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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Cleveland – May 2017 – Burning River Roller Derby

Most cities would be highly embarrassed to have a history of a river that caught on fire from pollution but not Cleveland. Many things are named ‘Burning River’ in the city, including the roller derby team. We caught a game against Central Ohio (aka – CORD).

Roller Derby is a great combination of athletic action, art, and humor, especially the ‘derby names’ including; Teddy RosieWelt, Killer Queen, Florence Fight’ngale and Marceline the Slampire Queen.

There were all ages (including one skater in her 60s) and skills, and great sportsman ship was shown throughout, even with the intense competition. A very entertaining evening!

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Cleveland – May 2017 – An Afternoon in University Circle

The University Circle neighborhood in Cleveland is the home to most of the major museums in the city, the Cultural Gardens and Case Western Reserve University.

 

The Cultural Gardens is a collection of 31 unique Nationality gardens, most with sculptures interspersed with the plantings. Unfortunately we only had time to visit a handful.

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A residential neighborhood near Case Western Reserve University is home to Hessler Court – an amazing little street that is made out of wood. Known as Nicolson Pavement, the wood block construction was popular in the mid 1800s. Now less than 5 remain in America, and Cleveland is home to one. It is smooth and quiet.

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The Cleveland Botanical Gardens roses were in full bloom.

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Sculpture in front of the Botanical Gardens.

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Nearby they were having stilt walking lessons.

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Cleveland – May 2017 – Harbor Views

Cleveland is a major port on Lake Erie, with most of the large commercial ore boats traversing the narrow, crooked Cuyahoga River. There is however a port at the entrance to the river, as well as an old Art Deco Coast Guard station, all with great views of the river, lake and city.

A marina on Whiskey Island (actually a peninsula) is home to the tug boat fleet, as well as some pleasure boats.

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The vacant coast guard station is a beautiful art deco building that the city is now restoring.

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The harbor lighthouse leads out from the safe waters behind the breakwater to the often turbulent water of Lake Erie.

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The mix of huge ore boats and small sailboats is interesting.

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An amazing collection of bridges cross the Cuyahoga, some are small lift bridges (the foreground is a lift bridge for the railroad), as well as high level bridges.

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The harbor crane with a background of a downtown skyscraper.

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Cleveland – April 2017 – Robotics Competition

The first day of April, 2017 offered up a Robotics Competition at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The competition featured high school age groups from throughout Ohio as well as a few surrounding states.

The Wolstein Center is a 13,000 seat basketball arena, and for the competition the floor was divided in half, one side was the competition area and the other was the pits. The emcee hosting kept the crowd engaged throughout.

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The crowd of roughly 2000 people were extremely enthusiastic, cheering on their teams as the robots competed.

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The competition was intense.

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The teams throughout the pits were very happy to talk about their robots, and how they function.

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Cleveland – March 2017 – The Flats

The Flats is the area in Cleveland in a valley along the much maligned Cuyahoga River. Most of the area is industrial, and back the 1960s the river had the misfortune to be so polluted it caught fire a couple of times (Randy Newman even made a song called Burn On).

The portion of the Flats near the lake has been revitalized a couple of times now (once in the 1980s, and again more recently), so there is this great mix of industrial shabby and post modern chic – sometimes in the same building.

But the mix, along with the great collection of old lift bridges, high level bridges (sometimes one over top of another) and views of downtown provide numerous photo ops.

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