Tips for Homeowners This Thanksgiving

Piece of Pumpkin PieWith Thanksgiving just weeks away, homeowners can never be short of tips and helpful suggestions for those little set backs that come with travel or hosting for the holiday. One of the easiest ways to make sure all cheerful efforts go according to plan is to sit down and make up a schedule for the event. Ensuring all relatives know when to get there is one thing, but hosts also need to ensure they know when to start their food preparation, put out the dishes, and so on, to make sure nothing gets derailed.

Simple Tips
The process of shopping for a feast can be difficult. It’s not easy to balance catering to various dietary needs and remain within budget. Sitting down and figuring out exactly what to buy in advance for your menu will help avoid overspending and purchasing unnecessary traditional Thanksgiving food staples.

Hosts should also be open to the idea of not having to go it alone. Asking friends or family to bring a dish or two – even something as simple as snacks for before or after the main course can reduce stress and shopping time.

In addition, it’s okay to ask for help when it comes to setting up the dining room table and washing dishes. Guests are usually more than happy to lend a helping hand.

Take it Easy When Traveling
No matter what time of year, taking a long road trip or heading to the airport can be trying. With millions of Americans
doing the same thing at this time of year amps up that stress factor. Perhaps consider traveling during off peak times. Taking an extra day to make the trip out or back is a great way to avoid traffic jams, long lines at airport security, and the general ups and downs of travel. 

The more preparation anyone puts into the holiday season, the better off they will be allowing them to remain calm, cool and collected when issues inevitably arise. A big part of enjoying Thanksgiving is to accept that issues will arise, have a plan in place and remember what this holiday is truly all about – a time to connect with the ones that matter the most.

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Local Fun Things to Do throughout November!


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Looking for funs things to during November? There are still fun fall events happening as well as some festive winter holiday things to do towards the end of the month. Here is our list of November festivals and events for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Events are listed by date.

Timeless Memories of Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Antique Christmas
November 3, 2017 – January 7, 2018
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

Hearth Warming Holidays
November 3-5, 2017
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Shop and collect recipes to make a cookbook.

Pumpkin Chuck
November 4, 2017
221 Oxford Avenue at Stanbery Park in Mt. Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bring your pumpkins and watch them fly!  Music and food.

Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival
November 4, 2017
91 Walnut St. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy whiskey, music and food! Admission fee.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
November 4, 2017 – February 3, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Views artifacts and artwork that spans 400 years of history

St. Aloysius Shandon Fall Festival and Turkey Shoot
November 5, 2017
3350 Chapel Road in Shandon, Ohio
All-you-can-eat turkey dinner.

Timeless Memories of Christmas at La Comedia
November 8 – December 30, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Christmas carols, costumers and holiday fare!

Elf the Musical
November 9, 2017
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Watch Buddy find his birth father.

Springfield Car Show and Swap Meet
November 10, 2017
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Find the part you need!

Kettering National A Cappella Fest
November 10-11, 2017
3301 Shroyer Road in Ketting, Ohio
(singing): Listing to people singing with no instruments!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic and bluegrass music.

Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio
Over 90 wineries will be sharing over 400 wines. Enjoy live music, too.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic musical groups.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
November 10-12, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
350 boutiques will be tempting your pocketbook!

47th Annual Dayton Book Fair
November 10-13, 2017
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 1043 South Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
100,000 books (records, magazines, movies and games) will be available for purchase!

Holiday Junction  featuring Brickopolis
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
1301 Western Avenue at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the holiday with motorized trains, LEGO landscaped and whimsical scenes

Christmas Night of Lights
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Big Beers Barley Wines Beer Fest
November 11, 2017
500 Belmont Park North at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio
Premium boutique beer festival.

St. Martin of Tours Martinfest
November 11, 2017
3720 St. Martin Place in Cheviot in Cincinnati,  Ohio
Raffles, catered dinner and more.

