Edgewater LIVE Returns to Cleveland Waterfront!

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One of last summer’s most popular events, the weekly Edgewater LIVE Thursday night happy hour concert series on the water, is returning.

This year’s Edgewater Live season will begin June 11. The concerts run through Aug. 13. The concerts at the Cleveland Metroparks beach will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the weekly bands, the evening series will include food trucks, yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, cornhole, adult beverages at a cash bar and family activities – and of course, great beach and skyline views.

That’s not all to be offered this summer, according to Cleveland Metroparks spokesperson Joe Yachanin.

The Metroparks’ Euclid Beach weekly Friday concert series is also returning – and expanding.

“We’re expanding the Euclid Beach series to make it as long as Edgewater,” says Yachanin. “We’re also adding food trucks there this year, too. ” The Euclid Beach concerts will run Fridays from June 12 through Aug. 21, except Aug. 7.

Edgewater LIVE Music Schedule

June 11:  The Whiskey Kings

June 18: Billy Likes Soda

June 25:  Easy Glistening

July 2:  Sunset Drive featuring Billy Morris

July 9:  Almost Famous

July 16:  The Spazmatics

July 23:  Thunder Gun Express

July 30:  Rock the House

Aug. 6:  Brigid’s Cross

Aug. 13:  Revolution Pie

Euclid Beach Music Schedule

June 12:  The Ray Bans

June 19:  Second Time Around

June 26:  Mary Glover & The Mighty Golden Echoes, The Prayer Warriors

July 3:  Kinsman Dazz Band featuring Remixx R & B

July 10:  Forecast

July 17:  The Sloppy Joe Band

July 24:  Hubbs Groove

July 31:  Eddie & the Edsels

Aug. 14 : Shout

Aug. 21:  The Benjaminz

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See clevelandmetroparks.com for more information.

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After Nearly 40 Years, Get Ready For The Groundbreaking of the African American Cultural Garden!

The African American Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1977 by the late Booker T. Tall, a Cuyahoga Community College black studies teacher, and almost 40 years later, the African American Cultural Garden’s construction has lain mostly dormant as the organizers have most recently attempted to shake off the ineptness and inaction.

After a 2011 unveiling of the Garden’s design, vigorous fundraising began so that the garden, which will include a black granite map of the slave trade, a cascading hillside stream and a fountain designed by architect W. Daniel Bickerstaff, can blossom at last.

Although the garden is finally breaking ground (again),the project is not void of issues. Organizers have raised less than $200,000 of the $550,000 needed for the first phase that will feature that black granite map, says Natoya Walker Minor, chief of public affairs for the city of Cleveland, who is a member of the garden’s task force in charge of safeguarding $250,000 of seed money set aside more than a decade ago by then-Cleveland Mayor Michael White.

Regardless of existing hurdles, I am sure that this groundbreaking will shine a spotlight on this project and hopefully generate strong sponsorship. The type of sponsorship that enabled the other 28 ethnic gardens to conduct successful fundraising drives.

For now, we can keep our fingers crossed and at least enjoy the progress being made with the groundbreaking (details below).. After all, it’s not the size of the step that matters most, but it’s direction..

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