November 7, 2023

Ethnic Cleveland eNews
November 7, 2023
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) 
As I said last week, this is one of my favorite annual events and should be on your Cleveland Bucket List.
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)/ Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC), and Día de Muertos Ohio presented the 19th Annual Día de Muertos Festival in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using calaveras and marigold flowers known as cempazúchitl, building home altars called ofrendas with the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as gifts for the deceased. 
Dozens of ofrendas like the above (see lots more photos) were on display in a “cemetery” at CPT. Watch a short video walkthrough of the ofrendas.
Of course a highlight is the colorful Skull and Bones Parade which went down Detroit, made a stop at an altar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and then another at Craciun Funeral Home. Then it turned around and went back to the Theatre. See lots of pictures.
Here’s a video of the Parade.
New statue in Vietnamese Cultural Garden
It’s finally up. As we’ve been telling you, there is a new statue in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. A 20,000 lb. block of marble was hewn from Marble Mountain in Vietnam. The 9' tall Vietnamese Lady statue was crafted there as well and shipped to Cleveland. It was installed on November 3 in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden.

Lots of photos and videos to come but below is a short time lapse video showing the marble base and statue being installed and then Gia Hoa Ryan looking on as her dream finally came to fruition.  
Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared November as National American Indian Heritage Month, also referred to as Native American Heritage Month.

This landmark bill honoring America's tribal people represented a major step in the establishment of this celebration which began in 1976 when a Cherokee/Osage Indian named Jerry C. Elliott-High Eagle authored Native American Awareness Week legislation the first historical week of recognition in the nation for native peoples. This led to 1986 with then President Ronald Reagan proclaiming November 23–30, 1986, as "American Indian Week".

We are fortunate to have Lake Erie Native American Council (LENAC) in the area. LENAC is a Native American-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to preserve, maintain, and promote Native American culture in Northeast Ohio. A little farther to the east in Ashtabula there is a community from the United Eastern Lenape Nation.

I always liked this Cherokee Prayer: O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.

The photo below is from an old Pow Wow at Edgewater Park.
Veterans Day – Not Ethnic but…

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day commemorated the service of all U.S. veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. That's my cousin (below), and Vietnam Veteran, Tommy Verderber in front of the Veteran Memorial at St. Joseph HS in Cleveland.
There is a memorial in Anthem, Arizona dedicated to veterans. There are five marble pillars that represent the five branches of the United States military. They are staggered in size (from 17 feet to 6 feet) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

Here is the best part: Once a year at 11:11 am the sun shines perfectly on this Memorial. At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun's rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
We can’t thank our veterans enough. 
Home of the free.... because of the brave!
Blast from the Past – Lenape Chief Quiet Wolf explains the 12 Laws of Peace

In honor of Native American Heritage Month we look back at the Annual Downtown Ashtabula Multi-Cultural Festival in 2014. Native Americans from the United Eastern Lenape Nation performed and Chief Quiet Wolf explained to us the drum they use and the 12 Laws of Peace inscribed on the drum.  
Sponsored Message 
The 2024 Pan-American Masters Games (PAMG) will be held on July 12-21, 2024 in Northeast Ohio. This multisport event for athletes is expected to be the largest international gathering in Northeast Ohio’s history bringing over 7,500 athletes from more than 50 countries along with thousands of spectators, family and friends. Members from the ethnic communities will be asked to welcome, connect with and cheer on visiting athletes sharing their heritage. 

Right now, the team is hard at work all over the world signing up athletes. If you know of people in the country of your heritage who might want to compete, please send them to this webpage

Sports range from Archery to Volleyball including Pickleball, Bowling, Golf, Softball, Tennis and about 20 more.
Here is what's happening
As always there is more information, links and schedule changes (weather cancellations, etc.) on the Calendar of Events.
On The Hungarian (-American) Literary Imagination
Wednesday November 8
5 PM
Wolstein Research Building Auditorium
2103 Cornell Rd. Cleveland
2023 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: On The Hungarian (-American) Literary Imagination. In her talk, Hungarian-American writer and translator Timea Sipos will explore a selection of influential speculative Hungarian authors whose work reflects the complex cultural identity of Hungary, as well as the country's long history of invasion and migration. Sipos will discuss how translation has been a patient and thorough mentor, requiring her to crawl inside a text and turn it inside out. This intimacy, she will argue, has been deep enough to teach Sipos how to create magic on the page where she had not been able to before.

