Currents E Edition January 2022

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VOLUME 37, ISSUE 5 | JANUARY 20, 2022

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Cooking classes serve as an ideal wintertime activity in Northeast Ohio By PARIS WOLFE Cooking classes are an ideal activity during the winter months in Northeast Ohio. And, depending on the menu, they may help with your New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2022. “Cooking classes inspire people to cook from scratch using fresh ingredients,” says Loretta Paganini, founder/ owner of The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Chesterland. “They learn firsthand how to maximize flavor by learning to use fresh herbs, olive oil and they focus on techniques rather than recipes alone.” Even if you know your way around the kitchen there’s always an opportunity to learn more. “We teach about new ingredients that may be intimidating,” say Paganini. For those focusing on health, the class list includes fish techniques, Mediterranean, light cooking, gluten-free, vegetarian and so much more. Charlie Denk, who owns and operates the relatively new cooking school/event space Stir Studio Kitchen in Ohio City and Chagrin Falls, says, “In general, any time you can learn to prepare your own food, you’re better off. We use purer ingredients, so you don’t have to choose processed foods.” “I think of health more holistically – mentally and emotionally. We give people a fun night out where they do something different and have pride in the results,” he

Stir Kitchen. Photograph by Charlie Denk Stir Studio Kitchen builds classes around themes or dishes – Indian, Bolognese, Empanadas, Orecchiette and Thai. The menu for this Indian cooking class was palak paneer and chicken masala. Photograph by Paris Wolfe says. “It promotes people’s overall wellbeing.” Denk, an engineer by education, opened the Ohio City Stir location in June 2019. He followed with Chagrin

Falls in 2021 and plans to open a third – possibly Hudson – in 2022. He described the concept as “more of an interactive dining experience focused on entertainment and fun.” Stir’s schedule is at least one-third corporate events for team building or client entertainment. Consumer classes sell out quickly. In early 2022, they are built around the following themes or dishes – Indian, Bolognese, Empanadas, Orecchiette and Thai. “We like to stay focused on what we’re good at,” says Denk. “Our key tenets are to have at least one pasta class, one international class, one vegan, one gluten-free. Sometimes they blend together.” While the pandemic was the last straw for one local cooking school, you may also find classes at local community centers. For example, Judi Strauss teaches for the Mentor Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department. Her classes are held at Wildwood Cultural Center in Mentor. In 2022 she offers classes that include soups, vegetarian and more. “I think there is a real connection between food, family and friends,” says Strauss. “We see sharing food in good times, like holidays, birthdays, weddings. We also see it in bad times, like illness, when people cook to help others and lessen their burdens.” Check your local Parks and Recreation department for information about cooking classes.

Self-help, self-care and self-improvement titles for inspired reading in 2022 By LAURI GROSS By some measures, self-help and self-improvement books are the world’s best-selling genre. Indeed, they date back to around 1000 B.C. when ancient Egyptians called them sebayt (“teaching”). Then, during the 1600s and 1700s, many writers churned out books about how polite men should behave in Italian, French and English society, including how to blow your nose, trim your beard and style your hair. Since the 1800s, readers have devoured books about weight loss, marriage, time management, self-control and other themes that still resonate with today’s self-help fans. Even Sun Tzu’s ancient military treatise “The Art of War” is considered a self-help book by the countless businesspeople who still turn to its pages for insight. Local book stores are brimming with self-help titles for those hoping to keep New Year’s resolutions or for those who might just be looking for a little inspiration. Jean Butler and Lori Muller Zaim, owners of Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls, are seeing new books on self-care, self-acceptance and being kind to yourself, with weight loss and healthy cookbooks remaining popular choices in the new year, too. Lynn Quintrell, owner of Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights says, “Trends of self-help books that will most likely be popular are those titles that deal with navigating difficult times and trying to be the best person possible under difficult and challenging circumstances.” Lynn also explains the tremendous impact of Covid on

the self-help genre, as people try to navigate quarantine, restricted activities, and more. “In our store,” she says, “smaller format titles with charming illustrations tend to sell far better than the ‘weighty’ tomes. I think this is due to readers tending to dip into these books frequently as opposed to reading them from front to back. They tend to read certain sections, put the book aside and then come back and revisit the sections they haven’t read.” Jean and Lori said that books by social worker and professor Brené Brown are extremely popular, including one released just before Christmas entitled “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience.” The author’s website says this book explores 87 emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human and walks through a new framework for cultivating meaningful connection. Lynn said this book is very popular with her customers. Brown’s other best-selling self-help books include “Dare to Lead: Brave Work,” “Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts,” and “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.” Lori and Jean point out other self-help books that remain on the best-seller list, such as “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel Van Der Kolk, and “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones” by James Clear. Also after 70 years, the classic, “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Lindbergh is still popular for its reflections on youth and age, love and relationships and

more. Lynn said popular self-help titles in the last quarter of 2021 included two by Domonique Bertolucci: “Less is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life” and “You’ve Got This: 101 Ways to Boost Your Confidence, Nurture Your Spirit and Remind Yourself That Everything is Going to be OK.” Lynn also cited “Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered and Learn to Co-Exist with People who Drive You Nuts” by Kirsten Powers, “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times” by Katherine May, and the “Mindfulness Essentials” series by world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh “How to Connect,”“How to Love,”“How to See,”and “How to Relax.” Among Fireside’s new self-help titles, Lori and Jean point to “Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance” by Lisa Olivera, and “From Burnout to Balance: 60+ Healing Recipes and Simple Strategies to Boost Mood, Immunity, Focus and Sleep” by Patricia Bannan. Lynn from Appletree books suggests these: “The How: Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself” by Yrsa Daley-Ward, “Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age” by David Chernikoff, “The Self-Care Year: Reflect and Recharge with Simple Seasonal Rituals” by Alison Davies, “If It’s Not Right Go Left: Practical and Inspirational Lessons to Move You in a Positive Direction” by Kristen Glosserman, “Self-Care Inspiration Card deck and Guidebook” by Caitlin Scholl, and in the not-quite-a-book category: Self-Care Truth or

Dare Pick-a-Stick activity by Caitlin Scholl. Overall, Lori says the new crop of self-help books reflects “a lot more talk about mental health and illness. And there are more books for kids about helping with anxiety and using yoga and mindful daily practices.” Specifically, some books for teens include “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey, “Boying Up: How to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant” by Mayim Bialik, “Empowered: A Journal for Teen Girls: Reflective Prompts to Inspire a Confident You” by Charmaine Chamant” and “You Don’t Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves” by Diana Whitney. And, for college students, Lori and Jean point to “SelfCare for College Students: From Orientation to Graduation, 150+ Easy Ways to Stay Happy, Healthy and StressFree” by Julia Dellitt. The Fireside owners also recommend a couple titles written for women, including “Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness: by Vex King, and “Self Love Poetry: For Thinkers and Feelers” by Melody Godfred. And for men, there’s “Hard Times Create Strong Men” by Stefan Aarnio. Older adults might try “Keys to a Successful Retirement” by Fritz Gilbert, and “Retirement Survival Guide” by Julie Jason. No one knows what 2022 will bring, but with books like these, you’re sure to be inspired as you read your way toward creating an improved version of already terrific you!




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FOOD Try a cooking class for fun and better health in 2022 By Paris Wolfe



BOOKS Self-help, self-improvement books to read as you set sail into 2022 By Lauri Gross

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HEALTH “Dry January” challenge offers multiple benefits By Paris Wolfe


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Thanks to photographer Steve Steinhardt (Instagram: @stevesteinhardt) for our January cover, featuring Anne Shaughnessy and Anthony Marchetto, who were married Oct. 23, 2021. Read more about this wedding and others recently celebrated in Section B of this month’s issue of Currents.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Happy New Year to all of you from everyone at Currents! While we still must deal with and manage our lives in the shadow of Covid-19, a new year with or without a pandemic offers us a clean slate to start fresh with resolve to make some changes or improvements where needed, in order to better our lives for the future. New Year, New You is the focus of the articles in Section A of this month’s issue of Currents, from the many benefits of challenging yourself to a “Dry January,” to the appeal of cooking classes toward better health, and a great list of self-help and selfimprovement books to add to your reading list as you work toward keeping your New Year’s resolutions. For those engaged to be married this year, starting 2022 with the excitement and promise of a wedding ahead, Section B may be helpful to you in your planning. Here we feature advice from area couples who recently were married, with details about their weddings and receptions that may offer some inspiration for your own special events ahead. We’re pleased to offer coverage of The Recreation League of Cleveland’s Assembly Ball and Bachelor Ball, which were held in November and December, spotlighted on pages A8 and A9. Don’t miss The Golden Age of Cleveland Art, a fantastic collection exhibited at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center, detailed by Peggy Turbett in a story on page C4. And we can look forward to the Orchid Show scheduled at the Cleveland Botanical Garden for next month, with details found on page B6. While we’ve recently received some cancellations and rescheduling of benefits and other scheduled events due to the spread of Covid-19 in Northeast Ohio at this time, please continue sending information to editor@currentsnews. com about your upcoming charity events to be added to the monthly Benefit Beat in Currents. Visit for our e-editions, forms to complete for a wedding announcement to appear in Currents and other information about our publication. May your new year be happy, healthy and memorable. ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan


Visit to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Saturday, February 6…30th Annual Gala, to benefit Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Cleveland Marriott Downtown, 1360 West Mall Dr., Cleveland, 44114. Event to honor 2022 Person of Year, Hernan Rincon-Choles, MD, MS, MBA, FASN. Contact Annette Fetter at 216.771.2700 or Friday, February 25…American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cleveland Hilton Downtown. Now is the time to reclaim your routine and the things that matter most: your health, your friends and family – the rhythm of your life! Music is a universal language and has the power to unite all women from all backgrounds and walks of life. Join our rhythm nation for a music-filled luncheon experience packed with the inspiration and empowerment you’ve come to expect from Go Red for Women! For more information, visit contact or call 216.619.5159. Saturday, Mar. 12...Nourish: A Recipe for Hope to benefit the Village Project, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 22909 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River. Nourish guests will take a culinary journey from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to experience the food Village Project clients rave about. Proceeds benefit the Village Project mission to come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing, free meals and extend care and services to our neighbors experiencing cancer. Tickets start at $125. Register online at Saturday, June 4…Tails at Twilight, to benefit Rescue Village, 6 p.m. at The Country Club in Pepper Pike. For tickets and more information, email sps1@ or call Sheila Simpson at 216.577.3034. Northeast Ohio nonprofits, please send information about your upcoming fundraising events to editor@ Currents will publish the Benefit Beat listing monthly in the paper. If it’s a “live” and in-person event, and you would like coverage of it in a future issue of Currents, please let us know that when you send the information. Thank you!

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Just Be Kind App encourages all to report Acts of Kindness in 2022 By ANDREA C. TURNER The new year brings new opportunities for us to reflect, take an inventory of our lives, and consider how we might take action to improve our lives or those of others. The last couple of years have been emotionally and physically difficult for many during the ongoing pandemic. We’ve been sick, cared for family members, and lost loved ones. The challenges may make us re-consider the way we treat others, knowing that many are struggling, lonely, or need a kind word. A kind word is all it takes to start making a difference in the life of a classmate, co-worker, neighbor and even strangers we encounter. Values-in-Action (VIA) Foundation is a nonprofit that takes kindness very seriously. The 28-year foundation is a Cleveland-based, characterbuilding training and education organization that empowers students and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect. Their mission is to create meaningful change on a national level by instilling the values of kindness throughout schools and workplaces. It delivers programs that teach, promote, and provide skills and tools that enable individuals to make positive, values-based decisions every day. Stuart Muszynski, President & CEO, says that kindness, caring and respect are the unifying values of our country — that kindness can be transformative and it encourages philanthropy. The foundation works with local schools, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Akron City Schools and Notre Dame College, to help develop an ecosystem of kindness among students. Muszynski claims that once the training and education is enacted in schools, administrators see improved metrics through decreased violence, more amenable learning environments, decreased suspensions, and increased graduation rates. VIA is focused on a new, Northeast Ohio community-wide initiative, Kindland, in homage to “The Land” Cleveland campaign. Kindland is a part of VIA’s Just Be Kind® national campaign. Northeast Ohio can serve as an example by focusing our collective efforts of our surrounding communities, businesses, schools and local orVIA has launched a new app so that the public can document daily acts of kindness too. Developed by Cleveland-based company World Synergy, the Just Be Kind app can only be downloaded from the website: www.viafdn. org/kindland. It’s a way for anyone to send stories about positivity, kindness, compassion and gratitude. Photograph provided by Values in Action Foundation

ganizations on creating and sustaining a unified sense of kindness, compassion, empathy and understanding. The goal is that collective, community kindness will allow us to come together and find solutions to our nation’s most prominent issues including navigating the COVID-19 crisis, social justice, racism, and political polarization. VIA has launched a new app so that the public can document daily acts of kindness too. Developed by Cleveland-based company World Synergy, the Just Be Kind app can only be downloaded from the website: www. It’s a way for anyone to send stories about positivity, kindness, compassion and gratitude. A whole host of local leaders have taken the #JustBeKind Pledge, including Michael N. Parks, Rear Admiral, USCG (Ret.), CEO, American Red Cross, Northern Ohio Region, who has developed a partnership with VIA.

“The timing of this initiative couldn’t have been more appropriate since the need for kindness was only exacerbated by the onset of a global pandemic,” said Parks. “Our American Red Cross nationally saw the value of embracing kindness as it adopted a program called ‘Be Red Cross Kind’ as a way to promote kindness among our workforce as well as our clients and donors.” According to Parks, The American Red Cross of Northern Ohio was an “early adopter” of the Kindland initiative. “It just made sense since one of our five organizational values is ‘compassionate’ which is certainly a synonym for ‘kind.’” “Although we haven’t been able to capture the exact number of random acts of kindness, we typically collect more than 50,000 units of blood which helps up to150,000 people annually,” said Parks. “We typically train thousands of people in life-saving skills, assist thousands of members of the Armed Forces, and support more than 1,000 families impacted by disaster annually in Northern Ohio alone. Our Red Cross volunteers donate over 100,000 hours every year to help meet our life-saving missions.” Muszynski also gives nods to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank which has provided food to 800,000 families, as well as Cuyahoga County which has distributed 16 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local healthcare workers during the pandemic.

