downtown events

First downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Red Raven to display world-famous art installation this April

Frankie San Flier (version2)Red Raven Tattoo and Art Gallery will hold the opening of their new gallery installation, “The Frankie San Collection” Saturday, April 16, from 6-10 p.m. The event also includes a meet and greet with collection curator Rev. Kyuzo Miyaishi.

Miyaishi, also known as Frankie San, worked in South Carolina corrections facilities for 40 years and continues to visit and assist in prisons today. Over a lifetime of working with death row and maximum security inmates, Miyaishi collected more than 250 works of art created by the inmates. Each piece is a unique view of not only the prisoners’ artistic abilities, but also of their psychology and experiences.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1929, Miyaishi joined the Japanese Imperial Navy at age red raven 3.2315. In 1961, he came to America, where he studied religion and was ordained by the Lutheran church in 1973. Miyaishi first began visiting prisons in 1963 while a student of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He retired in 2001 and now shows the art that he collected during his years working with inmates.

About Red Raven

Established in 2013 and featuring two floors and over 7500 square feet of imageexhibition space, the Art Gallery at Red Raven is a unique destination for art lovers. The first floor gallery encompasses a rotating selection of pieces from local artists, while the second floor gallery offers 3500 square feet of adjustable space that can accommodate larger pieces, interactive artwork, or larger art exhibits. Our historic high ceilings in the upper gallery provide the flexibility to display large installations and the screening of locally produced films. The Art Gallery at Red Raven also provides art workshops that are offered free to the public.

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square:

Chris Standring to headline 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Festival expands to three days with a full day of free live jazz on September 12

Jazzin Tiffin Poster 2015TIFFIN, OHIO – August , 2015 – The 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin festival will take place September 10-12, 2015. This annual celebration in Tiffin, Ohio begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the first ever official Warm-Up Party at the historic Pioneer Mill Restaurant. On Friday, September 11, local university students will get to interact on-on-one with headliner and jazz superstar Chris Standring during the festival’s first “Education Night.” The main event—an all-day jam session with six performers from around the country—takes place on Saturday, September 12 and runs from noon to 10 pm.

Jazzin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz music, such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill and Alexander Zonjic. This year’s headliner, Chris Standring is among today’s hottest jazz stars and he will bring his own special brand of music to the stage on Frost Parkway in Rotary Park on Saturday evening September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Standring has been performing for nearly three decades and has numerous projects in his discography, with his latest release “Don’t Talk, Dance” receiving a lot of attention. Add to that the release of his autobiography “Something In the Stars,” a plethora of very creative and entertaining music videos and a new internet TV show and you quickly see that Standring’s star is rising once again. “I love doing things that no one else is doing. Especially when people tell me, oh, you shouldn’t do that!” Standring said. “I have made a career out of going down the uncharted path. My music has been called funky, sexy, and electric.” he said.

20150813120830066Nelson Rangell will also be making his second visit to Tiffin, this time with not one but two exciting new CD releases featuring chart toping hits. Ann Arbor Michigan’s Lady Sunshine & The X Band will perform as will former NFL Star Larry Lee and his band, Back in the Day. Rounding out the lineup will be up and coming Lansing sax man Phil Denny and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

New this year are the Jazz at the Mill nights, held at the historic Pioneer Mill restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. leading up to the festival. Local acts give residents and visitors a chance to eat great food and listen to live jazz in an upscale, restored building whose foundations date back to 1822. Trio NOT will perform first on August 27, followed by the Pete Ford Jazz Trio on September 3, and the B3 Jazz Trio will finish things off with the Warm-Up Party on September 10.

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Tiffin, Ohio has long been known as the Education City, being one of the few small towns in America with two universities—Tiffin and Heidelberg—and in that spirit the first Education Night is taking place on Friday at 4 p.m in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The Education Night gives local university students and musicians the chance to learn from a successful contemporary artist in an intimate setting. This year, none other than the headline artist Chris Standring will be featured.

About Chris Standring

Born and raised in Great Britain, Standring loved the guitar at a very early age. His dream was to come to America and see what all the “fuss” was about. So when he left England for California for a visit that turned into a year living in Los Angeles and ultimately making it his new home, it was that adventurous spirit that has catapulted him to being one of the most sought after guitarists in America.

For more information about Chris Standring visit www.ChrisStandring.com or follow him on Facebook. Chris also invites you to view his YouTube videos and his new TV Show “The Inside Track”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Pizza Palooza and family movie night this weekend

Pizza Palooza flyer 2015Downtown Tiffin’s annual Pizza Palooza will be held this Saturday, July 25, on the courthouse green space. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. followed by a family movie at 9:15 p.m. The Farmers Market will take place earlier in the day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Several pizza restaurants, including Napoli’s, Marco’s, AJ’s and Reino’s, will have booths at the event where they will sell slices of pizza for just $1 each in order to keep the cost family friendly and equal across the board. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite pizza during the event. Tiffin Columbian Band Boosters will be selling beverages. In previous years, 500-900 people have attended the event.

This year, the palooza will be followed by a free family movie night on the green. Despicable Me 2 is slated to being playing at 9:15 p.m.

Recap – first Downtown Historic Bar Tour a success

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The downtown Tiffin revitalization efforts have been hard at work helping to enhance the great events that downtown Tiffin has offered in the last few years and starting some others. One of the new ones this year is expected to take place every year – the Downtown Historic Bar Tour.

Starting at the Clover Club, participants made their way through downtown Tiffin on South Washington Street, stopping at eight unique Tiffin bars. At the beginning of the tour, participants received a booklet with historical information about the bars and bar owners gave a brief history of their establishment at each stop. Kudos to tour host Seneca County Young Professionals for a great event.

Here is the complete list of bars visited on the tour:

  • Clover Club: Opened in 1936, the Clover Club features an antique art-deco bar, white tablecloth dining area and landscaped patio garden, not to mention 18 taps and a stock of 50 different beers.
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits: GW’s opened in May 2010 and caters to not only the bar crowd but also the after-bar crowd with food service and late hours on the weekends. This bar features two dining areas and a large patio with seating.
  • DP’s: Don Paull has owned DP’s since 1972, and it was one of the last ‘stag’ bars in Tiffin. DP’s has a nautical theme and a unique layout with four different levels and a patio area closed in by the building’s walls.
  • MST Pub and Grub: MST is made up of three separate buildings, all of which served a variety of different purposes over the last 100 years. The current bar was established in October 2009.
  • Reino’s Party Room (lunch): Reino’s Pizza and Pasta was established in 1950 and has always served beer and wine along with Italian food. Its current location on West Market Street was once the National Theater, among other businesses.
  • Bear’s Den:The Bear’s Den has been a bar or tavern since the early 1950’s. Dennis Wickert bought Izola’s Tavern in 1974, later changed the name to Bear’s Den and has been running the bar with his wife, Gwynn, since 1986. Bear’s Den often hosts live music on Saturdays.
  • Phat Cakes & Cafe: Phat Cakes was founded in 2009 and opened the store on Washington Street, which started out as The Sandwich Shop in the mid-1930s and was later Reino’s, in 2012. They offer a full menu, including desserts, sandwiches, wraps and salads, along with alcohol.
  • Viaduct Bar & Grill: The Viaduct started out as a bar in late 1800s. It has had many names since, but it has been the Viaduct since 2010. The bar often hosts live music on the weekends, and boasts a unique outdoor patio with seating and a pond.
  • McGowan’s Tavern: This building once housed “the largest movie theater on the West side of the river.” For many years it was an “Arcade” under several different owners before becoming McGowan’s Tavern in the mid-1960s.

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