Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Peace Pipe on Display

The Darke County Parks has been fortunate to have an 1814 Peace Pipe on display for the past several months. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to come out and view the pipe, it will only be on display through Prairie Days (September 27th and 28th).

Time is limited to see the pipe before it must return to the Kansas City Museum! This is one of three silver peace pipes gifted to the Native American Indian Tribes at the signing of the second Treaty of Greenville in 1814. The Grand Opening of the Tecumseh Room in the Nature Center was held on July 24th and the room will also be open for viewing.

The Darke County Parks would like to extend a sincere thanks to the Daniel & Ida Dyer collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, MO for the temporary loan of the pipe and opportunity to display this exciting 200 year old artifact.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prairie Days Entertainment

Looking for some local, great, free entertainment? Prairie Days has a full schedule of entertainers on their outdoor stage and around the festival grounds. Visit Shawnee Prairie for the festival, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 27th and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 28th.

The Darke County Civic Theatre will have 3 performances throughout the weekend, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. The title of this year’s Prairie Days Melodrama is “Fit To Be Tied, or The Train's Already Been Here, 'Cause It Left Its Tracks” by Craig Williams and is produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company. The Poor famly is struggling to keep the ROCK (Railroad of Central Kansas) on track and a large job to ship cattle back East will help. But the evil banker, Vil Lain, holds the mortgage on the railroad and he and his sidekick scheme to foreclose on the ROCK. Lain tries to entice Terri Blee Poor, the heroine and by coincidence, a train whistle virtuoso, to become his wife to save her family's railroad, but Terri Blee loves a brakeman on the ROCK, Earnest Lee. When she refuses Lain's advances, she is tied to the tracks. This one-act melodrama features lots of puns, creative banter and maybe even a clue as to how the first Hard ROCK cafe got started.

There are also several musical performances to enjoy Saturday at 1:00pm delight in a concert from the Thien Snipps. Sunday features back to back performances as well. At 12:00 pm, Roger DeMange will perform followed by the band Silver Grass. All of these performances are free and fun for the whole family. For more information on Prairie Days, please contact the Darke County Park District at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Clothing and Houseware Swap Set for September 19th

A Clothing and Houseware Swap is set for September 19 from 9-4 at Grace Resurrection Community Center, 433 E Water St, Greenville OH. A clothing/houseware swap is like a garage sale, except all is free! Bring what you no longer need or want and take what you can use.

For more information, contact Alyssa at 937-564-3534.

Christian music festival returns to Greenville

GREENVILLE – The Illumination Festival will be hosting a great line-up of artists at its eighth annual festival of contemporary gospel music at the Darke County Fairgrounds on Sept. 20 and 21. This year’s featured artists include Tenth Avenue North, Britt Nicole, Plumb, and Rhett Walker Band. Additional bands are expected to perform at the annual event.

Presenting the truth of the Gospel has put Tenth Avenue North on the right track. They have found success with all three of their studio albums, Over and Underneath; The Light Meets the Dark; and most recently, The Struggle. The latter two albums reached #1 on the U.S. Christian chart. The band has also scored #1 hits with Strong Enough to Save and You Are More. In 2009, Tenth Avenue North earned a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. They followed that award up a year later with one for Song of the Year (By Your Side).

Nicole has had numerous top 10 hits, including You, The Lost Get Found, Welcome to the Show, Safe, All This Time and Gold. She is also been nominated for the Dove Award’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Grammy’s Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Plumb has a long and successful career as singer and songwriter, first as a background vocalist for the likes of Bill Gaither and Amy Grant. She has also co-penned songs for Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Natalie Grant and more. She has released six albums since 1997, including Plumb, candycoatedwaterdrops, Beautiful Lumps of Coal, Chaotic Resolve, Blink and Need You Now.

In its second year, Day One will be held Sept. 20 and will be geared to youth groups (students ages sixth through 12th grade) as a kick off for their fall events. There will be special music with the Amplified youth group, Radiant and All Changes Apply. There will also be a speaker. New for Day One this year are the high ropes course, zip line and 30-foot climbing wall. The cost for the youth service is $5 or five cans of food. The food will be donated to the FISH Choice Food Pantry. The youth service will be held at 6 p.m. and the high ropes and other activities begin at 4 p.m.

There is also time to be part of the Light in the Darke 5K run through the fairgrounds. The cost is $25 and will be held after the youth service, 8:30 p.m. Register on-line at or mail to Light in the Darke 5K Run, 311 East St., Gordon, Ohio 45304.

Also beginning at 8:30 p.m. is the DJ Dance Party in the Youth Building.

