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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meet the alpacas during Farm Days Count Your Blessings in Sidney opens farm to the public the animals during National Alpaca Farm Days Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This is the fifth year the farm, 680 Doorley Road, is participating in the national event. Alpaca breeders across the United States and Canada invite the public to their farms to meet the animals and learn more about them during the annual event. Rick and Annette BY LINDY Paulus started their farm JURACK in 1999, and began breediN75 Editor ing and raising alpacas in SIDNEY — This week- 2001 after they saw some end local residents have a at a farm they went to to PROVIDED PHOTO buy a tractor. chance to meet Josiah, Kelton Moore jumps with alpaca Glory Be in the obstacle course at a previous “We just fell in love Nugget, Juliette, CinFarm Days event. Kelton is the son of Randy and Patti Moore, of Sidney. derella, Glory Be, Egypt, with them,” Annette said. Sistine and the rest of the Soft fleece animals, without harmhypoallergenic. People get a feel of the soft, thick alpacas that live at Count ing them, each May, and who are allergic to wool fleece yourself, and see a Alpaca fleece can be Your Blessings Alpacas in shorn and made into the result is about 5 to 8 can wear alpaca items be- sheering demonstration. Sidney. You can get up cause of the soft texture. clothing and other items. pounds of fleece. It is • See Alpacas on page 3 The Pauluses sheer their lightweight and naturally At Farm Days, you can close and personal with


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Alpacas nity to lead the alpacas through an obstacle course set up on the Count Your Blessings farm. The animals are sends its alpaca fleece to very agile, Annette said, a co-op in Tennessee, and they follow any where it is made into leader. Annette and Rick socks, gloves, scarves, will show children how hats, sweaters and more. to hold the short leash During Farm Days, and stay in front of the items made from the alpacas, then the kids are on their fleece will be own, taking for sale at the alpaca the farm. over steps Any other and jumps. time of the In the year, the past, AnPauluses can nette has order alpaca seen the items for sense of customers. pride chilAlpaca dren get fleece is de— Annette Paulus when they sirable becomplete the cause it has course. And the luster of silk, is soft a small cheering section like cashmere and is as tends to gather along warm as wool without the fence to root for being heavy. Clothes them, she said. made from alpaca fleece Food and music also stretch, repell water, reduce odor and don’t will be a part of Farm wrinkle. Days, which had about Annette also likes al225 visitors last year. pacas because they are Guests can feed the allight on the property. pacas, take a tour of They eat grass without their barn and see other pulling out the roots, demonstrations. A playand they have soft ground also is on site. padded feet instead of “Come, sit and enjoy hooves, so they don’t the day and the peacedamage the terrain. fulness of the alpacas,” Obstacle course Annette said. “I would love to have people come This weekend, kids will have the opportuand knit.”


“Come, sit and enjoy the day and the peacefulness of the alpacas.”


Madison Paulus, one of the helpers at the Count Your Blessings Alpaca Farm Days event, helps a girl lead an alpaca through the obstacle course. Madison is the daughter of Tim and Julie Paulus of Springboro.

New babies Count Your Blessings Alpacas has two new babies, called crias, which can be seen at Farm Days. One is a little more than one week old, and the other is about one month old. Most of the alpacas on the farm were born there, Annette said. Right now, the farm is home to 32 alpacas, 21 of which the Pauluses own.

The others are being boarded at Count Your Blessings. The herd includes crias, females and sires, and all of them are for sale. The Pauluses breed and sheer aplacas for other farmers, and they also show their animals at competitions.

Alpaca facts Alpacas come in 22 different colors, varieties of black, brown, tan, gray and more, some are

spotted — others not. People can see every color at Farm Days because Count Your Blessings has them all. They don’t spit much, like their llama cousins, and they don’t make a lot of noise, Annette said, just

a soft hum. Adult alpacas are about 36 inches tall at the withers, the highest part of its back, and they can weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. All the alpacas at Count Your Blessings are Huacaya (wa-Ki’-ah), the more common of the two types. They have a carpet-like fluffy and fine coat, while the Suri (SUR-ee) fiber resembles dreadlocks. The Pauluses invite everyone out to Count Your Blessings for Alpaca Farm Days and thank all who have helped with the event. “We couldn’t do this without family and friends helping,” Annette said. To learn more, visit or find Count Your Blessings Alpacas on Facebook. Annette Paulus is pictured on the cover holding one of the farm’s crias. Alpaca Josiah is seen on the left of page 2. Both photos were taken by iN75 Editor Lindy Jurack.

