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Discover Our Region, Take II


n a beautiful, sunny afternoon last summer, my wife and I were looking for something new and different to do with our three children. We agreed to pull the Discover Northern Kentucky magazine off our shelf and pick a few activities. The evening started at the Greyhound Tavern, our first visit to the Fort Mitchell restaurant named by Polly Campbell as one of “10 Places That Will Help You Get To Know Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.” We could not have been treated better by the Greyhound staff, despite showing up on a Saturday night with no reservation. We then hauled the kids to Bellevue. One Enquirer staff member last year cited ice balls with ice cream at Schneider’s Homemade Candies as “the coldest thing available to eat in Greater Cincinnati.” They were. Turned out to be a great night in a part of our region we don’t frequent. Which is precisely the idea of this publication. Our hope is Discover will guide you to new people, places and things. We’re back for Year Two. Have fun. Michael Perry, Discover editor We’re interested in your comments about this publication. Please e-mail thoughts and suggestions to, or send a note to: Michael Perry, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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REALITY CHECK: Held by her father, Brian, Alex Hassall waves to the crowd of workers that completely rebuilt the family’s house on the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover/Home Edition.” The home was revealed to the family by Ty Pennington, the show’s star.


Numbers Game: All the stats you need from the region, including demographics, weather, income and housing data. Who’s Who: Contact numbers for every mayor, commissioner and judge-executive in Northern Kentucky. Page 12

14 NKY PEOPLE Our Real World: Why do we love reality TV? Let us count up the more than 30 local participants – from Roger Bingham to the Hassall family.

22 NKY LIFE You Are Here: The story behind some of NKY’s most recognizable landmarks. A Colorful Past: The region’s history is full of captivating stories. Page 24 Name That Bridge: Can’t? We’ll help with our handy guide. Page 26 Climb That Bridge: It’s the only one of its kind in this hemisphere. Page 30 The Name Game: Kentucky is full of places with colorful names. Page 32 We’re So Strange: Haunted bars, replica tombs and a ghost cop. Page 34 College Bound: There are several higher education choices in the area. Page 42 Scholastic Rundown: Details on every public school in Northern Kentucky. Page 45 SUMMER 2006

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Photo Illustration: Ron Huff, Michael E. Keating and Craig Ruttle Pictured: From left: NKU basketball player Angela Healy, Kentucky-based jockey Lori Wydick and Rodger Bingham, "Survivor" contestant from Crittenden.




46 NKY SECRETS Word is Out: Members of our Fort Mitchell newsroom offer up their favorite Northern Kentucky spots, plus we have some recommendations for places to visit across the river.

53 NKY DINING Raise Your Glass: Who knew this was a hotbed for the fruit of the vine? Check out our guide to 15 local wineries. In Search of Steak: Our restaurant reviewer tells you where to find the best steaks in town. Two words to start with: Jeff Ruby. Page 55 Kentucky’s Best: Your best food options in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Page 60 Good Morning: Pancakes. Bagels. Goetta. Oh my. Here are some fine dining choices to start the day. Page 61 Bring the Kids: Family-friendly weekday dinner options in the north, west and east. Page 62 Down on the Farm: Farmers markets are your place to get homegrown fruits and vegetables. Page 68

71 NKY FUN Coming Attractions: Don’t wait for out-of-town guests to take advantage of some of the area’s top features. Calling Young Professionals: Here’s where you find organizations to get involved in – and five local bands you can’t miss. Page 78

80 NKY BUSINESS Big Business: Greater Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies. Attention, Shoppers: Looking for a place to drop some cash? Here are the places to do it. Page 84


Art-ful Community: So much to do, so little time. From museums to theater, here are the places to visit or catch a performance.


Places to Play: Whether you want to golf or need a place to hike, Northern Kentucky has something for you. Sporting Proposition: No matter if you’re a diehard Reds or Bengals fan, you like college sports, minor league hockey or horse racing, Greater Cincinnati has it. Page 94 Meet the Owners: Who’s running Cincinnati’s top teams? Get to know Mike Brown and Robert Castellini. Page 96

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

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



If you enjoyed this issue of Discover, you can visit to find pdf pages of the 2005 edition of the publication. Last year, we gave you the 20 biggest celebrity names to come out of Greater Cincinnati and offered up some "Treasures of Northern Kentucky." And yes, we found a way to get Carmen Electra and Nick Lachey in both issues. GO ONLINE to view PDF files of 2006 Discover Northern Kentucky.




READY TO CLIMB: Bridge climb guides Tiffney Roper, David Roth and Robert Baker are waiting for you to hike to the top of the Purple People Bridge.

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Editor: Michael Perry Kentucky content editor: Jason Lindquist Photo editor: Liz Dufour Design editor: Nick Hurm Inside design: Amy Goldberg, Nick Hurm, Jason Lindquist, Jim Pleshinger Copy editors: Tim Curtis, Lyndsay Sutton, Suzette Winner Special thanks to: Lunken Airfield

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NKY VITALS Making ( Census Sense By the numbers 95.26

2000 Census population: 1,886,650 2005 estimated population: 1,933,480 2010 projection: 1,984,671



Percentage of homes in which only English is spoken


Average age of males


Percentage of the population that is male (941,710)

Percentage of the population that is female (991,770)

Average age of females



Percentage of population divorced



INDIANA Boone County


African American


Campbell County

Kenton County






Source: Claritas Inc. Note: The area is defined as the Cincinnati Primary Market Area, which is composed of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.

Hispanic/ Latino Other




Average household income (2005 estimates)



Weather statistics


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Percentage of households with income of $100,000 or more


Dearborn County

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Hamilton County



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Percentage of population never married


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Percentage of population married with spouse present

Warren County

Butler County


Jan. Feb. Mar. April May 28.1 31.8 43.0 53.2 62.9

June 71.0

July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual 75.1 73.5 67.3 55.1 44.3 33.5 53.2

36.6 40.8 53.0 64.2 74.0


85.5 84.1 77.9 66.0 53.3 41.5


19.5 22.7 33.1 42.2 51.8


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3.0 13.0 22.0




Airport Precipitation Jan. Feb. Mar. April May Precipitation* 2.6 2.7 4.2 3.8 4.3 Precipitation of 0.01 inch or more 12.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 Monthly Snowfall* 7.2 5.7 4.5 0.5 0.0 Airport Weather Indicators Average Wind Speed Clear Days Partly Cloudy Days Cloudy Days Percent of Possible Sunshine Average Relative Humidity


June 3.8

July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual 4.2 3.4 2.9 2.9 3.5 3.1 41.3





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Jan. Feb. Mar. April May


July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual

10.5 10.4 11.0 10.6 8.7 5.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 10.0 20.0 17.0 19.0 17.0 15.0

7.9 7.0 10.0 13.0

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9.0 81.0 98.0 186

33.0 40.0 48.0 56.0 57.0


61.0 61.0 61.0 54.0 36.0 31.0


58.0 73.5 71.0 68.0 67.5


71.5 73.0 73.5 70.5 68.0 71.5




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Boone County Place

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

Burlington Florence Oakbrook Union Walton

Kenton County Place

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


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


Area in square miles 8.4 9.9 3.3 3.2 3.5

Average Households Median Median value income per square household of all housing per person mile income units $24,877 593 $61,858 $146,683 $22,209 1,071 $45,313 $122,615 $32,258 1,097 $70,045 $159,034 $30,984 398 $94,029 $223,320 $23,512 280 $52,165 $117,846

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

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

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


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


ENTERTAIN US: Newport on the Levee has places to shop, eat, drink and play. At 15,808 residents, Newport is the fifth-biggest city in Northern Kentucky.


Campbell County Place

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

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

Area in square miles 5.4 0.9 0.2 7.0 4.7 0.1 1.3 5.7 2.3 0.9 0.5 2.7 1.2 1.4 3.7 0.0

Average Households Median Median value income per square household of all housing per person mile income units $25,453 581 $64,446 $138,472 $20,992 2,772 $40,230 $85,090 $18,333 108 $46,250 $107,143 $28,559 136 $59,989 $120,690 $28,418 347 $65,533 $156,619 $23,055 1,538 $58,413 $111,813 $17,354 1,573 $36,450 $69,576 $31,612 1,153 $56,538 $153,428 $22,373 1,352 $42,436 $97,204 $28,327 174 $60,938 $125,962 $31,023 131 $69,643 $88,095 $17,829 2,417 $31,947 $82,113 $16,733 450 $37,184 $85,000 $28,932 1,152 $47,931 $95,517 $35,429 337 $58,079 $120,317 $27,051 2,239 $60,294 $97,273

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KENTUCKY JOE: Rodger Bingham, one of the most popular "Survivor" cast members in 2001, is with his horse Ginger on his farm in Northern Kentucky.



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


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




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


Area Reality Stars

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Angie Montgomery, Forest Park

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

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

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

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

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

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




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2006 continued Matt Hamill, Loveland

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

Karen Brackenridge, Mason

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


Area Reality Stars

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

Angela Harlan, Greenhills

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

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Nathan Chalk, Florence

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


TEAM WHO-DEY: The Linzes often donned black-and-orange Bengals gear for their “Amazing Race.”

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

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Area Reality Stars

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

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

Jeff Klug, Delhi, and Kim Wagner, Rising Sun

Elizabeth Costello, Mount Lookout

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

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

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

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

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Lillian Morris, Deerfield Township

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

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


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Area Reality Stars

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

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

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

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Most people identify Florence with the mall and a water tower that greets motorists on Interstate 71/75 with the painted phrase “Florence Y’all.” The water tower’s folksy country saying had its birth in a state highway regulation and the creativity of the then-mayor. The water tower when painted in 1974 originally said Florence Mall to herald the mall being built in the water tower’s shadow. Because the mall didn’t exist at the time, the state highway department notified the city the sign violated state highway regulations. Then-Mayor C.M. “Hop” Ewing devised the idea of painting out part of the “M” and turning the letter into a Y with an apostrophe. The city intended to change the letters back, but that never happened.

Rabbit Hash General Store

The centerpiece of one of the best known small towns in the area is the 175-year-old general store at 10021 Lower River Road in Boone County. The store has become a Mecca for travelers and bikers. Artisans and craftsmen have set up residence in the old country town in Boone County, about 35 miles downriver from Cincinnati. If you are lucky when visiting Rabbit Hash, you may get a chance to pet the “mayor,” a black Labrador named Junior. The area’s penchant for electing dogs as mayor was the focus of a recent documentary.

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here By Scott Wartman

Despite the fast development and population growth in Northern Kentucky, landmarks from the area’s past have survived the elements and time. Natives have come to associate different communities with water towers, old general stores, airports and courthouses. Here are some of the most recognizable landmarks in Northern Kentucky:


GENERAL INTEREST: In an age of megamalls and superstores, Rabbit Hash General Store stands apart.


SPANNING THE YEARS: Crossing the Ohio River by way of the Anderson Ferry has been a regional staple since 1817.



Cincinnati/ Northern Ky. International Airport

The Hebron airport had its beginnings in the 1940s as a practice airfield for the military. The first commercial flight flew into the airport in 1947. The airport replaced Lunken Field in Cincinnati, which was prone to flooding. The airport eventually began offering international flights and in 1981, became a hub for Delta Air Lines.

Fort Thomas Water Tower

The 102-foot-tall stone water tower on South Fort Thomas Avenue stands watch over Tower Park and serves as a reminder of this Campbell County town’s military past. The tower, built in 1890, provided water to the army base that gave the city its name, according to the city’s Web site. The city of Fort Thomas takes its name from the old Army post on the site named for Gen. George Thomas, a Civil war hero. The fort was built in 1887. The water tower also has a memorial for soldiers in the 6th Infantry Regiment that was stationed in Fort Thomas that died in the battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. According to the city’s Web site, the cannons at the base of the tower were captured in the battle and were made in Spain in 1768 and 1769.

