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Here's a look back at some of our past events and accomplishments...

Past News

Past Events

ADDA Installs New Officers & Hands Out Awards

December 24, 2018

The ADDA Christmas Party was a huge success!  Many thanks to all of the vendors who donated items for our auctions.  And thank you to all who came out to enjoy some fellowship and support the ADDA!  During the meeting the new ADDA Officers were installed and the 2018 Award Winners were recognized.  

The new officers are:

Myke Anderson- President

Jane Haines- Vice President

Carmen Kuula- Secretary

Chad Giangola- Treasurer

Josephine Misener- Past President

2018 Award Winners are:

Doug Spence- Downtown Image Award

Suzie Kist- Community Service Award

Marty Cephas- Promotions Award

People's Choice Winner!

December 24, 2018

The People have chosen!  The winner of the 2018 People's Choice Award for the Christmas Tree Competition is... Ashtabula Juvenile Court!  Be sure to stop by and see all of the trees in Cornelius Park this holiday season.

And the Winners Are...

November 22, 2018

The "Meet Me On Main" Enchanted Christmas Holiday Kick-Off Festivities were fabulous!  Thank you to everyone who participated and thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us.  Here are some of the winners:

Window Decorating Contest

1st Place- Unguentarii

2nd Place- Ultimate Appearance

3rd Place- Bside Music

"Judges Choice" Christmas Tree Competition

1st Place- Ashtabula Lions Club

2nd Place- Ashtabula Juvenile Court

3rd Place- YMCA

Coming soon you can also  vote for the "People's Choice" tree!

Click the link to visit more of our special highlight pages!

New Parade Route!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce a new route for this year's Christmas Parade!  The Parade will begin at W 44th and Park Avenue and head towards Lake Avenue (the corner with Walgreen's and the BP), take a right onto Lake Avenue to Main Avenue, a right onto Main Avenue. The Parade will proceed up Main Avenue to W 48th, right onto W 48th to Park Avenue and end at the Carlisle parking lot.  Announcements will be at Park Avenue Winery, BSide Music, and Dublin Down.

ADDA Hosts Membership Meeting

November 11, 2018

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 the ADDA held it's Membership Meeting.  Special guest Stephanie Seigel, Ashtabula County Visitors and Convention Bureau, shared updates on the ACVCB's many projects, as well as statistics showing the tremendous impact of tourism on our local economy.  In other business, the ADDA elected it's new officers for 2019:  Myke Anderson, President; Jane Haines, Vice-President; Carmen Kuula, Secretary; Chad Giangola, Treasurer; and Josephine Misener, Past President.  

Holiday Celebrations Coming Soon!

November 6, 2018

The Holiday festivities will soon be here!  Join in the fun with the theme this year... It's a Marshmallow World.  We will have the Tree Decorating Contest, the Window Decorating Contest, the Downtown Christmas Parade and many activities happening throughout Downtown on that evening.  

ADDA Collects Mittens, Hats, and Scarves

October 13, 2018

The ADDA is collecting mittens, hats, and scarves. We will be placing these items on a special Christmas Tree in Cornelius Park throughout the holiday season to help warm those in need. 

Plans Begin For the Holiday Events

September 28, 2018

The nip of Fall has been in the air and the ADDA has started to make plans for the upcoming Holiday events!  The fun includes the annual Christmas Parade, the Christmas Tree Decorating, and the Window Decorating events, along with all the activities around the Downtown area!  This year's them is "It's a Marshmallow World".

Ashtabula Police Win Chili Cook-Off!

September 9, 2018

Three great groups vied for the title of "Best Chili" in the First Friday Harvest Chili Cook-Off on September 7th.  The entries offered by the Ashtabula Fire Department, the Ashtabula Police Department and LEADERship Ashtabula County were all delicious, but the winning chili was made by the Ashtabula Police Department!  Thanks to all who helped support this event!

Great Art In The Alley Event!

September 4, 2018

The 3rd Annual Art In The Alley was a wonderful event highlighting local artists and adding some new features.  

Volunteers Wanted for Art In The Alley

August 25, 2018

Be a part of this fantastic event- sign up to volunteer now!

New "Meet Me On Main" Banners!

August 12, 2018

Revealed for the August First Friday event, we now have fabulous new street banners adorning our Downtown!  As you admire the beautiful flowers, also check out the great art on the banner.  Each banner has been sponsored by a local business,  Many thanks to our sponsors for inviting everyone to... "Meet Me On Main."

Planning Underway for Art in the Alley!

July 21, 2018

The ADDA has issued a "Call for Artists" for the third annual “Art in the Alley”, a mixed media event for Artists who create Photography, Graphite, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylics, Oils, Ceramics, Fiber Art, Three-Dimensional Work and more.  The event was created to showcase the many talented local artists we have in our area, and is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 2018 in the Alley next to, and Parking Lot behind Dublin Down – 4616 Main Avenue.

There are many levels of sponsorship available.  We have Easel Sponsorships available for individuals, businesses and organizations that are a great way to support Ashtabula and our local artists!

