Current Events

THE FIRST EVENT REVOLVING AROUND THE PUBLICATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF MY CLEVELAND STORY, THE FIRST TIME IT IS AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK, WILL BE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 AT THE NEWLY RELOCATED VISIBLE VOICES BOOKS IN TREMONT. 

THIS IS GOING TO BE A SPECIAL HAPPY HOUR EVENT, STARTING AT 5:00 PM AND GOING UNTIL 9:00. WE WILL HAVE LIVE MUSIC BY CATS ON HOLIDAY, SPECIAL DRINK PRICES ON BEER AND WINE, AND PLENTY OF COPIES OF MY CLEVELAND STORY TO PURCHASE AS LAST MINUTE GIFTS AND STOCKING STUFFERS. A DONATION WILL BE MADE TO THE LOCAL ALS CHAPTER FOR EACH BOOK PURCHASED.

 

Past Events

The 37th Annual Traveling Circus Knuckleheads Baseball Party was another success on June 10!  Live music by the Jim Boardwine Orchestra and Cats on Holiday plus the Tribe beating the White Sox.

Last year seven OWU Phi Delts from 1980 to 1983 got together for some golf at Penn State University. This year we had eleven, including Kenny Watson who made it from Florida. We plan on doing the same thing and hoping for a few more of our old frat brothers to join us in 2018 on July 21/22. Email me for more info at cielec@hotmail.com. Penn State is almost equal distance from NYC, DC, and Cleveland.

 

Third Annual Literary Night at Sokolowski’s University Inn

December 17, 2016

Saturday, December 17 was our Third Annual Literary Event at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont, featuring some of Cleveland’s best writers! This was another great event that benefited the local ALS association. Thanks again to Mike, Bernie, and Rick and the whole University Inn staff.

Book Release Party for “Al Roop’s View from the Stage.”

Saturday, August 20

Saturday, August 20 was the Book Release Party for “Al Roop’s View from the Stage.” The big event took place on the patio at Bun’s on Winter Street in Downtown Delaware. Live music, drink specials, lots of old friends. How much fun it was to celebrate the publication of the musical memoirs of Central Ohio legendary drummer/bar owner/man about town Al Roop!

36th Annual Baseball Party

Saturday, June 4

Thanks for everyone who attended our 36th Annual Baseball Party on Saturday, June 4. Special thanks to Colin Dussault’s Blues Project, Panini’s in the Warehouse District, Wilberts, and Cats on Holiday.

Literary Night at Sokolowski’s University Inn

January 2nd

Thanks to everyone who attended our Literary Night at Sokolowski’s University Inn. A great time was enjoyed by all who attended! Special thanks to Cats on Holiday and Bernie Sokolowski and the whole University Inn crew
We raised over $250 for the local ALS Foundation!

Book Signing in Delaware, Ohio

May 16

Thanks to everyone who fought the rainstorms and stopped into our book signing in Delaware, Ohio, on May 16. Sorry about the weather, but once again, since I first stepped into that town all those years ago, a good time was had by all.

Browns Play the Bills in Buffalo

Thanks to everyone who joined us on our road trip to see the Browns Play the Bills in Buffalo, which included staying over the night before at the Seneca Casino in Salamanca. Check out the pictures on my blog of the trip which was big fun.

Holiday Book Signing For the Brown Jug Cookbook in Cleveland!

Thanks for everyone who attended our Holiday Book Signing For the Brown Jug Cookbook in Cleveland! The event was cosponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Association (thanks Ed Leone!) and featured Ed Wolf and Bill Stroud, longtime owners of the Jug and coauthors of the cookbook.  Special thanks to Ed and Bill who trekked up from Delaware, Ohio; Cats on Holiday for the great music; and Mike and everyone at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont.

Upper Sandusky Rotary Club

September 15, 2014

Thanks for everyone who saw me be the guest speaker for the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club on Monday, September 15. I talked about The Brown Jug Cookbook and micro publishing.

Brown Jug Cookbook

May 17, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended the One Year Anniversary Party for the Brown Jug Cookbook on Saturday, May 17, at Roops Brothers Bar in Delaware, Ohio.

Brown Jug Cookbook Signing at Beehive Books

October 5, 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended our October 5 book signing event for the Brown Jug Cookbook at Beehive Books in Downtown Delaware, Ohio, as part of the 2013 Homecoming Weekend for Ohio Wesleyan University. GO BISHOPS!

May 18, 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended our Book Release/Signing Events for the Brown Jug Cookbook on Saturday, May 18, in Downtown Delaware, Ohio. Special thanks to everyone at Generations, Roop Brothers Bar and John Schwab. It was a great day!

Finding Voice: Poetry And Portraits From The 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter Holiday Book Release

December 8, 2013

Special thanks to everyone who attended Finding Voice: Poetry And Portraits From The 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter Holiday Book Release event at Visible Voice Books in Tremont on Deccember 8. Special thanks to Cats on Holiday!

Christmas Gallery at Sokolowski’s University Inn

December 1, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to our Annual informal Christmas Gallery at Sokolowski’s University Inn, featuring live music by Cleveland legend Jonah Koslen, on December 1. another Great time!

Missing Georgene Book Club

June 25, 2012

Thanks to the ladies of the Missing Georgene Book Club of Detroit, Michigan, who invited me as a guest speaker on June 25, 2012. All of the members downloaded My Cleveland Story from various online bookstores and read it on Kindles and Nooks. How cool is that?

