It sounds so fresh.But we know that the process of reinventing something is never easy. It wasn’t easy for Lake Erie, it wasn’t easy for the Cuyahoga River, and it isn’t easy for our region. But it’s happening, and we should take a moment to celebrate.

Cuyahoga50 is the party we’ve been waiting for. And a few years ago, the powers that be would have been too embarrassed to get behind it. But now we’re comfortable understanding that the burning Cuyahoga was a flash point for the environmental movement worldwide, and we’re hosting a profusion of events to celebrate. We’ve got the links.

Make Music Day started in France, and we happened to be there a number of years ago to witness the entire country come out of the woodwork, playing instruments, singing and participating. Cleveland’s day is this Friday, and we spoke with the organizer about Sousapalooza, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and other events from the Van Aken District to PHS to the Rock Hall.

It’s time to Rock the Lead Out, welcome the return of Asiatown’s Night Market, enjoy open-air music at the Hungarian Cultural Garden, honor our role in the Civil War at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, take in a leisurely nighttime bike ride in the Geauga Park District or the Pajama Party Night Ride in our national park, experience one of the many festivals this weekend, and help the group Pregnant With Possibilities, a lifeline for young moms. Now we’re wide awake. –Thomas Mulready

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