Spring in Our Steps

Enhancing community connections in Cincinnati, by reclaiming alleys, sidewalks, and steps for the pedestrian.

Eton Place Alley Festival, Street Haunts & Alley Jaunts Tour SAT 10/24

Event proceeds benefit the preparation of the Eton Place Alley Festival, advancement of future art exhibitions, and ongoing work of Spring in Our Steps to continue cleaning up public alleys and stairways, holding exciting pop-up events in these spaces, and developing sustainable plans for ongoing maintenance and enhancements. 

Street Haunts & Alley Jaunts Tour
(1pm, $15/$25 w/limited t-shirt designed by Margaret Weiner)

The long awaited follow up to The Jaunty Jubilee–our 2 1/2 mile tour of stairways and alleys in 2013–is HERE! As a complement to the upcoming Eton Place Alley Festival, join us for an exciting walking tour through areas of Over-the-Rhine and Mount Auburn you’ve likely never seen before, Street Haunt and Alley Jaunts will include 13 public alleys, stairways, and informal trails running through abandoned and hidden areas of your city, though we’ll pass many more! We’ll start and end at Eton Place & Elm Street, just south of Rhinegeist Brewery and the site of the Eton Place Alley Festival!

Tickets are $15 or ($25 to include a limited edition tour t-shirt, while supplies last.
Admission includes snacks along the route, a complementary Rhinegeist Brewery tour *and* one Rarity beer from Rhinegeist!

Eton Place Alley Festival
(3pm-7pm, FREE)
Join us for a spectacle that will be the first of its kind in Cincy! We’ll pop up in Eton Place, south of Rhinegeist Brewery to host an exciting event that includes an art installation by SiOS Artist-in-Residence Mary Baxter (details below), Gilpin’s steamed sandwiches, Deeper Roots nitro cold brew, and music to boot.

Miedo: Visual Art Installation

by Mary Baxter, SIOS Artist in Residence

Miedo (Spanish for Fear) is a series of six 9-ft. tapestries composed entirely of clothing collected from Cincinnati’s thrift stores. Occupying the side of Rhinegeist Brewery, this pop-up, one-day piece activates window wells with facial expressions of anxiety.

Miedo challenges the construct of alleyways as catalysts for fear and confronts viewers with physical, mental, and social implications of alley interactions.

Experience Miedo and the transformation of a space as Mary Baxter personifies the hidden infrastructure of Cincinnati’s alleyways in her residency debut.

After three years of putting community cleanups at the forefront of its functions, Spring in Our Steps is transitioning toward using cleanup events as a basis for the coordination of community events. By utilizing existing partnerships between Rhinegeist Brewery & Deeper Roots Coffee, piggybacking upon a strong palette for the exhibition of homegrown crafts in Over-the-Rhine, and taking advantage of a unique opportunity to utilize an historic building façade for public art display – Spring in Our Steps will stage a pop-up community event in Eton Place that engages, captivates, sates, and refreshes visitors of Rhinegeist Brewery and the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District.

Eton Place is a public alley that runs east-west from Central Parkway to Race Street. A section of granite paved alley, between Elm & Pleasant Streets, has been tarnished by deteriorated asphalt pavement, accumulation of gravel, and weathered consumer waste. As economic development continues along the upper Elm Street corridor, it is imperative that improvements take place in the alley directly south of a rapidly growing Rhinegeist Brewery facility.

We hope to see you on Saturday, October 24th!

“Creating a walkable city means restricting urban driving, reviving stairs & alleys” (10/20/15)

“CityBeat Recommends: Eton Place Alley Festival” (10/21/15)

About C. Huelsman

"Stuck in the middle of this, don't know if I'm gonna make it" summarizes my internal composition at most points along my personal timeline. Sometimes, more than a little skin must be shed, in order to ensure resilience toward life's perils and mediocrity. This is where things get good.

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