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  Spooky Halloween fun in the CLE

Hey friends. Are you totally loving this amazing fall season in Northeast Ohio like I am? Yesterday was SO COLD but somehow our family layered and bundled and braved the outdoor fall festival at Mapleside Farms.

It’s been a fun spooky season at our house with a 4-year-old and the infinite possibilities of choosing a Halloween costume. One day he wants to be Flash, the next an astronaut and currently we are planning to be the Incredible Hulk…let’s not hold our breath. (see above half Superman, half Hulk)

Speaking of Halloween…there are SO MANY fun, fall, family activities to do over the next few weeks…pick 1 thing or pick a few, but make sure whatever you choose to do make sure to dress warm and bring plenty of snacks…candy corn for the win!

Today I wanted to share a few things that sound like a blast when it comes to Halloween festivities…I’m sure there are a ton more so feel free to add to my list in the comments below. Enjoy!

• Tarot card readings in a Speakeasy : Ever been to the secret speakeasy in Cleveland Heights? Ring the doorbell, then follow the back staircase of Cleveland Heights barbershop Quintana’s until you reach the second-floor intimate cocktail bar.  Grab a stiff bourbon drink and have your cards read by Stephanie Ginese on Tuesday, Oct. 23 &
Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Spooky Fest at Mapleside Farms : It’s a weekend of family-friendly fun at Mapleside Farms. Kids can show off their Halloween best in an afternoon costume parade. They can play in Pumpkin Village, filled with activities like hayrides, pig races, and a corn maze. PLUS they have delicious donuts, warm cider for the kids and a beer garden for Moms & Dads! Oct. 27-28th.

Cedar Point Halloweekend – It’s an obvious stop on the festivities trail but a great one at that. Pre-toddler, we used to love to visit for a spooky, date night while now we enjoy the characters at The Great Pumpkin Fest. There TRULY is something for all levels of spooky aficionados to the little goblins in your life.

• Pinecrest Pumpkin Palooza – Do you keep meaning to go explore the east sides newest shopping and dining destination? This afternoon would be a great excuse to throw your kids in the car for some trick-o-treating and then you can also hit up Shake Shack too! Sunday, October 28th from 1-3pm.

• “Night of the Living Dead” – The Cedar Lee Theatre is honoring the 50th anniversary of this original zombie flick with two evening screenings. Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 10 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25th at 7 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo – If you have little ones that love searching for animals and candy this is the Halloween event for you. Bundle up, this event tends to be a cold one! Also, get your tickets in advance, this weekend will be a busy one.

• Twist Social Club : All I can say is if you are looking for an elaborate, over the top fun holiday then look no more, Twist is the place to go. They have a bunch of fun things planned so get dressed up and head out to Twist!
Oct. 26 – Hallo-Queen drag queen show
Oct. 27 – Halloween horror soiree
Oct. 31 – Skaryoke costume karaoke

Spooktacular orchestra concert : Have a music lover in the family? Dress up and head off to Severance for an afternoon of exploring music and spooky beats! Tickets available on their site. Sunday, October 28, 3pm.

So…I hope I’ve given you a few fun and oh so spooky Halloween ideas for you, your ghouls and your little goblins. Happy Halloween Cleveland. I heart ya!

  celebrate Bastille Day!

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As a local CLE Francophile I thought it was my duty to recognize a few of this weeks Bastille Day celebrations around town.

Tartine Bistro : While the official Bastille Day holiday is Thursday, July 14th…the team at Tartine is hosting a Bastille Day Festival Sunday July 17th from 11am-3pm. French foods, “adult lemonade,” and a petite street fair to celebrate the holiday!

An American in Paris : Nothing says summer like a picnic with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. This Sunday night, July 17th at 7:00pm enjoy the tunes of our own orchestra as they perform An American in Paris with works by Frenchman Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland and many others. So pack your pretty, picnic blanket, wear your navy and white stripes and chill your bottle of Rosé…I’ll see you on the lawn.

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Quiche & Macarons : If you are looking for a sweet indulgence this holiday, swing by the adorable bakery in uptown; Coquette Patisserie. This french destination will have you hooked on jewel-toned macarons from the moment you walk through the door.

Le Petit : Last, but certainly not least I would be remised if I didn’t mention the original Cleveland creperie, Le Petit Triangle Cafe nestled in an adorable, Ohio City neighborhood. I love going to Le Petit with my girlfriends for Saturday mornings for brunch, but don’t forget to get your reservations..it is a hot spot for crepes, omelets and of course mimosa’s.

Happy Bastille Day Cleveland! Vive la France! Vive la Cleveland!
(photos from our trip to Paris last year!!! When can we go back?)

  Cunning Little Vixen

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Hey everybody, happy Monday to you! Looks like the sunshine from the weekend has carried over into the week, we might see a sprinkle or two but nothing like the monsoons of last week…perfect for our long weekend ahead.

Congrats to all of my friends who ran yesterday’s Cleveland Marathon. You guys had the perfect conditions and I couldn’t be more thrilled for some of you newbies out there who went out nervous and enjoyed every step of the race day. Congrats I am so proud of you!

