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St. Clair Superior

The St. Clair Superior neighborhood, located between downtown Cleveland and University Circle, stretches from the shores of Lake Erie to Payne Avenue. Many people know it only as a section of the city they drive past on the way to someplace else. That’s a shame because it has a great deal to offer including a multi-cultural mix of ethnic restaurants, markets and shops, beautiful public parks, artists’ studios and edgy galleries. This is one of Cleveland’s most culturally diverse communities and the area is positioned to become a new urban lifestyle hub. To foster that vision exciting revitalization efforts are underway to make this a place where people want to live, work, and play.

St Vitus parish, established in 1893, is at the geographical heart of the district and one of its most enduring institutions. St. Vitus Church, the first for Slovenian Catholic worshipers in northeast Ohio and now the largest in the United States, has always been dedicated to serving the spiritual and social needs of neighborhood residents and now plays a key role in community development initiatives.

Throughout its history, music has been an important part of services and celebrations at St. Vitus. The Lira Singing Society, one of the Church’s two choirs, formed in 1912 and is among the oldest Slovenian singing groups in the United States. So it is especially fitting that CityMusic performs in this lovely space, refurbished in 1993 in honor of the parish’s 100 year anniversary.

St. Vitus Church- Cerkev Sv. Vida

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Past, Present, and Future

In the late 1800′s, immigrants from Eastern Europe made new homes here. Today the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation is building on a longstanding sense of local identity to reinvent the community for the 21st century.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Whether you’re looking for a good corn beef sandwich, Chinese dim sum, or a freshly brewed latte you can find it here

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St. Vitus Church- Cerkev Sv. Vida
6019 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland, 216-361-1445
Rev. Joseph P. Boznar, Pastor

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Elyria

Elyria, founded in 1817, is small town America at its best. Located about 30 miles west of Cleveland, it is a livable, friendly, walkable city. Residents report that when four cars are lined up at a stoplight it’s considered a traffic jam. There’s a special charm to its postcard pretty town square, lovely 19th century homes, historic buildings, and old fashioned displays of community spirit and civic pride that regularly include parades, ice cream socials, and holiday celebrations in the park for the whole family.

Built on the banks of the Black River, Elyria is endowed with a beautiful waterfall and 130 acre park a few blocks from the city center. Just seven miles from Lake Erie and linked to the county metropark system, it offers opportunities for outdoor recreation in every season.

CityMusic plays at St. Mary Church. The handsome steepled brick structure was completed in 1886. According to the Reverend Charles Diedrick, who currently leads the Roman Catholic congregation, his grandfather was the twelfth baby baptized in St. Mary. Three other houses of worship surround Ely Square: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
built in 1875; First United Methodist Church, erected in 1925; and First Congregational Church, dedicated in 1898 and known for its large Tiffany stained glass windows. Louis Comfort Tiffany himself came out from New York city to oversee the installation.

Past, Present, and Future

When Heman Ely first arrived from Massachusetts this part of the Western Reserve was all forests and bears.
The railroad came in 1853 and by 1900 the town he established had become a bustling commercial center.
Today it offers a know-your-neighbors kind of lifestyle but with easy access to Cleveland’s urban amenities.
A citywide planning process is underway that stresses the twin goals of preserving and honoring their cultural heritage and fostering economic development.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

There’s prime rib, Texas style barbecue, fried rice, freshly baked pastries and a steaming cup of cappuccino to be found in downtown Elyria.
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Find out all there is to do here from biking along the Northcoast Inland Trail to searching for flea market treasures.

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Willoughby

This thriving community of approximately 23,000 is located 16 miles east of Cleveland. Among its natural assets are easy access to Lake Erie, just three miles away, and the Chagrin River which runs right through it. Longtime residents say it always feels like “old home week” here. You can almost smell the apple pies baking, especially during celebrations like the Classic Car Cruise-In, Frontier Days, and the annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House.

Strolling through downtown Willoughby, past the bandstand at Point Park and down Erie Street lined with two-story late Victorian storefronts, is a bit like wandering back in time to a small American town of an earlier era. That’s because the district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, retains much of its old fashioned appeal thanks to an abundance of architectural gems dating from the 1870′s to 1920. A civic initiative to restore them and revitalize the city center while preserving its traditional character has been very successful. Now known as the heart of Willloughby,, it has become a gathering place for locals and an attraction for visitors.

Willoughby United Methodist Church, housed in a brick English style Gothic Revival building erected downtown on Public Square in 1906, hosts CityMusic concerts. Its dark wood paneled and beamed interior provides a lovely setting for the musicians and their audience.

