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LIFESTYLE LETTER

DECEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Laura Leavitt | Laura.Leavitt@LifestylePubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Tera Michelson

Home for the Holidays I LOVE TO TRAVEL! I try to plan a little trip every other month so I can get out and explore new places. But once I had kids, I implemented a strict policy of staying put and enjoying the holidays at home. There is something special about waking up in our own beds on Christmas morning and making our own holiday traditions right here in our town.

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Evan Deuvall LAYOUT DESIGNER

Dana Rudolph CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Katie Bray, Tera Michelson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

This month we explore many of the fabulous ways you too can enjoy staying home for

Len Kaltman—West Chester Corporate Photography

the holidays. We found six great area activities that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit—some new and some that have been around for generations. Our calendar is filled with even more ideas for how you can enjoy local wintertime events. Are you looking for the perfect gift to give? Later this month, MidPointe Library will be opening a brand new makerspace. We share a sneak peek at this innovative new spot coming to West Chester and show how it can be used to make gifts this season and in the New Year. If you’ll be hosting a party this month, we have some features to help you too. Inside we show three delicious punch recipes and some ideas for how to make a winter floral arrangement.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

We also want to turn our thoughts to families that don’t have a place to call home.

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

Family Promise of Butler County provides valuable services to keep homeless families

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

together, warm and safe while helping them get back on their feet. Learn more about this great organization and how you can help on page 18. This December, we hope you take the time to enjoy the many treasures right here

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

in our area. Whether you’re traveling or staying home for the holidays, we hope you enjoy this special season. Happy Holidays!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 20 Holiday Happenings ‘Tis the season to be jolly in our town

26 Deck the Halls MidPointe Library’s Innovation Pointe makerspace makes everyone an inventor

32 A Punch for Every Party Three punch recipes sure to please at your holiday gathering

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42 Holiday Traditions With the Reinas Local family shares how they celebrate culture and community

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

14

Around Town

18

Giving Back

26 Renovate & Refine 32 Culinary Creations 36 DIY 38 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Boys and Girls Club Steak and Burger Dinner On October 10, community members came together to share a meal of delicious burgers and celebrate the achievements of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The keynote speaker was Nick Hagglund of F.C. Cincinnati, and the evening included an original musical performed by students from the Boys and Girls Club. BGCWCL.org PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEN KALTMAN— WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Lakota East and West Open Houses On November 2, Lakota East and Lakota West opened their doors to welcome families with information for prospective students. Clubs, organizations, teachers and administrators were present to answer questions and encourage Lakota Local School pride. LakotaOnline.com

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YOUR Local FINANCIAL ADVISORS WHAT GIFT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY?

WHAT IS YOUR FAMILY’S FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION?

My wife and I feel excited to give our seasonal piano/violin recital for our community of clients.

I love baking cookies together with my wife and our three daughters.

WHAT CHARITY DO YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER WITH?

WHAT CHARITY DO YOU LIKE TO DONATE TO?

Shared Harvest - our community of clients and branch team volunteer together the last Wednesday of every month.

We host a holiday open house and encourage folks to bring donations for the Dragonfly Foundation.

WHAT SPECIAL WINTER ACTIVITY DO YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO?

WHAT SPECIAL WINTER ACTIVITY DO YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO?

Curling up with a hot cuppa tea with the Kotatsu.

I hope to have a few snowy days when I can go sledding with my kids.

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Home Expo at Carriage Hill The third annual Home Expo at Carriage Hill provided an opportunity for our readers to meet some of our business partners, tour the model homes at Carriage Hill, enjoy live music and win fabulous prizes. Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. All money raised at the event was donated to EDGE Teen Center, who provided the volunteers.

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AROUND TOWN

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP WINS SAFER GRANT The Liberty Township Fire Department (LTFD) has been awarded the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant will reimburse $1.36 million over the next three years for the additional staffing of nine new full-time Firefighter/EMT positions. With the grant, the LTFD will reduce its reliance on part-time personnel from six per day to three per day. The SAFER grant provides funding for 75% of the salary and benefits of an entry-level firefighter for the first two years. In year three, the grant covers 35% of the new hire’s salary and benefits. The LTFD has been working on a plan to add career Firefighter/EMT positions. Because of this

in our region. Vanessa Adams was awarded in the

advanced planning, the Township is confident of its

nursing home/retirement community caregiver cat-

abilities to support the staffing profile beyond the

egory, and Mary Glasmeier won for family caregiver.

three years of grant funding.

