Last weekend we traveled to Cleveland,Ohio, for their 29th Annual Irish Cultural Festival. There were four or five times over the past ten years that we’ve enjoyed these Celtic festivities with our very good friends Mike and Suzanne Flynn. Each one has good memories connected and 2011 adds to that bank. We had a great time listening to music, taking in the cultural exhibits, shopping the Irish booths, sampling the brews, watching people and sharing life and laughs.
Of course, the recent Midwest temps of around 100 degrees and 90% humidity did make it less appealing to sit in a fairgrounds building or at a bandstand for daytime events. But,….we improvised. The air conditioning in the motorhome was working just fine, so we made our own festival schedule. Since we were parked on the fairgrounds where the Irish Fest took place, we could come and go as we chose. We worked in time for a good mix of everything, including our Celtic airbrush tattoos.
The evenings weren’t quite as sweltering and there was still a wide selection of entertainers. For instance, three of our favorites this year were a group called Girsa, seven young women with beautiful voices who interchangeably played the guitar, bohran, keyboards, accordion and fiddle; The New Barleycorn, a local trio of men who pleased the crowds with their renditions of the traditional Irish fare and the High Kings, four guys all based in Ireland who brought the house down with their talent and enthusiasm. And no Irish Fest would be complete without the sounds of the bagpipes and the energetic young dancers….just the icing on the cake. We had a good weekend of entertaining ourselves and being entertained, while staying reasonably comfortable.
But speaking of being comfortable, how about good eats? There were also some extracurricular dining ingredients thrown into the mix for the Cleveland trip. Suzanne and Mike suggested we go in search of an Italian restaurant called Geraci’s that they saw on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Well, Guy sure didn’t steer us wrong on this one. We decided on their hearth-baked pizza and were very pleased we did. The marinara sauce was especially tasty and the crust is just right! When we’re in town again, maybe we’ll try a spaghetti dish with that scrumptious marinara sauce. Then, on Sunday we had an outstanding brunch at the 100th Bomber Brigade Restaurant near the airport. It’s an interesting place, with memorabilia of the WWII bombers and crew throughout the facility. Then there’s the array of superb food. It’s difficult to describe the quality selections; shrimp, crab, prime beef, fajitas and omelets to order, chicken marsala, and too many cheesecake and other desserts to list. That’s just a smidgeon of the menu. And everything tastes fantastic.
We enjoyed being out on the road in Ferd for a few days after working on our half-time home for the past few months. And it was doubly nice that we had Mike and Suzanne to share ‘ a wee bit o fun in Cleveland.’
Glad you stopped in at Hurley Travels. Talk to you later.