Travel Week – Day 1 @ Carly’z Corner

Do you love to travel,  meet new people and explore historic places?  Do you love vacationing but don’t always have the money to vacation how or where you want?

Well this week on Carly’z Corner, we are going to look at some tips on planning awesome vacations on a budget.

One cold, January day here in Ohio….I felt like I really needed to getaway to somewhere fun, warm with water and a place where my girls and I could just play. I had gotten a flyer in my junk mail…you know the ones….on the glossy coupon paper!  Well any who.  The flyer advertised this great deal for Splash Lagoon in Erie PA.  The flyer boasted of admission of 4 tickets into Splash Lagoon, a Splash Lagoon Logo towel, a Splash Lagoon Tote and 1 overnight hotel stay for $179.

Not  bad you say.  When I went to the website to investigate and book this getaway after the taxes and fees, it ended up being almost $280 for 1 overnight stay in a double bed hotel room at the Comfort Inn.

I am a single parent and money is hard to come by.  So when I need a “cabin fever” getaway I want to get the best that my money can buy.  So here is what I did.  Who needed a stupid towel and tote with the Splash Lagoon logo, right!  I explored their website a little further and discovered under the “coupon and promotions tab” that they have a special discount promotion everyday!


Tip:  If you can take a vacation on a weekday…you can get better deals…or at least include a weekday in your trip.

Now, I am not saying that the Comfort Inn is not a reputable place, but I only trust the Marriott hotel family.  I feel confident that I am going to leave the hotel with what I brought, nothing extra…like bedbugs or some new rash unknown to the human species…lol.

So I went to the Marriott hotel website and found that they have a Residence Inn in Erie PA.  I booked a 1 bedroom suite, which had a sofabed, a fireplace, a jacuzzi whirlpool tub (large enough for four) a full kitchen, free wifi internet, it was attached to Splash Lagoon all for……..(drum roll please)……….$99/night!

So I booked two nights for $219 total (taxes, fees included).  Erie PA from Cleveland is about an hour and half.  So it was a 1 tank trip.  We arrived in Erie on Saturday and left on Monday.  I took advantage of the Monday discount coupon….Mommy and Me…which cost me $59 with taxes (I paid 29.95 for my 11 year old, I got in FREE and paid $20 for my 7 year old….had I not used the coupon, it would have cost me $109.85 for the 3 of us before taxes)!

So we spent Saturday and Sunday exploring what Erie PA had to offer, meeting people and visiting some amazing places to eat and even had to chance to explore their Children’s Museum.  With a little extra effort you can turn a getaway into a vacation for a fraction of the cost!

Happy Frreeeee Hunting



Just Putting It Out There…..Trader Joe’s 50 cent Wine Tasting!



For those who are wine enthusiasts or for those of us who are just trying to learn which grapes are pleasing to our palate.  Trader Joe in Woodmere, is hosting a wine tasting on May 31, 2013 from 7pm-8pm for 50 cents…. that’s right!…You heard me…50 cents!!!! Yes, I already have my ticket…lol.

Now I am not certain if all Trader Joe’s are having this event.  I did post the contact information to the two here in Northeastern Ohio.  But check out their website at the link above and contact your local store to see if they are participating.

Stay tuned as this week will be travel week @ Carly’z Corner.

Happy Frrreeee Hunting

Trader Joe’s Woodmere (676)

28809 Chagrin Blvd
Woodmere, OH 44122

Trading Hours:
Mon-Sun: 8am – 9pm
Alcohol: Beer Wine

8.11 miles | Driving Directions 

Send to: Email

Trader Joe’s Westlake (677)

175 Market St
Westlake, OH 44145

Trading Hours:
Mon-Sun: 9am – 9pm
Alcohol: Beer Wine

17.92 miles | Driving Directions 

Send to: Email

Music Week Finale @ Carly’z Corner

On Music Week Finale @ Carly’z Corner we are featuring,  our sister city Akron’s Lock 3.  Lock 3 park amphitheater is a unique venue that is  located behind The Akron Civic Theatre.  The Akron Civic theatre has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for over eighty years. Lock 3, a historical Ohio and Erie Canalway landmark, has been transformed into an entertainment amphitheatre that hosts festivals, concerts, and community events all year long. Along with hosting annually Akron’s  First Night , it also hosts  a great many cool local and national talents from all over the country.

The admission to these great music venues is usually “FREE” or at a very low cost! $5-$10!!!!!

Let me put it to you this way! I have a sister who had the privilege of seeing Earth, Wind and Fire at Lock 3 for $5!!!!!

They have some great tribute concerts scheduled for this summer…just some are listed below.  Check out the Lock 3 website for more bands that are scheduled to perform at this great music venue @   Bring your lawn chairs and your picnic basket and come and hang out in Akron.

           Lock 3 Park's profile photo


WONE’s Rock the Lock Marrakesh Express, A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with The JiMiller Band

A band dedicated to tribute CSNY is unheard of due to the difficulty in replicating the 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies that made the group international superstars. Marrakesh Express is the world’s only touring CSNY tribute band and excels at reproducing their complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies.

May 31, 2013 –  JMiller Band 7:00 p.m.                                     Marrakesh Express, Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 8:30 p.m.

Free Admission

WONE’s Rock the Lock Bad Medicine, The Bon Jovi Tribute Show with Stage Pass Live

Hailing from Long Island, NY, BAD MEDICINE has spent the last seven years establishing themselves as one of the most sought after tribute shows in the nation.

