Unless Greater Cincinnatians have a tie to the Miami
Valley, they might not be aware that the area surrounding Dayton is
filled with art, history, festivals and fun. Fall is a great time of
year to drive north (you don't have to go far) to see something a little
Dayton Art Institute
A day in Dayton is always enhanced by a trip to the
Dayton Art Institute, the Italian Renaissance building perched on a
hill hard by the Miami River overlooking downtown.
Two exhibits take center stage this month. "Emmet
Gowin and His Contemporaries" (through Nov. 4), is a look at rarely seen
photographs from the museum's permanent collection. Gowin, who was an
instructor at the institute, studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron
Siskind and counted Walker Evans and Ansel Adams among his colleagues.
"Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings" (Oct. 6-Jan. 6)
explores the intersection of painting, sculpture and technology to
create abstract art that appears to be painted, but in reality is
actually light and glass.
Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. (937) 223-5277 or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
Air Force Museum
Even more than 35 years since the Vietnam War
ended, there is still widespread fascination about the event that
threatened the very fiber of the country.
Time has healed many of the wounds and perhaps allowed people to look at what occurred with an analytical eye.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at
Wright-Patterson near Dayton has updated its exhibit on one of the most
powerful weapons from the era in "Destruction from High Above: The B-52
Stratofortress in Southeast Asia" now in the museum's Southeast Asia War
"The Boeing B-52 is one of those special aircraft
that resonates with visitors of all ages," according to museum historian
Dr. Jeff Underwood.
"It has served with the U.S. Air Force for over half a century, and it will continue serving long into this century."
The Boeing-manufactured plane, which was developed
to deliver nuclear weapons, flew its first combat mission in 1965 when
it dropped conventional bombs on enemy forces in South Vietnam.
In later years, the B-52's range expanded to attack sites in Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the museum recently welcomed the Space
Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer 1 (CCT-1), one of three shuttle mockups
that NASA used to train astronauts from the first shuttle mission in
1981 until the program ended in 2011.
CCT-1 was modeled on the space shuttle Columbia and built in 1979 by the Rockwell Corp.
More than 300 astronauts learned their skills in CCT-1 from missions STS-1 through STS-132.
National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100
Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB (six miles northeast of downtown
Dayton). (937) 255-3286 or
The Greene County village has always been a
bohemian haven, so its idea of The Street Fair might be a little
different from the expected. But you can count on the Oct. 13 event to
be interesting. As a matter of fact, our sister publication, Ohio
Magazine, has named it the best place to people watch.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with vendors lining
the streets with a wide array of offerings including fine arts and
crafts, fair-trade items, massages, plus food that can range from
Vietnamese shish kebab to Thai wraps to Mexican empanadas and
All-American hot dogs. Street performers, plus music on two stages, will
provide non-stop entertainment.
Downtown, Yellow Springs. (937) 767-2686 or www.yellowspringsohio.org.
If you can't make it to the street fair but are
intrigued by the hamlet, the annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival is Oct.
6-7 at Young's Jersey Dairy, one of the great family owned-and-operated
dairies in the state. This festival is geared toward families, with
plenty of games and activities for the kids.
Young's Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. (937) 325-0629 or http://youngsdairy.com.
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency
If early Ohio history sounds interesting, drive
about 25 miles north of Dayton to visit the Johnston Farm & Indian
Agency in Piqua for a glimpse of what life looked like during the early
years of the 19th century.
The three-story Federal farmhouse of John Johnston
was a unique structure on the state's frontier, acting as both a family
home and the only Federal Indian Agency in Ohio.
A modern museum, built in the blockhouse style of
Fort Piqua, General Anthony Wayne's 18th century supply post, traces the
history of the area for more than 2,000 years.
On Oct. 13, the museum will offer two rides along
its restored section of the Miami and Erie Canal. The General Harrison
of Piqua, drawn by mules just as it was in 1845, will give passengers
the same view that people of that era saw as they traveled 4 mph on the
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, OH. (937) 773-2522 or www.johnstonfarmohio.com.
Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour
What, you might ask, is a barn quilt?
It is just that: a framed 8-by-8-foot painted
patchwork quilt design hung on the side of a barn. The concept started
as a way to celebrate the agricultural heritage of the area around
Urbana, as well as to promote the folk art of quilting. Now in its
seventh year, the event will be held Oct. 13-14, which should give
visitors the bonus of lovely fall colors as they drive on rural roads.More than 70 farm buildings in the county display
quilts, and each year a number of them are designated for the tour.
Stops have included working dairy farms, a working maple sugar camp, a
raspberry farm and historic buildings.
For a $10 ticket that's good for both days, visitors
can enter these buildings to see special displays and take part in
Tickets are available on tour days in downtown
Urbana or in advance from the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 113
Miami St., Urbana. (937) 653-5764 or www.ChampaignCountyBarns.com.