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December 19, 2003

This weekend through next weekend, the Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation will be hosting Woodland Halle Days. You can check out the memorabilia from the former downtown Halle's Department Store from 11am until 5pm, Friday, December 19th, through Monday, January 5th. (The exhibit will be closed on Christmas and New Years days, but open from 11am until 3pm on Christmas and New Years Eves.) Admission is only $1.

The Lake Metroparks Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland.

Next Tuesday, December 23rd the Beachland Ballroom will be celebrating the season with a free show consisting of local bands Viva Caramel, Brian Straw (featuring members of Six Parts Seven) and The Perfect Guy. The show starts at 9pm. The Beachland Ballroom is located at 15711 Waterloo Road on Cleveland's East side. Call (216) 383-1124 for details.

December 18, 2003

This Sunday, December 21st, Commander Greg will be hosting three hours of your favorite '50s and early '60s Christmas music. His show is The Golden Age of Rock & Roll and it's on 88.3FM WBWC every Sunday from 6:05pm until 9pm.

December 17, 2003

Do the remainder of your Christmas shopping in downtown Cleveland this year! The Winterfest 2003 web site lists downtown hotels, holiday activities and attractions.

If you're downtown on a week day, stop by one of Cleveland's many excellent delis for a hearty sandwich.

There are very few seats left for the final weekend of the Cleveland Orchestra's Christmas Concerts -- just a few prom seats (against the back wall) and some seating in the back rows of the boxes. To order your seats for this Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st, call the Cleveland Orchestra box office at (216) 231-1111. The concerts will feature Handel's Hallelujah chorus, Anderson's Sleigh Ride and other traditional Christmas favorites.

If you're not able to make this final week of Christmas concerts, don't worry -- WCLV will be broadcasting former Cleveland Orchestra Christmas concerts at 6:25pm Monday through Friday this week, and Monday and Tuesday of next week.

December 10, 2004

One of Cleveland's premiere college radio stations, 89.3FM WCSB, will be hosting their Benefit Show this Friday, December 12th, at the Beachland Ballroom. The show starts at 9pm and will feature a variety of local bands, including Viva Caramel and ex-Revelers, Andrej Cuturic & Joel Kaufman.

The Beachland Ballroom is located at 15711 Waterloo Rd, on Cleveland's East side. Call (216) 383-1124 for more information.

December 3, 2003

This Sunday, December 7th, from 1 until 6pm, University Circle will host their tenth annual Holiday Circlefest. It's a free open house where you can explore the noteworthy museums, churches and other institutions of the University Circle area. There will also be refreshments, entertainment, family activies and much more -- including a free Holiday CircleFest shuttle to transport you to your many stops. For further information, call (216) 791-3900.

November 28, 2003

Come see WRMR radio personalities Carl Reese and "Peppermint" Patty at Malley's Chocolate Factory this Saturday, November 29th, from 10am until 1pm! Like last year, they will be there to kick off the Christmas season and Malley's special collection of old-time department store window displays. Malley's is on Brookpark Road right off I-480 -- just look for the huge Sterling Lindner-sized Christmas tree!

This weekend and next, November 29th and 30th and December 6th and 7th, the Cleveland Metroparks will be putting on their annual Christmas at Frostville. You'll be able to tour old Olmsted farmhouses, and a General Store gift shop with old fashioned holiday treats. Frostville is in the Rocky River Reservation, off Cedar Point Road, which you can get to from Columbia Road in North Olmsted. For more information, call (440) 884-8844.

November 25, 2003

My favorite Christmas craft fair is this Saturday! November 29th, the Donauschwaben's German-American Cultural Center will be hosting their annual craft and food bazaar from 8:30am until 5pm. Admission is only $1.

The Donauschwaben Cultural Center, also known as Lenau Park, is located at 7370 Columbia Road, in Olmsted Township. Call (440)235-2646 for details.

November 20, 2003

Kudos to residents of Shaker Heights, for fighting thoughtless (and tasteless!) development! Eleven residents are standing up to Randy Ruttenberg and Adam Fishman's company, CenterPoint Properties, which wants to disregard an established deed restriction. This restriction was put in place to guard against just this type of bullying by a big company coming in and taking land from the citizens.

Incidently, Fishman and Ruttenberg's CenterPoint Properties is also one of the developers involved in the eminent domain abuse controversy in Lakewood.

November 19, 2003

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will be preforming at Severance Hall this Sunday, November 23rd, at 3pm. The program includes Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Don't let the "Youth" part of their name fool you, this group is very professional; their talent and high standards are evident in the quality of their performance. For further details or to puchase tickets, call (216) 231-1111.

