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Brooklyn Centre Bicentennial: I Love A Parade!

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Nothing gets my heart pumping faster than a parade and on Sunday August 12th there is going to be a great parade.

If you  would like to be part of the parade all you need to do is Join “Neighborhood on Wheels”. Joining is as easy as bringing your bicycle to Art House at 3119 Denison Avenue on Friday August 10th from 4 to  6 pm and decorate it.

All the materials and supplies things you need to make your bike sparkle, glitter, or just plain “cool” will be available free!

Then, all you need to do to be in the parade is to show up at Riverside Cemetery 3607 Pearl Road on Sunday between 11:30 am and noon to line up and be part of the celebration.

Step off time for the parade is Sunday August 12, at 1:30 pm.

The parade staging area will be in Riverside Cemetery.  The parade will go down Pearl Road turn right on Denison Avenue and proceed to W.C. Reed Park where the Community Picnic will begin at 3:30 pm. 

The picnic will have games and activities for the kids and lemonade and iced tea for the adults.

Be sure to let your friends and neighbors know about the parade so that the parade route will be full of spectators cheering the bands, antique cars, the marching units and they will see just how creative you and the kids can be.    

Written by Gloria Ferris

August 8th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Living in the City: West Side Market and Bon Bon Cafe

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Early this morning, Christine and I took off on the 79 bus for a whirlwind shopping trip to the West Side Market.



The photo above was taken Mother’s Day weekend while we waited for Mo, Geri, and the girls to arrive.

Our first stop of the day was Urban Herbs where we picked up poppy and sesame seeds for a new salad dressing for a holiday picnic.  Second, we picked up produce from The Basketeria. I ordered it Friday on line. I just LOVE this benefit. Our third and final stop in the market was Michelle’s Bakery where we bought bread made with unbleached flour AND no preservatives. Yum!


Since we were so efficient, we had plenty of time to visit BonBon Cafe where the staff wanted to get a ramp for Christine’s wheelchair, but we decided to sit outside. Christine decided to get up and walk to see the desserts. Anyone who knows her knows she is a chocolate aficionado. The servers took over so that I could secure our packages and the wheelchair.  They were very gracious and very helpful. Before this visit was finished, she was planning on how she could get there on her own. I was very impressed too.  When I arrived home and mentioned French pressed coffee, Tim’s interest piqued.

As we sat sipping our coffees and eating pastries, the 79 North whizzed by telling us we had about 20 minutes before it would arrive to take us south.  While we were waiting, two young women from Montana asked us if we were waiting for the bus that would take them to the Zoo. We talked for awhile and found out that they were two sisters on a trip to celebrate the younger one’s college graduation.

They had spent Friday riding roller coasters at Cedar Point and today, they intended to enjoy the zoo and maybe the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We told them to be sure to visit the Rain Forest and the African Elephant Crossing before they ventured back down town to see the guitars in front of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.

All in all, it was a wonderful kick off to this first Holiday weekend of the summer.

Music! Music! Music! in Brooklyn Centre

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Riverside Cemetery Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 18, 2011

2 pm until ????


The Mike Jacobs Quintet

Horse and Carriage Tours of the Cemetery will be available

Free and open to the public Phone number: 216-351-4800

The Riverside Cemetery Association will hold its first annual jazz festival at the Cemetery located at 3607 Pearl Road. Thee Festival will honor renowned Cleveland jazz musicians, Roberto Ocasio, Robert Lockwood, and Robert "Skeets" Ross, all laid to rest at Riverside. The Jazz Fest will feature a New Orleans style jazz band leading a procession from the 135-year-old Chapel to a circle in the Cemetery where President-elect Rutherford B. Hayes dedicated the Cemetery in 1876. Following a brief program highlighting the lives of these three gentlemen, there will be a concert performed by The Highlighters, aka Mike Jacobs Quintet, noted for its regular Dixieland performances for Cleveland Indians home baseball games since the opening of the ballpark in 1994. The band will also perform traditional New Orleans style funeral music and lead a horse-drawn carriage throughout the cemetery.

Written by Gloria Ferris

September 15th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Brooklyn Centre Celebrates Memorial Day

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When I was a child, each Memorial Day began when I watched the traditional parade down the main street of my hometown looking for  my dad, uncles and aunt as they marched proudly down the street. Every parade ended at the town cemetery where my uncle sounded cadence and my dad was one of seven who reported with the 21 gun salute. Taps was played and the flag was raised from half staff. When I grew older I marched as a girl scout and then later, marched as a member of the high school marching band.

How fortunate I am to live in a neighborhood where my friend and neighbor Rick Nicholson carries on a tradition started many years ago by the Brooklyn Centre historical Society in conjunction with the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve at the Brooklyn Centre Burying Ground located at the end of Garden Avenue off Pearl. Each year at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day we gather by the flagpole to remember our dead who fought to keep us free and to pray for the end of war. 