Miss Ohio USA Pageant
November 11-12, 2017
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Art Center in Springfield, Ohio
Witness the Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants.

Dayton Cat Fanciers Show
November 11-12, 2017
McAfee Sports Center at 1321 Research Park Drive in Beavercreek, Ohio
View all kinds of breeds. Meow.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 11-12, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy samplings, music and elegant pastrics. Admission fee.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – December 31, 2017
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 11, 2017 January 14, 2018
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

5th Annual Sunman Celebrates the Season
November 17, 2017
Sunman Legion Post 337 at 412 Eastern Avenue in Sunman, Indiana
Parade, hot chocolate and Santa! Craft fair at the Legion Post.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
November 17-19, 2017
Dayton Masonic Center at 525 Riverview Drive in Dayton, Ohio
Browse and bid on amazingly decorated trees.

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 17-19, 2017
Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, entertainment, 5k run, crafts and more!

Christmas in Historic Springboro
November 17-19, 2017
Downtown Springboro, Ohio
Music, artisans, food and more!

Christkindlmarkt
November 17-19, 2017
Germania Society of Cincinnati at 3529 W. Kemper Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
Heated tents with German music, children’s lantern parade, petting zoo, German food and drinks as well as German ornaments available for purchase.

The Christmas Ranch
November 17 – December 23, 2017
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 17- December 31, 2017
Route 42 Sharon Woods in Sharonville, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Outdoor Christmas lights display to enjoy while driving through Sharon Woods

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 18, 2017
Lebanon Mason Monore Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
45-minute ride with a narration of The Polar Express, Santa, caroling and more! Get your tickets early!

Light Up Goshen
November 18, 2017
Goshen, Ohio
14th annual parade and tree-lighting ceremony!

Harvest Day
November 18, 2017
1976 Timberman Road at Forest Run MetroPark in Hamilton, Ohio
Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting contest and more.

Batesville Chamber Holiday Parade and Market
November 18, 2017
Rom Weber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Avenue in Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy the parade through downtown Batesville, a holiday market and a visit from Santa and his reindeer.

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk Parade and Community Tree Lighting
November 18, 2017
9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road at West Chester Township Hall in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, community tree lighting ceremony.

Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio
Train runs through a scenic wonderland of lowers and recreation of iconic Cincinnati landmarks

PNC Festival of Lights
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
Stroll through themed areas of holiday lights while visiting Fiona and the other zoo animals

St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church Taste of Lebanon
November 19, 2017
2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of Lebanese culture: kibbee, spinach pies. tabouli. falafel and  pastries!

St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival
November 19, 2017
4305 Pitts Street in Northside in Cincinnati, Ohio
Turkey and roast beef dinner with all of the side dishes.

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 21, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination
November 21, 2017
Newport at the Levee in Newport, Kentucky
Holiday music, treats, Santa, ice sculpting and more. 1.4 million lights to enjoy.

Victorian Christmas
November 21 – December 30, 2017
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

A Christmas Carol
November 22, 2017 – December 30, 2017
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 23, 2017
Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The 108th year for this annual event. Run/walk and then go home to gobble down!

Price Hill Thanksgiving Parade
November 23, 2017
Ferguson Road/Glenway Avenue to Warsaw Avenue to St. Lawrence Parish Center in Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile parade with a grand marshall, king and queen!

Light Up Middletown
November 23 – December 31, 2017
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 24, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 24, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music and seeing the Christmas tree lights!

Winterfair
November 24-26, 2017
Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy viewing the work of over 250 artisans.

Cincideutsch Christmaskindmarkt
November 24 – December 16, 2017 (Weekends)
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a German-style Christmas market with artisans, food and more!

Festival of Trees
November 24 – December 24, 2017
123 Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
More than 100 trees are decorated for viewing!

Winterfest
November 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 24 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Shillito’s Elves
November 24 – December 31, 2017
6940 Madisonville Road in Mariemont, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Remember going downtown to see all of the stores’ window displays? Shillito’s elves and Santa’s workshop are on display – now in Mariemont!