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Americans embrace ‘Dry January’ for its many benefits By PARIS WOLFE Move over dieting. Americans are adding Dry January to their New Year’s Resolutions. That means taking an alcoholiday for the entire month. While the month of abstinence allegedly started in Great Britain in 2013, it may have deeper roots and a broad future as it gains worldwide popularity. In January 2021, polling firm Morning Consult surveyed 2,200 U.S. adults and found that 13 percent committed to Dry January, up from 11 percent in previous years. Of those, 79 percent wanted to be healthier and 49 percent worried that lifestyle changes during the COVID-19 pandemic increased their consumption. “I feel like I drink too much in general. In our culture there’s always a reason to drink,” says Michelle,* a 50-something mother and grandmother from Geauga County. “I feel like if I make an excuse to not drink, I won’t drink as much. I also read that people who do Dry January drink less in general the rest of the year. I feel like I drank less last year, after Dry January.” “There are many reasons,” she notes. “I wanted to drink less, to be healthier, to lose weight. I don’t want my grandchildren to think of me as always having a drink in my hand.” Larraine Stehlik, Director of Adult and Recovery Services and Community Counseling at OhioGuidestone says, “Most people who accept the challenge of ‘Dry January’ are evaluating their relationship with alcohol. This could follow a possible overindulgence during the holidays, or a troubling feeling that alcohol has slipped into a common theme in their lives.” That troubling feeling might be the result of newer pandemic habits. “Social isolation, depression, and anxiety during the beginning stages of the pandemic has led to the use of alcohol as a maladapting coping strategy,” says Stehilk. “Data is in the beginning stages as to how this will be defined as its own health crisis. Now that we are experiencing steps back to normalcy, it is especially important that we investigate all areas of our health and how alcohol can be negatively attributed to quality of life.” “Having a socially accepted challenge like Dry January – and we know how socially pressured drinking can be – is a safe outlet to experiment with sobriety,” she says. There are several benefits to a Dry January according to experts. These include improved mood, better sleep, less bloating, weight loss, financial savings, better skin and a stronger immune system. Moderation is important because overuse contributes to medical conditions such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and depression. Making it through the challenge may take some effort to say no and to develop new habits. Michelle, who avoids soft drinks, is creating new habits. “If I want a drink, I’ll have a La Croix sparkling water,” she says. ‘Sometimes hot tea will satisfy that desire.” “The hardest time to not drink is when I serve steak or spaghetti for dinner,” she says. “I love to drink red wine with certain foods.” “Finding a liquid alternative for the alcohol such as sparkling water infused with fruit in a festive glass is a good strategy,” says Stehilk. She also suggests “journaling (writing why you need to take the break from drinking and what positive results you are seeing), finding a friend with whom to share sober activities or developing a new workout.” For most people the month is simply an exercise. For some, it’s a wake-up call. “One major thing to remember is if someone has a severe addiction to alcohol, withdrawing completely could be fatal,” warns Stehilk. “If someone feels they have an Alcohol Use Disorder, they should see their physician and honestly report their use so they can be treated safely.” For those returning to alcoholic beverages in February, she says, “CDC guidelines recommend no more than two drinks per day for men and one or less for women.” If sparkling water and hot tea don’t satisfy the culinary craving, consider mocktails or non-alcoholic “spirits.” Ritual Zero Proof, for example, is an American-made liquor replacement that uses all-natural botanicals to echo the flavor and burn of liquor, without the alcohol or calories.Yet another spirit-alternative, the Seedlip brand, offers distilled non-alcoholic spirits in three varieties. These are available online and through some local retailers. Ritual should be in Whole Foods stores by mid-January.

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Most people want to keep their cosmetic procedures private. That makes January, February and March the best months for scheduling facial tune-ups. Holiday gatherings are over, and Ohio’s winter weather keeps people indoors. That means no embarrassing personal encounters and less exposure to damaging sun rays. “This is a great time of year for facial treatments/ surgery because you can hibernate a lot easier if you have any bruising or need downtime,” says Dr. Michael Wojtanowski, owner of the Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in Westlake and a board-certified plastic surgeon. “The silver-lining of COVID masks is that people can go back out into the social world a little earlier because they are covering the healing side effects.” For those looking to turn back time without surgery, Dr. Wojtanowski encourages good skincare routines and lifestyle decisions to improve and maintain a supple, smooth look associated with a healthy, youthful appearance. For those who want to get a little more aggressive with treatment and results, he recommends working with an aesthetician for facials, peels, and more. Longlasting and dramatic results come with plastic surgery. Prevention should be the first line of defense when it comes to the effects of aging. Smoking, lack of sunscreen and inadequate skin care age skin. “Being overweight for your frame can contribute to aging,” says Dr. Wojtanowski. “You cannot control your genetics, but you can control other things. It’s never too late to start taking care of yourself and your skin.” Daily sunscreen, for example, even in a cloudy climate like Northeast Ohio, is important, “You really don’t need a heavy sunscreen because it can clog your pores and be uncomfortable to wear,” he says. “A light sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen are enough.” The next steps are simple as well. Skin cleansing and moisturizer are important for women and men. The key to a moisturizer is to use it after cleansing while your skin is a little moist. “Throw on some moisturizer,” says Dr. Wojtanowski. “It plumps up the skin and lessens the appearance of lines. If you use it on a regular basis, you’ll have more long-term improvement.” Like many skin care clinics, the Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery carries several skincare lines backed by science. Dr. Wojtanowski says these have peptides, vitamins, retinols and the proper ingredients in an appropriate delivery system, something you may not find at retail. “Many of the product lines that most plastic surgeons and dermatologists offer are studied and verified by sci-

Dr. Michael Wojtanowski customizes a patient’s appearance from his own fully accredited and private surgery center – Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in Westlake – designed for privacy and safety. ence,” he says. Still, the key to their success is using them as directed. The next level of youth restoration is working with a trained aesthetician for facials, micropeels, microdermabrasions, Hydrafacials and more. These may require several repeat treatments every three to six weeks to enhance the appearance. Non-surgical intervention also includes Botox, to soften expression lines on the face, and several brands of injectable fillers to plump, shape and restore. These usually last two to four months and require repeated use. “Typically, we customize a program to the patient, based on their general skin health and personal situation,” he says. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons take this one step further with surgical/chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Thermage uses a radio frequency emitted through a handpiece to do gentle skin tightening. Meanwhile, Coolsculpting reduces fat accumulation, for example, a double chin. For longer-lasting results, board-certified medical professionals may do surgery. These have exponentially increased in interest and attention lately. “People spent hours in front of Zoom screens looking at themselves,”

says Dr. Wojtanowski. “They may not have realized they have double chins or bags under their eyes. Now they do.” Customizing a program starts with a consultation to identify options. “There’s no formula, we custom plan,” he says. Patients don’t have to worry about hospitals limiting elective procedures because of the large number of COVID patients. Dr. Wojtanowski works from his own fully accredited and private surgery center – Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in Westlake-designed for privacy and safety. Dr. Elma Baron, a professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, says it’s important to be informed before choosing a procedure. “That goes beyond reading,” she says. “Have a good evaluation with a boardcertified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can tell you the pros and cons, the risks and benefits. There are risks to every procedure. Luckily, we have a lot of procedures that are minimally invasive.” And, what you learned five years ago will be totally different today. She notes new fillers and procedures are always being developed.

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Recreation League of Cleveland “Bachelor Ball”

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Guests gathered on November 26 at The Shaker Country Club, in Shaker Heights, Ohio for The Recreation League of Cleveland’s annual Bachelor Ball. This event is steeped in tradition with the first Bachelor Ball being held in the early 1960s. This annual event is traditionally held over Thanksgiving break and celebrates the sons of The Recreation League of Cleveland members. Due to COVID, the organization had to postpone last year’s event. This year, they celebrated eight young men who are now sophomores in college. The Recreation League of Cleveland was founded in 1927 as a private member-based organization originally formed by a group of Cleveland’s founding families who wanted to provide “supervised recreation and wholesome entertainment” for their sons and daughters. In its early years, the League sponsored coasting parties, afternoon tea dances, and other entertainment for members’ children, ages 14 through 18. In December 1937, the League held its first Assembly Ball for the members’ collegefreshman daughters, patterned after the Philadelphia Assembly Ball (circa 1748). This year’s Bachelor Ball was co-chaired by Katharine Cadou Clegg and Julie Clemo Tutkovics. The evening began in the Club’s living room where guests gathered and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being entertained by live piano music from Moss Stanley. At 7:45pm, guests transitioned to the dining room where each Bachelor was escorted into the event by his mother. The traditional first dance with mother and son was followed by a formal seated dinner. The reception room was elegantly decorated with centerpieces of red and burnt orange hues designed by Arne Klein, the Creative Director for Blooms/Plantscaping. After dinner, guests danced the night away with live music from the band We Are The Radio. New Image Photography was on hand expertly capturing all of the evening’s formal and informal moments. Laurel Conrad, President of The Recreation League of Cleveland, served as the Head of Ceremonies for the evening. This year’s Bachelors included Kyle Andrew Bashein (escorted by his mother, Michele Bashein); Benjamin Christopher Clegg (escorted by his mother, Katha-

Bachelor Ball co-chairwomen Katharine Cadou Clegg and Julie Clemo Tutkovics rine Cadou Clegg); Brooks Kirkham Crowley and Parker Henry Crowley (escorted by their mother, Samantha Kirkham Crowley); Hunter William Forsythe (escorted by his mother, Elizabeth Hunter Forsythe); Nicolas James Pujolas (escorted by his mother, Donna Ferrante Pujolas); William Hughes Murphy Thomas (escorted by his father, Joseph Michael Thomas); and Reese James Howe Tutkovics (escorted by his mother, Julie ClemoTutkovics. STORY SUBMITTED BY RECREACTION LEAGUE OF CLEVELAND/PHOTOGRAPHS BY NEW IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Beck Center For The Arts produces “LIZZIE the Musical” in February Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to produce LIZZIE the Musical, collaborating once again with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. This production has played to sold out theaters around the world, earning a vast array of international awards. This show, quite literally, rocks. Beck Center is thrilled to be a part of this local professional premiere. Victoria Bussert, director of this production, and previous incarnations of this musical says, “LIZZIE is such an exciting musical, I can’t wait to tackle it again for the Beck Center!” Ms. Bussert’s history with this musical includes a production off-Broadway. Music and lyrics are by Steven Cheklik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt. The cast is comprised of some of the best musical theater students who were accepted into the highly competitive Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University. Musical direction is by Matthew Webb, and choreography is by Gregory Daniels. This limited engagement runs February 4 through Feb-

ruary 27, 2022 in the Senney Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Additional Thursday performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on February 10, 17, and 24. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIAL (all caps) to receive $5 off each adult or senior ticket purchased by January 28, 2022. Preview performance is the Thursday before Opening Night, February 3, 2022. Tickets range from $10 Smart Seats ® to $34 each, plus fees. Group and student discounts are available at 216-521-2540 x10. Tickets are on sale now. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available. For more information visit or call Beck Center Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. LIZZIE the Musical has been developed with the assistance of tiny mythic theatre company, HERE arts center, Took An Axe Productions (Hillary Richard & Peter McCabe), Brisa Trinchero/Corey Brunish (Make Musicals)

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The Recreation League of Cleveland hosts its 84th Assembly Ball at Union Club

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t the 84th Assembly Ball, ten lovely young women, the Debutantes, one by one were escorted by their fathers down the grand marble staircase at The Union Club. A kind of precursor to weddings in the not-too-distant future, emotional dads and excited daughters shared in the Grand March, a procession that was both solemn and touching. While being presented to the community these days doesn’t mean the same thing it did in 1937 when the first Assembly Ball took place, the echo of tradition is clearly felt during the Grand March, and in the prescribed celebration following. Well aware of societal changes over the past 80+ years, organizers indicate the Recreation League has evolved to seek out diversity in its membership, drawing young men and women from a variety of schools and areas throughout Northeast Ohio. Building on the original mission of “instilling social grace and responsibility to future generations,” their charter today has come to include that, and the additional priorities of community outreach and leadership building. Currently there are over 200 family memberships, as well as associate members. 2021 marks a historic occasion, as the 83rd Assembly Ball took place on July 30, 2021, skipping 2020 due to pandemic considerations. (The Ball is traditionally held on December 28th.) In the organization’s storied history there has been only one other era in which the Recreation League missed holding the Assembly Ball, and that was in 1944 and 1945, during WWII. However, due to Covid protocols, this was the first year ever the League made the decision to skip the formal receiving line. Undaunted and flexible, organizers, chairwomen and volunteers managed two balls within five months of each other, and with stunning results. Co-Chairwomen Mrs. Robert John Conrad and Mrs. Robert Logan Hartford III oversaw what comes down to an elaborate, formal prom, cross-pollinated with wedding protocols – but for ten young ladies, not just one. Mr. Samuel Shattuck Hartwell served as Master of Ceremonies for the Grand March 2021. Head ushers were Mr. Colin Dillon Crawford and Mr. John Patrick O’Brien. The Debutantes and their fathers were: Yasmin Sabrina Ahuja and her father, Dr. Samir Ahuja; Julia Elizabeth Banbury and Mr. Douglas Jay Banbury; Josephine Elene Cochran and her father, Mr. Richard Dominic Cochran; Carolyn Marie Conrad and her father, Mr. Robert John Conrad; Catherine Dillon Crawford and her father Mr. Matthew Van Loan Crawford; Eloise Prescott Hartford and her father, Mr. Robert Logan Hartford III; Reese Schaefer Legan and her father, Mr. Frank Joseph Legan; Aubrey Phillips Lennon and her father, Mr. William Howard Lennon; Mairin Rea O’Brien and her father, Mr. Patrick Charles O’Brien III; Evelyn Anne Turocy and her father, Mr. Gregory Turocy. After the Grand March, instead of the receiving line, families and friends mixed and mingled on the first and second floors, as the highly professional staff from The Union Club passed hors d’oeuvres and bars opened for the 150 guests. Blooms by Plantscaping crews worked two full days to wire pink tea roses and darker magenta roses into yards-long garlands to grace the banisters of the staircase at the Union Club. Each hostess held a bouquet of matching posies for her portrait. A full wall of greenery topped by the same rose combination offered a memorable back-

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drop for any hostess and escort or family who wanted a unique photo. Shortly, the Debutantes – all in lovely white fulllength gowns and elbow-length gloves – had the FatherDaughter Dance to “Just the Way You Look Tonight.” The Debutante Promenade followed. A trumpet fanfare announces each Deb with the escort of her choice, or as one guest put it, “this is the hootin’ and hollerin’ part.” In fact, each hostess was presented with her escort – some executing dance steps and other TikTokworthy frolics, while friends shouted encouragement and approval. A full sit-down dinner followed, guests seated with their party. A salad of fresh beets, feta and quinoa was followed by beef short rib, asparagus and potato cake, plus a gingerbread tart for dessert, all served expertly, and all completely divine. The actual Ball takes place after dinner, and, in fact, new guests arrive just for this part of the evening – friends of the Debutantes and former Debutantes and Ushers as well. A buffet breakfast (served at 11:30 p.m.) follows, and the Ball concludes at 12:30 am. Because of the Recreation League, and of course their parents, these young ladies have been schooled in community service and leadership since seventh grade. Today they are freshmen at colleges throughout the US; they are scholars and athletes, and we can’t wait to find out what feats they approach and accomplish. At the end of the Grand March, the unseen live orchestra struck up an old show tune, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” Absolutely correct – thank heaven for them.

