Jazz Saxtress Mindi Abair to headline 6th annual Jazzin’ Tiffin on Sept. 13

Jazzin Tiffin 2014 poster 2The Grammy nominated artist is red hot following appearances on David Letterman & American Idol, touring with Aerosmith, performances with Bruce Springstein and a world tour with Super Group The Summer Horns.

Tiffin, OH – There has been no shortage of fame for Jazz Saxtress/Vocalist Mindi Abair over the past few years. No doubt, she is already a Star performer in the Contemporary Jazz World, but she has made all the right moves and in addition, has become a consistent Chart Toping artist in the U.S.

Abair will be the headliner at this year’s 6th Annual JAZZin’ Tiffin Festival in Tiffin, OH (Saturday September 13, 2014 from 1 pm till 10 pm) along with other stars like Alexander Zonjic, Thornetta Davis, Urban Jazz Coalition and others. Up Front Entertainment President/CEO John Patterson, who has produced the Tiffin Festival from its inception, says that Mindi is a big win for the event. “Mindi is hugely popular with our audiences in the Midwest. She is has a sultry, soulful sound as well as the capability to play Rock, R & B, Funk. She writes beautiful music and she is a very sweet and lovely young woman. We are very fortunate that we were able to grab a slot on her busy schedule!”

Mindi graced the cover of the prestigious Jazziz Magazine this month and has just released a NEW CD project titled “Wild Heart” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart.  In addition to the artists already mentioned, Abair has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet BoysDuran DuranMandy MooreJosh GrobanAdam SandlerKeb’ Mo’Lalah HathawayLee RitenourTeena MarieJohn TeshBobby LyleJonathan ButlerPeter White, Rick Braun and many more. One of her current projects is playing as part of Super Group The Summer Horns with fellow sax stars Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. She was recently elected President of the National Academy of Recording Artists (Grammy Organization) to represent the Los Angeles District.

In addition to Abair who closes the festival starting at 7:30 pm, this year’s festival will feature Award Winning Flutist Alexander Zonjic with Special Guest Blues Singer Thornetta Davis, Columbus Ohio product Urban Jazz Coalition and Jazz bands from both the Tiffin University Pro Music Ensemble and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

JAZZin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in the Jazz world. Nelson Rangell, Rick Braun, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Warren Hill and others.

The event is held annually in Rotary Park on Frost Parkway along the Sandusky River in Downtown Tiffin, OH. For more information please contact Amy Reinhart Downtown Development Coordinator with SIEDC at reinhart@senecacounty.org or 419-619-5517.  You can also visit our website: jazzintiffin.com or John Patterson, President/CEO of Up Front Entertainment can be reached at 734.693.4770 or UpFrontEntertainment@Hotmail.com.

Tiffin launches downtown Facade Enhancement Program

Facade Enhancement - Passage

Tiffin City Council passes into law the new Facade Enhancement Program

Last Monday, on August 18, Tiffin City Council approved $50,000 in funding and signed into law for the new Facade Enhancement Program for downtown Tiffin. The application and program details are being made public today, and we will start accepting applications on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (changed to Tuesday due to Labor Day.) The program is another one of the action tasks of the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan (see p. 48,) which we continue to implement as we continue to adopt a Main Street Four Point Approach.

The program is a first-come, first-serve reimbursement grant program for exterior improvements to buildings in the downtown historic district. It will provide a 50% match up to $10,000 per project for eligible exterior improvements. In order to qualify, a property goes through the standard Architectural Board of Review (ABR) Process. During the initial Discussion phase, Downtown Development Coordinator Amy Reinhart will determine if Facade Enhancement funding is still available and if the project qualifies. She will then guide the business through the process.


  1. ABR Process – Follow the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) Process
  2. Eligibility – During initial discussion, Amy Reinhart will determine availability and eligibility of Facade Enhancement funding
  3. Application – Property/Business owner will fill out the Facade Enhancement Program Application (.pdf version, .docx version) at the same time as the Certificate of Appropriateness application
  4. Site Visit – the City Engineer’s Department staff and the Downtown Development Coordinator will conduct a site visit prior to submission and approval
  5. Submission – if the application and site visit pass review, the Downtown Development Coordinator will submit the Architectural Board of Review and determine the date it is to be presented. It is desirable to have both the Certificate of Appropriateness and Facade Enhancement Applications reviewed at the same time.
  6. Approval - the ABR will make a decision
  7. Expenditures - the Property/Business owner makes the improvements described in the application and submits the receipts
  8. Site Visit 2 - the City Engineer’s Department staff and Downtown Development Coordinator will visit the site again to inspect the improvements
  9. Reimbursement - the reimbursement check (50% of receipts submitted) will be cut and distributed to the applicant
  10. Maintenance – the Property/Business owner commits to maintain the improvement for five years after the award.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all the rules and regulations and/or contact Amy Reinhart (419.619.5517, reinhart@senecacounty.org) with any questions you may have.

