Friday, August 18, 2000

Weekend Events

Hamilton place to be for late-summer fun

        It's a good weekend to spend in and around Hamilton, especially if you want to enjoy these waning days of summer.

        For outdoor fun today, you can join MetroParks personnel in a twilight walk along Gregory Creek, savor music and entertainment on Main Street in Hamilton, or warm up those lederhosen at the first of several area Oktoberfest celebrations.

        The nature walk is timed to acquaint participants with the activities of crepuscular animals — in other words, critters that perk up at sunset and do their best cruising and courting during twilight hours. It's a nonstrenuous activity that stresses the unique sounds and smells of early evening.

        Participants should meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the picnic shelter in Dudley Woods, off Hankins Road east of Hamilton.

        For information, call MetroParks of Butler County at 867-5835.

        The Summer Mardi Gras on Main Street is a crepuscular event, too, inviting folks to browse the area's shops to a background of jazz, juggling and other activities. Refreshments will be available in several of the businesses. Festivities take place from 5-9 p.m. today. Call 844-6246 for details.

        Up U.S. 127 in Seven Mile, residents will be tuning up the band and dishing up cabbage rolls starting at 6 p.m. today. This is the third year that the Butler County community has raised funds for local projects by raising a genial stein or two. The center of activity is at Walnut and Pennsylvania, where the celebration continues until 11 p.m. today and again from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults. Information is available at 726-5136.

        There's an indoor summer special as well. Both today and Saturday, community thespians will present Big Blue Summer Theatre Revue 2. The production is a blend of drama, comedy and familiar songs and contains scenes from several stage favorites.

        Curtain time is 8 p.m. both nights at Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave. Tickets, available at the door, are $3. Call 863-1472 for further information.

        Every Friday, Jenny Callison writes this column highlighting weekend festivals, drama productions and concerts in the area. Have a suggestion? Fax to Dave Hofmeister at 860-5190.

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