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    This weekend marks one of Cincinnati’s biggest events, bringing together artists from across the nation. Cincy Chic gets an exclusive sneak peek into this year’s Summerfair show and its brand new Brunch in the Gardens event Saturday morning, all to benefit the nonprofit organization’s award, scholarship and exhibition programs for local artists.

    At this year's Summerfair event, Cincy Chic is teaming up with the nonprofit organization to bring you Brunch in the Gardens.
    Jayne Utter (left), Manager Director of Summerfair Cincinnati, says there will be more than 300 artists participating in Summerfair this year

    This year marks the 48th year of Summerfair Cincinnati, the region’s largest art fair. Summerfair 2015 will take place May 29 through May 31 at historic Coney Island, and it benefits Summerfair’s year-round programs that provide award, scholarship and exhibit opportunities to a variety of emerging (high school and college), individual (working professional) artists and local/regional small and mid-sized arts organizations.

    Jayne Utter, Manager Director of Summerfair Cincinnati, says there will be more than 300 artists in 12 categories participating in this year’s event, which ranks in the top 25 nationally each year among art fairs.

    “Judged art categories for Summerfair include photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, wood, metal, sculpture, glass, ceramics, fiber, leather, jewelry and 2D/3D mixed media,” Utter explains.

    Regional performers will put on musical, dance and theater products, gourmet arts with foods of all sorts as well as a youth arts area, Youth Art Rocks, for the kids will be at Summerfair in addition to the hundreds of artists who will be attending.

    More than 20,000 people attend Summerfair each year. Hours for Summerfair are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    The lineup for this year’s Summerfair includes a variety of music acts that will take place on Summerfair stages as well as at different spots on the ground.

    Glenn Parks will play the banjo in the West Gate area on Friday while Todd Hepburn will be on the melodica at the East Gate. Utter says that entertainment on May 30 will be featured at Moonlight Gardens. Anaya Belly Dancers will perform at 2 p.m., Cincinnati Sound Chorus at 3 p.m., Celtic Rhythm Dancers USA at 4 p.m. and Queen City Cloggers at 5 p.m.

    At the Gazebo stage on Saturday will be Kelsey Mira at 1:30 p.m., Don Steins and Jeanette Stelter at 2:30 p.m., Ricky Nye at 3:30 p.m., Erin and Sherry McCamley at 4:30 p.m., Ben Levin at 5:30 p.m. and Pam Ross and Jack Doll at 6:30 p.m.

    Jeff Henry, April Aloiso and George Simon, John Walsh, Katja and Brian and G. Burton will all perform on the Acoustic Stage on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

    Can’t Stop Cloggers will start on the Youth Arts Stage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday followed by balloon artist Pam Ryan at 12:30 p.m., Cincinnati Suzuki School Violins at 1:30 p.m., Cincinnati Highland Dancers at 2:30 p.m. and The Studio for Dance at 3:30 p.m.

    Saturday’s lineup also features strolling musicians including Sadei and Raiford in the West Gate area and Bob Poe in the East Gate area.

    East Side Encore, Hills of Kentucky Cloggers, Clermont Festival Chorale and Belly Dancing by Habeeba will perform in Moonlight Gardens on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.

    Kaitlyn Peace, Brenda Folz Duo, Elizabeth Windau and Vigor will perform on the Gazebo Stage on Sunday while Ben Alexander, Lisak and Rowe, Bob Cushing and runaway Sidecar will be on the Acoustic Stage.

    Cedar’s Face Art and Balloons, Balloon Twister, Cincinnati Suzuki School Cellos, Acting Up and North College Hill Double Dutch Rope Twisters will take the Youth Arts stage on Sunday.

    John Keene will be strolling the West Gate area on Sunday while violinist Karen Addie makes her way through the East Gate entrance.

    New this year, Summerfair is teaming up with Cincy Chic to present “Brunch in the Gardens.” It will take place May 30 at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Moonlight Gardens. Advance tickets for Brunch in the Garden at $20 and are available at www.2015BIG.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

    Utter says this inaugural event is a fundraiser where guests will enjoy complimentary brunch bites, coffee from Coffee Emporium, swag bags, a photo booth and a fashion show featuring creations by Summerfair artists. Mimosa and bloody mary bars will also be available. Purchasing tickets for Brunch in the Gardens also includes admission to Summerfair.

    Proceeds from Brunch in the Gardens benefit Summerfair Cincinnati’s award, scholarship and exhibition programs for local artists and arts organizations.

    Summerfair is traditionally held the weekend after Memorial Day, and tickets are $10 (cash) and kids aged 12 and under are admitted to the event for free. The cost to enter Summerfair includes parking and advance tickets can be purchased online at www.summerfair.org. You can also learn more by visiting the Summerfair website.

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    Increased fiber must mean it’s healthy and best for you, right? Our health guru shares some bathroom reading regarding four common fiber myths.

