Friday, December 19, 2014

Explore: EnterTRAINment Junction


EnterTRAINment Junction
All aboard the insider track to EnterTRAINment Junction! Not only is the 25,000 sq. ft. train display an attraction of its own, but the extra interactions with the display take the experience over the top and make you feel like you’re part of the exhibit instead of just viewing it.

If you love adding a challenge to any experience, be sure to pick up a Can You Find? sheet at the Gift Shop. On the Engineer’s Edition, there are 30 items listed for you to hunt and find throughout the exhibit as well as a note to keep an eye out for the 10 dinosaurs hidden through the display. Ranging from 15 cannons lined up to 4 yellow ducklings on a pond to a policeman eating a donut, this just adds a little game and a little more fun to your trip.
 
Another extra touch to your walk through the display are the floor stickers and wall posters pointing out interesting facts to help you further appreciate the complexity of the train display. Some of the facts talk about the over 60,000 hours put in by volunteers for portions of the display and other stickers discuss some of the structures being replicated after actual past and present structures. Did you know that the highest mountain in the train display is over 16’?



Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Shopping Guide, Butler County, Ohio


Butler County communities are the perfect place to check off that list with local shops for you to find custom presents for your family and friends. Here are shopping spots in each community for you to stop by for your holiday shopping!

Art on Symmes – You can find American made artwork, handmade gifts and home décor for those unique gifts.

Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center – Find a variety of stores ranging from Dick’s Sporting Goods to GameStop to Charming Charlie and plenty more!

Jungle Jim’s International Market – Perfect for the foodie you know, with cheeses from around the world, an olive bar and wine for every taste.


Art off Symmes – Love giving eclectic crafts for presents? Art off Symmes is the perfect shop for you.

Sara’s House – Discover one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor.

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market – Locally made crafts and fare are perfect for your down to earth family and friends.

The Gift Gallery – Find that perfect handmade craft for your home or find amazing gifts.

Middletown Antiques – Enjoy the craftsmanship in the presents you can find at Middletown Antiques.

Miss Selby’s Soap – Locally made soaps and body products are the perfect present for the ladies on your list!

Uptown Country BoutiqueFashion and accessories with a Western flair.


Cincinnati Premium Outlets – With 50+ outlet stores like Coach, Banana Republic, Nike, J. Crew, Converse, The North Face and so many more the Cincinnati Premium Outlets is your one-stop shop for everyone on your list!

Traders World Flea Market – You’ll find anything and everything from tools to shoes to home décor for everyone on your list.

Treasure Aisles Market – This flea market style destination allows you to do one stop shopping among the variety of products available.


Bird House Antiques – Find rare and unusual antiques perfect for that one-of-a-kind gift.

Collected Works – Unique jewelry and gifts await at Collected Works.

The Green Door – Discover Bohemian style jewelry including necklaces, bracelets and more.

Seaview Outfitters – If you have an outdoorsy person on your list, Seaview Outfitters is the place to find all your outdoor adventure needs.

There are a variety of premium boutique-style shops offering clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, skincare products and more in Uptown Oxford, including:
·       The Apple Tree
·       BlueTique Cheap Chic
·       Juniper
·       Paisley on High

Frontgate – For all of those family and friends that love to decorate, at Frontgate you can find home décor to fit any style home.

IKEA – Home accents to furniture to full scale remodeling; add to your friends and families homes with gifts from IKEA.

The Spicy Olive – The chef on your list will love the fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars found at The Spicy Olive.

The Streets of West Chester – With stores ranging from Barnes & Noble to LOFT to sMari Designs, you’ll find what you need for everyone on your list.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays in Butler County, Ohio


Enjoy the holidays all season long with these holiday attractions and things to do in Butler County.

