As the sun begins to set and reflect its summer hues onto the windows of Cleveland’s skyline, there’s no better dinner table in Cleveland than those aboard the well-known sightseeing and dining cruise vessels.
The Goodtime III, Cleveland’s largest sightseeing vessel, is known for its narrated cruises of the Cuyahoga River and the downtown Cleveland lakefront. In the evening, the Goodtime III’s 6:30pm evening departure features a full dinner buffet. Afterwards, visitors can stick around for late-night dancing on the lake, with a live band on the main deck and a disc jockey cranking out music on deck two. This four-deck ship, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, has a spacious top sun deck, perfect to enjoy the unparalleled scenery and summertime air, as well as an air-conditioned lower lounge.
Running Tuesday – Saturday from June 15 through Labor Day, the Goodtime III offers comprehensive two-hour overviews of Cleveland’s waterways on standard narrated tour at noon and 3pm, as well as narrated lunch cruises and Sunday brunch offerings. Additionally, they offer “Rush Hour” Happy Hour cruises on Fridays and special events for occasions such as Father’s Day and the Fourth of July.
Located on the Cuyahoga River in the Flats District, the Nautica Queen features a variety of theme cruises and special events – all of which feature buffet lunch or dinner dining options as guests glide along the lake and soak in the spectacular skyline views. Monday through Saturday the vessel offers both lunch and sunset cruises, and Sunday offers mid-afternoon brunch.
Visitors especially love their themed events such as Wednesdays “Tropical night,” bringing the tastes and sounds of far-off seas and emerald islands to this corner of the Great Lakes, while Friday nights are set aside for dinner and tastings as a part of the weekly “Wine on the Water” event. For visitors interested in Lake Erie lore, the Nautica Queen’s Friday “Legends of Lake Erie” lunch cruises held from June through October, treat guests to tales of sunken treasure, ghost stories and shipwrecks galore.
So, no matter the time of day or the vessel, sometimes the best table in the city is one that’s rocking on the waves of Lake Erie.
– April Ingle
You’ve logged all the training miles, you’ve laced up your lucky pair of running shoes and you’re ready to line-up on the start line for the 36th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. But, while you’re in town, why not get the full Cleveland Experience by exploring all that the birthplace of rock and roll has to offer?
Friday, May 17
Upon arriving in Cleveland, head 13 miles from Downtown to the I-X Center (www.ixcenter.com) near the airport for the 2013 Cleveland Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and packet pick-up. Shop for discounted running shoes and gear from more than 200 vendors, learn from workshops and running experts and pick up your race bib, timing device and t-shirt.
Next, grab a hearty, carbohydrate-filled meal in the east side Little Italy (www.littleitalycleveland.com) neighborhood. First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans, Little Italy has retained much of its Old World charm and tight-knit sense of community. A blend of art galleries, shops and restaurants, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian dining in Cleveland including pizzas and pasta, calzones and calamari. Some local favorites include Guarino’s, the oldest continually operating restaurant in Cleveland since 1918, the new and vibrant Mia Bella and pizza slices from Mama Santas. Of course, don’t forget to indulge in a little dessert like a cannoli from Corbo’s Bakery or gelato from Presti’s Bakery.
Saturday, May 18
Grab a healthy and hearty breakfast from Ohio City (www.ohiocity.com) neighborhood favorites including BonBon Pastry and Café or French-inspired Le Petite Triangle. Or, enjoy a traditional diner-style breakfast from the West Side Market Café. While you’re there, make sure to check out the ultimate foodie’s mecca, The West Side Market, where turn-of-the-century immigrants found their native foods and spices. Today the century-old market features more than 100 vendors with the freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, produce, bakery, ethnic foods and international delicacies.
Keep your legs loose by heading over to University Circle (www.universitycircle.org), the most concentrated square miles of arts and culture in the nation. Just four miles from downtown Cleveland, University Circle is home to more than 20 artistic and cultural venues including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, all of which are great to peruse on pre-race afternoon.
Take part in the Cleveland Marathon’s annual Pasta Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in the Arcade. Or, dine at one of downtown Cleveland’s award-winning restaurants in the East Fourth Street Entertainment District or the Historic Warehouse District. *Note, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to pick up your race packet by 7pm.
Sunday, May 19
Race day! Good luck in the 36th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.
After burning off some serious calories, refuel at some of Cleveland’s best brunch stops. Open until 2pm is the local favorite, Latitude 41N in the west side Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. Or, head over to the Tremont neighborhood for the iconic Lucky’s Café, the family-friendly Grumpy’s Café and slew of award-winning restaurants who are opening their doors early to accommodate marathon crowds.