Independence Courthouse

Anderson Ferry

Anderson Ferry, 4030 River Road, Hebron, has transported travelers from northern Boone County to Ohio since 1817. The ferry began when Raleigh Colston sold one ferry and 103 acres in Kentucky to George Anderson for about $350. In 1867, the first steam ferry, Boone No. 1, replaced ferries that generated power by having horses walk on treadmills. Today, Anderson Ferry has three diesel-powered ferries, Boone Nos. 7, 8 and 9. The ferry is just one of four known ferries left in Kentucky.




The 1912 building at 5272 Madison Pike replaced the original 1840 courthouse. The white, Greek-style portico with four columns is surrounded by trees. Some say it represents the people’s doctrine, “Independent.” The courthouse serves as one of two county seats for Kenton County. Kenton County joins Campbell County as the only Kentucky counties with two courthouses. The state legislature approved a courthouse built in Covington in 1860 to handle the growing population.

World Peace Bell

The 33-ton bell at 4th and York streets in Newport was cast in Nantes, France, and is the world’s largest free-swinging bell. The bell is housed in the heart of Newport across from the courthouse on York Street. The bell is rung on special occasions, and events are held in the presence of the bell.

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Tracing the past

County histories

Boone County Boone County began to grow rapidly the mid-20th century. In the 1940s, what is now Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport was built. In 1974, construction began on Florence Mall. Since then, Boone County has become a prime retail location in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Kenton County The county was formed on Jan. 29, 1840, from the western half of Campbell County. The county bears the name of pioneer Simon Kenton, who was one of the first settlers in Kentucky. The original county seat, Independence, was named to honor the freedom from Campbell County. Famous natives include Daniel Carter Beard, who was born in Covington and went on to found the Boy Scouts of America. Campbell County Campbell County was created in 1794 from Scott, Harrison and Mason counties. The county’s namesake, Col. John Campbell, served as an officer in the Revolutionary War. Maj. David Leitch built the first settlement in Campbell County in 1789 known as Leitch’s Station, six miles from the mouth of the Licking River in present-day Wilder. In the 1970s, Campbell County began a period of growth and prosperity due in part with the founding of Northern Kentucky University in 1968.


Northern Kentucky has a colorful and sometimes sordid history. Hollywood would find no shortage of interesting stories from the region’s past. By Scott Wartman


ALL QUIET: A view of York Street in Newport, as seen from Fifth Street, soon after the city’s once-flourishing casinos were closed.



Before Las Vegas became the oasis of bright lights in the desert, Newport’s lights and nightlife burned brightly. In the first half of the 20th century, casinos and organized crime flourished in the river town. The area’s reputation as a wild town attracted top celebrities such as Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, Jimmy Durante and others. Eventually, as Las Vegas’ luminescence grew, Newport’s dimmed. Reform movements in the 1960s began to gain the upper hand against the prostitutes, bust-out joints and casinos, but not without a struggle. In one of the area’s more memorable and darkest election moments, reform opponents drugged and attempted to frame Campbell County sheriff’s candidate George Ratterman. Ratterman ran on a reform platform. During his campaign, Ratterman was



invited to a nightclub to discuss getting casinos out of Newport. Instead, he was drugged with “knock-out drops,” dragged to a hotel bedroom and photographed with a stripper, April Flowers. The frame-up backfired on the hoods. Ratterman was elected and the casinos began to retreat from the area. By the mid-1960s, Newport’s nightlife consisted mostly of strip clubs, many of which were converted casinos like the Flamingo. The city still had the reputation for available sin, and the strip joints as often as not operated back rooms for prostitution. The strip clubs, especially the larger venues, attracted big crowds through the 1970s. Newport’s sin-city image came to a close in the late 1980s. Now, retail, condominiums and entertainment have sprouted in the former hotbed of vice. Newport has started to become a popular destination for families and people out for a night on the town.


The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire, one of the deadliest fires in American history, led to building code and fire safety reforms nationwide. The popular nightclub on top of a hillside in Southgate attracted the nation’s top celebrities for decades. On May 28, 1977, the usual large crowd flocked to the club where singer John Davidson was to perform. Fire started in the club just after 9 p.m. The smoke, toxic fumes and stampede resulted in 165 deaths. Beverly Hills became one of the first big class-action lawsuits charging negligence. The lawsuits changed the way people think about building codes, liability, insurance and safety. Codes now prevent people from building public facilities with aluminum wiring or fur-

nishing the building with chairs and drapes that give off cyanide gas when they melt. The site of the nightclub, which overlooks Interstate 471, remains vacant, with the crumbling driveway still leading to the top of the hill and a lone wooden cross visible from the highway.


On July 8, 1755, the Ingles farm in Virginia was attacked by Shawnee Indians and several family members were killed. Twenty-threeyear-old Mary and her two sons were captured and forced to accompany the Indians west along the Ohio River to Big Bone Lick in Boone County. In October 1755, shortly after her children were sent north, Mary escaped her captors and began a 600-mile journey back east along the Ohio River. She crossed freezing tributaries and lived off the land for 43 days. Mary was reunited with her husband, William, and they resumed farming at Ingles Ferry in Virginia. Her youngest son died in captivity but she regained her older son after he spent 13 years in captivity. Mary and William had four more children after her return.


The Confederate Army routed the Union at the Battle of Richmond and took control of the state on Aug. 30, 1862. On Sept. 2, 1862, Union Gen. Lew Wallace

declared martial law in Covington and Newport. Wallace oversaw construction of an 8mile defensive line from the Ohio River in Ludlow to the river’s bank in Fort Thomas. A temporary pontoon bridge – the first span between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, near where the Roebling Suspension Bridge is today – was built over 48 hours to help the defensive effort. At dawn on Sept. 10, 8,000 battle-hardened Confederate troops led by Gen. Henry Heth approached Union positions. During the crisis, four Union troops died and three were wounded, with two Confederates wounded, mostly as guards from both sides fired at each other. Joseph Johns, a member of the Black Brigade of Cincinnati, was killed when a tree fell on him as he helped clear land. The Rebel soldiers were met at the Northern Kentucky fortifications by 22,000 regular Union soldiers and 50,000 Union militiamen. Outnumbered, the Confederates left for Lexington the night of Sept. 11.


Across Northern Kentucky, several sites are documented Underground Railroad stations. Some still stand, within an hour’s drive of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. AUGUSTA m Augusta College: Abolitionist teachings from 1822-49 led the state legislature to repeal Augusta’s charter. The college occupied an area between Bracken and Frankfort streets from

Third Street to Riverside Drive. Buildings at 204 Bracken St. and 203-207 Frankfort St. were dormitories. m Gen. John Payne home: Corner of Riverside Drive and Ferry Street. Payne, who fought in the War of 1812, built this house around 1792. Newspaper accounts and oral histories tell of it being used by fugitive slaves. m White Hall, 212 Elizabeth St.: Home of Arthur Thome and his son, James, who in the 1830s urged his father to free their 15 slaves. Accused of harboring fugitives, the Thomes were banished from the town at gunpoint. COVINGTON m Historical marker at Sixth and Main streets. In January 1856, at the foot of Main Street, 17 slaves fled across the frozen Ohio River. Among the group was Margaret Garner, who killed her daughter rather than see her returned to slavery. Her story became the basis for Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved” and the opera “Marget Garner,” by Morrison and composer Richard Danielpour. CHATHAM m Samuel Shockey Home, four miles southeast of Chatham at 1509 Asbury Road. There is a trap door, where, according to tradition, slaves were kept before being moved to a local Underground Railroad conductor. Kentucky shore m Ky. 8 and Tuckahoe Road, opposite Ripley, North of Chatham. In 1851, with his owner in pursuit, a runaway slave named Tice Davis swam across the river. Seeing no trace of the slave, the owner, according to legend, speculated that he “must have gone on an underground road.” Sources: Enquirer archives; Clark’s Kentucky Almanac; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; East Row Historic District; Kenton County; Kentucky Historical Society; James A. Ramage Civil War Museum;

FRONT-PAGE NEWS: The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire killed 165 people and was big news in Northern Kentucky and across the country.





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

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

By Cliff Radel


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


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


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



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


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

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

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

Bridge construction circa 1865






Daniel Carter Beard Bridge

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


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

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

Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, it was renamed the L&N Bridge (Louisville & Nashville Railroad Bridge) in 1904 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. It was nicknamed the Purple People Bridge in 2003. Stay tuned for a planned bridge climb (purple designed for climbers to cross the river by trekking atop the structure’s arches. For more on the bridge climb, see Page 30.


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

Brent Spence Bridge


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





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

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Opened: 1929 Cost: $11.7 million Links: Cincinnati with Covington via railroad tracks You should know: It stands near the site of its forerunner, the longdemolished 1889 C&O Bridge, and has 8,620 tons of steel. It is owned and operated for rail traffic by CSX.

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Opened: 1977 Cost: $8.3 million Links: Southeastern Indiana (Lawrenceburg Township) with Northern Kentucky (Boone County) via Interstate 275

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You should know: It honors Carroll C. Cropper, who was a Boone County judge. The nearby power plant sending up clouds of steam – visible from the bridge and beyond – is the Miami Fort Generating Station.

Combs-Hehl Bridge

Opened: 1979 Cost: $30.5 million Links: California (the Cincinnati neighborhood, not the state) and Highland Heights via Interstate 275 You should know: The bridge is named for Bert Combs, a former Kentucky governor, and Lambert Hehl, a former Campbell County judge-executive. Both were early, steadfast proponents of Kentucky’s interstate system. The bridge is a link to Riverbend, Coney Island and River Downs.

Taylor-Southgate Bridge

Opened: 1995 Cost: $26.4 million Links: Cincinnati and Newport via U.S. 27 You should know: This is one bridge named for three people. James Taylor was an 18th century entrepreneur and surveyor whose layout literally put Newport on the map. Richard Southgate practiced law in Campbell County, rubbed elbows with Abe Lincoln, built the Southgate House mansion (now a Newport nightclub) and gave his last name to the Northern Kentucky city of Southgate. Louise Southgate, Richard’s cousin, was one of the first female physicians in Northern Kentucky, in the late 19th century.


OVER THE RIVER: The route for Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon takes runners over the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. The span, the most recent local structure over the Ohio River, opened in 1995.



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HIGH HOPES: Dennis L. Speigel, managing member of the Purple People Bridge Climb, says the attraction is the first of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere.

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year ago, if you tried climbing the purple steel superstructure of the Purple People Bridge between Newport and Cincinnati, you would have been arrested. But if you do it today – wearing the appropriate climb suit and safety gear – you’ll be captivated, promoters of the Purple People Bridge Climb predict. That estimate is seconded by people who have participated in the world’s only other bridge climbs, in Australia and New Zealand. “I am so excited for the bridge climb to open, I want to be one of the first people to climb it,” recent Mariemont High School graduate Betsy Sturtz said. She went to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge last summer with the cultural exchange group People to People. “The bridge climb was not only one of my favorite experiences of the whole trip, but also one of the most anticipated because it is such a recog-




LEADING THE WAY: Purple People Bridge Climb guides Tiffney Roper, David Roth and Robert Baker will guide climbers to a spot 140 feet above the Ohio River. nized landmark of Sydney along with the Opera House,” she said. “It was as exciting as looking out the window of an airplane to a new city, except you’re closer to the city and can see so much more,” she said. Sturtz, who can be nervous in high places, felt reassured by her guides’ discussion throughout the climb. “While I was climbing up the bridge I was not at all nervous,” she said. “At the top of the bridge it wasn’t so much my nerves as it was my excitement for



having climbed so high and being able to see such an awesome view.” The Purple People Bridge Climb isn’t nearly as high as Sydney’s – 140 feet above the Ohio River, compared with 440 feet in Australia – but Sturtz believes it will still be a thrill. Climbers will wear high-tech headsets used by the military and police SWAT teams that will let them hear the voices of the climb guides – while also letting them hear the sounds of others on the tour and boats below.

