Monday, March 16, 2015

St Patrick's Day

Don’t believe the exaggerations from the media that St Patrick’s Day is a drunken bash.  The few problems, usually from a handful of young people who are not Irish or could care less about the cultural significance of the day, make for great TV highlights but do not reflect the spirit of the day.

Many Irish start the day with Mass – it is a religious holiday in Ireland – and there is even an event called Sober Seventeenth, a family friendly, alcohol free event.  Whether you are Irish or not, enjoy Cleveland’s biggest parade.

It’s always fun to see the Cleveland Asian Festival marching in the Parade.  Hopefully Paramjit Singh, a Sikh friend, will wear his green turban again.   There will also be marchers from the Polish community and frequently Hungarians, Ukrainians and other participate as well with all the Irish groups. 

It's a great day for all. 

The bride (and groom) wear red

The bride (and groom) wear red

Young ladies from the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University showed various traditional Chinese dresses and hats at a celebration of the Lunar New Year 2015 Year of the Goat. They showed traditional Chinese fashion, emperor and queen's dresses as well as wedding dresses which are usually red for both the bride and groom.

Chinese Lunar New Year by Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University

Chinese Lunar New Year by Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, Asian Services In Action, Inc., the Chinese American Faculty & Staff Association, Cleveland Asian Festival, the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, the Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association, the Cleveland Public Library, Media Design Imaging, OCA Cleveland Chapter, and Westlake Chinese School gathered together for a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Fashion at Chinese Lunar New Year at CSU

Photos and Videos from Lunar New Year at CSU

Cleveland Cooks™ Making Pierogi

Kevin Scheuring from the Coit Road Farmer's Market in East Cleveland Ohio explained the two schools of thought regarding traditional pierogi dough.

Kevin Scheuring

Kevin Scheuring

One is the Michael Symon way with sour cream, flour and butter and the other is just flour, eggs and water. He explained the different ethnic varieties from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and so on.

Ashley Shaw

Ashley Shaw making pierogi dough

Word Puzzle Brain Teaser

See if you can figure out what these seven words all have in common

  1. Banana
  2. Dresser
  3. Grammar
  4. Potato
  5. Revive
  6. Uneven
  7. Assess
No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

E-mail if you know the answer. The answer will be posted in a few days.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class

The people who will induct the 2015 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame have been announced (alphabetical order):
  • Shiv K. Aggarwal
    inducted by Michael Sreshta

  • Richard Ganim
    inducted by Pierre Bejjani

  • Steve Mulloy (posthumous)
    inducted by Mayor Jane Campbell

  • Bishop Anthony Pilla
    inducted by Sam Miller

  • Richard Pogue
    inducted by Sanjiv Kapur

  • Dick Russ
    inducted by Loree Vick

  • Honorable José A. Villanueva
    inducted by José Feliciano

The induction ceremony will be on Wednesday April 29, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center.

This event always sells out. You can order tickets, sponsorships and ads in the collector's edition program book now by contacting Debbie at or directly at 216-406-6594.

Congratulations to these very worthy inductees.

More on the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar

Margaret W. Wong is a world-renown immigration attorney as well as an author, advocate and speaker. She hosted an immigration seminar in her Cleveland office and spoke about the existing changes to immigration law since President Obama's Executive Action of November 20, 2014 and the expected immigration reforms in the future.

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong

Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar

Turkish food and dining etiquette - TASO Turkish Coffee Night

The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food. Seyma Gurer explained that Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine which can be described as a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.

Seyma Gurer and infant son

Seyma Gurer and baby

Learn more about Turkish food and dining customs

Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life

The Irish American Archives Society (IAAS) was founded in 1994 to support the collection and preservation of archival materials that document the history of the Irish American experience in northeast Ohio.

