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Boots, Bells, Beer & Angels

Boots, Bells & Beer!

Distance: 4 miles - Moderate.

Enjoy a hike, the Carillon Bells and a beer!

Put on your hiking boots and let's take a night hike in Calvary Cemetery and Carillon Park. We'll listen to the Carillon bells and marvel at the Carillon Tower Tree of Light. The Tree of Light is a Dayton favorite at Christmas time. After the hike, sights and sounds we will walk over to the Carillon Brewing Company for a beer or two. The hike will be on paved surfaces and on paths in the woods. Expect the path in the woods to be uneven and a bit overgrown at times and covered in leaves making hiking slightly difficult at times.

Bring: Bring a headlamp or flashlight. This is a night hike. Dress for the weather.

Hike Limit: This hike has a limit on the number of participants. Please respect the limit. It is not ok to show up if you have not secured a "yes" RSVP.

• Meet at the bell next to the Carillon bell tower. 

• Boots start moving when the 6:00 pm bells stop chiming. 

• Park in the parking lot in Carillon Park or on Carillon Road along the river. 

• The hike will end at the brewery at Carillon Park.

• Bring a headlamp or flashlight.

Where To Meet: Meet at this bell which is next to the Carillon bell tower.

Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/tks2DotCsZ62

Angel Night: December 1 is Angel Night at Calvary Cemetery. On our hike we will enjoy the lighted statues of angels in the cemetery. Angel Night is an evening of song and celebration. Music in the St. Henry chapel featuring musicians from St. Anthony, Holy Angels, Kettering Children's Choir, and more. Walking and riding tours of illuminated Victorian angel statues.

About Carillon Park: Carillon Historical Park owes its existence to the generosity of Colonel Edward Andrew Deeds (1874–1960) and Edith Walton Deeds (1869–1947). In the 1930s, while traveling in Bruges, Belgium, Edith, an accomplished musician, found inspiration in magnificent carillon music, and she dreamed of sharing this music with the people of Dayton. Edith’s dream became reality through the construction of Deeds Carillon—her most visible legacy to the community she loved.

More info: https://www.daytonhistory.org/visit/dayton-history-sites/carillon-historical-park/


About Carillon Brewing Company: Carillon Brewing Co. offers visitors a glimpse into 1850s-era Dayton through the authentically prepared food and drink of the times. It is the nation’s only production brewery in a museum, and the only U.S. brewery replicating the historic brewing process.

More info: https://www.daytonhistory.org/visit/shop-dine/carillon-brewing-company/

About Calvary Cemetery: Overlooking the Miami River, Carillon Park and the beautiful skyline of Dayton Ohio, Calvary Cemetery is noted as being one of the most beautiful and peaceful sites in Ohio’s Miami Valley. 

More info: http://www.calvarycemeterydayton.org/about-us/calvary-history/





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  • Joe B.

    I really enjoyed the conversation on the trail and especially around the dining table while have a couple of beers.

    1 · 3h ago

  • Mary G.

    Well planned excellent evening!

    1 · 4h ago

  • Mike P.

    Sorry Andy, won't make it tomorrow. Have to work a little late, and won't make it by 6.

    3 days ago

    • Andy N.

      Thank you for letting me know and changing your status to "not going". I hope you can make it next week on our second Boots, Bells and Beer.

      3 days ago

    • Mike P.

      I will try to make it if I can. Looks like everybody had a great time. Thanks.

      1 · Yesterday

  • Andrea B.

    FANTASTIC!!!! Thanks for dotting all of the i's and crossing all of the t's Andy, you you sure did your homework! I appreciate you including Calgary Cemetery, it gave me a chance to 'say hi' to my mom. dad, & brother and all of my other friends and relatives that are buried there. I was very impressed with the route you designed and the new things I learned about the area. The angels were beautiful and the surprise at the end reminded me of my younger years! Oh and I enjoyed getting to know other hikers and of course drinking a beer with them.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Cathy

    What an awesome time! Andy thank you for scoping it out in advance to make it a memorable and adventurous evening!

    2 · Yesterday

  • Keith F.

    Awesome fun! Great planning, thanks Andy!

    2 · Yesterday

  • Carol M. I.

    A typical Andy Niekamp Dayton Hiker event...well planned, researched and a lot of fun! Thanks Andy!

    2 · Yesterday

  • Mitch

    Nice night in the cemetery.

