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COSI announces plans for EPIC new science festival

Now this is going to be big. 

COSI announced today plans for one of the “largest science events in Ohio history.”The COSI Science Festival is set for May 1-4 2019.

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The four-day festival will showcase science around central Ohio and will conclude with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI, according to a news release.

 “The COSI Science Festival will showcase how exciting, interesting, fun and accessible science is to all of us and how relevant it is to our daily lives. In addition, it will shine a light on the fantastic science, technology, and industry innovation in our great central Ohio region,” COSI President and CEO Frederic Bertley said in the release.

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 Battelle, a Columbus based technology company, has  pledged $850,000 over three years to the project. 

 Additional funds are being sought. 

 “This celebration will foster appreciation for innovation and technology in our community, share our enthusiasm for what our employees do every day and spark interest in the next generation of budding scientists, researchers and engineers,”  Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer said. 

According to a Columbus Dispatch article, COSI’s festival will be structured like the Philadelphia Science Festival created by Bertley and others. 

The newspaper reports that it will include about 150 community partners and 60 events, many of which will be free. 

The events will be held in Columbus and surrounding communities.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country legends Alabama are coming to Dayton this summer

The legendary country music group Alabama will be returning to the Dayton-area for a September concert at the Rose Music Center. 

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“This year's tour is for the lifelong fans, and also the younger generations just now discovering the music,” Randy Owen noted in a press release to this news organization.

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Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience. The band has sold over 80 million albums, have charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards and ACM Awards. 

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They’ve earned 21 Gold®, Platinum® and Multi-Platinum® albums and were named the RIAA's Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Alabama, The Hits Tour 2018

WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: 1-800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster 

INFO: Rose Music Center

Alabama is coming to Dayton

Legendary group Alabama is bringing ‘The Hits Tour 2018’ to The Rose Music Center on September 14th and we want you to be there! Here’s all the info you need to get tickets to see one of the greatest acts in Country Music history!

  • Date: Friday, September 14th
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Rose Music Center
  • Ticket prices: $23.50 - $98.00
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See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week

After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life?

You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” makes its Dayton premiere at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 22-27. The show’s songs include “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,”“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Up on the Roof” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

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McGrath believes for a Broadway show to succeed, the audience has to care about and connect with the people in it — whether it’s the King in “The King and I” or Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” In this case, McGrath decided to focus on a period in King’s life that began in 1959, just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composed her first hit song. She is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin.

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The decade that follows includes her early songwriting years, the break-up of her marriage and the 1971 release of “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Tapestry” not only represented Carole King’s artistic peak as a performer and writer but also sums up everything that had gone on in her life up to that point, McGrath notes. “All of those things inform these songs. Because ‘Tapestry’ was such a triumph, it supports the play’s message of victory over heartbreak.”

The playwright didn’t know a lot about the famous singer before becoming involved with the Broadway show. “She is a keep-to-herself kind of person and my standard joke is that — like most people — I thought she was born, learned to walk and then recorded ‘Tapestry!’ ” he says. “What I didn’t realize was that 12 years before ‘Tapestry’ came out she was writing hit songs for all of the big groups in the ’50s and ’60s —Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirrells, the Beatles, the Monkees.”

Crafting a show

The other main characters in “Beautiful” are another married songwriting couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

“We were lucky in this case because ‘Beautiful’ is about four real people,” says McGrath, who interviewed all four songwriters at length. “All four were intelligent, inspiring, interesting and flawed people — meaning they are human, not perfect — which helps an audience relate and connect.”

McGrath was obviously impressed with King when he interviewed her. “You don’t necessarily think of rock musicians as intellectual, but Carole is really brainy and could speak articulately about everything,” he says. “She skipped two grades in school and was in college by age 16. She has a perfect memory and never struggled for specific dates or names. Later, when I interviewed Gerry, her ex-husband, he confirmed everything she had told me.”

McGrath says his hours with King weren’t always easy for her. “Her life has been filled with joy as well as heartbreak and I don’t think she had talked about some of it for a long, long time,” he says. “A lot of Kleenex kept coming out of her purse. Gerry was her first love.”

