Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to 71st annual One World Day, posting of colors and national anthem

Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, welcomed the crowd to the 71st annual One World Day in the Centennial Year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

She introduced the Cleveland Police Color Guard who presented the colors and then 11 year old Polina Kornyushenko sang the US National Anthem.


 

Serbian Folk Dance in Cultural Garden on One World Day

While 2 young Serbian Americans played the accordion, youngsters and others danced through the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland at the 71st annual One World Day and the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

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Traditional Young Girl Armenian Folk Dance at One World Day

A young lady from the Nagregatsi Armenian Folk Ensemble performed a Traditional Armenian folk dance at the 71st annual One World Day and the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

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Song about the ancient and current capitals of Armenia

Nagregatsi Armenian Folk Ensemble performed a song about the ancient and current capitals of Armenia at the 71st annual One World Day and the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.


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Dancing in the Armenian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Members of the Armenian community of Cleveland and others danced around the Armenian Cultural Garden on the 71st annual One World Day and the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.


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Roll out the Barrel by the Italian Band of Cleveland

The Italian Band of Cleveland marched in the Parade of Flags at One World Day 2016 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.  This was the 71st annual One World Day and the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Here they played the polka classic Roll out the Barrel before the Parade of Flags began.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen at One World Day in Cleveland

Miss Michaela Marenka Steager is the 2016/17 Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen.  She lives in Nebraska and came to the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.  This was Michaela and her parent’s first trip to Ohio.

Laurel Tombazzi introduced Michaela and spoke about the competition which now includes Carpatho Rusyn and well as Czech and Slovak heritage.

Michaela showed her kroj (traditional costume) which includes a favorite tie from her late grandfather.

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The Garden Song by No Strangers Here at One World Day

The band No Strangers Here consisting of Pat Hoynes, Bob Crawford and Larry Bachtel performed a special version of the Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row) at One World Day 2016 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. #owd2016

The lyrics spoke about the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the 71st annual One World Day.

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Indian Independence celebrated at One World Day in Cleveland

Members of the Cleveland Indian community celebrated the Independence of India in the India Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in a ceremony organized by FICA, the Federation of India Community Associations.

Near the large statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Satish Parikh spoke about gaining Independence, shouted Jai Hind and then led the singing of Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem of India.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

One World Day tomorrow

The 71st annual One World Day will be held in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 28, 2016.


This is the 100th anniversary of the Cultural Gardens (the first one was established in 1916) so there are some very special happenings that day. The price is right (free), getting there and parking is easy and free and shuttles and trolleys will help you get around. And those of us of a certain age all know the headlining act Michael Stanley who will perform for free at 6:15 PM!

You may choose to spend much of the day in the Garden(s) of your heritage enjoying the performances and food. Or you may want to see some new and different acts and try new food and drinks. Here are a few items to encourage you to attend:
  • Free Parking, Free Admission, Free Entertainment, Free Souvenir book
  • Free Lolley the Trolley tours of the Gardens
  • Free Passport to Peace activities in each Garden
  • Ethnic food in each Garden - Hofbrau Haus Beer Garden in the German Garden, Slyman's corned beef, Hungarian Budapest Cafe, Vietnamese Bahn Mi, specialty ice cream, etc.
  • Variety of ethnic performances throughout the Gardens. Very diverse, something for everyone, unique settings. Examples Scottish Games, Yoga, Asian dance, opera, Middle Eastern dance, etc.
  • Inspiring Naturalization ceremony for new citizens from about 25 different countries
  • Parade of Flags featuring dozens of nationalities, ethnic costumes and more.
  • Special Centennial headlining act - Michael Stanley and friends! (Free concert!)
  • And lots more.
Yes, Cleveland's own Michael Stanley will be the closing performance (about 6:15PM) on Sunday. For free!

For people unfamiliar with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, getting there and parking always seem to be a concern. The Parking team has made it very easy for you to get to and park (for free) in the Gardens for One World Day. Believe me; it's easier than it sounds.

With all the signs and volunteers you can't miss it. See Online Maps



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sheila Crawford - Michael Stanley at Cultural Gardens concert

Cleveland musician Michael Stanley is the headline act for the Centennial celebration in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at the 71st annual One World Day on August 28, 2016.

 Cultural Gardens board member Dan Hanson spoke with Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford in the Hungarian Cultural Garden in front of a monument to Franz Liszt.

