Great Food! Great Neighbors! Great Lake! Collinwood Community Potluck is a Big Success.
Kudos and THANK YOU to each and every neighbor who made the 2nd annual Collinwood Community Potluck a success in early August! From the delicious homemade dishes to the scrumptious local restaurant fare, we came together to feed over 150 people and are still feeding more neighbors – through the non-perishable food donation drive we set up at Euclid Beach Park.
This event was made possible through a grant from Neighborhood Connections and the generosity of Collinwood residents who are working together to create a more inclusive, vibrant, sharing community.
On Sunday, August 5th we danced along to Phatbone Productions, hand-crafted spring rolls alongside chef-wizards from Coit Road Farmers' Market, sipped healthy turmeric and pineapple smoothies with Care-A-Van, made crafts, played cornhole, gave out a ton of books and other swag from Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Seed Bank, and the Cleveland Clinic... and diverted a huge amount of would-be trash from the landfill at this (nearly) zero waste event thanks to Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (and plastics guru Cathi Len) and Rust Belt Riders! Yes, it was a busy but casual summer evening.
Special thanks to Jessica Yox, Edward G. Chenock, Linda Zolten Wood, Suzan Marie Sweeney, Amy Callahan, Caroline J. Peak, Dorothy Pirrung, Stephen Love and many other neighbors for all the planning, set up, and clean-up efforts!
Thanks to Daniel Subwick for the beautiful graphic event design. We couldn’t do it without VASJ and their donated trailer of tables and chairs. Shout out to Councilman Michael Polensek for bringing the yummy chicken and your continued support of grassroots neighborhood building projects like the Potluck!
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.