One or two of you out there may recall a piece I wrote for this blog about the old village of Nottingham and where the name Beachland came from and how it got associated with that area of North Shore Collinwood east of Euclid Creek. It all started with a housing development over 100 years ago consisting of a few streets off of Lake Shore Boulevard. Those streets are still there today as is the part at the end of them called, believe it or not, Beachland Park. It was in this space overlooking Lake Erie that I went Thursday evening to hear my cousin’s two boys and their friend play in a jazz band. It wasn’t just any jazz band but the Tri-C JazzFest Stokes Legacy Jazz Orchestra. Led by Dominick Farinacci, the ensemble brings together students from various high schools and colleges with professional jazz performers in creating a pretty good show.
The boys’ parents, who live in Westlake, seem to come over here a lot; to the other Beachland on Waterloo. As for their grandparents (AKA my Aunt and Uncle in Twinsburg) they have been over the family homestead off and on over the years so not at all a stranger to the area.
It was to start at 7:30 PM and I decided to be there a half an hour early. However, walking halfway down the street, it began to downpour and I wound up underneath roof of a pavilion drenched. It was only when the skies cleared, after eight, that the show began, and it was worth it. One of the performers that really impressed me was a 12 year old girl from Hudson who sang like a pro. As for my second cousins on the drums and guitar, they were excellent as always. The older of the two just graduated from St. Edward’s High School and will start attending a conservatory in Connecticut at the end of the month.
I had to leave early to get ready for the job the next morning. However, the place was packed and my relatives stayed for the entire concert. When I got to where my car was parked across from the Beachland Presbyterian Church it was still there; like I knew it would be.
As for Beachland Park, it is one of a string of lakefront private parks overlooking Lake Erie in the North Shore Collinwood Neighborhood of Cleveland (East Park being the one most recognized by locals). They have proven to be one of the main attractions for people who have purchased homes here and sparked, at least north of the Boulevard, some major investment over the past couple of years.
This is just one of the many hidden gems located in the northeast corner of Cleveland.
Photographs taken by James Valentino.