NE Ohio Fireworks Displays

Well, it’s that time of year again.. When fireworks light up our skies as we celebrate our country’s independence. As I’m sure you can imagine, there are plenty of places to catch the fireworks this year and proof of such is below list of firework displays in NE Ohio. Enjoy!


When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Red, White and Blue Festival, downtown Akron

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Lock 3

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Silver Park, 2930 South Union Ave.

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Community Stadium

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5.
Where: West Pioneer Trail Baseball Fields

When: Friday, July 4 around 10 p.m.
Where: Lake Erie Crushers vs. Frontier Greys game

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Weiss Field

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5
Where: Gala Fireworks Display at Cahoon Park

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Grindstone Festival Fireworks at Coe Lake, 11 Berea Commons

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Bratenahl Village Park

When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Brecksville, just south of Route 82 and Route 21

When: Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m.
Where: Brook Park Home Days

When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Brunswick High School

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Crawford County Fairgrounds

When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Canfield Fairgrounds

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Downtown Canton/Fourth of July First Friday Event

When: Thursday, July 3 at 10 p.m. Rain date is 10 p.m.
Where: Chardon High School

When: Wednesday, July 2 at dusk
Where: Star-Spangled Banner Spectacular at Public Square

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River in the Flats

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Main Street Reservoir

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Classic Park

When: Wednesday, July 2 at 10:45 p.m. Rain date is July 3.
Where: West Park

When: Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m.
Where: Bicentennial Park on South Smith Road

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk. Rain date is July 6.
Where: Foundation Park

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Heise Park

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Geneva-On-The-Lake Golf Course, Mrza Drive

When: Saturday, June 28 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: FreedomFest at Boettler Park

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk. Rain date is July 6.
Where: Barlow Farm Park

When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: Boat Basin Amphitheater

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5
Where: Elmwood Park

When: Saturday, July 5 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: 19th Annual Kent Heritage Festival in downtown Kent

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk.
Where: Lakeside Dock

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Park

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Black River Landing

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Riverside Park

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Red, White and Blue Fest at Charles Mill Lake Park

When: Friday, July 18 at 10 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair on St. Joseph’s Boulevard

When: Saturday, June 28 at dusk. Rain date is June 29.
Where: Corner of SOM Center and Wilson Mills

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Medina Recreation Center

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:50 p.m.
Where: Civic Center/Park Mentor High School

When: Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.
Where: Tuscora Park

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Niles

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: 7th St between Hoover High School and the Memorial Stadium Parking lot

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Clays Park Resort

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: ThistleDown Racino

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: South Central Park on Avon Belden Road

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: Along Portage River in downtown Oak Harbor

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Oberlin Recreation Complex, 225 W. Hamilton Road

When: Friday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Ontario Fourth of July Festival at Ontario Middle School

When: Saturday, July 5 at 10:15 p.m.
Where: Orr Park, 400 N. Elm St.

When: Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Cedar Point, regular admission

When: Saturday, July 5 at dusk
Where: Woodside Campground

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Foltz Industrial Parkway Athletic Fields

When: Thursday, July 3 at dusk
Where: The square along High Street and College Street

When: Friday, July 4 at dusk
Where: Clague Park

When: Friday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: South High School

When: Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.
Where: Trailer Mark Park

Enjoy “Cleveland Nights” At Four Cleveland Recreation Centers This Summer

The City of Cleveland and Cleveland Foundation today announced that an $80,000 foundation grant will keep four city recreation centers open until 11 p.m. four nights a week throughout the summer, starting on June 18.

The “Cleveland Nights” program, launched in 2012 with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation,  supported extended hours and special programming at four city rec centers over the past two summers. More than 22,000 adults and young people have taken advantage of the “Cleveland  Nights” program.

“This grant from the Cleveland Foundation will provide a safe place for youth to be where they  will have organized activities that will ensure hours of fun during their summer break,” said  Mayor Frank G. Jackson.  The four city rec centers that are part of the “Cleveland Nights” program are: Cudell (1910 West Blvd.), Glenville (680 E. 113 St.), Lonnie Burten (2511 E. 46 St.) and Zelma George (3155 MLK Jr. Blvd.). The centers will remain open until 11 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday  beginning June 18 through August 9.