    1 · Yesterday

  • Pam H

    Great event! I enjoyed it all; new and continuing friendships, parts of the Metro Parks I've never heard of, and wrapping up with the brewery. Thanks Andy!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Dee H.

    Thanks Andy! Thanks to the people I was able to meet and visit with, very lovely evening!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Mary G.

    What a terrific evening, start to finish. Thanks,Andy for all of your advance preparation, making it all possible, safe, and enjoyable.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Michelle D.

    Fun night! Thanks a million Andy

    1 · Yesterday

  • Karen M.

    Absolutely the best time!!! Andy, you rock!!! Thanks for organizing this😊. Really enjoyed the gathering at the brewery, the food and fellowship was wonderful. Looking forward to future events. Love you Dayton Hikers

    2 · Yesterday

  • Linda S.

    What a great hike! Andy, thanks for all the planning you put in to this. The angels were beautiful, the hike was fun and we got some great views of Dayton plus some history, and the ending with the slides then having a room ready for our whole group at the restaurant was wonderful. Great night.

    3 · Yesterday

  • Greg H.

    Spectacular hike. Dinner, lights and the slide. Well planned and thought out. Great job Any.

    3 · Yesterday

  • Jolanda M.

    That was a great evening hiking and going out to dinner afterwards.

    3 · Yesterday

  • Candy A.

    Such a beautiful and fun evening! Thanks Andy for putting this evening together! Loved the candy cane ending....felt like a kid again! Food was delicious....

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Janie W

    Andy, I thoroughly enjoyed this hike! The sights were amazing, and lovely angels!! Thank you, once again, for making my life a little bit better😄

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Andy N.

    Wow! I had a great time! I hope you enjoyed this hike and enjoyed exploring a part of our city that most people never see. There are some hidden gems in our town that only the adventurous, like you, will see! Slide on!

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Tom S.

    Fun hike! Thanks Andy for arranging and guiding the hike thru the cemetery on uncharted trails over hills and dales, thru pipe slides and past numerous spooky areas. Followed up by food and drink at he Carillon Pub

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Martha

    Hate to cancel so late. Glad that someone'll be able to take my spot. Have fun!

    2 days ago

    • Andy N.

      Probably not since you cancelled less than two hours before the event.

      2 days ago

  • Andy N.

    I just uploaded the food menu for Carillon Brewing Company. It may help to study the menu in advance since we are going there with such a large group. I'll post the drink menu soon.

    4 days ago

  • Yetunde A.

    Hope to make it to the next one. Working until 7 so I won't be able to make it.

    3 days ago

  • Andy N.

    For those of you who don't receive my emails or don't have a working email address on Meetup please read this update: http://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/messages/boards/thread/50416833/

    3 days ago

    • Andy N.

      It does for me when I am on my desktop computer. The link doesn't work on my smartphone for some reason.

      3 days ago

    • Andrea B.

      Link worked fine for me

      3 days ago

  • Andy N.

    The Carillon Brewing Company features three house brews made with 1850's brewing techniques. Expect their house beers to taste totally different than today's beers. Their house beers are sour and not carbonated. You might find them awful. But this is how our ancestors drank their beer. They offer a section of modern beer, wine and other festival adult beverages.

    3 days ago

  • Dee H.

    How do we know if we're moved from waiting list to getting to go?

    4 days ago

    • Andy N.

      You'll get an email. But I don't see you on the waiting list.

      4 days ago

  • Andy N.

    * There is now a limit on the number of attendees. This hike is full and there is a waiting list. If you are not attending please change to "not going".

    * Our hike will now be at Calvary Cemetery instead of on the bike path. The hike will be on both paved surfaces and trails in the woods. Wear hiking boots and bring a headlamp or flashlight. Expect some hills. The hike will be ~4 miles at a moderate pace.

    * This evening is the night of the annual Angel Night at Calvary Cemetery. Approximately 20 angel statues will be illuminated and a choir will sing in the chapel. We will include all of this on our hike. * Afterwards we'll go to the Carillon Brewing Company for food and beverage. The upstairs of the brewery is reserved for our group's use.

    * Meet at the bell next to the Carillon bell tower. Boots start moving when the 6:00 pm bells stop playing. * If you are unfamiliar with this location or are often late then please be there when the 5:30 pm bells play.

    5 days ago

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