Saturday, July 13, 2002


Brochure features bike trail

        Area tourism groups are ready to distribute 50,000 copies of a color brochure that promotes the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Warren, Clermont, Greene and Clark counties.

        Margaret Drexel, of the Warren County Convention and Tourism Bureau, said the trail is one of the area's most popular attractions

        About 250,000 residents and visitors a year use the 70-mile trail along the east bank of the Little Miami Scenic River.

        The brochure features photographs of downtown Milford, Waynesville, Spring Valley and other places. It explains how Xenia, the self-named Bicycle Capital of the Midwest for its activity along the trail, was once a railroad center

        In Warren County, the bike path runs 32 miles and offers hiking, horseback riding, picnics and other activities. Kings Island is nearby, as are the Turtle Creek & Lebanon Railway, Caesar Creek State Park and other recreation sites.

        Trail distances include: Milford to Loveland, 9.5 miles; Loveland to Morrow, 13.5 miles; Morrow to Corwin, 14.2 miles; Corwin to Spring Valley, 7 miles; Spring Valley to Xenia, 7.2 miles; Xenia to Yellow Springs, 10 miles; Yellow Springs to Springfield, 7 miles. For a brochure, call the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-791-4FUN.

        HAMILTON-The Fitton Center for Creative Arts will offer a straw workshop to introduce kids from 8 to 14 to the concept of sculpture as an art form and straw as a medium.

        “They'll create animals, people or anything from their imagination,” said education coordinator Tracy Perkins.

        The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 22-26, with sculptor Brad Painter. Register at the Fitton from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Information: 863-8873.

        SHARONVILLE-Free Friday Flicks, a new free program for the family, will start at dusk July 19 at Winton Woods and July 26 at Sharon Woods, both in the Hamilton County Park District. The films will be shown on large screens.

        Because of licensing agreements, film titles cannot be announced, but they were recent big-name movies. Visitors may bring lawn chairs and blankets.

        A permit is needed to enter the park. The cost is $1 per car for a daily pass, or $3 for an annual pass. Information: Hamilton County Park District, 521-PARK.

        ST. CLAIR TWP. - Pat Murphy, a singer, guitarist and songwriter, will perform outdoors at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert will be in the grass by Lake Nanci. Weekend admission is $4 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-12. Information: 868-8336.

        Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150.





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