get home in the middle of the day; and the Daytripper buses, which travel to the homes of seniors and offer them, for $2 a ride, the chance to get out and do their errands without relying on family or friends. “Sometimes people don’t ride the bus out of fear they’ll be stranded somewhere. We’ve taken that fear out of the equation,” Douthat said. People visiting the downtown areas can also hop on the Southbank Shuttle, a route that goes through Covington, Newport and Cincinnati and typically carries people to Reds and Bengals games as well as other attractions such as Newport on the Levee.

Taxi service

Northern Kentucky might not be like New York, where there’s a cab on every corner, but there are Northern Kentucky companies that make it their business to get you to your final destination on time. Community Yellow Cab of Newport is one of those companies. It operates more than 200 taxis each day as well as eight vans, and specializes in get-

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ting passengers to and from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “We’re there 30 minutes before every flight and 30 minutes after each flight lands. We have representatives on hand in the baggage claim area so passengers can meet someone in person and know they’re in the right place to get a cab,” said owner Tom Nicolaus. The rates, set by cities, are $2.60 to enter the cab and $1.40 each additional mile. The waiting rate is 20 cents per minute. People traveling from the airport to one of the regions many neighborhoods will be charged a flat rate based on distance. Nicolaus said his cabs will always be running. “We never close. We were open even in the worst snowstorm of last year,” he said. Also: ■ AYS Taxi, 425 Silverlake Ave., Elsmere, Ky., (859) 727-8600 ■ Community Yellow Cab, 629 York St., Newport, Ky., (859) 261-4400 and (859) 727-2900 ■ Northern Kentucky Starter Systems (operated by Community Yellow Cab), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International

■ Standard fare is $1.25 each way. Passengers with disabilities possessing a TANK reduced-fare ID card can ride for 50 cents each way. Other ticket options: ■ Ticket Book, 10 rides per book, $11.25 ■ Student Ticket Book, 12 rides per book, $9 ■ RAMP Ticket Book, 10 rides per book, $9 ■ TANK Monthly Pass, unlimited rides for issued calendar month, $45 ■ TANK RAMP Monthly Pass, unlimited rides for issued calendar month, $40 ■ Senior/Disabled Sticker, unlimited rides for issued calendar month, $20 ■ Metro/TANK Pass, unlimited rides for the issued calendar month on TANK, valid for weekdays only on Metro, $70 27 routes (13 express)

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■ 19 official Park & Ride lots with a total of 1,168 parking spaces ■ Peak oriented service — during rush hour, TANK operates 76 buses; at midday, that number decreases to 26 buses ■ Ridership: In the 2004 fiscal year, TANK carried 3.6 million passengers. (An average of 11,000 each weekday, 4,500 each Saturday and 3,000 each Sunday.) ■ Hours of service: TANK has routes that operate from approximately 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call (859) 331-7265 TANK or log onto for more information.


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Everybody’s business

Region’s trends mirror nation’s by Mike Boyer


Biggest employers in area The largest private employers in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, ranked by numbers of workers. Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati: 13,139 Procter & Gamble Co.: 13,000 Kroger Co.: 13,000 Fifth Third Bancorp: 7,800 Tri-Health Inc.: 7,055 Children’s Hospital: 7,029 Mercy Health Partners: 6,785 Frisch’s Restaurants: 6,700 GE Aircraft Engines: 5,140 Federated Department Stores: 5,000 Comair: 4,740 Paramount’s Kings Island: 4,700 Delta Air Lines: 4,300 Cinergy Corp.: 4,100 CBS Personnel: 4,050 AK Steel: 4,000 Franciscan Health Systems: 3,580 St. Elizabeth Medical Center: 3,560 Fidelity Investments: 3,550 Hillenbrand Industries: 3,400 American Financial Group: 3,000 LaRosa’s Restaurants: 3,000 Ford Motor Co.: 3,000 Cincinnati Bell: 2,900 Argosy Casino: 2,500 Source: Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed




TOWERS OF POWER: Federated Department Stores is among 12 Fortune 500 companies in Greater Cincinnati.

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he Greater CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky region is a mid-size market that is home to some of the nation’s largest corporations. Ranked 23rd nationally, with a metro population of just under 2 million, according to 2001 estimates, the 15-county region spread across three states is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies. The region’s diverse economy, which employed just over 1 million in January, is really a microcosm of the larger U.S. economy, including a broad mix of automotive suppliers and other manufacturers, chemical makers, and wholesale and retail services. A couple of high-profile acquisitions by two of the region’s highest-profile corporations, Procter & Gamble Co. and Federated Department Stores Inc., this year promise to transform the Queen City into the Brand City. P&G’s $57 billion acquisition of Boston-based Gillette Co. would create the world’s largest consumer products company; and Federated’s $17 billion purchase of rival May Department Stores would create the nation’s largest department-store chain. Suburban Evendale is already home to GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. and the world’s largest jetengine maker.

Greater Cincinnati’s dazzling dozen The region is home to 12 companies on Fortune magazine’s list of the nation’s 500 biggest publicly held companies. The Fortune 500, ranked by annual revenue (in billions), include:

No. 21

No. 376

Kroger Co., Cincinnati, supermarkets, $56.4

AK Steel Holding Corp., Middletown, metals manufacturing, $5.2

No. 26

No. 412

Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, consumer products, $51.4

Cinergy Corp., Cincinnati Electric and gas utility, $4.7

No. 133

No. 459

Federated Department Stores Inc., Cincinnati, $15.6

Omnicare, Covington, Pharmacy services, health care, $4.1

No. 252

No. 472

Ashland Inc., Covington, Petroleum products, chemicals, $8.8

American Financial Group, Cincinnati, insurance/financial services, $4.0

No. 317

No. 494

Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, banking/financial services, $6.6

Western & Southern Financial, Cincinnati, insurance/financial services, $3.7

No. 337 NCR Corp., Dayton, data processing and technology, $6.0

No. 500 Cincinnati Financial, Fairfield, Insurance/financial services, $3.6

Source: Fortune magazine

Business The area economy, like the U.S. economy, is also in transition away from a reliance on manufacturing to one driven by business and professional services. Less than 13 percent of the region’s workers are employed in manufacturing, while more than 14 percent work in business and professional services and another


PROCTER & GAMBLE: The Greater Cincinnati titan will get even bigger with the pending acquisition of Gillette.

Did you know ... ■ In March 2005, Site Selection Magazine named the Cincinnati region to its list of top 10 metro areas for new and expanded business facilities. It was the third such listing in as many years. ■ Expansion Management Magazine, in its July 2004 edition, ranked the region No. 12 for best U.S. metro area for European investment and No. 16 in its list of best metro areas for business expansion. ■ In its August 2004, issue, AmericanStyle mag-

12 percent are employed by government, according to data from the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. The region’s mix of majorleague attractions in sports, arts and entertainment, coupled with its small-town cost of living, have been an attractive selling point for new and expanding businesses, local officials say. The Cincinnati USA Partnership says expanding com-

azine ranked Cincinnati No. 5 among its list of 26 top arts destinations, recognizing three local arts venues: the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum's recently opened Cincinnati Wing and the renovated Taft Museum of Art. ■ Esquire Magazine ranked Cincinnati seventh on its top 10 list of “Cities that Rock” in April 2004. Cities were chosen based on the talent in their music scenes, venues and record stores.

panies created 9,186 new jobs in 2004. Adding jobs retained through incentives, the region saw 195 projects that attracted $1.36 billion in investments, 31 percent more than last year. About one-third of the investments came in the office or service sector, with 27 percent in manufacturing and 22 percent in the hospital industry. And just as riverboats fed the region’s economic growth in the


■ In 2005, Cincinnati was ranked as one of the most literate cities in the United States in a study by the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Worker literacy is a major factor in corporate decisions to locate or expand operations. The city was No. 5 on the list, climbing from the No. 10 spot in a 2003 study. ■ Employment sectors in the region: 56.5 percent of workers are white collar, 25 percent blue collar, 18.5 percent service.

19th century, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is a major economic engine in the 21st century. The airport, the second-largest hub for Delta Air Lines, handles more than 1,000 flights daily and generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact, according to an airport economic analysis.

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Kentucky schools From kindergarten to college, this region’s got it all by Deborah Kennedy


ith 14 public school districts and more than 30 Catholic elementary and high schools, Northern Kentucky presents children with a wide variety of educational opportunities in either urban, suburban or rural districts. “Our schools generally have a small-school feel and focus on individual attention to each student,” said Jeff Mando of the Kentucky Board of Education. That kind of focus has led to progress not only in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Mando said, but on the state level as well. “Right here in Kentucky we are in the forefront of education. We’re being recognized nationally for our efforts.”

JOY AND SUCCESS: Amber Stewart, 18, of Union, hugs Kayla Hickman, 17, of Erlanger, before Dixie Heights High School graduation at Northern Kentucky University’s Regents Hall in May 2005.

Public schools

Here is a look at the statewide ranking of Northern Kentucky public school districts according to scores on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System from 2002-04. There are 176 public school districts in the state. Scores reflect the number of points the district has received on a 140-point scale. 2. Fort Thomas Independent, 96.3 6. Walton-Verona Independent, 89.8 7. Beechwood Independent, 89.6 16. Boone County, 83.2 26. Erlanger-Elsmere Independent, 80.9 27. Ludlow Independent, 80.7 36. Kenton County, 79.1 83. Southgate Independent, 74.3 84. Campbell County, 74.2 123. Silver Grove Independent, 70.9 153. Bellevue Independent, 66.8 154. Dayton Independent, 66.7 158. Newport Independent, 66.4 175. Covington Independent, 56.8 *Scores from the 2002-03 and 2003-04 school years are combined to create an index score.




Catholic and Montessori schools

Boone County Heritage Academy, Florence Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington Mary Queen of Heaven School, Boone County St. Joseph Academy, Walton St. Henry District High School, Boone County St. Paul’s School, Florence Kenton County Blessed Sacrament School, Fort Mitchell Calvary Christian School, Covington Churchill Christian Academy, Wilder Community Christian Academy, Taylor Mill Country Hills Montessori, Erlanger

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Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills Covington Latin High School, Covington Holy Cross Elementary, Covington Holy Cross High School, Covington Holy Family Catholic School, Covington Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills Prince of Peace Catholic School, Covington St. Agnes School, Fort Wright St. Anthony School, Taylor Mill St. Augustine School, Covington St. Joseph Elementary School, Crescent Springs St. Henry Grade School, Elsmere St. Pius X School, Edgewood Villa Madonna Academy, Villa Hills Villa Madonna Montessori, Villa Hills

Campbell County Country Hills Montessori, Fort Thomas Holy Trinity Elementary, Bellevue Holy Trinity Schools, Newport Newport Central Catholic High School, Newport St. Mary’s Elementary School, Alexandria St. Peter and Paul School, Campbell County St. Philip’s School, Melbourne St. Therese School, Southgate

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NKyBy the numbers Vital statistics from our region Median value of all housing units

Dearborn County (Ind.)

2004 total pop.

