Jillian Engel

It’s a new year and time to make some New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to go to the Recreational Sports Center more often or stop procrastinating, make it a point to start exploring the wide variety of activities there are to do beyond our little city’s limits in this month’s guide to breaking out of the (Ox)box.

Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat ShowJan. 15 to 17 & 20 to 24Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati – 39.59 miles from Oxford

It may be too cold to go fishing without sitting on an icy lake just yet, but you can jumpstart outdoor sporting season by visiting the Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show. More than 400 exhibitors will be showing off their state-of-the-art boats. If you’re searching for summer vacation ideas or looking for an outdoorsy spring break, visitor’s bureaus and tourism centers from across the country and Canada will be there to help you out. For admission information and a list of exhibitors, visit


Owl City and Lights ConcertJan. 27Madison Theater, Covington, Ky. – 41.12 miles from Oxford

Looking to see an artist other than Mike Posner in the area? Find your inner emo and check out Owl City’s concert, featuring Oxford concert veteran Lights. Covington, Ky. isn’t far enough away to be lazy and spend another night deciding which bar to go to uptown. The concert may seem sold out, but look to StubHub or Craig’s List for your golden ticket. If you’re not in the mood for Owl City, We the Kings is playing at Bogarts in Cincinnati the same night. For more information about both venues, check out http://www.madisontheateronline.com or


Eat, Pray, Love Book Club Class with Rhonda ClarkJan. 21

Jungle Jim’s always has many different cooking classes throughout the month, but Jan. 21 book and food lovers can join together for the Eat, Pray, Love Book Club Class with chef Rhonda Clark – a former chef at Bobby Flay’s restaurant Bolo. The class will feature a group discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, so make sure you’ve read it before class, and following the discussion Clark will show students how to make the inspirations for the books menu. The menu for the class includes mushroom Arancini, polenta with vegetables primavera, Tandoor chicken, and pancong and coconut cake. For tickets to the class, visit http://www.junglejims.com/cookingschool.

Harriet Tubman and the Train to FreedomJan. 29Fairfield Community Arts Center – 20.96 miles from Oxford

Celebrate Black History Month a few days early by attending “Harriet Tubman and the Train to Freedom” in Fairfield. ArtReach, a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, performs a rendition of Harriet Tubman’s escape to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849. The play also captures Tubman’s journey to rescue many other slaves. For more information about admission to the performance, visit http://www.fairfield-city.org.