Committee Members include: Deborah Hill, Jo Misener, Dave Clint, Doug Spencer, Larry Fargo – Chairman
Please direct any questions to Larry
Office: 440-997-2442 Cell: 440-813-0252

First Friday Volunteers Needed!

June 29, 2018

The theme for the July First Friday is "Youth Art, Science, and Chalk Art for All Ages". We plan to use the World Science Festival- City of Science Activity Guide during this event.  We need 3 or 4 people to facilitate science experiments that engage the public (of all ages).  We also need volunteers for the following tasks: 

Setup needed noon-1pm   Teardown needed 8pm-9pm 

Transfering tables and chairs from Casa to different spots on Main Ave and both Veterans and Cornelius Parks. 

Setting up two tents on Main Ave and two in Cornelius Park.  If you are able to help contact

Fountain Restoration Continues At Cornelius Park

June 12, 2018

Larry Fargo and Randy Woods prepped the limestone base around the perimeter of the fountain for installation of brick patio blocks on Monday, continuing work to restore the fountain (originally gifted to the City by Oliver C. Topky about 50 years ago).  Over the past 3 years, volunteers and donors have been dedicated to this effort, and this summer the project should be complete and the fountain will once again be the beautiful centerpiece of Cornelius Park. 

NEW!!! Main Avenue Marketplace

Opening Day, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

The Main Avenue Marketplace is part Farmers’ Market and more! It will offer healthy, locally grown/produced food from area farms and handmade products from local artists/artisans.  The Marketplace will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm on the corner of Main Avenue and West 48th Street (by the Ashtabula Municipal Building/Key Bank).  Currently seeking vendors, just complete the Application Packet .  As a new market we are offering spaces for $5.00 per week (just to help cover costs of marketing and operation).  SIGN UP TODAY!

New for 2018- First Fridays!

May 4, 2018

Join us for exiting new events- First Fridays!  Starting on June 1st- the first Friday in June- we will be having Downtown Ashtabula's Outdoor Market and Celebration!  Featuring a Car Meet, Street Performers, Vendors, Food Trucks, Flea Market, and more!  The theme for June will be Safety and Wellness!  Mark you calendars...First Fridays will be held throughout the season with other dates of July 6, August 3, September 7 and October 5.

So the ADDA invites you to come on Downtown and "Meet Me On Main"!

Economic Restructuring Committee Update

April 8, 2018

Over the years the Economic Restructuring Committee has worked hard to move Downtown Ashtabula forward.  Thanks to their efforts many positive changes have taken place.  The committee now has new members who will pick up and continue that work.  Larry Fargo is taking the lead as the new chairperson and is joined by the following members: Josephine Misener, Lisa Richmond, Rick Coblitz, and Doug Spencer.


Jo has knowledge of the City’s administration, policies, and procedures. She has contact with building owners and knows a lot about the buildings.


As a business owner, Lisa has a stake in Main Avenue.  She will be working to assist with the public relations tasks of the committee.


Rick brings wisdom and continuity to the group as he has been actively involved with ADDA, and Main Avenue projects for many years.


Doug is a sound businessman. His knowledge of buildings and their repair will be very instrumental as the ERC moves forward.

Congratulations and thank you to the new members who will be putting their talents to work "getting things done" for Downtown Ashtabula!

ADDA Holds Annual Meeting

March 3, 2018

The ADDA hosted their Annual Meeting at the Ashtabula County District Library on Wednesday, February 28th.  Members, merchants and the public were updated on accomplishments of 2017 and plans for 2018.  There is a lot going on Downtown and the group has adopted the new tagline... "Meet Me On Main"  as an invitation to all!

Officer Vacancies- Nominations Open!

February 17, 2018

Due to the recent resignations of the ADDA Vice President and Secretary, the ADDA is accepting nominations for the two open positions.  If you are interested in serving, or if you know of someone that you think would be a good fit, please email Lynda Annick at

New Feature- Meet the New Members

January 27, 2018

The ADDA 2018 Membership Drive is now underway.  New this year will are featuring our new members on a special page.  Please be sure to welcome them to our ADDA family!  We are offering a special opportunity-- if you have never been a member of ADDA, we are offering 50% off for the first year.  Join our recent new members Masonry Water Solutions and Unguentarii!

ADDA Presents Recognition Awards

December 2017

Each year the ADDA recognizes member achievements.  Awards for 2017 included Outstanding New Member- Doug Spencer- Spence Contracting, Downtown Image- Meeghan Humphrey- Ashtabula Arts Center, and Promotions- Carmen Kuula awards.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you for your dedication to Downtown Ashtabula and the ADDA.

"People's Choice" Winner Announced!

December 26, 2017

The gazebo ballots and online voting have been tallied... the public has spoken!  Congratulations to the Ashtabula YMCA the 2017 People's Choice Christmas Tree winner!  A Trophy Ceremony for both winners will be announced January 4th.  Thank you to all who cast their ballots and thanks again to all of the Tree Sponsors for supporting the ADDA Enchanted Christmas!  We Love Ashtabula!

