Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Rock Week” @ Carlyz Corner

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame events in Cleveland and Cleveland Rock Week events

Hello friends, followers, fellow bloggers….long time, no hear! I know right!  Sorry for the hiatus, but I have worked on some new adventures.  But I couldn’t let this great free event pass us by!

So when Clevelanders first received the notification that we had won the privilege to have the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in our city we were filled with excitement, because let’s face it, this city was built on rock and roll (cheesy huh?).  Our city would be on the map, known for something other than being “the mistake on the lake”.  However when it was announced that the annual induction ceremonies, with all the glitz and glamour, would not be held in Cleveland but in New York, and every three years in Cleveland, I felt slighted!

I have to admit though that the having the museum in our city does come with some amazing perks.  The addition of this beautiful masterpiece of architectural design to our lakefront makes Voinivich Park a draw to visitors and locals alike. The museum is always abuzz with activity!  So one those activities is……… “CLEVELAND ROCK WEEK“!

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of website

What is “Cleveland Rock Week” you ask? This year is our year to host the induction ceremony! We get the red carpet, celebrity guests and  “E” reviews!  So in honor the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, the museum and city have come together to host a week-long celebration of music and other free activities for Cleveland fans.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 30th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and be celebrated with a series of events for fans as part of Cleveland Rock Week.

 WHO are the 2015 Rock Hall Performers and Presenters?

Paul McCartney is inducting Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder is inducting Bill Withers, Patti Smith is inducting Lou Reed, Peter Wolf is inducting the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy is inducting Green Day, John Mayer is inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Cropper is inducting the “5” Royales, and Miley Cyrus will induct Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!

Scheduled performers include Beck, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Zac Brown, Karen O, Nate Ruess and more!

NEW 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee exhibit: Stories, rare performances and interviews, and incredible items from the 2015 class of Inductees, opens April 11. FREE EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Gallery Talks: The Rock Hall’s Gallery Talks give visitors an insider’s look into the stories and characters behind the treasures in the Museum. These guided tours of the Museum are your backstage pass to the Museum experience.

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So if you have a moment this weekend, or sometime during the next week, or if you can attend the Induction Ceremony on April 18, 2015, do so!  It will be a memorable event for you to enjoy for a lifetime!


Happy FRREEEE Hunting!


“I Have A Dream….” celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. @ Carly’z Corner


This post is for Tisha and all the other parents at Warner Girls Leadership Academy!

University Circle and Wade Oval are two of the biggest supporters, in Cleveland, who celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The institutions that make up this amazing neighborhood of arts and culture have come together to commemorate  the life of this amazing man!

Just alone today, I have listed organizations offering FREE admission to their facility or discounted admission to their specials programming.  However, check these institutions as many have free events planned all week!!
University Circle Inc. will provide a FREE shuttle bus to take visitors to the participating organizations in University Circle. The shuttle will run from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  :

Cleveland Botanical GardenMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 20  from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

FREE Admission
From 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Garden will have a special program where children will learn about seeds and plants important to African-American Culture. The kids will then use the seeds and plants to make a craft.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Visitors of all ages are invited to take part in a day filled with activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy hands-on family art projects, gallery activities, Art Stories, the museum’s Art Cart, and live performances in the atrium.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Winter Discovery Day
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission

The Museum will host a variety of exciting programs during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
– Meet their curators and see specimens from their collections
– Activities and demonstrations with scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University
– Mini shows in the Shafran Planetarium – just $1 per person
– Visit our new exhibit Nature’s Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees, $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
(Recommended for those 13 & older.)
– Hands-on activities in the Smead Discovery Center
– Live animal shows
– Movies in Murch Auditorium
– Information from Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