Terelle Moore won for homecare caregiver, Shelli

The SAFER grant provides funding to fire depart-

Mattox for child care caregiver and Edward J. Bastien

ments for the purpose of increasing the number of

for hospital/hospice caregiver. Congratulations to

firefighters to help their communities meet indus-

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try-minimum standards and attain 24-hour stafffire-related hazards. Liberty-Township.com

NEW BUILDING OPENS FOR ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF WEST CHESTER

WATSON’S WINS APOLLO AWARD

open their new building in West Chester early

ing to provide adequate protection from fire and

Cincinnati-based Watson’s was named the win-

this month, with a Grand Opening Celebration

ner of the most prestigious award in all of outdoor

to follow in the new year. Their 7500 square foot

furnishings. The Apollo Award recognizes “an excep-

new space includes double the current vet space,

tional dealer in their trading area and a model for

including five exam rooms, a larger surgical suite

others within the industry, as well as characterized by

and updated equipment. The pet boarding areas

innovative marketing and merchandising strategies.”

will be larger, and new separate pick-up and drop-

The International Casual Furnishings Association

off areas will allow for a streamlined entrance and

(ICFA) announced the honor in September in

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“Our mission has always been to help people make the most of their time with their family and friends. Our all-new store took that experience

BONE DRY ROOFING CELEBRATES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

to a whole new level,” CEO Erik Mueller said.

Bone Dry Roofing is celebrating 30 years in

“We’re honored to accept the Apollo Award and

business in many ways this year, including a move

to bring it home to Cincinnati.”

to a larger facility in West Chester Township!

Watson’s was founded in Cincinnati in 1968, featuring indoor furnishings, outdoor furnishings, home recreational products and more. Watsons.com

2019 CARING LIKE KAREN WINNERS ANNOUNCED The sixth annual Caring Like Karen Awards were held this October to honor outstanding caregivers 14

The Animal Hospital of West Chester will

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The move was necessary due to success in the greater Cincinnati area. The West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 28 at 9940 Cincinnati Dayton Road. Following the brief presentation, guests toured the facility, met team members and networked with other construction professionals.

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- Michele H., parent of a 3rd grader

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AROUND TOWN

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Bone Dry Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor with nine offices in five states. BoneDryCincinnati.com

NEW PHOTO WALL ART AVAILABLE AT POP REVOLUTION Pop Revolution Gallery offers framing, fine art and photo printing services in Mason. Recently, they’ve added print products for high-resolution art reproduction and photography onto HD Metal (aluminum panel), Brushed Metal with Resin Coating  and Wood Panel Prints. A new Natural Belgian Linen canvas has also been added to the mix. These techniques offer unique texture and depth for a photograph or art print. Learn more about these techniques the next time you stop in to their gallery.  PopRevolutionGallery.com

S TA R T & F I N I S H Y O U R H O L I DAY

SUPPORTERS STUFF THE LAKOTA SCHOOL BUS WITH FOOD Lakota Schools continued their “Stuff the Bus” food drive tradition this October, competing in

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brings in tens of thousands of pounds of food, and this year was no different. Congratulations to the Lakota Local Schools for stuffing the bus, and to Reach Out Lakota for their important community

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE KATIE BRAY | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

making good on the promise FAMILY PROMISE OF BUTLER COUNTY CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE 18

