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Coventry Summer Series 2015 Celeste Cosentino – Ensemble Theatre Cleveland Freeman Ngo & Than Than – Pacific East Meet Tommy Fello – Tommy’s Restaurant

Coventry Summer Series 2015

May 26th, 2015 by

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All events are FREE! Weather permitting – Event updates will be posted on our Facebook and in the calendar events on our website.

Thank you to our sponsors: Great Lakes Brewing CompanyCoventry P.E.A.C.E . The Coventry Village Summer Series 2015 is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday Night Outdoor Family Movies

Outdoor Movies. Coventry PEACE Park. All movies start at 9 PM

Thurs. 8/6: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982 PG)

Before the movie: Cleveland Museum of Natural History presents: “Is Anybody Out There?” at 8 PM. Museum Astronomers discuss our current understanding of the possibilities of life beyond Earth. CMNH staff will also be on site with telescopes during the movie for a night of sky-watching! (PLEASE NOTE – this is the new rescheduled date for E.T. and CMNH events)

PLEASE NOTE — Cinderella (previously advertised for August 6th) has been cancelled. We received notice indicating that the the studio changed the film licensing release date to fall/winter 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.  In it’s place, we will show E.T. and “Is Anybody Out There” talk and sky-watching with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Weekend Cult Classic Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies | 18 years or older | Coventry PEACE Park | 9 PM)

Fri. 8/7:  This is Spinal Tap (1984 R)

Before or after the movie, cool off and save a buck on Great Lakes Brewing Company beers at B Side Liquor Lounge & ArcadeBodega Coventrybd’s Mongolian Grill – Cleveland/CoventryLa Cave du Vin,Grog Shop and City & East — Simply mention the Coventry Summer Series movie to save (limited to those 21 or older, with proper ID)


Coventry Drum Circle

Sundays 6/14 – 8/16. 7 PM
Community Drum Circle. All are welcome. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument.


 

 

Celeste Cosentino – Ensemble Theatre Cleveland

December 23rd, 2014 by

Ensemble Theatre Cleveland     

  2843 Washington Blvd. 
  Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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Established in Coventry Village: 2011 (Established: 1979)

# of Staff: 6

 Celeste Cosentino, Artistic Director, is pictured next to the memorial in the theater for her mother, Lucia Colombi, founder of Ensemble Theatre Cleveland.  

 


 

Q. Tell us about Ensemble Theatre!  

A. Ensemble is housed in the former Coventry Elementary School. Ensemble Theatre is dedicated to the responsible production of works that celebrate the human spirit drawn from the rich cannon of modern American classics as well as other significant contemporary plays.

Ensemble serves greater Cleveland and the Midwest region by reintroducing the classics, examining them with new eyes, and supporting the development of new works for the American theater. The theater is committed to non-traditional casting and to providing culturally diverse programming that speaks to issues of contemporary life. Educational and outreach activities impact youth and under served populations through resident and touring performances.

Q. Why Coventry Village?  

A. Having lived for MANY years in Cleveland Hts, and having spent many of those years on Coventry, it was a no brainer. There are SOOO many great things going on in this short block. Where else would you want to go??

Q. What made you decide to take over the theatre?

A. Ensemble Theatre was founded by my mother Lucia Colombi (her photo is in the picture with me) the same year I was born. You can say that it is “in my blood” so to speak. I worked at the theatre for many years on and off in high school and after college. I moved to NYC and lived there for a few years and was applying to graduate schools there and in New England.

I was in Cleveland a lot before my mother passed. When she passed we were faced with whether we were going to stay in the city and if I was going to accept and attend grad school. Ensemble and Cleveland Heights are the major reasons we decided to stay in Cleveland. What a great time that we chose to live here. SOOO much was changing and there was so much going for the city of Cleveland in general. Once a Clevelander, always a Clevelander.

Q. Give us a few suggestions for last minute holiday gifts from Ensemble Theatre.

A. Gift Certificates, tickets packages, theatre workshop classes!

With the launch of Ensemble’s education wing in January, Ensemble Theatre presents: The Neverending Story, adapted by David S. Craig and Based upon the novel by Michael Ende. The production runs January 8th to January 18th on Thursdays & Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Advance tickets are available and also make a great gift.

Q. Why is shopping, dining and supporting local so important?

A. I think this is true for Ensemble and the rest of the local merchants on Coventry, you are investing in your local community and economy, while working with a very unique stores that offer truly great products! Coventry merchants offer a very diverse set of products. What CAN’T you find on Coventry??? And it’s LOCAL!

Q. Share with us a guilty pleasure.

A. Brookside Chocolate covered Goji Berries.

 


Thanks to Celeste for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure to check out Ensemble Theatre’s website for a schedule of 2015 performances.

Check back here tomorrow or become a fan of our Facebook page.

Every weekday this holiday season, we’re introducing you to the independent business owners that help make Coventry Village a great place to live, work, shop, dine and play.

Happy Holidays from your friends in Coventry Village.

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Photos by Suzuran Photography. Copyright Coventry Village Special Improvement District & Suzuran Photography. 

