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The Cincinnati Bell/WEBN fireworks draw roughly 500,000 people every Labor Day weekend. Check out area events for the next year. Pages 90-92.

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Nothing is finer … than dining at these restaurants. Isn’t it romantic: Set the right tone with the right meal. Page 42

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The Great American wedding: Two baseball fans get married on the Reds’ diamond. Yes, that’s right. They said their vows at home plate. Hey, Reds fans: How to get messages on the scoreboard – and more. Page 82 Party with the Blue Blob: How to get local college mascots at your event. Page 83 Be a sport: Connect with any of the professional or college teams or big events in town during the season. Page 84 Hot item: Get tickets for the 2008 Ryder Cup in Louisville. Page 86 Feel the speed: Enjoy auto racing? Then you should try the Richard Petty Driving Experience for a thrill. Page 87

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60 NKY Business Sleep like a celeb: We tell you about the most luxurious hotel rooms in town. Be it ever so humble: If you like the comforts of home, try a local bed & breakfast. Page 64 Travel in style: Here are five limo options for a special night out. Page 68 Down by the water: There’s plenty to do on the banks of the Ohio. Page 74

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A Who’s Who in N. Kentucky Campbell County The Campbell County Fiscal Court consists of four independently elected officials: Judge-executive Steve Pendery, Commissioner Mark T. Hayden, Commissioner David E. Otto and Commissioner Kenneth L. Rechtin. They can be reached at: 24 W. Fourth St., P.O. Box 72340, Newport, or (859) 2923838. CAMPBELL COUNTY MAYORS: m ALEXANDRIA: Dan McGinley: 8236 W. Main St., (859) 635-1051. m BELLEVUE: Jack Meyer: 616 Poplar St., (859) 261-5510. m CALIFORNIA: Franklin Smith: California Methodist Church on Madison Street, (859) 635-1808. m COLD SPRING: Mark Stoeber: 5694 E. Alexandria Pike, (859) 4419604. m CRESTVIEW Karen Bond: 14 Circle Drive, (859) 441-0723. m DAYTON: Kenneth Rankle: 514 Sixth Ave., (859) 261-5565. m FORT THOMAS: Mary Brown: 130 N. Fort Thomas Ave., (859) 441-2964.

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Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion? It depends on the nature of the occasion, but if it’s really special, I like Orchids or the Palace. Your favorite local restaurant? Orchids, because I’m a vegetarian and they do the most incredible non-meat dishes. Where do you take out-of-town guests? It’s all based on age and interest, but my No. 1 stop would be the zoo because I think it’s spectacular. No. 2 is the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the No. 3 stop would be Eden Park. Your favorite local event? Bar none, it would have to be the fireworks (Riverfest). It’s so exciting and on such a grand scale, it’s one of the true regional events that cuts across age lines, economics, gender, geography, everything. Your favorite local attraction? It’s kind of generic – it’s downtown Cincinnati. I take people on walking tours because it’s such a wonderful downtown and people are so amazed. It really wows them when I take them into the Carew Tower arcade – the finest example of art deco architecture in the U.S. The Cincinnatian you’d most like to have lunch with? Päavo Jarvi. I think it would be great to know him, or even just listen to him.

Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion? I’ve celebrated many birthdays, Valentine’s Days and New Year’s Eves at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, especially when the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs are playing their vintage jug band music. Your favorite local restaurant? I love the cozy atmosphere of Myra’s Dionysus. They serve the best plate of hummus in town, and I can’t get enough of the new falafel sandwich. Where do you take out-of-town guests? Riverwalk in Covington. An artist recently painted a collection of murals that brings the history of the Ohio (River) to life. There’s also a series of statues along the street, one of which inspired a song I wrote about the first female riverboat pilot. The song and lady are known as “Captain Mary.” Your favorite local event? Rivertown Breakdown – a one-day festival of the Cincinnati area’s best roots music. I’m never more proud of Cincinnati’s music scene than on this day when we all get together and help raise money to help clean up the Ohio River. Your favorite local attraction? Shake It Records has got to be the most eccentric record store in the country and one of my favorite local attractions. Whether I’m buying music or not, I always have a great time just checking out the odd collections that blanket the walls, like their Biz Markie cereal box or their Hank Williams etching. The Cincinnatian you’d most like to have lunch with? Pete Rose, so I could ask him what I can do to help put him in the Hall of Fame.

Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion? Bonefish, the one in Crescent Springs. Both my wife and I work full time (for the orchestra) and we have a 3year-old, so we don’t get out much. Your favorite local restaurant? There’s a small Mexican place in Newport called Rio Grande. It’s fast, cheap and really, really good. It fits our crazy schedules just perfectly. And I really do mean really, really good. Where do you take outof-town guests? Usually Mount Adams. It’s really quaint, there are some killer views and a whole bunch of cool places to stop for food and drink. Your favorite local event? The one event I look forward to and anticipate every year is Riverfest on Labor Day weekend. It’s walking distance from home, it’s great people watching and the (Toyota/WEBN) fireworks are just spectacular. Your favorite local attraction? It’s a toss-up between the zoo and Union Terminal, especially when I have my 3year-old alone. Union Terminal has so many memories. I grew up hearing stories about how my mother left there for D.C. when she was in the WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) in World War II. The Cincinnatian you’d most like to have lunch with? Honestly, I do so many business lunches with so many people, famous and otherwise, that I can’t think of one more.

Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion? Always the Krohn Conservatory. We just booked it and celebrated my mom’s 80th birthday there last October. It’s beautiful, fragrant and you have plenty of room to move around. Your favorite local restaurant? The Mount Adams Bar and Grille. I gotta have the apple pie there a lot. And the burger with grilled onions? Can’t get enough. Where do you take outof-town guests? We go to Mount Adams and drive around, check the views, then hit some of the parks. We have the best there are. I also like to take them to the Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium. Your favorite local event? The Crown Jewels of Jazz (an August concert she produces with nationally known jazz singers) and almost anything at the zoo. Your favorite local attraction? The Art Museum and always a stop at the restaurant. Cincinnatian you’d most like to have lunch with? I’d have to say George Clooney. That wouldn’t be too hard on the eyes, now would it?

Katie Laur, bluegrass musician, WNKU-FM host Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion? Usually Arnold’s. It’s been a favorite place of mine for years just for the patio. And as for the acoustics, there’s no better place to sing or hear music. Your favorite local restaurant? The Cricket Lounge at the Cincinnatian Hotel – it’s elegant, the food’s good, the music’s great but not so loud you can’t talk. Where do you take outof-town guests? I take them to the river. We go to Riverside Drive on the Covington side. I love the statues, the view and the houses lining the street. Your favorite local event? The Appalachian Festival every Mother’s Day weekend at Coney Island. So many of the events here have gotten so huge you can’t move or dally around talking to people. But the Appalachian Festival has kept small and cozy and true to its roots. Your favorite local attraction? The river. Not a person, not some theme park, just the river. I find it endlessly fascinating. The Cincinnatian you’d most like to have lunch with? It would have to be Lib Stone and David Herriman (arts philanthropists) because those two know where every body is buried.

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risten Folzenlogen’s graphics design business, which specializes in custom wedding invitations, could operate just about anywhere. But after being in Chicago and Reading, Letter Heads Ltd. has settled in the Covington Wedding District. Actually, it’s about to move from the Covington Wedding Mall to a renovated new space at 714 Madison Ave., along with a florist and a photographer that are operating as separate companies. “We have clients all over the country,” she said. But being down the street from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Bridal Boutique and the yearold Covington Wedding Mall certainly doesn’t hurt business. People travel hundreds of miles to buy dresses designed by Romona Keveza, Alfred Sung, Peter Langner, and Carmela Sutera at Fabulous Bridal. “People can get things that they used to have to travel to Chicago or New York for, and the hallmark of the store is truly customer service,” Salyers said. “When somebody arrives at the store, they’re greeted with champagne or whatever they want to drink, and we think they should feel like Cinderella – it’s a once-in-alifetime event, and should be fairy tale.”

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Revered dress designer Romona Keveza appeared at a recent Fabulous Bridal event called Veils and Cocktails, which featured a fashion show, and about 400 visitors, Salyers said. “It was one of those really fabulous evenings with a martini bar and everything was fabulous, and each of the brides got a veil, and everybody was running around with their veil and their bridesmaids, and we had a blockbuster fashion show,” Salyers said. “Romona came down for it, and she said, ‘You know? This is just like New York’,” Salyers said. “Fabulous Bridal is just a dream as far as a magnet store is concerned,” Folzenlogen said. “They really know how to treat their customers, and they’ve been nothing but resourceful in terms of constant references and getting people to walk through the area and explore the other wedding businesses in the area.” “Everything a person could possibly need or want for a wedding or a reception is right here, within two blocks,” said Covington Renaissance

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Revenues for Letter Heads and the wedding district are projected to be over $5 million this year. Manager Kathie Hickey. “When I married, I ran from Bowling Green to Nashville, to Cincinnati and Louisville – I was all over the place, getting this and that. “It is a very stressful time,” Hickey said. “And when you have to take what precious free time to plan a wedding, even if it’s small, it really takes a lot out of you to have to run in 20 directions to get everything you need.” In 2001, the wedding district had an estimated 60,000 visitors. That rose to more than 100,000 last year, and is expected to reach nearly 120,000 this year, according to numbers released to the city for a national conference about rebuilding downtowns. Meanwhile, its revenues have climbed from not quite $1.5 million in 1999 to $4 million last year, with projections of about $5.25 million this year. “We have a couple of businesses that have grown, and they are moving into expanded space,” Hickey said. They started at the Wedding Mall, “they incubated, they grew, and now they’re expanding their businesses into a larger space, and I think that speaks very well about the success of the Wedding District.” “We’ve always had a really strong business background, and we’ve been in both wedding districts at this point (including the Reading district),” Folzenlogen said about Letter Heads. She said she was lured to Covington’s district by the energy city officials were putting into it. “I think it’s a fantastic concept,” Folzenlogen said. “I’m excited because the arts district in Covington has really flourished, so if the wedding district begins to do the same, I think we’ve made a really good decision to be here.”

