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?
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.
• 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!