Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Great Lakes Theater’s Magnificent, Macabre Sweeney Todd

UPDATE (10/10): In all my excitement for Sweeney Todd, I forgot to share a social media discount with you. Use code PR6 when purchasing tickets and save $10 off each A Level ticket you purchase. (Offer not valid retroactively, in conjunction with other offers or on student priced tickets.)

“Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. / His skin was pale and his eye was odd. / He shaved the faces of gentlemen / Who never thereafter were heard of again. / He trod a path that few have trod. / Did Sweeney Todd. / The demon barber of Fleet Street.”

Tom Ford in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street disposing of one of his victims. All photos in this post by Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of Great Lakes Theater

Tom Ford in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street disposing of one of his victims. All photos in this post by Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of Great Lakes Theater

In Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical Sweeney Todd, you need an actor capable of capturing a man broken by injustice and tragedy, reshaped into a monster obsessed only with avenging his family.

Great Lakes Theater’s Sweeney Todd, running through Nov. 2 at PlayhouseSquare’s Hanna Theatre, has found that in actor Tom Ford.

An 8-season veteran of Great Lakes Theater, Ford brings a manic frenzy to Todd. With a theatricality similar to classic horror films, he’s a convincing madman bent on punishing the lecherous judge who wronged him, even if that means hurting others along the way.

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Guest Post: Smiles All Around in Oberlin, Ohio

At the beginning of the year, I had this goal to see more of Northeast Ohio and visiting Oberlin was top of that list. When we visited in May we enjoyed it so much that we took Scott’s parents there last weekend. Unfortunately, I spent the majority of this most recent visit in a cold-induced haze. So I asked Scott if he would share his love of Oberlin in a guest post today.

Oberlin Ohio Culture Fest

While my parents were in town I was excited to give them a proper taste of Oberlin. They’re retiring to the Cleveland region, and I’m always happy to show them how wonderful Cleveland and the areas surrounding it are.

What is it about Oberlin that makes me so eager to share it? At first it was hard for me to find a succinct way of explaining, but I know that it was when I heard the kittens mewing that Oberlin had its claws in me.

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Cleveland Scares: West Clinton Historic Haunts Walking Tour

Giveaway Reminder: You have until Monday, Sept. 30 at 11:59pm to enter the L’Amour du Vin giveaway. Remember to tweet daily for extra entries, and tune into WEOL 940AM on Oct. 1 at 8:10AM, when Dr. Donald Sheldon – EMH president and CEO, and honorary chair of this year’s event – is scheduled to be interviewed.
Our garden gnomes are ready for Halloween. Are you?

Our garden gnomes are ready for Halloween. Are you?

The Halloween decorations and fall flowers have started to go up around the Hicken house, and with October’s arrival comes Halloween festivities.

Cleveland.com has a good list of haunted houses in Northeast Ohio, from zombies galore at Burton’s Undead Armageddon Haunted Forest and Elyria Hauntville’s 3-D zombie paintball hunt to the Mansfield Reformatory and Hudson Haunted House. Then of course there’s Cedar Point’s Halloweekends and Boo at the Zoo.

Personally, I love my Halloween haunts mixed with a bit of history, which is what you’ll find in the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood next weekend.

Ghoulish tourguides at the West Clinton Historic Haunts Walking Tour

Ghoulish tourguides at the West Clinton Historic Haunts Walking Tour

On October 4 and 5, the West Clinton Historic Haunts Walking Tour will transport you to 1910 Cleveland. Guests will be met by famed former Cleveland Mayor Tom L. Johnson at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Parish Hall (6205 Detroit Avenue).

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Giveaway: L’Amour du Vin, The Cleveland West Side Wine and Food Event

Dishes from Bistro 83, one of the restaurants at L'Amour du Vin

Dishes from Bistro 83, one of the restaurants at L’Amour du Vin

Update: Parker’s Grille and Tavern in Avon Lake is no longer participating in L’Amour du Vin (9/27/2013)

Working downtown, I’m a short walk away from a wealth of dining choices. However, the restaurants opening more and more frequently in Lorain County and Cleveland’s west side have me eating (and eating well) close to home.

Nearby I can find tempting Greek food at Taki’s, an intimate Italian dinner at Fratello’s, and BBQ at Bubba’s Q. And as I blogged earlier in the year, I can never go wrong at Cafe Melissa.

Last night we tried one of the area’s newest restaurants Bistro 83.

Stopping in for dinner after work, we enjoyed their Lump Crab Mac-n-Cheese and the Smoked Mozzarella Red Pepper Ravioli. Small touches like the pesto-cream on the mac and edamame on the ravioli added fresh, intense flavors to the dishes. A long list of wines and brews, as well as a very well-priced brunch menu have Scott and I planning a return trip this weekend.

