Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens dedicates time, energy, and not-for-profit fundraising toward preserving the public garden's purpose of enriching local culture and educating through recreation and environmental protection. As contributing stewards of the green space, your family can saunter affably about the free public gardens boasting more than 10 aromatic acres of heterogeneous flora, including a rose collection, perky perennials, and gazable vistas, which combine to attract more than 400,000 flower fanatics every year. Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members are entitled to benefits such as a one-year subscription to the full-color season newsletter, a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, 10% off at the Shop in the Gardens, invitations to members-only events, discounted classes, and a free pass during the next rendezvous with the neighborhood venus flytrap bullying for milk money.
Housed inside the Old B&O Train Station, Rust Belt brews nine craft beers, with a handful more scheduled for release early next year. Each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fans of yeast and hops can gather 'round head brewer Lee Gidley as he guides them on a tour of the brewery, showing them equipment, explaining the brewing process, and doling out samples of the luscious liquid gold. When the half-hour tour concludes, everyone receives a commemorative Rust Belt Brewery T-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and a jolly memory to overtake the brain space currently inhabited by knowledge of the Gigli plot. If the tour inspires a powerful thirst for more, Rust Belt sells growlers of their guzzleables to take home, and the neighboring Boxcar Lounge has Rust Belt on tap.
After five years away from American stages, the immutable hard-rock juggernaut Guns N’ Roses reuses its illusions to whip crowds into a frenzy during a notoriously raucous live show. Enigmatic siren Axl Rose, beloved for his punk-rock stance against prolificacy, leads his wrecking crew of Roses through a two-hour tour of greatest hits culled from the band's groundbreaking debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, and everything in between. The group soars and shines throughout a marathon performance, ranging from turbo-charged rockers such as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” through ballads such as “November Rain.” With hatless new axeman Dj Ashba stepping into the shoes of Slash, and The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson replacing Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses is recharged and ready to quench destructive appetites with pure organic rock wrung from handpicked bandanas.
The Lemon Grove is a multi-purpose meeting spot that combines food, coffee, brews, and entertainment. Open until 4 a.m., the kitchen serves a medley of mouth inspiration, including veggie quesadillas ($6.50), Italian beef sandwiches ($8.25), bacon cheeseburgers ($7.50), and pancakes ($4.50), which, along with other breakfast items, are served all day. The menu incorporates fresh, local produce, and meats from Catullo and Boar's Head, purveyors of prime proteins. Meanwhile, the coffee bar serves caffeinated elixirs made from organic, Fair Trade beans that are roasted weekly in Cleveland, and the bar serves a rotating tap of local, import, and craft beers.
Renters of the Vault Lounge saunter past Imbibe Martini Bar's open-to-the-public service area, through a fortified door, and into the converted 100-year-old First Federal Bank saferoom, where they can kick off the most exclusive of festivities. Pop a bottle of bubbly surrounded by classic woodwork and wine racks, toasting to both the classy confines and the newfound knowledge of how it feels to be a million bucks.