ADDA Annual Christmas Party

December 26, 2017

The ADDA held it's Annual Christmas Party on December 16th.  Thank you to the Chalk Box for hosting the event, and thank you to the Star Beacon for sponsoring the delicious food for the evening.  We are grateful to all of the merchants and organizations that donated items for our silent auction fund raiser.  It was a great night of fellowship- celebrating the exciting progress of 2017!

Great Kick-Off to Holiday Season!

November 18, 2017

Once again Downtown Ashtabula ushered in the Holiday Season in grand style!  We had a fabulous Enchanted Christmas celebration and a great crowd enjoyed the annual Christmas Parade!  The Christmas Trees were lit in Cornelius Park followed by entertainment-- don't forget to vote for your favorite tree!

Larry Fargo Receives Community Outreach Award

November 10, 2017

Congratulations to Larry Fargo, Fargo Machine!  Larry was presented the Community Outreach Award from the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce.  The ADDA is so grateful to Larry for all that he has done over the past years to help in our efforts to revitalize Downtown Ashtabula. 

ADDA Hosts Window Decorating Contest!

October 17, 2017

To enhance the holiday atmosphere, the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA) will once again sponsor a window/storefront decorating contest for downtown merchants and property owners.  (ADDA membership not required.)

Use your imagination!!  Be unique!!  Light up the darkness!!  Applications are due November 10th!

Christmas Parade Applications Accepted Now!

October 5, 2017

The time for our Downtown Christmas Parade is coming quickly!  We are now accepting applications for groups who wish to be a part of the parade.  Complete the application and return it today!

ADDA Public Art Competition Winner!

September 24, 2017

Winner of the ADDA’s Public Art Competition is Chris Raab for his whirligig design of “Ashtabeautiful.”  The new whirligig will make its debut on the Ashtabula City Hall lawn in the Spring of 2018.

Public Mural Beautifies Main Avenue

September 12, 2017

Many volunteers came together to paint sections of the public mural.  The mural was painted in sections and will be mounted on the side of the Ultimate Appearance building. 

Art in the Alley- Call for Artists

July 7, 2017

The ADDA is accepting applications for artists to show at Art in the Alley on Saturday, September 2nd.  Ashtabula has a treasure trove of talent deserving of exposure and support.  Interested artists should submit an application, a bio for the brochure, and a photo of their work (any mixed media- not a craft fair or yard sale) by AUGUST 12th. 

Art in the Alley Sponsorships Available!

June 12, 2017

ADDA is excited to announce the Second Annual "Art in the Alley" event for Ashtabula's Main Avenue. Sponsor opportunities are available and are quickly being grabbed by businesses that want to be recognized as a contributor to the revitalization of Ashtabula's downtown area. Sign up for a sponsorship now! 

Many Meet and Greet with ADDA!

May 4, 2017

The most recent ADDA Meet and Greet was hosted by Richmond Transportation, the newest addition to Main Avenue south.  Members and the community stopped by to learn more about Richmond's, tour the facilities, hear about the ADDA, and discover the upcoming downtown projects on tap for this season.  Thanks to all who came out to meet fellow merchants and support the positive progress of Downtown Ashtabula!

Great Easter Eggstravaganza!

April 17, 2017

The ADDA had a great event Saturday for their 10th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Cornelius Park.  Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed our beautiful Downtown, and many thanks to all of the merchants and volunteers who helped to make this event possible.

Unique Opportunity to Invest In Downtown Ashtabula!

March 25, 2017

Casa Capelli Restaurant and Catering is searching for a buyer or lessee that will continue the tradition of hosting a restaurant in their unique historical bank location...

New ADDA Social Media Special Offers!

February 28, 2017

The ADDA has launched a new Social Media Campaign to provide special offers to our member businesses.  Every other week we will feature a coupon or offer from one of our ADDA members on our Facebook page.  So please watch for our post, print out the coupon, and support our local merchants.

ADDA Membership Drive Underway!

February 14, 2017

Members- it is time to renew!  Not a member yet?   Join now- we have a special membership opportunity for new members!

People's Choice Christmas Tree Entry Decided!

February 1, 2017

Our Enchanted Christmas 2016 Christmas Tree Competition was a great success!  The People's Choice award goes to... True Til Death Tattoo & Piercing!  The Judge's Choice award went to the Ashtabula YMCA. Congratulations!   Thanks to the Log Barn and E&J Glass for their generous donations and to all the Christmas Tree Sponsors!


December 30,2016

The ADDA would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year.  We look forward to another exciting year in 2017!

And the Window Decorating Contest Winners Are...

November 28, 2016

We had 19 business and property owners sign up for the competition and others who decorated on their own.  The downtown looks amazing!!!  The displays really made Downtown Ashtabula look festive for the Christmas Parade and for the holiday season.

