For all intents and purposes summer is here, but technically summer doesn't officially arrive until 1:04 AM on June 21st.
The Rocky River Reservation is one of my favorite places to go no matter what season it is. However the reservation really comes alive during the summer, especially at the Emerald Necklace Marina. The boats are back on the water, there are plenty of people around fishing, strolling, playing, taking out their kayaks, or just chilling, and the little cafe is open in case you forgot to pack a snack.
Speaking of the little cafe, last Friday when I went down to the Marina for a stroll I noticed that there's a big change with the food services - the concession for the cafe is under new management and has a new name - Nelly Belly.
I spoke with Eric, who is with Nelly Belly and got the skinny on what's happening. One of the specialties of Nelly Belly is pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. Apparently there are some hoops to jump through before the permanent oven up and operating, until that is done, the personal pizzas are being cooked on this really cool food truck.
Unlike the earlier cafe, Nelly Belly has a liquor license and offers a fully array of "adult beverages" - the menu sounds good (click here to visit the Nelly Belly website for all the info).
Oh another great addition, on Fridays during the summer there will be live music on the patio. Cool beans!
Of course if hanging out on a patio sipping a glass of something, watching the boats go by, and eating some yummy food isn't your thing, one can always bring along a pole and try to catch something while fishing in front of the no fishing sign!
Yesterday while walking about my hood I couldn't help but notice the newest lost dog notice plastered up on telephone poles. What a sad tale, according to the flyer, late Monday night Moe's human got into an automobile accident - in the midst of the aftereffects Moe jumped out of the car and took off in "an unknown direction." BOLO for Moe and if you see him call his human Mike at 440.665.9828
Okay, there's the sad dog tale.
Now for a cat tale (or would that be tail) that will surely make you smile - opening this weekend in Lakewood's Breakneck Gallery is one unique cat show.
Really it is an art exhibition featuring the work of local artist Laura Dumm - the show is called BubbaPalooza.
Laura set out to capture the many moods and faces of her big ol' orange and white cat Bubba. For the last year Laura has been celebrating Bubba through a variety of artistic styles and mediums.
On exhibit at Breakneck will be more that thirty artistic renderings of Bubba and will include drawings, paintings, a movie, a mask, sculpture and even a comic book, entitled "An Interview with Bubba." Laura's Bubba comic was created with the assistance of her husband Gary Dumm and Lakewoodite Scott MacGregor - both Gary and Scott are well established artists and writers in the area of comics and graphic novels.
BubbaPalooza takes place Saturday, June 15th, 5-11 PM at the Breakneck Gallery 17020 Madison Avenue.
I sure hope Bubba will be making an appearance with Laura as I can't wait to ask him which of the many portraits he likes best!