Everyone has been binge-watching Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video from home this spring. If you are in the mood to see a first-show film, consider going to a local outdoor theater. From the comfort of your vehicle, you can watch a couple of movies under the stars. Be sure to bring your blankets and pillows!
Outdoor theaters were very popular in the 1960s and 70s. You watched two movies with a 10-minute intermission that included cartoons. Most theaters had a play area to enjoy before the movie began. (Anyone remember Woodlawn Outdoor Theater on Springfield Pike, Oakley Drive-In on Madison Road, Mt. Healthy Drive-In on Compton Road, Twin Theater in Bond Hill, Jolly Roger Drive-In in Sharonville, Ferguson Drive-In in Western Hills or the Holiday 28 Drive-In in Loveland?)
Here is our list of local outdoor theaters where you can enjoy a movie:
Summertime definitely means attending a county or state fair. Steeped with tradition, fairs are full of the sights and sounds of farm livestock, fast rides and carnival-style food and games. And we cannot forget entertainment like the demolition derby, monster truck shows and tractor pulls. Gardeners and cooks show off their best items at fairs, too, seeking a coveted blue ribbon from judges.
Be sure to have fun at one of these local county throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.
Due to the coronavirus, please check with your favorite fair before heading out to make sure it has not been cancelled or postponed.
Fairs are listed by state and alphabetically by state and then county:
Ohio State Fair July 19 – August, 8 2021 – NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Columbus, Ohio Fair for 2021 limited to livestock an educational competitions; only exhibitors and their family members permitted to attend
Through April, Cincinnati’s median home sale prices increased by over 23, setting a record. Sales volume increased by 30%. In Dayton, the average sale price was up almost 20% from last year. Sales volume increased by 42%. In Northern Kentucky, home sales rose by 12% and sales volume increased by almost 33%.
Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout April 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
April 2021 vs April 2020
7.3% Increase in homes sold (2,071 homes)
23.7% Increase in median sale price ($235,069)
30.1% Increase in sales volume ($588,125,103)
-46.4% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,571 units)
Proudest career or life accomplishment: Graduating college
Favorite local hangouts: Arlins Bar & Restaurant, Oddfellows in OTR, The Mockbee
When Spencer Bach was in his senior year as a student at the University of Cincinnati, he thought graduation from college in May of 2020 was going to be an “obvious defining moment when you knew you were starting life as an adult.” With a bachelor’s degree in information technology concentrating on cybersecurity, he had a marketable degree as well as nearly four years of experience in desktop support. Clearly, there would be opportunities for him.
Then, just two months before he was expecting his launch into the post-graduation adult world, the pandemic hit. Instead of a clear path in front of him, Spencer was suddenly faced with incredible uncertainty. “I always felt like there would be this fresh start…a clear answer to your life,” he says. “But no, there is none. It’s never going to be a linear path. It’s terrifying, but beautiful.”
Terrifying may be an understatement for the feeling of finally completing years of schooling only to graduate into the highest unemployment the country has seen since the Great Depression (14.7% in May 2020). With many companies shut down, on hiring freezes, or going out of business altogether, newly minted grads like Spencer had no idea what to do next and no precedent to follow. Even when Spencer did eventually find a job, at a factory assembling speakers, it didn’t last long. About a month after he was hired, they ran out of work and he was let go. “No one was having shows or performing, so musicians didn’t need new speakers anymore,” he recalls.
“I was experiencing the lowest lows I’ve ever experienced,” he says. “I thought, wow, I’m never going to be able to find a job and enjoy my mid-20’s now.”
Things began to take a turn for the better when Spencer was hired as a help desk analyst with Sibcy Cline’s Technology Services department in October of 2020. Now happily employed, he’s grateful for a job, but also happy for having landed safely at a company whose culture is a good fit for him. “I really like how it’s a family business. There’s something about it that feels so personal to me. I really like the interactions I have with the agents and employees here because it feels like I’m a part of this family,” he says.
The company culture is not the only thing that Spencer enjoys about his work. “I get some kind of satisfaction at the end of the day knowing that I’m helping people with their technology problems,” he says. “And each time I encounter an issue, I learn something new.”
