Friday, November 13, 2015

Downtown Christmas History Walk



Explore the rich cultural history of Akron's holidays past with discussions of downtown retailers and Christmas attractions from the past 100 years. 

What: Downtown Christmas History Walk
Led by: Joanna Wilson in partnership with Lock 3 window designer Jeanne Jordan
Date:  Saturday Dec. 12th, 2015
Time: 4-6pm
Meeting location: Lock 3 Park
Accessibility: strollers welcomed, kid friendly, busy sidewalks
Parking: free parking (on Saturdays) is available in the city deck adjacent to Lock 3.
After-party: Jingle Bell Bash (more information here, $10 donation to support Ronald McDonald House of Akron). This party is independent of the walk and book signing but highly recommended for walk goers.

Route:
  • Lock 3
  • Cascade Plaza 
  •  Corner of Market and Main  
  • First Merit Building 
  •  Polsky's windows  
  •  Mayflower windows-Journey to Bethlehem 
  •  O'Neil's windows 
  •  Trolley ride to Cornerstone Church in Portage Lakes. Trolley is limited to 60 riders. REGISTER HERE FOR THE TROLLEY.  
  •  Lock 3 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE TROLLEY RIDE FROM DOWNTOWN TO PORTAGE LAKES. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THE WALK, ONLY THE TROLLEY RIDE.  Those who don't ride the trolley are encouraged to drive their own vehicles and meet the group at Cornerstone Church (578 Killian Rd. Akron OH). 

 A note from the organizer, Joanna Wilson:

 I recently completed the research on Akron's Christmas history (and wrote the book THE STORY OF ARCHIE THE TALKING SNOWMAN.) The walk is also to bring awareness to the current Christmas traditions going on downtown.