And the winners of the 2016 Window Decorating Contest are:


1st Place - Ultimate Appearance

2nd Place - The City of Ashtabula

3rd Place - Furniture Towne

And The Parade Winners Are...

November 19, 2016

It was a spectacular parade!  There were approximately 65 entries and they were all great.  The Judges had a tough job but here are the winners...

1st Place- A-Tech

2nd Place- Chalk Box

3rd Place- Soap Box Derby

Thank you to everyone who participated- it truly was a "Miracle on Main".

Don't forget to VOTE for your FAVORITE TREE!

November 17, 2016

Come Downtown to Cornelius Park on Friday, November 18th at 6:00 pm for the Enchanted Christmas Tree Competition and Lighting Ceremony!  You can vote for your favorite tree at that time or online after the event!

Deadline Thursday for Window Decorating and Parade Applications!

November 6, 2016

The holiday season is fast approaching- don't miss out on your chance to be part of the Enchanted Christmas in Downtown Ashtabula!  You can still register to take part in either the Window Decorating Contest or the Parade!  But hrry- applications for both are due this Thursday, November 10th!

Congratulations New Officers!

November 6, 2016

The following new officers for 2017 were elected at the ADDA Membership Meeting held October 26th.  Congratulations and welcome to: Josephine Misener-President, Paul Brickman-Vice-President, Chrissy Speelman-Secretary, and Michelle Joslin-Treasurer.

The Holiday Preparations Begin!

October 26, 2016



GETTING READY...for the 2016 Holiday Festivities

  • Cornelius Park

  •  November 5th

  •  9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you have an hour or two,  please come help decorate the park and gazebo.  We will also be placing and securing the Christmas trees for the 7th annual Christmas Tree Competition. Come join the fun!!   

Holiday Window Decorating Contest

October 10, 2016

To enhance the holiday atmosphere, the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA) is sponsoring a window/storefront decorating contest for downtown merchants.  (ADDA membership not required.)

Use your imagination!!  Be unique!!  Light up the darkness!!

2016 Downtown Ashtabula Christmas Parade Application Available

September 28, 2016

It's time again to register your entry for the 2016 Downtown Ashtabula Christmas Parade!  The theme for this year will be "Miracle on Main" and we are looking for the most colorful entiry you can dream up! 

ADDA Sponsored Roundtable Discussion

September 26, 2016

Jim Timonere, Ashtabula City Manager was the guest speaker at the ADDA Roundtable Discussion held on September 21st.  City residents were invited to ask questions and receive updates regarding projects and issues.

9/11...A Day of Remembrance

September 11, 2016

Join with others in remembrance of September 11 at the Patriot Day Freedom Walk. Opening Ceremony begins at 5 pm at Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd, Ashtabula. The one mile Freedom Walk then proceeds to the Ashtabula Fire Station, then Veterans Park, and back to the funeral home for refreshments. At each location clergy, city police and the American Legion will offer prayers, words or military honors. If you wish to observe the walk, you can watch from the east side of Lt. Cpl. Kevin Cornelius Park between 5:30-6:00 pm.

Great Day Downtown!

September 5, 2016

The Art in the Alley event was a huge success!  Many people stopped downtown to see the art and visit with the artists!  The weather was perfect, wonderful food was available at Dublin Down Irish Pub & Eatery, as well as at the new JT's Bagels Shop, and terrific tunes were provided by Smooth Groove!  The first public art installation- 3 Whirligigs- were unveiled on Main Avenue.  Great work and many thanks to the Committee for bringing this first-of-its-kind event to our area.  Also, thank you so much to the local artists who showcased their artworks- we have so many talented individuals in our midst!

Art in the Alley- Today!

September 3, 2016

A great day to see the work of our many talented local artists!  Food, music, fun and art, art, art!!!  This is a mixed media event, including artists who create Photography, Graphite, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylics, Oils, Ceramics, Fiber art and various other 3-D work (this is not a craft show or yard sale).  There will be food available from Dublin Down Irish Pub and Eatery-- including an alcohol-free family dining section.  There will be live music and spectacular lighting for the evening.  Join us Downtown!

Art in the Alley--- Public Art in Downtown Ashtabula!

September 2, 2016

One more day!  The preparations continue as the ADDA prepares to host a fantastic public art event in Downtown Ashtabula!  On Saturday many talented local artists will be showcasing their works in the alleys surrounding the Dublin Down block on Main Avenue.  Also, there will be an unveiling of a public art installation that will offer a unique depiction of the bountiful aspects of the Ashtabula area! 


We invite you to join us-- there is no admission fee!

Volunteers Needed for Art in the Alley

August 16, 2016

Art in the Alley is going to be a great event- would you like to help support the effort?  We are in need fo volunteers to help in many ways.  Please check out the sign up below and consider offering a few hours or a complete a specific task.  (IMPORTANT!!! When viewing the sign up be aware this is not an ad-free app- ONLY enter into the schedule- do not click on any other messages that may appear on the site.)

