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Title: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on April 12, 2015, 07:21:05 PM
Here's the big news for today....

My juggling club buddy, David, and I have been toying with the idea of a roadtrip to Miamisburg this August.  We mentioned it to Don Olney, and we think he'd like to go, too.

Today I broached the subject with our family's CEO ( ;)), expecting a certain amount of resistance.  Much to my surprise, she thought it was a great idea! 

ROADTRIP!! ;D

It looks like I'll be attending!  I'm still a novice thrower, but what better place for me to learn?

I.  Can't.  Wait....



Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Jack on April 12, 2015, 07:32:00 PM
ur a lucky cookie!  :o
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on April 12, 2015, 07:44:51 PM
Reminder to all August 22, 2015.  See you there!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on April 12, 2015, 07:52:20 PM
ur a lucky cookie!  :o

Need a ride, Jack?  I'll have room.... :D
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on April 12, 2015, 09:03:02 PM
Wow!  And Don Olney helped get this started 16 years ago!!!  He came through our area on the way to a special demonstration in St. Louis.  We had dinner and made plans with some of the youth of the church on Ash Wednesday.  I remember I had to push through the meal in order to get ready for a church service.  We did the rest of the planning by phone and had the first fest that year in late August on the downtown square.

Looking forward to seeing everyone here!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: silvertop on April 13, 2015, 10:05:27 PM
My visit will depend of course on my Dad's needs, and my making arrangements for coverage while I'm gone. It would be great fun of course!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: ta0 on April 13, 2015, 11:04:03 PM
Didn't Joe Mauk say he was planning to come this year?

I wish I could come, but with worlds (and nats) I don't see how could I swing it.  :'(
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on June 12, 2015, 08:28:02 PM
Hey mailman...we can celebrate our birthday in Miamisburg when you come.  Maybe a little late, but who will tell on us?

I am excited to announce something I can't say.  That's right, I have news I can't tell.  I know, I know.  I am telling you a whole lot of nothing.....but this is good nothing and I am really excited to not tell you.  Well, you know what I mean.

I can say this.  Negotiations are going on right now with the mayor to make August 22nd Mark Hayward day in Miamisburg.  This will be a very very special festival!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on June 12, 2015, 09:27:41 PM
Hey mailman...we can celebrate our birthday in Miamisburg when you come.  Maybe a little late, but who will tell on us?

I am excited to announce something I can't say.  That's right, I have news I can't tell.  I know, I know.  I am telling you a whole lot of nothing.....but this is good nothing and I am really excited to not tell you.  Well, you know what I mean.

I can say this.  Negotiations are going on right now with the mayor to make August 22nd Mark Hayward day in Miamisburg.  This will be a very very special festival!

Sounds good to me!  I'm still as excited as I can be about attending....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Shootist on June 12, 2015, 10:33:21 PM
We're also looking forward to Miamisburg and making plans to be there. Jorge we would love to see and spin tops with you again in Miamisburg. Can't wait to meet new spinners and see old friends. Jack hope you can make it also, we have watched several of your videos and would like to see you come.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 04, 2015, 03:30:06 AM
We just finished our annual Day Camp at the church.  Every year I have been able to push our top event during "enrichment" time when we have group stations for 15 minutes.  Each child comes through and learns the basics of top spinning and I get a chance to see who might really be interested in throwing.  The groups are usually 15-20 kids so it is very hectic but we usually get several new throwers every session.

One child in particular was very very persistent about getting a top.  I hope to spend some time in the coming weeks throwing with him.

The other spinning news comes from a local business called Nellie's Chicken.  They take great pride in not just offering any old chicken.  This is Bolivian chicken.  I have approached them before about trompo throwing and his experiences growing up in his home country.  He has great stories but it has never gone beyond that.  Last night, though, I saw the owner at their new location and he happened to be there with his children.  They now are the perfect top spinning age and he is ready to talk more about spinning.  He asked me if I could bring some tops to his work!  I am pretty excited about the possibilities.

Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on July 19, 2015, 03:02:39 PM
Woo hoo!!! I'm so excited for the Whirled Top Festival this year!!!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: dazzlingdave on July 19, 2015, 07:02:26 PM
I totally wish I could go, but I have a gig that weekend! I will always have a gig that weekend, as it is MN country fair time. I work a lot of fairs!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on July 21, 2015, 10:57:22 PM
Mike, check your PMs....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: jim in paris on July 22, 2015, 02:52:41 PM
hi mike and all
 corsica now
wildlife and fun


jim
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on July 25, 2015, 09:43:25 PM
It is now officially one month until the Miamisburg Whirled Top Festival.  I know it is exactly one month because tonight was the July car cruise in throughout our downtown.  For the past 13 years we have scheduled our event around the August car cruise in.  It worked well for many years as we were right in the middle of everything just north of the Baum Opera House and under the overhang for the Civic Center annex.  But the cruise in moved a couple years ago to the newer area being developed by the river so it has started being more and more quiet around our spot.  I asked if we could move to the music stage and we have the official OK.  Tonight, though, as we walked through the cruise in, there was a band playing and I worried that this might be the case next month.  I don't think they started until 7:00 but that still would push us in getting all our battles in and then having time with the adults in the grass.  I will have to do some checking on this.

Hope all is well in Corsica with the wildlife and fun.  Jim, just in case you are thinking about coming to the 'Burg this year here are some places you can stay (mailman asked so I thought I would pass this information along).
Kirk and Rachel like to stay at the English Manor Bed and Breakfast.  It is within walking distance of the church and the spinning area.  It is something like $100 a night and that includes breakfast.  The Hickerson's like to stay out near the Mall.  I forget exactly which motel they stay in but some of the options include: Hawthorn Suites, Courtyard Dayton South, Hampton Inn and others.  Hope this helps.
   
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on July 27, 2015, 11:26:10 PM
I want to go to Cincinnati and talk about tops some more. Has any sort of plan for a visit been discussed?
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on July 27, 2015, 11:49:09 PM
No official discussions that I know of.  Rachel and I and also the Hickersons drive through Cinci and usually stop in to meet with JohnM on Friday.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on July 28, 2015, 12:04:31 AM
Ok, well keep us posted. I could meet you there.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: johnm on July 28, 2015, 09:14:27 PM
I am taking Friday as a vacation day to meet with the Hickersons.  No timing has been discussed but the plan is to do a run of the rotational molder (discussed in this thread link = rotomolder (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,3468.0.html) ).  The rest of the time is up for anything.

In some previous years, some festival attendees visited on Sunday which is again an option for this year.

It should be noted that Monday is the first day of the semester here at UC so Thursday and Friday (and somewhat lesser the weekend) are move-in days for on campus and off campus student residents so parking and driving could be inconvenient but not impossible.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Jack on July 28, 2015, 09:26:35 PM
No timing has been discussed but the plan is to do a run of the rotational molder (discussed in this thread link =

mfw i read about the roto-molder being run

(https://alphadpe.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/spacecat.jpg)
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 01, 2015, 01:52:19 PM
Good news!!!  I just got the word from freelance writer Katie Christoff that pictures Jay Robinson sent her are great and will be used in an upcoming article in the Dayton City Paper!!!  She said to look for it next Tuesday......8/11.  For the article she interviewed me and also looked at miamisburg.org/tops and even itopspin.com for comments about last year's fest.  Hope the article turns out nicely.  Maybe I can make copies of that and pass it around as I make my rounds in our area? 

Every once in a while I run across this article from another year.  Nice picture, Eli!!!
http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/give-it-a-spin/
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Eli Hickerson on August 01, 2015, 03:11:28 PM


Every once in a while I run across this article from another year.  Nice picture, Eli!!!
http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/give-it-a-spin/


Earl you will be the one wearing a national championship hat this year.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 01, 2015, 04:53:13 PM
I am taking Friday as a vacation day to meet with the Hickersons.  No timing has been discussed but the plan is to do a run of the rotational molder (discussed in this thread link = rotomolder (http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,3468.0.html) ).  The rest of the time is up for anything.

In some previous years, some festival attendees visited on Sunday which is again an option for this year.

It should be noted that Monday is the first day of the semester here at UC so Thursday and Friday (and somewhat lesser the weekend) are move-in days for on campus and off campus student residents so parking and driving could be inconvenient but not impossible.