People of most fitness levels. It’s about as much exertion as climbing four flights of stairs. Requirements: Must be at least 12 years old and 48 inches tall. Length of climb: 2½ hours (half that time on the bridge). Cost: $59.95; $79.95 for sunrise, sunset and night climbs; prices vary for other special climbs. Group rates will be available. Corporate team-building programs are offered for groups of at least 10 people, costing $99 apiece. Tickets: On sale through the Web site, www.purplepeople, or by calling (859) 261-6837. The headsets don’t transmit sounds into your ears, but instead let you hear through vibrations in your temples, so the voices travel into your skull – “kind of like your conscience,” quipped the climb’s group sales manager, Mary Jo Haviland. Over their bright purple-and-yellow climb suits, everyone also will wear full-body polyester harnesses that will be attached to steel cables that will run along the entire walkway, hooked by high-tech fastening systems.


PROUD OF THE PAST: Heroic Kentuckians George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone are memorialized in a painting on the Covington floodwall. Kenton and Boone are also memorialized by Northern Kentucky county names.

Name that town If it sounds rather unusual, there’s a chance it’s a place in Kentucky

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entucky is famous – or maybe notorious – for its unusual place names: Monkeys Eyebrow in Ballard County, Gravel Switch in Marion County, Horse Cave in Hart County, Pleasureville in Henry County and Slaughters in Webster County. The Internet is full of lists of unique place names with Kentucky’s places on the lists. Kentucky’s claim to fame with place names doesn’t end with unusual names; even some that seem normal don’t seem to make sense. For example, Booneville isn’t in Boone County, it’s in Owsley County. Neither Campbellsburg nor Campbellsville are in Campbell County. The Campbell towns are in Henry County and Taylor County, respectively. You’ll find Union in Boone County, not in Union County. So, of course, Crittenden wouldn’t be in Crittenden County, it’s in Grant County. While Kentonvale is actually in Kenton County, Kentontown is in Robertson County. Most of Kentucky’s places seem to be named for features of the land, soldiers or pioneers. In fact, Kenton, Campbell and



THOSE AMAZING ANIMALS: Big Bone Lick’s name and fame derive from wildlife. You can see plenty of it today at Big Bone Lick State Park. Here a bison protects its baby.

Boone counties were all named for frontiersmen. Boone for Daniel Boone and Kenton for Simon Kenton. Campbell was named for Col. John Campbell, an Irish-born Revolutionary War officer. Here are the origins of several Northern Kentucky places according to Robert M. Rennick’s book “Kentucky Place Names.”

Boone County

Beaverlick: The area at Ky. 338 (Beaver Road) and U.S. 42 in the southwestern part of the county was where trappers and hunters would bring their prizes to fur company agents between 1780 and 1820. The post office at Beaver Lick was established in 1853, likely named for the Beaver Branch of Big Bone Creek. Though the name was changed to one word in 1895, the county maps use two words. Big Bone Lick: Named for the salt lick discovered by a French explorer in 1729. The salt lick included the bones of animals that had become stuck. It is considered the birthplace of American paleontology. Today there is a state park of the same name. Florence: Now the second-largest city in Northern Kentucky, it was first called Connersville, but organizers soon learned there was already a Connersville, so the town was named




Florence after the wife of one of its founders, Jacob Conner, according to several books about Florence’s early history. Rabbit Hash: This river town in the western part of the county is reportedly named for the abundance of

rabbit hash that locals made after a flood forced rabbits up the hillsides in 1816. In 1879 the post office was established as Carlton after a local family, but it was changed to Rabbit Hash to avoid confusion with nearby Carrollton.

Campbell County

California: Incorporated in 1874, this city was – of course – named after the state. Grants Lick: Founded around 1800 because of the discovery of salt there. Col. John Grant owned the site. Gubser Mill: Lies at the junction of Ky. 1121 and Twelve Mile Creek. Named after John Gubser, a Swiss immigrant who arrived in 1844. Melbourne: Founded and laid out in 1890 by Hubbard Helm, who named the city after his hometown – Melbourne, Australia.

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DOWN THE ROAD: Today, Fort Mitchell is a bustling area. But like many areas of Northern Kentucky, its name is rooted in history.

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Fort Mitchell: This city was the site of one of a series of fortifications built in 1862 to deter Confederate attacks on Cincinnati. It was named for Maj. Gen. Ormsby McKnight Mitchell (1809-62), a Cincinnati College professor who designed the installations. Fort Wright: It marks the spot of one of the larger fortifications that protected Cincinnati from a Confederate invasion during the Civil War. This Kenton County suburb was named for Maj. Gen. Horatio Gouverneur Wright (1820-99), a Union Army engineer. Morning View: This former city 17 miles south of Covington was named by railroad officials riding through the area at sunrise who praised the beautiful morning view. Visalia: This community was settled by Nathaniel Vise Jr. sometime before 1807. The town was later called Visalia after him. In 1827 it was the Campbell County seat. White Tower: Now inside Independence, the town was named for a tower built on land owned by George White. It’s also called Towers and had a post office operating under that name from 1900 to 1907.

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US? One of America’s most haunted bars headlines the weird and haunted in the area

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f there’s a weirder place in Northern Kentucky than Bobby Mackey’s Music World, we haven’t found it. That is, if by weird, you mean creepy, crawly and fun. The country music bar calls itself the most haunted bar in the nation. And author Echo Bodine says he’s a believer. “Bobby Mackey’s Music World was one of the scariest ghostbusting jobs I’ve ever been on,” Bodine says on the bar’s Web site. “I saw a ghost named Pearl holding her head and repeating over and over ‘Oh, my head. Oh, my head.’ ... There were ghosts in the bathroom, on stage, in the caretaker’s apartment, near the bucking bronco, and in the main bar. They were everywhere.” Workers report taps on the shoulder. They turn, only to find no one there. Chairs creak when no one is sitting in them. Some say the place is just downright spooky. The building, at 44 Licking Pike, was built in 1850 and originally served as a slaughterhouse and meatpacking operation. Those in town say that when the slaughterhouse closed, it became a meeting place for Satanists, who used the house’s deep well for their ceremonies. In the early 1890s, two devil worshippers were tried and convicted for beheading a woman named Pearl Bryan. The head was never found. But things change. Sometime between the early 1900s and 1930, the beheading Satanists left. And the gamblers arrived. From the 1930s through the 1950s, it was a casino – packed with roulette wheels and craps tables. In the early 1940s it was called Buck Brady’s Primrose Club and attracted many customers from Newport’s Merchant’s Club and Glen Schmidt’s Playtorium. Merchant’s Club owner Red Masterson advised Brady to consider taking early retirement. Brady disagreed – and responded with a blast from his double-barreled shotgun. Historians say Masterson survived, but refused to identify Brady, saying, “I’ll handle this in my own way.” Shortly thereafter, Brady sold his Primrose Club to the Cleveland Syndicate. They renamed it the Latin Quarter and it flourished, along with other casinos, until 1961, when Sheriff George Ratterman began to rid the county of organized crime. After the Latin Quarter closed, the Hard Rock Cafe opened in 1970 but was shut down in 1977 after several shootings. In 1978, the club reopened as Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Now, the place makes a living off the dead. T-shirts there claim “I partied with the ghosts at Bobby Mackey’s.” The club’s paranormal activity was even described in the book “Hell’s Gate – Terror at Bobby Mackey’s Music World,” by Douglas Hensley. But Mackey, a country singer, does not believe in the talk. “They say it’s haunted, but I’m on the record saying I never did see no ghosts, never did believe in no ghosts,” Mackey has said. “Some people are afraid to come, but most people are intrigued by the mystery of it, so it probably helped overall.”





SEE ANY GHOSTS? Ather Bruce is thrown from the mechanical bull at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder. Legend has it the building is haunted and that ghosts have been spotted many times.


Alternative to Cross: A replica of Jesus’ tomb The Garden of Hope, which features a replica of the Jerusalem tomb where some say Jesus was laid to rest. To get there: Take Covington’s 12th Street exit off Interstate 75 and head east on 12th. Turn right on Holman Avenue, turn right on 16th Street, turn left when 16th Street ends, take the next right on Edgecliff and go up the hill. The garden is on the left.

We’re going to the chapel of claustrophobia There’s a tiny chapel called Monte Casino at Thomas More College. It measures 6 feet by 9 feet and is the smallest church in the world. Find it at 2771 Turkeyfoot Road.

Woods + haunted tunnel = creepy In the back of the Allendale trailer park there’s a train tunnel in the woods. Legend says a man once hung himself from the top of the tunnel, and you can still see the hook where he tied his rope. Some have seen an apparition walking through the tunnel.

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SAY A LITTLE PRAYER: Monte Casino Chapel, on the grounds of Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, is the world’s smallest church, according to "Ripley’s Believe It or Not."


TIME MARCHES ON: The Southgate House – once home to a military icon – is now home to one of the area’s best party places.

Narrows Road. Legend says that in the 1950s a police officer was hit and killed while pulling someone over. Now, if you drive the road at midnight, an officer may pull you over in a 1950s style cruiser. Then he’ll disappear.

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Southgate House. The entertainment venue is the former home of John T. Thompson, inventor of the tommy gun, the first lightweight automatic weapon.

State park bares whispers from the past

Big Bone Lick State Park. People say that on the roads inside the park they hear whispers, people and other unknown noises. The park has a Native American history. More information can be found at (859) 384-3522.

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

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

Loveland beware: Leaping lizard!

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

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

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

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

Next stop … nowhere

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

Tunnel lore

Supposedly, Satanists once met in a subterranean maze of drainage tunnels beneath Blue Ash known as Satan’s Hollow.

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

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TRAINS NOT A-ROLLIN’: There are entrances to Cincinnati’s subway, like this one at Central Parkway and Race Street downtown, and there are tunnels, too. But the project was never completed.

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





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

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Antonelli College

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

Art Academy of Cincinnati

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

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A Bearcat? A Musketeer?

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

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

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

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

Chatfield College

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

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


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

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

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

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

God’s Bible School and College Office of Admissions 1810 Young St. Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

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

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

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

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

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Ivy Tech State College

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

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

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

Thomas More College

Office of Admissions 333 Thomas More Parkway Crestview Hills, KY 41017 (859) 341-5800

Union Institute & University Office of Admissions 440 E. McMillan St. Cincinnati, OH 45206 (513) 861-6400

