Free Art at the Fitton Center

The 2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend presented by ArtsWave, will be held over one weekend from March 7-8, 2015, and will offer more than 100 events, activities and performances throughout Greater Cincinnati. All events are free and open to the public through the sponsorship of Macy’s.

“Macy’s Arts Sampler gives everyone a chance to discover the wide variety of arts across our region,” said Alicia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “It’s a great way to spend a weekend with family and friends and try something new.”

As part of Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend, the Fitton Center will present an action-packed activity schedule from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Activities include clay tile making, monster making, temporary tattoos, Drawing with Young Rembrandts, Dancing with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, a drum jam, and much more!

Macy’s Arts Sampler is a celebration of the arts in our community, and occur throughout the annual community campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the fun things to do in greater Cincinnati.

A full schedule of weekend activities is available on the ArtsWave website,, and through the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app, available for iOS and Android platforms.  Printed schedules may be picked up at participating Sampler venues, Macy’s stores, and at public libraries in Hamilton and Campbell County.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is supported by individuals and organizations throughout the area, who recognize that their donations to ArtsWave help create a livelier community and a place where people from different backgrounds come together to share ideas and experiences.

Fitton Center Program Explores Jerome Robbins

Join the Celebrating Self Series, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Carruthers Signature Ballroom at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts as Henry Cepluch, the Fitton Center’s Outreach Arts Director (Arts In Common) and Artistic Director of the Mad Anthony Theatre Company, presents “The Contribution of Jerome Robbins to the American Musical.”

Cepluch was an elementary teacher for 32 years before retiring and joining the Fitton Center staff. His involvement in theater spans more than 50 years as an actor and director. Henry is a frequent lecturer on theater for local clubs and the Institute for Learning in Retirement program at Miami University.

This presentation is part of the Celebrating Self Luncheon Series. Celebrating Self is a casual and informative luncheon series featuring regional speakers, interesting topics and delicious food served by a variety of caterers. The Carruthers Signature Ballroom opens at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch and musical entertainment by Treva Boardman.

Celebrating Self is presented by Ohio Magazine, and the Celebrating Self Dessert Sponsor is Hillandale Family of Communities.

The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  For tickets please call 513-863-8873 ext. 110 or visit

MUH Offers Campus Visit

Miami University’s regional locations will host Campus Visit Programs from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Miami Middletown and on Thursday, March 12 at Miami Hamilton.

Both evenings will feature presentations on admission, financial aid/scholarships, and the application process. Participants will explore college majors, including bachelor’s completion degrees offered at Miami’s regional locations. Current Miami students will serve as tour guides.

Check in will begin at 4:30 p.m. A pizza dinner will be provided. All are welcome at this event and reservations are encouraged.
Can’t make either of the Campus Visits? Then register for a Tour & Talk on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at both Miami Hamilton and Middletown.

To register for a Campus Visit or Tour & Talk, log on to For more information contact the admission office at Miami Hamilton (513) 785-3111 or Miami Middletown (513) 727-3216. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami University Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

Hip-Hop Hamilton

We should probably create a new category for this post, maybe “Hmmmm… Okay….”

The Public Theatre in New York is currently running “Hamilton”, a hip-hop musical about the life of our city’s namesake, and it’s apparently headed for Broadway.

Here’s a promotional video montage:

Their blurb:

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton.
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is.

From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, HAMILTON is an exploration of a political mastermind.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.

Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

CLICK HERE to read the New Yorker article about the genesis of the production…

County Democrats Vote to Censure Speaker of the House

NOTE: HEY! Hamilton! is a non-partisan source of information that publishes submitted news items from a variety of contributors without endorsing any political point of view.  The following press release was issued by the Democratic Party and published verbatim. Press releases or responses from Republican Party officials or Rep. Boehner’s office will be granted equal treatment.

The Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee met Thursday evening and voted unanimously to censure Speaker of the House John Boehner.  The censure is due to Speaker Boehner’s unilateral invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint-session of Congress without consulting with the White House.

 According to the motion to censure, the Speaker’s action “threatens to sabotage delicate international negotiations with Iran” and “violated long-established diplomatic protocol.”  The invitation was “an unprecedented move undertaken with the leader of another nation with the sole purpose of undermining the President of the United States.”

“It’s time to throw the yellow flag on tactics by the Republican Party leadership that shows disrespect for President Obama and the presidency” said Dominick Lijoi of West Chester, Southeast Regional Chair of the BCDP.  “The Speaker needs to know that his constituents do not approve of his actions” Lijoi concluded.

This is the third time in the last month that the Speaker has been censured by local groups made up of his constituents in the 8th Congressional District.  This motion to censure was first proposed by Don Daiker of Oxford to the Butler County Progressive PAC.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Southwest Ohio adopted the motion soon after and now the motion has been approved by the Butler County Democratic Party.

