Garden Station has recently installed a wheelchair ramp and ADA-accessible entryway, and now volunteers aim to build wheelchair-accessible community-garden beds for residents with disabilities. Three 2-foot-wide and 6 foot-long garden beds will sit in each 18-foot-long table, which sits 36 inches off the ground. The beds all have 6 inches–8 inches of soil to accommodate growing vegetables. The specifications of the beds allow wheelchair users to easily access the table, reach across the bed, dig into the soil, and plant seeds. Garden Station requires additional funding to purchase untreated, weather-resistant western-red cedar to ensure that the plants the beds produce will be free of unwanted chemicals and safe to eat.
The history at Victoria Theatre stretches back to 1866, when the "Magnificent Edifice" was first built at First and Main Streets. Its halls have hosted entertainment luminaries of many eras, including Harry Houdini, Mark Twain, and Socrates during his I Know That I Know Nothing comeback tour. In 1975, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places, a list where the Italianate structure still resides well into the 21st century.
Today, the Victoria Theatre hosts performances by many of Dayton's arts organizations—including the Dayton Ballet—as part of a full slate of compelling entertainment choices. The Victoria Theatre Association's ongoing programs include the Premier Health Broadway Series, PNC Family Series, and Cool Films, as well as concerts, variety shows, and comedy sets.
Sports reign at Loose Goose Pub & Grille, where the staff pairs its signature burgers and pizzas with a rotating selection of domestic and draft brews, including regional favorites such as Yuengling’s Lord Chesterfield Ale. Guests keep an eye on flat-screen televisions to cheer on the Buckeyes as they pour their own libations from 100-ounce beer towers. Between bites of potato skins or pretzel sticks, they can challenge each other to games on the pool table or take in the music of live bands on select evenings.
Every time the Darke County Historical Society unearths a new finding, there’s a good chance that the public’s first look at it will come in the exhibition halls of Greenville’s Garst Museum. More than 300,000 American artifacts fill the museum's six wings, many of which were discovered—or rediscovered, as the case may be—over the course of the society's archeological digs, genealogical research, and historic preservation activities.
Among the century-spanning exhibits, the softer side of sharpshooter Annie Oakley unfolds in the Coppock Wing, and antique cannonballs and Humvees speak of the wartime exploits of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Down on the first floor, a painting of Chief Tarhe, Grand Sachem of the Wyandots, presides over a collection that focuses on America during the 1700s but leaves room for anachronistic elements such as mastodon bones. The newest exhibit, "Diversity in Darke County: The Story of Longtown," celebrates local history with its visual chronicle of a tri-racial settlement in Greenville.
Aside from the main two-story brick Colonial home—which was built as an inn in 1852, according to Touring Ohio—the society and the museum maintain several properties of historic note. A free, self-guided tour of Bear's Mill and its 800-foot water channel can be capped with a cup of gourmet coffee, and the Lowell Thomas house provides insights into the childhood of the broadcaster and adventurer who once famously dined with the Prince of Wales inside an actual whale.
Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.
The Wapakoneta Firecracker 5K unites racers in the name of healthy habits and a healthy community. Hosted by the Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library organization, the annual race sends participants galloping around Wapakoneta in an effort to promote fitness and well-being among all community members. The 5K's proceeds have an impact long after the last racer has crossed the finish line, as they get funneled into such efforts as summer reading programs, outreach programs, and youth events.