Art in the Alley Sponsorships Available

July 28, 2016

Be a sponsor in this wonderful, first-of-its-kind event in Downtown Ashtabula!  There are sponsorship opportunities at many levels and it is a chance for you or your business to help ADDA showcase the talents of local artists. 

Call to Artists: Art in the Alley Deadline Approaching!

July 6, 2016

There is only a little time left to get your application in to be included in this new public art event in Downtown Ashtabula!  Deadline is July 15th!  This is your chance to showcase your work- so don't miss out!  Art in the Alley will take place September 3, 2016.

Call to Artists for a new ADDA public event: Art in the Alley

June 7, 2016

This new unique event will be held on September 3, 2016.  ADDA developed this event to showcase local artists.  Deadline for applications and pictures of work- July 15, 2016.

ADDA Directory Available!

May 30,2016

The new Downtown Ashtabula Business Directory hit the newstands today in the Star Beacon.  It looks fabulous!  Be sure to grab one of these directories, it is a great reference for our many downtown establishments. 

Library Closed for Renovations

May 30, 2016

The Ashtabula County District Library will be closed from Memorial Day through July 4th to complete the final stages of their renovation.  The new addition will hold many great features- looking forward to the re-opening!  In the meantime, keep up with the Library's activities by clicking below.

Vision for Downtown Ashtabula!

March 28, 2016

The Ashtabula City Council voted to approve the ADDA Master Plan for Downtown Ashtabula at their meeting on Monday, March 21st.  "The ADDA Master Plan builds on previous plans and studies; it's a working plan.  It provides a vision of what a revitalized downtown Ashtabula could be..." Jane Haines ADDA President said.

ADDA Master Plan Approved!

March 8, 2016

At the March 2nd Membership Meeting, the ADDA presented their Downtown Ashtabula Master Plan and received public approval.  It will now be presented to the City of Ashtabula for consideration.  It is a great document and will help guide the development efforts of the Downtown area for the future.

Fountain Flows Again!

August 7, 2015

"Ashtabeautiful's Fountain is back!"
Thank you, Larry Fargo of Fargo Machine Co for working to get this beautiful fountain flowing again.  The fountain was donated to the City of Ashtabula, by Mr. Topky and Larry is leading a group to work on restoring the fountain back to its original glory

River of Many Fish!

July 25, 2015

Ashtabula- “River of Many Fish!”  Thank you Ralph Bacon, the After School Discovery kids, and Cheryl Longden for helping to beautify our downtown windowscape!  These murals flowed across the building windows on Main Avenue to greet the many out-of-town visitors and spectators of the Historic Steam Locomotive visit. 

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Thursday, January 10th AND Monday, January 14th, 2019, 5:30- 7:30 pm

ADDA Event Planning Meetings

2019 is going to be a fabulous year for the ADDA!  I am excited to get started on completing our promotional lineup for the year.  We have two back to back evening meetings on Thursday, Jan 10th and Monday, Jan 14th 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. at the Park Ave. Winery.  Attending these important planning meetings will allow you to have a voice in the downtown 2019 events, PR campaigns and, promotions. 


We need fresh, creative, unique ideas!   More importantly, we need people ready to step up and help bring the plans to fruition.  If you're interested in making a difference in downtown Ashtabula, we hope to see you there, and... bring a friend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:00 pm

ADDA Christmas Party

Join us for our annual Christmas Party as we celebrate the holiday!  All are welcome to enjoy food, networking, and a chance to bid on some wonderful gift items.  The party will be hosted at the Chalk Box.

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 pm

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

We have a full-slate of great holiday activities scheduled so Meet Me On Main!  We have Pre-Parade activities in Cpl. Kevin Cornelius Park starting at 5:00 pm and including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!  The Parade starts at 7:00 pm and has a new route!  After the Parade from 8:00-9:00 pm visit Santa and the North Pole Workshop, or enjoy entertainment at Dublin Down Irish Pub, E-Comm Cafe and Park Avenue Winery!  Stroll Main Avenue and see view the decorated windows.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00 pm

ADDA Membership Meeting

ADDA is pleased to welcome special guest Stephanie Seigel, Executive Director of the Ashtabula County Visitors and Convention Bureau at our next Membership Meeting.  Voting for new ADDA Officers for the 2019 - 2020 term will take place.  Nominations are still being accepted. If you are interested in being an officer, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please contact Lynda Annick at


As always we will enjoy  food and networking.  The meeting will be held at the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce, 4536 Main Ave, Ashtabula.

November 2, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

First Friday

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I, in partnership with Veterans of Foreign Wars.

October 5, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

First Friday- Ghost Tours!

​Join us in Cornelius Park and along Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula on the first Friday of the month- October 5th- for an outdoor market and year round celebration!!  The October event features Ghost Tours!

We will be gathering at 5:30 pm at the Peace Stone in South Park at West 49th and Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula for the Ashtabula Rally for Peace, during the "International Day Of Peace" September 21st in South Park at the Peace Stone and Peace Pole.

The program will include remarks from State Representative John Patterson, County Commissioner J.P. Ducro, and Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere and other guests.


