Block Party Features Concert,
Taste of Cleveland
September 9, 2006
The IBEW Block Party took over a breezy lakeside lawn for a concert,
a setting that gave delegates a chance to relax outside and enjoy
the offerings of a variety of local food vendors.
Pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, eclectic band Little Feat
and country music singer Rebecca Lynn Howard took turns entertaining
a crowd of approximately 2,500 people.
“We’re having a great time, especially the kids,” said
Gena Gober, wife of IBEW Local 1 delegate Matt Gober. Their
children enjoyed the moon bounce and the popsicles, while their
parents and grandparents, like most in the crowd, were impressed
with the variety of ethnic food.
The IBEW, at President Ed Hill’s direction, arranged for
the block party to be catered by local restaurants so that the
delegates and guests could get the real taste of Cleveland and
that the economic benefit would be spread to a greater variety
of small businesses. The restaurants that catered the event
brought a wide range of local samplings, including hot dogs, pizza,
pierogies, Chinese eggrolls, hummus, ribs and ice cream.
“This is the third convention I’ve been to and it’s
the best,” said Waukegan, Ill., Local 150 President P. Edward
Moore, surveying the scene of families enjoying the day. “You
just can’t beat the camaraderie of this.”