November 18, 2003

After over three-quarters of a century of operation, Cecil's Trackside Diner (located a little over 30 miles south of Cleveland) will sadly be closing its doors. This landmark diner, made by Goodell Hardware of Silver Creek, N.Y, was the last of its type still extant. In the '40s it was known as Hazel's, and then became Carl's in the '50s.

Fortunately, Mike Engle of American Diner Museum has arranged to have it moved to Gilbertsville (about 58 miles south of Syracuse, NY) where it will be restored and reopened.

According to Newsday, about 20 diners are still operational in Ohio and, of those 20, 8 are in the Cleveland area.

November 17, 2003

Saturday, November 22nd, at 9pm, the Cleveland Cinematheque will host its annual 2003 Avant-Garage Film & Music Festival. The festival features local bands accompanying obscure silent films.

Over the next two weeks, the Canal Way Coffeehouse will be hosting an exhibit of Jennie Jones' photographs of Slavic Village. The photographs of this neighborhood are featured in the book Slavic Village: Coming Home to the City. (The book is available for purchase in the Metroparks gift shop.) The exhibit will be from 9am until 5pm beginning today, November 17th and continuing through Sunday, November 30th.

The Canal Way Coffeehouse is located in the Metroparks' Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation at 4524 East 49 in Cuyahoga Heights. For details, call 216-206-1000.

November 10, 2003

On Veteran's Day, November 11th, at 4pm the Cleveland Grays Armory will be honored with a historical landmark and public ceremony. This castle-like structure was founded by an independent militia in 1837 and it pre-dates the Civil War. In the 1970s it was declared a Cleveland landmark and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 1234 Bolivar Road, right in downtown Cleveland.

November 7, 2003

The Cleveland Institute of Music's CIM Opera Theater (directed by Jonathan Eaton and accompanied by the CIM Orchestra) will be performing Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro next week. Tickets are only $15, or $10 for students and seniors (where else in Cleveland could you see The Marriage of Figaro so inexpensively?) and performances begin on Wednesday, November 12th, and continue through Saturday, November 15th. Since all shows begin at 8pm and the opera runs a little over 3 hours, the weekend seats are filling up quickly; call the CIM box office now -- (216)791-5000, ext. 411 -- to order your tickets! (more details)

November 5, 2003

A thought-provoking letter to the editor printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on November 4th, discusses phony "new" urbanism vs. authentic urbanism.

November 4, 2003

Election Day is here and there are many important local issues to vote on. Check your city's Web site to determine where voting will take place in your ward.

One very important issue for the citizens of Lakewood -- that will ultimately effect us all -- is Issue 47. The threat of eminent domain being un-Constitutionally abused to take away residential property, and give it to globalist developers for private profit, is a national issue.

November 3, 2003

This Sunday, November 9th, is St. Rocco's famous annual spaghetti dinner! Dinner will be served from 1 until 5pm and you can buy tickets at the door. The spaghetti sauce is homemade by the parish, using the recipe (and guidance) of an 87 year old woman parishoner who makes, it's said by some, the best sauce in the world!

For more information, call St. Rocco's at 216-961-8331. It's easy to get to ... Just take I-71 to the Fulton Rd. exit, then go north on Fulton about 1 mile to the church.

October 30, 2004

A Memorial service for the highly respected Cleveland newsman Hugh Danaceau will be held tomorrow, October 31st, at 11am at the Zeis-McGreevey Funeral Home. Zeis-McGreevey is in Lakewood at 16105 Detroit Avenue. (death notice)

October 27, 2004

Cleveland lost a great man yesterday. Respected reporter and editorial-writer Hugh Danaceau passed away on Sunday, October 26th. Mr. Danaceau had been the news director at WCLV FM/WRMR AM. and had been a Cleveland newsman since 1959. Mr. Danaceau was the only news reporter that didn't make me cringe when listening to his reports ... a rare voice of reason in Cleveland media.

RIP Hugh Danaceau...

