Once Upon a Time in Hamilton!

Alive After 5 returned for its third year last Thursday, May 4, with Once Upon a Time! Despite the rain, we had a good crowd show up to meet almost a dozen different beloved princesses and other characters from A Characteristic Attitude, and our DJ Callacoustics played some of our favorite tunes from classic movies!

Congratulations to our costume contest winners below; pick up your prize from Made to Love (on High Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Hamilton) any time this coming week. Make sure to check out our Facebook page if you want to see more photos from the night, and we’ll see you on June 1 for Alive After 5: All-Star Summer!

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Alive After 5 Launches 2017 Season with “Once Upon a Time”

Alive After 5 is launching its third season in downtown Hamilton on Thursday, May 4. Alive After 5 is a monthly shop hop that highlights downtown Hamilton’s eclectic community of small businesses and features food, activities, and live music. Events take place in the downtown area from 5 to 9 pm, when businesses on either side of High Street stay open later than usual. All events are kid-friendly and usually have a variety of crafts or activities for kids.

Each month has a theme with different activities. May’s theme is “Once Upon a Time” and businesses will be offering fairy-tale themed specials. Princesses from A Characteristic Attitude will be downtown for photo-ops and there will be a number of free children’s activities, including a scavenger hunt and a craft. Visitors are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook characters and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The Lane Libraries is the May event sponsor and will be announcing their One City One Book initiative during the event. The Lane Library bookmobile will be present and the Highland Community Council will be hosting a book drive and story time for children at Miami University Hamilton Downtown.

The Alive After 5 Information Booth will be located at the new Rotary Park at the corner of High St. and Second Streets. On-street parking is free downtown after 5 pm. For more information on Alive After 5, visit our Facebook page.

In addition to Alive After 5 on May 4, we are also hosting “Alive After 9: May the Fourth Be With You” at Municipal Brew Works. The event starts at 9 pm and the Alive After 5 committee will host Star Wars trivia.

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Alive After 5 2017 Schedule

  • May 4 – Once Upon a Time
  • June 1 – All-Star Summer
  • July 6 – Summer Camp
  • August 3 – Under the Sea
  • September 7 – Alive After 5 Gives Back: Heroes
  • October 5 – Out of this World
  • November 2 – Throwback Thursday: The Roaring 20s
  • December 7 – Ugly Sweater, Beautiful City

Alive After 5 is the first Thursday of every month from 5-9pm.  Our mission is to foster a sense of community in Hamilton by bringing friends and family downtown to enjoy local shopping, dining, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities. There are many new businesses downtown and Alive After 5 aims to bring awareness to them.

Click here to read our 2017 press release


We’re looking forward to our 2017 season!

Hello from the Alive After 5 committee!  We’ve just finalized the themes for our 2017 season, and we’re so excited to share them with you!

Alive After 5 2017 Schedule

May 4 – Once Upon a Time…

June 1 – All-Star Summer

July 6 – Summer Camp

August 3 – Under the Sea

September 7 – Alive After 5 Gives Back: Heroes

October 5 – Out of this World

November 2 – Throwback Thursday: The Roaring 20s

December 7 – Ugly Sweater, Beautiful City

Start thinking costume ideas now!  We love to see what all of you creative people come up with, and we can’t wait to start the party on May 4!

AA5 November Recap

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support our efforts to give back to the Hamilton community last Thursday at Alive After 5 Gives Back!  The Butler Tech School of the Arts jazz band was playing live music, we had canned food collections at Miami University Downtown AND at the Almond Sisters, and Local 12 WKRC came out to see us!  Check it out here!

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AA5 October Recap

What a scary good time we had this month!  There were so many great wizards, warlocks, and witches out and about, and our magic potion scavenger hunt was so popular that we had to run and make emergency copies of our spell book!  The weather was perfect and we had our after party, Alive After 9, at Municipal Brew Works with a Harry Potter trivia contest, which was amazing! Thanks to everyone who came out on October 6 to make this night so great!

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AA5 September Recap

What a rad time we had last week!  There were so many creative and cool costumes, everyone loved the mix-tape scavenger hunt, and the Fitton Center and the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre partnered to bring out Pones Inc, who shut down S. 2nd Street to lead a 1980s-inspired dance party!  We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and as usual, we couldn’t have asked for a better company to sponsor us!  Thank you, STARTEK, for supporting Alive After 5 this month AND last month!

Check out our pictures below!

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AA5 August recap

Thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday!  We saw so many amazing pirates, big and small, our dunk tank was a huge hit (no pun intended), and DJ Callacoustics was rocking out with fantastic maritime-inspired tunes!  We want to thank our sponsors STARTEK for supporting us both this month and next month, when Alive After 5 will be doing Throwback Thursday: 1980s.  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the evening, and if you didn’t get a chance to come out last week, make sure to come to downtown Hamilton on September 1!

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