June 25, 2024

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June 25, 2024

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Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

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Established in 1977, the Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival is presented by members of The Ohio Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their proud Scottish Heritage and ancestry. The Ohio Scottish Games and Celtic Festival highlights the traditional dance, music and athletics of the ancient highland games while celebrating the cultural of the Celtic nations. This event is for the enjoyment of all Scots and friends as well as to introduce the Scottish Arts and traditions to the community.


People come from all over. Pipe bands were from Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and more. It was a sweltering day but the Heavy Games (throwing stones, weights, hammers, caber, sheaf toss and even a Haggis throw went on.) Here is a photo of an athlete using a pitchfork to toss a 16 lb. sheaf over a 24’ bar.  

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It’s one of my favorite festivals of the year. Lots of photos and videos up soon.      

Hungarian Gate

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A 1938 Plain Dealer article has the title, “Gate to Revivify Arts of Hungary – 60,000 to help dedicate Culture Garden Gift.”


If you’ve even visited the Hungarian Cultural Garden’s East Blvd. entrance I’m sure you were impressed with the beautiful gate made entirely by hand by local Hungarian craftsmen.  Before the annual Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Garden on Sunday (lots of pictures and videos next week), Garden President Carolyn Balogh told about the recent refurbishment and painting of the structure. It looks terrific. That’s singer Emoke Armington in front of the Gate in the photo.

WKYC Volunteers in the Cultural Gardens

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With over 250 acres in Rockefeller Park, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens need a lot of volunteer work to keep them up to par. Often a school, company or community group will coordinate with the Cultural Gardens Federation and schedule a group volunteer day. That’s what happened on Saturday with about 30 staffers from WKYC TV3.


That’s WKYC Meteorologist Anthony Copeland with anchors Lynna Lai, Jay Crawford and Christi Paul in the photo.  Bremec Landscaping generously donated plants for the landing area on the plaza steps.  See more from the WKYC volunteers.

2 Jewish Teens and Superman

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As you probably know, especially with the movie production blocking streets downtown, Cleveland is the home town of Superman, the world's first super hero. He was created by two Cleveland teenagers, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who lived in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood and attended Glenville High School.


Glenville was a dense center of Jewish life in Cleveland, with the Jewish demographics of the neighborhood reaching above 90% in the 1930s. In the 1930’s and 1940s, many Jews lived in Glenville, Kinsman, Hough, and the then newly built Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights neighborhoods.  Wikipedia says, “E.105th Street in Cleveland was often referred to as "Yiddishe Downtown", or "Jewish Downtown", as the busy street was filled with high rise buildings which held hundreds of Jewish owned businesses.”


By the 1950s and 1960s, the Jewish Community rapidly started to move further into the then newly developed suburbs of Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and Beachwood. This left the once historically Jewish Glenville neighborhood into a majorly African American neighborhood.


But when Joe and Jerry lived in Glenville, it was still mostly Jewish. The teens created the idea of Superman in 1933 but it took five years and lots of rejections before Superman appeared as the star of Action Comics No. 1 in June 1938.

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Gary Kaplan's (in photo) mother was a first cousin of Jerry Siegel and spent a lot of time at the Siegel house, hearing about the teens new ideas such as x-ray vision.

There is an historical marker noting their achievement at East 105th and St Clair and some additions to the homes of the 2 boys but there has never really been much attention to the achievement.

In 2007, the Siegel and Shuster Society was created. Their latest project is to create a Superman tribute area in downtown Cleveland that will feature a stainless steel statue of Superman 18' in the air, along with bronze statues of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Joanne Siegel, the original model for Lois Lane. There will also be a phone booth with Clark Kent's discarded clothes and glasses where he changed into Superman. That’s one of the Siegel and Shuster Society’ founders, former PD writer Mike Sangiacomo in the photo. 

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The non-profit Siegel and Shuster Society held a press conference on Thursday June 20, 2024 announcing the fundraising campaign for the project which will not use any taxpayer funds. Photos and videos of the Superman event.

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Sad News

Sadly it seems we could report on the passing of an ethnic leader almost every week. Barb Popovich was president of the Friends of the Carpatho Rusyn Cultural Garden and the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho Rusyn Society.  We were told that “This leaves a tremendous hole in the local Carpatho Rusyn community and we are all deeply shocked and saddened.”


Ilze Resnis, the co-founder of the Latvian Cultural Garden and president of the Latvian Garden Association, lost her husband as well. 

Our condolences to both families and communities.


Not as devastating but still sad was the damage to the Italian Garden when a car lost control and crashed. Wow! The damage to the Italian Garden has been fixed so be sure to visit and attend Opera in the Italian Garden on July 28. Rob Lippucci took these photos.

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Blast from the Past – Scottish Grand Parade

The Grand Parade at the 2023 Ohio Scottish Games and Celtic Festival featured lots of bagpipe units, many Clans in their namesake tartans, Irish wolfhounds, knights in armor, Clydesdale horses and even a flock of sheep being pursued by a border collie. Look for the 2024 Parade up soon.

