Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in April

Compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month. We've highlighted five activities for April on Miami's Oxford and regional campuses.

choral-festSaturday, April 14: Collegiate Women's Choir Festival

7:30 p.m.  Hall Auditorium

Enjoy the Second Annual Women's Choir Festival Concert hosted by the Miami University Choraliers. Women's choirs from Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University will perform a wide repertoire of selections from Bach to contemporary. The combined choirs will end the concert with a festive work by Kevin Padworski,  "Vid Aquam."


conservatoryWednesday, April 18: Learn Garden and Flower Photography at the Conservatory

Noon-1 p.m.  The Conservatory,  Hamilton

Bring your camera — and your lunch — and learn tips and techniques for taking creative plant and flower photos at the beautiful Conservatory on the Hamilton campus.

No experience required. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more information contact Brian Grubb, manager, at 513-785-3086.


poetry-monthWednesday, April 18: Celebrate National Poetry Month - Favorite Poem Project & Haiku Contest

Noon-1:30 p.m.  Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton

Do you have a favorite poem? Come and read it at Miami Hamilton's 11th Annual Favorite Poem Project. Sponsored by the department of literature, languages and writing, Rentschler Library and the MUH Student Government, the project is part of National Poetry Month — the largest literary celebration in the world. 

Write your Own: Rentschler Library’s Annual Haiku Contest, through April 30

Miami students, faculty and staff  - submit your original haiku using the online form or stop by Rentschler library to fill out a form.

Saturday April 21: Oxford Community EarthFest

earthfest10 a.m.- 1 p.m. EarthFest, Uptown Parks, Oxford

Celebrate Earth Day at EarthFest, a free festival featuring games, interactive booths and workshops, live music, Oxford Farmer's Market and more —free plants and smoothies.

Participating groups include the Oxford Bee City USA Committee, Miami University Conservation Team, MetroParks of Butler County, Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, MOON Co-op, Green Oxford, Oxford Farmer’s Market, Songbird Environmental, Miami Eco Reps, Three Valley Conservation Trust, Friends of Oxford Area Trails, Girl Scout Troop 41988 and more. Sponsored by Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, GreenHawks Media, the departments of biology, geography and geology and environmental earth science and Project Dragonfly.

Wednesday, April 25: A Sentimental Journey — Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney

doris-day-rosemary-clooney6-7 p.m.  Verity Lodge,  Middletown

Take a nostalgic journey through the lives of these two great ladies of American entertainment with this presentation by the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Featuring pictures, stories, and a real treat:  10 songs made famous by Day and Clooney will be performed by a local professional singer. 

Doris Day, born in Cincinnati, and Rosemary Clooney, born in Maysville, Kentucky, began their big band singing careers in Cincinnati.