How do you experience the world? Is it all domestic and one-dimensional, or are you the worldly type who can appreciate playing away and playing at home? Maybe both? Either way, this week’s Fresh Start should scratch the itch. Start with a Pulitzer Prize–winning foreign affairs columnist visiting Akron, then head to Tremont for a worldly collection of arts and artists. After that, cool your heels with the sights, sounds, flavors and smells of an autumnal heartland festival in the Cuyahoga Valley. The world is in your backyard, so put the passport away and scroll through these three shindigs.
Tremont by Foot (and Feel) in the Fall
It's no secret that the Tremont ArtWalk is one of Cleveland's very best visual art traditions. The long-running, multi-venue gallery hop on the city's west side is held on the second Friday of every month, with October's installment dropping this Friday, October 8 from 6 - 10 pm. With too many galleries, studios and artists to mention, this ArtWalk features the 10th Anniversary of the Doubting Thomas Gallery, featuring a "Founders' Show" with the works of Laureen Deveney, Joan of Art, Ann Cantillon, Mark Hopkins, Robert Ritchie, "dr. trease" and Joan of Art. A vehicle for everything from live music and mixed-media visuals to performance art dining, the ArtWalk is a must-do. And with the fall chill in the air, a divine post-stroll tipple at a Tremont watering hole is a must, too. Learn more here.
Cropped in the Cuyahoga
No two ways about it, Hale Farm & Village is a great retreat. And where better than in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley than to celebrate the autumnal arts? Pumpkin carving/painting, hay rides, apple butter, cider and crafts are a part of the Hale Farm’s Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 10 am - 5 pm. Well-practiced artisans offer a slice of life in 19th century America on the grounds, with spinning, candlemaking, Civil War history and more de rigueur throughout the weekend. It's great fun for kids and families, and certainly an interesting stop on a weekend tour through the valley. Flesh out a whole weekend plan by clicking here, too.