Cookouts. Festivals. Picnics. Artwalks. Sports games. Parades. Crafts' Fairs. Concerts.
Memorial day may signal the beginning of the carefree summer season, but I knew summer had arrived the moment the muzak tone of Yankee Doodle rose above the near constant din of landscapers' lawnmowers as the neighborhood ice cream truck rounded the corner and inched it's way down my street. (Suddenly, I find myself living in a neighborhood with an ice cream truck, how adorable is that?)
But for official purposes, I ushered in summer by making my way out to Chagrin Falls for their Blossom Summer Festival that includes three days of hot air balloon launches. If there's one thing I love, it's people who are overly enthusiastic about their craft. And there's nothing more endearing that hear a really enthusiastic lifelong balloonist talk for forty minutes about the past 500 year history of hot air balloons to a crowd of people only half listening, his words merely background noise for their kettle corn munching or Frisbee throwing. I mean, that's full on dedication, no, love, for ballooning. How many people do you know who are that passionate about anything, much less something that requires sailing up into the sky in a gigantic balloon you painstakingly sewed yourself?
Sorry you missed out on ballooning? Worry not, there's another balloon festival in August. Not so interested in ballooning? Be sure to check out this list of Ohio Festivals to find something more suited to your interests.
And speaking of your interests, time to get those datebooks out and flip ahead to June....
June 13th - The Raisin Rack is having an huuuuge vendor's fair. Don't be worried about being stuck inside on a warm, sunny Saturday, this yummy event will be held outdoors (under a tent, in their parking lot) and will feature products from Celiac Specialties and Mr. Ritt's Bakery. As Denise wrote to me in her email, "Celiac Specialties is of course famous for their donut holes and Mr. Ritt's for their flour mix, Angel Food cakes, Bavarian butter cream cake...need I say more??"
June 14th - All that gluten-free goodness got you wishing you could meet people with celiac disease and get advice on how to use all the cool gluten-free products you just picked up? Has actually shopping with other celiacs made you long for a sense of gluten-free community outside of cyberspace? Well then, you'll want to check out the Greater Cleveland Celiac Association's June meeting, held this month at the Parma Community Hospital.
June 28th - Grab your mitts and your appetite because it's Gluten-Free Night at the Akron Aeros! Enjoy a gluten-free hot dog and a gluten-free hot dog bun and root for the home team! Please click here for more information on how to register.