Giveaway Reminder: Wednesday, July 3 is the last day to enter my Luau on the Lake giveaway.
I’ll announce the winner on July 4. Good luck!
Since cutting down my blog posts to twice a week, there’s been a lot I’ve wanted to write about but haven’t had time to. So, in lieu of cloning myself for the purpose of blogging (I don’t know what Scott would say about that!), I put together this list of upcoming events in Cleveland and other news that caught my eye.
An All-American MIX: The next MIX event at the Cleveland Museum of Art is this Friday, July 5. To celebrate Independence Day, the museum is taking MIX outdoors onto their beautiful south steps. If you’ve ever been to Solstice, you’ll know what an incredible place it is for a party. MIX: Americana will feature local Ohio brews, music from Akron’s indie folk band Bethesda, and art programming celebrating the American art collection. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, FREE for members.
Finding Time for the 4th: This Fourth of July is going to be a quiet one in the Hicken household. I’m looking forward to redecorating my home office now that I have a desk moved in (no more typing on my coffee table!), and then maybe heading down to Cedar Point to watch some fireworks. Not sure where to go in your area for fireworks and Fourth of July festivities? Find Time for Fun has this comprehensive list of Northeast Ohio celebrations. And don’t forget the Port of Cleveland Tall Ships Festival July 3-7.
Whole Foods’ Pie in July: When I’m at a summer BBQ, the perfect ending is a slice of fresh fruit pie. And I’m glad Whole Foods agrees because from July 1 through 14, stop by the Cedar Center Whole Foods in University Heights and pick up any of their 9” pies for only $9.99. Available pies include Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Apple, Peach, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, Banana Cream Pie and Pecan. I’ll take one of each! Update: You can also attend a free pie-tasting at the Woodmere Whole Foods on July 6 from 11am-3pm.
See Cleveland’s Double Heart before FringeNYC: This Spring, Cleveland playwright David Hansen premiered his new play Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) as part of Great Lakes Theater’s touring educational program. A prequel to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, it was enjoyed by over 2,400 audience members at 22 school and community sites across northern Ohio. And now it’s going to New York City – having been accepted into the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)!
Before it heads to the bright lights of the Big Apple, you can catch a one-night-only, FREE performance on July 7 at Talespinner Children’s Theatre. The performance starts at 7pm. It’s always awesome to see something created, staged and produced by Cleveland artists recognized on a national scale like this.
Jingle in July: Although the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K isn’t until December, the Northeast Ohio chapter is kicking things off on July 24th with a fun Jingle in July party at Legacy Village’s Lilly Pulitzer. From 5-8pm, enjoy a presentation from the Lilly Pulitzer team about Fall fashion trends, learn more about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on December 8, and nibble on some holiday-themed cocktails and cookies. 10% of that night’s sales goes towards the Arthritis Foundation. Follow @JingleBellCLE for more details.
Botanical Garden’s Glasshouse Turns 10: When the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse opened its doors on July 15, 2003, the Cleveland Botanical Garden was transformed into a destination experience that could be enjoyed year-round. On July 14, the Botanical Garden celebrates the Glasshouse’s 10th anniversary with free admission to the Garden and Glasshouse from noon – 5pm, meet-and-greet opportunities with Glasshouse horticulturists and animal-care staff all day, Creature Features at 1 and 3 pm, and Butterfly Releases at 2 and 4 pm.
Let’s “Shakes” on It: Now in its 16th season of free summer Shakespeare, The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard to outdoor venues all around Cleveland through August 4. This season’s 2 productions playing in repertory are Measure for Measure and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Shakespeare’s words are infused with hints of New Orleans jazz and gospel, fairytales and Commedia dell’ Arte in these performances which are entirely free. And keep an eye out on their website – www.cleveshakes.com – to see when their next Shakespeare Open Mic takes place.
Attention, CLE Bloggers: Picnic in the Park: On July 23, join the Ohio Blogging Association members for a summer picnic at Tremont’s Lincoln Park. Bring dinner from home or pick something up at the Tremont Farmers Market. Over dinner in the park, we’ll meet for an open discussion on blogging. Bring your thoughts, comments, and concerns to share with one another.
Your Funny Bone Fix: With six Chucklefck shows this July, there’s no excuse to not have a smile on your face. Tonight, stop by Reddstone for The Dating Game hosted by Mike Polk Jr.: Romance. Slow dance. Laughs. $2 canned beer. 25 cent wings. Even if you don’t find love, you’re sure to have a laugh and a good time.
Other comedy performances include:
- The free comedy Supershow on July 3 at Underdog
- Freekshow’s Free Show for ‘Merica at the Centrum Theatre on July 5
- Freekshow with Bill Squire on July 12
- Ramon Rivas II’s monthly World’s Best Basement show at the Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s pub on July 17
- Chucklefck Comedy Stage at the Rock City Festival on July 26
Summer Drinks and Eats with PlayhouseSquare Partners: Partners ventures into Cleveland’s neighborhoods to enjoy some delicious eats this summer. The next PlayhouseSquare Dine Around takes place on July 16 with a trip to the Gordon Square Arts District. Choose from Luxe, Spice, The Harp, or Reddstone. After dinner, the entire group will meet up at Stone Mad to enjoy drinks on the patio.
Partners will then head over to Lago’s new spot on August 8 for a summer wines tasting. From 5:30-6:30pm a wine representative and Lago’s Sommelier will be present to guide attendees through 4 wine and small-bite pairings. You do not need to be a PlayhouseSquare Partner to attend either event. The wine tasting is $30 advance, $40 night-of. You pay for what you order at the Dine Around.