Past, Present, and Future

Willoughby, named after a doctor who established a medical college there in 1834, evolved from a French trading post into a city that can boast about its many quality of life amenities. As leaders look ahead the goal is to grow economically without sacrificing the scale and the spirit that make this such a welcoming place.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Though just three blocks long, downtown Willoughby offers a surprising array of options that include white tablecloth restaurants, an old fashioned ice cream parlor, a martini bar and a brew pub.

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You can throw in a fishing line or go antiquing, browse galleries or try for a hole in one without leaving the city limits.

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Willoughby Hills

Willoughby Hills was incorporated as a village in 1954 and became a city in 1970. A picturesque community, it has maintained the delicate balance between preserving its countryside and developing the townscape. Encompassing about 11 square miles and a population of approximately 8,600, the city is a mix of residential and commercial areas and public green spaces.

The abundance of parkland is the community’s most prominent feature. Willoughby Hills is the only Northeastern Ohio community that hosts three different park agencies within its boundaries, providing more than six miles of hiking trails on protected lands.

St. Noel Catholic Church, dedicated in August 1983, is CityMusic’s Willoughby Hills home. Stonework on the building’s exterior is in harmony with the surrounding woodland setting, and is echoed inside the sanctuary. The altar and baptismal font are each carved from single blocks of sandstone and floors are made of black slate. Huge clear glass windows provide a glorious view of spring flowers and fall foliage. Behind the Church, an outdoor chapel, built by the Youth Group and other volunteers, offers a beautiful worship space that’s open to nature.

A 70 member choir, bell choir and Music Ministry attest to the importance of music for this congregation. Welcoming CityMusic into their Church is an extension of their belief in the value and power of musical expression.

Past, Present, and Future

Willoughby Hills has grown from a small intersection of two major highways; U.S. Route 6 (Chardon Road) and Ohio Route 91 (S.O.M. Center Road), to a thriving little city with a hometown feel. Mirroring that early pattern, two major interstate highways; I-90 and I-271, now intersect here, permitting easy access to Cleveland, Akron, Columbus and points east.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

It’s easy to find something good to eat here. Choices include a classic sports bar to a family owned Italian eatery and a frozen custard stand that boasts 24 flavors.

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Stay and Play

In Willoughby Hills, you can catch a fish or hike a trail, shop an outlet mall or test-drive a new car, sit down for dinner in a nice restaurant or grab a hot dog and a cone with the kids.

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Rocky River

Perched on the shores of Lake Erie, Rocky River combines the best of city and suburb. Its 4.2 square miles encompass a mix of residential streets, inviting green spaces, waterfront attractions, walkable shopping districts, and nightlife destinations. There’s a wealth of trees big enough to shade a lawn, many small one-of-a kind stores and restaurants, new amenities like a skateboard park and indoor ice and soccer arena and landmark locations like the fishing pier and Bearden’s Restaurant that are imbued with memories for longtime locals.

For all its tangible assets, this city of about 20,000 has something harder to quantify but equally, if not more, important that contributes to the quality of life found here. It’s a combination of pride, spirit, citizen engagement, small town friendliness, and boosterism. It expresses itself in organizations such as the Parks and Recreation Foundation, the Chamber Music Society, the Seniors Council, a gardening club, and a summer’s worth of block parties. Call it community connectedness. You see it in action when the crowds gather for Friday night football games at the high school and Sunday sunset concerts in the amphitheater by the Lake.

Fondly referred to as River by those who know it and love it, this lovely and livable community is stable, sociable, and civic-minded a place. No wonder people are proud to call it home.

Past, Present, and Future

Rocky River is ideally situated north of the lake, east of the Cuyahoga River and just nine miles west of downtown Cleveland. This location attracted the first settler in 1808, fueled steady growth through the 20th century and continue to impact plans for what comes next.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Treat your taste buds to Pearl of the Orient’s Shanghai spring rolls, corned beef hash from Joe’s Diner, a glass of California’s best Chardonnay at Wine Bar Rocky River, and some of Mitchell Brothers Ohio made ice cream.

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What’s ‘s your idea of fun? A shop till you drop day. A round fo golf? Hiking in the woods? Find opportunities for all this and many other ways to enjoy yourself.

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Slavic Village

The five square mile area off of I-77 stretching from East 79th to Broadway has been home to Czech, Polish, and Slovak immigrants since the 1870′s. Annual festivals and a parade commemorate this legacy, and the area now known as Slavic Village continues to be an ethnic enclave with many third and fourth generation residents. It’s a neighborhood of neighborhoods and its most important assets are its residents. They form block clubs and book clubs, plan events and plant gardens together. They’re a tough, dedicated bunch, committed to their community and working hard to balance pride in the past with the needs of newcomers and a changing urban landscape.

