August 22-24 End of Summer Events

20 08 2014

Summer draws to a close and Fall seems to creep in. The kids are going back to school, you’re commute is lengthened behind busses and through school zones, the weather gets a little chillier, and you’re just waiting around for the WEBN fireworks Labor Day Weekend to officially end the summer season in Cincinnati. But this weekend holds a bunch of events to hold you out just a little bit longer and enjoy the great outdoors.

Germania Park Oktoberfest

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And it starts… The drinking season…errr.. I mean Oktoberfest season. And this is a great one to kick off the season and one of my favorites! The Germania Society opens their gorgeous park for biergartens, rides, games, authentic German food and wares. Admission is $3 for anyone over 12 years of age, and prices are very reasonable for a festival. They also have large steins of beer for purchase! There are rides and playgrounds for the kids and beer, polka music, and games for the adults. I recommend taking use of their shuttle service. They’re open Friday 6pm-Midnight, Saturday 2pm – Midnight and Sunday Noon -10pm.

 

Taste of Blue Ash

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 Is held at the new Summit Park this year (the old Blue Ash Airport). They have an extensive list of vendors (below) and offer some amazing entertainment! So browse and eat to your hearts content and then enjoy a FREE concert fr0m some awesome artists! This year’s lineup is:

Friday:
6:30pm Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger Tribute Band
9:00pm Charlie Daniel’s Band

Saturday:
7:00pm TOTO
9:00pm Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers)

Sunday:
5:30pm Pistol Holler
7:30pm Kellie Pickler

 RESTAURANTS
1. Vonderhaar’s
2. El Pueblo
3. Buona Terra
4. Arloi Dee Thai Bistro
5. City BBQ
6. Rusty Bucket
7. Alfio’s Buon Cibo
8. Busken Bakery
9. Buffalo Wild Wings
10. La Petite France
11. Streetpops
12. Rascals NY Deli
13. Culvers of Mason
14. Delicio Coal Fired Grill
15. Graeters
16. Café Mediterranean
17. Slatt’s Pub
18. Puffins Café
19. The Cincinnati Grill
20. Cascades
21. J. Gumbo’s
22. Orange Leaf
23. Bangkok Terrace
24. Qdoba Mexican Grill
25. The Melting Pot

Brew Ha Ha

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 If you like comedians and beer, then this is the perfect place for you! More than 100 beers, and 50+ comedians take over Sawyer Point for the weekend. You can enjoy the comedy absolutely FREE! and the beer will cost you a $5 wristband (so basically an admission to drink) then $1 a beer ticket. You can enjoy sampling that way or 5 tickets will get you a full serving if that’s more you’re thing.
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Thursday, Aug. 21st from 5pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: Josh Sneed

Friday, Aug 22nd from 5pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: The Sklar Brothers

Saturday, Aug 23rd from 4pm to 12 Midnight
Headliner: David Alan Grier

So lots of choices to check out and make an entire weekend of it!





Cincinnati Symphony Brass Quarter

6 09 2013

Yesterday i got to have one of the best lunch breaks I’ve had in awhile. Which means I didn’t just go home and veg out or take a nap. I went with a coworker to Evendale’s Municipal Complex, where the Cincinnati Symphony had a brass quartet playing!

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We pulled up some lawn chairs and a blanket, sat in the shade an enjoyed an hour of Renaissance and German/Oktoberfest music. There were boxed lunches for sale as well. I’m hoping they do a lot more of these to stretch out the “Summer” (I can dream right?)

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Cincinnati Santacon

14 12 2012

This past weekend upwards of around 500+ Santas decended on downtown and OtR Saturday. There’s was much merriement, candy canes, alcohol, and questions… And people taking pictures everywhere!

For more info check out Cincinnati Santacon.

And to make sure you don’t miss out next year RSVP now!

Fountain Square:

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Toby Keith’s

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Holy Grail:

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Tin Roof:

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Moerlein Lager House:

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Fountain Square’s Downtown Dazzle:

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Righteous Room:

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Penguin Dueling Piano Bar:

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Yes, that is a Santa taking over the piano

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Mardi Gras

25 02 2012

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Hope everyone had a great Mardi Gras week! Wether you were in MainStrausse, Voodoo carnival, Downtown, OtR, or were burning snowman I hope it was fun!!

What did you hit up? And how many King cakes were involved? lol





Open letter to the State of Ohio

12 04 2011

Given the news of the states TRAC (Traffic Review Advisory Council) office, yanking the state allotted funds for the NUMBER ONE ranked state traffic project, has gotten more than a few people riled up in Cincinnati. The fact that the money was lost 4-3 is no help either, as Kasich appointed 4 members to the board, the board that was meant to take the politics out of the decisions… Just another thing our governor has fucked up for this state…

The fact that there were only 4 opponents that spoke today (All family/buddies of Tom Luken-who we all know is full of hot air and loves to hear himself talk… imho) yet not only did Cincinnati have the mayor and 2 other council members, but representatives from UC, Christ Hospital, and Sibcy Cline Realtors, took all allotted slots, even the the opponents didn’t use all of theirs.