Finding Voice: The Thoughts And Poetry Of The Lakeside Men’s Shelter Poetry Project

Thanks to everyone who attended the release party/book signing for Finding Voice: The Thoughts And Poetry Of The Lakeside Men’s Shelter Poetry Project at Brothers Lounge. A good time was had by all, and the poetry book looks great! If you would like to purchase a copy call Nikki at 216.407.5559.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministery’s Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter Poetry Project

April 30, 2011

Thanks to everyone who attended or donated to our benefit to support the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministery’s Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter Poetry Project on April 30, 2011, at the Harp in Cleveland. A good time was had by all, and we raised close to $2000 towards the publishing costs of a book of original poetry written by the men at the Shelter.

Football And Basketball Reunion

February 21, 2010

Thanks to everyone who attended the Football And Basketball Reunion for former Padua players on February 21, 2010. Congrats to Coach Rich Ciolek!

Royal Scribes Writing Festival

April 24, 2009

Special thanks to Renee Caserta and everyone at the Bucyrus Public Library and Wynford High School for letting me be a part of the Royal Scribes Writing Festival on April 24, 2009. What a great group of kids!

First Ever Streetsboro Girls Alumni Basketball Game

January 24, 2009

Thanks to everyone who attended or donated towards the First Ever Streetsboro Girls Alumni Basketball Game on January 24, 2009, which was a fundraiser for Amy Rhinehart Ramba, a former Streetsboro hoopster who has been battling cancer. A great time was had by all, and we raised over $1300 towards Amy’s efforts. Check out the pictures on “Greg’s Blog.”

An Evening Of Words And Music

November 24, 2007

Thanks to everyone who attended An Evening Of Words And Music, our November 24, 2007 Charity Book Signing and CD Release Party for: Michael Heaton, and his new book “Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit: Collecting Reporting”; myself, and my new novella “Home and Away Games”; and Cats on Holiday and their new CD “Workin’ Man.” We raised over a thousand dollars to help Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services (www.blhs.org), who provide five centers in Northern Ohio for homes and day care for developmentally disabled children and adults. All admission fees, plus five dollars of the purchase price of each book or CD purchased at the party, went directly to Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services and their Northern Ohio centers. Special thanks to Karen and everyone at The Harp, 4408 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.

Jack Kerouac Celebrations / Activities

October 22, 2007

On Saturday, October 22, 2007, I got to participate in one of the Jack Kerouac Celebrations / Activities that went on around town at a variety of bookstores and locations. I was one of twenty writers/poets/musicians/performing artists who participated in a reading at the Barking Spider, the ageless tavern on Juniper Road on the CWRU campus. With a pianist and saxophonist playing jazz rifts behind me, I talked about how writers have been ripping off “On the Road” for fifty years. I read a favorite passage from the book, then a passage from “My Cleveland Story,” and then closed reciting the last stanza of “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. I had never done anything quite like that before and enjoyed it tremendously. There were some really talented people involved, and I stayed for every last one of them. Special thanks to Suzanne DeGaetano from Mac’s Paperbacks, the great bookstore on Coventry in Cleveland Heights, who put the whole thing to together.

Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference

September 15, 2007

On September 15, 2007, I was one of the presenters at the Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference, and gave an hour presentation on writing your first novel. The event opened with a very good keynote presentation by Thomas Mulready, the man behind the website CoolCleveland.com. Other presenters included Mike Olszewski from WNCX and Erin O’Brien from The Free Times. Special thanks to DeAnna Adams for inviting me and putting on such a great event!

OWU Alumni And Arts Festival Weekend

May 20, 2007

On May 20, 2007, I did a bookstore event in support of “Home and Away Games,” as part of OWU Alumni and Arts Festival Weekend in Delaware, Ohio. It was great seeing so many old friends, where have all the years gone? Special thanks to Jamie Gergonson for all the support and help spreading the word about my first two books.

International Association Of Business Communicators (LABC)

October 12, 2006

On October 12, 2006, Streetsboro High School English and Creative Writing Teacher Greg Cielec was one of three guest speakers for the monthly meeting of the Cleveland Chapter of the International Association Of Business Communicators (IABC). IABC is an international organization with over 13,000 members in 60 countries, with the Cleveland group having 150 members. Mr. Cielec was featured along with two other Cleveland area writers, John Ettorre and Sarah Willis.

All three speakers shared their adventures as writers: Mr. Cielec as a novelist and music reviewer; Mr. Ettorre as a print and internet journalist and as a ghost writer; and Ms. Willis as an author of four novels.”One thing that many business communicators have in common is that we began as writers, many of us wanting to write fiction or non-fiction,” states Tracy McDaniels, local IABC President. “Yet along the way, the dream of writing our own book got lost in the shuffle. Hearing from Greg, Sarah and John–three incredibly talented, accomplished local writers–was truly inspiring. I think each person in the room walked away feeling their creativity rejuvenated and their desire ignited.”

According to Ms. McDaniels the presentation was well received. “Not only are Greg, Sarah and John great writers, they are great storytellers. The anecdotes they gave about their own lives and writing careers were as colorful as the lives they portray in their books.”

Mr. Cielec enjoyed the experience. “It was great to go out into the business world and not only represent myself but also the Streetsboro School District. I was very impressed by the audience and the positions they hold and the companies they work for.”