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Old Case Files: History on Trial

Jul 21, 2017
Members of the cast of Old Case Files
Dayton History

Dayton History’s “Old Case Files” opens this Friday at the Old Montgomery County Courthouse in Downtown Dayton.

The story is ripped from the headlines—but not today’s headlines. The cast will be reenacting a murder trial from 1935, when, on Christmas Eve, a former police officer shot a man five times at the postal telegram office on 3rd Street in Dayton. To at least one passer-by, it seemed pretty cold blooded.  

Janeal Ravndal reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Our Secret"

The 2017 Bootlegger's Reunion is a celebration of American music in all its forms; Bluegrass, Newgrass and so much more. To preview the festival Scott Lee and Nick and Randy Lawson performed live acoustic sets.  They were joined by festival organizer John Snyder who talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the overall event.

The 2017 Bootlegger's Reunion is July 28 and 29 at the VFW Campgrounds in Franklin, Ohio.  More details below.

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Knipfer's poem, "The Last Ride."

Don't you love it when somebody has the good grace to go out at the top of their game? It can be depressing to watch former star performers embarrassing themselves because they didn't know when to quit. We have all seen them, the baseball players who strike out on pitches they used to hit or the lead singer who wrote the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" still out there on stage 50 years later gamely strumming away. Some writers keep plodding along, putting out books long after inspiration has faded.

Lori Gravley reads Rita Coleman's poem, "Wounded Heart"

This book is the debut in a new crime fiction series set in Columbus. Roxane Weary is a private eye with lots of issues. Her dad was a hard drinking cop who died recently while fighting crime. The two of them didn't get along. His sudden death has left his daughter with unresolved "Daddy" issues. He drank a lot. So does she. Her love life is a mess, too. Her father's demise has even served to complicate that aspect of her existence. Business is bad.

Sharon Lane, Rich Reuter, Kyleen Downes, and Tim Pritchard joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt live in the WYSO studios for a preview of the 2017 Miami Valley Music Fest.  

Miami Valley Music Fest is July 21 and 22 at the Troy Eagles Campground.  More information below:

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Advice to the Lovelorn."

Antioch College

In 1968 an eighteen-year-old youth named Bill Newman arrived in Yellow Springs to begin his freshman year at Antioch College. Bill's first Antioch co-op education experience took place in New York City. He was supposed to return to Antioch after three months but the experience he was having in New York was so thrilling and important to him that he ended up staying away for nine months.

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