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February 24th, 6:00 pm
"Help finish restoration of Ashtabeautiful's Fountain!
Photo by Debbie Rich
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
THANK YOU- 2016 ADDA CHRISTMAS TREE SPONSORS!
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....
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
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
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!
April 5, 2016
DOWNTOWN LAUGHS-TICKET SALES
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"
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.
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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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".
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
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!!
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.)
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.
ADDA Directory Available!
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.
PO BOX 362
Ashtabula, OH 44005-0362
Josephine Misener - President
Paul Brickman- Vice President
Michelle Joslin - Treasurer
Chrissy Speelman - Secretary
Jane Haines- Past President
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