16 Ideas to Celebrate Memorial Day 2020 from your Home

Flags 1Memorial Day 2020 is not to be the year for community parades or memorial services.  We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend at home and still honor those who have served and protected us with your own celebration. Here are 16 ideas to celebrate Memorial Day 2020 from your home:

  1. Plan an at-home BBQ or picnic. Food always smells and tastes best served from the grill!  If this is the first time to fire up your grill for the warmer season, go here for some grilling tips.
  2. Decorate your home with red, white and blue. Go to Pinterest for ideas.
  3. Write a letter to a soldier. Learn more on how to do that here or here.
  4. Send a care package to a soldier.
  5. Take a virtual memorial tour.  Or watch “The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall”  (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox stations) The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will have an online commemoration at 1pm on May 25.
  6. Explain Memorial Day to your children.
  7. Learn how to fold the U.S. flag.
  8. Fly your flag!  (Flag etiquette here.)
  9. Listen to veterans’ stories.
  10. Make a red, white and blue dessert. See recipe ideas here and here.
  11. Decorate bicycles with red, white and blue – and ride them throughout your neighborhood (while social distancing.)
  12. Play yard games with your family.  Here’s an idea on how to create a DIY ring toss. Play “Lawn Twister” in the grass. Try a bean bag ladder toss.  Here is a link to more outdoor game ideas.
  13. Host an outdoor movie. Learn how to create your own outdoor theater.
  14. Camp in your backyard. Set up a tent, add blankets or sleeping bags along with pillows. Tell stories and gaze at the stars!
  15. Roast s’mores from your fire pit! (No fire pit? Use a terracotta pot!)
  16. Walk/run! “Wear Blue” in a virtual Memorial Day walk/run.

 

Community Memorial Day Events:

Centerville, Ohio
May 25, 2020 –9am

The city is hosting a private ceremony that will be live-streamed from Facebook.

Fairfield, Ohio
May 25, 2020 – Special Parade Brought to Veterans’ Homes

A drive-by parade (with vehicles from the police, fire and parks’ divisions) will pass by local veterans’ homes starting at 10am. Lights and sirens will mark their arrival. A private ceremony will also be streamed onto the Fairfield Facebook event page.

Florence, Kentucky
May 22–25, 2020.   Y’alls Animal Farm
UC Health Stadium at 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
Drive-thru animal farm from Honey Hill Farm.

Milford, Ohio
May 25, 2020 
Bring an American flag to wave during one of these ceremonies:
9:30am – Memorial Park
10:00am – Greenlawn Cemetery
10:30am – St. Andrew Cemetery
Ceremonies will also be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Park Hills, Kentucky 
May 25, 2020 –11:30am
Online flag-raising ceremony is scheduled.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Have a Happy Holiday Season When Hosting a Party at Your Home

Holiday PartyWhile people love to see their friends and family during the holiday season, stress is an all-too-common part of the festivities. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reduce such stress – especially for those hosting holiday get togethers at their homes.

Perhaps the best place to start with preparing for the holiday season is with something that can happen right now, a few weeks in advance. Planning as far in advance as possible can go a long way toward helping to stay on track. For instance, setting a budget for holiday gift shopping will really reduce financial stress, and simultaneously help people feel as though they have a good handle on meeting goals they know about in advance.

How To Handle Spending
Make a definitive list before purchasing party items is always a good move. By doing so, you can help to get a better idea of what things costs and lists can then be pared down from “must-haves” to “nice-to-haves”.

Nailing It Down
In addition to putting together a prep list for what needs to be purchased, hosts are encouraged to create a visual idea and fully plan out what a party is going to look like. Whether it’s friends, family or business associates coming by, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a feel for what the gathering will require in terms of food, drink, gift bags, decorations or other necessary items.

That kind of simple preparation also makes it simpler for people to have realistic expectations for what their parties are going to require. With that in mind, it becomes easier to set expectations for guests so they know what they’re asked to bring, and whether they need to eat a more substantial meal ahead of time.

