The board chose Cincinnati due to its central location making it within driving distance for many of us. It also has good air service. It is also comparatively less expensive than other cities. Steve Russell is working on another interesting program. Even with all of those pluses you will can find something to make an extended stay worthwhile.

Before I list possible attractions, I would like to issue a call for assistance. The RRG Board is looking to form some committees to help with the groups affairs. One of the committees mentioned was a spouse's activities committee. If anyone would like to help arrange for events for the spouses around the meeting please let me, or any board member, know.

For those of you who have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, it is Derby Weekend. This could be the year you cross this item off your bucket list. It is 100 miles, an hour and a half drive. Start planning early as tickets are hard to get and go on sale in November.

Mike Brown from Pinnacle Roller reports the Reds will have a four game home stand against the Giants Friday the 3rd through Monday the 6th. The hotel is located within a half mile of the ballpark. He also says the Flying Pig Marathon is that weekend, and suggests the Horseshoe Casino and the microbreweries. Rick Hardwood reports being told there is a good shopping area nearby.

Joel and Scott from Bluegrass suggest you consider Newport just across the river. There is a trolley that will get you there and back for $5.00 all day. Patrick Findley of Cent-Roll Products agrees and added these specifics; Hofbrahaus in Newport or one of the local breweries (MadTree, Taft's Ale House, and Urban Artifact). He also mentioned Newport Aquarium and Indoor karting at Full Throttle .

Scott mentioned the Kentucky Speedway. I will be looking to see if we can arrange a driving event if anyone is interested, it may not be available for our dates.

King's Islands is a short drive way: King's Island features "The Beast" which is listed by Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest wooden rollercoaster.

We are located downtown where there are a large number of bars and restaurants to choose from. For those of you that have not been to the Cincinnati area before, Cincinnati is known for chili. Take time to have a hot dog, or spaghetti, covered with chili - Skylines and Gold Star are two local chains. You can also dash across the river and have some real Kentucky Bourbon, in Kentucky.

History - Cincinnati is the home of the Underground Railroad museum, as well as the Taft Museum. There are also other museums - For those of you driving in, consider stopping in Dayton for a visit to museums there including the Wright Brother's and others.

Enjoy the riverfront; ride a river boat, or just stroll the river walk. While it may not be ocean fishing, there are fishing opportunities nearby. The main targeted species is catfish.

My last items is the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It gets good reviews for an attraction. Roebling is best known as the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, but he also designed this bridge. Google it - with 300 plus reviews it gets 4.8 stars.

A big thanks to those who helped me with this, and if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know and I will try to get a better list for the next newsletter.