Around Darke County
How many times have you, a friend or family member uttered the words, “there’s nothing to do in this town”? We decided to delve into that subject for ourselves and discovered a multitude of activities for all ages right here in Darke County.
Healthy Kids Running Series registration is now open for the 2015 race season. According to their website, “The Healthy Kids Running Series was created by Jeff Long, Founder and President of Pattison Sports Group, to provide kids with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of running. To combat the increasing rates of child obesity in America, Jeff designed a running program that would motivate kids to be healthy and active and provide a fun environment to improve their self-esteem. For more information, please visit www.healthykidsrunningseries.org."
Darke County Center for the Arts already has a great line-up for 2015, including the February 15 production of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins the pages of Little Cloud, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon”. States the DCCA production notes, “Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.”
Kitchen Aid Experience offers cooking demonstrations and classes on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am (except during the legendary Annie Oakley Days sidewalk sales in July). Visit www.kitchenaid.com for more information on these useful sessions.
Darke County Parks has enormous amounts of fun and educational activities scheduled for this year. Children’s programs include Parent & Preschooler Adventures, Park P.A.L.S., Junior Naturalists and Day Camps. The Outdoor Skills & Staying Fit activities include learning new outdoor hobbies, canoeing/kayaking adventures and geocaching in the various Darke County parks. Darke County Parks also offers group programs, natural history programs and cultural programs in addition to a multitude of special events throughout the year.
This month The Old Arcana is featuring Muleskinner Band and Joe Rollin Porter on Sunday the 15th and Sunday the 22nd, respectively. If you’re not familiar, Muleskinner Band has appeared on The Nashville Network, at The Ohio State fair, Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lakes, Fraze Pavillion and so many more notable venues. Their resume boasts of performances with the likes of Diamond Rio, The Kentucky Headhunters, Trick Pony and Terry Clark. Joe Rollin Porter’s live performances have been said to bring a loud, distracted crown to a hushed silence as he plays fingerstyle acoustic guitar. From his bio, we learned his music “primarily consists of Joe’s own arrangements of traditional American folk songs with a dose of early rural blues and an occasional dash of Celtic flavor.” In addition to live musical performances, we also noted cooking classes on their calendar – for kids and adults alike.