If you’re driving your car down 5th Street in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, maybe you’ve taken notice of all the banners promoting “A Christmas Carol” – an annual Christmas play scheduled each year at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. When I first noticed the banners, I thought perhaps the Playhouse was starting promotions early this year.
A Playhouse spokesperson who did not want to be named in this report seemed puzzled.
“Eh, no, I don’t think so,” said the spokesperson who also mentioned to me that she wants to be an actress. “March is a little early to start thinking about Christmas. We at least try to wait until Easter before we think about promoting our Christmas schedule.”
As it turns out, The Playhouse is not starting promotions early at all. A city worker eating a donut under one of the banners on 5th street explained it this way.
“We were gonna get around to taking them down last month,” said the city worker with his mouth full, “but shit, February turned pretty cold, ya know? – And the City Council wouldn’t give gloves to us workers. They were cut in the 2007 budget. My hands get cold up there and besides, I’m scared of heights.”
I asked the city worker if he didn’t think leaving these holiday banners up would confuse tourists.
“I kind of doubt it, he said, wiping donut off his face and mouth. “I mean most people in their cars are looking toward Northern Kentucky. Those banners ain’t road signs, ya know what I mean?”
The city worker had no idea when the banners would be removed.
“Hell, tornado season is right around the corner,” he said, taking another donut out of his bag. “Maybe a twister will do our job for us.”
LOL Blog Reporter
(Photo of banner taken by city worker while taking a break from eating his donuts)