Before heading home be sure to pay homage to your idols by exploring the largest single collection of rock and roll artifacts in the world at the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum (www.rockhall.com), featuring more than 50 exhibits, dynamic cinema presentations and other cool, one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
Take the family out to the ballpark and root for the home team as the Cleveland Indians (www.indians.com) take on the Mariners at Progressive Field. And, don’t forget runners can use the special code offer “Cleveland” for discounted tickets.
Or, cool off with more than 1 million gallons of water at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com). Here, the 145’ walk-through Seatube tunnel lets visitors experience life under the sea as they are completely surrounded by fish, sharks and stingrays.
– Submitted by April Ingle, Communications Coordinator
Yuri’s Night Space Party returns for it’s second year at Great Lakes Science Center Saturday, April 13 from 8pm to 1am and you could be the lucky winner of four tickets.
What can you expect at the party?
- Live music by The Floorwalkers (8 – 11 pm)
- DJ OZMTZ spinning tunes (11 pm – 1 am)
- Dancing all night long
- Sam Adams beer, Barefoot wine, Angry Orchard Cider and light hors d’oeuvres (included with your ticket)
- Cash bar for cocktails and special treats
- Costume contest – wear your best space-themed attire!
- Access to the newly redesigned NASA Glenn Visitor Center + science center exhibits
Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Learn more at http://www.yurisnight.net.
To purchase tickets and to learn more about Yuri’s Night Space Party at the Great Lakes Science Center click here. For your chance to WIN FOUR TICKETS simply leave a comment below describing what your best space-themed attire will look like for Yuri’s costume contest. For an additional entry tweet this: I want to win the @positivelycleve Yuri’s Night Space Party ticket giveaway! http://ow.ly/jK2HM #HappyinCLE
Winner will be chosen at random and announced back here on this post on Tuesday at noon. Good luck!
(You must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Designated driver tickets are available for $25 each. Please call 216.621.2400 for details.)
Hey everyone! The contest has ended and the winner is… TRISH! Thanks to everyone who entered.
– Positively Cleveland
Are you having trouble planning a Mother’s Day outing for that special lady in your life? Allow Positively Cleveland to help make your Mother’s Day celebration as unique and beautiful as she is. Here is a list of some of the best Mother’s Day events to take Mom to in the Cleveland area. From a relaxing brunch in a beautiful garden setting, to a walk on the wild side at The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; there truly is something for everyone.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Beach Blanket Breakfast
How about a breakfast on a beach blanket for Mother’s Day this year? The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is offering just that. Come enjoy a fun and educational breakfast in the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, located on the west bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. This family-friendly event takes you under the sea and into the lives of our fishy friends. Learn how aquatic mothers take care of their young all while enjoying a delicious breakfast. For questions and tickets call 216.826.8803 or visit www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com/events
This Mother’s Day, treat Mom like a queen. The Nautica Queen Cruise ship is offering a Mother’s Day brunch and an early dinner cruise around the waterways of Cleveland. Let Mom relax while taking in gorgeous views of the Cleveland skyline. Brunch is from 11am to 1:30pm and an early dinner cruise is from 4pm to 6pm. For reservations call 216.696.8888 or visit: www.nauticaqueen.com
Mother’s Day at the Zoo
Is your Mom wild about animals? This Mother’s Day, take her to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on May 12, from 10 am to 5pm and receive half price admission for mom. This event focuses on the universal love a mother has for her offspring through educational shows, allowing visitors to see animal mother and young interactions up close. For questions call 216.661.6500 or visit www.clemetzoo.com/events/event.asp?event_id=23
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Invite Mom to enjoy a relaxing self-guided tour through Stan Hywet estate. All mothers receive free admission to the estate, including the architecturally stunning Manor House and gorgeous gardens. For more information call 330.836.5533 or visit www.stanhywet.org.
Mother’s Day Brunch at The Garden
Treat Mom to a beautiful springtime brunch at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. On Mother’s Day, dine surrounded by gorgeous blooms and beautiful themed gardens. Brunch seating times are available from 10am to 2pm, in 30 minute blocks. To make reservations, call 216.721.1600 x100 or visit www.cbgarden.org/
The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland is offering a lavish bunch this Mother’s Day. Spoil Mom with an extensive brunch menu all set in the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s Cleveland Ballroom. For information call 216.623.1300 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Cleveland/Default.htm
House of Blues Presents: Kirk Franklin’s Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch
Celebrate this Mother’s Day with an unforgettable brunch and inspiring music! Grammy-Award winning Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is working with the House of Blues to create a new Gospel Brunch experience. The all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch is a non-denominational celebration of gospel music with a buffet menu featuring southern specialties ranging from Creole chicken to a create-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. For ticket information, call the House of Blues at 216.523.2583, or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/cleveland/
For other events happening Mother’s Day weekend, or anytime in Cleveland, visit www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.
