A year ago, we were invited via Twitter to go on the final CircleTrek Walking Tour of University Circle (@InTheCircle - #CircleTrek) for 2015. We really wanted to go, but unfortunately we had a conflict.
We have been very busy in 2016, and it feels like suddenly it is one year later. Luckily, we saw a tweet announcing the "...final FREE #CircleTrek guided walking tour of the season," and Julie signed us up to attend!
FREE Guided Walking Tours of University Circle!
Explore the past, present, and future of historic, picturesque University Circle. The tours will cover 16 stops over approximately 2 miles, beginning at the Wade Oval Information Center and ending at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tours are FREE, thanks to the support from Motorcars in Cleveland Heights.
- This is the final walking tour of the season!
- Departing at 10:30 a.m, from the Wade Oval Information Center (10820 East Boulevard)
It was a brisk morning on Saturday, October 22, 2016, when we found ourselves with a group of other people interested in learning about our city's University Circle. We were told that this last tour of the year was quite like the first one back in May -- a cool, crisp morning -- but unlike in May, many more people were gathered for this final tour. The tours are free, thanks to the support from Motorcars in Cleveland Heights (@motorcarscle).
Our tweets below show our photos from the day as we made our morning journey around University Circle and Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle). They continue on to show how Stuart spent his afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt). The videos in the tweets about the Cleveland Museum of Art's new Studio Play (very exciting new area) and Centennial Celebration, were so impressive that we decided to also feature them here:
As we were on the tour, we kept finding personal and family connections. This made the tour more interesting to us, as we personally related to the history and current developments of Cleveland's University Circle.
Hearing about how Case Western Reserve University (@CWRU ) was formed in 1967 by the merger of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, we remembered that Stuart's grandfather was a trustee for the University and chairman of their fundraising campaign.
We enjoyed seeing the buildings where we took classes at CWRU.
We fondly remembered when our son earned honorable mention in the 2012 Hessler Street Fair poetry contest, and his many years of being published in the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology.
Julie recognized one of the tour leaders, Bob. He played the part of historical figure Levi Johnson in the Warehouse District "Take a Hike" Cleveland tour, about which we recently wrote.
Learning about the recent developments in Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle), we remembered how we wrote a blog post about attending the opening of the Corner Alley Uptown (@CornerAlleyUC).
On the tour, we were told about Toby's Plaza, located in Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle) near the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland - MOCA (@MOCACleveland), and named in honor of Toby Devan Lewis. Years ago, Stuart worked with Toby Devan Lewis on a fundraising event which featured art from the Progressive Insurance collection (@Progressive). Because of this, we were familiar with Toby Devan Lewis's support of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (@MOCACleveland). We learned on the tour that Toby Devan Lewis is also a board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt).
- After the tour, Stuart spent the afternoon viewing artwork, including the pieces that inspired him in his Cleveland Museum of Art classes as a teenager, and more recently, at the Museum'sannual Chalk Festivals.
Tweets & Retweets
Here are our 56 @sos_jr tweets and retweets relating to University Circle's CircleTrek Walking Tour and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Be sure to see information about the exciting happenings at the art museum.
We have also included some fun with University Circle while the Cleveland Indians were in the World Series!
Please share any photos or information that you find interesting by retweeting.
Since we only saw #CMAKaraWalker briefly the day before it opened, Stuart decided to see it again after the CircleTrek tour.
#CircleTrek Guided Walking Tour 2016
We shared the next two tweets as we learned about the Cleveland connection to Life Savers candy.
Life Savers. Cleveland's Little Confection. Only at Cool History of Cleveland. http://tinyurl.com/4snualk— Michael DeAloia (@techczarcle) February 9, 2011
Cleveland’s Lovely Little Life Savers: https://coolhistoryofcleveland.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/clevelands-love…
Life Savers were invented in Cleveland?! Here's an Ohio food history lesson! http://t.co/iEqsl9vQWP— ODA (@OhioDeptofAg) September 23, 2015
They're beautiful right?!? https://t.co/u83ZTH2Bl8— Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle) October 22, 2016
Be sure to watch the Cleveland Museum of Art's Celebrating 100 Years of CMA video that is in the next tweet:
The day after the tour, we saw the tweet of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture CEO of Karen Gahl-Mills (@KarenGahlMills - @CuyArtsC) sharing Steven Litt's (@steven_litt) article about the Cleveland Museum of Art's (@ClevelandArt) event.
Cleveland Museum of Art completes $320M campaign, which paid for big expansion (photos) https://t.co/G3z2EhOfK0— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) October 23, 2016
Fun with University Circle (@InTheCircle) during the World Series!
Here are the photos from our October 22, 2016, University Circle CircleTrek Walking Tour:
Related Blog Posts
While writing this blog post, we updated our website to create a "University Circle" tag. In doing this, we discovered that we have written 18 blog posts about University Circle and its partner organizations. Please learn more by reading any of these posts that interest you.
Blog Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 -
Think & Drink with the Extinct: Wildlife!
Blog Date: Monday, October 3, 2016 -
A Weekend of Community Art, Including the 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival
Blog Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016 -
PechaKucha: Part of Five Days of Cleveland Creative Free Fun
See the "Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays - University Circle" section.
Blog Date: Monday, August 15, 2016 -
Cleveland Shines at the Republican National Convention
See the "WOW Concert - Wednesday, July 20, 2016" section.
Blog Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 -
Smarter #SocialMedia Tips
In 2015, Stuart was featured in Janet Cho's #SocialMedia Tips article on Cleveland.com (@janetcho - @ClevelandDotcom). In the article, Stuart recommended following University Circle's @InTheCircle on Twitter.
Blog Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 -
Bloggers Night Out in University Circle
Blog Date: Monday, November 9, 2015 -
Think & Drink with the Extinct: Paleontology - Fossils and Ferments
Blog Date: Monday, October 19, 2015 -
Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2015 - A Day of Art & Sharing
Blog Date: Monday, January 5, 2015 -
Cleveland Foundation Day of Family Fun
Blog Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -
Cleveland To Become First 100-Gigabit Fiber Network City!
Blog Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 -
Chalk Festival 2014 - Cleveland Museum of Art
Blog Date: Monday, June 2, 2014 -
May Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval
Blog Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013 -
Cleveland Holiday CircleFest 2013
Blog Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 -
Cleveland Museum of Art's MIX: Underneath
Blog Date: Monday, September 23, 2013 -
2013 Chalk Festival Photos
Blog Date: Friday, January 18, 2013 -
CMA's New Interactive Gallery Opens, plus GCPCUG & CLE Drupal
Blog Date: Thursday, December 27, 2012 -
@ClevelandArt #GalleryOne Crash Party
Blog Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 -
Cleveland Chalk Festival
Blog Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015 -
Fun at @ClevelandDotCom Corner Alley TweetUp
Blog Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -
"Take a Hike," Cleveland! - 2015 & 2016
Blog Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 -
"Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond!
Blog Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 -
"Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Playhouse Square District
We are luckly to have so many things happening in Cleveland. The University Circle's CircleTrek Walking Tours are a great way to learn the area's past and present.