Neighborhoods: Tremont

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(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)

Contributed by Emily Poirier

Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, and the former location of the defunct Cleveland University which has since become the lovely Lincoln Park, is an up and coming neighborhood full of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and historic attractions.

Located west of the Cuyahoga River and south of the Ohio City neighborhood and Downtown, the most popular and walkable Tremont area is centered around the Chelsea Building, one of the oldest high rise buildings in the city.

Tremont is home to a number of noteworthy restaurants including Lolita, a trendy spot from the well-known chef and restaurateur, Michael Symon, and more casual eateries featuring sunny patios like The South Side and Fat Cats. No meal in Tremont is complete without a visit to Lily’s Handmade Chocolates, a treat for both chocolate lovers and craft beer devotees, or a stop at one of the two ice cream shops, Tremont Scoops and Churned.

Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lemko_Hall_7-10-11.jpg
Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)

Aside from food and sweet confections Tremont boasts numerous other attractions. This includes quirky clothing and accessory stores like Evie Lou and Banyan Tree, a seemingly endless number of art galleries like Brandt Gallery, Eikona Gallery, and Inside-Outside Art Gallery, and The Loop which is in a league all its own as a two story coffee shop with an extensive record store hidden away on the second floor.

The area is also known for its historic churches which offer a range of different architecture styles like St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Movie buffs will especially enjoy A Christmas Story House and Museum, the original home featured in the 1983 film, and adjacent museum that are both open to the public for tours. And Lemko Hall on West 11th Street, a building with a rich history of its own that is now home to retail establishments and condominiums, but is best known for being the location of the wedding reception in the 1978 movie, The Deer Hunter.

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(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information

Tremont City Guide. Cleveland.com

Tremont Historic District. National Park Service

 

 

 

 

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Neighborhoods: Coventry Village

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

These days there may be more tattoos than tie-dye, but Coventry still retains the quirky independence that made it Cleveland’s hippie haven in the ’60s.

About 2 miles east of University Circle, in Cleveland Heights, Coventry Road between Mayfield Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard is two blocks of restaurants, bars, and shops.

You can find burgers and fries, vegan, Thai and Japanese cuisine, comfort food of all varieties, and one of the best milkshakes you’ve ever had (Tommy’s). Besides a wine bar (La Cave du Vin), Coventry offers concerts (Grog Shop), and numerous happy hour venues.

Coventry has, not one, but two, independent bookstores (Mac’s Backs and Revolution Books). You can find vintage toys and collectibles (Big Fun), vinyl records (Record Revolution), clothing and accessories — for you and your pets, Cleveland souvenirs and work of Cleveland artists (In the 216), and a real hardware store (Heights Hardware).

Be sure to visit Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. Even if there’s no yoga or outdoor movie showing, it is a fun place to finish your Coventry visit.

More details are available at http://coventryvillage.org, including a Google Map.

 

Other Cleveland Heights shopping and dining districts include

Cedar Fairmount

Cedar Lee 

Fairmount Taylor

Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)
Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

Cleveland Rocks for Family Fun as Well!

By Judith Wiener, Host Committee member

Koalas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (photo by Yvonne N via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Koalas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (photo by Yvonne N via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

Heading to SAA in Cleveland and bringing the kiddos along? There will be no complaints about boredom in this family-friendly city, which boasts a ton of activities and sites for children of all ages.

Home to a zoo, science center, and aquarium, Cleveland has the ticket to mix summer fun with learning in a way that the kids will be too busy to notice! The area also boasts great local shopping, food venues, and museums for the kid in all of us, including the famous Big Fun Toy Store and the popular A Christmas Story House and Museum.

Christmas Story House & Museum (photo by Julia Frost via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Christmas Story House & Museum (photo by Julia Frost via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

Theme park lovers will also find a lot to love, with several water parks (Kalahari and Castaway Bay) and Cedar Point, known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” just a short drive away.

Read more about Midwest Living’s top fun things to do with the family in Cleveland at: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/ohio/cleveland/top-10-things-to-do-with-kids-cleveland/

Lion fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (photo by George Bannister via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Lion fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (photo by George Bannister via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

SAA Week: Cleveland Happenings

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned for so much more!