October 24, 2003

This Saturday, October 25th, St. Hedwig Church will be celebrating Polish Heritage Day from 9am until 6pm. St. Hedwig's is located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, OH. (map)

This Saturday and Sunday -- October 25th and 26th -- Columbia Station's Red Wagon Farm will be celebrating Halloween and the Autumn season with their annual Pumpkin Festival. The festival begins at noon and features wagon rides, corn mazes, a farmers market and, of course, pumpkins! For more information, call (440)236-3007. (map and directions)

This Saturday and Sunday -- October 25th and 26th -- is your last weekend to partake in the Cleveland Metroparks Fall Hayrides. Hayriders meet at Strongsville's Chalet Recreation Area at 16200 Valley Parkway. For more information, call (440)572-9990. (map)

October 22, 2003

Tonight at 6:30pm, the Canalway Visitor Center will be remembering the 90th anniversary of the devastating 1913 Great Lakes storm with a free presentation by story-teller Bette Lou Higgins together with her Vermilion-based Eden Valley Enterprises and the William G. Mather Museum.
The Canalway Visitor Center is located at 4524 E. 49th St. in Cuyahoga Hts. (map)

Eden Valley Enterprises will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm and Thursday, October 30th at 7:30pm with a collection of spooky Ohio Ghost Stories! Wednesday, the ghost stories will be at the Brooklyn Library in Brooklyn; Thursday, they'll be in Fairport Harbor at the Fairport Harbor Historical Society. Both programs are free and open to the public.

October 20, 2003

This Friday, and every Friday, the Cleveland Maennerchor dining room is open to the public! This German society -- whose name translates to "men's choir" -- dates back to the late 1800s. Between 5:30 and 8:30pm or so, stop by and experience their delicious homemade German meals, fish frys and imported German beer on tap.
This is one of my favorite fish frys in the Cleveland area -- the prices are reasonable, and the quality is high!

October 6, 2003

It's that time of year again ... time for another
Cleveland Opera season to begin! The new season kicks off on October 17th with Bizet's Carmen. This opera is great for first time opera-goers, with its catchy songs and a story that's easy to follow -- and exciting.
Congratulations to the Lakewood Public Library for being ranked number one in America in their population category in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings for 2003!

Also, congratulations to the Cuyahoga County Public Library system for placing third in the HAPLR rankings for libraries in the over 500,000 population catagory.

September 29, 2003

Pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, homemade Polish deserts and many more gastronomical delights will be available this coming weekend at St. Stanislaus' 11th annual Polish Festival. The festival kicks off this Friday, October 3rd at 5pm and continues through Sunday, October 5th at 8pm. Events, in addition to the edible goodies, include: accordion music, polkas, a tour of historic St. Stanislaus Church, "games of chance," and a live broadcast Sunday evening on WERE 1300AM.
Daily, now through October, MarCal's Restaurant will be hosting a West Side tradition -- their annual Clam Bake. Don't miss one of the most delicious clam bakes I've had the good fortune to indulge in!

MarCal clam bakes include the usual clam bake fare -- 1/2 (honey roasted) chicken, (your choice of) potato, corn-on-the-cob, a dozen top neck clams and broth, soup and salad. If you dine on a Friday or Saturday, stop by the lounge -- worth seeing for its noted Spanish Modern design -- for an after dinner cocktail and your favorite lounge tunes, as performed by MarCal's impressive house entertainer, Gary Ryan. map

September 24, 2003

Don't miss this chance to catch Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme on their final tour, One More for the Road! Steve and Eydie will be making a stop at Cleveland's Palace Theater on Saturday, October 18th at 7:30pm.

Note: According to their site, "The tour does not mean that Steve & Eydie will be retiring; they are just eliminating the rigors of the road from their varied activities within the show business spectrum."

September 23, 2003

Arnold George Dorsey, better known by the stage name taken from the Austrian composer of Hansel and Gretel, Englebert Humperdink, will be in town this Thursday September 25th. Be sure to check out this long-time lounge legend who's sold more than 130 million records; he'll be playing at Cleveland's Palace Theater at 8pm.
Bill is back! After about a month off to recuperate from major surgery, Bill Randle will be returning to the Big Show every Sunday at 12:05pm on 1420AM WRMR. Welcome back, Bill!

September 17, 2003

Tomorrow is the first day of the annual St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival! This festival runs from Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st. As far as I know, this is the last Greek Festival (of the season); don't miss this chance to experience the baklava, souvlaki, gryo, ouzo and other Grecian delights!

September 16, 2003

This Sunday, September 21st, the Cleveland Orchestra will be hosting A Day of Music: A Musical Celebration. This Day of Music, is basically an open house, free of charge that includes various performances, activities for children and a talk with the Cleveland Orchestra's newest director, Franz Welser-Most. The event runs from 12:30 to 6:00pm.

September 11, 2003

This Sunday, September 14th at 1:30pm, the Cleveland Museum of Art will be showing The Leopard. Don't miss this uncommon opportunity to see this newly restored copy of the 1963 classic, referred to as "one of the most beautiful and sumptuous historical epics ever made!"

