Case Western Reserve kicks off homecoming with Blue Block Party Oct. 16

Blue Block Party CWRU 2013
Attendees filled Toby’s Plaza at last year’s Blue Block Party.

For the third year in a row, Case Western Reserve University is turning Uptown blue and kicking off homecoming weekend with Blue Block Party.

The campus community will take over Toby’s Plaza at Case Western Reserve University and Uptown, located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, Thursday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. for a dynamic street festival that recognizes the innovation and talents of Case Western Reserve’s students and alumni with food, entertainment and more.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, and creative blue attire is strongly encouraged.

The fall-themed event will feature live music from Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Thu Tran, otherwise know as DJ Chipotle, and local acoustic guitarist Phillip Bonanno.

On the menu, there will be a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, fresh grilled corn on the cob, apple cider and other fall favorites. A number of Uptown establishments—including the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Piccadilly Artisan Creamery, the Triangle Apartments and new addition Crop Kitchen—will fill Uptown Avenue with activities and culinary samples.

Students, alumni and friends gathered at the 2013 Blue Block Party, dressed in their blue apparel.
Students, alumni and friends gathered at the 2013 Blue Block Party, dressed in their blue apparel.

Case Western Reserve’s innovation hub, think[ box ], will feature an exhibit that was created for Blue Block Party in which the signature blue drink will be served. The exhibit will use a laminar flow system in which a glass-like flow of punch will launch the punch for serving. For those interested in fluid dynamics, this smooth stream of punch is created when the Reynolds number (a term describing turbulence) of a stream of fluid is kept below the critical value of 2300. Under these circumstances, instead of a jet spraying droplets of fluid in a multitude of directions, the fluid remains as one smooth stream. This is how the “dancing fountains” work in Las Vegas and at the Terminal Tower’s largest fountain here in Cleveland.

Through Case Western Reserve’s commitment to, and continued investment in, Cleveland and the University Circle neighborhood, Uptown has been brought to life as a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

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