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TROY — The Leaf & Vine is rolling out its new house cigar at its premier cigar event Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The bar, 108 W. Main St., has been working with the J.C. Newman cigar company to develop the new Leaf & Vine cigar. J.C. Newman has been in the business for 115 years and is known for its “Brick House” cigar. “After careful blending, tedious tasting and a painstaking rating process, the choice was made by our very own cigar customers,” said co-owner Patty Rose. The cigar is a Connecticut Broad Leaf wrapper with a select filler of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. Heather Taylor, local graphic designer, created the beautiful new cigar label. This hand-crafted premium tobacco cigar has a price tag of only $5. “Thursday evening will be filled with pleasures,” Rose said. “You can expect French maid servers, cigar specials, music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktail specials and plenty of door prize opportunities for our cigar patrons.”

Monkey’s plans poker run fundraiser for SIDS Institute TROY — Monkey’s Billiards and Grill, 934 N. Market St., is planning a fundraiser for the American SIDS Institute. Riding for Babies, a poker run and after party, will be Oct. 1. Registration is at 1 p.m., with the first bike out at 3 p.m. The last bike in is at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per motorcycle, $5 more with a passenger.

The event is sponsored by Tribe M/C. The band See Alice Jones will perform for the after party at Monkey’s. Z Performance will be at Monkey’s with a Dyno Machine, so riders can prove how fast their bikes are. Riding for Babies will include a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the American SIDS Institute.

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Players, sponsors needed for Troy Rec dodgeball tourney TROY — The Troy Rec is teaming up are needed. with local businesses to host a dodge“The dodgeball tournament provides ball tournament Oct. 15 and adults, the perfect opportunity to develop youth and sponsors can sign up now. team-building skills or to settle the In July 2010, Troy Rec held its first score with a friendly rival,” Rec Direcdodgeball tournament. It was Troy tor Beth Shrake said. “If you have a riRec’s largest fundraiser. with more valry with anyone, you bring the teams than 65 participants and 11 businesses and we’ll help you settle it.” involved. The Anyone can resecond tournaquest a challenge ment in March match to any busi2011 was anness or individual. If other success, the challenge is acand now it’s time cepted, the Rec will for a third tourguarantee at least nament. one match against Adult and that opponent. youth divisions For additional inare available. formation or registraAdult registration forms, go to tion is $100 for a, call six-person team. the Troy Rec at (937) — Beth Shrake 339-1923 or stop by Youth (grades 612) can register 11 N. Market Street. a six-person team for $30. All players The Troy Rec has been serving the receive a T-shirt and are entered in the youth of Troy since 1941. In addition to door-prize drawing. serving the community as an afterBusinesses are encouraged to help school rec center for teens, the Troy Rec by getting a team together or being a space is being utilized by residents of sponsor. Sponsorships are available for all ages and provides programs such as $200, which includes having a logo on youth indoor soccer, child care and a T-shirts provided to all participants. In summer reading program. The Troy addition, any contributions, such as Rec serves adults in providing space to gift certificates for door prizes, also hold dance and exercise classes.

“The dodgeball tournament provides the perfect opporunity to develop team-building skills or to settle the score with a friendly rival.”

40th Rhine Turkey Shoot and Festival loaded with family fun BOTKINS — The 40th annual Rhine Turkey Shoot and Family Festival this weekend will provide a chance for individuals to shoot at standing targets and win prizes at a variety of games and raffles. The festival will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 3 miles east of Botkins on Botkins Road.

The entire family can enjoy homemade sandwiches, soups and pies and a variety of other good food. The soup can be purchased by the container to take home or by the bowl. Drinks also will be sold. The day includes shooting at standing targets with 12-gauge shotguns for prizes of turkeys. Shoot sign-up starts at 10:30 a.m.

Adult games, including cake and craft wheels, also will be available, and there will be a children’s tent with games and pumpkin painting. Cornhole tournament registration will start at 11:30 a.m., and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m. A raffle for more than $3,600 in various prizes will take place and attendance prizes will be given throughout the day.

