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Just Visitin’

With the Editor

Happy New Year! The old cliche’ of “my New Year’s Resolution is NOT to make any more New Year’s Resolutions” has gotten old. So has the same old, same old that I make every year and then let fall by the wayside before January 2nd ... You know, the daily exercise and lose weight routine. Turn over a new leaf and be kind to everybody, no more candy; eat healthier. This year I promise to be different. I will not let my resolutions fall by the wayside. It’s a brand new year and we have so much to be thankful for. So I will make brand new resolutions that I’ve never made before. January 1 finds The Weekender Magazine moved into new offices. With more room and more employees, we’ll be expanding into other areas with new issues this Spring. I’ve learned with this move that I’m a packrat - almost to the level of being a hoarder! So my first New Year’s Resolution is to organize and throw stuff away. (Well, maybe I should just keep one or two or even three copies for safe keeping...) My second resolution is to quit committing to more responsibilities than I can handle. It’s just that there are so many places to go, and things to do, and people to see that I have trouble saying “no.” And all I want to do is share them with you - my readers! Third, but certainly not last, I will make every attempt to offer more pages covering great events every month, surpassing each issue from before. And with this promise to myself, I won’t break any of my resolutions. Instead, I’ll carry them through all year long. Stay tuned for our Open House announcement. We invite all our readers to join us as we celebrate a new address, new offices, new staff and new coverage areas in 2013. My only heartbreak is that Mr. Tim Moore, former boss, inspiration, and original partner for The Weekender will not be present to witness this grand event. He went home to be with the Lord in October after battling a lengthy illness. As a Certified Business Adviser for the Ohio Small Business Develop-ment Center, he was instrumental in encouraging us to make this move. So, Tim, I pay tribute to your memory as we continue to push our dream forward....

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January, 2012

Things to do: Deadly Dancing This winter, Mayhem & Mystery presents "Deadly Dancing”, a Tamra and Jerry Francis’ interactive comedy Whodunit. Mayhem & Mystery performs interactive mystery productions at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Performances are 7 PM Mondays. Pat Sways loves to dance. Promoters often hire Pat and his partner, Louise Crick, to entertain the crowds and compete in marathon dance competitions. But this dance battle may prove their most difficult yet. Charles Stun, emcee and judge, plans to watch them carefully, looking for any opportunity to eliminate them. Pat may have to shuffle off to Buffalo to avoid the goons that are chasing him. Louise hopes that her friend and organizer, Lindy Canon, will help everyone see that the best things happen while you are dancing. Will it be a dance to

the death? Or will Pat and Louise take home the title and the prize? Don’t leap to conclusions. Join the dance derby of the decade. Hop to it! Jive with Mayhem & Mystery, and strut your crime-solving skills. Cast includes Marc Pitman as Pat Sways, Elena Monigold as Louise Crick, Jerry Francis as Charles Stun, and Tamra Francis as Lindy Cannon. Performances are at 7:00 PM, Mondays, January 7 through February 25, 2013, plus Fridays, January 18, February 15, and March 1 at The Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton. Tickets cost $25.95, including dinner. Call 937-461-3913 for tickets. Visit for additional information.

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People To See:

WILMINGTON - Phil Dirt & The Dozers return to the Murphy Theatre in the downtown area Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Come travel back to a time when life was more simple . . . the world a bit smaller . . . and the cost of a new Chevy was about $2000.00. A time when poodle skirts, saddle shoes and the corner drug store were all a part of everyday life. Seem like a long time ago? It really doesn't have to! PHIL DIRT & THE DOZERS . . . America’s premiere "Rock 'N R'oldies" review (and the most popular vintage rock and roll show in the nation) will help you recapture those wonderful days! With their musical talent, high energy and contagious sense of humor, they will transport you to another time and place . . . namely, the 50's, 60's, and 70's of Rock and Roll! Listen to Pretty Woman, Sherry, or You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling. Remember the Platter’s “Only You”? The Phil Dirt Time Machine also stops in the ‘70's, where you’ll experience some of this decade’s greatest hits including those from the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, The Eagles and even the Page 8