In the “wild ride” of his pandemic journey from barely surviving to happily thriving, Spencer’s desire to learn new things has been the constant that keeps him moving forward toward a better future. During the past year, he’s taken up several new artistic pursuits, including film photography, music production, drawing, and the culinary arts (he can make a mean Neapolitan pizza!). “I really love art and I have a deep respect for those who can do any kind of art and express themselves through their art,” he says.
While filling his free time with creative exploration keeps him balanced, Spencer remains focused on his future in IT. “I want to get my IT comp certificates so I can get further in my career,” he says. And with a bright future ahead of him, he’s learned a lifetime of wisdom in one pandemic year: “The main thing that has changed is I feel more in tune with who I am. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect on things.”
It’s summer! Be sure to check out our list of local, fun things to do during June. Events are organized by region – Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana. A few events are virtual, but most are “in person” activities. Enjoy!
Hump Day Concert Series June 2, 9, 23 and 30, 2021; (+Wednesdays through Aug 25) Voice of America MetroPark Athletic Complex at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio Free concerts – General admission tickets required. Music begins at 7pm
Party on the Purple June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021 (Wednesdays through Aug 4) Purple People Bridge, downtown Cincinnati and Covington Live music, food trucks Facebook
Summer Cinema June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 39, 2021 (+July 14, 28; Aug 4, 11, 25; Sept 8, 15, 29) Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio Bring a lawn chair or blanket; Food trucks on site
Wednesdays in the Woods June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021 (through August 11, 2021) Burnet Woods at 3251 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Outdoor concerts
Summer Music on the Levee June 3, 10, 17 and 24 – September 2, 2021 (Thursday evenings from 7–10pm) Central Plaza at Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky
Rockin’ the Roebling June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021 (+July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept 2) Smale Riverfront Park at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn; Mehring Way and Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy the music
Breakfast with the Animals June 4 and 19, 2021 (+July 17, 31; August 7, 28) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy early admission to the zoo as well as a full breakfast buffet. See the animals as they awake! Obtain tickets asap – this event sells out!
Fringe Festival (live and virtual) June 4–9, 2021 Know Theatre at 1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati, Ohio and online Music, dance and art! Eight outdoor live productions and 21 live-streamed shows
Godspell June 4–21, 2021 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) Sorg Opera House at 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio Live performances
Matinee Musicale June 4 and 6, 2021 Memorial Hall at 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio Samoan tenor Pene Pati performs
Summerfair June 4–6, 2021 Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy looking (and buying) art at this annual event
RiversEDGE 2021 Concerts June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2021 (+July 4, 9, 16, 23; Aug 7, 13, 2, 27; Sept 3, 11, 18) 116 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio Live music along the river
Hamilton Flea June 12, 2021 (+July 10, Aug 15, Sept 11) Marcum Park in downtown Hamilton, Ohio Urban artisan market
O.F.F. Market June 12, 2021 (+July 10, Aug 14, Sept 11) Summit Park at 4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, Ohio Artisans, brewers, bakers and farmers provide a unique shopping experience
Second Saturday Flea Market June 12, 2021 (second Saturday of the month) through Dec 11, 2021 Laurel Bend at 86 Oldham Drive, Falmouth, Kentucky Find a treasure!
Solar Fun June 12, 2021 Huffman Park at 2100 John Gray Rd., Fairfield, Ohio Must register for event
Dance in the Fort June 13, 2021 (+July 18, Aug 15) Tower Park Amphitheater at Chochran Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky Dance!
Loveland Concerts in the Park June 13 and 27, 2021 (+July 4, 18; Aug 29; Sept 12) Nisbet Park and Amphitheater at 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio Bring your chairs and blankets for this free concert.
Edgewood Summer Concerts June 15, 22 and 29, 2021 (+ July 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24) Presidents Park at 283 Dudley Rd., Edgewood, Kentucky Madison shelter
Bold Moves Plus June 16–20, 2021 Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio The Cincinnati Ballet performs!
