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Celebrating Ohioans during Women’s History Month By ANDREA C. TURNER Activists, architects, astronauts, athletes, and authors – just a handful of professions in which Ohio women have spent their lives excelling. For generations, women from Ohio have been overcoming gender obstacles and achieving greatness. As we recognize Women’s History Month in March, let’s honor these six remarkable individuals whose valuable contributions make fellow Ohioans proud of their roots.

Simone Biles

Biles was born in Columbus in 1997. At the age of six, she first experimented with gymnastics during a day-care field trip. At age 25, Biles is now the most decorated American gymnast in history. She has earned a combined total of 32 medals (19 gold) from the World Championship and seven medals (four gold) from the Olympics. She led the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed “The Final Five,” to victory at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. She went on to achieve a record sixth U.S. all-around title in 2019, and won her 25th World Championship medal that same year. Her decision to partially withdraw from the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to prioritize her mental health after experiencing the “twisties” (a temporary loss of air balance awareness) was controversial, yet highly praised. Her focus on safety and perseverance is credited with starting a broader conversation about the role of mental health in sports.

Erma Bombeck

Bombeck was born in Bellbrook, near Dayton, in 1927. She began writing humor as a young girl in her hometown, and graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949. Her alma mater is host of the biennial Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop which has been dubbed the “Woodstock of Humor” and a “utopia” for humor writers. The Bombeck family moved to Centerville, Ohio in 1959 and were neighbors of popular TV talk show host, Phil Donahue. Bombeck was a frequent guest on his show, delivering zingers that the audience adored. She gained popularity for her syndicated newspaper humor column describing the joys and pitfalls of suburban home life for more than 30 years. Many of her 15 published books became bestsellers as she spoke for a generation of women by poking fun at marriage and motherhood with hilarity and wit. She became one of America’s most well-read syndicated columnists, published in close to 700 newspapers.

Maya Lin

Lin was born in Athens in 1959. The daughter of Chinese immigrants whose parents were professors of ceramics and literature at Ohio University, she graduated in 1977 from Athens High School and attended Yale University. An architect and sculptor concerned with environmental themes, she is best-known for her design of the

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. At the age of 21, and still an undergraduate, she won a public competition for the project. Her design, one of more than 1,400 submissions, specified a black granite wall with the names of the fallen soldiers carved into it, to be V-shaped, one side pointing toward the Lincoln Memorial and the other toward the Washington Monument. Dedicated in 1982, it is one of the most visited memorials on the National Mall. Lin also designed the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL.

Toni Morrison

Morrison was born in Lorain in 1931. As a student at Hawthorne Elementary School, she worked in the public library, which now has a reading room named in her honor. She became the first black female editor of fiction at Random House Publishing in New York City in the late 1960s. Recognized as a renowned American novelist, she published her first novel, “The Bluest Eye” in 1970. She would go on to publish 10 more novels and a host of children’s books, poetry and plays. Her award-winning book, “Beloved” was made into a film in 1998 by Oprah Winfrey. This emotionally raw true story of an enslaved black woman earned her the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988. Her writing is praised for addressing the brutal truths of racism in the U.S. She went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the first black woman to do so. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Judith Resnik

Resnik was born in Akron in 1949. She graduated from Firestone High School in 1966, as class valedictorian, and was the only woman in the country at that time to

have earned a perfect score on her SAT exam. A daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, she became an electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot and eventually a NASA astronaut. She died tragically at the age of 36 on her second shuttle flight when the Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Resnik was the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space, the second American woman in space, and the fourth woman in space worldwide, spending 145 hours in orbit. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Judith A. Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor.

Gloria Steinem

Steinem was born in Toledo in 1934. As a freelance writer in New York City after graduating Smith College, she became engaged as a social activist, championing women’s rights and the women’s liberation movement. She founded ‘Ms.’ magazine, which first appeared as an insert in the December 1971, issue of ‘New York’ magazine. The publication covered contemporary issues from a feminist viewpoint. Steinem co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus in July 1971 with Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, and Shirley Chisholm. A published author, editor, and lecturer, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health moving into the community A recent grant to the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health from Three Arches Foundation will provide expanded opportunities and assistance for individuals with dementia and their care partners --where they live. With the $65,000 award, the Farrell Foundation will implement an extensive community outreach program to continue services at its Westlake center but also bring activities into local facilities. The Center for Brain Health currently offers programming including enrichment, creative initiatives, and companionship, but Executive Director Jerry Devis says the new grant will now allow The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health to reach further into the community. “With this generous Three Arches Foundation operating support,” Devis says, “we will now be able to engage with clients and their care partners where

they live, cooperating with health professionals and existing programs. “We can bring the enrichment, creative engagement and connection to recreation centers, cultural and residential facilities. We also hope to reach out to health care professionals to promote the latest interventions,” Devis continues. “These programs cannot present a ‘cure,’ but they can greatly improve the quality of life for people with dementia and other brain health challenges.” Three Arches Foundation awarded $2 million in 2021 annual grants to 21 nonprofit organizations for their work to improve the health and well-being of people in Lakewood and surrounding communities. According to Three Arches, the grants “reflect its focus on access to care, specifically the advancement of solutions to remove barriers and improve behavioral and physical health.”

Three Arches Foundation support for the Farrell Foundation began in 2019 as it awarded annual grants in 2019 and 2020 to the Westlake brain health organization. And, in 2020, Three Arches Foundation awarded a special additional $10,000 for the Farrell Foundation to use for virtual and socially distant programs to keep in touch with clients during the COVID pandemic. “We are pleased that grants received by the Farrell Foundation continue to cultivate and expand community-based programs for people with dementia and those who care for them,” says Kristin Broadbent, president and CEO of Three Arches Foundation.“Their unique and ever-evolving approach to harnessing the power of arts enrichment provides much-needed support and care for families.” The Farrell Foundation has served hundreds of individuals with dementia and their families over

the last ten years with the focus to give meaning and support in both practical and creative ways. Participants in the programs share the positive impact that the enrichment sessions have on their ability to socialize and improve quality of life. In 2011, Dr. Charlie Farrell and daughter Rev. Katie Farrell Norris started the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health to make arts based programming available to the community in support and honor of Carolyn Farrell, their wife and mother. Their programs show arts can bring peace, enjoyment, and inspiration and is an important part in increasing the quality of life for many people. The arts enrichment program provides opportunities for socialization, and research has shown how beneficial this can be for individuals affected by dementia. For more information, see the website:




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NATURE CALLS Birdwatching continues growing in popularity as a hobby for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages By Paris Wolfe