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Northern Kentucky schools

These are the public and private schools in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. You can compare statistics on up to five public schools at a time by logging onto, a Web site run by Standard & Poor’s with cooperation from federal and state governments. Or log on to Kentucky’s Department of Education at Districts and schools Boone County public schools Boone County Boone County High, Florence Burlington Elementary, Burlington Camp Ernst Middle, Burlington Collins Elementary, Florence Conner Middle, Hebron Conner High, Hebron Erpenbeck Elementary, Florence Florence Elementary, Florence Goodridge Elementary, Hebron Gray Middle, Union Kelly Elementary, Burlington New Haven Elementary, Union North Pointe Elementary, Hebron Ockerman Elementary, Florence Ockerman Middle, Florence R.A. Jones Middle, Florence Ryle High, Union Shirley Mann Elementary, Union Stephens Elementary, Burlington Yealey Elementary, Florence Walton-Verona Independent Walton-Verona Elementary, Verona Walton-Verona High, Walton Boone County Catholic schools Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington Mary Queen of Heaven, Erlanger St. Henry Elementary, Erlanger St. Henry District High, Erlanger St. Joseph Academy, Walton St. Paul, Florence Boone County private schools Heritage Academy, Florence Campbell County public schools Bellevue Independent Bellevue High, Bellevue Grandview Elementary, Bellevue Campbell County Alexandria Learning Academy, Alexandria Campbell County High, Alexandria Campbell County Middle, Alexandria Campbell Ridge Elementary, Alexandria Cline Elementary, Cold Spring Grants Lick Elementary, Alexandria Highland Heights Elementary, Highland Heights Reiley Elementary, Alexandria Dayton Independent Dayton Middle and High, Dayton Lincoln Elementary, Dayton Fort Thomas Independent Highlands High, Ft. Thomas Highlands Middle, Ft. Thomas Johnson Elementary, Ft. Thomas Moyer Elementary, Ft. Thomas Woodfill Elementary, Ft. Thomas Newport Independent A.D. Owens Elementary, Newport Fourth Street Elementary, Newport Mildred Dean Elementary, Newport Newport High, Newport Newport Middle, Newport Silver Grove Independent Silver Grove School, Silver Grove Southgate Independent Southgate Elementary, Southgate Campbell County Catholic schools Bishop Brossart High, Alexandria Holy Trinity Junior High, Newport Holy Trinity Elementary, Bellevue Newport Central Catholic High, Newport St. Catherine of Siena, Ft. Thomas St. Joseph, Cold Spring St. Joseph, Camp Springs St. Mary School St. Peter and St. Paul, California St. Philip, Melbourne St. Therese, Southgate St. Thomas, Ft. Thomas Campbell County private schools Cornerstone Montessori, Dayton Kenton County public schools Beechwood Independent Beechwood Elementary, Ft. Mitchell Beechwood High, Ft. Mitchell Covington Independent Biggs Early Childhood Ed Center, Covington John G. Carlisle Elementary, Covington Chapman Academic Voc Ed Center, Covington Holmes Jr./Sr. High, Covington Latonia Elementary, Covington Ninth District Elementary, Covington Sixth District Elementary, Covington Swing Elementary, Covington Thomas Edison Elementary, Covington Two Rivers Middle, Covington Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Arnett Elementary, Erlanger Howell Elementary, Erlanger Miles Elementary, Erlanger Lindeman Elementary, Erlanger Lloyd High, Erlanger Tichenor Middle, Erlanger Kenton County Beechgrove Elementary, Independence Caywood Elementary, Edgewood Dixie Heights High, Crestview Hills Fort Wright Elementary, Ft. Wright Hinsdale Elem, Edgewood Kenton Elementary, Independence Piner Elementary, Morning View River Ridge Elementary, Villa Hills Ryland Heights Elementary, Ryland Hts Scott High School, Taylor Mill Simon Kenton High, Independence Summit View Elementary, Independence Summit View Middle, Independence Taylor Mill Elementary, Taylor Mill Turkey Foot Middle, Edgewood Twenhofel Middle, Independence White’s Towers Elementary, Independence Woodland Middle, Taylor Mill Ludlow Indpendent Ludlow High, Ludlow Ludlow Middle, Ludlow Ludlow Elementary, Ludlow Kenton County Catholic schools Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Mitchell Covington Catholic High, Covington Covington Latin High, Covington Holy Cross Elementary, Covington Holy Cross High, Covington Holy Family Elementary, Covington Notre Dame Academy High, Covington Prince of Peace, Covington St. Agnes, Ft. Wright St. Anthony, Covington St. Augustine Elementary, Covington St. Cecilia, Independence St. Henry Elementary, Erlanger St. Henry District High, Erlanger St. Joseph, Crescent Springs St. Pius X, Edgewood Villa Madonna Academy Elementary, Villa Hills Villa Madonna Academy High, Villa Hills Kenton County private schools Calvary Christian High, Taylor Mill Calvary Christian Elementary, Taylor Mill

Enrollment (2005-06)



650 540

(859) 283-1003 (859) 282-5655 (859) 334-4440 (859) 334-4141 (859) 282-2350 (859) 334-4410 (859) 334-4400 (859) 384-7200 (859) 282-2610 (859) 334-4420 (859) 384-5333 (859) 334-4450 (859) 384-5325 (859) 334-7000 (859) 282-4620 (859) 282-3240 (859) 282-4610 (859) 384-5300 (859) 283-1003 (859) 334-4460 (859) 282-3333 (859) 485-4181 (859) 485-4432 (859) 485-7721

Bryan Blavatt To be named David Sammons Eric McArtor Carol Elliott Linda Viox Michael Blevins Becky Brown Charles Walton To be named Thomas Hummel To be named Nancy Duley Dave Thompson T.W. Loring David Claggett Stephen Sorrell Randy Cooper Connie Crigger Pat Berry Nancy Rogers Bill Boyle Thomas Williams Mark Krummen

624 202 420 525 197 580

(859) 689-4303 (859) 371-8100 (859) 342-2551 (859) 525-0255 (859) 485-6444 (859) 647-4070

Ed Colina Melissa Holzmacher Philip Gessner David Otte Sr. Patricia Jean Cushing David Maher

1,542 838 655 565 876 1,599 745 567 721 906 294 710 759 680 791 654 1,501 650 885 720


(859) 525-0213

Howard Davis Jr. Wayne Starnes Mike Wills Candice Simpkins Anthony Strong Lynn Poe Ginger Webb David Sandlin Anthony Mazzei Shelli Wilson John Schmidt Donna Schulte Karen Girard Gary Rye Dan Ridder/Tim Grayson Bonnie Sizemore Larry Stinson Elgin Emmons Mary Adams Henry Clay Beekley III Jay Brewer Diana Stratton Michael Brandt Gregg Frank Jim Clinkenbeard Steve McCafferty Scott Draud David Upchurch


(859) 261-2108 (859) 261-2980 (859) 261-4355 (859) 635-2173 (859) 635-9113 (859) 635-4161 (859) 635-6077 (859) 448-4780 (859) 781-4544 (859) 635-2129 (859) 441-9174 (859) 635-2118 (859) 491-6565 (859) 292-7486 (859) 292-7492 (859) 781-3333 (859) 781-5900 (859) 781-5900 (859) 441-2444 (859) 441-1180 (859) 441-0506 (859) 292-3001 (859) 292-3011 (859) 292-3021 (859) 292-3009 (859) 292-3023 (859) 292-3017 (859) 441-3873 (859) 441-3873 (859) 441-0743 (859) 441-0743

395 80 175 465 194 595 60 473 215 92 348 211

(859) 635-2108 (859) 292-0487 (859) 291-6937 (859) 292-0001 (859) 572-2680 (859) 441-2025 (859) 635-5652 (859) 635-9539 (859) 635-4382 (859) 441-3423 (859) 441-0449 (859) 572-4641

Thomas Seither Sr. Ruth Lubbers Sr. Ruth Lubbers Bob Noll Doug Lonneman Sr. Reinette Kroeger Virginia Kane Michelle Urich Harry Luebbers Sr. Dolores Gohs Dot O’Leary Sharon Bresler

430 440 150 1,500 1,005 640 460 190 275 525 644 590 800 500 315 350 275 430 380 240 610 560 310


Patrick Tucker Curtis Hall Jason Smith

(859) 491-9960

Mary Schadler

322 243 500

(859) 331-3250 (859) 331-1220 (859) 331-1220 (859) 392-1000 (859) 292-5895 (859) 292-5812 (859) 655-9545 (859) 655-9545 (859) 292-5825 (859) 292-5823 (859) 292-5819 (859) 292-5821 (859) 292-5817 (859) 392-1100 (859) 727-2009 (859) 727-1488 (859) 727-1108 (859) 727-2231 (859) 727-1188 (859) 727-1555 (859) 727-2255 (859) 344-8888 (859) 371-1636 (859) 341-7062 (859) 341-7650 (859) 331-7742 (859) 341-8226 (859) 356-3781 (859) 356-2155 (859) 341-5260 (859) 356-9270 (859) 356-3146 (859) 363-4100 (859) 363-4700 (859) 363-4800 (859) 356-2566 (859) 341-0216 (859) 356-5559 (859) 356-9668 (859) 356-7300 (859) 261-8210 (859) 261-8211 (859) 655-7500 (859) 261-2100

Fred Bassett Karen Lowe Glen Miller Jack Moreland Sarina Ball Michael Earlywine Mark Raleigh Raymond Finke John Rosenhoffer Rick Ross Anthony Ross Frank Price Karen Lyon Eric Neff Mike Sander David Palmore Eric Sayler Bryant Gillis Benita Lowe John Riehemann Buddy Schwierjohann Susan Cook Debbie Howard Dwight Raleigh Kimberly Banta Margaret Hoffman Connie Ryle Pat Goetz Jo Craven Deneen Zimmerman Cathy Barwell Clay Dawson Richard Culross Connie Lefaivre David Johnstone Gayle Helmer Tom Arnzen Cheryl Jones Angela Spencer Chuck Ludwig Elizabeth Grause Mike Borchers David Rust Jeff Lonneman

585 458 230 570 425 85 600 119 460 160 155 313 420 525 520 610 322 169

(859) 331-3062 (859) 431-5351 (859) 291-7044 (859) 581-6599 (859) 431-1335 (859) 581-0290 (859) 261-4300 (859) 431-5153 (859) 261-0543 (859) 431-5987 (859) 261-5564 (859) 363-4314 (859) 342-2551 (859) 525-0255 (859) 578-2742 (859) 341-3435 (859) 331-6333 (859) 331-6333

Maureen Hannon Michael Clines Andrew Barczak Karen Bieger Clay Eifert Polly Duplace Sr. Elaine Marie Winter Sr. Suzanne Rose Linda Groh Michael Jacks Sr. Lynette Shelton The Rev. Paul Berschied Philip Gessner David Otte Rebecca Brown Elizabeth Trenkamp Donna Brigger Pamela McQueen

225 370

(859) 356-9201 (859) 356-9202

Bill Dickens Kim Taylor

545 500 330 340 450 1,150 410 345 320 340 280 636 280 292 275 310 650 543 634 427 1,125 330 620 650 328 950 300 1,160 1,400 655 825 625 640 740 480 740



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Need advice from a local? W

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

Kenton Paw Park

An enclosed area inside Pioneer Park in Covington for dogs of any kind to enjoy off-leash recreation. Phase I opened in July 2004, and a second area – Phase II – opened in May 2005. Pooches enjoy plenty of open space to run and frolic, while owners sit at a picnic bench under a shady tree. Open dawn to dusk, it was recently named one of the top 10 dog parks in the nation by Novartis Animal Health and Dog Fancy magazine. 3950 Madison Pike, Covington; (859) 3920024,

Boone County Arboretum at Central Park

One of the first of its kind in the nation, and Northern Kentucky’s only arboretum. Features more than 2,700 trees and shrubs, all of which are GPS located on a map available at one of three kiosks along the arboretum’s 2.5 miles of paved trails. Open from dawn to dusk. 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union; (859) 384-4999,

Totter’s Otterville at Johnny’s Toys

Florence Family Aquatic Center One-of-a-kind water park features a lazy river, competition pool, zero-depth area, two spray grounds, spiral and speed slides, sunbathing areas, shelters, bathhouse and concessions area. Swim lessons, aquacize, diving and scuba lessons also available. 8200 Ewing Blvd., Florence; (859) 647-4619, pr_aquatic_center.htm.

Florence Skate Park The 20,000-square-foot park is designed for in-line skaters and skateboarders. Features beginner, intermediate and advanced areas with challenging elements; with shelter, spectator area, emergency telephone and parking lot. Ky. 18 and Ewing Blvd., Florence; pr_skate_park.htm.


The Bellevue Beadery

Customers can pick out beads from a huge assortment Children’s activities include COOL BEADS: Carol Hennich of of sizes and colors and make water play, giant stacking toys, Fort Thomas selects beads at the their own jewelry, or the store enclosures for jumping into plasBellevue Beadery in Bellevue. employees can help. There’s tic balls, big slides, crafts and always special attention given puppets shows. Outside features to anyone who walks in the a trolley ride, fishing and large jungle gym. Great door. 307 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue; (859) 292place to take kids on a rainy day. Howard Litzler 0800, Road and Boron Drive, Covington; (859) 261-6962,

Florence Antique Mall

Monmouth Theatre

A 125-seat theater about six blocks from Newport on the Levee with creative and offbeat shows. Cost ranges $12-$15. 636 Monmouth St., Newport; (859) 655-9140,

Rabbit Hash General Store

Truly a trip back in time. A working general store since 1831, the Northern Kentucky landmark in western Boone County was submerged in the flood of 1937. Store sells antiques, collectibles, hand-woven towels and soaps, wooden kitchen utensils and other items. Located in a great spot for bikers, Sunday drivers or anyone hoping to catch a great view of the river and watch time stand still. 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash; (859) 5867744,




One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Plenty of antiques, collectibles and “long-forgottens” inside. It’s a great way to see lots of antiques, including furnishings, at once. 8145 Mall Road, Florence; (859) 371-0600, florenceantiquemall .com.

