Open Air

 

It’s that time. You learn to love all four seasons around here, and I’m sure you have your favorite. But isn’t it the best right when things are changing. Now it’s time to change and get out in the open air.

From the Larchmere Porchfest to the Fairy Days at Heritage Farms in Peninsula, from Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band on the venerable Goodtime III to Michael Stanley and Donnie Iris at the brand new Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, from Wade Oval Wednesdays to the Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival, from Oberlin’s Riverdog Barn to Cain Park’s Alma Theatre, you’ll find something worth your time out of doors this week.

There’s free hot dogs at the Baseball Heritage Museum, 400 vintage cars at Stan Hywet, Irish cheer at the Kamm’s Corners Hooley, free books for kids at the African-American Cultural Garden, and thousands of mini-lanterns at Voinovich Park during the Water Lantern Festival.

Correspondent Jenna Thomas reportsĀ from Minneapolis where she attended organizer training and learned how to take advantage of what they called “Moments of the Whirlwind,” events that catalyze action, such as the deaths at the county jail. Meanwhile, C. Ellen Connally scrutinizes Councilman Ken Johnson’s expense reports, and Mansfield laments local black leadership, or the lack thereof, and the lack of black civic engagement. Talk about UncoolCleveland. We gotta air some things out. –Thomas Mulready

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