EDITOR’S NOTE With springtime on the horizon, we’ll soon be relishing warmer days when the sun will shine through what may be windows that need cleaning, carpets and upholstery that need attention, floors that need refinishing, etc. With winter soon behind us, the season of home improvement indoors and out will commence! With that in mind, Section B of this month’s issue of Currents is devoted to spring style – at home – from the latest in color palettes from which to choose to the art of mixing new and vintage or older pieces for interesting design in your home. You’ll read about what’s new in today’s kitchen and bath designs and where to go to find both indoor furnishings and outdoor deck and patio furnishings. Even with supply-chain issues, area home furnishings and home goods stores report plenty of inventory to satisfy your desire this spring to refresh and add new pieces inside and outside your home. Reminiscent of the ‘50s, today’s homeowners are desiring and incorporating stylish spaces for an inhome bar around which to gather with family and friends at cocktail/mocktail hour. See page B2 for inspiration and ideas, from the simple to the sublime. The real estate market in Northeast Ohio continues to be strong, but mostly in favor of sellers, due to a lack of inventory over the winter months. Homes are selling quickly, often with multiple offers and above asking price. If you follow our real estate pages in Section C, or watch the homes posted and sold over just one weekend on Zillow, you certainly realize that if ever there were a time to put your home on the market for its top dollar, it is now! Navigating the process in a market such as this requires knowledge and assistance from area Realtors who will know best not only how best to price your home, but how to get it sold in good time. Younger buyers are impacting the market these days, according to Realtors interviewed in Section C, and many are proficiently using social mediaand technology as part of the process. Some purchasing a home from out of town or out of state have only seen it through photographs and the lens of FaceTime thanks to area realtors who are utilizing this tool for everything from showing a home to its inspection. Bottom line…it’s time to sell, but don’t forget you need to consider where you will go when that happens, most often, very quickly these days. After a hiatus due to Covid-19, The Cleveland International Film Festival returns live and in-person this year at Playhouse Square from March 30 through April 9. CIFF46Streams continues April 10 through April 17. See details on page A9. If you’re feeling like a getaway this season, two reporters recommend The Finger Lakes … specifically Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles. Cayuga Lake and its area attractions are featured in this month’s issue on page C4. Watch for more about Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles in next month’s issue. Both reporters agree after exploring the region, that it’s well-worth making the five-hour drive from Cleveland We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to send reporters to benefits, once again, with coverage of several appearing in this issue. Send information about upcoming nonprofit benefits and charity events to editor@ and we will include it in our monthly Benefit Beat. Brides, please visit to submit information for wedding announcements. I believe we will all welcome spring this year with gratitude that perhaps the worst of the pandemic is behind us, at least for a time. The last month or two has felt more normal to me -- like it did before we experienced lockdown and the many months of fear and confusion that came with Covid-19. And while we typically feel some extra pep in our step and just a little more light-hearted with the advent of spring, this year, our outlook indeed is clouded by the horrific situation unfolding in Ukraine. It’s unfathomable and unimaginable to me that after navigating two years of a worldwide pandemic, we find ourselves witnessing in real time on our television sets the terror and devastation being unleashed on the innocent people of Ukraine. While we all may feel somewhat at a loss in terms of how we, over here, can help, I have faith in Northeast Ohioans to show up, dig deep, and find some small or big way – any way -- to show our support for the people of Ukraine. ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan

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Rose-breasted grosbeaks may show up at backyard seed feeders in Northeast Ohio. Photograph courtesy of Naturalist Journeys. says birding is a terrific way to get in touch with nature. He means going beyond looking to interpreting what you see. “Birds are connected to everything in the outdoors. Once you observe them and learn their habits, they can tell you about things that are happening outside that you wouldn’t be aware of,” he says. “Even at your backyard feeders, birds know when a predator is near before you do. Do you have fewer birds at your feeder than usual? That could tell you that the native plants created more seeds that year. Is it a beautiful day but there are no birds around? That’s a good indicator the weather may be changing soon.” Field guides are useful for identifying birds and today, they’re available as apps. “I use Merlin, developed by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology,” says Gazso. “It has a number of useful tools and includes sounds and range maps. Another app I have is BirdNet. BirdNet, developed in part with Cornell, will record sounds you hear, analyze them, and give you its best guess. It’s used for an unfamiliar bird call. You just need to be close enough to hear Conservationist and birding guide Dan Don- it clearly.” Donaldson says, “Most folks have more than one app. aldson can be found spotting birds locally at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor among Sibley Bird app seems to be a new favorite. Merlin from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is also exceedingly popother places in Ohio and around the globe. ular. Then there is the app called eBird. It’s an electronic are typically much farther away, so the stable scope on a checklist that birders use to share and keep track of all things birding … locations, checklists, rare bird alerts, tripod is the way to go.” Anthony Gazso, Interpretive Naturalist, Lake Me- trip planning and much more.” Other birding apps, some free, some for a fee, are troparks, Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland, available. Each has distinctive features and benefits.

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Heights Arts launching Figurative / Abstract Exhibit March 18 - May 15 in the Heights Arts exhibition space, artists Peter Christian Johnson, Karin Dijkstra, Corrie Slawson, Claudio Orso, and Carmen Romine test where boundaries lie between representational study and abstract expression. FIGURATIVE / ABSTRACT explores the familiar in unfamiliar ways, referring to the recognizable as a foundation from which new ideas are born. The artists of Figurative Abstract are local to the Cleveland area, persisting with their work as reality has rapidly changed over the past few years. Subjects from daily life hold new context now. Portraying them as they meet the eye doesn’t satisfy the intentions of artist Peter Christian Johnson, who remarks, “My work explores the tension between balance and collapse, between precision and failure. It’s a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. I am interested in transformation, which is expressed in both destruction and growth.” When is a mountain not a mountain? There are immediate associations we make when we behold them. Figuratively, the impression mountains have in art can be described as majestic and may evoke a sense of wonder. To Carmen Romine, a mountain can be more like the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface of her piece, The Ridge Line, there’s a process and deliberate choice of materials that carry deep meaning. Says Romine, “Viewers of this exhibition can expect color, form, scale and any other tool at an artist’s disposal being used to distort clarity, provoking the senses to seek new answers. Questions one may not normally consider are posed in these abstract works tangled with figure.” Jane Alexander’s work, Lake Affects is showcased in the spotlight exhibition opening alongside FIGURATIVE /ABSTRACT on March 18. Alexander is the Chief Digital Information Officer for The Cleveland Museum of Art where she leads digital projects such as Artlens, and OpenAcess, both innovative ways to virtually access and interact with the museum catalog. Her work on display in the Heights Arts Spotlight Gallery presents a single point of reference in space, along the Cleveland waterfront, in a striking collection of iterations. The static images, sometimes subtle, other times surprisingly dramatic, tell a story of nature’s dynamism easily overlooked as one perspective grows increasingly familiar. In Jane’s words, “The lake was my constant companion. It transported me to a specific place, conveyed a distinct mood or state of mind, celebrated life, or reflected loss. The shifting colors revealed the duality of dark reality and bright inspiration. It was my way of exploring while being stuck inside. The lake was my connection with the world, nature, my surroundings. It reminded me that life is fluid and ever-changing – that there is beauty and movement even when we feel trapped in time and space.”

New clothing line – Power of Words – debuted in Cleveland during NBA All-Star weekend By PARIS WOLFE California-based luxury brand Thalé Blanc and its owner Deb Sawaf launched a new fashion line – Power of Words – to an exclusive crowd of 150 people in Cleveland on Saturday, February 19, during the NBA All-Star weekend. The new brand targets breaking the stigma of mental health issues AND raises money for mental health programs. Among the runway models for the debut fashion show were former Browns player Josh Cribbs and his wife Maria and WNBA coach Lisa Leslie. Cavs players Jarrett Allen and Rojan Rondo appear in advertising as faces of the brand. Money raised at the inaugural fashion line events benefits OhioGuidestone, an Ohio-based, nonprofit behavioral health agency. Rather than do a one-time fashion show and donate 20 percent of proceeds, Sawaf worked with OhioGu“I got together idestone to do something a few influential more. She explains, “Bewomen and we cause of mental health issues I’ve been exposed to decided to use my entire life, I wanted to our voices in make a bigger impact and fashion, and our deal with fundraising a networks to do little differently. I wanted something new. to do something more permanent.” I launched a So, she says, “I got tonew company gether a few influential and designed a women and we decided to use our voices in fashion, new line with a and our networks to do strategy.” — California-based something new. I launched luxury brand a new company and deThalé Blanc owner signed a new line with a Deb Sawaf strategy.” That strategy included breaking the stigma of mental health issues through awareness. “Speaking out is one of the first steps to dealing with depression,” says Sawaf. “Empathy is needed to help people overcome those dark corners that creep up on them.” The clothing and accessory line is thoughtfully designed with a green ribbon for mental health awareness, a positive message on the label and positive words visible or concealed within the design. “Words you wear impact how you feel and influence what others see on the outside,” says Sawaf. “We need something that creates awareness and breeds change.” Among the words with strong energy are brave, resilient, love, compassion, fearless, positivity, courage and so many more. Power of Words clothing pieces and accessories are available online at www.thepowerofwordsbrand. com and through an influencer campaign. Twenty percent of the proceeds from all sales through March will benefit OhioGuidestone. Those who want to donate to OhioGuidestone can text POWER4OG.