Hundreds of Cleveland's Irish and their friends came together on February 26, 2015 to honor three distinguished recipients with the Walks of Life Award. Congratulations to: Terry Joyce, business manager of Building Laborers' Union Local 310, Linda Kane, senior vice president and treasurer of Forest City Enterprises Inc. and Patrick McLaughlin, Vietnam Veteran and former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Congratulations also to the two non-Irish recipients o
f the new Thomas F. Campbell Award Judge Raymond Pianka and Councilman Matt Zone.

IAAS Walks of Life 2015

IAAS Walks of Life 2015

Photos and videos from the Walks of Life

Greek Math - the downfall of Pythagoras

Dan Hanson spoke about Greek mathematics at an event at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. He told how the cult of Pythagoras, which saw numbers as almost divine, fell apart after the Pythagorean Theorem with the simple proof that the square root of 2 is irrational.

This was part of the Adventure to Greece as part of the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers passport club. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group.

Free Windows 10

From the Windows 10 page.

Great news! We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!

And even better: once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time - for no additional charge.

Sign up with your email today, and we will send you more information about Windows 10 and the upgrade offer in the coming months.

The fine print at the bottom says:

It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer and support terms in coming months.

Tin Roofs and Rock 'n Roll

Tin Roofs and Rock 'n Roll
by Amy Kenneley

How did The Nut Shop get to be our hangout? I don't know, but that was where we landed when we had outgrown the neighborhood playground. It was just a short walk up 101st street to Euclid Avenue--"Uptown"-- where there were five movie theaters competing for your popcorn and Goobers change. I can see their beckoning lights even now: University, Keith's RKO, Alhambra, Circle, and Loew's Park.

Was it "Rock Around the Clock" that blared from the loudspeaker outside the storefront that drew us in? If so, Then Bill Haley and the Comets must have been our Pied Piper.

Read the rest of Amy's column about her own Happy Days

Best Pi Day ever

Everyone knows that this will be the best Pi Day in our lifetimes. Not only is it March 14 but it's the year 2015 so we will have 3-14-15.

Add to that the time of date (twice!) and at 9:26 and 53 seconds we will have 3.141592653 - the first 10 digits of Pi! Cool!  #PiDay

Pi Day pie

Monday, March 02, 2015

Cleveland Cultural Gardens to celebrate 68th annual One World Day

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2015

Cleveland, OH – For each of the last 67 years, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens have celebrated One World Day in the Gardens.  August 23, 2015 will be the 68th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.  This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding."

The annual One World Day is the highlight of the busy calendar of summer events in the Gardens and the one official occasion that all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one.  Events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment and more.

The 68th annual One World Day will be produced by two icons of the Cleveland international scene: Johnny Wu and Ken Kovach.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford said “With the expertise and inspiring enthusiasm of our new producers, Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu, the 68th One World Day Celebration in our historic Cultural Gardens is bound to be a smashing success and definitely the place to be for the summer season.”

Ken Kovach is currently president of International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network and has served as board chairman of the International Services Center, leader of the International Folk Festival and many more ethnic projects.

Johnny Wu is an award-winning film-maker and one of the founders of the popular Cleveland Asian Festival.  He is a well-respected and driving force in the Asian community and beyond. 
“It is an honor to serve as co-director along with Mr. Kovach to make One World Day Celebration a fun experience for this year and moving forward to next which will be the centennial celebration,” said Mr. Wu.  “There is a lot of work to do, but we are confident that we can accomplish it all.  Most importantly, we want to create synergy within the Cultural Gardens and other organizations to promote the art, culture and diversity of what Cleveland is about!”
The 68th annual One World Day on August 23, 2015 is the official kickoff of the Centennial celebration of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world.  Celebrating 100 years in 2016, the Gardens consist of 26 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages.  The first One World Day was celebrated in 1947 and has continued each year since to bring all the nationalities that represent Cleveland together. 


Cleveland Cultural Gardens
President Sheila Murphy Crawford

One World Day Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Richard Crepage             440-812-1370 cell
Svetlana Stolyarova            216-548-4663 cell

One World Day Producers
Johnny Wu                                   216-539-4634 office
Ken Kovach                                     216-952-9501 cell