Wednesday May 22, 2013
If you're a book fan, especially a fan of reasonably-priced books, there's no better sale in Cleveland than the annual book sale at Case Western Reserve University
The Case sale is a four-day event held this year at the university's Veale Center on Adelbert Rd. in University Circle
. This year, so far, they have collected more than 80,000 titles, including some first editions and other collectibles. The sale, sponsored by the Case Adult Continuing Education Department, has something for everyone, including paperbacks, records, a large children's section, and a host of other subjects.
The pre-sale (early admission for $20) is Saturday June 1 from 10am - Noon. Otherwise the sale is free
and open Saturday from noon to 5pm, noon to 5pm on Sunday and Monday, and from 10am - 1pm on Tuesday. Monday is "reduced price" day and Tuesday is "box day", where you can fill a box full of books for just $5. For more information, see the Case website
. Happy Hunting!
Tuesday May 21, 2013
In the mid-20th century, Mansfield native Louis Bromfield
was one of the country's best selling authors.
Winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize (for his third novel, Early Autumn
), Bromfield wrote 31 novels and non-fiction works, four of which were made into movies. Although most of his work is still in print, he hasn't kept the notoriety of his contemporaries Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald (maybe because he was a lot less self-destructive).
After a stint as a WWI ambulance driver (for which he was awarded the French Legion of Honneur) and a "between the wars" residence in France, Bromfield settled on 1000 acres, just outside of Mansfield, Ohio. The estate, which he dubbed "Malabar Farm
" (the main house of which is pictured above), became a working farm and early example of organic and self-sustaining farming. Many of his Hollywood friends visited him in Ohio. In fact, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married in 1945 at Malabar Farm.
The estate, now an Ohio State Park, remains a working farm. Visitors can tour the house and the estate as well as partake in the many activities offered there, including fishing, hay wagon rides, or shopping at the farm market. Other facilities include a restaurant, housed in an early 19th century farmhouse; primitive campsites; and a 19-bed dormitory-style hostel.
Read more about Louis Bromfield's books and biographies
.(Photo Courtesy of Malabar Farm)
Sunday May 19, 2013
The Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival
returns to Cleveland on May 24, again this year at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
adjacent to the Powerhouse.
The four-day food and music festival is a Cleveland favorite and the unofficial start to the Northeast Ohio summer festival season
. The event features ten BBQ masters, including Northeast Ohio's own Jack on the Bone, competing for "Greatest Ribs," "Greatest Sauce," and "People's Choice" awards.
In addition to the food, the Rib Cook-Off offers an array of live entertainment, most of which is included in the admission price. This year's stars include Rick Springfield, Brett Michaels, Buddy Guy and the Mega 80s.
The festival is scheduled for May 24 to 27 (2013). Admission is $8 for adults; children under 12 are free. Discount coupons are available at area Marc's stores and online at WKYC.com(image courtesy of BelkinMedia)
Sunday May 12, 2013
Cleveland's Botanical Garden, located in University Circle
, was founded in 1930, primarily as a library of gardening books.
Today, the Garden's exhibits includes a Costa Rica Cloud Forest, a Lily Pond (pictured at right), a Rose Garden, and a Children's Gardens, complete with a tree house and watery bog, one of the few such gardens in the United States. The Garden's exhibits are particularly lovely this time of year.
Join me for a spring walk through Cleveland's Botanical Garden
.(Photo © 2006 S. Mitchell; Licensed to About, Inc.)