Blue Marble Bookstore The full-service, independent children’s bookstore has over 50,000 titles. Also helps schools with special author visits, and arranges children’s book parties and hosts authors for signings. Will locate out-of-print and hard-tofind children’s books. 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; (859) 781-0602, /texis/scripts/community?sid=5792. THE ENQUIRER


DOWNTOWN VIEW: Ron Ziegler of Park Hills plays hole No. 5 at Devou Park Golf Course. On this signature hole, golfers are treated to a scenic view of downtown Cincinnati.

Special miscellaneous

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Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers

An a cappella gospel group of men who have performed together for about 12 years. They perform at local fundraisers and arts workshops, and the schedule includes periodic tours of Spain. An upcoming performance is Aug. 4 at Devou Park’s “Coffee Cup” series.


Tower Park in Fort Thomas

A great place for walkers to come enjoy a beautiful day out in the fresh air. Plenty of trees and greenspace. 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; (859) 781-1700, homepage.html.

HANG ON: Tom Kinnet (foreground) grabs a tree to steady himself as he and Suzanne Spang mountain bike in Tower Park in Fort Thomas.

Riverside Drive in Covington

ed off Dixie Highway, turn onto Sleepy Hollow Road and drive 1.7 miles to park’s entrance on the right.

Come sit on a park bench here and watch the boats, barges and traffic along the Ohio River. Located in the Licking Riverside Historic District, at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers.

Devou Park

The overlook at Devou Park in Covington has one of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline from Northern Kentucky. The park also features a concert bowl, picnic shelters, walking and bike trails, golf course and fishing lake. Locat-


Boone County Farmers Market

The Burlington market has a little bit of everything fresh. Fresh produce, plants, flowers, even fresh Kentucky-made jams and honeys of all sorts. You’ll learn a thing or two about local agriculture while you buy. The market is open from April through October near the corner of Ky. 18 and Ky. 237. To learn about all the farmers markets in Northern Kentucky, turn to Page 68.

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Secrets from north of the river O

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

Catch an indie film at Esquire, Mariemont


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

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

Row, row, row your way to serene Rowe Woods

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

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

Take your bicycle and a little extra sunscreen


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



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


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






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Hometown: New Orleans How long in Greater Cincinnati: 11⁄2 years latest stint Resides: Independence


How long in Greater Cincinnati:

49 years

Resides: Westwood

Putz’s ice cream boasts nice twist

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

My tip: Try club hopping right here in good ole downtown Cincinnati. My friends and I start at Bella located on 600 Walnut St. for the fine dining and upscale romantic atmosphere. Right across the the street is the Havana Martini Club located at 580 Walnut St. Thursday nights is Salsa Night and even if you have rhythm, patrons bear with you and it’s just one big party with the dancing, cigars and martinis. If you haven’t tired yourself out, you can walk maybe two blocks for a night cap and more dancing at McFadden¹s Restaurant and Saloon located at 19 E. Seventh St.

Searching for really good Mexican? Try Acapulco tonight



WEST SIDE SOFT SERVE: Putz’s has been serving up its famous creamy whip to customers since 1938.

Richmond, Ind.

How long in Greater Cincinnati:

6 years

Resides: West Chester

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

Alms Park offers peace for picnics



Portage, Ind.

How long in Greater Cincinnati: 1½ years Resides: Anderson

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


Keep it classical, turn to 90.9 FM


NEWS REPORTER Hometown: New York City How long in Greater Cincinnati:

10 years

Resides: Anderson




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



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



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

By Jim Knippenberg


here was a time, as little as 10 years ago, when serious wine drinkers turned up their educated noses at the thought – let alone the taste – of locally produced wines. But that was then, and this is now. Today, Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana have 15 wineries. Most are open to the public, most welcome tasters and many have won national and international awards. Area wine makers who have earned accolades include: m Henke Winery in Westwood won seven medals, including golds for best blush and best Cabernet Franc, at last summer’s Indiana International Wine Competition, the second-largest in the nation. m Burnet Ridge in North College Hill produces a Syrah and a Purple Trillium that have consistently won gold medals at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival. m Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery in Ripley walked away from the American Wine Society’s 2005 competition in Las Vegas with a total of three medals – 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, its 2003 Syrah and its 2004 Viognier/ Roussanne. m Woodstone Creek in Evanston has earned gold medals for its port, Crowne Amber (port-style honeywine) and Vidal Blanc. m Vinoklet in Colerain Township has a wall full of silver and bronze medals for two whites – Dreamer and In Vino Veritas, both sweet white wines – and its sweet red La Dolce Vita, all from Ohio State competitions. The wines are not only getting better, they’re getting more plentiful. Ten years ago there were seven local wineries, a figure that has more than doubled in a single decade. Spring and summer are perfect for touring wineries and grabbing a taste along the way. Go ahead, try it. ENDLESS CROP: There are 60 acres of vineyards at Valley Vineyards at 2276 E. U.S. 22 in Morrow. SUMMER 2006





Well done

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


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

Jeff Ruby’s Tropicana

1 Levee Way, Newport (859) 491-8900

The Precinct

Our food reviewer

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

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

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

and other fine-dining fare, such as braised lamb and veal chops.

South Beach Grill

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


Carlo and Johnny

9769 Montgomery Road, Montgomery (513) 936-8600 There are other places to sink your teeth into a steak. These are the best of the rest:

The Celestial Steakhouse


Steak oddities

According to a 2002 University of Michigan study, Americans eat an average of 200 pounds of meat per person per year, an increase of 22 pounds from 1970.

8170 Montgomery Road, Madeira (513) 984-8090 Steak and sushi are the specialties at this handsome, dark-wood steakhouse up the road from its sister restaurant, Trio. Try the strip steak with sautéed spinach, bacon and wild mushrooms, or choose one of the fresh seafood offerings.

Parker’s Blue Ash Grill

1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams (513) 241-4455 Far above the city at the top of Mount Adams is a place to eat first-class steaks. There’s also a good choice of seafood

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

Former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore (left) holds a record at Big Texan Steak Ranch for eating a 72-ounce steak in 91⁄2 minutes. The restaurant, located in Amarillo, Texas, will pick up the $50 tab for a full dinner for anyone who can finish a baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, roll and a 72-ounce top sirloin steak in less than an hour. SUMMER 2006






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NKY’s very best Looking for a great meal close to home? Try these locally owned hot spots Colonial Cottage

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

El Coyote

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

Karlo’s Bistro Italia

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


NO PASSPORT NEEDED: From start (bruschetta) to finish (tiramisu), dining at Karlo’s Bistro Italia is like touring Italy.

Greyhound Tavern

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

Indigo Casual Cafe

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

Montgomery Inn

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




A CLASSIC: A ribs and pork chop dinner from the Montgomery Inn.


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

York Street Cafe

738 York St., Newport (859) 261-9675 It may not be best for a family with young kids, but teenagers love this place, with its eclectic, eccentric decor, nightly specials and great cakes of all sorts. — Polly Campbell




OOM-PAH: Thomas Schweiger, a member of the Blaskapelle Bidingen, serenades the crowd at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport.

Rise and Dine

Searching for a spark to start your day? Here’s a few places that will perk up you

Known for their thin, light pancakes, the blueberry variety is especially good.

The National Exemplar

7800 Wooster Pike, Mariemont (513) 271-2103 Very much like the menu at First Watch, served in a Olde English inn setting in Mariemont’s town square. Eggs all kinds of ways, like omelets and frittatas, plus pancakes, waffles, and even some healthy choices.

Colonial Cottage

3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger (859) 341-4498 The waitresses seem to know everyone’s name here, but don’t feel left out. Fit in by ordering goetta with your eggs over-easy. They sell a lot of goetta here, often as part of their huge country breakfasts.

Foster’s Lake Forest

Country Grill

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

The Breakfast Club Cafe 102 N. Broadway, Lebanon


GET YOUR GOETTA: The Colonial Cottage in Erlanger is known for its huge country breakfasts, including goetta. (513) 932-0210 They roast their own coffee here, which should tell you something about how seriously they take breakfast. It’s a huge menu, from banana-nut pancakes to steak and eggs to vegetarian omelets.

Sugar ’N Spice

4381 Reading Road, Paddock Hills (513) 242-3521 Eat at the counter and rub elbows with early risers from all walks of life at this bright-pink breakfast and lunch café.

4445 Lake Forest Drive, Blue Ash (513) 769-9108 It may seem strange to go into someone else’s office building for breakfast, but this office park offers great coffee, comfortable banquettes and good hot breakfast for sit-down or grab-and-go.

Marx Hot Bagels

9701 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash (513) 891-5542 For bagels in a splendid, creative array, along with cream cheese and other toppings, all dairy kosher. Maybe a sunflower seed bagel with lox cream cheese.

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

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

The Silver Spring House

out, but designed for weekday dining, too. There are pizzas, entrée salads, pastas, burgers, and seriously delicious desserts. Kids’ menu, too.

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

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

7880 Remington Road, Montgomery (513) 794-0080 The pizza’s good because it’s woodfired; there are also pastas and some excellent salads. Plus they’ll give your kids raw pizza dough to play with while you wait.

Sturkey’s Encore Café

Anand India

9521 Fields-Ertel Road, Symmes Township, (513) 774-7072 776 N. Main St., Springboro (937) 748-8877 7305 Tylers Corner Drive, West Chester, (513) 759-0200 Swanky enough for a special night


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

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

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

Taste of Julia’s ter

8095 Beckett Center Drive, West Ches-

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

Best bets: Heading west Rondo’s


3234 Harrison Ave., Westwood (513) 662-3222 The model of a neighborhood bistro offers “cheffy” dishes from owner Ron Wise but also has a relaxed atmosphere, a Rondo burger and a children’s menu.

5209 Glenway Ave., Price Hill (513) 471-2100 Sebastian’s is tiny, and its Greek menu limited, but there’s likely to be something for everyone, from Greek salads and flaky spanakopita to Greek-spiced fries and gyros to a sweet honeyed baklava.

Cancun Mexican Restaurant 6383 Glenway Ave., Western Hills (513) 574-1639 It’s Mexican, and the food’s not fabulous, but it’s in Western Bowl, a West Side landmark, and there are big aquariums. Menu has children’s plates and Americanized Mexican entrees.

Ron’s Roost 3853 Race Road, Bridgetown (513) 574-0222 Everyone likes fried chicken, and this place is known for it. And there’s a newly remodeled dining room in which to eat it. There are many other home-style choices on the menu, too.

Cleves Drive-In 248 S. Miami Ave, Cleves (513) 941-6776 Country suppers are the specialty here, with homey, inexpensive combinations like the southern sausage supper or the Mason-Dixon supper. Another good choice: a Kentucky hot brown.

Gabby’s Cafe 515 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming (513) 821-6040 Lots of families here during the week. There’s an extensive children’s menu with a make-your-own pizza – the crust and ingredients are brought to the table for kids to assemble before it’s baked. — Polly Campbell


FILL UP HERE: Got an empty stomach? Gabby’s Café can take care of it with a menu loaded with tasty sandwiches, soups, salads and pizzas.

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Best bets: East side

Dewey’s Pizza

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

Betta’s Italian Oven

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

Pelican’s Reef

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


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

Choo Choo’s

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

Dilly Deli

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

Kona Bistro

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

Song Long

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

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

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By Sarah Hardee


ith farmers markets cropping up throughout the area, Northern Kentuckians don’t have to go far for fresh produce. Markets in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties offer homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, as well as a variety of homemade goods from the spring through the fall.