I sure hope this is possible again this year!  My buddy and I are driving down from upstate New York on Friday, so would miss that opportunity.  We will be leaving on Sunday to drive home, but Sunday morning would work for us (if you could make that work)....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: johnm on August 01, 2015, 07:47:10 PM
Sunday morning works for me. :)

For others, Sunday afternoon also works for me. ;D
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 01, 2015, 08:59:08 PM
Sunday morning works for me. :)

For others, Sunday afternoon also works for me. ;D

That is SO COOL!!  ;D We have been really looking forward to that, and I would have hated to miss it...
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 08, 2015, 01:50:10 PM
There was supposed to be an article in the Dayton City Paper this past Tuesday about our event, but it didn't make it into print.  Maybe next week?  Meanwhile, I was looking around and found this article from last year and forgot about the fine opening paragraph Jennifer Lumpkin crafted:

"For such a seemingly simplistic device, the top has a vast history and teeters on the edge of mechanical impossibility at every turn.  A physicist might evoke Euler’s equations to explain a top’s motion.  An archeologist might tell you about tops found at ancient dig sites in Greece.  However you want to go about explaining them, there’s no denying the hypnotic effect of that gyroscopic motion, which may help to elucidate its lasting appeal.  In downtown Miamisburg, the top and all its finely complex glory will be celebrated at the Whirled Festival of Tops."
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: ta0 on August 08, 2015, 01:52:42 PM
"For such a seemingly simplistic device, the top has a vast history and teeters on the edge of mechanical impossibility at every turn.  A physicist might evoke Euler’s equations to explain a top’s motion.  An archeologist might tell you about tops found at ancient dig sites in Greece.  However you want to go about explaining them, there’s no denying the hypnotic effect of that gyroscopic motion, which may help to elucidate its lasting appeal.  In downtown Miamisburg, the top and all its finely complex glory will be celebrated at the Whirled Festival of Tops."

You are right, that is a really nice introductory paragraph!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on August 08, 2015, 02:35:07 PM
Fantastic!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 08, 2015, 07:13:03 PM
14 days!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Dick Stohr on August 09, 2015, 12:08:58 AM
BOY DO I WISH I WAS GOING TO BE THERE. Sounds like a really good time.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JMauk on August 13, 2015, 12:22:01 PM
I plan to arrive to stay with friends in Dayton evening of the 21st.  Where do I go on the 22nd?
Joe Mauk
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 13, 2015, 10:09:17 PM
Joe,
We are looking forward to meeting you.
Meet at St Jacob Lutheran Church 213 E Central Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342
I am never the first one there, so others will need inform you on how much before noon they will start spinning.
We spin and goof off for a while in the church yard.  After a late lunch we'll walk to the festival proper (near the river this year). We'll be coaching competitors and generally spinning.  After the competition many competitors join us to learn tricks.  Spin until dark then off to dinner.
Kirk
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And don't forget hanging out at the Top Fall of Fame after dinner.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JMauk on August 14, 2015, 07:06:38 AM
Thanks for the info, Kirk.  I have something for the hall of fame.  Looking forward to seeing you all.
Joe
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 14, 2015, 07:37:18 PM
How terrific!  JMauk at our top festival.  Pretty exciting.  And then something for the hall of fame?  Amazing!!!

Looks like all is clear for the use of the stage that night with the car cruise in going on around us.  Also, looking forward to Mark Hayward being with us and the city is excited, too. 

Lots of rain is expected next week so we are still hoping for a break in the action for the festival.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on August 16, 2015, 01:21:23 PM
What's the Cincinnati plan on Friday? I'm planning to go there on my way to Miamisburg so I'd like to coordinate with anyone else who is going.

Also, I'm trying to go through a top collection that I bought last year so I can bring duplicates of stuff for sale or trade. I'm looking for a white or bright colored STB2 if anyone has one or two they might want to part with. Now that I'm off the Duncan Crew I'm going to switch to STB2 tops for performing. For those of you who don't want to trade, I will be able to take credit cards.