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Whenever he worked on the script, McGrath played their music in the background. “It helped me see the connections between events in their lives and the music itself, what they created, ” he explains. “You could hear something in their lyrics and stories that would make sense with certain parts of their lives. I wanted the songs to feel connected to their lives.”

That goal was apparently achieved. King walked out halfway through the first read-through she attended. It turned out, says McGrath, it wasn’t that she didn’t like it. She did. It was simply too painful.

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Becoming Carole

Since that time, King has returned to see the entire show. Sarah Bockel, who will portray the famous singer in Dayton, remembers a night in Boston when the cast was asked to gather on stage after the performance for an important announcement.

“We thought we were getting fired!” recalls the Chicago native who worked as an understudy for the leading role before playing it. “Then, Carole King walked out! We didn’t know she was there, it would have made us too nervous. She was extremely gracious and kind, gave us her blessing. Everyone was crying and clapping because she’s not only changed our lives but has changed millions of other people’s lives. We all got to take a selfie with her.”

Bockel says there’s a lot she loves about this part and this show. “I love singing the music every night, and love the other 22 people in the show,” she begins. “I love the fact that theater allows people to communicate a message to a group of strangers sitting in the dark who are bought together because they want to be told a story. I love telling stories. I like communicating with people, making them feel joy, sad. I love being a different person and I love the work you have to do within yourself to produce genuine emotion in yourself so that others can feel something cathartic. I love that it’s never the same and you’re always learning.”

Bockel believes audiences relate to “Beautiful” because they have a major connection to the music and to memories attached to it. “Her music is so personal and so applicable to everyone’s lives,” she believes. “For example, what does it mean to be a natural woman? It can mean something different to everyone but the idea is really simple.”

The take-away

McGrath hopes Carole King fans who come to the show will be surprised to discover new things about the singer’s life. He’s also hoping those fans bring their kids and grand-kids.

“Her story is very inspiring for young people,” he says. “It’s about a girl who — at 16 — broke into a business where there were no females. And when her marriage came apart and she thought everything was lost, there were even better things ahead. It’s a great message for those who have experienced losses — a first heartbreak or a job that doesn’t work out. You think you’re the only one who has had your heart broken and that’s not the case. It’s great to see someone who’s had difficult things happen and fully recovers without becoming bitter.”


What: “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

When: May 22-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

Tickets: $26 and up plus service fees. Get tickets online at, at the Box Office, or by phone at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.

NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are sign interpreted. Audio description is available by request.

BACKGROUND ON BROADWAY At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, you can learn about the development, history, and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.

Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Winner winner, chicken — winner!

It’s almost time for one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival — almost a “local holiday” in West Central Ohio since its beginnings in 1952 — will take place June 8-10. This year, the poultry party reaches a monumental milestone. 

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Festival organizers expect to sell about 25,000 of its world famous barbecue chicken dinners at the festival this year. Most years, these dinners sell out. In fact, they expect to hit the 1 million mark this year. The buyer of the 1,000,000 ticket will be glad they came. 

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“The purchaser of this very special dinner will receive gifts including a voucher toward a trip to Las Vegas sponsored by Zechar Bailey and a one-year supply of delicious Mike-Sells potato chips,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “The purchaser of the One Millionth Dinner will be determined by the Poultry Days Chairmen during the festival weekend.”

The festival theme this year is appropriately “Poultry Going Platinum.”

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Dinners will be sold from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Event coordinators recommend coming early since “chicken can sell out earlier than expected.” 

Other top events include the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, music, food, beer, rides and more.


WHAT: Versailles Poultry Days

WHEN: Friday- Sunday, June 8th, 9th, and 10th

WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles 


Walk the Walk, Taste the Trucks at this street party tonight

This isn’t your ordinary food truck rally — or street party, for that matter.

On Friday, five of Dayton’s veteran food trucks, including PA's PorkThe Wicked 'Wich of DaytonHunger Paynes Food TruckG's CUE BBQ and McNasty's, will join forces for a special celebration.

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The event is in conjunction Planned2Give and Dayton Walk of Fame for Walk the Walk — the induction ceremony for the Dayton Walk of Fame located on Third Street.