Models for the debut of the Power of Words fashion line (Photographs by Paris Wolfe)

Former Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs and his wife, broadcast personality, Maria Cribbs

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Chagrin Valley Little Theatre to present “Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” in March, April The stage at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Chagrin Falls will be re-energized this spring as director Fred Sternfeld brings the 2014 Tony Award Best Musical winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” to the stage. Performances begin on Friday, March 18 and continue on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM through April 9. 2 PM matinees are scheduled for March 27 and April 10. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is a stylish musical spoof of Edwardian manners featuring book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. As the highlight of the 2013/14 Broadway season, “Gentleman’s Guide” received ten Tony Award nominations and won four, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. It also won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album. The New York Times raved “‘Gentleman’s Guide’ will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.” The Hollywood Reporter said “‘Gentleman’s Guide’ restores our faith in musical comedy!” Entertainment Weekly called it “winsome and charming… quite simply a bloody good time.” “Gentleman’s Guide” tells the story of Monty Navarro (Danny Simpson), the distant heir to the D’Ysquith family fortune, who sets out to jump the line of succession by any means necessary. Trey Gilpin (Cleveland Critics Circle ‘Best Actor’ Award Winner, 2021) plays the role of all eight D’Ysquith heirs standing in Monty’s way.

Monty’s also got to juggle a mistress with her own motives (Allison Lehr), a fiancée who happens to be his cousin (Leah Saltzer), and the continual risk of being caught by the law. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to the earldom and the inheritance! “Gentleman’s Guide” also features Sharon Shaffer, Rosie Bresson, Jayson Gage, Mort Goldman, Paul G. Josell, Lindsay MacLeod, and Casey Venema. Mr. Sternfeld’s most recent directorial turn at CVLT was the smash-hit “Mamma Mia!” (2019). The production team also includes Jordan Cooper (Musical Director), Bebe Weinberg Katz (Choreographer), Mayim Hamblen (Costume Design), and Tom West (Set, Lighting, Sound and Projection Design). Tickets for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” are available at General admission seating is $21, with a $4 discount for seniors, students, and military. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more - call the box office at 440.247.8955 for arrangements. CVLT is located at 40 River Street, Chagrin Falls OH 44022. Early arrival is recommended. Masks are required. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded through individual and corporate contributions. Our programming is made possible in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga Country through Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

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Social Media changes philanthropy and the ways in which we give By PARIS WOLFE That GoFundMe request on your friend’s Facebook page is not an outlier in the world of philanthropy. It represents a serious change in the way people have added social media to their giving patterns. In the United States, nearly half of those surveyed (46 percent) used newer ways of giving in 2021, according to a study by Versta Research on behalf of Wells Fargo & Company. Of those surveyed, 35 percent used GoFundMe, 19 percent used social media donation buttons and 16 percent gave directly to web entertainers or information sites like Wikipedia. About 56 percent of donors worldwide said that Facebook inspired their giving, and 18 percent have used Facebook Fundraising Tools, reports Giving USA. Other social media tools haven’t gained as much traction. Twitter inspires 13 percent, YouTube six percent, WhatsApp

two percent and Pinterest 0.3 percent. In the U.S., it’s not surprising that Millennials (57 percent) and Gen X (49 percent) lead the way in new forms of giving. Still, 34 percent of Boomers are on board. And that may be growing as 79 percent of those surveyed appreciate the newer ways to give. Giving numbers may be higher in previous years as 57 percent say the pandemic has changed their giving levels. Of those 46 percent are donating more. Of course, many people may not realize how much they are donating in newer and smaller channels of giving such as social media, rounding up campaigns, checkout lines and more. “Almost everyone surveyed (95 percent) said that giving makes them feel good, and the pandemic has accentuated opportunities to give,” said Arne Boudewyn, head of family wealth and culture services at Wells Fargo Bank within the Wealth & Investment Management division. “In addition to reporting monetary gifts, it’s also heart-

ening to see nine out of 10 try to practice random acts of kindness. Philanthropy isn’t always about money, but often is simply a mindset.” While people have donated to individuals, groups, or charities this year — with 59 percent donating an average of $1,300 in 2021 — most do not consider themselves to be philanthropists. That’s because they consider the word “philanthropy” to equate to higher levels of giving. In fact, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “philanthropy” means 1) goodwill to fellow members of the human race and 2) an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes. Making and sticking to a donations budget can be just as challenging as a household budget. Only 14 percent have a yearly budget for donation and 71 percent often give in the spur of the moment. Knowing about the cause isn’t necessary for most people, as only 31 percent research the causes they support. “Overall, these findings show a positive trend in com-

munity support. But it’s important to understand as much as you can about the charities you support, and it can be really helpful to plan out a giving strategy — particularly if you are making these donations as a family. Researching charities and planning a giving strategy can be a great way to engage with younger members of the family and help instill the value of generosity,” said Boudewyn.

“Making meaningful decisions about how, when, and how much to give is not always easy,” he notes. “With more than one million charities in the U.S., a pandemic, and social, environmental, and economic uncertainty, the choices can be overwhelming, even stressful. Taking the time to create a values-based giving plan, including a philanthropic mission statement, gives you focus and will help you prioritize opportunities, make meaningful decisions, and even help you say ‘no’ when an opportunity is off-target.” Once you have identified a category, researching charities is reassuring. Online tools such as CharityNavigator and Guidestar can help. Still, Boudewyn suggests becoming active in the community/issue as the best way to evaluate its effectiveness, leaving room for spontaneity. “I always encourage leaving space in the giving plan for random acts of kindness because philanthropy isn’t just about finances and hard metrics, often it’s simply giving because it feels good to give” he says. “The important thing is that gifts are intentional and heartfelt, and free of guilt or obligation. Giving isn’t limited to money. About 25 percent of all American adults volunteer their time, according to the Philanthropy Roundtable. The organization estimates the total number of volunteer hours to be about 8.7 billion. Whether donating money or raising money, it’s important to spend time learning the new tools and strategies.

M.U.S.i.C. Concert set for April 3 M.U.S.i.C., Stars in the Classics, will present a program of music from Classical to Jazz at Church of the Western Reserve in Pepper Pike. The program will feature composers Ravel, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Korngold, Grant Still, Joplin, Bolling and Gershwin, with performers to be announced. Doors open at 3 p.m. Music begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $60 patron; $35 general and $15 student. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a current negative Covid test will be checked at the door. Masks are required. Make your reservations now by calling 216.702.7047, visit, or mail checks to M.U.S.i.C., 3939 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022.


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Cleveland International Film Fest set to ‘Shine On’ at Playhouse Square By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN The stars will shine brightly on Playhouse Square as the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) celebrates the return of an in-person format in a new home. The theme of the 46th Cleveland International Film Festival is, “Shine On,” a campaign designed by the team at Type Twenty Seven. “One aspect of the film festival that has always resonated with our team is the dedication of the patrons and their unwavering love for the festival,” Brittyn DeWerth, Type Twenty Seven creative director said. “During the last few years of uncertainty, they persevered. This year, our goal was to express this dedication with a tagline that encapsulates their resilience with the beauty of the location. Everyone is a beacon of light celebrating together as they all shine on.” The film festival kicks off its in-person return and 11day Playhouse Square run on March 30 with, “Peace by Chocolate,” a narrative story of working together and overcoming unimaginable hardship. In “Peace by Chocolate,” after the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life. There he is caught between his dream of becoming a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. The film’s director, Jonathan Keijser, is scheduled to be in attendance on opening night. Tickets to opening night at Playhouse Square are $100 per person and $80 for CIFF members. The evening includes the 7 p.m. screening of the film at the Connor Palace, as well as a post-film dessert reception with a cash bar. The festival’s centerpiece screening is “Navalny,” a film that follows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in his quest to identify the men who poisoned him

in Aug., 2020. Shot in Germany as the story unfolded, “Navalny” offers extraordinary access to the investigation, and is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that is also the study of Navalny as a man. The film made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary, as well as the Festival Favorite Award. “Navalny” director Daniel Roher will be in attendance for his screening. Additional special guest information surrounding this screening will be announced. Tickets for the Centerpiece Screening are $16 and $14 for CIFF members.