Another thing: I started to make a huge cardboard top and have lost interest in the project. I'll be bringing it with me in case anyone else wants to take it from here and make themselves a giant top.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: johnm on August 16, 2015, 04:16:42 PM
What's the Cincinnati plan on Friday? I'm planning to go there on my way to Miamisburg so I'd like to coordinate with anyone else who is going.


I've got vacation scheduled and will be getting in to the University at 6:00 am as usual.  Therefore I'll be ready for any and all visitor's arrival times.  Of course everyone arriving at the same time would be ideal but not practical so perhaps the next best thing is for everyone to estimate when they might arrive so the rest of us can be findable instead of hidden in some remote spintop location.

Also I don't have a cell phone so perhaps an exchange of numbers among the visitors via PM might be helpful, although the reception in the building on the lower floors is generally poor to nonexistent for many carriers.

Scheduling for Sunday may best be dealt with on Saturday at the festival when we can talk.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on August 16, 2015, 04:39:08 PM
It's a 5 hour drive for me, so left to my own devices I'd probably get there around 2:00. I could be convinced to come a little earlier if that works out better for the group.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Shootist on August 16, 2015, 07:53:39 PM
Four Days, Four Days and we will be enroute to Miamisburg. My sons and I can't wait to get there. We will be leaving on Thursday 20th at 3:00 pm. We should arrive around Midnight. We have plans to meet John Marcus on Friday. However, no real time has been set for this meeting. I'm thinking about meeting John at about 11:00am, go eat lunch and enjoy the visit. However, we are open to Plan/Time changes

Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 16, 2015, 09:25:51 PM
My friend and I are planning to leave Rochester at 8 am on Friday.  That should put us into Miamisburg late afternoon/dinner time.  Neither of us have ever been to the festivities before, and don't really know what to expect.  Will there be anything going on Friday evening?  What time do things start on Saturday?  We were hoping to visit John at the university on Sunday morning, before leaving for home....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 16, 2015, 11:00:14 PM
Rachel and I need to be in Pittsburgh on Thursday.  It is not clear how soon we can get away on Friday morning.  The goal is to arrive in Cincinnati Friday afternoon.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JNeff on August 17, 2015, 02:00:00 PM
Gosh Guys. I sure hope I can make it. It was in the plans all along. I have the time off.  I hurt my back last week reaching down to pick up a top of all things.   I haven't worked since.  I haven't seen much improvement since then but we will see how this week goes. It sure would be nice to see everyone.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: MarkHayward on August 17, 2015, 02:02:49 PM
Sorry to hear that Jim. If you can still make it we'll let you take it easy and promise to not make you juggle bowling balls again.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 17, 2015, 04:35:02 PM
What?  The amazing Jim Neff and his car of traveling top surprises was headed our way on the 22nd?  After all, it is his birthday......and you spent your birthday with us last year!!!  We would be honored to have you with us again for another bd celebration.  I promise you a good massage if you are able to make it.

So sorry to hear about your back.  I have had lots of back struggles over the years.  I am willing to bet your hamstrings have tightened and finally knotted up on you doing something that normally would not have caused a problem.  Hope some good continual stretching will give you some relief especially emphasizing hamstring stretches.  Heat and ice on the back and hamstring helps too, but I'm sure you have tried all of that.  Good luck with your recovery.  Sure would love to have you around these parts this weekend!!!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 17, 2015, 09:37:14 PM
Gosh Guys. I sure hope I can make it. It was in the plans all along. I have the time off.  I hurt my back last week reaching down to pick up a top of all things.   I haven't worked since.  I haven't seen much improvement since then but we will see how this week goes. It sure would be nice to see everyone.

Ouch!  As one who has had back troubles, I can sympathize!  I really enjoyed meeting you at RIT this past spring, and sure hope you feel up to making it this weekend.  Take care of that back....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 18, 2015, 02:23:05 PM
Jim,
Sorry to hear about your back. As The Earl says "ice and heat"  Putting an ice pack in the small of your back when hurting is nearly impossible to think of. However after about 2 min. the shock fades to relief.  I feel your pain. Get well.
Kirk
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JNeff on August 18, 2015, 05:00:30 PM
Thanks for all the good advice guys. I've been icing and stretching my hamstrings and today ...no spasms. Maybe I'm on the way to recovery.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 18, 2015, 07:08:29 PM
Yippee!!!  Glad to hear about progress for the great JNeffinator.  This could be his greatest 62nd birthday ever.