She explained the significance of the Centennial celebration in the Gardens and why they wanted a headline act of the magnitude of Michael Stanley to perform. The acoustic concert in the Cultural Gardens will be a free event to celebrate the Gardens Centennial Year.

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Michael Stanley talks music before his Cultural Gardens concert

Rock and roll musician Michael Stanley is the headline act for the Centennial celebration in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at the 71st annual One World Day on August 28, 2016.

He spoke with Cultural Gardens board member Dan Hanson in the Hungarian Cultural Garden in front of a monument to Franz Liszt.

Michael Stanley told who would be in his all-time favorite band (Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Clarence Clemons, etc.).

He also spoke about how the audience sings the line (Thank God for the man who put the white lines on the highway) in his song Lover at concerts.

The acoustic concert in the Cultural Gardens will be a free event to celebrate the Gardens Centennial Year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nguyen Thai – Hero of 1400’s Vietnam

Lt Col (Ret) Joseph Meissner spoke at a gathering of the ClevelandePeople.Com Food Adventurers at Pho Thang Vietnamese restaurant in Cleveland Ohio.  The Food Adventurers are people who like to experience new foods and learn about different cultures.  Joe told the story of Nguyen Thai who in 1418 assisted a wealthy farmer, Lê Lợi, in the Lam Sơn uprising against the Ming and launched a siege at Đông Quan (now Hanoi), the capital of the Ming occupation.

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Michael Stanley to headline One World Day

It’s a match made in… Cleveland! When the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation wanted to have an extra special headliner to celebrate the Centennial Year of the Gardens at One World Day there was one name that jumped out – Michael Stanley.
Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” Sunday August 28, 2016 will be the 71st annual One World Day held in the Cultural Gardens.
2016 is the Centennial year of the Cultural Gardens (the first Garden was established in 1916) and the CCGF has hosted a number of special centennial events. The celebration will culminate in One World Day on August 28 from 11AM – 7PM.
Though he has had regional and national success, Cleveland native Michael Stanley will always be associated with his hometown, and not just when performing his Top 40 hit “My Town”.
From the start of One World Day at 11 AM there will be dozens of ethnic and cultural performers on the main stage and also throughout the individual gardens. But at 6 PM the attention will be drawn to the KeyBank Centennial Main Stage where Michael Stanley & Friends will perform in an historic acoustic concert in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The concert, parking and all of One World Day are free to the public.
Michael Stanley’s honest, Midwestern rock & roll is custom made for Cleveland and will be a perfect fit for Cleveland’s unique treasure, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. As Michael says, “Let’s get the show on the road.”

Michael Stanley to headline One World Day

Monday, August 22, 2016

General Tran Hung Dao of Vietnam

Lt Col (Ret) Joseph Meissner spoke at a gathering of the ClevelandePeople.Com Food Adventurers at Pho Thang Vietnamese restaurant in Cleveland Ohio.  The Food Adventurers are people who like to experience new foods and learn about different cultures.  Joe told the story of General Tran Hung Dao of Vietnam who fought against the Mongols and Kubla Khan.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm







The Trưng sisters are national heroines of Vietnam

Lt Col (Ret) Joseph Meissner spoke at a gathering of the ClevelandePeople.Com Food Adventurers at Pho Thang Vietnamese restaurant in Cleveland Ohio.  The Food Adventurers are people who like to experience new foods and learn about different cultures.  Joe told the story of The Trưng sisters who were Vietnamese military leaders who ruled for three years after rebelling in 40 AD against the first Chinese domination of Vietnam. They are regarded as national heroines of Vietnam. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm







Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friendship Foundation of Cleveland’s Vietnamese

Lt Col (Ret) Joseph Meissner spoke at a gathering of the ClevelandePeople.Com Food Adventurers at Pho Thang Vietnamese restaurant in Cleveland Ohio.  The Food Adventurers are people who like to experience new foods and learn about different cultures.  He and Gia Hoa Ryan told the story of the Friendship Foundation which she started after she came to Cleveland in 1971 from Vietnam.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm







Lady Trieu (Bà Triệu) the Vietnamese Joan of Arc

Lt Col (Ret) Joseph Meissner spoke at a gathering of the ClevelandePeople.Com Food Adventurers at Pho Thang Vietnamese restaurant in Cleveland Ohio.  The Food Adventurers are people who like to experience new foods and learn about different cultures.  Joe told the story of Trieu Thi Trinh, also called Lady Trieu (Bà Triệu) who saw the way her people were oppressed by the Chinese and fought back. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/passport.htm







Friday, August 19, 2016

Why immigrants choose to come and stay in Cleveland

Leaders of the Cleveland Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese community spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  They were asked why they chose Cleveland and stayed there.  Gia Hoa Ryan from Vietnam, Asim Datta from India, Johnny Wu from Panama and China and Nupur Goel whose parents came from India answered.

