Delaware, Ohio – October 2017 – Can’t Be Bored at a Gourd Show

The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio was the host for the annual Gourd Show. Apparently a lot of people like making art out of gourds. With the results it is obvious there are some skilled gourd-artist around.

2017 10 07 3 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

 

2017 10 07 9 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

 

2017 10 07 13 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

 

2017 10 07 21 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

 

2017 10 07 36 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

 

2017 10 07 41 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

 

There was also entertainment. While we were there a band called the ‘Rum River Blend’ played a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass and folk. Their fiddle player, Carl, was 95 years old (he was the 1948 Ohio Fiddle Champion)!

Let’s give it up for Carl!

2017 10 07 26 Delaware OH Gourd Festival.JPG

Seattle – September 2017 – Museum of Pop Art

The Museum of Pop Art in Seattle started life as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix by Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft. Recently they rebranded themselves and have some nice other exhibits.

 

The guitar collection was amazing.

IMG_6643.jpg

 

 

IMG_6658.jpg

 

 

IMG_6671.JPG

 

The Hendrix area

IMG_6678.JPG

 

IMG_6682.JPG

 

A large area for sci-fi

IMG_6750.jpg

 

 

IMG_6760.jpg

 

 

IMG_6769.jpg

 

 

IMG_6775.jpg

 

 

 

Cleveland – August 2017 – One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens is  a beautiful area in Rockefeller Park that celebrates the diverse cultures that make up Cleveland. Once a year they celebrate One World Day, where all of the 40 different countries that have gardens (or are working on them) celebrate their culture.

The individual gardens had extra touches added to them.

2017 08 27 40 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

We spent time with learning about the culture of Slovakia from the man who lead the building of the gardens. While some, such as the Italian and German have been there for 70 years or more, a few have been built in the last 30 years.

2017 08 27 61 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

The Hungarian Garden had a ‘Budapest Cafe’ set up, complete with music.

2017 08 27 19 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

A couple of Czech women in their traditional attire.

2017 08 27 68 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

Most had crafts from the homeland.

2017 08 27 104 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

A shuttle was provided for those who were late to the parade, like the Lebanese, who were entertaining even on the shuttle ride.

2017 08 27 108 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

One of the Russian marchers.

2017 08 27 133 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

Vietnam is currently working on their garden, and were well represented in the parade.

2017 08 27 160 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

Each country brought a flag for the day that were displayed at the main entertainment stage.

2017 08 27 169 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

The leaders of the Romanian group.

2017 08 27 187 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

There were a number of youth groups who are continuing to carry on the traditions of their country.

2017 08 27 188 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

Young and old marched together.

2017 08 27 193 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

After the parade many posed for photos in their gardens.

2017 08 27 210 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

The Serbian group had great outfits, with cool shoes.

2017 08 27 212 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

 

With the food, culture and gardens it was a great day for One World in Cleveland.

2017 08 27 216 Cleveland Culutral Gardens One World Day.JPG

Dublin, OH – July 2017 – Hey Elvis, It’s a Car Show

As we headed out for a Friday evening drive we came across an unexpected event, a car show in Dublin, Ohio (in an office park of all places). Even better, Elvis was there!! Ok it was an Elvis impersonator (of course), but his voice and singing were dead on (no pun intended), his look was average. Still how can you pass up Elvis on a Friday evening with cool cars.

 

A fantastic Porsche with a matching trailer.

2017 07 14 18 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

Classic 50’s Buick grill

2017 07 14 23 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

Cobra’s always look great.

2017 07 14 27 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

One awesome 50’s T-Bird.

2017 07 14 29 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

No Pink Cadillac’s for Elvis, but a Pink Continental.

2017 07 14 37 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

There were a few customized cars, but most were restored to original condition.

2017 07 14 40 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

 

GM Futureliner – a showcase for GM in the 1940s and 1950s. This one came over from the Automotive Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

2017 07 14 49 Dublin OH Car Show.JPG

Loudonville, OH – July 2017 – Mohican Native American Pow Wow

Twice a year a campground near the town of Loudonville hosts a Native American Pow Wow, which is a celebration featuring Native Music/Chants, Dancers, Crafts and skills.