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Geauga Park District and Cleveland Metroparks offer a full calendar of fun all winter long By LAURI GROSS Embrace the Northeast Ohio winter this year by engaging in some of the many activities offered by the Geauga Park District and Cleveland Metroparks. There are events and programs for all ages, many of which are free. Some require registration so check the websites for details.

Geauga Park District The mission of Geauga Park District is to preserve, conserve and protect the natural features of Geauga County and to provide outdoor recreational experiences to residents of every age and ability throughout the year. The Geauga Park District includes 27 parks. Here’s a sampling of what’s available this winter.

Cleared trails for walking

Park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved trails in six parks:Orchard Hills Park, Sunnybrook Preserve and Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park in Chesterland; Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon; Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge; The Maple Highlands Trail-North from Fifth Avenue in Chardon to the Lake County line.

Geauga Gems trekking series

Receive a trekking card to track your progress to earn a walking stick or a medallion sticker to show how many miles or different hikes you’ve completed throughout the year. Register at 440-286-9516, or GeaugaParkDistrict. org. (Choose “Activities.” Then choose “Hiking, Walking and Running.”)

Hand-feed wild birds

From October through April, hand-feed wild birds at the feeding station in the West Woods in Novelty. Volunteers have reported as many as 60 chickadees in 20 minutes. The birdwatching section of the Geauga Park District website has instructions for getting birdseed from the nature center, as well as how to dress, where to stand, and what to expect.


Beartown Lakes (in Auburn Township) and Orchard Hills Parks (in Chesterland) have sledding hills. At Orchard Hills, sled in the dark by turning on the lights on the marked pole. Then, if you’re the last one out, turn the lights off when you go.

Cleveland Metroparks are beautiful year-round, as the Mill Creek Falls at Garfield Park Reservation proves. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer


Snowmobiling is allowed on the Maple Highlands Trail and in Observatory Park, but both require a permit, which you can apply for online in the “snowmobiling” section of the “Activities” page at

Maple SugART Invitational

January 28 through April 28. Visit the West Woods Nature Center for an art show featuring upcycled galvanized steel sap buckets transformed into wildly creative artistic treasures honoring Geauga’s rich maple sugaring history.

Cross-country skiing

Nearly every park has trails perfect for cross-country skiing. When the weather is right, Park District staff even groom for skiing along The Maple Highlands Trail between Mountain Run Station and Claridon Troy Road. Watch the Park District’s Facebook or Twitter accounts for real-time grooming updates.

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Get cozy at one of the fireside concerts at Look About Lodge in South Chagrin Reservation. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer The Geauga Park District can set you up to hand feed wild birds at the West Woods in Novelty. Photograph by Meghan Turner Featuring 18 reservations with more than 100 hiking trails, eight lakefront parks and five nature centers, Cleveland Metroparks offers multiple free or low-cost programs for all ages. Stay up to date by visiting and by downloading the free Cleveland Metroparks mobile app at the website, or wherever you get your apps. Here are some of the winter options in the Cleveland Metroparks.

Trail challenge

Complete 10 or 20 of the 30 trails to earn a sticker or stainless pint glass. Details at Click on “Parks.” Scroll down till you see the Trail Challenge banner and info. (For details on the following events, visit Click “Parks.” Scroll down to “Featured Events” and click “More Events.” Then go to the desired calendar date for details on that event.)

Snowshoeing scavenger hunt

Jan. 17 (and other select dates throughout winter), at the Strawberry picnic area in North Chagrin Reservation. One-hour “try it” sessions at 10 a.m. and noon. (Or, hike if there’s no snow.) Cleveland Metroparks also hosts impromptu snowshoe and cross-country skiing programs when there is enough snow. On the website, sign up to receive alerts with details about these impromptu events.

Fireside Concert Series

Jan. 21 (and select dates through February). Get comfortable by the fire and enjoy performances by local bands at Look About Lodge in South Chagrin Reservation.


Saturdays year-round. A friendly, weekly 5k run/walk and outdoor social, at the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.

Cleveland Metroparks hosts impromptu snowshoe programs for those who are experienced or for those who just want to give it a try. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer

Foundation for Geauga Parks announces Preston Superstore as 2022 Lead Business Partner The Foundation for Geauga Parks(FGP) is pleased to announce that Preston Superstore in Burton Ohio has renewed their commitment and support of the work of FGP through the Foundation’s 2022 Business Partnership Program as a Lead Business Partner. Preston’s gift of $10,000 will help the Foundation continue their work of assisting parks in Geauga County to fund park and trail improvements and nature education opportunities. “We could not be more appreciative of the Preston family’s commitment to the community and to our parks,” says FGP President Adam Henry. “The Foundation has some exciting initiatives coming in 2022, and this partnership goes a long way to sustain our work.” In 2022, FGP is launching a grant-giving program that is open to park entities throughout the county, be they township, municipal or county-run parks. The application process will be announced soon and available online. Also in 2022, with support from the Cleveland Foundation Lake-Geauga Fund, the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation and other donors, FGP will fund the construction of a new Pollinator Garden Play Area in Geauga Park District’s Frohring Meadows Preserve. This initiative was established to help promote the importance of protecting

habitat for our pollinating insects, birds and mammals. The Foundation for Geauga Parks was formed in 1990 as the Geauga Park District Foundation and was responsible for raising funds for several signature properties and programs in Geauga: The West Woods, Observatory Park, and the popular Nature Scopes Binocular Program for fifth grade students. After these great success stories, the FGP broadened their mission in 2015 to allow them the latitude to support any and all parks in Geauga, and therefore changed their name to the Foundation for Geauga Parks. The Foundation Trustees are grateful to Preston Superstore as a Lead Business Partner. There are other opportunities for businesses to join the program and align themselves with a trusted name in park preservation in Geauga County. The Foundation for Geauga Parks Business Partnership Program has tiered opportunities for an annual partnership or as event sponsors. The Foundation for Geauga Parksan independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds to support all parks in Geauga County. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 440-564-1048, or www.foundationforgeaugaparks. org

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Experts agree that exfoliating, hydrating are key to winter skincare By LAURI GROSS I love what the dry winter air does to my skin, said no one, ever. Andrea Pierce-Naymon, founder of skincare company OY-L and owner of Orange Rose Apothecary in Hudson says there are many reasons that our skin needs special care in winter. “We’re inside the heat all the time and in and out of our cars,” she says. “And the dryness of heating systems is not great, plus it’s so cold. It sucks the moisture out of our skin.” In her new boutique, Andrea, who also has been with Kilgore Trout in Eton Chagrin Blvd. for 25 years offers home goods but also skincare and beauty products that can help. Kelly Miron, owner of the Powder Room Makeup Oasis and Boutique at Eton Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere, says winter skin needs special attention to keep it from getting dull, lackluster and dehydrated. “Exfoliation is key during the colder months followed by an infusion of ingredients that are loaded with hydrating properties. This is the time when retinol, peels, and manual exfoliations take center stage.” Dr. Jennifer Kish, aesthetic physician with Seriously Skin Cosmetic and Laser Medicine in Chagrin Falls, says that, in winter, “the skin starts to thicken to protect the hydration of the skin and to seal moisture in but the outer layers get thickand dry and flaky.” To combat this, she advises, “Continue to exfoliate gently, about once a week. Don’t be harsh.” She also suggests limiting exposure to hot or cold. “Avoid really hot showers or washing your face in really hot water, or take shorter showers,” she says, as she adds that wearing a covid mask outdoors can actually protect the skin. Also, she says adding a humidifier at home can help. Kelly, Andrea and Dr. Kish all take pride and pleasure in helping people put their best skin forward. “It’s great to be able to talk to people in my store about this,” Andrea says. “My products are all oil based so when you have dry skin you don’t want to use a product that has a lot of chemicals. Those can dry your skin. My number-one selling product is face cream. It contains 18 beautiful oils to plump up your skin. It’s so good for the skin. I teach people to take (a product called) My Facial Mist and spray it on first and then put the face cream on.

At Orange Rose Apothecary in Hudson, shoppers will find home goods from local artisans, plus skincare and beauty products perfect for protecting dry winter skin. Photograph courtesy of Orange Rose Apothecary

Kelly Miron of the Powder Room says men have thicker skin and need facial treatments like microdermabrasion or peels to help slough off the thicker dry skin cells. Photograph courtesy of The Powder Room

It’s like an extra layer of hydration and it helps the cream absorb into your skin.” Andrea’s My Facial Mist contains rose hydrosol, aloe vera, non-alcoholic witch hazel and a few drops of prickly pear seed oil. She continues with a few more tips. “First, you must exfoliate. The cream will not penetrate if there is alayer of dead skin. Exfoliate your face and body and then use the mist and then the cream,” she advises. Kelly recommends monthly facials and, she says, “use

the recommended take-home products to make the most of your facial. Quality, effective cosmeceuticals are key to great skin. My mantra has always been, ‘makeup is only as good as the skin underneath!’ A facial treatment such as our coolifting facial will benefit all skin types. This will exfoliate off any dead skin cell build-up followed by an intense infusion of hydration, followed by the Active Peel from iS Clinical (15 take-home peels) and Revisions Hydrating serum which is loaded with hyaluronic acid, and holds 1000X its own weight in hydration and copper peptides.”

Dr. Kish definitely agrees that it’s important to hydrate after exfoliating. Many products, she says, contain hyaluronic acid, which “creates a barrier so you don’t lose natural moisture and it seals the water layer so it’s a little like putting Saran wrap on your skin. Use this as a last step at night.” Seriously Skin sells a pharmaceutical brand of hydrating products called Zo. “It’s hyaluronic acid plus oatmeal, which is gentle and hydrating,” says Dr. Kish. “So there is a low risk of allergic reaction.” The expert aesthetician at Seriously Skin offers the DiamondGlow facial. “You will leave with bright, glowing skin,” says Dr. Kish, who recommends trying it as a stand-alone service or with the Silk Plane. “It’s the most perfect facial you can get,” she says. As for men, Andrea says their skincare needs are similar but she says, “When men shave, that is a form of exfoliation so that is good for them.” My Facial Mist can also serve as a toner. “Men can spray it on a cotton swab and apply it after washing their face,” Andrea explains. Kelly adds, “Men have thicker skin and men still need facial treatments like microdermabrasion or peels to help slough off the thicker dry skin cells. Men tend to build up dry thick patches of skin faster so the treatments mentioned are key to keep their skin smooth and hydrated. The right skincare for their skin type at home following the facial service is also key for maintaining the results of their professional service.” Andrea warns against using foaming products. “The foaming agent will strip your face,” she says. “The foaming chemical takes the oil away.” Instead, Andrea’s products contain ingredients like Manuka honey from New Zealand. “Honey is a humectant so it draws water into your skin and keeps it there,” she explains. Most of Andrea’s customers want to learn about her products. “They see plant-based products and they want to know why it will work as well or better than other products out there. So many people are interested in that now. They want to use products that are more natural,” she says. Kelly stresses that everyone’s skin is different. “We do not take the one-size-fits-all approach,” she says. “At the Powder Room, we have products to cover all skincare types and issues. It’s best to have a professional take a look at your skin and customize a treatment plan and athome skincare plan for you.”

