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  • 2013 Community Thanksgiving Dinner

    The ninth year of Yellow Springs community Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success; an estimated 225 people participated. (Submitted photos by Joan Chappelle)

    The ninth year of Yellow Springs community Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success, thanks to the combined efforts of many people.

  • Elf-guided tour

    YSAC elves

    Penny Adamson, left, and Emily Seibel were enthusiastic participants in last week-end’s Elf Tour, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

  • YSKP, the whole year ’round

    YSKP Education Coordinator Mary Kay Clark recently oversaw New Actors Club participants (left to right) Evelyn Greene, Ursula Kremer, Ana Smith, and Shekinah Williams as they brainstormed possible endings for their collaborative adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

    Even with the loss of its Antioch Theater space last year, YS Kids Playhouse continues to build community through contemporary theater. Displaying its characteristic “the show must go on!” spirit and resourcefulness, the local arts organization has every intention to fulfill its mission of not only providing theater arts and arts education opportunities for Yellow Springs and surrounding communities, but to expand its programming year-round.

  • Loading dock brings sculptor to YS

    Woodworker, sculptor and architectural designer Tom Hawley works on a sculptural bowl in his workspace at Millworks Business Center. Hawley’s work is on display at The Cannery Art and Design Center in Dayton and the Malton Gallery in Cincinnati.

    Massive logs lay outside the artist’s workspace, quietly waiting their turn to be carved, chiseled, shaped, shaved, sanded, planed and polished into a gallery of finely finished forms. The logs were recently recovered from a fallen Catalpa tree on the grounds of the Westcott House in Springfield, a unique example of the prairie-style architecture made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • Brother Bear brews cup of kindness

    Patrick (aka “Brother Bear”) and Mindy Harney recently sat with their children, from left, Gracie, Elesha, Sophie and Molly on the steps outside Brother Bear’s Café, 118 Dayton Street. The café will be celebrating its grand opening Friday–Monday, April 17–20.

    “Last call on espresso bar!” That’s what patrons will typically hear just before closing time at Brother Bear’s Café, the new coffeehouse located at 118 Dayton Street (formerly the site of the Epic Book Shop). To know how the coffeehouse came to be (and how it almost never was) adds a unique cocoa-mocha twist to […]

  • Way opening for family in YS

    The Gravley-Novellos left the frenetic pace of the Washington, D.C. area and moved to Yellow Springs in July 2008. From left are: Tony, Lori and Connor with their dogs Cody, Olive and Maggie.

    Four years ago, Tony Novello was a visitor to Ohio, en route to a golf tournament with a colleague from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While his friend drove, the Maryland resident took in the sights.

  • Kid flicks, red carpet at Little Art

    A new children’s movie series, “Saturday’s Picture Show,” will premiere with a “red carpet event” on Saturday, Feb. 28, hosted by the Little Art Theatre. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $4. Pre-screening activities start at 1 p.m., and the film follows at 1:30 p.m. Pictured are, from left, front row: Isaiah Crawford, Ibrahim Chappelle; second row: Liam Boarman, Sulayman Chappelle, Jeffery Crawford; third row: Chasilee Crawford, Laura Carlson; last row: Elaine Chappelle, Stacey Wirrig with Marin Wirrig on lap, and Lora Boarman.

    Lora Boarman, Laura Carlson, Elaine Chappelle, Chasilee Crawford and Stacey Wirrig have a refreshing — and infectious — approach to the typical departmental meeting. For starters, their weekly meetings take place at the Emporium or Yellow Springs Arts Council Art Space.

  • Local access cable station at risk

    Tune in to Yellow Springs’ public access television station and you might find a Village Council meeting, a Community Band performance or a local resident singing in the shower, viewed from the neck up, thanking the television audience for their patronage. (“Thank you, thank you very much. I’ll be here all week.”) At the same […]

  • Film feast: Little Art, eateries unite

    The Winds Cafe & Bakery owner Mary Kay Smith, left, Little Art Theatre owner Jenny Cowperthwaite, and Sunrise Cafe owner Brian Rainey are partnering up to offer Meal-and-a-Movie packages on Sundays with The Winds and Mondays with Sunrise.

    “We’re in a highly competitive industry that’s changing,” said Little Art Theatre owner Jenny Cowperthwaite in a recent interview. “Fewer people are seeing movies in theaters. It’s not just independent theaters like the Little Art that are experiencing declining attendance. It’s industry-wide.”

  • Family finds harmony in village

    Ask any musician. One of the hardest challenges they face is finding a suitable job that pays a livable wage. David and Caryn Diamond were well aware of this fact when they first met as undergrads in the trumpet studio at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

  • At Mills Lawn School, a penny saved is a penny learned

    Mills Lawn Pennies for Peace students include, from left to right, back row: Keanan Onfroy-Curley, Samuel Salazar and Modjeska Chavez; front row: Sean Adams, Eric Romohr, Meryam Raissouni, Jenesis Williams, -McKenna Banaszak-Moore and Tyreese Benning.

    The ad hoc public relations team hurried down the hall, snaking their way past the lobby where colorful flags from 20 different countries hung from the ceiling. The group quickly grew in number as they stopped to collect more members en route to the 10:45 a.m. press conference. Sometimes a quick hug with a new […]

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