Once again the River City Music Fest, sponsored by the Dayton Civic Activities Board, was a big hit. The day was beautiful, but very, very hot. Things started out slow due to the extremely hot weather, but towards the evening our fellow Daytonians made up for it and the crowd was great. Thank you for those who attended and purchased some great merchandise from our vendors. We have so many people to thank and we cannot extend our gratitude enough to each and every one of you who helped make this event so successful. We started the day with a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Jerry Gifford. It was a goose bump performance!
We would like to extend a very special thank you to the following bands for donating their time and energy. Without them we couldn't do any of this: Overdrive, Lee Searcy and Taylor Mae, All-Seeing Eyes, Josh Wilhoit, Decoy and A Certain Concept, Strange Brew, DMT, Hurricane, Johnny and the Lugnuts and The Core. If you missed any of these performances, you missed a great time.
A super thank you to those Dayton businesses that participated by hosting a booth. It is great to see community involvement and we couldn't be more pleased.. Thank you, Trotta's Steak & Seafood, Hometown Heroes, Gents Consignment Shop, 6th Ave Hair Salon and Blue Ridge Simply Unique.
We would like to thank those who made cash donations to the event: David Imboden/DCI, Avenue Pharmacy, Woodcraft Manufacturing, Equipment Finance Group and Tom Hansel's Roadmen Motorcycle Club.
In addition, thank you to others that hosted a booth offering their unique items and making this one of the largest participated events; Ashley Decker, David Hayward, David Walker, Jennifer Mullins, Rick Frank, Let It Go Consignment, Kathy Ege, Kellie Slover, Lets Glow Crazy , Kathy MacDonald, John Hendrickson, Mary Hornsby, Jennifer Hedgespeth and Loveland Dairy Whip. Special thanks to The Purple Poulet for their generous donation of a gift certificate. And thanks to all who donated items to our raffle.
As always we must thank those volunteers who each and every time we ask, step up to the plate. The Dayton Civics Activities Board is ever so grateful for giving up your time and helping us make this event so successful. This year we had over 50 volunteers! Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Madison Gifford, Kenzie Gifford, Mike Lenz, Ruth Lenz, Ben Baker, Bill Burns, Jessica Lovins, Donna Leger, Jane Hebel, Amber Menning, Hailey Leger, Gabrielle Leger, Faith Kelly, Tom Dilts, Allison Dilts, Melody Dilts, Gary Poe, Tom Edge, Mary Etta Osborn, Julie Richardson, Fran Wetterich, Jerry Wetterich, Sara Bin, Monty Bin, Katie Boruske, Kevin Holloway, Virgil Boruske, Lisa Seyberth, Beth Nyman, Colleen Carr, Bret Neuspickle, Jeff Haas, Doug Sovonick, Phil Wiseman, Tim Hoffstedter, Connor Bleser, Johnny Hartmann, Mark Tulley, Cindy Moore, Paula Ashe, Craig Cornett, Benny Leger, Joe Neary, Denny Lynn, Greg Klette, Brenda Wiseman, Annie Cornett, Rosie Collins, Becky Mays, Robert Caudill and Jamie Roberts.
In addition to the Dayton Civic Activities Board, the following organizations participated and made money towards their non-profit group; Dayton Youth Football League, Dayton Greendevils Junior Baseball League and the Lincoln Elementary PTC. We especially thank the football and baseball league for manning the gates with their host of volunteers throughout the entire day.
We cannot go without acknowledging and thanking Fran and Jerry Wetterich who ALWAYS step up to the plate by bringing a host of volunteers, donating hours and hours of time and always donating something special to the raffle booth. The board and its members are extremely grateful to have you both as a part of our events and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Last, but certainly not least, we could not pull off any of our big events without the help of Herman and Shane with City of Dayton Public Works department. Your help is always appreciated.
We are still selling T-shirts, and if you are interested you may contact any member via Facebook or call Donna Leger at the city building 859-491-1600. If you would like to be a part of this great group, our next meeting will be held at the former YMCA building at 2nd and Berry, July 20 @ 7:00 p.m. Come join us.
