Blogkeeping: Monday is the last day to enter my Rachael Ray Week in a Day giveaway. You can tweet daily for more entries.
There are a handful of moments I think back to that reaffirm how grateful I am to have moved to Cleveland: The first time I set foot in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Learning about PlayhouseSquare Partners at their Back to the Future Night. My first Ohio Blogging meetup.
On Wednesday I added another memory to that list when Scott and I attended our first CityMusic Cleveland concert. Combine an evening of dazzling music, a stunning setting, and warm company, and I was officially hooked.
To top it all off, CityMusic’s concerts are free for everyone.
Now celebrating its 10th season, CityMusic Cleveland was founded by six friends who wanted to make chamber music accessible to everyone while fostering stronger communities through the arts.
So they came up with the crazy-good idea of bringing free concerts to neighborhoods all over Cleveland — eliminating the twin barriers of high ticket prices and unfamiliar venues.
Ten years later, they’re reaching some 19,110 people per season and even performed at the Lincoln Center.
See Rachael Ray in Cleveland and win a signed copy of her new book Week in a Day
The running joke in our house is how stressed I get over cooking. Whereas Scott’s comfortable experimenting with a dish composed of the few ingredients in our fridge (last week’s hard cider turkey legs were a delicious winner), I need to carefully plan everything out.
Unfortunately, after a long day of work and after-work shenanigans, I don’t have the energy to plan a meal. Plus, I’m too hungry to concentrate. The end result: I convince Scott that we need to dine out or pick up food on our way home.
Don’t get my wrong, I love Cleveland restaurants — which makes it that much harder to eat at home sometimes. However, I’m always trying to find a better balance for me (and my wallet) when it comes to dining in versus out. Sometimes that means planning my meals days in advance instead of scrambling the night of.
A selection from Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, courtesy of Atria Books, photographs in book by Frances Janisch
That’s why I’m excited to give away a pair of tickets to see Rachael Ray in Cleveland. She’ll be in Rocky River on December 14.to sign and discuss her new book Week in a Day.
Jingle Bell Run Cleveland, December 8
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’m taking it easy this week with just one post. This is our last Thanksgiving before Scott’s parents move so we’ll be celebrating with friends tomorrow, then relaxing, holiday merrymaking, and attending Genghis Con, Cleveland’s underground comic convention, on Sunday.
Amid all that we’re also getting ready for Scott’s first 5K – Jingle Bell Run Cleveland on December 8!
In addition to throwing pretty awesome parties, the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeast Ohio chapter raises money for arthritis support and research through their annual holiday run/walk.