Starlight celebrations: CVNP Conservancy hosts two special events this weekend

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has more than 140 miles of trails within its 33,000 acres—open for activities such as hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. The trails are well-loved by millions of park lovers annually—with more visitors discovering the trails each year—but with continued use comes the need for trail maintenance, visitor amenities, and new trailheads.

The Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with a mission to inspire use, preservation, and support of the national park in our own backyards, established the Trails Now Fund to pay for trail maintenance, visitor amenities, and new trailheads at CVNP.

The Trails Now Fund provides crucial funding for trail maintenance, visitor amenities, and new trailheadsThe Trails Now Fund provides crucial funding for trail maintenance, visitor amenities, and new trailheadsThe Conservancy will host two events this weekend to raise money for the Trails Now Fund—Elevation on Friday, June 21, and Topography on Saturday, June 22—both surrounded by natural beauty during evenings under the stars.  

At Elevation, get the dancing shoes ready for a summer celebration at Indigo Lake in Howe Meadow. The evening includes dinner choices from four food trucks, beer and wine, toasting s’mores around a campfire, and dancing to live music by Found Sounds steel drums band and Abby Normal & The Detroit Lean. Elevation runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

At Topography, guests will gather at Howe Meadow for strawberry and rhubarb Aperol margaritas before embarking on a short hike up a wooded path to Indigo Lake for an upscale dining experience. Dinner includes a curated selection of hors d’oeuvres before a one-of-a-kind dining experience that includes both meat-eaters and vegans, wine pairings, followed by sweet bites around a crackling campfire. Topography begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 8:15 p.m.

The proceeds from both events will fund current and future Conservancy Trails Now projects.

Recent projects under the Trails Now Fund include the Bridle-Hiking Trail Fund, which finances projects like repairing trail bridges, and installing armored crossings and turnpikes, and replacing, repairing, and upgrading Pedestrian Footbridges.

Tickets to Elevation on Friday, June 21 range from $100 for Conservancy members, $150 for nonmembers. Indigo Lake is located at 4040 Riverview Road, Peninsula.

Tickets to Topography on Saturday, June 22 are $350. Valet parking is available at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Peninsula.

Donations to the Conservancy's Trails Now Fund are accepted at both events as well.

Karin Connelly Rice
Karin Connelly Rice

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