What to Focus On
At this time of year, it’s also helpful to keep in mind that most guests aren’t going to be too upset if a batch of homemade cookies got a little burnt or every detail of a family tradition is followed to the letter. Don’t feel the pressure to impress everyone in every way.

After all, kids and adults alike don’t get excited to go look at the same local Christmas light displays or events every year – they get excited because they’re spending a special part of the year with people they care about.

The Finer Details
Finally, it’s smart for hosts to make sure they’re doing as much as possible in advance of an event so they have a little more time to relax before they actually have people show up at their homes. Cooking or putting out snacks and drinks at least a few hours before the scheduled start time can be a great way to tackle this, and the same is true of doing a deep clean of rooms where the party will be held. Getting as much done a day or two beforehand is a good idea.

Get in the Mood for Your Festivities
Listen to music while you get ready for your party or event. Whether it’s holiday classics or just an everyday favorite, music can put the mind at ease and can do wonders for one’s mood. It’s a good idea to keep those tunes going throughout the party as well, especially if it’s a playlist of everyone’s favorites for the holiday season.

Maybe the most important thing to remember of all this is hosts are supposed to have fun, too. After all, why have friends and family over to your home if it’s going to be a major source of stress? Take a little time throughout the course of the night to take a deep breath, have something to eat and drink, and just relax.

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Halloween Safety Tips – for Your Home and the Trick or Treaters

Kids trick or treat. Halloween fun for children.
It’s almost time for  Halloween. The kids will soon have fun wearing their costumes and trick or treating in their neighborhoods. Here are tips to make this holiday a safe one:

Home Safety

  • Clear your walkway of any debris and wet leaves to avoid tripping or slipping hazards.
  • Keep pets inside, away from doors or windows so they won’t scare trick-or-treaters.
  • Don’t hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard for young children.
  • Have your porch/entrance well lit if you are handing out candy. Keep the lights off if you do not want visitors.
  • Young children should not carve pumpkins.

Trick-or-Treating

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
  • Older unsupervised children should go out with a group, follow an acceptable/safe route, and return home at a specific time.
  • Only visit homes with a porch light on and never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
  • Stay on the sidewalks, cross only at corners, and don’t run across the street.
  • Make sure to carry flashlights, especially if staying out after dark.
  • Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Don’t eat any treats until returning home so you can carefully inspect them.

Costumes

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Accessories like swords or knives should be made out of cardboard or a flexible material.
  • Pick brightly colored costumes and fasten reflective objects to clothing and bags so they are visible to motorists.
  • Avoid oversized or high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
  • Make sure masks or other head accessories don’t impede vision. (It is advisable to use make up or face paint instead of a mask.)
  • Avoid tripping hazards, make sure costume is not too long and shoes are the proper size.
  • Remove all makeup before going to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  • Attach your child’s name and contact information inside their costume.

Want to know what day and time to trick or treat day in your neighborhood?

Halloween is Here! Scare up some Fun by Decorating Your Front Yard

Halloween is coming to town...With fall weather officially here, many homeowners start thinking about the start of the holiday season that begins with Halloween and then runs through the first week of January. Traditional holiday decorating can be fun, but for many homeowners, perhaps the most exciting decor is Halloween because it lets them get a little adventurous with both the interior and exterior of their homes.

When it comes to scaring up some good ideas to creep out the neighbors, experts recommend investing time and energy in making a front yard look as spooky as possible. With that in mind, there are plenty of easy do-it-yourself ideas you can knock out in a weekend just in time for those trick or treaters. Here are just a few:

Webs Everywhere
Some of the easiest decorations are the ever-popular fake spider webs. They can be easy to find at just about any local craft store. You can also make them out of yarn and can be as large as you like. See instructions here from HGTV.

Lighting Option to Bewitch Visitors
Particularly crafty owners can also make lighting fixtures and hang them on their porch or from posts in their yards to really cast a spell on visitors, according to Polka Dot Chair. Witch hats (which can be purchased from any costume shop) are paired with fishing line, a few pins, and LED lights to create a spooky atmosphere.

