Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Progressive Field is the hottest place to be this summer and not just because of our fabulous Cleveland Indians and some pretty awesome concerts set to play there. The stadium will also host to Our Lady of the Wayside‘s Grapes and Ale fundraiser.

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Our Lady of the Wayside is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. All proceeds from Grapes and Ale benefit this amazing organization, which is expanding services into Summit County to help even more people!

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Progressive Field will once again host this fabulous evening on Friday, May 19. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants, including Smokin’ Rock & Roll, Melt, The Aurora Inn, 100th Bomb Group, and more.

There will also be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner. Your hosts for all this food and fun will be Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 News, Chip Kullik from Majic 105.7, Jeremiah from Q104, and Marc Bona from cleveland.com.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $50 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, entertainment by The Ace Molar Band featuring Todd Meany from Fox 8 News, and access to take your chance to win fabulous Chinese auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus hors d’oeuvres from The Garden Grille & Bar and desserts from Cupcake Cravings.

You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can head over to my Instagram page at @whycle for details on how to enter to win two general admission tickets to the event!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Wild Kratts Live Giveaway!

I love that so many kids shows now have live tours to put you up close and personal with your favorite characters. The PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is one of those fun, popular shows that is returning to Akron this fall with a live stage show.

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Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is coming to E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Sunday, November 19 at 1pm. You can take advantage of an exclusive presale offer by clicking here and entering code KRATTS to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets show right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me who you’d take to see Wild Kratts LIVE!

2. Visit Wild Kratts and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @WildKrattsOffic and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to see @WildKrattsOffic LIVE! thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/04/25/why-wild-kratts-live-giveaway-2 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will end on Sunday, April 30 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Wild Kratts LIVE! In exchange, I will receive 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Recess on Detroit!

Last night, members of Playhouse Square Partners and friends took to the Gordon Square Arts District for Recess on Detroit. The “recess” theme started last year with Recess on 25th. The event is a scavenger hunt through local businesses that not only puts you in touch with some of the cool places in a neighborhood, but also raises money for the Playhouse Square Bus Fund.

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Our evening kicked off at Old City Libations, where we enjoyed signature cocktails made with Old City Soda, as well as the chicken paprikash pierogi (OMG, so good).

From there, it was next door to the Near West Theatre, which moved into it’s beautiful new space in 2015 (I know that because it was a question on our scavenger hunt). While we weren’t able to go inside, we did get a fun photo opp in front of the marquis.

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Next up was Superelectric Pinball Parlor. This bright, fun, retro establishment boasts tons of pinball games to enjoy, as well as cool artwork to take in while you play.

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Finally, we ended our hunt with a sweet treat at Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop. Matthew and I shared the Bob Feller Sundae. While I’m not usually one to share ice cream, this sundae was large and rich and definitely good to split.

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Salted caramel ice cream is drenched in hot fudge and topped with Spanish peanuts, caramel corn, whipped cream, and a cherry. It’s the baseball classic Cracker Jack in ice cream form!

The scavenger hunt also encouraged to pick one other Gordon Square business to patronize, so we popped into the fun and funky Land of Plenty: Vintage and Modern, where I picked up an adorable postcard (watch your mail) and an equally adorable purple beaded bracelet.

It was back to Old City Libations to hear the results and while our team didn’t win the scavenger hunt, I feel like we’re all winners for having a fun night in a cool neighborhood for a great cause!

If you’re interested in checking out a Playhouse Square Partners event, our always-popular Trivia Night is happening on Wednesday, May 24 at Kennedy’s Theatre at Playhouse Square. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I am the vice co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Grapes Under Glass!

What happens when Heinen’s – Downtown Cleveland and The 9 Cleveland combine to put on an event? You get Grapes Under Glass: An Unprecedented Wine Tasting Event.

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All events will take place in the stunning Cleveland Trust Rotunda, a truly unique and beautiful place to enjoy a glass (or two or three) of wine. You will have access to wines from wineries such as Duckhorn, Cline Cellars, Moet Hennessy, Robert Mondavi Winery, and many more.