More often than not when I mention to someone that one of my favorite hobbies is quilting, the reaction typically amounts to a raised eyebrow and some comment about my youthful age. In our culture there is somewhat of a preconceived notion that quilting is done by old biddies with nothing better to do than meticulously sew tiny pieces of fabric together. What is unfortunately overlooked is how modern this time-treasured craft has become.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Quilts 2013 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, located just 30 minutes east of Downtown. Running now through March 27, Quilts is considered one of the best quilt showcases in the state. And, after seeing it for myself, I must agree.
Just one glance at the Best of Show winner “Gujarati Woman” by Cleveland-area quilter Shandra Belknap, and I would bet you’ll be saying, “she made that out of FABRIC?” The piece, recreated from a photograph, utilizes vibrant colors and techniques to fashion a breathtaking piece of art.
But, this is only one example.
From school pictures mimicking Andy Warhol’s Marilyn to hand-painted silks that are detailed with shimmering and colorful threads, it’s impossible to deny that the pieces on display are not simply a homemade blanket to keep warm in the winter, but truly aspects of modern art.
Now in its 22nd year, Quilts 2013 features more than 200 quilted works in a spacious layout with plenty of room near each piece to take it the handiwork. Those familiar with quilting shows will find a wide variety of styles and techniques on display with works from regional artists from Northeast Ohio and around the country. But, even the untrained eye will notice the carefully-selected colors and intricate details that pop the piece right off the wall.
Two internationally-acclaimed featured artists, Wendy Butler Burns from Lake Mills, Wisconsin and Cindy Casciato from Ravenna, Ohio, have a number of breathtaking pieces on display as well. These two visiting artists host special lectures and workshops throughout the duration of the show. Click here for these specific dates and time.
Families can make a day trip of the show by exploring the rest of the Farmpark facility, a science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. Visitors can try their hand at milking a dairy cow, learn how cheese is made and meet and greet dozens of breeds of livestock (not to mention, there are plenty of newborn farm animals this time of year. Check them out on Pinterest). The spring also features a variety of unique maple sugaring events and activities.
So, while many of my peers are doing the hipster thing by strolling through trendy galleries trying to interpret the latest art piece; I find myself doing the exact same thing, just in a completely different place and medium – through fabric.
You should know:
- Quilts 2013 is on display Tuesdays through Sundays from 9am to 5 pm
- Admission to the show is included in the price of Farmpark Admission. Rate are $6 for ages 12 through 59, $5 for ages 60+, $4 for ages 2 – 11 and children younger than 2 are free.
- Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094
- For more information call 440.256.2122 or visit www.lakemetroparks.com.
For more events happening in the area, check out our event calendar here.
– April Ingle
Indoor Adventures Aimed at Spicing Up Your Fall and Winter Itinerary
If skiing, tobogganing and skating in the snow is not your speed, Northeast Ohio has plenty of entertaining indoor activities that can satisfy fun-seekers during the chilly season. Take Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park (www.raysmtb.com) on Cleveland’s near west side—a warehouse perfect for wheeled entertainment during the fall and winter. Both beginner and expert bike buffs can conquer ramps, rails, logs, rocks, stumps and teeter-totters in gnarly-named indoor arenas like the Skate Park and Grind Room.
Go even further west and Kalahari Resort (www.kalahariresorts.com) offers swim lovers a 173,000-square-foot African-themed water park that can brighten any winter disposition, full of wave pools, water slides, arcades, animal parks, lazy rivers and lots more.
“We are here 365 days a year,” says Brian Shanle, Kalahari Resorts general manager. “This is America’s largest indoor water park with world-class dining and updated spa services. We’re the ultimate winter getaway—all under one roof.”
Take your cup of cocoa with a shot of thrill-seeking adrenaline? The I-X Indoor Amusement Park (ixamusementpark.com) opens for a few weeks each winter (March 22 to April 14 in 2013), offering more than 20 acres of roller coasters, thrill rides and live entertainment that can heat things up no matter the temperature outside. “My favorite ride is Pharaoh’s Fury—the boat ride,” says Amy Girton, marketing director for the I-X Center. “It swings you back and forth and gives you that funny kid feeling of being back on the big swing at the park.”