Area in sq. miles

Average income per person

Households per sq. mile

Median household income

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

4,004 5,719 1,576 4,319 4,414 4,747 709 421 261

2.78 14.31 1.01 6.05 4.22 4.9 0.48 7.16 0.09

$17,499 $26,102 $17,682 $26,726 $31,219 $17,103 $15,899 $21,692 $16,983

585 132 607 300 367 400 518 20 1,462

$34,625 $71,609 $33,056 $50,460 $77,177 $29,981 $43,320 $48,548 $24,310

$105,312 $166,445 $103,151 $130,439 $170,459 $105,364 $82,449 $159,375 $84,737

0.27 20.99 21.61 0.02 25.66 0.59 15.51 0.89 5.88 1.7 0.76 9.81 0.29 0.11 3.79 35.69

$20,826 $26,515 $18,829 $14,969 $20,786 $22,391 $27,592 $17,172 $13,788 $20,365 $22,088 $31,205 $14,525 $16,884 $22,734 $33,394

891 815 1,109 1,368 842 567 217 1,045 1,151 467 334 633 428 907 959 571

$37,553 $54,745 $37,538 $41,750 $38,534 $48,973 $62,660 $39,417 $26,502 $46,161 $48,611 $50,515 $35,049 $47,500 $56,145 $77,181

$90,233 $138,569 $99,362 $101,778 $108,069 $120,144 $144,076 $76,325 $149,161 $117,279 $119,477 $133,119 $82,692 $85,238 $131,531 $177,044

Butler County (Ohio) College Corner Fairfield Hamilton Jacksonburg Middletown Millville Monroe New Miami Oxford Ross Seven Mile Sharonville Somerville South Middletown Trenton Union Township

481 41,981 59,614 80 51,181 868 8,778 2,567 24,101 2,110 665 13,502 342 264 9,852 56,751

Warren County (Ohio) Blanchester Butlerville Carlisle Corwin Five Points Franklin Harveysburg Hunter Landen Lebanon Loveland Loveland Park Maineville Mason Morrow Pleasant Plain South Lebanon Springboro Waynesville

2004 total pop.

Area in sq. miles

Average income per person

Households per sq. mile

4,226 311 5,354 325 2,959 11,960 848 1,733 12,969 18,846 11,439 1,709 1,047 28,271 1,608 199 2,708 15,029 3,029

2.96 0.15 3.4 0.3 2.89 9.11 0.66 1.61 4.68 11.77 4.65 1.47 0.24 17.61 1.69 0.11 1.67 8.81 2.27

$17,758 $20,965 $20,762 $24,138 $46,290 $20,316 $19,953 $26,193 $35,059 $23,006 $30,890 $28,533 $32,662 $35,517 $18,102 $18,882 $18,035 $34,830 $26,414

563 743 579 435 344 539 443 433 1,083 554 958 420 1,94 566 354 667 658 588 538

Median value of all housing units

Median household income

$37,439 $56,562 $49,366 $55,398 $119,326 $40,918 $49,746 $50,870 $72,582 $52,565 $61,686 $50,725 $69,531 $80,186 $36,748 $53,017 $40,095 $80,910 $54,193

$97,973 $95,294 $131,286 $126,471 $258,264 $113,203 $118,214 $132,423 $170,103 $149,933 $144,371 $134,436 $161,857 $181,913 $117,018 $91,250 $81,872 $196,872 $148,907

Source: 2004 demographic data supplied by Claritas

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Hamilton County (Ohio) Amberley Village Arlington Heights Blue Ash Bridgetown North Cherry Grove Cheviot Cincinnati, City of Cleves Covedale Deer Park Dent Dillonvale Dry Run Elmwood Place Evendale Fairfax Finneytown Forest Park Forestville Fruit Hill Glendale Golf Manor Grandview Greenhills Groesbeck Harrison Kenwood Lincoln Heights Lockland Loveland Loveland Park Mack North Mack South Madeira Mariemont Milford

2004 total pop.

3,477 858 12,224 12,005 4,565 8,590 317,651 2,736 6,077 5,902 7,932 3,442 6,701 2,526 2,975 1,838 13,151 18,924 10,824 3,770 2,167 3,838 1,311 3,938 7,124 7,447 7,024 3,972 3,513 11,439 1,709 3,491 5,736 8,697 3,260 6,330

Area in sq. miles

3.48 0.26 7.66 3.36 1.13 1.16 77.97 1.59 2.8 0.86 6.01 0.9 4.75 0.33 4.77 0.76 3.99 6.51 3.68 1.25 1.67 0.58 4.36 1.23 2.94 3.7 2.33 0.74 1.22 4.65 1.47 3.08 3.7 3.37 0.85 3.76

Average income per person

$47,573 $19,388 $40,173 $24,919 $26,167 $21,895 $21,705 $20,310 $31,542 $23,677 $27,030 $24,683 $47,941 $13,943 $48,164 $20,760 $27,056 $23,883 $33,256 $33,230 $50,994 $20,807 $21,295 $26,270 $23,790 $19,253 $35,003 $13,731 $16,605 $30,890 $28,533 $33,354 $39,056 $35,122 $35,221 $24,864

Households per sq. mile

386 1,447 642 1,460 1,371 3,386 1,843 591 844 3,062 558 1,681 446 3,030 218 964 1,283 1,139 1,189 1,112 569 2,897 109 1,298 940 739 1,348 2,116 1,259 958 420 363 518 981 1,605 807

Median household income

$84,446 $33,220 $69,595 $49,494 $71,902 $38,951 $31,520 $53,347 $63,035 $42,776 $53,551 $48,132 $114,962 $30,294 $101,345 $44,971 $57,369 $52,499 $65,746 $66,606 $83,068 $40,994 $38,632 $49,394 $53,861 $48,676 $55,553 $21,544 $30,186 $61,686 $50,725 $81,735 $92,353 $66,857 $65,125 $34,753

Median value of all housing units

$240,868 $83,165 $170,617 $124,843 $151,138 $101,464 $112,410 $117,164 $141,677 $117,819 $137,996 $125,326 $212,540 $75,207 $233,935 $117,671 $128,794 $120,605 $168,744 $139,206 $210,714 $92,054 $109,130 $120,994 $123,137 $123,951 $196,608 $75,966 $83,934 $144,371 $134,436 $181,492 $194,962 $182,027 $239,773 $133,053

Monfort Hts E. Monfort Hts S. Montgomery Mt Healthy Mt Healthy Hts Newtown North Bend North College Hill Northbrook Northgate Norwood Pleasant Run Pleasant Run Farm Reading Sharonville Sherwood Silverton Springdale St. Bernard Terrace Park Indian Hill Turpin Hills White Oak White Oak E. White Oak W. Woodlawn Wyoming

2004 total pop.

Area in sq. miles

Average income per person

Households per sq. mile

3,885 4,270 9,771 6,849 3,291 2,399 585 9,690 10,627 8,020 20,431 5,234 4,677 10,794 13,502 3,757 4,958 10,192 4,647 2,207 6,117 4,970 13,251 3,501 3,137 2,702 8,014

1.44 3.11 5.32 1.42 0.77 2.32 1.08 1.84 1.94 2.52 3.12 2.07 1.05 2.92 9.81 1.11 1.11 4.96 1.54 1.2 18.53 2.97 4.09 0.8 1.34 2.58 2.88

$24,995 $34,222 $48,928 $20,257 $22,234 $37,494 $36,120 $20,300 $21,001 $24,283 $19,650 $23,581 $24,847 $24,730 $31,205 $34,267 $20,860 $25,314 $19,555 $46,125 $85,755 $44,900 $26,300 $28,674 $39,017 $26,465 $43,647

1,080 523 660 2,211 1,613 402 229 2,229 2,095 1,111 2,836 865 1,570 1,623 633 1,180 2,217 870 1,269 598 115 596 1,298 1,816 908 470 1,004

Median value of all housing units

Median household income

$52,722 $66,571 $96,075 $34,745 $49,588 $57,967 $63,281 $39,846 $47,971 $60,494 $35,166 $62,408 $66,901 $42,582 $50,515 $82,732 $36,139 $46,102 $40,000 $109,615 $182,674 $92,500 $49,513 $60,086 $65,515 $46,505 $93,407

$127,561 $137,079 $245,960 $98,664 $99,713 $128,351 $134,459 $98,095 $92,250 $121,392 $108,351 $119,853 $135,272 $115,130 $133,119 $159,744 $116,056 $127,842 $108,578 $337,226 $794,277 $233,989 $131,964 $130,536 $176,597 $92,626 $261,963

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Clermont County (Ohio) Amelia Batavia Bethel Chilo Day Heights Felicity Moscow Mount Carmel Mount Repose Mulberry Neville New Richmond Newtonsville Owensville Summerside Williamsburg Withamsville

HouseMedian holds per household sq. mile income

Median value of all housing units

Area in sq. miles

Average income per person

2,936 1,593 2,665 129 2,723 978 292 3,782 4,190 3,278 156 2,371 538 841 5,758 2,539 3,055

1.37 1.46 1.34 0.2 1.2 0.27 0.4 1.68 1.95 1.51 0.42 3.44 0.24 0.4 2.28 1.91 1.75

$19,660 $22,119 $15,645 $19,457 $29,568 $11,904 $14,538 $19,355 $24,017 $29,205 $17,500 $19,957 $20,832 $17,071 $23,214 $20,436 $24,934

837 435 761 266 819 1,393 276 903 790 839 141 249 802 957 1,025 534 742

$47,605 $44,671 $32,534 $42,500 $69,231 $23,750 $36,552 $39,604 $61,438 $57,481 $40,000 $44,148 $47,439 $26,429 $48,245 $41,623 $53,941

$126,012 $125,613 $104,474 $75,556 $138,889 $70,476 $92,667 $118,653 $138,080 $137,762 $78,000 $119,094 $106,338 $115,541 $125,310 $101,905 $132,169

13,336 25,005 8,808 3,904 2,503

8.45 9.87 3.26 3.24 3.49

$24,568 $21,875 $32,138 $30,377 $23,168

567 1,054 1,042 356 273

$61,827 $44,608 $70,047 $92,804 $51,707

$145,666 $122,828 $159,248 $220,181 $116,769

8,565 6,094 84 2,604 4,156 431 5,660

5.39 0.94 0.24 6.97 4.75 0.1 1.33

$24,651 $19,975 $17,143 $28,007 $27,283 $21,862 $16,935

558 2,806 108 139 344 1,481 1,596

$62,854 $38,256 $45,227 $58,650 $63,493 $56,378 $34,857

$137,928 $85,252 $97,500 $124,172 $155,196 $112,500 $70,704

2004 total pop.

Boone County Burlington Florence Oakbrook Union Walton

Campbell County

Alexandria Bellevue California Claryville Cold Spring Crestview Dayton

2004 total pop.

