Cincinnati, the third largest city in Ohio, is named after the Society of the Cincinnati, a historical organization in which Prime Minister Winston Churchill was inducted as a member. Churchill described Cincinnati as one of “the most beautiful of America’s inland cities.” The city has lived up to Churchill’s description landing on Forbes’ list of top Cities’ Emerging Downtowns. Check out 10 British things going on in “The Queen City” below:
1. The Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati
The Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati is a group of enthusiasts “dedicated to the riding, preservation, and enjoyment of British motorcycles, past and present.” You don’t have to own a British motorcycle to join the club; just liking them will get you a membership card. If you’d like to find out more about upcoming events, you can check out their Facebook page or website.
2. Churchill’s Teas
Churchill’s Tea, located at 122 W. Elder Street, is owned and run by Kathleen Kern, a British expat from England. When Kern first moved to the U.S., she relied on friends visiting from the U.K. to bring her tea and treats, or stock up when she made trips home. She took matters into her own hands, opening up her own shop specializing in loose teas and accessories. The store offers unique classes on tea blending and pairing, which you can read about here.
3. The Pub
The Pub, located in Rookwood Commons on Edmondson Road, offers the British pub experience with its slogan being: “British-inspired, American-crafted.” The Pub’s claim to fame is its fish-n-chips, but offers comfort foods like Scotch egg, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. The bar offers a number of British brews including Bel Haven Scottish Ale, Old Speckled Hen Ale, and a featured Fuller’s is always on rotation.
4. Cincinnati Cricket Club
The Cincinnati Cricket Club, like many clubs nationwide, was established by a few cricket enthusiasts, and has grown over the past decade to 35 registered members. The players’ skill levels range from beginner, mid-level, and seasoned, but they all have one thing in common: passion. The Club is about enjoying and preserving the sport of cricket in Cincinnati. At the same time, it is a game, and there is a winner, and in 2013, the Midwest Cricket Tournament champion was the Kalvin Cincinnati I team. Congrats, guys, keep it up! You can inquire about membership here.
5. British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati
The British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati is made up of Anglophiles who love talking shop. The group is made up of close to 100 British car enthusiasts, and they meet on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. The summer has more informal meetups to work around everyone’s busy schedules. The Club is dedicated to all British car marques, welcoming members who own restored cars and want to show them off, or others who are just getting into it. You can find out more here.
6. Cincinnati Saints
Cincinnati’s professional soccer team, the Cincinnati Saints, was founded in 2009. The indoor team competed at an amateur level up until recently, making it into the Professional Arena Soccer League in 2013. In 2014, its outdoor team joined the National Premier Soccer League, with defender James Queree hailing from Jersey, England. You can check out the teams’ schedules here.
7. British Arrows Awards
The British Arrows Awards take place annually in London, England, recognizing some of the best of British commercial advertising. The Cincinnati World Cinema (CWC) is one of only 12 cinemas in the nation to air the awards ceremony. The CWC works in collaboration with the Carnegie Theater, located at 1028 Scott Blvd., in Covington, KY (just 15 minutes from Cincinnati), to present the production. The above video is one of the commercials nominated in 2013.
8. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, established in 1993, works to bring Shakespeare and the Classics to Cincinnati and the surrounding area. You can meet the Company here and find out about the current season here.
9. Songs from the British Isles by Music of All Season’s
Cincinnati’s Music for All Seasons presents four concerts a year at the historic Peterloon Estate, located at 8605 Hopewell Road. This year’s season includes Songs of the British Isles and Ireland. The performance will highlight British musicians like John Dowland, a lute player during the Renaissance, and songwriter Henry Purcell, who was believed to write songs heard in Shakespeare’s plays. You can see the entire list of British musicians, and the Ohio artists who will be performing their work, here.
10. Cincinnati English Country Dancers
The Cincinnati English Country Dancers embrace historic dancing that took place from the 16th through the 19th centuries. As you can see in the above video, the dance moves are authentic, as well as the period clothing. The group gets together three times a month for classes, on the second, fourth and fifth Thursday at 8:00pm. You can find out more about the classes here and upcoming events here.
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