Foundation for Geauga Parks announces new Executive Director The Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) board of trustees is pleased to announce hiring a new executive director. Todd R. Gaydosh joins the Foundation for Geauga Parks after serving in various capacities for the Lake Erie Council of Boy Scouts of America. In 2016 he founded a nonprofit organization called Beat the Streets Cleveland, serving as their Interim Executive Director, Social Media Coordinator, Program Coordinator and now as a board member. Todd is a graduate of John Carroll University with an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. He and his wife Christina live in Norton, Ohio with their two cats, one dog and their first child expected in May. Todd is an avid outdoorsman and is looking forward to applying his nonprofit experience to driving the mission of the Foundation for Geauga Parks. “I am thrilled and humbled to assume the position of Executive Director for the Foundation for Geauga Parks,”

says Todd Gaydosh. “It is my honor and privilege to be able to serve this community and I look forward to the impactful work that our organization will achieve over

the next months and years. I am also very excited to build relationships with our donors and other stakeholders. I hope to meet you on the trail of one of Geauga County’s many scenic parks. Co-presidents Adam Henry and Matthew Burnham are pleased with their selection of Todd. “The Foundation trustees took great care to find the right person to take the helm of FGP, and we found that person in Todd,” says Co-president Adam Henry. “His prior experience and passion for nature education makes him the perfect candidate to continue the projects the Foundation has planned.” Co-president Matthew Burnham adds, “We followed a very competitive process with a lot of applicants and several very strong candidates. That says a lot about Todd and our confidence in his ability to build on the successes of our prior leadership.” The Foundation for Geauga Parks an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds to support all parks

in Geauga County. Established in 1990, the Foundation’s work and mission have been greatly responsible for some of Geauga County’s transformational success stories in land conservation and nature education. FGP’s efforts provided a significant source of private funding for The West Woods, The Rookery, and Observatory Park. FGP collaborated with multiple organizations to create the Geauga Skywatchers, providing educational programs in astronomy. FGP is the primary source of funding for Nature Scopes, in which all of Geauga County’s 5th grade public and parochial school students participate. In recent years FGP expanded the scope of their mission to also support Geauga County’s township parks. The mission of FGP is to fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 440-564-1048, admin@foundationforgeaugaparks. org or  January 20, 2022 CURRENTS  A11


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For brides-to-be, wedding planning often begins with shopping for stylish dream gown(s) By PARIS WOLFE

The Carole gown featured here and the Claudine at right, are from the new Vera Wang Bride, a high fashion line at a more affordable price point. Photographs courtesy of Radiant Bride

Radiant Bride offers a one-of-a-kind experience for brides Warm. Beautiful. Magical. These are the words brides use to describe Radiant Bride, a bridal boutique located in the heart of charming downtown Rocky River. The consultants at Radiant Bride approach their brides with one mentality: Shopping for a wedding dress is a sacred, special moment for a bride and her loved ones. And they work to make sure guests feel that from the moment they walk into the cozy shop to the moment they leave. Brides are given a one-of-a-kind experience shopping at Radiant Bride with exceptional customer service, an array of beautiful gowns to try on for every style and size, and consultants who truly feel honored to be present for such a momentous day. “The highest goal in our shop is to make sure that every bride feels beautiful, loved and celebrated,” says

Ellen McFadden, owner of Radiant Bride. “It is truly a privilege to be a part of such a sacred moment in a woman’s life, as well as her family’s life. We keep that in mind as we choose our gowns, both in style and sizing, so that every bride walks out our door feeling beautiful.” Shopping for a wedding dress is an experience, but finding “that” dress is what every bride hopes for when they walk in. Radiant Bride stocks a complete inventory of gowns by high-fashion designers and puts great care into ensuring all styles are represented on its racks. Whether your bride’s desired look is modern and sleek, romantic and boho, or chic and timeless, the Radiant Bride provides a variety of styles and sizes to help her feel her best. The boutique recently added the iconic Vera Wang Bride to its collection of designers. With a variety of sil-

houettes, the line is bold, high fashion, and enchanting, and Radiant Bride is the only shop in the Northern Ohio area to carry it. Radiant Bride also carries lines from popular designers Enzoani, Essense of Australia, Madi Lane Bridal, Allure Couture, St. Patrick by Pronovias, and others. With such a carefully curated selection of designers and styles, brides are set up to be smitten with both the experience and the dress. Radiant Bride is honored to work with the wonderful brides who walk in its doors. Its dress collection is exquisite, its service is impeccable, and the champagne is chilled. Book an appointment now at radiantbridecle. com. 19620 Detroit Road, Rocky River; 440.863.2000

The holiday season is a popular time of the year for engagements, with planning and shopping soon to follow. Selection of a wedding gown is one of the most personal decisions a woman will make. A-line and fit-and-flare silhouettes are popular with brides in Northeast Ohio, says Ellen McFadden at Radiant Bride boutique in Rocky River. “They’re a step away from the more exaggerated mermaid and ballgown silhouettes, although we still have a call for those.” While a minimal look is gathering momentum, the drama of lace and sparkle are also in demand. “The sales rep from our top selling line –Essense of Australia -- just told us that they are designing for two brides,” she says, “the perfectly minimal and the super sparkle bride.” “We try to choose the most promising designs for both our standard sizing and our Plus Size collection, and I think our collections are pretty gorgeous.” For those who are conflicted, selecting two gowns or dresses is always an option – one for the ceremony and one for the reception. “But we hope that we sell our dear brides a dress that they don’t want to change out of,” says McFadden. “We have an exceptional combination of designers to try to meet differing styles. Our best-selling lines are Essense of Australia and the sexy/elegant Enzoani. We also have the boho Madi Lane look, the classic St Patrick and the well-made Allure Bridals,” she says. “We are thrilled to be welcoming in Vera Wang Bride, a high fashion line at a more affordable price point than her couture line. It should be gorgeous and fully available in January.” The shop carries a variety of dress styles as well as veils and headpieces, but no mother’s or bridesmaids’ dresses. Penny Bowers-Schebal of Formality boutique in a vintage church in Geneva, offers the classic style, but sees the “casual” bride becoming trendy. By that she explains that brides want comfortable dresses that aren’t too heavy. “You don’t see a lot of crinolines that add volume and weight. Now we use toile for volume without weight,” she says. “And satin fabrics are lighter.” She’s also seeing a mini trend toward the boho bride look. “I thought that trend would be here for a year, but it’s staying longer. It’s a more natural look, like she could be married barefoot or with a flower crown.” She says multiple dresses were popular a few years ago, but now only 10 percent of brides purchase gowns for separate events. When it comes to hairpieces, old-fashioned blushers – face-covering veils – are rare today because they hide beautifully styled hair and makeup. “Why obscure something they’ve paid a lot of money for,” she says. While 50 percent of her customers still choose veils, the rest choose flower crowns, combs, fresh flowers or other ornamentation. Though she doesn’t carry bridesmaids’ dresses, she says variations on a look are trending. “You’ll see the same color in different styles or shades of a style. Conformity is not as important as a generation ago.” Like many bridal shops in the post-pandemic world, Bowers-Schebal works by appointment-only for a curated, personal experience. Her inventory of more than 500 gowns/dresses can be perused at formalityresale. com.

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Couple engaged at Luxembourg Gardens hosts two wedding ceremonies By ANDREA C. TURNER Their story is like one out of a fairytale – but with a twist. Picture this. He kneels on one knee and proposes to her in Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, one of the most romantic and picturesque settings in the world. She said, “Yes.” Amazingly, both the mothers and sisters of the brideand groom-to-be were standing nearby (in the garden’s bushes) to witness the event. Family members were able to congratulate the couple immediately and launch the couple’s life together surrounded by supportive congratulations. Megan Parker recently shared this experience of her engagement to Peter Noble. “He proposed with a temporary ring, so I had no idea it was coming and was totally surprised,” said Megan. Both Parker and Noble were born and raised in Chagrin Falls and are alums of Chagrin Falls High School. After getting engaged in France, the couple later spent a weekend to ring shop in Chicago. After visits to numerous jewelers, the couple chose the ideal ring at the final showroom they visited in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The jeweler, Brilliant Earth, uses an ethical and sustainable approach to diamond sourcing and recycling precious metals. Their dream wedding was originally planned for Oct. 3, 2020. But therein lies the rub. Because it was scheduled in the midst of the initial Covid pandemic, prior to vaccinations being widely available, the couple settled on a safe and cozy backyard wedding in South Russell, where Peter’s parents reside. Inside an outdoor tent with heated lamps, approximately 35 people (close family members and a wedding party of 10) witnessed the nuptials at this intimate wedding ceremony. Not to be deterred from realizing their original plans, the couple enjoyed their dream wedding on the eve of their first anniversary, Oct. 2, 2021, at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl. Food was catered by the Shoreby Club kitchen staff for 175 guests with lakefront access and cocktails on the bluff. One of Peter’s close friends, Cameron McLellan, served as both a groomsman and officiant, making the ceremony personally special. “All of our vendors were very respectful, especially with Covid limitations,” said Megan. Peter said one of their best decisions was hiring Cleveland Music Group to help them choose different musicians for each venue. They hired a local violinist and guitarist for the backyard ceremony. For the full reception at the Shoreby Club, they had a steel drummer and a live band, Radioactive, who guests loved, packing the dance floor. Unique to their wedding was a champagne wall used for the seating chart. Guests located their name and table number on this garden-style wall while grabbing a glass of champagne for the bridal toast. Megan’s wedding gown was from Radiant Bride in Rocky River. “I wanted something that was elegant, but had a little bit of boho to fit my personality.” Their florist, Molly Taylor & Company, is the Cleveland-based floral studio of Bailey Wilson and Molly Taylor (formerly Molly Taylor Designs). “They were a treat to work with,” said Megan. According to the couple, wedding photography husband and wife team Autumn & Jay of Three & Eight

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Noble on their October 2021 wedding day held at the Shoreby Club. Photography were amazing and captured the lovely photographs featured with this article. The cake was made by White Flower Cake Shoppe, located at La Place Shopping Center in Beachwood. The bakery also has a location at Solon Square Shopping Center. “We loved their cake tasting; it was phenomenal,” said Megan. Guests also enjoyed a dessert table featuring their personal favorites: cannoli and coconut bars from Presti’s Bakery in Little Italy. The couple traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming following the first ceremony. Travel restrictions prevented their other planned destination: Porto, Portugal and the Amalfi Coast. The couple hopes to travel there this summer or for their second anniversary this fall. Megan’s wedding advice? “Hire a wedding planner, even if just for the day. It was absolutely worth it as she organized all the meetings with vendors. I highly recommend it.” Unlike brides who often undergo stress, Megan claims hers was eased because the wedding planner handled everything and came highly recommended. Peter’s wedding advice? “[As a groom] make sure your opinions are heard and that you’re able to make your mark with one or two items.” “Grooms should be involved and couples should try to be flexible, knowing that all will turn out fine,” added Megan. A graduate of University of South Carolina, Peter is a project manager at Norman Noble, Inc., a contract manufacturer of medical implants, and a 75-year family-owned business from Highland Heights. Megan, a graduate of John Carroll University, works as an occupational therapist. The couple resides in Chagrin Falls.

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Anne Shaughnessy and Anthony Marchetto wed in October, with reception at Museum of Art By RITA KUEBER

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Anne Shaughnessy dances at her October 23 wedding reception held at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photograph by Steve Steinhardt


On October 23, 2021, a brilliant autumn day, Anne Shaughnessy married Anthony Marchetto at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights. The couple had seven attendants each. Anne’s sister Kate Biggar was the matron of honor. The best man was Casey Cochran, the person who had introduced the couple when they all worked in Seattle – Anthony for the Mariners, and Anne for Accenture. Along the way, significant milestones became part of the celebration. Anne and Kate attended grade school at St. Dominic’s, and both were married there. Anne and Anthony were engaged on October 17, 2020, at White North Stables in Chagrin Falls, where Anne and Kate had learned to ride. Walking along a river trail, Anthony proposed, and photos taken at that magical moment illustrate the joyous occasion shared with in-laws, close friends, and Fitz, the Bernadoodle. The couple wanted to be married in Palm Springs, but with family and friends in Ohio and Pennsylvania, they decided instead to bring the zeitgeist of the subtropical California desert to Cleveland. Anne brought the colors of that environment into the ceremony, using gray as a base (the bridesmaids’ dresses), turquoise accents in jewelry and pocket squares, blush tones in the flowers, and gleaming gold highlights. The color scheme was leveraged spectacularly at the reception as well. Using Old Hollywood as a theme, the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art was transformed by dramatic lighting, turquoise and silver gray linens, gray and gold chairs, and blush flowers in arrangements both tall, and long and low. “I didn’t know how it would turn out, “Anne says, “but we were over the moon with the result.” With 250 invited guests, the couple remained mindful of the pandemic. “We planned with the best outcome in mind and made necessary changes in August when the Delta variant was on the rise,” Anne states. “We had hand sanitizer and masks available if guests wanted to use them. We continued to monitor and work with our planner Heather Thomas from HeatherLily. We were lucky to have a window of time in October when things seemed to calm down,” she continues. “In fact, the date we wanted – October 23 wasn’t available until somebody canceled their event. The space really worked out well. It was wonderful. It was set up to be intimate but allowed for us to spread out and be comfortable.” The Old Hollywood theme continued as the music trended to Sinatra, and later, a more diverse mix. Following the example set by Kate and her lessons with the late Dick Blake for her own wedding on New Year’s Eve 2017, the family found Dick’s partner, Lorraine. From May to October Anne and her father, Michael choreographed and then showcased a memorable dance to the tune of ‘Unforgettable,’ the father-daughter version with Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. From Anne’s description of the near-endless planning and decision-making that goes into any wedding, she strikes one as having been a relaxed bride, and fairly low-key. “I make sizable decisions at my job with consequences that occur daily,” she says. “Translating that into wedding details, I was pretty level-headed about it all. I did freak out the first place I looked for a dress. But I feel like I got the right one,” she adds referring to the floor-length lace-covered sheath from Something White in Independence. Any snafus at all? She admits that the bridesmaid’s gift was a set of turquoise earrings to wear at the wedding, but the pieces didn’t fit everyone’s lobes, and there was a timing issue at one point. “So the girls wore another set of earrings and no one knew about any problems,” she says. “It’s such a shame if people focus on details like that and not be able to enjoy your family, friends, and spouse.” The couple is planning for a honeymoon in Europe this coming June, pandemic conditions permitting. But they did take a “mini-moon” right after the festivities at Walden, enjoying the spa and golf course for a week, not to mention time for themselves. “At the end of the day my husband is the same person he was the day before the ceremony,” Anne says “That’s the wonderful thing about a wedding – it formalizes your marriage. It’s a way to throw a party for people coming from out of state as well as neighbors who want to celebrate. They’re happy to be there for you, and you create an environment and a weekend that’s memorable for everybody in attendance. That was my main objective.” The couple is at home in Gates Mills.  January 20, 2022 CURRENTS  B3

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Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pariseault at Tusculum Farm in Gaithersburg, MD on their September 4 wedding day

Amanda Bowes marries Paul Pariseault He is employed as an analyst with Verdi Consulting. Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was attended by her sisters, Jessie Bowes Tran and Rachel Bowes as Matrons of Honor. Her bridesmaids were Jennifer Siegel, Susan Wherley, Margaret Simon, and Natalie Falsgraf. The bride’s niece, Charlotte Tran, served as flower girl, and her nephew, Colin Tran, served as ring bearer, along with the couple’s dog, Jack. Patrick Wilson served as the bridegroom’s best man. Groomsmen were Grant Pariseault, brother of the bridegroom, Adam Thomas, Brendan Rhoad, Kyle McKeown, and Rhett Beattie. The couple honeymooned on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii, and is at home in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Amanda Bowes and Paul Pariseault were married September 4 in a ceremony performed by Brendan Rhoad at Tusculum Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where a reception followed. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Jo Ann Bowes of Cleveland Heights. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 2006 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. She earned a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She is employed as a Health Policy Analyst with the National Association of Attorneys General. The bridegroom is the son of Jim and Stacey Pariseault of Laurel, Maryland. He graduated from Reservoir High School in 2007 and received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 2011.