Boone County

The Boone County Farmers Market boasts about 50 vendors and offers flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, small trees and shrubs and fresh produce through October. The market is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and is held on a paved lot in Burlington near the corner of Ky. 18 and Route 237. A new facility is under construction next to the current lot. It will offer a more environmentally friendly and upscale location for the market, said manager Coy Wilson, Completion is set for this summer. For more information, call Wilson at (859) 586-6101, Ext. 330.

Campbell County

m The Campbell County Farmers Market offers three locations where local vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, annual and perennial flowers, jams, jellies, honey and arts and crafts. The Highlands Heights market is located at the Senior Citizens Activity Center parking lot, 3504 Alexandria Pike. The market is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 4, and 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays from June 6-Oct. 31. The Alexandria market is located in the Southern Lanes Sports Center parking lot, 7634 Alexandria Pike, and is open 3-6 p.m. Fridays from June 2 to Oct. 27. The Newport market is located at 709 Monmouth St. and is open 9 a.m.noon Saturdays from June 24-Oct. 28. For more information, call Dan Sorrell at (859) 572-2600. m The Dayton Farmers Market is one of Northern Kentucky’s newest. It is set to open May 6 and run through October from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the city’s public parking lot on Sixth Avenue. Vendors offer fruits, vegetables, jellies and jams.




WHAT’S THAT? Kyle Houze, 3, from Petersburg, shows his mom, Renee, various gourdes and pumpkins that he picked out at the Boone County Farmers Market. For more information, call Marvin Knobloch at (859) 491-1600, Ext. 229.

Kenton County

m The Dixie Farmers Market in Erlanger is open 2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays through October in the Erlanger Baptist Church parking lot, 116 Commonwealth Ave. In addition to the usual fresh produce, jellies, jams, honey, soaps and crafts, the market sells chicken, beef, pork and eggs under a recent grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organizers are planning to have about 40 vendors this year. Because of the popularity and growth of the market, the Erlanger-Elsmere Renaissance Advisory Board is seeking a



more permanent location. For more information, contact Renaissance Coordinator Bob Yoder at (859) 342-7911. m The Northern Kentucky Regional Farmers Market is located at the MainStrasse Village visitors’ parking lot, on Fifth Street between Philadelphia and Main streets in Covington. Vendors offer flowers, vegetables and fruit, as well as jarred items, herbs, seasonings, soap and crafts, said Sherry Carran, a volunteer who manages the market. The market is open 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays through October. For more information, call Carran at (859) 380-2528.

The Black Barn, 1161 W. Main St., Lebanon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (513) 932-2093 Farm Market of College Hill, corner of Llanfair and Hamilton avenues, College Hill 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday (513) 542-0007 Findlay Market, Elder Street, between Race and Elm streets, Over-theRhine (open year-round) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (through October) (513) 665-4839 Hollmeyer Orchards, 3241 Fiddler’s Green Road, Green Township 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (513) 574-0663 Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, U.S. Bank parking lot, 3424 Edwards Road, Hyde Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Information: (513) 561-1205 Mount Washington Farmers Market, Beechmont Avenue and Campus Lane 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday (513) 231-0984 Newtown Farm Market, 3950 Round Bottom Road, Newtown 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (513) 561-2004 Northside Farmers Market, parking lot at Hamilton Avenue and Lingo Street, Northside 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Information: (513) 706-5401 Rousters Apple House, 1986 Ohio 131, Milford (513) 625-5504 Shaw Farms, 1737 Ohio 131, Milford 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (July-November) (513) 575-2022 Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill 9 a.m. to dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 2:30 to dark Thursday (513) 561-8482 Tailgate Markets Inc. Tentative opening dates below; call to verify. 3:30 to 6 p.m. (859) 491-6140 Monday: Nativity Church, Woodford and Ridge roads, Pleasant Ridge (June 5) Wednesday: St. Jude Church, 5928 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown (July 5) Thursday: St. Therese Church, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Southgate (July 6) Friday: Northminster United Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Road, Finneytown (June 16) Wilfert Farms, 3135 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (513) 797-8018










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


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






Argosy Casino and Hotel

777 Argosy Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (888) 274-6797; This riverboat casino offers about 2,300 slot machines and 80 gaming tables in its three-deck facility, which can accommodate more than 4,000 passengers. There’s a 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; BB Riverboats has been a staple of the local riverfront for the past 25 years. Its cruises are more than just boat trips – they’re a chance to learn about the history of the river, enjoy a meal or dance under the stars. BB Riverboats offers a wide variety of cruises ranging from lunch and dinner trips to sightseeing jaunts and all-day excursions. Hours: Vary by cruise Admission: Varies by cruise


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

The Beach Waterpark

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

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa

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

Big Bone Lick State Park

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




AHHH! Travis Rasson and Karen Cope, students at Northern Kentucky University, relax at Big Bone Lick State Park. tors bills itself as “the center of American paleontology.” Fossilized animal remains were discovered in 1739, and many of them are on display in the Big Bone Lick Museum. But this park also offers much to do outdoors, with hiking trails, a 7.5-acre lake, picnic and camping areas, and facilities for tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and miniature golf. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Admission: Free



Boone County Arboretum at Central Park

9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky. (859) 384-4999; Boone County Arboretum at Central Park is the nation’s first arboretum within an active recreation park setting. Its 121 acres have more than 2,700

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

Cincinnati Railway

198 S. Broadway, Lebanon (513) 933-8022; These nostalgic train rides, which depart from Lebanon Station and travel along the original Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railroad line, offer the experience of travel from days gone by. The trains have restored 1950s GP-7 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

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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

Coney Island

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

The Dude Ranch

3205 Waynesville Road, Morrow (513) 563-7524 Spend your day having fun cowboy style, or maybe play a little paintball – this place offers both. Enjoy a horseback


FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: Krohn Conservatory annually plays host to thousands of these colorful creatures. This year’s show, Butterflies Down Under, includes varieties from Australia as part of its free-flight display. ride with a real cattle drive, just like in the Old West. Make a day of it and enjoy additional activities such as a hayride, a marshmallow roast around a campfire, a game of horseshoes and a visit to all the friendly animals in the children’s petting zoo. Or play paintball – guests 14 and older are provided with all the latest equipment, including 50 paintballs per person. Hours: Vary Admission: $4-$54.95 depending on activity

Gorman Heritage Farm

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

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: Free; special events vary in price

Grand Victoria Casino

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

Krohn Conservatory

1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati (513) 421-5707; parks This nationally recognized conservatory, located in Eden Park, is home to more than 3,500 species of plants from all over the world. Permanent displays show plants in their natural settings, ranging from a desert environment to a rainforest-like atmosphere with a 20-foot waterfall. Special events are held throughout the year, including floral displays and Cooking with Krohn, a program in which area chefs and horticulturalists combine to create a special culinary experience. One of the most popular programs at the conservatory is the annual Butterfly Show, in which thousands of these colorful creatures fly freely in the facility’s showroom. SUMMER 2006

Lazer Kraze

3187 Western Row, Maineville, Ohio (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: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Admission: $8-$18

Loveland Castle

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




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

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1 Aquarium Way, Newport (859) 491-3467; Newport Aquarium, which opened in May 1999, showcases more than 7,000 aquatic creatures from around the globe in a million gallons of water. Featuring a 385,000-gallon shark tank, a coral reef and a rainforest, it was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004. This state-of-the

art facility puts visitors close to the action, leading them through 200 feet of underwater tunnels, over see-through floors and past walk-around exhibits. There’s a touch pool for a hands-on experience. An 8,000-gallon display, complete with icy cliffs, puts penguins on center stage while guests take in the show on theatre-style seating. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; extended weekend hours during summer Admission: $17.95 adults; $10.95 ages 3-12; $15.95 ages 65 and older

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


MAKING HISTORY: The costumed performers at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg take visitors back to days gone by.

Paramount’s Kings Island

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

to each climber at the end of the journey. This adventure, conducted in groups of up to 12 people, begins at “Base Camp” at Newport on the Levee behind the Tropicana restaurant. It lasts about 21⁄2 hours, including 11⁄2 hours of climbing. Hours: Vary by date and type of climb Admission: $59.95 daytime; $79.95 sunrise, sunset or night. For more about the bridge climb, turn to Page 30.

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

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Where’s a young professional to go? Give Back Cincinnati

By Gina Daugherty


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

Legacy of Northern Kentucky Looking for maximum return for you volunteer investment? Then Legacy should be on your radar. Legacy, with over 100 members, creates programs and initiatives designed to benefit the community, with young professionals at the helm. Membership: $100 per year. This is the club you want to join if you’re not that into commitment. Give Back Cincinnati, a nonprofit intent on enhancing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky through volunteering, doesn’t have dues, meetings to attend, harassing phone calls or junk mail asking for money. Furthermore, they believe in having fun! So where do you sign up? Go online, where signing up ensures you’ll receive e-mail notifications of upcoming social and service events. Some upcoming events include a July 15 Give Back Cincinnati Challenge, which pits teams against each other in high-stakes games such as volleyball and cornhole, and an Aug. 5 Charity Golf Classic.


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

Cincinnati Sports Leagues

(513) 533-9386; Here is a recreational sports league that doesn’t miss a reason to party. Between leagues of volleyball, softball and other team sports, CSL makes sure everyone has a good time on and off the field. It’s like a giant playground that also throws some of the best happy hours in Greater Cincinnati.

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


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


Whether you’re a recreational flag football player or you just want to socialize with over 300 other young professionals at events, CSL can match your money with friends.

One World Wednesday

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

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

The Greenhornes

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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

No. 24

Procter & Gamble, consumer goods, $56.74 billion

No. 21

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

Kroger Co., supermarkets, $60.55 billion

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

No. 87

Federated Department Stores, $23.34 billion

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

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





No. 239

Ashland Inc., chemicals, $9.86 billion

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

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SHOPPING OFF THE POUNDS: Greg Noll (right), property manager at Crestview Hills Town Center, leads a group of walkers in the Commit To Be Fit program. The center, which opened in 2005 and has about 70 merchants, is open to walkers every day from 7 to 10 a.m.

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

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

Buttermilk Towne Center

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

Cincinnati Mills

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



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

Cold Spring Crossing

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

Crestview Hills Town Center

I-275 and Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills (859) 341-4353; shopcrestviewhills This facility has about 70 merchants, SARAH CONARD including Borders, Dillard’s and Bed Bath POWER OUTLET: Shoppers can get a lot of bang for their bucks at Cincinnati Mills, & Beyond. where some big-name retailers offer merchandise at major markdowns. Hours: Vary by merchant



Dry Ridge Outlet Shops

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

Eastgate Mall

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

Fairfield Avenue

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

Florence Mall

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

Houston Road

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


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

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

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

Tower Place Mall

Fourth and Race streets, downtown (513) 241-7700; The three-level center, connected to Carew Tower downtown, features dozens of exclusive shops and a large food court. Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue are nearby.

MainStrasse Village

Sixth and Main streets, Covington (859) 491-0458; Stroll the tree-lined streets, check out art galleries and shops selling antiques and collectibles, dine at one of the many restaurants or slip into one of the 19 pubs for a beer. Hours: Vary by merchant.

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

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Tri-County Mall

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


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

American Classical Music Hall of Fame

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

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

American Sign Museum

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

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

Arts Consortium of Cincinnati

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

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1600 Montague Rd., Covington (859) 491-4003 The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of Northern Kentucky’s natural, cultural, visual and performing arts heritage. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. SaturdaySunday. Admission: $4 for adults (1859); $3 for seniors (60+); $3 for children (3-17); free for BCM members and children under 3.


HOLIDAY TRAIN: Benjamin Ladford, 3, and his mom, Beth, from Independence, look at the Holiday Toy Trains last December at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. SUMMER 2006

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




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50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati (513) 333-7500 The Freedom Center stands as the nation’s newest monument to freedom. It brings to life the importance – and relevance – of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today. Made up of three buildings, it symbolizes the cornerstones of freedom – courage, cooperation and perseverance. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdaySunday. Admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors (60+); $10 students; $8 children (ages 612). Free children under 6. Group rates available.