The Summit Cinema June 16, 2021 (+Aug 18; Sept 15) Summit Park Watch a movie on a giant screen from the great lawn! Movies start at dusk
Behringer-Crawford Museum Summer Concerts June 17 and 24, 2021 (+July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19) Devou Park at 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, Kentucky Bluegrass, rock, jazz, country and Latin music. $5 donation
Mt. Healthy Summer Concerts June 17 and 25, 2021 (+July 3, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6,13, 20, 27; Sept 3) Mt. Healthy City Park at 1541 Hill Ave., Mt. Healthy, Ohio Free concerts
Summer Music Festival at Ault Park June 17, 2021 (+July 15, Aug 19) Ault Park at 3600 Observatory Avenue in Hyde Park (Cincinnati), Ohio Dance to live music! Food, wine and water will be available
Zootanical June 17, 2021 Bowyer Farm at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens shares the Cheetah Run facility
Mt. Healthy Summer Concerts June 18 and 25, 2021 (+July 3, 9,16, 23, 30; Aug 6,13, 20, 2; Sept 3) Mt. Healthy City Park, at 1541 Hill Ave., Mt. Healthy (Cincinnati), Ohio Enjoy the music (July 3 has fireworks!)
Taps, Tastes and Tunes June 18–20, 2021 The Streets of West Chester at 9448A Water Front Dr., West Chester, Ohio Live music, food and more
Waynesville Street Faire June 19, 2021 (+July 17, Aug 14, Sept 11) Downtown Waynesville, Ohio Artisans and unique vendors
Yoga at Trolley Park June 19 and 26, 2021 (+ July 3, 10, 17, 24) Trolley Park at 1101 Amsterdam Rd., Park Hills, Kentucky Exercise! Burlington Antique Show June 20, 2021 (+July 16, Aug 22, Sept 19, Oct 17) Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idelwood Rd., Burlington, Kentucky Find a treasure!
Take Over the Square 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, Ohio June 24, 2021 (+July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26) Free concerts
Middletown Pride June 25, 2021 1050 Central Avenue (downtown), Middletown, Ohio Pride color crawl, signature drinks, high heel dash and more
99 Days of Summer June 25, 2021 Sorg Opera House at 63 S. Main Street, Middletown, Ohio Hits from the 60s and 70s
Rockin’ Taco Festival June 25–27, 2021 Covington Plaza at the Roebling Bridge, Covington, Kentucky Tacos, Latin muic and dance
Food Truck Thursday in Springboro June 3, 2021 (+July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2) S. Main Street, Downtown historic Springboro, Ohio Stores open late, too. Every first Thursday through Sept. 2021 starting at 4:30pm
Late Night at the Air Force Museum June 3, 2021 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio First Thursday 5pm–8pm; Enjoy an evening exploring the museum
Star City Concerts at Riverfront Park June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021 (+July 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) Riverfront Park at 3 N. Miami Avenue, Miamisburg, Ohio Free Sunday evening concerts. Bring your lawn chair
Fairborn Summer Concerts June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021 (+July 3, 13,19, 26; Aug 2) Various venues in Fairborn, Ohio (Atherton Amphitheater and Main Street Commons) Enjoy live music
Open Aircraft Days at the Air Force Museum June 19, 2021 (+July 9, Aug 20, Sept 11, Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 18) National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Up-close look at different aircraft
3rd on Third Outdoor Market June 20, 2021 (+July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17) 1301 East Third Street, Dayton, Ohio Eclectic outdoor market
Exercise in the Park June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021 (+July 7, 14, 21 and 28; Aug 4, 11,19 and 25) Civic Park in downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana Get fit outside
Batesville Masonic Lodge Monthly Breakfast June 5, 2021 119 W. Pearl St., Batesville, Indiana Lodge #663 hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast starting at 6am. Yoga in Park Civic Park, downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 (+July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Aug 7, 14, 21, 28) Bring your mat and water; (6/20, 7/18 and 8/22: yoga held at the Lawrenceburg Community Center)
Movies in the Park June 8, 15 and 22 2021 (+July 6, 13, 20, 27) Civic Park, downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana Movies begin at dusk; Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks
Tri-State Antique Market June 6, 2021 (+ July 4, Aug 1, Sept 5 and Oct 3) Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds at U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Indiana Find a special treasure!
