HolidayVille will bring spirit of season to Clintonville
Third annual celebration scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9
After putting on FestiVille, it seems only natural that Experience Clintonville takes over HolidayVille.
Launched in December 2010 by Shop Clintonville, the Small Business Beanstalk and the Clintonville Historical Society, the local celebration of the holidays will return from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at locations throughout the neighborhood, including a "North Pole" and a "South Pole," said Experience Clintonville Vice President Olivera Bratich.
"We like to think of it as a new Clintonville holiday tradition," she said.
Experience Clintonville, the neighborhood-promotion nonprofit organization founded by Mozart's owner Anand Saha, received the blessing of the founding organizations to take over HolidayVille, Bratich said.
The group organized FestiVille Sept. 8 to observe the neighborhood's 165th birthday with a "Celebration of the Arts."
Now, it's on to HolidayVille, during which businesses, churches and other organizations are invited to host special events and activities with holiday flair, according to an Experience Clintonville announcement.
The intent is to bring the community together and promote Clintonville's small businesses, the announcement says.
Saha's Vienna Ice Cafe, 2899 N. High St., will serve as the South Pole for the event, Bratich said. Santa Claus will be on hand there from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the first 200 people to arrive will receive tote bags with information about local businesses.
Local members of Yelp, a website that offers reviews of local businesses, will have a photo booth and provide gift-wrapping, Bratich said.
The North Pole will be at Charity Newsies, 4300 Indianola Ave., and some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization. Tours of the Charity Newsies facility will be offered, and representatives of the Small Business Beanstalk will be on hand to discuss the importance of shopping local, Bratich said. Economic and Community Development Institute Food Fort trucks will be in the parking lot of Charity Newsies, and entertainment will be provided by Central Vineyard and North Broadway United Methodist churches.
As in the previous HolidayVille observances, trolley rides will be offered, with members of the Clintonville Historical Society providing perspective on the area's past and structures as the vehicles travel either a northern loop to Charity Newsies or a southern one to Vienna Ice Cafe, Bratich said.
The trolleys will depart from the parking lot of the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St.
Parking is available at the club, at Charity Newsies and at North Broadway United Methodist Church.
To get into the spirit of things, Studio 35 will hold a special showing of the movie A Christmas Story at 5 p.m., preceded by beer tastings at 3 p.m.
Special activities at area businesses include a fermented food swap and roasted chestnuts at City Folks Farm Shop; special sales at MineBodySole Boutique and Beauty Bar, waste-free gift-wrapping demos at Sew to Speak; holiday ornament-making at Wholly Craft; and discounted mini-sessions set to live music at Urban Acupuncture, according to the announcement.
Gold-level sponsors as of last week include Sprout Soup and Wholly Craft. Moody Street Trains, Pattycake Bakery, Olentangy Village, Robbie's Hobbies and Sobo Style are silver sponsors. At the bronze level, sponsors include Artisan Dance Studio, Boomerang Room, Clintonville Outfitters, Moxie's, Sew to Speak and Urban Acupuncture.
Experience Clintonville board members hope to keep the HolidayVille tradition going now that it's theirs to organize and promote, Bratich said.
"We hope definitely this gets bigger and better every year," she said. "We were really stunned at the amount of local sponsorships this year."