Each rec center will have midnight basketball leagues for the youth, as well as game room activities and swimming programs. “In 2012, our board of directors approved a grant to extend rec center hours as a way of keeping  more young people positively engaged over the summer months,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the number of young people who have taken advantage of this program and hope that even more will participate in this safe and free neighborhood activity this summer.”




Get Ready For Larchmere Porchfest!


For five straight years, the quiet, antique/restaurant heavy Larchmere neighborhood has been transformed in to a musical oasis for one day.. This year will be no different as the musical tradition returns that is, Larchmere Porchfest on June 21st, 2014 from 1 – 8 pm.

This FREE musical festival, transforms 30 Larchmere neighborhood porches into stages for musical performances from local musicians.


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Who Should Come

PorchFest is a family-friendly event featuring musicians from a wide variety of genres.

What to Bring

You’ll be “camping out” in neighborhood front lawns for 30-40 minutes at a time, so bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. If you want to see as many bands as possible, a bike is a great idea.

What to Eat & Drink

Larchmere Blvd. and Shaker Square have many restaurants to choose from. Food trucks are likely to be around for additional food options. You are welcome to bring a cooler, but please pick up any trash you may create.

Where to Go for Info

Get a printed schedule & map, purchase CDs, T-shirts, etc. and learn about the neighborhood at the Info Tent on the corner of E 127th Street and Larchmere. Restrooms are available here.


Be sure to check-out for more details!

Need a ride?! Try Lyft For FREE!


By now, you may have seen cars with the large, pink, furry mustaches attached to the grilles moving throughout the Cleveland area.. No, those aren’t the latest in car fashion, it’s Lyft!

What is Lyft exactly? Well, they describe themselves as, “your friend with a car, whenever you need it.”

I know.. It sounds nice but, what is it exactly?  Lyft is a ride-sharing app. Drivers are matched with passengers who request rides through the  iPhone or Android app. The driver sees your name and Facebook public profile photo (not your page), which also helps the person pick you out of a crowd once they have arrived to pick you up.

Once you arrive at your destination, Lyft suggests a fare which users can increase or decrease, and the transaction is charged to the credit card already connected with the phone. No cash changes hands, and the driver doesn’t see your tip at all.

Drivers and riders are also asked to rate each other on a five-star scale, for future Lyft users to see, which helps weed out bad drivers as well as pinpoint troublesome customers.

Even beyond the ratings, riders can feel at ease as drivers are screened with DMV and background checks, and Lyft’s platform has a first-of-its-kind $1M per occurrence excess liability insurance policy. I personally have used Lyft plenty of times and have nothing but good experiences to share..

So, with that being said, I thought that Lyft would make for a good partner with the blog.

As I continually encourage visitors and frequenters to go here and there, I can’t think of a better way to get around town.. So, Lyft was nice enough to create a code for new users, good for $25 off your first ride with Lyft.


What to do

  1. Download the app
  2. Sign up.
  3. Once in the app go to the “Payment” section
  4. Type in the promo code: “COEFREE” in the “Lyft Credits” section
  5. Tap apply
  6. Congrats! You just got $25 towards your friend with a car!


40 Years Later, Remembering $.10 Beer Night


The Build Up

The Indians had previously held such promotions without incident, beginning with Nickel Beer Day in 1971. However, a bench-clearing brawl in the teams’ last meeting one week earlier at Arlington Stadium in Texas left some Indians fans harboring a grudge against the Rangers.

In Texas, the trouble had started in the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk to the Rangers’ Tom Grieve, followed by a Lenny Randle single. The next batter hit a double play ball to Indians third baseman John Lowenstein; he stepped on the third base bag to retire Grieve and threw the ball to second base, but Randle disrupted the play with a hard slide into second baseman Jack Brohamer.

The Indians retaliated in the bottom of the eighth when pitcher Milt Wilcox threw behind Randle’s legs. Randle eventually laid down a bunt. When Wilcox attempted to field it and tag Randle out (which he did successfully), Randle hit him with his forearm. Indians first baseman John Ellis responded by punching Randle, and both benches emptied for a brawl. After the brawl was broken up, as Indians players and coaches returned to the dugout, they were struck by food and beer hurled by Rangers fans; catcher Dave Duncan had to be restrained from going into the stands to brawl with fans.

The game was not suspended or forfeited, no players from either team were ejected, and the Rangers won 3-0.

