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Thursday, February 19, 2015

March Teaser is Here by Rachel
Hard to believe it's time to talk about March teasers already!!  I know many of us are most likely still in winter hibernation mode, staying cozy in the house, knitting, catching up on movies and shows.  But... this IS the month when Spring will begin, and when the weather breaks it will be a motivator to get out and explore our neighborhoods in the CLE once again.  So let us dig in to some fun facts about our upcoming March neighborhood inspiration!

There is a wonderful, award-winning  farmers market in this neighborhood which happens to be my personal favorite out of the many there are to choose from in the Cleveland area.  Not only is there the typical fare with produce, flowers, eggs, etc, but this market offers live music, demos every week by local chefs, and the occasional featured artist.  When the warm weather turns too chilly for the outdoor location, this market turns to the indoors nearby in a cultural party center.

This area of Cleveland is the location for a very important Police and Fire Fighters Memorial, and is actually the neighborhood where many of our city employees, cops, and firemen reside.  Kind of like the hub for our own heroes of the city!!

The main drag running through this neighborhood includes several authentic Irish pubs and restaurants.

In May, there is an annual homecoming celebration, called the Hooley.  Live music, dancers, pipes, drums and delicious foods are just a few of the things you can find here on that day.

Many of the homes in the residential part of this neighborhood were built in the 1920s and 1930s, and many families have called this tight-knit community home for generations. Church activities, community, and local support of businesses are essential in keeping this area together.

Some of the eclectic shopping that can be found here includes comic books, cigars, skates and costumes, plus a fresh seafood shop.

Lastly, I feel it's of great significance to mention that there is a rich influence of Catholicism and spirituality in this neighborhood including churches, schools, convents, homes of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and also the Franciscan order.  A beautiful retreat and spiritual center located in a lush, woodsy and cozy setting  is also an attractive draw for many.  This kind of a mecca is a reminder of how important tradition and strong family values are here in this part of our city.

Hopefully these little bits of trivia spark some memories or peek your interest and keep you guessing about where we are going to be next!  For me this month, I'm still focused on spending some quality time over in February's neighborhood, University Circle. Even with a bit of snow still due to fall I'm sure, activities on my list include Orchid Mania at the Cleveland Botanical Garden,  ice skating at Wade Oval Park, checking out one of the old classic films playing at the Cleveland Cinematheque,  Red Dust or Strangers on a Train.  The other thing I am planning is to head over to Moca for Jessica Eaton's exhibit "Wild Permutations".  This artist investigates the relationships and behaviors of color, which is something I am continually enamored with in my artistic studies.  Seems a very fitting exhibit for any Colors of Cleveland member or just anyone who loves color.  We could all use some at this time of year!! Enjoy.