June Issue Letter from the Publisher

I have taken “a walk in the Irish rain” almost daily these past few weeks, it seems. The auld trusty Farmer’s Almanac says 2011 will be a dry and hot one. I think they forgot to spell check; I think they meant it’ll be a, “I’ll cry a lot” one. Hopefully, the only tear that will be shed this festival season will be when “The Parting Glass” is invariably sung at the end of each night after another fantastic festival.

In this, we bring our 4th Annual Festival Focus Issue, highlighting many great festivals in and around Ohio this summer. There is at least one fest every weekend, and the July August bridge once again is brightly lit from Cleveland to Dayton to Dublin – three weekends in a row. Cuyahoga Falls’ Riverfront Irish Fest always kicks off the summer festival circuit. Plan ahead to see some of the best Irish music and entertainment available throughout the world, right here in and around Ohio. Our center section gives some of the “Do Not Miss” groups and events at a festival near you.

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic cadre of writers as well. I sometimes forget I am “editing” when I receive a column, getting lost in the story told. I am sure you will read the paper from end to end before the next issue arrives, but if you only have a minute right now, take a read of Sean McCabe’s, Stories from the Corner Bard column and his on-site remembrances of 9/11.

It is my honor of serving on the board of the Irish American Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies of the 1st class were held May 14th, in Chicago. Maureen O’Hara, Sr. Connolly, Mayor Daley, Henry Ford, John Kennedy and six more history changing and time tested contributors to the Irish in America were inducted. Unfortunately, the ceremonies were the same day as the 2nd Annual Kamm’s Corner Hooley. Big thanks to Pete Roche, who stepped in to cover the event for us.

Pete is now a regular contributor to the OhIAN, photographing and writing concert and CD reviews. You have hopefully noticed a few other recent changes and additions to the OhIAN. Your feedback has led to new columns, new features and our new website (www.ianohio.com). If you can’t read the OhIAN all at once, miss an issue, or simply want to re read, all issues, plus daily updates, breaking news, videos, and things we couldn’t fit into the current issue are lodged there.

This is our 54th issue. Our 5th Anniversary is just around the corner. We continue to grow, continue to get better, thanks to your support. Our vision is grande, our readers 100 grande!

Have a fantastic kick off to the summer. Hope to see you about & about, in front of a stage or in the connecting festival that is facebook, but please continue to send us your feedback, ideas and friends.

Slán,

John

June Out & About Ohio Events

Out & About Ohio – June 2011

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
Library by appointment/ Genealogy for members. Tea Room by reservation. Irish Language Classes, Tuesdays 7:00 / Irish History Classes, Thursdays 6:30 P.M./ Saturday Art Classes / Children’s Saturday, Adult Tuesday Irish Dance Classes. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

Cleveland -The Harp
3rd – Walking Cane, 4th – Porter Sharks, 10th – Fior Gael, 11th – Chris Allen, 17th – Closed for Private Event, 24th – Kristine Jackson, 25th – Porter Sharks, Wednesdays: Lonesome Stars. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
Cleveland – Stone Mad
Live music entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traditional Irish Session 1st Sunday of ea/month, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7.
Cleveland – Flat Iron Café
3rd – Mossy Moran, 10th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 17th – Cats On Holiday, 24th – Becky Boyd. 1114 Center Street, Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com
Cleveland – Treehouse
5th – Tom Evanchuck, 12th – Chris Allen, 19th – Kristine Jackson. Kitchen is now open until 2am every day. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com
Cleveland – PJ McIntyre’s
1st – Monthly Pub Quiz- hosted by Mike D., 3rd – Time Warp, 4th – Voyager, 10th – Cosmic Candy, 11th – Outlaw I + I, 17th – Mo Mojo, 18th – That 80’s Band, 24th -Stiletto Overdrive, 25th – Charlie in the Box. Also TACO THURSDAY-Peggy Shea Taco’s back by popular demand! Now serving Breakfast/Brunch every Sunday @8am. 17119 Lorain Avenue, 44111 www.pjmcintyres.com
Cleveland – West Park Station
2nd – Jim & Eroc HH, 3rd – Degados HH & DJ Fuse 10pm. 4th -Drunk Betty 10pm, 10th -Pop Rocks 10pm, 11th – UFC 131, 12th – Cornhole Tournament, 17th –D an & Bobby HH & Trailer Park Ninjas 10pm, 18th -Porcelain Bus Drivers 10pm, 19th – Fathers day BBQ, 23rd -Jackson Rohm HH, 24th -Ettiquete HH & DJ Ice Cold 10pm, 25th – PATIO OPENING LUAU PARTY & Tricky Dick & the Cover-ups10pm, 30th – SEVEN NATIONS 10pm. Thursday – Ladies Night w/ DJ Destro! Wednesday -Station Karaoke Challenge! Sunday – Magic Man Paul Gallagher from 6-8pm and Every Sunday MINUTE TO WIN IT 9pm 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.
Cleveland/Lyndhurst – Claddagh Irish Pub
5th – Turn the Corner & Irish Set Dancing Lessons, 12th – Forsythe Special, 19th – The Terriers. 25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 44122 (216) 691-0534 www.claddaghirishpubs.com.
Cleveland /Olmsted Twp -West Side Irish American Club
3rd – Curbside Country, 10th – *Special Concert featuring Ireland’s First Lady of Country and Irish Music: Susan McCann, 17th – Scully, 24th – Wally Franz, 7/1 – Kid’n’Me. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Cleveland / Medina – Sully’s
3rd – The New Barleycorn, 4th – Music Men, 10th – Michael Crawley, 11th – Mossy Moran, 17th – Craic Brothers, 18th – Scully, 24th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 25th – Wood Brothers. Every Tuesday 6 – 8pm Magician Paul Gallagher performs tableside. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Cleveland / Lakewood – Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
4th – New Barleycorn. 13368 Madison Ave. Lakewood, 44107 www.sullivansirishpub.net (216) 529-8969
Cleveland / Lakewood – Beck Center for the Arts
2nd – Westfield Kids Club, 2nd-5th – “Imagine” Student Dance Concerts, 9th – Hear & Touch the Music, 13th – Summer classes begin, 13th-17th – Classical Ballet Camp, 13th – Junior Theater, Improv, and Visual Arts Camps begin, 14th-16th & 21st-23rd – World Beat Percussion Workshops, 23rd – Early Childhood ABC17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

