If you’ve missed some opportunities to attend Tea Parties on Capitol Hill in DC because it was so far away, then perhaps you’d like to be at a Tea Party closer to home.
If you’ve missed some opportunities to show your true genius in designing your own homemade protest signs and banners, January 22, 2010 (this Friday) might be a fortuitous occasion. Who knows? Perhaps someone in the Presidential motorcade might even spot your sign.
Lorain County Community College is on the outskirts of Elyria, and it’s a venue where President Obama will make an appearance on Friday, though I’m not sure of the exact time of the President’s appearance.
For the Tea Party, however, you’re welcome to stay the whole day. You can pack food, if you like, but there are also plenty of fast food joints and other restaurants just down the road, to the north of the campus. I have no idea what the weather forecast is, but be prepared for the outdoor conditions.
Mike Hellyar of the Lorain North Shore Patriots is designated as the organizer of the rally. The plan for Tea Party attendees is to park at Elyria’s Hilltop Park Cobblestone. It’s a little bit of a walk to the LCCC campus from there. If by chance there’s no available parking at the park or at the campus, there is a shopping center called Cobblestone on the same road (State Route 301–also known as Abbe Road) as the campus. State Route 301 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare, so as you walk along the way, plenty of motorists will have an opportunity to see your signs at virtually any time during daylight hours (just be careful not to get run over if you have to cross any intersections).
Driving-wise, LCCC is not that far from an interchange with I-90. If traveling from Cleveland or other points east, you’d make a left off of the exit ramp onto State Route 254, and then make a right on State Route 301. If traveling from Sandusky or other points west, you’d make a right off the exit ramp onto State Route 254 and then make a right on State Route 301.
You’ll see the Cobblestone shopping plaza on your right hand side fairly soon after turning on to SR 301 (Abbe Road). The LCCC campus will be further south, along the left hand side of the road. The sign at the entrance of campus is clearly visible.
I’ve always accessed Hilltop Park from Gulf Road (roughly parallel to Abbe, but further west), but it’s not the only access point, but the park stretches over to Abbe Road and up to Burns Road. There is an intersection with Burns Road just south, beyond the LCCC campus, along Abbe Road. Hilltop Park lies a little further south, just beyond that Abbe-Burns intersection, on the right hand side.
If you feel your clever banner didn’t get enough exposure to viewers during the Tea Party, you might consider sending me a photograph of it, snapped on the LCCC grounds, and I’ll consider posting it here on Buckeye RINO.
[UPDATE 1/20/2010] Two more links to help you get there and know what’s going on: