Monday, July 6, 2015

Tri-C JazzFest Giveaway Winner

The winner for the Tri-C JazzFest tickets has been notified. 

Thank you all for reading and entering!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tri-C JazzFest Giveaway or The Time I Met Sheila E

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is returning for the 36th year and this year's schedule is as awesome as ever. The weekend of entertainment comes to Playhouse Square July 9-11, featuring 9 ticketed concerts and two days of FREE outdoor shows on US Bank Plaza. 

Highlights of the festival include the Cleveland Centennial Celebration of Robert Lockwood, featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo

Tickets are on sale now, and you can snag a Festival Pass, which gets you in to all 9 concerts or you can purchase individual tickets online. Or, you can win a pair of tickets to see Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo here. 

Before I get to the how to win, I want to tell you a little story. 

These are called cassette tapes. An old timey way of listening to music. 
The 80s.

Fashion was questionable. You had to go to the library and *look in books* for research papers.  Mix tapes were cassette tapes. MTV played music. 

Prince was all over the place. 

I was a ridiculous Prince fan. The whole 9 purple yards. I couldn't get enough of his unique musical style and attitude.  Out of all of his "proteges" Sheila E. was my favorite.  I wore out my Glamorous Life tape. In fact, it was viciously devoured by my tape deck of my Pontiac Phoenix hatchback. 

One of my favorite pastimes was to go to record stores. Places that had records. You have not properly lived until you have experienced that second of anticipation, waiting for the needle to fall on the record...followed by a brief crinkly scratch and then track one. I could spend an hour in the record store, looking for new music - reading the liner notes. 

My aunt took me to Record Revolution in Coventry, forever cementing her as my favorite, to look for Solo Two, the album (yes, *album*) that Sheila E worked on with her dad, Pete Escovedo. There was no googling to download a track. No spotify. No pandora. Just flipping through racks and racks of albums. 


I saved my allowance and convinced my mom to take me to the see Prince and The Revolution and Sheila E at Richfield Coliseum. 

Concert poster from The Coliseum
I had tickets for the second night, which was in the middle of a vicious snow storm and there were rumblings of canceling the show. I begged and pleaded to still go to the show. I loved Prince and I explained to my mom that Sheila E was a fierce percussionist and was completely unlike Prince's chick groups (a modern day comparison is Diddy and his Making the Band), and if we didn't go, my life would be ruined for all eternity. 

We trudged our way to the Coliseum, with blinding snow and much cursing. Sheila E. was on up first, and of course, killed it. Then came the break. I was chattering away loudly, my ears ringing from the speakers, when a man came over to us, chatted with my mom for a moment and said, "Follow me."  From that moment on, things are blurry...both from age and excitement of the moment. 

I'm not sure how it happened, but we followed the man through concrete corridors of the Coliseum, people running around focused on their mission for the moment, until we ended up in a dressing room. "Wait here," was the instruction. I had no clue what was going on, and I plopped down in an m & m green chair chatting away questioning everything. Then chaotic noise, a commotion shuffled into the room and in walked Sheila E. It was one of the few times in my life I was completely and utterly speechless. I tried to open my mouth, but my words were replaced with little squeaks. It would have been impossible for Sheila E. to have been a nicer person. We chatted for a few minutes as a seamstress tried to sew her stage costume back together and then just as quickly, we were ushered out and back to our seats. 


The show went on to be one of my favorites, certainly my favorite from the Coliseum days. And yes, I owed my mom. BIG time. 

Sheila E. has never slowed down with her career and continues to make music. I encourage you to listen to an interview she did with npr, here.  

Now, on to the fun part.

With Tri-C JazzFest, I want to send you to see Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo on July 11. 

The rules are simple. Make sure you follow directions, because I let a computer pick the winner. Leave a comment here for each task you complete. If it isn't here, boo for you. 

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite celebrity encounter.
2. Visit Tri-C JazzFest on the Facebook.
3. Follow @TriCJazzFest and @ClevelandChick on the Twitter.
4. Follow @SheilaEDrummer on the Twitter.
5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
"I want @clevelandchick to send me to @TriCJazzFest! #TriCJazzFest"

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet. Winner will be selected on Sunday, July 5th at 6 pm, so get tweeting!
*Disclosure: The awesome peeps at Tri-C JazzFest asked me to help promote the event. In exchange, I was given 2 tickets to giveaway and 2 tickets for me. My opinions are all my own and my words are fueled by entirely too much hazelnut coffee. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo Giveaway



Spring has sprung and now is the time to tackle all the home improvement projects you have been thinking about all winter!

The Cleveland Convention Center is hosting the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo, March 27-29, chock full of exhibitors and celebrities from HGTV and BravoTV. Even if you don't have a house, Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper and Jeff Lewis from Bravo Tv's Flipping Out will make you want one. 

There is something for everyone, from the Arcadia GlassHouse Butterfly Feature to fully constructed Vignettes featuring decorating tips for small space living. 
You can purchase tickets for $10 at the door, but why would you when you can save $2 buying them online and an extra buck using promo code PIEROGI15HR. 
Now for the fun part. Want to win a pair of tickets? It is super easy, so make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure you come back and comment on this post after you complete each task.

1. What home improvement are you thinking about tackling this Spring?
2. Follow Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo on Twitter and Facebook
3. Follow Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo on Pinterest
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram
5. Tweet the following: " I want @ClevelandChick to send me to the @GreatBigShow!"

