Thursday December 5, 2013
Talk with anyone over the age of ten about Christmas in Cleveland and you'll hear stories of cherished memories about shopping with family, that perfect holiday tree or icons of days past. Gail Ghetia Bellamy shares some of those memories in her book, "Cleveland Christmas Memories," reissued by Gray and Co. for the holiday season. We thought we'd put together a Cleveland Christmas memory list
of our own.
Over the past years, readers of About.com Cleveland have shared their holiday memories
, particularly about the Sterling-Lindner Christmas tree
. Feel free to add you memory to the lists.(photo of Mr. Jingeling: CSU Archives/Cleveland Press Collection)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Ohio, and Northeast Ohio in particular, played a major role in the "Underground Railroad," that secret route to freedom in Canada for many black slaves who escaped from the southern states in the 19th century. Many of the homes that hid this precious human cargo still stand today. The Follett House Museum in Sandusky, the Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum in Ashtabula, and Rider's Inn in Painesville (pictured at left) were all stops along the route. Extreme Northeast Ohio was a logical escape route as it was just under 100 miles from the south (northwestern Virginia, now West Virginia).
You can learn more about these brave Ohioans at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle as well as on one of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's narrated rail tours, where costumed docents tell stories from the abolitionist era.
(Photo courtesy of Rider's Inn)
Tuesday December 3, 2013
It's not even snowing much yet, but many area rinks are already open. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are home to a number of outdoor and indoor skating rinks. Whether you're an accomplished figure skater or a novice, there's something for you. A highlight of the season is the rink at University Circle, in front of the Art Museum. It's open on weekends through March 9 (2014). Admission is free and skate rental is $3. Read about this and other Ice Skating Rinks in Northeast Ohio
For more about Figure Skating, see:(Photo © istockphoto; licensed to About, Inc.)
Monday December 2, 2013
As hard as it is to believe, the holiday season is here. Public Square was lit last weekend, but that's not the only lighting display in town. Read about the many holiday lighting displays
in the Cleveland area, from Ashtabula's Lake Shore Park to the fairgrounds in Medina.
For holiday lights, just outside of town, see:
(photo of Nela Park lights © Cetta Sole Hartman/used with permission)