Tiffin’s Architectural Board of Review protects investors

Antique Warehouse on Perry St.

Antique Warehouse on Perry St.

Tiffin’s Architectural Board of Review (ABR) was created around 2002 with the mission of helping maintain design and appearance standards in the downtown (see map.) “Establishing Design & Development Guidelines” is one of the key objectives of the Downtown Strategic Plan (see pp. 46-47,) which we continue to implement as we continue to adopt a Main Street Four Point Approach. It’s important because it’s clear that higher standards mean better looking downtowns and increased property values.

The ABR does this by reviewing all exterior changes being proposed by property owners (including any demolition) to ensure that it meets the ABR Guidelines. Anyone wanting to make changes must fill out a one-page “Certificate of Appropriateness” Application, which then gets reviewed by the ABR to ensure it meets the guidelines. The ABR typically meets twice a month. And, as with fire and building guidelines and permits, if a property owner goes ahead and makes changes that are against the guidelines they will likely be asked to remedy the situation and could potentially face financial penalties and criminal sanctions.

In order to make the process painless and easy, property owners should contact Amy Reinhart, Tiffin’s Downtown Development Coordinator, first. Amy will guide them through the process and acts as a liaison to the ABR. She will help property owners evaluate what they want to do and work with them to determine if proposed changes do meet the ABR Guidelines.

Amy can be reached by cell at 419.619.5517 or by email at reinhart@senecacounty.org. See ABR Members on the City’s committee website.

Current Process

  1. Location – Verify the property falls in the Downtown Design District
  2. Discussion – Contact Amy Reinhart and discuss proposed changes
  3. Application – Fill out the Certificate of Appropriateness Application
  4. Review – Amy Reinhart reviews the application for adherence to Design Guidelines and any further changes/edits are made
  5. Submission – Amy submits final application to ABR and determines ABR meeting date for presentation & vote
  6. Approval – Amy and property owner appear at ABR, project is discussed and vote taken
  7. Certificate – Certificate of Appropriateness is given to the property owner

ReferenceTiffin City Code (Chapter 1131) on Design Review Regulations, including the ABR’s authority.


Ole! – World Cup event to be held Sunday in downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin pubs, taverns and eateries celebrated Team USA’s victory against Ghana last Monday at the 2014 FIFA World Cup event. For the next game against Portugal, we’re kicking it up a notch. We will be showing the game on a big outdoor 400 square foot screen on the Courthouse Green (117 E. Market St.) in downtown Tiffin. The event will be free, and will be shown at 6 pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

To ensure a great experience in case of bad weather, there will be a tent with chairs to accommodate up to 100 people. Water will be free and available. Free parking available on street or in several city lots, including one directly across from the green.

Sponsors of the event include National Machinery, Time Warner Cable, and arrangers and promoters of the event include the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce. Event flyer can be obtained here.

Ole, ole, ole, ole…go Team USA. See you there!

Downtown Family Movie Night launches this Saturday

Looking for a free, fun, safe event for the family? Look no farther than Downtown Tiffin’s new family movie night. As the 2014 Tiffin Art & Music Festival continues for adults after 6 pm, an evening activity for families and kids will now also be available.

This Saturday (June 21, 2014), a number of partners have joined together to show The Lego Movie for free on the Courthouse Green (117 E. Market St.) in downtown Tiffin. The movie will be shown at 7:30 pm and has a running time of 100 minutes. It is rated PG (official trailer is below,) and will be shown on a 20′ x 17′ screen outside. Parking is available on street or in several free, city lots.

You are free to bring blankets, chairs, food and drink (but no alcohol please – it is not allowed.) We will have free water and popcorn at the event.

National Machinery is the event sponsor, and the movie is being brought to you and promoted by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and the Seneca Regional Chamber. We hope this is the first of more such events. An event flyer can be downloaded here.