September 7, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

First Friday- Harvestfest!

​Join us in Cornelius Park and along Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula on the first Friday of the month- September 7th- for an outdoor market and year round celebration!!

August 29, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm

ADDA "Meet and Greet"

Join the ADDA at Park Avenue Winery for the August 29th "Meet and Greet".  Network with fellow Downtown Merchants and hear updates from the ADDA regarding projects and upcoming events!

August 14, 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Christmas 2018 Planning Meeting

If you would like to work on the planning committee for the 2018 Ashtabula Downtown Christmas activities scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2018, we invite you to attend this meeting.

We are building project teams and need your help.

If you have" think out the box ideas" we want to hear them.

Everyone is welcome. We encourage teens and young adults to bring your input to the table.  The meeting will be held at Park Avenue Winery, 4316 Park Avenue, Ashtabula.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6:00 pm

Christmas In July- 2018 Christmas Planning Meeting

The ADDA is looking for people to help plan: 

  • Christmas Parade

  • Christmas Tree Competition

  • Activities before and after the parade.  


Do you have a suggestion on how we can make the event even better? 

Your help is needed!!     Please join us!!  Park Avenue Winery, 4316 Park Avenue, Ashtabula

August 3, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

"Meet Me On Main" First Friday

Join us in Cornelius Park and along Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula on the first Friday of every month for an outdoor market and year round celebration!!

Monday, July 9, 2018, 8:00 am

Heritage Ohio Historic Tax Credit Coffee

The 60 minute session will be held at the Ashtabula County District Library and will include information about how to qualify for the National Register and the various tax credit programs.

Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:00- 8:00 pm

"The Curious Case of Chris Raab"

Join us at Framed on Main Gallery 4533 Main Avenue, Ashtabula Downtown for the “ Curious Case of Chris Raab” local artist. The event is open to the public and will take place Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 5 to 8p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Come and meet the artist and enjoy the evening with the arts. Future events will take place every two months. This event is sponsored by Erie Bank in conjunction with Framed on Main.

July 6, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

"Meet Me On Main" First Friday

Join us in Cornelius Park and along Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula on the first Friday of every month for an outdoor market and year round celebration!!

June 1, 2018, 3:00-8:00 pm

"Meet Me On Main" First Friday

Join us in Cornelius Park and along Main Avenue in Downtown Ashtabula on the first Friday of every month for an outdoor market and year round celebration!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Join the ADDA as they spruce up Downtown for the coming season!  Please meet in front of Ashtabula Municipal Court.  Clean up includes both parks including weeding flower beds plus cleaning the sidewalks and picking up trash.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:00 pm

Meet n' Greet- Membership Meeting

Join the ADDA for the Meet n' Greet at the City of Ashtabula Municipal Building with special guest Frances Jo Hamilton, Heritage Ohio, Director of Revitlaization.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Downtown Laughs- Comedy Night

The ADDA is pleased to present the annual Downtown Laughs event!  Once again this year the event will be held at Martini's Restaurant.  The headliner will be Tom Dustin with opening act by Mary Santora and featuring our local comedians.  Don't miss this night of comedy.

Saturday, March 31, 2018- 1:30-3:00 pm

Easter Eggstravaganza!

Hop on down and join the ADDA at Cornelius Park for fun with the Easter Bunny!  Games!  Treats!  Fun!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm

ADDA Annual Review Meeting

Please join us as we review the accomplishments of 2017 and look forward to upcoming events in 2018!!  Meeting location: Ashtabula County District Library.  Light refreshments will be served

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:30 pm

ADDA Christmas Tree Winners Trophy Presentation

You're invited to attend the Trophy Presentation for the Christmas Tree winners.  Also, plan to stay for the ADDA Special Christmas 2018 Planning meeting.  After the trophies are presented all are welcome to stay and share ideas on now we can make the 2018 Christmas activities even better!  Park Avenue Winery, 4316 Park Avenue, Ashtabula.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 am

Veterans Day Service

The United War Veterans of Ashtabula will hold a service at Veterans Memorial Park in Ashtabula.  Retired Master Sgt. John Smith will be speaking.

Friday, November 17, 2017 Starting at 5:30 pm

Enchanted Christmas Festivities

Downtown Ashtabula kicks off the holiday season with the Enchanted Christmas Festivities.  Start the evening celebrating the Lighting of the Trees in Cornelius Park; followed by holiday music at the Gazebo.  Meet Mrs. Claus, and of course, enjoy the Christmas Parade!

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Great Music Without Barriers Concert Series

Presenting Andrew Sords and Friends, St. Peter's Church.  Concert and 'Meet the Artists' reception free and open to the public.