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to attend the Cleveland Orchestra’s latest creative collaborative performance of The Cunning Little Vixen. It was part orchestra, part animated film, part opera and part theatre performance all wrapped up into one three-part, 90 minute performance. As always, any event at Severance is stunning, just being in the building is like stepping back into the vast history of Cleveland society. I could get lost in the ceiling details for hours, the patterns are just stunning.

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We were able to attend the artistic performance through the young professionals group; The Circle, I posted more about it last week here. We met with other orchestra-goers before the show at a lovely reception prior to the performance. It was a great group of arts-engaged people and I would highly recommend you check out this group AND this performance as it is only showing until May 24th here in town. For tickets visit their website and for more information on the new young audience group; The Circle check out their Facebook page here.

photo 2Have a great week and seriously, you should check out this wild, non-traditional orchestra performance. It is one that will go down in the Cleveland artistic history books for sure!

 

  The Circle of the CLE Orchestra : giveaway!

Good morning and happy Monday everyone. I hope you were able to enjoy the amazing weekend weather we had. While we didn’t spend all that much time outdoors, we were VERY productive around the house and for that I am thankful.

Today I have a relatively new organization to share with you and a membership giveaway for one lucky reader. The Circle is the young professionals group within the Cleveland Orchestra. Membership benefits include 6 concerts a year (one every other month) and an exclusive, members-only events on non-concert months. Some of these events might include a behind-the-scenes look at Severance Hall and a meet and greet with the Director. Founded THIS YEAR, Membership is $15/month for a single membership or $20/month for two memberships in a single household.

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This weekend (May 17-24th) the Orchestra is performing The Cunning Little Vixen. Created especially for Severance Hall, over a year in the making, this performance is presented with an original animation as part of the musical experience.

If this performance and this organization sounds like something you might enjoy for the summer and into the early fall, I have a six month membership giveaway for up to two people (in a single household.) To enter to win, like @TheCircleCLE on twitter, and/or “like them” on facebook  and let me know! Just tweet me“@iheartclev I’d love to receive a 6 month @TheCircleCLE membership!”  The winner will be drawn by random end of day Friday, May 16th. Good luck!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Circle and the Cleveland Orchestra. I was provided two tickets to The Cunning Little Vixen performance in exchange for this post. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this sponsor that allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Last minute sweetie gifts!

Have you got your special someone a little something for tomorrow’s holiday? I just heard a radio commercial for getting your sweetie a gift at your neighborhood CVS…I almost died inside. I mean, not that I am above a huge box of Dove chocolates, a cheap bottle of red wine, an InStyle or Us Weekly Magazine, some new black liquid eyeliner, an itunes gift card or a few new lipsmackers…However, why would ANYONE shop at CVS for a gift when Cleveland has a plethora of talented creatives, hot spots & activities to support?

Looking for last minute…gifts that you can call an order in for or pick up tonight? Check out a few of my suggestions…

Flowers : Don’t call 1.800.Flowers, but instead support your local florist. Shops like V2V (Lakewood) and Urban Orchid (Cleveland) are two very stylish floral design shops. Give them a call for something unique for your sweetie. Also, there is also Heinen’s (also a local family owned  business) flower department which usually has fun little bouquets and plants, at a much more affordable cost than turning to the web.

Chocolate : This morning I saw a small plane in the air pulling a “CHOC” flag; I knew it was Malley’s right away. There is nothing like a Malley’s Chocolate covered pretzel and we all know they have chocolate covered strawberries for special occasions! besides Malley’s there is also the fine art of chocolate made by Lilly’s Handmade Chocolates (Tremont), a few of these make an impressive gift. Or, you could cure the chocolate craving with a red velvet cupcake from Cookie and A Cupcake or the recent America’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (by Food & Wine Magazine) at Blackbird Bakery (Lakewood.) Seriously, so many wonderful options.

Jewelry : If you’ve ever been to any of the holiday indie craft shows you know there are so many wonderful jewelers in the area. But just as a reminder….guys…my friend Erica of On the Lookout Jewelry makes such detailed beaded pieces, your Valentine would love a necklace by her! Or “she” also loves Oceanne creations (especially the cupid earrings) (wink wink) Both of these jewelers sell to many of our little area boutiques so check out their websites or drop them an email to find out where you can score a last minute gift.

Food & Drinks : There are so many local places, I can’t even begin to list them all. However, I will say one option  I think is really cool is from Gatherings Kitchen located in Lakewood. Where you reserve your dinner, swing by on the way home and pick it up, reheat and voila a 4-course romantic dinner (including short ribs!) at home with NO clean up! $50 for the dinner feeds two lovebirds. Call NOW and you might still be able to reserve a dinner!

Activities : From the events at the Rock Hall, to a night out with the fish at the Aquarium, you could get all yoga twisty at a hot yoga class together or relax to the orchestra…find something special to do with your friends or honey to celebrate the day together. Get creative!

I hope some of my last minutes ideas were helpful and while I don’t mean to knock CVS…please people, we can do better than that! Happy (almost) Valentines!