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ant your wedding ceremony or reception to really wow your guests? Here are five sought-after spots to celebrate tying the knot. Prices listed are subject to change and may be negotiable; call for information. Hilton Netherland Hall of Mirrors. The focal point of this two-story ballroom is a majestic staircase and an enormous golden mirror. Most receptions range from $75-$125 per person. 35 W. Fifth St., downtown, (513) 421-9100, www.hilton.com. Peterloon Estate. Some rooms in the 1920s mansion and the grounds – which include a large lawn, formal garden, circular pool and eight-acre lake – can be reserved for special events. $7,500 to rent the facility for weddings; couples provide catering. 8605 Hopewell Road, Indian Hill, (513) 791-7600, www.peterloon.org/ events.htm. Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial Overlook. Amenities include an outdoor gazebo, a terrace and a ballroom. It features a stunning view of the Cincinnati skyline. $2,400-$3,000 to rent

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The Phoenix. The 19th-century former gentleman’s club features a marble staircase, Tiffany stained-glass windows and 35-foot ceilings. Most receptions range from $44-$100 per person. 812 Race St., downtown, (513) 721-8901, www.thephx.com. Museums are perfect places to put your wedding on exhibit. m Cincinnati Art Museum: Room rentals range from $750-$6,000 plus $1,000 nonrefundable deposit; catering charge ranges from $75-$200 per guest. 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, (513) 639-2347, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org. m Contemporary Arts Center: Room rental ranges from $2,000-$5,000; catering charge starts at $30 per person. 44 E. Sixth St., downtown, (513) 3458400, www.contemporaryartscenter.org/facilityrental. m National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Minimum of $3,200 for Saturday night events; catering charge ranges from $30-$70 per person. 50 E. Freedom Way, downtown, (513) 333-7574, www.freedomcenter.org/about/facility-rental. LAUREN BISHOP

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You can expect to pay a consultant 10 percent to 15 percent of your total wedding budget, The Knot says. Some consultants charge by the hour, while others charge a flat fee depending on what you hire them to do – you don’t always have to hire a consultant to cover every single detail of your wedding from start to finish. For example, you can schedule a consultation where the consultant provides a preparation guide and a list of vendors to check out. You can hire a consultant just to oversee things on the day before and day of the wedding. Or you can contract a consultant to work with you on a freelance basis to do specific tasks, such as scouting out locations, in which case you likely will pay by the hour. To find a consultant, ask friends and family members, check local listings on wedding planning Web sites like The Knot or www.weddingchannel.com or call the Association of Bridal Consultants at (860) 355-0464. The Knot recommends you ask yourself the following questions when you contact potential consultants: 1. Will the consultant commit to your budget and not push you in the direction of things you can’t afford? 2. Will the consultant devise a master plan mapping out all the little details, from announcements to decor? 3. Can the consultant name the best and most original locations in your area that would be suitable to your wedding size, style and budget? 4. Is the consultant familiar with the best florists, photographers, ca-

terers, bands and DJs in your price range? Can she or he explain their strong points to you briefly? 5. Can the consultant get any vendors to give you discounts? 6. Will the consultant read over the vendor contracts for you and keep an eye out for any traps? 7. Can the consultant create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the wedding what to do and when to do it? How will she or he make sure that everyone sticks to the schedule? 8. Will the consultant handle the invitations, from wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing? 9. Can the consultant counsel you on etiquette matters and alert you to hot wedding trends? 10. Will the consultant coordinate delivery, arrival and setup times with photographer, florist, musicians, caterer or banquet manager, etc.? 11. For the day of the wedding, will the consultant be willing to oversee the entire event by supervising vendors, troubleshooting emergencies and soothing nerves? Can she or he share any anecdotes that required performing above and beyond the call of duty? 12. Will the consultant be willing to step in as your advocate, conveying your visions and desires to vendors when you don’t feel up to the task? 13. Will the consultant help plan and book your honeymoon? Whatever you do, The Knot cautions, don’t hire a consultant who doesn’t want to listen, is bossy, tries to convince you of what’s best for you, critiques your ideas, has no references or won’t sign a written agreement. LAUREN BISHOP


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Five great bachelorette party ideas 1. Throw a Pure Romance party so everyone in the bridal party can stock up on “relationship enhancement” products from the privacy of someone’s home. (866) 766-2623, www.pureromance.com. 2. Indulge yourself at a spa party at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa’s Kenwood, Northgate or West Chester Township locations, which offer private rooms. Minimum of six people required. (513) 923-5562, www.mitchellssalon.com. 3. Make your own perfume with French-grade natural essences at a private party at Studio des Parfums Galimard. Groups of six or more receive a 10 percent discount. 3218 Madison Road, Oakley, (513) 3217273, www.studiogalimardcinci.com. 4. Chow down on premium confections at a private chocolate tasting party at Marble Hill Chocolatier, 1989 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, (513) 3210888, www.marblehillchocolatier.com. 5. Create your own handbags with a Pursenalities on the Go inhome party. (513) 253-9400, www.otgpurse.com.

Five great bachelor party ideas 1. Horse around at Turfway Park in Florence, which offers live Thoroughbred racing during the fall, winter and early spring and simulcast racing from top tracks across the country year-round. 7500 Turfway Road, (800) 733-0200 or (859) 371-0200, www.turfway.com. 2. Pummel your pals at Diehard Paintball in Silver Grove, (859) 7817486, www.diehardpaintball.com; Hueston Woods Paintball in College Corner, (513) 664-3500, www.hwpaintball.com; Paintball Country in Hamilton, (513) 7793228, www.paintballcountryohio.com; or Queen City Paintball in Harrison, (513) 942-2255. 3. Race around in go-carts at Eastgate Adventures, 3232 Omni Drive, Eastgate. $5.25 for a four-minute ride, $4.25 per ride for groups of eight to 20. (513) 753-8000. 4. Bet on a good time at any of the area’s three casinos in nearby southeast Indiana: Argosy Casino, (888) 274-6797, www.argosy.com/ cincinnati; Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, (888) 235-8377, www.belterracasino.com; or Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, (800) 472-6311, www.grandvictoria.com. 5. Tee off at any of the area’s nearly 100 golf courses. Go to www.Cincinnati.Com/golf for course information and tips from the pros. LAUREN BISHOP

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For the super-stressed SIA SPA 8127 Montgomery Road, Kenwood (513) 985-0777, www.siaspas.com At SIA Spa, your personal dosha – a Sanskrit term that, loosely translated, means “personal harmony” – determines the type of treatments and even the type of oil you receive. The therapists at SIA, which stands for South Indian Ayurveda, trained in India to learn the ancient practice that uses massage, meditation, yoga, diet, herbs and oils to heal and balance the body. One of the most popular – and relaxing – treatments is the shirodhara. Warm herbal oil is streamed across the forehead to calm the nervous system and open the “sixth chakra,” which is the “third eye” in ayurvedic philosophy. Full-body massage (abhyanga): $150/75 minutes Shirodhara treatment: $60/30 minutes Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

For the busy man THE BETTER MAN SALON AND SPA 11031 Montgomery Road, Montgomery (513) 489-8400, www.bettermansalon.com Barcaloungers, plenty of Sports Illustrated magazines and TVs tuned to sports or news are just a few signs that there’s something different about this place. The Better Man Salon and Spa caters to what men find luxurious. Facials include 40 minutes of hand and foot massage, pedicures include a leg and calf massage, and a basic haircut includes a scalp and shoulder massage along with an eyepack treatment and warm face towels. Full-service haircut: $33 Deep tissue massage: $75/hour GQ facial: $65/hour Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday for walk-in service; appointments 6-9 p.m. Saturday only.

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Looking for a good personal trainer? Here are some of the premier local places to get in shape: Athletic Strength and Power. Developed by Ted Lambrinides, a former assistant strength coach at Ohio State University who now serves as a consultant to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers, ASAP provides programs for strength and power, speed and agility, cardio and strength training and more. Fees range from $30-$80 per 30-60-minute workout. Locations in Covington and downtown. (513) 721-4888, www.athleticstrengthandpower.com.

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time, he says. m Beware of package deals. Quality trainers can’t afford to discount their rates, Castellano says. You can expect to pay ahead to ensure you make it to your training session, but never pay for more than one week, or three sessions, in advance. m Ask whether the trainer will guarantee results. Quality trainers will present fitness strategies and give you proper tools – such as food journals, orientation manuals and written plans with goals and benchmarks – to carry out your plan and guarantee the results. m Ask yourself whether potential trainers look like they practice what they preach. m Determine whether the goals you agree on are specific. If a trainer doesn’t set specific goals for you or keeps you longer than your intended goals, he or she is likely milking you, Castellano says. Quality trainers want their clients to reach their goals and show off their new bodies so they’ll serve as walking advertisements.

BEAT Personal Training. Run by twins and chiropractors Paul Baker and Patrick Baker, BEAT (Baker Enhanced Athletic Training) offers comprehensive fitness and nutritional programs that include an initial twoday consultation. Fees vary for onehour sessions but typically range from $37-$65, depending on package discounts (typical packages are six months). Locations in Fairfax, Mason, Fairfield, West Chester Township, Blue Ash and Loveland. (513) 621-2328, www.beatpersonaltraining.com. HealthStyle Fitness. Claiming to be the only company in Cincinnati that offers weight-loss and fitness programs that guarantee results or your money back, Brian Calkins’ HealthStyle Fitness offers both one-on-one personal training and small group fitness training. Private personal training ranges from $50-$75 per hourlong session; a 16-week small-group fitness transformation program is $449; a private complete fitness transformation program is $1,299. (513) 325-0886 or (513) 9817584, www.briancalkins.com. Power 3 Fitness Coaching. Power 3 offers personal training ($55-$75 per hour plus $100 enrollment fee), fitness coaching ($299-$775 plus $100 enrollment fee), and home and corporate equipment and design consulting ($100 per hour). Consulting and monitoring services also offered for $20-$95. (513) 679-2235, www.schwartzlabs.com/power3. Rocco Castellano. Castellano offers personal training, fitness boot camps at Newport on the Levee. A one hour, 15 minute consultation is $150; personal training sessions are $110 per hour; shared sessions are $55 per person per hour. (513) 421-2651, www.askrocco.com.