October 25, 2017, 6:00- 8:00 pm

ADDA Hosts Webinar

The ADDA will be presenting: The Resurgence of Downtowns: The Step-By-Step Process


a webinar by Roger Brooks International.  Valuable information for all of those interested in helping Downtown Ashtabula's revitalization efforts


Ashtabula County District Library

Light refreshments will be served

October 6, 2017- 6:00 pm

"How to Build a Parade Float"

The next “How to Build a Parade Float” meeting will be held at the Chalk Box. It is okay to attend if you missed the first meeting. Call to sign up: Roberta Madar-Pruett, 440-998-3706

September 10, 2017, 3:00-5:00 pm

Public Painting Party

The Ashtabula Arts Center and the ADDA invite folks to come on down and help paint part of our latest public mural for Downtown!  No artistic ability needed- you will be painting specific sections guided by a professional mural artist.  Come prepared to paint and help continue the beautification of  Downtown Ashtabula!

September 2, 2017, 3:00-10:00 pm

Art In The Alley!

Join us for the second annual Art In The Alley event celebrating our many local talented artists!  This is a festive event showcasing fantastic artworks.  Also offering music, food, raffle drawings, and this year a new Wine Garden!  So come on down to the Alley by Dublin Down on Main Avenue for a great day!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00- 8:00 pm

Meet and Greet

The upcoming Meet and Greet will be held at Framed on Main, 4533 Main Avenue.  Plan to stop by and meet Chris DiGiacomo and see the new space in the old Anderson Jewelers building.  Also, learn about the "Strong Foundations, Successful Futures" and provide input to help identify ways to strengthen the ties between the Community and the Ashtabula Area City Schools.  Oh, and have fun networking with your fellow downtown merchants and organizations.

Friday, July 21-12:00pm- 6:00 pm, Saturday, July 22- 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Chocolate Walk

First, buy a ticket for $6.00 at Ultimate Appearance.  Then, visit our Downtown Merchants during the Chocolate Walk

to get your free chocolate sample.  There are 19 participating merchants and organizations and Jolly Trolley has several stops along Main Avenue.  Don't miss this sweet event!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm

Meet and Greet

Come see Main Street's NEWEST business adventure!!!  Bring a friend and help us welcome The Main Escape to our Beautiful Downtown Ashtabula!!!!  Light refreshments will be served.  Come out on Wednesday the 28th, 4211 Main Ave., Ashtabula, OH  44004, to enjoy the company of fellow business owners, neighbors, friends and family.

Monday, May 29, 2017- 10:45 am

Memorial Day Festiviities

Festivities start with the laying of wreaths at the Memorial Wall in Veterans Park, followed by the Memorial Day Parade along Main Avenue at Noon.

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Take It to the Curb! Clean-Up

ADDA is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash and beautify a pair of city parks as part of the Take it ti the Curb Clean-Up event.  Volunteers should meet at 9:00 am in front of Ashtabula City Municipal Court and look for Judge Laura DiGiacomo who will lead the effort.  Volunteers should bring brooms, rakes and gloves.  For more information call court administrator, Tonja Amato at 440-228-7576.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm

ADDA Meet & Greet

Join ADDA at Richmond Transportation for the April Meet & Greet at 5456 Main Avenue.  Visit the new Richmond location and see what they have to offer.  Light refreshments will be served.  Come out and enjoy the company of fellow business owners, neighbors, friends, and family.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1:30-3:00 pm

10th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza!

Come on down to Cornelius Park to enjoy an afternoon of fun!  Visit with the Easter Bunny, play games, win prizes!  Fun for the whole family!

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00 pm

Downtown Laughs

Join ADDA for the 8th annual evening of comedy featuring nationally touring comedian- Mark Riccadonna.  Including local comedy by: Bill Hyland, Judge Albert Camplese, and James Mayer. Show tickets are on sale now.

Friday, February 24, 2016, 6:00 pm

ADDA Meet n' Greet

We welcome you to join us for our upcoming Meet n' Greet!  Learn about the ADDA * Network with the members * Hear about upcoming events and plans for the Downtown area!

February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

St. Peter's Celebrates 200 Years With Foundation Benefit Concert

All friends are invited to attend the St. Peter Foundation Benefit Concert of Sacred and Secular Music in celebration of 200 years of ministry in the city of Ashtabula.

February 20, 2017, 9:00 am

All Day Beach Party!

The Ashtabula Library is holding an All Day Winter Beach Party on Monday the 20th!  Join them for a fun day!

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:00 pm

Salzedo Harp Duo In Concert

Concert and "Meet the Artist" Reception free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee of St. Peter's Church.  This is part of the Great Music Without Barriers concert series and features harpists Nancy Lendrim and Jody Guinn.  4901 Main Avenue, Ashtabula.  For more information call 440-992-8100.

Through December 26

"People's Choice" Voting For Your Favorite Tree


The trees adorned with creative decorations, tinsel & lights, along with their heartfelt themes, were simply beautiful!

What a magical night!  Truly an enchanting Christmas evening!!! 

The Judges' Choice winner...  Drum Roll Please... is the....

           Ashtabula YMCA

The "People's Choice" award is yet to be determined.  Please encourage friends and neighbors to vote. The People's Choice winner will be announced December 26th.    

