It’s not what you think. I’m not quitting anything. I’m giving you two weeks’ notice about a series of events you shouldn’t miss.
The second annual Cleveland History Days kicks off Friday, June 21, with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. The ceremony will be followed by a variety of activities showcasing the city over 10 days, most of them free.
|Detroit Superior Bridge, circa 1920 (Cleveland Memory Project|
You’re getting a heads-up because you need to register for just about all of the events. The offerings include walking and biking tours and one on the Cuyahoga River. Some tours will take you places you ordinarily can’t go, such as underneath the Detroit-Superior (Veterans Memorial) Bridge and the Superior Viaduct. Others will give you a different perspective on places you’ve probably visited many times, such as Public Square, the Gateway District and Playhouse Square.
While you’re visiting the sites, you can accumulate points in the Cleveland History Buff Contest. Prize packages will be announced at the opening ceremony June 21 and the three prize winners will be announced during the closing ceremony June 30 in Tremont’s Lincoln Park.
Each weekend of Cleveland History Days includes a festival. Burning River Fest is June 21-22 on Whiskey Island and Tri-C JazzFest is June 27-29 at Playhouse Square. Admission to Burning River Fest is $15 and all proceeds from ticket and beer sales benefit clean water efforts in Northeast Ohio. JazzFest includes free concerts featuring 17 acts outdoors and nine ticketed concerts inside the theaters.
Look over the list and descriptions in the Cleveland History Days link and register ASAP. I’ve signed up for the Take a Hike tour of Canal Basin Park on June 23, Authors’ Night at Music Box Supper Club on June 24, a presentation about Millionaire’s Row on June 26 and the Take a Hike tour of Tremont on June 30.
The Take a Hike tours are really well done and a lot of fun. In years past, I have gone on the Warehouse District, Civic Center and University Circle tours and recommend all of them. (The 2019 Take a Hike tours will be offered through Sept. 15; however the Tremont tour is exclusive to Cleveland History Days.) I also walked through the underside of the Detroit-Superior Bridge about 20 years ago and really enjoyed it. Unlike my visit, the Cleveland History Days edition will include a guided tour. I’m tempted to go again.