Athletes from 76 Countries - Don’t Miss Out!  

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Destany Post is the Athlete Experience Coordinator for the Pan-American Masters Games with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. The Pan-American Masters Games is an international sporting event taking place in the United States for the first time ever, and specifically in Cleveland. This multi-sport event for athletes ages 30 and up will be the largest international gathering in our city’s history. With up to 23 medal-contending sports, we’re expecting a large celebration this summer, July 12 – 21. Currently, we have athletes registered from 76 countries and 47 states.


We are actively recruiting flag bearers for the Welcome Celebration for Pan-Am. The Welcome Celebration will be on July 13th, 2024, on Mall C. This event will feature an athlete procession by sport, rock & roll music, and special presentations. A brief ceremony will be followed by a festival featuring food trucks, vendor booths and activities.

We intend to display every flag that represents the athletes’ respective Nationalities. Here is the list of countries we still need flag bearers for:


Algeria, Afghanistan, American Samoa , Argentina , Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, British Indian Ocean Territory, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, US Minors Islands, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Don't let your heritage miss out!

Learn more about 2024 Pan-American Masters Games

It’s not Ethnic but I like the picture

I stopped at the 13th (oooh - scary) annual Horror Hotel Film Festival on Saturday to see how new owner Johnny Wu was doing. I shot some pictures but this one is my favorite as a horror film makeup artist (from Los Angeles I believe) demonstrated her creations. Yikes!

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Here is what’s happening

You will always find more information, links and schedule changes on the Calendar of Events

Hungarian Heritage Night

Friday June 28   7 PM

Classic Auto Group Park

35300 Vine St. Eastlake


You are cordially invited to Hungarian Heritage Night, an evening of family fun on Friday, June 28! There will be trivia games and face painting. The baseball game starts at 7 P.M., followed by fireworks. Tickets for the game are $12. The dinner package is $18 and includes kolbász, cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, and strudel. Reach out to Doug Rich with questions: 440-975-8085 drich@captainsbaseball.com

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Lorain International Festival

Friday – Sunday June 28-30

Friday 5-11pm / Saturday 12-11pm / Sunday 12-5pm

Black River Landing Festival Site in Lorain Ohio


Various nationalities and cultures are celebrated with the sharing of gifts from our many homelands through food, music, costume and tradition. The three day bazaar takes place along the scenic Black River Landing site, and features a multitude of foods with a wide variety of ethnic cuisine to sample. There is wonderful entertainment throughout the weekend including on-going live performances. Stop by the different cultural booths that feature crafts and items from many homelands. There are covered dining areas, paved walkways and free parking. More information

World on Stage – Percussion of the World

Saturday June 29 6 - 8 PM

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Centennial Plaza


The first World on Stage of the summer will be Saturday June 29 from 6-8 PM and will feature the rhythmic beats of percussion from around the world. Performers include Samba da Cidade inspired by the African Diaspora in Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere, traditional Native American drummers, Korean American Pungmulnori Drum Team and a special performance by the St. Edward HS Trash Talkers who were spawned from the likes of Stomp and The Blue Man Group. Free event, free parking, food trucks and a great night of percussion! More information

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Peruvian Mobile Consulate in Cleveland

Saturday and Sunday June 29-30

PERUCAH-OH is excited to bring the General Counsel of Perú in Chicago to Cleveland for the benefit of many Peruvian families to update their National Peruvian ID or update their Passports.  Update - We have just received word that there are no more appointments available.  

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Cleveland Dragon Boat Association Fundraiser

Sunday June 30  2 - 5 PM

Windows on the River


The Cleveland Dragon Boat Association is excited to invite you to attend THE GOLDEN DRAGON First Annual Fundraiser. Come meet fellow dragon boat enthusiast, Roger Jones, author of the book, THE FINAL VICTORY.  More information 

Little Italy Walking Tour

Monday July 1

6 - 7:30 PM

Brescia Park

12002 Mayfield Road


The Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation and the Italian American Museum of Cleveland has partnered with Take-a-Hike Tours to offer free walking tours of Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. Tours will take place on Mondays in June and July, from 6-7:30p.m. and begin at Brescia Park (12002 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106). Attendees will explore various historic sites in the neighborhood and learn some of the history of the Italian American community who established it. There will also be a special stop at the Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center to learn about the area’s connection to the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.

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Sorry that all of my puns are in English. So here's one in Spanish!



Here’s one too: uno, dos!


The chef made meringue in a Sydney restaurant and the Australian audience clapped. 

That’s unusual because they usually boo meringue.


I’ve been hanging out at a Chinese restaurant where they like to tell corny jokes when you place your order.

It's called Punda Express.


Ba da dum 

Postscript:  I hope to see you Saturday at the World on Stage Percussion event. Let me know if you have any questions about parking or anything. If you haven’t been to any Cultural Gardens events before this is a great first one.

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