Fort Thomas Highland Heights Melbourne Mentor Newport Silver Grove Southgate Wilder Woodlawn

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

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Median value of all housing units

Average income per person

Households per sq. mile

Median household income

5.67 2.27 0.9 0.54 2.72 1.22 1.42 3.71 0.05

$30,494 $21,163 $27,826 $27,926 $17,222 $16,257 $27,469 $33,922 $24,644

1,160 1,327 176 129 2,452 430 1,166 335 2,348

$54,309 $40,844 $61,071 $65,000 $30,812 $35,022 $46,276 $55,867 $57,986

$150,511 $98,081 $125,980 $87,000 $83,405 $85,797 $98,511 $122,695 $97,647

0.31 13.14 1.43 1.92 4.18 2.5 8.33 0.74 3.13 3.46 16.77 0.06 0.77 0.3 0.86 0.78 4.94 6.26 3.71 0.27 3.49

$16,664 $19,063 $29,559 $36,613 $35,203 $19,519 $22,778 $24,901 $34,167 $29,971 $22,394 $21,138 $38,761 $10,522 $18,363 $33,776 $20,359 $28,472 $40,261 $8,804 $23,168

1,000 1,378 1,177 687 741 1,200 820 80 1,109 712 362 983 1,648 354 1,977 1,757 57 418 756 141 273

$34,405 $33,390 $48,234 $65,497 $85,031 $48,091 $46,521 $57,353 $49,768 $54,722 $58,197 $44,643 $60,218 $22,647 $39,730 $47,314 $48,456 $65,458 $82,933 $17,188 $51,707

$76,667 $86,839 $162,150 $180,303 $174,387 $99,404 $116,438 $93,478 $173,981 $156,670 $134,185 $88,571 $147,552 $49,333 $89,601 $160,701 $117,683 $144,016 $176,553 $92,857 $116,769

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15,957 7,366 493 176 16,161 1,324 3,540 2,758 288

Area in sq. miles


742 42,423 3,994 3,187 9,233 7,994 17,012 151 7,802 5,637 17,373 156 2,867 297 4,216 2,871 766 7,078 7,842 92 2,503

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Boone County ■ Child’s Play Early Learning Center, 1113 Cayton Road Florence, Ky. 41042, (859) 3719782 ■ Christ United Methodist Church Kids Day Out, 1440 Boone Aire Road Florence, Ky. 41042, (859) 525-2307 ■ Collins Elementary After School Program, 9000 Spruce Drive, Florence Ky., 41042 (859) 282-2350 ■ Kids and Company Child Care Center, 4999 Limaburg Road, Burlington Ky., 41005 (859) 282-7828 ■ North Pointe SAS Program, 875 North Bend Road, Hebron, Ky. 41048, (859) 334-7000 ■ Ockerman Elementary School, 8250 Highway 42, Florence, Ky. 41042, (859) 2824620 ■ Prodigy School (The), 2050 Barbara Drive, Hebron, Ky. 41048, (859) 689-0999 Campbell County ■ Abby’s Child Enrichment Center, 29 Churchill Drive, Fort Thomas Ky., 41075 (859) 781-3442; 2907 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, Ky. 41076, (859) 781-2899 ■ Alexandria Elementary After School Program, 51 Orchard Lane, Alexandria, Ky. 41001, (859) 635-9113 ■ Bright Days Child Care, 706 Park Avenue Newport, Ky. 41072, (859) 491-8303 ■ Campbell Child Development Center, 25 W. Lickert Road, Alexandria, Ky. 41001, (859) 694-1754 ■ Care Bear Day Care Center, 400 Vine St., Dayton, Ky. 41074, (859) 291-1091 ■ Donald E. Cline Elementary After School Program, 20 & 10 East Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076, (859) 781-4544 ■ Grandview Elementary EEC Program, 500 Grandview Ave., Bellevue Ky., 41073

(859) 261-4355 ■ Grant’s Lick Elementary After School Program, 170 W. Clay R Road, Alexandria, Ky. 41001, (859) 635-2129 ■ Holy Trinity School Child Development Center, 119 Main St., Newport, Ky. 41071, (859) 491-7612 ■ Kids & Cribs Early Childhood Enrichment Center, 1205 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY. 41075, (859) 441-5888 ■ Northern Kentucky. Head Start, 502 W. Ninth Street, Newport, Ky. 41071, (859) 4314177; and 728 Sixth St., Dayton, Ky. 41074, (859) 581-5868 ■ Northern Kentucky. University Early Childhood Center, 149 BEP Building, Highland Heights, Ky. 41099, (859) 572-6338 ■ St. Catherine of Siena After School Program, 23 Rossford Ave., Ft. Thomas, Ky. 41075, (859) 572-2680 ■ St. Mary’s School SAS Program, 9 S. Jefferson St., Alexandria, Ky. 41001, (859) 635-9539 ■ St. Paul’s Child Care Center, 7 Court Place, Newport, Ky. 41071, (859) 581-3390 ■ St. Thomas Pre-School, St. Thomas School, 428 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, Ky. 41075, (859) 572-4641 Kenton County ■ Abby’s Child Enrichment Center, 710 Valley Square Drive, Taylor Mill, Ky. 41015, (859) 581-6166 ■ Arnett Elementary After School Program, 3552 Kimberly Drive, Erlanger, Ky. 41018, (859) 431-2075 ■ Beechgrove Elementary After School Program, 1029 Bristow Road, Independence, Ky. 41011, (859) 371-1636 ■ Beechwood Elementary After School Program, Beechwood Road, Fort Mitchell, Ky.

41017, (859) 331-4350 ■ Blessed Sacrament After School Program, 2407 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell, Ky. 41017, (859) 331-3062 ■ Bright Future Child Enrichment Center, 3410 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger, Ky. 41018, (859) 341-3350 ■ Cathedral Child Development Center, 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. 41011, (859) 431-5222 ■ Chapman Child Development Center, 2500 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. 41014, (859) 655-9545 ■ Dorothy Howell Elementary After School Program, 910 Central Row, Elsmere, Ky. 41018, (859) 468-4582 ■ Gardens at Greenup Child Development Center, 133 E. 11th St., Covington, Ky. 41011, (859) 261-4282 ■ Glenn O. Swing Elementary Afterschool, 19th & Jefferson, Covington, Ky. 41011, (859) 292-5821 ■ J.A. Caywood After School Program, 25 Summit Drive, Edgewood, Ky. 41017, (859) 342-3154 ■ J.A. Caywood Elementary EEC Program, 25 Summit Drive, Edgewood, Ky. 41017, (859) 342-3154 ■ John G. Carlisle After School Program, 910 Holman St., Covington, Ky. 41011, (859) 292-5812 ■ Kenton Child Development Center, 11096 Madison Pike, Independence, Ky. 41051, (859) 363-4220 ■ Kenton Elementary SAS Program, 11246 Madison Pike Independence, Ky. 41051, (859) 356-7710 ■ Latonia Elementary After School Program, 39th & Huntington, Covington, Ky. 41015, (859) 292-5825

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NKyWeather Airport Temperature Average Avg. High Temperature Average Low Temperature High Temperature of 90 or Higher Low Temperature Below Freezing

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Memory lane You’ve seen the street signs; now meet the people by Cliff Radel


ou need more than a map to get around Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Having some street smarts when it comes to knowing which roads were named for famous people also helps. Knowledge of this sort is a powerful thing. Being armed with stories about how streets got their names can help a newcomer pass for a native. Spout these tidbits in public and lifers just might be inclined to let you in on the local lingo (“please?” means “what?”) and hand down ancient customs (how to eat a chili five-way). There are lots of street stories to go around. Cincinnati alone has 3,825 streets within its city limits. Hundreds of those thoroughfares are named after people with fame behind their names. To find out about the lives behind the names on the signs, take this crash

HISTORY HIGHWAY: The Miller-Leuser log cabin house on Clough Pike, of the Anderson Township Historical Society, was built in 1796, around the time the road was named.

course in Greater Cincinnati street history from A to Z. Anderson Ferry Road, Delhi Township: For 24 years, 1817 to 1841, George Anderson and members of his West Side family ferried livestock and humans across the Ohio River. Ault Park Avenue, Hyde Park: Levi Addison Ault made a fortune manufacturing printer's ink. Upon his death


in 1918, he bequeathed the 223 acres that became Ault Park. Barret Road, West Chester Township, Butler County: Long before urban sprawl took root, the Barret family tilled this land. In 1962, the road was extended to Grinn Drive, creating the guffawprone intersection of Grinn and Barret. Camargo Road, Indian Hill: Settlers named this road after a mid-18th-century French ballerina, Marie Ann de Camargo, the first dancer to use the short ballet skirt in vogue today. ZOO FOUNDER: The legacy of Andrew Erkenbrecher (right) has provided joy for generations.

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Clough Pike, Anderson Township to Clermont County: While mapping the land, Richard Clough Anderson, a surveyor in the Northwest Territory during the 1790s, gave his middle name to this road and his last name to the township. Derrick Turnbow Avenue, West End: A stray bullet ended the life of Taft High School honor student Derrick Turnbow in 1991. To mark a life wasted by senseless violence, City Council renamed Armory Avenue in Turnbow’s honor. Dixmyth Avenue, Clifton: Dick Smith, a 19th-century Cincinnati newspaperman, was famed for his stories about high finance. Long before he died in 1898, the street received the funky phonetic spelling of his byline. Edwards Road, Hyde Park: Jonathan Edwards helped settle Cincinnati in the late 18th century. Erkenbrecher Avenue, Avondale: After making his way in the world selling starch, Andrew Erkenbrecher founded the Cincinnati Zoo in 1875. Ezzard Charles Drive, West End: Born in Georgia, raised in Cincinnati, Ezzard Charles reigned as the heavyweight champion of the world from June 22, 1949 to July 18, 1951.


Findlay Street, Over-the-Rhine: James Findlay (right), a War of 1812 general and mayor of Cincinnati, owned acreage on the present-day site of Findlay Market, which opened in 1855 as America’s first market house with a cast-iron frame.

E. Kellogg, Cincinnati councilman and East End civic leader who died in 1937. Ludlow Avenue: In 1788, Israel Ludlow, surveyor and real estate magnate, helped settle the land that would become Cincinnati. Of all the area’s founding land barons, only Ludlow put down permanent roots within the city limits. Moerlein Avenue, Fairview: Christian Moerlein — owner, in 1894, of the nation’s 13th largest brewery — brewed the beer that made Cincinnati famous. Pete Rose Way, downtown: On Sept. 12, 1985 — one day after a single made



Fort Thomas Avenue (above), Fort Thomas: While other bluecoats turned and ran, Union General George H. Thomas rallied his troops to stand and fight during the 1863 Civil War battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, earning the nickname “the Rock of Chickamauga.” Galbraith Road, Colerain Township to Silverton: Col. Frederic W. Galbraith (left) served in World War I, received the Distinguished Service Cross and helped organize the American Legion, becoming its national commander in 1920. Greenup Street, Covington: Christopher Greenup was Kentucky’s fourth governor, serving from 1804 to 1808. Harrison Avenue, Westwood to Green Township: Long road named for America’s shortest-serving president. On his 31st day in the White House, William Henry Harrison (right) died of pneumonia in 1841 and was subsequently buried in nearby North Bend, Ohio. Kellogg Avenue, East End to Clermont County: This street has nothing to do with Rice Krispies and everything to do with Edwin

LEFT: Become Baseball’s alltime hits king and they’ll name a street after you. It happened for Pete Rose in 1985. ABOVE, RIGHT: Cross County Highway was renamed in honor of President Reagan (above, with wife Nancy during the 1981 inaugural parade). FILE PHOTO

him Baseball’s hit king and nearly four years before he was banned from the sport he mastered — hometown boy Pete Rose saw Second Street renamed in his honor. Probasco Street, Clifton Heights: In 1871, wealthy hardware merchant Henry Probasco donated Cincinnati’s most public icon, the Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square, to the people of Cincinnati. Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway, Colerain Township to Montgomery: The 40th president had no local roots, but Ronald Reagan had a champion in Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin, who led the charge to name the highway after the actor-turned-politician.