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Fall into a festival Prairie Peddler Festival BUTLER — Step back in time and experience the simpler life of a bygone era. Located in Ohio on beautiful scenic Ohio 97, the Prairie Peddler Festival welcomes the whole family for a day full of fun and entertainment. The event features a long list of crafters, live entertainment, food and kids’ activities including a petting zoo, butterfly

house, candle making, pony rides and more. When: Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 3170 State Route 97, Butler Admission: Adults $7, children 6-12 $3, children younger than 6 free Details:

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the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad on a train ride through Warren County in Southwestern Ohio to Schappacher Farm in Mason. Walk through a real working farm, pet the animals, find your way through a corn maze and select a pie pumpkin for your very own. Homemade snacks are for sale at the Schappacher Farm Barn. When: Oct. 1-30, Saturdays and Sundays 10

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Columbus Italian Festival COLUMBUS — The annual Columbus Italian Festival, presented by St. John the Baptist Parish, celebrates Italian-American culture with live entertainment, open-air markets, dancing, a children’s area and plenty of food. This year, the Columbus Italian Club will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the world’s largest meatball. When: Oct. 7, 5-11 p.m.; Oct. 8, noon to midnight; Oct. 9, noon to 8 p.m. Where: 168 E. Lincoln St., Columbus Admission: Adults $5, kids 12 and younger free Details:

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Members of the audience have their eyes on the stage at the 2010 Bob Evans Farm Festival. unique artistic talents of the local Appalachian community along with performances by famed folk musicians, steel drum and patriotic bands and a Christianbased school choir. The festival will not only provide crafts and demonstrations to peruse, but also workshops on growing herbs, jewelry making, felting, embellishing a dried gourd bowl and making your own hypertufa garden container. When: Oct. 7-9 Where: Hilltop Designs, 9764 Tri-County Road, Winchester Admission: Free Details:

Overfield Fall Festival TROY — The Overfield Early Childhood Program will host its annual Fall Festival Oct. 8. This is the only festival in the Miami Valley specifically for preschool and early elementary children. Kids won’t want to miss hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, games, live music, face painting, crafts, food and more. A huge raffle will be held with prizes for adults and children, including sports tickets, toys, vacations and more. • Continued on page 7


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Fall into a festival When: Oct. 8, noon to 5 p.m. Where: 172 S. Ridge Ave., Troy Admission: Free Details:

Harvest of Quilts GREENVILLE — Harvest of Quilts, which takes place each October in Greenville, is a large quilt show that includes a fashion show, quilt auction and demonstrations. When: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St. Admission: Unknown Details:

Premier Piqua Fall Showcase PIQUA — This second annual multi-class show comes to the Miami Valley Centre Mall for two fun-filled shopping days. The mall will be brimming full with exhibitors, including arts, crafts, gifts, collectibles, and a dimension of exclusive home and personal products. Holiday shoppers, collectors and admirers will be able to choose from the plentiful selec-

tion of hard-to-find gifts at this Fall Showcase. Decorating ideas for the holiday season will be plentiful and help get any shopper in the mood. When: Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Oct. 9, noon to 6 p.m. Where: Miami Valley Centre Mall, 987 E. Ash St. Admission: Unknown Details:

Yellow Springs Street Fair YELLOW SPRINGS — At this event, more than 200 booths selling fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, unique gifts, massages and more, join the international selection of cuisine from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs. Street Fair in Yellow Springs is much more than an arts and food fair; it’s an all-day festival with entertainment throughout the village whether from street performers, at the Jackson Lytle and Lewis Stage or at the Bryan Center Music Festival and Beer Garden. When: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Yellow Springs Admission: Free Details: www.yel-

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival WAYNESVILLE — The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival has grown from a small town local event in 1970 to one of the premier craft festivals in the nation. Organizers jury more than 450 vendors to ensure all items are indeed handcrafted and to select items based on quality and variety. The unique food offerings range form sauerkraut pizza to sauerkraut fudge. When: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Downtown Waynesville Admission: Free Details:

competition, the “Pedal Tractor Pull” contest is held each day for youth. Visitors also can explore the Bob Evans Farm and Homestead museum and learn about our exciting plans for the farm. When: Oct. 14-16 Where: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell Admission: Adults $5, children 6-18 $3, children 5 and younger free Details:

Primitive Harvest

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TROY — Come and see what Primitive Harvest is all about. Spend the day browsing the wares of some of the area’s best early farmhouse antiques and primitive handmade items. When: Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Admission: $2 Details:

SIDNEY — Just in time for Halloween, this festival features a costume contest for kids, trick-or-treating at downtown merchants and free activities at Amos Memorial Public Library. When: Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Sidney’s downtown courtsquare Admission: Free Details:

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Bob Evans Farm Festival RIO GRANDE — The 41st annual Bob Evans Farm Festival offers a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances. Guests can learn how to whip up delicious meals at the Ohio Proud Mobile Kitchen with the Bob Evans chefs throughout the weekend. For a little friendly




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

GET UP & GO Rhythm Elvis Jr. show SIDNEY — Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. will be in concert Friday at VFW Post 4239 in Sidney. A dinner will be served. Reservations are requested in advance for dinner. 2841 Wapakoneta Ave. ◆ Friday, dinner at 6 p.m. with concert at 8 ◆ Concert $12.50, dinner and concert $20 ◆ www.elvisaaronpresleyjr.c om ◆ (937) 492-3878 or (937) 726-5256 Rick Frazier at the Leaf TROY — Rick Frazier will perform at the Leaf & Vine in Troy Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. 108 W. Main St. ◆ Saturday 9 p.m. ◆ No cover charge ◆ (937) 332-0773 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day TROY — Dunaway’s Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party will be Saturday at 11 a.m. and will last through the night. Halfway to St.Patrick’s Day will include Irish food, green beer and live music by Bootleg starting at 9 p.m., along with the restaurant’s popular menu. Guiness will be on draft along with 10 other beers. 508 W. Main St. ◆ Saturday 11 a.m. ◆ (937) 335-8608 Keyboard Thunder DAYTON — Fiery Russian pianist Yakov Kasman returns to the stage at the Schuster Center, opening Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s season with Rachmaninoff’s most beloved concerto. The orchestra brings out all the vivid detail and inner symbol-

ism of Shostakovich’s powerful Fifth Symphony. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Thursday and Saturday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets range from $9 to $59 ◆ ◆ (888) 228-3630 Shostakovich and Stalin DAYTON — The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will take you behind the scenes to unravel the inner workings of one of the greatest 20th century symphonies Friday at the Schuster Center. What a mind Dmitri Shostakovich had! Imagine the quandary he faced as he set out to create his Fifth Symphony. He had been censured by Stalin’s official mouthpiece Pravda as a response to his 1934 opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. The challenge: how does one toe the party line and yet stay true to one’s own artistic convictions? He managed to create a work that sent different messages to two different audiences. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Friday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets range from $9 to $39 ◆ ◆ (888) 2283630 Mozart and Mahler CINCINNATI — The captivating Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti makes her Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut with Mozart’s popular and delightfully witty Turkish Concerto. Mahler’s Titan Symphony No. 1, which begins with one of the most extraordinary slow introductions in all of music and moves toward a powerfully dra-

