๐Ÿ’Ž Memorial Day Weekend (Issue #38)

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Good Morning,

And welcome to the 381 new subscribers that have joined us since last week! Every week, we share events and live shows curated for the Miami Valley.

Itโ€™s Memorial Day Weekend, which means the Miami Valley is going to be filled with cookouts, pool parties, and celebrations kicking off summer.

Amidst those celebrations, itโ€™s also a time for us to honor those whoโ€™ve passed while serving our country. While gone, they are not forgotten. And our hearts go out to the family and friends of the fallen who keep their memories alive.

Before we get into todayโ€™s events (including a special round-up for Memorial Day), I want to share some exciting news about our newsletter. Since last Thursday, our little publication has crossed a major milestone of 1k subscribers. Today, over 1,300 folks have gotten this email along with you.

While weโ€™re still just getting started, I want to say that Iโ€™m immensely grateful youโ€™ve chosen to give us your time and attention. Whether this is your first time or your 38th, thank you for joining and reading. We donโ€™t take it for granted and are always working to keep earning it every week.

Alrighty, letโ€™s get to it!

โ€” Max



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๐ŸŽณ KMO Bowling Extravaganza

๐Ÿ“… Thursday: 4 - 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ Poelking Wilmington Lanes, Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Individual: $50 | Team: $225

Join the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce for an evening where business meets bowling! Networking can often feel stuffy, but this event makes it easier in a fun and casual setting.

Have a small team you're looking to treat? This is also a great way to end the work day with some team-building. Knock back some pins and win some new connections.ย Register in advance hereย or at 3 pm that day.


๐Ÿฆ Community Appreciation Day

๐Ÿ“… Friday: 3 - 4:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ KeyBank Miamisburg
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

KeyBank is inviting you to come say "hey" at this community appreciation day. Enjoy flavored ice from Klassic Konas and hang out with the heroes from the Miami Valley Fire District.

With a fire engine in tow, it'll be like a mini touch-a-truck show. The first 50 folks can get their popsicles for free starting at 3 pm, with more available to buy afterward. A fun and easy afternoon treat to kick off the weekend!


๐Ÿš— DCC Car Show

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 8 - 11 am
๐Ÿ“ Austin Landing, Miamisburg
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Join Dayton Cars and Coffee (DCC) for their second outing of car show season! Marvel at muscle cars, slick sports cars, and cool classics. With a big focus on respect and safety, DCC creates a casual atmosphere for your enjoyment.

They prohibit revving, burnouts, speeding, and fast exits. This is a show for admiring cars, not being annoyed by them! A perfect place for auto enthusiasts of all ages. Learn more.


๐Ÿง€ Cheese Fest

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 3 - 10 pm
๐Ÿ“ Austin Landing, Miamisburg
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Savor summer and celebrate cheese at Austin Landing! Dive into a night of cheesy delights from over 15 food vendors. Sip on craft beers in the beer garden and groove to live music all evening.

Expect the sight of dazzling fireworks to end the night. So if that's your jam, plan to stick around (or even post up with a lawn chair). Learn more here.


๐Ÿ• Dayton Pizza Fest

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 5 - 9 pm
๐Ÿ“ Yellow Cab Tavern, Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Join Yellow Cab Tavern for one big pizza party. Taste and try a variety of pies and pizza-inspired dishes served up by local food trucks. If you're always down for a nice slice, then this is the rally for you.

This is their 11th year putting on family-friendly events like this for foodies. Treat your taste buds and see who is participating here.


๐ŸŽถ Heritage Day

๐Ÿ“… Sunday: 12 - 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Carillon Park, Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Kid: $10 | Adult: $14 | Senior: $12

Celebrate Dayton's heritage and rich history with Carillon Park! Enjoy special activities, historical demonstrations, and miniature train rides. Then see costumed actors bring characters and stories from our past to life.

As evening falls, the Carillon Park Concert Band and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will fill the air with beautiful music. This festive and patriotic event is a perfect way to ring in summer. Get your tickets here.


๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Founders Luncheon Fundraiser

๐Ÿ“… Weds, May 29th: 11 am - 1 pm
๐Ÿ“ Yankee Trace, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ $65

Join the Centerville-Washington Foundation (CWF) for their 26th Founders Fundraiser. Every year, the CWF holds this meeting to discuss their community grants and honor a resident for their civic leadership.

This year's meeting is honoring Richard Carr, a dedicated local advocate and attorney at Auman, Mahan & Furry. Enjoy a plated lunch and hear presentations on Carr's and the Foundation's impactful work in the Miami Valley. Secure your spot and learn about sponsorships here.


๐ŸŽˆ Kettering Block Party

๐Ÿ“… Wed, May 29th: 6 - 8 pm
๐Ÿ“ Fraze Pavilion, Kettering
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Experience why "Kettering Is Home" at the city's annual block party! Snack on free hot dogs and chips while learning about city services from various departments.

Explore booths from Kettering City Schools, local organizations, and more. Don't miss the bicycle helmet fitting for kids and the Kettering Civic Band's performance at 7 pm. Learn more here.


๐Ÿงถ Crochet 101

๐Ÿ“… Thu, May 30th: 2 - 4 pm
๐Ÿ“ Woodbourne Library, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free (Registration Required)

Looking to learn crochet or get someone new hooked? Check out this free program hosted by Woodbourne Library all about teaching the basics to beginners.

