playground theatre

Dayton has what some may call an embarrassment of riches when it comes to our theatre scene compared to most cities of our size.  The newest theatre group to gain momentum is The Playground, and they are on a mission to give Dayton a fresh perspective.

The Playground was founded by Chris Hahn and Jenna Burnette who both share a passion for the performing arts and approaching life with the wonder and excitement.   My favorite line of their statement of purpose is to “tell honest and resonant stories, with the stage as our playground.”


Their first play will be The Breakfast Club at Rosewood Arts Center in December.  Until then, they will be rehearing and raising funds via their Power2Give fundraising site.  Donating is easy and has it’s perks – for a pledge of $25, you get a social media shout out and your name on their donors poster at the show!

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I’m so excited to see what The Playground next!

The Playground Theatre
The Breakfast Club
Rosewood Arts Center
December 11  & 18 @ 7:00pm  December 12, 13, 19, 20 @ 8:00pm


The following is an official press release:

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Oregon District restaurant continues seasonal menu changes

Lily’s Bistro opened in May, 2013 with a commitment to serving “fresh, fun, seasonal food + drinks.”  Since then, they have offered a changing menu of eclectic American food and beverages to accompany each season.

Executive Chef Mariah Gahagan says this menu has more of a focus on comfort food.  “To me, a big bowl of ramen is just as much ‘comfort food’ as chicken noodle soup, and the idea of expanding the notion of comfort food to regions outside of the Midwest influenced our new menu quite a bit.”

However this doesn’t means favorites from last fall aren’t returning. “We decided to bring back some of the most popular, hearty plates from last year, like the duck breast with savory bread pudding, the bone-in pork chops, and the meatloaf with mashed potatoes—foods that are very much traditional ‘comfort foods.’  But we also added snacks like crab rangoon and calamari, as well as entrees of pork ramen with bacon dashi and Cajun red beans and dirty rice,” said Gahagan.


“With every menu, we change the produce and the proteins to reflect what is locally-grown and available fresh.  We also change the cocktail program, beers, and wines to fit with the dinner, lunch, and brunch menus,” says General Manager Emily Mendenhall.  “But with this menu change more than any other, it was about creating items that encapsulate what you want to eat and drink as the days turn cool and we approach holidays.  My favorite new cocktail is the Santa Muerte, which is like a spiced-pear margarita, perfect for fall. We’ve also expanded our red wine selection to include bolder reds.”

Lily’s Bistro offers their seasonal lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3pm, and their full dinner menu Tuesday-Saturday from 5-10pm.  Dinner entrees range from $15-23.  On Friday and Saturday they also have a full bar featuring unique cocktails until 1am.  On Sundays, Lily’s serves their brunch menu from 11am-3pm, and has “Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner” from 5-9:30pm, a more casual dinner menu focusing on local, free-range fried chicken and assorted southern-influenced sides and snacks.

Lily’s Bistro is an independent, family-run Eclectic American restaurant offering seasonal food and drinks in a casual-upscale atmosphere.

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flyboys deli

On a recent Friday, my friend Tina and I decided it was a perfect day to try Flyboy’s Deli in Oakwood for lunch.

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I absolutely loved my experience here:  the food, service, and prices are great!  Seriously, the servers are hilarious – they were cracking us up!

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I tried “The Chisel” veggie naan sandwich, which had marinated, roasted asparagus, onions, and fresh mozzarella.

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Tina got a yummy quesadilla!

I remember a brief time when this was a great coffee shop, so I’m really glad that Flyboy’s Deli also serves coffee (not to mention beer, wine, etc.).  They also serve breakfast sandwiches so I’m definitely planning a morning visit!

Flyboy’s Deli
2515 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH  45419
(937) 723-6135
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Nothing makes me happier than getting a chance to merge some of my favorite things:  Shopping while eating frozen yogurt, drinking wine and talking with good friends, etc.  So I was extra, super happy to merge my love of writing about Dayton with my love for nerding out over Ancient Native American culture (which I studied in my undergraduate education).  I loved writing this article for Dayton Local:

Ancient Native American Sites of South Western Ohio

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I loved getting to write this great piece on the Oregon District for Virgin Atlantic‘s blog!