Straw-Stuffed Scarecrow
Another great way to have a simple DIY project that probably won’t cost much at all is to take an old button-up shirt and pair of pants nobody wears any more, and fill it with straw. Then you can stand it against a tree, sit it on a porch or otherwise incorporate it into a scary scene. You can use a pumpkin, a paint bucket, or something else as a head – or to recall Ichabod Crane’s old foe – simply go headless to put an extra-disquieting exclamation on your front yard. See instructions here and here.

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Traditional Decorations with a Twist

And of course, what front yard Halloween decorations would be complete without that tried-and-true Jack-o-Lantern? You don’t have to rely on triangular eyes and a crooked smile any more, because carving enthusiasts post printable patterns for even scarier designs. And instead of putting a candle in that pumpkin, LED lights that are designed to flicker like candles might be a smart long-term investment.

Here Lies Halloween
Finally, many families can have a bit of macabre comic fun by cutting up cardboard gravestones and incorporate a few jokes about who could be interred there. Whether it’s famous movie monsters, “punny” seasonal names or simply family in-jokes, that kind of decorating effort can really give a yard a chilling addition. See ideas here, here and here.

There are also plenty of other ideas out there you can find online, or make up your own. The trick at this time of year is to be as creative as possible so visitors have a spooktacular time, whether they’re stopping in for a chat or just there to pick up a treat on All Hallow’s Eve.

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November Fun Things to Do throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

November things to do

It’s November and a great time to think about enjoying a local festival or event. There are many holiday boutiques this month as well as Christmas-themed events. Or, enjoy live music or a play. Redsfest is at the end of the month if you are still in baseball mode. Here is our list of 100+ events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

Events are in order by date.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Through November 4, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts vat 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The golden ticket! The candy man!

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White Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2018
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Rumpelstiltskin
November 2, 2018
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
The classic tale performed by TCT on Tour with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Antique Christmas
November 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City Festival
November 3, 2018
Lawrenceburg Event Center at 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
All kinds of whiskey-style activities with master distillers, live music and more

First Friday / Second Look at Pendleton Art Center – Middletown
November 2-3, 2018
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042
Artists will be available to show off their talents, food, music and more!

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
November 2-4, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
350 boutiques will be tempting your pocketbook!

Hearth Warming Holidays
November 2-4, 2018
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Shop and collect recipes to make a cookbook.

Harvest Fest
November 3, 2018
10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, petting zoo and Kolping Schnitzel Haus dinners

Northside Record Fair
November 3, 2018
North Church at 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thousands of records to look at and buy!

Pumpkin Chuck
November 3, 2018
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 3, 2018
91 Walnut St. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy whiskey, music and food! Admission fee.

The Legend of Pocahontas
November 3-4, 2018
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the legend of Pocahontas

NMRA Annual Dayton Train Show
November 3-4, 2018
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton, Ohio
The National Model Railroad Association presents its 4th annual train show

St. John Fall Craft Show and Chicken Dinner
November 3-4, 2018
25743 State Route 1, Dover, Indiana
Enjoy purchasing crafts and home-baked goods. Chicken dinner on Sunday.

In Love and Warcraft
November 3–18, 2018
The Carnegie at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Kentucky
Gamer girl makes money writing love letters for people having relationship problems but is unprepared when she falls in love.

Cincinnati King
November 3 – December 23, 2018
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy hearing and learning about the history of King Records

All-You-Can-East Turkey Dinner and Christmas Bazaar
November 4, 2018
American Legion Auxiliary, 25329 Legion Road, NewAlsace, Indiana
Turkey dinner, raffles and a bake sale

Carnegie Hall Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
November 4, 2018
14687 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana
Traditional turkey dinner

Holiday Jam
November 4, 2018
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio
Start your holiday shopping!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic and bluegrass music

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic musical groups.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre at  123 Gano Road, Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy live acoustic groups

Annual Dayton Book Fair
November 9–11, 2018
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 1043 South Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
100,000 books (records, magazines, movies and games) will be available for purchase!

