Three Ways to Support the OTR Foundation during Bockfest 2011
Bockfest is one week away! The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. has the primary responsibility for many of Bockfest‘s events. A number of non-profit organizations help make parts of Bockfest happen, including: the Merchants of Main Street, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation, and the German-American Citizens League.
The OTR Foundation (OTRF) has made the prevention of demolitions of historic structures in OTR its number one priority. OTRF is at the proverbial tip of the spear when it comes to preservation in Over-the-Rhine.
Here are three ways to support OTRF during Bockfest 2011
- The weekend begins with the Turn-of-the-Century Tour, offered Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th, from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour starts at Memorial Hall and includes stops at the Emery Theatre, three renovated lofts in the Emery Apartments and St. Francis Seraph Church.
“This is an incredible opportunity to see the renovations and restorations in Over the Rhine’s most iconic landmarks,” said Jim Moll, tour director and OTRF board member. “Guests will get a chance to see the spectacular architectural details of Memorial Hall and St. Francis Seraph Church, and the stylish renovation of former Ohio College of Applied Science classrooms into urban lofts.” The tour also includes a stop at the Emery Theatre which hasn’t been open to the public since its closure in 1998.
Back by popular demand is the tour’s final stop at St. Francis Seraph Church. During last year’s OTRF sponsored Church Tour, Brother Tim mesmerized guests with historic details of the church’s early beginnings. The church tour includes a visit to the undercroft, the former site of a Catholic cemetery where tombstones were used to pave the floor.
- On Sunday March 6, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation presents the “Bach to Bock Brunch” at Memorial Hall, which features German-style fare from Mecklenburg Gardens, classical music by 17 Mile Brass and a special presentation by Kevin Pape, principal of Gray and Pape, the firm responsible for excavating Washington Park’s grave sites.
- Tickets can be purchased by cash or check the day of the event, or in advance through theFoundation’s website. Contact the Foundation directly for any questions about this event atwww.otrfoundation.org or at (513) 721-1317.
The event begins at Noon with a meet and greet reception, followed by a buffet brunch in the Hall’s historic first floor meeting space. Completed in 1908, Memorial Hall was designed by Cincinnati’s most famous architect, Samuel Hannaford. Guests will dine in the heart of its grandeur, surrounded by ornate wooden carvings, marble staircases and soaring winged windows. Memorial Hall is located at 1225 Elm Street.
Following brunch, guests will enjoy Pape’s presentation in the second floor auditorium, famous for its stunningly elaborate and detailed architecture. Before its purchase by the City of Cincinnati in 1855, Washington Park was the former site of an Episcopal and a Presbyterian cemetery. Pape will enlighten audience members on the fascinating findings during excavation.
Sunday’s Bach to Bock Brunch tickets are $35; a cash bar will feature Christian Moerlein beer, mimosas and wine. The brunch, sponsored by U.S. Bank, is scheduled from Noon to 2 p.m. A special combination ticket price for the Sunday brunch and tour is available for $50. Seating is limited for the brunch so an advance ticket purchase is recommended.
- Celebrate the rich lager that heralds the end of the winter brewing season and the coming of spring at Shop Bock, a shopping event at the local, independent stores of historic Over-the-Rhine during Bockfest, March 4-6.Here’s how it works: buy a special Shop Bock bag at participating stores for $3 and receive discounts on most merchandise. Each bag comes with a Shop Bock 2011 button! Proceeds from sales of Shop Bock bags benefit Over-the-Rhine Foundation.
Be sure to continue the celebrations with a stop at the one-of-a-kind restaurants or bars in the area!
- Participating Shops:
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Is our hope that you enjoy Bockfest to its fullest and consider supporting OTRF and the Brewery District while you’re at it so OTR can continue to improve every year.