Signs of the old days are everywhere: many districts and buildings are designated historic landmarks and are listed on the National Register. You can still buy pierogies, kielbasa, and sauerkraut made the Old World way on Fleet Avenue and go polka dancing at the Karlin Club. But leaders understand that to stay relevant and vibrant, the place must reinvent itself too. The Slavic Village Development Corporation has been spearheading these efforts for more than two decades. Though much remains to be done, the group has been remarkably successful. Stylish contemporary townhouses and artist’s lofts have been added to the housing mix and older homes are being renovated. There are new biking and hiking trails, a driving range and a golf course. Streetscape improvements are reviving once thriving commercial districts.

A handful of beautiful 19th and early 20th century churches can be found in Slavic Village. If they were in Europe, each would merit a spot on travelers’ Must-See lists. Be a tourist in your own town and visit these architectural gems. The Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus, dedicated in 1891 and notable for its devotional art and extraordinary decorative details, regularly hosts CityMusic concerts. The exquisite setting and fine acoustics make this a wonderful place to experience the special pleasure of live performances.

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Past, Present, and Future

Drawn first by jobs in nearby factories, and later by the chance to live among others who spoke their languages, people flocked here from Eastern Europe by the thousands. Like most aging city neighborhoods, Slavic Village has its share of problems. But this strong close knit community has the energy, the vision, and the organizational will to solve them and achieve both stability and growth.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Get sausages sandwiches and made from scratch soups in the neighborhood. And just a few minutes away, you’ll find some of Cleveland’s best places to dine and drink in Tremont and Ohio City.

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Stay and Play

There’s never a shortage of ways to enjoy yourself in Slavic Village. You can take in an opera, shop at a Farmer’s Market, watch a Little League game, or learn how to Jitterbug. And that’s not all.

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Collinwood

Collinwood is one of Cleveland’s best kept secrets, an effervescent blend of edgy art and ethnic traditions spread along Lake Erie beaches. It occupies the northeast corner of Cleveland bounded by Bratenahl and E. 134th St. on the west, Lake Erie to the north, Euclid and Euclid Creek to the east and Woodworth and Roseland Avenues to the south, with instant freeway access for downtown or the country. In that one small space you can hear a heavy metal concert, buy an exquisite painting, eat pub food or gourmet cuisine, and watch a sunset. All in one day.

St. Jerome Church, 15000 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, 216-481-8200

St. Jerome Church has been a fixture in North Collinwood since its founding in 1919. Begun as the only non-nationality Catholic Church in Collinwood, St. Jerome serves parishioners from across the neighborhood as well as from Bratenahl and eastern suburbs. St. Jerome School is Collinwood’s Catholic School, serving youngsters from Pre-school to 8th grade.

Music has always played an important part in the life of the church and the school. From musical theater productions, performances by the Miami University Men’s Glee Club, and wonderful liturgical music, to today’s vibrant and eclectic music scene in the Waterloo Arts District, live music has deeply enriched our community. Building on this tradition, we are delighted to welcome CityMusic Cleveland to St. Jerome.

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Past, Present, and Future

In 1910, Cleveland annexed the Euclid Township village of Collamer, which since 1890 had been growing around the rail yards of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (now CSX); those same tracks have ever since divided the community into North and South sections, a division magnified by the conversion of the Shoreway to part of the national freeway system. The rail yards and the factories that followed them, such as General Motors and General Electric, attracted thousands of workers from Eastern Europe and the American South, who settled into communities that are traceable now through an occasional church, nationality hall or ethnic bakery. The factories closed, the rail yards shrank and the community went into decline – but it is rising again, buoyed by an arts and entertainment scene that is luring new residents to discover its overlooked charms.

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THE RENAISSANCE ON WATERLOO

How do you rebuild a neighborhood? One volunteer hour at a time.

Back in 1975, Waterloo Road was a neighborhood shopping street – butcher, baker, groceries, furniture, drugstore . . . and the premises of Danny Greene, friendly neighborhood gangster, which were blown up that year. It served a solid blue-collar community (lots of bars) – but the factories closed, the third and fourth generation moved to the suburbs and by 2000, the few bright spots were the Beachland Ballroom, which Cindy Barber opened that year, the office of the neighborhood development corporation, the Friday fish fry at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home and the two sausage shops that still book-end the street.

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