[Joyce can group Mentor/Willoughby together]
Cleveland / Mentor – Hooley House
3rd – Jeff Soucup Band, 4th – Richie Reece Show, 9th – Seven Nations, 10th – Itex, 10th – Labatt Lime patio party, 11th – UFC 131 in HD, 17th – Dan McCoy, 18th – Abbey Rodeo, 24th – Big in Japan.Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.
Cleveland / Willoughby – Mullarkey’s
4th – Kevin McCarthy, 11th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 28th – One More Pint, 25th – Pat Shepard, 2nd – Kevin McCarthy. Karaoke Wednesdays. Thursday Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com
Cleveland / Willoughby – Croagh Patrick’s
4857 Robinhood Drive Willoughby, 44094 (440) 946-8250. www.croaghpatrickspub.webs.com

Cleveland / Avon Lake – Ahern Banquet Center
Ahern Banquet Center is booking weddings and special events. Call Tony Ahern / Lucy Balser @ 440-933-9500. 726 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake 44012. www.aherncatering.com
Cleveland / Avon Lake – Irish Heritage Club
June 4 – Kids Fishing Contest 12-3pm, June 6- General Meeting, Pot Luck Mondays / Taco Tuesdays / Friday Happy Hour. 726 Avon Belden Rd. (440) 933-3413.

Cleveland / Euclid – Irish American Club East Side
PUB: 8:00 – 11:00. 3rd – Mary Agnes Kennedy, 10th – Loch Erie, 17th – Bald Paul’s Irish Blues Band, 24th – Marcus Dirk and Friends. 25th – Comedy @ the IACES w Emcee Greg Smrdel, Headliner Mike Conley, Jen Shenberger. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org
Cleveland / Euclid – Paddy’s Pour House
4th – MS Bike/Poker Run 922 East 222nd Street, Euclid, 44123
216.289.2569

Columbus – Shamrock Club Events
1st – Horseshoe League, 5th -Gen. Meeting, 10th -YMCA Cornhole, 14th – Flag Day, 19th – Irish Family Picnic. Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com
Columbus – Byrne’s Pub
3rd – C & M Bluegrass, 4th – 9 Castle Close, 10th – Slate Ridge, 11th – The Prodigals, 17th – Gibson & Fife Trio, 18th – Drowsy Lads, 1248 West 3rd Avenue 43212 www.byrnespub.com
Columbus – The Claddagh – Polaris Parkway
8745 Sancus Blvd. Columbus 43240 (614) 885-0100 www.claddaghirishpubs.com

Toledo – Claddagh Irish Pubs
11th – Extra Stout, 16th – Levis Square. 5001 Monroe Street Toledo 43623 (419) 472-1414. www.claddaghirishpubs.com.

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessiúns – Bring your instruments and play along!
Akron Hibernian’s Ceili Band Sessions, Wednesdays 7:30 pm. The Akron AOH Mark Heffernan Div 2 Hall 2000 Brown St , Akron , Ohio 330-724-2083. Beginner to intermediate
Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month from 8 to 10pm
Bardic Circle at The Shamrock Club of Columbus Beginner-friendly, intermediate-level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays from 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
Wooster Street Center, 1124 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, OH -2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 to 8:00
Blarney Pub* – Toledo, 1st Saturday of the month 5-8 pm.