In order to get the family together, we had to pick this time right before our festival to go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It is a little awkward being here when there are so many things I could be doing back in the Burg.....but I can make phone calls and plan.

The good news from here is that two of my "kind of" grandchildren were going crazy with their spinning progress and were throwing a lot on this vacation along with my son Joe.  I am so proud of them (they are in 3rd and 5th grade) and know they will be in good shape for this weekend. 

The other good news is that we found a store called Cartoons and Toys.  It is a nice store but the best part was when I saw some Duncan yoyos and (best of all) some Duncan Imperials.  I bought three to bring back to the fest and share.  How exciting to have some top spinning after all on this family vacation!!!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 18, 2015, 07:34:21 PM
Thanks for all the good advice guys. I've been icing and stretching my hamstrings and today ...no spasms. Maybe I'm on the way to recovery.
Great to hear! Take extra stops to stretch on the drive. One way to enforce this is to fill up every time you get to half a tank (probably 3/4 tank with your car)
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 18, 2015, 08:01:13 PM
My friend and I are planning to leave Rochester at 8 am on Friday.  That should put us into Miamisburg late afternoon/dinner time.  Neither of us have ever been to the festivities before, and don't really know what to expect.  Will there be anything going on Friday evening?  What time do things start on Saturday?  We were hoping to visit John at the university on Sunday morning, before leaving for home....

I'm still hoping for some input on this one.  Will there be anything going on Friday evening?  And, what time do things begin on Saturday?  I'd hate to miss out on anything....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 18, 2015, 09:05:33 PM
Hello mailman.  Sorry to leave you hanging on this one.  Mark called me tonight with a technical question and I asked him about his plans.  Sounds like he won't be around until 4:00 or so on Friday so I was wondering if you would want to go to Cincinnati on Friday night....unless there are some people who want to hang out on Friday when you come.  I would volunteer to spend more time with you that day but I am afraid I will have other things I need to do in preparation for Saturday. 

Speaking of Saturday, the last few years things started in the am whenever johnm arrived and started sitting under his tree!!!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Jack on August 18, 2015, 09:07:19 PM
Gosh Guys. I sure hope I can make it. It was in the plans all along. I have the time off.  I hurt my back last week reaching down to pick up a top of all things.   I haven't worked since.  I haven't seen much improvement since then but we will see how this week goes. It sure would be nice to see everyone.

jim im so very sorry to hear that  :'( i had almost the exact same thing happen a month or 2 ago so i know how much of pain your in  :'(
i hope you recover speedely eh
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: johnm on August 18, 2015, 09:59:54 PM
Speaking of Saturday, the last few years things started in the am whenever johnm arrived and started sitting under his tree!!!

I tend to be an early riser (and thus fizzle out early in the evening too, but generally have enough energy to enjoy watching the Hickersons burn the midnight oil at the hall of fame) and can be ready for action whenever the earliest players are ready to meet at Mike's church, just suggest a time.  I think about 9:00 am is the earliest anyone other than Mike has been around so I'll offer that as a starting time--anyone bid an earlier time?  Mike, are we allowed to park in the church's lot and play by your sign, or is there some event with which we should not interfere?  Do you want any help setting things up in the early morning?  Are there preparations at the new location that can be completed early to lower the stress in the heat of the afternoon?  I'm happy to help in the morning if it frees some Friday time for you to meet with out of town visitors.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 18, 2015, 10:16:20 PM
Hello mailman.  Sorry to leave you hanging on this one.  Mark called me tonight with a technical question and I asked him about his plans.  Sounds like he won't be around until 4:00 or so on Friday so I was wondering if you would want to go to Cincinnati on Friday night....unless there are some people who want to hang out on Friday when you come.  I would volunteer to spend more time with you that day but I am afraid I will have other things I need to do in preparation for Saturday. 

Speaking of Saturday, the last few years things started in the am whenever johnm arrived and started sitting under his tree!!!

