Free Movie Night at Clifton Plaza Saturday!

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This Saturday Tootsie, the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, will be playing for free at the Clifton Plaza. A huge hit in the theaters, Tootsie was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and it remains one of Dustin Hoffman’s major roles…and the only one in which he pretended to be a woman. Tootsie will be showing from 8:45pm to 10:30pm. The weather’s going to beautiful this weekend, and the movies always draw a good crowd at Clifton Plaza. In fact, the plaza will already have seen plenty of activity by the time the movie starts, as the Night Owls, a popular blues, soul, and classic band, will be performing there from 6pm to 8:30pm. Also, June 18 is World Wide Knit-in-Public Day, an event that has been taking place around the world since 2005, and everyone who likes knitting or crocheting is invited to do so communally from 11am to 2pm at Clifton Plaza Saturday. To help prepare you for the movie, here’s a trailer for Tootsie; see you there!

Yappy Hour Starts Next Monday!

Yappy HourMondays have been hopping lately with the flea market (soon to be joined by a farmer’s market) populating Clifton Plaza as soon as the weather warmed up a little. And there’s going to be more activity as dog lovers celebrate Yappy Hour from 5pm to 7pm every Monday. So take note: the very first Yappy Hour will take place next Monday, June 6. Basically it’s a social event for dogs – and humans too! All you have to is bring your dog; you can socialize, and so can Spot, who if you haven’t notice has been feeling a bit restless lately, what with all the cold weather keeping him/her indoors. And her’s a nice touch: you can buy and drink red and white wines and Rhinegeist Beer on the plaza. The event is co-sponsored by Petey’s Pet Stop, whose customers are very excited about this opportunity for their canines to congregate. All dogs need to be on a leash, and because this takes place outdoors, yappy hour will only occur on days when the weather is pleasant. Cliftonite (and dog lover), Kathy Parsanko explained why she is looking forward to the event. “Cliftonites love dogs,” she said, “and we also love any chance to get together. Clifton is all about community. So, why not get together with our dogs? Will be fun!”

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Lola and Rufus, who you may recognize as daily Clifton walkers, can’t wait for Yappy Hour!

Mondays on Clifton Plaza


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Mondays are becoming more active on Ludlow Avenue, and this Monday, September 28, should be the biggest yet. The Clifton Plaza “Flea for All” will have at least three vendors from 4pm until they decide to go home. One of them, Niemeyer Farm, has been setting up for the last few weeks, and it always draws a crowd, as you can see from the photo at the top of this blog entry. On Monday mornings Julie Benthaus always posts what she’s bringing to Clifton on nextdoor.clifton, as in last week’s post: “It’s a PERFECT market day! Visit Niemeyer Farm for apples, tomatoes, plums, basil + rosemary plants, honey and peppers!” New to Clifton Plaza is Stu “VintageKing” Nizny, whose Pixel 19 has been selling vintage and retro clothes, t-shirts, artwork, jewelry, and furniture for decades. There will also be a vendor selling record albums for a very soft price. We encourage other vendors to set up as well this Monday or any Monday. It doesn’t cost anything to do so, and you don’t have to get a permit or anything like that – just show up and sell!

Also, hang around some, as Ludlow Avenue stores and restaurants are either continuing to run or adding Monday night specials.

  • Los Potrillos offers half-price small margaritas;
  • The Esquire Theatre continues to promote “Boomer Mondays”;
  • Habaneros sells burritos for $5 and Tecate beer for $2;
  • Arlin’s charges $2.50 for 23-ounce Yuenglings, Budweisers, or Bud Lights.

Be aware, too, that the vendors and specials will continue for many Mondays to come. As Julie Benthaus put it, Niemeyer Farm plans to keep selling “until it starts snowing.” So come out and buy or sell or just see what’s going on the Plaza!

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Watch the All-Star Game on Clifton Plaza!

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On Tuesday an All-Star Celebration will be taking place at Clifton’s favorite gathering place, the Clifton Plaza. Starting at 5pm, folks will gather at Clifton Plaza to watch the All-Star Game taking place downtown and to celebrate the history of both baseball and the Cincinnati Reds. Wear red and bring a chair as we celebrate being named one of ten top all-star neighborhoods in Cincinnati! The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Beer and local food trucks will be on hand, so you can pretty much plant yourself and enjoy the event.

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Clifton Plaza is a great place to watch the game, as the All Star Game is all about history and tradition, and so is Clifton. And we’ll have the perfect band on hand: One of the best roots and Americana bands in the area, Jake Speed and the Freddies, will begin playing at 5:30pm. You can bet that they’ll have plenty of songs about baseball in their setlist, as well as other great folk, country, and blues songs from the days of the mighty Red Stockings.

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This is a great idea. If they’re playing the All-Star Game outdoors with a crowd, heck, why not watch it outdoors with a crowd? Everyone is encouraged to don  Cincinnati Reds outfits…or newer Reds outfits…or baseball clothes in general…or dress like Peanut Jim. At 6:30 there will be a contest for the best baseball outfit. (There will also be a Baseball-Themed Photobooth.) So, you might ask, what did baseball players look like back in the day? And what was Peanut Jim’s outfit, exactly? These pictures should help give you an idea; it might not hurt, apparently, to buy some of that instant-handlebar-mustache-growing-cream that Mr. Haney’s been trying to sell you and that you didn’t think you needed.

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