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At the Kimpton Schofield, think ‘spectacular’ for every wish and whim Our focus is on you while you focus on each other. When you think about including the Kimpton Schofield Hotel in your wedding plans, think spectacular. For your big day… it’s our vow to wow! “Newlyweds should be celebrated the whole weekend,” says Sales Manager Haley Fritsche, who works with engaged couples to accommodate their every wish and whim. “From room blocks, bridal suites, farewell brunches, and more, we can be your one stop shop for all things weddings.” The Kimpton Schofield Hotel, 2000 E. 9th St., is in the heart of downtown Cleveland at the corner of Euclid Avenue in the historic and beautifully restored Schofield Building. Our convenient location allows those from both near and far to enjoy the city’s best theaters, museums and more, right outside our front door. The Schofield can offer just about anything – utilizing beautiful spaces such as our ballroom, living room or Betts restaurant. “We carefully and uniquely curate

different perks that allow our couples to fully customize their wedding weekend to them,” Says Nicole Bakker, the building’s Ambassador of Awesome. “Your guests can be treated to anything from Champagne upon arrival to a custom menu curated by our Executive Chef Timothy Welch of Betts, who focuses on thoughtfully sourced ingredients centered on classic American dishes.” After the vows and champagne toast, come back and gather around the fireplace in our living room, or if you want to keep the celebration going … talk to us about hosting a late night cocktail party in Betts. “Our team here at The Kimpton Schofield is here to help with every detail so you can focus on what matters the most, and that’s saying ‘I do’.”She adds. Want to make your wedding weekend spectacular? Contact Haley Fritsche at 440-730-5667 or to learn more visit

Pandemic creates opportunity for creativity when planning weddings By LAURI GROSS Planning a wedding is always exciting. Throw in a pandemic and the possibility of celebrating as we (hopefully) move past the pandemic, and you’ve got all the makings for a lot of creative nuptials in 2022. Wedding trends, from food to dresses to flowers are indeed moving in fun new directions this year. Let’s take a look. Weddings of 50 or fewer guests – which became a necessity as the pandemic raged – remain popular but increasingly, couples are making the most of it, rather than seeing it as an unwanted necessity. With fewer guests, a couple’s budget goes further, which often means there’s room to splurge on extras such as neon signage, personalized menus, lavish guest book displays, comfortable seating, custom throw pillows and other touches that add comfort and nostalgia. Can’t think of what you’d put on a neon sign at your wedding? Come up with a meaningful personal message or try one of these: “Mr. and Mrs.,” “till death do us part,” or just feature your last name(s). The popularity of smaller guest lists also means destination weddings are more common than ever, since it’s easier to coordinate a small number of guests travelling, than to do so for a huge group. Rather than a destination thousands of miles away, today the destination is often just a nearby town or a pretty spot in a neighboring state. At smaller weddings, it’s also easier to incorporate non-traditional food options such as food trucks, pizza stations, appetizers only, or picnic style. Picnic weddings, by the way, can be anything from an event that includes a hike to a mountain-top reception, picnic tables set among the rows in a blueberry farm, or an English high-tea picnic with live violinists. Specialty vendors are also popular now, including live event painters, dueling pianos, and even beer burros (small donkeys fitted with decorative, mini saddle baskets

containing – what else – beer). Couples who find that vendors, as well as venues, are booked for every weekend in 2022, are often choosing to marry on a weekday instead and there are usually price breaks for doing so. Traditions such as the bouquet toss and garter grab are not as popular as they once were, while new traditions, such as including parents, grandparents or kids in the wedding party, are gaining in popularity. In fact, in the bride and groom’s entourage, age and gender are no longer important: Bro-maids or groom-women are common, as are grooms who ask their dad or son to be their best man, or brides who have their mom or daughter as maid of honor.

To keep the environmental impact of your wedding to a minimum, consider a venue that recycles and composts, or have a locally sourced farm-to-table menu, use recycled-paper invitations, offer electric vehicles for transporting guests, incorporate local and in-season flowers in vessels that your florist will reuse or use potted plants for centerpieces. Choosing the color scheme is an important and fun decision. From invitations to the cake and flowers, and wedding-party attire, color helps set the mood. Today’s popular palettes include silver and sage combined with mustard and dry rose. Also, warm and vibrant shades of coral, from yellows to pinks make weddings buoyant. Or,

combine bold colors with classic shades, such as pops of hot pink or orange mixed with creams, blushes, and peaches. Dark, rich and complex colors also make a beautiful statement. Think dark wood tables and dark pewter tableware with deep jewel-tone florals. Or follow the lead of some couples who choose a muted color scheme for the ceremony anda more vibrant one for the reception. Wedding gown styles range widely but some popular looks now include one-shouldered dresses, which works on formal as well as simple silhouettes. Many modern brides are seeking dresses full of sparkle that are covered in beading or sequins, for a look that says princess, goddess or rockstar. Many of today’s most popular wedding gowns also feature plenty of elaborate, sophisticated lace. It’s a good time to be a bridesmaid, as these dresses tend to be more elegant and fashionable than ever. And, despite taboos of the past, it is now ok for bridesmaids to wear white or lace, whether they are part of a beach wedding, a city wedding or something in between. Wrap-style bridesmaid gowns are nearly uniformly flattering, especially when the look incorporates a flirty high-low ruffled hem. For their wedding-day hair, brides everywhere are embracing the beach wave trend but many now include an elegant hair accessory to elevate the look. Floral crowns are making a comeback and these, too are less rustic and more sophisticated than their predecessors. Even braids can now be seen on stylish brides who usually wear one headband-style or a simple braid down the back. Current wedding makeup often features the minimalist look of a natural face, with glamorous red lips and bold eyes done in metallic shades. The metallic touch carries over into trending venue décor, with many couples choosing a metal arch for an edgy look, or incorporating metal into centerpieces, chargers, candleholders, barware or even table runners and lanterns

in bronze, silver, gold and black metallics. Keep the industrial look going by having tables without linens. Metallic colors are even appearing on wedding cakes with silver, gold and bronze-colored cakes taking the… cake. Some couples have cakes covered in metallic shades or just add a ribbon or flower in shiny metallic. Drip cakes are also popular now, with icing that appears to be dripping down from the top edge of each layer. Instead of a traditional tiered cake, many couples now opt for a mini-cake for the cutting ceremony surrounded by lavish and artistic mini-cupcakes. The ever-evolving wedding arch is now often a complete circle known as a floral moon gate, or an infinity arch. It’s a dreamy look that adds a wow factor and serves as an epic backdrop for vows and for guests to use for photo ops later on. Depending on the style, whoever stands in front of the infinity arch is framed and encircled in blooms, greenery, natural grasses, lights or some combination. In addition to lighting their infinity arch, couples are incorporating lights in other creative ways, such as a curtain of string lights that recalls the look of a waterfall. Others hang elegant strands from tree branches to resemble a sparkling rain shower. Good old-fashioned balloons are now a new wedding trend. Florists and wedding planners are intertwining them with flowers, adding them to arches or cakes, or incorporating balloon columns for photo backdrops, or for marking the entry to the reception area, the corners of the dance floor etc. Latex and mylar styles are both popular, as are balloon creations that incorporate both types. They are certainly available in hues to match any wedding color scheme and their fairy-tale vibe may be just what every wedding needs right now. Sources:,,,

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Six important topics to discuss before marriage It’s so important to discuss key topics before marriage, and experts agree that some of the suggestions below offer a good place to start. 1. Having and raising kids: Do you want children? Are you open to adoption if it’s necessary?How should kids be disciplined? Should both spouses equally handle care for the baby and household chores? What kind of education should our children have? Will one of us stay home with the kids? 2. Money: Will we pool all our money or keep separate accounts? Which accounts will we use to pay for daily expenses or large purchases? Is one of us a spender and the other a saver? How will we set aside money for the future? How will we set up a budget and will we share the job of staying on budget? Are we entering the relationship with debt? How will we handle current and future debt? Do we agree to talk to each other before making a major purchase? How will we pay bills? 3. Careers: Where do you want your career to be in five years? How do you expect your career and your salary to evolve? What’s your dream job? Do you have a plan for achieving it? What sacrifices will you make to get there? 4. Religion: Are you a religious person? How does your religion affect how you live your life? What role do you want your religion to play in our relationship, and in raising kids? 5. In-laws: Do you expect that, every time you visit your parents, I’ll come along? How can we make sure in-laws don’t take priority over our own relationship? How do you like to spend holidays? 6. Fights or other conflicts; How do you manage conflict? What do you think is acceptable behavior during a fight? What’s off limits? How will you handle it if one of us has a major illness? What was your childhood like? Did you have an affectionate family? SOURCES The Knot TheSpruce




Cleveland Botanical Garden to open Orchids Forever on January 29, running through March 13 Orchids, orchids everywhere! There is nothing like the wonder and beauty of orchids and once again the Cleveland Botanical Garden will spotlight their grandeur at the 16th annual flower show Orchids Forever opening Saturday, January 29, 2022. The show will run through Sunday, March 13th. Orchids Forever is generously supported by Just Add Ice®. Tickets are now available online. Advance reservations are strongly recommended for all visitors and members. Ticketing is timed with limited capacity. Walk-up sales are permitted, but certain times may be sold out. Providing a safe and comfortable experience was top-of-mind for the Orchids Forever design team. Face masks and social distancing are required. This year’s theme is Synergy and Survival, focusing on the special relationship between orchids and their pollinators and why this relationship is vital for survival and longevity. “The mystique and elegance of orchids highlights the wonder and beauty found in nature, and experiencing these plants up close showcases the importance of protecting them from increasing threats of climate change,” said Jill Koski, president and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens. “I encourage you to escape the grey, cold winter weather and find joy in a visit to Orchids Forever.” Thousands of orchids will fill the interior garden and create a vibrant tropical escape from the Northeast Ohio winter. The Ellipse (Main Lobby) will transport visitors into the world of orchids with towering vertical art installations and beautiful artist-renderings of pollinators suspended from the ceiling and flying around orchids. The Glasshouse will feature stunning horticultural vignettes and graphic panels that tell the story of the biomes as the source of ecosystem-focused information and how the pollinator/orchid relationship supports the ecosystem function. Eppig Gallery will bring the incredible science of pollination to life. Large graphics featuring pollinators, interpretation, and plant displays will explain the concept of pollination. The relationship of the pollinator and orchid is essential to understanding the preservation of orchids in the wild. Orchids are part of one of the largest families of flow-

ering plants on Earth. They live on every continent and in most ecosystems including rainforests, grasslands, bogs, and even our front yards. Orchid survival is connected to the success of other living things in their ecosystem, such as trees, fungi, and animal pollinators. To help conserve wild orchids so that we can enjoy them for years to come, scientists and plant lovers must learn all we can about orchid species and the special relationships they have with their ecosystem. Continue learning about and loving orchids: Silk paintings by Gunter Schwegler will be featured throughout the exhibit. In the Eleanor Squire library: Visit the garden library to see books about orchids and more in our adult and children’s collections. This special horticultural library is open on a limited basis. Check for hours and additional information.

In the Garden Store: Orchids, including some exotic varieties, will be available for purchase at the Garden Store along with orchid soil, fertilizer, and orchid pots. In-person and online classes: Ask the Orchid Doctor - this popular FREE orchid clinic will have virtual and in-person sessions. Ask the Orchid Doctor will allow participants to interact with orchid experts and diagnose problem plants. On select Saturdays throughout the course of the show. Check for updates. Orchid Photography Workshop - Sunday, February 27, 9AM – 3PM - This exclusive workshop provides an intimate opportunity to get up close and personal with the plants on exhibit. Following a brief discussion of photography tips, participants will head into the exhibit for a few hours before the doors open to the public. The afternoon portion of this class will include hand-held pho-

tography practice where participants can continue photographing orchids or move outdoors to explore additional subjects. Orchid Growing & Care for Beginners - This class simplifies orchid growing by giving you a common-sense orchid grower’s checklist that can lead to blooming success with almost any orchid. A Q&A session will take place at the end of the program. Please check for updates. Orchids Forever hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.– 8 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 5 p.m. The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays. Please note hours are subject to change, check for updated information. Orchids Forever admission is $16 per adult, $12 per child ages three to 12 (free for children two and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. The Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio. Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability. For complete details about Orchids Forever, visit About Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Forests & Gardens Cleveland Botanical Garden, located in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, is an ever-changing 10acre urban oasis where visitors find enrichment and inspiration through fabulous gardens, an exotic Glasshouse, and seasonal events. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is part of Holden Forests & Gardens along with the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio. Holden Forests & Gardens is making an impact in Northeast Ohio through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses. For more information, visit The Holden Arboretum’s trails are open for fun adventures all winter long including walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Learn something new about caring for the natural world with our in-person and virtual classes. Have you joined the People for Trees movement yet? Visit to plan your visit and to pledge to plant a tree. To receive updates and the latest information, register for our enewsletter here. Happy Winter!