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 In 2006, St. Elizabeth became the first and only Greater Cincinnati hospital to achieve Magnet™ Status, the gold standard for nursing excellence nationally and internationally. Any one of these three significant achievements should bring patients and families assurance that they have access to some of the finest healthcare in the nation. To be one of only three hospitals in the nation to achieve Magnet Status, America’s 50 Best and Solucient Top 100 is a tremendous achievement that reflects the dedication and commitment of everyone at St. Elizabeth - physicians, nurses, board, administration, management, staff, as well as community supporters.

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For the sugar addict who can’t get enough

“It’s the thought that counts.” We’ve all said or heard that. And while a person’s virtuous side might agree with that old adage, many of us also think a sweet “thought” is that much more special when it is accompanied by a sweet “thing.” Especially when it comes from that special someone in your life. Turn your thoughts into things and brighten a mundane day at the office with a special delivery from these area retailers to your loved one’s job:

Cater to your honey’s sweet tooth with a special delivery from Aglamesis Brothers. You can send assorted nuts, candy, chocolates (don’t miss the opera creams) or ice cream and Italian ice. Ice cream orders must be made in multiples of six pints. Candy starts at $2.45; ice cream is $80 for six pints (shipping cost is included). For more information: (513) 531-5196, www. aglamesis.com Graeter’s, another local hot spot for cool treats, also delivers its signature candies and frozen confections. The company has enticed customers with its sweets since 1870. It’s safe to say they know what they are doing. Candy starts at $9.95; ice cream is $50 for six pints and $80 for 12 pints. For more information: (513) 721-3323, www.graeters.com

For the newcomer to our fair city Your sweetheart was so enamored that he or she decided to pick up and relocate to Cincinnati just to be with you. Well, aren’t you special? Show how much you appreciate it and have a gift basket full of Queen City cuisine from Cincinnati To You delivered to your mate’s office. Send Cincinnati staples like Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce, Esther Price chocolates, LaRosa’s tomato sauce, Worthmore’s mock turtle soup and, of course, Skyline chili. You select the items, so you can fill it with your favorite recommendations. From $6.99. For more information: (800) 862-4629, www.cincinnati-toyou.com

For the kid at heart who likes to cuddle Experts say you should keep public displays of affection at the office to a minimum. But you can give your sweetie a hug without sending the human resources department into a tizzy. Just contact The Hug Delivery Co. and send Hugsby, a golden brown teddy bear, in your place. Thinking of You packages feature the company’s signature stuffed animal which arrives in a gift bag with a personalized card. You can also order chocolatecovered strawberries, gourmet nuts or chocolate truffles with the huggable bear. From $35. For more information: (513) 531-0555, www.thehugdeliveryco.com 28

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Your darling’s desk will overflow with tasty treats when you send The Ultimate Sweet Basket from the local dessert company Embrace Sweets. It includes four assorted brownies, 10 cookies and three miniature cakes which are available in carrot, German chocolate, Grand Marnier or coconut. The baked goods arrive in a wicker basket. From $45. For more information: (888) 905-2345, e-mail eat@embracesweets.com You can also send sweet treats that won’t sabotage your loved one’s New Year’s resolution to tone up and trim down. Edible Arrangements, a national chain with a local franchise in Fort Thomas, has just the thing. They offer artfully-arranged fruit that is designed to give the appearance of flowers. Place an order and send a bouquet that truly does look good enough to eat. The Delicious Fudge Delight arrangement is brimming with fresh strawberries, daisy-shaped pineapple slices and a jar of allnatural fudge for dipping. You can even select sugar-free fudge if your sweetheart is uber-healthconscious. $70 plus shipping. For more information: (859) 781-2345, www.ediblearrangements.com


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Try these sites for a special birthday bash Rustic Ruckus: Great Wolf Lodge Throw a slumber party in the woods at the newly opened Great Wolf Lodge in Mason. The hightimbered, four-story, water park resort features 401 all-suite guest rooms and six pools holding 380,000 gallons of water. The birthday party begins in the birthday boy or girl’s suite, decorated with a happy birthday banner. Room service delivers a large pizza and soft drinks, birthday cake, four party favor bags including eight game tokens each for the arcade, candy, a festive birthday party hat, a Great Wolf Lodge stuffed animal keepsake and a disposable camera. Partiers can choose from a variety of suites, including some with fireplaces, then fire water cannons at one another and shriek to their heart’s content on the 11 waterslides. Room specials start at $189; birthday packages start at $125. A souvenir birthday animal backpack delivered to the suite before arrival includes GWL playing cards and Tshirt, two candy treats, a Northwoods toy, and 20 game tokens for $55. For more information, visit www.greatwolf.com, 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason. Reservations: (800) 913-9653.

Bat Cave Bash: Cincinnati Museum Center Party in a glacier – or in a bat cave – at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Museum of Natural History & Science hosts parties for children ages 5 to 10 with themes of dinosaurs or caves. Animal- and constructionthemed parties for children ages 4 to 10 take place in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Packages include admission for 15 guests (two must be adult chaperones) to the selected museum, two parking passes, a 75-minute birthday party with party presenters, a theme-related program with activities, a half-sheet themed birthday cake, beverages, decorations, plates, napkins and Polaroid group photo. Cost is $160 for mu-

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Hang 10 Party: The Beach Waterpark Dude, surf’s up at your birthday party on the sandy, palm-strewn shores of the Beach Waterpark. For $250, 10 birthday surfer dudes or dudettes can hang 10 in Ohio’s largest wave pool, the only watercoaster in the Midwest and 49 water rides. The party includes a catered meal with drinks and goodie bag (burgers, pizza, hot dogs or deli tray), a reserved hour on Sunny’s Deck, birthday cake, a birthday gift for the guest of honor, a return ticket for the birthday guest, two chaperone admissions and parking passes for three cars. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, (513) 398-7946, www.thebeachwaterpark.com. Cost is $25 each for the first 10 guests (no minimum), $20 for each additional guest, $15 each if a season pass holder. PAM FISHER

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Now, this is fine dining Looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion? You can’t go wrong with this list By Polly Campbell pcampbell@enquirer.com

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Jeff Ruby’s six restaurants If you’re into conspicuous splurging, any Jeff Ruby restaurant is your place. All (Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Carlo & Johnny, South Beach Grill, Jeff Ruby’s at Belterra, Tropicana and the Precinct) have big steaks, nice seafood and rawbar choices on the menus. Top of the line is a steak and lobster tail combo. Pair any steak from the menu with a lobster tail, from 9 to 16 ounces. They’re market priced, but a typical choice, a 9-ounce steak with a 9-ounce lobster tail, might be $59. Make them 16 ounces each and you’ll pay $90 for your entrée. For information on all the Ruby restaurants, go online at www.jeffruby.com.

Jag’s Jag’s has impressive seafood and steak, including $67.95 worth of tenderness in the form of an 8-ounce Kobe beef filet with au gratin potatoes and spinach. Also, there’s a piano lounge and nightly entertainment. 5980 West Chester Rd., West Chester Township, (513) 860-5353, www.jags.com

Jean-Robert at Pigall’s The consumption is not so conspicuous at the warm, serene Jean-Robert at Pigall’s; you just know you’re eating at our most highly-esteemed French restaurant. You can order the standard three-course menu, but since you’re being indulgent, try the menu gourmand. It’s five courses for $97, or $134 with wine – obviously the more indulgent choice. 127 W. Fourth St., downtown, (513) 721-1345, www.pigalls.com

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For great Chinese food – including Peking duck – try the Oriental Wok in Fort Mitchell, owned and founded by Helen and Mike Wong.

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Miyoshi in Florence beautifully presents its seafood dishes, such as this sushi plate that includes salmon and octopus.

Miyoshi Japanese cuisine has its own “menu gourmand.” It’s called kaiseki, a multicourse presentation of seasonal foods served in the beautiful, natural style Japan has patented. Miyoshi, a Japanese restaurant in Florence, can arrange a kaiseki meal for two or more people. You tell them how much you want to spend, they’ll create a meal of 6-7 courses. It could be $50 a person; they have done them for $120 a person;

Peking duck is one of the great creations of Chinese cuisine, and you can have it at Oriental Wok in Fort Mitchell if you order 2-3 days in advance. The skin is lacquered and crispy, and the dish is served with thin Chinese pancakes. It’s $75 for a duck, which serves 4-6 people. 317 Buttermilk Pike, (859) 331-3000, www.orientalwok.com

Amor de Brazil It’s up to you how indulgent dinner is at Amor de Brazil in Deerfield Township. The Brazilian steakhouse charges one moderate price for a meal you can eat until you decide to stop. The buffet is a salad bar with an advanced degree, and the meat is brought to you on skewers until you say when. $43.99. 5150 Merten Dr., (513) 336-0043, www.amordebrazil.com

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The quickest way to spend the money that’s burning a hole in your pocket is on fine drinks. Single-malt scotch offers scope for dropping as much as $35 on a pour of 25-year-old Macallan. Nicholson’s, downtown, has a vast selection of scotch. If you prefer fine American whiskey, Nicholson’s sister restaurant DeSha’s in Symmes Township has about 18 ultra-premium, small-batch and single-barrel bourbons. Their Blanton’s 93-proof is $6.75 for a 2-ounce pour. Or have a classic Manhattan made with their proprietary Woodford Reserve and flamed fruit for $7.50. Nicholson’s, 625 Walnut St., (513) 564-9111; deSha’s, Harper’s Point, (513)247-9933, www.tavernrestaurantgroup.com

For some people, a splurge is choosing the greatest bottle of wine on the menu; for others it’s having the perfect glass with each dish. At Daveed’s in Mount Adams, you could order, say, the 2003 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon for $330. Or go for the blind tasting menu. David Cook makes dinner for you, and chooses wine for each course. It’s $20 per course; you could do 6 or 8 courses. They need 3-4 days notice and offer it Tuesday-Friday. But maybe the ultimate indulgence is to have Cook come to you – the whole blind tasting menu can be done in your home (in which case, it will cost you more). 934 Hatch St., (513) 7212665

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Restaurants where romance is an appetizer Here are 9 dining spots that will help you stage an evening of love By Polly Campbell/pcampbell@enquirer.com

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An absinthe or a martini and then, on Thursday nights, salsa dancing and tango is pretty hot. There’s Latin guitar or jazz on Fridays and Saturdays to get your feet tapping. 2875 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills, (859) 4261042, www.argentinebean.net.