Discover Dayton:  A Guide to the Oregon District

gate to the oregon by beth weeksIt’s nice to know that, thanks to Virgin Atlantic, Dayton has fans all over the globe!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Weeks

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making strides 2013

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is this weekend on Saturday, October 18!

If you’d like to join, but don’t know anyone who has started a team, feel free to join mine using this link:  Making Strides Dayton.  The team name is On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

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I’m also selling these pink ribbon hair ties to raise money to donate to the Making Strides walk:  Girl About Town – Breast Cancer 5-Pack.  Use coupon code MAKINGSTRIDES for free shipping.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – Dayton
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location:  Fifth Third Field  (Map view of Fifth Third Field)
Walker Check-in/Rolling Start:  8:00am-10:00am


I absolutely love writing about Dayton, but nothing does my heart better than reading great articles about the city I love.  Here are just a few of the great things being said about Dayton lately.


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So I’ve started making these yoga hair ties because they are my favorite super-practical accessory (you may have noticed the Store section of my blog!).  In the few months that I’ve been making them, I’ve been so lucky to have them sold in some of my favorite shops in Dayton and beyond (so far, Bloom, Simply Vague, and now Local Love!).  I’m so happy to be attending my very first event as a vendor – 3rd on Third Eclectic Outdoor Market.  This is the last one of the year and it takes place on Sunday, October 19 from 11:00am-4:00pm.  I’m nervous but also very excited to give this a try!

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What is a yoga hair tie?  Yoga hair ties are made of a wide band of smooth elastic, knotted at the end, and heat-sealed to prevent fraying.  You can wear them around your wrist when your hair is down and use them to put your hair in a ponytail, messy bun, pigtails – whatever you like – when you’re ready to put your hair up.

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What makes them special is that they don’t do nearly as much damage to your hair as traditional hair ties and can even prevent that sharp crimp in your hair from having it up so it’s easier to transition from having your hair up for part of the day and then down for the rest of the day.  They are ideal for yoga because within one yoga class you usually want your hair up for some of the hour, and down for the rest depending on the postures you’re working on at the time.

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Of course, the best part is that they come in all colors, patterns, and designs so they are a lot of fun to match to outfits or even occasions (such as football season kicking off for the Buckeyes!).   Another great thing is that they are inexpensive enough to have plenty around when you need them.

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I love putting together the collections and hope that you like them, too!  This has been a very fun hobby for me!  If you’re interested in purchasing a set for yourself or a friend, please visit my store at  For a limited  time, use promo code GATSALE for 20% off your purchase!

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I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate The Century Bar for being named one of the 60 Best Bourbon Bars in America!

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The Bourbon Review compiles the list and has teamed up with Four Roses Bourbon for a nationwide “toast” to each of the 60 bars selected on September 30.  You can participate by tagging The Century Bar on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #60Toast.  Century, we all know you’re the best and it’s awesome that the rest of the country knows it, too!  Congratulations!!

The Century Bar
10 S Jefferson St
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 223-3382

salar pisco sour

On my sister’s birthday, we celebrated by enjoying some of her favorite things.  After volunteering for The Light and Leadership Initiative in Huaycan, Peru for a few weeks, she developed a love for some of the foods and drinks of Peru, including Pisco, a type of brandy made in South America.  Salar makes a great Pisco sour so of course they had to be on our list for the evening!


We also had to get some delicious desserts and luckily, they had another treat Beth missed from her adventure in Peru – lecuma, which is actually a fruit but when it’s made up this way, tastes exactly like butterscotch pudding.

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Of course, we had to try their chocolate cake just in case.

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We had a fantastic time trying all of these great Peruvian treats on Salar‘s awesome patio.

400 E 5th St
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 203-3999
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