Looking to the future, the team is thrilled to share strategic plans that include: ■ Completing the 101-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio ■ The development of 500 miles of regional connector trails, including the Zoar Connection Trail, Rubber City Heritage Trail, Freedom Trail, and New Philadelphia Bicycle and Connectivity Plan ■ Implementation of Canal Basin Park in Cleveland

■ Implementation of the Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 and Summit Lake Parks in Akron along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail ■ Promotion of the natural, historical, and recreational resources along the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. For more information on the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area, please visit ohioanderiecanalway. com.

Cuyahoga County, and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition was founded in Canal Fulton to focus on Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas counties. Working together, Canalway Partners and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition advocated for the Congressional designation of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in 1996. Since then, top accomplishments of the area include: ■ Ohio & Erie Canalway State and National Scenic Byway designation by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration ■ Development of over 90 miles of the multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, creating a framework that spurred the planning of over 500 miles of regional connector trails ■ Designation of the Cuyahoga River as an American Heritage River ■ Co-Directors of Ohio & Erie Canalway Association (who manage the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area) Dan Rice and Mera Cardenas share, “Working together, we are creating a legacy for future generations in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Since 1986, we have celebrated the natural, historical, and recreational resources along the historic Canal from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. In partnership and collaboration with our neighbors, community organizations, elected officials, units of government, and funders, we are developing the 101-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and over 500 miles of connector trails, preserving historic buildings and conserving natural areas, and creating programming that enhances enjoyment of the area.”


With 2.5 million yearly visitors finding their way to the iconic 101-mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area team is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 25th anniversary. The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area designated by Congress in 1996 to preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns, and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped America grow. Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 87-mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway. The Congressional designation was given to the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in 1996, thanks to a young solicitor in the village of Navarre, Ralph Regula. Mr. Regula was familiar with the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal and its impact on communities in northeast Ohio and recognized the opportunity to celebrate and interpret this legacy for future generations. Working in partnership with Allan Simpson, a reporter with the Canton Repository, Mr. Regula advocated for the conservation, interpretation, and development of the Ohio & Erie Canal with local elected officials and service organizations. Through their hard work and dedication, Mr. Regula and Mr. Simpson convinced the State of Ohio to deed over the canal lands in Stark County to the Stark County Government. Building on the early advocacy efforts of Mr. Regula and Mr. Simpson, Canalway Partners was founded in Cleveland to focus on the project in Cleveland and


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confidence they didn’t have. That can be life-changing.” Dr. George Thomas, DDS, owner of Erieview Dental in Mentor, is seeing increased interest in veneers as well. “In general, the increased usage of teeth-whitening products has increased the desire for more cosmetic dental work, like veneers,” he says. “People choose dental veneers as a faster way to straighten teeth and a more stable long-lasting way to whiten their teeth. “ “Generally, patients see and feel a smoother, straighter surface. Most of the time the tongue side of the teeth are exactly the same, so the feeling is very normal,” he notes. Veneers can be done in several ways. The process starts, in most dental offices, with a smile consultation to determine the best action to take. Once veneers are chosen, two to three additional visits are needed. The teeth to be veneered need some amount of preparation, usually, a thumbnail thickness of enamel removed. “This is to create a more level surface and to let the facing not feel too thick to your lips,” says Thomas. “After preparing the teeth, final impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory,” he explains. “Sometimes the prepared teeth need plastic, temporary coverings while the permanent veneers are being manufactured.” Given pandemic cautions, face masks can hide these for people who are self-conscious. Permanently bonding the veneers takes one to two hours. The only maintenance, says the dentists, is regular brushing and flossing.

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Hospitality Restaurants celebrates 30 years with 30 days of giving By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN This month, numerous Northeast Ohio nonprofits will receive a belated, and most welcome, holiday gift. Hospitality Restaurants is celebrating its 30th anniversary in January by donating $1,000 each day for 30 days to 30 local charities. “We are so grateful for the support that the communities we serve have given us over the years,” company co-founder George Schindler said. “As we humbly look back on our success, we wanted to do something especially meaningful and knew that there was no better way to celebrate than to give back.” Knowing that $1,000 would not be game-changing for some nonprofit organizations, the company reached out to suburban mayors, community leaders and philanthropist leaders like Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs to find charities that the donation would best impact. “It’s all about how much you care about people. That’s been our motto at Hospitality Restaurants since the beginning. It’s that regard for our communities, its patrons and our loyal staff that has gotten us here,” Schindler said. Hospitality Restaurants operates eight restaurants in Northeast Ohio, stretching between Westlake and Hudson to suburban Akron and downtown Cleveland. The restaurants include Blue Point Grille, Rosewood Grill, Kingfish, Salmon Dave’s, Cabin Club, Delmonico’s and Thirsty Parrot. The nonprofit recipients of the, “30 Years, 30 Charities, 30 Days of Giving” campaign impact the communities where those restaurants are located. The list of charitable organizations receiving $1,000 from Hospitality Restaurants includes: Ben Curtis Family Foundation, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Littlest Heroes, Strengthening Our Students (SOS), Vineyard Food Resource Center, Rahab Ministries, Jack Gives Back, Lantern, Cornerstone of Hope, St. Augustine Hunger Center, St. Malachi, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Campus Ministry, Achievement Centers/Camp Cheerful, The Turn, Santa PICsU/Santa’s Hide-A-Way, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Wags for Warriors, Project Outrun, Carson Higgins Foundation, Rocky River Assistance Program. Westlake Community Service’s Food Pantry, Fairview Park Hunger Center, The Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis, South Hills Lend-A-Hand, Catholic Works of Mercy, OneHopeNEO,, Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry and Integrated Community Solutions. Hospitality Restaurants began as a dream of high

(L to R) Dave Hale, retired vice president, Hospitality Restaurants President George Schindler and Chief Operating Officer, Kay Ameen. school pals and college roommates Kay Ameen and George Schindler. Becoming best of friends in 1970, their friendship and commitment to growing the company since they opened their first restaurant in 1991 has never wavered and has stood the test of time. The original mission statement of doing, “Whatever it Takes” to make each guest feel special has endured from day one. Today, the Hospitality Restaurants team of more than 300 staff members prepares to enter its fourth decade of delivering

fine dining experiences to its patrons. Schindler reflects back on 30 years by saying, “We have so many employees who have stayed with us for 10 to 20 years or more, and it’s just incredibly humbling to imagine that they’ve chosen to build a career and life here. The internal motto we’ve all lived by is that, ‘People don’t care what you know about them, until they know how much you care about them.’ It’s that regard for one another that has gotten us to this point.”

Akron Marathon Charitable Corp. announces success of Blue Line Charity Program The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation staff and Board of Directors are thrilled to announce its nonprofit charity partners through its Blue Line Charity Program raised $94,310 during the 2021 racing season, a 9.53 percent increase from 2019. Part of the mission of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation is to benefit nonprofit and charitable organizations. To date, more than $6 million has been raised through the net proceeds of events, runner donations, and its Blue Line Charity Partner Program. The Blue Line Charity Partner Program allows nonprofits from the community to use the Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health as a fundraiser. With over 14,000 runners and 2,000 volunteers, the Akron Marathon and related events provide a large audience for nonprofit organizations. Local nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply and the top charities that raise more

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than $5,000 as part of the Blue Line Charity Program will receive a donation from the Akron Marathon. Donations vary depending on annual proceeds. 2021 Top Fundraisers include: Craine’s Cholangiocarcinoma Crew: $39,193 (+ $5,000 donated by Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation) Akron Children’s Hospital: $16,005 (+ $2,000 donated by Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation) Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation: $7,390 (+ $1,000 donated by Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation) Additional charity partners include: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank American Heart Association - Akron Heart Walk Building for Tomorrow Curated Storefront Family Promise of Summit County Girls on the Run of Northeast Ohio Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue

Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center (Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit & Medina Counties) International Welcome Center Open Arms Adoption Rahab Ministries Running2BWell Stewart’s Caring Place Summa Health Wellington Exempted Village Schools District As part of this program, nonprofit partners are asked to recruit runners who will fundraise on their behalf, as well as volunteers to give their time on race weekend. All funds raised by the individual nonprofits will go directly to them. Applications for the 2022 Blue Line Charity Program are now open. For more information on the Blue Line Charity Program please visit

Beautiful, spacious home for sale off Solon Road in Bentleyville

French Normandy-style home at 35794 Solon Road in Bentleyville.

By RITA KUEBER French Normandy-style houses are by definition elegant and architecturally compelling, not to mention sweepingly romantic, with stone surfaces, arched entryways, pitched roofs, and an asymmetrical layout. The house at 35974 Solon Road is a classic example of this appealing style, a house that has flowing interior spaces, plenty of natural light, and charming details throughout. Forget the boxy look of many Colonials and the sharp angles of contemporary houses. Visitors to this home will immediately notice its playful, sea-green window accents, slate roof, stone façade, and an outstanding arch over the front door that has an oriel window just above. Inside, the house has been meticulously maintained and beautifully decorated in traditional colors, applied in atypical and engaging ways. The two-story foyer is painted in dark tones, beautifully offsetting the marble flooring, and white molding, spindled stairway, and decorative columns. To the left through an arched doorway, the formal dining room has two large built-in corner cabinets and tall windows. A butler’s pantry leads to the kitchen off the dining room. To the right is an airy, living room that has a carved fireplace. The separate, striking library/den has a coffered ceiling and paneling, a fireplace, plus a stylish bow window set like a gem in the front wall. A spacious family room is tucked between the living room and the kitchen at the back of the house. This room has its own fireplace, a high, beamed ceiling, and a wall of windows. The chef’s kitchen is open to a hearth room that has a fireplace, and a small study/office area. This area has a beamed ceiling as well, hardwood floors, a curving back staircase, and an abundance of windows. French doors lead to the backyard. The workspace has a central island, sink and breakfast bar, stainless appliances, and yards of counter space. A small room off the kitchen has cleverly been converted from a laundry room to a pantry that has a sink, storage, counter space, and small oven. It’s a good use of the space, as the stone arched breezeway that connects the house to the garage makes for a captivating outdoor dining space, and the pantry has a pass-through. Upstairs, the laundry has been tucked into a closet adjacent to a bonus room that could be an office, studio, playroom, or craft room. The second-floor owner’s suite is a spa-like retreat. In addition to a comfortable sitting room with a mantled fireplace, arched doorways lead to walk-in closets full of built-in cabinets. The bath has a soaking tub, steam shower, pedestal sink, and private lav. The bedroom itself opens out onto a private patio that has views of the backyard and woods behind the house. There are three additional bedrooms and two more full baths on the second floor. There is one guest suite on the first floor as well, plus a full bath. On the lower level is a beautifully appointed club room that has a private bar, sitting area, and game area. There’s space for an exercise room as well. The lower level walks out to a landscaped and terraced backyard, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, perfect for entertaining and relaxing, surrounded by greenery – the city and suburbs seemingly miles away. One final amenity is an unfinished

The formal living room, in the center of the house, allows flow from the foyer to the backyard and hearth room/kitchen.

The library/den has a stunning coffered ceiling and bow window.

The kitchen has room for working and entertaining, a breakfast bar, an eat-in area, built-in storage, and desk space, and connects to the hearth room. space over the garage, which can be finished as the new owner desires. Overall, the house at 35974 Solon Road has 8,796 square feet on six acres. Five bedrooms, five full and three half baths, seven fireplaces over two stories. Chagrin Falls school district. The attached garage has three

bays, the property has well water and a septic system, central air throughout. Minutes from Solon shopping districts and the Metroparks, plus easy access to highways. Built in 1992. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 35974 Solon Road is listed at $2,075,000

A soaking tub, steam shower, walls of windows, and interplay between dark and light surfaces makes the owner’s bath an oasis of relaxation. at press time with annual taxes of $30,451. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or

The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces New Acquisitions Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) include an important watercolor by Paul Cézanne; a mixed-media artwork by Rashid Johnson and three sculptures from Melvin Edwards’s series, Lynch Fragments, that build upon the CMA’s commitment to diversifying its collections.

groundbreaking practice. He used selective strokes of watercolor from a limited palette to suggest light and shade, and allowed work in graphite in combination with the paper’s whiteness to construct the image. The result is a seemingly unfinished work that was in fact carefully rendered through a process that did not allow for revision. The subject of Footpath in the Woods is Cézanne’s most characteristic; he depicted and reinterpreted the chestnut tree forests of the Jas de Bouffan in various media throughout much of his life. This experimental approach allowed Cézanne to interrogate vision itself, as if to suggest that seeing occurs just as much through absence as it does presence. The composition’s balance of abstraction and representation, as well as its experimental style, make Footpath in the Woods an ideal example of the artist’s watercolors. Although the CMA has three paintings and several drawings and prints by the artist, Footpath in the Woods is the first watercolor by Cézanne to enter the museum’s collection and will be highlighted in the forthcoming exhibition and publication Nineteenth-Century French Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, on view from January 20 through April 30, 2023.

Standing Broken Men by Rashid Johnson

“Footpath in the Woods”

Watercolor by Paul Cézanne is a new highlight in the CMA’s internationally recognized collection of works on paper The acquisition of Footpath in the Woods, a watercolor by Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne, builds upon the CMA’s internationally recognized stature as a repository of important 19th-century French art. With its innovative depiction of a trail traversing a forest at the Jas de Bouffan, an estate Cézanne inherited from his father, Footpath in the Woods exemplifies the artist’s

Standing Broken Men (2021) by Rashid Johnson is an important addition to the CMA’s contemporary collection and meaningfully advances the museum’s goal of diversifying its holdings. At the center of a frenzied mosaic, an abstract, fractured figure stares wide-eyed at the viewer. Standing Broken Men and a related series of mosaic works grew out of Johnson’s Anxious Men and Anxious Audiences series (2015–18). As Standing Broken Men exemplifies, Johnson’s latest works continue to represent the experience of anxiety by composing figures through fragmented shards of ceramic and mirrored tiles. Through this technique, brokenness is inherent in the figures and the worlds they inhabit. However, their pieces are reassembled into a dynamic colorful whole, suggesting the possibility for healing and renewal. As with much of Johnson’s work, Standing Broken Men can be interpreted as a poignant reflection on the time when it was made, defined by a global pandemic and a heightened reckoning with racial inequality. Standing Broken Men comes to the museum as a generous gift from Agnes Gund in honor of Helena Huang. Alongside recent acquisitions by artists such as Robert Colescott, Simone Leigh, Emma Amos and Wadsworth

Jarrell, among others, Standing Broken Men expands the range of narratives surrounding African American experiences on view at the CMA. This monumental work also complements three prints by Johnson from his Anxious Men series that the museum acquired in 2020 (2020.77, 2020.78 and 2020.79). Together, they capture the innovative evolution of Johnson’s art across media. Standing Broken Men will be on view in Toby’s Gallery for Contemporary Art (229A) beginning in late March 2022.