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The Celestial Steakhouse has all the standard romantic trappings: great food, expansive view and music for dancing. Sit in the corner at Table No. 1, where the view is just a little more sweeping, order a Kobe beef filet and afterward, dance to the Frank Vincent Trio in the Incline Lounge next door. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, (513) 241-4455, www.thecelestial.com.

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Cozy booths, molten cheese fondue, and companionably cooking together at the table. Oh, and there’s fruit to dip in melted chocolate and feed to each other. There’s also a variety of wines and mixed drinks. 11023 Montgomery Rd., Symmes Township, (513) 5305501, www.meltingpot.com

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This fine-dining restaurant located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has an elaborate French art deco atmosphere. 35 W. Fifth St., downtown, (513) 421-9100, www.hilton.com.

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Have dinner among fine art. Think of all those wonderful paintings and sculptures full of passion and beauty in the Cincinnati Art Museum collection. 953 Eden Park Dr., (513) 639-2986, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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Great views luring many to the river Ascent, SouthShore among top draws By Mike Rutledge mrutledge@nky.com

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t’s getting a lot easier this year to live the high life in Northern Kentucky. By November, residents will be moving into the 22-story Daniel Libeskind-designed luxury condominium tower, Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge. It is one of several recent Northern Kentucky condominium projects that tend to share two things in common: sweet views of the downtown Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky riverfront, and lofty price tags. “The penthouses are not almost beyond description – they are beyond words,” Bill Butler, president and CEO of developer Corporex Cos. told a crowd in April at the Ascent’s “cloudbreaking” ceremony. “Each of them has an exterior terrace, open to the sky, on

which plants can be grown.” Although Jan and Tim Timmel grew up in Cincinnati – Western Hills and Clifton – and never thought they would live in Northern Kentucky, the pair of 50-something “city people” were the first to sign up for a condo in the tower, in August 2005. They picked a unit on the 15th floor and will leave Clifton to do so. “We just got enthralled with the sculpture – the shape of the building, and the location, and the views,” said Tim Timmel, who looks forward to walking to nearby restaurants. “Our adult sons are ecstatic that we’re moving here,” said Jan Timmel. “They can walk to everything.” Among other amenities, the building will have a wine cellar and tasting room, coffee and latte bar, a private theater for 10, two full guest condos and 10-foot walls of glass with skyline views.

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Architect Danield Liebskind’s Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, going up on the Covington riverfront, will offer teriffic views of the Cincinnati skyline.


Several other upscale condominium complexes are rising along Northern Kentucky’s Ohio River shoreline, or within several blocks, many of them hoping to lure empty-nesters or upwardly mobile young professionals. The ones under construction include: m The Views, 124 units on the large hillside west of Dixie Highway near West 12th Street in Covington; m Riverhouse Commons, seven luxury condominiums along the river in West Covington; m SouthShore, three 20-story towers, with a total of 200 condominiums, are starting to rise on Newport’s easternmost riverfront, on a parking lot between the Comfort Suites Hotel and Daniel Carter Beard Bridge; m Bellevue’s Harbor Greene, which is to have 125 condo units, offices, a restaurant, a Gold’s Fitness Center and retail space; m Bellevue’s WatersEdge, with 24 luxury riverfront condos; and m Near Pike Street in Covington, the new Pulse condominiums let residents slide or rotate their units’ walls to create new room configurations – daily, if they want to. Northern Kentucky also has a wide range of housing options, from inexpensive small houses in the river cities to magnificent homesteads in the suburbs, like Richwood’s Triple Crown subdivision. Meanwhile, rehabilitations and restorations are driving an old but fast-rising real-estate market. From 2001 to 2005, the collection of Covington neighborhoods north of Latonia had the fastest price growth in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky region, a 34.3 percent jump to $95,933 in 2005, up from $71,447. Even churches have found new uses in Newport as homes, and along Main Street in Covington as an art gallery.

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2007 Calendar Of Events JUNE 2.....................Arboretum Day and Family Garden Show 4 thru 28.........Meditation & the Chakras - Level 1 4 thru 8/10......Camp Goodridge Begins (10 weeks, Aug 10 last day) 4.....................Games & Crafts Summer Programs begins (4-7 years) 4.....................Scavenger Walk & Crafts Summer Programs begins (6-9 years) 4.....................Youth Dodgeball (9-15 years) 4.....................Start Smart Soccer (ages 3-5 years) 4.....................Music & Drama Programs 4.....................Board Games for the Bored Summer Program begins (8-13 years) 4.....................Bocce Ball League Begins (ages 8&9, 10-13 years) 5.....................Just Crafts Summer Programs begins (6-9 years) 5.....................Baggo & Koob League begins (8-9, 10-13 years) 5.....................Yard Games & Crafts Summer Programs begins (6-9 years) 5.....................Dodgeball League begins (10-15 years) 5.....................Kickball League begins (10-15 years) 5 thru 6/26......Yoga 6.....................Baton Twirling Class Begins (ages 4 years and up) 6.....................Start Smart Golf (ages 5-7 years) 6.....................Walking Wednesdays (Central Park Shelter #2) 6.....................Tween Days (ages 10-13) 7.....................Tot Music Program begins (ages 4&5 years) 7.....................Hershey Track & Field (9-14 years) 8.....................Board Games for the Bored Summer Program begins (8-13 years) 8.....................Tween Crafts (ages 10-13 years) 11 ..................Acting Up Program begins (ages 6&7 years)

13...................Walking Wednesdays (Conrad Park Shelter) 14...................Start Smart Basketball (ages 3-5 years) 15...................Concert at Creekside - Blue Chip City Big Band (Big Band Music) 16...................Teddy Bear Picnic (3 years +) 16...................Family Fun Night - Mr. Cow Pie & the Party Animals 20...................Walking Wednesdays (Walton Park Shelter #1) 22...................Concert at Creekside - Swingtime (Glenn Miller/Duke Ellington) 23...................Family Fun Night - MadCap Puppets (Cart Tales) 25 thru 6/29....Boone Woods Players Program begins (ages 10-15 years) 27...................Walking Wednesdays (England-Idlewild Park Shelter #3) 29...................Concert at Creekside - Kentucky Express (Bluegrass) 30...................Family Fun Night - MadCap Puppets (Big, Bigger, Biggest) JULY 2.....................Children’s Park Programs 3 thru 7/31......Yoga 5 thru 7/26......Christmas Crafts in July (ages 8-13) 6.....................Concert at Creekside - Kentucky Symphony 7.....................Family Fun Night 9, 10 & 11.......It’s All an Act Program Begins (ages 8&9 years) 11...................Walking Wednesdays (Central Park Shelter #2) 13...................Concert at Creekside - Florence Community Band (Variety) 14...................Family Fun Night - Movie (To Be Announced) 18...................Walking Wednesdays (Conrad Park Shelter) 20...................Concert at Creekside - Eight Days a Week (Beatles Tribute Show) 21...................Family Fun Night - Movie (To Be Announced) 25...................Walking Wednesdays (Walton Park Shelter #1) 27...................Concert at Creekside - Gospel 28...................Family Fun Night - Movie (To Be Announced) 30...................Archery Camp 30 thru 8/3......Jack Hermans’ Soccer Camp

AUGUST 1.....................Walking Wednesdays (England-Idlewild Park Shelter #3) 4.....................Touch-a-Truck (Admin Building Parking Lot) 7 thru 8/28......Yoga 7.....................Boone County Fair Contests begin 8.....................Walking Wednesdays 10...................Baggo Tournament 15...................Walking Wednesdays (Conrad Park Shelter) 21 & 23 ..........Camp Creative Zone 22...................Walking Wednesdays (Walton Park Shelter #1) 22...................NFL/Punt, Pass & Kick 25...................Family Build a Boat Day 29...................Walking Wednesdays (England-Idlewild Park Shelter #3) SEPTEMBER 4 thru 9/25......Yoga 8.....................Celebrate America 11&13.............Camp Crayon 16...................Boone Woods Arts & Crafts Show (23rd rain date) OCTOBER 2 thru 10/30....Yoga 6.....................Community Garage Sale (Rain date Oct. 13) 9 & 11.............Creative Movement Camp (Preschool) 20...................Decorate a Tree for Wildlife 20...................Haunted Movie Night (Boone Woods) 27...................Jack-O-Lantern Contest and Walk (Central Park) NOVEMBER 1.....................Reservations for Breakfast with Santa Begin 6 thru 11/27....Yoga 17...................Search for Tom Turkey 17...................Letters from Santa Registration begins (Registration ends Dec 3) 26...................Light up Boone County Registration begins DECEMBER 4 thru 12/18....Yoga 10 thru 12/14..Breakfast with Santa

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Big Bone Lick State Park 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Ky. (859) 384-3522 parks.ky.gov/stateparks/bb The park, named after the warm salt springs that once attracted herds of giant mastodons, wooly mammoths, ground sloths and other prehistoric visitors bills itself as “the center of American paleontology.” Fossilized animal remains were discovered in 1739, and many of them are on display in the Big Bone Lick Museum. But this park also offers much to do outdoors, with hiking trails, a 7.5-acre lake, picnic and camping areas, and facilities for tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and miniature golf. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Admission: Free

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

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

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The Beach Waterpark 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason (513) 398-7946; thebeachwaterpark.com With 49 water rides and attractions, including Kahuna Beach wave pool and the Volcanic Panic flume, The Beach makes it easy for the entire family to plunge into summer. Splash away the day in 2.5 million gallons of water and surround yourself with 35 acres of lush, tropical landscape filled with palm trees, waterfalls and 2,600 tons of sand. Hours: Opens at 10 a.m. Closing times vary between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Check the Web site or call for details. Admission: $27.99 general admission; $10.50 children 48 inches and shorter and senior citizens; free for ages 2 and under

