Monday, April 12, 2010

Tweetup for Tarbell

The first time I saw Jim Tarbell, he was wearing a smashing hat and a sparkle in his eye.

The University Club's grand dining room gleamed with shining fine china and towering flower arrangements. The crowd, dressed in their party finest, all gazed at Cincinnati's favorite son as he regaled the reception with a clever tale about my childhood best friend's family, and then a tune on his trusty harmonica.

Living in Lexington, I had no idea who this gentleman was, or that I'd come to respect him so much in the years ahead.

Moving back to Cincinnati five years ago, I discovered Tarbell was a city politico and small business owner. This Hamilton County Commission candidate is a huge proponent for the arts and Over-the-Rhine, my favorite neighborhood in Cincinnati. He also firmly believes in revitalizing Downtown Cincinnati and making every community safer for the families and individuals calling our region home.

That's something any Hamilton County resident can appreciate.

It didn't take long for me to agree when the Tarbell campaign asked me to host a tweetup for Jim.

Several local bloggers, including Bob Schwartz of 5chw4r7z, Brian Griffin of Cincinnati Blog, Cincinnati Women Bloggers and Julie Niesen of wine me, dine me are joining me to host this Tweetup for Tarbell, which will give folks an opportunity to meet the candidate, as well as other supporters.

For those of you who are not down with the Twitter scene, a Tweetup is just a fancy, social media word for a meetup or event. Everyone's invited - whether you have the hottest smart phone on the market, or if you prefer your classic, rotary dial land line phone.

The Tweetup for Tarbell is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 at Neon's Unplugged (208 E. 12th St.) from 5:30 to 9 PM. Candidate Tarbell will make an appearance at some point during the evening, which will be a great opportunity to meet other supporters and learn how you can get involved in the campaign.

At the tweetup, you're invited to tweet, take pics and spread the word through your social networks, if that's your bag.

You'll even have an opportunity to pose for a photo in Jim Tarbell's legendary top hat.

I'm anticipating several Facebook profile photo changes in the weeks ahead...
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