Taft Museum of Art 316 Pike St., Cincinnati (513) 241-0343 A National Historic Landmark built in about 1820, the Taft is home to nearly 700 works of art, including European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts. The museum reopened in 2004 after extensive renovations. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors (65+); $5 students with ID; free for children (18 and younger). Wednesdays are free for everyone. Group rates available.

Verdin Bell and Clock Museum 444 Reading Rd., Cincinnati (513) 241-4010 The sound of Verdin bells rings from more than 30,000 churches and cathedrals while these clocks, street clocks and towers beautify places throughout the world. The Verdin Company started in 1842 in Cincinnati and has been guided by five generations of Verdins. Hours: Guided tours are given between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for reservations. Admission: $3 per person.


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the playhouse in the company of some of the nation’s finest regional theaters including Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage and Yale Repertory Theatre. Hours: The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Show times vary by event. Admission: Varies by event.

Aronoff Center for the Arts

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

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater

Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center

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

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

Shadowbox Cabaret

The Children’s Theatre

2106 Florence Ave., Cincinnati (513) 569-8080 In 1924, The Junior League of Cincinnati developed a plan to introduce area children to theater. Performances attempt to incorporate dance, visual art, opera and a variety of musical styles. Performances are at the Taft Theatre, downtown. Hours: Vary by event. Admission: $7-$18. Group rates available.

Cincinnati Ballet

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

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


BAH HUMBUG: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” from Dec. 2-30.

Greaves Concert Hall

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

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





Madcap Puppet Theater

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

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

Showboat Majestic

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

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

Playhouse in the Park

Stained Glass Theatre

Monmouth Theatre

962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati (513) 421-3888 The playhouse attracts more than 190,000 people annually to its two-theater complex during an 11-month season (August-June). In 2004, the playhouse was honored with the Regional Theatre Tony Award. One of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, it honors a non-profit professional regional theater company that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. The award has been given to one theater annually since 1976, and it places

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




ABOVE-PAR DAY: Golfers study he 14th green at Boone Links Golf Course in Florence. The course opened in 1979 and offers 27 holes.

Greener pastures

A list of golf courses, as well as other recreation activities in the area A.J. Jolly Golf Course

5350 S. U.S. 27, Alexandria, KY 41001 Phone: (859) 635-2106 Rates: Weekdays: $14, nine hole; $23, 18 holes. Weekends: $15, nine holes; $24, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 118/69.3 Pro: Terry Jolly Online:

Boone Links Golf Course

19 Clubhouse Drive, Florence, KY 41042 Phone: (859) 371-7550 Rates: Weekdays and weekends: $15, nine holes; $26, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 128/72.1 Pro: Jeff Kruempelman Online:

The best public golf around Kentucky 1. Lassing Pointe, Union 2. Old Silo, Mt. Sterling 3. Lafayette, Falls of Rough 4. Hidden Cove, Olive Hill 5. Dale Hollow, Burkesville 6. Wasioto Winds, Pineville 7. Stone Crest, Prestonburgh 8. Houston Oaks, Paris 9. Kearney Hill, Lexington

Devou Park Golf Course

1344 Audubon Road, Covington, KY 41011 Phone: (859) 431-8030 Rates: Weekdays and weekends: $14, nine holes; $22.50, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 114/66.2 Pro: Ralph Landrum Online:

10. Fox Run, Independence 11. The Bull at Boone’s Trace, Richmond 12. Peninsula, Lancaster 13. Cherry Blossom, Georgetown 14. Eagle Ridge, Louisa 15. Mineral Mound, Katawa 16. The Willows, Independence 17. Eagle Trace, Morehead 18. The Summit, Owensboro


Flagg Springs Golf Course

3670 Smith Road, California, KY 41007 Phone: (859) 635-2170 Rates: Weekdays: $14.50, nine holes; $22, 18 holes. Weekends: $14.50, nine holes; $23, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 111/68.3 Pro: Brian Lambdin SUMMER 2006

Hickory Sticks Golf Course

3812 Painter Road, California, KY 41007 Phone: (859) 635-8000 Rates: Weekdays: $15, nine holes; $20, 18 holes. Weekends: $20, nine holes; $27, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 118/67.8 Pro: Brady Mescher Online:

Lassing Pointe Golf Course

2266 Double Eagle Drive, Union, KY 41091 Phone: (859) 384-2266 Rates: Weekdays and weekends: $18.50, nine holes; $37, 18 holes. Slope/rating: 132/72.2 Pro: Jeff Kruempelman Online:




The CinCinnaTi Reds hall of fame and museum:

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

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

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

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




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


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


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

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Bengals

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

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

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

GIVE ’EM A HAND: The Bengals gave fans reason to cheer last season, when they won the AFC North Division title.






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

Florence Freedom

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

ALSO … Kentucky Speedway

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

Cincinnati Cyclones

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

Florence Speedway

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

Cincinnati Excite

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

Turfway Park

Cincinnati Kings

P.O. Box 998, Cincinnati, 45201

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

Cincinnati Ladyhawks

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

Cincinnati Marshals

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

Cincinnati Sizzle

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


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

Kings Comets

1065 Reading Road, Mason, 45040 (513) 459-4883 Members of the Mid-Continental Football League. Play home games at Princeton High School. Tickets: $6 adult, $4 teens, $2 ages 612. Purchase online at


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

Miami RedHawks

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

Xavier Musketeers

3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, 45207 (513) 745-3000; Members of the Atlantic 10 Conference (NCAA Division I).

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

Northern Kentucky Norse

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

Thomas More Saints

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

Mount St. Joseph Lions

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

Cincinnati State Surge

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, 45223 (513) 861-7700; Athletics SUMMER 2006

7500 Turfway Road, Florence, Ky., 41042 (800) 733-0200; Live thoroughbred racing and simulcasting. Jan. 1-April 6, Sept. 6-Oct. 5, Nov. 26-Dec. 31. Tickets: Free admission

River Downs Racetrack

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

Western & Southern Financial Group Masters Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open

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

AVP Cincinnati Open

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




Meet the owners Cincinnati’s two big-time pro sports teams are run by strong businessmen 2006 Bengals schedule PRESEASON WASHINGTON 8 p.m. at Buffalo 7 p.m. GREEN BAY 8 p.m. at Indianapolis 7 p.m. REGULAR SEASON Sept. 10 at Kansas City 1 p.m. Sept. 17 CLEVELAND 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Oct. 1 NEW ENGLAND 4:15 p.m. Oct. 8 Bye – Oct. 15 at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. Mike Brown, Oct. 22 CAROLINA 1 p.m. Oct. 29 ATLANTA 1 p.m. Bengals president Nov. 5 at Baltimore 1 p.m. Bengals president Mike Brown has Nov. 12 SAN DIEGO 1 p.m. been running Cincinnati’s NFL franNov. 19 at New Orleans 1 p.m. chise since the death of his father, Nov. 26 at Cleveland 1 p.m. coaching legend Paul Brown, in 1991. BALTIMORE 8 p.m. Brown heads a family-owned busi- Nov. 30 Dec. 10 OAKLAND 1 p.m. ness. Dec. 18 at Indianapolis 8:30 p.m. His daughter, Katie Blackburn, is the at Denver 4:15 p.m. club’s executive vice president and her Dec. 24 Dec. 31 PITTSBURGH 1 p.m. father’s heir apparent. Pete Brown, Mike’s brother, and Paul All times Eastern H. Brown, Mike’s son, are vice presiHome games in CAPITAL LETTERS dents in the team’s scouting department. Troy Blackburn, Mike Brown’s son- um deal in Baltimore, which tried to in-law and Katie Blackburn’s husband, lure the Bengals before it persuaded also is a Bengals vice president. former Browns owner Art Modell to Mike Brown spent much of the 1990s move the former Cleveland franchise working to secure a new home for the to the city before the 1996 season. Bengals – Paul Brown Stadium, which Brown also was assistant general opened in 2000. In March 1996, Hamil- manager, helping his father build Benton County voters approved public gals teams that played in Super Bowls funding for Paul Brown Stadium and a following the 1981 and 1988 seasons. new Reds stadium, Great American Brown has a background playing Ball Park. football as well – he was a quarterback Mike Brown has been around footat Dartmouth College. He later earned ball all of his life. a law degree from Harvard University. He worked closely with his father to His daughter and son-in-law also are bring professional football to Cincinlawyers. nati. The Bengals’ first season was Brown has served on the NFL’s com1968. Brown worked with Cincinnati petition committee and the manageand Hamilton County leaders to secure ment council’s executive committee. funding for the construction of RiverHe and his wife, Nancy, live in Indian front Stadium, which became the BenHill. They have two granddaughters. gals’ home in 1970. — Mark Curnutte Brown turned down a lucrative stadiAug. 13 Aug. 18 Aug. 28 Sept. 1

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





Robert Castellini, Reds CEO

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

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

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University of Kentucky Wildcats

Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, 40506 Members of the Southeastern Conference. Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (800) 928-2287

University of Louisville Cardinals

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Athletics Department, University of Louisville, Louisville, 40292 Members of the Big East Conference. Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (800) 633-7105

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

521 Lancaster Ave., AC 115, Richmond, 40475 Members of the Ohio Valley Conference Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (859) 622-5108

Morehead State Eagles 195 Academic-Athletic Center, Morehead, 40351 Members of the Ohio Valley Conference Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (606) 783-2088

Murray State Racers

217 Stewart Stadium, Murray, 420713351 Members of the Ohio Valley Conference Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (270) 809-4895

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, 42101 Members of the Sun Belt Conference Tickets: Prices vary by sport. Call (800) 5-BIG-RED or (270) 745-5222.

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COLERAIN 513.245.9099

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Dr. Thomas Nagy, Optometrist 8340 Colerain Ave.

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Dr. Matt Dayringer, Optometrist 8460 U.S. Highway 42 (at Hopeful Church Road)

Dr. Jason Winterbottom, Optometrist 768 NW Washington Blvd.

Dr. Jeffrey Hartman, Optometrist 11625 Chester Rd.

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Dr. Albert Drees, Optometrist 8740 Montgomery Rd. (Next to Willie’s Sports Bar & Grill)

Dr. Terry Leach, Optometrist Dr. Laura Thiemann, Optometrist 5303 Glenway Ave. (at Casa Loma Ave.)

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


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



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




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BOY LOVES HIS DOG: A.J. Beck, 8, from Taylor Mill, eats a Goetta Dog at Glier’s Goettafest at Newport’s Festival Park. 25: Def Leppard and Journey, Riverbend. 26: Vans Warped Tour, Riverbend. 23-29: Butler County Fair, Hamilton. 28-29: Macy’s Music Festival, with Earth Wind and Fire and Patti LaBelle. Paul Brown Stadium, downtown Cincinnati. 28-29: Queen City Blues Fest, Sawyer Point. 29-30: Vectren Dayton Air Show, Dayton International Airport. 29-30: Newport Arts and Music Festival, Newport Festival Park. 30: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New World Spectacular. Riverbend Music Center.


1: Dave Matthews Band, Riverbend. 2-6: Hamilton County Fair, Carthage. 2-13: Ohio State Fair, Columbus. 3-6: World’s Longest Yard Sale, MainStrasse Village, Covington, to Gadsden, Alabama. 4: 311, Riverbend. 4-6: Glier’s Goettafest, Newport Festival Park. 5: The Black Crowes, Riverbend.