You’ll also nibble on food paired specifically to the wines, created by The 9’s Executive Chef, Nelly Buleje, as well as Heinen’s culinary team and Chefs Matt Mytro and Paul Minnillo of Flour Restaurant.

On Friday, April 28, there will be a Napa Blue Chip Wine Tasting, with a who’s who of Cabarnet-Sauvignon based wines. On Saturday, April 29, you can participate in various themed Wine Seminars. Then, that evening is the Main Tasting Event, with 23 wineries represented, along with food pairings. The fun caps off on Sunday, April 30 with a Bubbles Brunch (YES!).

Tickets can be purchased for individual events or in an event package, which can include overnight stays at The 9 Cleveland. Click here for more information, including pricing on events and packages, and to purchase tickets.

The Cleveland Trust Rotunda has quickly become a symbol of downtown Cleveland’s renaissance and the perfect place for a high-class event. Grapes Under Glass will be quite the event, so raise a toast!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Grapes Under Glass Main Tasting Event with a guest. Due to scheduling conflicts, I declined my tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? St. Vincent de Paul Society Kentucky Derby Party Giveaway!

It’s almost time for big hats and mint juleps and the Run for the Roses! And you don’t have to travel to Churchill Downs to get in on all the excitement.

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting it’s 17th annual Kentucky Derby Party presented by the Community West Foundation to raise funds to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s multiple hunger centers, which nourish 13,000 men, women, children and seniors each month.

The Kentucky Derby Party will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 4-8pm at Great Lakes Brewing Co. The party will feature a live showing of the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction items up for bid, raffles (you could win up to $1,000), prizes, authentic Derby fare, and mint juleps and Great Lakes Brewing beers.

 

Tickets for the Kentucky Derby Party are $75 and raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Both admission and raffle tickets are currently on sale online.

Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Kentucky Derby Party right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment and tell me what you would name a race horse.

2. Visit St. Vincent de Paul Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @svdpcle and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @svdpcle and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @svdpcle #DerbyDayCLE thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/04/18/why-st-vincent-de-paul-society-kentucky-derby-party-giveaway #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, April 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by St. Vincent de Paul Society to help promote the Kentucky Derby Party. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Beasts ‘n Brews Chilifest!

There aren’t many things I enjoy more than a good outdoor food fest! So, when there’s one that combines a trifecta of chili, craft beer, and live music, you can bet I’m excited! The third annual Beasts ‘n Brews Chilifest returns to Legacy Village on Saturday, April 29 from 1-5pm.

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Local chefs and farms will bring their finest chili for festival goers to sample and vote for in the “Best of the Fest” competition. There will be grass-fed beef chili, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Your $5 admission gets you a personal chili spoon for digging into all the tasty goodness.

After enjoying all that chili, you can quench the fire on your palate with a selection of local craft beers from a variety of breweries and cocktails from Watershed Distillery available for purchase. Then relax and listen to local bluegrass musicians to cap off a fun day!

All of this fun and food benefits North Union Farmers Market‘s mission of championing local foods, specifically targeting their education and accessibility programming.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Beasts ‘n Brews, click here.

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Please Touch!

A couple weeks ago, Jeffrey, my mom, and I headed to the Akron Art Museum to see the amazing Please Touch exhibition.

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Please Touch puts aside traditional museum rules of behavior and encourages visitors of all ages to touch all the artwork.

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You can spin the wheels of “Today I Feel” or express yourself on this sweet message board.

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You can experiment with this fun face or move around all these colorful shapes, too.

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Jeffrey also loved the windows with cool critters (AKA the “Horrible Adorables”) inside and fun stories to find.

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All the artists who worked on Please Touch are from the Northeast Ohio region and have created something truly unique, fun, and special for kids of all ages!

Beyond just the exhibition itself, there are tons of fun toys to keep your kids entertained in the beautiful lobby of the Akron Art Museum.