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Guests will purchase a 5-ticket booklet, redeeming each ticket for a specific menu item from one of the food trucks. Booklets cost $20 each. 

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The event will have a bar set up and plenty of tables, so bring your own lawn chair and enjoy live music all night long! There will also be a children's activity center with crafts and demos from Dayton's Space Camp.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Taste of Dayton Food Trucks

WHERE: 1139 W. 3rd St., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, May 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

TICKETS:Purchase online

INFO: Facebook

PHOTOS: We saw baby pigs and baby goats. Did we see YOU at Aullwood’s Farm Babies Fest?

This year was the 14th year for the Annual Aullwood Farm Babies Fest on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Over 1,000 people were in attendance this year. SARAH FRANKS/STAFF

K99.1FM Presents the Ford Oval of Honor Veteran’s Hero Concert

Join us on Saturday, June 16th at Buckeye Harley Davidson for a FREE concert with Mitchell Tenpenny and Hasting and Co.  This free concert starts at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 4 p.m.)

Full Concert details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 16th
  • Schedule of Events
    • 4 p.m.: Doors Open
    • 6 p.m.: Ceremony starts honoring our Veterans featuring a Color Guard performance
    • 6:15 p.m. Hasting & Co. perform
    • 7:30 p.m. Mitchell Tenpenny performs
  • Location: Buckeye Harley Davidson
  • Ticket prices: FREE (Open to all ages) - No ticket required
  • Food trucks and Budweiser will be available at this concert
  • No umbrellas or coolers allowed at the concert
  • A portion of the proceeds will go to the Fisher House Foundation
  • Map of Buckeye Harley Davidson

New weekend block party includes outdoor beer sales, music and food trucks

This weekend, the Miamisburg Viking Boosters Association will host its first Block Party in the ‘Burg at Star City Brewing Company. 

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The event is free and will bring out some of Miamisburg’s best offerings including beer (outside beer sales too), food trucks, local one-of-a-kind crafts and goods, live music, lawn games and more. Those who arrive at 9 a.m. can get a view of weekend parade.

The music lineup includes:

12 to 2 p.m. - Rich Reuter & Friends (featuring members of Great Northern String Band)2 to 4 p.m. - Slippery Creek4 to 6 p.m. - Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds6 to 8 p.m. -  The New Old-Fashioned

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Vendors include:

Tina's Sweet Treats (A Gluten Free Bakery) Barefoot Girl Soap Company LLCJoshuaRed DesignThe WoodenSchu, LLCHeather's GoodiesTwisted River Coffee Roaster LLCHidden GemstonesDamsel In DefenseColor Street Kreations by Debby Pure Haven's Live Toxic-Free with Liz EngelBurgApparelPerfectly PoshStatements by Alex

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Ohio Hunger Force One and Shantz Express will be there to feed hungry bellies. Lucky Star Brewery and Star City Brewing Company will have beer for sale outside in the field.

A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Miamisburg Viking Boosters, which provides financial support and promotes the interscholastic sports teams of the Miamisburg City Schools. 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Star City Brewing Company’s Block Party in the ‘Burg

WHERE: 319 S. 2nd St., Miamisburg

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

Dayton chef opening her home for out-of-this-world dining experience 

Diners will have a chance to taste some of the flavors to be featured at an Oregon District restaurant before it reopens. 

Margot Blondet, the owner of Salar Restaurant and Lounge at 400 E. Fifth St., is planning a three-part chef’s dinner at her home to help support the business and its plan to reopen.

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Blondet, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, is hosting a series of three pop-up dinners at her home May 19 and June 9 and 23. 

Seating is limited to 35 people for each of the five-course meals. The cost for each meal is $99. 

Those interested in tickets should send an email to 

Guests will be able to sample and rate dishes that may appear on Salar’s menu when it returns. 

Blondet, who recently returned from a trip to Lima, said some Salar favorites will also be served. 

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She said she is thankful for the support the community has shown to her and her staff. 

“They are so excited to see us and to eat the food,” Blondet said. “People are waiting. We are too.”

Blondet has been working to reopen Salar since a devastating New Year’s Eve weekend fire. 

She hopes to reopen the restaurant this summer. 

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