Thanks, Mike.  I wouldn't mind visiting Cincinnati on Friday night.  I'm not exactly sure what time we'll arrive, but I know we plan to leave here at 8 am.  Doing Cincinnati on Friday night might mean we could head for home a little bit earlier on Sunday, too....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 19, 2015, 08:42:08 AM
I just checked Google maps, and it looks like we'll have a 6 1/2 to 7 hour drive, depending on traffic.  Leaving at 8am, that'll put us into Miamisburg at 2:30 to 3pm.  If we stop at our hotel and check in first, it sounds as if we'd be there at about the same time as Mark.  This could work out well!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 20, 2015, 01:57:39 AM
I just checked Google maps, and it looks like we'll have a 6 1/2 to 7 hour drive, depending on traffic.  Leaving at 8am, that'll put us into Miamisburg at 2:30 to 3pm.  If we stop at our hotel and check in first, it sounds as if we'd be there at about the same time as Mark.  This could work out well!
Remember that University of Cincinnati is about a 50 min drive from Miamisburg.  Plan accordingly. We usually go 1st to Cinci then check in at the B&B later.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JNeff on August 20, 2015, 09:42:15 AM
Thanks for all he back advice everyone. I am feeling a bit better so I plan I coming to Miamisburg. After all...It is Mark Hayward Day! Its a good thing we didn't advertise that too much. The crowds would have been tremendous. I plan on going to the U of C Friday arriving about 4-5pm. Can't wait for the Top festivities. Mike..thanks for all the work you put into this event. 
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 20, 2015, 10:04:54 AM
I just checked Google maps, and it looks like we'll have a 6 1/2 to 7 hour drive, depending on traffic.  Leaving at 8am, that'll put us into Miamisburg at 2:30 to 3pm.  If we stop at our hotel and check in first, it sounds as if we'd be there at about the same time as Mark.  This could work out well!
Remember that University of Cincinnati is about a 50 min drive from Miamisburg.  Plan accordingly. We usually go 1st to Cinci then check in at the B&B later.

Sounds like a plan.  I'll go straight to Cincinatti, then, before stopping in Miamisburg....
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 20, 2015, 10:05:47 AM
Thanks for all he back advice everyone. I am feeling a bit better so I plan I coming to Miamisburg. After all...It is Mark Hayward Day! Its a good thing we didn't advertise that too much. The crowds would have been tremendous. I plan on going to the U of C Friday arriving about 4-5pm. Can't wait for the Top festivities. Mike..thanks for all the work you put into this event.

It sounds like we'll be arriving around that same time...
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: dazzlingdave on August 20, 2015, 10:06:05 AM
Mark Hayward day! 
And here I am stuck in Minnesota doing County fair shows.
I totally am missing you guys.

 Have a great time,  and spend some for me!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: ta0 on August 20, 2015, 01:08:14 PM
This sounds like a great meet that I am going to miss  :( I wish I could be  there.
Hopefuly we can combine it with worlds in Cleveland next year. It could be epic!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 20, 2015, 04:34:25 PM
What?  Really?  Have you thought about all the ramifications?  I would be happy to share some of that here so people better understand what it takes to put our festival together and so people will also understand the energy output at worlds.  I wish I was still a young man but my family reminds me over and over that I am "gramps"!!!

By the way, the weather looks great for Saturday.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: ta0 on August 20, 2015, 09:36:42 PM
What?  Really?  Have you thought about all the ramifications?  I would be happy to share some of that here so people better understand what it takes to put our festival together and so people will also understand the energy output at worlds.
What I was thinking was in having the festival right after worlds. The spintop freestyles will probably be Friday. If the Miamisburg festival is Saturday, those of us who are not much of yo-yo players would come. But to get everybody we would need the festival to be Sunday afternoon.
I expect next year worlds, because of the location, to break all records for US spintop players. Plus probably Japanese (Taka and Keita) and perhaps Colombian and Mexican.
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 20, 2015, 10:04:56 PM
Yes, I think worlds next year will be totally and amazingly wonderful with all the anxious US spinners ready to get together (after a two year absence).  I am excited about that.

