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From: Harriett Logan <>
Subject: Larchmere Festival, updated PR, July 3, 2010
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:16:34 -0400
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Press Release: for immediate release

Updated: June 23, 2010

Contact: Harriett Logan



Saturday, July 3, 10am-5pm


Celebrate your Independent Spirit with dozens of local merchants and indie vendors of kitsch and collectibles at the Larchmere Festival on Saturday, July 3rd!  This is a street fair with flair!



In keeping with Larchmere tradition, the spirit of the Larchmere Festival rests soundly with antique decorative arts.  Sublime, distinguished and well-crafted furniture and small collectibles will be featured.  In addition to the dozen Larchmere shops selling antiques and vintage collectibles, we’ll dedicate the Shaker Heights parking lot (12737 Larchmere) to visiting antiques dealers.  Some are not strangers to Larchmere, having participated in Larchmere Antiques Shows in years of yore, and others you may recognize from other parts of town or other festivals.   They include KLM Antiques, Swope Antiques, Ann Douglas Antiques, Lakewood Antiques Mall, Maria Antiques, Jaxdeco and BoomModern.  Certainly you’ll make new discoveries, too.  Be sure to check it out, right next to Shaker Square Antiques.  Vintage goods have such a rich history to share.



A bevy of artists with varying styles will be here to intrigue your senses and grow your local pride.  Nothing says summer festival quite like a collection of artists.  Check out the parking lot at the far east end (formerly American Crafts Gallery) at 13010 Larchmere.  You’ll find Galleries Galore.



Everyone loves a flea market.  Scads of used but useful stuff will be available for sale by friends, neighbors, and residents.  Vendor fees support the Larchmere Community Association and their neighborhood security program.  If you aren’t a part of this community sale this year, keep it in mind for next year!  It’s a great opportunity to make a buck and clean out your garage and basement at the same time.  One man's trash is another man's treasure!



Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in Boston as a hodge-podge of friends cobbling together their handcrafted DIY wares to sell.  In the process, it became an offbeat entertainment extravaganza. In 2004 the Bazaar Bizarre spread to Los Angeles and Cleveland, and in 2006 to San Francisco.  Shannon Okey, owner of  fiber arts/craft paradise Knitgrrl Studio, has been organizing the Cleveland BazBiz events for 6 years.  She blogs at and is the author of 10+ crafty books.  Bazaar Bizarre made its Larchmere debut for the Holiday Stroll in 2009, and we’re pleased to bring them back for this summer’s Festival. Have fun exploring what was once Sedlak’s headquarters at the intersection of Larchmere and East 127th Street.  We guarantee that what you see there won’t be found at Sedlak’s — or any other place, for that matter.  The 50 artists who comprise this summer’s Bazaar Bizarre are spunky, outrageous, and irreverent -- and so is their art.  But, don’t worry, they don’t bite.  Go discover something new.  And share your finds with friends!



Cleveland is quite the literary town.  Did you know we have best-selling authors and Newbery Award contenders amongst us?  Come meet 45 local literati at the Author Alley celebration in the driveway of Loganberry Books at 13015 Larchmere.  Authors range from the famous and mainstream to grassroots and self-published, and they all have a story to tell.  Authors include J.T. Dutton, Sharon Gregor, Charles Mintz, Carolyn Nilson, Susan Petrone, James Renner, Les Roberts, Sarah Willis, Loung Ung and Carlo Wolff.  Book genres range from teen romance, local history, spirituality, sports, music history, business, photography, memoir, and, of course, fiction.  Gray & Company is a local publisher with many notable authors who will rotate throughout the day at a designated Gray & Co. table.  The Lit, the non-profit center that supports writers and sponsors workshops and journals, will also be here to tell you of their calendar of events.   Author Alley takes place in the driveway of Loganberry Books from noon-4pm.  Come get your books autographed!



Larchmere Merchants Association and Summit Charitable Events Foundation present the first annual Larchmere Uncorked, a benefit for the Larchmere Beautification Fund.  The event kicks off at 12 noon in the courtyard in front of Shaker Quality Auto Body located at 12916 Larchmere Blvd and is a Festival-within-the-Festival.  Guests will be able to sip and sample over 100 wines from local, national and international producers.  Delectable food will be featured, prepared by local restaurants.  Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and include  10 wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass.  Designated Driver tickets and additional drink tickets are also available.  A Chinese raffle featuring donations from local business will also benefit the Beautification Fund, and live music will rock the courtyard noon-8pm.