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 9–11, 2018
Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Love your “Joe”? Enjoy tastings, live music and more!

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 9–11, 2018
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy samplings, music and elegant pastries. Admission fee.

Proof presented by Fairfield Footlighters
November 9–18, 2018 (various days)
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play

Minumental
November 9 – December 7, 2018
Art Academy of Cincinnati at 1212 Jackson, Cincinnati, Ohio
Original works of art no larger than 2″x2″

Christmas Night of Lights
November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Light Up the Fair
November 9 – January 5, 2019
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music

Big Beers Barley Wines Beer Fest
November 10, 2018
500 Belmont Park North at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio
Premium boutique beer festival.

Holiday Art & Craft Show
November 10, 2018
Kettering Recreation Center at 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
80+ vendors!

St. Lawrence Athletic Turkey Delite
November 10, 2018
St. Lawrence at 3680 Warsaw Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Games and more!

St. Martin of Tours Martinfest
November 10, 2018
3720 St. Martin Place in Cheviot in Cincinnati,  Ohio
Raffles, catered dinner and more.

Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier
November 10, 2018
Shawnee Lookout at 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio
Reenactment of frontier day

A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio
Replicas of famous Cincinnati landmarks, trains, evergreens, poinsettias and more!

Holiday Traditions @BCM (Toy Trains)
November 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

26th Annual Blue Ash Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2018
4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio
Veterans will be honored at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park followed by a lunch

Sanctuary Series – Trill Seeker Flute Choir
November 11, 2018
230 E. High Street, Springfield, Ohio
Flute ensemble with musicians from UD and SW Ohio

Veterans Day Program
November 11, 2018
Florence Government Center
Paying tribute to those who have served

Union Terminal’s Homecoming Week
November 11-17, 2018
Union Terminal at 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohi
Many events and a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Art on Vine at Rhinegeist
November 11, 2018 (+December 16, 2018)
Rhinegeist Brewery at 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy art and homemade goods from 70+ local artists

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – December 31, 2018
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Road,  Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the holiday by visiting Krohn Conservatory

Walk+ Wine at Sharon Woods
November 15, 2018
Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, Ohio
See the holiday light early! Then taste some local wines.

The Turn of the Screw
November 15–18, 2018
Patricia Corbett Theatre, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
A mystery with ghosts and foreboding

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 16–18, 2018
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
A TV classic now on stage!

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 16–18, 2018
Springboro, Ohio
The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is winging loud for all to hear!
Shops, see Santa and more!

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 16–18, 2018
Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, entertainment, 5k run, crafts and more!

Christkindlmarkt
November 16–18, 2018 
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.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
November 16–19, 2018
Dayton Mason Center at 525 W Riverview Ave, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy viewing and bidding on fabulously decorated trees

A Small Fire
November 16 – December 1, 2018
Falcon Theatre at 636 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky
Engaging play about devotion during trying times

Twelfth Night
November 16 – December 2, 2018
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Twists and turns in this Shakespearean play

The Christmas Ranch
November 16 – December 23, 2018
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

North Pole Express
November 16 – December 29, 2018 (various days)
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio
Santa will visit the kids on the train ride.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 16 – December 31, 2018
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 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

6th Annual Sunman Celebrates the Season
November 17, 2018
Sunman Legion Post 337, 412 Eastern Avenue, Sunman, Indiana
Parade ends at the Legion Post. See Santa and Mrs. Claus

Victory of Light Psychic Festival
November 17–18, 2018
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
Readings, vendors and seminars – it’s all psychic!

PNC Festival of Lights
November 17 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a winter wonderland of 3 million LED lights

Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
9,000sf of trains with displays of Cincinnati from the 1900s – 1930s

St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival Northside
December 18, 2018
4305 Pitts Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy turkey or roast beef!