She will also address how her lived experiences as a Hungarian-American affect her writing and how contemporary American authors showed her to weave her ethnic identity with speculative elements in fresh ways. Finally, she will share an excerpt of her work-in-progress, The Stone Men. This novel told in stories follows statues that come to life on the streets of Budapest and the female artists who sculpt them.
CAMEO Meeting
Wednesday November 8
6:30 PM
Syriana Restaurant
26920 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake
Tihar - Festival of Lights
Wednesday November 8
6 - 8 PM
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
This will be the first time that our Nepali/Bhutanese communities will be celebrating Tihar - Festival of Lights at City Hall Rotunda. Most Nepali and Bhutanese (photo of flag) came as refugees over a decade ago, and they chose Cleveland to be their "new home". The Nepali/Bhutanese are one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in Cleveland, and they are one of the newest Asian communities adding to our rich, diverse and dynamic city. Himalayan Restaurant will be catering this event, and many performances that have never been seen will be part of this festival. Come and join us for this celebration. Please RSVP , so Chia may add you to the guest list. Seating is limited.
Chia-Min Chen, Asian Liaison/Project Coordinator. Community Relations Board, City of Cleveland. Tel: 216-664-2319;
10 Years of Teatro Publico de Cleveland
Thursday November 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cleveland Public Theatre - Parish Hall
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44102
In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC), a local Latinx theatre company, whose work reflects the artistic goals, interests, and ideals of its members. The purpose of this theatre ensemble is to share the rich diversity and perspectives of the Latinx-Cleveland culture, and to fulfill CPT's core mission.
We will look back on our accomplishments and forward to the future of this historical theater and its incredible new season. There will be music, refreshments, beverages and a birthday cake! RSVP (maximum is 4) to by Monday, November 6, 2023. To RSVP, please use subject TPC 10th and include the names of all who are attending (if you have them).
The Honey Girl of Auschwitz
Thursday November 9
7 pm
Solon Chabad
5570 Harper Rd. Solon
CCWA Social
Thursday November 9
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd. Cleveland
Animals in Japanese Art
Now through December 12
Museum Hours
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Japanese Art Galleries | Galleries 235A-B
Free. The relationship of people to animals is ever evolving as we continue to learn more about the other life-forms with which we share our planet. Each culture offers unique perspectives on our connection to animals. The history of representing the finned, furry, and feathered residents of the worlds of sea, land, and sky in Japan began with clay figurines of mammals-wild boars, for example-made around 2,500 to 900 years before the common era.

These days, they include robotic animals made of metal, plastic, and synthetic fibers, such as dogs and seals. In the future, we may look upon them as art too. This installation features images of animals made in Japan for a variety of purposes over the past 1,500 years and explores the often overlapping decorative, functional, and symbolic roles they have served.
Irish Ambassador at City Club
Friday November 10
11:30 - 1
The City Club
1317 Euclid Avenue, Suite 100
Remarks from Her Excellency Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30 am / Forum begins 12:00pm.
Annual Czech Holiday Fair
Saturday November 11
10 AM - 3 PM
Bohemian National Hall
4939 Broadway Ave. Cleveland
Explore Italy: Regional Cuisine, Culture, and Language - Piemonte
10:30 -12:30
Italian American Museum of Cleveland
Little Italy (between Presti's and Maxi's.)
Explore Italy's regional cuisine, culture, and language with Dr. Paola Basile, Professor of Italian Studies, Lake Erie College. The first part of the class will be a presentation on and discussion about the region's culture and language. During the second part of class, attendees will have the opportunity to taste regional wines and sample regional cuisine as prepared by Little Italy chefs.
Sándor Kányádi Program
Saturday November 11
2 PM
Cleveland Hungarian Museum
Galleria, 1301 East 9th Street
Sándor Kányádi was a Hungarian poet and translator from the region of Transylvania, Romania. He was one of the most famous and beloved contemporary Hungarian poets. He was a major contributor to Hungarian children's literature.
Independence Day of Poland
Saturday November 11
5 PM
Polish-American Cultural Center
6501 Lansing Ave. Cleveland
On the occasion of celebrating the Independence Day of Poland. The Polish-American Cultural Center invites you to a patriotic artistic program: music and dance performed by students from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School and "Piast" Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.
Irish Ambassador at LAOH Testimonial
Saturday November 11
6 PM
West Side Irish American Club
8559 Jennings Rd, Olmsted Falls
Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason will be attending the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Testimonial Dinner on Saturday November 11 at 6pm at the West Side Irish American Club. LAOH National President Marilyn Madigan (in photo), A Woman Admired for Her Courage, Outstanding Achievements, and Noble Qualities, will be honored.
GrucaWhite Ensemble with Luca Mundaca - Free Concert
Saturday November 11
7:30 PM
Maltz Performing Arts Center
1855 Ansel Road
Everyone's favorite Cleveland Classical Guitar Society annual event is back with a twist! The dynamic GrucaWhite Ensemble returns with Brazilian music, in duos and trios with special guest, Brazilian singer Luca Mundaca.

Jazz makes its debut on this concert with one of Northeast Ohio's hidden gems, Akron-based guitarist-composer Dan Wilson, acclaimed for his performances with some of the greats of the genre. He is joined by rising star bassist Brandon Rose of Detroit. Experience this free concert either in person or via livestream!
1st Annual Latin Jam Fest
Saturday November 11
LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Road, Westlake
The 1st Annual Latin Jam Fest, presented by Party House Ent, The Blue Palm Restaurant & Lounge, and LaCentre, promises to be an unforgettable night filled with top-notch urban music and overflowing energy. The man behind this spectacular celebration is Ely, known as “The King of Urban Nightlife.” Ely has been tirelessly working to provide the young community of Cleveland with unique and exciting experiences, and the Latin Jam Fest is the epitome of his efforts.
Pundemics – Fall Back Edition
In case you still need to do it, here’s a guide to setting your clocks back one hour.
  • Smartphone – Leave it alone and let it do its magic.
  • Sundial – Move one house to the left.
  • Oven – Get a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering – or a hammer.
  • Car Radio – Not worth it, wait 6 months.

Daylight saving time is when my dog’s dinner time becomes his “I’m starving” time.
I’ll change the time on my alarm clock when I find where it landed in the yard.
Daylight saving time: the annual reminder that my oven clock is still flashing 12:00.
I’m just saying… Maybe if daytime was more careful, it wouldn’t have to be saved all the time.
Ba da dum 
Postscript:  With so many events on November 11th don’t forget to thank a Veteran.
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