Artists, craftspeople, entertainment and more prepare for Lakewood Arts Festival: A Place in the Sun – | Candle Made Easy

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – It is the final phase of preparations for the 2022 Lakewood Arts Festival.

The popular summer event celebrates its 45th anniversary on August 6th. Booths featuring a variety of artists and craftspeople will line Detroit Avenue from Belle Avenue in the east to Arthur Avenue in the west in the downtown business district from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Lakewood Downtown Lakewood Arts Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization, administers the show with the help of a team of volunteers and in partnership with the City of Lakewood. The arts festival supports itself with funds raised through entrance fees, donations from community vendors, scholarship funds, and other efforts.

Around 165 artists are selected each year to take part in the juried art show. Awards, funded with help from local businesses and community organizations, are presented to the artists selected for Best Show, Second Place, Third Place, Best Creative Presentation and Best New Artist.

In addition to supporting the festival, a portion of funds raised or donated will be used to provide a scholarship for a Lakewood resident who is a high school graduate pursuing a fine arts degree. Some LAF funds also provide grants to local organizations that present arts programs for children and seniors in Lakewood.

Lakewood High School Barnstormers and Photography Club, Helping Others that benefit students at Lakewood Middle School, Lakewood Catholic Academy’s arts programs, Barton Center’s arts activities for seniors, and Beck Center for the Arts programs.

The all-day festival also features live musical entertainment across three stages. This year’s line-up includes Luca Mundaca, Sugar Pie & Friends and Bridgetown Junction on the Andrews Stage; Chris Allen, Maura Rogers & the Bellows, Tam Tam Magic/Senegalese drummers, Liz Bullock and Punchdrunk Tagalongs on Park Stage on Cook Avenue and Jessica McGrath & B. Carter Riordan (violin duets), Clara Edleman (singer/songwriter), Tracy Ammon (guitar/vocals), Tom Kurlander & Pale Blue Sound (folk music), Shaun McGrath and Amy Yekel (opera selections), Russ Stich & Friends (improvisational theatre), Madjax Dance Co. (dance), Katrina Sparks (spoken word), Black Beanz (African-inspired dance) and Kraig Brock (steel drum) perform on the Beck Stage on St. Charles Avenue.

Each year a local artist creates a limited edition LAF lithograph which can be purchased at the festival information booth. Proceeds benefit the LAF Scholarship Fund.

Festival-goers will also find a variety of food options for purchase and booths staffed by local non-profit groups.

Visit for more information about the festival.

Volunteers and local vendors help keep the flower boxes along Detroit Avenue in tip-top shape all summer long. The planters add color to the downtown business district. (Carol Kovach/special to

Cruising in: Car enthusiasts may be interested in two upcoming events showcasing classic cars and trucks.

The annual St. Patrick Cruise-in and Ice Cream Social, held August 3 from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of St. Patrick Parish, 4427 Rocky River Drive, in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland.

The entry fee is $10 for those wishing to register a vehicle at the auto show. Any make, model or year can be entered. There are dashboards, door prizes and trophies for the drivers. There is also a DJ, basket raffles, 50/50 drawing and more.

Spectators have free entry. Hot dogs, hamburgers, baked goods and ice cream are available for purchase.

The event is a community fundraiser and is coordinated by the Holy Name Society.

Speaking of car rides, the Olmsted Historical Society is hosting their Cleveland Metropark car rides and classic car show on August 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frostville Museum Complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, on the Rocky River Reservation.

There is a donation of 1 euro on the door. Classic cars, trucks and antiques are on display at the event. Sellers are welcome.

The Lagrange Engine Club also displays a collection of antique farm machinery, large and small.

The museum buildings open at 10:00 am and food and drinks are available for purchase.

For more information, contact John Baker at 440-734-3124 or visit

Learn more about the Legion: American Legion Post 738, based in Fairview Park, will have a table with Legion members at this weekend’s Summerfest to explain the American Legion’s mission and answer any questions the public may have about the Legion. Members also declare membership eligibility.

In short, any honorably discharged veteran who has served since December 7, 1941 is eligible to join the American Legion. Visit for more information. Legion members invite visitors to stop at the Post’s table at the Summer Festival or visit the Post Office, 19311 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, every Tuesday evening.

Call 440-356-2110 for more information.

Night at the races: Friends of North Olmsted Parks and Recreation will present a Night at the Races on August 6th from 6pm to 10pm at the St Clarence Church Pavilion, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

General admission is $25, which includes food, drinks, and laundry. Participants may bring their own alcoholic beverages.

There will be a 10-race format with 10 horses per race. Nominate a horse for $10 or sponsor a race for $100. Call Frank Boulton, 216-973-4578 for promotional opportunities and more information.

Community dinner: Clague Road United Church of Christ and Church of the Redeemer in Westlake are co-sponsoring a free grab and go meal at 4:30pm until food runs out on July 30th. Those interested in a meal should drive to the back door of Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted, and volunteers – masked and gloved – will bring a meal to your car. All are welcome.

Chalk the way: Residents of all ages are invited to stop by the North Olmsted Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help decorate the library’s sidewalks in celebration of summer reading and the 100th anniversary of to help CCPL. The North Olmsted Library is located at 27403 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

Visit the library between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to receive a free balloon animal or figure from Cleveland Magic and Balloons. There are surprise gifts in the children’s area for the first 100 participants.

The events are sponsored by Friends of North Olmsted Library.

street vending: The annual West Boulevard Neighbors Block Club Street Sale is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the West Boulevard/Cudell/Baltic Avenue/Clifton Boulevard/Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland.

Bargain hunters are invited to stop by and browse through the goods.

Each yard/street sale operates independently. Some may start selling as early as August 4th.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. in Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the A Place in the Sun column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other objects are welcome. Send information to at least 10 days before the desired publication date.

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