The Cleveland International Film Festival closes on April 9 with the film, “Linoleum,” directed and written by Ohio-born Colin West. The film tells the story of the host of a failing children’s science show who tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket ship in his garage. What follows is a series of bizarre events that cause him to question his own reality. Stacked with comedic powerhouses, the cast is led by Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan, along with Rhea Seehorn, Katelyn Nacon, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, Michael Ian Black, Tony Shalhoub, West Duchovny, Elizabeth Henry and Roger Hendricks Simon. Director Colin West will be in attendance on closing night. Tickets are $16 and $14 for CIFF members. All those in attendance on closing night are invited to the closing night ceremony in the Connor Palace. An ice cream reception, sponsored by Pierre’s Ice Cream, will follow the ceremony. The DReam Catcher Award, established in 2019 to honor the life and memory of David K. Ream, a CIFF trustee, will be presented to international award-winning filmmaker Chase Joynt as part of the closing night ceremony. The DReam Catcher Award celebrates LGBTQIA+ artists through recognition of an LGBTQIA+ filmmaker and that person’s work. The award is accompanied by $5,000 to support future work. “Framing Agnes,” screening as part of this year’s festival, is Chase Joynt’s solo-directed documentary feature debut. Agnes is the pioneering, transgender woman who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA in the 1960s and who has stood as a figurehead in trans history. In this film, which blends fiction with nonfiction, Joynt explores where and how Agnes’s platform has become a pigeonhole.

CIFF’s Groundbreaker Program focuses on educational efforts about structural racism and supports BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) and AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) filmmakers. This year’s Groundbreaker Program offers a number of feature and short films. The Groundbreaker Award, presented to a pioneering filmmaker whose work lifts up marginalized voices, is being presented to Brooke Pepion Swaney, the director of the film, “Daughter of a Lost Bird.” Her first feature documentary, “Daughter of a Lost Bird” follows Kendra, an adult Native adoptee, as she reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage, and confronts issues of her own identity. Her story represents many affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Adoption Project. Brooke Pepion Swaney is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and a descendant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The Groundbreaker Program and Award is sponsored by Kent State University. The Cleveland International Film Festival will be followed by CIFF46 Streams, which takes place on April 10 through April 17 on the CIFF streaming platform. Ticket prices for CIFF46 Streams are $10 and $8 for CIFF members. The film festival will showcase more than 300 films, as well as filmmaker Q&As and audience engagement opportunities. Visit for more information. The in-person festival events will follow Playhouse Square COVID protocols. Masks are required for attendees of all ages, including children. Vaccinations are strongly recommended. Transactions are cashless and food and beverage purchases can be made with a valid debit or credit card. Digital ticket delivery is suggested.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents the Exhibition Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus “Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus” features nine thematic groupings of works by Black artists, five in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery and four in the permanent collection galleries. The exhibition places Black American art and artists at the center of discussions about the relevance of art history to contemporary practice. Works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) permanent collection and significant loans are presented in conversation, exploring the ways emerging and mid-career Black artists embrace and challenge art history. On display are works by Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Dawoud Bey, Lorna Simpson, Jack Whitten, Darius Steward, Kenturah Davis, Mario Moore and Torkwase Dyson, among others. Currents and Constellations, a free exhibition, is on view through June 26, 2022. “Currents and Constellations features a series of thematic vignettes that emphasize how Black artists have drawn from conventional art historical narratives to generate new ones,” said William M. Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The exhibition creates conversations among contemporary art and historical objects in our encyclopedic collection, inviting visitors to bring their own interpretations to these multifaceted objects.” In the exhibition, “currents and constellations” is used as a navigational phrase that helps visitors explore the meanings of complex artworks, especially those that engage histories suppressed or erased from conventional narratives. The phrase marks both direct art historical links, or currents, which represent connections supported by written or recorded archival research, and indirect connections, or constellations, which represent what’s missing from an archive or account. Together, “currents and constellations” describes the interpretive potential of an artwork. The exhibition’s nine thematic groupings illuminate some of the ways that Black artists address essential perspectives, questions and ideas. “Through multiple, overlapping themes, visitors are encouraged to consider the vast network of relations borne of a single artwork, to experience the ways that Blackness, broadly speaking, may impact an artist’s process or content and to see challenging artworks as an invitation to delve more deeply,” said Key Jo Lee, director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects. The thematic groupings in the focus gallery include Black Cartographies, where each artwork uniquely maps Black experiences and histories; Turning Away and Turning Toward, both of which engage the history of portraiture; The Sacred Mundane, featuring works by artists who show how what they cherish might seem common or mundane; and Resistance in Black & White, where artists address different forms of oppression. The four groupings in the permanent collection galleries generate new conversations with works in other parts of the CMA’s collection, including American painting and sculpture, Abstract Expressionism, German Expressionism and contemporary art.

and activities with Literary Cleveland. CMA curator Key Jo Lee will be on hand to answer questions. Write-In with Literary Cleveland: Writing Inspired Open Call: If you are interested in participating in by Black Art “Represent: Writing Inspired by Black Art,” Literary Saturday, March 26, noon–4 p.m. Cleveland and the CMA are accepting submissions Meet in the Ames Family Atrium through April 11. Submit your writing here. FREE; ticket required Represent: Writing Inspired by Black Art Fuel your writing with inspiration from Black art. Friday, May 20, 7 p.m., Gartner Auditorium Explore the works in “Currents and Constellations: FREE; ticket required Black Art in Focus” through a variety of writing prompts

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Spend your evening at the CMA with Literary Cleveland, as writers share work that reflects on Black art and its expansive possibilities. Enjoy readings inspired by the key themes of and the works in “Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus,” which puts art from the CMA’s permanent collection in conversation with a vanguard of emerging and mid-career Black artists who explore the fundaments of art making, embracing and challenging art history.

Companion Publication “Perceptual Drift: Black Art and an Ethics of Looking” is a companion publication written by Key Jo Lee, director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and PhD candidate, Yale University; Christina Sharpe, professor, Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto; Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate of Los Angeles; and Erica Moiah James, assistant professor, art history, University of Miami. The publication offers a new interpretive model drawing on four key works of Black art in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection. Each chapter is a case study for leading Black academics in different disciplines to challenge the limits of canonical art history rooted in social and racial inequality. The publication seeks to transform how art history is written, introduce readers to complex objects and theoretical frameworks, illuminate meanings and untold histories, open new entry points into Black art and publicize content on Black art acquired by the CMA. “Perceptual Drift: Black Art and an Ethics of Looking” is published by the CMA and distributed by Yale University Press. It will be available for purchase this summer online or at the Cleveland Museum of Art store for $45.

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Industry sets tone for most popular color palettes in today’s homes By RITA KUEBER Evergreen Fog. October Mist. Very Peri. These are the colors of the year for 2022, according to Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pantone. The first two are silvery grayish-green, like the color of a fresh sage leaf. Very Peri, short for periwinkle, is an appealing, muted blue-gray, with a hint of lilac. Things are looking up Pantone-wise – last year’s color was Ultimate Gray. “I could not be happier, as a professional, to see color back after all that gray,” says Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, a professional member of ASID.* “Color gives a new perspective on things. It’s a great, inexpensive way to redo a room without a lot of fuss.” Goldfarb is the owner and director of design for The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors. *American Society of Interior Designers “Take a look globally. After two years of pandemic and quarantine, people are tired of gray, tired of brown,” says Ingrid Porter, designer, and owner of Ingrid Porter Designs. “Now that we have our feet underneath us, we’re still spending more time at home. Warmer colors inside give us a bit more hope, just like when the sun is shining outside – we feel better.” “Homeowners are thinking about how plants and trees literally add life to spaces and want to bring that feeling inside,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Greens are super versatile, from calming sages like Evergreen Fog, to dramatic emeralds like Cascades.” Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are paint companies, of course, while Pantone, originally used as the standard in printing, is now the definitive palette used in manufacturing, fashion, and graphic design.

