What To Do This Week: Get Out!




Never let it be said that Clevelanders would rather work than play. Here are three ideas for getting a jump on TGIF.

1. Tuesday August 14: Fair Time in Lake County. For an event marking its 156th anniversary, the Lake County Fair has no trouble maintaining its identity. “Fairs are about promoting agriculture, first of all, and having educational opportunities for kids,” says spokesman Bob Dawson. “That mission hasn’t changed since 1840.” Livestock apparently plays a key role in forwarding that mission: There’s the daily milking of the dairy herd, the 4-H Club’s annual livestock auction, and more than 170 horses stabled on the Painesville fairgrounds. Of course, there’s lots of other stuff too: truck pulls, live music, plenty of yummy fair food, and today’s 6 p.m. parade among them. Gates open at 8 a.m.; the midway closes at 11 p.m., and the fun continues through Sunday, August 19. General admission is $7, but special weekday promotions help bring down the price. See the website for details.
1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville, 440-354-3339, lakecountyfair.org.

2. Wednesday August 15: Time Again for Wade Oval Wednesday. The weekly summer fun continues on Wade Oval with tonight’s lineup of free family friendly entertainment. Besides the usual farmers’ market, beer garden, and kids’ activities, tonight’s lineup features a 6 p.m. performance by local blues rockers Otis & the Shoreway Saints, followed by a screening of the animated flick Puss in Boots. Be sure to get there early with your blanket or lawn chairs to snag prime seating. Also be sure to mark your calendars: the final two Wade Oval Wednesdays of the summer happen August 22 and August 29. See the website for details.
10820 East Blvd., 216-707-4640, universitycircle.org.

3. Wednesday August 15: Feast of the Assumption. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary has hosted the weekend-long Feast of the Assumption for 113 years. That's a whole lotta feasting. The event commemorates Mary’s entrance into heaven and — what with all the delicious Italian food — carb-lovers may feel like they've passed through those pearly gates too. Feast No. 114 begins today with a blend of solemn religious observances and partying in the streets of Little Italy. The festivities — including bands, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, more pizza, pasta, and pignoli cookies than you can imagine — kick off today at noon and conclude on Saturday night with a candlelight procession and fireworks. Recent feasts have drawn more than 100,000 people to Mayfield Road; needless to say, the street is closed to traffic for the duration and parking can be an adventure. (Here's where that bike could come in handy — assuming you can handle the hills!) Admission is free, but bring along molto moolah for all the tempting eats. A complete schedule of events can be found on the church's website.
12021 Mayfield Rd., 216-421-2995, holy-rosary.org.

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