Revving Up for CliftonFest!

During my daily stroll, I happened upon some folks who were decorating the streetlights on Ludlow Avenue, which was something that begged documentation. At 8pm all of the light sculptures are going to light up, and tomorrow night CliftonFest begins. Gaslight Property is once again a proud sponsor of CliftonFest, which is one of many reasons the Gaslight District is a great place to live!

Come to the CliftonFest Kickoff Party on Friday!

clifton fest 2015

CliftonFest on Ludlow is back this weekend, Sept. 25-27, with live music, food, arts, retail booths, beer, wine, “the Clifton Chase,” a 5K Race, and some good old-fashioned camaraderie. Gaslight Property is again a proud sponsor of this annual event. Things will kick off Friday night with the Wine & Jazz party at Clifton Plaza. From 6pm to 10pm people will be able to drink wine on the Plaza, catch up with old friends and make new ones, and (from 7pm to 10pm) listen to the jazz sounds of Wade Baker. There will be other things cooking on Ludlow Avenue as well: from 8pm to 11pm Om Eco Café will host a literary reading that will feature writers from the University of Cincinnati. Also, Ludlow Wines will be hosting its weekly wine tasting from 5pm to 8pm. Ludlow Wines was nice enough to donate the wine for the Clifton Plaza event. I should also mention that, at 7:30pm on Saturday, Ludlow Wine will have a prize drawing, the top prize being tickets to visit the Maker’s Mark Distillery. For a full rundown of what’s going on at CliftonFest 2015, check CliftonFest’s website.

Cliftonfest Starts Friday!

Clifton FestGaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest this year. The event starts this Friday, September 26, kicking off with “Jazz and Wine” from 6pm to 10m (Wade Baker will be performing at the Clifton Plaza, and wine will be provided by Ludlow Wines). Overlapping that event will be, from 7pm to 9pm, an artists reception at Om Eco Cafe. The weekend will also feature “art carpets,” with chalk art on streets and sidewalks; dozens of artisans booths; a pet parade; a 5K run; a story hour for children; and a screening of Mary Poppins at the Esquire. Details on times and locations for all the events discussed in this blog entry can be found on the Facebook page for the event

And there will be music –  lots of it. And festive music at that, with artists including Baoku Afro Beat and Robin Lacey and DeZydeco. Saturday’s show will end with the perennial favorites The Cliftones, and Sunday will kick off with Ron Esposito’s Singing Bowls, who I wrote about in this blog entry. They play some very heavy music; it’s great to hear on CD, and it’s also great to experience live. 

And don’t miss the mural that artists have been working on for weeks, on the wall beside Om Eco Cafe. Here’s my blog entry on the early stages of that:

Cliftonfest has a long history, and my blog chronicled part of that history in the last few years. Here are links with photos to some earlier Cliftonfests:

Cliftonfest link

Cliftonfest link

The colorful and hypnotic band Mayan Ruins will also be performing, and here’s a clip of a recent performance by them:

Come See the Cliftonfest Mural In Progress!

Mural 014It’s a beautiful day outside, and if you’re paining a mural in anticipation of Cliftonfest it’s even better. These folks were hard at workplay today, and seeing them inspired me to take a few snapshots of the colorful work of art that’s gracing the building where Om Cafe resides. They predict that they’ll be out there for two more weeks; hopefully they’ll have more days like today – sunny and just the right temperature. Come check them out! This year Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest, whose Facebook page you can check out and like: cliftonfestfacebookpage.

Mural 010


Mural 010


Mural 010


Mural 015


Mural 017

A Weekend in Clifton featuring StreetScapes and Cliftonfest

Friday September 28th to Sunday September 30th A Weekend in Clifton featuring StreetScapes and Cliftonfest will return to the Gaslight District. Think of the event as three days of music and art, with live music kicking off Friday night and artists painting both streets and cars on Saturday and Sunday. There will be two musical stages and two beer vendors, and already news is spilling in of businesses on Ludlow Avenue doing special things in conjunction with the event, of which Gaslight Property is a proud co-sponsor. To give you a taste of one part of the event, here are some photos from StreetScapes in years past:

Crowd Gathers around Streetscapes Artist