Cincy Winter Blues Fest…we’re singin’ the Blues

Saturday evening’s Cincy Winter Blues Fest in Downtown Cincinnati, was held at The Phoenix Hotel, and it was the perfect place!  Built in 1893, the majestic Italian Renaissance architecture, high ceilings and wonderful acoustic qualities, and the soulful music, made it a memorable evening.  Two ballrooms and two smaller rooms featured 16 bands over the course of the evening and as you can see the lighting was superb!

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We wandered from room to room, usually standing, to hear the variety of blues bands singin’ the winter blues.  This artist, Janiva Magness, was billed as one of the headliners.  Her “tell it like it is” lyrics and seductive performance, made for an entertaining show.

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The Party Place

Yesterday’s post was about my Aunt Colleen’s 70th birthday and I promised I would put up photos from the house it was held at in Cincinnati, Ohio (aka “The Party Place”).  It’s such an eclectic house, I just had to share it!

Here’s a portion of the kitchen and their fake butler…

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The living room has a comfy retro decor with bright colors.  Notice the Siamese cat on the sofa…

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The entry way butler is serving a cat on a platter to you.  This butler looks a bit snooty…

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The High Line in New York City

The High Line is a 1-mile linear park built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad.  It runs from near 14th Street up to 30th Street.  The first section was opened in 2009 and the second in 2011.  After visiting Chelsea Market, I walked outside to the steps that took me to the park.  What a great idea for a park!

There are lots of cool creative pieces of art along the walk.  I’m not sure what those wooden posts sticking up in the Hudson River are…

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market in New York City not only has lots of restaurants and shops, it’s also a great place to take photographs.  Natural light flows through the high windows and the old brick is really nice.

I had three daily itineraries for my time in New York City and I chose this one… Greenwich Village (yesterday’s post) — Chelsea Market — Highline Park – Times Square – N.Y. Public Library – Bryant Park – Grand Central Station.  I also went to Gantry State Park in Queens to meet a fellow blogger (that will be a future post).  So my first day I was in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens!

I walked most everywhere (except to Queens) and have holes in my boots and had a blister on my foot to prove it!

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Spunky South Street Philadelphia

The area known as South Street in Philadelphia is approximately 10 blocks long and has a fun bohemian flair!  With over 300 shops and 60 restaurants, it’s a great place to people watch, wander into eclectic shops, have a famous Philly Cheesesteak, or listen to music!  I had read when I returned home, that the area has been known for being a bit seedy or perhaps even dangerous…but I didn’t sense that and felt perfectly safe as a solo female traveler!

As I passed this colorful bar, I knew I had to have a photo…

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Tour of the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia

For $10 you can tour the beautiful Masonic Temple in Philadelphia!  The Mason who led the tour wasn’t the nicest fellow or the most dynamic, but the Temple made up for him!  The photos are in order of my tour and there were quite a few rooms, so I didn’t post all of them.

Oh and in case you’re wondering what Masons or Freemasons are…according to Wikipedia…

“Freemasonry (or Masonry) is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. It uses the tools and implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is a fraternity which encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance. Masonry teaches that each person, through self-improvement and helping others, has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world.”

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I Heart Mount Adams

Mount Adams is a residential neighborhood in Cincinnati that’s filled with beautiful architecture, trendy bars, restaurants, and art!  I was a “Tourist in my City” on Saturday and visited the area for an Art Walk.  Rather than viewing the art, I found myself more interested in walking around taking photographs of the beautiful architecture!  As you can see, it was a beautiful Spring day and I totally enjoyed soaking up the sun and fresh air.  Originally Mount Adams was known as Mount Ida, named for a woman who used to live there.  If you’re interested in history, you can read about why they changed the name here.

Nicholas Longworth, an original landowner, transformed the hillside into a wine vineyard, and is known as the first commercially successful winemaker in the United States.  No wonder I like wine so much!  Unfortunately, due to grape diseases, a few decades later…the vineyards were virtually wiped out.

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Titillation in Over The Rhine

Join me for the last of our tour in Over the Rhine, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I meet people in the oddest places!  This beautiful lady was in line to use the restroom at one of the bars I stopped in.  She really liked the photo when I showed it to her and said she rarely has good ones taken.  She was going to Facebook friend me to use the photo…but I haven’t heard from her yet.  The first photo I took of her she was looking directly at the camera, so I asked her to turn her head slightly….voila!

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Japps in Over The Rhine

There’s a bar in Over The Rhine (an area of town in Cincinnati Ohio) called Japps Since 1879 and I had been wanting to check it out, so I stopped in.  It used to be a hair store.  This is the head mixologist–Molly.  I love her tattoos and style!  And the bar is fabulous!  It’s housed in a restored historical building with live music, yummy craft cocktails and a unique atmosphere!

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I’m in Lust with Over the Rhine

Over the Rhine is amazing!  Talk about an area of Cincinnati that has been revitalized!  Just in the past year or two…so much progress has been made in turning this area into a fun, safe, historic and beautiful section of Cincinnati to visit.  My girlfriend Gina and I arrived early Friday evening to walk around and enjoy the sunshine, along with warmer (50’s) temperatures.  The architecture is beyond cool!

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Images from Northside, Cincinnati

The area known as “Northside” in Cincinnati has in the past had an image of being a bit rough, shoddy and perhaps dangerous, but that is changing!  With the opening of vegan restaurants and quaint shops, a new clientele are flocking to the region.  Some of the beautiful architecture can be seen within a short walk.  I’m not sure if this is a church or a residence?  I love the golden windows and purple!

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A Fantasy Land awaits you at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana is a beautiful Fantasy Land, where you can double your money in an instant…or walk away a pauper!  It’s located almost an hour from my home, just across the border of Ohio into Indiana.  I went there on Saturday evening with a girlfriend to see a band that we like.  The last time I visited was almost 10 years ago, when I took my mother.  I’m not a gambler.  I only gambled $1.00 while in Las Vegas back in 2007.  I’ve been taking my camera with me most everywhere I go now…because when I don’t…I wish I had!  I don’t remember Hollywood Casino being this grand or pretty…perhaps they’ve renovated.

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