Movies in the Park June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2021 (+July 6, 13, 20 and 27) Civic Park at 111 E High St., Lawrenceburg, Indiana 9pm–11pm Bring chairs, blankets and snacks
Music on the River June 10, 17 and 25, 2021 (+July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26) Civi Park, Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana Beer Garden, Food trucks, Cruise-in Car Show, and live music. Bring your lawn chairs
Music in the Park June 11, 2021 (+July 9, August 13 and September 10, 2021) Bicentennial Park, Madison, Indiana Food vendors available; bring your lawn chair
Erlanger/Elsmere May 31, 2021 at 9am VFW Post 6423, 4435v Dixie Highway, Elsmere, Kentucky Parade and memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery More info
Fairfield Memorial Day May 31, 2021 Drive-by parades in several locations in Fairfield, Ohio Community Arts Center (10am); Veterans of Foreign Ways (Post 1069); Fairfield Youth Playfields; Waterworks Park; Thomas O. Marsh Park; Fairfield Aquatic Center; Point Pleasant Park and Veterans Memorial Park
Florence Memorial Day Shoebox Float Parade May 31, 2021 Boone Co Veterans Memorial at 8020 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, Kentucky Shoe-box style “floats” on display at the Boone Co Veterans Memorial 11am – Musical tribute ceremony
Glendale May 31, 2021 Sharon Avenue, Glendale, Ohio 10am memorial ceremony at the War Memorial
Middletown Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony May 31, 2021 Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum at 1401 Woodside Blvd., Middletown, Ohio Smith Park at 400 Tytus Ave., Middletown, Ohio Parade at 10am at Smith Park; Ceremony at 11:30am at Woodside Cemetery
This fast-paced real estate market has some homes selling in just days or even hours. Many home buyers are lining up to make offers. Perhaps with this type of real estate market, you have considered trying to sell your home on your own (FSBO – for sale by owner) without the services of a real estate agent?
Here are some reasons why you should not sell your home by yourself:
Can You Attract Lots of Buyers? The National Association of Realtors® reports 97% of all home buyers use the Internet throughout the home-buying process. Real estate agents and brokers (like Sibcy Cline Realtors) have a strong Internet presence already in place with strategies to promote homes for sale. Bypass a real estate professional and your reach to the home-buying market will be much smaller. You will, therefore, receive less offers and may lose out on stronger offers and possibly more money for your home.
Another important item to consider is the photography of your home. Properties for sale will have rooms staged to appeal to the largest segment of home buyers. This is part of your agent’s responsibility in marketing your home. For example, your agent will guide you to clear the kitchen counters of most appliances and to stow away hand towels and the garbage can from sight. The potential home buyer can then focus on your kitchen’s features instead of items found in that room.
You will have expenses with promoting your home that an agent normally covers. Items such as signs, flyers, professional photography, attorney fees, contracts and advertising all add up.
Lots of Details in the Home-Buying Process When selling a home, there are lots of details that happen such as negotiations, home inspections and appraisals – to name a few. Real estate pros are trained to navigate all of these hurtles. Once you have a purchase contract on your home, your real estate agent is there to also make sure the mortgage process for the home buyer is handled smoothly. Your agent represents you and has a goal to to make sure your home closes with all of these type of details are taken care of.
Legal Items There are other details when selling your home that are important such as mandatory legal disclosures and lead paint documents. If you are selling your home on your own, you need to be aware and follow the law. Real estate agents have error and omissions insurance in place in case a legal error is made. If you hire an attorney to close on the transaction, that professional may not have that type of insurance. (Example: You inform a buyer the floor under the carpet is wood and it ends up being another material. That’s a mistake.)
Safety Opening your home to strangers is another reason you should reconsider selling on your own. Your agent will have protocols set up for personal showings. Buyers can be asked about mortgage pre-approvals to prevent “we’re just looking scenarios”. During COVID-19, protocols include wearing masks and gloves, wiping down doors that are touched as well as using digital tours as a way of promoting your home. Real estate agents who show your home follow a code of ethics to make sure your home and its contents are safe during showings.
Negotiation If you try to sell your home on your own, you are in charge of negotiations. A real estate pro is trained and used to negotiating on your behalf. If there are challenges before you close on your home, your agent will work through those details – anything from results of a whole-home inspection, an appraisal snafu or problem with your home’s title.
Do you know your home’s true value? There are many tools on the Internet to get a “guestimate” of your home’s value. In this seller’s market, you may be surprised, however, how much your home is actually worth.