Whispering Christmas
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Fort Saint Clair Park at 135 Camden Road in Eaton, Ohio
View 2 million Christmas lights while driving through.

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 24, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark.

Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 25, 2017
Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, crafts, train ride, carnival and more!

Holiday Artisan Market
November 25, 2017
The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday shopping while browsing the work of artisans. Crafts and games for the kids. Entry fee.

Holiday in the City
November 25, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Live music, food trucks, lighting of the tree, Santa will arrive and fireworks!

Shandon Christmas in the City
November 25-26, 2017
Shandon, Ohio
Old-fashioned Christmas event with Welsh cakes, crates and more. Meet Santa at the Old Fire House.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 3, 2017 (Weekends)
December 8 – 30, 2017 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Santa’s Workshop
November 25 – December 23, 2017 (Saturdays 1-3 pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio

Rikes Wonderland Windows
November 25 – December 30, 2017
The Schuster Center at 1W. 2nd Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
View the Rike’s department store’s holiday window displays with animated elves and lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 25 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Holiday in the City
November 26, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Santa arrives at Santa Land. Holiday lights, fireworks, carousel rides, food and more.

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 25 – December 24, 2017
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

CCM Jazz Series:Holiday Extravaganza
November 29, 2017
Corbett Auditorium University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
CCM Students will play and sing all kinds of holiday music!

A Carillon Christmas
November 29 – December 30, 2017
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Christmas Tree Festival
November 29 – December 3, 2017
Lima, Ohio
Enjoy viewing 85 themed Christmas trees.

The Nutcracker
November 30 – December 2, 2017
18 W. Central Parkway at the School for Creative Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A holiday tradition!

A Carillon Christmas
November 30 – December 30, 2017
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas lights, Santa, live music and more!

 

2017 Fourth of July Fireworks in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

dersIOFireworks_2017.jpgThere are many things to do to celebrate the Fourth of July 2017 holiday throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue and remember to oooh and aaah when you see your favorite fireworks! Here is our list of local places to enjoy fireworks. In order by region and neighborhood:

CINCINNATI, OHIO REGION

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2017 – Fireworks at dusk
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.

Blue Ash
Red, White and Blue Ash
Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio
July 4, 2017
All kinds of fun as well as live entertainment (The Steel Woods and REO Speedwagon) with the fireworks starting at 10pm.

California
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow
Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Enjoy the day at Coney Island including live music and stay until evening when the hot air balloons will fill sky.

Patriotic Pops – The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Riverbend Music Center at 6295 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 4, 2017 
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will play some patriotic tunes at 8pm and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will be displayed at dusk.

Crosby Township
Sticker’s Grove 4th of July Fireworks
11490 Hamilton Cleves Road in Crosby Township, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Free admission to park. Fireworks at 10pm

Downtown Cincinnati
4th of July Bash at Fountain Square
July 3, 2017 at 520 Vine Street at Fountain Square
Fireworks will begin at 10:00pm.
Live music. Fireworks begin after the concert.

Cincinnati Reds Independence Day Fireworks Show
July 4-6, 2017 – See fireworks following the ball game on the 4th or go to Smale Riverfront Park or Newport on the Levee for great views!

Fairfield
Red White and KaBoom

William Harbin Park in Fairfield, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Festivities all day at various locations ending with fireworks.

Green Township
Green Township 4th of July Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
6717 Bridgetown Road at Kuliga Parkin Green Township in Cincinnati, Ohio
Concert starts at 7:30p

Hamilton
Hamilton July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2017 at dusk
Downtown Hamilton near the courthouse (101 High St.) in Hamilton, Ohio
Parade at 10am at the Butler Co Fairgrounds. Live music.

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2017 at dusk
300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebrate starts at 5pm at the community center with entertainment, food, activities and live music by Gen X! The parade starts at 4pm.

