Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in June

compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications 

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month from events listed on the Miami Events and Oxford community calendars.

We've highlighted five activities for June on Miami's Oxford, Middletown and Hamilton campuses.

Monday, June 5: "Great Grapes! Ohio Wines" Then and Now (Wine tasting follows)

wine-press6 p.m. Verity Lodge, Middletown

What was the country's leading wine state in the 1850s? Ohio! Cheri Brinkman, author of the classic Cincinnati Soup book series, will present the history and current state of the wine industry in Ohio. Cincinnati's Nicholas Longworth, known as the "father of the American wine industry," planted Catawba grape vines along the banks of the Ohio and up to Mount Adams. Learn more about him and some of the great wineries and wines of Ohio and their historic significance. Also learn about the great wines currently produced in the Buckeye State. And yes, a wine tasting will follow the presentation.

wwi-letterThursday, June 8: "War Stories & Letters Home" - WWI 

7 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of America's involvement in "The Great War," historian and author Richard O. Jones will explore some of the experiences of local community members. Find out what it was like in the trenches of France and hear the adventures of our "hometown heroes" in their own words.

Thursday, June 15: Butler County in the Great War

great-warNoon-1 p.m., Miami Hamilton Downtown

100th Anniversary of World War I: Meet some local citizens who served as soldiers, nurses and ambulance drivers in World War I in this Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) presentation, "Butler County in the Great War." Learn about the role that Butler County played in the war. Kathy Creighton, director of the BCHS, will present and lead the discussion.

Thursday, June 15: Oxford Summer Concert Series: Bailen

bailen7-9:30 p.m. Oxford Uptown Parks

Enjoy the music of the band Bailen, from New York City, in this concert sponsored by the Miami University Performing Arts Series. Bailen (composed of a sister, two brothers and a friend) perform vocal harmonies that "rival Simon and Garfunkel." Their music is described as "sensitive, silly, passionate, genuine...that makes one simply feel good. Their personalities merely add to their overall likability. Bailen is a musical tour-de-force unlike anyone else; here to melt your soul and steal your heart."

See the entire Oxford Summer Concert Series schedule here

Saturdays, June 10, 17, 24: Yoga in the Park (and Lewis Place)yoga-park

9-10 a.m. Oxford Uptown Parks, June 10 and 17; Lewis Place, June 24

Bring your yoga mat — and the kids— to this free yoga workshop for all ages. Practice yoga outdoors at the Uptown Parks or in the backyard of Lewis Place, home of Miami President Greg Crawford and Renate Crawford (310 E. High Street). Sponsored by McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. Classes will be canceled if it rains.