Long Term, À Lusaka and Miliki by Melvin Edwards

Long Term (1980), À Lusaka (1982) and Miliki (1987) by Melvin Edwards further enhance the CMA’s commitment to diversifying its collections and presenting a broad range of histories in its galleries. Long Term, À Lusaka and Miliki belong to an ongoing series, Lynch Fragments, that Melvin Edwards began in 1963. The Lynch Fragments are relatively small-scale, abstract metal wall reliefs that feature recognizable ob-

jects—often objects that could serve as weapons, such as chains, knives and railroad spikes. Through Edwards’s composition and welding technique, familiar elements lose their functional associations and yield innovative sculptural shapes. These forms reveal Edwards’s influences, which range from Western modernist sculpture and jazz to traditions of African metalsmithing. The series title, Lynch Fragments, the artist has explained, is reflective of his intention to encourage consideration of the violence and destruction wrought by racism in and beyond American society. The title is not, he has said, to be taken literally; from the outset he determined that the series would never depict narrative scenes or recognizable figurative imagery. Even without literal scenes of violence, the works invite a direct confrontation with the viewer; they are displayed at eye level and protrude off the wall into the viewer’s space. Through the Lynch Fragments series, Edwards combines his commitment to abstraction with his investment in the social and racial histories unfolding outside his studio walls. In this sense, his work shares attributes with peers that include David Hammons, Jack Whitten and Martin Puryear, whose works are represented in the CMA’s collection and offer rich context for this acquisition. About the Cleveland Museum of Art The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 63,000 artworks and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.  January 20, 2022 CURRENTS  C1



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The Golden Age of Cleveland Art – 1900-1945 By Peggy Turbett Cleveland was percolating! Fueled by the taconite of Minnesota and the coal of Pennsylvania, the port city and railroad hub on Lake Erie bustled at the turn of the 20th Century, turning out steel, refining oil and teeming with supporting industries. Its people and artistic culture flourished, as well. Between 1900 and 1930, when the Terminal Tower was completed, Cleveland more than doubled in population to 900,000, the fifth largest city in America. In this booming environment, according to the Cleveland History Center, the city became a powerhouse of painting, sculpture, ceramics, poster art, fashion and industrial design. “It was the nation’s leader in printing and magazine distribution, the home of Time, Fortune, and Life magazine,” said Dr. Henry Adams, “Honoring our art historian and professor of art history at Case Western RePast Masters: serve University. “At its peak, The Golden Age Cleveland supported a comof Cleveland Art, munity of about six thousand professional artists, and dur1900-1945” ing this period it also created Location: Western a major art school and a major Reserve Historical art museum.” Society, Cleveland In this framework comes History Center “Honoring Our Past Masters: Address: 10825 East The Golden Age of Cleveland Boulevard, Cleveland Art –1900-1945,” an exhibit of When: Through April Cleveland Art staged in partner4, 2022 ship with CWRU, the Western Fee: Open to the public Reserve Historical Society with with admission fee to Experience Design Director the Cleveland History Dennis Barrie, and the CleveCenter land Arts Prize. With pieces Further information: drawn from several private collections, the show brings together work not seen by the general public in years. Curated by Adams, the exceptional collection of 87 pieces represents work from the internationally famous to the relatively obscure. Viktor Schreckengost’s renowned Art Deco masterpiece, “Jazz Bowl,” stands prominently near the entrance. But it’s the industrial designer’s bronze bust “Jeddu, Mangbetu Queen” that commands attention from the central floor. This sleek figure, based on a 1922 photograph, draws visitors’ attention to other treasures, such as Frank Wilcox’s watercolor, “Stevedores, Ohio River,” and William Sommer’s pivotal oil painting, “Adam and Eve.” Displayed deep into the room, Sommer’s 1915 avant-garde view of the iconic couple, set amid the lush garden and brilliant hues of the sun, helped bring the modernist movement to the more traditional Cleveland School of the time. “This brought it all to life. Cleveland became an important center for modernist art in America,” said noted art dealer Michael Wolf of WOLFS gallery, viewing the work at the opening in December. (Specializing in Cleveland School artwork for decades, WOLFS is an important lender to the exhibition.) Boundaries were also breached by the area’s more adventurous commercial artists, as Adams explained during his remarks at the exhibit’s opening.

“Tremont Cityscape, Cleveland.” Paul Joseph Ockert (American, 1892-19866). Oil, 1947. Loan courtesy of the Union Club Foundation of Cleveland. Photographs by Peggy Turbett

“The golden age of Cleveland art started in 1907, when William Sommer and Carl Moellman were lured to Cleveland to work for Otis Lithograph, which had just signed a contract to produce movie posters nationwide and worldwide,” he said. “At its peak Otis published more than a million posters a week to about a billion every two years. At this point, while photography exists, movie posters were drawn by hand and an establishment such as Otis Lithograph employed about two hundred skilled draftsmen.” One wall of the exhibit is devoted to posters and watercolors of the Kakoon Arts Club, an artists’ group started by Sommer and Moellmen as a bohemian gathering place for commercial artists to socialize and create work unconstrained by mainstream conventions. Their annual fundraising “Bals Masques,” replete with elaborate and outlandish costuming, fascinated and appalled Cleveland society for three decades. Countering the ethereal, Paul Joseph Ockert’s oil painting, “Tremont Cityscape,” anchors a nearby wall. Having attended East High School and Adelbert College (CWRU) before establishing a career as an artist and architect, Ockert gives an insider’s sense of place in his depiction of the intense density of Cleveland nearing its peak population in 1947. In his view, dark smoke billows from factory stacks in the background of Tremont, a

“Adam and Eve.”William Sommer (1867-1949). Oil circa 1915. neighborhood packed with single homes and apartments, colorful tree boughs, and church steeples. Clearly there is more to view than can be described here or fully studied in an afternoon. Adams encouraged the audience to come back in different lights, in different moods and at different times of day. “I think these paintings will grow on you,” he said. “I think that every single work of art here is worth looking at and thinking about carefully.” “The Golden Age of Cleveland” exhibit is a component of the year-long “Past Masters” project, conceived by Dennis Dooley to honor locale creative leaders whose work predates the establishment of the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1960.

“Jeddu, Mangbetu Queen,” Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) Bronze, 1931. Loan courtesy of the Elaine and Joseph Kisvardai Collection.

Cleveland Orchestra and Cavani Quartet performance Another event on the “Past Masters” calendar preceded the Golden Age exhibit opening. Violinist Isabel Trautwein and other members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cavani Quartet performed a program of chamber music composed by Antonin Dvorak and five Cleveland Past Masters. The concert in the Norton Gallery featured: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) – Quartet No. 6 in FMajor, Opus 96, “American” Charles V. Rychlik (1875-1962) – Sonata for Violin and Viola, Opus 26 Douglas Moore (1893-1969 – Quintet for Clarinet and Strings Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) – Paysage (Landscapes) for String Quartet Johann H. Beck – (1856-1924) Sextet for Strings John s. Zamecnik (1872-1953) – Two sections from Sam Fox Photoplay Edition, Vol 1 and 2 Trautwein described the challenge of unearthing the afternoon’s program from such places as the Cleveland Public Library’s Special Collections, and praised her fellow musicians for their willingness to perform music none of them had ever played previously. In the composition by Johann H. Beck, the musicians had never even heard a recording of his Sextet for Strings. “It’s rare for us to play from manuscripts found recently in a box at the library,” she said in the program notes. “It’s been truly exciting.”

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Visit historic Lincoln sites in New Salem, Springfield Illinois By SARAH JAQUAY “People get very emotional in this house,” says Timothy Good, superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. Good elaborated by noting, “When visitors touch this [staircase] handrail, they know Lincoln touched this same piece of wood every night as he went upstairs.” A shiver went up my spine. I knew the house at the corner of 8th and Jackson Streets was original and that it was the place Lincoln lived for 17 years before returning there in a coffin in 1865, but I wasn’t prepared for the effect being in the house would have on me. Perhaps it’s because I like to believe that, as an Ohioan living in a free state, Lincoln would have had my loyal support even though I couldn’t have voted for him. Maybe it’s because after the events of a year ago, I felt compelled to find out more about the man who preserved our Union when half the country didn’t want it. Who knows? But I’ve lived the majority of my life a day’s drive from the destinations where Lincoln developed into the man and politician who took on the presidency just as the United States was unraveling. I needed to see it for myself. So last fall, I took my husband and some friends along for the ride. To understand how Lincoln grew into the person who became one of our greatest presidents, it’s a good idea to start at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, about 40 minutes northwest of Springfield. Lincoln lived for there for seven years before moving to Springfield. New Salem was a small commercial hamlet that thrived during the 1830s along the banks of the Sangamon River. It’s where Lincoln developed his interest in law, politics and honed his debating skills. He arrived there almost by accident in 1831 when he was hired to move goods by flatboat to New Orleans. There was a delay in his trip and his employer, Denton Offutt, decided to open a store in New Salem and hired Lincoln to run it. Lincoln lived with several New Salem families. It’s also where he met Ann Rutledge, who some believe was Lincoln’s first (and possibly one true) love even though she was engaged to another man during their friendship. Sadly, Rutledge died of typhoid in 1835 and Lincoln became severely depressed. Lincoln wasn’t much good at retailing but he did start reading the law in New Salem and joined their debate society. One of our enthusiastic guides exclaimed, “Lincoln and John Kelso [a local hunter, fisherman and jack of all trades] would sometimes debate different topics all day long.” What visitors find today at Lincoln’s New Salem is a leafy village reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Costumed guides bring to life its former residents, including a young man who became the President destined to lead our country through one of its darkest hours. Our group enjoyed the wonderful lagniappe of hearing some of the interpreters playing pre-Civil War music on acoustic instruments. It was truly an idyllic afternoon in a time machine. The majority of Lincoln’s life in Illinois was in Springfield. We started at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and had the privilege of a tour by the Superintendent. He told us some interesting anecdotes, including the reason Lincoln grew his signature beard. During the campaign of 1860 a young girl from Westfield, New York, Grace Bedell, wrote to Lincoln and told the candidate more people would vote for him if he had a beard. Lincoln responded but made no promises; however, he grew a full beard shortly thereafter. Good also mentioned there’s a statue of Bedell in Westfield, which is very close to Chautauqua Institution. We briefly toured the nearby Arnold and Dean Houses, 19th century residences restored to their pre-Civil war locations that interpret Lincoln’s neighborhood and the evolution of the family home. Our group spent the most time at the impressive Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It’s a massive facility that also houses the Illinois State History collections. The various exhibits take visitors through Lincoln’s life and assassination. History lovers will be thrilled to view originals of the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation in the Treasures Gallery. One of the popular attractions is the Holavision presentation, “In the Eyes of Lincoln.” It’s a show about the importance of preserving artifacts and it’s difficult to discern the holograms from the actors, including Abe himself. In the age of COVID we waited a long time for the Lincoln NPS sites to reopen last July. Fortunately our group felt comfortable with the NPS safety protocols in place, including mask requirements and no more than 15 visitors per tour. Also at that time, Springfield was not accepting group tours, so there were no school field trips or bus tours as there would have been under normal circumstances. That said, our visit was before the highly contagious Omicron variant, so it’s best to check with NPS personnel before planning a visit. As we checked out of our Springfield hotel I noticed several guests sporting T-shirts that read, “I Miss Abe.” So do we, especially since we feel we know him even better now. For more information, please see:

Visitors to Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site will discover where Lincoln became interested in law and politics; and they may enjoy period music played by costumed interpreters.

The only home the Lincolns ever owned sits at the corner of 8th and Jackson Streets in Springfield, Illinois, and is open to the public for small group tours. Photographs by Sarah Jaquay

Visitors to Springfield’s Presidential Library and Museum are greeted by the Lincoln family in front of the White House. Sadly, only one of Lincoln’s four sons survived to adulthood.

Disrupting the Real Estate Experience in Northeast Ohio Northeast Ohio has long been home to a wealth of fine properties, from the historic estates of Hunting Valley to the sleek new construction communities that now pepper the near west side. What is missing are the truly bespoke real estate experiences to meet the high level of service this market deserves. Young Luxury is here to change that. A division of The Young Team - Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan, Young Luxury was founded by Cleveland real estate entrepreneur Ryan Young and former Manhattan top broker David Ayers. With combined real estate sales experience of over $1 billion, the pair is disrupting the real estate market in the greater Cleveland region and achieving top results. The Young Team has a long history of selling Cleveland’s high-end properties. Once Ayers joined the team, they decided to take this specialty to another level with the creation of a new division specifically dedicated to handling luxury properties. “We’ve always sold luxury real estate,” Young says. “As the business continues to grow, we’ve gained a national spotlight. It’s opened our eyes to what’s going on outside this market from a luxury standpoint – the innovative techniques, the concierge service. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Then, when someone like David comes around with his talent and track record in the most competitive market in the world, the stars

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align. It was lightning in a bottle.” Having sold over half a billion in real estate in Manhattan, representing properties well into the eight figures, Ayers returned to Ohio amid the pandemic and teamed up with Ryan Young. “I was blown away by his entrepreneurial spirit,” Ayers explained. “He wants you to be the best version of yourself. I want to work with people who do that.” After just a few months in business, the pair have already built an impressive portfolio and accomplished high sale prices for clients. One of their first clients sold a home in Canyon Lakes of Bainbridge. After listing the home at $995,000, the sellers received an above-asking offer in only four days. “Many luxury homes sit on the market for months, even years, before receiving an acceptable offer,” Ayers explained. “We’re thrilled that our local expertise and superior marketing techniques brought our sellers success in such a short amount of time.” As the team prepares for growth in 2022 and beyond, Young Luxury is building out their administrative staff and curating a retail office space to showcase their services. The team plans for a grand opening in Spring of 2022. For more information, visit or contact Ayers at 216.378.9618 or YT@theyoungteam. com.