Sunday activities begin with the annual church service at 10:30 a.m. featuring Matt Haupt and worship band from Greenville EUM. Activities throughout the afternoon will include a Coffee House with local and regional artists and activities for youth. A $5 wrist band will cover all games and rides for the afternoon, which include the 30-foot climbing wall, Bully Buster Bus, laser tag, inflatables and volleyball tournament.

More information on the Illumination Festival can be found at Tickets are $25 for general admission (grandstand only – does not include track), $30 for track (standing only), $30 for box or reserved seating (includes track), and $50 VIP seating (chairs on the track in front of the stage). Tickets are an additional $5 the day of the show.

Who has the Best Pie in Darke County?!

Do you have the best pie in Darke County? Let’s find out who really does!

Come join us on Saturday, September 27th for our annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West). The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center between 9:30am and 10:00 am. Judging will promptly start at 10:00am. The pies will be divided into the following categories: Apple, Berry, Peach and Other.

There is a $2 entry fee per pie. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. Your pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as we cannot return dishes. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry.

If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

After judging, the pies will be sold at the Mad Anthony’s Tavern, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Please call 937.548.0165 for more information.

Prairie Days Full of Historic Demonstrations

Come to Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, September 28th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and check out all of the free demonstrations occurring around the festival grounds. There are many new attractions this year as well as the return of your annual favorites. You can see apple butter being made over an open fire or help make fresh apple cider on a cider press. Wander through the encampment area and catch a glimpse of various camping styles from the late 18th century including anything from diamond flies to wall tents. Check out the assortment of tools from the era that the longhunters and other woodsmen would have traveled with on their journeys. You can also watch the campers compete in several camp competitions including a tomahawk and knife throwing contest. Visit the trading post, see wooden shingles being made or take a look at a display of 18th century firearms.

As you continue your stroll around the grounds, you will see blacksmiths at work, a beekeeper tending to honeybees, lye soap being made, a dugout canoe in the process of being completed and corn shredding demonstrations from antique farm machinery. Outside of the log house, you will see various pioneer demonstrations throughout each day. Butter Making, Flint Knapping, Leather Working and Pioneer Clothing are just a few you may see. As you head inside the log house, you will find pioneers cooking over the hearth while others are busy weaving, quilting, tatting and using alpaca and sheep’s wool for yarn work. Don’t forget to wander into the school house where the school marm will bring you back to the disciplines of the one room school house of yesteryear. School will be in session all day along with a Spelling Bee at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Bring the entire family out to Prairie Days to see firsthand many of the skills that may not be so common anymore, but were vital to everyday life in days gone by. This year we also welcome the Western Ohio Gourd Patch as they will have several vendors that will have their goods on display. For more information on everything that Prairie Days has to offer, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Fort GreeneVille DAR Sponsors Library Display for Constitution Week

Karen Burkett, Mary Jane Dietrich, Helen Wright, Susie Brewer, Linda Riley, Shirley Hughes, Caroline Petitjean and Debbie Nisonger
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, DAR is sponsoring the display cabinet at the Greenville Library for the month of September. The display is commemorating Constitution Week. Constitution Week is Sept. 17 - 23.

At the time of the ratification of the Constitution, the population of the United States was only 4 million. Today the population exceeds 300 million. From the time of it’s signing the Constitution has only changed 27 times which includes the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. There are two ways to amend the Constitution, which are outlined in Article V. There has been more than 10,000 amendments proposed in Congress since 1789, but fewer than one percent have received enough support to go through the constitutional ratification process.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Promotes Constitution Week Awareness

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

"We must remember and teach that those who wrote the Constitution believed that no government can create freedom, but that government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedoms of its people" stated Merry Ann T. Wright, President General of the DAR. "The Constitution by itself cannot guarantee liberty. A nation’s people can remain free only by being responsible citizens who are willing to learn about the rights of each arm of government and require that each is accountable for its own function. Therefore, Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties. We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to guard that which is committed to us by our forefathers... our freedom."

DAR has served America for 120 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit or call (202) 628-1776.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed- starts Wednesday, September 10

AWANA - Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed- starts Wednesday, September 10 at Clayton Grace Bible located at 248 W. Salem Road in Clayton. Program is designed for ages 3 yrs through High School. We start at 6:45pm and run until 8:15pm. Program and activities are designed for different age groups which includes: Cubbies, Sparks, Truth & Training, and Jr. High and High School with games, hand book time, and council learning. Kids learns about God and His Word and how to live daily in our world. Contacts are: 238-1690 or 546-1079. Email is See our web site at: AWANA organization info is:
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