Saturday, August 24, 2002


History takes spin back to Milders Inn

        In the days of flappers and bathtub gin, Fairfield's Milders Inn was a hangout of the Cincinnati Reds and a well-known pop and jazz music spot.

        At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, the Friends of Elisha Morgan Mansion will present “An Evening at Milders Inn” at the Morgan Mansion city park, 6181 Ross Rd. The cost is $40 per person.

        “We'll authentically go back in time to Milders Inn,” said Helen Wessel, a group spokeswoman. “We hope people will join us and live one evening in the early 20th century.”

        The inn, which stood on the northwest corner of Nilles Road at Pleasant Avenue (U.S. 127), served locally grown food and attracted many Reds players from the 1939-1940 teams.

        At an outside garden, songwriter Dud Mecum played piano and Ray Milders sang. The place peaked from 1920 to 1942.

        Under an open tent, the Friends will serve a Milders menu specialty -- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and homemade dessert.

        John Bercaw will perform as Dud Mecum and Bill Walters as Ray Milders. Dud's daughter, Ginny Mecum (formerly of the Cal Collins Trio), will sing songs of the era.

        Mrs. Wessel would like to hear from people who've heard stories about Milders Inn. She may be reached at 868-9829.

        For further information on the event, call 863-0083.


        LOVELAND — Little Miami Inc. will hold a Fly Fishing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 on the banks of the Little Miami Scenic River at Nishbet Park in Loveland.

        Members of the United Buckeye Fly Fishers will provide instruction.

        You need no equipment. Lunch will be served.

        Cost: $10 per person, $18 per family. Send check to LMI, 6040 Price Rd., Milford, OH 45150. Information: Marty, 965-9344. Registration is limited.


        WAYNESVILLE — The village council has set a special meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 27, to receive input from those who have participated in the interview process for the position of village manager. The public is invited to the 5:30 p.m. meeting at Der Dutchman Restaurant. The village finance committee meets at the same location at 6:30 p.m.

        Call 897-8015 for more information.


        LEBANON — Interested in volunteering? Warren County United Way needs help.

        It could use dedicated clerical, on-call volunteers to help with mailings, packing campaign materials, copying and doing clerical work.

        You must be at least 12 years old to help.

        Information: 932-3987.


        HAMILTON — The Mad Anthony Theatre Co.'s new season will open Sept. 27-29 with Sam Shephard's True West.

        A Tuna Christmas, a musical comedy set in Tuna, Texas, will run Dec. 6-8.

        An Evening with Mark Twain, a one-man show starring Cincinnati performer Bill Hartnett, will run March 21-23.

        Other shows are One Act Play Plays, April 4-6, and Taking Sides, May 23-25.

        Information: 863-8873.


        MILFORD — Business After 5, a party at the Park 50 business center, will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Aug. 29 by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce.

        The party will give business people a chance to make new contacts. The Park 50 Business Community is under new ownership of the Crowell Co.

        Cost: $15.

        Call 576-5035 to register by phone.


        DELHI TWP. — “Back to Broadway,” a Las Vegas-style program to benefit the LifeCenter, will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 20 at Rapid Run Middle School.

        Donations: $50 for patrons and $35 for Friends of the LifeCenter.

        Established in 1981, LifeCenter is the region's non-profit group that coordinates donations of organs and tissues for transplantation.

        If you can't attend, donations are still appreciated.

        Information: 558-0260.


        LEBANON — Joan Townsend will discuss “Three Centuries of American Quilts” at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Warren County Historical Society's continuing education program.

        Her talk will be at the Warren County Historical Society Museum, 105 S. Broadway.

        Admission is free.

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


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