4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater has been the place to go to unwind and enjoy live music and entertainment at the end of the month since March, but many people don’t know what goes into producing the “party on the street”.
Fourth Friday, the party on the street in Downtown Clearwater, is on summer break! After a short hiatus, due to the frequency of afternoon rainstorms during the summer months in Florida, Fourth Friday will return on September 25th with a Clearwater Jazz Holiday kick off.
You’re invited to a free party on Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater! It will be held on April 24th from 5:30-9:00pm, so bring your friends and family to enjoy great music, beer, wine, soft drinks and all kinds of food and local goods from vendors and local businesses.
This month’s band is Kenny McGee. Kenny is the lead vocalist from Julliet, a national rock act. Julliet went on to get signed to Capitol Records and toured in the 80's and early 90's and worked with such producers as Frankie Sullivan (Survivor) and Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot).
Kenny eventually branched off and formed a solo band which has brought Kenny back to his southern rock roots. In the early 90s, with "Baby Jane" he had the #1 most requested song for 6 months on 98 Rock . At the same time, Julliet’s “Revvin' Me Up” was being played on rock stations nationwide.
To this day, Kenny remains one of the most sought out singer/songwriters with which to work . His solo band, as well as Juliet, are gearing up for a busy season; they will be doing a summer tour in support of their appearance at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma (4-day 80's rock festival).
4th Friday Events are Sponsored by the CDP (Clearwater Downtown Partnership), for more information visit http://www.4thfridayclearwater.com/or call 866-550-3472
The first 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater was held, fittingly, on the fourth Friday of March. "March Madness" closed down Cleveland Street from East Avenue all the way down to Osceola.
The Clearwater Community Volunteers had their signature train giving rides up and down the street. It was the perfect evening for friends and families to come together and wander the streets while browsing the vendor tables, or to share an after-work-week drink while enjoying the free live music. Local downtown restaurants were open and many stores had booths. Intuition Salon sold jewelry and handbags, Pangea Cafe' offered muffins and their signature Illy coffee, and Bella Pucci Grooming Salon took the opportunity to advertise their new change of location.
March Madness 5:30pm, March 27, 2009
Clearwater, FL (March 2009) - The Clearwater Downtown Partnership is proud to announce its first of many 4th Friday concert events on Cleveland Street. Mark your calendars for Friday, March 27th.
We are closing down Cleveland Street in the 600 Block and will provide you with a premier entertainment, art, food, wine and beer extravaganza. (The entertainment act is going to be big… stay tuned – you will be blown away!)
Clearwater Downtown Partnership Celebrates the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business of the Year Awards
PostcardMania and Sunbelt Software Founders achieve recognition for best business practices and exemplary growth by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual business awards dinner.
Clearwater, FL, 4 February 2008 — A crowd of about 500 chamber members and guests attended The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 86th Annual Meeting held on January 31, 2008 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club to celebrate the achievements of many business and civic leaders whom have made a positive impact on the community. Two CEOs of the 5 winners were executive board members of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership (CDP) — Joy Gendusa and Stu Sjouwerman. Hailed as the fastest-growing direct mail postcard marketing firm in the nation by Inc Magazine, PostcardMania was honored as the 2008 Large In-State Business of the Year.
December 5th 2008, the Clearwater Downtown Partnership hosted its inaugural “Miracle on Cleveland Street” in conjunction with The City of Clearwater’s annual “Holiday Light Up”. Adults and Children flocked the street to bask in the 2 tons of snow that blanketed the 500 block of Cleveland Street.
Remember, Remember the 5th of December.
Urgent weather alert! Doppler weather radar at the Clearwater Downtown Partnership has just confirmed a 100% chance of an unprecedented blanketing of snow during the City of Clearwater’s annual Holiday Light Up on the 500 block of Cleveland Street. Expect complete road closures due to strolling carolers, gift vendors and merriment of the sort on Cleveland Street from 5pm – 8pm between Garden and Fort Harrison Avenues.
When Chairman Bill Sturtevant of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership was asked what he attributed the unusual weather pattern to he said Santa ordered it, towards the goal of strengthening our merchants by bringing more people to downtown. Bill further remarked that the board acted fast and decided to seize the opportunity in Downtown and established this event as our annual:
“Miracle on Cleveland Street.”
One of Bill’s colleagues Eleanor Lyda also stated since schools will be closed at that time a giant 10 foot snow slide is being brought in for children to toboggan down and play in the snow flurries.
Downtown Clearwater June 18, 2007
Historic Telephone Exchange Emerging from a Concrete Cocoon As Cleveland Street undergoes its $8 million makeover, a historic building on the corner of Cleveland and Garden Ave. is fi nally getting the restoration it has been waiting for.
Having spent the last 50 years encased in concrete panels the three-story Telephone Exchange Building is ready to come back to its original look.
Building owner’s Jon and Sylvia Heneghan are overseeing the removal of the panels and removing the bricks from the windows. So far the restoration has uncovered the historic “Telephone” sign on the front of the building. As seen in old black and white photo’s. It is quite possible that no one has seen this building in it’s full color in over 50 years. As Mr. Heneghan has not been able to fi nd any color photo’s of the building as it was before it was encased.
Clearwater Downtown Partnership Launches
Clearwater, FL June 2008 - The evening of Wednesday May 28th saw over 100 members of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership (CDP) and city officials including Mayor Frank Hibbard and Vice mayor George Cretekos gathered downtown for the 2008 Momentum Awards for businesses, organizations, individuals and projects that have added to the vitality of downtown. After a wonderful meal catered by downtown Mediterranean restaurant Tangerine, the Mayor reviewed recent successes such as the beautiful streetscapes, a contract to bring boat slips to downtown in 2009 and residential projects such as Water’s Edge, Station Square, and The Strand.