Cleveland Cultural Gardens thank City Council for OWD Support

Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, thanked Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Kevin Conwell, Jeff Johnson and TJ Dow and the other members of City Council for their support of the 70th annual One World Day in August 2015.

She was joined by One World Day committee members Svetlana Stolyarova, Richard Crepage, Tom Turkaly, Johnny Wu, Angela Shute Woodson, Ken Kovach and Dan Hanson.

Thank you 2015 One World Day Co-Producers

Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu were the Co-Producers of the 2015 One World Day.  It was an extremely successful event with 10,600 visitors to the Cultural Gardens.  All of the Gardens were featured and included.

Ken and Johnny were recognized at the Volunteer Appreciation event.  Great job guys!

 

Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu

Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu

Volunteer Appreciation Event

The One World Day team and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation greatly appreciate the many volunteers from all walks of life who helped out at One World Day.  The volunteers helped make it possible for the 10,600 attendees of One World Day to enjoy the day and experience the Cultural Gardens and Cleveland’s diversity.

An appreciation event was held at Ariel International Center on Sunday September 27, 2015 that featured delicious food (Slyman’s corned beef, dim sum appetizers, Snow Brothers shaved snow and more), games and raffle prizes.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Crawford thanked the volunteers in this short video clip.

 

Here are a few photos of raffle winners and others from the event. One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner Lisa Wong - One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner Mike and Oanh Powell - One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner Pulling a raffle ticket Pulling a raffle ticket One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner Yin Tang - One World Day Volunteer Appreciation event raffle winner

Dance in Lebanese Garden by Ajyal Dabke at One World Day

Ajyal Dabke performed a traditional dance from Lebanon at the future site of the Lebanese Cultural Garden in Cleveland on One World Day 2015. Ajyal Dabke is led by Issam Aboudiab. Ajyal means ‘generations’ in Arabic and the Lebanese national folk dance is the dabke which refers to the foot stamping of the dance.

 

Three Slovak Mamas in Slovak Garden on One World Day

Tri Slovenske Mamicky, the Three Slovak Mothers, performed in the Slovak Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on One World Day 2015. Monika Smid played harmonica (accordion) and sisters Miluba Anderko and Maria Cvicalea sang.

Louis Stokes remembered at 2015 One World Day

Sheila Murphy Crawford is president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and welcomed the crowd to the 2015 One World Day. She asked for a moment of silence in the memory of Congressman Louis Stokes who passed away a few days earlier.

 

Some Firsts at One World Day this Sunday

Some Firsts at One World Day this Sunday

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2015

Cleveland, OH – Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” Though Sunday August 23, 2015 will be the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens it will be special because of many “Firsts.”

For example:

  • For the first time, ALL the gardens will be featured on One World Day. Three complimentary trolleys will provide rides and a guided tour as people travel to different section of the Gardens – even the remote Chinese Garden.
  • For the first time ever, the Irish American Club East Side and West Side Irish American Club Fife and Drum Corps units will play together in the Parade of Flags. The combined group of 100 literally brings East and West side together.       They will be joined by marchers in traditional costumes representing dozens of countries in the annual Parade of Flags.
  • For the first time, Cleveland’s legendary Slyman’s corned beef will be available outside the restaurant and in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.       Attendees can also enjoy a Frosted Malt from Weber’s Premium Ice Cream or treats from Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery or Cleveland Pickle or many more ethnic and specialty foods.
  • For the first time, the Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. Chief Judge United States District Court Northern District of Ohio will preside over a Naturalization Ceremony which will feature 25 people from countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Togo, Turkey and Ukraine taking the Oath of Citizenship.
  • For the first time, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish, Councilman Kevin Conwell and others will join with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) in kicking off the Centennial Year of the Gardens. The first Garden was established in 1916 so the CCGF, City of Cleveland and the community will have a year-long celebration planned.
  • For the first time, world-renown concert pianist Stanislav Khristenko will perform on a 9 foot grand piano in the Russian Garden. The 3 main stages will also feature Moises Borges and Brazilian Jazz quintet with Grammy award winning trumpeter Kenny Davis, Jasmine Dragon Aerial silk arts and break dancing, Ukrainian opera, Samba workshops and dozens of other ethnic performers.
  • For the first time, all the gardens will participate in the Passport program for kids of all ages. The free Passport is taken to a Garden where an activity is performed and then stamped, just like a real passport.
  • For the first time, the free One World Day program is an 80 page collector’s edition booklet that includes a map, history of the Gardens and more.
  • For the first time Cleveland Metroparks will be involved and helping to provide free parking.

