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Groundbreaking at One World Day

Over 20,000 visit Cultural Gardens on 71st annual One World Day

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Over 24,000 people visited the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016 on the 71st annual One World Day.  Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

2016 is the Centennial Year of the Gardens as the first Garden was established in 1916.  The CCGF, City of Cleveland, Councilman Kevin Conwell, University Circle Inc. and the community have had a year-long celebration culminating in One World Day.

One highlight was the Parade of Flags which featured hundreds of people in traditional costumes, representing dozens of nationalities, marching down East Blvd and ending on MLK Blvd.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden marches in Parade of Flags

Another was the inspiring Naturalization Ceremony where Federal Judge Dan Polster gave the Oath of Citizenship to 19 people from all over the world.

New citizens sworn in at One World Day

The Passport to Peace program was popular with kids of all ages as they visited as many gardens as possible, learned about the culture and had their passport stamped.

During the One World Day ceremony, dignitaries broke ground on the new Centennial Plaza which kicks off the Cultural Gardens’ second 100 years.

Groundbreaking at One World Day

One World Day producer Johnny Wu stated “The goal of One World Day was to familiarize as many people as possible with all 29 of the Cultural Gardens, and the new ones in progress.  Over 24,000 people provided a steady stream of visitors to all the Gardens.”

Ethnic food and performances were featured in each Garden including a Budapest Café in the Hungarian Garden, Tea Room in the Vietnamese Garden and the Hofbräuhaus Bier Garden in the German Garden.

The free Trolley Tours of the Gardens were very popular and the performances were diverse, colorful and energetic.  The closing concert by Michael Stanley provided a uniquely “Cleveland” end to One World Day.

CCGF President Sheila Crawford said “The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world and we as a Federation are proud to continue and grow this 100 year old treasure for the community.  With the large crowds at One World Day we are confident that a new group of Clevelanders have been exposed to the Gardens and will visit again soon.”

Armenian dance at One World Day

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The One World Day Centennial Celebration was a Councilmatic Event Presented by Councilman Kevin Conwell, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell and in partnership with University Circle, Inc.

Major sponsors include Key Bank, Councilman Kevin Conwell, City of Cleveland, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, University Circle Inc., Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Medical Mutual, Alex Machaskee & Associates LLC, Cuyahoga Community College, ImageLab Media Services and Hofbräuhaus Cleveland.


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CCGF President Sheila Crawford – Big Day Sunday!

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford  spoke in the Hungarian Cultural Garden about the big day coming up Sunday August 28 – the 71st annual One World Day.

Because it is the Centennial year for the Gardens, Sheila and the rest of the CCGF wanted it to be an extra special day.  One way it will be special is the headline performer at 6:15 – Michael Stanley!


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Michael Stanley talks music before his Cultural Gardens concert

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Cleveland legendary musician Michael Stanley is the special headline performer at the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

He spoke with Cultural Gardens board member Dan Hanson in the Hungarian Cultural Garden in front of a monument to Franz Liszt.

Michael Stanley told how his family always came to the Cultural Gardens – almost like a vacation.  Stanley has Scottish and Irish heritage.

The acoustic concert in the Cultural Gardens will be a free event to celebrate the Gardens Centennial Year.


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Easy directions and free parking for One World Day

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For people unfamiliar with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, getting there and parking always seem to be a concern. Parking Coordinator Jedidiah Fabian and his team have made it very easy for you to get to and park (for free) in the Gardens for One World Day on August 28 (next Sunday)

There will be plenty of Signage to help you find the Gardens and park at One World Day.

Directions to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day’s Parking

There are two main lots that will be used.  One on the North end and one on the South. The Metroparks Parking Lot is on the North end, and the VA Lot on the South.

To get to the Metroparks (North) Lot

From I90 West:

  • Take exit 177-Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Stay in Left lane and take a left onto Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Be aware of incoming traffic
  • Then, take another quick left and you have arrived at the Metroparks parking lot on your right – lots of signs, you can’t miss it.
  • Then just follow the directions from One World Day parking ambassadors who will be on site.

From I90 East:

  • Take exit 177-Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Take a Left onto Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Take your first right and you have arrived at the Metroparks parking lot – lots of signs, you can’t miss it.
  • Then just follow the directions from One World Day parking ambassadors who will be on site.

The other main parking lot is at the Louis Stokes VA Parking

From I90:

  • Turn onto Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Continue down Martin Luther King Jr Dr. going South
  • Take a Left onto E.88th Street
  • Merge right to Continue on E.88th (E.88th becomes East Blvd)
  • Take a Left onto St. Claire Ave and continue until E.105th
  • Take a Right onto E.105th
  • Continue for 1.7 miles until Magnolia Drive
  • Take a Right onto Magnolia Drive

You have arrived at Louis Stokes VA Parking Lot and One World Day Volunteers will be present to guide you.

