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What’s Happening on Main Street – October 2017

Recurring Events

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

October 2

  • Make Monday Awesome Food Truck Rally – Piqua

    Monday got you down? Join Awesome Piqua for a Food Truck Rally and make your Monday awesome! Come to downtown Piqua and grab a bite to eat from area food trucks and hang out with the Awesome Piqua group. Find out more about what Awesome Piqua does and tell us your ideas for making Piqua more Awesome!

October 6

  • First Friday: Fire Prevention! – Delaware

    October’s First Friday will feature fire trucks throughout the downtown, live burn and rescue demonstrations by the Delaware Fire Department, and fire safety training. See the work our firefighters do every day. Explore the downtown and view the historic buildings that our firefighters work to keep safe.

  • First Friday: Live Music – Greenville

    Come to downtown Greenville for an evening of live music and fun.

  • First Friday: MCS Tigers Night – Marietta

    Marietta’s shops are open late for you to explore during the downtown scavenger hunt. PLUS the grand reveal of brand new MCS Tigers flags flying brightly throughout all of downtown!

  • First Friday: Made in Middletown – Middletown

    A night celebrating our regions most talented makers & shakers! Local artists, authors, and creators will be set up on the lawn of Governor’s Square. Downtown Middletown businesses will be featuring their handmade goods and Middletown proud products too, making this the ultimate Middletown Love FEST! Come celebrate your Middie pride at Made in Middletown!

  • First Friday: Live Music & Classic Car Cruise-In – Mount Vernon

    Enjoy a wonderful evening in downtown Mount Vernon with dozens of classic cars from yesteryear.

  • First Friday: Progressive Dinner – Tipp City

    October’s First Friday event will feature our downtown eateries with samples of their delicious favorites! You’ll receive a guide book of the stops with their samples ranging the courses of a meal. Decide whether you’ll finish traditionally with dessert or eat dessert first! Some locations will have drinks to quench your thirst along the way.

October 7

  • Fall Fest – Chardon

    Head to downtown Chardon for this year’s Fall Fest! Free snacks, scarecrow decorating, balloon artist and live music!

  • A Day of Harvest – Greenville

    Fall has arrived in downtown Greenville with the annual A Day of Harvest event! Overflow your senses with fall favorites found in downtown Greenville! Be sure to check out all of the fall inspired items in the quaint shops and restaurants; including unique home decor, cozy fall fashions, and delicious autumn flavors!

  • Old Lebanon Ghost Walk & Pub Crawl – Lebanon

    Visit all the best haunted sites in Lebanon while sampling libations from four local pubs. Visit Lebanon’s downtown pubs including Doc’s Place, once the site of a mortuary, has a great selection of craft beers and plenty of spooky stories to tell.

  • Marietta Zombie Fest – Marietta

    Marietta Zombie Fest back for 2017!! Hosted in the stellar Historic Harmar Village from Maple Street and beyond, this years Zombie Fest already features more vendors, more music, more activities, and more FUN than last year! Check out The Jasons on our stage this year, along with the well- loved High Schoolers that ROCK!

  • Holmes County Antique Festival – Millersburg

    Two days of Markets, Arts, Crafts and Demonstrations. Located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, antiques are on display throughout the town in shop windows for all too see. The pubs will be open and the good vendors galore-something for everyone!

October 8

  • Holmes County Antique Festival – Millersburg

    Two days of Markets, Arts, Crafts and Demonstrations. Located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, antiques are on display throughout the town in shop windows for all too see. The pubs will be open and the good vendors galore-something for everyone!

October 10

  • Boost Your Business: Self-Care Tips for the Holidays – Marietta

    This workshop will equip small business owners, employees, managers, and others with self-care tips to reduce stress, encourage mindfulness, and uplift healthfulness in the hustle & bustle of the holiday season. Light breakfast refreshments and coffee provided by Huntington Bank on Third Street in Marietta. This event is free and open to the public.

October 12

  • Ladies Night Out – Medina

    Enjoy shopping, pampering, snacking and socializing in Medina’s Historic District. Stop into local businesses for special deals and steals. Enjoy refreshments while you shop and don’t forget to begin your trek around the district at the Medina Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and pick up your map and swag bag. Come early, as there are only 200 swag bags available. This event benefits the Mary Grace Foundation/ Race for Grace! Don’t forget to wear your pink!

  • Main Street Wooster Wine & Beer Tasting – Wooster

    Head to downtown Wooster for unique wines, craft beers, and savory hors d’oeuvres.

October 14

  • Howl’oween Pooch Parade – Lebanon

    This is a fun and unique event that puts our “best friends” in the spotlight–all done in a festival atmosphere. There are special dog demonstrations, a costume contest with awards and other fun pet contests, a Pooch Parade around downtown, pet vendors and just a dog-gone good time.