September 10, 2003

This Friday evening, September 12th, is the Theater District Discovery Event. From 5:30 until 11:00pm, there will be tours of various Theater District landmarks, including the 90-year-old S. Rose building, with the beautifully lettered sign (one that couldn't be reproduced by today's engineering). For ticket prices and further details, check out the Theater District Discovery Event's site.

September 9, 2003

Filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl passed away last night, at the age of 101.

August 19, 2003

This Friday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 24th is one of the Ohio's larger Oktoberfests and the largest ethnic festival in Toledo -- the German-American Festival in Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Situated in a large out-door wooded area and offering many different types of German (and Swiss) meals, desserts and, of course, biers, this is one of my personal favorites!

August 13, 2003

This weekend, Little Italy celebrates (for the 105th year!) the Feast of the Assumption with their very popular annual festival.

August 12, 2003

Happy birthday, Grandpa! 89 years ago today, my grandfather, Francis Olszewski, was born. He is World War II veteran who traveled extensively in the war. After retiring from years of service at Western Auto and Hauserman (now Clestra Hauserman), he began volunteering at St. Alexis Hospital (now St. Michael's) and has been an active member of St. Stanislaus church in Slavic Village, where everyone knows him as one of the top raffle ticket sellers and long-time member of the Dad's Club.

The Port Authority is sponsoring a study to test demand for a Cleveland to Canada ferry. The ferry would dock at Port Stanley, Ontario which is about 2.5 hours from Toronto. The last Cleveland to Canada ferry ended service about 50 years ago.

August 6, 2003

The Cuyahoga County Fair is at the Berea Fairgrounds this week through Sunday, August 10th. directions

August 5, 2003

It's that time of year again -- time for Oktoberfests! Ohio, and Northeastern Ohio specifically, has a large German population.

Olmsted Falls' Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center's annual Sommer Oktoberfest festivities begin on Friday, August 16th, at 6pm (keg tapping at 7:30pm) and continue through Sunday, August 18th.

August 1, 2003

Saturday, August 2nd is the day of the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library sale and Lakewood Arts Festival. The Lakewood Arts Festival is from 10am until 6pm, on Detroit Avenue, between Elmwood and Belle. The Friends of the Lakewood Library book sale is from 9am until 5pm.

July 30, 2003

The Ohio State Fair celebrates its 150th year this Friday, August 1st, and continues through Sunday, August 17th. General info.

July 29, 2003

This Saturday, be a part of Lakewood's first annual History Walk. This event will step off at the Skate House (behind the Old Stone House in Lakewood Park) at 9:00AM. (See the official site for more details on this Volksmarch.)

July 28, 2003

Legendary entertainer, Bob Hope, died today ...

July 25, 2003

A rare chance to see the von Trapp children! The great-grandchildren of the original singing family who fled their Austrian homeland because of the Nazis, as immortalized in The Sound of Music, will be performing at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights this Sunday, July 27th.

July 24, 2003

This summer, Lakeview Cemetery will host both trolly and walking tours every Wednesday at 6:00PM.

July 22, 2003

Happy Birthday, Cleveland! On July 22, 1796, General Moses Cleaveland founded Cleveland, Ohio.

July 21, 2003

Legendary Cleveland DJ Bill Randle is ill. The voice behind WRMR's Big Show was hospitalized last Thursday and is undergoing sugery tomorrow, July 22nd.

You can send your cards and well wishes to:

Bill Randle / WRMR
26501 Renaissance Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44128

July 18, 2003

Stone Reader, the film about Dow Mossman's 1972 novel, the "lost classic" called The Stones of Summer, has its first (and only?) Cleveland showing this weekend at the Cleveland Cinematheque:

Saturday, July 19, at 9:00pm
Sunday, July 20, at 7:00pm

WRMR 1420AM has a new website! There's biographies of all the DJs, and also a message forum ...

July 14, 2003

Don't miss the St. Rocco's festival this Labor Day weekend (August 30th - September 1st)!

St. Rocco's was the first Italian parish on the West side of Cleveland and the Canal-Fulton area has been enjoying this parish's street fairs since the early part of the 1900s. The festival is easy to get to ... Just take I-71 to the Fulton Rd. exit; go right on Fulton about 1 mile to the church.

Lakewood's handing over of residents' homes for private profit makes the Scene Magazine: "Lakewood uses bogus stats to make its case."

The article exposes the fact that Lakewood's adult population (ages 20-64) actually increased between 1980 and 2000, and other little tidbits that you won't hear from Lakewood's mayor or council.

On a related note, according to the Lakewood Buzz, the "blighted" Scenic Park area is having a block party and everybody in Lakewood is invited. It's this coming Saturday, July 19th (noon 'til sunset), at end of Graber and Gridley Streets.

