Historic Gateway Neighborhoods extends Take A Hike History Tour to Dec. 8

October 26, 2018 GMT

Historic Gateway Neighborhoods extends Take A Hike History Tour to Dec. 8

 CLEVELAND, Ohio. It was a shout-out from Playhouse Square that propelled Tom Yablonsky, executive director of Historic Gateway Neighborhoods, to extend the Take a Hike tours in 2015.

Playhouse Square executives were more than pleased with the response from participants and wanted to test the waters with doing more, said Yablonsky.

The tours, which normally run from May to September, take visitors on a historic tour of Cleveland, focusing on the Gateway District and its architecture, and Euclid Avenue, which in the early 20th century was considered one of the most elite shopping avenues in the country, next to Michigan Avenue in Chicago and Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The extended season is continuing through Dec. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The Gateway Tours start at the Arcade, 401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, and end at the State Theatre. Those who want to experience the rich history of the University Circle neighborhood should meet at the Wade Oval Information Center, 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland.

This tour ends at Severance Hall, where Adella Prentiss Hughes will greet participants. Hughes, portrayed by actress Anne McEvoy, is the founder of the Cleveland Orchestra and led fundraising for the creation of Severance Hall.

“I will be dressed in a circa-1930 costume as Hughes,” said McEvoy. “I’ll be speaking to the crowd about my [role in the] founding of Severance Hall and the orchestra. Her love of music is what has inspired me to portray her. She had the means to go anywhere to listen to classical music, but she took it upon herself to see what conductors would be willing to come to Cleveland. The orchestra will celebrate its 100th birthday on Dec. 11.”

Other prominent Clevelanders portrayed on the fall tours include Garrett Morgan, Alan Freed, Milton Krantz and Mayor Tom Johnson. The tours are free.