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HEN FAITH COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN WEST CHESTER WAS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO SUPPORT MISSIONS WITHIN BUTLER COUNTY, THEY DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO PROVIDE SHELTER AND SERVICES FOR LOCAL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.   In 2016, Family Promise of Butler County was born with the mission to serve displaced

children and their families by, “providing shelter, food and comprehensive services that will help them in increasing their income, gaining housing and getting stabilized so that they are successful when they move out,” says Executive Director Linda Smith. Family Promise of Butler County Inc. is a network affiliation with National Family Promise, which has 203 networks in 42 states and has supported over 68,000 homeless family members. There are currently 1,354 homeless school-aged children in Butler County, ranging from age six to 18, and 600 to 650 homeless children between birth and age five. To date, Family Promise of Butler County has helped 69 families, 129 children and 80 adults. The current 12 congregations take turns hosting families for one week, providing food and shelter. Families are bused to the Day Center in downtown Hamilton each day, where they have access to showers, laundry  and computers. They work on résumés, apply for jobs and take classes to learn financial literacy, good tenancy and more.  “We give individuals and families the tools that they’re going to need in order to be successful when they get out,” Linda explains. “We’re here to listen. We’re here to direct them to other areas if they need it. And I think that’s part of our collaboration with other social service agencies that’s been very effective in serving our families.” The average length of stay for a family within the program is 68 days and they currently have an 87 percent success rate for graduating from the program into affordable housing. “I think one of the biggest successes is that children are attending school every day, are not missing out on classes and are able to get homework done, have access to showers, are well-fed and don’t have to worry about where to sleep,” says Linda. “Last year, all of our school-aged children graduated and moved onto the next grade.” As a newer organization, a big challenge is simply getting the word out and letting the community know what services Family Promise of Butler County provides. Another

2020 GOALS In 2020, Family Promise of Butler County hopes to: + Grow to 18 host congregations to better serve homeless families. The program is heavily driven by volunteers.    + Develop programming around social issues like anti-bullying. + Add nutritional programming for families on a tight budget.  + Take steps to own their own Day Center, as they are currently leasing space.  + Help Family Promise meet these goals and quash homelessness in our county. To learn more about how your church can become a host site and how to contribute, contact Linda at info@familypromisebutlercounty.com. FamilyPromiseButlerCounty.com

is donations, as they are not government funded. According to Linda, they are always accepting financial support and donations of personal care items. The organization is also looking to add six additional churches to the host rotation. Family Promise builds a community around families to give them a place to call home. December 2019 | West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle

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ARTICLE TERA MICHELSON | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS JOLLY EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON

WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE GETS FRIGHTFUL, THE HOLIDAY EVENTS AROUND WEST CHESTER AND LIBERTY TOWNSHIP ARE DELIGHTFUL. This December, take a timeout from the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy time together with your family and friends. This is your opportunity to move to the top of the “nice” list. Start a new tradition or honor an old, treasured custom. Put on your favorite ugly holiday sweater, fill your mug with a steaming hot cocoa and point your sleigh toward the sounds of carols and jingle bells. There’s no need to stray over the river and through the woods to celebrate the holidays. Local parks, farms and city streets transform into winter wonderlands. Here is your guide to fun, familyfriendly adventures that are right here in our neighborhood and surrounding towns.

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VIP upgrade The Kings Island VIP experience includes a luxury igloo rental for up to eight guests, refillable souvenir hot chocolate mugs, VIP seating at select shows and priority access to many experiences. Additional fee required.

WINTERFEST AT KINGS ISLAND Every day’s a snow day at Kings Island’s WinterFest. This popular local attraction merges all of the joys of the holidays on one sprawling property. Stroll down International Street to shop for unique gifts, enjoy sweet treats and take in a variety of live musical shows. Bundle up to ice skate on the Royal Fountain and wander through ten different winter scenes to see ice sculptures and lighted displays. Warm up while you do a kid’s craft or decorate cookies. Get your group’s photo taken inside a snow globe. All of this, plus there are 19 rides open in the chilly winter air. Enjoy something for everyone under millions of twinkling lights at Kings Island’s WinterFest, open on select nights between

November 22 and December 31. Tickets and specific hours are available online. VisitKingsIsland.com,

6300

Kings

Island Drive, Kings Island, 513.754.5700 CONTINUED >

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL AT PYRAMID HILL SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM Holiday Lights on the Hill offers a departure from cold, dark nights with a world of nighttime brightness. Pay by the carload to drive a two-mile loop and delight in the twinkling lights adorning the rolling landscape of Pyramid Hill. The centerpieces of the driving tour are scenes that incorporate the sculptures themselves, giving an entirely different view to the dozens of pieces of artwork in the park. It’s as if the art is throwing a holiday party, and you are invited. Drive through November 22 through  January 5, 2020. Details are online. PyramidHill.org, 1763 HamiltonCleves Road, Hamilton, 513.868.8336

membership benefits Consider purchasing an annual family membership at Pyramid Hill. Members get free admission to the park and museum during regular hours as well as discounted prices for holiday lights and art cart rentals.

