The Start of a Neighborhood Tradition: Collinwood Community Potluck
By all accounts of those in attendance, the first Collinwood Community Potluck on Saturday, July 8th was a success!
Every dollar, food dish and donated canned good made this event possible so thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our community, make a new friend, and enjoy a great meal.
Special thanks to the support we received from Coit Road Farmers’ Market who set up a DIY pasta making station, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School for lending chairs and tables, Cleveland Metroparks for discounting the weekend shelter rental rate, Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator for an amazing squad of teenage volunteers, GardenWalk Cleveland for the cross promotion and Councilman Polensek for supporting the event.
Extra special thanks to Rust Belt Riders who made sure hundreds of pounds of trash were diverted from the traditional waste stream and instead composted!
Phatbone Productions, with band members who live in Collinwood, brought great energy to the event with their live performance. Cleveland Clinic, Collinwood artist Lori Kella, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Brand and the Cleveland Seed Bank had great giveaways including recipe cards, pedometers, books and native seeds.
To accompany the dozens of delicious homemade dishes, Six Shooter Coffee provided free iced coffee and the following restaurants donated food to introduce Collinwood residents to some of the newest and best fare in town: Irie Jamaican Kitchen, Jack Flaps Sammich, Blue Breeze Sports Bar & Grill and Chili Peppers Mexican Grill.
The event was made possible with support from Waterloo Arts, Northeast Shores and many dedicated residents. Over $1000 was raised to put on this event through IOBY with matching funds through Neighborhood Connections.
Looking forward to next year? Contact Ali @ email@example.com to learn how to join the planning committee for 2018!
Allison is a North Shore Collinwood resident, architect, artist, neighborhood cheerleader and frequent contributor to the Collinwood Observer. She curates "Phone Gallery", founded "Bus Stop Moves", upcycles street and beach trash into art and serves on the Board of Directors of Northeast Shores.