At the 16th annual L’Amour du Vin on Thursday, October 10, Bistro 83 and other Cleveland West side restaurants will be showcasing their talent in the kitchen.

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Seeing Put-in-Bay by Bike

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Miller Ferry offers a smooth boat ride and excellent customer service on your way to Put-in-Bay (photo from boat on right)

After we got back from our vacation last week, Scott and I still had a few days off before going back to work. So we decided it was the perfect opportunity to take a trip a little closer to home.

On Thursday we made the short drive over the Edison Bridge to Catawba and caught the Miller Boat Line to Put-in-Bay.

Last fall we visited the island for the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival. Although we packed a lot into that daytrip, we still had a long list of things we wanted to do. After being invited back to stay over for the night, this was the perfect opportunity to cross some things off that list.

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My Downtown Cleveland Guide for Content Marketing World Attendees

Even when I’m on vacation, I can’t stop thinking (or writing) about Cleveland.

From September 9 through 11, the world’s largest content marketing conference, Content Marketing World, takes over the Cleveland Convention Center.

Yesterday I had the opportunity on the Beyond PR blog to share my Kick-Ass Guide to Cleveland for CMWorld Attendees.

You can also see and share some of my downtown CLE picks in this infographic created by PR Newswire’s Jamie Heckler. Enjoy!

PR Newswire's Content Marketing World Guide to Cleveland

 

Do you agree with my suggestions? What else would you recommend to a conference attendee or visitor staying downtown?

Guest Post: CLE Parks and Green Spaces

Over the next couple of weeks, I have a few guest bloggers stopping by to share their love for Cleveland. After reading today’s post by Jessica Morris from JAM in CLE, I can’t wait to take a trip to some of the CLE parks she recommends, especially nearby Rocky River Park and Beach.

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Hi! I’m JAM! I’m a fellow CLE blogger and I write about all things positive in our great land of CLE!! A big thank you to Clue Into Cleveland for allowing me to guest post here!

Fun CLE fact: Did you know that CLE boasts nearly 22,000 acres of green space? WOW!! Much of that is thanks to the Cleveland Metroparks (aka The Valley for west siders).  As a mid-size metropolis, CLE offers tons of great outdoor parks, beaches and green spaces to enjoy throughout all four seasons. Find out more about the outdoor spaces CLE offers on Positively Cleveland.

Whether you’re in the mood for hiking, biking, kayaking or sunning (some of my personal faves) there are plenty of fabulous parks and green spaces to access in our city and surrounding areas.

Most recently, I’ve been going to Rocky River Park—which offers public access to Lake Erie, fantastic vantage points and a bit of peace and quiet, in comparison to other public CLE beaches and parks. I’d recommend a nice cup of coffee and heading down there on a Sunday morning to take in the tranquility and beautiful scenery from the bench swings by the water.

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Shine Bright at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium

Blogkeeping: Congratulations to entry #40, Megan McFadden. After removing one pingback and placing the other entries in Random.org, you won 2 tickets to Locavore. Please reply to my email by 9/5 or I will need to select another winner.

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One of the things I love about this city is its desire to climb high. Dream big. Shine bright.

For over 30 years, Cleveland Public Theatre has lit up Cleveland’s west side with brilliant creativity and innovation. Every season they bring to the Gordon Square Arts District productions that embrace the risk and adventure of life, while also showcasing new, local talent.

They’ve aspired to – and succeeded in – celebrating the remarkable, the experimental, the weird in CLE.

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Giveaway: A Night of Wine, Food and Chocolate at Locavore

NMSS Ohio Buckeye Chapter's Locavore - September 27

NMSS Ohio Buckeye Chapter’s Locavore – September 27

I think it’s safe to say most (if not all) of us love eating local. There’s something about a meal prepared with fresh, local, high-quality ingredients that just tastes better.

For all of you local culinary lovers who missed last week’s Taste of the Browns giveaway, today’s giveaway features another great food event raising money for an excellent cause.

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Giveaway: Taste of the Browns (and a Zoovies Winner!)

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August 23rd can’t come soon enough — Not only is it Date Night at the Zoovies, it’s also my birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than seeing Back to the Future at the Zoo!

And one of you will be joining me at the sold-out event with your own pair of tickets. After removing one pingback, one duplicate entry and entering the remaining entries into Random.org, congratulations to:

Zoovies Winner

Entry # 75 — Michelle @tinktastic! Please reply to my email by Friday morning to redeem your two Zoovies tickets.

If you didn’t win, you have one more chance over at Poise in Parma. But before you head to Alicia’s giveaway, enter my new giveaway for Taste of the Browns below:

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