Free Day @ The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Second Sundays

Make memories at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Every second Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Family Day at the CMA 
Bring your family to the museum every second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy free art making activities and programs for all ages. Explore the museum through dance, music, and hands on projects!

On Second Sundays in July, August, and September from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy swing dancing on the south terrace with Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing. The event includes free lessons.

August 10: Creativity Explosion
In partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center, engineer your own playful explorations of the five senses. Collaborate on a community installation and make your own art to take home. Enjoy experiences in the museum’s collection through scavenger hunts, the Art Stories story time program, and Art Cart.

So get out and enjoy!

HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

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Stargazing ….Cherry Springs, Pennsylvania @ Carly’z Corner….

Watch this video from The Weather Channel…#ItsAmazingOutThere...stargazing Cherry Springs, PA

While on my spiritual trek this past  June, we stopped at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.  More specifically, the rest stop placed us in the town called Coudersport.

This was not just some random rest stop that we happened upon.  Oh no!  While being my normal inquisitive (aka nosy) self, I explored the area and saw this:  

Amazing….right! Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago!  Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

However, as I continued to explore and read more about this town I learned that Cherry Springs is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing due to its exceptionally dark skies.

Today the power of stargazing, an ancient activity, has been veiled by light pollution and lost in the luminosity of offices, traffic jams, and arenas. A hundred years ago, a perpetual orange haze did not obscure the Milky Way; light pollution did not exist then. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece, Starry Night, depicts a sky few Americans have seen naturally—bright and mystical. Fortunately, today Van Gogh’s art-inspiring view is not extinct everywhere. At Cherry Springs State Park, anyone who leans back and looks up is sure to experience all the wonderment and awe that coincides with gazing at one of the last, true starry nights.

Since 2000, Astronomers and amateur star-gazers have flocked to remote Cherry Springs from around the country, just to stand and tilt their heads towards the cosmos. After visiting the park in 2007, New York Times writer Dave Caldwell wrote, “On a perfect night, particularly during a new moon, the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows. Star-gazers hold out their hands and look at the shadows on the ground in awe.” While city and suburban star-gazers may only see thirty to a thousand stars speckled across the sky, visitors to Cherry Springs are treated to a brilliant splattering of about 10,000 stars. “You get kind of overwhelmed at how many stars are actually visible,” astronomer Stanley Nawrocki told Caldwell.’ (taken from article written By Erin L. Gavlock, Summer 2009)

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event. It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

I found the Facebook page for Cherry Park Star Party 2013 and it has a host of information on it.  Much more than the website.  There are food vendors and other vendors on site all three days.  So purchasing meals on site is an option.  There are many raffle prizes and door prizes.  Not clear on all the activities but 2 out of the 3 days there are talks given on topics by NASA about Solar telescope viewing to “The Origin of Everything: How Things Got to Be the Way They Are Right Now”.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required. For a single student the cost is $30, single adult is $40, and a single family $55. Now as far as I understand these costs are for the entire 3 day event!  (Psst!…..if you are planning on attending the event with friends, I would recommend you get together and purchase the single family package.  Put it this way….$40 for 3 adults=$120 vs. $55 for a family of three.  I am not promoting dishonesty…but that day!…we will all be Millers!)

Reminder these are the prices for the last star party.  Keep checking their website or their Facebook page for up to date changes in pricing.

If you are interested in attending, I strongly recommend pre-registration as only 500 guests are accepted!

For more information and to register please go to the following website. http://www.astrohbg.org

Although we missed the 2013 STAR PARTY…as it was held on  June 6-9.  We can prepare to attend the 2014 STAR PARTY which will be held June 26-June 29!!!!!

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Our 2013 Star Party was a great success and featured talented speakers and opportunities for observing. The Registration Desk will open at approximately 12 PM on Thursday and will be open at various times throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Free Music Concerts in July @ Carly’z Corner

I have previously blogged about our amazing Cleveland Metroparks! They are truly a vital and vibrant part of Cleveland and her  surrounding  communities.