Regardless of the season, Cleveland sports are always an excellent alternative for action and entertainment. During the fall and winter, the Cleveland Cavaliers (www.nba.com/cavaliers) and the Lake Erie Monsters (lakeeriemonsters.com) will dominate courts and rinks at Quicken Loans Arena (theqarena.com). Looking to compete yourself? Try the Corner Alley on Euclid Avenue (www.thecorneralley.com), offering the best in bowling, billiards and martinis downtown. And these are only a few of the many venues offering great escapes and warm memories this fall and winter.
By Keith Gribbins
Whether you have the day off work, school or you’re just looking for a different way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cleveland has plenty culturally-rich options to choose from. On January 21, 2013, many museums and institutions in Cleveland offer free admission or special activities and programs in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrate with music while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by visiting the Rock Hall, listening to the Cleveland Orchestra or watching a performance at the Cleveland Public Library.
Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum free of charge in celebration of Dr. King as well as community spirit and civic pride. The Rock Hall is devoted to history and culture of all different genres of music. While you’re there, check out different exhibits ranging from ‘The Roots of Rock and Roll: Blues, Gospel, Country/Folk/Bluegrass and R&B’ to ‘Cleveland Rocks’ an exhibit celebrating Cleveland’s musically rich history.
Founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens, the Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most sought after performing groups in the world. Enjoy an afternoon listening to performances at Severance Hall, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra, celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performances begin at noon, admission is free and no tickets are required.
The “Drum Majors for Change” at the Cleveland Public Library strives to commemorate Dr. King’s call for change. The program begins at 1pm and will be followed by a community reception.
Join The Music Settlement for a special Martin Luther King Memorial Concert featuring jazz, blues, gospel and classical music performed by Settlement faculty, students, and guest performers. This special concert takes places Sunday, January 20th at 3pm in Glick Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
Need a little brushing up on history and culture? Visit one of the many Cleveland museums offering free admission or special programming and activities on MLK Day. Take a stroll through time as you view paintings by Monet at the Cleveland Museum of Art, dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum or get hands-on with the interactive displays at the Cleveland Children’s Museum.
What better way to celebrate equality and understanding than to visit a museum devoted to promoting diversity and tolerance? The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage strives to promote understanding of Jewish history as well as promote appreciation and understanding of other cultures and religions. The museum is open from 11am to 5pm and admission is free on January 21st. Special programming includes a special musical presentation followed by A Conversation After a Funeral, a new one-act play by Cleveland playwright Dr. Mary Weems.
Step back through time at the Cleveland Natural History Museum in University Circle. The Natural History Museum is perfect for children of all ages and features everything from rare jewels to dinosaurs to the ‘Birds of America’. Admission is free to the Smead Discovery Center, open from 10am to 4pm, and visitors are invited to make craft projects, meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live animal presentations, museum curators, scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University and see a mini-planetarium show for only $1.
A museum filled to the brim with Cleveland history, the Western Reserve Historical Society provides information dating back to Native Americans to contemporary immigrants. Find collections ranging from the history of buildings and properties in Cleveland to the one of the largest collections of costumes and textiles in the United States. Admission is free on MLK Day and the Western Reserve Historical Society is open from 10am to 4pm.
The Children’s Museum offers interactive and educational exhibits for children to learn and play. Guests of the museum are invited to add to the peace mural from 11am to 4pm. Admission is half price on MLK Day.
Take a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens to take a break from the chilly winter weather in Cleveland. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Garden is open from 10am-5pm. Children can make a craft with Garden admission from 1pm-4pm.
The Cleveland Museum of Art in University Circle is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the city. It is the only major museum in the United States to offer free admission to the permanent collections such as Monet and Dali. The museum is open from 9:30am-5pm (typically closed on Mondays) and admission is free (as always!).
PlayhouseSquare launches the national touring production of Anything Goes with the sexy, sultry, and sensational Rachel York as Reno Sweeney. Cole Porter’s classic and madcap voyage on the high seas was the winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. With so many modern musicals coming into town these days, no matter how wonderful they might be, it is so nice to see a good revival of a great classic, once in a while. And like South Pacific and West Side Story two seasons ago, Anything Goes provides for this happy diversion.
