Friday, October 21, 2016

'World’s Longest Cleveland Sports Parade' Departed from Utah This Morning, Will Arrive in Cleveland Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

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Weston Wride. Remember him? He’s the Cleveland sports fanatic (arguably the only kind of Cleveland sports fan) who celebrated the Cavaliers’ historic championship with a parade in Provo, Utah. His parade, a few blocks total and comprising 19 close friends and family, quickly went viral and was covered by GQ and a number of other media outlets. When Scene last spoke with Wride in August, he was in the planning stages of another, more ambitious parade in honor of the Cavs: a cross-country parade from his current home in Provo to his hometown, Cleveland.

He’s calling it “Cleveland is Calling - World’s Longest Cleveland Sports Parade.”

The itinerary, which you can find on the group’s Facebook page, and spirit remain the same as they were when Wride spoke with Scene in August — visit Clevelanders living elsewhere on a sportsman’s pilgrimage — but there have been some important developments behind the scene.

Unfortunately, Wride’s Kickstarter campaign fell far short of the $16,500 goal, some sponsorship opportunities have fallen through, and he has had to come out of pocket for a lot of expenses—insurance, travel, etc. However, Wride has found local donations in Provo, and sponsorship in Destination Cleveland and help from the Cleveland Indians.

“In addition to providing Cleveland giveaways, we’re reaching out to media in the rally cities to help Weston attract a crowd of both Cleveland and Cavs fans. We see the rallies as a great way to boost Cleveland pride and ultimately help change perceptions about the area,” Jennifer Kramer of Destination Cleveland told Scene.

Destination Cleveland has included “Cleveland is Calling…” in their fall marketing campaign, a “Coming Home”-themed venture into markets across the Great Lakes, Midwest and Toronto. And for a lucky attendee that signs up for their newsletter at one of the rallies can win airfare, lodging and tickets for two to the Cavs’ opener.

“When you wait 52 years for a championship, the victory party lasts all year long,” Kramer said.

Wride contacted the Indians organization, who recently partnered with Destination Cleveland and TBS for pre- and post-game segments during the ACLS, and received official merch to distribute to those Clevelanders Wride expects to meet at the scheduled rallies.

“We’re very supportive of what he’s doing, for his pride of the city and the Cavs,” said Joel Hammond, Assistant Director of Communications for the Cleveland Indians.

For the organization’s contribution, Wride painted a panel of the Believemobile, a donated wine and gold-painted ‘93 Ford F-150 he will be driving across the country, to the World Series-bound Indians.

The final rally of the cross country parade will be held in Tremont’s Lincoln Park on Oct. 25, the day the world champions receive their rings and the World Series begins.

For those looking to follow Wride on the journey, he has hired a crew of four to do social media, photography and videography for the duration of the cross country parade.

Though Wride has not applied for consideration, Scene also reached out to Guinness World Records to see if Wride’s parade was a record setter. A representative of the company told Scene, “[a] parade must be a continuous procession of people and floats (with no gaps), with the people in the parade performing a specific function rather than simply walking the parade route, e.g. performing in a marching band, twirling a baton, or carrying a banner.” Simple enough. Unfortunately, there are no standing records for the shortest, longest or fastest parade. If there were, Wride would certainly be competitive for all three records. Winning seems to be the theme of 2016 in Cleveland.

Regardless, Wride, with his esoteric optimism all Cleveland sports fans have, hopes the Cavaliers will be accepting rings again this time next year.

“If it goes well and we have people on board and love the feel of it, we’ll do it again next year with completely different route.”

Wride and his crew departed this morning, Oct. 21, and will be arriving in Cleveland’s Lincoln park in the afternoon Oct. 25, the day that the stars align in Cleveland and a day that will be remembered for quite some time.

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Indians Say Charlie Sheen Won't Throw World Series First Pitch, Fans Now Stump for John Adams

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM

A reportedly stern representative for the Cleveland Indians told that Charlie Sheen would not be throwing out a World Series first pitch.

The Indians official gave no explanation, but the denial flies in the face of the social media agitators and Petition.orgyers who have been clamoring for a pitch from the actor who portrayed "Wild Thing" Ricky Vaughn in the 1989 Cleveland Indians classic Major League. (We ought to reiterate that you can see Major League for $1 at Cleveland Cinemas on Monday.) 

