Saturday, August 11, 2001

Warren County

If it flies, it'll be at circus

        Aircraft will invade Madison Township this weekend.

        The 41st annual Flying Circus, a radio-controlled model air show, will be presented from 1-5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club on Woodsdale Road in Butler County.

        The event features model aircraft of all kinds, helicopters to jets — and even a rocket-powered space shuttle.

        The club will demonstrate a B-29 Superfortress with a 12-foot wingspan and a rocket-powered Bell X-1.

        “This is a great family activity and we have a lot of repeat visitors,” said Mark J. Feist of Anderson Township. “We'll fly 130-150 planes in four hours. Flights are scheduled every seven to 10 minutes. There's no down time. Everything is planned. We even have things performed to music. The kids really respond to the planes.”

        Depending on the weather, the club attracts from 1,000 to 9,000 visitors at the show. The club has 158 members, who present other shows for groups such as the Spina Bifida Association of Cincinnati.

        People enjoy watching the planes, which look surprisingly real.

        “We'll fly aircraft of all kinds, including World War II planes engaged in battle, speed events and races, jets and maybe even flying saucers,” Mr. Feist said.

        For more information, see the group's Web site at


        FAIRFIELD — The first production at the new Fairfield amphitheater on the Village Green will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

        It's a play called Duty by Sterling Uhler, veteran councilman and longtime Fairfield resident. The play is about the struggles of Americans caught in the passions of the Civil War.

        “I've always been a fan of the Civil War,” he said. “I had relatives in it. I've always had an urge to write a novel about it, but I'm not disciplined enough.

        “Then one day I wrote a little piece that I thought would be a short story. It doesn't have anything to do with my relatives. It has a good twist. I thought it read more like a script to a play. I showed it to some friends and they liked it, and wanted to turn it into a play. I told them: "We all agree that it's a good story. Now, if it flops as a play, it's your fault.'”

        Duty will be directed by Ray Sullivan and produced by John Brunner.

        Mr. Uhler will end his many years of service to the city — for now — when his term expires at the end of this year. He'll continue on the board of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and as head of the its I-75-corridor study committee.

        LEBANON — The Lebanon Rotary Club presents its Concert in the Park series at 7 p.m. hursday in Gazebo Park, next to the Golden Lamb Inn at Broadway and Main Street (Ohio 63).

        The Jerry Robinson group, Saxopeel, features four saxes that play a variety of styles.

        Mr. Robinson will return Aug. 23 as one of Just the Two of Us, with another Lebanon High School music leader, Woody Woodrey. They will play songs of the 1930s to the present.

        The concerts are free.

       Randy McNutt's column appears Saturday. Write to him at The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester, OH 45069, or call 777-4158. Fax: 777-4150. E-mail:


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