“Arctic Bright View,” a Disney movie star, will visit the Miami Valley on Saturday, Sept. 14 to bring attention to a free therapy program for veterans.
The white stallion was one of three horses leased to Disney to portray Silver in the film, “The Lone Ranger,” currently showing in select movie theaters.
The famous horse will be stopping at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy for the Fall Fest and Ride-A-Thon from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The visit will introduce a new program called “Horses for Heroes” that’s being offered free to wounded warriors and combat veterans at Eagle Wings Stables in Piqua. The equine-assisted therapies will be available to those in seven surrounding counties.
“He’s a very rare horse,” said Theresa Smith, a volunteer who is working on the project who says she can appreciate the importance of this type of special therapy. Smith, 46, is a swine flu victim.
“I was in such a weakened state that I lost the ability to get up from a chair or take a bath without assistance,” she explained. “But equine therapy gave me my independence back.”
Paul and Berva Megson, owners of Arctic Bright View, have donated a free breeding to Arctic Bright View to be raffled, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Eagles’ Wings Stable, Inc.
Veterans interested in participating in the program should apply now by calling (937) 726-8532 or check out the web site: www.eagleswingsstables.webs.com
“So You Think You Can Play the Schuster!”
The names of the 15 talented individuals or groups who’ve been selected to fulfill their dreams of performing at the Schuster Center have just been announced.
They’ll all be showcased on the Mead Theatre stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, before a live audience and a panel of judges. Three finalists will be selected to perform again for cash prizes.
The winners are:
- Abby Cates, 12-year-old singer (Centerville)
- Blue Heron Trio, band (Dayton)
- Connie Post, pianist/composer (Dayton)
- David Baugham, solo guitarist (Dayton)
- Dillon “Stoney D” Stoneburner, 17-year-old dancer (Dayton)
- Gem City Chorus, 65-member choir
- Kettering Civic Band, 48-member concert band
- Madison Kilgore, singer (South Lebanon)
- Megan Walter, dancer (Fairborn)
- Sam Roth, singer (Piqua)
- Samuel Hall, opera singer (Grove City)
- ST. Charles Church Choir, 30-member choir
- Stephen Keith, drummer (Miamisburg)
- William Cunningham, singer (Middletown)
- Zattana Al-Naseem, Middle Eastern “Belly” Dancer (Kettering).
Tickets for the final concert are $10 (plus service fees) and available at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office. They can be ordered online: www.ticketcenterstage.com or by phone (937) 228-3630 or Toll-Free (888) 228-3630.
Herndon Gallery to present ‘Tossed & Found’ at Antioch
A new exhibit, “Tossed and Found: Mining the Material Stream” focuses on the work of artists who make use of discarded materials in their work.
The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College will host an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and an artist talk at 8 p.m. The exhibition will continue through Nov. 15.
“Tossed & Found” will feature artists Curtis Goldstein, a recent MFA graduate from the University of Cincinnati and Antioch College summer artist in residence, and Doug Calisch, professor of art and department chair at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Calisch searches for old tools, architectural elements, scientific illustrations and natural artifacts in abandoned buildings and junk stores. Goldstein explores post-consumer waste streams for objects “stripped of glamour, mystique and marketing strategies.”
Selected work from Antioch students participating in a class titled, “The Ends of Trash,” taught by Goldstein, also will be featured in the exhibition.
Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (The gallery will be closed for quarter break the week of Sept. 23) For more information, call (937) 768-6468.)
FilmDayton Festival highlights
Here’s news by the numbers from the folks at Film Dayton:
- Last weekend’s’ festival reached over 1,300 audience members with 11 major screenings and over 65 films.
- The special weekend included four workshops, four special events, recognized five film favorites in its shorts programs and honored three filmmakers and film advocates.
- 60 filmmakers and presenters were welcomed and more than 50 volunteers made the weekend possible.
‘Roger Brown Story’ will air Wednesday on Think TV
“Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story” had its Dayton broadcast premiere on Thursday, Aug. 29 and also will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, on ThinkTV14/WPTO.
The documentary centers around UD Flyer Roger Brown who was wrongly accused of a gambling scandal. Ousted from UD and banned by the NCAA and NBA, he lived, worked and played industrial league basketball in Dayton for several years before becoming the first player recruited to the Indiana Pacers.
Jim Wiener, ThinkTV program director, moderates a roundtable interview following the broadcast premiere with documentary filmmaker Ted Green, artist and one-time teammate Bing Davis, Dayton Daily News columnist Tom Archdeacon and Arlena Smith. Brown lived with Smith and her family while in Dayton.
Brown, who died of liver cancer in 1997, will be inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this month.
CELEBRATING ARTS IN OUR REGION
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