 They offer a little something for everyone…..whether you want to hike, golf, bike, interact with wildlife, dance or just take in an evening of music.  The Metroparks….has it all!

During the summer, they offer a Summer Concert Series at various parks.  I just wanted to tell you of these….as they are usually right within your community and a great way to get out and meet some of our neighbors and local musical talent.

This weekend…..Look About Lodge located at 37374 Miles Rd in Bentleyville on July 13 between 6p-8p will feature Ferguson 35   (formerly the Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet).

This is a free event! But a $1 per person donation is  greatly appreciated.

Get out and enjoy!

Happy Frreeee Hunting!  

Free Music Concerts for the Month of June @ Carly’z Corner

Did you know that your local county library gives many free music concerts! I have a friend who loves the sound that the ukulele makes and she has learned to play this instrument quite beautifully.

“The ukulele  sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a member of the guitar family of instruments; it generally employs four  nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

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The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquino,timple, braguinha and the rajao taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, many from the Macaronesian Islands.  It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.” – Wikipedia

That brings me to this information that I found just browsing the information board at the library while waiting for my kids to finish with their free library camp @ the Independence Cuyahoga library branch:

Ukulele Sing Along With the Cleveland Jumping Fleas Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Middleburg Heights Branch

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“You can Uke!”

“Where you can learn to play some chords and a song on the world’s happiest instrument-the ukulele!”

Saturday, July 26th @ 2:00pm at the Middleburg Heights Branch

So get out and enjoy!

HAPPY FRREEEEE HUNTING!

 

 

Just Putting It out There…..Free Music @ Porchfest 2014!

This is an awesome community gathering  and display of some of the local musical talent that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has to offer. And it is FREE to the public!

There will be 30 bands playing on 30 porches in the historic community of Larchmere in Cleveland.  The music styles of the bands have such a variety from Reggae, to classical and from Celtic and folk to Rock.

Porchfest will be held this Saturday June 21 2014 from 1pm-10pm. Please check out their website www.larchmereporchfest.org for more information.  They have done something really amazing with their site…each artist has a sampling of their music linked so you can decide on which bands you would like take in and enjoy!

Cleveland is not the only place that has Porchfest!  I Googled “Porchfest” and  found Somerville Massachusetts, Kansas City Missouri, Ithaca New York,Stuart Virginia, Cranbury New Jersey, Westhaven Connecticut, and Tucson Arizona all host a Porchfest in their communities.

So get out and enjoy!

Happy Frrreeeee Hunting!

Just Putting It Out There….25th Annual Parade the Circle @ Carly’z Corner

PARADE THE CIRCLE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Parade the Circle has been an event that my daughters and I will not miss! It is a fun family event filled with color, creative activities and some of the most imaginative displays of artistry.  There is live music and great food.  If you are visiting Cleveland or looking for something FREE to do this weekend, it is a must see!!!

 

The first Parade the Circle burst forth onto Jeptha Drive and up the hill to Wade Oval in 1990 as a trial run for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 75th anniversary in 1991. That first circuitous trek was made by a small but enthusiastic band of some 125 paraders and witnessed by a mere few hundred more. Nonetheless, the seed was sown, and for the celebration of the museum’s anniversary the following year, the number of paraders increased five-fold, showing off before a crowd of 10,000. It was clear that what the museum first imagined as an event solely to celebrate a milestone anniversary was going to become a mainstay of its commitment to community engagement.

Twenty-five years later, Parade the Circle features around 100 ensembles representing 80 schools, churches, and community groups, parading together with professional artists and area families: about 1,500 participants drawing a crowd of more than 75,000. While today’s parade features more sophisticated techniques and materials, the joy of sharing the individual creative visions of area residents, as well as artists local and global, remains unchanged.

This exhibition celebrates Parade the Circle’s 25-year history by showcasing works by artists and community members who have brought their memorable visions to life throughout the years.” (reprinted from The Cleveland Museum of Arts website)

 

HAPPY FRREEEEE HUNTING!!!!!!

 

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