November 15-January 4
EnterTRAINment Junction – West Chester

Butler County Courthouse – Hamilton
November 21

November 21-January 4
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum – Hamilton

November 22-23
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

November 27
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

November 27-December 31
Smith Park – Middletown

November 28-December 30
Niederman Family Farm – Liberty Township

November 29
Downtown Middletown

November 29-30
Shandon Congregational Church

December 5-6
Governor Bebb MetroPark – Okeana 

Oxford Holiday Festival
December 5-6
Uptown Parks Oxford

December 5-7
RiversEDGE Park – Hamilton

December 6
Liberty Heights Church – Liberty Township
 
December 6
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

December 6
Fairfield Community Arts Center

December 6-7
Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion – Fairfield

Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
December 7
South Main Historic District Middletown

December 7
German Village – Hamilton

December 13
Fairfield Community Arts Center

Friday, November 7, 2014

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Looking for a new recipe for your Thanksgiving feast? Butler County restaurants have just what you need to add that extra punch to your favorite family recipes or find something new to add to the table this year.

Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
Coarse bakers’ sugar for tops, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease 12 regular-size muffin cups.
  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to mix.
  4. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened.
  6. Stir in pecans.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove muffins from pan and cool completely.
  10. Makes 12.

Kona Bistro’s Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
2 lb Butternut Squash – peeled, seeded, diced                 
2 ea Sweet Potato – peeled and diced        
1 qt Vegetable Stock
1 ea Cinnamon Sticks           
2 tsp Salt       
¼ cup Butter
2 ea Onions – chopped         
6 ea Pears – peeled, cored, chopped         
6 oz White Wine         
1 cup ½ and ½          
½ tsp White Pepper  
1 tsp Cinnamon         

  1. Sauté onions in butter to soft
  2. Add pears and wine, simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Add squash, sweet potatoes, stock, cinnamon and salt, simmer to soft
  4. Puree to smooth
  5. Stir in ½ and ½ and heat, turn off before boiling
  6. Season to taste

The Spicy Olive's Roasted Green Beans
2 lbs. fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
2 Tbsp. The Spicy Olive's Garlic olive oil, or any olive oil of your choice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.     Lightly coat the green beans in olive oil and spread on a baking sheet
3.    Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning after 15 minutes
4.    Green beans will be shriveled and slightly browned

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Real-Life Haunts


Feel the goosebumps as you explore Butler County’s historic homes and hear real-life ghost stories of the spirits haunting these sites.

327 North Second St.
Hamilton, OH 45011
Home to the Butler County Historical Society

4824 Oxford Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056

Hueston Woods State Park Pioneer Farm Museum
6924 Brown Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056

6181 Ross Rd.
Fairfield, OH 45014

10 E. Elm St.
Monroe, OH 45050
Built in 2000 on the site of the original home

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Festivals and Halloween Things To Do in Butler County, Ohio

Get your thrills and a family-fun Halloween in Butler County, Ohio with some of these great attractions and events!

September 19-28 (Fri-Sun) | October 1-November 2 (Wed-Sun)
West Chester

·       September 20-21: Butler County Antique Machinery Event
·       September 27-28: German Fest
·       October 4-5: Fireman’s Weekend
·       October 11-12: Helicopter Rides
·       October 18-19: Cowboy Weekend
·       October 25-26: Saturday Pie Bake-Off
Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

September 27-November 2
EnterTRAINment Junction – West Chester
 
October 3-5
Downtown Hamilton

October 4
Liberty Park – Liberty Township

October 5
Oxford Community Park

October 5-November 1
Middletown

October 11
Downtown City of Middletown

October 11
Keehner Park – West Chester
October 25
Sorg Opera House – Middletown

October 25
YWCA Hamilton

October 26
Fairfield High School

October 26
Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion – Fairfield
October 30
Midwest Cheer Elite, Inc – West Chester

Trick or Treating throughout Butler County
Location
Date
Time
City of Oxford
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Fairfield
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Fairfield Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Hamilton
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Hanover Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Liberty Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Middletown
Thursday, October 30
5:30 to 7 p.m. 
Monroe
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Trenton
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7 p.m. 
West Chester Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m.