The Yellow Springs Street Fair is Tomorrow!

The Yellow Springs Street Fair occurs twice a year, on the second Saturday of June and October. The event is considered a day of “hoopla” and there are over 200 vendor booths with arts and crafts and food, plus two stages of musical performances, a beer garden, and plenty of street performers.

When: October 13th, 2018, 9am-5pm
Where: Yellow Springs (for directions and parking information, click here)

A few notes:

  • Pets are not allowed at this event, except for Service Animals
  • You can ride your bike to the Yellow Springs and use the Bike Valet!
  • There is a free shuttle service from Young’s Jersey Dairy
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Plant Nite Dayton

We got to attend the first Plant Nite event in Dayton on August 20th. Similar to the wine and paint events, at Plant Nite, you get step-by-step instructions on how to create terrariums and other tabletop gardens while enjoying the venue of the evening – typically a bar or restaurant.

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Adam Schantz, Jr.

Adam Schantz, Jr. was born December 16, 1867 on River Street in Dayton, Ohio. Son of Adam Schantz, Sr. and Salome Schantz, he joined his father in the meat-packing industry at the age of twelve. Later on, he became the bookkeeper for the brewery run by his father and uncle. Once he turned twenty-one, he controlled almost all of his father’s interests.

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After Adam Sr. died, Adam Jr. became executor of the Schantz Estate. Adam Jr. was recognized as having made more changes to the Dayton skyline than anyone else. Ludlow Street was virtually rebuilt by him.

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Liberty Tower

After the flood of 1913, Second Street faced a new frontier. As it had previously been occupied by mansions and apartment buildings, the flood pushed residents away from downtown, moving them to Salem Avenue and Far Hills Avenue. This created the prime opportunity for development.

Planning for the Liberty Tower started in 1929, and construction started the next year. It took 11 months to create what was Dayton’s tallest building at that time. Liberty Tower was the tallest building in Dayton from 1931 until the construction of the Kettering Tower in 1969. The Mutual Home Building, as it was known then, was built out of concrete and steel and 23 stories tall. Attendants manned the garages and state-of-the-art elevators, giving an air of elegance.

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Interesting Street Names

  • Cline Street – Once known as Zigzag Street because it ran along an open ditch, called Seely’s ditch, but has long since been straightened.
  • Hoover Avenue – Not named for the president, but for local residents and the Hoover Park plat developed in 1917.
  • Demphle Avenue – named for Sebastion Demphle, a local stove dealer.
  • Babbitt Street – A T.S. Babbitt lived at First Street and Bridge Street, later Stratford Lane.
  • Kiefaber Street – named after Warner Harshman Kiefaber Sr, who graduated from St Mary’s Institute class of 1905 and later founded the W.H Kiefaber Company on Keowee Street and Monument Avenue in 1920.
  • Oxford Avenue, Yale Avenue, Harvard Boulevard, Otterbein Avenue, and Wittenberg Avenue – Named for colleges.
  • Shaw Avenue – named for George Shaw, and early settler of Dayton
  • Best Street – named for Ed Best, a local jeweler.