We know you want “Festival Food.”  In addition to the nine eateries on the street, there will be several sidewalk vendors, plentiful food at Larchmere Uncorked, and a Food Court at Community Housing Solutions at 12114 Larchmere.  Among other treats there, you can enjoy fudge puppies, PizzaBogo, Just Like Mom’s soul cooking, Belgian hot dogs, tacos, ice cream, gyros and fried dough. 



Robin VanLear is a sculptor, costume designer and performance artist who has served as the Artistic Director of The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle throughout its 20 year history. She has won numerous awards and grants for her work, and organized the museum’s  “I Madonnari” Chalk Festival.  Together with her husband, Jesse Rhinehart, a painter, muralist and educator, Robin and Jesse will create a three-dimensional chalk drawing on the sidewalk of the LifeSkills building.  Check back throughout the day to see their progress!



Right next to the live chalk drawing and the mural demo will be an area for young folks to try their own hand at creating art.  The good people at Art House Inc. will be in charge of an educational, artistic and interactive activities for the little folks.  Mask making and mural drawing will be part of the activities, right on location where the real mural will be installed in September.  Be a part of the excitement!



A long brick wall.  An octogenarian teacher of history.  A retired architect with a renewed passion for watercolor. And an Ursuline graduate student with a scholarly interest in our neighborhood.  How do these fit together?  Walk down to the LifeSkills building, the location for the first upcoming mural on Larchmere Boulevard.  After a competitive process, Ted Kurz was awarded the job, bringing him back to the street where his architectural studio was located for three decades.  Together with Building Bridges, which is helping the construction, Ted can show you the model and discuss the process and the philosophy behind the art.  Vincent Francioli is our special guest, because few people know Larchmere like this longtime resident.  And Ursuline student Heather Fisher hopes to pick up some tidbits not just from Ted and Vince, but from you. 

Stop by between 12-4pm and talk to all three.  Learn about the mural project.  Hear some stories, and share your own. Celebrate Larchmere history, past and future.  They’ll be on location on the sidewalk in front of  LifeSkills.



The Larchmere Community Garden is in its infancy.  Situated on the site of a burned and demolished house, the Garden is rising from the ashes and creating a network of gardening friends.  Stop by to see the project, talk to the community gardeners, and learn how to participate.  It’s on Cheshire, just two lots north of D&S Cleaners and the Bicycle Valet Parking.



10am-11am: Retired Parade the Circle puppets, courtesy of the Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights (thanks, good people!). 

11am-1pm: Passport Project Global Dance and Music Collective performs and leads interactive dance at Felice Summer Stage, 12502 Larchmere.

1-4pm: Euclid Beach Rocket Car.  Official bus stops include: BP Carwash, LifeSkills, event parking lots.

12-3:30pm: University of Akron Steel Drum Band has been playing for 30 years, and joins us at Larchmere Uncorked, 12916 Larchmere.

2-4pm: Waxwings Stringband, a very local and well-respected traditional band plays at Felice Summer Stage, 12502 Larchmere.

4-8pm: Akin for Jazz, to keep your feet tapping, plays at Larchmere Uncorked, 12916 Larchmere.



Larchmere will be open to traffic, and parking on Larchmere, its side streets and various parking lots (except those in use by vendors!) is legal. In addition, there are three big lots reserved for Festival parking.

·         LifeSkills, 12201 Larchmere

·         Our Lady of Peace, 12406 Buckingham (enter from E. 126th St. at Shaker Blvd.)

·         Fairhill Center, 12200 Fairhill

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op will provide free and secure bicycle valet parking from 10am-6pm at the grassy lot behind D&S Cleaning on Cheshire Rd. 


The Larchmere Festival extends from East 130th to East 121st Streets - 10 blocks of shopping and entertainment.  Larchmere Boulevard is just one block north of historic Shaker Square on Cleveland’s east side. 


Find out more, including downloadable registration forms for vendors, at

See also:  

Bazaar Bizarre:  

Author Alley:  

Larchmere Uncorked:
Attached: Newsletter format of most of this press release, and a MAP!



The Festival is co-sponsored by the Larchmere Merchants Association and the Larchmere Community Association, with grant assistance from Neighborhood Connections.  The Cleveland Foundation's Neighborhood Connections is a special grants program designed to assist Cleveland neighborhood groups to strengthen the social network of their community while dealing creatively with their most important concerns.  Grants are intended to spur small grassroots community efforts, and while doing so, to assist groups and individuals in the community to connect with others.  Grants may be used for a wide array of activities and projects, and groups are encouraged to think in new ways about what will work in their communities and with whom they might partner.  


Larchmere Merchants Association
11811 Shaker Blvd. #206  *  Cleveland, OH 44120  *  216.421.2100


Contact:  Harriett Logan  *  *  216-795-9800




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