i will be single-parenting all day saturday, so i don't know if the kids and i will manage to make some of the events going on over the weekend. but here is just a sampling of the things we'd like to check out.
okay, this event is not local, but i thought i'd throw it in since our kids have gone (with their gram and pap) before. ravenna is having their annual balloon a-fair festival, where part of the celebration includes the launching of 20-some hot air balloons into the air. i'm sure it's a sight to see. the event runs all weekend, but i believe the hot air balloon launching takes place on sunday. ravenna is only about a 45 minute drive from cleveland, so if you're looking for a quick change of scenery this might be something worthwhile to check out.
the monthly walk all over waterloo is happening tonight at 6 p.m. if you have yet to check out the waterloo arts district, today would be the perfect time to head over there (it takes only 15 minutes to get there from our house). all the resident businesses on waterloo will be open, along with c.l.e. clothing co.'s pop-up shop. the beachland will be having another beachland barn dance starting at 8 p.m., salty not sweet will be hosting a 1 year celebration of terra verde soap & candle co. (giveaways and a storewide sale), while the cleveland yo-yo club (yes, you read that right) will be having a yo-yo swap meet (got some yo-yos you want to trade?). waterloo is going to be busy tonight!
tremont arts and cultural festival will be going on saturday and sunday. did i mention how i really like this neighborhood (and also ohio city)? this annual event will be held at lincoln park, filled with multicultural art and activities. admission is free, though if you want food you'll have to pay for it. i know i've mentioned this before, but parking is kind of a pain in that area so be prepared to walk. i would really like to go, particularly to see the dance performances (antaues dance and morrison dance will be performing over the weekend).
the rocky river nature center will be hosting the cedar valley settlers celebration and music festival from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. the event is free, though i'm assuming you will have to pay for food and beverages if you get hungry there. this looks to be a great learning experience for the kids, exposing them to what this area was like "a long time ago" and testing their pioneer skills (two-man saw? i can totally see ty and aaron having fun with that one...as long as they don't saw a finger off). and how can we resist the bluegrass music?
have a great weekend!