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Cincinnati Railway Co. 11013 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash (513) 791-7245; www.cincinnatirailway.com The Cincinnati Railway Company offers an array of charter excursions on regularly scheduled Amtrak routes, as well as charters in the Cincinnati area. Availability: Allow two to three months notice for private charters

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

9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky. (859) 384-4999; bcarboretum.org Boone County Arboretum at Central Park is the nation’s first arboretum within an active recreation park setting. Its 121 acres have more than 2,700 trees and shrubs. Its collection includes specialized arrangements of plant families and obscure selections rarely observed by the public. All this can be viewed while strolling along miles of paved walking trails that wind through woodland settings and athletic fields. There is also a children’s garden and a wildlife viewing area. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Admission: Free

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3400 Vine St., Cincinnati (800) 944-4776; cincyzoo.org With 510 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties, the zoo attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually. Open since 1875, the zoo is the second-oldest in the United States. Hours: Vary depending on season; typically 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $12.95 adults; $7.95 ages 2-12; $10.95 ages 62 and older


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6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati (513) 232-8230; coneyislandpark.com The roots of this entertainment facility date to 1870, when it first was rented for private picnics. Today, the site features a variety of activities and shows. Primary among them is Sunlite Pool, which was built in 1925 and – at 200 feet wide and 401 feet long and with a capacity of 3 million gallons of water – is the world’s largest recirculating swimming pool. Coney Island also has four water slides and many classic amusement park rides. Hours: Vary according to venue; mostly 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 27-Sept. 4 Admission: $18.50; $9.95 after 4 p.m.; $9.95 ages 2-3

3035 Gorman Heritage Farm Lane, Evendale (513) 563-6663; gormanfarm.org This 120-acre historic homestead, first settled in 1789, lets visitors experience the workings of a farm up close. Guests also can relax by taking in the scenery while strolling the trails. The farm includes wooded areas, a former Indian trail, a freshwater spring and a creek for milling operations, fields for crops and rocky areas for quarrying. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. WednesdaySaturday; Noon-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $5 adults, $3 children

Spring is heralded by the arrival of lambs at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale. Shear Excitement, a festival that includes sheep shearing demonstrations, happens down on the farm.

The Dude Ranch 3205 Waynesville Road, Morrow (513) 563-7524 Enjoy a horseback ride with a real cattle drive, just like in the Old West or maybe play a little paintball – this place offers both. Make a day of it and enjoy additional activities such as a hayride, a marshmallow roast around a campfire, a game of horseshoes and a visit to all the friendly animals in the children’s petting zoo. Hours: Vary Admission: $4-$54.95 depending on activity

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

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

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

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Jousting is a common sight at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg. The annual event runs weekends from Sept. 2 through Oct. 22. Lebanon & Northern Railroad line, offer the experience of travel from days gone by. The trains have restored 1950s GP-7 diesel-electric locomotives, commuter coaches built in 1930 and an open gondola car on the rear. Special rides are offered, including Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Tank Engine themes for kids and mystery motifs and dinner rides for adults. Hours: Vary by trip Admission: Varies by trip

Lazer Kraze 3187 Western Row, Maineville (513) 339-1030; www.lazerkraze.com This three-level arena, with special lighting and a sound system, is the area’s largest laser-tag facility. It’s one of only two tri-level arenas in the Midwest and nine in the country. There’s also a large arcade that’s home to more than 40 video and interactive games. Hours: 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Admission: $8-$18

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Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad 198 S. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 933-8022, www.lebanonrr.com These nostalgic train rides, which depart from Lebanon Station and travel along the original Cincinnati,

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


Newport Aquarium 1 Aquarium Way, Newport (859) 261-7444; newportaquarium.com Newport Aquarium, which opened in May 1999, showcases more than 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the globe in a million gallons of water. Featuring a 385,000-gallon shark tank, a coral reef and a rainforest, it was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004. This state-of-the art facility puts visitors close to the action, leading them through 200 feet of underwater tunnels, over seethrough floors and past walkaround exhibits. There’s also a touch pool for a hands-on experience. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; extended weekend hours during summer. Admission: $17.95 adults; $10.95 ages 3-12; $15.95 ages 65 and older.

Ohio Renaissance Festival Ohio 73, Harveysburg (513) 897-7000; renfestival.com This annual event recreates a 16th-century English village on its 30-acre site. Hundreds of costumed performers provide

cludes animals, orchards, gardens and fields of crops. There’s also a working windmill and a display of antique farm equipment, and pony rides are offered. Parky’s PlayBarn, an indoor, two-story playground with soft safety flooring, gives the kids a place to burn off some excess energy. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday in spring and autumn; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday in summer Admission: Pony rides, Parky’s PlayBarn, wagon rides $2 each

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Lazer Kraze in Maineville is a laser tag arena with three levels and over 12,000 square feet. craftsmen to show their wares and demonstrate their talents. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 2-Oct. 22. Admission: $16.99 adults; $9.99 ages 5-12.

an authentic atmosphere and roughly 100 shows each day, including jousting battles by knights on horseback. Musicians, dancers and storytellers roam the grounds and perform on one of the venue’s 12 stages, providing further entertainment. Guests also can take in archery demonstrations, and even take up a bow and arrow themselves. An openair marketplace provides a place for more than 130 merchants and

Parky’s Farm 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati (513) 521-7275 www.hamiltoncountyparks.org Located in Winton Woods, this 100-acre demonstration farm in-

3251 Brookline Dr., Cincinnati (513) 321-6070; cincinnatioh.gov/parks Located in Burnet Woods, Wolff Planetarium can seat 20 people under its 12-foot dome, where they’ll view stars in all seasons and all latitudes. This is one of the nation’s oldest planetariums, and it’s decidedly low-tech. There are no prerecorded programs; your journey will be led by an experienced naturalist who will go into detail about the facts and myths of various celestial bodies. Hours: Vary by season and program Admission: Varies by season and program

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President George W. Bush, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, John Kerry, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore and Nancy Reagan are just a few of the notables who have trusted their overnight comfort to these luxury hotels. The same amenities and service can be had by anyone, but you must be prepared to accept the bill. Ranging in price from $599 to $1,500 per night, these hotel rooms don’t come cheap. But in the case of these four hotels, you get ultimate luxury, security and service at your beck and call.

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Vernon Manor’s Presidential Suite is 2,000 square feet and has housed celebrities such as Tiger Woods and former President John F. Kennedy. The Cincinnatian, The Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, The Garfield Suites, all downtown, and Vernon Manor, in Avondale, all offer luxury suites. Each hotel boasts its own unique style, three of them with longtime roots in the city. The Cincinnatian, a Mobil fourstar, four-diamond hotel well-known for its service and luxury, is the oldest among the four, having been built in 1882. Originally designed with over 300 guest rooms, the hotel was completely remodeled in 1987 and now houses 146 guest rooms. Important architectural details such as the hotel’s original marble and walnut grand staircase where left in place, however, to highlight its historic nature. The Emery Presidential Suite is named after the hotel’s original builders, Thomas and Joseph Emery, brothers who opened it as the Palace Hotel in 1882 and charged $3 to $4 per night. The suite was built in the style of a luxury New York apartment when the hotel was remodeled and boasts amenities such as two fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, a spacious master bedroom and bathroom with separate his and hers vanities and a large

The Netherland Plaza’s soaring ceilings and impressive art pieces, such as its ziggurat-shaped fountain in the Palm Court area, set off the architecture and transport guests back in time to a period when dressing for dinner was part of luxury travel. There are two large suites at the Netherland Plaza, both offer two-story layouts with four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms. The parlor area has two-story windows and ceilings and looks out over downtown, and the spacious floor-plan gives the suite the feel of a grand apartment. Also downtown, but much more recently constructed, is The Garfield Suites Hotel, which offers one of the most spacious presidential suites in the Midwest, according to Mick Douthat, director of sales. The 2,800square foot suite that includes five ERNEST COLEMAN Garfield Suite’s Presidential Suite has a rooftop patio that overlooks Cincinnati. bedrooms and four full bathrooms, even offers a rooftop patio with views ice comes with each room, including overlooking the city. whirlpool tub, according to StephaJust north of the city off of Readthe presidential suite. nie Lockwood, director of sales. A ing Road is the Vernon Manor Hotel, Also boasting a rich history is the guest bedroom and bath are also part which also dates to a bygone era, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, of the suite. which was completed in 1931 and de- having been built in 1924. The presiThe Cincinnatian’s central downsigned in the lavish Art Deco style us- dential suite here offers 2,000 square town location makes it convenient feet complete with two bedrooms for guests to reach any entertainment ing natural materials, such as Braziland bathrooms, a living and dining ian rosewood, Italian marble and and sporting events taking place in area and a galley kitchen. nickel-silver fixtures. the city and 24-hour concierge serv-

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Amos Shinkle Townhouse Built in 1854, Amos Shinkle Townhouse is one of the oldest residential buildings in Greater Cincinnati. Originally serving as the home for Amos Shinkle, the man responsible for the construction of the Roebling Bridge, the house was converted to a B&B in 1985. The building has been visited by several notable figures throughout its existence, most notably President Ulysses S. Grant, a personal friend of Shinkle. The Shinkle Townhouse, which has seven rooms, is located just over the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, and within a mile of Newport on the

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Levee. The New York Times called it "One of the most beautiful places to sleep in the (Cincinnati) area." With a building rich in history and amenities, Amos Shinkle is fit for a king, or at the very least, a 19thcentury president. Rates: $95-165/night Web site: www.amosshinkle.net Phone: (859) 431-2118 Address: 215 Garrard St. Covington, KY 41011

The Clifton House Originally built in 1900 as a single-family home, the Clifton House has a way of bringing people together. When Nancy Thierry purchased the building in 2001,

she hired one of the premier house restorers in the Cincinnati area, Gus Thierry, to renovate the Clifton House. The two eventually became engaged and were married in the house, one of the 50 weddings the Clifton House has hosted since its inception. The Clifton House also has an extensive library featuring some of the books written by the many authors who have stayed there. There are four rooms available, plus the Clifton Cottage, a carriage house with its own entrance. Rates: $125-225/night Web site: www.thecliftonhouse.com Phone: (513) 221-7600 Address: 500 Terrace Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45220


