Columbus – June 2017 – Comfest

Held in Goodale Park in Columbus, Comfest is a community festival that according to their website is guided by the principals that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain; The basic necessities of life are a right and not a privilege; People should strive to conduct their lives in harmony with the environment; We recognize that there are primary attitudes which divide and oppress people – We seek to eliminate these attitudes (they are actually longer – check their website for full details)

The festival is full of crafts, music, various groups making various political statements, and thousands of people having a good time – easily the highlight are the people. Another highly recommended event.

Making art to the music.

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One of the members of a band. They had the Dead covers down perfect.

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Someone who decorated one of the portable toilets.

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Promoting Veganism.

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A happy dancer

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Another happy dancer

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More happy dancers

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Bongo session.

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He was in a kilt – and I was standing next to some cool sculpture – what could be better.

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Cincinnati – June 2017 – Scenes of the City

A day in Cincinnati for a couple of tours (other posts) resulted in some ‘scenes of the city’ shots…

 

The view from the Incline Pub on the west side of Cincinnati.

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With a major bridge under construction causing massive traffic jams, we took the Anderson Ferry to Kentucky.

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The Pride Parade had just ended as we arrived downtown.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating their 50th season (still without a Super Bowl win!)

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Findlay Market.

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Cincinnati Streetcar barn

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Rookwood Pottery Mural

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Windsor, ON – June 2017 – Riverfront Scenes

With a weekend in the Detroit area it was decided to spend the night in Windsor, which is just a mile away through the tunnel.

The Windsor Riverfront offers excellent views of downtown Detroit (other post) as well as the scenes on the Canadian side.

 

The Ambassador Bridge

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Riverfront Park

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A carnival was being held in the riverfront park

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Bloomfield Hills, MI – June 2017 – Cranbrook Art Museum & Saarinen House

The Cranbrook Academy of Art was founded in the 1920s by George Booth, who asked renown Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen to design the campus and buildings. Eventually the campus was expanded to include both boys and girls schools, a Science Museum as well as the Art Museum.

The Saarinen House has been restored to it’s 1930s look, and the museum offers tours, which we attended. The house itself (in my opinion) was somewhat disappointing as it did not give the ‘wow’ feeling that I often have when going into other famous homes, such as many of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of the same period. Instead it seems more ‘practical’ and commonplace, in a 1930s art deco way.

The grounds of the campus are very nice, with gardens scattered about, along with numerous sculptures and fountains. The museum was somewhat smallish, but had some interesting artifacts including the chair collection.

 

The Art Museum

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Gardens and Fountains

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The interior of the Art Museum

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Saarinen House

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Avon, OH – June 2017 – Duct Tape Parade

The company that founded the ubiquitous ‘duct/duck tape’ is based on the small Cleveland suburb of Avon. Since 2004 they have had a festival and parade celebrating the many uses of the tape.

Having read a few different places that this was one of the best parades in America we headed up to check it out. While there were many creative uses for duck tape, the event was nowhere near as interesting as the Twins Day Parade, Doo Dah Parade, or the Parade the Circle (and that is just in Ohio). Still it did give opportunities for some nice photographs

 

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Cleveland – June 2017 – Parade the Circle

A hot sunny Saturday found us back in University Circle in Cleveland for the Parade the Circle, an annual event sponsored by the Museum of Art. The parade is a celebration of art,, with hundreds of people participating.

This year’s theme was “Collage: A composition of often disparate elements collected and altered to complete a vision.” A photographers paradise, and with the backdrop of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the results were great (although I am not sure why there were so many people on stilts 🙂

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