Anything Goes takes place aboard the S.S. American. By a chance encounter, Billy Crocker has fallen in love with the beautiful Hope Harcourt. And when Billy sees off his boss, Elisha Whitney, on a business trip to London, he happens to see Hope again. Hope is also traveling to London with her mother, Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, and her fiancé, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy British nobleman. Despite the fact that Hope is engaged to Lord Oakleigh, Billy stows away on the ship with the hope and intent of winning Hope’s heart.
Billy’s old friend Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub singer, is traveling aboard the same ship, as are Moonface Martin, “Public Enemy 13,” and his man-crazy friend and moll Erma, who are disguised as a minister and a missionary. And when all of these crazy characters come together, nothing but fun, and funny, chaos ensues. Featuring some of Cole Porter’s most classic and beloved songs, Anything Goes is an absolutely delicious treat.
Although I was already familiar with Anything Goes, this newer, modern take is like nothing I have ever seen or could ever have imagined. The story still takes place in 1934, but with today’s high technology and 21st century theatre conventions, this old-time classic is given a vibrant new life in the most beautiful, innovative and magical way possible. Everything from the sets and costumes to the choreography and dance numbers are top of the line. And did I mention that Anything Goes features some of Cole Porter’s most classic and beloved songs? Oh, I did? Well, it’s worth repeating! Two thumbs up for this exceptional touring production. You may not see anything better all year… but then again, this is Cleveland and PlayhouseSquare!
Anything Goes will run through October 14 in the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. The 2012-2013 KeyBank Broadway Series will continue with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (November 6–18, 2012), Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (January 15–27, 2013), Sister Act (March 5–17, 2013), War Horse (April 9–21, 2013), Guys and Dolls (May 1 – June 23, 2013), and The Book of Mormon (June 18 – July 17, 2013).
PlayhouseSquare is the 2nd largest performing arts center in the nation, after Lincoln Center in New York. And it continues to bring the best of Broadway to Cleveland, in addition to a wide array of concerts, comedians, special events, and other programming. For more information about PlayhouseSquare or the 2012-2013 KeyBank Broadway Series, please visit www.PlayhouseSquare.org.
– Christopher S. Musselman
This year, the relatively dry summer has created the opportunity for a great fall foliage season, which could peak during mid-October in northeast Ohio. And, the warmth from Lake Erie ensures that the first half of fall has nice temps – perfect for pumpkin picking, football watching and all the wonderful activities that make autumn a special time of year.
Below are some ideas on where to truly experience the beauty of fall in the region.
GEAUGA COUNTY – AMISH COUNTRY
Many are unaware that the Northeast Ohio region plays home to the largest settlement of Amish people in the country. The rural sections of Geauga County (just 20 minutes outside Cleveland) are a must-see during September and October with the ultimate in fall foliage viewing along with the quaint and ever-popular visits to Amish Country. Visit the Geauga County CVB website to download a driving tour of Amish country where you’ll make stops throughout the farms and rural towns inhabited by this welcoming and friendly group of people – all while enjoying the beauty of autumn.
CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD – TAKE A RIDE THROUGH A NATIONAL PARK
Watch the changing leaves aboard the historic rails of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This vintage steam train rolls along the Cuyahoga River and dips in and out of the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the sixth most visited national park, is 33,000 acres of land. From river floodplain and steep cut valley walls to ancient stands of evergreen, guests aboard this beautiful train journey through a world of historic sites and timeless natural processes – a truly special experience during the fall. Looking to add more to your experience? Purchase tickets to one of the railroad’s wine or beer tasting events that occur on board.
ASHTABULA COUNTY – 17 HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGES
Or, head east to Ashtabula County, home to 17 historic covered bridges. Take in the beautiful, natural landscape of this county as you take a self-guided drive to explore these awesome structures. Get to the area Oct. 13- 14 to enjoy the Covered Bridge Festival including crafts, entertainment, historic vehicles and engines, farmers market, quilt show, draft horses, parade, and food vendors galore.
LAKEVIEW CEMETERY – URBAN BEAUTY
Just outside of the city in a metropolitan neighborhood sits the 285-acre Lakeview Cemetery, offering an unmatched fall hotspot. Lake View Cemetery is an outdoor sculpture museum filled with gardens, rich architecture and tributes to those who made great contributions to the area’s industrial and civic development. A great destination, the garden cemetery provides an unmatched skyline view of Cleveland from atop the James A. Garfield Memorial. James D. Rockefeller, Elliot Ness, 22 Cleveland mayors and more. Take trolley tours through the massive cemetery or drive yourself.
– April Ingle