Holidays on Ludlow Photos – 2018

The weather was great for Holidays on Ludlow last night – cold like it should be but not too cold and not the least bit windy – and people came out in full force for the festivities.  That includes Santa Claus, who stopped by Petey’s Pet Stop to take pictures with some Santa-loving pets. There was a line out the door for this rare photo-op, and the pets loved it, as you can tell by this particularly felicitous canine, who was virtually brimming with the holiday spirit:

 

Again, there were carriage rides:

People love the new Sitwell’s. One of the owners, Florencia, was serving coffee drinks well as some more spirituous substances like spiced cider (yum!) and Irish coffee at Clifton Plaza while carolers sang:

The owner of Maya was feeling the holiday spirit:

And after a glass of his sangria, we were too!

When we walked past Lydia’s on Ludlow, Ma Crow was setting up for her performance there that evening, where she played to a packed house. Don’t forget that Lydia’s has open mics every Thursday!

Santa covered a lot of ground last night. Here he’s seen hustling to his next gig:

We’re SO happy to see Clifton Market spring back to life. At this table, folks signed up to win a $50 gift certificate.

Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) partnered with Kindflash to provide hats and gloves to 600 students as a service learning project for pre-K through first grade.

Gosh, where are we? Oh, that’s…none other than Gaslight Bar & Grill, which had a soft opening last night. It felt mighty cozy – and how ’bout that woodwork, not to mention the view?

Another Santa sighting, this time at Ludlow Wines, which hosts wine tastings every Friday and Saturday night:

On to his next gig:

Santa also visited Ace Hardware, where they served goodies for kids and adults:

Eventually the carolers on Clifton Plaza moved to a warmer climate, sharing the Christmas spirit with the crowd at Ludlow Wines.

Once again, Holidays on Ludlow was a huge success, and spirits were especially high due to all the new businesses (including Sitwell’s, Gaslight Bar & Grill, and new ownership at both Clifton Market and the Ludlow Garage) that so quickly integrated with the old businesses. And we’re not done yet – there’s a record store right around the corner! More on that later…

Pop-Up Shop on Ludlow Avenue This Friday

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This Friday, December 2, from 6pm to 9pm the annual Holidays on Ludlow will be celebrated throughout the Ludlow Avenue Business District. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 6pm – UC Bearcat leads DAAP Pop-Up Light Parade
  • 6:15pm – Santa arrives via fire truck at Plaza
  • 6:30pm – Story time with Eric at Clifton Market
  • 6:00-9:00pm – Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Strolling carolers: Smooth Transitions Barbershop Quartet & carolers from United Methodist
  • Cincinnati Bethel Choir at Clifton Plaza
  • Petey’s Pet Stop & Howell Animal Hospital – free pet photos with Santa + free refreshments

The event will include a pop-up shop where the library used to be, at 351 Ludlow Avenue. Twenty-four vendors will be selling their wares, and items for sale will include jewelry, art, Christmas items, plants, handmade weavings & cards, jewelry boxes, stained glass creations, bicycle recycle, pottery, grass-fed gourmet, and record albums. This is the first pop-up store I’ve heard of in the Gaslight District, and it’s a great idea. Come hang out that night, check out the pop-up store, the carols, the carriage rides, the soon-to-be grocery store, and start getting in the Christmas spirit! Here are some photos of art by some of the artists whose work will be on display that evening:
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Holidays on Ludlow to Include Pop-Up Store This Year

holidays-on-ludlow-poster-2016Friday, December 2, from 6pm to 9pm the annual Holidays on Ludlow will be celebrated throughout the Ludlow Avenue Business District. It’s always a fun night, with highlights including carriage rides and a choir singing Christmas songs. This year the event will include a pop-up shop where the library used to be, at 351 Ludlow Avenue. Fourteen vendors will be selling their wares, and items for sale will include jewelry, mixed media art, Christmas items, bonsai plants, handmade weavings & cards, jewelry boxes, stained glass creations, bicycle recycle, pottery, grass-fed gourmet, Libby Boutique, and record albums. Also, they’ll be taking Santa photos at the old library as well. This is the first pop-up store I’ve heard of in the Gaslight District, and it’s a great idea; along with being lots of fun, it’s a stellar opportunity for people to stock up on Christmas presents, although that’s only a fraction of what will be there. Come hang out that night, check out the pop-up store, the carols, the carriage rides, the soon-to-be grocery store (they’re getting closer by the day!), and start getting in the Christmas spirit! See you there.