Cleveland Orchestra
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances.  Spend the day or spend an hour at Severance Hall, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Celebration: Drum Major for Change
Monday, January 20
1:00 p.m.
Free Admission
The Cleveland Public Library honors Dr. King’s life and legacy at our annual commemorative celebration. Distinguished guests include keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Blanton Harper, Jr. of the New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, the Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, and the Cleveland Municipal School District’s All City Arts Drumline. All are welcome to join the celebration. A community reception follows the event.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Honor the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at our annual free admission day.  The celebration begins at 11:30am with The Honorable Louis Stokes, U.S. Congressman from Ohio (retired).  He will be interviewed by The Plain Dealer‘s Brent Larkin with a Q & A session to follow.  At 2pm follow us next door to The Temple-Tifereth Israel for a performance of A Conversation Among Icons: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Gandhi.  The one-act play portrays the conversations that ensue when Dr. King is visited by Rosa Parks and Gandhi in prison.  Guided tours of our permanent collections – An American Story and The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery – and our special exhibition, TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair, will be available throughout the day.

MOCA Cleveland
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Spend your day off engaging with the exhibitions on view while exploring Cleveland’s newest cultural icon. Special activities planned for this day include community mobile making, fabric weaving, video projections, ArtSquad crafts, and guided tours at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Guests can tour the exhibits, get a preview of the carousel, enjoy a hands-on kids activity, and shop great deals in the museum store. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be $8. For a full description of the activities, download the PDF on the right-hand side of the page.

Case Western Reserve University
Film Screening and Discussion – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Tuesday, January 21
6:00 p.m.
Wolstein Building Auditorium (2103 Cornell Road)
Free Admission
A 2013 American historical fiction drama film directed by Lee Daniels is loosely inspired by the real-life of Eugene Allen, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler to eight presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.  A discussion will follow the screening.  This event – part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Week programming –  is co-sponsored by The Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity.

Case Western Reserve University
Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Washington Post reporter and author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood
Friday, January 24
12:30 p.m.
Amasa Stone Chapel (10940 Euclid Avenue)
Free Admission 
For more information, go to

Those institutions charging a fee:

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
Sunday, January 19
7:15 p.m.
The film, produced by Ely Landau and recently restored to its long unseen, complete and uncut 185-minute version, uses extensive archival news footage to paint a sweeping, detailed picture of the years 1955 to 1968. The movie includes some complete speeches by Dr. King, as well as stirring testimonials by movie stars of the era (Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, et al.).

University Circle Inc.
The Rink at Wade Oval
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission; $3 Skate Rentals
The Rink at Wade Oval will be open special hours in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Stop by and find out what makes The Rink one of the most popular locations in the city!

Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Half-Price Admission ($4)
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your community at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. The museum will be honoring Dr. King with a special “I Have a Dream” Cloud Collage that visitors can add to from 11:00am- 4:00pm.  Children can write or draw their dream for a better world on special cloud paper then add it to the Cloud collage.  Also, enjoy SANDstruction and the museum’s 3 permanent exhibits; Big Red BarnBridges to Our Community and Splish! Splash!.

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University Circle Inc.
10831 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

So get out today and enjoy these free events as the world reflects on the life, dream and ultimate  sacrifice of a man who wanted something better for all of humanity.


Happy Frrrreeeeee Hunting!

Festival Week – Day 2 @ Carly’z Corner

Town Square

Downtown Bedford is listed as an Ohio Historic District.It is hosting the 49th Annual Strawberry Festival. (Visit their website:,or click on the link below for more information) The museums will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-5pm .

No admission charge/free parking and free entertainment—a fun family event.

Psst!…here is a coupon for a discount on a special strawberry treat! (Just click the link below)

Strawberry Sundae Deluxe: 50 cents off Deluxe Strawberry Shortcake Sundae


Bedford Public Square
650 Broadway Ave.
PO Box 46282
Bedford, Ohio 44146

Car Show

Museum open daily 2 to 4 PM

On Bedford Public Square and Downtown Historic District Bedford Ohio

South Park and Broadway,
Depot location: Lat: N41° 23.414 Long. W081° 32.057,
GPS: 750 Broadway, Bedford

June 7
6 to 11
June 8
Noon to 11
June 9
Noon to 8
7 to 11 PM
Ronnie Fiorentino & Band
1:30 to 4PM
Carl & Judy Smith Country!!
5:30 – 6:30PM
Keyed Up Quartet
7 to 11PM
Back From France
Lost State of Franklin
1 to 3:00PM
2:30 to 3:30 PM
Bedford Community Band
4 to Close
AKA Band
6 to 10 PM
Rides and skill games for children and adults!!
Nature Tracks
Jungle Terry
2 TO 4pm
Fyfe and Drum Corp
7:30 PM