Feel free to email TRAC and let them know how you feel, wether that that be, that their time is numbered (until November), that they’ve reinstated the politics back into a non-political board, or what have you. Below is my letter to them.

(I will also be posting links to other blogs below as they surface)

Seriously?! You should all be appalled with your decision to cut even more from Cincinnati. The streetcar is more than just some idealic dream of some school aged child. The strong fact that the supporters well outnumbered the opponents at the meeting this morning should have at least opened your eyes a little bit. But no. You went into this with your eyes wide shut and the politics you’ve been told to believe in whatever vessel you’re using as a heart today.

Your own  own policies state

the ―Major New Capacity program.‖ These are projects costing more than $5 million which add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of the citizens of Ohio.”

I guess the fact that Cincinnati  is only the 3rd largest city in the state means that we are not a part of the once great state of Ohio? Cincinnati is not able to add to its own economic development? There is an entire chapter in your policies handbook just on scoring itself. 11 pages worth. The fact that you just pulled funding from the project just months before (and for the past few years) has ranked number one on the top of your funding list, shows to me that

1. You obviously have no idea how to do your job, as you can’t be bothered to read a handbook

2. You really don’t care how many more young professionals you lose that leave what was once the Great State of Ohio (but is now more just a lousy stop through with a few crumbling facades thrown in, on the way to somewhere more appreciative)

3. You have completely forgotten the whole reason TRAC was formed, to take the politics out of the decisions, something that today, has proved there are more politics thrown in than the entire metropolitan of DC.

4. There must be one hell of an “under the table” bonus thrown in for this. As really that could be the only other logical reason for doing what you did today.
What I’m hoping is that you can make as much as you can from these side deals to last you up until November… And I sincerely hope that if we have THAT much of a funding issue, that you will pull just as much from every other single project out there.

With deep regret,

Rachel C. Giere

‘TRAC@dot.state.oh.us’

PDF of TRAC’s policies and procedures for those interested

 

Over the Rhine Blog

Xing Columbus Blog





Day 17 of 30 Days in Photos

21 02 2011

Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Ok So I’m going to be lame here for a second, as a good portion of you won’t know what the hell I’m talking about 😛

Yeah it's a totally sweet old school lunchbox and you're totally jealous 🙂

Ok so its not entirely cliche but yes, Yelp has been the thing that has been the biggest influence in my life. Heck it’s half the reason I haven’t been able to post every day for this project! You see, Alex, Yelp Cincinnati’s awesome fearless leader and Community Manager, is in charge of all things Yelp. From events, to parties, to promos, to reviews, to a sweet weekly newsletter all about the Queen City! And if you’re one of the cool Elite members you get even more awesomeness thrust upon you.

“What the hell are you talking about?!” Ok let me go over my past week. Cincy Winter Beerfest was going on. and tickets are pretty steep… over $30 i believe. The boy doesn’t drink beer so I was kinda bummed about having to miss out on 180+ craft beers all in one place. Well lo and behold I get not 1 but 2 emails about beerfest from Yelp. And what were they? 2 free tickets to beerfest! (I think 10 total were given out maybe?) But the 2nd message was for Elite’s only and they had VIP tickets to give out. (those are even more expense btw 😉 ). So I’m at beerfest where I get an awesome pretzel necklace with a Yelp bottle opener to enjoy while drinking, and I stop by the City Beat booth where I got free movie passes for a prescreening of “I am Number Four” at Florence Rave. (trust me this will come into play later). So that was all well and good and drunken.

Monday I used the Android App for find an Outback Steakhouse down in Kentucky on our way home.

Tuesday me and the boy were both able to go down the street to Bill Cunninham’s Great American Sports Cafe in Montgomery. Oh, did i mention we had 4 different wings to choose from, and could eat all we wanted.. for free… I spent a whole $2 eating til I felt like it was Thanksgiving, and getting a beer in the process.

Which brings me to Wednesday. It was the special Elite Party, at Below Zero Lounge in OtR, and it was well… awesome! I got to try their cocktals and wine (for free…) got to try amazing food Cincinnati Cooks (again free) and got to enjoy (free) ice cream from Phro*Zen. Did I mention this was all free? Oh and sweet movie-oke (I’ll post the vids soon).

And this was all just last week. There have been numerous other Yelp parties (both for Elites and just regular ol Yelpers) free goodies (like the sweet lunchbox), and other give aways-I saw “Stomp the Floor” on opening night at the Aronoff.

So why has this been the thing to make the most impact in my life? Seriously? 😛 1. I have met some AWESOME kick ass new friends. 2. I’m getting out and seeing Cincy in multiple different styles. 3. I’ll never not have SOMEthing to do. and well i guess 4 would be I get awesome free shit. 🙂





Streetcar!!

5 11 2010

Check out the Cincinnati Streetcar on public display.

 

Cincinnati's first glimpse at the new streetcar system

 

Yay!!! The streetcars finally making its way to Cincy!! It’ll be set up by Fountain Square until Nov 10th and open to the public from 11am-7pm to check out if you’d like. I think this is awesome and will hopefully turn around some non believers 😛

Thanks to Erica over at Cincinnati ReAdventure for the pics!!

For more information check out the Cincy Streetcar Blog!