Freeman Ngo & Than Than – Pacific East

December 22nd, 2014 by

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant    

  1763 Coventry Road
  Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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Owners: Freeman Ngo & Than Than

Established in Coventry Village: 2002

# of Staff: 20+


 

Q. Tell us about Pacific East. What do you offer? What makes your restaurant unique? 

Freeman: We are on the corner of Coventry & Mayfield Road. We offer wide range of sushi, full selection of Japanese cuisine and full scale Malaysia cuisine.

We offer the highest quality ingredients and biggest selection on a wallet friendly price. Many items you won’t see in any other restaurant.

Q. Where did you work before opening Pacific East?  

Freeman: I spent 13 years in New York as a sushi chef before opening Pacific East.

Q. Why did you choose Coventry Village?

Freeman: Lots of foot traffic and Coventry is close to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic & University Hospitals.

Q. Give us a few suggestions for unique gifts holiday shoppers can purchase at Pacific East.

Freeman: A Pacific East gift certificate (or) gift basket will make a great holiday gift. We also offer catering and sushi chefs for your party.

 


Thanks to Freeman for taking the time to talk with us. If you haven’t dined at Pacific East yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s also a great spot impress your out of town guests visiting Cleveland.

Check back here tomorrow or become a fan of our Facebook page.

Every weekday this holiday season, we’re introducing you to the independent business owners that help make Coventry Village a great place to live, work, shop, dine and play.

Happy Holidays from your friends in Coventry Village.

shop local croped imahe

Photos by Suzuran Photography. Copyright Coventry Village Special Improvement District & Suzuran Photography. 

Meet Tommy Fello – Tommy’s Restaurant

December 19th, 2014 by

Tommy’s Restaurant    

  1824 Coventry Road
  Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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Owner: Tom Fello

Established in Coventry Village: January 1972
# of Staff: 56


Q. Tell us about Tommy’s Restaurant. What do you offer? What makes your location unique? 

A.  Whether you’re a vegetarian, a meat-eater, vegan, or just plain hungry —Tommy’s will take care of you! We cater to all dietary restrictions and strive to provide all our customers with delicious food and friendly service in a family environment.

Q. What did you do before Tommy’s? Tell us the Tommy’s story.  

A. I was a soda jerk! When I was 14, my first job was at the former Ace Drug Store, which would later become Fine Arts Confectionery (located in the space now occupied by The Inn on Coventry.) I was 19 years old when the business went up for sale. I purchased the business on Jan. 14, 1972, which included the former owner’s recipes for falafel, baba ghanoush and hummus. With these recipes and a few from my mother, I expand the restaurant’s menu.

In April 1978, Tommy’s moved to 1820 Coventry Road and expanded to accommodate 77 diners. This remained our home until November 1988 when a fire destroyed half a block of Coventry, including Tommy’s dining room. After the fire, we continued to use the kitchen but moved the dining room to 1824 Coventry Road. The current site of Tommy’s celebrated its grand opening in May of 1993.

Q. Why Coventry Village?

A. I love the people and I love Coventry. I’ve worked on Coventry since I was 14 years old. It was a natural fit. Coventry Village is a special place. Most of the businesses are locally owned and have been in business for many years. The neighborhood has always supported the arts and never settles for the ordinary.

Q. Give us a few suggestions for gifts holiday shoppers can find at Tommy’s.

A. Tommy’s gift cards or t-shirt make a great gift. Now through the end of December, we’re offering students 50% off t-shirts when you show us your student ID card.

Also, if you’d like to treat the family while supporting the arts, make plans to attend our 15th Annual New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds benefit Heights Arts. In addition to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to win a variety of gift certificates from local Heights Arts supporters, purchase a commemorative t-shirt or hand-silkscreened poster by Zygote Press.

While waiting for a table, browse next door at Mac’s Backs. Half of all purchases will also be donated to Heights Arts. Flower Clown will be here to entertain children of all ages with his unique balloon creations. The event is also sponsored by our good friends at Big Fun and Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry.

Q. Tell us something most people don’t know about Tommy’s.

A. We’ve basically had the same menu since 1972. At the beginning of Tommy’s, we had only 7 seats. It was pretty much a one man show. I took the orders, made the food, washed the dishes and was also the cashier.

When the same people would make up sandwiches and order the same things every time, it was easier to just write their names or initials down. That is how our menu was created. Each item is named after its creator. These lovely people represent the history of Coventry and now make their homes all over the world.

Q. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A. An oceanographer.

Q. What’s your guilty pleasure?

A. Chocolate!

Q. Share with us a Fello family holiday tradition.

A. Every year we buy and plant a live Christmas tree.

 


Thanks to Tommy for taking the time to chat with us. Treat your loved ones to a meal or one of Tommy’s world famous milkshakes! Mark your calendar for Tommy’s 15th Annual Pancake breakfast to benefit Heights Arts.

Check back here Monday or become a fan of our Facebook page.

Every weekday this holiday season, we’re introducing you to the independent business owners that help make Coventry Village a great place to live, work, shop, dine and play.

Happy Holidays from your friends in Coventry Village.

shop local croped imahe

Photos by Suzuran Photography. Copyright Coventry Village Special Improvement District & Suzuran Photography.