The good news is Shamrock Shakes are now available. The bad news? Shamrock Shakes are now available! Seriously, I just shared one with my daughters today and mmm mmm YUM! Do you know this is the first year they’re going to be offered at McD’s nationwide? In the past it was up to the individual operator to decide whether or not to offer them and only about half did. No wonder I often felt like I was on a wild goose chase trying to find one! BTW the shakes have their own Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Shakes/320264383648#!/pages/Shamrock-Shakes/320264383648?sk=wall&filter=12) AND a Web site dedicated to them (www.shamrockshakes.com).
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I know I’m a bit late on this, but here is the link to an article on ohio.com which lists the different ways/places you can recycle some of your holiday items — poinsettias, trees, wrapping paper, packing peanuts, etc. http://www.ohio.com/news/local/how-to-reuse-recycle-holiday-items-1.251219
It was so great to have a big crowd on the third floor of Summit Artspace during First Night Akron – and it was especially great to have so many visitors to my studio! Everyone was in a really good mood. I love it when there’s live music and so much action going on in our building. The next time we’re open will be opening receptions for shows in the first floor and third floor gatherings on Friday, January 20 (free, from 5-8). Yeah! Another fun night to look forward to!
A friend was in Washington DC last weekend and said when she and her daughter walked out of the Air and Space Museum, they saw hundreds of Santas, elves, reindeer, etc. standing on the steps for a photo. Naturally curious, they went online when they got back to their hotel and saw that a “SantaCon” was being held there that day. My friend said it was almost surreal to be walking out and about and run into pockets of 20 or 30 Santas at a time. I looked it up online and discovered there are currently 229 “SantaCons” in 32 countries! There was even one in Cleveland last weekend. If you’re curious, or interested in joining yourself this (mostly) “Adults Only” festivity, go here for more info: http://santacon.info/About.html (FYI, the site says there is a “BunnyCon” and “PirateCon” for those who need a “Con” more than once a year.)
The Summit Artspace Building will be just one of the happening places during First Night Akron from 6-9 on December 31. They’ll be comedy improv, music, crafts and of course, art and artist open studios. Like mine! admission buttons are $10 each. For a full list of entertainment, click here
They’re all over the place — some free, some a couple dollars. For example, from 1-3 at Park Place on Route 303 in Peninsula this weekend, Santa will be there and kids will be making CD ornaments with their photos on them. That’s free. Michael’s craft stores has four different crafts this weekend and four next weekend, I believe. Pat Catan’s has free “make it, take it” holiday crafts all day the week before Christmas. They also have special gifts the kids can make this weekend for $5 each. Most libraries also have opportunities for kids to make gifts. Last Saturday morning my kids made snowmen napkin holders at Home Depot (free). Maybe next year I’ll have an ornament kids can make at my studio?
This is the fifth year our family has gone to see the gingerbread “houses” at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. One of the reasons we go every year is that we’ve always gotten in free with a garden membership (used to be from Stan Hywet, now we have it with CBG). But as much as we get a kick out seeing the different amazing creations, to be honest, if we weren’t members, I wouldn’t pay the $26 it would cost our family (2 adults and 3 children under 12) to go. If I were only going to go to the CBG once, I would definitely do it in the summer when it’s a slice of paradise. But since we have the family membership ($73; and trust me, we make it pay off) seeing the gingerbread houses is a nice “perk”. If only two people had to pay the admission fee, it wouldn’t be so bad. In fact, it would be a nice part of a University Circle area “date” for two. But as anyone with more than one child knows, paying admission for five gets really pricey, really quickly and you definitely have to choose your outings wisely.
I’ve never seen the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Ever. But my husband and I were going to NYC on Thanksgiving morning and we would arrive in time for the parade, so of course I wanted to see it in person. I did some research and saw the names of the “celebrities” who would be in the parade. I say the word in quotes because I had no idea who the majority of them were. Anyhoo, since I had never seen the parade on TV I had no idea that the floats weren’t just floats, like they are in the parades around here, but the floats are where the celebrities ride. So I wasn’t paying much attention to them; I was more concerned with the balloons, which I had the best view of since they were so big and over everyone’s heads. Plus, I didn’t have a super view of the floats anyway. The only way I knew a celebrity was coming was because everyone would start whipping out their cameras above their heads and cheering. Someone would shout, “Who are you?” then someone else would yell back, “It’s Cee Lo Green!”, then people would yell, “We love you, Cee Lo!!” Mary J. Blige was on a float but I thought she was on TOP of the Big Apple, not in front of it, so I have five pictures of someone who’s NOT Mary J. Blige. Then I just started randomly taking photos of the people on the floats, not recognizing them, but figuring out that I could figure that out after I got home. Hence, now I know that some of my photos are performers from the Big Apple Circus, country singer Rodney Atkins, actress Deborah Mazar and skater Johnny Weir, to which most of us would still ask, “who?”(The ones pictured here are Neil Diamond and Cee Lo Green.) Regardless of how much (or little) these “celebrities” are on my radar, it was still neat to be so “close” to so many “celebrities”. You know, just me and three million other people on the streets of NY.
This Thursday: the Akron Zoo Trunk Show. I’ll be there with several other artists offering garden-, conservation- and zoo animal-related items from 4-7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds helps the zoo.
This Saturday: the Akron Artwalk, 5-9. The Summit Artspace studios and galleries will be open beginning at 12. From 6-9 artist Mark Soppeland is giving people the opportunity to make art with him.
This Sunday: the Summit Artspace studios and galleries will be open again from 12-5, and the Akron Art Museum is offering free admission to its regular collection.
ALSO: six local artists will set up shop on the third floor both Saturday and Sunday — the more the merrier, I say!
gets the muddy trail. The fall hiking spree ends tomorrow, November 30, and I was the only family member who hadn’t finished my eight hikes. (Because of illness and my open studio hours, we had to split up some of the hikes, which meant my daughters finished over a week ago, my husband and son finished Sunday and I finished today.) So I went to the trail at Goodyear, where the parking lot was empty. I took my phone and little camera and set off under the grey sky. I had only gone a few steps when I tripped over nothing but my two feet, and went down like a brick. I actually got a hole in my jeans and a bloody knee! Fortunately the rest of the trip was uneventful, other than trying not to get my boots soaked in the puddles. The point is, I’m done, done, done.