Ruth Lyons Lane, downtown: She possessed neither a face for television nor a voice for radio. Nevertheless, Ruth Lyons ruled the Midwestern airwaves in the ‘50s and ‘60s as the nation’s most powerful female broadcaster from her headquarters on WLW. Theodore M. Berry Way, downtown, riverfront: After serving in City Council in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Theodore M. Berry (right) became Cincinnati’s first black mayor in 1972. Werk Road, Westwood: Michael Werk started Cincinnati’s first tallow factory in 1831 and grew rich making soap. Ziegle Avenue, Hyde Park: Louis E. Ziegle helped establish Hyde Park as a village and became its first mayor in 1896.



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What to do? Plenty!

HEROES FROM HISTORY: The Cincinnati Fire Museum offers kids a lot to see and learn.


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ndoors or out, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offer plenty of possibilities for keeping kids entertained. Some suggestions: Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 W. Court St., downtown. Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum displays more than 200 years of firefighting history. Exhibits include Cincinnati’s oldest surviving fire engine, an 1808 fire drum used to sound alarms, an 1816 Hunneman pumper and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children (2-16), $4. Call (513) 621-5553. www.cincyfiremuseum. com. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave. With three STEVEN M. HERPPICH museums (Cincinnati History Museum, Museum BEACON OF KNOWLEDGE: The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is an awesome sight of Natural History & — and that’s just on the outside. Science and Cinergy Children’s Museum) and minal, Museum Center offers visit. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6.25. Parking: $4.50. Discounts the Robert D. Lindner Family hours of family entertainment. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for more than one attraction. Omnimax Theater all housed in a The spectacular rotunda and its Sunday. Single attraction: Adults, Call (513) 287-7000 or (800) 733grand art-deco-style railroad termosaic murals alone are worth a $7.25; ages 3-12, $5.25; seniors, 2077.



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RED ALERT: You never know who you might run into at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum; it could be Mr. Red (above, left) or it could be Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench and manager Sparky Anderson (right).

Fun Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford. The center’s two locations, Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails, comprise 1,500 acres of natural and agricultural land. Rowe Woods’ 790 acres of forest, fields, ponds and streams includes 14 miles of hiking trails. Grounds are generally open from dawn to dusk. Free admission Monday. TuesdayFriday: Adults, $3; ages 3-12, $1. Saturday and Sunday: Adults, $5; ages 3-12, $1. The farmyard at Long Branch is open only for special events, camps and school programs; its trails are open to members only. Call (513) 831-1711. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, west side of Great American Ball Park along Main Street. Two floors of exhibits are dedicated to the story of America’s first professional baseball team. Days and hours vary by season, game and non-game days. Non-game day admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $6; ages 3-12, $5. On game days, $5 with same-day game ticket. Call (513) 765-7576.



BACK TO NATURE?: Try the Cincinnati Nature Center (above, left) and The Dude Ranch. The Dude Ranch, 3205 Waynesville Road, Morrow. City slickers can get a feel for cowboy life by horseback riding, which includes rounding up some longhorns on a cattle drive. Other activities: pony rides, petting zoo, and paintball (ages 14 and up) in an old Western town setting. The ranch is operated by the nonprofit

Tri-State Saddle Club. Horseback ride: $34.95. Paintball: $34.95. Pony ride (under age 7): $5. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day. Call (513) 421-3833. Heritage Village Museum, Sharon Woods Park, Sharonville. More than a dozen historic buildings, including a train station, medical office, church, barn and several


homes, offer a glimpse into 19thcentury life. From May-October, open noon-4 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. In April, November, December, open noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Adults, $7; seniors, $6; ages 5-12, $5. Call (513) 563-9484. Continued on page 44

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MIRROR, MIRROR: Faith Wilson, 5, of Alexandria, paints a rainbow on her cheek at Totter’s Otterville play area.

Continued from page 43 Johnny’s Toys Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Covington. This educational entertainment center for ages 10 and under features a face-painting area, an art studio, play house, diner, and grocery store, a ball pit, party room, water play area, trolley and café. Open 10 a.m.8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6.95 after 3 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday; $5.95 Monday-Thursday and until 3 p.m. Friday. Adults get in free. Call (859) 491-1441. Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Drive, Loveland. Yes, it’s a replica of a 16th-century medieval castle, made of rock and complete with towers and a dry moat. It was home to Harry Delos Andrews, who spent half a century erecting it along the banks of the Little Miami River, until his death in 1981. Now it’s run by Knights of the Golden Trail, a group formed by Andrews. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends OctoberMarch, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every day from April through September. Adults, $3; children under 12, $2. Call (513) 683-4686.

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Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee. Some 7,000 marine animals cavort in 1 million gallons of water, including a 380,000-gallon shark tank. Exhibits include World’s Rivers, with creatures from nine rivers on five continents; ’Gator Bayou with American alligators; Kingdom of Penguins; and Hidden Treasures of

the Rainforest Islands, which opened in 2004 with Asian smallclawed river otters, lorikeets and pythons. Open 365 days. Extended summer hours through Sept. 4: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays until 9 p.m. Adults, $17.95; seniors, $15.95; children 3-12, $10.95. Call (859) 261-7444.

Fun Parky’s Farm, 10073 Daly Road, Springfield Township. This 100-acre demonstration farm includes orchards, gardens and crops; live animals such as goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and horses; working windmill and antique farm equipment; pony rides ($2), wagon rides ($2) and Parky’s PlayBarn ($2), an indoor, two-story playground with soft safety flooring Open every day. Hamilton County Park District vehicle permit required: $5 a year or $2 a day. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call (513) 521-3276.


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Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel 2. Jean-Robert at Pigall’s: The newest upscale French restaurant downtown, gathering national attention. 127 W. Fourth St., downtown (513) 721-1345. 3. Aioli: A chefowned, casual restaurant with an inventive menu, downtown. 700 Elm JEFF SWINGER St., downtown (513) Crab cake with 929-0525. Asian slaw

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7. Boca: Contemporary Italian that emphasizes wine pairings. Lively, crowded atmosphere. 3200 Madison Road, Oakley (513) 542-2022.

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8. Sturkey’s: A gracious finedining restaurant in a beautiful neighborhood of antique homes. 400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming (513) 821-9200. DICK SWAIM STEVEN M. HERPPICH

Setting the mood at Ruby’s. 4. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse: Jeff Ruby’s restaurants (including The Precinct, Carlo and Johnny and South Beach Grill) are designed to be fabulous, with toprate steaks and seafood, and very attentive servers. 700 Walnut Street, downtown (513) 784-1200.

1. Maisonette: Has been getting five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide since 1948, an unequalled record. Updated French cuisine, attentive service. Downtown, but moving to Kenwood in a year or so. 114 E. Sixth St. (513) 721-2260.

5. Daveed’s: A jewel of a fine-dining restaurant for the adventurous eater and wine lover. 934 Hatch Street, Mount Adams (513) 721-2665.



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Nicola’s black-pepperencrusted fresh tuna. 9. Nicola’s: Adventurous, authentic Italian. 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine (513) 7216200. 10. Jag’s: Expensive and impressive steaks, fish, raw bar and entertainment in the northern suburbs. 5980 West Chester GLENN HARTONG Road, West Chester (513) 860-5353.

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CHOW DOWN: Montgomery Inn ribs are a Cincinnati staple.


MEXICAN MANIA: Don’t be fooled by all the German fare in Northern Kentucky. La Mexicana in Newport offers an alternative. 1. The Montgomery Inn: Everyone goes to this barbecue rib restaurant that sets records for pork sales. The Boathouse: 925 Eastern Ave., downtown (513) 7217427. Also in Fort Mitchell and Montgomery. 2. Graeter’s: Considered by Cincinnatians – and others – the best ice cream in the world. Many locations. 3. York Street Café: Funky atmosphere, great desserts, plus an art gallery and nightclub. 738 York St., Newport (859) 261-9675.

4. The Greyhound Tavern: Kentucky favorites like hot browns and fried chicken in a gracious country roadhouse. 2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell (859) 331-3767. 5. La Mexicana: It’s not all German here: Mexican immigrants bring us restaurants like this authentic taqueria/grocery store. 642 Monmouth St., Newport (859) 291-3520. 6. Camp Washington Chili: You can try the special version of chili we make here at a Skyline or Gold Star. But this is

one of the best and oldest of the independent neighborhood chili parlors. Open late. Colerain Avenue and Hopple Street, Camp Washington (513) 541-0061. 7. Mecklenburg Gardens: An old, old restaurant that was once home to Cincinnati’s Germans – once again a German restaurant, complete with vinecovered biergarten. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville (513) 221-5353. 8. Rookwood Pottery Restaurant: They made Rookwood pottery in this


sprawling Tudor building on the hill; now you can eat casual food in the kilns. 1077 Celestial St., Mount Adams (513) 7215456. 9. Ron’s Roost: German and Midwestern classics such as sauerbraten, hot slaw and fried chicken on the tradition-minded West Side. 3853 Race Rd., Bridgetown (513) 574-0222. 10. Marx Hot Bagels: Hot bagels in lots of flavors every few minutes; kosher sandwiches. 9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash (513) 8915542.

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LET US FEED AND ENTERTAIN YOU: At Vito’s Cafe, those crazy kids go and put on a show! Dee Felice: The atmosphere is New Orleans’ Latin Quarter at this historic building; so’s the food and live jazz. 529 Main St., Covington (859) 261-2365. Harry’s Hometown Diner: A re-created stainless-steel diner with burgers, shakes and other diner food. 6875 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria (859) 635-1943.


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Vito’s Cafe: The servers, all students at local music schools, alternate between taking food orders and breaking into arias and musical numbers. 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas (859) 442-9444. Knotty Pine on the Bayou: A roadhouse with cold oysters and Cajun cuisine served overlooking the Licking “Bayou.” 1802 Licking Pike, Cold Spring (859) 781-2200. JUST LIKE NEW ORLEANS: Knotty Pine on the Bayou goes all out for Mardi Gras. MICHAEL SNYDER


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RIVER RAVES: Mike Fink offers seafood and river views.


bets Chez Nora: On Covington’s MainStrasse, a casual, friendly neighborhood hangout with food, drinks, live music and a rooftop bar. 530 Main St., Covington (859) 491-8027. Korean Riverside: Authentic Korean food and table-top barbecues. 512 Madison Ave., Covington (859) 291-1484. Mike Fink: Seafood in a riverboat docked right under the Suspension Bridge. 1 Ben Bernstein Place, Covington (859) 2614212.