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ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION Santa’s sleigh knows the way to EnterTRAINment Junction, the world’s largest indoor model railroad display. Take in the 25,000 square-foot display of trains trekking through a variety of U.S. landscapes and different eras of history. The park features an indoor A-Maze-N-Funhouse, an interactive attraction for all ages with fun mirrors, mazes and mind-boggling spaces. Don’t miss their seasonal addition, a Christmas walk-through, including a journey to the North Pole with a peek at the elves in the toy workshop and reindeer in the stable. Grab a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and end your visit with the jolly man in the red suit. When the kids are worn out, refuel at the café and shop for one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers at the Junction’s two gift shops. Make a holiday stop at EnterTRAINment Junction, November 16—January 1, 2020. Hours and tickets are available online. EnterTRAINmentJunction.com, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, 513.898.8000

BETHLEHEM BAZAAR AT LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH Go back to the roots of Christmas at Lord of Life Lutheran Church’s Bethlehem Bazaar. Step back in time to explore an interactive Holy Land marketplace with booths to engage all of the senses. This event is designed with busy families in mind. It’s the Christmas story with a twist—an instant pageant featuring all of the traditional costumes, sets and songs without the stress and hours of rehearsal. All ages are invited, December 8, 4-7 p.m. Contact the church office with questions and to RSVP: Office@LOL-Lutheran.com. LOL-Lutheran.com, 6329 Tylersville Road, West Chester, 513.777.8449

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now open Construction on Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Olde West Chester is complete! Enjoy all new lighting, sidewalks and four newly paved lanes of road.

OLDE WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS WALK The Merchants of Olde West Chester will host a family-friendly afternoon of holiday-inspired treats and activities on December 7, 2–7 p.m. Kids can fill a holiday passport and redeem it for prizes. Enjoy food trucks, carriage rides, music performances, pictures with Santa, ice sculpting and more. The evening will close with a community Christmas Parade, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at the West Chester Township Administration Building, where the community tree lighting will take place around 8 p.m. WestChesterOH.org CincinnatiDayton Road in Olde West Chester

MERRY CHRISTMAS MARKET AT NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM Gather

around

the

cozy

bonfire

at

Niederman Family Farm at their second annual Merry Christmas Market, December 7 and 8. Shop for homemade goods and purchase fresh tastes of the season: kettle corn, roasted nuts, doughnuts and a hot cocoa bar. Santa will arrive for afternoon visits by ticketed appointment only. Admission to the market is free. NiedermanFamilyFarm.com, 5110 LeSourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township, 513.779.3228 24

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RENOVATE & REFINE

Deck the Halls MIDPOINTE LIBRARY’S INNOVATION POINTE MAKERSPACE MAKES EVERYONE AN INVENTOR

ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT | PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN—WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

MIDPOINTE LIBRARY. 9363 Centre Pointe Dr., West Chester.  513.777.3131 MidPointeLibrary.org

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DURING THE HOLIDAYS, THERE IS SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT FINDING A GIFT THAT PERFECTLY FITS A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER. Crafters have always found ways to add their personal touch by making homemade gifts, but the new MidPointe Library makerspace, Innovation Pointe, offers this option to even more people. The goal of a makerspace is to give you the ability to create physical objects that you’ve designed on a computer or by hand using a variety of fabrication machines and supplies. The machines available at Innovation Pointe render your designs in different physical forms. A laser engraver takes wooden blanks and creates precision laser burns to cut out a shape or etch words and pictures. A Cricut machine makes cuts into iron-on transfers, vinyl, stickers or even leather, based on your designs in a computer program. A 3D printer melts a thread of specialized plastic and deposits it in precise layers to create figurines and projects of all kinds. “You can look online for designs or design items yourself,” says Cari Hillman, community engagement director for the MidPointe Library system. “We circu-