world is changing and the ladies of the church are preparing for changes of their own below the house of God. The audience will see them serve the high school students at the Luther League banquet, a church-sponsored missionary night, and the rise and fall of a Vikings’ Super Bowl Sunday. 765 W. Central Ave. ◆ Showtimes vary ◆ Ticket prices range from $51-$69 ◆ ◆ (937) 746-4554 ‘Nutcracker’ auditions DAYTON — Dayton Ballet will hold open auditions for children’s roles in its holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday at Dayton Ballet studios in the Victoria Theatre. Available roles include party-goers, mice, lambs and angels. The PROVIDED PHOTO open casting is for chilA woman checks out the potted mums at the Tipp dren ages 5-12. Those City Mum Festival last year. chosen will perform with Dayton Ballet’s profesmatic, almost sinister, fi- sons’ schoolyard scuffle, sional dancers Dec. 9-18 but that just sets off their nale, puts the exclamaat the Schuster Center. ever-shifting battles. 126 tion point on this Parents should register subscription season N. Main St. ◆ Through Sunday at various show- their child 30 minutes beopener. 1241 Elm St. ◆ fore the audition time. Thursday 7:30 p.m., Sat- times ◆ Tickets range Ballet experience is recurday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $36 to $40 ◆ ommended, but not start at $10 ◆ quired. 140 N. Main St. ◆ ‘Church Basement www.cincinnatisymSaturday, ages 11-12 at 2 Ladies Sequel’ ◆ (513) 381p.m., ages 8-10 at 3 p.m., SPRINGBORO — “A 3300 ages 5-7 at 4 p.m. ◆ No fee Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies ◆ (937) 223-1542. Sequel” is on stage at La ‘God of Carnage’ Comedia Dinner Theatre DAYTON — “God of through Oct. 30. “Church Paintings and pottery Carnage” is on stage at GREENVILLE — Basement Ladies” was the Loft Theatre through Sunday. Anyone who is a one of La Comedia’s most Paintings by Casstown artist Kathy A. Moore popular shows in 2010, parent, or who had parand large-scale woodand the ladies of East ents, will recognize the fired pieces by Bardcarnage of this 2009 Tony Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie are stown, Ky., potter Award winner for best play. The mayhem starts back to serve up more of Matthew Gaddie are on innocently enough, as two their hilarious antics and display at historic Bear’s down-to-earth charm. In Mill through Sunday. couples get together to 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s discuss their 11-year-old the show it’s 1969, the


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Mill Road ◆ Tuesday to Friday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 548-5112 Minaitures on display at Hayner TROY — Troy-Hayner Cultural Center has a mini exhibit of Gail Stickelman’s miniature buildings on display in Hayner’s solarium until Sept. 30. The replicas being displayed include the Miami County Courthouse, Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, First United Methodist Church in Troy, Coldwater Cafe and other local buildings, as well as a replica of a Fordson tractor and a Studebaker wagon. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 339-0457 Amish quilt display DAYTON — The Aullwood Audubon Center is hosting its Amish quilt display. The 200-acre nature sanctuary will have a dazzling display of Amish quilts reflecting the finest examples of Amish workmanship. The exhibit has nearly 200 items including approximately 100 Amish-made quilts and wall hangings. All the quilts will be for sale after the exhibit closes in October. 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. ◆ Adults $4, children 2-18 $2 ◆ org ◆ (937) 890-7360 • Continued on page 10


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GET UP & GO Photography at Hayner TROY — “Capturing Tranquil Moments: Photographs by J. Paul Bruce and Billy Woody” is on display at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center through Oct. 2. Both photographers take an everyday scene and make it art. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Open during Hayner Center’s hours ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 339-0457

Family fun Harvest Happenings Weekend GREENVILLE — Celebrate agricultural heritage in Darke County during Harvest Happenings Weekend. Visitors can learn to make gourd art at the Ohio Gourd Show; become a 17th-century pioneer at Prairie Days; watch a tractor parade; mill grain at Bear’s Mill; enjoy fresh produce from the markets; and stroll through a corn maze. Various locations in Darke County ◆ ◆ (800) 504-2995 Mum Festival TIPP CITY — This year’s festival theme is Cruise-In to the Tipp City Mum Festival. This event celebrates the flower of the season with all kinds of activities including an antique car cruise-in, street dance, queen pageant, a parade, arts and crafts, concessions, merchants’ market and live entertainment. Kids will enjoy the 11th annual MumKids Land with in-

flatables of all types to play on. Tipp City Community Park ◆ Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ German Heritage Days FORT LORAMIE — Sponsored by the Fort Loramie Area Chamber of Commerce, this event includes a keg roll, German food and live music. Canal Park ◆ Friday and Saturday ◆ Free ◆ Fall Festival at Indian Lake State Park INDIAN LAKE — The Fall Festival is one of the most popular events in Logan County with more than 15,000 people attending each year. The 32nd annual festival will feature more than 100 art and craft vendors offering their work for sale, live entertainment from local bands and dance groups, fresh apple cider and venison stew, a variety of food booths, a wildlife display, inspirational program, CareFlight fly-in and more. Indian Lake campground, north of Lakeview ◆ Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday all day ◆ Camping fees apply ◆ Oktoberfest WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s Oktoberfest at St. Columbkille Catholic Church is a tradition that features German polka, authentic German foods and games. 73 N. Mulberry