Eden Park Manor Eden Park Manor officially opened in January 2007 and is one of the newest B&Bs in Greater Cincinnati. But to describe Eden Park Manor as “new” is somewhat misleading – the building was constructed in 1886. Every effort has been made to preserve and restore many of the original light fixtures, doors and porches. However, Eden Park is not without its modern features, such as the seven-person hot tub, which sits in the backyard. The amenities and services include a daily gourmet organic breakfast. Five rooms are available. Rates: $110-130/night Web site: www.edenparkmanor.com Phone: (513) 961-9400 Address: 2226 Park Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45206

Gaslight B&B Situated on a hilltop in the historic gaslight district of Clifton, the aptly named Gaslight B&B has an aesthetically pleasing exterior featuring a large willow tree and a bubbling waterfall. Built in 1909, the house suffered extensive damage in a fire on New Year’s Eve 1998. However, the Gaslight, like so many other area B&Bs, is a dazzling monument to the wonders of house restoration. While the Gaslight possesses many of the classic elements of a traditional B&B, the building features many modern amenities, as well. Each of the four rooms features cable television along with a bed that puts the “king” in “king size.” There also is an exercise room. Rates: $115-150/night Web site: www.gaslightbb.com Phone: (513) 861-5222 Address: 3652 Middleton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45220

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Six Acres Bed and Breakfast (above) was built in the 1800s and used later to hide slaves, as a stop on the Underground Railroad. After years of deterioration (left), the building was renovated.

The Clifton House Bed and Breakfast (below) has an elaborate staircase. Owners Nancy and Gus Thierry restored the house to its current state.

Six Acres B&B Built as a single-family home in the mid-19th century, Six Acres Bed & Breakfast has a unique historical tradition. Shortly after its construction, the house served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, which has earned it landmark status. Visitors can tour a third-floor room that was used to hide runaway slaves, and after its conversion to a B&B in 2004, a secret basement chamber was discovered. Several guests have claimed to see a female ghost dwelling in Six Acres, though all agree the ghost is friendly. Six Acres offers 10 rooms in two buildings on the grounds. The B&B was doing such good business, it bought the second building in September 2005 and opened that for business about six months later. The second building is ideal for families. Rates: $99-149/night Web site: www.sixacresbb.com Phone: (513) 541-0873 Address: 5350 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45224

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Constructed as a single-family mansion in 1871, the Symphony Hotel has had many functions throughout its history. Located across from Music Hall, it served as a temporary home for many local musicians before being converted into a hotel in 1945. It was eventually abandoned and fell into disrepair, until the current owner purchased the building in 1996. After extensive repairs and renovations, the Symphony Hotel won a Restoration Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association in 1997, confirming its status as one of Cincinnati’s classic buildings. Rates: $69-99/night Web site: www.symphonyhotel.com Phone: (513) 721-3353 Address: 210 W 14th St Cincinnati, OH

Located within walking distance of Newport on the Levee, the Weller Haus is an oasis of 19th-century elegance. The inn is furnished with a myriad of antiques and decorated with artwork from the late 1800s. The Weller Haus, like several other area B&Bs, purportedly hosts guests of the supernatural variety in addition to their many non-paranormal guests. Innkeeper Leanne Saylor has had a run-in with one of the resident ghosts before. “I came down to the kitchen and my garbage can lid was turning. It’s one of those cans with a push top lid that swings back and forth, but it was completely going around in circles.” Rates: $109-199/night Web site: www.wellerhaus.com Phone: (859) 431-6829 Address: 319 Poplar St. Bellevue, KY 41073

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Most stylish way to drive around town: 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine You’d expect to read about this vintage automobile in “The Great Gatsby,” but thanks to painstaking restoration and maintenance, you can hire this car to whisk you around present day Cincinnati. Originally owned by legendary businessman Samuel Kaye, this dark-blue Cadillac is one of the leading causes of jaw dropping in Greater Cincinnati. Contact: A Bee Limousine, (513) 336-8108, www.abeelimo.com How much: $150/hour, two-hour minimum rental

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There are few better ways to turn heads than by pulling up to a club in a Hummer limo that’s close to 17 feet long. Many of these Hummer limos feature multiple televisions, DVD players, stereo systems and extra leg room. In terms of raw opulence, it’s difficult to top a Hummer limo. Contact: Your Chauffeur Limousine, (513) 671-9955, www.yclimo.com How much: $125-$225/hour

Best way to arrive at a wedding: Ultra-stretch Lincoln Towncar limousine For weddings, it’s hard to go wrong with the traditional Towncar limo, which includes mirrored ceilings, mood lighting, stereo system and a wet bar. The car’s exterior is sleek and stylish, and the Towncar provides an air of dignified class that newer, gaudier SUV limos often lack. Many limo services offer special wedding packages, which include “Just Married” decorations, red carpet service and champagne.

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Most companies charge an hourly rate, which seems relatively inexpensive at first glance. However, almost all limo services require a three-hour minimum rental, along with a 20 percent gratuity. Additionally, you may be charged extra based on fuel consumption and parking fees. Make sure to get a price quote that includes all the extras.

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reason this is the only one). Seating 10 to 12 people, the ambulance features a television, DVD player, stereo and built-in cooler. Contact: Executive Choice Limos, (513) 793-1664, www.eclimos.com How much: $75-$95/hour

Best choice for just riding around all night: 28-passenger party bus: There are many limousines with sleeker and more glamorous exteriors than party buses or luxury coaches.

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Riverside Marina is situated on the banks of the Ohio River in Dayton and is a good place to see scenic sunrises and sunsets.

River life is good for many here Some have come for fun, stayed to live By Andrea Remke Riverboats, ferries, yachts and pleasure boats regularly navigate our Ohio River. Many Tristate residents say they have “river blood” running through their veins. People like Joyce and Joe Engelman. The couple run Big Bone Landing Marina, where about 55 pleasure boats are stored. The husband-and-wife team enjoy the many people who come to boat, camp and fish here each season. “It’s right at my front door,” Joyce said. “I can watch the water all day.” She said the camaraderie among boaters is another reason they love it

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“They pulled this event out of the air, and didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “The turnout was just unbelievable.” Alan Bernstein, owner of BB Riverboats, was instrumental in starting the Tall Stacks tradition in Cincinnati – something he said is the most unique of his river experiences. Bernstein, who has navigated boats up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, began life on the river as a deck hand on the Delta Queen in 1970. “I didn’t realize then that my livelihood would be on the river,” he said. “Life on the river can be breathtaking and joyous to painful and depressing.” New said working on the river means having to watch the river level and weather forecasts closely, but it’s worth it, he said. “They basically pay me to go on boat rides.” Vicky Bezak, a partner with Satisfaction Yacht Cruises, shares the same sentiments. Bezak said the best thing here is the “work environment” along the river. Satisfaction caters more than 200 events a year on the 90-foot luxury yacht docked near Coney Island. Bezak said they are fortunate enough to see Cincinnati’s goings on – climbers on the Purple People Bridge, Reds games and other events – all from a yacht on the river. “Most people have to work in an office, but we’re down here working on a yacht … with these serene surroundings.” Those surroundings are what drew Tim Perry, 52, to the river. Perry ditched city living for life on a boat 12 years ago. The former Lakeside Park resident lives on a 65-foot houseboat docked along River Road in Cincinnati. “It’s a different life … it’s usually quiet,” he said. “I like it because even though there are other boats around, you have the feeling of being secluded.” Perry said he enjoys his wildlife “neighbors” – ducks, birds, beavers, fox and coyote – all of which he sees regularly along the river. “The best part (of living on the water) is when I pull in after work in the afternoon, I can walk across the dock and I’m in a whole other place,” he said. For Capt. Shawn Somers, 34, his home is also the river. Somers, who runs Destiny Yacht Charters in Cincinnati, has lived on a 36-foot Trawler called “Miss Magic” for about eight years. He and other residents of his “floating neighborhood” help each other out, and enjoy perks that land-dwellers don’t. “We don’t ever have to cut grass or clean out gutters,” he laughed. “Boating has been really good. I like the freedom and self-reliance of living on the river.”

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Museums/Exhibits American Classical Music Hall of Fame 4 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati (513) 621-3263 americanclassicalmusic.org This is a non-profit organization devoted to celebrating the past, present and future of American classical music. Hours: By appointment or during performances. Admission: Free.

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

Arts Consortium of Cincinnati 1515 Linn St., Cincinnati (513) 381-0645 geocities.com/cincyarts Now located inside the Cincinnati Museum Center, this is the Queen City’s premeier center for AfricanAmerican art and culture. The organization has operated continuously since 1972. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission: Free.

Behringer-Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road, Covington (859) 491-4003 bcmuseum.org The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of Northern Kentucky’s natural, cultural, visual and performing arts heritage. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $4 for adults (18-59); $3 for seniors (60+); $3 for children (317); free for BCM members and children under 3.

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The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky, which opened to the public in May, is a 60,000-square-foot museum.

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati (513) 639-2984 www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org Founded in 1881, this belle époque beauty is one of the oldest art museums in the nation and has some 80,000 works of art – including a kid favorite, an Egyptian mummy. The halls crawl with kids on Family First Saturdays when there are puppet shows, musicians, scavenger hunts and crafts in the education center. The Asian Gallery opened this May. Club Chihuly members, Chihuligans, receive their own membership card, a personalized birthday greeting, an invitation to a special July event and a packet with a “design-your-own” Chihuly chandelier art activity and a special treat each time they check in at the “Chihuligan” station during Family First Saturdays. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, open to 9 p.m. Wednesday Family membership: $75 includes unlimited access to all special exhibitions plus four guest passes per year to a special exhibition and subscription to the Art Museum’s members magazine, 10 percent discount at Museum

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Shop and the Terrace Café, free or half-price admission to educational programs and events, invitations to member-only events, video borrowing privileges at the Art Museum’s Mary R. Schiff Library, member-only group travel packages to destinations all over the country and the world. Day pass: free admission.