Aoi: Authentic sushi and other Japanese dishes with modern Japanese décor, one of many restaurants at Newport on the Levee. One Levee Way, Newport (859) 431-9400. Oriental Wok: High-quality Chinese food in a more upscale setting. 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell (859) 331-3000. Hofbrauhaus: The first American location of the famous Munich beer hall. 200 E. Third St., Newport (859) 491-7200. COLD ONE: Hofbrauhaus is the place for beer, and more.

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NOW, THAT’S ELEGANCE: The design at The Quarter Bistro in Mariemont is as good as the food.

Barresi’s: Traditional but upscale Italian in a quiet neighborhood. 4111 Webster Ave., Deer Park (513) 793-2540. Cumin: Modern Indian in a tiny space. 3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park (513) 871-8714. Trio: Bustling and efficient,

with a loyal following. Salads to pastas, pizzas and entrees, and a good wine list. 7565 Kenwood Road, Kenwood (513) 984-1905. La Petite Pierre: Country French setting, with small menu of entrees for dinner; good place

for lunch, too. 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira (513) 527-4909. The Quarter Bistro: Many Latin-inspired dishes in a busy and warmly decorated space. Nice sidewalk café. 6904 Wooster Pike, Mariemont (513) 271-5400. Iron Skillet: Hungarian dishes

Colerain Ave., Dunlap (513) 3859309. Le Cezanne: Genuine French pastries in an adorable Provencalthemed bakery and tea room. 1 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming (513) Cincinnati 948-9399. West Iron Horse Inn: Restored building on Glendale Square, American cuisine, private rooms (513) 771-4787. Primavista: Unusual view of Pit to Plate: Adorable little the city from the western hills spot for barbecue and lots of along with classic Italian dishes. authentic side dishes. 1527 810 Matson Place, Price Hill (513) Compton Rd., Mount Healthy 251-6467. (513) 931-9100. LuLu’s: Asian noodle house, Grand Finale: Old house, with cheap and varied noodles garden room, an eclectic menu from China, Hong Kong, and mile-high desserts. 3 Vietnam, etc. 135 W. E. Sharon Rd., Kemper Rd., Springdale Glendale (513) 771(513) 671-4949. 5925. Rondo’s: Vinoklet: They Affordable bistro, seasonal grow grapes and make TONY JONES ingredients and a loyal wine here, and the dinneighborhood following. DESSERT?: ing room has a view of 3234 Harrison Ave., Grand Finale has the vineyards. Dinner is Westwood (513) 662-3222. you covered. grill-your-own. 11069



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and schnitzel, other homey favorites. 6900 Valley Ave., Newtown (513) 561-6776. Pho Paris: Upscale meeting of Vietnamese and French cuisine from owner of Jean-Robert at Pigall’s. 3235 Madison Road, Oakley (513) 871-1234.



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Brown Dog Café: Inventive food, intimate atmosphere. 5893 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash (513) 794-1610. Pacific Moon: Updated Chinese/pan-Asian menu all week. On weekends and holidays, fabulous dim sum served from carts makes for lively, exotic brunches. 8300 Market Place Lane, Montgomery (513) 8910091. La Petite France: Traditional French dishes, with a bistro and a fine dining side. 3177 GlendaleMilford Road, Evendale (513) 7338383. The Golden Lamb: Traditional American cooking in an historic inn. 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 932-5065. Encore Café: Casual suburban restaurant with excellent food. 9521 Fields-Ertel Road, Symmes Township (513) 774-7072. Also locations in West Chester and Springboro. Chokolate Morel: Tapas, served in historic hotel. 101 E. Main St., Mason (513) 754-1146. Carlo and Johnny: Lavishly decorated steakhouse. 9769 Montgomery Road, Montgomery (513) 936-8600. Germano’s. Upscale chefowned Italian; wonderful tiramisu. 9415 Montgomery Road, Montgomery (513) 794-1155. Jag’s Steak and Seafood: Expensive, impressive and extensive. Steaks, seafood, lively bar. 5980 West Chester Road, West Chester (513) 860-5353. Pomodori’s Pizzeria: Woodfired pizza in many variations, salads and pasta. 7880 Remington Road, Montgomery (513) 794-0080. Also in Clifton.

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GREAT VIEWS, INSIDE AND OUT: The Cincinnati Art Museum sits majestically overlooking downtown on Mount Adams.

There are arts as far as the eye can see in Northern Ky. and Greater Cincy by Sara Pearce


ast to West. North to South. No matter what direction you travel in the region, you will soon discover that it is a major- league arts community. We boast: ■ The first freestanding general art museum west of the Allegheny Mountains (the Cincinnati Art Museum, founded in 1881). ■ The first musicians union (Local No. 1). ■ The oldest continuous choral festival in the Western hemisphere (May Festival). ■ The first American art museum to be designed by a female architect (Zaha Hadid’s



Contemporary Arts Center, which opened downtown in June 2003). We have the second oldest opera company in the country (Cincinnati Opera) and the fifth oldest orchestra (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). In 2004, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park won a Regional Theatre Tony Award, the only theater in Ohio to be so honored. And just this year, Covington’s Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center was awarded a Kentucky Governor’s Arts Education Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. The arts are booming.

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VOICES CARRY: The May Festival chorus provides an annual highlight at Cincinnati Music Hall.


SHALL WE DANCE?: Kristi Kapps and Dmitri Trabchanov in the Cincinnati Ballet production of “Carmen” in October 2004. GARY LANDERS (ABOVE), PROVIDED PHOTO (RIGHT)

ARCHITECT’S VISION: Zaha Hadid became the first female to design an American art museum with the Contemporary Arts Center (drawing above right), which opened in 2003.


WALL-LA!: Robert S. Duncanson murals grace the foyer of the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati.

HISTORIC HUB: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.


Arts In May 2004, the Taft Museum of Art reopened downtown after a $22.8 million renovation and expansion that included the addition of a new wing with a special exhibition gallery and a tea room. This spring, Cincinnati Ballet christened a new performance studio in Over-theRhine with performances for the annual Come Together Festival. The venerable Art Academy of Cincinnati will move into a larger home this summer, in two rehabbed buildings in Overthe-Rhine that once housed a warehouse and a printing company. Within the past few years, arts centers have popped up in Middletown, Kennedy Heights, Hamilton and Fairfield. Each month, a new theater troupe or art gallery seems to appear, offering creative outlets for everyone from amateurs to professionals. In a place that could adopt “Festivals ‘R’ Us” as its motto, annual arts fests are abundant from Summerfair, a fine crafts festival held in June at Anderson Township's Coney Island, to Ice Fest, which puts ice sculptures on the streets of Hamilton in the spotlight each January. Not to mention film festivals, music festivals and theater festivals. And that's just the tip of what the region offers.



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er bone fragments in the Paleo Lab, and experiencing the impressive thunder and lightning effects of a simulated day in the “Age of the Dinosaur.”

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Get out of town

Driving time: 2-21⁄2 hours Admission charge: $3 adults; $1 children; free to children younger than 6 Information: (317) 492-6784; To a car lover, the IMS Hall of Fame in the infield at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a little bit of heaven. About 75 beautiful automobiles are always on display, including more than one-third of the winners of the Indy 500. A 30-minute film shows images from past races and gives an exciting perspective of the race, the cars and the drivers. For a look at the track, the small fee for a bus trip around the oval is well worth the cost. Sure, the small bus is slow, but the feel of being on the track is exhilarating for those who have watched so many Indy 500s on TV.

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rom close encounters with dinosaurs to quiet hikes in realms of natural beauty — so many memorable adventures are only a short drive of 11⁄2 to 3 hours from Northern Kentucky. Here are just a few suggestions for places to enjoy as a day trip, on your own or with friends and family.


Dinosphere Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Indiana's Antiques Alley

Driving time: 11⁄2-2 hours Admission charge: $12 adults, $7 children, $11 seniors Information: (800) 208-5437; Huge sculptural dinosaurs burst from the side of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, emphasizing the special place dinosaurs hold in the museum complex. The museum's new permanent exhibit “Dinosphere,” is a unique combination of educational activities and science focused learning. With the nation's largest display of real dinosaur bones and a respected research lab on site, children can watch scientists at work and ask questions. They also have fun “digging” for fossils, puzzling togeth-


ABOVE: Explore the rich history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. LEFT: Or, if you want to go back further in time, see Dinosphere at the Children’s Museum in Indy.



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Driving time: 2 hours Admission charge: none Information: (800) 828-8414; antique.cfm Indiana’s “Antiques Alley” stretches for miles along the old National Road/U.S. 40. The claim is “1400 dealers, shops, and malls lining a loop tour west from Richmond.” Considering just the number of dealers represented at Webb’s Antiques in Centerville and then including the other malls and shops I have visited, the number seems about right. It is best to savor small segments at a time. Centerville, with its quiet, historic Main Street, is a good place to start. Be aware though that most shops are not open on Sunday. Since Webb’s can take a whole day to explore, and it is open on Sunday, plan accordingly.

DON’T LOOK DOWN: Walk across a natural wonder by visiting Natural Bridge State Park Resort in Slade, Ky.

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Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville

Driving time: 11⁄2-2 hours Admission charge: $8 adults; $7 seniors, $4 children Information: (502) 588-7228; It is easy to identify the Louisville Slugger Museum at Eighth and Main Streets. Just

look for the BIG baseball bat. The 120-foot-tall, self-supporting sculpture is the world’s tallest bat — and a large-scale replica of the model R43, 343/8 wood bat designed to specifications requested by Babe Ruth in the early 1920s. Tours start every 20 minutes with a short film with clips from the early history of baseball highlighting important home runs and famous sluggers. Exiting from the theater area, visitors enter the museum as if they were coming out of a dugout into a crowded stadium. There is time to explore the main room filled with an extensive collection of


‘W’ AT THE BAT: Then-presidential candidate (and onetime Texas Rangers owner) George W. Bush makes a campaign stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum along with his wife, Laura, in 2000.

baseball memorabilia before moving into the bat production facility to see how the famous “Sluggers” are made.

Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville


resident thoroughbred and take a walking tour of Churchill Downs.