A Taste of Lebanon Mediterranean Food Festival
November 18, 2018
St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Catholic Church at 2530 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a Middle Eastern experience!

St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church Taste of Lebanon
November 18, 2018
2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of Lebanese culture: kibbee, spinach pies. tabouli. falafel and  pastries!

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 18 – December 30, 2018 (various dates)
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination
November 20, 2018
Newport at the Levee in Newport, Kentucky
Holiday music, treats, Santa, ice sculpting and more. 1.4 million lights to enjoy.

Victorian Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day)
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

Family Movie Night
November 21, 2018
Mess Hall at Tower Park, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
Free movie. Concessions for sale

A Christmas Carol
November 21, 2018 – December 29, 2018
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 22, 2018
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 22, 2018
Ferguson Road/Glenway Avenue to Warsaw Avenue to St. Lawrence Parish Center in Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile parade with a grand marshal, king and queen!

Light Up Middletown
November 22 – December 23, 2018
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 23, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 23, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy the Grande Illumination and children’s parade. Live entertainment and reindeer!

Grand Illumination
November 23, 2018
Downtown Troy, Ohio
Artisan fair with carriage rides, music and the arrival of Santa on a fire truck as well as the Christmas tree lighting

Chocolate Tasting and Full Moon Hike
November 23, 2018
Glen Helen Nature Preserve, 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Bring your fave chocolate to share!

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 23, 2018
Fountain Square at Fifth and Vine Streets, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, food trucks and lighting of the tree!

Ale! to the Queen City
November  23–24, 2018
Mehring Way between Elm and the Roebling Bridge
Enjoy craft brews from local breweries and live entertainment

Arctic Blast
November 23–24, 2018
Carol Ann’s Carousel at 8 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn all about penguins. Crafts add giveaways!

Cincideutsch Christlindlmarkt –First Weekend
November 23-25, 2018
Fountain Square at 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy German spiced wine, baked goods and handcrafted items.

Winterfair
November 23–25, 2018
Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy viewing the work of over 250 artisans.

Hometown for the Holidays
November 23–25, 2018
Main Street (US 50) in historic Milford, Ohio
Carriage rides, Victorian Carolers, free antique fire engine rides

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 23 – December 2, 2018 (Weekends)
December 7–23, 2018 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Festival of Trees
November 23 – December 24, 2018
123 Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
More than 100 trees are decorated for viewing!

Christmas Town
November 23 – December 30, 2018
Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity and light display

ChristmasTime at the Ark
November 23 – December 30, 2018

Art Encounter at Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, Kentucky
Projection show and other activities

Winterfest
November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 23 – December 31, 2018
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Whispering Christmas
November 23 – December 31, 2018
Fort St. Clair Park at 135 Camden Road, Eaton, Ohio
Drive-thru lights display with 2 million lights

Englewood Holiday Celebration
November 24, 2018
333 W. National Road, Englewood, Ohio
Enjoy a holiday open house with live music, a visit from Santa and cookies

Hometown HolidDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 24, 2018
Wilmington, Ohio
All kind of wonderful holiday wonderfulness

Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 24, 2018
Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, crafts, train ride, carnival and more!

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 24, 2018 (+December 1 and 8, 2018)
Downtown Cincinnati
See Santa rappel down Huntington Bank Center, fire works and free rides on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

Train Rides at Carillon Park Railroad
November 24, 2018 (+December 8, 2018)
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio
Take a ride on a miniature train!

Westside Holiday Market
November 24, 2018
WestSide Market at 3719 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Caroling, Santa and bonfires! Local food trucks.

Shandon Christmas in the Country
November 24–25, 2018
St. Aloysius, Shandon, Ohio
Welsh cakes, crafts, antiques, Santa, carriage rides and more!

Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride 
November 24 – December 16, 2018
Know Theatre of Cincinnati at 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A  play set in the Victorian era with double crosses

Tree Lighting – Edgewood, Kentucky
November 25, 2018
City Building, Edgewood, Kentucky
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there – refreshments, too!