Hyde Park
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
3600 Observatory Avenue
Children’s parade at 11am. Concessions from 6-10pm. Live music starts at 8pm.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2017 – Parade at 10am – Given Rd. to Shawnee Run Rd. followed by activities at Stephan Field
July 4, 2017 Fireworks at 9:45pm at Stephan Field

Liberty Township
Red White and Liberty

July 1, 2017
At the Park!

Light Up Liberty
6101 Princeton Glendale Road in Liberty Township, Ohio (Princeton Pike Church of God)
July 2, 2017
Music, food, rides and fireworks at dusk.

Liberty Township – Fourth of July
6840 Lakota Lane at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio
July 4, 2017
5K run/walk  for Liberty followed by a parade at 10pm. (Did not see mention of fireworks.)

Loveland
Loveland Firecracker Festival

July 1, 2017 at dusk
11600 Lebanon Road at Symmes Township Park in Loveland, Ohio.
Festival in downtown Loveland starting at 3pm with food, live music, parade and lots to do!

Independence Day Celebration
Historic downtown Loveland, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Kid zone, food trucks, parade, live music, Jackson Street Market and fireworks at 10pm.

Madeira
Madeira Independence Day

July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at 10pm
Sellman Park – 6700 Marvin Ave
The parade starts at 7pm along Miami Avenue. Enjoy food and music, too at 8pm.

Mariemont
Mariemont Independence Celebration

July 3, 2017 at 9pm
Dogwood Park on Mariemont Avenue in Mariemont, Ohio.
Enjoy the fireworks along with patriotic music from the Carillon.

Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom

Mason Municipal Campus in Mason, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Multi-platinum artist Phillip Phillips (American Idol) will be performing. Enjoy carnival rides, a zipline, lots of food. The Skydiving exhibit starts at 6pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

Kings Island Fireworks
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason, Ohio
Fee to enter park. The fireworks start at 10pm.

Middletown
Middletown Broad Street Blast

July 3, 2017 at dusk
Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
The park will open at 5:30pm with food/drinks, a KidsZone and live music

Mt. Healthy
Mt. Healthy Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at dusk
1541 Hill Avenue at City Park
Food, drinks and a live DJ starting at 5pm. Enjoy the kid’s parade, too. Opening of the time capsule

Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day

July 3, 2017 – 7:30 pm concert at Montgomery Park
July 4, 2017 – 10am parade at Cooper and Montgomery Roads
July 4, 2017 – 11am -2pm Festival in Montgomery Park

Monroe
Light Up the Sky
550 South Main Street in Monroe, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Parade at 12pm and ends at Monroe Community Park. Enjoy games and fun.

Moscow
Village of Moscow Fireworks
Fireworks set off near the Ohio River
July 3, 2017

Northside
Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival

Jacob Hoffner Park at 1618 Blue Rock Street in Northside in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 3-4, 2017
Carnival, parade and fireworks on the 4th.

Norwood
Norwood Hometown Fireworks
Shea Stadium – 2603 Harris Avenue in Norwood in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Bring your dancing shows and lawn chairs!

Oxford
Oxford Freedom Festival Parade

Oxford Community Park at 6801 Fairfield Road, Oxford, Ohio
July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at 10:00pm
Festival starts at 6:00pm with climbing wall, pie-backing contest and music.

Reading
Reading American Legion Fourth of July

Koenig Park (Columbia Avenue) in Reading, Ohio
July 2, 2017 at dusk

Ross
Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Fireworks

11490 Hamilton Cleves Road in Ross, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Fee to into park. Enjoy the rides and fireworks at 10pm.

South Lebanon
July 4th Fireworks Festival

South Lebanon
July 4, 2017
A fun festival ending in fireworks at dusk.

Wyoming
Wyoming July 4th Celebration

Oak Park (Oak Avenue) in Wyoming, Ohio.
July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Music of America Theme: 10am Parade, games from 6pm-9:30pm at the park.