Leave a comment for each task. I let a computer pick the winner, so if it isn't there, boo for you. 
Winner will be selected at 4 pm on Friday, March 27, so get tweeting!
Disclosure: I was given a pair of tickets for me and a pair to give away, which is super awesome. Words are all my own, and are fueled by the wonky blogger settings at the moment. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Great Big Home + Garden Show

One of my favorite events is the Great Big Home + Garden Show. I love to get ideas for my home and just see the neato gadgets out there. The Show runs through February 16, so there is still time to get out there. You can find out more here

Through out the IX Center, there are model homes/barns/ etc set up and I was amazed at what they were able to do. In front of one of the models, they installed a pool with small fountains. Unfortunately, from this angle it looks as though the chairs are peeing. They aren't. I promise. 

Even though some of the set ups were way out of my price range, just seeing what is *possible* was fun. I love this fountain that was made using baseball bats. 

This year, the Show was highlighting Cleveland and the neighborhoods around, a lot like the Indians are going to do at the ballpark. The vendors did an amazing job bringing in the feeling of each area, whether Tremont or Little Italy. 

Even if you don't own a house, there is still a lot to see. 

This patriotic bathtub had a crowd the whole time I was there. Just the thought of being able to bathe in freedom every day is an interesting one. 

The Show also has vendors for your garden, with seeds, plants and even baby chicks (!).  Any garden, yard, garage or kitchen implement or chotchki is here. Pans, grills, flags, you name it, you can find it. 

I'm super bummed that I didn't buy this garden cat...he looks just like Bernie, so I think I will have to go back to get it. 

When you go, wear good walking shoes. There is a LOT of area to cover. Also, be sure you have an extra $10 for parking. 

Go, have a good time and get inspired!

Disclosure: I was given a pair of tickets to the show for myself and a pair to giveaway. The words are all mine. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Great Big Home + Garden Show Winner

And the winner of the ticket giveaway is Chance! He has been notified. 

There is still time to purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets! I look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Shoveled The Finish Line?

Boston Police Department Twitter feed, January 28, 2015. 
The great Blizzard of 2015 may have been a bust for New York, but it lived up to the hype for New England. The east coast got pummeled with snow and flooding. Most people heeded the weather warnings and were tucked in their homes, French Toast Kits (milk, bread, eggs) ready.  The roads in Boston were snow covered and icy under two feet of snow, eerily quiet. No hustle. No bustle. 

Except, for one stretch across Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon Finish Line. The site of 2013's terror attack was clear of snow and the Finish Line could be seen clearly. A stranded hotel guest watched a man shovel the Line clear and snapped pictures from high above and the virtual hunt was on to figure out who shoveled the Finish Line. 

This small, but symbolic act was done without fan fare. There are no duck faced selfies while shoveling posted across social media. One man decided that the Line should be cleared, showing the neighborhood that no matter what, Boston was still strong. Power outages, blizzards or terrorist attacks, it didn't matter. 

The man who shoveled is a bartender named Chris Laudani for a place called Back Bay Social Club, down the street from the Finish Line.  I have never met him and it has been years since I was in Boston, but I assure you, if I were in town, I would buy him a beer. A simple gesture to thank him for shoveling. I can't help but compare this small act to a quote by coaching great, John Wooden - "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."

Laudani's snow shoveling shows that one person can make a difference; that one small act can snowball into a greater series of actions.

What have you done today to make a difference?

Back Bay Social Club bartender, Chris Laudani shoveling the Finish Line. 

Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

Spring is coming. I'm starting to look around the house and plan home improvement projects and a vegetable garden!

The best place to get new ideas is The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show at the I-X Center, Friday Feb. 6 - Sunday, Feb. 15. With over 1,000 home industry experts and more than 600 exhibitors, there will be someone to answer any question you have about home improvements, gardening and more.  

Some features this year include:
A 2,400 square-foot, fully constructed Idea Home, built by Blossom Homes to inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes

A 1,500 square-foot Xtend Technologies High-Tech Entertainment Homes to fire up new ideas for indoor/outdoor entertainment and recreation areas.

The Garden Showcase with...are you ready? Cleveland Rocks-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio's top landscapers.

Celebrity guests include Matt Muenster - Host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and HGTV's Dream Home, Todd Wilbur- best selling author and self-proclaimed Food Hacker (awesome), Ramsin Khachi - nationally recognized design/build contractor and Tom Silva - from This Old House and Ask This Old House. 

You can take a break in the full-service, white tablecloth restaurant, Cambria Bistro or enjoy your favorite pub grub in Danny Vegh's Break Room. 

You can purchase tickets online here and use promo code PIEROGI15 to save on your tickets!

Now for the fun part. Want to win a pair of tickets to the Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show? It is super easy, so make sure you follow directions. I let a computer pick the winner, so make sure you come back and comment on this post after you complete each task.

1. What home improvement or gardening project is your dream?
2. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Twitter and Facebook
3. Follow The Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show on Pinterest
4. Follow Cleveland Chick on the Twitter and Instagram
5. Tweet the following: " I want @ClevelandChick to send me to the @GreatBigShow!"

Winner will be selected on Saturday, January 31 at noon. 

Remember, you can tweet once a day, so get chirping.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to give away and a pair for my own use. Words are all mine and are fueled by entirely too much Mountain Dew.