“It’s interesting that the paint companies are leaning toward a silvery gray-green, while Pantone is going back to a blue base,” Porter says. “Blue from the sea and the sky, blue is very calming to us. I think they are trying to give us a signal it’s going to be OK. Their periwinkle is very warm with red undertones.” Porter explains that gray is a cool tone in the black family, and currently, the focus is on adding green to make it feel more organic. “We look outside and see the earth tones – brown, green, yellow, and white. Right now we want to bring the outdoors in to help create a calming, natural, and organic interior, rather than an industrial feel. We are slowing our pace and tempo, and we want our house to support us, rather than dashing in and out of it,” Porter says. “A touch of a warmer color makes the gray seem not so cold.” “Bringing color into spaces is always a good thing,” Goldfarb states. “Color helps peoples’ mindset and how they feel.” She talks about the through-line from the past decades from the 80s mauve and gray with bleached wood to the gold and sienna in the 90s, and the highlow contrast of black and white in the years starting with 2000. That trend morphed into the shades of white and gray we’ve had for the past few years. “Fortunately, surfaces, fabrics, they’re all following suit with color again,” she says. “Too much white and gray can help minimize a space, but it doesn’t make for a cozy home.” Goldfarb is adamant that the wall color must enhance what the homeowner already has. “The walls are the supporting cast, not the star,” she says. She adds the finish is very important as well. “Choose eggshell or a satin finish, because a flat finish kills the room. To freshen your space, to make it look alive, use a good finish. Good paint costs more, but it honestly does make a difference.” “When it comes to choosing paint colors, I always recommend to homeowners to start with what they love. If there are certain objects people are drawn to in their home, like a pillow or rug, use that as inspiration for a palette,” Wadden states. “Paint chips are great for narrowing down your color selection, but once you’ve selected two or three of your favorite hues, paint a large swatch of each color in several places within the designated space. By living with the swatches for a few days, you can really observe how the colors shift as the natural light changes

Designers report that after two years of a pandemic and quarantine, people are anxious to use more color in their homes today. In this room, the use of blue, even on the ceiling, has a calming effect and when paired with bright white trim and accents, makes a dramatic statement. Photograph courtesy of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors

In this beautiful white kitchen, the bold use of red on the island gives just that pop of color needed to elevate any space. Photograph courtesy of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors and how they look under artificial lighting. Once you’ve spent time with each color, then make your final choice. This can save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run.” Both designers agree that the trendiest color schemes

don’t last as long as they used to. The cycle has accelerated, with new décor lasting from five to eight years previously, to two. This is why both designers stress working with their clients to determine what’s best for them. “The stronger the trend, the faster it dies,” Goldfarb states.

The pale green paint used in this kitchen is among the most popular shades of color this year according to designers – you will see green in all shades being used in stylish homes today. Photograph by Caitlin Antje, Architecture & Interior Photography “If we find what the client loves, usually inspired by the bones of the house or something they already own, it will never go out of style.”

Trends worth following and others to avoid, according to area interior design experts By LAURI GROSS Google “home design trends” and the internet will not disappoint. Your browser will list pages of blog posts, articles and lists of what’s in and what’s out. But then you look at your own home, talk to actual Northeast Ohio designers and realize that those blog posts, articles and lists might not be relevant for your own home or your lifestyle. Marissa Matiyasic, ASID, owner of Reflections Interior Design; and Ingrid Porter, ASID, owner of Ingrid Porter Interiors agree that some home-design trends are popular and worth paying attention to but it’s more important for any design project to reflect the client’s taste and lifestyle. For instance, “Good Housekeeping” and “Vogue” talk about furniture with curves – such as wingback chairs, and rolled-arm couches – being “in,” while more boxy styles are “out.” They say the curved shapes help people achieve a feeling of coziness. Offering a reality check, Marissa says, “For most people, yes, cozy is popular, as is making sure a home is comfortable for everyone. As for curved lines and wingbacks, those are classic lines. So, if you don’t want to follow the trends but you want long-lasting design, those are great and they will always be around. But we look at ways to make it more updated so you still have classic lines but maybe with more modern fabrics.” Ingrid adds, “I do see curves in furniture everywhere. Maybe the upholstery is puffy but also the backs are rounded and curved instead of boxed and square. But, you can’t do the whole room like that or it will look juvenile.” As for trending colors, nature-inspired hues are definitely in, with shades of green perhaps topping the list. Ingrid says she sees green a lot in cabinetry, tile, furnishings, lamps, etc. Marissa is also “definitely seeing greens, especially deeper, richer greens in kitchen and bathroom cabinets.” Reflecting on the white-and-grey trend that may be fading, Ingrid offers, “We are seeing warmer colors in home furnishings.” Some people, she says, prefer what she calls “super organic and earthy, soothing shades,” of brown, green, tan, and light blue. “But that doesn’t work for everyone. Some people embrace color and others tend to go neutral. But then sometimes, there is no personality. If they really want a monochromatic color palette, I make sure there are visual cues with textures.”

In this dining room, designed by the team at Reflections Interior Design, a panel of wallpaper provides a dramatic backdrop in a space featuring a variety of textures. Photograph courtesy of Reflections Interior Design It’s a good idea, Ingrid says, to include a variety of finishes on materials in a monochromatic room so there is a mix of shiny and matte surfaces. For example, she suggests, “If they have a hardwood floor then maybe have a nubby area rug and a smooth-fabric chair but maybe a pillow with hair or tassels. So, your eye knows where to go.” Marissa thinks grey will be around for a while but suggests introducing “some warm tones with it, such as cognac.” So, you don’t have to move away from it if you just did your house in grey and white, but warm it up with texture and color and wood tones and leather. And you can bring in color without being too bold, for a natural look”

Some people, Marissa concedes, are “sick of white and grey and are looking for happy, which goes along with the whole environment we are living in.” For people looking to add interest to their white-and-grey kitchen, Marissa suggests including natural wood, rattan or fabric elements, perhaps in stools. “Or ceiling paint,” she says. “Paint it soft blue or even black for drama or add wallpaper with a pattern, maybe a lattice print. Or, if you have an open bookshelf, use peel-and-stick wallpaper in the back, so you can take it off.” Many online sources also talk about the grandmillenial “more is more” trend. (Think cabbage roses, wallpaper and fringed couches.) “Not many people do that here,”

An antique settee gets new life with pink paint and butterfly fabric. Photograph courtesy of Ingrid Porter Interiors Marissa says. “As for using vintage pieces and recovering them with something wild, it has to be the right person and the right look.” Marissa describes a historic home in Erie, with the feel of an English cottage that she is working on. “We did bring in big bold floral prints in rich red and blue tones. It has to be appropriate for the home.” She says wallpaper is very popular for dining rooms, bedrooms, powder rooms or pretty much everywhere. “We use wallpaper in at least 75 percent of our jobs. Sometimes it’s just a panel or sometimes a whole wall. Or sometimes in the back of bookshelves or the face of a flat-panel cabinet door.” Ingrid agrees that the grandmillenial look is out there. “But,” she says, “I tend to do more long-term timeless classic looks. If I had client who had to have it, I’d put it in a pillow or something you can change later.” An exception, she says, would be if someone has a piece that was actually their grandmother’s or had some other kind of meaning, then she would indeed try to work it into a design plan. For example, she says of a recent job for a client, “We found an old little settee and put gorgeous butterfly fabric on it and painted the wood hot pink and put it in the foyer.” This client, Ingrid explains, “had a century home in Aurora and we did antiquing over the last few years. She embraces birds and butterflies and bees and color. Her house is filled with color and grandmillenial style, but in a traditional way. It’s not outrageous. It’s known as Victorian splendor.”