DAYTON, OHIO REGION

Centerville
Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Centerville High School Football Stadium – 500 East Franklin Street
5k run, 10am parade, street fair at 9:30am-5:00pm. Fireworks at Centerville High School.

Downtown Dayton
Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
111 E. Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton, Ohio
A multi-cultural festival with food and live music!

Englewood
Englewood Fireworks Celebration

July 5, 2017 at 10pm
Centennial Park – 321 Union Boulevard in Englewood.
Enjoy the Englewood Civic Band at 7pm.

Fairborn
Fairborn 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Fairborn Community Park at 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd in Fairborn, Ohio
Parade starts at 10am. Live entertainment and concessions!

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Huber Heights Fireworks Display

July 1, 2017 at 10pm
Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights
Parade at 10 and festival begins at 12pm.

Kettering
Kettering Go Fourth Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at dusk
Delco Park – 1700 Delco Park Drive in Kettering, Ohio
6-11pm – Live music, food, Play Zone and fun!

Moraine
Star Spangles Boom in Moraine

July 4, 2014 at 10pm
Wax Park: 3800 Main St. in Moraine, Ohio
Food, refreshments and amusement rides. Love entertainment starts at 7pm.

Springfield
Springfield Old Fashioned Country Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio

Vandalia
Vandalia Star Spangled Celebration

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Vandalia Sports Complex – 1101 Stonequarry Rd
Enjoy live music! 7-10 festival.

Xenia
Kevin Sonnycald Memorial Fireworks

July 7, 2017 at 9:45pm
Shawnee Park in Xenia, Ohio
Face painting, magic show, parade and live music

Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2017
Fireworks at Gaunt Park at dusk.
Parade starts at 3pm – starts at Friends Care and ends at the Bryan Center.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY REGION

Augusta
Fireman’s Fourth of July
Augusta, Kentucky
July 3-4, 2017
Enjoy the fish fry and other foods as well as activities and games. And the grand finale are the fireworks over the Ohio River!

Edgewood
Edgewood Fourth of July Extravaganza

500 Freedom Park Drive at Freedom Park in Edgewood, Kentucky
July 4, 2017
Fireworks at dusk at Freedom Park. 5 k race, parade and a free concert at 7pm.

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky
July 3, 2017  Fireworks at 10pm
4-11 with rides, food, music and fireworks!

Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas 150th Birthday Celebration
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
July 3-8, 2017 – Fireworks on July 4, 2017
A week of celebration with all kinds of activities and fireworks at 10pm on the 4th.

Ft. Thomas Independence Celebration
July 4, 2017 – Fireworks at 10pm
Parade begins at 10:30am at Highlands High School.
Tower Park – Community festival from 2-10pm. Hot dog eating contest.

Independence
4th of July Parade and Celebration – Independence, Ky
June 30-July 1, 2017 – 5-11pm – Festival with rides, food and games at Memorial Park, plus a concert at 7pm at the Donna Yeager Amphitheater
July 1, 2017 – 3pm Annual 4th of July Parade
10pm – Fireworks on July 1, 2017 at Jack Woods Parkway
10pm – Fireworks on July 4, 2017

Newport
America’s Celebration Newport Motorcycle Rally
July 3, 2017
Entertainment, food and cycles. Fireworks along the riverfront at 10pm.

Union
Union Celebrates America
Union Community Building at 10087 Old Union Road in Union, Kentucky
June 30, 2017
Parade at 7pm and fireworks at dark.

SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA REGION
Aurora
Aurora Red, White and Boom
Lesko Park – Indiana 56
June 30-July 1, 2017
Live music, boat parade on Friday. Fireworks at dusk on July 1, 2017.

