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‘Powerful New Film’ The Greatest Miracle

The Greatest Miracle, rated PG, opened on December 9 in 63 cities across the country. A list of opening cities and theaters is available now at the movie’s website. The Most Rev. Donald Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisc., calls it a “powerful new film,” noting that the 3D animated feature “helps us better grasp the spiritual forces at play in our daily lives.”

The Greatest Miracle tells a story of hope and faith set against the backdrop of mysterious spirits and a religious service many have come to take for granted. In the movie, three people find themselves at the same Catholic Mass because of crises they are struggling to endure. Going to Mass is not new to any of them – but they need assistance to embrace its true meaning. What they experience during that Mass changes all of their lives forever.

“The Greatest Miracle draws the viewer into the Mass by artistically portraying what we as Catholics believe to be taking place, but what we as humans are incapable of perceiving with our earthly senses,” Bishop Ricken said. “May we take from The Greatest Miracle an exhortation to participate more fully and more regularly in the Mass — a tremendous gift to the Church and indeed, to all humanity.”

The Greatest Miracle is directed by Bruce M. Morris. He is the visual writer of the animated hits Pocahontas and Hercules, and earned an Academy Award® nomination for his work on 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.

Oscar®-nominee Mark McKenzie, who orchestrated the score for Dances with Wolves, wrote the score for the film, which earned the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score — Independent Film/Short/Documentary. McKenzie’s work also includes Men in Black, Spiderman and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Strong themes of evil make the PG film unsuitable for all ages. Parental discretion is advised.

The RAVE is only theater where the The Greatest Miracle is showing. The Rave is located at 9415 Civic Center Blvd. in West Chester, Ohio.

Xenia Old Fashioned Days, Sept. 12-14

Xenia’s Old Fashioned Days Festival regarded as “The Best of the Best” in Festivals, Fairs and Events, begins Friday September 12 and continues through Sunday September 14. The festival includes: National and Local On-stage, Live Entertainment, Craft Court, Food Court, Parade, Balloon Glo, Field Day, Pedal Boat Rides, Strongman Contest, Carnival Rides…and much, much more!

And that is only at Shawnee Park.

Downtown there will be music by Abbott Station, Battle of the Bands, Battle of the Banks and Realtors, strolling magician, wagons pulled by tractors, barbershop quartet, cornhole tournament, a camel (possibly for rides, possibly just to see, depending on location), and sidewalk sales on Friday and Saturday, and who knows maybe even a skit by X-Act.

Mid-town merchants also will be participating in the Old Fashioned Day festivities and sales.

And there’s still more…

X*ACT/ 2nd ACT Thrift Store 45 E Second St. will be having a sale Friday 10am-6 pm, Saturday. 12-5pm. Adult clothing can be purchased for $1.50, shorts and tank tops, $0.50 as well as sidewalk items.

The Flower Stop already kicked off a food drive that began on September 3rd-FTD Good Neighbor Day will continue through Old Fashioned Days. Food items can be donated to Xenia Area Food Fish Pantry. Bring in 2 non-perishable food items for an entry to win a number of prizes: dozen premium roses, $50 gift certificate, holiday centerpiece certificate, fruit basket, silk arrangement. (The more items you bring, the more chances you receive!!!) Drawings will be held on Saturday, September 13.

Express Yourself Coffehouse and Art Gallery will be featuring an old fashioned 10¢ cup of coffee with the purchase of any regularly priced Sandwich & Soup Combo on Friday or Saturday. Artwork will be on sale all weekend as well.

Oasis Cafe will feature Live Music by Lizz and Rex from 6-8 pm Friday, September 12, followed by Ballroom Dance lessons at 8:00 pm and dancing at 8:30 pm. Pre-dance music is free. Cost of the dance is $8 per person in advance, $10 at the door. Price includes finger food, cookies, coffee and tea.

Cricket’s Fly Guy will flying high at J&B Wireless at 116 Xenia Towne Square where cell phones may be down low for bargain shoppers.

Psss… I heard that the Liberty Tax Service is sponsoring a window decoration contest for merchants and will award the winner a free, transferable, yes, transferable personal income tax return. Maybe you can guess which merchant won. (Hint: Look for a big head and bright eyes as well as for men in dark suits hanging around.) I also heard a rumor that the IRS is NOT invited.

Schedule of events happening downtown and around town on Saturday:

Where:          Towne Square
Time/Event:  12:00   AHOP Band
1:00   Wild Blue Yonder Barbershop Quartet
2:00   Dave Davis Magician
3:00   Abott Station
5:00 – 7:00   Community Dance Rock Your Socks Off DJ

Where:           Montgomery Insurance Parking Lot
Time-Event:  10:00 – 5:00   Petting Zoo (Hole In The Wall Farms)
50 cents to feed animals. All donations will go to Xenia Fish Pantry.
Sponsored by Tiffany Jewelry and Xenia Shoe & Leather

12:00-5:00   Moon Jumping Castle $2.00 per person
Sponsored by C J’s Boutique, XAMA, Kiddie Kingdom

12:30   Kiddie Tractor Pull

1:00-3:00   Old Timers will transport people by tractor and
wagon to Kenndey Korner

Where:           Dodds Monument Parking Lot
Time-Event:  1:00-6:00   Corn Hole Contest $5.00 per person / $10.00 per team
Sponsored by Cedarville Area Chamber

For more information, go to XACC’s schedule of events.