Cincinnati Fire Museum 315 W. Court St., Cincinnati (513) 621-5553 cincyfiremuseum.com Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves Greater Cincinnati’s firefighting artifacts while honoring all the heroic firefighters, past and present. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TuesdayFriday; noon to 4 p.m. SaturdaySundays. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children.

Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati (513) 287-7000 cincymuseum.org

Union Terminal holds three museums – the Cincinnati History museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondaySaturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7.25 for adults; $5.25 for children (3-12); $6.25 for seniors (60+).

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum 100 Main St., Cincinnati; (513) 765-7576 reds.com The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers a comprehensive look into the sport’s heralded past. It’s now featuring the Pete Rose exhibit, the most extensive collection of Baseball’s Hit King ever assembled. Hours: (non-game days) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday; (game days) 10 a.m.to 7 p.m Sunday-Saturday. The museum is open only to fans with sameday game tickets. Admission: General admission, $8; senior (55+), $6; youth (3-12), $5.


Creation Museum 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Ky. (888) 582-4253 creationmuseum.org The Creation Museum is a 60,000-square-foot center that takes visitors on a walk through the history of the Bible, designed by a former Univerals Studios exhibit director. Visitors will be treated to animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium and a special effects theater. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondaySaturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $19.95 for adults (1359); $9.95 for children (5-12, children under 5 are free); $14.95 for seniors (60+)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati 513-333-7500 www.freedomcenter.org This monument to freedom at the gateway of the Underground Railroad (some 500 routes went through Ohio) features arts and culture exhibits and occasional performing arts events, such as historical plays about the Civil War and heroes of the Underground Railroad, and gospel choir concerts. Experiential exhibits for children include a walk through a darkened forest simulating a flight to freedom. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday Family membership: $65, includes fall and spring member event, discounted guest tickets, invitations to Underground Railroad tours, 10 percent off in café; $12, $10 seniors 60+, $10 students, $8 children ages 6 to 12, free under 6.

Taft Museum of Art 316 Pike St. 513-241-0343 www.taftmuseum.org Always wanted to peek inside a 177-year-old Cincinnati mansion? Visit the opulent Taft Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, to stroll through an opulent family home circa 1820 to see. Collection of over 700 European and American works of art. Monthly Saturday family art programs. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Family membership: $60 includes free admission, free or reduced admission to special exhibitions, members’ receptions and previews, 10 percent discount in shop, quarterly members’ magazine, family tours. Day passes: $7, $5 seniors

Verdin Bell and Clock Museum 444 Reading Rd., Cincinnati verdin.com/info/museum.htm The sound of Verdin bells rings from more than 30,000 churches and cathedrals while these clocks, street clocks and towers beautify and enhance thousounds of communities. The Verdin Company was started in 1842 in Cincinnati guided by five generations of Verdins. Hours: Guided tours are given between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. TuesdayThursday. Call for reservations. Admission: $3 per person.

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

Carnegie Visual Performing Arts Center 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky. (859) 491-2030 thecarnegie.com The venue has five art galleries, a magnificent turn-of-the-century theater and a brand new education center. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Varies by event.

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

Cincinnati Music Hall 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati (513) 744-3344 cincinnatiarts.org/musichall Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus, among other local performing arts organizations. The facility includes the Springer Auditorium for performances as well as the Music Hall Ballroom, Corbett Tower and the Critic’s Club. Hours: Vary depending on performance.

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540 Linden Ave. Newport, Ky. (859) 431-6216 kyso.org The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1992 and is a full 70- to 90-piece orchestra. It has collaborated with many other local art organizations including the Cincinnnati Ballet and Playhouse in the Park. Music director is James R. Cassidy. Hours: Vary Admission: Varies

1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati (513) 241-2742 cincinnatiopera.org On June 27, 1920, Cincinnati Opera Association began its life as the second oldest opera company in the United States with a sold-out performance of Martha. In 1972, Cincinnati Opera moved from the Zoo Pavilion to its present venue, Music Hall. The company has also added performances and begun performing in repertory on "Festival Weekends," attracting visitors from 34 states for each of the past three seasons. Hours: Vary. Admission: Varies.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival 719 Race St., Cincinnati (513) 381-2273 cincyshakes.com CSF produces Shakespeare, William Beckett, Moliere, Sophocles and more in a contemporary, accessible fashion. Hours: Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Admission: $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; $18 for students. Group rates available.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati (513) 621-1919 cincinnatisymphony.org The CSO entered a new era in September 2001, when the dynamic young conductor Paavo Järvi succeeded Jesús López-Cobos (now Music Director Emeritus) and stepped to the podium as the orchestra’s 12th Music Director. In his fifth season as Music Director in 2005-2006, Maestro Järvi conducts 14 subscription weeks in Cincinnati. He is expanding the 111-year-old orchestra’s repertoire with works never before performed by the CSO, and will lead two additional CSO recording projects with the Grammy Awardwinning Telarc label. Hours: Vary Admission: Varies

Greaves Concert Hall Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky. (859) 572-6399 The 637-seat Greaves Concert Hall offers listeners a warm and intimate setting with superb acoustics and sight lines. Hours: Vary Admission: Varies

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Know Theater 1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati (513) 300-5669 knowtheater.com Know Theatre of Cincinnati has staked its identity as Cincinnati’s premiere multicultural contemporary theatre company. We offer diverse programming that opens the dialogue between people of different backgrounds in Cincinnati. Hours: Vary. Admission: $15-$25

Madison Theater 730 Madison Ave., Covington (859) 491-2444 madcappuppets.com The Madison Theater boasts a capacity of approximately 1200 guests, two venues, a state of the art sound and lighting system, as well as 3 full service bars. There are two fully retractable screens that will allow for private or public viewing of various media from DVD to computer projection. The theater offers a variety of live music, comedy, sports and film events. Hours: Vary Admission: Varies

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

Playhouse in the Park 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati (513) 421-3888 cincyplay.com The playhouse attracts over 190,000 The Playhouse in the Park produces an eclectic mix of comedies, dramas, established hits, and world premier. Hours: The box office is open: Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; TuesdayFriday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Event times vary. Admission: Varies by event.

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Hours: Performance schedule – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon Friday; 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10-$25; group discounts available.

Stained Glass Theatre 802 York St., Newport, Ky. (859) 291-7464 footlighters.org Footlighters, Inc. was established in 1963 by a small group of community theatre volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the west side of Cincinnati. In 1986, Footlighters moved to Newport, when they took posession of the tornado-damaged Salem United Methodist Church and converted it into the Stained Glass Theatre. Hours: Varies by event. Admission: $17. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call (513) 4748711 for tickets.

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Jennifer Ross and Jason Evans (center) were married at Great American Ball Park and had their reception in the stadium’s Club 4192.

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Plan your Reds wedding Great American Ball Park plays host to an average of two on-field weddings a year. That costs $2,500, but you have to hold your reception at the ballpark, too (there are four different areas to do that; prices vary). Call (513) 765-7065.

ly, they had only planned to have their reception at one of GABP’s meeting facilities, but when they were informed about the possibility of conducting the actual wedding ceremony on home plate, they both jumped at the chance. The couple was married by Brandon Faris, a longtime friend who became an ordained minister so he could perform their wedding. While many ministers may not have liked

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menced as “Here Comes the Bride” was piped in over the stadium loudspeakers and the bride walked out of the first-base dugout to meet the groom at home plate. It is probably safe to say that no one enjoyed having the ceremony on the field more than the 4-yearold ring bearer and best man, Evan Conatser. While Jennifer was admittedly worried that Evan, the son of the best man, would try to steal second base during the ceremony, Evan handled himself like an old pro. “It helped that he got to wear his Reds cap during the wedding,” she said. The couple, who held their reception just down the right-field line at Club 4192, enjoyed the experience. “I can’t imagine a better way to get married,” Jennifer said.


      

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Cincinnati Jungle Kats 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, 45202 (513) 381-8873; junglekatsfootball.com Members of the Arena Football League 2 (AF2). Play home games at U.S. Bank Arena. Tickets: Range from $10-$25. Purchase online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at (513) 562-4949 or at the arena.

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

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Ever want to feel the gravitational pull of 200 mph as you rocket around a track, when the only thing between you and victory is the car you’re steering? You can. For a price. If ever you’ve dreamt of being Jeff Gordon or Danica Patrick, you can do it at Kentucky Speedway, as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Just 40 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati on Interstate 71 in Sparta, the speedway offers real racing entertainment for up to 1,000 people. Experiences start as low as $99 per person. “Going 165 mph on four wheels is like being a bug on the windshield of an F-16,” wrote the Enquirer’s Peter Bronson after he took a ride in 2001. “It makes the wildest ride at Kings Island feel like the plastic pony on a pole in front of Kmart.” The Petty Experience has expanded from one location in 1994 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., to 25, including NASCAR staples like Indianapolis, Daytona and Bristol. “The typical thing nowadays is two words: team building,” said John Gedney Jr., group event sales manager for the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kentucky Speedway. “That’s any function where you can interact outside of the work environment. That’s what we can sell – team building in a social setting.” Gedney says the Experience will obviously appeal to those who love motor sports, but it can also interest thrillseekers and those who have never watched a race. “Anyone will enjoy it,” Gedney says. “It’s all about the experience.”

