There’s no doubt the Miami Valley likes a festival and September is jam packed with them! It can truly be overwhelming trying to keep up with them, heck there are 5 Oktoberfests in Sept that we know of, not to mention celebrations of Greek, Italian and Egyptian culture. (Check out DMM’s Calendar and filter to festival to see them all.) But let’s just take this one week at a time and look ahead to next weekend:
Kettering Holiday At Home
Daytonians there are some amazing events coming up this holiday weekend! The festivities include a ‘clean up’ of The Glen Helen Nature Preserve, The Holiday at Home 5K run, last but not least, a wiffle ball and corn hole tournament. Something for everyone this weekend!
Help protect and maintain Glen Helen on Saturday, September 5th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Glen is a 1000 acre nature preserve, located in Yellow Springs. This is a great opportunity to bring the family out to one of the most beautiful preservations in all of southern Ohio. Volunteer some time and spend it outdoors assisting the Glen Helen Ranger with trail maintenance, graffiti removal, litter clean-up and other trail tasks. This is an excellent way to be active and the learn the tricks for keeping the Glen in such pristine condition! All supplies will be provided. Closed-toe, trail appropriate shoes are required, and plastic gloves or work gloves are suggested. All ages are welcome, however, children under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet the Glen Helen Ranger at the Trailside Museum to receive your trail assignment, and get ready for some outdoor activity and education!
Mardi Gras comes to Holiday at Home this year in Kettering, and it is truly loaded with a lot of fun activities for the whole family. The Holiday at Home Festival will include the annual 5K race and kids fun run. The race welcomes all levels of runners and walkers to participate in one of the areas premier road races. Start your morning with a run through the streets of Kettering then take a break with a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony. After the 5K watch the parade and enjoy the festival! The race begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration fees between $15-$25. The sole purpose of Holiday at Home being held over the Labor Day weekend is to provide the city of Kettering and the surrounding communities with a reason to stay at home and stay safe rather than travel out of town over the holiday weekend. Come out and support your community!
After starting your day with a 5K mosey your way down to the Lindenwald Wiffle Ball And Corn Hole Tournament on Monday, September 7th. The registration for the tournament is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with play beginning at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per wiffle ball team and $5 per corn hole team. Extra bonus: it is free for spectators! All proceeds go to Lindenwald Baseball. Lindenwald Baseball is entering its 63rd year and is located in Hamilton, Ohio. The organization provides summer baseball and softball programs for all boys ages 4 -15 and girls ages 4 -18 who live in Butler County. This is a fabulous way to support youth sporting events, and not to mention have a blast with some friends!
Many different activities to chose from this holiday weekend. Help clean up the Glen, kick off Labor Day with a 5K, and then head to the wiffle ball and corn hole tournament. Sounds like this could quite possibly be the best holiday weekend ever! Let’s get out and get moving Dayton!
While the annual Kettering Holiday at Home festivities is still six months away, the committee is already seeking nominations for a south-area resident to serve as grand marshal of the annual Labor Day events. Nominees should be outstanding community citizens for the cities of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, or West Carrollton, or from the townships of Beavercreek, Miami, Sugarcreek, or Washington. The ideal candidate is one having current strong community involvement as well as a history of volunteerism. Past nominees may be nominated again. Letters of nomination must provide a brief biography and include lists of accomplishments and involvement in the community. Mail nominations to Amanda Hoying, PO Box 292564, Kettering, OH 45429 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is April 20th.
About Holiday at Home
The Holiday At Home celebration began on Labor Day, 1959, under the sponsorship of the Kettering YMCA. It was known then as “Kettering Day.” From this well-organized beginning, Holiday At Home was refined and enlarged to the present Labor Day weekend festival that is now enjoyed by thousands of south suburban residents and visitors. Kettering is used in the name to indicate the location; however, the festivities are intended for all of the communities south of Dayton. All southern communities and townships are invited to share in the Holiday At Home activities and to become part of the organization. The theme for 2012 will be Holiday at Home Puts on The Glitz.