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Johnny Wu – growing up with diplomat father

Cleveland Asian Community leader and filmmaker Johnny Wu spoke at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on a Global Cleveland panel titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  He spoke about his upbringing in a diplomat’s family that traveled to many countries.  His father was strict and made him learn Chinese and martial arts at an early age.


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2nd generation loses culture of immigrant parents

Leaders of the Cleveland Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese community spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  A question was asked about the 2nd and 3rd generation losing their culture and Gia Hoa Ryan who came from Vietnam in 1971 and Asim Datta from the Indian community answered. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm



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Experience of Indian student in school

Nupur Goel is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy.  She was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the Stop the Hate essay program of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  She spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  She started a club to help other students learn about her background and culture.


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Foreign Students have to learn about others and assimilate

Cleveland Asian Community leader and filmmaker Johnny Wu spoke at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on a Global Cleveland panel titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  He said that both native born and visiting students need to learn from each other and respect each other’s cultures. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/




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Immigrants to want to settle together

Nupur Goel is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy.  She was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the Stop the Hate essay program of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  She spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  Her parents emigrated from Indian over 20 years ago.  She said it makes sense for immigrants wanting to stick with their communities.  The drastic change in emigrating leads to people wanting to be with people like them when they get here.

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Immigrants to want to settle together

Nupur Goel is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy.  She was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the Stop the Hate essay program of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  She spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  Her parents emigrated from Indian over 20 years ago.  She said it makes sense for immigrants wanting to stick with their communities.  The drastic change in emigrating leads to people wanting to be with people like them when they get here.


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Why Cleveland’s Vietnamese live in the same area

Leaders of the Cleveland Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese community spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  Gia Hoa Ryan came from Vietnam in 1971 and told the story of the Cleveland Vietnamese community. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm





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Shift in cultural attitudes – From Chinatown to AsiaTown

Leaders of the Cleveland Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese community spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community. Asim Datta said it used to be that all Asians were seen as Chinese but it is different now. Gia Hoa Ryan prefers the Chinatown name and Johnny Wu explained why Cleveland’s Chinatown was rebranded as AsiaTown.

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Johnny Wu – Asian, Hispanic or American?

Cleveland Asian Community leader and filmmaker Johnny Wu spoke at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on a Global Cleveland panel titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.

He spoke about being stereotyped as Asian even though he was raised in Panama and speaks English, Spanish and Chinese in that order.

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Johnny Wu – Asian, Hispanic or American?

Cleveland Asian Community leader and filmmaker Johnny Wu spoke at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on a Global Cleveland panel titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  He spoke about being stereotyped as Asian even though he was born in Panama and speaks English, Spanish and Chinese in that order.  


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Indian Population never settled in Cleveland Chinatown

Asim Datta spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  He said that the Indian community never settled in one central area.  He said maybe they don’t centralize themselves or want to go where there are better schools or feel they can survive independently without the community close at hand.

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Being labeled as Asian – daughter of Indian immigrants

Nupur Goel is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy.  She was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the Stop the Hate essay program of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  She spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.  Her parents emigrated from Indian over 20 years ago.  She said that labels can be important and beneficial in understanding a person but when they are used to box people into a preconceived category they can be harmful. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/asian.htm





Sunday, August 14, 2016

Opera and Ballet in the Italian Cultural Garden

Opera and Ballet in the Italian Cultural Garden


In 1930, the Italian Cultural Garden opened as a "symbol of Italian culture." Almost 70 years ago the Italian Garden hosted the San Carlo Opera in the lower level amphitheater. In 2008, the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation revived this tradition by presenting Opera in the Garden.

A record crowd of over 2,000 attended the July 31, 2016 performance by the artists from the Opera Circle Cleveland Company who were joined by dancers from the Cleveland Ballet.


Opera Circle Cleveland performers

Opera Circle Cleveland performers

Cleveland Ballet ladies

Cleveland Ballet ladies