August 22-24 End of Summer Events

20 08 2014

Summer draws to a close and Fall seems to creep in. The kids are going back to school, you’re commute is lengthened behind busses and through school zones, the weather gets a little chillier, and you’re just waiting around for the WEBN fireworks Labor Day Weekend to officially end the summer season in Cincinnati. But this weekend holds a bunch of events to hold you out just a little bit longer and enjoy the great outdoors.

Germania Park Oktoberfest


And it starts… The drinking season…errr.. I mean Oktoberfest season. And this is a great one to kick off the season and one of my favorites! The Germania Society opens their gorgeous park for biergartens, rides, games, authentic German food and wares. Admission is $3 for anyone over 12 years of age, and prices are very reasonable for a festival. They also have large steins of beer for purchase! There are rides and playgrounds for the kids and beer, polka music, and games for the adults. I recommend taking use of their shuttle service. They’re open Friday 6pm-Midnight, Saturday 2pm – Midnight and Sunday Noon -10pm.


Taste of Blue Ash


 Is held at the new Summit Park this year (the old Blue Ash Airport). They have an extensive list of vendors (below) and offer some amazing entertainment! So browse and eat to your hearts content and then enjoy a FREE concert fr0m some awesome artists! This year’s lineup is:

6:30pm Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger Tribute Band
9:00pm Charlie Daniel’s Band

7:00pm TOTO
9:00pm Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers)

5:30pm Pistol Holler
7:30pm Kellie Pickler

1. Vonderhaar’s
2. El Pueblo
3. Buona Terra
4. Arloi Dee Thai Bistro
5. City BBQ
6. Rusty Bucket
7. Alfio’s Buon Cibo
8. Busken Bakery
9. Buffalo Wild Wings
10. La Petite France
11. Streetpops
12. Rascals NY Deli
13. Culvers of Mason
14. Delicio Coal Fired Grill
15. Graeters
16. Café Mediterranean
17. Slatt’s Pub
18. Puffins Café
19. The Cincinnati Grill
20. Cascades
21. J. Gumbo’s
22. Orange Leaf
23. Bangkok Terrace
24. Qdoba Mexican Grill
25. The Melting Pot

Brew Ha Ha


 If you like comedians and beer, then this is the perfect place for you! More than 100 beers, and 50+ comedians take over Sawyer Point for the weekend. You can enjoy the comedy absolutely FREE! and the beer will cost you a $5 wristband (so basically an admission to drink) then $1 a beer ticket. You can enjoy sampling that way or 5 tickets will get you a full serving if that’s more you’re thing.

Thursday, Aug. 21st from 5pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: Josh Sneed

Friday, Aug 22nd from 5pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: The Sklar Brothers

Saturday, Aug 23rd from 4pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: David Alan Grier

So lots of choices to check out and make an entire weekend of it!



11 11 2011

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a post on 11/11/11 now could I?? 😛 Or even moreso to chance to thank those who have, who are, and who will be serving our country.

This day may not hold a special meaning to people other than a day of school or work. I’ll admit, it had never really meant a whole lot to me either… until this year. It amazes me how one person, or one day can change your view on something. Ok I lied, it did mean something to me back in 2001 as well. But then it was long forgotten through college. It was never acknowledged in my small private liberal arts school. Heck, even MKL day wasn’t acknowledged til my junior year, and again it was mainly “woohoo a day of no class!” Man, I hate getting old….