June 7, 2013 – Stage Pass Live 7:00 p.m.
Bad Medicine, The Bon Jovi Tribute Show 8:30 p.m.

Free Admission

WONE’s Rock the Lock Thunderbox, The All Girls Tribute to the Best of Metal with Mouth Wired Shut

Burning their way across the Northeast and down the East Coast, THUNDERBOX is the ultimate all-girl metal tribute featuring some of the hardest-playing ladies in the state of New York, leaving a wake of mayhem and empty bottles in their path.

June 14, 2013 –   Mouth Wired Shut 7:00 p.m.
Thunderbox, The All Girl Tribute to the Best of Metal 8:30 p.m.

Free Admission

WONE’s Rock the Lock Changes in Latitudes, A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Mo Mojo

Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages.

June 21, 2013 – Mo Mojo 7:00 p.m.
Changes in Latitudes, Tribute to Jimmy Buffet 8:30 p.m

Free Admission


Just Putting it out there….Marc’s Great American Rib Cookoff


Just wanted to make sure that everyone new about this great festival that occurs here is Cleveland every year. Great food from all over Northeast Ohio and great music!

Low cost….admission for adults is just $5 (with a coupon from Marc’s) otherwise it costs $8 at the entrance…and children 12 years and younger are…..FREE.

All Cook-Off entertainment continues to be FREE with paid general admission.

Entertainment Headliners

Mega 80’s – Friday, May 24 – 8:30p.m.

Rick Springfield – Saturday, May 25 – 9:00p.m.
Buddy Guy – Sunday, May 26 – 9:00p.m.
Bret Michaels – Monday, May 27 – 6:00p.m.


I am sorry, that I am just posting this today….it did start yesterday, May 24th, 2013.  But, don’t fret…it runs through til May 27, 2013.  You still have 3 days left to enjoy this festival.

WHEN:      May 24, 2013 from 12pm – 11pm

                       May 25, 2013 from 12pm – 11pm

                       May 26, 2013 from 12pm – 11pm

                       May 27, 2013 from 12pm – 8pm

WHERE:     Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex

(West Bank of the Flats, Cleveland OH)

For the second year,RTA will be offering “Rib Lovers” free rides on all RTA Rapid Transit Rail Lines, courtesy of Live Nation, Jacobs Entertainment and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Patrons can park for free at any RTA Rapid Station and then hop aboard the
Red, Blue or Green Line for the ride downtown. From there, it’s a quick trip on
the Waterfront Line to the Settlers Landing Station where it’s a short walk to the cook-off entrance. Complimentary bus shuttles will be available to take patrons directly to the cook-off during hours posted on

Happy Frrreeeee Hunting!  Stay tuned later today I will post Music Week – Finale at Carly’z Corner!!!!!!

Music Week – Day 4 @ Carly’z Corner

I think that this next music venue is pretty cool!  It’s called the “Larchmere PorchFest Music Festival”.  


‘It is a free music festival which highlights local talent, showcases exciting living options and creates a fun and exciting atmosphere for socializing’, boasts there website.

Who Should Come

Everyone! PorchFest is a family-friendly event featuring musicians from a wide variety of genres. Discover the talent that’s in your own backyard (well… front yard in our case!)

What to Bring

You’ll be “camping out” in neighborhood front lawns for 30-40 minutes at a time, so bring chairs (those fold up in a bag chairs work perfectly) or a blanket to sit on. The Larchmere neighborhood it very walkable, but if you want to see as many bands as possible, a bike is a great idea.

What to Eat/Drink

Larchmere and Shaker Square have many restaurants to choose from (visit the Larchmere and Shaker Square websites for more information). You are welcome to bring your own cooler as well! All we ask is that you pick up any trash you may create.

Where to Go for Info

For a printed schedule & map of the day’s events, to buy merchandise or to learn more about the neighborhood stop by our Info Tent on the day of the event located at the corner of E 127th Street and Larchmere

(This information was posted on their website…

The festival is held on June 22, 2013 from 1pm – 11pm at various front porches throughout the Larchmere neighborhood.  There were 121 band submissions this year, but only 30 bands were selected to perform.

1 – 6pm Porch Performances (Throughout Neighborhood)
6 – 9pm Headliners (On E. 126th)
9 – 11pm After Parties (At Restaurants & Bars on Larchmere)

So far two headliners are set: Jah Messengers (Reggae) to take the stage at 8p-9p and We the People (Funky Rock) to take the stage from 7p-8p.

Stay tuned as I will be updating more bands and post a schedule once their site has been updated!

Happy Frrreeeee Hunting!

Pictures from 2012 PorchFest


Just want to put it out there…..

2013 Rock & Reggae Music Benefit for The Free Clinic May 25th @ 6:00pm
2013 Rock & Reggae Music Benefit for The Free Clinic
When: Saturday, May 25, 2013. Doors open at 6:00PM
Where: Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – 15711 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland, OH 44110
What/Details: The sounds of local rock and reggae will fill the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern on Saturday, May 25th to support the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. The event, in its 5th year, will feature an evening of great entertainment, food and the artisans of the Art’s Collinwood neighborhood. Headlining the benefit is local favorite Carlos Jones and P.L.U.S. Band in the Ballroom and The TwistOffs will be headlining in the Tavern. Additional confirmed bands include JMiller Band, Oldboy and Big Ship (featuring members of Oroboros and Waterband) plus many more to be announced later this month. This event draws over 500 music lovers and Free clinic supporters! For tickets visit, or for more information contact Danyell Boyd at 216-707-3418 or