With the week of March 26 marking the 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood, McPherson Town residents have been reflecting on what those who lived in our homes might have gone through in those frightening days. Most of the homes in our little neighborhood were submerged in cold rushing water over 14 feet deep. It is amazing that so many of those wood structures weathered the flood and the 100 years since then! We thank all those who have gone before us for their heroism and efforts. We wouldn’t be here today without them.
Thank you to EVERYONE who made this year’s home tour a big success! Thank you to our Tour Sponsor, RTA and to our Promotional Partner, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Also thanks to our individual home sponsors, Requarth-Supply One, Scarff’s Nursery & Landscape, Kamela & Co. Realty, Habitat for Humanity, Oregon Printing, Ed Smith Flowers, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, Roost Modern Italian Restaurant, The Wine Gallery, Jey Ellis & Evelyn Davidson/Coldwell Banker-Heritage Realtors, and Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery. Thanks to our other advertisers, all the MANY neighborhood volunteers, and especially to ALL our guests who allowed us to share our beautiful historic neighborhood with them! We enjoyed every minute!
The Great Miami River plays a significant role in the lives of McPherson Town residents. It is only fitting that a group of us volunteer time to keep it clean. More than 15 residents participated in the annual Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt-a-Park event, designed to make volunteers environmental stewards for a day. Many bags of trash and recyclables were picked up from the river banks in an effort to improve the health of the river corridor for both wildlife and people of the region. Many thanks to those who made it out, despite the chilly and damp weather!
A team of McPherson Town neighbors were part of the more than 300 people that volunteered about 900 hours of their time to work the inaugural First Four Festival in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival celebrated “Selection Sunday” as well as the city hosting the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Thousands of people kicked off “March Madness” at the event…and enjoyed an amazing spring day to watch basketball in the streets of our city!
After watching all the fun happening on the ice over at the RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink last year, a group of McPherson Town residents decided to jump in and start their own broomball team, the Lucky McPeeps. Their 30-minute games are played Monday nights between 6 and 8 p.m. until Feb. 22. Come out and cheer them on!
When the circuit breakers tripped as the 16th crockpot was plugged in we absolutely knew we had a night for the books! An additional extension cord off another circuit allowed for a few more last arrivals to be plugged in. Altogether we finished the evening with a record-breaking 20 entries in the 5th Annual McPherson Town Chili Cook-off.
We had some unbelievably delicious entries this year. There was something for every herbivore, omnivore and diehard carnivore. (Hey, we have a very inclusive neighborhood.) A mini-theme developed this year with a few recipes featuring pineapple.
Taking home the coveted gold ladle was “Pollo Tomatillo Yo. Yo.” chili. Silver went to “Jalisco Pork Chili Verde.” And a tie resulted in two bronze ladles being awarded—a cook-off first. “Occupy Dayton OWS” and “Aloha Maui Chicken Chili” were separated by nary a bean in the voting. Congratulations all!
But again, the real winner was our neighborhood. We may have been able to fit a few more people in, but we’d have been hard pressed to squeeze much more fun out of an evening with our neighbors.
Over 75 neighbors attended the annual Neighborhood Picnic held on Saturday, August 27. Plenty of fun, food and refreshments were enjoyed by all! Held in the neighborhood park, the event featured carry in dishes of many kinds, burgers and other grilled items, games, and good neighborliness. Thanks to all who assisted in organizing, set-up, cooking and clean-up for the event.
On August 28th, a group of McPherson Townies rolled along Dayton’s bike-friendly neighborhood streets for the first ever Tour de Dayton, experiencing cultural and historical destinations that promote our growing healthy quality of life! The 10 mile ride included visits to the Dayton Dragons’ stadium, the Art Institute, the Wright-Dunbar Historic District, Carillon Park and much more. Looking forward to next year’s ride!
Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Harpoon Summer Beer, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis and The Brew Kettle Tunguska Imperial Stout were among the more than 25 beers enjoyed during the 1st ever McPherson Town Progressive Microbrew Dinner. A surprise appearance was also made by a homebrew IPA made right in the neighborhood.
The diverse beverage offerings were complimented by BBQ spare ribs with grilled veggies and pineapple, garlic shrimp tapas with tangy zucchini slaw, fresh corn salsa and pulled pork sliders, melon and prosciutto wraps and locally baked beer pretzels and more.
Following the tastings and fantastic eats, many of the Townies did a quick change and carried their kayaks to the banks of the Great Miami River for a short paddle to a best seat in Dayton for the annual 4th of July fireworks. The armada included nearly 30 boats. Not only did the paddlers have an incredible view of the pyrotechnics, but they were also able to catch some of sounds of the CityFolk festival while in route.
Certainly a great day to live in McPherson Town!