Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity Mapped

At ClevelandPeople.Com we have known for years what a diverse and vibrant city Cleveland is. After all, we have covered the events, people, music, food and other cultural traits of over 100 groups that have large communities in the area.

But we wanted a visual representation to demonstrate this to others. So at the 2014 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) we set up a large map of Asia and asked people to place a dot where they or their ancestors came from. At first people were reluctant to do so and we had some language issues. But gradually people migrated to the map and discussed (in various languages) with us and their family and friends.

There were quite a few parents showing their adopted children "This is where you came from!"
By the end of the CAF portions of the map were saturated with dots - especially China, India, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. We encouraged people to place their dot as close to the city/village as they knew. Many were excited to have their small town, far from a capital or well-known city, represented.

The interest generated from the map at CAF convinced us to continue the efforts. For the One World Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, the ClevelandPeople.Com booth had our map of Asia but also a large map of Europe and a map of the world that clearly identified countries in Africa and the Americas.

Europe Map after first day

Over 80 countries were rrepresented and some great stories.  Check it out - Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity Mapped 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Jim Doney - Adventure Road

RIP Jim Doney. 
 Born near West 30th and Denison in 1926, Jim was well-known for hosting Adventure Road from 1962-1975.  
He worked with with Ed Sullivan, Duke Ellington, Art Linkletter, Steve Allen, Dick Clark, David Hasselhoff, Jayne Kennedy and more. 
RIP Jim. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Grand Piano Concert in the Russian Cultural Garden

The Russian Cultural Garden hosted its first inaugural "Grand Piano in the Russian Garden" concert. The event took place on the site of a future Russian Cultural Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Rockefeller Park.

The concert's theme was "Music of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland" and featured works from composers in other Cultural Gardens such as Chopin (Polish Garden) and Liszt (Hungarian Garden). Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky represented the future Russian Garden.

Pics and videos of the Russian Garden event

Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The annual Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights took place from August 21-24,2014. The festival featured live music, folk dancing, Greek food and beverages, Cathedral tours, homemade pastries and even a flea market.

Photos and videos from the Greek Festival

Classic Italian songs at the Feast

A highlight of the Feast of the Assumption celebration in Cleveland's Little Italy  is the nightly performance of the band Primavera on the streets of Little Italy. They play classic Italian songs and get the crowd dancing and singing along.

Here's a sample song that got a young couple dancing

Feast of the Assumption 2014

The annual celebration of the Feast of the Assumption took place in Cleveland's Little Italy centered around Holy Rosary Church. It is primarily a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Jesus' mother Mary into Heaven and the Feast begins with Mass and a solemn procession. It is also 4 days of great Italian music, food, traditions and camaraderie.

More from the Feast

St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral

St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is the oldest Romanian Orthodox parish in the U.S.A. founded in 1904.

Photos from the Church

St Mary Romanian Festival

The annual Romanian Festival included Church and Museum tours.

The food, music, shopping and hospitality demonstrate why Bucharest became known as the "little Paris."

Bine ati Venit! (Welcome) and Pofta Buna (Good Appetite)!

More from the Romanian Festival (including videos)

Syrian Cultural Garden VIrtual Tour

Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com walks through the Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. The monuments describe why Syria is called the Cradle of Civilization. The Syria Garden is one of over 25 gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honoring Those Who Fought For Freedom In Warsaw

Honoring Those Who Fought For Freedom In Warsaw 

By U.S. Senator Rob Portman

Seventy years ago, as American and British forces were liberating France and the Red Army was pressing forward on the Eastern Front, the people of Poland were fighting for their freedom. After five years of Nazi oppression, the Polish resistance in Warsaw launched an insurrection against their occupiers.

For two months and with little support from outside forces, thousands of resistance fighters—men, women, and even children—fought against the far better armed and better supplied German army. As one German officer later remarked, they fought to the very last bullet. Before it was over, more than 16,000 resistance fighters would give their lives. In retaliation for this act of defiance, hundreds of thousands of Polish civilians were murdered by the members of the SS. When the Red Army finally did arrive, what should have been a liberation turned into yet another form of captivity, and for the next 45 years, Poland endured the oppression of Soviet communism.

But the Polish people never forgot the bravery and the sacrifices of those who stood for liberty those 63 days in the late summer of 1944. Many of the survivors came to the United States, where they continued the fight for an independent Poland. Others joined the Solidarity movement, and the memory of the Warsaw Uprising served to inspire everyday people to fight for liberation. When Poland won its independence in 1989, the dream of the uprising was finally realized.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Poland to meet with Polish officials and visit U.S. troops in the country. I also had the opportunity to visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum to see firsthand the moving commemoration of this chapter in Poland’s history. Poland is a staunch ally of the United States, and the Polish people have stood with us in our struggle against terrorism around the world. As the United States and Poland continue to fight for freedom and democracy, the historical ties that bind us are more important today than ever.

Recently, I joined with my colleagues in the Senate to cosponsor a resolution marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The bravery of the men and women who took part in the fight against Nazi oppression will never be forgotten. Neither will their sacrifices. Their legacy lives on today.

So too does their cause.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the American Nationalities Movement ‘Freedom Award’
 at the 2014 annual Captive Nations banquet.

Friday, August 08, 2014

What would the teddy bears say about all the violence?

Pastor Larry White recited his poem Teddy Bear that talks about the block by block mentality of violence.  

What would the Teddy Bears say? 

Pastor White spoke at the Peace in the Hood celebration of peace at the end of Peace Camp 2014 in Cleveland.   See more from Peace Camp. 

To the girls who want to date my son

Mrs. McLinda White was a volunteer at Peace in the Hood Peace Camp.  

