Saturday, September 13, 2003

Black Walnut Festival will celebrate autumn

Randy McNutt

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - The Black Walnut Festival will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, a 23-acre park at Poole Road and Colerain Avenue.

The festival is a celebration of autumn as well as the native nut and its tree.

From noon to 4 p.m. both days, visitors can watch the black walnut huller shuck the hulls off the walnuts.

Music will be made by bluegrass players Vernon and Kitty McIntire. Jake Speed and the Freddies, featuring banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, will play Americana songs.

The festival is free and open to the public, but you must have a park district motor vehicle permit - $1 daily, $3 annual- to enter the park.

While you're there, stop at Nature's Niche gift store and bookshop.

Information: 521-7275.

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MILFORD - They're ready to plant more daffodils again in Milford. They're along every entrance to the city.

The goal: 1 million daffodils.

"We're doing it to make people aware of Milford," said Nancy Meyer, whose family owns Row House Gallery. "Last fall, 75 volunteers planted more than 20,000 daffodils along the roads. This year we're asking residents to plant a half dozen bulbs in their yards."

When the project is completed in a few years, the impact of the color "will be unbelievable," Meyer said.

You can read more about the daffodil plan on Tuesday when Milford and Miami Township in Clermont County are featured in the Enquirer's Great Neighborhoods series.

You are invited to attend a community meeting sponsored by the newspaper. It will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Leming House in Community Park, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Miami Township.

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HAMILTON - Sylvia D. Miller, a retired educator, writer and songwriter, will present "The National Road: A Ride Through Time," at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Ritchie Auditorium, 327 N. Second Street.

The auditorium is at the Butler County Historical Society Museum.

Miller will concentrate on the Ohio section of America's first highway.

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LEBANON - The Lebanon Antiques Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lebanon High School, 160 Miller Road.

About 80 dealers from 15 states will sell museum-quality antiques. The $6 admission price is good for both days.

Information: Warren County Historical Society, 932-1817.

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HAMILTON - The Little Chicago Jazz Society will present a performance of trumpet player Bob Barnard and pianist John Sheridan from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Hamiltonian Hotel, 1 Riverfront Plaza.

The concert costs $12 in advance for members. Non-members may purchase tickets at the door for $15.

Information: 863-8982.

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. E-mail:

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