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A Jimmy Buffet show at Riverbend is like a day at the beach with all your Parrothead friends. Group Women’s Open, Mason. cincytennis.com 14-15: CincyLatino Festival, Sawyer Point, downtown Cincinnati. cincylatino.com. 14-Aug. 26: Krohn Conservatory summer show, Jamaican Me Crazy. (513) 421-5707 15: MainStrasse Village Classic Car Show, Covington. mainstrasse.org 16-21: Warren County Fair, Lebanon. warrencountyfair.org 17-22: Kenton County Fair and Horse Show, kentoncountyfair.blogspot.com 21-Sept. 23: Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, Cincinnati Art Museum. 21: Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati Gardens. cincinnatirollergirls.com 21: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, with Vanessa Williams. Riverbend. 22: Bridalrama, Duke Energy Center. bridalrama.net

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22-28: Butler County Fair, Hamilton. butlercofair.com 22-28: Clermont County Fair, Owensville, Ohio. clermontcountyfair.org 25-26: Sheryl Crow, Fraze Pavilion, Kettering. 25, 27, 29, 31: “Aida,” Cincinnati Opera, Music Hall. 26: Jimmy Buffett, Riverbend. SOLD OUT 27-28: Macy’s Music Festival, Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium, downtown Cincinnati. macysmusicfestival.com 27-28: Lite Brite Indie Pop and Film Fest, Southgate House, Newport. litebritetest.com 28: FreedomFest, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. freedomcenter.org 28-29: Vectren Dayton Air Show, Dayton International Airport. vectrendaytonairshow.com

1: Vans Warped Tour, Riverbend. 1-5: Hamilton County Fair, Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Carthage. hamiltoncountyfair.com 2-5: World’s Longest Yard Sale, MainStrasse Village, Covington, to Gadsden, Alabama. 127sale.com 3-4: Cincy Blues Fest, Sawyer Point. cincyblues.org 3-5: Glier’s Goettafest, Newport Riverfront. goettafest.com 5: Morning Glory Ride, downtown Cincinnati. morninggloryride.org 8: 311 with Matisyahu, Riverbend. 9-12: Great Inland Seafood Festival, Newport Riverfront. greatinlandseafoodfest.com 10-11: Scribblejam, Annie’s, 4343 Kellogg Ave. scribblemagazine.com 10-12: Union Center Boulevard Bash, Butler County. unioncentreblvdbash.com 10-19: Western & Southern Financial Group men’s tennis tournament, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. cincytennis.com 11: Gala of International Ballet Stars, ballet tech cincinnati, Aronoff Center for the Arts. cincinnatiarts.org 11: Mount Adams Music Festival, The Monastery, St. Paul Street, Mount Adams. 12: Second Sunday on Main – Celebrate Equality and Freedom on Main, Over-the-Rhine. secondsundayonmain.org 16: Kenny Chesney, Riverbend. SOLD OUT. 17-19: Greater Cincinnati Boat Festival, Newport Riverfront. newportky.gov 17-19: Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration, www.midwestbfrc.com 18: Bernadette Peters, Aronoff Center for the Arts. www.cincinnatiarts.org 18: Hootie and the Blowfish, Freedom Field, Florence 22: Dave Matthews Band with Pete Yorn, Riverbend. 24-26: Taste of Blue Ash. Peter Cetera performs, blueash.com 24-26: Germania Society Oktoberfest, Colerain Township. germaniasociety.com 29-Sept.3: Alexandria Fair and Horse Show, Campbell County. 30-Sept. 2: AVP Crocs Cup Cincinnati Open (sand volleyball), Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. avp.com


SEPTEMBER 1: Rush, Riverbend. 1: Cruise-A-Palooza, Coney Island. coneyislandpark.com 1-Oct. 21 (weekends only): Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg. renfestival.com 2: Penn Station Riverfest and Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks, Sawyer Point and Newport Festival Park. 4-Oct. 5: “Dracula,” Playhouse in the Park. cincyplay.com 7-9: Harvest Home Fair, Cheviot. harvesthomefair.com 7-9: MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Covington. 7-9: The Junction Trail Festival, Milford. thejunctiontrailfest.org 7-Oct. 7: “Romeo & Juliet,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. cincyshakes.com 9: Second Sunday on Main – Eco-Mainia, Over-the-Rhine. secondsundayonmain.org 9: Dog Day, Beach Waterpark. 10: Bengals season opener, vs. Baltimore, 7 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium 10: Light up Cincinnati 14-15: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Paavo Jarvi conducts. Awadagin Pratt, piano. 15-16: Cincinnati Celtic Festival, Yeatman’s Cove, downtown Cincinnati. cincinnatifolklife.com 15-16: Tour of Remodeled Homes, Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. hbanky.com

15-Dec. 31: A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 15-Oct. 28: Krohn Conservatory fall show, An Oriental Mosaic. 22: Country Applefest, Lebanon, countryapplefest.com 22: Steve Schmidt Trio, Plaza Jazz Series, Burnet Woods, corner of Clifton and Ludlow. (513) 352-4080 22-23: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, downtown Cincinnati. www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com 22-23: Blue Ash Airport Days, airportdays.com 22, 23, 29, 30: Falloween Fest, Coney Island. 22-Oct. 21: “Othello,” Playhouse in the Park. 25-Oct. 7: “My Fair Lady,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 26-29: MidPoint Music Festival, downtown Cincinnati. mpmf.com 28-30: Newport Oktoberfest. newportky.gov 28-30, Oct. 5-7: Parade of Homes, Steeplechase Community, Union, Ky. Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. hbanky.com 28-Oct. 17: 20/20 Festival, cincinnatiarts.org 29: Bill Cosby, Belterra Casino Resort, Florence, Ind. 29-30: Great Outdoor Weekend, Cincinnati Nature Center. CincyNature.org

OCTOBER TBD: FearFest, Kings Island, pki.com; Shocktober, Cincinnati Museum Center; U.S.S. Nightmare, Newport, www.ussnightmare.com. 5: Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift, Riverbend. 5-7: Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Design Show, hartproductions.com 5-27: Keeneland Fall Meet, Lexington, keeneland.com 6: Reggae Run, Ault Park, reggaerun.com 6-7: Sunflower Festival, Gorman Heritage Farm. gormanfarm.org 6-7: AppleButter Festival, Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm. 7: Hyde Park Art Show, hydeparksquare.org 11-13: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Paavo Jarvi conducts. Vadim Repin, violin. 13-14: Black Walnut Festival, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, Colerain Township. 13, 14, 20, 21: “Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story,” Cincinnati Opera, Jarson-Kaplan Theater. cincinnatiopera.com 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28: HallZOOween, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 16-Nov. 16: “Altar Boyz,” Playhouse in the Park. 19-21: Cincinnati Antiques Festival, Sharonville Convention Center. cincinnatiantiquesfestival.org

19-21: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Music Hall. Wayne Brady, entertainer; Erich Kunzel, conductor. 20-31: Ghosts of Pirate Cove, Newport Aquarium. 26-28, Nov. 2-3: “Disney’s High School Musical,” Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

NOVEMBER 2-4: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Stravinsky Festival, Paavo Jarvi conducts. May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco directs. 3-Dec. 23: “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!),” Playhouse in the Park. 9-11: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. hartproductions.com 13-25: “Camelot,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 16-18: Germania Society Christkindlmarkt. 16-Jan. 1: PNC Festival of Lights, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 17-Jan. 1: Krohn Conservatory winter show, A Holiday Tradition. 22: Thanksgiving Day Race, downtown Cincinnati. thanksgivingdayrace.com 23: Light up the Square, downtown Cincinnati. 23-25: Winterfair, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. ohiocraft.org 23-Jan. 1: Santa’s Water Wonderland, Newport Aquarium.

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TBD: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, U.S. Bank Arena. ringling.com TBD: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Cincinnati. saintpatricksdayparade.com 1-9: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, Duke Energy Center. hartproductions.com 4-April 4: “Doubt,” Playhouse in the Park. 28-29: Cincinnati International Wine Festival, winefestival.com 28-April 20: “King Lear,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 30: Heart Mini-Marathon, heartmini.org

1: Historic Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival, (513) 932-1100 1-30: “A Christmas Carol,” Playhouse in the Park. 7-9: “Seussical, Jr.,” Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 14-16: Happy Holidays from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel conducts, with Manhattan Transfer. 14-16: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 14-16: Cincinnati Winter Sports Festival, Duke Energy Center and Northern Kentucky Convention Center. cincinnatiwintersportsfestival.com 15: Reindog Parade, Mount Adams. mtadamstoday.com 29-30: Boar’s Head Festival, Christ Church Cathedral. boarsheadfestival.com

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23-Jan. 1: Holiday Junction model train exhibit, Cincinnati Museum Center. cincymuseum.org 23-Jan. 6: Holiday Fest, Beach Waterpark, Mason. 23-Dec. 31: Holiday train display, Duke Energy building, 4th and Main streets. duke-energy.com 30-Dec. 1: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Hans Graf conducts. Terence Wilson, piano.

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9: “Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour,” U.S. Bank Arena. 9-Feb. 3: “Wicked,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 12-13: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi conducts. Alexander Toradze, piano. 15-Feb. 15: “The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead,” Playhouse in the Park. Jan. 17-19: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi conducts. JeanYves Thibaudet, piano. 18-27: Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show, Duke Energy Center. hartproductions.com 25-Feb. 10: “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett / “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 26-28: Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, U.S. Bank Arena

FEBRUARY 1-2: Ice Fest, Hamilton. cityofsculpture.org 2-March 2: “Crime and Punishment,” Playhouse in the Park. 3: Super Bowl XLII, Glendale, Ariz. 9-10: Bridalrama, Duke Energy Center. bridalrama.net 9-10: Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend, fineartsfund.org 19-March 2: “Sweeney Todd,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 21-24: Cincinnati Auto Expo, Duke Energy Center. hartproductions.com 22-23: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, John Adams conducts. Leila Josefowicz, electric violin. May Festival Cho-

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APRIL 10-12: Sweet Adelines International spring competition, Northern Kentucky Convention Center 11-13: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 15-27: “The Color Purple,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 19-20: Everything Baby Show, Duke Energy Center. everythingbabyshow.com 22-May 23: “Ella,” Playhouse in the Park. cincyplay.com 24-26: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi conducts. Pinchas Zukerman, violin. 19-27: Cincinnati Spring Flower Show, Coney Island. cincyflowershow.com

MAY TBD: Zoo Babies, The Cincinnati Zoo TBD: “Jersey Boys,” Broadway Across America Cincinnati. cincinnatiarts.org 2-25: “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 4: Flying Pig Marathon, flyingpigmarathon.com 9-11: The Magical Music of Disney, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel conducts. 10-June 8: “Around the World in 80 Days,” Playhouse in the Park. 17-18: The Beach Waterpark preview weekend, thebeachwaterpark.com 30-June 1: Summerfair, Coney Island. summerfair.org

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