A Real Estate Agent is Going to Cost Me Money You do pay a real estate commission when you sell your home with an agent, but will selling your home on your own really save you money?
People who seek out FSBO homes are also looking for a savings and will probably make low offers. In some situations, a FSBO seller can make less money from a sale. (See this report.) The reason? Homes listed with a real estate company are promoted via the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) with other real estate brokers – thus marketing the home to a large sector of home buyers. The more buyers who see your home, the greater the chance for a bidding war that will drive your home price higher. Your agent has a goal to obtain the highest possible price for your home with terms that work in your favor. They want you to make a profit on your home!
Statistics also show that FSBOs who sell to someone they know end up selling for thousands of dollars under market value. Additionally, FSBOs take longer to sell when not sold to someone the seller knows. Here are some 2020 stats from the National Association of Realtors about selling your home FSBO:
• 89% of home sellers in 2020 sold their homes with the assistance of a real estate agent • 8% of home sales in 2020 sold via FSBO – 4% knew their sellers • FSBO homes typically sell for less than the selling price of other homes (median price of $217,900 FSBO vs $295,000 with an agent) • FSBO homes sold typically in under two weeks (agent-assisted sales took three weeks) • Preparing and fixing the home up for sale as well as understanding and preforming the paperwork were the two most difficult steps for FSBO sellers • 25% of FSBOs typically used yard signs to promote their homes for sale (46% did not actively market their home!)
There is nothing like eating fresh produce! Be sure to find a local farmer’s market in Southeastern Indiana to patronize. Most are open through October and offer local, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, jams and other homemade foods.
Our list is in order by day. If you see a local farmer’s market that is missing, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it!
There are many great reasons to live in Dayton, Ohio and local farmers’ markets is one of them. Most of these markets are open throughout the growing season into October, so be sure to check them out. There is nothing that compares to a fresh tomato bursting with flavor.
Here’s our list of Dayton farmers’ markets including the days and times they are open. If you know of any local markets that aren’t featured on this list, please let us know (email@example.com) and we’ll add them.
St. Paris Farmers’ Market 3pm–6pm (Starts May 7, 2021) 135 W. Main Street (in front of the municipal building), St. Paris, Ohio
Sugarcreek Township Farmers’ Market Sugarcreek Plaza at 6124 Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Township, Ohio. (Mid May – Mid November 2021) 3pm–7pm Winter Market: December – April. Every third Friday from 3pm–5pm
SATURDAYS 2nd Street Market 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio. (Year round. Outdoor market: June-October) 9am–1pm
Oakwood Farmers’ Market 22 Orchard Drive at 22 Orchard Dr., Dayton, Ohio. (June 5–August 28, 2021) Harvest Season through October 16, 2021 9am–1pm Facebook
Shiloh Farmers’ Market 5300 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio. (June 5 – October 2, 2021) 10am–2pm First half hour for elderly and at risk
Springfield Farmers Market North Market Place (117 N. Fountain Ave), Springfield, Ohio. (June – end of September 2021) 9am–12:30pm Indoor market January–March: 11am–2pm at Mother Stewarts Brewing Company
Trotwood Farmers Market Northeast corner of Shiloh Springs and Salem Ave. Trotwood, Ohio. (June-October 2021) 9am–2pm
Yellow Springs Farmers Market 100 Dayton Street in the Bryan Center Parking lot, Yellow Springs, Ohio. (May – September, 2021) 7am–12pm Except 2nd Saturdays in June and October: Moves to Sunday 8am–12pm April, October and November: 8am–12pm
2nd Street Market 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio. (Year round. Outdoor market: June-December) 11am–3pm
There are so many great reasons to live in Northern Kentucky and local farmers’ markets are one of them. Enjoy shopping for your locally grown fruits and vegetables through October by visiting one of these markets listed below.
If you know of any local markets that aren’t mentioned on this list, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them!
Boone County Farmers Market 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky. Hours: 10am–5pm (mid May – October 2021) Summer Hours: 9am–6pm (end of May 25 – early September, 2021) Winter Hours: Day after Thanksgiving through April: 10am–8pm (weather permitting) Curbside pick up and social distancing