There will be lots of signs and friendly volunteers to assist you. If you need special assistance and/or have a handicap placard the volunteers are prepared to assist you.

Shuttles will get you to and from parking to the Gardens for One World Day.  It is easier than it may sound!


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Michael Stanley photo by Dan Hanson

Michael Stanley – Centennial One World Day Headliner

It’s a match made in… Cleveland!  When the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation wanted to have an extra special headliner to celebrate the Centennial Year of the Gardens at One World Day there was one name that jumped out – Michael Stanley.

Though he has had regional and national success, Cleveland native Michael Stanley will always be associated with his hometown, and not just when performing his Top 40 hit “My Town”.

Attendees of the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will be able to see Michael Stanley and Friends perform live and for free on the main stage Sunday evening.

From the start of One World Day at 11 AM there will be dozens of ethnic and cultural performers on the main stage and also throughout the individual gardens.  But at 6 PM the attention will be drawn to the main stage where Michael Stanley and Friends will perform in an historic concert in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Michael Stanley photo by Dan Hanson

 

The concert is scheduled for 6 PM Sunday August 28 but you will want to come early and spend the day at One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.  Admission and parking are free.

Please Note: No videos or photos are permitted of this performance.

Michael Stanley’s honest Midwestern rock & roll is custom made for Cleveland  and will be a perfect fit for Cleveland’s unique treasure, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.   As Michael says,  “Let’s get the show on the road.”


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Getting ready for One World Day in the Vietnamese Garden

Vietnamese Garden getting ready for One World Day

The Vietnamese Cultural Garden team met to clean up the Garden site for One World Day on August 28.  They proudly raised the Yellow and Red striped Flag of Viet Nam and prepare the Cleveland ground for a Beautiful Flower garden.

Big plans (and delicious food and drink) are being prepared for One World Day on Sunday August 28, 2016 in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden.  They will also have a colorful delegation in the Parade of Flags.

The Morning began with a Salute to the flag by everyone standing at attention, a Review of the Day’s Importance, and prayers for all who gave their lives in Viet Nam.

Getting ready for One World Day in the Vietnamese Garden

Read an account of the activities from Joe Meissner.


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2016 One World Day Poster is here!

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Check out this beautifully made poster by Rebecca Hannan. You can click to enlarge, or click this link for the pdf version.

2016 OWD 11x17 poster public


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One World Day Parade of Flags

Special Parade Grand Marshal at Cultural Gardens One World Day

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UPDATE: Due to training, Mr. Mioci will not be able to attend.

Special Parade Grand Marshal at Cultural Gardens One World Day

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2016

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.” Sunday August 28, 2016 will be the 71st annual One World Day held in the Cultural Gardens.

2016 is the Centennial year of the Cultural Gardens (the first Garden was established in 1916) and the CCGF has hosted a number of special centennial events.  The celebration will culminate in One World Day on August 28 from 11AM – 7PM.

The Parade of Flags is always a popular and much anticipated part of One World Day.  Marchers parade down East Blvd and then MLK Blvd wearing the costumes and carrying the flags of the ethnic heritage they represent.

One World Day Parade of Flags

Befitting a Centennial celebration, the 2016 One World Day Parade of Flags will be special because the dozens of nationality groups will be led by a celebrity Grand Marshal.  You may have seen Stipe Miocic in the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade.  Now you can see him as Grand Marshall of the One World Day Parade of Flags.

Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic is the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Heavyweight Champion of the world and he hails from Cleveland.  Stipe Miocic was a Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State University.

Stipe is of Croatian heritage and will lead the Croatian and other delegations in the parade.  He will be on hand for photos and autographs after the Parade of Flags.

Concerned about parking? Don’t be. There is free parking at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center’s VA with free shuttle services transporting from the VA Parking Lot to the Chinese Garden (South) and at Cleveland Metroparks lot (North Gate at the Gordon Park) at walking distance to One World Day events.  Several 13-Passengers Golf Carts will be available to transport those who need it throughout the gardens. See more on parking and transportation

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 28 is the official annual celebration of the Gardens.  11 AM- 7 PM.  Free admission and free parking.

The One World Day Centennial Celebration is a Councilmatic Event Presented by Councilman Kevin Conwell, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell and in partnership with University Circle, Inc.

Major sponsors include Key Bank, Councilman Kevin Conwell, City of Cleveland, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, University Circle Inc., Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Medical Mutual, Alex Machaskee & Associates LLC, Cuyahoga Community College, ImageLab Media Services and Hofbräuhaus Cleveland.

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 Producer
Johnny Wu                              johnny@mdifilm.com             216-539-4634 office

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Stipe Miocic

UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic – Grand Marshall @ Parade the Flags

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MIOCIC_STIPEEuclid’s own Croatian UFC heavyweight current champion c will be the Grand Marshall at the Parade the Flags on August 28!