Friday, December 30, 2011

Mr. Kringle's Inventionasium

This is from Mr. Kringle's Inventionasium. It's a seasonal attraction at Tower City, and I've always been curious about what it's like inside, especially since I am the be all and end all of Christmas decorations in my 24 story apartment building. It did not disappoint. So many decorated Christmas trees is so many colors. Toy soldiers. Elves. Toys. Everything you can imagine in such fun candy colors.

I took my little sister (through BigBrothers/BigSisters---which I highly recommend that you do, if you don't already), and although she was too old for this, we still enjoyed it. I think I had a goofy grin on my face the whole time in there. She had some fun, and the staff there really wanted to make sure that people had a good time. If you have small children, it's a must. It's $6 a person, but the "extras" like toys and photos can add up. You were allowed to take pictures anywhere in the attraction with your own camera, but you could not in the room with Santa. We didn't do the Santa part, though.

I'm not sure what will come of it next year when the casino opens, but I hope that they continue it. It's such a great reason to go down and see the Christmas decorations at Tower City and have dinner at one of the restaurants or in their big food court. Plus, things change so much, it's nice if there are things that people can count on doing every year as a holiday tradition.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday hours

Took a drive downtown to Cleveland's W. 25th Street neighborhood today. Thought about drawing the West Side Market, but chose instead the little strip of buildings on the west side of the street. Then we were off to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, where one could easily go back and do actual gingerbread house drawings while the Christmas season is upon us.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Marie's Restaurant

I couldn't make it to the sketchcrawl at Tower City on Saturday, so I managed to get this sketch done Friday before work.