The Dayton Civic Activities Board
Tammy & Craig Cornett, Tiffany & Nathan Gifford, and Jessica Lovins
The Civic Club has a new meeting place, as well as new officers and we are working very hard to make our city a better place. Congratulations to our newest board members, Jessica Lovins and Nathan Gifford. I am extremely pleased to be able to work closely with both of them and I look forward to what they will bring with their talents.
The Civic Club now has a new home and meeting place. Our next meeting will be held at the former home of the YMCA Teen Center, located at 2nd and Berry Avenues on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is May 18 @ 7:00 P.M. We would like to thank the St .John's Anglican Catholic Church and host Mike Lenz for allowing us to use their wonderful hall for the past 2 years. We truly appreciate it.
If you would like to be a part of this great group and get involved with your community, please join us at our next meeting. The topic of discussion this month will be River City Music Fest II. We would love to hear your input and ideas, and most importantly we would appreciate your support. See you there!
Submitted by: Tammy Cornett
Dayton Civic Club Chair
What a wonderful day for an Easter Egg Hunt! The Dayton Civic Club and the citizens of Dayton could not have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, the air was warm and Easter eggs were everywhere. We had a great day and it's always a whole lot of fun hosting the annual Easter event for our children. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did.
The day started with the arrival of the Easter Bunny (Cam Miller) via the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department. We couldn't have asked for a better bunny! Cam came in dancing and waving and sat for pictures with all the kids. He was also the last one to leave the park that day, spending some extra time in the playground area with the kids that remained. What dedication and a true love for the kids of Dayton. Thank you Cam!
We would like to thank the following volunteers and workers who helped us prepare for this event, Dave Rogg Jr., Bob Slusher, Lisa Seyberth, Becky Mays, Vickie Ballard, Kimmie Ballard, Shay Ballard, Mike Lenz, Jane Hebel, Amber Menning, Ben Baker, “SherryfromChurch” Chatman, Bill Burns, Virgil Boruske, Julie Richardson, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Craig Cornett, Kenzie Gifford, Madison Gifford, Mehgan Seyberth, Paula Asche, Jessica Lovins, Faith Kelly, Casey Chenot, Gabrielle Leger and Hailey Leger, We couldn't do any of this without the help and dedication of these individuals, as after all, about 3,800 eggs were stuffed and hidden throughout the park, a job that would have taken forever without all of you!
The Dayton Civic Club would like to personally thank Shane Snyder of the City Public Works Department for his outstanding help with everything. Shane is always there for us when needed and we all appreciate his dedication to the community. Also, we want to send a special thank you to Councilman Bill Burns and his wife Ginny for their special donation of candy. Bill and Ginny, always, and I mean always, come through for each event with a special donation and for that we are eternally grateful. Thanks for your support! Thank you everyone!
The Dayton Civic Club Board;
Tammy Cornett, Tiffany Gifford, Jessica Lovins,
Craig Cornett and Nathan Gifford
As I write this article New Year's Eve is fast approaching and I sit here smiling from ear to ear thinking about the success the Dayton Civic Club has enjoyed for the year 2016. Wow, what a great community of giving and caring people. We are truly blessed.
For those who attended Light Up Dayton this year, you already know it was a huge success. With the exception of the rain at the monument, it went on without a hitch. We enjoyed over 350 children each receiving stocking stuffers, a present, a book, pizza, drinks and chips as well as unlimited arts and craft ornaments. Our ever so faithful Santa arrived in style with sirens announcing his arrival. Thanks to the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department for serving as our gracious hosts. Santa (Dennis Ashford) was in full form being jolly and bright, Mrs. Claus (Catherine Hamilton-Hicks) was beautiful and elegant, and Rudolph (Cam Miller) was very energetic, dancing the day away. Who knew Rudolph had such talent and energy?
