Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

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Speakeasy 2.0

Caterina Brown and Susan Smith
(Speakeasy 2.0)

Jennifer Mullin, Carolyn Thompson, Deirdre Loosli and Joelle Hammerschmidt (Speakeasy 2.0)

Jamie DeRosa and Nancy Isherwood
(Speakeasy 2.0)

Rita Montlack, James Levin and Carmel Conlin
(Speakeasy 2.0)

Speakeasy 2.0

    The subway tunnels under the Veterans Memorial Detroit-Superior Bridge were the perfect venue for Speakeasy 2.0, Ingenuity’s prelude to its Festival of Art and Technology.
    Carmel Conlin, James DeRosa and Nancy Isherwood were co-chairmen of the event whose momentum escalated as the night went on. That it was stifling hot both in the subterranean space and outside didn’t seem to bother the 1,000 people who nonetheless shimmied up to the bars for cold drinks. For those inclined to learn how to make classic cocktails, Light Bistro’s bartender Neil Fedor gave classes for a suggested donation of $10 per person. Some eight restaurants served up hors d’oeuvres. The Cleveland TOPS (that’s Tough Old Pros) Swingband played a two-hour set before DJs amped up the music until the wee hours.
    Entertainment included performances by Cleveland State University students and the Get Hep Swing Dancers, and informal modeling by Fashionweek Cleveland Models.
    “Experience Cleveland” was the theme of the silent auction, its packages designed to showcase neighborhoods downtown and both East and West Sides. Jackpot Gaming ran casino games.
    Missed this one? IngenuityFest, the big one, will happen in the same place September 24 to 26. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE      


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