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Secor Open Road Party, Saturday, October 19

The Blade is proud to be a sponsor of the Secor Open Road Party to take place Saturday, October 19 in the Westgate area. This is a celebration of the end of construction, with music, rides, food, fun, and a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

Check out www.facebook.com/secoropenroadparty for updates and prizes every day through October 19!

P.S.

All of this is possible because all of our partners made it happen. Businesses up and down Secor Road have pitched in. Sears, Westgate is the presenting sponsor.

Paul Hem
Social Media Manager
The Blade

created by paulhem on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:04:21 pm     Comments: 51

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Why isn't this in the official Blade thread that has existed forever? I am tired of the unrelenting touting of your employer's business. Find the other thread for this.

posted by pete on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:15:39 pm     #   2 people liked this

But will they have beer?

posted by Anniecski on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:19:23 pm     #  

Yes, Annie! There will be beer. :)

posted by paulhem on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:22:27 pm     #   1 person liked this

Sorry pete. I thought this specific event would merit its own thread.

posted by paulhem on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:23:44 pm     #   1 person liked this

More proof people will bitch about anything.

posted by JohnnyMac on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:36:33 pm     #   13 people liked this

Well, JohnnyMac, if I worked for the Dirty Bird downtown or for the Blarney and banged the drum on this forum for every event either one held, I am sure you and a lot of others here would be bitching about my shameless advertising of my employer's wares. It's the same thing.

posted by pete on Oct 08, 2013 at 03:42:01 pm     #   4 people liked this

If he would have posted this under the "Official Blade Thread" I wouldn't have seen it. I stopped looking at that thread. I am hoping to attend!

posted by stooks on Oct 08, 2013 at 04:21:08 pm     #   2 people liked this

This cutie will be singing there:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUuLNGcACKk

posted by Anniecski on Oct 08, 2013 at 04:39:11 pm     #  

Hey, I'll tell you what! I'll start posting every event on the main page that the downtown bars and restaurants hold. I don't think JR would let that go on too long. And I don't think stooks or Anniecski would like it either.

Advertising your business here is not cool to do.

posted by pete on Oct 08, 2013 at 04:46:13 pm     #   1 person liked this

pete: If it makes you feel any better... The City called us and asked if we could do something to support the businesses who lost customers during the construction.

posted by paulhem on Oct 08, 2013 at 05:08:06 pm     #  

Hey Pete? Fuck off.

I wouldn't have seen this if it wasn't in its own thread, and I think it's an event worth attending. Good job on posting, Paul.

posted by madjack on Oct 08, 2013 at 05:09:34 pm     #   9 people liked this

so Pete will not be attending?

posted by justareviewer on Oct 08, 2013 at 05:24:26 pm     #   3 people liked this

Nope!

posted by pete on Oct 08, 2013 at 05:41:54 pm     #  

Thanks for letting us know. This is the kind of event I might otherwise drive by while on the way to some appointment and not have time to check out. I will be there!

posted by viola on Oct 08, 2013 at 11:02:34 pm     #   1 person liked this

Paul thanks for the post, it is appreciated, I'll check it out.

posted by MrGlass419 on Oct 08, 2013 at 11:04:31 pm     #  

There is a "Block Party" joke in here somewhere, but I for one am not going to make it.

:)

Wish they would have done something similar for the Docks restaurants after that King Bridge fiasco. But that's water under the bridge.

Sorry not to see ProMedica as a sponsor, as they are the primary beneficiary of most of the west Toledo, I-475 corridor construction for the last couple of years. They have surely impacted Secor Rd. businesses and west Toledoans as much as the "city."

In any event, good luck with the event.

posted by justread on Oct 09, 2013 at 06:31:55 am     #  

I tried to come up with some criticism about this event, the Blade, and Mr. Hem. I got nothing.
Appears to be a new idea that I would never expect from around here. I hope it's a great success without any trouble to dampen the positive spirits.

Congrats on everyone who put this together. FYI, I have no problem with the post.

posted by hockeyfan on Oct 09, 2013 at 07:41:51 am     #   4 people liked this

Pretty cool. Glad the businesses still there survived and are willing to spend money to say thank you! I'll check it out. Thanks, Paul!

posted by nana on Oct 09, 2013 at 07:46:27 am     #  

Pete-

Maybe for the sake of clarification, can we agree that anything The Blade editorializes or seemingly reports with a bias, pushes an agenda, etc belongs in the Blade Thread.

Anything that is sponsored by the Blade can be considered community building, charitable, etc, and therefore, not really selling The Blade specifically, as they don't gain anything by adding foot traffic. Unlike an actual establishment where money is exchanged.

This sounds like a great event to me.

posted by ahmahler on Oct 09, 2013 at 08:28:50 am     #  

Thanks everyone.

At the meetings with the small business organizers, the specific costs of everything was discussed and understood by all. The Blade hopes to break even.

I blogged about the party for the sake of the business owners who might want to participate.

http://paulhem.com/?p=557

posted by paulhem on Oct 09, 2013 at 09:01:04 am     #  

Appears the only pertinent question is: the beer will be served at what temperature?

posted by Mariner on Oct 09, 2013 at 09:33:05 am     #  

Mariner: I need to look into that. I expect it to be cold.