But not this year. This year I cry when I hear the stories and the mashups on the radio (omg.. I’m turning into my mother!). It’s true. I did this morning when Q102 had a thing with president speeches and some soldier remarks. Why am I so affected by it all of a sudden… One person…

My Bubby. My little brother, Private Giere. The kid who we didn’t think would make it through high school let alone go to college. Went to vocational school and realized he was ungodly good at welding. His teacher said he was one o the best students he had had. He was learning 2nd year stuff in his first year, just he wouldn’t get bored. And then he found out he could really but that to use. And joined the National Guard, in the Army Corps of Engineers. or as he describes it, ‘I blow stuff up, build stuff [like bridges], then blow it up again’. He’s currently in Mississippi getting his final training in before heading to Afghanistan. Maybe. Or I can hope that we’re really going to be pulling troops back and he’ll get to stick around awhile and not make his family sick with worry for 9 months 😛

But to my brother, and his battalion, my uncle Phil, my late grandfather, and all my friends, and even people I don’t know, who have served, currently serving, or are thinking about it, Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. I may not always be for a war, and yes I might complain about how stupid or pointless they are sometimes, but I will always, ALWAYS support our troops. And yes, you can be against a war, and for our troops.

A million times, Thank You.

Send off Rally with about 1/4 of my joke.


I love you, and Thanks 🙂


Seriously thank a vet. You’ll be surprised how happy it makes you… not to mention them 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

My Brief TV Stardom

29 06 2011

About a month ago, before the amusement parks were fully opened to the public, I took a Friday off of work, piled in a friends mini van and took off for Santa Claus, Indiana way too early in the morning on a day off. Why you ask? Because we were a crazy enough bunch to get our little “coaster family” chosen to be extra’s on the Travel Channel show Bert the Conqueror!

Bert and Dan Koch, HolidayWorld President, before being sent off on the Voyage. Photo courtesy of Travel Channel.

Bert Kreischer, is a comedian and Host of his own show, in which he Conquers his fears by doing different, crazy stunts. On a sunny, yet still sort of chilly spring weekend, he traveled to Holiday World in Santa Clause, Indiana to conquer The Voyage roller coaster, as well as Wildebeest, the water coaster. And myself along with a bunch of fellow coaster enthusiast friends, were there to cheer him on.

Our crazy group with Pat Koch of HolidayWorld, early in the morning in front of Voyage

We were told right off the bat, and for the few weeks heading up to it, that there would be waiting, as everything is dependent on the camera crew and getting their shots. They told us to bring all sorts of stuff! I smartly brought along a blanket I was crocheting 🙂 and already that morning, an hour after being let into the park… we were still waiting.

Bert going over some specifics with Pat... or just flirting with her 😉

Finally it was time to load up some trains! And wait in those said trains…. more photo ops!!

Notice the camera guy in the background checking feeds and odds and ends and whatsits while we waited.

Part of group chillin in the back seat... which seat do i take?? (sorry >.< )

I really wish this came out better but thats Bert and Dan Koch (from at top) on their ride, notice the camera mounted in the front seat.)

 After only one ride for everyone (almost a few people still hadn’t gotten a ride) it was time to break for lunch. HolidayWorld was awesome and provided a great spread of pizza and desserts for all of us “working hard”. They were very gracious hosts! Free food free Voyage rides, free hanging out with Bert, and a free ticket to come back and enjoy the park when it was actually open to the public! 🙂 This is part of the reason I love this place.

After lunch it was time for a little Q & A and meet and greet with Bert! For the record, if you’ve never seen is stand up comedy show, go see it! He’s hilarious and a real down to earth person. What you see on the show is pretty much him (well actually its a little more tamer family friendly version) But he really is a great guy!

Me and Steph with Bert. (She's madly in love with him btw) 😉

Coaster Family shot with Bert!!!

He was great and really took the time to talk to everyone there and get pictures with whoever wanted them. Much to the exasperation of the production manager who would have to tear him away from time to time. To let everyone’s stomachs settle before more rounds on Voyage, they did the interviews next. A few of our friends were interviewed while the rest of us were to inconspicuously walk through the background once or twice to make the park seem open even though it wasn’t.

butt cheeks were shakin!” (Sorry Brad I had to) Notice the crowd on and off camera.”]

