I have been thinking about writing a post on my “Cleveland Bucket List.” Then The Plain Dealer goes and beats me to it! Well, sort of. Last week they published “100 things to do in Cleveland for the summer of 2013.” The list is pretty good and spans most of Northeast Ohio.
Here are 18 highlights I’d like to add to my own list:
28. Get gussied up for the art party of the year, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual Summer Solstice Party, Saturday, June 22.
31. Grab a seat on the street for the music and fireworks at the Cleveland Orchestra’s Monday, July 1, “Star-Spangled Spectacular” on Public Square. I did this a few times when I was younger. Maybe it’s time to return.
38. Relax on the lovely grounds of the Holden Arboretum at a Tuesday night Summer Garden concert, 6:30 p.m., through Aug. 27. Visiting the Arboretum has been on my list for a while.
48. Rock your week with an after-work Wednesday-night Summer in the City outdoor concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, beginning July 17.
51. Take off your shoes and dance in the fountain at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s enchanting Hershey Children’s Garden. Any visit to the Gardens will be worth your time.
52. Take in the beauty of the bridges and river with an umbrella drink on Shooters’ patio, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland. Ready for the Flats revival? You should be!
57. Raise a mug at Great Lakes Burning River Fest, Friday-Saturday, July 26-27, at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island.
62. Get some satisfaction with the new Rolling Stones exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Again, any exhibit is worth the visit. I went in 2009 to see the Woodstock exhibit.
64. Spend a classic night with the Cleveland Orchestra under the stars at Blossom Music Center. I’ve done this before, too. But packing a picnic and grabbing lawn seats sounds perfect just about now.
65. Explore Cleveland’s diversity with an afternoon drive or walk through the Cultural Gardens.
67. Be WOWed at Wade Oval Wednesday. They’ll supply the sounds and sights (and cash bar), you bring the picnic.
74. Spend the day with some of Cleveland’s most famous residents — who are 6 feet under — from James A. Garfield to John D. Rockefeller, at the scenic and historic Lake View Cemetery.
75. Enjoy a local brew on the patio of Market Garden Brewery after shopping for local produce and baked goods at the West Side Market next door. I have the first half done, but it’s about time I return to the Market. It did just celebrate it’s centennial!
76. Grab a counter seat for a root-beer float at old-school Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop, 6800 Detroit Ave., Cleveland.
80. Take your time machine, er, car 50 years back in time and 50 miles east to the kitschy strip in Geneva-on-the-Lake: burger joints, ice-cream stands, mini-golf, arcades and more.
83. Sip one of the best mojitos in town on the streetside patio at Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar, 3120 Bridge Ave., Cleveland.
84. Sign up your little Picasso for a Saturday-morning art class at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Okay, I just included this because I took those classes throughout my childhood. Memories…
96. Try the cavatelli, and the gelato, and the cannoli, and the pizza, and the sausage, and the . . . at the 115th Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland’s Little Italy, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 15-18.