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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Walk All Over Waterloo Celebrates the Neighborhood's New Additions and Plenty of Art This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Back in 2007, Northeast Shores Development Corporation conducted a study to determine the best strategy for revitalizing Collinwood’s historic Waterloo Arts District. Seven years and roughly $5.5 million later, organizers at Northeast Shores recently announced October’s Walk All Over Waterloo as the anticipated date of completion of Project Light Switch – their collective initiative including the streetscape, new parking lots and new restaurants and art-related businesses.

However, major construction projects like these are rarely, if ever, on schedule (or budget). Perhaps it was a bit of wishful thinking to hope for so many independent projects to coordinate so perfectly. Despite many things still being very much in-progress, the passionate, creative residents of Waterloo are still ready to celebrate the positive changes taking place all over their neighborhood, even if everything's not quite ready yet. The best part is, you’re invited to join in the festivities.

Friday’s Walk All Over Waterloo will feature a number of events throughout the arts district. The Slovenian Workman’s Home hosts a soft opening of Alan Glazen’s (ABC/XYZ Taverns) The Waterloo Brew (located inside the Slovenian Workman’s Home). Visitors can sample their new Cleveland Cheesesteak sandwiches and house-made sausages – all grilled right behind the bar. Stop by to try their new house brew, a craft pale ale. Collinwood’s own Lawrence Daniel Caswell will be spinning records Friday evening.

Friday will also feature a sneak peak at the new Millard Fillmore Presidential Library (15615 Waterloo Rd.), promising “very few books, and a definite sarcastic attitude, but lots of beers, pizza and good times,” according to Northeast Shore’s press release. This new pub and pizzeria is the brainchild of Tom Bell, best known for opening Tremont’s Flying Monkey Pub. The Fillmore will host its grand opening on Friday Oct. 24 with readings by local poet Raymond McNiece inspired by the former US President.

At the East end of Waterloo (16006 Waterloo Rd.), Cyclops Tattoo will celebrate its grand opening with a free music celebration. Inside that same building, Gallery One Sixty will host the opening reception for Timothy Joyce’s exhibition of paintings, No Permission.

“Timothy Joyce is Cleveland's wayward son come home,” says Gallery One Sixty’s owner Bryon Miller. “His work speaks to the soul. It represents basic emotions of love, fear, anger, and envy. He is a voice long overdue to be heard.”

Outside the gallery, in the adjacent lot, the Waterloo Sculpture Garden hosts Carvin’ and Paintin’, a Halloween-themed opportunity for families to decorate pumpkins for local Waterloo businesses. Guests can enjoy a mini cookout and a Halloween movie as well.

Across the street (16013 Waterloo Rd.), Collinwood resident Allison Lukacsy presents Yarn 'n Yesterday, a tribute to the sights and sounds of the former Euclid Beach Park. Stop by for Hymphrey Company’s famous popcorn balls, enlarged reproductions of postcards and photos and Sound Clouds by Collinwood artists Chris Kulcsar and Lukacsy. The piece features a number of anecdotes and memories recorded during the YARN n YOGA event this summer. A number of textile panels were stolen from the YARN 'n YOGA event, and this event will feature a number of reactionary works.

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern will host a free Pre/Post Party for Pete Yorn’s concert. The event features Cellar Door Cleveland’s co-owner, Justin Markert, spinning vinyl. The fun continues on Saturday, as the Beachland debuts its new menu, and hosts Rocktober – a free concert celebrating the completion of the streetscape. Also on Saturday, the merchants of Waterloo will throw a street-wide Streetscape Overstock Sale to blow out overstock and get ready for fall.

As usual, art is the focus of the Walk All Over Waterloo Event. Waterloo Arts hosts an artist talk and opening reception for Oleander, Paintings of Martha Ferrazza. Ferrazza was one of the founding artists of Waterloo Arts (then known as Arts Collinwood). The artist talk begins at 5:30pm, and the opening reception follows from 6-9pm. Next door, the Callaloo Café presents live music by Me Got Fire.

Rumor has it that Loren Naji’s Satellite gallery will finally open its doors after months of bureaucratic delays. Get over there early before the authorities find out he’s loose. The space will feature installations on both the inside and outside.

Space:ROCK gallery offers another opportunity to see an exhibition of photos by legendary local music photographer George Shuba. The show’s focus is his photos from the mid-to-late sixties – including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. Also, stop by the Maria Neil Art Project for an additional chance to see the work of accomplished local artists Cathie Bleck and Amy Casey.

Sure, some of the changes may still be in progress, but things are getting better every day on Waterloo. And that’s enough reason to stop and celebrate with some pretty amazing people. Don’t miss this Friday’s Walk All Over Waterloo. 

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