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


Museum Week – Finale

Today is first time that you are taking little Johnny to visit the museum.  Your phone rings and you take your eyes off of little Johnny for one minute only to hear the tour guide sternly say “no touching the art!”  You turn to see little Johnny’s hand on the world renowned 16th Century painting of Mona Lisa created by Leonardo da Vinci.  Do you feel flushed as if you’re going to pass out?  Are you asked politely to leave?

Maybe, little Johnny’s first museum experience may not be best suited at the MOCA, Cleveland Museum of Art or even The Akron Art Museum.  There are museums created/designed with the child spirit in mind!  They encourage the visitor to touch and interact with the art……it is the CHILDREN’S Museum!

Here in Cleveland, we are privileged to have The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.  


The Children’s Museum of Cleveland was first established in 1981 by a coalition of parents, educators and civic leaders. Over the past two decades, the Museum has evolved from merely providing outreach programs and one traveling exhibit, to being known as the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to young children in the Cleveland area.

The Vision:

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is to be “the” Northeast Ohio destination and resource for all young children, parents and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, interactive play that accelerates the child’s creativity, development and education.

The Mission:

In line with community, market, and societal needs, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is dedicated to providing unique, innovative, and impactful experiences, exhibits, and education programming, within and outside of the Museum, that will foster learning and development in all children ages birth-8; with a special emphasis on birth-5.

The museum’s admission rate is $7 per person with infants 11 months and under being free.  However, the museum has other special admission free days.  For example, this weekend is:

Armed Forces Weekend
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19
FREE admission for your immediate family with a military ID
“Cards for Troops” at Noon

 Recently, the museum offers free admission to the public on every first Monday of each month!!! Check the link above for more details.

I also just found out there are children’s museums all over the world.  I located a website for the Association of Children’s Museums which lists every children’s museum in the United States and around the world which participate in this association.  One great feature of this association is if you decide to become a member of any one of these children’s museums, you are able to use your membership at anyone of these museums in the world and receive a 50% discount on admission!!!!

Note:  The museum membership must be a premium membership showing the ACM Reciprocal Network logo, though.  Sadly, our Children’s Museum of Cleveland does not participate in this association.  However, I will be contacting the museum to see how we can become a participant!

Keep following my blog as next weeks theme will focus on all the FREE music events going on in and  around Northeast Ohio.

Happy FREEEEE hunting!



Museum Week – Day 4

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is quite an interesting museum.  It rose from humble beginnings in 1920 from the vision of a small group of people passionate about the natural sciences.  When I think of CMNH, I picture dinosaurs, fossils, and animal shows.  Oh no!, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is far more than that.


“The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience.  Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world.

The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs are offered frequently. Amenities include the Museum Store, Blue Planet Café, outdoor picnic tables and on-site parking.

Behind the scenes, curators work in 11 natural science disciplines. Their research helps inform the Museum’s many educational programs. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio.

The Museum is located in the heart of University Circle, just five miles east of downtown Cleveland. It is open daily, except for major holidays, and is accessible for those with physical challenges,” boasts their website.

I was very excited to see that the museum offers “the Natural Areas Wine Tour”.    Imagine that, wine-tasting while exploring some of Ohio’s great wineries and all offered by a museum, who knew!

Although not FREE!  I still think that this is a great deal and a great way to socialize….. exercise…… and explore!

About the Natural Areas Wine Tour

Trips will be limited to 30 participants. Hikes start at 10 am and end around noon. Participants will then travel to the designated winery for a light lunch and wine tasting. Group leaders will recap the morning’s events and answer questions about the natural areas visited. Each trip is $35 per person. There are a total of 5 tours running from June 1, 2013 through to September 28, 2013.

There are some great lectures and programs that are open and FREE to the public! So check out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s website or I click on the link at the top of this post for your convenience.  

Stayed tuned for the 5th and final day of  “Museum Week” !