Area briefs

Cupcake contest today

PIQUA — Calling all bakers and decorators! The Piqua Community Farmers Market is hosting a cupcake decorating contest at 5:30 p.m. today. There will be three categories: youth (14 and under), adult professional and adult non-professional. The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate.

The theme of the contest is “Fresh from the Farm” and those interested in participating in the contest are asked to bring six similarly decorated cupcakes to the Farmers Market (in Canal Place) before 5:30 p.m. The cupcakes will be judged on appearance, taste and adherence to theme. Preregistration is not required.

Community Night in Tipp

TIPP CITY — Downtown Tipp City’s August Community Night will be held on Friday, Aug. 7 at Second and Main streets. The evening of free music will begin at 6 p.m. with the Tippecanoe Community Band, followed by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and swing dancers at 7:30 p.m.

The Tippecanoe Community Band, under the direction of Gail Ahmed, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Selections for this concert will span the decades from the 1800s to the present and will include marches, swing, Broadway show tunes, and more. Memorabilia will also be on display in the Tippecanoe Room of The Hotel Gallery.

The Tom Daugherty Orchestra is a 17-piece Las Vegas-style show and dance band. Their show features the original big band arrangements of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Swing Era, Frank Sinatra, and the Great American Songbook. The orchestra is under the direction of trombonist and musical arranger Tom Daugherty and over the years the band, along with swing dancers has become the highlight of the Community Night Season.

The Community Night Concerts are a hometown tradition and are held on the first Friday of the month June through September. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled. For more information, stop by The Hotel Gallery or call (937) 667-3696.

Fiber artists coming to Hayner

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, will host “Five in Fiber,” an exhibit by five regional artists, from Aug. 7 to Oct. 4. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

“Five in Fiber” features the work of A. Sue DeSantis, Ronnie Doyal, Pam Geisel, Carroll Schleppi, and Lisa Quintana, each of whom brings her unique perspective and talent to the process of creating art quilts. Some employ traditional methods, while others use a multi-media approach. An opening reception from 5-6:45 p.m. Aug. 7 will give the public an opportunity to meet the artists.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., join the artists for a special gallery talk giving insight into their series of Dayton Landmark quilts.

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is open 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call (937) 339-0457.