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10.05.2018

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Fest weekend just passed and once again, we were inspired and dazzled by the imagination of those who work so hard to put on an amazing event.

My oldest was two or three when we first attend the Ingenuity Festival about ten years ago. It was held under the Detroit Superior Bridge which connects Detroit Avenue from the west to Downtown’s Superior Avenue going east over the Cuyahoga River. And, by Detroit-Superior bridge I mean the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The bridge was renamed almost 30-years-ago. I don't know anyone my age that calls the bridge Veterans Memorial.

Besides a unique view of Cleveland, under the bridge is what’s left of the former streetcar line, a subway station, dark tunnels and pieces of old tracks.

Hamilton Collaborative Ingenuity Festival

Now, Ingenuity Fest has a permanent home as the co-founder of the Hamilton Collaborative located at the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood. IngenuityLabs at the Hamilton Collaborative partnered with several businesses and created a community of entrepreneurs.

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

As it happened, this year the husband was off. It's the first time in many years that he has been able to attend with us. My son was excited to show him around especially the architecture firm. And, they remembered my kid from the year before when he stopped in and asked a lot of questions.


Spawn No. 1 Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Spawn No. 2 Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Fest is comprised of several distinct villages. ARTchiTECHtonica, Illumination Island, IndusTREE Alley, IngenuityLabs, Makers Mecca, Forest Foundry, and Mecanique Biotique hands-on metal sculpture garden are the creative, resource, and art exhibits.

I even scored a Nancy Drew book!

Nancy Drew old school book!

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

There was also Music Meadow near the stage and Possibility Promenade with larger than life displays and ideas.

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Ingenuity Weekend in Cleveland

Finally, Vendor Village had local Cleveland artists and vendors.

So much to do and see. And, we did so much that there wasn't much time for taking photos. I loved playing with my kids and watching them explore all that was offered.

I'm already looking forward to next year!

The Hubs and I ended the day at Happy Dog for hot dogs, tater tots, and beer.

Happy Dog for hot dogs, tater tots, and beer

And, we finally tried Brewnuts! I think we have been the last people in Cleveland to go to this quaint doughnut shop and bar.

Donut Mess with Cleveland and Brewnuts

The doughnuts are GIGANTIC!

Huge donuts from Brewnuts

My husband is a glazed aficionado. I prefer cake doughnuts. I also love creme filled ones. We couldn't be more different when it comes to fried dough.

While I enjoyed the chocolate and coffee cream doughnut, the kids and the husband could barely eat the one they picked out which was just a plain glazed. I don't think they will be asking for them any time soon.

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