  • Lebanon Oktoberfest – Lebanon

    Enjoy food, craft beers, kids activities and more. Event raises money for Miller Park Fund.

  • Harvest Moon Festival – Van Wert

    Join Main Street Van Wert for the Annual Outhouse Races in the afternoon followed by music, food and fun!

October 19

  • Rockin’ the Warehouse – Cleveland

    Taking place every Third Thursday through October with restaurants and bars booking live music between 5-9pm. Guests can bounce around between nine locations and enjoy local musicians perform while enjoying great food and drink that are the signature of entertainment district.

October 21

  • Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Cleveland Lumber Company for a workshop designed to help you design the bathroom of your dreams and saving you time and money.  Come and learn about current trends, products and finishes making your bathroom a room that will meet the needs of your household.  Attendees will be able to learn the processes of redesigning your bathroom from start to finish. Whether you are just replacing your tile or doing a complete gut and remodel, this workshop is for you!

  • Spooky Pooch Parade – Lakewood

    A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike. Costumed canines will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. during the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.

  • Tipp City Harvest Fest – Tipp City

    FREE admission and will feature Tipp City’s local band Seventh Street. Be prepared for a spooktacular night filled with costume contests, great music, and a beer tent featuring craft and domestic drinks. Mark your calendars and get those costumes ready!

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October 28

  • Downtown Merchant Trick or Treat – Lebanon

    Kids come trick or treat at the downtown businesses! Look for the pumpkin on the door for participating businesses.

  • Downtown Trick or Treat – Marietta

    Come downtown in your Halloween costumes to trick or treat at a variety of downtown shops – some will have candy, some will have games, some will have fun giveaways and more!

  • Hocus Pocus Halloween  – Middletown

    We will kick the day off with a fun, family friendly festival outside on S. Main Street (between Central Ave & 1st Ave) from 3 p.m. to Dusk. Enjoy food & craft vendors, dance troupes, music, kids games and activities! The day wraps up with a free screening of the full length feature film, Hocus Pocus, at dusk sponsored by the Community Building Institute. Don’t forget to hang out in the luxury straw seating area, brought to you by Diver’s Garden Center! The Hocus Pocus Family Friendly Festival is FREE.

    The second part of the event is also on Saturday, October 28th from 8 p.m. to Midnight at the stunningly spooked-out Windamere Event Center, located at 2 S. Main Street in downtown Middletown. This is a ticketed event, and for adults only. The evening will feature a LIVE rocking band, interactive games, costume contests, spooky snacks, cash bar + more! Tricks and treats will be around every corner, this is sure to be an evening that will haunt you forever.

  • Boo in the Burg – Millersburg

    Tour historic buildings that date back 100 years and learn their many secrets. Have a taste for wine? Sample delicious Ohio Wines that will be on hand and be sure to take a bottle or two home with you! Stock up for the holidays!

  • Halloween in the Alley – Painesville

    Join us in Mechanics Alley, located behind the Main Street in downtown Painesville, for a fun filled evening… Food, Music, and a variety of cocktails.

  • Downtown Merchants’ Trick or Treat & Scavenger Hunt – Tipp City

    Join the shopkeeper’s of historic downtown Tipp City for the annual Merchant Trick or Treat & Scavenger Hunt! Dress up in your best costume while you venture from shop to shop gathering treats and clues along the way. Fill out the scavenger hunt card for a chance to win a prize basket from the merchants!

  • Hometown Halloween – Troy

     Main Street will be flooded with little ghouls, superheroes, and princesses! Join us for a morning of happy haunting as Hometown Halloween returns to Troy.

October 30

  • Halloween on the Square – Chardon

    The Chardon Square Association will be handing out bags of candy at the gazebo on Halloween night, starting at 7:30 PM. The Chardon Police Department for handing out cider and doughnuts and the Chardon Fire Department will lead a parade around the square.

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What’s Happening on Main Street – July 2017

Recurring Events

  • Fireworks Displays in Ohio

    Looking for even more fireworks displays for Independence Day? Here’s your list. 

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

July 1

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

July 3

July 4

  • 4th Fest – Piqua

    Celebrate Independence Day in Piqua with food trucks, live music, and lots of fireworks!

  • Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert – Wooster

    Celebrate a glorious 4th with the annual Community Pops Concert, presented by Main Street Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra & Chorus. Bring a chair, watch the concert and still have plenty of time to see fireworks at the Kinney Fields.