Huntertones to Nliven the Fitton Center

Brooklyn-based band Huntertones is a unique voice in the growing world of genre-defying music. The Fitton Center is excited for the Huntertones to perform as part of the nLIVEn series on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the beautiful Carruthers Signature Ballroom.

What started in 2010 as a six-piece instrumental group in Columbus, Ohio, has become an innovative ensemble propelled by the original music and adventurous arrangements of Chris Ott, Dan White, and Jon Lampley.

Their signature horn-driven sound utilizes elements from jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, gospel, R&B, and rock to produce addicting grooves that resonate with all types of audiences.

The band’s mission is simple: Create live music on real instruments that will often make you think and always make you move.

The nLIVEn series is being presented to engage a new audience through a unique type of music and will offer a laid-back vibe, a flowing cash bar and a dance floor for those ready to share some sweet moves. Plus, included with your admission are two COMPLIMENTARY beer/wine drinks per ticket and light appetizers.

The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To reserve your seats, call 513-863-8873 ext. 110 or visit our website,

CLICK HERE to visit the band’s web site.

CLICK HERE to befriend the Huntertones on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to listen to some of their music on YouTube.

Hamilton acting group hosts murder mystery dinner event

KrownsThe second annual murder mystery dinner hosted by the Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre is slated for March 28.

The show will be comical. It’s called “Kiddies’N’Krowns: A Pageant Murder Mystery” and is a spoof on the Honey Boo Boo reality show, featuring the break-out star 20 years after the last show aired.

The performance is originally written and produced by Hamiltonians Justyn and Alison Rampa. It is conducted at 6:30 p.m at the Courtyard By Marriott in Hamilton.

A cash bar will be available.

Tickets  for the event that raises funds for GHCT must be bought by March 21 in order to secure seats. Order by phone at (513) 737-PLAY or visit

Local History from Jim Blount

Join local historian Jim Blount on Tuesday, March 10, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library for a conversation about Hamilton in the Stagecoach Era: Myth and Reality.

No registration required. For details, call 894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call

894-6557 or visit the Lane website at

Hamilton Water is Pure Gold

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, tap water produced by the City of Hamilton was again named the “Best Tasting Tap Water in the World,” at the 25th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, in Berkeley Springs, WV.

This marks the second time Hamilton has won this coveted award within the last five years.

Hamilton bested an international group of contestants that included a number of former Gold medalists: Clearbrook, British Columbia (three-time champion, including 2014); Emporia, KS (2013) and Greenwood, British Columbia (2012).

“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges, validates the choices,” remarked perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger.  “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.”

The City of Hamilton previously won the 2010 Gold Medal as the Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the 2009 Silver Medal as the Second Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the Best Tasting Tap Water in the U.S.  Hamilton has won numerous other tasting awards in the past, for its tap water, including the 2012 and 2014 “Best of the Best” award, by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, for the best tasting tap water in Ohio.

Entrants in the Berkeley Springs competition included nearly 100 waters from 19 states, six Canadian provinces and six foreign countries, in the categories of Municipal Tap Water, Purified Drinking Water, Packaging Design, Bottled Non-Carbonated, and Sparkling Water.  The Municipal Tap Water competition was represented by 24 municipal waters from 12 states, as well as from Canada, Thailand and South Korea.

The ten judges included representatives from various regional and national media, including television and online magazines.  The judges were instructed to follow specific guidelines similar to wine tasting in the blind taste test, judging the waters based upon “look, sniff and taste.”  The waters were rated for a number of attributes, including appearance (it should be clear or slightly opaque, for glacial waters), aroma (there should be none), taste (it should taste clean), mouth feel (it should feel light), and aftertaste (it should leave you thirsty for more).

John Bui, Water Production Superintendent for the City of Hamilton, credited the tremendous effort and hard work of the City personnel for this honor.  “The entire Water Department staff is to be congratulated for their efforts in winning the Gold Medal in this competition.  Our staff works tirelessly to produce the highest quality and finest tasting water for our customers.  And this Gold Medal is a testimony to and fitting recognition of that effort,” Bui said.

Doug Childs, Director of Public Utilities/General Manager, stated, “This Gold Medal confirms what the citizens of Hamilton  and customers of the City’s Water System already knew.  The City of Hamilton has the finest tasting water in the world!”

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems.  The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.

Water Factoids

  • Water is everywhere, covering 3/4 of the Earth’s surface.
  • 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water and over 2% is polluted or part of the Earth’s ice caps, leaving approximately 1% available for human use and consumption.
  • Water cleanses comforts and heals.
  • An indispensable nutrient, water makes up most of a human’s body weight.
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen and/or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily:Decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
  • Slashes the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and
  • Decreases by 50% the likelihood of developing bladder cancer.
  • 84% of Americans feel the pollution of water is a major problem.

Image: Photo from the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, courtesy City of Hamilton