You'll learn how to create a foundation chain, single crochet, and other fundamental skills. Supplies are provided, and this program is open to folks 18 or older. While free, registration is required. Sign up here.


๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Dayton Pride Festival

๐Ÿ“… Fri, May 31st: 5 pm | Sat, Jun 1st: 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Kick-off Pride Month in Dayton next weekend! Due to growing attendance, this downtown festival is now moving to N St. Clair Street.

Friday's festivities will take place between E 1st and E 2nd Street. Then Saturday's events will expand down to include E 3rd Street. Expect vibrant activities, lively entertainment, and a welcoming atmosphere. Learn more here.


๐Ÿ“ Troy Strawberry Festival

๐Ÿ“… Sat, Jun 1st: 10 am - 9 pm | Sun, Jun 2nd: 10 am - 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ The Square, Downtown Troy
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Take a trip up north to the Strawberry Capital of Ohio for one of the Miami Valley's largest festivals!

What started as a little party in Troy in 1977 has now grown into a massive event that attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. In 2023, the Troy Strawberry Festival won 3rd place in Best of Dayton's "Annual Festivals" category.

Saturday's key attractions are a strawberry-tasting competition, a pie-eating contest, and the Little Ms. and Mr. Strawberry Pageant. Sunday will start with two races in the morning and the cruise-in car show throughout the day. Both days will have live music across multiple stages.

Welcome summer with this staple event in our community. Learn more here.


๐ŸŽฉ Art Ball

๐Ÿ“… Sat, Jun 8th: 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Dayton Art Institute, Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ $400+

Step into elegance at the Art Ball, Miami Valley's top social event for over six decades. Savor cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then enjoy a sit-down dinner throughout the museum. Explore special areas like The Hale Cloister and The Moonlight Lounge with its stunning city views.

Live music, dancing, and open bars with specialty drinks await to enhance your evening. Featuring this early as there are only 600 spots and they'll likely go quickly. If this is up your alley, secure your seat today.


Events marked with an asterisk (*) in the โ€œfeaturedโ€ section have been sponsored by our advertising or affiliate partners. Have an event youโ€™d like to promote? Reply and let us know!


Hereโ€™s a round-up of all of the events around town dedicated to celebrating Memorial Day, through the weekend and on Monday.


๐ŸŽ  Memorial Day Carnival

๐Ÿ“… Thu & Fri: 3 - 10 pm | Sat: 12 - 11pm | Sun & Mon: 12 - 10 pm
๐Ÿ“ Youngโ€™s Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs
๐Ÿ’ฐ Day Pass: $25 | Tickets: $1.25/per, $20/20, $40/40
๐Ÿ”—ย Get Tickets


๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Centerville Ceremony

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 9 - 10 am
๐Ÿ“ Cornerstone Park, Centerville
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More


๐ŸŽบ Lebanon Parade

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 11 am - 12:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Lebanon
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More


๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Dayton VA Ceremony

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 11 am
๐Ÿ“ Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More


๐ŸŽบ Miamisburg Parade

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 11 am
๐Ÿ“ Veterans Memorial Park, Miamisburg
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More


๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Beavercreek Ceremony

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 2 pm
๐Ÿ“ Veterans Memorial Park, Beavercreek
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More


๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Huber Heights Wreath Laying

๐Ÿ“… Monday: 5 - 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ Veterans Memorial, Huber Heights
๐Ÿ”—ย Learn More



Sam Dearie | Hidden Valley Orchards | 6:30pm | Free

Capt. D's Crew | Uptown Centerville (Main & Franklin) | 6:30pm | Free

Garrett Toth | Bock Family Brewing | 7pm | Free

Doug Hart Band | Jayne's On Main | 7:30pm | Free

Big Me | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Heath McDaniel | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

String Theory | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 8pm | Free

I Dig Pig | Yellow Cab Tavern | 8pm | Advance: $9, Doors: $12

Papa Squat, Nawty Dawg, Angels From the Gallows | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | $5

Big Daddy Bamboo | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

Rick George | Good Time Charlie's | 8:30pm | Free

Carmen Clouse | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | Free



FIVE | Hidden Valley Orchards | 6:30pm | Free

Chris Katros | Bock Family Brewing | 7pm | Free

Max Nunery Solo | Jayne's On Main | 7:30pm | Free

Southern Fried | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Classic Jam | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

That One Party Band | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 8pm | Free

Moontemple, Rattlesnake Venom Trip, Blind Scryer, Gromulous | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | $10

Sowers Family Band | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

The Inturns Band | Good Time Charlie's | 8:30pm | Free

Bohemian Funk | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | $5



The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+



The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 7:30pm | $70+



The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+


Friday, May 24th

Donnell Rawlings | Wileys Comedy Club | 7pm & 9:30pm | $35

Jacob Williams | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $25


Saturday, May 25th

Jacob Williams | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm | $25

Donnell Rawlings | Wileys Comedy Club | 7pm & 9:30pm | $35

Columbus Invasion Comedy Show | Bricky's Comedy Club | 7:30pm | $15


Friday, May 31st

Ian Lara | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $20


Saturday, June 1st

Ian Lara | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm & 9pm | $20

Next Stop Comedy | Bock Family Brewing | 8pm | $20+


Thatโ€™s all for today. Thank you for reading this weekโ€™s memo!

Hope you have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

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