Our Light Up Ceremony at the town center was a little wet, but was still well attended as we enjoyed carols from the NKCAC pre-school children, the Lincoln School Chorus and The East Baptist Dayton Church choir. Cassidy Cornett opened the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, Brian Spradlin gave a wonderful invocation and Ben Baker read “The Night Before Christmas” to all the kids. The Dayton High School Band performed and Mayor Virgil Boruske took charge of the count down on the lighting of the Town Center for all to enjoy! Mrs. Lisa Klette and the National Honor Society served up much needed hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. Unfortunately, due to the weather we were unable to light the Wish Lanterns but will continue with this tradition as weather permits.
Once again, the Dayton Civic Club could not have done this without your help with donations and volunteering. I would like to thank the following who donated either money or items that helped us fulfill all of our needs: Hansman's Corner Market, The Roadmen, Avenue Pharmacy, Riverside Marketplace, Boruske Brothers Collision Center, Smitty's Sports Bar, Woodcraft Mfg., Paula Asch, Amber Serveld, Jeff and Layne Haas, Fran and Jerry Wetterich, Mary Kallendorf, Larry Heitzman, The Trentman Family, The Carr Family, Sandy Trutschel, Shannon Drake, Pat and Bobby Crittendeon, Bill and Ginny Burns, Brenda Wiseman, Rose Forte, Vicki Ballard, Debbie Sickles, Nancy Hundemer, The Dayton Eagles, Donna Thornton, Tom and Melody Dilts, Fessler's aka Pasquales, Marcos Pizza, The Campbell County Library and Half Price Books. In addition, we received a $20 bill in the mail from an anonymous donor; whoever you are, we thank you! Every single donation was used wisely and we thank you all for your support and the children of our community especially thank you.
The following volunteers were once again in full force and without them we would not get through all of our events; Jessica Lovins, Tracey Spradlin, Lisa Seyberth, Becky Mays, Carol Daughetee, Judy Vollner, Polly Hollingsworth, Fran Wetterich, Colleen Carr, Melissa Houston, Jane Hebel, Cindy Moore, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Eugene Hamblin, Jennifer Hamblin, Beth Hauser, Michael Hauser, Maddie Gifford, Kenzie Gifford, Amber Menning, Pat Crittendon, Bobby Crittendon, Ben Baker, Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Craig Cornett, Beth Nyman, Virgil Boruske and of course my right hand and sometimes my left hand and one of the hardest workers I know Donna Leger. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for everything you do. Please forgive me if I missed anyone, I try to keep track because I appreciate you all so much.
I am looking forward to what 2017 will bring this great group of people. If you would like to join the Dayton Civic Club, our next meeting is January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m at St. John's Church, 8th and O'Fallon. We could always use some fresh new ideas and all of the energy you can give. See you there.
Happy New Year!
Tammy Cornett, Chairman
Dayton Civic Activities Board
I cannot even begin to tell you how pleased I was with the 2nd Annual NKY Kite Festival. The weather was beautiful, the volunteers were out in full force, our businesses were generous and our citizens enjoyed it all. There was fun and activities for everyone of all ages. I am super pleased to announce The Dayton Civic Club made a little over a $1,000. That will buy quite a few presents for our kids at Light Up Dayton. By day’s end, we gave away 550 kites, which is 100 more than last year.
The event began with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Ben Walz. The Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton were our grill masters for the entire day and they cooked us up some delicious burgers and dogs. There was a special dedication to the Tharp Heritage Museum by Catherine Hamilton-Hicks of Slush Puppie memorabilia as the creator was a native Daytonian, Will Radcliff. We had a great group of kids participating in the Limbo, Hula Hoop contest, Musical Squares Scavenger Hunt and Potato Sack races. Congratulations to all our winners. We are estimating our attendance for the entire day, including our volunteers to be well over 1200 people. There was a friendly game of Tug O' War between the FDBD and City Council and friends. This was not much of a competition because everyone knows we have the best fire department in the world, but it was hilarious to watch.