I am not excited about missing some of that time to come back to run a festival, though.  Plus, I will indeed be very very tired.  It is not as easy as it used to be to participate so fully in these international events, not to mention how tired I get in Miamisburg trying to set up tables, sound system, run battles and then clean up.  Some years are not as bad but when it is hot I am totally wiped out.

Our fest has grown because of connections with other events.  The car cruise-in is the 4th Saturday in August and what you are proposing is the first Saturday and Sunday in August. 

The mayor has always been around when we do it with other events, also.  He may not be able to be with us if we hold it that early.

Children will not be in school yet in early August.  In fact, many will be taking their last minute vacations.  It will be hard to get as many youth throwers there and that is a big part of our Miamisburg fest.

I will not be able to be calling people and making last minute preparations if I am in Cleveland at worlds.  This is a big part of what keeps this local fest going.  There are a lot of little things that need to be done and it is hard enough to get them done as it is, much less trying to do it a week or so before the event.  In fact, I dreamed that some significant time right before worlds would be spent getting ready for freestyles.  I will be 63.  This may be my last chance.  I will be 66 next time it in the US......then 69.  You get what I am saying.  Time flies quickly and I need to take advantage of the time that is here now.

And also, the whole time I will be at worlds I will be worrying about the Miamisburg fest.  Just imagining all of these items is making this old man tired!!!

What is picking me up at this moment is a package I just received from Daveid.  Wow, has he made an amazing super glue top.  And the great news is that everyone who comes to our fest will be able to try it.  The colors are fantastic and the praying hands on the side are very appropriate.  Thanks so much, Daveid.  You are the best!!!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: ta0 on August 20, 2015, 10:12:59 PM
I understand, Mike. It was an idea, but if it cannot be done, so be it. But be prepared (and JohnM), to receive some visitors driving from Cleveland  ;)
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 21, 2015, 12:01:20 AM
How about a very low key event, like a post world's picnic on Sunday by the Miami River.
"Kids! Come and get coaching from, the world's best top players. Prepare for the Whirled Festival of Tops.  Spinning Fun for All!"
I don't know how good of an idea this is, but how bad a day be when you stop by Subway get a sandwich to go and meet your friends by the river to throw tops?
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: the Earl of Whirl on August 21, 2015, 10:08:49 PM
I will probably be busy on Sunday morning (I am still not sure if I will take that Sunday off or not) but I should be around in the afternoon.  I might be a little sleepy and take some small naps while throwing, but I will do what I can to be a nice host (and not too grouchy from lack of sleep).

I am on the lookout for Mark Hayward but took my dog for a little walk.  When I came back I heard that some man was here and said they would see me in the morning  JNeff?  Hickersons?  Kirk?  Mailman?  My guess is JNeff.  Sorry I missed you!!!

By the way, I tried out Daveid's praying hands top.  Wow, does it regenerate nicely.  Great work, Sir D.  It not only looks great but it plays great!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Daveid on August 21, 2015, 10:36:08 PM
By the way, I tried out Daveid's praying hands top.  Wow, does it regenerate nicely.  Great work, Sir D.  It not only looks great but it plays great!

Oh goodie!
 I didn't thoroughly check, im a little curious maybe it wouldn't be noticeable, but it may be wobbly on the floor while smooth on the string... always a possibility of the neck not being perfectly lined up with the point...
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: Kirk on August 21, 2015, 10:47:34 PM
When I came back I heard that some man was here and said they would see me in the morning  JNeff?  Hickersons?  Kirk?  Mailman?  My guess is JNeff.  Sorry I missed you!!!
Not us. We just now arrived.  What time will folk be arriving at St Jacob's?
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: mailman on August 22, 2015, 07:46:29 AM
When I came back I heard that some man was here and said they would see me in the morning  JNeff?  Hickersons?  Kirk?  Mailman?  My guess is JNeff.  Sorry I missed you!!!
Not us. We just now arrived.  What time will folk be arriving at St Jacob's?

The plan is 9:00 am.  We'll see you there!
Title: Re: Countdown to Miamisburg!!
Post by: JMauk on August 22, 2015, 08:28:11 AM
It was me.  My hosts here in Centerville took us out to dinner and then we cruised around the metropolis of Miamisburg.  I think I just missed seeing you twice as we toured around!  See you soon.
Joe