Build a Button Give your loved one a selection of personalized buttons to outfit their collar, backpack or pencil case at school.

late board games here at the library, so if there is a missing piece, we can actually 3D-print a new piece.” While private citizens can certainly purchase these kinds of machines, having them as a community resource brings down the costs considerably, and MidPointe Library keeps everything affordable for makerspace visitors. “Visitors only pay for consumables; there is no cost to use the machines,” says Cari. “Because we are a nonprofit, we will be charging at our own cost for the materials as well.” The gifts you make can be completely one-of-akind without being expensive, which means the look on your loved one’s face when they see what you made will be priceless too.

CONTINUED >

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RENOVATE & REFINE

(CON TI N U ED)

Construct an Ornament Beautifully cut pieces slide together to form a 3D wooden ornament, or you can construct a customized gingerbread house of laser-engraved wood for under your tree.

“These projects are so much more than just another item,” says Cari. “These gifts will be personalized and really mean something.” Getting started on a holiday project in a room full of unfamiliar robots and printers may feel daunting, so Innovation Pointe has planned ways to get you started. “The makerspace will have programming related to it, including how to use all the machines. All of our computer programming classes will run through Innovation Pointe,” says Cari. “We hope to have some more creativity-focused programs and events as well as the instructional ones.” Other machines to get to know in the space will include a button maker, which turns your personalized designs into durable shiny buttons, and a soldering iron, appropriate for small-scale metalwork.  28

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Design a Toy 3D printer designs of all kinds are available online, including some that create clever movement abilities: this reindeer’s legs can jiggle and help him stand up in different ways.

“We’ll also have film-to-digital conversion for VHS; you can even make DVDs into digital files,” says Cari. “We also have a sublimation machine, which is used to put photographs on mugs or ornaments or other items.” One goal of Innovation Pointe is to be a place for entrepreneurs to get started on their next big idea, perfecting a project using the affordable materials and community-shared machines. “We like the idea of being a business incubator,” says Cari. “If someone wants to create wooden engravings and sell them online, they can do that here. No need to buy a laser engraver of your own at first; we want to help those small businesses get off the ground. We already help people with résumés

“THESE PROJECTS ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER ITEM. THESE GIFTS WILL BE PERSONALIZED AND REALLY MEAN SOMETHING.”

and in job searches; here is a way that we can help you start your own small business.” CONTINUED >

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RENOVATE & REFINE

(CON TI N U ED)

The makerspace concept is just another step in what has been a major shift in libraries; they have turned into hubs for all kinds of connection and knowledge-sharing. “Folks think of libraries much more as a community space, rather than just a book depository,” says Cari. “So in the past, we’ve offered coding classes, and we see creativity within those students that we want to foster. The ‘maker’ culture is a perfect fit for us.”

From left to right: Alexis Estoye, graphic designer; John Burns, Innovation Pointe specialist; Melinda Hudson, Innovation Pointe supervisor; Cari Hillman, community engagement director

Personalize a Pillow With Innovation Pointe’s sewing machines and Cricut Maker, design a decal that makes your hand-sewn pillow even more special.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

A PUNCH FOR EVERY PARTY THREE PUNCH RECIPES SURE TO PLEASE AT YOUR HOLIDAY GATHERING

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ARTICLE MICHELLE MOODY | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

RASPBERRY SHERBET PUNCH

THE SPICY OLIVE POMEGRANATE PART Y PUNCH

CITRUS DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS + 1 12 oz can frozen limeade concen-

+ 1 2-liter bottle of Sprite,

+ 11 cups pomegranate juice 

7 Up or Sierra Mist, chilled

+ 4 cups ginger ale, chilled

trate (partially thawed in fridge)

+ 1 2-liter bottle of club soda, chilled

+ 4 cups seltzer water or

+ 1 12 oz can frozen orange juice

+ 1 can frozen fruit punch or pink

club soda, chilled

concentrate (partially thawed in fridge)

lemonade concentrate

+ 1 cup The Spicy Olive’s Pomegranate

+ 4 cups of cranberry juice cocktail

(partially thawed in fridge)

Quince balsamic vinegar or

+ 1 2-liter bottle Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra

+ 1 12 oz can pineapple juice

Pomegranate Dark Balsamic Vinegar

Mist or ginger ale, chilled

+ 6-8 scoops raspberry sherbet

+ Optional – Champagne or Prosecco

+ Cranberries

+ Raspberries

+ 2 oranges INSTRUCTIONS

INSTRUCTIONS Combine all liquid ingredients in a large bowl and stir until combined.