After observing the ‘raging hormones’ among the teenagers she wrote this piece  called ‘To the girls who want to date my son’ and performed it at the Peace in the Hood celebration of peace at the end of Peace Camp 2014 in Cleveland. 

Big Booty Girl?

Mrs. McLinda and Pastor Larry White were volunteers at Peace in the Hood Peace Camp.  
They told about their 6 year old saying ‘All I want for my birthday is a big booty girl’ from the 2 Chainz song featuring Kanye West. 
They explained that the song disrespects all women including their mother, sisters, aunts and other family members.  They spoke at the Peace in the Hood celebration of peace at the end of Peace Camp 2014 in Cleveland. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

5th annual Cleveland GiveCamp

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations.

The 5th annual Cleveland GiveCamp took place at the LeanDog Boat (former Hornblowers) and Burke Lakefront Airport on the shores of Lake Erie.

The volunteers are the most talented and coolest people you will ever want to meet. Over the weekend of July 18-20, 2014 they created new websites, apps and other work for 21 local non-profits. This included a new web site for Computers Assisting People (CAP).

We will have lots of photos and videos from the weekend soon. Come back here or follow us on Twitter (@greatlakesgeek and @ClevelandCAP) for updates.

Here is a short video with Howard Pearce, the CAP Project Team leader.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade

The Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade took place on May 31, 2014. 

Umoja is the Swahili word for Unity.
 The parade went down Superior to East Ninth and then down the hill to the Festival in Voinovich Park. 

The parade included Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and more.

Parade highlight video and pictures

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CAMEO 44th Anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans. The 44th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center in May.

Photos and videos of the event 

Fun duet of Indian Kathak and Tap Dance

Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

She was then joined in a second dance by tap dancer Tim J Hickey and they performed an entertaining duet.

Photos and video of the dance duet

Indian Kathak Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Kathak is one of the eight leading forms of Indian classical dance and its named is derived from the word 'storytelling'.

See more from Antara Datta and the Kathak dance

Chinese Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

Yin Tang performed in a classic Tang Dynasty costume with a fusion of movements through various Chinese dynastic perfoming arts. How she avoided getting tangled in the flowing costume we will never know. She performed at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Photos and videos of Yin Tang

Dragon Dance at Traveling the Silk Road exhibition opening

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Dragon Dance Club is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and partners with T'Shaka Brown KungFu School, Yin Tang Dance and Asian Town Center.

The 12 person dance troupe performed at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

The Dragon Dance was intended to bring good luck and prosperity (and fun!) to the Museum and attendees.

Photos and videos of the Dragon Dance

Highlights of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit

Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.

Take a journey across Asia and discover the spectacular sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trade route of ancient times. Emboss a passport with iconic symbols as you travel through four representative cities. Experience a full-scale re-creation of a night market, complete with spices, luxury goods and precious raw materials.

Walk through a 41-foot-long replica of the prow of an Arabian sailing ship, with a cutaway view of its cargo below deck. Along the journey, discover ancient technologies, learn how silk was made and uncover amazing stories.

Traveling the Silk Road features immersive re-creations of ancient settings, life-size models, engaging videos and hands-on activities. This exhibition is free with Museum admission.

More from the Silk Road exhibit

Traveling the Silk Road exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Imagine a world in which the latest ideas traveled not by wireless networks but by camel.

Centuries ago, merchants, missionaries and other travelers made their way across Asia, along the enormous trade network known as the Silk Road. Over rugged mountains and forbidding deserts, camel caravans loaded with precious cargo made possible the exchange of valuable goods, ideas and innovations. Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.

The exhibition, free with Cleveland Museum of Natural History admission, opened in New York and then went to Asia, Rome, Los Angeles and now Cleveland. Cleveland is the first city in the area to host this fascinating exhibit.

See more from the Opening Celebration of the exhibit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cleveland Catholic Mass Mob II

April 27, 2014 at 11 AM

St Barbara’s Parish at 1505 Denison Ave

The first Catholic Mass Mob in Cleveland was a huge success. Typically the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass at St Casimir at 8223 Sowinski Avenue in Cleveland would attract about 100 people but over 700 attended Mass on March 23, 2014 for the first Mass Mob in Cleveland.

The second Mass Mob will be this Sunday and hosted by St Barbara’s Parish at 1505 Denison Ave. Cleveland 44109. It is located on Denison Ave. between West 16th St. and the southbound entrance to SR 176, in a part of the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood previously known in Polish as na Barbarowie.

The special bilingual (English and Polish) Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Hilinski and Fr. Panek at 11AM. Along with the Mass, there will be a procession with parishioners dressed in Polish costumes carrying a picture of St. John Paul II, prayers and presentations in Polish and English, and a performance by Diakonia, a musical group from Columbus followed by a reception with refreshments in the Parish Hall.

Sunday is also the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. John XXIII served as pope from 1958 through 1963 and John Paul II served as pope from 1978 through 2005

At 4 o'clock a.m. Sunday morning, there will be a live broadcast from the Vatican in Rome. You can view the canonization ceremony at Saint Casimir, and St. Stanislaus in Cleveland, and SS. Peter and Paul in Garfield Heights. Each of these parishes will have light breakfasts available for this historic event. And morning Masses will be conducted with Divine Mercy Devotions after. For more information call the following numbers; St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus (341-9091) and SS. Peter & Paul (429-1515).

It is also Divine Mercy Sunday. Celebrating the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, as revealed by Christ Himself to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, this feast was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the day that he canonized Saint Faustina.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

AJC inter-faith Diplomatic Seder

The 11th Annual AJC (American Jewish Committee) inter-faith Diplomatic Seder was held at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood last Thursday. 

Each spring, when the world of nature renews itself, the Jewish people reflect upon their emergence from slavery and the meaning of freedom. 

Do you know why an orange has been added to the Seder plate?