4.24.2014

University Circle, Universally Loved #AtoZChallenge


University Circle was born when two universities loved each other very much and... oh wait, that's babies.

University Circle came to be when two universities in Cleveland, Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, were looking to relocate and they settled around an area with a circular street intersection and a traffic turnaround created at Euclid Avenue and Doan Brook Boulevard (which would become Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).  Hence the name, University Circle.  There are a lot of twist and turns and I must say driving around there can make me dizzy.
"Roughly 1-square-mile in area, University Circle is a City of Cleveland neighborhood located 3 miles east of downtown, 2 miles south of Lake Erie and directly west of the inner ring suburban communities of Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.
Bordered by Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood to the east, Rockefeller Park to the northwest and connected to Downtown with Euclid Avenue running through it center, University Circle is strategically positioned with scenic park settings amid the bustle of a busy urban neighborhood." (source)
Besides being the home of what is now Case Western University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, University Circle is the home to the majority of Cleveland's museums as well as our orchestra.

University Circle is spectacular and for this westsider, a little excotic.  Don't laugh, I was an art major in high school and loved to visit and explore the art museum.  This was not cool.  There is an energy surrounding this area that is addictive and you want to belong.  And, for a brief minute in the 90's, I lived in the area and realized I prefer to visit, but that had more to do with a bad relationship and missing my family.

Needless to say, I visit when I can and enjoy the many activities that the Circle has to offer from Parade the Circle and Wade Oval Wednesday to Chalk Fest and CircleFest.


4.23.2014

The Theatrical Side of Northeast Ohio #AtoZChallenge


From the north to the south to the east to the west - Northeast Ohio has some truly talented thespians appearing in local theaters.


Today, I am touting a teaser of some favorite theaters to tantalize you into touring theater districts all over Northeast Ohio.

This Week's Northeast Ohio Bucket List | April 25 - May 1


There is so much going on this weekend and I have no idea where to start!  If you are looking for some fun, look at the calendar at the end!  It is full of ideas of what we would like to do this April in Northeast Ohio if we had unlimited time and money. Some are free, most are not, and be sure to call all events prior to attending, just in case I have some information wrong or it was canceled.

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This Week's Northeast Ohio Bucket List Highlights

A Regretful (Indoor Amusement Park) Ride: Not so Cool nor so Fun

I received tickets in exchange for this review and was not compensated in any other way.  
Opinions are my own.

We recently had the opportunity to go to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park and we were provided tickets to facilitate a review. The kids had been looking forward to it for weeks but the fates were conspiring against us because every time we planned to go, something would come up or the husband had to work or we went and it was closed, just that one day - you name it, it went wrong. When we finally pulled up to the building I was relieved to say the least. We finally made it!

Walking in we were greeted with bright lights, carnival music, yummy smells, and the promise of fun. This was going to be a day we remembered, unfortunately we will be remembering it for all the wrong reasons.

The one ride the kids could not wait to go on was the ferris wheel. They talked about this one ride the entire way to the indoor amusement park. The. Entire. Way. It is the only ride they truly knew they wanted to go on.

As we climbed the steps to get in to an unorganized, confusing, and crowded line to the ferris wheel, I looked nervously at the Husband and he just shrugged. This seemed like a recipe for disaster and I had a feeling we would see a fight. Little did I know it would not be between the people in line, but between us and an employee.

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