Dana Shugrue
Dana Shugrue

Stories by: Dana Shugrue

Dana Shugrue is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Professional Writing. She is a full-time Content Specialist at Budget Dumpster, and part-time freelance writer for FreshWater Cleveland. When she’s not writing, you can catch Dana taking a run through the metros or sipping a latte at her favorite local coffee shop.

The Green Team: Cleveland Asian Festival organizers aim for a Near Zero Waste event
The Cleveland Asian Festival, happening May 20-21, will be a Near Zero Waste event this year. Festival organizers are working with Rust Belt Riders and volunteers to compost and recycle as much as possible.
Taking a Closer Look: What to expect at the 47th Cleveland International Film Festival
The 47th Cleveland International Film Festival opens this Wednesday with the theme "Look Closer," inviting guests to seek out connections to diverse cultures and perspectives during their visits.
Brief treats: 12 Years of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest
The Short. Sweet. Film Fest returns to Atlas Cinemas at Shaker Square this weekend, showcasing 226 short films.
Check it out: Holiday shopping ideas with a Cleveland flare
It's peak holiday shopping time. With such talented makers and artists in Northeast Ohio, shoppers don't have to look far to find some unique, locally-made gifts for everyone on the list. We compiled some of our favorites here!
Time tripping: Cruise back to the 1950s at The Diner on 55th
For more than 20 years now, Demetrios “Jimmy” Anagnostos has been slinging hash at his Diner on 55th —a breakfast and lunch staple in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.
Turning houses into homes: Humble Design’s fundraiser to help furnish homes for those in need
Humble Design furnishes forever homes for families and veterans emerging from homelessness. The organization tonight will host its sold out fundraising event, Welcome Home Cleveland, to raise awareness and money for its mission.
Leaving his mark: French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat covers the city with four murals
Earlier this month, Graffiti HeArt brought French street artist Blek Le Rat to Cleveland to paint four murals around town—including one of his most famous works on the Cuyahoga River Viaduct by Merwin's Wharf.
Experience the world: What to expect at One World Day 2022
This weekend, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will host the 76th Annual One World Day to celebrate and honor Cleveland’s diverse cultural and ethnic makeup that represnts more than 30 countries around the world.
Talking trash: Meet Cleveland’s volunteer garbage man of the water
Since 2015 Eddie Olschansky has been cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie in his kayak, collecting plastic and other waste that contaminates our natural waterways. After recruiting a group of volunteers, in 2019 he formed the nonprofit Trash Fish to keep the group cleaning effort going strong. 
Cleveland Asian Festival comes roaring back to AsiaTown after two years
After a two-year hiatus, the Cleveland Asian Festival returns to AsiaTown later this month with more food, more fun, and more entertainment.
Bitter rivals: “War on the Diamond” filmmaker explains the ongoing Guardians-Yankees feud
Everyone loves to hate the Yankees, especially Cleveland fans. But have you ever wondered why? In his latest documentary “War on the Diamond,” filmmaker Andy Billman dives deep into this century-old rivalry and its continued relevance.
Action! CIFF46 gets rolling next week with hybrid format, eight local films
The 46th Cleveland International Film Festival gets rolling on Wednesday, March 30 with 146 feature films, 182 short films, and eight films with Cleveland or Ohio ties.  
Naturally engaged: Botanical Garden opens Perennial Playspace
Holden Forests & Gardens opened its Perennial Playspace at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this past weekend—giving guests of all ages opportunities to interact with the natural world and, hopefully, develop lifelong habits of environmental stewardship.
Short and sweet: Film festival this week celebrates the art of the short film
Now in its 11th year, the Short.Sweet Film Festival takes place this week with more than 150 short films featured both virtually and at the Metropolitan at the 9. 
Orchids Forever: Botanical Garden’s annual show triggers spring fever in Cleveland
Holden Forests & Gardens' 16th annual Orchid Mania show is happening now at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. FreshWater news editor Dana Shugrue tells you what to go see, while managing photographer Bob Perkoski catches the delicate beaty of the orchids displayed. 
Scaring winter away with the 2022 Kurentovanje festival
Revelers hope to chase away winter in Cleveland this coming weekend during the 10th annual Cleveland Kurentovanje—a Slovenian Madi Gras festival.
Fluorescent exploration: Waterloo Arts hosts DayGloLAB before annual DayGloSho
In preparation for it's annual DayGloSho—works of 40 regional and national artists using pigments made by Cleveland-based DayGlo Color Corp.—Waterloo Arts has created DayGloLAB for experimentation and hands-on activities with the medium.
Shop (locally) ‘til you Drop: Show Cleveland some love this holiday season
Give back to CLE’s finest stores and artists this year by shopping locally. Here's a rundown of sources to find great local gifts—probably right in your own backyard.
Who’s Hiring: Fairfax Renaissance CDC, CLE Restoration Society, Metroparks Zoo, ODOT
Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for.
Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for November 2021
The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval. And with the holidays quickly approaching, many of the events this month have a distinct theme!