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A bar in your home becomes a destination for gathering with friends By LAURI GROSS It seems every well-outfitted home these days includes a bar around which family and friends can gather for cocktail hour. “People love to have a place to land and congregate that’s not the kitchen. A bar becomes a destination,” says Wendy Berry, owner and principal designer of the Chagrin Falls-based W Design Interiors. She adds, “In almost every job lately, we’ve been doing bars.” Mitchell Sotka of the eponymous Rocky River design and antiques store says bars are also a favorite with his clients. “Home entertaining seems to be popular,” he explains. “Maybe it is Covid or maybe bars offer a casual way to gather in lieu of formal dinners of years past.” Wendy recalls, “Decades ago, everyone did a bar. Then we didn’t do them as much. But now it has become one of the more popular things that we do.” As for what the bar in your home should – or could – look like, Mitchell says, “I guess that is like answering what pizza you like. This is a preference that is personal and a reflection of lifestyle as well.” Wendy agrees that the size, style, location and design of bars varies tremendously. She mentions some of the types her firm has recently built, installed, created or renovated, including walk-in wine cellars that include a walk-up bar, a dry bar without a sink, a charming bar tucked into a little alcove in a century home, a basement bar with custom floor-to-ceiling cabinets, and an elaborate bourbon bar with backlighting and a display area. Mitchell adds that his clients also love vintage as well as new bar carts and simple butler’s trays with a stand. “These small, practical pieces allow one to showcase their collection and their skill at crafting a wonderful cocktail. They’re easily placed in the corner of a room tucked out of the way but in eye shot for a quick grab or as an accessory to the space.” For those with more space and a larger budget, Mitchell says clients’ wishes might include a wine refrigerator or storage for glasses. “If crafting cocktails is your thing,” he says, “working from a wet bar provides water for easy rinsing between mixing and if a drink requires a splash of water, it is there for you. Crafting classic cocktails seems to be the rage,” he adds, as he explains that different drinks call for different glasses. “Classic drinks can be fun to serve in vintage glassware or a classic Waterford double old fashioned (a 12 to 16-ounce tumbler),” Mitchell suggests. “One can be practical with these selections using inexpensive finds from restaurant supply stores or spend a few extra dollars and


Visit to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Saturday, April 9…40th Anniversary event, to benefit Happy Cat Tails Sanctuary, 5 to 8 p.m. (registration begins at 4:30 p.m.) at Orchard Hills Party Center, 11414 Caves Rd., Chesterland. (Parking available behind Patterson’s Fruit Farm Market, a short walk from the party center.) Ticket price: $40. Silent and Chinese auctions and a 50-50 raffle. Wood-fired pizza baked on-site, salad, side dishes, dessert, soft drinks, and bottled water. Cash

W Design Interiors delivered beautiful style and function in this home bar with custom storage and display areas. Photograph courtesy of W Design Interiors purchase quality crystal from a store like ours; pre-owned but not paying full retail.” Wendy adds, “People love making all these craft drinks now with smoke and condiments and different glasses like little coupe glasses; thin and long-stemmed like oldfashioned champagne glasses.” (Cocktail smokers are actually a thing.) Wendy’s clients tell her that, wherever they put their bar, it becomes their favorite room of the house. She describes one of her recent creations with rubbed brass

cabinetry. “It had a very beautiful, dramatic marble backsplash from the counter up the wall. We hung brass shelves in front. It had a lot of drama.” Another home, she says, was so large, it required several bars. “We did one in the study and one outside the kitchen in the main gallery hall. They were very different. We also added a bar cart in the guest suite over the garage. It was really pretty. And, in the dining room, we did another style bar cart there. We did tea cups. It’s not as much about alcohol but just having a beverage station

bar for wine and beer. Call or text 440.759-0076 or email for more information. Send ticket payments and/or donations via PayPal at www. or mail to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.

Treadway Burke, Pam Keefe, Elaine Myers, Loree Vick and William Wortzman. Guests will have access to the Rock Hall’s newest exhibit, “The Beatles: Get Back to Let it Be,” opening on March 22. Tickets are $250. Visit events/2022/04/23/something-to-rock-about-gala. Saturday, April 30…Celebrate 150, a Sesquicentennial Gala for Ursuline College, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Ames Family Atrium, Cleveland Museum of Art. Cocktail Attire, complimentary parking in the attached parking garage accessed from Jeptha Drive. Proceeds support scholarships for Ursuline College students. Choose to reserve your sponsorship or purchase tickets online at

Saturday, April 9…Heroes for Andy Gala, 16th Annual Living Legacy, to benefit Nowacki Scholarship Fund, at Landerhaven. Save the Date. More information to come. Visit Saturday, April 23…Something to Rock For, to benefit LifeAct, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Join LifeAct for a Rockin’ night of fun celebrating 21 years of award-winning school programs. Honoring a few of LifeAct’s very own rock stars, including: Jeremy

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 or call

Entertaining at home is very popular and a classic in-home bar helps set the stage. Photograph courtesy of Mitchell Sotka that related to that space. A lot of people don’t drink but they still have a wine cellar or a bar. It’s an attractive thing to have. Guests always love it for the social aspect even if you’re not drinking alcohol.” Sheila Simpson at 216.577.3034. Saturday, June 24….Summer Solstice 2022, to benefit Hopewell, 6 p.m. at a NEW LOCATION, Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Boulevard, Hunting Valley. Spend a lovely evening of cocktails under the summer sun and stars, followed by a delicious sit-down dinner and the opportunity to bid on Live and Silent Auctions, including travel and other entertainment experiences. For more than 20 years, Summer Solstice has been Hopewell’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds from this event provide fee assistance to a majority of our residents’ families who otherwise could not afford our care. Saturday, Sept. 10…Chefs Unbridled, to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Save the Date.

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By ANDREA C. TURNER Carl Betti, founder of the Cleveland Bourbon Co-Op – a private Facebook group of nearly 1,500 members, started the group to bring together local bourbon and whiskey connoisseurs and industry professionals. “The popularity in this industry has skyrocketed in the last seven years with a huge demand from smaller craft distilleries and specialty spirits,” said Betti. Cleveland Bourbon Co-Op is big enough that they can contract directly with distilleries for tastings, private barrel picks and bottle selection. The Co-Op makes these selections available to its members as supplies are made available. While there is no membership fee, members must be Northeast Ohio residents (21 and over) who will contribute to the group in good faith through knowledge sharing, education, and discussion. Members must be invited to the Facebook group and adhere to state laws, guidelines and respectful community standards, all while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Started in 2016, the Co-Op is set up as a non-profit and has raised more than $60,000 for local charities. This past December, the group’s annual fundraiser netted $20,000 for Edwin’s Leadership and Restaurant Institute. In Ohio, liquor has to be purchased directly from the State because it controls the sale of these spirits. However, the online inventory system has frequently resulted in illegal black market sales, often leaving bars and restaurant owners frustrated by inconsistency in product inventory. “We’ve been fortunate to work with excellent local producers like Western Reserve Distillers (Lakewood), Tom’s Foolery Distillery (Chagrin Falls), and Watershed Distillery (Columbus) to offer premium products to our members,” said Betti. Cleveland Bourbon Co-Op also works with its bar partners, Quintana’s Speakeasy and Lizardville, to host events where the general public can try the group’s private barrel picks at these establishments. The group has done 33 barrel picks thus far with several more on the way. “Our group is NOT a group of drunks,” explained Betti. “We are a diverse group of people from all walks of life – including judges, physicians, police, firefighters, and maintenance workers. Our group consists of amazing people, and we enjoy sharing product knowledge, socializing at our events, and raising money for local charities.” Members participate in choosing which charities to support. In past years, they’ve donated to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the ALS Association, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, as well as local animal shelters. The group is set up by geographical zones, with four Facebook administrators hailing from Cleveland Heights, Mentor, North Ridgeville and Solon. If interested in joining the Cleveland Bourbon Co-Op, please private message Carl Betti on Facebook.

Cleveland Ballet Support Cleveland Ballet’s winter online auction by bidding on their Kentucky Bourbon Trail package. Bidding is open now and ends March 31, at 8 p.m. Here’s your passport to the world’s greatest bourbon -– legendary distilleries just waiting to share their historic craft, timeless secrets and proud traditions of Kentucky’s signature spirit. To bid, go to: https://www.charityauctionstoday. com/auctions/feeling-cozy-with-cleveland-ballet-29124 The Kentucky Bourbon Trail package includes: ■ Stitzel-Weller Distillery exclusive before-hours tour & Bulleit Bourbon tasting for 2 ■ Maker’s Mark Distillery tour and tasting for 2 withbottles to dip in wax ■ Lunch for 2 in Bardstown, KY ■ Jim Beam Distillery tour and tasting for 2 ■ Private custom experience in a luxury SUV ■ 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable

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Area nonprofits are jumping on the Bourbon bandwagon, planning events, auctions and more spotlighting this increasingly popular beverage. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Bourbon Co-Op.

This foundation teams up with CHAMP Camp for The Great Bourbon Raffle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own six rare bottles of bourbon from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, based in Frankfort, KY. The bottles are said to be some of the rarest and finest bourbons in the world. Tickets are on sale now for $100 each and proceeds will benefit both organizations. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold, with a drawing no later than Saturday, June 18. To buy tickets and learn more, visit One winner will receive the following: ■ Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year ■ Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 year ■ Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 year ■ Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year ■ Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year ■ Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 year Both CHAMP Camp and Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana help make the impossible possible for children with critical illnesses and/or tracheostomies. Proceeds from the raffle will allow CHAMP Camp to build a wheelchair-accessible treehouse for campers to enjoy for generations to come and help the organization grant more life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Kent State University Museum exhibits ‘Dancing with the Distance’ through October The Kent State University Museum announces the opening of “Dancing with the Distance,” celebrating the past 20 years of work by Janice Lessman-Moss, head of the Textile Arts program at Kent State University and an internationally recognized artist renowned for her intricate weavings. On view through Oct. 2, 2022, in her final year of teaching at Kent State, the exhibition “Dancing with the Distance” showcases more than 20 of Lessman-Moss’s works that bridge

the worlds of weaving and digital technology. The selection of pieces in “Dancing with the Distance” display the evolution of her craft and were created on a variety of different looms from hand looms to digital jacquards and power looms. In addition to high-powered looms for weaving, Lessman-Moss uses other digital technology and software such as Adobe Photoshop to create her elaborate designs of layered circles and sinuous lines. Handwork is also

a vital part of her process. Lessman-Moss hand dyes and paints the threads to apply color exactly where it is needed to create her designs and the woven patterns are programmed into the loom by the artist. “Making my weavings involves extensive drawing/designing in the virtual world of the computer in contrast to the activity of weaving which engages my body and my hands in the rhythm of construction. All the while, I maintain an intimate relationship with the slowly emerging

colorful textured weaving which unfolds beneath my eyes on the loom,” explained Lessman-Moss. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages 5 to 17. The museum is free for children under five and for those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. Parking is free for all museum attendees. Patrons should use the allotted museum spaces in the Rockwell Hall parking lot. For more information, please call 330.672.3450 or visit


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Mix new and old pieces at home for good design By LAURI GROSS Anyone who recently has browsed through a vintage or antiques store probably has noticed plenty of shoppers. Megan Featherston puts it simply. “The vintage vibe is sweeping the globe,” she says. As founder and CEO of VNTG at Home, in Cleveland, she should know. “Home decor enthusiasts, designers and the young dwellers are choosing old-soul furniture over newly manufactured options,” she observes. The reasons, she believes, are threefold. First, the pandemic made everyone take more notice of their home. “If you’re stuck inside, you might as well like the view and enjoy the space,” she says. Second, consignment items are often less expensive than new. Third, she sees a change in attitude. “Thirty-one percent of Millennial and Gen Z shoppers report that the pandemic increased their interest in buying used, vintage or antique furniture,” Megan says. She cites a renewed interest in spaces that are uniquely your own, and an interest in sustainability and keeping old furniture out of landfills. In addition, the supply-chain issues that plague traditional retailers may be adding to the interest in vintage decor. Whatever the inspiration for including some vintage pieces in your home, Amy Hardacre, owner of Secret Garden Antiques in Aurora says that doing so “can make a space look as though it has evolved over many years.” She adds, “If you want to create an eclectic or lived-in look in your home, mixing old and new pieces is one of the easiest ways to do it. Space that combines modern trends with inherited vintage or antique designs adds an elegant and relaxed feeling.” Megan agrees and adds that VNTG Home promises affordable luxury. “Vintage furnishings add authenticity, personality and the ‘en vogue’ style that elevates interiors,” she explains. “We create extraordinary interiors by pairing clients’ furniture or new furniture with thoughtful combinations of vintage furnishings and decor.” Megan particularly loves adding contemporary fabric

Reupholstering old furniture with new fabric is popular at VNTG Home. Photograph courtesy of VNTG Home

At Secret Garden Antiques in Aurora, an antique crib finds new life as a coffee table and magazine rack. Photograph courtesy of Secret Garden Antiques to what she calls old-soul furniture. “The VNTG reupholstery service is the secret sauce. I love the creative thrill our customers enjoy when they embark on a VNTG reupholstery journey,” she says, referring to her shop’s selection of more than 1,000 fabrics. “They learn quickly there are no wrong answers when pairing your favorite fabric with your favorite vintage furniture. The result is magical.” Amy also encourages shoppers to rethink old pieces by painting and adding new hardware, or finding new uses for antique items. “People often come in to Secret Garden Antiques for a specific piece of furniture,” she says. For example, an antique table can make the perfect computer desk, and an old crib can find new life when it becomes a coffee table with storage for magazines. “This ties vintage and contemporary together,” she adds. Megan explains that VNTG Home, which recently launched a new website with easier online shopping ( “also does full clean-outs for clients who have lots of stuff that simply needs to go. The VNTG team will clean out full homes, basements, garages and even storage units. Some of the treasures you’ll find in our warehouse and online come through our clean-out services.” At VNTG Home, shoppers will find more than 10,000 items from which to choose with an inventory that changes nearly every day and includes vintage furniture, lamps, mirrors, rugs, art, china, silver, glassware and even chandeliers. Megan says, “Right-Off-of-the-Truck-Thursday is a great day to be first to check out VNTG’s new arrivals.” Secret Garden Antiques is also full of surprises. For instance, Amy mentions a “spectacular antique wallpaper roller with Oldsmobile 98 brakes that creates a lighted, glass-top, martini table. We also have artwork by local artists including wood workers, ceramicists, photographers, and fabric designers. Some of our finds come from estate sales and even our own families,” she adds.

Peninsula Flea set for 2022 The 2022 Peninsula Flea dates are June 4, June 25, July 2, August 6, and September 3, 2022, Saturdays from 10am -4 pm. Shop our upscale market with high quality handmade, repurposed and vintage items from dedicated artists, crafts people and collectors. We are pleased to offer spacious grounds with a beautiful farm setting. We have our booths spaced apart to allow for social distancing and encourage you to wear a mask if you need one. We’ve set up self-serve sanitizing stations in each area, and staff will be sanitizing consistently and wearing a mask if needed. If you want to avoid crowds, please come after 3 pm when it’s not as busy. This is the eighth year for the Peninsula Flea, on our 174-year-old fifth-generation, family-owned Christmas Tree farm. You’ll enjoy shopping out under the trees, in the barns and down in the field, with 70-plus amazing artists and vintage vendors, live music midday and several options for food and beverages. Be sure to come often, as the vendors vary by 30 percent each month. Sorry, no pets. This is a rain or shine event, there’s no entry fee to attend and plenty of free parking. Spend some time this summer on our spacious family farm and support our vintage and handmade vendors. Peninsula Flea at Heritage Farms 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula, Ohio, 44264 (330) 657-2330


