Events, activities and other hometown items going on in and around Tipp City, Ohio by Greg Enslen

Art for the Heart

Next Saturday, the Tipp City Area Arts Council will be holding their “Art for the Heart” artisan showcase and art sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 11 at the Zion Lutheran Church at the corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Tipp City.

This showcase will feature art, photography, pottery, paintings and more from local artists, door prizes, and food served by Ruth White and the “Sisters of the Skillet.”

And I’ll be there, so join me for my first book signing of the new year! I will be signing and selling copies of my four books: “Black Bird“, “The Ghost of Blackwood Lane“, “Tipp Talk 2010“, and my newest book, “The 9/11 Machine“.  Chat with me about my upcoming books, including “Tipp Talk 2011,” to be released soon! Or just drop by and say hi!

Superbowl Party

We decided at the last minute to hold our own day-long Superbowl party at the Enslen house, and did it up with appetizers and party games.  The kids got a kick out of setting out the chips and dip and trays of fruit and seven-layer dip, all purchased in a last-minute visit to Food Town.  Katie poured chips into bowls and Anna mixed up the sauce for the meatballs after a quick call to Grandma Mimi for the recipe.

After the food was all laid out on the table, it took a couple times of me encouraging the kids before they dug in and helped themselves to plates of grapes and nachos and BBQ meatballs.  Anna was convinced that other people must be joining us and pleaded with me to have the party just be “for our family.”  Katie wasn’t sure what to do—I’m always telling her to put the food down.  She simply stared at the plates and bowls of food, all for the taking, and looked confused.

I made up one of those “football squares” where you have the team names and numbers one through ten along the side and top, then draw a grid.  We filled it in with our names and, based on the score at the end of each quarter, gave out prizes.  Understanding that we were just using the final digit of each team’s score was a strange concept for the kids, but they got the hang of it and I think it helped them enjoy the game and pay closer attention to the score. And Samantha got into the game as well—though I think she was just watching for glimpses of Tom Brady studliness.

Of course, as luck would have it, our DVR cut off the last five minutes of the game, so we didn’t get to see what I’ve heard was a nail-biter in the final minutes.  The last play we saw was that amazing sideline catch by Mario Manningham—in fact, they had just ruled the catch “good” when our DVR locked up.  I spent a minute trying to get it to work but the game was just frozen, so I stopped that and went to “Live TV,” which showed the Giants celebrating and the players on the Patriots side looking sullen and shuffling to the locker room as if that sad “Charlie Brown Christmas” music was playing in their heads.

DTCP Appreciation Dinner Fast Approaching!

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership welcomes the community to the Partnership’s Annual Downtown Appreciation Dinner, which will be held at Harrison’s starting at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9.

First up will be an hour of socializing with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a raffle, and an auction of items donated by our local historical district businesses.  Anyone with an interest in the downtown is invited to join the members of the DTCP to celebrate our historical downtown district and learn more about the Partnership and how our work benefits the community and our local businesses.  There will be no cost to attend the social hour.

The members of the DTCP Design Committee will also be revealing a new downtown signage project.  “In order to continue our efforts to enhance the rich heritage of our historical district, the design committee has developed a project dedicated to highlighting our history and making it accessible to all who visit us in person or online,” says Terri Bessler, DTCP board member and owner Midwest Memories.

And then, at 6:30, members of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership, their guests, and members of the public will sit down to a three-course meal.  After the meal will be an awards presentation and the swearing in of the 2012 Board of Directors. This is your chance to meet our old and new Board Members, City officials, and other people that make downtown Tipp City such a special place.

Tickets to the dinner are $30 or $240 for a table of 8, and space is limited, so call 937-667-0883 for more information. Memberships are available for non-profits, individuals, and businesses, with dues ranging from $25–$2,500.

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Heritage Ohio with the mission to enhance, preserve, and promote downtown Tipp City. For more information visit or call 937.667.0883.

Ladies Day at The Earth’s Center

The folks over at The Earth’s Center are inviting local ladies to unfold their yoga mats on Saturday for Ladies Day. All levels and new students are welcome, and the cost is only $10 per person.  The event runs from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and will be led by Beth Weaver, RYT.

The mission of The Earth’s Center is to provide everyone in the community a comfortable environment for balancing their life. They have a professionally-trained staff that dedicates their lives to serving those that need outlets to alleviate minor stress and serious life changes that we all experience. They believe that by living in agreement with the truth and realities of our human existence along with accepting personal responsibility for our individual health, we can alleviate stress in our daily lives and experience an optimum quality of life. Drop by and tell them Greg sent you!

Youth Recreational Flag Football

Tipp Monroe Community Services will again be offering flag football this year—in fact, registration is already underway!

NFL FLAG is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. Launched in 1996, the NFL FLAG Football program is designed to educate young people about football while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. Players learn skills and lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.

NFL FLAG gives youngsters the chance to be an official NFL player!  Registration runs from January 9–March 23, 2012 and teams will be co-ed and all games will have certified referees.

Games and practices will take place on Sundays from April 15–May20 in Kyle Park, and registration is $40 for residents and $52 for non-residents and includes NFL jersey, flag belt, and flags.  Xander is playing again this year, so I’ll see you out there!

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