It’s a chalk, chairs and cars weekend for lovers of spring

Tom Rowland Cleveland Mayor
Posted 4/20/17

This beautiful season brings about many changes for outdoor fun, and locally this weekend offers many opportunities for everyone to enjoy spring in “The City With Spirit.”

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It’s a chalk, chairs and cars weekend for lovers of spring


This beautiful season brings about many changes for outdoor fun, and locally this weekend offers many opportunities for everyone to enjoy spring in “The City With Spirit.”

Chalk The Walk at Greenway Park is on Saturday. Chalk the Walk is sponsored by the Greenway Public Arts Committee and begins at 10 a.m. It is a free outdoor arts festival perfect for the entire family to enjoy. For $10 you can buy a square of the Greenway on which you can create your masterpiece.

Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and ages. Visitors can watch artists of all ages and skill levels participate in creating a ribbon of continuous art along the Greenway. It promises to be a fun event with performances by local entertainment on the Greenway stage and a variety of food vendors.

This is just one of many creative ways our community is utilizing and enjoying our Greenway system.

MainStreet Cleveland stages a big event downtown. Around the Courthouse Square the first Cruise-In of the year will be happening on Saturday. From classic cars to street rods, these restored vehicles will be on display throughout downtown. It’s a great event to reminisce and to relax and just stroll the historic downtown streets and admire the handiwork of some talented individuals.

Car collectors come to Cleveland from around the country. Each year the crowds just get bigger and bigger as word spreads of the event. The Cruise-In goes each April through October and is held the fourth Saturday of each month.

On Friday night, the annual Chair-ries Jubilee begins at 6 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points. The event supports exciting art programs in our school classrooms. On sale will be a variety of creative pieces to benefit the program.

When school is a fun and exciting place to be, children take a deeper interest. The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce has organized this event for the past 19 years. Just the play on words tells us grownups that this event is about fun.

It's spring. Cherry trees bloom in spring. But this is not about cherries. It's about chairs. It is not just about chairs, but re-designed chairs, and other furniture items, as pieces of art. Decorating these chairs is up to the local artists' imagination.

Then the next step is an auction. The money raised from the auction and admission tickets funds school art projects and visiting artists in the classrooms. That brings us back to classrooms being fun and exciting places where students want to be. No doubt these art projects and visiting artists have changed many young attitudes about school.

Congratulations to all those in the Allied Arts Council and all the artists who contribute time and talent to keep this endeavor going.

The great thing about this weekend's schedule of activities is that it involves so many different organizations such as the Museum Center, Allied Arts Council, MainStreet Cleveland, the Greenway Public Arts Committee and our beautiful historic downtown itself.

These events will attract many people, from children, adults, parents, grandparents and friends, and of course car enthusiasts.

This lineup also involves multiple locations around the city.

More events are in the making for downtown and one that has become a favorite is Downtown Dine Around. Downtown has great locally owned restaurants and Downtown Dine Around is the event that allows you to check them all out for one low price. Participants can sample food at each of 10 restaurants, plus shopping, art display and live music throughout downtown. It all happens Thursday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and on sale at Catch Bar & Grill​, Cafe Roma​, and Bank of Cleveland Main Office. Tickets are limited to 500. Get yours early!

It is weekends like these few I have mentioned that add so much to the great quality of life in “The City With Spirit.”

Stay tuned. There’s more ahead for spring and summer.


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