Monday, February 28, 2011

Remember OUR Storybox: It Returns to Yellow Springs

After a Two-year Successful World Tour, the Yellow Springs Storybox Returns!

Remember our beautiful Knit Knot StoryBox created by our own Jafa Girls, Corinne Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon? For eight months in 2008 and 2009, under the watchful eye of former library employee, Carolion Grailbear, our StoryBox was centrally located in our Yellow Springs branch Library, collecting your stories. Since then it has traveled worldwide to numerous places, such as Ireland, Switzerland and Israel, sharing our stories and collecting new ones from people at each celebrated stop.

Our YS StoryBox was so very popular! It has had continuing requests to visit in other towns in many countries. That is why it was away, and traveling, for nearly two years.
Celebrate the return of our Yellow Springsʼ StoryBox, from its around-the-world journey.
Join us Saturday, March 12th from 2-4 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Library
. At this celebration, the founder of the International Storybox Project and storyteller, Dr. Kevin Cordi; the creators of Yellow Springsʼ unique StoryBox, Corrine and Nancy; local StoryBox Ambassador, Jonatha Wright; storyteller, Harold Wright and some of the local Yellow Springs folks who contributed their stories; will tell about our StoryBoxʼs success, and read from the numerous stories collected on this long and delightful journey. These tales will include special stories contributed by Carolion, told in her memory.

Additionally there is a new offshoot of the StoryBox Project, the StoryBanner Project, inspired by the StoryBoxes. Some of these will be on display March 12th. The premier "kick-off' celebration for the Story Banner Project will be right here in Yellow Springs as part of our StoryBox celebration.

Please Join Us!!
 And thank you for your part in making our Yellow Springs StoryBox such a worldwide success!!!

Jonatha Wright, YS StoryBox Ambassador

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I'm in Heaven, oh yes I am

The Yellow Springs News has a story about a new store promises Heaven on Earth, and guess what it does, well that's if you love retro, vintage, up-scale thrift stores.

Donna Blackmon and Rosey

Last night I had a dream this store moved into my house and I was really in heaven LOL! Seriously though, this store has all sorts of goodies, including a really cool wee art gallery filled with folksy original paintings that are charmingly naive. Donna has a keen eye for the kinds of things that will appeal to young and old,  and great prices too.

I couldn't resist this crochet tote

to carry my nefarious supplies

Store is located at 253 Xenia Ave
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Next to YS News and where Basho used to be

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Bursts Forth at Glen Helen Art Exhibit

Tie one on at Village Artisans

Village Artisans kicked off an early Mardi Gras celebration on Friday evening, February 18, as part of Third Friday Fling. Artist-made masques and New Orleans-style food were part of the celebration hosted by Village Artisans co-op members including Amy Achor (top photo) and Sue Brezine (bottom photo, in back). The masques are on display through February.

photos by Susan Gartner

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Birds in the Hood

There must have been about 10 Turkey Vultures hanging around this morning and I managed to get a nice shot of an immature pair.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Antiques and Collectibles

Footprints of the Past
220 Xenia Ave. (a King’s Yard shop) Phone: 937-597-9877
 moved a couple of doors down to their new and LARGER space in Kings Yard, which means they are full of MORE goodies.

I LOVE teapots so I was very pleased to find this little beauty, and at a great price too. I would say in general their prices are very fair, and they are willing to hunt down anything you might be interested in.  Not sure what era this teapot is (seems very retro, art deco) but it was unusual in comparison to their more victorian style items.  I really like the atmosphere in the new location, and finding little suprises like my shiny new teapot.

If anyone recognizes what era/make this silver plated teapot is I would appreciate it, thanks.
Well time for a cup of rosie lea (tea)
 toodles from Jafabrit

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love is all around Village Artisans.

Valentines day is tomorrow, (just in case you forgot.) Here are just a few of heART works you can find at Village Artisans.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Healing Arts: Pamela Funderburg

Popped in to visit Pamela Funderburg at her Masssage Therapy office today and I always enjoy visiting, not just because she does a fantastic massage(is a licenced holistic therapist), but also the conversation,  the soothing atmosphere and the artwork.

If you're looking for ideas for Valentine Gifts then consider a gift certificate for a massage :) and call Pamela at 937-767-7609 or email:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

YS Film Festival: Letters from Frank

Joanne Caputo's new short film about her mother's World War II love letters.  I was so  happy to see Joanne's film come in second as audience favourite at the Yellow Springs Film Festival.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Senior Art Project at Emporium

On Saturday evening, Feb. 5, YSHS seniors Melanie Rudolf (with mic) and Sadie Rehm welcomed guests to their senior project art show opening reception at Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe with entertainment provided by Wheels. The exhibit includes work by student artists Sam Lovering, Gabe Amrhein, Savannah Amos, Philip Kellogg, Melanie and Lilli Rudolf and Sadie Rehm. All proceeds from artwork and donations will benefit Nuevo Paraiso orphanage in Honduras, where Sadie volunteered last summer. Over $300 was collected Saturday night. The exhibit will be displayed through the month of February.

photos by Susan Gartner

Yellow Springs Facebookers

Are you on FaceBook? If not perhaps you will consider joining, if not to participate, then to keep track of what's going on with local business' (special deals-coupons), arts, groups, and events. As far as I know these are active and updated frequently.

If you're a local business, group or organization on facebook let me know and I'll be happy to add you to the list :)  or if your link isn't working just email me at:

Locals in the News: Author Ralph Keyes NPR

 "Ralph Keyes explores the power of words and our power over them in Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms"
To listen to the story on NPR visit All Things Considered

More about the book on Ralph's website

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Heart Art Around Town

Heart painting by jafabrit © c.bayrak

painting by jafabrit
available at IN A FRAME

Looking for something for your sweetheart this coming Valentines Day, then check out local galleries for something unique.

Love Letters: A Staged Theatrical Reading
When: Saturday, February 5, 2011 Time: 7:30 pm 
Where: Xenia Area Community Theater, 45 E. Second St, Xenia, OH

If you are an individual or a business doing/creating something special for valentines day let me know at and I will be glad to add it here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Art Opening for student work Saturday

Sadie Rehm and Melanie Rudolf, YSHS seniors, will be exhibiting their work during the month of February at Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe, 233 Xenia Ave., as part of their senior project. An art show opening will be held on Saturday, February 5, 5-7 p.m. and will include a wine-tasting, appetizers, and music provided by Wheels. Proceeds from sale of the artwork and donations will benefit the Nuevo Paraiso orphanage in Honduras.

Pictured: "Rainy Season in Honduras" by Sadie Rehm

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Real small Towns review of Yellow Springs

"If the town were a house it would be big and old, filled with books and newspapers, comfortable reading chairs, a cracking fire, and a prominent piano. A large pot of soup would simmer on the stove."
Has a nice slideshow of images around town

That's a pretty good description, well NOT when we have a  power outage, eek!
 Yellow Springs News Story article ice storm cometh

photo by jafabrit

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free Workshop: make a felted cat toy

13 February 2011

free introduction to wet felting

Felt alpaca fleece around a jingle bell to make a delightful play things for your or your friend’s
feline companion. This is a wet felting technique.
Entwinements Sundyes
Sundays 1-5pm
For info or registration  call
Karren K. Brito  at 937.767.8961