O'Jays. The nostalgia show encompasses three decades of great music and is performed absolutely live with a sophisticated yet light-hearted approach that creates an atmosphere all age ranges will enjoy. Steve will captivate you with his beautiful voice as well as his ability to emulate famous voices of the era as he guides you on your nostalgic journey through the Mark, (a two-time Emmy award winner) will energize you with his dynamic keyboard, saxophone and flute work; Tony (Icepick), who is likely to trigger a standing ovation with his “gorgeous” vocal talents, will also electrify you with his guitar work; Hadden, another guitar virtuoso will shake the house with his fantastic bass and baritone voice; Tony M, will get your heart pounding to the rhythm of his wonderful percussions; and Craig, whose bass provides the pulse, will enthrall you with his guitar work and vocal abilities. Ticket price ranges from $16.50 to $22.50. For more information or to reservice tickets, visit online at or call toll-free (877) 274-3848 or direct at (937) 382-3643.

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Things To Do:

Smell the Flowers

COLUMBUS - See the beautiful orchids blooming in season Jan. 12 - April 7 at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers enriching and memorable experiences inspired by art, culture and the botanical world. Open hours are: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday until 8 p.m. Admission: Adults $11. Seniors and students $9. Children $6. Children under 2 free. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers enriching and memorable experiences inspired by art, culture and the botanical world. This makes a great mid-winter weekender escape! A vibrant display of hundreds of orchids takes the chill off even the coldest winter day. Artful and imaginative horticultural designs feature orchids of all forms and colors in the Conservatory's historic Showhouse. Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203 Phone: 614-715-8000 Web: For additional information or to register, please call 614.715.8022

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Kitchen Salvage Gardening Learn how to recycle plant items you would normally discard to start a useful indoor garden. Wed., Jan. 9, 6–8pm $15 members; $20 non-members Basic Garden Design Learn basic garden design skills. Sun., Jan. 20, 10:30am–12:30pm $15 members; $20 non-members Growing Micro-greens Discover an easy way to get fresh greens by growing your own indoors. Take home a micro-green kit. Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30am–12:30pm $40 members; $45 non-members Planting a Year of Vegetables Learn how to extend the harvest through garden planning, counting days to harvest, and planting at the right time. Sat., Feb. 2, 10:30am–12:30pm; $15 members; $20 non-members

Children’s activities and crafts, free with admission. 11am–2pm unless otherwise noted. Saturday, January 12 Search for clues throughout the building to solve the case of the missing orchid! Receive a reward for solving the case. Create winter spin art ($2)

Monday, January 21 Create a family tree using natural tree branches and creative items.

Sunday, January 27 Make finger puppets from 11am–2pm. Enjoy MadCap Theater’s performance of The Cinderella Files at 2 p.m. Create magic spin art ($2)

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Things To Do

Ice Skating DAYTON - Grab your mittens and the kids, your sweetheart, your coworkers or your friends and hit the ice! Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the ice rink is at Riverscape in downtown Dayton. Patrons may skate daily. Monday through Thursdays, there is no admission charge, so if you have your own skates, you can practice your figure-eights for free. The Ice Rink is now open! Come downtown and visit the largest outdoor ice rink in the region. Enjoy ice skating programs along the river and get hot chocolate or other special treats from CafĂŠ VĂŠlo. You can also take advantage of the poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar carved into the walkway on the west end of the park or sit on a swinging bench and watch the sunset over the Great Miami River. Formerly Van Cleve Park, this popular park, found along the Great Miami River in the heart of

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Downtown Dayton, is a hub of activities for all ages -- from concerts and community events to popular river rentals. Beautiful floral plantings, hanging baskets and fountains make RiverScape the Miami Valley's favorite community gathering place. Activities for all ages - from concerts to community events to river rentals, Riverscape is situated at the confluence of several paved bikeways. During the Winter Season, home to the Riverscape Ice Rink, and during the warmer weather, beautiful floral plantings, hanging baskets and fountains make RiverScape Dayton's favorite community gathering place. The ice rink will host outdoor skating through February 28, 2013. For more information, call 937-274-0126.

January, 2012

Calendar of Events WINTER OFF-TRAIL HIKE Jan. 12/SUGAR GROVE - 1 p.m. a the Wahkeena Nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd. Explore the Wahkeena Nature Preserve. Reservations necessary. Participants should be in good physical condition and should wear warm, waterproof shoes. For more information, call 800-297-1883.