Dave's crew being interviewed. Unfortunately they didn't make it on air either for either 1. knowing just too much about the coaster or 2. The little girls that were being annoying in the background and staring directly at the camera even though they were told to ignore them *sigh*

Finally it was time to ride again. Only this time with no camera on board, and no Bert 😦 This was more waiting as after every train or 2 the cherry picker back in the woods would have to move to a new position to get all those awesome shots and angles of the coaster. This is also when Bert did some talking about the coaster, and talked with the Koch’s.

Me and my "coaster boyfriend" gearing up for an intense front seat ride! Winning!

Awesome shot of us headed back for the station fly-by

Me and Steph and the gang ready for ride 3, or 4, or 6. We kinda lost count 😛

Just minutes after the above pic was taken we whooshed by Bert. Photo credit of HolidayWorlds HoliBlog.

All in all it was a great way to spend the day with great friends doing what we love! If you caught the show last night, yes most of the shots with us were cut (booo 😦 ) but its to be expected. But the bonus is is that if he comes around again to shoot another time I’ll be able to do it since i really didn’t get any camera time!

We did manage to slow mo the show after we watched it to really zero in on us, and those pictures of a paused tv are as follows. So if you DVR’ed it you’ll know what to look for 😉 The awesome thing is most of the bright pink you see on the coaster shots are all of me and my friend Steph 🙂

3rd seat the blur of pink and red 🙂

3rd seat the blur of pink and red 🙂

I'm easy in this one. I'm in between the guys in red

Close up of the previous pic.

Another quick shot of us all.

Here's one I missed that I guess they showed at the begining. This area got a lot of face time, but they always managed to cut me out of it 😦

I think one of my favorite parts of the whole show last night was when Bert came back and was talking about a bug hitting him in the face. I’m not kidding you this went on for 20 minutes in the station. We were all cracking up and rolling on the floor.The best part? They actually found that part on video and pointed it out!!

"a BUG it my FACE!!" lol

Which leads to this shot that I'm also in the back of 😛

Close up of previous

So that was my very brief stint at stardom. Sure I wasn’t on for more than say 20 seconds total. Was it worth it? Totally! I got to lap one of my favorite coasters, with some of my best friends, get out of work, mingle with celebrities, and enjoy part of one of the best amusement parks ever! Seriously, if you’ve never gone to HolidayWorld, get there! Its only like a 3-4 hour drive, free parking, free sunscreen, free drinks, and the nicest awesomest people will you ever encounter! 🙂

Day 27 of 30 Days in Photos

4 04 2011

Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member

Ok so this photo is kind of a family tradition. This is the most recent one of us tho. There’s 9.5 years between me and my youngest brother (the insanely tall one that for some odd reason we make the ‘H’ lol) And we’re pretty awesome 😀 I would do anything for these guys, and we’ve always got each others backs. That and the one on the end is now military trained to blow shit up… so I think we’re good 🙂

Day 16 of 30 Days in Photos

18 02 2011

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you

My Grandma Betty. Those that know her, know why. She is this tiny, awesome, spunky little lady. Let me put this into perspective… 11 kids… all have kids of their own… I’m pretty sure we’re up to 76 grandkids? including the great-great ones. And these kids are spread out mainly in the same area within a half hour of her, in 4 different school districts.

Why do I point this out, because she makes it a point to be at every game/match/concert/recital/graduation/whatever is going on, for all of her kids. She may only be there for a few minutes, but she chooses the route which gets the most done. I don’t know how many times I had a cross country meet, while my cousin was playing soccer in the same park, and someone else had a baseball game or whatever, she was there going back and forth across the park getting her excercise. And you could hear her cheering. After some of us graduated, and no one else was in the sport, I don’t know how many younger teammates would tell me they miss grandma Betty’s cheering. She does everything for her family, and thats why we’re all so close. (Trust Christmas is CRAZY at her tiny place)  She’s pretty much amazing 🙂

Day 14 of 30 Days in Photos

11 02 2011

Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

My younger siblings. Queue the Cliche 😛


My college roommates. Oh the sh*t we got into.... And the sh*t we got each other through...