Blog

Here at the Miami County Visitors Bureau, we have been blogging about our area for years. And, more importantly, we continue to ask our residents and visitors to blog about their experiences throughout our historic towns as well. For example… did you know that we are part of the longest paved trail system in the country?
  • James Smith became interested in photography after watching wedding photographers and the still-life photography of his father-in-law. Today, he works in both modern digital photography and tintype, one of the older types of photography. Through the tintype process, James works with his hands and makes one of a kind, incredibly detailed photos. Besides his commercial photography business, he also teaches photography workshops in Miami County. He and his wife Carolyn live in Troy’s historic downtown.

    Read More
  • Amanda Brown is a Miami County native and a Piqua High School graduate. After working for the Miami County Mental Health Association and the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Recovery, she pursued a career in teaching yoga. In April 2013, she opened balanceYoga by Amanda on Wayne Street in Piqua. The yoga studio has received a lot of community support and has offered many free and public classes. In August, balanceYoga by Amanda hosted an outdoor yoga class with Piqua Mayor, Kazy Hinds. In October the studio will graduate nine yoga teachers from their first National Yoga Alliance Yoga

    Read More
  • Ohio native, Terry Purke, has spent more than half of his life involved in sharing local history. He got his start in DC with interpretative living history. Today he is the curator at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum. He is also involved with the Overfield Tavern and performs historical re-enactments. Terry shows visitors around the oldest building in the City of Troy, the Overfield Tavern. During tours of the tavern, he introduces guests to the owner Benjamin Overfield and illustrates what life was like in Miami County during the early 1800s.

    Read More
  • Cory Breth, a Tipp City transplant, is a singer-songwriter and a Spanish teacher at Tippecanoe High School. Cory started singing at a young age and learned to play guitar while singing ten years ago. Since then he has recorded two albums and is working on his third. He has opened for Twenty One Pilots and played during Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour in Troy. He has also played several local festivals including the Strawberry Festival, Tippapalooza, and the Tipp Mum Festival.

    Read More
  • Linda Lee Jolly is a Troy transplant from Northern Kentucky. She has served as the Director of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center for the past 27 years. Today the Hayner Center hosts a variety of art and cultural events, most of which are free to the public. The upcoming Rhythm and Roots Festival will be on September 23rd. The festival is a celebration of the roots of several musical styles and includes a Pie Party.

    Read More
  • Jordan Knepper, a Shelby County resident, grew up surrounded by art. He is still surrounded by art as an adult, which he shares with the Piqua community and beyond. Jordan is the director of the Piqua Arts Council. Jordan brings the arts to Piqua through a variety of events. Some of the most popular include the Rock Piqua concerts, Dancing with the Piqua Stars and the Piqua Art Show. The Piqua Art Show is the largest art show in the Miami Valley!

    Read More