We were very pleasantly entertained by the following mascots; NKU-Victor E. Viking, Xavier University-Musketeer, Buffalo Wild Wings-Chef Buffalo, Flying Pig Marathon- Queen Bee & Piglet, Newport Aquarium-Rocky, Dunkin' Donuts-Cuppie and Sprinkles, Campbell Co. Library-Cam the Library Lion, CC Water District-Splash McLean, Turfway Park-Turfway Tommy, Party Princess Productions-Rapunzel, Princess Tiana, Spiderman and Captain America, Mary Poppins, Slush Puppie, Cat in the hat, Thing 1, Thing 2, Ben Franklin, Shriners Clowns, McGruff the Crime Dog and the ever so cute Gorilla. KY Speedway also attended with a pace car and raffles. These companies/organizations donate their mascots to us 100% free and they do a fantastic job. We also able to enjoy some craft/business vendors and they all seemed to be pleased with their sales.
The most impressive thing about the event was the sheer number of volunteers, 66 at this count. Although we think we have everyone listed, if we have forgot you, please let us know. We tried to keep track but did have a few come up that day and ask to work. Can you believe it? 66 VOLUNTEERS; Donna Leger, Jane Hebel, Cindy Moore, Amber Menning, Melissa Houston, Benny Leger, Mackenzie Cornett, Daniel Spradlin, Gabrielle Leger, Kenzie Gifford, Lisa Seyberth, Megan Seyberth, Virgil Boruske, Joe Neary, Bob Crittenden, Becky Mays, Denny Lynn, Bill Burns, Linda Gifford, Jerry Gifford, Pat Crittenden, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Harvest Gifford, Maddy Gifford, Eugene Hamblin, Jennifer Hamblin, Annie Cornett, Mary Byrson, Janet Sanzenbacker, Nikki Plavsic, Ava Hundemer, Rilyn Hundemer, Mike Lenz, Ruth Lenz, Beth Nyman, Ben Baker, Laura Menge, Fran Wetterich, Jerry Wetterich, Craig Cornett, Julie Richardson, Carol Shields, Ruth Richardson, Vicki Hatton, Layne Haas, Jeff Haas, Terri Delaney, Cassidy Cornett, Margie Powers, Beth Hauser, Colleen Carr, Mike Auteri, Jim Richmond, Mike Gullett, Adam Hall, Gary Knight, Chris Adkins, Jeremy Lynn, Jennifer Duke, Brian Boyer, Catherine Hamilton-Hicks, Jeremy Hicks, Alex Kramer, Tracee Dorn Carmichael and Tammy Cornett. How impressive is that? Without these volunteers for our events, we just couldn't do it.
The following companies/individuals gave cash donations toward our event. This helped purchase the kites and the prizes for the games and more. WE thank you for your continued support; Sofa Burn Records, Dayton Church of God, Manhattan Harbor Marina, Turner Machine, Woodcraft Mfg, Dayton Market (Marathon) Gents, St. John's Church, Equipment Finance, The Roadmen, Dayton VFW, Isidro Auto Repair, Dayton Community News and Serendipity Antiques.
The following companies/individuals donated items from food, to decorations, to carnival games to raffle items and without these things we could not have been so successful. The Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton, Butch White, Tom Dilts, Hansman’s Corner Market, Bellevue Kroger, Dayton Youth Football, Margie Powers, Gents, Blue Ridge Simply Unique, Dew or Dye Hair Salon, Jane Hebel, Vicki Ballard, Crawford Insurance, Jennifer Erdman- Dawn Redleaf, Laura Hall, Bill Burns, NKU, Craig Cornett, Infiltrate Jamestown, Layne Haas, Pam Matthews, Melody Dilts, Serendipity, Cory Wagner at Sixth Avenue Salon, Angie Marks, Jackie Brewer, Patriot Signage, Scott Bessler, The Cobb Group, Bellevue Police Department, Lowe's and Riverside SuperValu. We also had many donations for the bake sale and we thank you all!
We would also like to extend a special thank you to Cam Miller for his wonderful donation of a video of the entire day. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPEef0PDC_s. It is awesome.