Hollywood Series at the Air Force Museum Theatre
November 25, 2018 (+December 10, 2018)
Air Force Museum Theatre at 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy a favorite film on a very large (six-story tall) screen

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 25, 2018 – February 28, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark.

Miracle on Main Street
November 25 – December 16, 2018 (Weekends)
Downtown Aurora, Indiana
Santa arrives on November 25 and the Christmas tree will be lit along with a parade. Other weekends enjoy the Dickens Villages.

Here Come The Clydesdales
November 28, 2018
The Party Source at 95 Riviera Dr., Bellevue, Kentucky
Ten Clydesdales from St. Louis will be on display!

Christmas Tree Festival
November 28 – December 2, 2018
Lima, Ohio
See almost 100 Christmas trees decked out for the holiday!

A Carillon Christmas
November 28 – December 30, 2018
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Alice in Wonderland
November 28 -– December 30, 2018
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch the tea party and Queen of Hearts – and Alice!

Swan Lake
November 29, 2018
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and their 55 ballet professional

International Fair Trade Sale
November 29 – December 1, 2018
Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds at US 50, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Hand-crafted gifts from around the world

A Christmas Story
November 29 – December 23, 2018
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 4990 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! A classic live performance!

Batesville 9th Annual Tree Light Celebration
November 30, 2018
S. Main Street and W. George Street, Batesville, Indiana
Shop Santa’s Village, take a carriage ride and enjoy live choirs. St. Nick will make an appearance.

Redsfest
November 30 – December 1, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet current and former Reds’ players, purchase memorabilia and lot of games

Christkindlmarkt
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Hamilton Courtyard Marriott at One Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy German food, beer and Christmas items.

Christmas in the Village
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Waynesville, Ohio
Santa arrives daily. Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, shopping and more!

MVBT presents The Nutcracker
November 30 –December  9, 2018 (various dates)
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
Enjoy this classic holiday ballet!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
November 30 – December 16, 2018 (various dates)
Town Hall Theatre at 27 North Main Street, Centerville, Ohio
A family holiday musical!

 

 

 

How to Host a Party at Your Home without Breaking the Bank

People_Party_Christmas.jpgAt this time of year, many homeowners invite family and friends over to celebrate the holiday season. Fortunately, they don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. With just a few helpful tips, it’s easy to have a great party and still stay on budget.

One important thing to keep in mind is that when winter arrives, most people aren’t looking for anything too extravagant from the holiday parties they attend. Just getting together to celebrate is what matters. That fact can help to put hosts at ease as it relates to keeping costs down as there are plenty of ways to save money.

Of course, when it comes to staying on budget, it’s important to actually set that budget. When hosts know how much they can afford to spend they can more easily apportion every dollar to make sure they get what they need.

Keeping It Under Control
When hosting parties, one of the biggest mistakes made is the purchasing or preparing of too much food or drink. Take the time to think back to past parties hosted and how much was left over.

Ask guests to bring an appetizer or drink of their choice to create more of a “family” atmosphere that lends to the festivities.

Hosts may also face the issue of having invited too many people. Not only can that approach make for a cramped setting, but it also pushes the budget that much higher. Paring back the invites, even a little bit, can be a great way to save.

Other Helpful Tips
Any food or beverage items that can purchase before the big holiday shopping rush will likely be at least a little bit cheaper than they are a few weeks from now. Snack foods, rather than a full meal, can go a long way toward filling stomachs without requiring a lot of prep time and will probably cost a similar amount.

And when it comes to decorating, hosts shouldn’t feel the pressure to go overboard. Again, this time is more about the people in attendance creating the warm holiday atmosphere rather than wall-to-wall expensive decorations. Often the items they already have on hand will suffice and shouldn’t take too long to set up.

A little planning can go a long way minimizing the need to go too deep into pocket. At the end of the day, a host’s primary focus should be on enjoying this festive time with family and friends.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty.  HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers.  To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.

 

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.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty.  HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.