July 7

July 8

July 11

July 12

  • Walk & Dine – Cleveland

    Experience the essence of downtown in the Gateway District as you tour fantastic sites, enjoy delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and relax in the company of friends, family and co-workers.  Musical entertainment will add to the festivities at several tour sites.

July 13

July 14

July 15

July 16

July 19

July 20

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 201 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Lakewood Hardware for our first ever hands-on window repair workshop. This workshop is the second window workshop of the season. Repairing a window is not only energy efficient but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderful home. Rotted frames, deteriorated sashes and leaking air can generally be fixed in window restoration — even a rotting window isn’t necessarily too far gone for restoration.

  • WCHS Summer Community Band Concert – Wooster

    Wayne County Historical Society Summer Community Band is presenting a concert in front of “Everything Rubbermaid” in Downtown Wooster. They will be playing “fun” songs – marches, show tunes, and patriotic songs!

July 21

July 22

  • Painesville Farm & Flea – Painesville

    Downtown Painesville, in partnership with the Cleveland Bazaar, will be hosting its very first Painesville Farm & Flea on July 22, 2017, at 177 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. The Flea hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM. Enjoy live entertainment and food trucks as you experience area handmade, vintage, farm, food, and artistic vendors.

  • Pizza Palooza & Family Movie Night – Tiffin

    Pizza aficionados, head over to downtown Tiffin for a celebration of pizza! Half of each ticket sold will go toward downtown revitalization.

    A screening of Disney blockbuster hit, Moana will begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

July 26

  • Farm to Table – Painesville

    The annual Farm to Table will be held on Lake Erie College’s Historic Campus. This year’s event will include food prepared by local chefs pared with local wines and beers. Music by Justo Saborit.

July 27

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Taste of Downtown Wooster – Wooster

    Taste of Downtown is sure to feature something for everyone. Food tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants, live music, and a beer/wine garden!

July 28

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come see local act The Chris Vance Trio! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • Troy Streets Alive! & Shop Hop – Troy

    Join us for a night of health and wellness in Historic Downtown Troy! Artists and musicians will fill the sidewalks, along with cross-fit and yoga on the Public Square, information and demos, an obstacle course and more!

    This event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Troy Merchants Shop Hop. Stores are open late!

July 29

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Last Saturdays! at Van Wert Farm & Arts Markets – Van Wert

    On the “Last Saturday” of every month the Van Wert Farm & Art Market adds to the fun. Last Saturday in July will feature live music, food trucks, a community walk Amazing Race, and a Scavenger hunt!

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What’s Happening on Main Street – June 2017

Things to do in Ohio June 2017

Recurring Events

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

June 2

June 3

  • Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival – Kent

    The 2017 Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival will feature artists, wineries, food and music from all over the state of Ohio! A full day of live music, great art, delicious wine and food in downtown Kent.

  • 3rd Annual Kids Day of Safety & Play – Medina

    Join Cleveland Clinic, Medina Hospital, and Main Street Medina for a day of FREE Family Fun in the Historic District. Music, Dancing, Hands-On Activities, Strolling Performers, Artists, Games, Crafts, Cars, Trucks, Farmers Market and more!

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Troy Strawberry Festival – TroyThings to do in Ohio June 2017

    Troy, Ohio celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production by hosting the Annual Troy Strawberry Festival the first weekend of June. Come join us in celebrating our 41st year!

  • Kid’s Day – Wooster

    Kid’s Day celebrates the end of school and the beginning of summer. Enjoy face painting, crafts, bounce houses, an obstacle course, therapy dogs, a Hockey shoot, finger printing kits, Soap Box Derby cars, and LOTS more!

June 4

June 5

June 8

  • Ladies’ Night Out – Wooster

    Ladies’ Night will feature live music from the “Sounds of Downtown” street musicians. Passports and goodie bags will be available. All completed passports will get you entered to win one of two gift baskets filled with merchandise and git cards from the downtown retailers.

June 9

June 10

June 13

June 15

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and our presenter, Fred Cortright for an informative workshop about windows. We will help answer the age old question, “How do I make my windows stop leaking?!?” Our presentation will focus on repair and replacement of windows with a major focus on wooden windows.

June 16

June 17

June 19

June 23

  • Pop-Up Party – Greenville

    One of the best things about going out in a city are the crowds of people. There is an energy that exists within a crowd and we want to recreate that in downtown Greenville. There is nothing better than spontaneously running into friends, combining tables, and pulling up chairs to make room for more conversation, laughter, and fun. Everyone is invited!

June 24

  • Sauntering Day Sidewalk Sale on Second Street – Portsmouth

    Main Street Portsmouth is working with Second Street businesses to bring back sidewalk sales on June 24, to celebrate World Sauntering Day.
    Get out of the house and spend a day outdoors with the family, walking around downtown Portsmouth, and checking out some of our small businesses.