A tray of pretzels is seen baking at the Germantown Pretzel Festival. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday in Germantown. St. ◆ Friday 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 725-6938 Cat show WILMINGTON — The Queen City Cat Show will be at the Roberts Conference Centre in Wilmington Saturday. Guests can watch judging, talk to breeders and stroll throught the show hall where vendors will have pet-related items for sale. 123 Gano Road ◆ Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ ◆ (513) 5839992 Country Applefest LEBANON — Visitors to Country Applefest in Lebanon this weekend will find handmade crafts, including pottery, jewelry, candles, baskets and holiday decorations. Downtown Lebanon ◆ Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ m ◆ (877) 933-2775

WWI rendezvous WRIGHT-PATTERSON, AFB — One of the nation’s premier historical aviation events brings the excitement of early air power to Ohio. The three-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous features aircraft fly-bys, radio-controlled models, era automobiles, period re-enactors and more. The event is sponsored by the Great War Aeroplanes Association. 1100 Spaatz St. ◆ Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ www.nationalmuseum.a ◆ (937) 255-3286 Aullwood Apple Fest DAYTON — Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is hosting its Apple Fest Saturday and Sunday. What could be more enjoyable than spending a beautiful autumn day at Aullwood’s Apple Fest? Delicious food, children’s activi-

ties, musical entertainment, unique crafts, wagon rides and farm animals make Aullwood Apple Fest the perfect family activity. 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ Adults $4, children $3, Friends of Aullwood members are free with membership card ◆ (937) 890-7360 Germantown Pretzel Festival GERMANTOWN — At Germantown Pretzel Festival this weekend in Veterans Memorial Park, guests can enjoy displays and sales of handcrafted goods, food and live entertainment. North Walnut St. ◆ Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 859-8331

Palate pleasers Wapak Wing Fest WAPAKONETA —

The Wapak Wing Fest will take place Saturday at American Legion Post 330. Created in fall 2002, the Wapak Wing Fest began its annual one-day tradition of food, fun and philanthropy. Known as “Northwest Ohio’s Original Wing Competition,” the depth of the Wapak Wing Fest far exceeds just being a friendly venue for professional food vendors throughout the state to showcase their expertise in making chicken wings. The mission is to help supplement the everyday needs of our area veterans who depend on the services of the Lima VA Health Clinic. In addition to the wing competition, the festival includes a poker run, volleyball tournment, Baggo tournament and live music by the Staples. 1108 E. Benton St. ◆ Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ YWCA dessert PIQUA — YWCA Piqua’s Evening Dessert will be held Tuesday with harpist and guitarist Eric Loy, of Lewisburg. He began playing guitar in 1964 and has continued to explore and play music of diverse parameters from rock to jazz to classical throughout his career. He performs as a solo fingerstyle guitarist or with his jazz/rock trio Hipperoos. Reservations should be made by Monday, and YWCA membership is not required. 418 N. Wayne St. ◆ Tuesday 7:30 p.m. ◆ $3 per person ◆ (937) 773-6626


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Opening Friday



Taylor Lautner in “Abduction”

A teen finds himself in mortal danger after realizing that his entire childhood has been built on lies. Realizing that the people who raised him aren’t his real parents after stumbling across a childhood photo of himself on a website devoted to missing children, the frightened teen flees for his life as FBI agents race to protect him and uncover the truth about his mysterious past. Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Isaacs Genre, rating: Action — PG-13

‘Dolphin Tale’ Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. Genre, rating: Kids/family — PG

‘Killer Elite’


An ex-special ops agent is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor. To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader. Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro Genre, rating: Action — R

‘Moneyball’ Based on a true story, this film is the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Genre, rating: Drama/sports — PG-13

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”

Now out on DVD • “Bridesmaids” • “Bride Flight” • “We Are the Night” • “The Yusuf Trilogy: Yumurta, Sut, Bal” • “Le beau Serge” • “Les cousins” • “Landmarks of Early Soviet Film: A Four-Disc DVD Collection Of 8 Groundbreaking Films” • “Visions of Eight” • “Modern Family: The Complete Second Season” • “Hawaii Five-0: The First Season” • “Mike & Molly: The Complete First Season” • “Happy Endings: The Complete First Season” • “Raising Hope: The Complete First Season” • “Body of Proof: The Complete First Season” • “Law & Order: Los Angeles — The Complete Series” • “Castle: The Complete Third Season” • “The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season” • “Mad: Season One, Part One” • “Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition” • “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”