Brookville
Brookville Canoefest (Indiana)
June 24, 2017
Brookville Township Park on Mill Street
Indiana’s largest canoe race. Fireworks at 10:15pm

Greendale
Greendale Independence Day Fireworks
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana
July 4, 2017 at 9:30pm
5k race at 7:30am. Fishing derby at 9am. Bike parade at 3pm.

Greensburg
323 S Montfort Street in at the Riverside Center in Greensburg, Indiana
Decatur County Fireworks
July 4, 2017 at dusk

Lake Santee Fireworks
July 1, 2017 at dusk
Lake Santee (13 SW Wren Parkway) in Greensburg, Indiana

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks
July 2, 2016 at 10pm
4th of July parade on June 30, 2017. along MainStreet.
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana

Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
Metamora, Indiana
July 1, 2017
The fire department raise funds with this fun festival

Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks on the River
Front Street, Rising Sun, Indiana
July 3, 2017 at dusk
Live music at the Rising Sun Riverfront Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Fire and Safety Tips for Your Home

Christmastree_Firepl_LR.jpegThe holidays are a time of cheer and your home will reflect that with all of its festive decor. Here are some tips to keep your home safe from fire during the holiday season:

Kitchen
Since 40% of home fires reported start in the kitchen, ensure smoke alarms are working and can be heard everywhere in the house. If you do not have one, now is a good time to install carbon monoxide detectors since peak CO2 season is November through February.

Holiday Lights
Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for your holiday light sets. Do not overload outlets and connectors either indoors and outside. Electrical fires often start in the walls of your home, without visible signs. Be mindful and use preventative measures.

Christmas Tree
One in every four December home fires start because the Christmas tree is too close to a heat source. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) suggests having three feet between the tree and any heat source – fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and furnace vents.

Candles
Burning candles should be at least 12 inches from anything else that burns. Always keep candles within your sight. The top three days for candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve  – when distractions are plentiful.

Fireplace
Fireplace safety is critical during these cozy times as well. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually – contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations. Never leave the fire unattended for even the shortest amount of time. And although popular, fire salts and color packets contain heavy metals that can cause intense irritation and illness if swallowed or inhaled.

Fire Extinguishers
Check and replace your household fire extinguishers. Suggested placement for extinguishers are: kitchen, each room with a fireplace and garages/sheds. Practice PASS (Pull the Pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze and Sweep) and emergency evacuation plans with your family.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Article courtesy of Sibcy Cline Insurance Services

Sources: United States Fire Administration (USFA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Holiday Events – Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio 2016

banner_holidayNovember and December 2016 are jam-packed with lots of local events to enjoy. Here is our list of local things to during the holiday season in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to bookmark this blog article as we add even more events!

US Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square
October 28, 2016 – February 20, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Ice skating available at various times.

Christmas Night of Lights
November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Coney Island – Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with 1 million plus lights!

A Christmas Story: The Musical at the LaComedia Theater
November 2 – December 31, 2016
Springboro, Ohio
A Christmas Carol

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum
November 4, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments, decorations and toys!

A Whoville Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 12 , 2016 – January 1, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the flowers with a Whoville theme!

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
November 16 – December 22, 2016
Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio
A big tradition! Great holiday displays while you visit the animals.

Holiday in Lights
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Sharon Woods – Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive through outdoor light display that is a local tradition.

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
View lights from your car!

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 19, 2016
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
45-minute train ride on a vintage train. Caroling, elves, Santa, treats and more! Reservations required!

Light Up Goshen Parade
November 19, 2016
Marr-Cook Elementary School in Goshen, Ohio
Food, rides, visit with Santa and a parade!

Germania Christkindlmarkt
November 20-22, 2016
Germania Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
German music, carriage rides, German pastries, ornaments and more!

Victorian Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2016
Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana
This beautiful home will be decorated for the holidays as it was in yesteryear.

Light Up the Levee Illumination Party
November 22, 2016
Newport on the Levee – Newport, Kentucky
Music and more when the holiday lights are turned on!

