Cleveland is a cozy town, and once the winter chill sets in, it gets even cozier. We all spend a little more time snuggled in at home, curled up with a good book or movie, organizing our quarters for optimal winter nesting, and loading up on our favorite comfort foods. This week’s trio of Fresh Start events insures you can enjoy great indoor winter activities by getting out and getting inspired:
A Winter’s Tale Film Feast
Loganberry Books is hosting a cozy little event Wednesday, January 14 at 7PM featuring Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, and Clint O'Connor, film critic for The Plain Dealer, talking up their favorite winter reads and movies. A hearty spread of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine, not to mention the always-tasty Gene's Jazz Hot ensemble, help round out this toasty take on reading circles and film clubs. Tickets are available in advance.
The Ohio Design Centre’s Floor Sample Sale
This stylish annual event offers designer furnishings and interior decor at incredible discounts. It launches this Friday, January 15 and runs throughout the weekend, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Cleveland Furniture Bank, a non-profit organization that provides furniture to needy individuals and families looking for a fresh start. Custom furniture, decorative accessories, area rugs, framed art and mod lighting are among the myriad products available. Interior designers regularly tap into ODC’s stock for their clients, so here’s your chance to design like a pro – and for a good cause. For more information and hours, call 216-831-1245 or visit ODC's website.
Beachland Ballroom’s Polka Brunch
The Browns are done for the season, so spend Sunday enjoying another Cleveland tradition this Sunday, January 17 at 11AM at the Beachland Polka Brunch with the Chardon Polka Band. This all ages show-and-dine, co-sponsored by the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, features accordionist Jake Kouwe, who formed Chardon Polka Band in 2003 after Kouwe’s local high school marching band director rejected his favorite instrument. The result is potent combination of Cleveland polka and wry wit (as witnessed by the group’s cover of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister). The event also features world dance lessons from award-winning dancer Valerie Salstrom of Hep Cat Swing. If you like your polka and eggs scrambled, this will satiate your appetite. We recommend the crème brûlée French toast and egg roulade, though the event promises ethnic specials surely worth sampling.