FOR THE KIDS

“Small Ball” Sundays
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 and 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Included with regular Museum admission
Every Sunday, bring the little ones to explore the Chasing Dreams exhibition and create their own make-and-take baseball-themed craft!

EXHIBITIONS

Beyond Rubiks Cube
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland OH 44114
Phone: 216-694-2000
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Science Center: $14 (adults), $12 (ages 2-12)
Beyond Rubik’s Cube is a multi-sensory experience that celebrates the world’s bestselling puzzle toy. Visitors will learn why the Cube became, and remains, a phenomenon that resonates with a global audience. Highlights include the poetry composition tool, Haikube; the music-making Cube Symphony; the programming challenge Robot Command; an interactive touch table where guests can collaborate on incredible digital patterns; and a giant working cube that visitors can manipulate.

Branch Out: Treehouses, Adventure and Exploration
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland OH 44106
Phone: 216-721-1600
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Members free; Non-member adult $11; Non-member child (ages 3 – 12) $6; Children ages 2 and under free
Imaginations run wild at Branch Out where kids can leave behind phones and tablets and explore a magical world of treehouses and adventure this summer. Five locally designed, interactive treehouses will be installed throughout Cleveland Botanical Garden beckoning guests of all ages to come up and play.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 – 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15 non-member; $10 member
Baseball’s legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. Explore the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.

Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits
Floors 5 and 6
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
30 never-before-seen photographs, original video footage, contact sheets with Ritts’ red-pencil markings, new video interviews, and other well-known portraits from this revolutionary photographer and filmmaker’s collection.

Paul Simon: Words & Music
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
Exclusive candid commentary gathered from hours of filmed interview footage that walks the audience through the personal story of Simon’s life and his creative process, as well as video of select performances highlighting Simon’s five-decade career and a collection of more than 80 artifacts spanning his early life and time with Simon & Garfunkel, through his solo career and to the present.

MUSIC

Mötley Crüe
Quicken Loans Arena (the “Q”)
1 Center Court
Cleveland OH 44115
Times: August 18
The Final Tour with Alice Cooper

Music in the Meadow
4040 Riverview Road
Peninsula OH 44264
Phone: 330-657-2909
Times: Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8pm
Admission: Free
Featuring the New Barleycorn (John Delaney and Alec DeGabriele). Raised in Ireland, this duo performs contemporary folk and traditional Celtic songs with vitality, passion, and a touch of humor. Grab a blanket and a picnic dinner, and bring your family and friends to hear free music in the national park!

THEATRE

Guys and Dolls
6941 Columbia Road
Olmsted Falls OH 44138
Phone: 440-235-6722
Times: Sunday, August 16 2:30pm
Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

DANCING

Line Dancing
Thistledown Racino
Slush Bar and Patio
21501 Emery Road
North Randall OH 44128
Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7pm
Admission: Free
Bring your friends and dance the night away at ThistleDown Racino’s weekly line dancing party.

Tango Wednesday
Taverne of Richfield
3960 Broadview Road
Richfield OH 44286
Phone: 330-554-8462
Times: 7pm – 8:30pm Tango class; 8:30 – 10pm Practice what you learned!
Admission: $10.00 for the entire evening
Learn to dance Argentine Tango. No partner required, Have fun, meet new people and do something good for you!

FRESH FOOD

Chagrin Falls Farmers Market
Next to the Bandstand & Triangle Park
Chagrin Falls OH 44022
Phone: 440-247-0900
Sunday, August 16 and 23, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
This is the 8th year of the market. The Chagrin Falls Farmers Market was voted #1 in the small market category (16-30 vendors) in the state of Ohio and #11 nationally in the same category in a contest held by the American Farmland Trust in 2011. The Market offers seasonal fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, bakery, fresh pastas, meats, cheeses, herbs and flowers. On the last Sunday of each month, celebrity chefs will prepare special recipes with fresh foods from the market.