First up was a fire starter – who was able to lite a fire with a bow, wood and (I believe) flint in about 30 seconds with some dry grass.

2017 07 09 4 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

There were numerous craft booths featuring Native items.

2017 07 09 10 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

some made onsite

2017 07 09 11 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

The hoop dance was excellent, as the dancer was able to pick up and feature 9 hoops with grace and ease. It is not a traditional dance, most recently added in the 1930s.

2017 07 09 22 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

The opening ceremony featured all the dancers arriving in an ‘inter-tribal’ dance.

2017 07 09 36 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

Interestingly there was an amazing amount of patriotism displayed.

2017 07 09 38 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

The costumes were very ornate.

2017 07 09 46 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

2017 07 09 55 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

There were 3 drum circles who provided the singing/chanting and drums for the dancers. The drummers were very impressive.

2017 07 09 69 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

 

It was a great day of watching a celebration of traditional Native American culture.

2017 07 09 74 Loudonville OH Mohican Pow Wow.JPG

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.

2017 06 25 70 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

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

2017 06 25 72 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

Someone who decorated one of the portable toilets.

2017 06 25 79 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

Promoting Veganism.

2017 06 25 93 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

A happy dancer

2017 06 25 95 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

Another happy dancer

2017 06 25 98 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

More happy dancers

2017 06 25 103 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

Bongo session.

2017 06 25 107 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

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

2017 06 25 110 Columbus Comfest.JPG

 

Cleveland – October 2016 – Finding Unusual Things in Northern Ohio

In late October we made a trip to Northern Ohio to hit a number of diverse places that had been on the list for some time. First up was the Northern Ohio Railway Museum. Located in Lodi on a two mile section of the historic Cleveland, Southwestern & Columbus Railway right-of-way, the Museum has over forty of streetcars and other railway equipment in various states.

2016 10 29 23 Seville OH Northern Ohio Railway Museum.JPG

 

Most of the cars are old Cleveland RTA cars, a few in the barns have been restored.

2016 10 29 15 Seville OH Northern Ohio Railway Museum.JPG

 

The museum folks permitted me to send my newest toy, a drone, up for a couple of aerial photos.

2016 10 29 46 Seville OH Northern Ohio Railway Museum.JPG

 

In Hinkley we found Worden’s Ledges, a natural rock formations comprised of sandstone called Sharon conglomerate, were gradually carved out by quick-flowing bodies of water that emptied into an inland sea that covered Ohio over 300 million years ago.

2016 10 29 58 Hinkley OH Worden Ledges & Carvings.JPG

 

Some of these ledge formations on the Worden Homestead contain artistic carvings of various faces, names, dates, a ship, various religious carvings, and even a fourteen-foot-long sphinx. Faces depicted include Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, legendary baseball catcher Ty Cobb, and a portrait of what seems to be Hiram Worden made them sometime between 1945 and 1955.

2016 10 29 62 Hinkley OH Worden Ledges & Carvings.JPG

 

For lunch this day we stopped at Szalay’s Farm Market near Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A large farm that grows a massive amount of sweet corn my choice there is a hot dog from a local butcher and a sweet tea. Situated next to the Towpath Trail it was packed on this beautiful sunny October Saturday.

2016 10 29 83 Penninsula OH Szalays Farm Market.JPG

 

From there we went up to Euclid to the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, founded in 1987 by musicians and leaders of Slovenian community, the most famous being Frankie Yankovic.

2016 10 29 103 Euclid OH Polka Hall of Fame.JPG

 

Particularly impressive is the accordion display, with an extensive collection.

2016 10 29 93 Euclid OH Polka Hall of Fame.JPG

 

Upstairs is the Softball Hall of Fame. It too was well done with a great collection of bats, balls, uniforms and memorabilia.

2016 10 29 113 Euclid OH Softball Hall of Fame.JPG

 

2016 10 29 114 Euclid OH Softball Hall of Fame.JPG

 

As we started back we stopped off in downtown Cleveland for a nice walking tour of the restored mall areas minus the fencing we saw during the RNC.

2016 10 29 139 Cleveland.JPG

 

2016 10 29 144 Cleveland.JPG

 

2016 10 29 145 Cleveland.JPG