Natural Bridge State Park Resort, Slade Driving time: 2-21⁄2 hours

Admission charge: None Driving time: 11⁄2-2 hours Kentucky Department of Admission charge: $9 adults, Parks: (800) 325-1710; $8 seniors, $4 children, free to children younger than 5 The impressive rock formations Information: at Natural Bridge (502) 637-7097; State Resort Park are www.derbymuseum. the main attraction org for visitors who take Churchill Downs to the trails, climbkeeps the exciteing ever upward to ment of the first reach the ridgetop Saturday in May arch that gives the alive throughout park its name. This the year at its is not for the faint Kentucky Derby of heart — there are Museum. Visitors no guardrails on enter the museum this bridge, which is through a set of crossed by thoustarting gates that sands of visitors THE ASSOCIATED PRESS face a wall-size each year. The views video presentation HORSE RACING HISfrom the top are of racing images TORY: A small-scale spectacular. and sounds that version of the jockey The hiking trails engulf you in the Silks of Clay at the cross a rich samon-track experiKentucky Derby pling of the best of ence. Many Museum. the eastern woodexhibits are interlands, and the park active. All relate to the Derby provides numerous programs that from segments on “The Horses, explore the biodiversity of this Their Owners and Trainers” and part of Kentucky’s Appalachian “The Jockeys and Backside region. Crews” to all of the elements of Derby Day itself, from famous hats to a Winners Circle replica. Continued on page 56 Visitors can also meet a retired


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Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

Driving time: 11⁄2-2 hours Admission charge: $9 adults, $6 children Nov. 1-March 14; $14 adults, $7 children March 15-Oct. 31. Information: (800) 568-8813; From miniature horses to huge Clydesdales, the Kentucky Horse Park celebrates the relationship of man and horse. The award-winning short film “To Fly Without Wings” is a great introduction to the world of horses. Almost anything and everything related to the horse is part of the experiences available, from trying various types of saddle styles to visiting the stables. A variety of horses are stabled at the park and presented to the public in a “Parade of Breeds,” which lets them strut their stuff and then meet their fans at ringside. Throughout the year, special events draw horse enthusiasts from around the country to competitions and exhibitions at the International Museum of the Horse.


Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio

Driving time: 3-31⁄2 hours

Admission charge: None Hocking Hills Tourism Association: (800) 462-5464; Artisans of the Hocking Hills: (866) 380-2253; Curving roads wind through the Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio, revealing densely wooded hills, rock formations and streams. Much of the natural beauty of the area is preserved within the Hocking Hills State Park where hiking trails lead visitors to areas such as Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave and Cedar Falls. Visitors who seek out the studios and galleries of the award-winning artists and craftspeople of the region can discover another layer of year-round beauty. On the way, you can stop at Serpent Mound in Locust Grove or the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park near Chillicothe to learn about early Native Americans.


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Out of town The United States Air Force Museum, Dayton

Driving time: 11⁄2 hours Admission charge: None for museum or parking, fee for IMAX presentations Information: (937) 255-3286; Much more than a collection of old military planes, the Air Force Museum is a celebration of the wonders of flight, from the first powered flights by Dayton natives Wilbur and F-104 Orville Starfighter Wright to the manned BILL REINKE flights to the moon. The museum complex includes 10 acres of indoor exhibits in huge hangers interconnected with an IMAX theater. There is a Discovery Hangar, just for kids, and Family Days


HISTORY OF FLIGHT: The Wright 1909 Military Flyer reproduction at the U.S. Air Force Museum. scheduled for the third Saturday of the month.

COSI Columbus

Driving time: 2 hours Admission charge: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children COSI: (877) 257-2674; “Explore Science. Discover Fun.” That's the motto at COSI

Columbus, where kids have a blast and parents do too. The interactive permanent exhibits allow children to learn through experience in areas such as “Gadgets,” where children can take things apart, line up gears to make things work, or watch dramatic demonstrations that explain basic physics. In all, seven separate areas are

devoted to various dimensions of science that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. COSI even gives a guide to which experiences are best for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Special traveling exhibits offer additional experiences such as “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which runs through Sept. 5, 2005.

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From waddlin’ along to ridin’ free Here’s all you need to know about entertaining friends from out of town by Jim Knippenberg


NO TUX REQUIRED: The penguins bring a little touch of winter to Cincinnati all year long at the zoo.



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K, you have a houseful of out-of-towners in for the week. You’ve shown them the view from Mount Adams and Devou Park, driven through Over-the-Rhine ogling architecture, and walked through Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point. Now what? The rest of the week looms, the kids are getting antsy and you're out of ideas. Well, how about one of these babies? Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Rated one of the top five zoos in the country by the Zagat Survey and one of the 10 best for kids by Child Magazine, the zoo attracts 1.2 million people annually. Most are there for the animals — it has more than 500 species — but many also show up to look at the more than 3,000 plant species. This is especially the case in spring and summer when everything’s in bloom. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Open in summer 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and Sundays, until 8 p.m. Saturday; shorter hours between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Admission: $12.95, $7.95 kids 212, $6.50 parking (513) 281-4700.

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WORKING FOR PEANUTS: Elephants never forget to show you a good time.

SPLISH SPLASH: Who needs the ocean? Cincinnati has its own beach — The Beach water park in Mason is a man-made tropical paradise.


Attractions The Beach: It’s as close as you can get to the tropics, what with the warm lagoons, waterfalls and palm tree-lined pools. The 35-acre park has 49 attractions ranging from the very tame Lazy Miami River inner tube ride, for families that float together, to the rushing Volcanic Panic for the more adventurous. And there’s a bonus: The park has bands several times a week on one of the decks, where you can sit and sip a beer and listen to reggae, oldies or basic rock and roll. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. until June 10 and Aug. 22-Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 21-Aug. 21; $26.99, $10.99 kids 5-9. (513) 398-7946. BB Riverboats: This is a river town, don’t you know, so you might as well get out on it for a bit of floating. You might want to have some food and cocktails while you're doing it. BB Riverboats operates a fleet of various-sized ships taking trips anywhere from two hours to all day. The fleet does brunch, lunch, dinner and sightseeing tours almost daily as well as a few special occasion all-day cruises. 1 Madison Ave., Covington. Brunch Sunday noon, lunch cruises noon on designated Mondays-Saturdays, dinner cruises 7:30 p.m. on designated Mondays-Thursdays; $13.95$79.95. (859) 261-8500. Newport on the Levee: The beauty of this place is that you can do just about everything in the world — all in one place without getting back in the car.


ONE-STOP SPOT FOR FUN: There’s a variety of attractions at Newport on the Levee.


ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: Enjoy the view and enjoy the food with BB Riverboats.


Park it and hit the plaza, where you can catch a movie; shop; grab lunch; sip a cold afternoon beer; hang over a railing and watch the life of the river go by; mill about and listen to the free bands that often show up on summer evenings; visit the aquarium and get up close and personal with a whole lot of fish. If the kids aren't with you, it's also a great spot for bar-hopping. 1 Levee Way, Newport. 10 a.m.various closing times; Free. (859) 291-0550. Continued on page 60

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OOM-PAH-PAH: Oktoberfest at MainStrasse is in September, but the fun there is year-round.

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do the trick, head to Boomerang Bay, the newly renovated watermark, and take a dip. Or just sit and eat: There's LaRosa’s, Skyline, Montgomery Inn and Graeter’s, among others. Exit 24 off I-71, Mason; 10 a.m.10 p.m. weekdays, until 11 p.m. Saturdays; $44.99, $26.99 kids 3-6 or under 48 inches and seniors 60 and older. (800) 288-0808.

MainStrasse Pub Crawl: This one is for when you want to ditch the kids and hop between more than 20 bars and restaurants — maybe a starter cocktail at one, appetizers at another, entrée elsewhere and nightcaps at yet another. All that without hitting the same place twice. The American bistro food at Continued on page 62 Chez Nora and the Nawlins-style food at Dee Felice come especially highly recommended, as does the tasty array of British beers at Cock & Bull English Pub. Top off the evening with a Blue ZaZou (vodka, Blue Pucker, Triple Sec and a splash of Sprite) at ZaZou Grill and Pub. Sixth Street and Main Street, Covington. Hours vary, but most are open until either 1 a.m. or 2:30 a.m. Paramount’s Kings Island: There’s something for everyone here, too. Hard-core thrill seekers can try The Beast, the world’s longest wooden roller coaster; Son of Beast, the world’s tallest wooden coaster; Vortex and Flight of Fear. Coaster fans who like things a little slower can make a beeline for Top Gun, a suspended coaster, or the slow, easy and ever so scenic Adventure Express. On hot days, get yourself a good soaking — a MIKE SIMONS really good soaking — at Whitewater Canyon or WHEEEEEEEE!: New at Paramount’s Kings Congo Falls. If that doesn't Island is The Italian Job ride.


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Going out Continued from Page 60 Coney Island: It’s considered downright venerable in the world of amusement parks. Dating to the 1800s, it was once considered the nation's finest. Today, it’s just one of the nation's funnest. Start your day with a dip in Sunlite Pool, the world's largest recirculating pool with more than three million gallons of water. The water's a little cool, but people appreciate that on a hot day. Later in the day, go wander the park and take advantage of its 50 classic and retro rides, most of them tame enough for the whole family to enjoy together. Then, if you time it right, you can go to Moonlite Gardens for one of the summer evening dances the park throws on weekends. 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson; Sunlite Pool 10 a.m.-8 p.m., rides 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; $17.50, $8.95 kids 2 and 3, $8.95 after 4 p.m. (513) 232-8230.


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Going out Casino Road Trip: Feeling lucky? It might be time to head west and hit the tables at one of Indiana's riverfront casinos. All three of them are huge, have an abundance of restaurants and bars, plenty of tables and row after row of slots. Here's the lineup: Argosy: 777 Argosy Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; 24 hours a day, seven days a week; free 5 p.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Friday, $5 on weekends. (888) 274-6797. Grand Victoria: 600 Grand Victoria Drive, Rising Sun, Ind.; 8 a.m.-5 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 24 hours on weekends; free. (812) 438-1234. Belterra: 777 Belterra Drive, Belterra, Ind. (outside Vevay); open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; free. (812) 427-7777. Riverside Road Trip: Had enough partying? How about a loooong country drive. One of the most scenic is Ky. Route 8 going east to Augusta and Maysville. It hugs the river outside one window and steep, wooded hillsides outside the other for most of the way. Your first stop should be Augusta, where you can wander through antique shops and art galleries, then stop in one of the quaint country din-


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On the lookout? Broaden your horizons by getting romantic Greater Cincinnati-style by Maggie Downs MEGGAN BOOKER

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: If the view from the top of Carew Tower won’t impress your date, probably nothing will.


nother boring dinner and a movie? Gag. Here are some ideas for fun, romantic outings that will actually impress your date. Go fish – To dive into an unusual date, head over to the Newport Aquarium where you can tour the rainforest, Antarctic and the world’s rivers without ever leaving Northern Kentucky. The underwater tunnel through the shark tank is also surprisingly romantic if you’re fishing for a kiss. Afterward, dine at Mitchell’s Fish Market, also at Newport on the Levee, where your date will fall for you hook, line and sinker. Star-crossed love – Lovers have been gazing at stars together since the invention of sky. The Cincinnati Observatory Center in Mount Lookout is the best place in town for it, with regular programs and telescopic viewings that will help you get your Galileo on. Afterward, head to nearby Hyde Park or Mount Lookout Square for bars and restaurants where you can discuss the Mars rover and new Hubble findings. Like, totally high school – Cincinnati Mills Mall has hundreds of stores where you and a date can shuffle around, chew gum and completely pretend that you’re not into each other. Afterward play more games at nearby Dave & Busters where the drinks, billiards and Dance Dance Revolution are only slightly cooler than your stonewashed jeans and feathered hair. Window shopping – Some of the best window shopping in town is at Rookwood Commons, though you don’t have to restrain yourself to simply peering through the glass. After you’ve made the rounds – and possibly melted your plastic – hit the Wild




STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT: Gaze out at the night at the Cincinnati Observatory Center. Oats deli, Bronte Café or First Watch for some inexpensive eats. Love is an art – Check out the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art to check out some work almost as fine as your date. Afterward grab some coffee (black) and take turns reading poetry. Beret and imported cigarettes not included. Urban adventure – If you’re looking to take your romance to new heights, try the view from atop Carew Tower. Nothing encourages love more than the fear of plunging 574 feet off Cincinnati’s tallest building. Afterward, take a romp through the city’s assortment of downtown shops and restaurants. Try exploring on the last Friday of the month, when galleries and shops in Over-the-Rhine celebrate the Final Friday gallery hop. Bonus: Free wine and cheese.