November 18, 2016, 5:00 pm

Holiday Festivities

Join us as we kick off the holiday season in Downtown Ashtabula!  There will be activities in Cornelius Park, including the Christmas Tree Competition and entertainment.  You can check out the Holiday Window Decorating Contest.  And, of course, we'll have the parade!  Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00- 8:00 pm

ADDA Election of Officers-Membership Meeting

Come join the ADDA for their upcoming Membership Meeting- Election of Officers- Mix n' Mingle.  The meeting will be held at the Ashtabula County District Library, Meeting Room B.  In addition to the Election of Officers, members will get an update regarding the upcoming Holiday season, while they enjoy networking, a tour of the Library, and light refreshments from our local eateries!

October 18, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm

ADDA Education Series- Social Media for Business

This is part of the ADDA Member Education Series.  Ashtabula Library- Meeting Room A, 4335 Park Avenue, Ashtabula.  Downtown merchants and businesses, learn how to use social media. Doug Anderson, Reference Coordinator will present the why, what, when, who and how of using social media to engage your customers.

October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm

Great Music Without Barriers Concert

Presenting COLIN DAVIN.  A concert and "Meet- the- Artist" recption, free and opne to the public.  St. Peter Episcopal Church, 4901 Main Ave, Ashtabula.  Sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee.  For more information 440-992-8100

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 1:30- 3:30 pm

ACDL Presents- Author Expo 2016

What do mysteries, children’s stories, Cleveland sports, Amish romances, historical fiction, fantasy, spicy romances, nonfiction, and paranormal books all have in common?

September 24, 2016, Noon- 3:00 pm

Blue Lives Matter March

InVESTing in K-9 Officers is assisting to organize this event.  The march will begin at the Ashtabula City Police Department and end at Ashtabula City Hall.  It is about 5K; light refreshements will be served, there will be a blue balloon release in memory of fallen officers, and participants are asked to donate a non-perishable item for a local food pantry.  Come out and show your community support for our law enforcement officers.

September 21, 2016, 5:30-6:30 pm

Ashtabula Round Table Discussion

ADDA is sponsoring a round table discussion with City Manager Jim Timonere.  Individuals can ask questions and Timonere will also provide an update on what's happening in Ashtabula.  Event will be held at in Council Chambers, City Hall, 4717 Main Avenue.

September 11, 2016, 1:0-4:00 pm

Ashtabula Library Grand Opening

The library dedication ceremonies will begin at 1:00pm on the West 44th Street lawn.  Ashtabula High School grad, Ashtabula Library patron, author, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz will speak beginning at 1:35pm.

Music will be provided by the NorthEasterly Winds Woodwind Quintet.  There will be tours of the entire building, giveaways, a drawing, and refreshments.  Ashtabula County District Library, 335 W 44th St, Ashtabula, OH 44004, USA.  Contact 440-990-2338 for more information.

September 3, 2016, 3:00- 10:00 pm

Outdoor Art Show Coming to Downtown Ashtabula!

Art in the Alley will take place in the alleys surrounding Dublin Down restaurant on Ashtabula’s Main Avenue and is free to the public. Close to 20 artists are already on board, including several younger artists.  In addition to the art, there will be live music, a 50/50 Raffle drawing, and a Chinese Auction for people to bid on artwork. A video of the art show will be playing after dark on the outdoor big screen at Dublin Down. The ADDA will also be selling little plastic magnetic easels, $3 each or 2 for $5. Purchasers can glue pictures of loved ones, pets, or whatever they choose onto the easels.  Support our local artists and enjoy this great new event!

July, 9, 2016, 2:00 pm

Ashtabula Downtown Pageant This Saturday!!!

Don't miss the ADDA Ashtabula Downtown Pageant!  Come on out and support the contestants vying to gain the privilege to represent Downtown Ashtabula in 6 categories. 

June 29, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm

ADDA Mix N' Mingle

Network with your business neighbors and find out what our downtown merchants have to offer!!   Park Avenue Winery, 4316 Park Avenue.

April 5, 2016


Only 10 days left before the comedy event of the year!  For tickets call Rick at 440-997-5161, stop in at Ultimate Appearance, 4702 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, or order online: "Click here to buy tickets"

April 1, 2016

Downtown Laughs

2016 Downtown Laughs will be April 15th.  This year we will feature nationally-touring comedian Kevin Downey Jr. with opening acts by Eric Potts and our won James Mayer and Bill Hyland! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Join the Easter Bunny for an afternoon of fun!  There will be games and prizes- all at Cornelius Park from 1:30-3:30 pm.

July 25 & 26, 2015

Historic Steam Train Visit

Nickel Plate Road 765, a 1944 steam locomotive, will take passengers on round-trip excursions July 25-26 from Youngstown to Ashtabula as part of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam Program.  The passengers will be stepping off the train in Downtown Ashtabula and will be eating a meal provided by Casa Capelli in the restaurant and South Park.  St. Peter's Church will have an exhibit of historic artifacts and will be highlighting the music of Phillip Bliss and the artistry of Merv Clary.

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