July 12, 2003

Get your Converse Jack Purcells, while you still can! It appears that some are being discontinued.

From what I understand, the discontinuation of the popular Jack Purcell style shoe is not affiliated with Nike Corporation's buy out of Converse. Converse, which was established in 1908, is known for manufacturing the oldest, most popular and best selling sneaker of all time.

Some links of interest:
[The official Converse website.]
[original Chuck Taylor factory back when the company was known as "Coverse Rubber Shoes."]
[A list of actors who have appeared in two or more films and/or television series wearing Converse All Star Chuck Taylors]
[Chuck Taylor, the man himself.]
[Ode to a [Converse] shoe ]

July 11, 2003

This weekend, Cleveland will be kicking off the world-wide 2003 Tall Ships cruise downtown on Lake Erie. The tall ships represent maritime history from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Great Lakes trading schooners, 17th century Boston schooners and more.

More information about this weekend's Cleveland Harborfest and Tall Ships festival is at For more information about the various Tall Ships events around Ohio, including ports in Huron, Vermilion and Sandusky, see

June 30, 2003

Lakewood's despotic mayor Madeline Cain and council's Un-Constitutional eminent domain abuse makes local and national headlines
[ The Institute for Justice is a DC-based law firm that defends Constitutional rights and has agreed to take up the case of Lakewood's eminent domain abuse.
"The abuse of eminent domain has become a national plague, and the Institute for Justice is fighting to end it." The Boston Globe
[ Cleveland Scene:"It's un-American" ]
[ NBC's Fleecing of America segment on Scenic Park ]
[ Christian Science Monitor: "Eminent domain and private gain" ]
[ ABC News carries CS Monitor story (above) ]
[ Realtor Magazine also warns against abuse of eminent domain: "Abusive Trend: Eminent Domain, Private Gain" ]
[ New London Day (Connecticut): "Eminent Domain Is Truly State's 'Despotic Power'" ]
[ Boston Globe: "Battle lines drawn on eminent domain" ]
[ Washington Post ]

June 30, 2003

RIP Katharine Hepburn On Sunday, June 29, the "first lady of American cinema," Katharine Hepburn passed away at the age of 96 in her Old Saybrook, Connecticut home. Miss Hepburn's career spanned over six decades; she won best actress Oscar four times -- in 1933 for Morning Glory, 1967 for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1968 for The Lion in Winter and in 1981 for On Golden Pond. One of our personal favorites was 1938's Holiday co-starring Cary Grant. The lights will dim on Broadway at 8pm tonight in her honor. Links of interest:
[Google's Katharine Hepburn directory]
[Katharine Hepburn webring]

June 13, 2003

RIP Gregory Peck On June 12th, Gregory Peck passed away at the age of 87.

Gregory Peck was listed on the AFI's "Top 100" actors list. My favorite of Gregory Peck's performances were in Hitchcock's Spellbound and with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

June 9, 2003

Only one man from the original group who planted the Sandusky time capsule had lived to see it unearthed last Friday. The capsule was buried by WLEC 1450 AM and its contents included a taped message, a record, and other everyday items of the day ...

Our alternative weekly, the Cleveland Free Times, is in operation once again after being bought out by Village Voice Media and subsequently shut down by a two-million dollar deal made between the New York City-based Village Voice Media and NT Media, the Phoenix-based corporation that now owns Cleveland's older weekly Scene Magazine. And, this time, the show is being run from a Cleveland office ... just like the old days!

It's no surprise that "Newspapers across the country repeatedly scooped The Cleveland Plain Dealer on an unprecedented multi-jurisdictional, federal antitrust investigation into the illegal closures of the Cleveland Free Times and New Times Los Angeles." Check out the rest of the Free Times' coverage of this story. And here's more coverage by the Los Angeles Times, who kept its readers abreast of the DOJ antitrust case as it happened.

June 6, 2003

On June 6 of 1953, Sandusky radio station WLEC buried a time capsule in the ground outside the Erie County Courthouse, to be opened in fifty years. Be there for the unearthing at 12:30pm, same place, same day -- half a century later!

May 29, 2003

Bob Hope turns 100! His former hometown of Cleveland honors him today by renaming East 14th Street downtown, between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue, to "Bob Hope Way - Memory Lane."

February 13, 2003

Anything Goes, the music of Cole Porter, is playing at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival.

January 7, 2003

Winterhurst is open every evening of the week and has skating with live organ music on Monday and Thursday evenings from 8:30-11:00pm!
Winterhurst, (216) 529-4400, 14740 Lakewood Hts Blvd (at the Intersection of I-90 and Warren Road), Lakewood OH 44107

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