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Arts And Culture To Fill Central Park

15 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Arts and Culture Festival will be filing Central Park this Saturday with treats for the eye, ear, and taste buds.

The event, an annual celebration of the arts in Richland County, showcases local artists and other wonderful area talent. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM.

This year’s them is “Everyone Is An Artist.”

On hand will be area artists in paint/glass/fiber/wood/clay/ and more, demonstrations, awards, an SFX artist, food, and music.

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DMI Provides Update On Main Street Project

2 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As 2022 has progressed, things have been looking increasingly favorable for Mansfield’s Main Street Improvement Project, an initiative designed to bring a new look and renewed vitality to several blocks of downtown’s traditional north-south thoroughfare.

In its most recent newsletter, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) shared a current update on the project. It shared:

“The Main Street Investment project has received a $7.38 million dollar RAISE grant to assist in funding the complete rebuilding of the Main Street corridor from First to Fifth Street! This project will reconstruct the downtown Mansfield streetscape and will include updated LED street lighting, new ADA-compliant curb ramps, upgraded sidewalks, brick pavers in new crosswalks, and lighted plazas with seating.

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Turn Back The Clock And Rev The Engines: It’s Cruise-In Time

21 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an annual opportunity to step back in time, listen to classic tunes, and who knows… maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of your 20-year-old self by a car from your past (or your parents’ past)!

The 25th annual Heart of the City Cruise In is set for this Saturday, August 27 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The streets of downtown Mansfield will again be lined with vintage automobiles with the adjacent sidewalks featuring family-friendly fare including an art show.

Show hours are from noon until 6:00 PM, with awards being given at 5:30 PM. Dash plaques will be available.

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Fantastic Final Friday Weekend

18 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A jam-packed few days are in store for the Fantastic Final Friday Weekend in Mansfield full of vintage cars, famous airplanes, and live country music. Whether you call Richland County home, or are just visiting, you’ll be wowed by the amazing opportunities to make memories with family and friends on this late-summer weekend.

Airport Day and Vintage Planes

For lovers of historic aircraft – or just flying in general — Mansfield Lahm Airport Day, Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9-3 offers a chance to experience all that’s new at Mansfield Airport. Kids who’ve never flown before will get hooked on flying with free Eagle Flights. Skilled pilots share their passion and knowledge before taking off in a small plane, letting kids experience the closest thing to soaring like an eagle as they climb into the clouds.

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$7.5 Million Headed To Mansfield For Downtown Streetscape Project

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Press Releases from Senators Portman and Brown

On Tuesday, the offices of U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced that the US Department of Transportation had awarded the City of Mansfield a nearly $7.5 million federal grant through the FY 2022 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program.

The program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program has been funded at $1 billion per year. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Portman spearheaded, Senator Brown helped write and pass, and which was signed into law last November, annual funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion. Between the IIJA and the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the RAISE grant program has been funded at $2.25 billion for this year.

The funds for the project will go toward rebuilding the downtown Mansfield streetscape.

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Fab Four And More Fest On Tap For Fall

18 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

There’s a new collaborative event coming to downtown Mansfield this fall, the Fab Four & More Fest

This day long downtown event will feature four of downtown’s most popular experiences all held on the same day with much more.  The Fab Four & More Fest will feature the Mansfield Arts & Cultural Festival in Central Park, Touch a Truck in the Carrousel District, Oktoberfest in the Brickyard, and the fall Secret City Tour all over downtown! 

The Mansfield Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the arts in Richland County and showcases local artists and their wonderful talent.  The event will run from 11am-6pm this year and will be held in Central Park. Activities will include art displays, live art, food trucks, music and a kid’s zone. Monetary prizes will also be awarded to participating artists.

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Downtown

Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt Returns

20 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Back by popular demand, the Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt is returning this July! From July 1 – August 5, families can search for this year’s chosen carrousel animal, Pete the Pirate Cat, hidden in downtown businesses. Prizes can be claimed after finding the hidden animal 10 times, 20 times, or more. Everyone who finds the animal 20 or more times will be invited to a party at the Richland Carrousel on Sunday, August 14 with free carrousel rides, cookies, juice, and prizes.  

The Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt is co-sponsored by Buckeye Imagination Museum (formerly known as Little Buckeye Children’s Museum), the Richland Carrousel Park, and Imagination Childcare with special thanks to Richland Source, Destination Mansfield-Richland County, and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. This event is free and open to all.

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Downtown Mansfield Parking Lot To Be Reenvisioned By BGSU

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, BGSU Press Release

Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is looking to do some makeovers.

Instead of improving appearances or renovating houses, the Center is focusing its efforts on creating new energy for untapped assets for local communities, turning them into engines for economic growth and enhanced quality of life. 

To that end, the Center has announced the second cohort of communities to participate in its Reimagining Rural Regions (R3) program. One of those chosen communities is Mansfield.

Launched in 2021, the R3 program is an economic and workforce development-centered placemaking initiative that helps communities identify, enhance and build community assets to aid in talent attraction and retention.

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All Things Business

Shop Local At Social On Main

31 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Summer Pop Up Shop at Social on Main opens this week!  During June, July, and August, we will open our storefront located at 128 North Main Street to shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield. 

Come down for First Friday Shop Hop, visit the local businesses, have dinner, ride the carrousel, and stop in to meet and support other emerging businesses in downtown Mansfield.

Joining us for June will be Motivatd Mom, Authentically You Boutique, Diane’s Pink Zebra, GJRP design 3D printing, Moonshadow Marketplace, Jewelry by Linda, CCWicks and More, JNM Creations, and Mowry Merchantile. 

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Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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Secret City Summer 2022 Coming Saturday

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

An annual highlight of RichHistory Weekend is taking place this Saturday.

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is holding its summer 2022 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces. 

Buildings on the tour will include 193 North Main Street, 137 North Main Street, 130 North Main Street, 111 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street, 17 East Temple Court, 25 North Park Street, and 87 West Fourth Street.

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DMI Announces 2022 Final Friday Concert Series Lineup

20 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever!

It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music. The 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will kickoff on Friday, May 27 with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridey.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

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Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part Two

7 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the second in our current Solutions Journalism series focusing on the Westinghouse Building on Fifth Street in downtown Mansfield.

The photos we posted yesterday can be read in connection with the information we present today. Our goal is not to promote a specific end, but instead we hope to share a reminder that opportunity exists in almost every situation. These powerful economics tools have been used across Ohio and the country for remarkable community development. They can also capture resources that cannot be replicated.

Below is information on resources for the rescue and rehabilitation for significant pieces of Ohio history. These financial incentives have been used extensively, but unfortunately only to a limited extent in Richland County:

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Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part One

6 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

“Solutions Journalism” is a buzz word in certain media circles these days, both close to home and far afield.

In a nutshell, the concept can be described as a purposeful attempt to focus on what the news misses most often, according to the Solutions Journal Network. The goal is to identify “…how people are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes or failures.”

That particular facet of local journalism has actually been around for quite some time. It is only recently, however, that it has acquired this new name.

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First Friday Shop Hop And Live Music In Downtown Mansfield

29 Mar , 2022  

By DMI; 1812Blockhouse

Join us on Friday, April 1 in downtown Mansfield for Shop Hop! Enter to win gift certificates to spend downtown and enjoy an evening of Jazz at Social on Main with Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends for the First Friday Live series.

Downtown Mansfield is home to more than 50 independent businesses, and an abundance of dining, attractions, and service options.  During shop hop, many shops are open late and feature specials and entertainment.  Participating merchants will also have the opportunity for entry to win one of 15, $20 gift certificates.

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