Monday, April 27, 2009

Cleveland's floating WWII musuem!

This Saturday, May 2nd, the Cleveland Sketch Crawl will be touring the USS COD...the World War II Submarine that is docked near Burke Lakefront Airport. As always, we'll meet at 10am. The COD is located off North Marginal Rd. Get off the shoreway at E.9th and then turn towards the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, you'll want to turn right onto North Marginal Road. You'll see the COD on your left hand side.

The USS COD is a great tour if you've ever been able to take it. If you haven't, you should definitely be part of this month's Sketch Crawl....because that is were we are going.

The USS COD is a WWII Submarine that had 7 war patrols in the Pacific Theater. The 312 foo submarine is a perfect example of the type of submarine manurfactured during the war in order to aide in the war effort. She was launched on March 21st, 1943. To find out more stories on the'll have to make sure you are a part of the May 2nd Sketch Crawl!

Next Month's Cleveland Sketch Crawl: June 6th
We'll be touring Wendy Park on Whiskey Island. This is a bit of a different location for sketching because it is more of greenspace than an urban location. However, there are great views of the skyline (from a very unique perspective), you can sketch the old Coast Gaurd station, the yaht club and the ships coming into the river. It really is a unique place. Click here to find directions to the park

As usual, the Cleveland Sketch Crawl is from 10am - 12noon on the first Saturday of each month. Anyone who loves to sketch is welcome, no matter what your skill level. While the focus of the Sketch Crawl is drawing....we do have photographers and other artists that attend.

Old Stone Adventure

To say that Old Stone was amazing, would be an understatement. Beth Giuliano was the best tour guide (even if she didn't think she had all the stories down). I thoroughly enjoyed the day.

To start off, there was a choir practicing for Easter when we were in there (if you are new to reading this blog....yes,....i did say EASTER. I am one of those "Holy crap i forgot to post" bloggers), so the atmosphere was amazing. Beth started off the tour in one of the more modern chapels in Old Stone, but after that, we headed towards the basement of the old building....which was really cool. You could see the old stones from the original foundation (the first church on the site burnt down in the late 1800's). Very interesting.

But the most interested part of the day, was when Beth unvield the keys to the bell tower. At first we werent' sure if we'd be able to get up into the tower...because the key didn't seem to work. But one of the gentlemen on our crawl that day worked the key for a bit and was able to open the door. Eurika!!

From there, we climbed up a series of levels (i think it was about 5 different sets of steep stairs and laddars) till we reached the room with the clock mechanism. We weren't sure that we could make it to the clock though because some of the levels were pitch black. We had to wait for our eyes to adjust and then press onwards. All the climbing and exploring was worth it. We had some awesome shots of the Public Square and Terminal Tower....and just the ablility to explore such a historic tower was cool in itself.

Honestly, i didn't get much sketching done that day....i slipped into more of my exploring/photography mode. But's all good at the Cleveland Sketch Crawl.

Next month we'll be at the USS COD, right on Northcoast Harbor. Check out some pictures from the day.