Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pretzel time!

In celebration of Oktoberfest the and German heritage in our community, here is a great story from the DDN about a small business just around the corner from St. Anne's Hill.  An excerpt...

DAYTON — As businesses struggle in a rough economy, the century-old Smales Pretzel Bakery thrives inside a refitted house on an alley, its fourth generation still twisting pretzels by hand.
The bakery began with German-born Rudie Schaaf opening Gem City Pretzel on Warren Street in 1906, not long after he arrived in Dayton as a boy in 1895. The shop’s current location at 210 Xenia Ave. dates to 1926 when his daughter, Emma, moved it there and renamed it.
Smale’s history twists into the city’s at every turn. A stand operated in the old downtown Arcade for years. Armloads of pretzels were ferried to neighborhood groceries and found their way into the hands of generations of school kids. Larry Smales, Schaaf’s great-grandson, recalls that as a boy he sold pretzels to legions of NCR employees on their lunch breaks.

Another great reason to live on the Hill!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mural Dedication

Fifth Street Community 
Mosaic Mural Celebration
1400 E. 5th Street

Please join us in celebrating the creation of 
the first only mosaic mural in Dayton
Wednesday Sept. 22

Music by the Liederkrantz –Turner Chorus 6-6:30
Recognition of 100 artists, volunteers, and sponsors promptly at 6:40 

Sponsored by: 
Met Life Foundation, Dayton Rotary & 
St. Anne’s Hill Neighborhood Association, Ohio Arts Council

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day of Peace

More great news from the Missing Peace Art Space here in St. Anne's Hill!

Dayton’s celebration of the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace will be held at the Missing Peace Art Space on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. City dignitaries will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the Urban Youth Peace Academy, which will be headquartered at the gallery.

In 1981, the United Nations designated September 21 as International Day of Peace and the day has since been celebrated worldwide. “Dayton: Peace in Perspective” is this year’s local International Day of Peace theme in recognition that most of us are fortunate enough to have a high degree of peace in our lives.

The Urban Youth Peace Academy is a grassroots student organization that grew out of streetpeace, a peace and social justice education program at Ruskin School and East End Community Services. As students completed their 8thgrade year at Ruskin, they wanted to continue their peace studies, sustain the community of learners they had formed, and invite new students from the various high schools they would be attending, into the peace process. In response to this dream, they came together as a core group of student leaders to form the Urban Youth Peace Academy, with a membership representing schools throughout the Dayton Public School district.

Students in the Urban Youth Peace Academy will participate in a full curriculum on Tuesday evenings, including the study of such books as A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah; Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl; and Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozal. They will participate in discussion circles around such movies as Blood Diamond; Life is Beautiful; Schindler’s List; Gran Torino; and The Chamber. Students will have opportunities for instruction and practice in non-violent responses to real life conflict.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Archway Dedication

Here's the latest news from the social committee!
The September social will be the annual Chili Cook-off, held on Saturday, September 18th. Steve and Heather at 155 McClure will be our hosts. 
We will also be celebrating the installation of our new archways at the McClure Street bridge and at the end of McLain Street near Bomberger Park. Several city officials have been invited to attend and we would like as many neighbors as possible to come out and show their support for the neighborhood. 
The social will start at 6:30  pm and we would like to take a group photo before the cook-off begins. Remember, this is a chili cook-off so we will need plenty of chili for the competition!! If you decide not to make chili please bring a salad or dessert to share. We hope everyone can attend. As always, family and friends are welcome. Looking forward to a great social!!!

The archway is the result of a grant from the City of Dayton, and some great work from our volunteer team leader, Jack.   Thank you!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Return of St. Ann

Here's an interesting story from the DDN that's not exactly about the neighborhood, but provides a different  perspective to our blog post about the old St. Ann's maternity ward here in Dayton.  An excerpt...

“In July of 1930, during the Great Depression, my mother had a bouncing baby girl at St. Elizabeth Hospital. It was me.  I have always been told that my mother was hoping for a son, and was ready with some possible boy names for the new baby. She was apparently surprised when I turned out to be a girl.  She always told the family she didn’t know what name to pick for me, and that someone suggested that she name me after the hospital where I was born, so my mom named me Elizabeth Ann.”
St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Ann’s Maternity Hospital were adjacent to each other along the southwest side of the Great Miami River not far from downtown Dayton.
 Interestingly, our blog stats indicate that the post about the maternity hospital is among the most popular on this site!   I still can't help wondering if there is some connection lost in history...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Your Downtown

Check out the latest newsletter from the Downtown Dayton Partnership - they mentioned St. Anne's Hill on page 3!  Here's their list of upcoming events:

Dayton Greek Festival
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Sept. 10-12

Hispanic Heritage Festival
RiverScape MetroPark
Sept. 11

Taste of the Miami Valley
RiverScape MetroPark
Sept. 17 & 18

LGBT Film Festival
The Neon Movies
Sept. 24-26

Dayton Art Institute
Sept. 25 & 26

Blue Man Group
Schuster Performing Arts Center
Sept. 28-Oct. 3

First Friday
Oct. 1 & Nov. 5

The Sugar Witch
Dayton Theatre Guild
Oct. 22-Nov. 7

 Hauntfest on Fifth
Oregon Arts District
Oct. 30

For a complete list of events happening in Downtown Dayton, visit

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Here is a message from the Social committee...

Hey St. Anne's!!
Thanks for the great turn out for the August PPD!! Over 50 people showed up and a great time was had by all!! Just a reminder, the next social will be held Saturday, September 18th. Steve and Heather will be hosting the annual Chili Cook-off. Be sure to mark your calendars and watch for your official flyer. Hope to see you all there!!
Mary Jo
Social Committee

 Special thanks to the Missing Peace Gallery and the other neighbors for hosting the event last weekend!