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

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

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TBD: U.S.S. Nightmare, Newport. TBD: Shocktober, Cincinnati Museum Center. Weekends: FearFest, and Nick or Treat, Paramount’s Kings Island. 4-8: Tall Stacks Music, Arts and Heritage Festival. 5: Toby Keith, Riverbend. 6-28: Keeneland Fall Meet, Lexington. 7: Reggae Run, Ault Park. 8: Hyde Park Square Art Show. (513) 8712458 8: Second Sunday on Main. “Carnivale de la Calle Main.” Main Street, Over-the-Rhine. 13-15: Salt Festival: Lewis & Clark – The Homecoming, Big Bone Lick State Park, Ky. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29: HallZOOween, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 17-Nov. 17: “Ace,” Playhouse in the Park. 17-29: “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Broadway Across America. 19-Nov. 19: “Macbeth,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 20-22: Cincinnati Antiques Festival, Sharonville Convention Center. 21-23: Cheerleading Competition, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 28: Annie Proulx, Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., Cincinnati.


3-5: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 11-Dec. 23: “This Wonderful Life,” Playhouse in the Park. 14-26: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Broadway Across America. 17-Dec. 31: PNC Festival of Lights, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 17-19: Christkindlmarkt, Germania Society. 23: Thanksgiving Day Race, downtown Cincinnati. 24: Light up the Square, downtown Cincinnati. 24-26: Winterfair, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. 24-Jan. 7: Holiday Junction (model train exhibit), Cincinnati Museum Center. 24-Jan. 7: Holiday Fest, The Beach Waterpark. Nov. 24-Dec. 31: Cinergy/CSX Train Display, downtown Cincinnati.


WinterFest, Paramount’s Kings Island. 2: Historic Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival. (513) 932-1100 2-3: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Kwame Ryan conducts. Colin Currie, percussion. (513) 381-33002-10: Christmas at Glendower, Lebanon. (513) 932-1817 2-30: “A Christmas Carol,” Playhouse in the Park. 7-31: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 8-10: Happy Holidays from the Pops, with the von Trapp Children, Music Hall. 9-Feb. 2008: Graphic Design: Contemporary and Modern / Art and Design, designed by Todd Oldham,Contemporary Arts Center. 15-17: Cincinnati Winter Sports Festival, Cinergy Center and Northern Kentucky Convention Center. 19-31: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Broadway Across America.





ON THE RUN: More than 9,000 participants finished last year’s 10K despite some cold and windy conditions.


5-7: Cincinnati Golf Show. Cinergy Center. 5-14: Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show. Cinergy Center. 10-14: Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show. Cinergy Center. 16-28: “Twelve Angry Men,” Broadway Across America. 16-Feb. 16: Pure Confidence, Playhouse in the Park. 18-20: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Paavo Jarvi conducts. Helene Grimaud, piano. 26-28: Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, U.S. Bank Arena.


3-March 4: “1:23,” Playhouse in the Park. 3-May 6: Andrew Wyeth Watercolors and Drawings, Cincinnati Art Museum. 8-March 4: “The Winter’s Tale,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 10-11: Bridalrama, Cinergy Center. 11-April 26: Fine Arts Fund campaign. 13-25: “All Shook Up,” Broadway Across America. 15-18: Cincinnati Auto Expo, Cinergy Center. 16-17: MainStrasse Mardi Gras, Covington. 24-25: Cincinnati Cat Club Cat Show, Cinergy Center. (513) 244-1152 24-March 4: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, Cinergy Center.




TBD: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus, U.S. Bank Arena. 6-April 6: “Reckless,” Playhouse in the Park. 9-10: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall. Paavo Jarvi conducts. Yefim Bronfman, piano. 11: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Cincinnati. 22-April 15: “The Cherry Orchard,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 23-24: Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 24-April 22: “Murderers,” Playhouse in the Park. 29-May 6: Disney’s “The Lion King,” Broadway Across America.


TBD: Paramount’s Kings Island opens weekends. 2: Findlay Market Opening Day Parade / Reds Opening Day. 21-29: Cincinnati Spring Flower Show, Coney Island. 24-May 25: “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” Playhouse in the Park.


Zoo Babies, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 3-27: “The Tempest,” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 5-6: Cincy Cinco festival, Riverbend.

6: Flying Pig Marathon. 11-13: Appalachian Festival, Coney Island. 12-June 24: Butterfly Show, Krohn Conservatory. 19-20: May Festival, MainStrasse Village, Covington.


1-3: Summerfair, Coney Island. 2-3: Meijer Kids Fest, Sawyer Point, downtown. 16-17: Child Wellness Fair, Coney Island.


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Provides safe, diverse parks and wholesome recreation programs to enhance the quality of life in Boone County.





Walking Wednesdays 7 PM Check the website for weekly locations.

Boone Woods Park

Veterans Way and Ky. 18

Central Park

9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, KY

Camp Ernst Lake

2 miles south of Ky. 18 on Camp Ernst rd.

England-Idlewild Park

5550 Idlewild Rd, Burlington

Florence Nature Park Banklick St. off Hwy 42

Fox Run

Woodside Dr., Florence

Giles Conrad Park

Rt. 8, two miles from intersection with Tanner Rd., Hebron

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park


Boone County Parks Are Open Year Round

Hwy 18 to stop sign in Burlington

Lincoln Woods Park

Hopeful Church Rd. at Rosetta Drive, Florence

Middle Creek Park

6 miles west of Burlington on Ky. 18

Shor Lake Park

Hwy. 25, Richwood

Union Pool

10165 U.S. Hwy 42, Union

Walton Community Park


MAY 10 Start Smart Soccer (ages 3–5) MAY 11 Mother’s Day Cookie Flower Pot Start Smart Golf (ages 5–7) MAY 16–22 NKY Senior Games Adult Dodgeball (18+ years) MAY 19 Women’s Summer Volleyball (18+ years) MAY 21 Spring Fishing Derby (15 & under) MAY 24 Adult Soccer (30+ years) MAY 25 bingo by the Creek Jr. Olympics Skills Competitions Begin (ages 8–13) MAY 27 Union Pool Opens JUNE 3 Central Park, Arboretum Day JUNE 5 Camp Goodridge Begins (8 wks) Children’s Park Program (ages 4–11)

Youth Dodgeball (ages 9–15) JUNE 8 Hershey Track & Field (ages 9–14) JUNE 10 Teddy Bear Picnic (ages 3+) 10 AM–1 PM JUNE 16 Concert at Creekside, Blue Chip City Big Band, 7:30 PM–9 PM JUNE 17 Family Fun/Movie Night

JUNE 22 Concert at Creekside, Jim Moore from the Animal Band 7:30 PM–9 PM JUNE 24 Family Fun/Movie Nights 7:30 PM–8:30 PM JUNE 30 Concert at Creekside, 7:30 PM–9 PM JULY 1 Family Fun/Movie Nights, 7:30 PM–8:30 PM JULY 3 Children’s Park Programs JULY 4 Celebrate America JUNE 7 Concert at Creekside, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 PM–9 PM JULY 8 Family Fun/Movie Nights, Mr Cowpie’s Party Animals, 7:30 PM–8:30 PM JULY 14 Concert at Creekside, Laura Hazelbaker & the BuckeyeRoos, 7:30 PM–9 PM JULY 15 Family Fun/Movie Night JULY 21 Concert at Creekside, Florence Community Band, 7:30 PM–9 PM JULY 22 Family Fun/Movie Nights, MadCap Puppets, 7:30 PM–8:30 PM JULY 28 Concert at Creekside, Gospel Concert, 7:30 PM–9 PM JULY 31– AUGUST 4 Archery Camp 9:30 AM–11 AM


AUGUST 1–5 Jack Hermans’ Soccer Camp AUGUST 5 Touch-A-Truck, County Administration Building 10:00 AM–2:00 PM AUGUST 9 Boone County Fair Contests AUGUST 11 Baggo Tournament AUGUST 21–25 Camp Creative Zone AUGUST 23 NFL, Punt, Pass and Kick 4 PM–7 PM SEPTEMBER 11–15 Camp Crayon SEPTEMBER 17 Boone Woods, Art & Craft Show, 12 PM–5 PM OCTOBER 14 Decorate a Tree for Wildlife OCTOBER 16–20 Creative Movement Camp OCTOBER 20 Boone Woods, Haunted Movie Night, 7:30 PM OCTOBER 28 Central Park, Jack-OLantern Contest and Walk, 7:30 PM–9:30 PM NOVEMBER 8 Breakfast With Santa Registrations Begin, 8 AM NOVEMBER 18 Search for Tom Turkey NOVEMBER 24 Letters from Santa Light-up Boone County Registration begins DECEMBER 4 Holiday Tree Lighting DECEMBER 12–15 Breakfast With Santa

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


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




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



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

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


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Concert Series

Chicago and Huey Lewis & The News Counting Crows w/ special guest The Goo Goo Dolls


Fall festivals

July 25 Def Leppard and Journey August 1 Dave Matthews Band w/ special guest Gov’t Mule

August 5 The Black Crowes

w/ special guest Robert Randolf & The Family Band and Drive By Truckers

August 16 John Fogerty and Willie Nelson July 13


w/ special guest Cinderella

July 26 2006 Vans Warped Tour August 4 3 1 1

w/ special guests The Wailers and Pepper

August 12 Rascal Flatts

w/ special guest Gary Allan

August 29 Steely Dan and Michael McDonald Sept 2 Brooks & Dunn w/ special guest Sugarland

Sept 30 Brad Paisley October 5 Toby Keith

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From Bourbon to Garlic to Walnuts to Pumpkins

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable service charges. All dates and times subject to change without notice. All events rain or shine.



Apple Butter Festival

WHEN: Sept. 13-17 WHERE: Various locations, Bardstown, Ky. GETTING THERE: 140 miles southwest; I-75 south to Bluegrass Parkway west CONTACT: or (800) 638-4877

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7-8 WHERE: Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner GETTING THERE: 40 miles northwest; Ronald Reagan Highway west (Ohio 126); Colerain Avenue north (U.S. 27); through Oxford into College Corner CONTACT: (513) 523-2546

Preble County Pork Festival

National City Garlic Festival

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 WHERE: Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton GETTING THERE: 60 miles north; I-74 west to Colerain Avenue (U.S. 27) north; right on Ohio 73, right on Ohio 177 CONTACT: or (937) 456-7273

Country Apple Festival

Counting Crows


LOTS OF CABBAGE: At St. Augustine Catholic Church in Waynesville, Ted Moser boils heads of cabbage as church volunteers make 12,000 cabbage rolls for the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 WHERE: Along Mulberry Street, Lebanon GETTING THERE: 32 miles northeast; I-71 north to Ohio 48 north CONTACT: or (513) 932-6585

Tipp City Mum Festival WHEN: Sept. 22-24 WHERE: Downtown Tipp City, Ohio GETTING THERE: 63 miles north; I-75 north to 571 east CONTACT:

Valley Vineyards Wine Festival WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 27-30 WHERE: Valley Vineyards Estate, 2276 E. U.S. 22, Morrow GETTING THERE: 32 miles northeast; I-71 north to Mason-Montgomery exit; left on Mason-Montgomery Road; right on Fields Ertel; left on U.S. 22 CONTACT: or (513) 899-2485

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 WHERE: Cox Arboretum & Gardens MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton GETTING THERE: 48 miles north; I-75 north to Exit 44, Miamisburg/Centerville. Turn right; left on Springboro Pike CONTACT: or (937) 434-9005

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival WHEN: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 WHERE: Along Ohio 73, Waynesville GETTING THERE: 35 miles northeast; I-71 north to Ohio 48 north; U.S. 42 into Waynesville CONTACT:

Black Walnut Festival WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14-15 WHERE: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Colerain Twp. GETTING THERE: 12 miles northwest; I-74 west to North Bend Road, turn right; left onto Cheviot Road; right onto Poole Road CONTACT: or (513) 521-7275

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WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18-

WHERE: Downtown Circleville, Ohio GETTING THERE: 113 miles northeast; I-71 north to 35 east to 22 east CONTACT:

Discover Northern Kentucky (2006)  

Discover the good things to enjoy in Northern Kentucky in this comprehensive annual guide to places to go and things to see and do. This yea...

Discover Northern Kentucky (2006)  

Discover the good things to enjoy in Northern Kentucky in this comprehensive annual guide to places to go and things to see and do. This yea...