Hey here are the non-profits who will be part of a non-profit village venue.

  • American Red Cross
  • Easter Seals
  • Imagination Station
  • March of Dimes -- Come visit March of Dimes for a chance to win a New 2014 Buick LaCrosse! Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.
  • One Matters -- One Matters will be accepting donations of new socks at the Secor Open Road Party.
  • The Ronald McDonald House

posted by paulhem on Oct 09, 2013 at 11:46:52 am     #  

Good group - very worthy venture.

posted by Mariner on Oct 09, 2013 at 11:59:38 am     #   1 person liked this

Thank you Mariner.

By the way, The Secor Open Road Party will include a cornhole tournament. The prizes are going to be fairly substantial. With all the businesses, including The University of Toledo participating, the prizes would be quite impressive. Talking about UT. They will be offering free shuttles to the Rockets vs. Navy game, access to tailgating is included.

In case any cornhole champion TTers want to play, the tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Division I is open to college students with a valid student ID. Grand prize is two flat screen TVs, courtesy of Westgate Village Shopping Center,

Division II is everybody else, with a grand prize of two $500 Home Depot gift cards. There are only 32 teams in each division, so you might want to get entered early.

We are engaging and providing details at www.facebook.com/secoropenroadparty

posted by paulhem on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:17:41 am     #  

On shuttles:

U.T. may not be providing the transportation, but TLC will have shuttles running from Alexis to Dorr for the Secor Open Road Party.

posted by paulhem on Oct 10, 2013 at 01:12:44 pm     #  

Here's a little more on the non-profits...

The American Red Cross Blood Services Center will be open Saturday, October 19, during the Secor Open Road Party to accept blood donations. Stop in to make a donation anytime during the week before, and you’ll be eligible for giveaways and coupons from local businesses.

The Red Cross building on Executive Parkway will be open Monday, 8 a.m. to 4.pm.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the day of the party from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

posted by paulhem on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:13:19 pm     #  

Beer + open street = public foolishness.

posted by tomshiba on Oct 12, 2013 at 02:35:28 pm     #  

tomshiba posted at 02:35:28 PM on Oct 12, 2013:

Beer + open street = public foolishness.

posted by slowsol on Oct 12, 2013 at 02:56:51 pm     #   3 people liked this

A little update...

Geddis Paving & Excavating, the contractor for the Secor Road construction, will bring a 75-foot PC228 Komatsu excavator and a 20-ton dump truck to the Secor Open Road Party. Kids can take a look at the equipment and answer questions to be entered to win a construction uniform. There will also be hard hats and stickers – decorate a hard hat and have your picture taken in the Geddis photo booth.

Geddis, incidentally, had until Nov. 1 to finish the Secor project. They finished Aug. 30, earning themselves a tidy bonus and opening up traffic.

Also, here is a link to download a map and schedule of activities in PDF form. It will not be published in the paper until Friday. I figured it needed to get out earlier. There will be a huge special section in Friday's Blade.

http://tol.bz/1gEJD49

posted by paulhem on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:22:00 pm     #  

^^Which just proves that construction projects need not drag on forever and ever. I was amazed how fast the Secor Rd. project completed. Not so for the larger 475 project. However, a couple of weeks ago, in their big weekend push to get the new left lanes and two lane 475 EB to 75 NB (though we can still only use one lane of it for the foreseeable future) open, the crews worked around the clock from Thursday through Sunday to "git 'er done". Why couldn't this have been the norm for this project?

Back to topic - looking forward to the party!

posted by Foodie on Oct 14, 2013 at 02:26:53 pm     #  

Frankly, Foodie, I was thinking the same thing when I first learned of the bonus for finishing the construction early.

Just in case you thought the party was all beer and country music, there will be plenty of family activities until about 7 p.m.

  • The Toledo Fire Department will be on hand with a ladder truck and the Safety House.
  • The City of Toledo will bring the CCTV Truck, a mild-mannered looking white box truck that is really an exciting diagnostic tool to evaluate the condition of sewer lines located underground. A lighted mini-television camera is guided by an operator using X-Box-like controls to “see” any defects which may exist from manhole cover to manhole cover. Visitors may see this equipment in action and talk with operators from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • A Halloween costume parade and contest will take place at 2 p.m. for kids ages 2 to 12! Prizes will be awarded for the Cutest, Scariest, and Most Inventive Costumes.
  • The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will bring the Cybermobile.
  • The Toledo Zoo will bring a replica of Baru, the Australian crocodile,and maybe even some live animals.

Just wanted to let TTers know first...

posted by paulhem on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:24:57 am     #  

Are the people that make the big "Cedar Point Size" french fries going to be there? I miss them since the annual craft show is no longer at the old Churchills.

posted by Trilby on Oct 16, 2013 at 06:33:19 am     #  

Trilby: Let me check on that. However, not that I know of...

Here is an update, however...