BRIDAL & PROM EXPO Jan. 13/CHILLICOTHE - 1-5 Open Door Church, 3130 S. Bridge St. $5 admission. For more informaiton, call 740-772- 9322 Largest gathering of bridal shops, photographers, caterers, cake bakers and much more as well as the place to be if you are looking to see what young men and women will be wearing during prom season. This year, we ve added performances by the Ohio Idol Top 10 Tour. For more information, visit /events/118098131689381/ or email

braggingrights, cash prizes and the chance to compete in the National Toughman Contest. Fighters willcompete based on weight class and previous fighting experience. The event begins at 8 p.m. both nights. VIP tickets are $40. Ringside tickets are $25. General admissiontickets are $15. For more information, visit or


Jan. 18-Feb. 3/CENTERVILLE - Town Hall Theatre. A Washington Township Recreation Center Program. Lilly can t wait for her new baby brother to arrive. But, when it turns out that having a sibling around isn’t nearly as much fun as she d hoped, Lilly turns her attention to her beautiful (and surprising) new purse, the coolest teacher ever, and her classroom s magical Light Bulb Lab. You can’t keep a good mouse down and Lilly remains ultimately and forever, invincible. For more information call ART EXHIBIT Jan. 23/WILMINGTON - Wilmington College’s 937.433.8957. Harcum Art Gallery will feature an exhibit of works using HONORING TRADITIONS colored pencils by John Smolko. An opening reception in Jan 19-20/LANCASTER - An Eastern Woodland honor of the artist will be held from 6 - 8 pm. The exhibit will run through March 1, Monday through Friday from 9 Native American Celebration at the Fairfield County am to 5 pm. Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way. For Fairgrounds. Sat. 10 AM - 7 PM, Sun. 11 AM - 5 PM Native American drumming, dancing, singing, food and more information, call 937-382-6661. artists. Grand Entry parade with full Native American dress at Noon each day. For more information, call Kevin JAZZ AND BLUES CONCERT Jan. 26/WILMINGTON - Harry Bacharach will be per- Everhart at 740-304-9720. forming live at the Murphy Theatre at 7:30 pm. He blends CHEF IN THE VINEYARDS a genre-bending fusion of jazz, blues, folk and funk. He Jan. 18/ZANESVILLE - 7 p.m. at Terra Cotta has played private concerts for Stevie Wonder, Barry Vineyards, 2285 Rex Mills Rd. Cost is $35 per person plus Manilow and has opened for David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco. To promote his critically acclaimed album, tax. Chef in the Vineyard is a true destination experience! Velvet Tango, Harry toured in Chicago, New York City and Bill Bird, Executive Chef for Zandex will prepare a fabuSeattle, and has appeared on NPR radio and PBS televi- lous dinner and provide great cooking tips including an sion. Visit for more informa- impressive flaming dessert presentation. 2 Entree Dinner tion. For tickets call 877-274-3848 or visit www.themur- includes a glass of wine. Call the winery to schedule. 740872-3791.



Jan. 19/COLUMBUS - 6 p.m. at the Value City Arena at Jan. 13-19/DAYTON - The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena with local fighters competing for the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Admission is $10 at the January, 2012

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Calendar of Events - Continued... door - No tickets required For more information, call 614-292-3231 or visit online at www.schottenstein The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular founded and hosted by GRAMMY¤-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong and presented by World Vision, will be headlined by Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac. The event will also feature RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor, with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings.

WHO’S BAD Jan. 25/COLUMBUS - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band concert is 7 p.m. at the Newport Music Hall. Admission is $15 each. Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2

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in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show "This Is It" concert series. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit online at

RESTAURANT WEEK COLUMBUS Jan. 21-26/COLUMBUS - Admission: $15-$35 Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to enjoy the very best restaurants Columbus has to offer at irresistible price points. From $15-$35 per person, these unique three course menus are sure to tempt your taste buds at unheard of prices. Reservations are highly recommended as many restaurants will quickly book up. This is a great week to experience places you’ve been meaning to try. Web:

POWER SHOW OHIO Jan. 25-27/COLUMBUS - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Admission is $10 per person. Phone: 614-644-3247 Web: One of the largest conventions in Ohio celebrating its 43rd year, this amazing power equipment show brings the newest and best from more than 600 brands of agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment and products to one central location at the Ohio Expo Center.

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