And much more!

About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of 29 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages. One World Day on August 23 is the official annual celebration of the Gardens. 11AM-8:30 PM. Free admission and free parking.

One World Day team at Glenville Parade

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Some of the One World Day team with Councilman Jeff Johnson at the 2015 Glenville Parade.  Ewyn Tsang-Mitchell, Jedediah Fabian, Sheila Murphy Crawford, Councilman Jeff Johnson and Johnny Wu

Councilman Conwell presents One World Day Naturalization Ceremony

Councilman Conwell presents One World Day Naturalization Ceremony

 For Immediate Release

 August 16, 2015

Cleveland, OH – Few things are as inspiring as witnessing people from all over the world being sworn in as new citizens of the United States. On August 23, 2015 as part of One World Day, Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell will present a naturalization ceremony in his ward in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” Over the years, the naturalization ceremony for new citizens has been one of the highlights of the day.

Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell is the presenting sponsor for the Naturalization Ceremony and is proud to welcome the new citizens and their families to his Ward.

The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. Chief Judge United States District Court Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony which will feature 25 people from countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Togo, Turkey and Ukraine.

August 23, 2015 will be the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and it will be special as it will also be the official kickoff, with the City of Cleveland, of the Centennial Year of the Gardens. The first Garden was established in 1916 so the CCGF, City of Cleveland and the community will have a year-long celebration of this local treasure.

Councilman Kevin Conwell will be speaking at the ceremony and will be joined by other dignitaries such as Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish and County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell.

The ceremony will take place after the Parade of Flags at about 1:15PM at the main (Liberty) stage on MLK Blvd.

About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of 29 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages. One World Day on August 23 is the official annual celebration of the Gardens. 11AM-8:30 PM. Free admission and free parking.

Press release – Cleveland Cultural Gardens 70th annual One World Day

For Immediate Release

August 6, 2015

Cleveland, OH – Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

August 23, 2015 will be the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and it will be special as it will also be the official kickoff, with the City of Cleveland, of the Centennial Year of the Gardens. The first Garden was established in 1916 so the CCGF, City of Cleveland and the community will have a year-long celebration of this local treasure.

The history and growth of the Cultural Gardens is a mirror of the history and growth of Cleveland. The early gardens were predominantly European (Italian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Irish, etc.). As world events (Fall of Soviet Union, etc.) occurred, new Gardens emerged. As people from other areas came to Cleveland, interest in gardens for their heritage grew and new and proposed gardens focus on the Middle East, Asia and Africa. There is renewed interest and effort to complete African American and Native American Gardens. Soon there will be 35 or so gardens representing many of the diverse nationalities that make Cleveland home.

The annual One World Day celebrates Cleveland’s history and ethnic diversity with a variety of family-friendly activities including:

 

  • Parade of Flags (featuring colorful costumes of dozens of nationalities)

 

  • Naturalization Ceremony (a moving welcome to new citizen from 2 dozen nations)

 

  • Trolley Tours (See all the Gardens in one day)

 

  • Cultural performances (dozens of diverse ethnic performances)

 

  • Ethnic Food (Traditional foods in many gardens, food trucks and special ethnic vendors)

 

  • Passport Program (kids, of all ages, can get a passport and do activities in the gardens)

 

  • 80 page One World Day booklet (History, map and info of the Gardens and more)

 

 

About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

 

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of 29 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages. One World Day on August 23 is the official annual celebration of the Gardens. 11AM-8:30 PM. Free admission and free parking.

 

 

Contact:

 

Cleveland Cultural Gardens President Sheila Murphy Crawford     sheilacrawford99@gmail.com

 

One World Day Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Richard Crepage               rich.crepage@gmail.com        440-812-1370 cell

Svetlana Stolyarova                realtorsvetlana@msn.com      216-548-4663 cell

 

One World Day Producers Johnny Wu                              johnny@mdifilm.com               216-539-4634 office

Ken Kovach                             iccneo@gmail.com                  216-952-9501 cell

 

 

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For more information on this release contact Dan Hanson at dan@clevelandpeople.com or Debbie Hanson at 216-406-6594 cell.