As you may or may not know, my wife and I spent the fall in Athens, Ohio. You can read about our adventure here. My friend Erin, who, like me, went to Ohio University, asked me to snap a few photos of Athens decorated for the holidays, and that’s what I’ve posted below. I took these photos on Court Street after the Christmas lights went up and before the first heavy snow of the year.
Cloudy night on Court Street
I was not intentionally trying to achieve the awesome effect portrayed in this shot.
Same here. Just happened.
Damn it. I should have lied and told you I was going for that “could be 1982 on Court Street look.”
This view, right outside The Pub, is my favorite.
Even Wendy’s is like, “You want some Christmas cheer with our $1 menu? You got it!”
Apparently Santa comes out of a secret hatch in the ceiling at Stephen’s.
The Smiling Skull is filled with tidings and good cheer 365 days a year.
OK, this has nothing to do with Christmas. This shuffle inside The J Bar —formerly The Junction — looked like good times.
I would have figured The Oak Room for a Festivus Pole.
GoodFella’z has its Christmas-colored sign up all year.
Look at The C.I. getting all Christmas fancy.
Cats Eye, you really gotta stop going all out like this.
OK, OK, we forgive you.
The Pub, which for some reason turns into a dance club after 11 now.
This is outside of Broney’s just before sunset. (Not just after sunrise, sadly.)
Can you spot where The Greenery upstairs patio used to be?
What East Green will look like after the zombie apocalypse.
Stop telling us what to do, Alumni Gateway. (Just kidding – it’s good advice.)
Merry Christmas, Erin, and the rest of my fellow Bobcats.
Joe Donatelli (Class of ’98) is the author of The Marching Band Refused to Yield, an e-book about the time the Marching 110 alumni band fought the Miami football team. You can follow him @joedonatelli.