June 26

June 29

June 30

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

What’s Happening on Main Street – May 2017

May 1

May 5

May 6

  • Downtown Piqua Clean Up Day

    Be a part of spring cleaning up downtown Piqua! There is always plenty to do so get your organization or family involved.

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Hidden Places, Secret Spaces – Marietta

    For one afternoon, you have special permission to visit areas of historic buildings that are normally off-limits so that you can explore a whole new side of Marietta!

May 11

May 12

May 13

  • Girls’ Night Out – Lebanon

    Girls, it’s time to come have some fun and shop and in Downtown Lebanon!

  • Antiques in the Alley – Millersburg

    Stroll the streets as you search for treasures to call your own. Find inspiration and ideas on how others have turned trash…into treasures. Browse antique stores or stop at the local brewery and try our local brew!

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

  • Taste of the Arts – Piqua

    A delightful evening of fun, music and food in downtown Piqua. Be sure to stop and see the various demonstrations in the storefronts while enjoying a variety of live music. Plus, there will be a huge selection of food options from various local restaurants and caterers.

  • Party on Main – Painesville

    Kick-off your summer in Downtown Painesville on Main Street with a huge dance party featuring the famous Disco Inferno.

May 20

May 23

May 24

May 25

  • Knowing Your Home: How to Contract A Repair – Lakewood

    This workshop will focus on the process of working with a home repair/improvement contractor. We will start with the basics of understanding your repair and then work our way through the process of getting estimates, scheduling the job and then making sure the repair has been completed in a workmanlike manner ensuring a well done job.

  • Take a Hike!: Playhouse Square Tour – Cleveland

    Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, the awe-inspiring Dazzle the District project and the historic Statler Hotel.

May 26

May 27

May 30

May 31

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What I Learned About Streetscape Construction Projects

Last week I spent an afternoon with the City of Painesville Economic Development Director and the Downtown Painesville Organization Executive Director. We were out meeting with business owners to discuss the upcoming streetscape construction project scheduled for this summer.

I learned a great deal regarding streetscape projects and what it takes to prepare for a project. It seems the main theme of the day was communication. The Painesville representatives have already done a great job of communicating the details of the project with the business owners. Projects like this are enormous undertakings and have so many moving parts that they can be hard to keep under control. While city leaders and downtown folks are typically very excited about these projects, they can be very daunting for business owners and it is imperative that they are kept in the loop. In Painesville, the business owners were contacted early regarding the project and given some rough ideas what to expect. When plans were complete, business owners were visited and construction plans were reviewed in person. This gave the business owners a chance to understand the process and how it would impact them, it also gave the city and downtown representative a chance to hear property owners concerns and address any questions. This also gives the project leaders ample time to make adjustments to suit the business owners and address concerns.

Business owners were informed when the construction would take place and how it would impact them. These impacts included reduced parking,  reduced store visibility, increased noise and dust and reduced customer access. By better understand when and what was taking place, business owners are better able to prepare. Preparation most often included communication with customers to make them aware of the impending construction and let them know the store would be open, or in some instances have them enter the store from the rear. Some business owners were also making plans for temporary signage, changes in lighting or valet parking.

We also discussed the importance of finding the right contractor for the project. There are plenty of horror stories from other towns where a contractor was not sensitive to the needs of business owners and communicated poorly. In one of the worst cases, this situation lead to business owners suing the city over lost revenue during construction.  Finding a contractor that has experience with streetscape construction is a must. This contractor must be willing to do the project in phases and try to keep the impact on business owners to a minimum. The contractor must also be willing to communicate on nearly a daily basis to keep everyone informed on the progress of the project.

Streetscape projects can and should be a tremendous benefit for a downtown or commercial business district, but if mismanaged, can be a potential debacle. I was very appreciative of the time I spent with Jen Reed and Cathy Bieterman of Painesville. I learned a great deal about what it takes to prepare for a streetscape project and feel confident that Painesville’s project will run smoothly. As always with Main Street Communities, advice and suggestions were shared from communities that have already been through the process and Painesville will share their experience with cities going through the process down the road.

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Combating Vacant Property Workshop

If you missed the vacant property workshop or you’d like to review the materials, you can find them all below.

 

The Legal Approach to Nuisance Property – Matthew Yourkvitch, esq.

 

The Cost of Vacant Property & Solutions You Can Use – Alison Goebel, Ph.D.

 

Sandusky’s Vacant Property Registry – Sandusky Fire Inspector Stephen Rucker

 

Painesville Vacant Property Registry – Doug Lewis and Cathy Bieterman

 

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