Freeze 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice in an ice cube tray overnight. In a large bowl, mix remaining

Scoop sherbet into the bowl just

pomegranate juice, ginger ale, bal-

before your party begins. As it melts,

samic vinegar and seltzer water. Add

it will incorporate into the punch. Add

the pomegranate ice cubes and serve

more sherbet as desired.

from a punch bowl.

Top with raspberries for garnish.

+ Optional – 12 ounces of vodka

For a creative cocktail, place a few pomegranate seeds in a champagne flute. Add the pomegranate punch to fill the flute 1/2 full. Add champagne or other bubbly wine and enjoy!

INSTRUCTIONS Freeze 1 cup of the Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist or ginger ale in an ice cube tray overnight. In a large bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients and stir well. Thinly slice oranges. Add the soda ice cubes right before your guests arrive. Top with orange slices and cranberries for garnish.

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FORSYTHIA Named after William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist, Forsythia is an early spring flowering shrub often found in gardens and parks. Forsythia are well-known for their resilience and tenacity as much as the bright, cheery yellow of the branches’ blooms.

RANUNCULUS Also known as the buttercup, these spring bloomers are coveted for their delicate layers of petals, resembling ruffled tissue or crepe. In a wide range of vivid shades, ranunculus can bloom from late winter to early summer.

TWEEDIA This delicate perennial is coveted for its light fragrance and pale blue star-shaped petals. Found commonly in vines and trellises, tweedias are prime for an arrangement as they cut well and last long.

LADY SLIPPER Characterized by the slipper-shaped pouch (or labellum) that sits between the petals, these orchids range in color from white and yellow to a deep pink and purple. The lady slipper might take four to sixteen years to produce a bloom, but it’s worth the wait—in comparison to other, more temperamental orchids, this type can be considered fairly low-maintenance.

NARCISSUS Daffodils are instantly recognizable by their six petals surrounding a trumpet-like corona, most often in variances of white, yellow, or both. The ubiquity of the daffodil dates back to ancient times, both medicinally and botanically. They have been said to get their name because the image of languid daffodils along a stream evoke the image of Narcissus gazing into his reflection.

KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO., created this beautiful flower arrangement as part of Jenni Kayne’s floral encyclopedia. This lush arrangement is comprised of early spring blooms arranged in a ceramic vase. The wabi-sabi aesthetic of the handmade vessel adds to the arrangement’s playful proportions. Earthy yellows, rich greens, and a touch of blue tell a color story that’s unexpected, yet warm and welcoming. Perfectly undone early spring blooms (Kristen’s favorite to design with) emphasize the meeting place of winter and spring.

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DECEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

3

5

hunger programs in our community.

POWER OF THE PURSE HOLIDAY GALA

WINTER JAZZ FEST

Wetherington Country Club

Join community members at the

7

Join the Power of the Purse group

Lakota East Theater at 6 p.m. on

on December 3 at the Wetherington

December 5 to hear great music from

Country Club from 6 to 8 p.m. to raise

your Lakota high school students.

money for local causes. The event will

Ring in the season with smooth jazz!

The Merchants of Olde West Chester

have live music, the popular designer

LakotaOnline.com

host a free, family-friendly community

Lakota East Theater

CaringCommunityCollaborative.com

CHRISTMAS WALK PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING Olde West Chester

event during the day beginning at 2

purse raffle, and a grant presentation.

6-7

p.m. along Cincinnati Dayton Road.

4

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

and crafts, horse-and-wagon rides,

JINGLE MINGLE

Tickets are $30 and include dinner. WCLFoundation.org

The Foundry at Liberty Center

Join

community

food and beverage, and live music.

