Downtown businesses plan Opening Day eventsWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the Mud Hens’ official Opening Day Bash, many Downtown businesses and restaurants will also be offering Opening Day events.
Gathered Art Gallery and Studios, 23 N. Huron St., will host live entertainment and demonstrations of glass blowing by professionals from 1-3:30 p.m.
Following that, the gallery will host “The Pregame Gather,” which invites the public to make original paperweights and mugs. Attendees can also make a glass handprint at the event. Prices range from $25-$50.
Gathered owner Adam Goldberg, a Toledo native, said he loves the Mud Hens and wanted to take advantage of the event.
“We’re right across the street from the field; I guess you could say we’re trying to be neighborly,” Goldberg said. “We appreciate that the Mud Hens are in the Warehouse District.”
The gallery will also have a cookout in the parking lot with Toledo band ind’grass playing.
“It’s going to be a fun time down here,” said gallery manager Katherine Clemmon. “Any excuse to party on a Thursday, right?”
Bars opening early
The Blarney Irish Pub, 601 Monroe St., will celebrate Opening Day early.
The bar will open at 9 a.m. with a bloody mary bar and car bomb drink station, according to an email from General Manager Bill Kline. The pub will also offer Guinness Beer Brats and burgers on the grill.
Kline said the celebration will take place all day with live entertainment offered by Last Born Sons from 1-4 p.m. and Nine Lives from 8 p.m. to midnight. Promotions and giveaways will take place all day.
When stopping by, expect to hear a song parody written and produced by the pub’s bartenders. Set to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” the lyrics include “Take me out to The Blarney/ Take me out to the pub/Pour me a Guinness from Ireland/Come and hang out with all of your friends/For it’s root, root, root for the home team/ Stop by after the game/For its 1, 2, 3 drinks with friends at the ole Blarney.”
Ye Olde Cock N’ Bull, 9 N. Huron St., was not open in time for the 2012 Opening Day but now opens for lunch at 11 a.m. On Opening Day, drink specials and Jell-O shots start at 11 a.m., as does live music from Barile & May. Distant Cousinz plays a set at 4:30 p.m. and Captain Sweet Shoes will play at 9 p.m.
Jim Mettler, owner of Ye Olde Cock N’ Bull, said, “Welcome back to the boys of summer! We’re happy the Mud Hens are back in town.”
Ye Olde Durty Bird, 2 S. St. Clair St., will also open at 9 a.m. to celebrate Opening Day.
Downtown Toledo’s gastropub will feature “plenty of food and drinks specials,” said General Manager Julie Ketterman.
Live entertainment will be offered as well, featuring Ron Daniels, Kyle White and John Barile. The three artists will play during a parking lot party to benefit Project iAm, a local nonprofit that assists families whose children have autism. At 7:30 p.m., featured band Arctic Clam will play.