After the game, a Cleveland reporter asked Rangers manager Billy Martin “Are you going to take your armor to Cleveland?” to which Martin replied “Naw, they won’t have enough fans there to worry about.” During the week leading up to the teams’ next meeting in Cleveland, sports radio talk show host Pete Franklin and Indians radio announcer Joe Tait made comments that fueled the fans’ animosity toward the Rangers. In addition, The Plain Dealer printed a cartoon the day of the game showing Chief Wahoo holding a pair of boxing gloves with the caption “Be ready for anything.”

The Game

Six days after the brawl in Texas, Cleveland’s Ten Cent Beer Night promotion drew 25,134 fans to Cleveland Stadium for the Indians/Rangers game, twice the number expected.

The Rangers quickly took a 5-1 lead. Meanwhile, throughout the game, the inebriated crowd grew more and more unruly. Early in the game, Cleveland’s Leron Lee hit a line drive into the stomach of Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, after which Jenkins dropped to the ground. Fans in the upper deck of the stadium cheered, then chanted “Hit ’em again! Hit ’em again! Harder! Harder!” A woman ran out to the Indians’ on-deck circle and flashed her breasts, and a naked man sprinted to second base as Grieve hit his second home run of the game. One inning later, a father and son pair ran onto the outfield and mooned the fans in the bleachers.

As the game progressed, more fans ran onto the field and caused problems. Ranger Mike Hargrove, who would later manage the Indians and lead them to the World Series twice in 1995 and 1997, was pelted with hot dogs and spit, and at one point was nearly struck with an empty gallon jug of Thunderbird.

The Rangers later argued a call in which Lee was called safe in a close play at third base, spiking Jenkins with his cleats in the process and forcing him to leave the game. The Rangers’ angry response to this call enraged Cleveland fans, who again began throwing objects onto the field. Someone tossed lit firecrackers into the Rangers’ bullpen.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Indians managed to rally, tying the game 5-5, and had Rusty Torres on second base representing the potential winning run. However, with a crowd that had been consuming as much beer as it could for nine innings, the situation finally came to a head.


The Riot

After the Indians had managed to tie the game, a fan ran onto the field and attempted to steal Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs’ cap. Confronting the fan, Burroughs tripped. Thinking that Burroughs had been attacked, Texas manager Billy Martin charged onto the field with his players right behind, some wielding bats. A large number of intoxicated fans – some armed with knives, chains, and portions of stadium seats that they had torn apart – surged onto the field, and others hurled bottles from the stands. Hundreds of fans surrounded the outnumbered Rangers.

Realizing that the Rangers’ lives might be in danger, Indians’ manager Ken Aspromonte ordered his players to grab bats and help the Rangers, attacking the team’s own fans in the process. Rioters began throwing steel folding chairs, and Cleveland relief pitcher Tom Hilgendorf was hit in the head by one of them. Hargrove, involved in a fistfight with a rioter, had to fight another on his way back to the Texas dugout. The two teams retreated off the field through the dugouts in groups, with players protecting each other.

The bases were pulled up and stolen and many rioters threw a vast array of objects including cups, rocks, bottles, batteries from radios, hot dogs, popcorn containers, and folding chairs. As a result, umpire crew chief Nestor Chylak, realizing that order would not be restored in a timely fashion, forfeited the game to Texas. He too was a victim of the rioters, as one struck and cut his head with part of a stadium seat and his hand was cut by a thrown rock. He later called the fans “uncontrollable beasts” and stated that he’d never seen anything like what had happened, “except in a zoo”.

As Joe Tait and Herb Score called the riot live on radio, Score mentioned the security guards’ inability to handle the crowd. He said, “Aw, this is absolute tragedy.” The Cleveland Police Department finally arrived to restore order.

Later, Cleveland General Manager Phil Seghi blamed the umpires for losing control of the game. The Sporting News’ wrote that “Seghi’s perspective might have been different had he been in Chylak’s shoes, in the midst of knife-wielding, bottle-throwing, chair-tossing, fist swinging drunks.”

The next Beer Night promotion on July 18 attracted 41,848 fans with beer again selling for 10 cents per cup but with a limit of two cups per purchase. American League president Lee MacPhail commented, “There was no question that beer played a part in the riot.”

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Box score

June 4, 1974 night game Texas Rangers 5 – 5 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Stadium Attendance: 25,134 Umpires: HP: Larry McCoy 1B: Joe Brinkman 2B: Nick Bremigan 3B: Nestor Chylak (cc)