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Temperance & Tavern Theme Continues at April 28 Final Friday in Nelsonville

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On Friday, April 28th, LCBD will be participating in the ” Final Friday” event on the Historic Nelsonville Square as part of the Little Cities’ annual “Appalachian Spring” series of events. There will be a temperance march at 7:10PM starting at the Nelsonville Public Library (95 W. Washington St) and marching to Multiple Brewing (Located at 82 W. Washington St. Multiple is Nelsonville’s first operating brewery since the Hock Hocking Brewery closed in 1918). The march then moves on to the outdoor stage on the Nelsonville Square, across from Stuart’s Opera House and next to the fountain. Several members of the march will be dressed in period costumes, and any volunteers who wish to join the march, or protest against the temperance movement, are welcome. Marchers are encouraged to wear period costumes, but anyone may join regardless of attire.
At 7:30PM, visitors will meet a fascinating local figure from our past- Frances Barker Gage (1808-1884). Gage was an abolitionist, suffragist and temperance advocate from McConnelsville, Ohio. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with other leaders of the early women’s rights movement in the United States, and wrote and spoke as “Aunt Fanny”. Frances Barker Gage is brought to life by Carolina Alvarez, an accomplished actress from Marietta, who is well known for her one woman shows on the life of “Fanny”, as well as the life of Margaret Blennerhassett. The performance starts at 7:30PM, with a one-half hour presentation in character and 15 minutes for questions after.
Come out for Final Friday’s Civil War themed evening on April 28th, and catch some Temperance & Taverns 1860’s style!  This event is part of LCBD’s Annual Appalachian Spring Series!


Little Cities Appalachian Spring!

12th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Raises Funds for LCBD Council

Join Us for the 12th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday morning, April 29, 2017 beginning and ending at Hocking College Student Center in Nelsonville.  Various routes take riders through the forested hills of southeastern Ohio on both level and challenging courses.  A gravel route was added last year and was well received and will be available again this year! Included in registration is a Tour de Forest T-Shirt and a “start your ride” Homemade Granola Bar from Fullbrook’s Cafe on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square.   A hearty TDF 2017 Simple Logocomplimentary lunch will be served upon return at the Student Center between 11:30am and 3pm.  This is a non-competitive ride that raises funds for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which is committed to gathering, protecting and sharing the heritage, cultural and environmental assets of this boom-to-bust coal mining region that is now home to the Wayne National Forest.

Register Here On-Line via Eventbrite

 Once again we are offering group registration which provides a reduced registration rate and special perks!  Again this year riders have access to the Student Recreation Center’s facilities, including  showers, pool, climbing wall and disc golf.

Registration for this year’s ride is $30 for adults and $20 for youth (6-17 years).  Registration for groups/teams of 5 or more riders will be $25/rider and $15/rider for youth. Riders can choose from three paved routes of various distances (a 75 mile “metric century” route, a 30 mile “mining town” route or a 20 mile bikeway route), a 54 mile gravel route and a family friendly and safe “set your own distance” ride on the Adena Hock-Hocking Bikeway, which runs in front of the Student Rec Center.

Non-rider rec passes are available for $10 for those who wish to attend the event but choose not ride.  Rec passes include the complimentary lunch and access to the Hocking College Rec Center and use of the climbing wall, pool, indoor track, and disc golf course.  They do not include a t-shirt or morning granola bars.

Departure is recommended between 8am and 10am.  Departure times are the choice of the rider and should be calculated to insure return in time for lunch between 11:30AM and 3pm.

Register online here!  A signed Registration/Waiver Form is required. Click here: Tour de Forest Registration 2017-1  to download and print the 2017 Tour de Forest Registration form. Complete in advance and bring along to save time, or fill out at check in.  Please note that helmets are required on this ride.


Little Cities Appalachian Spring!

Miner’s Hall Black Diamond Speakeasy

Saturday, May 20, 2-6PM


On Saturday, May 20th Little Cities of Black Diamonds will bring back the “Temperance & Taverns” theme which was so popular at last fall’s Little Cities Day. Locally brewed products will be featured, along with good food and good music; all celebrating the repeal of prohibition and the return of the local production of spirits to our region. Representatives from local breweries as well as regional historians will be on hand to share information, along with historical displays and information tables. Randy Gleason will be making music and will be set-up for an open stage jam, so feel free to bring an instrument and play a song or two.

Tecumseh Commons will be our Miner’s Hall Speakeasy for the day. The event runs from 2-6PM. Admission: $5 (Includes 1 Drink), $10 (Includes 3 Drinks), with more food and drink vending available. Buy in advance for a free Raffle Entry, Click Here to register online with Eventbrite.
This event is part of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council’s year-long learning series to discover the Temperance Movement and the role of alcohol in the mining towns of the Hocking Valley a century ago. It is presented as part of the 2017 “Appalachian Spring” series of events.

All proceeds go toward historical and cultural preservation efforts in our region. Come on out for your fill of history, food and spirits, while supporting the work of the LCBD Council. Hope to see you there!


All The News That’s Fit to Print:  BDP 2017

Learn about the many inspiring stories of citizens valuing their story in the Little Cities microregion of southeastern Ohio by reading the full version of this year’s Black Diamond Press by clicking here: Black Diamond Press 2017.