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Regression – Run around without a care in the world at Miami Whitewater Forest, a park that spans 4,279 acres, including a large lake. Enjoy Frisbee golf, paddleboats, bike riding and other activities to relive the best of your childhood. Grab lemonade and ice cream afterward for the complete kiddie experience. Indian food – Rumor has it that Clifton has more Indian restaurants than Bombay. Probably not, but you can still get a crazy amount of curry with your cutie. And who isn’t wooed by paneer? Top off the evening with a flick at the Esquire Theater on Ludlow Street, where you can see the newest independent releases. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a Bollywood offering. Like the Discovery Channel – For the ultimate mating ritual, take your love monkey to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Best date bet is the petting area in the Children’s Zoo – there’s something adorable about feeding goats. The zoo also features plenty of lush and lovely foliage where you can steal away for some friendly petting of your own. (Keep it G-rated, please. It’s a family place.) Then grab some grub after exploring the exhibits. The food isn’t great, but who cares when freely roaming peacocks are begging for your pepperoni pizza? Climbing Mt. Love – You don’t have to be … uh … (insert name of famous rock climber here) to scale mountains. RockQuest in Sharonville makes even the most athletically challenged people look like experts. Scrambling up the fake rock walls is a great, active way to spend a date while building strength and endurance. Plus, when you belay your partner, you have a free pass to gaze at their hiney.

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Arts venues in our region MUSEUMS

ART AND NATURE: The Cincinnati Story sculpture at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton.

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Dr. (513) 7212787. Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum has more than 100,000 works. Music performances, poetry readings, lectures and discussions round out its cultural offerings. Teacher programs and family-children’s events are also available. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11-9 p.m. Open to tour groups exclusively Tuesday through Friday, 9-11 a.m. Closed Mondays. Free. Taft Museum of Art 316 Pike St. (513) 241-0343. The former home of Anna and Charles Taft, half brother of former President William Howard Taft, features a wide array of art, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture from around the world and throughout history. Special exhibits visit each year. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults $7; seniors


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carnivorous plants. Hours: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. daily. Admission: Free (donations are welcome). The Contemporary Arts Center 44 E. Sixth St. (513) 345-8400. Founded in Cincinnati in 1939 as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center has moved into a new $34 million building at the corner of Walnut and Sixth streets. Hours: Monday 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Admission: $7.50 adults; $6.50 seniors; $5.50 students; $4.50 children. American Classical Music Hall of Fame 4 W. Fourth St. (513) 6213263; (800) 499-3263. The Herschede Building in downtown Cincinnati houses The Classical Music Hall of Fame, dedicated to honoring and celebrating the various facets of classical music in the United States. The museum recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to classical music in America and provides interactive exhibits designed to promote exploration of the many faces of classical music. Call for specific show times and ticket prices. Continued on page 68


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Sunday, August 7 vs. Rockford, 6:05pm


Monday, July 4 vs. Ohio Valley, 7:05pm

Monday, August 8 vs. Rockford, 7:05pm

Tuesday, July 5 vs. Ohio Valley, 12:35pm

Friday, August 12 vs. Chillicothe, 7:05pm

Wednesday, July 6 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:05pm

Saturday, August 13 vs. Chillicothe, 7:05pm

Thursday, July 7 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:05pm

Sunday, August 14 vs. Chillicothe, 6:05pm

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Friday, July 8 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:05pm

Monday, August 22 vs. Evansville, 7:05pm

Monday, June 6 vs. Ohio Valley, 7:05pm

Monday, July 18 vs. Ohio Valley, 7:05pm

Tuesday, August 23 vs. Evansville, 12:35pm

Saturday, June 11 vs. Richmond, 7:05pm

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MUSEUMS Continued from page 66 Museum Center at Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave. (513) 2877000; (800) 733-2077. Union Terminal houses three museums, the Omnimax Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. A unique display of restored Art Deco architecture, the building showcases approximately 500,000 square feet of natural history, Cincinnati culture and interactivity. Museums can be visited individually or under several price options. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission, all attractions: Adults, $19.25; children ages 3-12, $13.25; seniors, $18.25. Any four attractions: Adults, $16.25; children ages 3-12, $11.25; seniors, $15.25. Any three attractions: Adults, $13.25; children ages 3-12, $9.25; seniors, $12.25. Any two attractions: Adults, $10.25; children ages 3 to 12, $7.25; seniors, $9.25. One museum: Adults,

$7.25; children ages 3-12, $5.25; seniors, $6.25. Toddlers (ages 1 and 2) are admitted to all museums for $4.25 and to Omnimax free when sitting on a caregiver’s lap. Parking: $4.50 per vehicle. After 5 p.m., Omnimax patrons may turn in their parking receipts at the kiosk for a $2.50 refund. The three individual museums are listed below. Museum of Natural History and Science 1301 Western Ave. (513) 2877000; (800) 733-2077. The Museum of Natural History and Science presents Ohio Valley geography, biology and more via a life-sized Kentucky limestone cave, a walk-through ice cave, the “Dino Hall,” and glacier, plant, insect, rock and fossil exhibits. The Children’s Discovery Center, theater productions and other interactive demonstrations provide more to do. Adults, $7.25; children ages 3-12, $5.25; seniors, $6.25. Toddlers (ages 1 and 2) are admitted to all museums for $4.25 and to Omnimax free when sitting on a caregiver’s lap.


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and Civil War exhibits are displayed. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and all national holidays. Admission: Adults, $3; children and seniors, $2; museum members, free. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way (513) 3337500; (877) 648-4838. The newest addition to Cincinnati’s riverfront, the Freedom Center offers lessons on the historic and universal struggle for freedom. Using interactive exhibits and programs, the center aims to promote collaborative learning, dialogue and action to inspire today’s freedom movements. Features include a slave pen, a log structure that housed slaves in Kentucky who were en route for sale; an “environmental theater” experience; and a FamilySearch center offering personalized assistance with family research. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults $12; students and seniors (60+) $10; children (ages 6-12) $8. For more information: Continued on page 70



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MUSEUMS Continued from page 69 William Howard Taft National Historic Site 2038 Auburn Ave. (513) 6843262. Special events include a ceremonial Constitution signing and a New Year’s open house in early January. Daily tours and exhibits. Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission: Free.

THEATER AND MUSIC Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut St. (513) 721-3344. Cincinnati’s premier spot to see dance, theater and Broadway shows in the midst of an active neighborhood with plenty of opportunities for pre- and posttheater entertainment. Three performance halls host performances year-round. Children’s Theater of Cincinnati 2106 Florence Ave. (513) 5698080. Past Children’s Theater pro-

ductions have included “Annie,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Call for specific times and shows. Tickets: $7-$18. Cincinnati Ballet 1555 Central Parkway (513) 621-5219. Classical, modern and children’s productions run October through May. Performances are at the Aronoff Center. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra 1225 Elm St. (513) 723-1182. The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is a fully professional 32-member ensemble under the direction of Mischa Santora. The CCO’s 200506 season will feature three distinct series — Russian Masters in the fall, Musical Explorations in the spring and Mozart in June 2006. Performances take place in Memorial Hall, Over-the-Rhine; and Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For more information, visit or call (513) 723-1182. Cincinnati Opera 1241 Elm St. (513) 768-5500 (office) or (513) 241-2742 (for ticket information). The second-oldest opera company in the country holds a summer season, complete

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Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Newport, Ky. (859) 431-6216. The orchestra performs in Greaves Hall, on the campus of Northern Kentucky University, and is also known for its annual Summer Series in Devou Park. Call for concert times and ticket prices. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival 719 Race St. (513) 381-2273 (box office) or (513) 381-2288 (office). Cincinnati’s professional classical theater produces works by Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Moliere, Sophocles and more in a contemporary, accessible fashion. Call for play dates. Tickets: Adults $20, seniors $18, students $16. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 1241 Elm St. (513) 381-3300. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs approximately 50 times from September to May in Music Hall and six times during the summer at Riverbend Music center. Several smaller, free concerts are also given.

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June 28: Stevie Nicks, Riverbend Music Center (513) 562-4949, 30-July 3: Professional volleyball: Cincinnati Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. July 1-4: Newport Motorcycle Rally, Newport Festival Park. 2: Rusted Root, Bogart’s. 3: All American Birthday Party, Sawyer Point, downtown. 3: LaRosa’s Balloon Glow, Coney Island. 8-9: Ohio River Way Paddlefest, Four Seasons Marina, Columbia Tusculum. 8-10: National Train Show, Cinergy Center. 8-10: St. Rita Festival, St. Rita School for the Deaf, Evendale. 14, 16, 22: “Margaret Garner,” Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 15: Adrian Belew, Bogart’s. 15-17: Greater Cincinnati Grand Prix ChampBoat Series, Newport and Sawyer Point, downtown. 16: REO Speedwagon, Timberwolf Ampitheatre, Paramount’s Kings Island (513) 562-4949, 16-17: Cincy Latino Festival, Sawyer Point. 17: MainStrasse Village Classic Car Show, MainStrasse, Covington. 17: Toby Keith with Lee Ann Womack, Riverbend Music Center. 16-24: Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open tennis tournament, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason (513) 651-0303, 19: Earth, Wind and Fire, with Chicago, Riverbend Music Center. 20: The Allman Brothers, with Moe, at Riverbend Music Center. 21: Dinosaur Jr., Madison Theater, Covington (888) 512-7469, 21: Dave Matthews Band, Riverbend Music Center. SOLD OUT. 22: Vans Warped Tour, Riverbend Music Center. 24-30: Butler County Fair, Hamilton. 24-30: Clermont County Fair, Owensville. 26: Widespread Panic, Riverbend Music Center. 28: Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, U.S. Bank Arena, 29-30: Cincy Blues Fest, Sawyer Point, downtown. 29-31: 2nd Annual Lite Brite Indie Pop and Film Test, Southgate House, Newport. 30: Jammin’ in the Bluegrass, Kentucky Speedway. Tim McGraw. 30-31: Newport Arts and Music Festival, Newport Festival Park. August 3-7: Hamilton County Fair, Carthage. (513) 761-4224. 3-14: Ohio State Fair, Columbus. 5-7: Glier’s Goettafest, Newport Festival Park. 7: Morning Glory Ride, Sawyer Point.