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This was such a wonderful way for Jeffrey to experience art and to feel like a part of it! Please Touch is a gift of the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and is open at the Akron Art Museum through July 16. And the Akron Art Museum offers Free Thursdays as a gift of the J.M. Smucker Company, so that’s a great thing to keep in mind as you plan your visit!

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Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party Giveaway!

Cleveland loves good food and loves a party! So, a party designed to celebrate all the great food in Cleveland is bound to be an amazing evening!

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Cleveland Magazine‘s 23rd annual Silver Spoon Awards Party  to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio is happening Wednesday, May 3 at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

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You can enjoy delicious small bites from Cleveland’s top restaurants, unlimited wine samples, silent auctions and raffles, and the chance to check out pieces of Cleveland history all in one place!

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There is also an exclusive VIP lounge with additional small bites, specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman, and a late-night after party.

Tickets are currently on sale for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets online and can save 10% by using promo code WHYCLE at checkout.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to the Silver Spoon Awards Party right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which participating restaurant you’re most looking forward to sampling.

2. Visit Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @silverspooncle and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @SilverSpoonCLE and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend @SilverSpoonCLE thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/04/12/why-silver-spoon-awards-party-giveaway-4 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, April 17 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 complimentary general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Legacy Village Home District Showcase Series!

Are you feeling the impulse to spruce things up for Spring? Not just your wardrobe, maybe your home needs a bit of a refresh too. That’s where the Legacy Village Home District Showcase Series comes in.

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On Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8pm, join Z Gallerie and a designer from Laurel & Wolf for the first event in the Home District Showcase. You’ll get ideas to accessorize your home for spring, tips on spring entertaining, spring tabletop ideas, and more.

Plus, you’ll enjoy refreshments from The Capital Grille and chances to win prizes like a $250 gift card to Z Gallerie.

While the event is free, RSVPs are requested as space is limited. Click here to RSVP. And mark your calendars for the other events in the Home District Showcase, at Crate & Barrel on Wednesday, April 26 on “Bringing the Outdoors In” and at Ethan Allen on Wednesday, May 10 on “How to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like an Oasis.”

Legacy Village has a plethora of Home District stores to help you make your home beautiful inside and out. So, take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about how to do just that!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The First Tee of Cleveland Open Houses!

If you’ve been thinking about getting your kids involved with The First Tee of Cleveland, next Saturday, April 8 is the perfect opportunity to check it out.

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The First Tee of Cleveland will be holding Open Houses at all four of their locations on Saturday, April 8 from 10am-12pm. Here are the locations:

• Washington Golf Course (main campus), 3841 Washington Park Blvd., Newburgh Heights 44105
• The Links Golf Course, 26111 Johns Road, Olmsted Township 44138
• Briardale Greens Golf Course, 24131 Briardale Avenue, Euclid 44123
• Windmill Golf Center, 1511 E. Aurora Road (State Route 82), Macedonia 44056

These Open Houses are free and open to all children ages 6 to 18 and their families. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Open Houses will give you the chance to learn about the First Tee programs, meet the coaches, ask questions, enroll for 2017, and participate in some fun golf activities.

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The First Tee offers programs year-round, such as:

• School Year, After School and Saturdays
• “Try It” sessions: see what you like first, then join.
• Patty Wood Girls Leadership Experience
• Food, Fun and the Nine Healthy Habits™ winter class
• Caddie Class, late winter
• Summer Programs: Weekdays and Saturdays
• Camps in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks
• Outreach Programs in Schools & Community Groups

The mission of the non-profit First Tee of Cleveland is to positively impact the lives of young people ages 6 to 18 across Northeast Ohio by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

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Last year, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the folks from The First Tee of Cleveland and see what they’re all about. You can read about it here.

So, if you want to learn more and get your kids involved in a positive, fun experience, make sure to check out one of these Open Houses, happening rain or shine (or snow) on Saturday, April 8!

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