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Buzz Feed's "30 Best Places to Be, If you Love Books"

by The Cincinnati Team

​​The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Named to list of "30 Best Places to Be, if You Love Books"

Buzz Feed has named the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to its list of 30 Best Places to Be, if You Love Books.  Those chosen range from a library built in an abandoned Walmart to the Libreris Acqua Alta in Venice to home libraries to cozy reading nooks to the Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.  The picture used of our library was from the library that used to be at 629 Vine Street (formerly a theater) Amongst the diverse offerings, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County ranked #28, ahead of the Library of Congress.

German Traditions Still Observed in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


 Christkindlmarkt - Germany Comes to Cincinnati - November 23-25    cincideutsch's Chriskindlmarkt

Oktoberfest -Zinzinnati USA - September 21-23

by The Cincinnati Team


Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA - September 21-23                                         
Oktoberfest - ZinzinnatiFor this weekend, everyone in Cincinnati is of German descent. Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA brings the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States to life once again this year.  Presented by Sam Adams, there will be seven stages featuring almost continuous German music, 30 food vendors and untold beer kegs opened.
By the numbers, Cincinnati's celebration is the second largest in the world with nearly 500,000 people expected to attend.  Just come down to Fifth Street and Fountain Square to find all the action. So, wear you lederhosen, enjoy the polka music and be prepared to do the Chicken Dance!


Cincinnati Museum Centers' Culture Gallery will display Paul Briol's photos from October 1, 2012 - January 6, 2013. As part of FOTOFOCUS Cincinnati, an historical and aesthetical record of Cincinnati.  The photo below of downtown from Union Terminal is one of my favorites.

Briol is recognized for documenting the life and architecture of 20th century Cincinnati.  His prints were known for their detail, mastery of light and shadow and sense of composition.

Paul Briol came to Cincinnati in 1909.  He worked as a journalist, operated a photographic studio and owned a bookstore here until 1955, when he went to New York City.  We have to be grateful for his photographic legacy.

150th Anniversary of the Black Brigade - September 9

by The Cincinnati Team


On Sunday, September 9th at 5:30pm in Smale Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Pops will present a free concert and the Black Brigade story will be honored.  Civil War era experiences and actors will be featured.
Feel free to bring blankets and a picnic or enjoy the concessions set up around the Schmidlapp Event Lawn.  Let your children play in the interactive fountains while summer is still here.  The Freedom Center will have discounted tickets that day and special artifacts from the time period.
The Story of the Black Brigade
In September of 1862, 700 African-American men volunteered to build fortifications to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attack during the Civil War.  There's lots more to the story, so walk along the riverfront and read about what was done to them and how they gloriously responded.  It's a special moment in Cincinnati's history, one you won't forget.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Presents Musical Tribute

by The Cincinnati Team

Freedom Center Exhibit Celebrates Music of Change


Starting June 23rd, through September 22nd, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brings you a musical tribute to how music reflects the times we live in.  Music of Change: Hymns, Blues and Rock treats attendees to an engaging experience that focuses on centuries of music and that music's influence on social events.  Music from diverse venues - hymns, blues and rock - will all be featured.  The concept is that music gives individuals the strength to resist, reconcile and overcome societal inequality.  This makes America a better place for all!

Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock will challenge and inspire visitors to recognize the power of music and how it is used in their own lives to express camaraderie in connection with social movements or attitudes.  You should leave with a new understanding of how African-American associated musical styles, like field songs, spirituals, ragtime and blues, led to rock, folk and hip-hop styles of music.  Throughout the music, both old and new, you see a hope for social change


Bleacher Report Honors Nippert Stadium

by The Cincinnati Team

University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium Named to 50 Best to Visit     

Nippert Stadium, University of CincinnatiBleacher Report has named the University of Cincinnati campus and Nippert Stadium to its list of 50 College Football Stadiums, Campuses and Shrines to See Before You Die.  It was lauded for the eclectic combination of old and contemporary buildings.  With the University's commitment to post modern architecture and outstanding architecture work, some of the most prominent architects in the world have done work there.  

In startling contrast to the modern buildings, Nippert stadium, is located in a central spot within the campus.  The stadium, which was completed in 1924, is the fifth oldest stadium in the nation.Bleacher Report Honors Nippert Stadium

Explore Cincinnati's Brewery History

by The Cincinnati Team

Walking Tours of Cincinnati's Brewery History                          

From May through September, walking tours of the Over the Rhine brewery history will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.  The Over the Rhine neighborhood is home of one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition Brewery architecture.  The tour will give you access to the cellars and tunnels of the breweries and increase your knowledge of the time period. 

The 1 1/2 hour tour starts at Findlay Market in the Over the Rhine Biergarten and ends just past Phillipus Church at the site of the old Bellevue incline.  Participants will tour the historic Christian Moerlein brewery, and see the high-bay brewing spaces inside Clyffside Brewery and view the massive lagering cellars under Clifton hillside. Go to for details on these and other tours.


Right here in River City...Mecklenburg's Named to "Best Beer Gardens"

by The Cincinnati Team


America's Best Beer Gardens                                     
Mecklenburg Gardens has been honored by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the best Beer Gardens in America. They insist that the country is in the midst of a beer revival, with the flourishing of beer gardens and more domestic breweries than at any time since Prohibition.
Having also visited one of the other honorees, Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego, I would have to agree that Mecklenburg's can't be beat.  There's something about the history of the place that will get my vote every time.
Mecklenburg Gardens was founded in 1865...just think 147 years ago...and is the oldest continually running restaurant and beer garden in Cincinnati.  I was surprised to learn that in the early days it was the site of groups of German immigrants being taught about the American political process.
Obviously, Cincinnati is a city with such a strong German tradition that it is easy to see why the assembling continues.  If you decide to visit Mecklenburg's on the afternoon or evening of a University of Cincinnati football or basketball game, the place will be going strong.  Filled with Bearcat supporters, the restaurant offers bus rides to the game, so you can avoid the hassle and expense of parking.
But, my favorite time to visit is on a lovely Spring day when you can sit outside under the 100-year-old grapevines and enjoy a lite lunch with one (or more) of the crafted beers.  They have 15 German and American craft beers on tap and 80 by the bottle.  Quite a choice!

Honor Veterns at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Honors Our Veterans - November 11Korean War Vetern, Howard Osterkamp

The immeasurable debt we owe to our veterans is remembered yearly on November 11. To mark the occasion, Korean War veteran Howard Osterkamp will present the keynote remarks for the 57th Annual Veteran's Day Commemoration at 10:45 am on Friday, November 11 at the Main Library Atrium.

Howard Osterkamp spent nine straight months on the front lines near the 38th parallel in the Heartbreak Ridge and Punchbowl areas. Not only was his 5th Regimental Combat Team under constant attack, but it was also contending with temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees in the summer and as low as 40 degrees below zero in winter. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel in September 1952. Although his leg was broken in two places, doctors misdiagnosed the injury as a bruise and sent him back to the front lines the same day, where he spent the next four months.

The program will also feature patriotic music performed by the Walnut Hills High School Choir, a color guard, presentation of memorial wreaths by veterans' groups, lighting the Flame of Remembrance, and Taps. All are invited to attend this free program honoring our nation’s veterans.

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