The True Story of CLE’s Burning River at its 50th Anniversary – Doug Kusak


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • River Water Soup
    • Perch and Fries
    • Bananas on Fire


    Story topic this week…

    The True Story of CLE’s Burning River at its 50th Anniversary
    The Cuyahoga River is famous for its feats of fire. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak waters down the hype and ignites the discussion of industrial disease. Join us for this special Cleveland Sessions panel as Doug Kusak gets you all fired-up about the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s reputation.


    Doug Kusak Bio

    Doug Kusak has a lifelong love of learning and a desire to spread enthusiasm for the wonders all around us. He is a relentless promoter of his beloved Cleveland, and believes intellectual pursuits should be fun. Those traits serve him well in his roles as an Historical Interpreter with Cleveland Metroparks (since 2007); and as a part-time Guest Engagement Specialist with Great Lakes Science Center (since 2002), as well as on the Steamship Wm. G. Mather Museum (since 2003). From mid-May through mid-October, you can find him leading the 2-hour Cuyahoga River By Boat programs on eLCee2 – the 17-passenger Cleveland Metroparks excursion vessel – where he gets all fired-up about the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s reputation.

    As a student, Doug found history and science mostly boring (take notes, take a test; take notes, take a test), so now he works diligently to mash them together in order to make them more of a curious-yet-intriguing adventure. Doug has the capacity to frame the minute details within the big picture in order to help reduce the complex to the comprehended. He doesn’t mind if you forget most of what he talked about, so long as you remember to heed his mantra: “Look up. Look down. Look all around.” There are so many amazing discoveries to be made, especially here in Cleveland. All you have to do is pay a little attention.

    Doug also works as an actor and voice-over artist.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

    See all Cleveland Stories dates here.


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