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Kumbaya on the Shore
a place of peaceful pastime
15224 - 15226
Lakeshore Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
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July 21, 2019 Musical Blessing of Kumbaya with Kenge Kenge Oruntu Systems of Nairobi, Kenya
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 Friends of Kumbaya gathered to pray for the business
and to enjoy each other's company, refreshments and most of all, the traditional
Luo songs of praise and dance performed by Nairobi-based Kenge Kenge.  
Live streaming allowed
seniors participating in the
Greater Cleveland
Neighborhood Center
Association's  I-Connect
program to enjoy the event
from their residences.

A highlight of the day came
when friends were invited to
dance with the band leader.
Someone has photos of the
women - including this
photographer - dancing!
When the band performed a
song of tribute for their
Kenyan-American "brother
Obama," the Ladybug (aka
Mittie) dawned her "Obama
cape" and weaved the room
in the tradition of an
Indigenous American
Snake Dance.

Not to be outdone by all the
dancing, two young Kumbaya
neighbors showed off their
A special thanks to Steven E. Boyd who arranged for Kenge Kenge's
Cleveland Artists-in-Residency, and AkuSika Nkomo Mackey for
hosting the band at Africa House International.
Following Kenge Kenge, friends socialized and viewed the Ladybug Gallery exhibit celebrating the tenth
anniversary of the nomination, election and inauguration of
Barack H. Obama,  Jr. as the 44th President of the United States of America.
Kumbaya Cafe Progress Report
Opening the coffee shop and lounge put us nearly half way there!
We are still short of funds needed to complete the remainder
of the work to fully realize the
Kumbaya on the Shore plan, including:
servicing and installing our kitchen equipment
completing the building and framing of the stage & screen area
Upgrading fixtures in both bathrooms.
Once complete we can move to a seven day operation employing
seven full-time staff and four part-time weekend staff serving a
daily brunch,  hosting music, spoken word, entertaining and
educational film, our signature Cultural Conversation and Cuisine,
and other special events.
Please consider adding your name to our Investors and Friends of Kumbaya  
Friends receive discounts ranging from 5% - 25% based on donor levels
Friends donating $250 - $500 also receive free admission(s) to routine programs
Investors receive discounts, free admission and share in profits
Investors / Shareholders
($1,000 + to D8:3 & Kumbaya)
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Cheryl - Dallas, Tx
Sara - Marion, Ks
Obelia  - Winston Salem, NC
Kathy & Sayres, Dallas, Tx
Susan   - Cleveland, Oh
Daniel - Los Angeles, Ca
Delores   - Cleveland, Oh
Julia  - Bethesda, Md
Anne - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Patricia    - Rockledge, Fl
Roger & Mary  - Cleveland, Oh
Jeff - Cleveland, Oh
Illona - Chicago, Il
Gina - Cleveland, Oh
Ceco - Cleveland, Oh
Rashad - Cleveland, Oh
Donnie & Rene - Beckley, WV
Christine - Stow, Oh
Calvin - Cleveland, Oh
Zachery - Cleveland, Oh
Harold - Cleveland, Oh
Kathy - Cleveland, Oh
Lola & Charles - Apple Valley, Ca
Alan - Greenville, SC
Barb & Richard - St. Paul, Mn
Charles - Cleveland
Jo - US / Ghana
Mindy - Chardon, Oh
Martha - Cleveland, Oh
Anthony - New York, NY
Alicia & Michael - Cleveland, Oh
Sherrie - Cleveland, Ohio
James - Chicago, Il
Bonnie - Cleveland, Oh
Charlene -Centerville, Md
Carol - Cleveland, Oh
Gretchen - Avon, Oh
Frank & Juanita, Temcula, Ca
Rick & Rita, Dallas, Tx
Gillian, Cleveland, Oh
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Millicent - Cleveland, Oh
Charlene & Mendel - Cleveland, Oh
Carol - Cleveland, Oh
Marilyn - Atlanta, Ga
Wayne - Cleveland, Oh
Lionel - Cleveland, Oh
Adam - Cleveland, Oh
Kathleen - Cleveland, Oh
Brenda - Cleveland, Oh
Juanita - Cleveland, Oh
Valerie - Reynoldsburg, Oh
Brandon - Cleveland, Oh
Allen - Cleveland, Oh
Delores - Cleveland, Oh
Dennis & Kathi - Dallas, Tx
Marcia - Atlanta, Ga
Beverly - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Felicia - Florence, SC
Kendra - Winston Salem, NC
Russell - Cleveland, Oh
Liza, Nepal
Tereese - Cleveland, Oh
Roger & Alease - Midlothian, Va
Gina - Midlothian, Va
Rachelle - Nofolk, Va
Elgan & Wendy - Cleveland, Oh
Hugh & Betty - Dayton, Va
Clyde & Glendora - Dunbar, WV
Tom & Suzanne - Cleveland, Oh
Gina - Columbus, Oh
Debbie - Cleveland, Oh
Terri - Cleveland, Oh
Offering a hand up is not a hand out!
        The quote is attributed to Clarissa Harlow Barton better known
    as  Clara the teacher, nurse and founder of the Red Cross.
         There are lots of stock images that accompany her words online,
    some even with lake shore themes, but none grabbed me like  
    These two little fellows striving together in taking on what appears to be harsh, barren, arid red earth to rise
    from the depths of a daunting situation.
           Just look at their determination!  Not a pair of shoes between them.  One struggling to climb, one
    struggling to pull, both holding firm to the goal of getting out of that ditch!
           I'm in a ditch, folk.  But, by the grace and mercy of God and kind friends, I've come two-thirds of the
    way from having to close a business, store it in a barn, find a new location, prepare it.... and start over.  If
    you've been following my emails and website for the past year, you know how much there was to do and far
    Kumbaya on the Shore has come.
           Raising the Cafe shutters was a great victory this week, but without the funds to keep the lease and
    utilities current, complete the installation of the kitchen, obtain full-service licenses and hire help - I could
    end up back in the barn, or worse.   
           Why give, you might ask?  For the same reason many of you contribute to non-profits - less the write-
    off: to help create employment opportunities and bring people together for culturally enriching experiences.  
    Visit our About Page,  and you will find the reasons there, and will hopefully add your name to list of
    Friends above who have graciously joined our funding campaign.  
           You can give at, or join the other half of our donors by
    mailing your check payable to Kumbaya on the Shore, 15226 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland,
    Ohio 44110.  As we used to say as children, without having a clue about what it meant: "your kindness shall
    never be obliterated!"  