Elf – The Broadway Musical
November 22- 27, 2016
The Schuster Theater in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy watching Buddy find his father while he spreads Christmas cheer!

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 22, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light Up the Levee Light Show
November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Newport, Kentucky
Vibrants lights sync with favorite holiday songs!

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 25, 2016
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The ice rink will be open and there will be plenty of food and drink as well as live music before the tree is lit!

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 26, December 3, December 10 (2016)
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch as Santa rappels down the 525 Building to Macy’s! Holiday music, too!

Light Up Middletown
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Middletown, Ohio
Circle driving tour of lights. See Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday through December 17th.

The Christmas Ranch
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 30, 2016
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 25, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton
Outdoor ice rink at Riverscape.

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 25, 2016 (Kick off) through end of December 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Grand Illumination, Dayton Children’s Parade and so much more!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights 2016
November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Over 3.5 million lights illuminate the mill, riverbanks and trees.

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 26, 2016
Downtown Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, lights and more! Annual cookie walk, too!

North Pole Express Train Ride
November 26-27, December 2-4, 9-11, 22-24  (2016)
LM&M Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Half-hour ride with a visit with Santa and Mrs Claus

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
Dates TBD
Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Scuba Santa with lights and bubbles!

Christmas in the Country in Shandon, Ohio
November 26-27, 2016
Shandon, Ohio
Craft shows, food and holiday fun in a quaint, town setting.

Waynesville Christmas in the Village
December 2-4, 2016
Waynesville, Ohio
Enjoy listening to holiday music while strolling through the shops. See St. Nick and costumed period characters.

Winterfest
December 3, 2016
The Grove Banquet & Event Center in Springfield Township, Ohio
Madcap Puppets, Santa, games and more!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Nutter Center
December 3, 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Aullwood Winter Luminary Walk
December 4, 2016
Enjoy a candle-lit walk and a hot beverage and cookies.

Florence Christmas Tree Lighting in Florence, Kentucky
December 6, 2016
Florence Government Square – 8100 Ewing Blvd.
Sleight rides and photos with Santa!

Holiday in the Village
December 3, 2016
City of Montgomery, Cincinnati, Ohio
North Pole Workshop, Victoria Holiday Village and more! Enjoy seeing the tree lighting, too.

Twilight Christmas Parade in Maysville
December 2, 2016
Maysville, Kentucky
Marching bands and meet Santa!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at US Bank Arena
December 21, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Christmas in the Village
December 3, 2016
Tipp City, Ohio
Home tour, shopping and more!

Burlington Christmas
Burlington, Kentucky
Tree lighting, hot chocolate, art show and more!

Christmas in the Village of Waynesville 
December 2-4, 2016
Historic Waynesville, Ohio
1300 luminaries, carriage rides, strolling choirs and more!

Independence Christmas Walk and Parade
December 3, 2016
Courthouse Square area in Independence, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday activities!

Light Up Fairfield
December 3, 2016
Village Green Park in Fairfield, Ohio
Holiday market, caroling, ornament crafting and lighting of the tree.

Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival
December 3, 2016
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
Largest horse-drawn carriage parade in the US! Enjoy the street fair, too.

Hometown Holiday with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
December 9-10, 2016
The Schuster Center – Downtown Dayton, Ohio
A holiday tribute with the orchestra and choruses.

The Nutcracker
December 9-18, 2016
The Aronoff Center in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A yearly tradition, the Cincinnati Ballet in all of its wonderfulness tells the story of Clara and her nutcracker.

Luminaria in Mariemont, Ohio
December 10, 2016
Light up the tree at the Old Town Center. Visit with Santa and take a carriage ride. Enjoy luminaria throughout the village.

Cincinnati Santacon
December 10, 2016
Jack Cincinnati Casino – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Santas are going to meet and be merry via a pub crawl.

Christmas in Loveland
Date TBD
Historic Downtown Loveland, Ohio
Enjoy Santa, craft workshops as well as a parade, carriage rides and so much more!