Holidays on Ludlow This Friday

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Holidays on Ludlow is back! It starts at 6pm this Friday, Dec. 11, and there’s free parking after 5 in the Merchant Lot on Howell Ave. There are all kinds of fun free activities to choose from that evening, including:

  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Strolling carolers: Transitions Barbershop Quartet & United Methodist Vocal Choir
  •  Kids Art Activities at Lydia’s on Ludlow, sponsored by CCAC
  • Children’s Photos with Santa, courtesy of Cincinnati EyeCare Team
  • Pet Photos with Santa, courtesy of Howell Avenue Pet Hospital
  • Refreshments at Hansa Guild
  • Wine Tasting at La Poste
  • Warm cider courtesy of Clifton Natural Foods
  • Cookies to nibble at Lentz & Company
  • Christmas Jazz performance by Clifton residents at Lydia’s on Ludlow
  • United Methodist French Horn Ensemble will be playing
  • SCPA Guitarist & Harpist will be playing at Live at the Ludlow Garage
  • Sale items at Mizti’s Shoes & Accessories, plus a chance to win a basket of Good Earth natural skin care products
  • Ludlow Wines, will be hosting their Friday night wine tasting

Not to pick favorites, but this is a splendid opportunity for folks to check out Live at the Ludlow Garage, where there will be musicians performing in the lobby (and a Leigh Nash and Gabe Dixon concert in their performing space as well).  If you didn’t know already, Ludlow Garage isn’t just a concert venue; you can have dinner and a drink there as well  Finally, check out the flyer below to find out what else is happening at Lydia’s on Ludow/Om Eco Cafe: 

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Holiday on Ludlow Returns Friday, December 5

holidaysHolidays on Ludlow returns this Friday, December 5. The event kicks off at 6pm when the Clifton Fairview German Choir performs at Clifton Plaza. Free events include the pop-up window event and parade, horse carriage rides, kid cookie decorating, kids art activities with CCAC, a food drive, and photos with Santa.  The event takes place from 6 to 9pm, and there’s free parking after 5pm in the merchant lots on Howell Ave. Here’s a link to the Facebook page for the event. Holidays on Ludlow has ALWAYS been a lot of fun for people of all ages,as you can see from this blog entry w/photos that I posted a couple years ago. See you there!

 

 

PICTURES OF THE HOLIDAYS ON LUDLOW

Santa Claus at Holidays on LudlowI strolled up to Ludlow Avenue last night and snapped some photos of Holidays on Ludlow, and this morning I got up and went into the dark room to look at all the negatives and decide which pictures I should develop and, more importantly, which was the best picture of all.

Sometimes that’s a tough decision because nothing really stands out, but this time we have a clear winner.

Let’s start, though, with the also-rans. Here’s a photo of the wall inside Brown’s Tours and Travels, where travel agent Suzanne Sanchez helps people plan their dream vacation, including destination weddings, which are all the rage these days. Her office is located at 3410 Ormond Ave; her phone number is 513.731.3369; and her email address is Suzanne@BrownsToursandTravel.com.   This rather psychedelic photo is a combination of Christmas lights and brochures for vacation packages to exotic places (like Norway, for instance):

Next, the free carriage rides:

And the Sinfonian Brass Ensemble playing Christmas carols:

That was near the Clifton Plaza, where I chatted with Rob Taylor from Gaslight Property; they were collecting canned good donations that will be given to FOCAS Ministry’s Foodshare program. The collection was very successful that evening, but it’s not over:  Gaslight Property will collect canned good donations through the New Year at their office at 311 Howell Avenue in Clifton. As I continued to walk, I saw Lagniappe performing in front of what will soon be our newly revived grocery store (which would be good, because then I won’t be hungry all the time):

There was a big crowd inside Ludlow Wines:

There was some serious hat-making taking place at Aquarius Star, where I took this photograph of hatmakers hard at work:

While I was there I met Missy Miller, who’s the Program Coordinator for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. In that role she’s passed along information to me about upcoming events at the Center that we’ve posted on the website, so we had met in cyberspace – but it was good to meet her in person and witness the  hatmaker handiwork:

Those were some of my favorite pictures, but now all that’s left are the very, very best photographs of the evening. Winner of the runner-up prize is this pic of Christopher Pazowski in a photo-op with none other than Santa Claus:

And finally the winner (and by a landslide). While at Aquarius Star I of course asked permission for all the photos I took. “Will she let me take her picture?” I asked an adult as both of us faced a child who was wearing one of the recently-made hats. ”Her? She’s a ham,” the adult said. The child was happy to have her picture taken, and it shows. (If someone knows her name, can you email me at disdat@hotmail.com; I’d like to give her credit.)

