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Celebrate Cleveland: Past and Present

Celebrate Cleveland on Thursday, November 7, 2013

at the Galleries at CSU (1307 Euclid Avenue) from
6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Celebrate the impact of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit, and honor the work of countless preservationists, at Celebrate Cleveland Past and Present. Heritage Ohio worked with legislators, rallied the troops to show their support, and advocated with smart dollars-and-sense arguments to save and enhance the tax credit.
The evening’s program will include performances by actors from the Take a Hike program, presentations from Downtown organizations, including Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, live music by Pete Cavano, great food and networking – all for a good cause!
Individual Tickets:  $75 per person
$40 per person for those under 40 years old
Corporate Sponsors to date  include:  CRM Development, Finch Group, Forest City, Geis Companies, Western National, K&D Management, Landmark Management/Edgerton Investments, Marous Brothers and Patcraft Flooring.
Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation is proud to be a Heritage Ohio Main Street Program.

Tunnel Tours

The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument invites you to join them for some spooktacular historical fun for the whole family.   Come see inside and underneath the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ & Sailors’s Monument on Cleveland’s Historic Public Square on Saturday, October 26, 2013 between 9 AM and 4 PM to experience Tunnel Tours.  Visitors must be in line by 3 PM. 

The Monument honors those men and women of Cuyahoga County who served their country during the Civil War (1861-1865).

For more information, call the Monument at 216-621-3710 or 216-621-3746.


Take a Hike Wins Award

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s Take a Hike program named recipient of a 2013 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association.

For Immediate Release:

(New York, NY. Monday, October 7, 2013)— During its World Congress & 59th Annual Conference the International Downtown Association recognized Downtown Cleveland Alliance with a Downtown Merit Award for its neighborhood-based partner Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s work and initiatives related to the Take a Hike program.  

Take a Hike was among 13 qualified entries in the category of Events and Programming. Submitted projects and initiatives in this category come from those organizations working to further their city centers by completing the following:

•           Focused on programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown with events that promote downtown and attract visitors.

•           Delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function, and achievements of the downtown or business district association.

 From May through September each year, the Take a Hike program offers free, guided walking tours of five neighborhoods in Downtown Cleveland, including the Gateway District, Warehouse District, PlayhouseSquare, Canal Basin Park in the Flats and the Civic Center.  Each tour features actors and actresses portraying important Clevelanders from the past, such as John D. Rockefeller, Garrett Morgan, Alan Freed, and others. 

Take a Hike celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2013.  “The program highlights Cleveland’s important national role in the political and social history of the United States.  In addition, the redevelopment of Downtown Cleveland has, at its core, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the rejuvenation of its historic neighborhoods – all highlighted on a Take a Hike tour”, said Thomas Yablonsky, Executive Director of the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation.  According to Kelly Lange, Program Director, “13,600 people have enjoyed a Take a Hike tour during the first five seasons.  Positive feedback from locals and tourists alike has been simply amazing.”  Lange adds,”These tours would not be possible without a strong collaboration of community and corporate partners.”  HGNC would like to recognize Dollar Bank as Presenting Sponsor of the tours.  Take a Hike is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

“Downtown Cleveland Alliance received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO.  “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry.  Take a Hike is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

 The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates.  With 550 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance is the advocacy and management organization representing the interests of property owners in downtown Cleveland and is a member of the International Downtown Association.

More information about the 2013 IDA Award Winners can be found at IDA’s website here.



Retail’s Night Out

On Friday, October 11, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the 5th Street Arcades, Retail ‘s Night Out will offer a “happy hour meets retail” event hosted by the Cleveland Retail Commission.  You won’t want to miss this event featuring international foods, fashion, designer furniture, shopping, art, chocolate, cupcakes music and more!   You may even have the chance to meet the Gateway District’s Take a Hike character Mayor Tom Johnson.   Admission is FREE.

Click here to see the official invitation.

At the same time in the 5th Street Arcades, the Baseball Heritage Museum and Cleveland Indians present A Tribute to Ron Kuntz with the opening of “60 Years with the Tribe,” a celebration of Ron Kuntz’s life and his dedication to all of those around him, through not only his timeless photographs but also his kindness and commitment to helping others. This would have been Ron’s 60th year capturing great moments and images of the Cleveland Indians.   Donations will be accepted at the door.  

For more information about A Tribute to Ron Kuntz, click here.

Hope to see you at the 5th Street Arcades on Friday, October 11th!



Winterfest – Save the Date!

Winterfest is taking over Downtown Cleveland on November 30th, 2013

Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Gateway District invite Cleveland’s residents, visitors, families and friends to create nostalgia for now at Winterfest 2013 in Downtown Cleveland.   Winterfest is the all-day street festival and celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Downtown.

On Saturday November 30, families can enjoy free national entertainment and activities all day long on Public Square.  There will be festive activities in Gateway District establishments as well.

For more details closer to the date, click here. 


Go Tribe!

Cleveland cheers on the Tribe, Wednesday, October 2nd at 8:00 PM at Progressive Field as the Indians take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card game.

For tips on planning your trip to Progressive Field from the official Cleveland Indians website, click here.  Fans are encouraged to take RTA since Downtown Cleveland will be busy tonight.  The official home page of the Cleveland Indians can be found here.

 Plan to enjoy one of the fantastic bars or restaurants in the Gateway District this evening by checking out one of these options.

Go Tribe! 



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