Still showing

‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’

Kate Reddy devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard and their two young children. It’s a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate’s acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison performs on a daily basis, and that Kate’s super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he’s been hoping for — and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks Genre: Comedy, drama


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Home and Away with Dana Wolfe Despite its name, this veggie doesn’t make you choke

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I thought, no way. Am I going to be full when it was all said and done? How can this be the main course? What was she thinking? When we got home she boiled them in lemon water, made several sauces for dipping (you actually peal off the leaves where the meat is, and dip into various sauces) and I have to say I have been hooked on the artichoke ever since. It is actually an unopened flower bud of a thistle-like plant brought to California from Italy in the 1800s. There are 50 varieties, and it’s best to choose them from March through May. They should be tight and the leaves should be green. Do not buy them if the leaves have started to turn brown. They may vary in size, but size does not indicate quality. I have been told to never cook them in an aluminum pot, as they will turn a gray color. When you eat an artichoke, remember that the part to eat is the flesh at the base of the leaf. The rest of the leaf is bitter and tough. Place the leaf in your mouth upsidedown and draw it through your front teeth, removing the tender meat. After eating all the leaves, you will be left with the choke and the heart of the artichoke. Scrap way the hairy choke and eat the succulent heart with a fork. If this process is too much to process, do what I do and buy them mari-

nated in a jar. Delicious! Trainer Tammy’s Tip: Flaxseed is an easy and delicious way to increase fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. I like to buy the seeds and grind them in an inexpensive coffee grinder, rather than using ground flaxseed. I grind only the amount needed and store the remaining seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The ground flaxseeds have a slight nutty taste and are delicious when sprinkled on cereal, oatmeal and salads. Give your next smoothie a fiber boost with a teaspoon of ground flaxseed. Try adding the ground seeds to bread, muffin and pancake mixes. Here’s a recipe to try: Berry-Banana Flaxseed Smoothie 3/4 cup milk (or soy milk) 1/4 cup vanilla-flavored yogurt 1 ripe banana 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 teaspoon honey (2 teaspoons for extra sweetness) 1 tablespoon organic flaxseeds Mix at high speed in a blender. Use a frozen banana or throw in a few ice cubes for an especially tempting treat on a hot day. The great thing about smoothies is they are infinitely adaptable. Don’t have any berries? Substitute peaches or apricots. No vanilla-flavored yogurt? Use plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2

teaspoons honey. Use your imagination. Create your own smoothie recipe. Sun Dried Tomato Dip 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons minced green onion 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or oregano Salt and pepper to taste Mix together and refrigerate for four hours. Garlic and Herb Butter Dip 1/2 cup melted butter 1 small green onion 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Mix together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Heat in microwave a few minutes before serving. Mustard Dip 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Dijion mustard 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne pepper Lemon zest to taste Mix all ingredients together and serve. Lemon Chicken and Artichoke Hearts 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 skinless, boneless

Need a recipe for the weekend? Readers, Log onto Facebook and “like” IN75 Weekly Entertainment Source to get my Recipe to Try this Weekend. Each Friday, a new recipe will be posted on Facebook. This recipe will not be printed in my column so be sure to check your news feed on Facebook each Friday! Happy cooking, Dana Wolfe

chicken breast halves 2 lemons, juiced 1 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup water Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Combine the flour and salt on a plate, then gently press the chicken breasts into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off the excess flour. Arrange the


I was introduced to the artichoke when I was a senior in high school and visiting my sister in Arizona. She was pulling together a dinner party, and said we needed to go pick up the main course at a local farm stand. Of course, I was thinking on the lines of a nice zucchini and squash casserole with bread crumbs, butter, topped with cheddar cheese. Lots of cheddar cheese! Boy, was I wrong. She handed me a bag, and into it she started throwing in the strangest things I had ever seen. “These are artichokes,” she said. “They are going to be the main course.”

chicken in the skillet and cook until browned on each side, just about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaf and basil. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in artichoke hearts and continue simmering until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes more. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the chicken and continue cooking until thickened, about 5 minutes.


