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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Kiosk
Ribbon Cutting and Dedication
MLK Boulevard
August 18, 2013

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are approaching 100 years old and are unlike anything else in the world. This treasure has often been difficult to find and navigate to those unfamiliar with the area. For years, Cultural Garden Federation leaders have wanted to create something to assist visitors in knowing that they are in the Gardens and how to get around.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk with ribbon


This vision became a reality thanks to the leadership of Federation past-president Paul Burik and a team of volunteers and helpers.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk

On Sunday August 18, 2013 a ribbon was cut at the new Cultural Gardens Kiosk dedication ceremony. The Kiosk is located on the East side of MLK Blvd and is near the German Garden.

The Kiosk has several panels for visitors to learn from : A Map, Garden Info, History, Federation info and Federation Presidents.

Map at Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk


Gardens info at Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk


History info at Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk


Federation info at Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk


Presidents info at Cleveland Cultural Gardens kiosk



The ceremony began as Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, welcomed the crowd to the dedication and thanked and congratulated Paul Burik, immediate past president of the Garden Federation, for his leadership and project management of the kiosk.

Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation

Sheila Murphy Crawford




Paul Burik then spoke about the history of the project and all those who helped it become a reality.

Paul Burik

Paul Burik




Next, Sarah Parker, a student from Hawken School in Cleveland performed a terrific rendition of America the Beautiful.

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker



Sheila Crawford and Mary Hamlin (and Lolley the Trolley) watch

Sheila Crawford and Mary Hamlin (and Lolley the Trolley) watch



Paul Burik and Sheila Murphy Crawford cut the ribbon on the new Kiosk.

Paul Burik and Sheila Murphy Crawford cut the ribbon on the new Kiosk

Paul Burik and Sheila Murphy Crawford cut the ribbon on the new Kiosk

Paul Burik and Sheila Murphy Crawford cut the ribbon on the new Kiosk




Mary Hamlin, Executive Secretary of the Garden Federation and British Garden delegate, read a piece from Garden founder and 2nd president Leo Weidenthal that spoke about the harmony of nations and the Gardens.

Mary Hamlin

Mary Hamlin



Mary Hamlin speaking


Sheila Murphy Crawford again thanked Paul Burik as well as Char Crowley and other volunteers for for all their efforts. She told how within 10 minutes of the Kiosk being in place, visitors were already using it to get information.

Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford

Char Crowley and Paul Burik

Char Crowley and Paul Burik



Crows and volunteers


The dedication ceremony ended with Sarah Parker singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker



Sarah Parker

Sheila and Paul thank Sarah

Sheila and Paul thank Sarah


Anda Cook, Mary Hamlin and Paul Burik

Anda Cook, Mary Hamlin and Paul Burik


Paul and Fran Burik

Paul and Fran Burik


Sheila Murphy Crawford and Paul Burik

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Paul Burik



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