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WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY Dave is very professional, knows the market extremely well, is incredibly tenacious and always keeps you informed. I would definitely recommend Dave, and of course would work with him again. — Peter C.

I had heard rave reviews through people that Dave was the hardest working realtor in ALL of the eastern suburbs. He is truly a professional, and was there for us from beginning to end. I recommend him without reservation.” — Cindy C.

David works harder than any other real estate agent with which I’ve been associated. From initial offer to final close, David was thorough and left no stone unturned. I would wholeheartedly recommend David to anyone selling or buying! — Jan P.

We found Dave Malone to be an awesome realtor! Dave takes his job serious he doesn’t just stick a sign in your yard, and expect it to then sell itself. He made sure to be at EVERY showing to share important information, answer any questions about the home or community, and to point out all of the great features of our home. In other words, he actually sells your home to prospective buyers --- previous agents didn’t do that. Before every showing and open house, Dave showed up early to blow leaves off the driveway, shovel the walk and make sure all lights were on. Simply put, the guy just flat-out works any other agent we know. He made sure that our home was seen by as many people as possible, both online and in-person. Dave is a people person, with superior marketing skills, a true real estate professional that genuinely cares about doing a great job for his clients. All said and done, Dave’s efforts resulted in a much higher purchase price than we had ever expected, and in a much shorter time. So, if you’re tconsidering selling your home, you need to call Dave Malone! — Matt L. I met Dave several years ago at an open house. I didn’t buy that particular house but he did show me another home that very day that I ultimately purchased. I knew nothing about the community but I trusted him. Since that time, he has helped me sell that home and purchase another. I would use him in any buy or sell situation, because of his broad based knowledge of the real estate market. You won’t find a more trustworthy or dedicated professional in the industry. I would highly recommend Dave….5 stars isn’t enough. — K. Gordon Dave is a very enthusiastic agent who went out of his way on so many occasions to accommodate us (the sellers) as well as the buyers. He even helped us pack up our car, as we left the house after 18 years, moments before the buyers showed up for the final walkthrough the day before closing. He will truly work hard for you. — Charles & Janer B. Dave discreetly helped me sell a property for a Cleveland family after a family death. Wonderful, Efficient Service! — John F.

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If you want to sell your house without hassle, for more money than you thought and in record time you should list your home with David Malone. His experience, his understanding of the market and his people skills coupled with dedication and determination means the stressful process of selling your home is made much easier. He really hustles! We wholeheartedly recommend David! — Gwen and Chris M. If I were to list my home again, Dave Malone would be the first person I would call. He is non-judgemental yet honest, and he provided me with sincere advice when I needed it. Within 48 hours of my listing the home with Dave, I had a signed purchase agreement. Professional, experienced and pleasant the whole way through. Perhaps most importantly, he (1) always picks up the phone and (2) is at your driveway within minutes. No exaggeration. — Emily F. Loved Dave’s “boutique” approach to selling a house for me. His personalized service is top notch! He gets the job done very cheerfully and quickly.” –– Cindy H.

We met Dave Malone at an open house he was hosting a few years back. He was knowledgeable without being pushy and offered to help us find a new home. We liked Dave immediately and knew he was going to be our realtor when we were ready to make the move. He gave us honest feedback on improvements that were needed to have a successful sale. Initially we were not interested in investing more money on a property we were going to sell, but after careful consideration we did make all investments that Dave suggested. Dave was very patient with us and explained in detail the steps he would take to present our home to potential buyers. We trusted Dave in guiding us in selecting the right contractors. All the work was done in a timely manner and done to perfection! Dave had been telling prospective buyers about our home before it was listed and had many appointments lined up for the first day on the market. Our home sold within 24 hours and well over asking price! Dave has a great eye for detail and finishing touches and knows the business of selling a home. Thank you Dave!!! — James & Lee S. We met Dave several years ago and have subsequently purchased and sold three houses through him. He is always thorough and provides great constructive input. He is always available, and happy to respond to the matter at hand. Dave has become our one stop agent and friend. We highly recommend his services. — Bob Z.

Dave you are the Tiger. Thank you for the awesome job. Every time I talked to Dave, he gave some very useful insight which helped us prepare the home for sale which we were not able sell earlier for 6 months. Through Dave, we are in contract in much less than a week and for higher than the asking price. Truly Dave did a great job selling our property. — Muhammad R.

In mid summer we had a family house of 40 years filled with clutter. We heard call Dave Malone. He marshaled the local resources we needed to clean, redecorate and sell the property in record time ( 73 hours/6 minutes.) His quick actions enabled us to buy a neat place in France. CALL my new friend Dave Malone if you’re needing to sell! — Môtè

Dave is hands down the most hardworking, dedicated and honest agent in the market. He worked tirelessly to help us find our first home-all while being extremely patient with us (we looked at over 50 houses!) and taking our wants and needs into deep consideration. He is extremely knowledgeable and has an eye for even the smallest of details. Dave is a joy to be around and makes you feel like family. We will most certainly be using Dave again!!! — G. Lawless


May Dugan Center “Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony” One of the biggest trees in Ohio City once again served as a beacon of hope for the holidays. The May Dugan Center’s twelfth annual tree lighting ceremony presented by CareSource kicked off the holiday season with an outdoor event that illuminated thousands of lights on the 37-foot tree in the center’s plaza. The free event featured light refreshments of cookies and hot cocoa, along with music by the Urban Community School Choir and the May Dugan Center Seniors on the Move Music Group. Using a horse-drawn carriage as a sleigh, Santa Claus and special guests made several stops throughout Ohio City to bring joy to people in need in the community. Event sponsorship raised more than $26,000 to sup-

port May Dugan Center programs. For more than 50 years, the May Dugan Center has provided services that include food, clothing, behavioral health counseling, adult education, job searches, victim services and trauma counseling. The May Dugan Center, like many human service nonprofit organizations, has experienced a massive demand for food aid and other essential programs in response to changing economic times and the COVID-19 crisis. The May Dugan Center was named to honor the late May Dugan, a long-time resident of the neighborhood who had been a one-person advocate and counselor for her neighbors in need. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Angela Vannucci, May Dugan Center board president, and Rick Kemm, executive director

Emily Bowler, Eliduviana Aponte and Nicolle Bellmore-Pierse

Kevin Gass and Sonita Garcia stand next to Santa’s sleigh led by Blackjack.

Richard and Nancy Schuster with Kathleen Knittel and Patty Kaplan

Alexa Marinos, Janet Allt and Pam Charlton

Cleveland Orchestra’s Family Concert Series returns to Severance Music Center










6 bed 4.1 bath. 2 story contemporary home with walk out Lower Level! Living and dining rooms with views of the deck and private back yard. Oversized kitchen with huge eating area with access to patio! Great Rm with stone fireplace with “pit” seating! Bedroom and full bath on 1st. Master suite up with glamour bath! 4 main bedrms up share 2 Jack & Jill baths! Walk out lower level with a stage, huge wet bar, stone F/P, dance floor and entertainment area! $550,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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The Villas Of Orange offers an oasis of freestanding condos in a quiet community just minutes from restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

13900 Lake represents all of the charm and character of its surroundings, featuring craftsman-inspired homes that offer maintenance-free, modern living nestled within a warm, residential neighborhood of Lakewood. Price Starting at $875,000 | Seth Task | 216-276-1626




5 bed, 3.1 bath. Expanded & updated Cape Cod on app’x an acre wooded setting! Open dining & family rooms w/skylights, complete wall of windows/doors overlooking deck, concrete in ground pool, wooded backyard. Redone Eat-in kitchen w/quartz counters, glass subway tile backsplash! Master wing w/sitting area w/firepl, sliders to deck. Oversized Living room w/addt’l firepl & bay window seat. Two more bedrms on first share full bath. Upstairs offers 2 bedrms & updated full bath. $519,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

SOLD IN VILLAS OF ORANGE! 300 Blossom Lane list price $480,000 380 Blossom Lane list price $550,000

5 Bed, 5 Full Bath. Custom Transitional in Aberdeen! Beautiful 1st floor Library w Cherry floors, built ins and Coffered ceilings. All custom Millwork in Formal Dining room, Cherry floors, Tray ceiling and Crown moldings! Fantastic Kitchen, with bayed breakfast area, Maple Cabinetry, Granite counters, double ovens. Fabulous Great room w/Fireplace with Marble trim! Guest Bedroom and full bath on 1st. Master suite up, with en-suite w/ dual sink vanity, Whirlpool tub and stall shower! Bedrm 2 with private bath and other two bedrooms share hall full bath! Amazing LL w/full bath, Media area, and more! $749,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

3 Bed, 1.1 Bath. Historic plaqued Colonial farmhouse built in 1844 on over 5 wooded acres. Main home exterior has fresh paint (2021) with new carpeting in many rooms. Recently renovated 1 BR cottage on property could be guest home or private office. Land includes a fenced vegetable garden, and a marsh serving as a home to all manner of wildlife. $399,900 | Seth Task | 216-276-1626




free for each adult ticket purchased. Additional child tickets start at $10. From December 8-12, a special pre-sale and discount will be offered to past Family Concert subscribers. All tickets are currently on sale. For more information about the Family Concert Series supported by the Weiss Family Foundation, call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office at 216.231.1111 or 800.686.1141, or visit concerts-for-families/. For information about parking for Severance Music Center concerts, click here. All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change. Severance Music Center Health & Safety Policy The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for its musicians, guests, audiences, staff, and volunteers. Everyone coming to Severance Music Center for concerts and events will be required to wear a mask. Guests will also be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result. Audience members ages 3 and older who cannot be vaccinated may provide proof of a negative test result received from a completed lab-certified antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to entering Severance, or a negative test result received from a completed PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Severance. For the most up to date information, please visit:


On Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra will present The Listener, featuring the hilarious Magic Circle Mime Co. (back by popular demand!). This concert introduces young people to the orchestra and explores the important relationship between the audience’s role as a listener and the musicians’ performance. In the dramatic storyline, the conductor has prepared a concert program but is interrupted by the unexpected participation of two “audience members” played by the mimes. This laugh-out-loud, fun performance includes the music of Britten, Bernstein, John Williams, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and more! In The Chevalier on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., The Cleveland Orchestra brings the music of composer Joseph Bologne to life. This concert theater event, written and directed by Bill Barclay, artistic director of Concert Theatre Works, tells his story. The son of a slave and French aristocrat, music teacher to Marie Antoinette, and a contemporary of Mozart, Bologne’s musical genius was rarely acknowledged due to his race. In addition to four actors who bring The Chevalier’s story to life, The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by a violin soloist Brendon Elliott from the Sphinx Organization’s roster of Black and Latinx musicians. Every Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert features

engaging pre-concert activities, including our Instrument Discovery zone, which offers hands-on opportunities for children to try playing various orchestral instruments. The Instrument Discovery program and various other free pre-concert events begin one hour before each Orchestra performance. The Family Concert series is supported by The Giant Eagle Foundation. The Cleveland Orchestra’s Under 18s Free program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people 17 and younger, for the Family Concert Series supported by the Weiss Family Foundation. Under 18s Free tickets are not available for box seating. Under 18s Free is a program of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences. The Center, created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established to fund programs to foster new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio. Under 18s Free continues to develop young audiences by making Orchestra concerts affordable for families, offering free tickets to young people, 17 and younger, for select Severance Hall performances. For more information on Under 18s Free and other Center for Future Audiences ticketing programs, please visit: Ticket and Performance Parking Information Tickets start at $15 for adults, with one child under 18


2022 Family Concert Series supported by the Weiss Family Foundation


The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2022 Family Concert Series supported by the Weiss Family Foundation returns to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance, after a hiatus during the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. A highlight of The Cleveland Orchestra’s educational offerings for young people every year, the Family Concert series – now in its 52nd year – is a tradition for many Northeast Ohio families, creating lasting musical memories. “We’re thrilled that Family Concerts are back at Severance Music Center,” said Joan Katz Napoli, The Cleveland Orchestra’s Vice President of Education & Community Engagement Programs. “It’s so exciting to see families fill the hall, introducing children to the Orchestra and its music, experiencing unique and engaging Cleveland Orchestra concerts together, and making lifelong musical memories! Children are naturally drawn to music, and we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to access and experience The Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are now available in pre-sale to past Family Concert subscribers. All individual tickets will be on sale. Purchases can be made by visiting the Severance Music Center Ticket Office,, emailing, or by calling 216.231.1111 or 800.686.1141. The Orchestra’s popular Under 18s Free ticket program is available for all Family Concerts (see below for more information.)

4 Bed, 3.1 Bath. Outstanding multi level home on quiet cul-de-sac w/wooded setting. Eat-in Kitchen w/ ceramic tile floors & Oak cabinets leads to Family Room w/wood burning fireplace. Great Room w/ striking views, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, full dining bar w/pass-through to the kitchen, vaulted ceiling w/skylights, doors to deck and patio. Four bedrms upstairs include Master w/en-suite full bath, and 3 large bedrms sharing a full bath. Fin LL has a rec room & unfinished additional suite w/full bath. $315,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

4 bed, 5.1 bath. Stunning presentation on almost 13 acres in Solon! Custom built all brick Colonial with incredible detail! 2 story foyer with Italian marble tile, Austrian crystal chandelier leads to formal living and dining rooms. Great room with fireplace, skylights, wetbar and spiral staircase. Expansive island kitchen with granite, walk-in pantry. Morning room leads to the wrap around terrace. Office with built-ins on first. 2nd floor master suite with master bath with jetted tub and dressing room. Finished LL complete w/ workout area, theatre/media room, bar and full bath. Room to build outbuildings or keep as your own nature preserve. $895,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233