 

Holidays on Ludlow on Friday

Holidays on LudlowHolidays on Ludlow takes place this Friday, December 13 from 6pm to 9pm, with free parking after 5pm in the Merchant Lot on Howell Avenue. Bring your kids–and bring your pets! Here are just a few of the activities for one of Clifton’s most popular annual events:

  • Free pictures with Santa
  • Free pet pictures with Santa
  • Open houses, refreshments, raffles, and specials
  • Free carriage rides with luminaria along route
  • A concert by the Clifton-Fairview Language Choir
  • Free entertainment throughout the business district
  • Holiday hat making and raffle
  • Snowflake making contest
  • Holiday tree in Clifton Plaza

Here’s a link to lots of pictures from last year’s Holidays on Ludlow.

Once again during this event Gaslight Property will be collecting canned goods and cash donations for the Lord’s Gym at 1829 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine and 811 Madison Avenue in Covington.  Since 1993, the Lord’s Gym has provided an opportunity for men to grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically. The Gym offers a variety of weight-lifting equipment and opportunities for Christian fellowship. The FoodShare is a food co-op for the participants.

Because the Gym hosts on average 400 patrons each month, hundreds of people have heard and responded to the gospel of Jesus. The Gym has seen God help men overcome their addiction problems and become productive people. Recently Channel 12 broadcast a feature about The Gym that shed light on how the Lord’s Gym is helping people get back on track. Check it out!

Pictures of the Holidays on Ludlow

Santa Claus at Holidays on LudlowI strolled up to Ludlow Avenue last night and snapped some photos of Holidays on Ludlow, and this morning I got up and went into the dark room to look at all the negatives and decide which pictures I should develop and, more importantly, which was the best picture of all.

Sometimes that’s a tough decision because nothing really stands out, but this time we have a clear winner.

Let’s start, though, with the also-rans. Here’s a photo of the wall inside Brown’s Tours and Travels, where travel agent Suzanne Sanchez helps people plan their dream vacation, including destination weddings, which are all the rage these days. Her office is located at 3410 Ormond Ave; her phone number is 513.731.3369; and her email address is Suzanne@BrownsToursandTravel.com.   This rather psychedelic photo is a combination of Christmas lights and brochures for vacation packages to exotic places (like Norway, for instance):

Next, the free carriage rides:

And the Sinfonian Brass Ensemble playing Christmas carols:

That was near the Clifton Plaza, where I chatted with Rob Taylor from Gaslight Property; they were collecting canned good donations that will be given to FOCAS Ministry’s Foodshare program. The collection was very successful that evening, but it’s not over:  Gaslight Property will collect canned good donations through the New Year at their office at 311 Howell Avenue in Clifton. As I continued to walk, I saw Lagniappe performing in front of what will soon be our newly revived grocery store (which would be good, because then I won’t be hungry all the time):

There was a big crowd inside Ludlow Wines:

There was some serious hat-making taking place at Aquarius Star, where I took this photograph of hatmakers hard at work:

While I was there I met Missy Miller, who’s the Program Coordinator for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. In that role she’s passed along information to me about upcoming events at the Center that we’ve posted on the website, so we had met in cyberspace – but it was good to meet her in person and witness the  hatmaker handiwork:

Those were some of my favorite pictures, but now all that’s left are the very, very best photographs of the evening. Winner of the runner-up prize is this pic of Christopher Pazowski in a photo-op with none other than Santa Claus:

And finally the winner (and by a landslide). While at Aquarius Star I of course asked permission for all the photos I took. “Will she let me take her picture?” I asked an adult as both of us faced a child who was wearing one of the recently-made hats. “Her? She’s a ham,” the adult said. The child was happy to have her picture taken, and it shows. (If someone knows her name, can you email me at disdat@hotmail.com; I’d like to give her credit.)

 

Five Reasons to Check Out Holidays on Ludlow This Friday

A celebration of Christmas in the heart of the Gaslight District, Holidays on Ludlow returns to Ludlow Ave this Friday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m.  There will be free parking in the Merchant Lot on Howell Ave. after 5 pm. Here are (drum roll, please) the top five reasons to check out Holidays on Ludlow:

  • It’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. There will be free carriage rides with luminaria along the route, caroling courtesy of the Clifton-Fairview German Language Choir, and free pictures with Santa Claus.
  • This is an event for both children and adults. “We’ll have bobbing for apples, tea parties, and Kiddie Cocoas for the little ones,” Sitwells wrote on their Facebook page. “No worries, parents, we’ve got our delicious Spiked Mulled Cider for you!”
  • It’s a chance to do some shopping. On the off-chance that you haven’t finished all your Christmas shopping, this is an opportunity to support lots of local business within walking distance of each other.
  • Arts and crafts. Holidays on Ludlow will include holiday hat making at Aquarius Star plus a snowflake making contest.
  • It’s a chance to help the needy. Gaslight Property will once again be hosting a canned food drive on the Plaza during the event. Please bring your cans and other non-perishables and be generous with our less fortunate neighbors during the holidays.