This weekend is so very beautiful I can hardly describe it well enough…The clear blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds and warm sunshine. The thousand variations on leaf colors of bronze, yellow, gold and scarlet. Just that alone would be enough to make me feel very happy, but I also had a chance for a very delightful excursion up to University Circle, just east of Cleveland. I went with Alice and Stephen, Emily, Ingmar, Sofia and Clara. Mike and Nathan were at cub scout camp all weekend and much luckier than friends who did this a few weeks ago and were rained on the entire time.
First we went to one of the Musical Rainbow concerts at Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. This is one of a series of children’s concerts which each feature a different instrument. The concert today was The Clever Clarinet and Daniel McKelway showed us all how clever a clarinet can be. He had some fine piano accompaniment from Laura Silverman. There is something very special about concerts for children when they are as well done as this was. I think many children now want to play the clarinet! (And I want to find some Carl Maria von Weber music which features the clarinet.) The concert was held in the beautiful Reinberger Chamber Hall.
I am sad that I did not bring my camera with me, and most of these photos are from the internet, but I hope I will be forgiven. I think they are from Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art and I am providing some publicity for them……But I must remember to bring my camera next time…..
After the concert we drifted across the road to the lagoon in Wade Park, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. This entire University Circle area has been part of my life for a very long time. It is the home to Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University which are somewhat connected. My father received his dental degree there, Paul had his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD. from Case, and Emily attended Western Reserve as a National Merit Scholar, majoring in German Literature and Physics. The Cleveland Institute of Art is there and the Natural History Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Western Reserve Historical Society. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things, but you get the idea of how much is in this rather small area.
We had a lovely lunch at the Provenance Cafe and then Alice and Stephen went to the Armour Court to see armour and weapons and accidentally heard a great acapella choir rehearsing for a gala dinner this evening. Stephen discovered what he wants for his birthday, a year from now.
Emily and her family looked at the impressionist galleries, and I browsed the gift shop and then we met in Gallery one where there is an area called Studio Play which is wonderful for children. One of the amazing things they have there is a wall on which one can draw any sort of line and “the wall” will search everything in the Museum and find things which have the same line in them. I’m not sure all the children understood what was happening, but some seemed to and everyone enjoyed it.
And then we were all a bit tired and drove back to Bath, Ohio for some quiet time. It was a good half hour drive through more wonderful fall foliage. I loved every minute!