Harken back to a simpler time with

A community tree lighting outside

Lakota West’s production of It’s a

Township Hall caps off the evening

Wonderful Life at the Lakota West

around 8 p.m. WestChesterOH.org

Theater. Tickets are $12 presale and

for

$15 at the door, and the show begins

the West Chester • Liberty Chamber

at 7:30 p.m. on both December 6

Alliance's

and 7. LakotaOnline.com

members Jingle

alike

Mingle

event.

Meet others from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on December 4 at the Foundry at Liberty Center; share hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and celebrate the season. TheChamberAlliance.com

5 CARRIAGE HILL INFORMATION NIGHT

photos with Santa, kids’ games

Lakota West Theater

and

Chamber

members

Holiday-inspired activities include

7 HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE CAFE WITH DAVE SAMS

10 FELLAS AND FICTION X-Quisite Cut-Z

Male role models of all types, including fathers, uncles, and grandfathers, are invited to bring their boys in grades 1-6 for a free haircut and read-

MidPointe Library—West Chester

ing time every second Tuesday of the

Visit MidPointe Library’s cafe area

month. This month, visit X-Quisite

on December 7 at 1 p.m. to hear the

Cut-Z in West Chester at 6 p.m. on

music of guitarist Dave Sams. While

December 10 for this special event,

you enjoy the library, get in the holi-

coordinated by the Lakota School

Carriage Hill Gatehouse

day spirit with all your favorite tunes;

District. LakotaOnline.com

M/I Homes Retreat at Carriage Hill

the event is free and open to the pub-

is a new section of 63 ranch-style

lic. MidPointeLibrary.org

homes starting from the mid $300s in Liberty Township, offering maintenance-free living. Visit their information night on Thursday, December 5 at the Carriage Hill Gatehouse from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn more about this new community. MIHomes.com

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Sabin Hall, Liberty Center

The

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Box show will be on display from

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League

Thumb

Empty Bowls this year by support-

December 12 to January 30 at Pop

ing this good cause on December

Revolution Gallery. The opening

7 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

reception will be held from 4 p.m. to

Choose a handcrafted bowl for

6 p.m. on December 14, showcasing

$20 and fill it with your favorite

diverse works of art from local Ohio

soup; proceeds go toward anti-

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DECEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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PIONEER CHRISTMAS Keehner Park

On December 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., bring the family for a trip back in time at Keehner Park. Pioneer Christmas is a 19th-century American Christmas

and adult admission is $18.50 each.

join other parents and guardians in

Space is limited. Reservations required.

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and includes childcare and breakfast.

WINTER FARMERS MARKET

26

Mulhauser Barn

party, with complimentary tastings of

The West Chester Farmers Market

period foods. Santa will also be pres-

moves inside for select days during

ent for pictures. WestChesterOH.org

the winter months. Shop local on

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

MidPointe Library—West Chester

Saturday, December 21 from 2 p.m. to

Create a new holiday tradition by

15

4 p.m. This winter market meets under

giving the gift of life this holiday

the roof of the Muhlhauser Barn, but

season. On December 26, give blood

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

bundle up–this park rental facility is

at the Community Room of the

not heated. WestChesterOH.org

West Chester Branch of MidPointe Library. Appointments are available

VOA MetroPark

On December 15, visit VOA MetroPark at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy a yummy brunch buffet, holiday crafts, jazz music, visit with Santa and entertainment by MADCAP Puppets as they perform The Great Space Caper. The cost for children ages 3-6 is $13.99 and older children

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PARTING THOUGHTS

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS WITH THE REINAS

LOCAL FAMILY SHARES HOW THEY CELEBRATE CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

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“Both my wife Mariarosa and I came to the U.S. in 1999 from the

“Friends and family are invited to come and share a dish and

country of Colombia in South America,” says Dr. Reina. “Although

read some biblical passages related to the nativity scene. We

we share some holidays, some were new to us, like Thanksgiving.

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So we have adopted this tradition to share a special dinner with

dishes and dance to festive music,” says Dr. Reina.

family and friends to celebrate friendship and bounty.” Dr. Reina, his wife and their twin 13-year-old daughters focus on living a multicultural life. For instance, they take the

Novena truly showcases the spirit of the season, with a gathering for each of nine nights, celebrated in a different household each night.

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