Thanks to all who turned out for our 37th Annual Town Meeting on June 25, at River's Edge. Information was presented about strategic planning. KCDC Board President George Pofok spoke briefly about the process and invited people in the community to participate in a visioning study on Wednesday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m. at River's Edge.
Other speakers included Ward 17 Councilman Marty Keane and KCDC Executive Director Steve Lorenz. Both provided updates on current neighborhood projects, including extensive road rehabilitation on Triskett Road, Warren Road, Rocky River Drive, and Puritas Avenue.
Display tables from local nonprofit agencies, a spontaneous raffle from local merchants, and freshly baked cookies from K&K Portage Market made this a fun event, celebrating life in West Park.
Award Presentations were made in this order:
- City Council Proclamation to Les Ackerman by Councilman Marty Keane
- Volunteer Award/Kamm's Corners Farmers Market to Claire Kilbane by KCDC Executive Director Steve Lorenz and the Kamm's Corners Farmers Market Volunteer Committee
- Emerging Leader Award to Aaron Kimbrell by KCDC Board Trustee Erin McIntyre & Councilman Marty Keane
- Bob Bohr Safety Award to Lieutenant Dave Menear of the Cleveland Police Department by Steve Lorenz, Councilman Marty Keane, and JoAnne Bohr (daughter of Bob Bohr)
- Community Impact Award to Cliff LaRocque for his 10+ years directing the West Park Kiwanis Club's Annual Independence Day Parade
- Trustee Award to Marlene Herman from KCDC Board of Trustee Therese Chambers Arth and Board President George Pofok.
A few photos appear below. For more, see our Facebook album here and an online gallery here.
32,000 People Enjoy the 5th Annual Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™
West Park's Homecoming Celebration, the Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™, featured great food, live music, children's shows & activities, Irish dancers, pipes & drums, and more. The annual event ran from noon to 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue between Rocky River Drive and West 165th Street on Saturday, May 10. See the poster, here.
New this year was Fine Art Alley, sheltered under a large festival tent. All work exhibited in Fine Art Alley was original and designed by the exhibiting artist, including fused glass jewelry, beach glass creations, woodprints, abstract oils, henna designs, and more!
Lorain Avenue was closed to traffic from West 165th Street to Rocky River Drive. "Hooley" is Irish slang for party or celebration. The Hooley™ offered fun and activities for all ages. Folks ate, drank, mingled, and enjoyed! Once again, there was no charge to enter the area of The Hooley™, thanks to our generous sponsors.
More than 60 tents lined Lorain Avenue, including 12 food tents with offerings such as gyros, Italian sausage sandwiches, French fries, mini donuts, Kettle Korn, ice cream, and fresh squeezed lemonade.
On the main stage entertainment in the order of appearance from noon to 8 PM were the following: Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police, Colin Dussault's Blues Project, Mary's Lane, West Side Irish American Club Pipe Band, Cats on Holiday, and The Boys from County Hell (a Pogues tribute band to close out the evening).
The Family Stage at West 165th Street, sponsored by Dollar Bank, showcased performers to entertain the younger crowd, and they included the All American Karate Studio, St. Ignatius Circus Company, St. Edward Trash Talkers, Irish dancers from The Brady Campbell Irish Dance School, Burke School of Irish Dance, and The Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance. Also performing musical numbers on stage were Newton D. Baker School of the Arts and Saint Joseph Academy's Academy Choral. DJ McNab kept things moving later in the day. Bounce houses, pony rides, and a big inflatable fire truck slide returned! Straight from the Cleveland Browns Dawg Pound, Chomps was brought to us by the Browns Backers. In addition, the Youth Center featured minute-to-win-it games with assistance from the West Park-Fairview Family YMCA. Pop-a-Shot Basketball, popular with tweens, was operated by the Our Lady of Angels PTU.
Fairview Hospital gave away bicycle helmets to the first 500 children who stopped by their tent near West 168th Street, beginning at Noon.
For our 5th anniversary celebration, a special Rugby Target Throw sponsored by Content Marketing Institute was held with a single contest prize of $25,000! Five Hooley™ T-shirt wearing contestants were randomly selected from registrations in a hopper. Each tried to successfully throw a regulation rugby ball 25 yards through the target opening to win $25,000! Restrictions applied. Alas, nobody hit the target.
See what others wrote about The 5th Annual Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™
Cleveland Scene Magazine: Slide Show
The Sun Post: Big Crowd Takes in Fifth Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™
View a video of this year's event, created by KCDC Manager of Office Operations and Hooley™ Event Manager Jackie Wohleber, put together from her own footage and that of the staff:
2014 Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ video.
View a gallery of photos from this year's event -- and last year's created by KCDC Board Member, Joe Outlaw:
2014 Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ photo gallery
"Like" our event page on Facebook here for recaps and more photos from the event.
See you at the 6th Annual Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™, May 9, 2015!
A big THANK YOU to the 2014 sponsors of The Hooley™: The City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Content Marketing Institute, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Kamm's Live, Dollar Bank, Fairview Hospital, First Federal Lakewood, Kamm's Corners Development Corporation, Kamm's Corners Farmers Market, and The West Park Family YMCA.