This year began with our organizer, Rick Nicholson, a member of the Cleveland Grays, leading us in The Pledge of Allegiance Reverend Neal Wilds handled the Invocation but first he talked about is connection to the Civil War, his boyhood home is near the site of the Battle of Shiloh. He then moved on to the Battle of Gettysburg and the loss of 51,000 American lives lost in the battle. He said it is hard to imagine the carnage of the three day battle and the lives changed forever.  He  then related that this bloodiest of wars was the beginnings of what we now call Memorial Day  He then said a prayer asking for the end of war and a world of peace.

Reverend Bob Andrew was next and his comments included facts about the cemetery.  Brooklyn Centre Burying Ground is the resting place of many soldiers beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with World War II. He told us that he was drafted to serve in the Korean War as a chaplain and he was stationed in Japan and did not experience combat. He recited this poem by Cadet Major Kelly Strong Air Force Junior ROTC..

Rick Jaworski who served as president of Brooklyn Centre Historical Society for many years under the tutelage of Ruth Ketteringham read General Logan’s Order #11  which is the official beginning of Memorial Day which began the tradition of decorating soldier’s graves. For years, veteran groups sold crepe paper poppies to purchase flags to be placed on graves. I wonder how those flags are purchased now. Until 1967, when the last Monday in May became the official designated day instead of the original date of May 30th and the popular Decoration Day became known officially as Memorial Day.

After comments from the people gathered around the flagpole, Joy Parrish and her friend Doc played and sang a beautiful selection of songs. She started with this song by Simon and Garfunkel and ended the set with Let there be Peace on Earth -he asked us to sing along and we did quietly and then she performed  America The Beautiful. Along the way, Doc recited Poppies in Flanders Field with additional verses he penned to add soldiers beyond World War I. Joy set the poem to music but Doc forgot to give her ALL the lyrics so we will have to wait till next year to hear he WHOLE song. What she sang was beautiful.  Doc was concerned that John McRae would be upset that he took liberties with his poem. I told him he would probably be proud.

Everyone took a few flags to place on veteran’s graves to show us all how many of those buried there fought for the freedom we enjoy today. As the flags waved in the hot breeze, we said our last prayers for peace and solemnly stood looking out over the cemetery. I love the sound of “Taps” and I cherish the times I was asked to play it for soldiers’ funerals in my hometown. But, I never heard it played on a violin until today. Doc played it with a reverence and melancholy that I thought was reserved for bugles. We then bookended the service with a second recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance”.

I am truly blessed to live in a neighborhood that knows the meaning of “Memorial Day” and knows how to celebrate it.  Mark your calendars we will be there next year.

Written by Gloria Ferris

May 31st, 2011 at 12:06 am

Brooklyn Centre Memorial Day Ceremony

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Every Memorial Day our friend and neighbor Rick Nicholson organizes special tribute to our armed forces and the veterans who lost their lives so that you and I would have the great freedoms we enjoy because we live in America.  There are a few short speeches, music, a flag placing ceremony and conversations with friends and neighbors.  It is a great way to start a holiday that remembers the fallen and the dead who gave their lives so we would be free.  All are welcome.


11:00 AM, MONDAY

MAY 30TH 2011




2010 Ingenuity Fest-Art,Dance,Music and Technology…

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and much, much more swirling in my head.  Where should I begin?  First of all, there are three entrances to the event. One at the east end and two on the west end of the High Level Bridge. Taking the train and/or riding a bicycle are very viable modes of transportation.  If you think you need the freedom of a car, your best bet is to enter at the west end where the parking at Massimo’s and/or street parking is available.  Actually, bus, train or bicycle may give you more freedom.  Think about it.

We entered through Massimo’s walking down the stairs through the subway entrance.  The event this year is FREE, but believe me the $5.00 goodwill donation is a real bargain because there is so much to see, hear, and do once you enter the venue.  So, if possible be generous because as my friend, Adam said, “this festival is the best thing I’ve ever seen in Cleveland”.  When Adam said that, Tim and I knew we were in for a treat.   The space itself unleashed some incredible examples of creativity. There is no way I could do  justice to descriptions of them in this post. Instead, I will mention a few  that  were highlights of the evening for me.  Believe me, you will have your own favorites after you visit this incredible place. And, these are just a few of many, many things I saw.   People were so enthusiastic that complete strangers would walk by and tell you “New Orleans has the Mardi Gras, but we have the Ingenuity Fest”. There was a Mardi Gras feel to it or maybe more of a European feel-the streets of Paris, Amsterdam. Whatever it is, the energy and enthusiasm is certainly something that Cleveland can use. 

First, we met the Underground Ballerina, Lisa Lock, who is again performing an incredible dance that needs to be seen to be believed.  Be sure to step behind the curtain at Cat Walk and make the kinetic sculpture move for others.  Again, Melissa Daubert with her students have used shadows to create a unique experience for festival goers.  Be sure to stop and talk with artists along the way.  They just love to share their techniques and artistry. The waterfall is extremely beautiful at night because of the lighting used, but I am sure it would be a sight to see at any time of day. Along the length of the bridge, there are spots where sidewalk artists can create canvases to put up along the sides of the bridge.  There is a chance for budding artists to try their hand at Graffiti. The screen is hooked to a computer which enables the artist to design, erase, and save.  If we had planned to stay longer I would have tried my hand at aerosol art.