Christkindlmarkt – Dayton Liederkrnaz-Turner
December 10-11, 2016
Downtown Dayton
Old Christmas market to enjoy!

White Christmas Parade in Augusta
December 10, 2016
Augusta, Kentucky
Parade, carols and more!

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
December 16 – December 30, 2016
Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity, lights and live dramas. This is a free event.

The Nutcracker – Schuster Performing Arts Center
December 16- 23, 2016
A classic ballet that all can enjoy!

Handels Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic
December 18, 2016
Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton

Over the Rhine Christmas with the Pops
December 20, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music from Over the Rhine along with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra.

The Snowman with the Pops
December 23, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
View the Snowman story while listening to the Cincinnati Pops.

Festival of Lights- Menorah Lighting
December 27, 2016
Deerfield Towne Center in Deerfield Township, Ohio
Traditional treats, petting zoo and live music.

Observe Veteran’s Day – November 11, 2016


Military dog tags and camoflage flag

The official day to honor our veterans is on Friday, November 11, 2016. This day coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day (a world-wide observance of the end of WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918). Armistice Day officially became Veteran’s Day in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill.

President Eisenhower said, “I do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe November 11 as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom …”

There are more than 21 million veterans currently living in the U.S.

We thank all of our veterans who have sacrificed to make our country safe. You are our heroes!

Observe Veteran’s Day in Your Community

  • Here is are links to various Veteran’s Day events from November 11- 13, 2016 throughout the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.
  • Links to freebies for Veterans.

Parades and Ceremonies

 

Elegant DIY Decor for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Halloween has come and gone, and many people already look forward to the holiday season. However, there’s still one big get-together before winter officially arrives. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, homeowners can easily spruce up around the house to make the coming weeks a little more festive before Turkey Day.

Fall autumn festive table setting place setting with pumpkins, pIn fact, a lot of the do-it-yourself decorations homeowners can put up at this time of year can be quite beautiful and very much in line with the feeling Thanksgiving is meant to engender, according to Country Living. For example, designing foliage-based centerpieces for dining room tables is a common staple at this time of year, but decorators can also throw in a more personal touch by making leaf-shaped cards and asking guests to fill out what everyone is thankful for.

Another bit of decorating work that’s easy enough to make is napkin rings that double as seating cards for every place at the table. With a bit of fancy card stock and a little creativity, painting elegant and unique designs to indicate who will sit where is easy enough, and can show off any host’s creativity. Once the cards are made, finishing the decoration with a high-quality ribbon threaded through both ends can add that final touch that quite literally ties the DIY decoration together.

Finally, while many families resort to having a classic “kid’s table” because they can’t fit all the bodies in one room, it’s still nice to dress that other area up. Making sure youngsters have an attractive centerpiece of their own and hand-decorated goodie bags to denote where they should sit can go a long way toward making their holiday meal just a little bit warmer.

Pumpkins and Gourds with a mirror reflection

Dress up around the house
Of course, dressing up the dinner table is one thing, but it can also be a fun activity to make decorations for other parts of a home, according to Woo Home. For instance, making a Thanksgiving-themed candle holder for coffee tables or shelves isn’t all that difficult and can make a home feel much more inviting. All owners will need is a large candle, a jar big enough to hold it and some fall materials like raw corn kernels or pumpkin seeds from a number of stores.

In addition, taking time to string together a bunch of fallen leaves to create a banner or bunting that can hang from a porch, fireplace mantle or shelves can add some fun fall color to any room.

The good news is there are many simple DIY decorating ideas available online for just about any season, so it shouldn’t be too hard to seek out even more information about how to make a home stand out to friends and family as Thanksgiving approaches. And for the most part, it’s easy for just about any member of the family to complete these design flourishes with minimal investment of either money or energy.

Get more ideas for fall home decor from Sibcy Cline’s Pinterest fall-decorating-ideas board!

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