And as you probably saw, Sheen was game.  

But now that the Indians have slammed the door on that possibility — at least for now — fans are agitating for other celebrities. In terms of local stars, a poll has Indians home run champ Jim Thome and LeBron James as top vote-getters. Poor Jose Mesa is in last place by a mile. 

And unexpectedly, a vocal contingent is now stumping for drummer John Adams, one of the most loyal fans in franchise history. He's been playing his bass drum in the bleachers at just about every home game since 1973. Adams has already thrown two first pitches — he's even had a bobblehead day in his honor — so this wouldn't be unheard of.

A Facebook group dedicated to the cause has asked that fans reach out to the Indians front office to let them know that "we want John."  

A Facebook group stumping for a first pitch from former Cavaliers guard Bob Sura has not — we're very sorry to report — yet been mobilized. 
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Will Be in Cleveland Friday, Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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You probably watched the third presidential debate this week and maybe even the Al Smith dinner speeches last night, but if you're still in the mood for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's policy talk and/or "You're the puppet!" banter, well, they're here to please.

Clinton is in town today, speaking at Cuyahoga Community College downtown at 4:30 p.m. Find details and RSVP here. Doors open at 2:30.

Trump will speak at the I-X Center at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Doors open at 4 p.m. Find details and RSVP here. Trump held a rally at the I-X Center earlier this year, a simpler time when protesters were routinely and giddily thrown out of events and, e.g., the city of Chicago erupted in violence. 

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This Giant Sandworm is One of Our Favorite Halloween Decorations This Year

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:57 AM


As Halloween approaches, local artist Heather Lee McClellan may have the coolest lawn decoration in Cleveland. Wanting to make a big statement in her new neighborhood, McClellan created this life-size sandworm in her front yard. Creatively designed, the worm’s body comes out of the ground in four parts – a highly rendered and expressive head (well, two heads really), a tail and two separate body pieces that create an archway over the path to the home’s front door that each trick-or-treater will have to pass through on their way to and from the house on Halloween.

“I've always loved the movie Beetlejuice, and Halloween is the perfect time of year to feature all of its creative glory,” McClellan explains. “My dad has since passed away, but when I was young He would make lawn characters for Christmas. He'd cut them out of wood and I'd help him paint the Looney Tunes or Disney characters. I think of it a little like I'm carrying on his tradition.”

After receiving her BFA in Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art, McClellan and her family traveled to Vietnam and the Philippines, where she studied master techniques in lacquer and serigraphs, respectively.

The Sandworm can be viewed on the front lawn of 2265 Stillman Rd. in Cleveland Heights through Halloween.

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Country Singer-Songwriter Cam Excited to Return to Playing Clubs After a Summer of Playing Amphitheaters

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:48 AM

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Given that she’s recently received Country Music Association nominations for Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year in addition to being nominated as New Female Vocalist of the Year, it’s surprising to hear California-born singer/songwriter Cam say that she originally just thought she’d work behind-the-scenes as a songwriter rather than become a performer.

Her latest album, last year’s Untamed, has been a smash hit and successfully marries pop and country impulses. She performs at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Thirsty Cowboy in Medina.

“I was shy about playing guitar,” she says in a phone interview. “I played it quietly. I never wanted to be the center of attention. I would play quietly in my room. That’s why I always thought I would be a songwriter. The more I got into music, the more I realized I had a lot of opinions about how I wanted it to sound. I took that to mean I should be an artist.”

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Local Rock Band MOSSOM Shows Support for Indians With New Song 'Tribe Rallycry'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Local singer-bassist David Moss, who heads up the local power duo MOSSOM, has deep ties to Northeast Ohio. He grew up in Amish country in Geauga County and moved back to Northeast Ohio in 1999 after attending college out of state.

As a tribute to the Tribe’s first trip to the World Series in nearly 20 years, he’s released the hard-driving anthem “Tribe Rallycry,” which he’s offering as a free download.

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Music Settlement’s Center for Music Therapy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With a Free Concert

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams, the Music Settlement ranks as one of the nation's oldest community schools of music. It has provided early childhood education since 1955 and music therapy since 1966. To celebrate its 50th anniversary of offering music therapy, the Music Settlement will host a free concert and a ticketed event the following evening.

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