Westgate Village is on board with more events from their merchants:

  • Pumpkin carving
  • A free Barry Bobblehead to the first 100 customers at Barry Bagels... Every 100th customer will receive a free burrito, bowl, taco or salad at Chipotle
  • A drawing for a hair care product basket worth $75 at Fiesta Salon
  • A free beverage to every 100th customer, including drive-through customers, at Starbucks.

I'll update as I learn more.

posted by paulhem on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:16:24 am     #  

Trilby: The "people that make the big 'Cedar Point Size' french fries" will not be there. Sorry. I too would enjoy some of those. :)

posted by paulhem on Oct 16, 2013 at 03:47:11 pm     #  

Oops lanced that too soon!

Lemme try that again.

posted by paulhem on Oct 16, 2013 at 03:56:55 pm     #  

http://toledotalk.com/secor-road-open-for-business.png

posted by jr on Oct 16, 2013 at 04:53:36 pm     #  

Thanks jr!

posted by paulhem on Oct 16, 2013 at 05:19:42 pm     #  

Burger King, Uncle Johns and Del Taco are the food vendors? :/

posted by upso on Oct 16, 2013 at 05:42:11 pm     #  

Well... I think Uncle Johns dropped out. Most of the food service businesses like Barry Bagels, Starbucks, Sonics, etc. have special offers during the party. That being said... You observation is shared by many. :)

The Secor Open Road Party's Passport To Win contest will debut in Friday's Blade, but, TTers are special.

Use the Passport printed in The Blade on Friday, or pick one up at a participating Secor Road merchants on Saturday. Get your passport stamped by at least five of the merchants listed on the passport, fill out the entry form, and turn them in at The Blade booth at the Secor Open Road Party on Saturday.

You could win a $1,000 Sears gift card, or a $1,000 Home Depot gift card. For complete rules, download them, here -> http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/passporttowinrules.pdf

posted by paulhem on Oct 17, 2013 at 07:18:18 am     #  

Is it true that Paul is buying beer at this shindig for anyone who identifies himself/herself as a TTer?

posted by Anniecski on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:27:50 am     #   1 person liked this

Hey! I know he's generous, but... (What do they say about people who refer to themselves in the third person?)

It IS tomorrow!

I saw that the music tent is up and ready for the entertainers -- Bruce Sims and the Jam Band, Brynn & Emma, and Josh Thompson. The music tent is free until 8 p.m. After 8, admission is $2.

posted by paulhem on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:40:03 am     #  

It's late in the planning but a shure fire winner would be a fund raiser for dog health care using a dunk tank with the Blade's owners.

posted by Mariner on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:58:38 am     #  

Mariner posted at 09:58:38 AM on Oct 18, 2013:

It's late in the planning but a shure fire winner would be a fund raiser for dog health care using a dunk tank with the Blade's owners.

I'd personally foot the tab for that one!

posted by Foodie on Oct 18, 2013 at 10:35:03 am     #  

(What do they say about people who refer to themselves in the third person?)

Bob Dole says it's cool with Bob Dole.

posted by justread on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:13:38 am     #  

:-D

posted by paulhem on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:17:18 pm     #  

You can sign up for the cornhole tournament now.

There are still spaces available in the Secor Open Road Party cornhole tournament.

Two divisions, four winners: Division I is college students with valid ID. The two members of the winning team each receive a flat screen TV.

Division II is adults ages 18 and up. The two members of the Division II winning team will each receive a $500 Home Depot gift card. (TT team?)

Sign up here: https://toledoblade.wufoo.com/forms/z1fp71um1gka7ih/

posted by paulhem on Oct 18, 2013 at 02:26:11 pm     #   1 person liked this

This thing going to be rained out? Just drove by and it's looking pretty soggy!

posted by upso on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:43:13 am     #  

We showed up around 5:00, and it was far from jumping. I think the cool / rainy weather had something to do with that. Most of the party corral was empty, save for the entertainment tent. We were there mainly for the raffles, so we did not venture much further. Speaking of the raffles, upon arrival we were informed that the March Of Dimes people - the ones who were giving away a new Buick - decided to leave early. That was 80% of the reason we were there. My brother really needs a car. We were ready to plunk down $20 each for some tickets. Very uncool, MOD. We did do the stamps and enter the other raffle. The food vendors looked lonely. The music sounded good from a distance. They had a rocking sound system. There seemed to be an okay turnout of kids and families over in the rides area.

posted by mixman on Oct 20, 2013 at 11:31:22 am     #  

upso: I was there at 10:45 a.m. and took a couple of iPhone shots of people manning the booths. It was cold, windy and rainy. Just like the UT - Navy game, the weather cleared up. However, it was still cold in the evening. However, the music was well received and attended, relative to the cold weather.

mixman: I will look into that issue and get back here tomorrow. I was not aware of that.

posted by paulhem on Oct 20, 2013 at 11:52:01 am     #  

Very uncool, MOD

419-534-3600

posted by justread on Oct 20, 2013 at 12:10:55 pm     #  

I went for awhile. Loved the pumpkins at Fresh Market, and I got to see a screech owl up close at the Zoo booth. Veery cool!

posted by Anniecski on Oct 21, 2013 at 10:48:30 am     #