If you like what the Civic Club is doing and want to be a part of these events, please attend our next meeting. They are always held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. John's Anglican Catholic Church, located at 8th and O'Fallon at 7:00 p.m. We are now accepting donations for Light Up Dayton. Please contact any member of the Dayton Civic Club or call Donna Leger at the city building 859-491-1600 and she will direct you to the proper person.
Again....A HUGE SUCCESS- THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
Civic Club Chair
Saturday, October 1 turned out to be one of the nicest days ever to fly a kite. With the weather forecast calling for gloomy skies with a good chance of showers, the sun magically appeared just as the Dayton Civic Club’s 2nd Annual NKY Kite Festival was under way. The event started with a beautiful acoustic rendition of the National Anthem delivered by local musician Ben Walz.
What followed was the presentation of the original Slush Puppie mascot costume, graciously purchased and donated by Catherine Hamilton Hicks to the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum. Elmer Perry accepted with thanks on behalf of the museum. Plans are to display the outfit in the museum in honor of the founder of Slush Puppie, Dayton native Will Radcliff. Also in attendance was the sister of the founder, Phyllis Radcliff Crawford, who has promised to find some more items for Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum.
Before long, Gil Lynn Park was overflowing with people as more than 15 mascots entertained the crowd with photo ops and highly spirited dance-offs. In all, 549 kites were given out to the kids and for the next 5 hours there was much fun to be had as the kids waited in line for kites, face painting and many craft and game activities. Dayton Civic Club President, Tammy Cornett and our members would like to thank everyone who helped or contributed to this fun-filled event. We hope to see you come back next year!
The Dayton Civic Activities Board is gearing up for The 2nd Annual Northern KY Kite Festival on October 1, 2016 at Gil Lynn Park, Dayton, KY. Festivities will start with a parade at 12 noon and will end with 600 kites in the sky at 5:00 p.m.
We will have at least 14 mascots, characters from Party Princess Productions, Mary Poppins, carnival games, photo booth, participation games, parachute runs and so much more. Come join us for a fun filled day of events.
If you would like to have a craft booth at the event you must purchase a vendor license from the city of Dayton and there will be a $25 set up charge, with proceeds going back to the Civic Club for Light Up Dayton. Please contact Tammy Cornett via facebook or Donna Leger at 859-491-1600 to reserve your space by September 25. If you would like to volunteer to work the kite festival or become a member of the Civic club, please join us at our next meeting September 15 at St. John's Church hall at 8th and O'Fallon at 7:00 p.m. See you there!
Submitted by: Tammy Cornett
Civic Cub Chair
Come join us for a fun filled day!
First 600 kids receive a free kite!
Parade starts at 11:30 at 6th and Vine.
Kite flying contest, carnival games,
activities, food, crafts & more!
Mascot entertainment from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
Party Princess Productions from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Dayton Civic Club
Poster Design by DHS Student Mallory Kubala
Congratulations to Linda (Meyer) and Dave Shoemaker for being chosen as the Dayton Civic Activities Board Yard of the Month for September. Linda and Dave reside at 314 5th Avenue and have owned this cute little home for 38 years. They have been married for 42 years and have 3 grown children, Frank Sarah and Lisa with 8 grandchildren to enjoy. Linda is a life-long resident of Dayton and her husband Dave grew up in Newport.
What makes their home unique is the adorable cow sitting in their front yard, making it look like a cute country setting in a quaint little neighborhood. The story about how the Shoemaker's got their cow, as Linda will tell you, is she went on a retreat and asked her husband to buy her one of those little ducks that you sit on the porch. When she came home she was surprised to see a 300 pound cow on her front porch.
What a great sense of humor this couple must have! They recently moved it to the front yard so more people can enjoy it and it was recently brought to the attention of the Civic Club. So if you happen to ride by 314 5th Avenue, make sure you check out the Shoemaker's unique yard and give them a wave.
If you would like to nominate someone for the Dayton Civic Club Yard of the Month, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Submitted by: Tammy Cornett & Eugene Hamblin
Tammy Cornett, President
Since 2015, Dayton Civic Club membership has continued to grow. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt and Light Up Dayton, The River City Music Fest and NKY Kite Festival have been added to our list of yearly events.