My weekend plans went from nothing planned to really fun when I learned about two free events via Twitter.
I had not planned on writing this blog post about the weekend. I even told people I talked to at the events that I was not going to write about the weekend. However...
I had nothing planned for the weekend. Then, I read about the NEO Cycle (@NEO_Cycle) event in a tweet by Cleveland Scene (@Cleveland_Scene), that linked to things to do in Cleveland the weekend of September 11-13, 2015.
The weekend showcased a large variety of close-to-home adventures (see the "Local Adventures" list below, and the links/photos in my tweets). I attended on Saturday, and had such a good time that I came back on Sunday!
Anyone who knows me well knows of my interest in hiking and backpacking. I attended NEO Cycle with the plan to learn about bike-camping, which I see as a future adventure. I am a long-time member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (@RailsToTrails), and always saw overnight bike trips as a future possibility. While I did get some great advice from some local bike stores, I did not expect to learn about other local adventures.
In addition to the free NEO Cycle event at Cleveland Metroparks' Edgewater Beach, I also learned (via Twitter) that there was a free Cleveland Pops (@ClevePOPSOhio) concert on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Therefore, you will also see links in my tweets for information about @ClevePOPSOhio, and photos from the Cleveland Pops concert.
The concert was a celebration of the kickoff of a new season of entertainment at Playhouse Square (@PlayhouseSquare). It was supposed to be a free outdoor concert under the General Electric (@GELighting) Chandelier. However, the concert was moved to Playhouse Square's beautiful State Theatre due to evening rain.
Photos & Videos
The main purpose of this blog post is to capture these tweets, since they link to activities that I may be interested in doing in the future. Look for links in my tweets about:
Thank you to The Broadway Cyclery (@BroadwayCyclery) for their advice on bike touring. My main interest in attending the event was to get ideas for bike camping, and to begin to learn about touring-style bikes at this event.
Water trail & bike trails in Lorain County - @VisitLorainCNTY @BRaBMultisport (I picked up two maps that interested me. See these websites for: Back Roads & Beaches and Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail. Also, I found on the Lorain County Metro Parks (@LCMetroParks) website: Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail
NEOCycle is OFFICIALLY TAKING OVER Edgewater Park today!!! Rides and races, LIVE music and local food available... http://t.co/3l3DOEeyEf— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) September 12, 2015
Success at 12:01PM. Last night I wrote down a list of items I wanted to get done by noon. The list is done! Now have afternoon free for fun— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) September 12, 2015
Tonight we bike the Shoreway! You can register on-site at Edgewater Park for tonight’s epic Night Ride until 7! #NEOCycle— NEOCycle (@NEO_Cycle) September 12, 2015
Swing by the yelp table at neo_cycle at Edgwater Park today! Take a of 3 out of 5 of our yelp… https://t.co/6Bzg9mO1PF— YelpCleveland (@YelpCleveland) September 12, 2015
It might be chilly and damp, but any day you’re on a bike is a great day! @NEO_Cycle is in full swing—we hope to see you!— Slow Roll Cleveland (@SlowRollCLE) September 12, 2015
Now to @PlayhouseSquare for #free @ClevePOPSOhio #CLEpops concert
"Broadway and All That Jazz." Carl Topilow, conductor; with vocalists Connor Bogart O'Brien and Joan Ellison http://t.co/93MPUHQxfo— Joan Ellison (@joanellison) September 11, 2015
September 12, 2015, Evening #NEOCycle Festivities
WE’RE HIRING! PLEASE SHARE! Line Cook, Merwin’s Wharf (full time) - works efficiently, safely and quickly... http://t.co/AHnqKoKmvA— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) September 13, 2015
September 13, 2015, #NEOCycle
Do you know an entrepreneur who would be great for 1 Million Cups? Tell them to sign up today: http://t.co/8xTP13UIrk— 1 Million Cups CLE (@1MillionCupsCLE) September 11, 2015
Well it's about time guys! https://t.co/Upsqz8xRlT— NEOCycle (@NEO_Cycle) September 13, 2015
Thank you to everyone who rode, raced, jammed, ate, drank this weekend! Too early to start counting down for next year? #NEOCycle— NEOCycle (@NEO_Cycle) September 14, 2015
Are you looking for NEW date ideas? We've got you covered - from chasing waterfalls to feeding a giraffe - here's... http://t.co/2LY2cJ14vu— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) September 21, 2015
Oh, I look forward to learning more! https://t.co/Tik1zNqoMc— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) September 29, 2015
Looks like great fun!! https://t.co/RTgAFYANbM— CleveChristianHome (@CCHCleveland) September 29, 2015
I'm sure you noticed the many tweets of the mural being created. I also need to put in a plug for Rust Belt Monster Collective (@RustBeltMonster). If you are planning a public event, I recommend having them create a mural during your event. Public art created live!
I love how they came up with a bike-themed mural for NEOCycle. See my list of other blogs posts below where you can see their work from other events I attended.
Learn more at: "We are the RUST BELT MONSTER COLLECTIVE"
What Other Say
In my blog posts, I often like to share what others have written about events I attended. If you know of more, please feel free to add a comment with a link to more below. Here are a few that I saw about the weekend:
Other Blog Posts
Here are some related blog posts that you might find interesting:
The Cleveland Pops concert celebrated the kickoff of a new season of entertainment at Playhouse Square. Learn about all the shows in our PlayhouseSquare 2015-2016 Broadway Launch Party! blog post.
See all our blog posts (over 9) tagged "PlayhouseSquare" here.
Cleveland Metroparks blog posts:
Sep 11th 2014 - "Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond!
Jan 5, 2015 - Cleveland Foundation Day of Family Fun
The Sep 23, 2015, Eastside Greenway - A Vision for a Future Eastside Cleveland Bikeway blog post includes information on Cleveland Metroparks' Reservation Master Plans.