Giant pumpkin fun

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Schedule of events Friday • 6 p.m.: Festival opens, beer stand opens • 7 p.m.: Live music • 10 p.m.: Cracker Jax Band, high school football highlights • 1 a.m.: Festival closes

Saturday • 7 a.m.: Festival opens, pancake breakfast • 7:30 a.m.: 5K registration • 8:45 a.m.: Fun run • 9 a.m.: Giant pumpkin registration • 9:30 a.m.: 5K start • 10 a.m.: Inflatable rides, beer stand opens • 10:30 a.m.: Food tent opens • 11 a.m. 5K awards

• Noon: OSU on the big screen, pie bake-off, Sailboat Regatta at Bunker Hill, Mayor’s Challenge Pumpkin Regatta • 1 p.m.: Weigh-off, poker run • 3 p.m.: Pumpkin awards • 3:30 p.m.: Pie-eating contest • 4:30 p.m.: Pumpkin go-cart racing • 5:45 p.m. Monster Truck show • 6 p.m.: Rhonda’s School of Dance • 7 p.m.: Flight Risk • 8:30 p.m.: Reaganomics • 1 a.m.: Festival closes

BY SCOTT M. FREY For iN75 NEW BREMEN — Believe it or not, it’s already time for Pumpkinfest. How do we top two huge pies, crushed cars, pumpkin boats, 80 cranes and pumpkin race cars? Since we’re in the business SDN FILE PHOTOS/LUKE GRONNEBERG (ABOVE) AND JASON ALIG (RIGHT) of mixing giant Brooklyn Pruitt (above), 1, of Bellefontaine, gets a close look at one pumpkins with of the giant pumpkins on display at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in thrills, spills and de- 2010. Brooklyn is the daughter of Brandi Huber and Josh Pruitt. struction, we’re Quinn Werner (right), of Saegertown, Pa., had the heaviest pumpkin going to bring back in 2010 with a weight of 1,596 pounds. many of the old fafrom across the canal and from orado. They are producing vorites, but this year we’ve a show titled “Pumpkingone back to the drawing board the new Plum Street parking lot. Palooza” for The Weather in order to add a little someAs if that weren’t enough, Channel and will shoot thing extra to the weekend. Pumpkinfest will take place we’ve added the Mayor’s Chal- footage of our festival for the lenge Pumpkin Regatta on the show. The program is schedthis Friday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. Miami and Erie Canal. Watch uled to air Oct. 17 and features the top 10 crazy things people to 1 a.m. at Crown Pavilion in as New Bremen Mayor Jeff Pape defends the canal from do with pumpkins. (And now New Bremen. you know why they are coming There’s a cyclone coming to all mayoral challengers from around the region. Who will be to New Bremen.) So, make town in the form of a giant sure you look your best for TV monster truck. On Saturday at able to capture the inaugural MCPR title? You’ll have to during Pumpkinfest. 5:45 p.m., you can watch You can expect all the usual Chuck Sisson, of Marion, drive come see it in person to find favorites again this year at his beastly monster truck “Cy- out. ESPN can’t even get the broadcast rights to this race. Pumpkinfest. Starting at 6 clone” over a pile of junk cars Speaking of rights and film- p.m. Friday, we’ll be tailgating and onto a giant pumpkin. The ing, the New Bremen Giant and watching high school footdestruction will take place at Pumpkin Grower’s Association ball highlights on four giant Jaycee Park along the canal. will welcome a film crew from flat-panel TV screens. Enjoy Spectators will be able to High Noon Productions in Col- live rock ‘n’ roll from the safely witness the carnage

Cracker Jax Band on Friday evening, and check out Flight Risk and the Reaganomics on Saturday evening. The festival gets going early Saturday morning with the annual 5K run, the New Bremen St. Paul United Church of Christ pancake breakfast and the arrival of the giant pumpkins. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll show the Ohio State Buckeyes football game as the pumpkin pie bake-off and giant pumpkin weigh-off take place in the pavilion. And once again, we welcome pumpkin sailboats to Bunker Hill Pond

at noon for the annual Sailboat Regatta. Of course there will be pumpkin everything, including ale, pies, race cars, brats, pancakes, sailboats and more. There’s something to do for everyone with kids inflatable rides, a show with Rhonda’s School of Dance, and an excellent collection of crafters and vendors to visit with all day Saturday. Visit The writer is the executive director of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce.


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