~ Mittie Imani
A Conversation With
Arts Advocate &
Waterloo Arts Co-Founder
Nan Kennedy
Saturday, October 5, 2019
4 - 6 p.m.

In the Kumbaya Café

    On Saturday, October 5, 2019 Kumbaya on the Shore launches a new
    series, A Conversation With, to held in the Kumbaya Café on the
    first Saturday monthly, beginning at 4 p.m.  The afternoon
    program is free and open to the public.  

    We are excited that the inaugural conversation is with Waterloo Arts
    District pioneer, Nan Kennedy. Please pass this information on.

    It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon on Waterloo as a casual gathering of lovers of
    unfiltered jazz mingle outside and in the Arts Building anchoring one of the
    city’s most exciting districts.  A master of the saxophone, composer Howie
    Smith moves about the front of the gallery arranging a quartet of “wind
    axes” and adjusting amplifiers, recording devises and a non-instrument
    that makes an oboe-like sound when blown into, something inexplicable to
    me, although he tried to explain.

    In the back of the room, a familiar small frame sits quietly on the last row
    taking it all in – the space, the art on the walls, the musician, the guests –
    quietly, but certainly not obscure.  

    It’s not only the burst of the royal purple and red hues of her garment, a
    work of art its very self, nor the trademark waist length braid of sturdy
    grey hair that can’t be overlooked.  No, she is not obscure because
    everyone knows exactly who she is and pays homage as they enter the
    room – her room, a space she envisioned, conceived and developed with
    her husband and friends nearly two decades ago.  

    The event is “Music for Miles”, named for Nan Kennedy’s late husband
    and one of the many programs the couple established and funded over the
    years as founding members of what we celebrate now as a phoenix-like
    legend, the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District.

    At the turn of the century (I know it sounds like a long time ago, but only
    nineteen years) the North Collinwood district adjacent the lake, like much
    of post-industrial Cleveland, was in shambles.  Truthfully, had it not been
    for the vision, heart and dedication of the small group of creative residents
    who saw beyond the blight of the boarded vacant buildings, the vibrant
    strip we know today would have most likely been razed.  Rather, armed
    with the notion that art not only saves lives but also communities, the
    Kennedys and friends started with one storefront art show, expanded to
    arts education, then restored a building that today thrives as the anchor of
    an eclectic district alive with art, classes, community meetings, music, food
    and friends from all over the city coming to experience the “testament to
    the transformative power of cultural investments in our communities.”

    I knew of Nan Kennedy long before she graced the door of Kumbaya in the
    first phase of its establishment.  Somewhere along the way one of our
    mutual friends added Deuteronomy 8:3 Café to the mailing list of her
    notorious North Collinwood arts community e-newsletter “Nan’s
    Neighborhood Notes.”  I would enviously read of the happenings all up and
    down Waterloo and along it’s appendages, but never imagined that one day
    my business would sit on the district’s edge and be included in the news.

    I am looking forward to this conversation with Nan.  She has an inspiring
    story, and I for one can’t wait to hear more of her journey which goes way
    beyond Waterloo, the lakefront, across the ocean to India and other “parts
    unknown” to most of us.  I hope that you will join us for this enlightening
    gathering and bring along a friend.

    ~ Mittie Imani

    Rogers & Woolridge
    Saturday Salon
    Auction & Sales
    October 12, 2019
    1 - 3 p  
    On Saturday, October 12, 2019, a live
    auction will be held of a personal collection
    of handbags by five designers.  Observers
    are welcome, however a registration fee
    of $5 is required for bidding (includes
    bidding wand and refreshments.)

    A diverse pricing range ($20 - $300) of
    handbags - some never used - by Vince
    Camuto, Donney & Bourke, Coach,
    Michael Kors and Bruce Makowsky
    will be auctioned.

    1 p.m. Preview
    1:45 p.m.  Registration
    2:00 p.m. Bidding
Friends of Kumbaya (Gifts of $5 - $999)