7: BridalRama, Cinergy Center, downtown. 9: Coldplay, Riverbend Music Center. 11-14: Great Inland Seafood Festival, Newport Festival Park and Sawyer Point. (513) 761-9911; 11-14: Scribble Jam. 12: An Evening with James Taylor, Riverbend Music Center. 12-21: Western & Southern Financial Grop Masters men’s tennis tournament, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason (513) 651-0303, 13: Gala of International Ballet Stars at Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center. 13: Brooks & Dunn, with Big & Rich, Riverbend Music Center. 19-20: Macy’s Cincinnati Music Festival with Kanye West and Patti LaBelle, Paul Brown Stadium (513) 562-4949; 19-21: Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration, Sawyer Point, downtown. 20: Fiesta del Rio, the Northern Kentucky Latino Music Festival, Newport Festival Park. 20: Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick, U.S. Bank Arena. (513) 562-4949, 21: Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Riverbend Music Center. SOLD OUT. 23: Hilary Duff, U.S. Bank Arena, 25: Kenny Chesney, U.S. Bank Arena, downtown. 26-28: Taste of Blue Ash, 26-28: Germania Society Oktoberfest, 3529 West Kemper Road, Colerain Township. 27: Hank Williams Jr., Riverbend Music Center. 27-Oct. 23 (weekends): Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg. 28: Motley Crue, Riverbend Music Center. September 1: “The Quest for Immortality: Treasure of Ancient Egypt,” Dayton Art Institute. 3: Cruise-A-Palooza, Coney Island. 4: Riverfest & Toyota/WEBN Fireworks, Sawyer Point, downtown, and Newport Festival Park. 6-Oct. 7: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Robert S. Marx Theatre). 6-18: “Evita,” Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati. 9: Rascal Flatts, Riverbend Music Center. 9-11: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – “Boheme to Phantom: The Music of Puccini and Lloyd Webber.” 9-11: MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Covington. 10-11: Cincinnati Hispanic Fest (Festival Hispano), Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Carthage. 16: Zoofari, “Expedition to Asia,” Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 17-18: Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, downtown. 21-24: MidPoint Music Festival, downtown. 23-25: Cincinnati Ballet presents “A

Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 24-25: Cincinnati Celtic World Festival, Coney Island. 29-Oct. 2: Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Design Show, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 29-Nov. 6: “Love, Janis” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre). 30-Oct. 2: Newport on the Levee Oktoberfest. (513) 684-4722, 30-Oct. 30: U.S.S. Nightmare, Newport. 30-Oct. 30: Fear Fest, Paramount’s Kings Island. October 1-2, 8-9: Cincinnati Flower & Farm Fest, Coney Island, 1-31: St. Rita School for the Deaf Haunted House, Evendale. 7-9: Newport Oktoberfest, Newport Festival Park. 8-9: ChiliFest, downtown, Cincy Fire Museum. 9: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – Dave Brubeck Quartet. 14-30: HallZOOween, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 18-Nov. 18: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Robert S. Marx Theatre). 28-30: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – Jekyll & Hyde – The Concert. 29: MainStrasse Village Kid’s Halloween Party, Covington. 30: MainStrasse Village Dog Costume Party, Covington. 30: Monsters on Monmouth Parade & Leveeween, Newport on the Levee. November 1-6: Cincinnati Ballet presents “New Works Festival.” 11-13: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. 12: Kids Fest, Newport on the Levee. 15-27: “Shangri-La” – Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati. 15-Jan. 15: Reduced Shakespeare Company at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre). 18-Jan. 1: Holiday in Lights, Sharon Woods. 19-Jan. 1: PNC Festival of Lights, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 21: Fountain Square Ice Rink opens (weather permitting). 24: Thanksgiving Day Race, downtown Cincinnati. 25-27: Winterfair, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. 25: Light up the Square, downtown. 25-Jan. 4: Holiday Junction model train exhibit, Cincinnati Museum Center. 25-Jan. 1: Holiday Fest at the Beach Waterpark. 25-Dec. 31: Cinergy/CSX Train Display, downtown. 29: Tree lighting in MainStrasse, Covington. December 1-30: “A Christmas Carol,” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Robert S. Marx Theatre). 3: Newport Santa parade. 9-11: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – Happy Holidays from the Pops. 10: Candy cane hunt in Goebel Park,


MainStrasse. 16-26: Cincinnati Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” January 2006 13-15: Cincinnati Golf Show, Cinergy Center. 13-22: The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 18-22: Cincinnati Hunting and Fishing Show, Cinergy Center. 20-21: Ice Fest, Hamilton. 24-Feb. 5: “Golda’s Balcony” starring Patty Duke – Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati. 24-Feb. 24: “The Clean House” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Robert S. Marx Theatre). 27-29: 32nd annual Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, U.S. Bank Arena. February 2006 10-12: Cincinnati Ballet presents “Swan Lake.” 11-12: 20th annual Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend. 11-12: BridalRama, Cinergy Center. 11-March 12: “Yellowman” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre). 12-April 27: Fine Arts Fund campaign. 14-26: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Broadway in Cincinnati. 17-19: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – “Shall We Dance?” 22-26: Cincinnati Enquirer/Post Auto Expo 24-25: MainStrasse Village Mardi Gras. March 2006 3-4: Bockfest. 5, 12: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall Subscription Series – The Blind Boys of Alabama. 7-19: “Wicked” – Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati. 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown. 14-April 14: “Company” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Robert S. Marx Theatre). 26: Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon. March 2006 13-25: “Little Women” with Maureen McGovern – Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati. 17-18: Goetta Festival, MainStrasse, Covington.

Bengals 2005 schedule Preseason Aug. 12 NEW ENGLAND Aug. 19 at Washington Aug. 26 at Philadelphia Sept. 2 INDIANAPOLIS Regular season Sept. 11 at Cleveland Sept. 18 MINNESOTA Sept. 25 at Chicago Oct. 2 HOUSTON Oct. 9 at Jacksonville Oct. 16 at Tennessee Oct. 23 PITTSBURGH Oct. 30 GREEN BAY Nov. 6 at Baltimore Nov. 13 Bye week Nov. 20 INDIANAPOLIS Nov. 27 BALTIMORE Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh Dec. 11 CLEVELAND Dec. 18 at Detroit Dec. 24 BUFFALO Jan. 1 at Kansas City

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Great American Ball Park, 100 Main St. (513) 765-7000, Tickets: Single-game prices range from $5-$50 ($200 Diamond Club seats are directly behind home plate) and can be purchased in advance at Great American Ball Park ticket windows, at the Reds Dugout Shop in the Westin Hotel (10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays) and at select outlets (including Meijer, Play It Again Sports and the Fountain Square Visitors Center). Group sales and full and partial season packages are available by calling (513) 765-7600.

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5210 Sparta Pike, Sparta, Ky. (859) 567-3400. Kentucky Speedway holds more than 66,000 fans and has 1,000 general camping spaces. Remaining 2005 events: July 8 — Channel 5 150 (ARCA RE/MAX Series); July 9 — Built Ford Tough 225 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series); Aug. 13 — Bluegrass 100 (IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series); Aug. 14 — Bluegrass 300 (IRL IndyCar Series); Sept. 10 — Bluegrass 150 (NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series. For tickets, call (888) 652RACE or visit the Web site,

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Tri-County Sportsplex, 530 Northland Blvd., (513) 6489248, The Excite, part of the American Indoor Soccer League, begin their second season in August with tryouts at the Tri-County Soccerplex. The season is scheduled to take place from December to March. Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children. Group rates and season tickets available. Call (513) 648-9248 or visit

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Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky., (859) 594-4487, The Freedom, members of the Frontier League, are in their third season. The season is scheduled to take place from May to September. All games are broadcast on FM 107.9. Tickets: Go to the team’s Web site or call (859) 594-HITS.


FAN FRIENDLY: Galindo Gomez of the Florence Freedom signs autographs for youngsters before an exhibition game at Champion Window Field.

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Cincinnati Marshals

Home games are played at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway. The Marshals compete in the National Indoor Football League. The season is scheduled to take place from March to July. Tickets are $25 (VIP), $20, $15 and $10 and can be ordered at all Ticketmaster locations including select Kroger Stores, the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office, online at or by calling (513) 562-4949. Season and group tickets can be ordered by calling the team, (513) 381-8873.

Cincinnati Kings

Home games are played at Xavier University’s soccer field. The Kings compete in the United Soccer Leagues Second Division outdoor class. The season is scheduled to take place from April to August. Season tickets range from $35-$175; single-match tickets range from $4-$22, with VIP passes available for $25 a game. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. A variety of options are available in advance of the matches, through, and at games. For more information, call (513) 721-5464.

Cincinnati Ladyhawks

7620 Joseph Street, (513) 7291010, The under-23 squad won the national championship for Ohio South in the United States Adult Soccer Association’s National Cup Finals last season. The Ladyhawks are

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JUST FOR KICKS: Jack Cummings of the Cincinnati Kings gets his foot on the ball in a game against New Hampshire. among seven expansion clubs in the U.S. Women's Soccer League. The season is scheduled to take place from May to July. Tickets are $4 youth, $7 adults, $100 family season pass, $40 adult

season pass, $20 youth season pass. Tickets can be purchased by calling (513) 772-5425 and must be picked up at the Will Call window.

Home games are played at LaSalle High School, 3091 North Bend Ave., (513) 236-2886, The National Women's Football Association team is coached by former Bengals running back Ickey Woods. The season is scheduled to take place from April to June. Single-game ticket prices are $15 (VIP), $10 (general), $7 (12 and under, student/seniors with ID), children 5 and under free. Continued on page 76

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COLLEGE University of Cincinnati

Ticket Office, P.O. Box 210021, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45221-0021. The UC athletic programs join the Big East Conference in 2005-06. Tickets: Call (513) 556-2287 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Miami University

501 East High St., Oxford, Ohio, 45056. The RedHawks are members of the Mid-American Conference. Tickets: Call (866) 684-2957 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you have ticketrelated questions, e-mail icatickets@muohio.ed. For more information, call (513) 529-1809.

Xavier University

3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45207-6114. The Musketeers are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Season tickets and individual game

tickets are available through the campus ticket office and may be purchased in person at Cintas Center, by telephone or through the mail. Individual game tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet or by calling (513) 562-4949. For more information, call (513) 7453416.

NCAA Division III athletic programs join the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2005-06. Tickets: Call (859) 341-5800.

University of Kentucky

Room 111, Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Ky., 40506. The Wildcats athletic programs compete in the Southeastern Conference. Tickets: Call (800) 928-2287.

Cincinnati State

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223. Athletic programs compete in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. Tickets: Call (513) 861-7700.

Mount St. Joseph

5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45233 (513) 244-4200 or (800) 654-9314, NCAA Division III athletic programs compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Tickets: Call (513) 244-4311.


WILDCATS WONDER: Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo soars above Cincinnati’s players during the Wildcats’ second-round NCAA Tournament victory over the Bearcats in March.

Northern Kentucky University 250 Albright Health Center, Highland Heights, Ky., 41099, NCAA

Division II athletic programs compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Tickets: Call (859) 572-6639

Thomas More College

333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, Ky., 41017,


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