Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

Hungarian Garden Community leaders – Carolyn and Jim Balogh,
Marika and John Megyimori, Ernie Mihaly and Elizabeth Papp Taylor

Each year the Hungarian Cultural Garden puts on a free performance featuring the music of Franz Liszt for the community.  The June 23, 2019 performance featured world-class performances and perfect weather.

Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh began the program with a welcome and introduced Andrea Meszaros who led the singing of the US national anthem and the Hungarian Himnusz.  

The Consul General of Hungary in Chicago, Mrs. Zita Bencsik also spoke. 

Vera Holczer-Waroquet, founder and director of the Aurora School of Music introduced the artists who performed on a grand piano in the Garden (and on violin and vocals)

See photos and videos of the entire Hungarian Garden event

Performers Francisco Fierro, Jose Ramon Garcia Perez,Carina Vincenti,
Raquel Roman Rodriguez, Vera Holczer and Brian Harper Jr.
 

This was another outstanding performance by Vera Holczer and the Aurora School of Music students and teachers. Congratulations to the Hungarian Cultural Garden for bringing this event to the community for free.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Centennial Peace Plaza in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Tuesday June 11, 2019.  

CCGF President Dr. Wael Khoury told of the historic significance of the Gardens and the new Plaza. He recognized the Plaza committee, board members, delegates and donors.

Committee members Paul Burik, Berj Shakarian and Sheila Murphy Crawford spoke as did Lori Ashyk and supporters University Circle President Chris Ronayne, Councilman Kevin Conwell, Cleveland Foundation Program Director Nelson Beckford, NEORSD Specialist Crystal Davis and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

They and others gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The band No Strangers Here provided entertainment and guests enjoyed a variety of ethnic foods.

See photos and videos of the Centennial Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

Groundbreaking of the Centennial Peace Plaza

Cleveland Cultural Garden Colombian Garden Project

The Ohio Colombian Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in July 2018 for educational, charitable purposes and most importantly to keep present and alive the heritage of Colombian cultural values and traditions. They support and promote education, peace, culture and community development throughout the state of Ohio.

They have been working to create a Colombian Cultural Garden. It would be the first Hispanic heritage garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp and Maria Pujana made a presentation at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation board meeting on January 9, 2019 describing their mission and plans.

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp amd Maria Pujana presenting

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp amd Maria Pujana presenting 

Among their points were:

  • 10.8% of Cleveland’s population is Hispanic. 3.5% in Ohio.
  • Currently there is no Colombian or Hispanic garden
  • Proposed location near Ethiopian Garden on MLK
  • 3000 square feet
  • Proposed Budget $500,000
  • Design Team – Cathy Soergel Marshall, Coordinator Associate Professor Kent State University
  • Will be a foundation for other Latin gardens and guide and support other communities to follow
  • Renderings and Architect Design planned by 8-1-19
  • Launch July 20, 2020

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation board voted to approve the Ohio Colombian Foundation as community representative for the proposed Colombian Garden.


Maria Pujana, Dan Hanson, Luz Elena Klopp amd Ivan Cerquera


Maria Pujana, Dan Hanson, Luz Elena Klopp amd Ivan Cerquera


Congratulations on this important step!

Tulips in bloom in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Last fall, volunteers gathered to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden. Now their efforts have paid off.

Turkish Cultural Garden
Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots. Many cultivated varieties of tulips were widely grown in Turkey long before they were brought to Holland from Turkey In the 16th Century.

Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time between 1718-1730 is called the “Tulip Era of Turkey”. It was under the reign of sultan Ahmed III and tulips became an important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life during this peaceful time.

The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word “tulbend” or “turban”, which the flower resembles. It’s considered as the King of Bulbs.

See more of the tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Cultural Gardens Past-President is Grand Marshall of St Patrick’s Day Parade

Sheila Murphy Crawford is the immediate past president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and a delegate for the Irish Cultural Garden.

Sheila was honored to be selected as the Grand Marshall of the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland.

This video is the brief ceremony just before the Parade steps off with Sheila blowing the whistle to start the Parade.  Congratulations Sheila.

 

Sheila Murphy Crawford will also be inducted into the 2018 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 17, 2018.  More details on the Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions. 

Lebanese Cultural Garden Update

The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 7th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 74th independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.  See photos and videos of Lebanon Day 2017.

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans
Lebanese Cultural Garden plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the ceremony they gave an update on the proposed Lebanese Cultural Garden.
 

 

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 – 94 years ago. Last year in 2016 the Cleveland Turkish community dedicated the new Turkish Cultural Garden.

They gathered again one year later on Sunday October 29, 2017 to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden.

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden
Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots.

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from Planting Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

The Cleveland Opera Theater in Albanian Cultural Garden

The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted an opera performance on August 20, 2017 and hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the beautiful setting, great food and music from the Cleveland Opera Theater. The stage was set on the upper level of the Albanian Garden by the fountain.

Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti and Councilwoman Dona Brady

Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti
and Councilwoman Dona Brady

 

See photos and videos from opera in the Albanian Cultural Garden

 

Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in the Croatian Cultural Garden

The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Cleveland (Eastlake) Ohio is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture, source materials, and artifacts. They hosted a concert of Croatian tamburitza music in the Croatian Cultural Garden on Sunday September 17, 2017.

The Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performed a concert of traditional Croatian tamburitza music

Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden
Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

See photos and videos from the Concert in the Croatian Cultural Garden

 

Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America

The Choir gave a beautiful performance with selections in Hungarian and English at the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Walton Hills in the evening. In the morning they toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden.

Selfie with Ady in the Hungarian Garden
Selfie with Ady in the Hungarian Garden

See more photos and videos from the Choir in the Hungarian Garden