    I type this article with trepidation because no one likes to hear the words flatulence, diarrhea, and bloating. While these words are commonly used in my professional life, it’s not exactly table conversation. When seeing patients though, it’s inevitable to discuss bowel habits and the importance of fiber. The more I think about it, everyone does seem to talk about poop and fiber. I didn’t anticipate my career to take this turn. Nevertheless, fiber seems to be misunderstood. Modern food manufacturing processes – especially in the low-carb industry – have brought a high level of dysfunction into lives needlessly. Therefore, I think it’s important to discuss some common fiber myths.

    Myth #1 – Fiber is needed for every meal

    Fiber is necessary for bowel function. Too little of it and it can lead to constipation or bouts of diarrhea – two sides of the same coin. When one’s intake consists of low-fiber foods, it’s often associated with increased cases of inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. There’s even known links to heart disease because a low-fiber diet usually indicates someone is eating an excessive amount of sugar and fat. To illustrate the benefits of fiber, see it as a broom for your gastrointestinal (GI) system. It increases bulk, softens stool, and shortens transit time through the body. Too much fiber though can create impaction, leading to a serious medical issue. Conversely, too much fiber can make diarrhea probable when a binding agent, such as starch can’t do their job. Too much chronic abuse of fiber can ultimately lead to inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and colitis. I suggest eating a good serving of vegetables in a couple meals and a serving or two of fruit per day. Generally speaking, 25-35 grams a day of fiber is sufficient unless a known GI issue or food intolerance exists. Fiber supplements may be needed, but self-experimentation and journaling are important to connect any symptoms to the foods you’re eating.

    Myth #2 – Eat a wholefood diet if you have a sensitive GI system

    While I don’t condone the intake of a macrobiotic-rich diet, it seems everyone who endures GI distress thinks, or is told, to eat more and more vegetables. Nothing could be worse frankly. Because of the raw roughage and complex, hard-to-digest grains, it will create more GI inflammation, thus worsening one’s symptoms. Try limiting raw vegetables, and you might need to decrease the size and frequency. Eat small amounts of steamed vegetables instead. Starch is a friend to someone who has inflammatory bowel issues, but fiber is still necessary. It just means the balance may need to be tilted towards the more soluble type of fiber.

    Myth #3 – To lose weight, ALL of your carbs should be fibrous

    Here’s the reason why fiber is so popular and mainstream – to aid in weight loss. Let’s establish one thing, your body needs starch (carbs), even when dieting. Cutting out carbs completely will reduce your metabolism faster and increase muscle catabolism (breakdown) more than other dieting method. However, those who get caught in this trap miss the opportunity to include more satisfying, more anabolic (muscle building), and more metabolic complex starch sources. Don’t get caught up and deceived by misinformation. Include those whole-grain pastas, breads, rice, quinoa, potatoes, oats, and many more. Dare I even say have a Reese’s cup or white rice as long it fits the context of your goals and macronutrient requirements.

    Myth #4 – For better regularity, eat more vegetables; it’s normal to have gas and bloating

    Lets say it together: too much fiber is too much fiber. While most avoid fruit because of the carbs, the fiber found in most fruit is extremely helpful with stool formation. However, the need for increased fat in one’s diet can also help with regularity. Flaxseed oil is a favorite for its omega-3 fatty acid qualities, and a small serving or two per day can be the ticket to stimulate GI movement.

    When polysaccharides can’t be digested in the upper GI tract, the bacteria of the lower GI tract consume and ferment them, and the byproduct is methane gas. Not only is it annoying, it’s inflammatory. How often do you hear others blame their protein shake, or assume it’s normal? No one realizes the things we can’t digest are causing the inflammatory process. You do have options though. Consider cheap protein, soy, legumes, harsh vegetable fiber, nasty filler fiber in low-carb products, and lactose as primary offenders and cut them out. Take every processed food out of your diet and start adding one thing in at a time and you will find there are some items you can consume in small amounts, but there is a limited amount of digestibility. Some foods are better completely avoided.

    Not too often does a person have upper GI issues to the point he or she feels bloated with a normal-sized meal. When you eat a meal, everything is pushed along all 20 feet of your intestinal tract. Food in, food out. Because food is shifted further after eating, the methane gas production and discomfort felt is happening at the other end, not in your stomach. It normally takes 18 to 24 hours, or longer, for a complete digestion cycle. When you feel bloated after a meal, it’s the meal you consumed 18 to 24 hours earlier. Track that meal accordingly and identify any possible offenders. The exception to this is when a strong allergic reaction is caused or an irritant is consumed, but I assure you you won’t be worried about the gas and bloating because you’ll be sprinting to the nearest bathroom.

    All kidding aside, bowel health is serious and suffering doesn’t have to be part of good health or weight loss. There are no quick fixes, and never settle for cliché, cookie-cutter diet plans that leave you hunched over.

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