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Thank you for visiting our site- we have a lot going on in Downtown Ashtabula! 
Be sure to check back often for updates on news and events.
Better yet come and visit us
We look forward to seeing you Downtown!

February 24th, 6:00 pm

"Help finish restoration of Ashtabeautiful's Fountain!

Photo by Debbie Rich


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!

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!

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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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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Josephine Misener - President

Paul Brickman- Vice President

Michelle Joslin - Treasurer

Chrissy Speelman - Secretary

Jane Haines- Past President

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