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One World Festival

Cleveland's Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park are a treasure whose creation was begun 66 years ago on 254 acres of land stretched between University Circle and Lake Erie. They are a unique memorial to peace, with the purpose of promoting the concept of cultural diversity.

I thought it would be fun to explore the entire 2-mile length of this collection of gardens, which currently represent 24 nationalities--something our group has never done before. What better time to do this than on the day of Cleveland's One World Festival?

THE PLAN:

Let's meet at Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. We can first tour this fine (FREE!) collection of plants before heading off on our journey. If the parking lot is full, there is also free parking in Sam Miller Park (across the street from the Greenhouse), or you can park along the north side of East Blvd. 

We'll be walking sidewalks and up and down stone steps. Rather than a workout hike, this will be more of a leisurely stroll, weaving through the gardens as we contemplate the contributions each nationality has made to Cleveland. The entertainment will take place on stages set up in various gardens. We will do our best to make our way to the performances that are of most interest to each of us.

Highlights include: Opera Circle - Murphy Irish Dancers - Samba Joia Afro-Brazilian drumming group - Shakespeare Festival - MorrisonDance - Moises Borges Brazilian guitar virtuoso - Bhangra dancers - Ukranian sculptress - Steampunk Bellydancing - Lake Erie Native American Dance Ensemble - Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) - Dr. E - ethnic food & drinks - naturalization ceremony - parade.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

• Wear comfortable shoes.

• Bring a bottle of water, especially if it's hot.

• Insect repellant strongly suggested, as gnats and mosquitoes abound.

• (photographers) Don't forget your camera; there will be many photo ops! 

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  • Debbie

    What a fabulous event! It was great to see and learn so much about the diverse cultures in our area.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Lynda

    What an exciting event!! There was SO much to see, hear, taste and feel, it overwhelmed me! Seeing the world community that existed for this whole day in this beautiful place, and the pride of each nationality in sharing their talents...actually brought tears to my eyes.

    This is why I love living here : )

    August 25, 2013

  • Charlene

    This was a great event and really had fun. Thanks Lynda for organizing!!!

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Lynda

      It was fun sharing the experience with you, Charlene. Thanks for coming!

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arielle and I really enjoyed ourselves. Great event. Can't wait for next year.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Lynda

      I'm already looking forward to next year, too!

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy parking across the street right now.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynda, Since i am coming from the south, I will try to get up to Rockefeller Garden at 1 but i believe MLK will be closed and i believe other roads will be crowded.

    August 24, 2013

    • Anita

      where are you coming from?

      August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Coming from shaker heights. Lynda, i will call you when i get close and figure out where i can park since little Arielle will be coming with me.

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited for today's event! I will be going later in the day though because my boyfriend wants to join me and he has to work. Have fun everyone!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Lynda

    Hey all: Here is the schedule for this event, so you can plan ahead: http://clevelandoneworldfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/schedule.jpg I will have a copy with me on Sunday, as well.
    Watch your email inbox tomorrow, as I will be sending out my phone# in case we need to connect.

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynda,
    I've looked at the article in the PD, gone on line to clevelandoneworldfestival.com and looked at the schedule and venues, and it seems to make more sense to park for free in the VA lot and begin at the beginning at the stage in the Irish garden where the Parade will begin. Just a thought. I'd like to see some of the entertainment as well as walk the gardens.

    August 23, 2013

    • Lynda

      Carol, you could be right, and are absolutely welcome to go with that plan (as is anyone else!). This can be a do-it-yourself kind of event : )
      I am sticking with my original plan, simply because I always try to avoid the most crowded areas if possible. Parking will be free on the north end, also, and I plan to see the parade as it travels up MLK, on our way through the different gardens. My plan is twofold: To visit each garden, seeing what it has to offer as well as enjoying the entertainment.

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Lynda,
    Great idea. Have only done parts of the gardens before. Looking forward to it.
    Carol

    August 22, 2013

    • Lynda

      Good! It will be good to see you, Carol.

      August 22, 2013

  • Brad

    GREAT idea Lynda! Unfortunately I will be out of town :(

    August 12, 2013

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