Gypsy Beans and Baking Company has a coffee/pastry stand set up for noshes as does BOGO Pizza.  There was other food available but we just had to stop and see Nikki on our way across the bridge. At the east end of the bridge, we listened to a talented band, called “Turntables on the Hudson”.  They had everybody dancing in the street.   We heard that today’s line up of bands are the headliners of the festival, but let me tell you that the bands we heard were pretty darn good. 

Sarah Morrison’s dance troupe wore their signature striped leggings while performing an intriguing dance using “Sarah’s Egg”.  I hope you get to see them today.  Also I hope “The Mirror Mime” is in attendance when you visit as well as the “Fashion Week” models who were decked out in duct tape. cotton batting, plastic, and various other recyclables.   There were dinosaurs,, banshees made from can lids, and all sorts of “things”.  Be sure to stop at Baker and Iris, Inc. and try your hand at building a bridge using pencils and other materials.   But enough about what I saw and experienced.  It’s time for you to have your own Ingenuity Festival!       

There’s A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

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Well, not really, but The Cleveland Geological Society, one of the associated societies of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History,  is going to tell you why there is something shaky going on in NEO. The Society’s monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in Classroom A on C Floor at the Museum.

The talk at the February 17 meeting will be:

"There’s Something Shaky About this Place

and,  We Have the Data to Prove It"

This will be about the 100 plus year history of seismology in Cleveland, the museum’s part in that history, and the Ohio Seismic Network (OhioSeis). A tour of the museum’s seismic observatory will follow this talk.

CGS Program Chair.
Douglas Dunn
Assistant, Invertebrate Paleontology
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Dr.
Cleveland, Oh. 44106-1767 x 3240
1.800.317.9155 x 3240 CMNH fax
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February 15th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

ValentineBenefit=Art+Jewelry+Raffles+Food+ Much Much More

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Last week I posted about our friend and neighbor’s Valentine’s Weekend Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters at his store mlangclothing&cocktails.

This week I am posting a bit more about the event and some of the artists whose work is for sale at Mike’s store.  Three of the artists like Mike are neighbors as well as friends and the fourth artist is a gal who has worked with us in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood at some of our events.  All four women are incredibly talented and produce quality pieces again and again.

Deby Cowdin. You can see examples of Deby’s work at her website from the blue bag. The Civic Innovation Lab recently awarded Deby and her partners one of their grants to use in promoting the recyclable aspect of the artwork she produces and promotes at her gallery/studio.

Denise Donaldson. Denise is planning a very special necklace set for Valentine’s Day.  It will be displayed on Saturday, and as with all her pieces, she will make only one.  She uses mostly semi-precious stones, the more unusual the better. She does her own designing and welcomes custom orders.


Sharon Martyn. Sharon’s stained glass  designs are original and unique and the glass is hand cut and hand ground.. Her handmade wire work adds flow and beauty to each piece she crafts.  The addition of crystals  to her sun catchers adds a dimension of light and sparkle not often seen.  Sharon has created fan lights, fireplace panels and other custom windows for our neighbors. The pieces shown here are her donations to Mike’s raffle to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The heart on the left is light pink and the one on the right is dark purple.


Marge Pauls.  Marge creates original artwork that appeals to the romantic in each of us.  She paints fairies, angels, society moguls and a myriad of other subjects. She incorporates pen and ink in her work which gives it a sharpness and edge that adds “pop” to her work.  Her artwork is available as prints, matted or unmatted, and as note cards. We eagerly await her yearly Christmas card and the party invitation for New Year Eve’s because it will be a new, never seen mpauls original.  She also crafts unique jewelry which will also be at mlangclothing&cocktails. 


Mike tells me that the raffle this weekend will include theater and sporting event  tickets. There may be restaurant gift cards and Mike has thrown in a few items from the store as well.  Besides, the custom shirt deal for a $49 donation BBBS, there will be a pair of $95 pants raffled.   Did I say  that there is no minimum donation? Come buy raffle tickets, donate and get a shirt, buy a few drinks, and sample a few of the appetizers from area restaurants.

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February 10th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Valentine’s Weekend BigBrothersBigSisters Benefit

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One of our neighbors in Brooklyn Centre is hosting a Valentine’s Weekend Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters at his establishment, mlang clothing & cocktails, located at 1275 Euclid Avenue in the heart of Playhouse Square. Mr. Lang is giving us plenty of opportunity to visit his establishment by holding the event not one day but two days!

I LOVE the flier don’t you?


Thanks For Giving!

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Sherry wants to thank everybody who came to The Ugly Broad Tavern bearing turkeys, complete Thanksgiving meals, and more. Due to your efforts, Sherry dropped off an envelope with $211 in cash, three turkeys complete with all the trimmings, seventeen boxes, and more than fifteen bags of food to help fill Brookside Center’s shelves during the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was great to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in awhile and to meet a FaceBook friend face to face for the first time. As always, the tacos were scrumptious, and we enjoyed the conversation and camaraderie at our neighborhood bar, The Ugly. Stay tuned, scuttlebutt has it that there will be a redux of the event before Christmas.

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November 19th, 2009 at 1:46 pm