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Despite supply-chain challenges, custom designers are ready to outfit your home By LAURI GROSS Yes, the supply chain remains a challenge, but designers and experts at Sedlak Interiors in Solon and Pine Tree Barn in Wooster are set for this season. Joy Ross, one of the interior designers at Pine Tree Barn, says they are more of a design center than a furniture store, since everything they sell is custom-ordered. “We work with clients and have them pick out the fabric, the cushion core, the accessories, the nail heads, and everything.” Before the pandemic, these special orders used to come in in about six to 12 weeks, Joy explains. She adds that the wait time is now about eight to 10 months. Similarly, most shoppers at Sedlak’s customize their selections, and these special-ordered upholstery items take a minimum of three months to come in and could take as much time as nine months (or, in rare cases a bit longer). But, Terese Antle, upholstery merchandiser says, the Sedlak showroom (known as the Street of Dreams) is brimming with as many fully staged vignettes as it did before the pandemic. “We are in our third year (of the pandemic) so we are in a rhythm,” Terese laughs. “We keep orders in the system so we continually have merchandise coming in. And some items displayed on the floor, we do keep in stock.” She explains that those items are available immediately. Julie Kilbourne, who owns Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, Ohio with her husband, Matt, says their inventory situation has recently improved. “Generally, our inventory levels are good. We have lots of beautiful furniture in the store. We have all our core pieces from our major manufacturers, so we do have lots for our customers to see and try out.” For case goods (items that are not upholstered, such as dressers, tables, bookcases), from domestic manufacturers, the wait time at Sedlak’s could be just a few weeks. But, at both Sedlak’s and Pine Tree Barn, imported pieces take longer. Joy explains that most of Pine Tree Barn’s furniture comes from North Carolina. “But they get components from other sources,” she explains of Pine Tree Barn’s suppliers. “Maybe they get their springs from a company in another state but that state might be having trouble getting steel (to make the springs).”

Julie Kilbourne who owns Pine Tree Barn with her husband, Matt, places a lamp alongside a sectional sofa with a “cuddle end,” a very popular style. Photograph courtesy of Pine Tree Barn Terese says that Sedlak’s has a full-time person called partnerships with our major manufacturers and our U.S. an expediter. “They keep up on orders and they let cus- shipping company; we communicate regularly to stay up tomers know if anything has changed, and they commu- to date on status and work constantly to smooth out any nicate expectations.” Most shoppers, she says, know the issues that crop up.” deal with the supply chain. “They sometimes joke about While Terese says they are not expecting any major it and they are willing to wait,” she says. improvement in the supply chain until mid-to-late 2022 Julie agrees and adds, “Thanks to plenty of media (or maybe into next year), trucking from domestic manucoverage of the situation, most Pine Tree Barn custom- facturers is better. “The trucking companies that bring ers understand what’s going on and are willing to wait items from the factory to our warehouse have cut down for their furniture. We are very fortunate to have great that timeframe to pre-pandemic levels of 10 days to two

weeks,” instead of the max of four to six weeks that had become the norm earlier in the pandemic, she explains. At Sedlak’s, there are plenty of accessories available for shoppers, including artwork, lamps, mirrors and more, and they’re available for a three-day, at-home trial. As for what people are buying, Daniel Stevens, case goods merchandiser at Sedlak’s says the eclectic look of mixing and matching is popular. “People are mixing and matching dining-room chairs with different finishes or from different manufacturers,” he explains, as he adds that the same goes for bedrooms, where people are choosing nightstands and dressers that might not match each other or the bed. “People at Sedlak’s are knowledgeable with aesthetics so they help customers make choices that all look good.” The vignettes on display at Sedlak’s reflect the mixand-match concept so shoppers can get an idea of how to bring this look into their own home. Terese says, “The newer generation of fabrics are called performance fabrics. They are extremely popular, easy to clean and durable. We see a trend away from grey, which was a big color for a long time. Now people are choosing warmer colors and, with the new fabrics, they aren’t afraid to do white or very light colors.” Julie adds that the performance fabrics are a game changer. “Many of these new fabrics have the protection actually in the fiber of the fabric rather than being applied,” she explains. Among Pine Tree Barn customers, Joy says that furniture in shades of green are very popular and she adds, “We’re seeing more of a brass in the metal and of course, oil-rubbed bronze and black will always be popular. Also, we’re seeing upholstery with patterns instead of everything being solid colors. And, people are starting to go back to more true wood tones instead of grey or the white farmhouse look.” Julie adds that sectionals are very popular, especially power-recline models and styles that combine a loveseat with a big “cuddle end.” Julie says, “It takes less space than a traditional L- shaped sectional.” And, Julie agrees that color is making a comeback. “We’ve seen a lot of blues, greens and jewel tones, in addition to black-and-white combinations. I just returned from one of the major annual market trips, and I can tell you there is a trend toward color on the horizon!”

Bonfoey Gallery Presents ‘Amalgamation,’ An Exhibition of Collage Works Bonfoey Gallery is excited to present “Amalgamation,” an exhibition of collage works opening March 18 through April 30, 2022. “Amalgamation” features works from Harriet Moore Ballard, Ruth Bercaw, Mary Burke, Jeff Kallet, and Trudy Wiesenberger. Each artist’s work and viewpoint are beautifully presented, but together these works merge to create an incredible show of collaged artworks. Collage is recognized as an art that results from an assemblage of various materials. The works in this show are just that, containing materials such as old maps, ticket stubs, tissue paper, envelopes, photographs, old book pages, and even a cigar box. The blending of these elements is a merging of

accident and intent. Several of the artists cite the prevalence of chance when it comes to creating collage. Jeff Kallet says chance plays a large role in his creative process, calling it “a regular visitor when you have a table full of cut-outs that are frequently being auditioned for different roles.” Trudy Wiesenberger agrees, noting that “when images connect and work, you just know it.” Similarly, Harriet Moore Ballard mentions the use of improvisation and spontaneity, both of which allow for “a more playful immediate imagery” in her work. Of course, not all collages are a result of such serendipity. Some stem from intentional choices the artists make, and others include a combination of both. Mary Burke says “accident and intent work

hand in hand” as she creates. Ruth Bercaw is more intentional in that she aims to “provide a treat for the mind and senses of an observer, to stimulate thought, and offer pleasure.” Regardless of which method an artist may choose, it is the method itself that makes collage such an interesting medium. It is difficult to look at a piece of collage art and not wonder how it was created: What is it made of? Did the artist intend for this result or did they envision a different outcome? How did all of these miscellaneous parts make such an effective whole? All of these questions are what make collage so interesting. The amalgamation of seemingly random objects effortlessly fuse into a work so unique it could never be replicated. We are thrilled to showcase such

a strong collection of these pieces. Amalgamation will open Friday, March 18 with an all-day opening event. We ask that you please schedule an appointment to visit the gallery and view the show - appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To view available appointment times, please visit the event page or find additional details at In order to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we ask that all unvaccinated visitors please wear a face covering for the entirety of your visit to the gallery. For more information, please visit www.bonfoey. com or contact the Bonfoey Gallery at 216. 621.0178 or

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This white kitchen is warmed with natural shades and textures, while the two gold fixtures above the island add drama. Photograph courtesy of Somrak Kitchens

Nature inspires today’s most fashionable kitchens and baths By LAURI GROSS It’s easy to spot a kitchen or bath that was last remodeled years ago. Today, the pandemic has affected people’s design choices in these spaces, according to area designers. “Since Covid, finishes and trends are mimicking nature,” says Linda Hilbig, president of the Bedford Heights-based Somrak Kitchens. “Wellness and health are big concerns, and homeowners are looking to bring this into their homes, as they see their homes as a means to embrace the positive impact that nature brings to one’s well-being.” Cabinets and countertops are a good place to introduce these natural touches. “Stains and high-pressure laminate or melamine in wood grains that bring the outdoors in are popular,” says Linda. She continues, “Finishes with white chalk glazes on oak are returning from the whitewash look of the 1980s but with its own new twist.” For countertops, she says quartz and granite are still the most popular, while natural mahogany and walnut are great choices to top an island, bar or other special area. But neither your kitchen island nor your countertops are fully dressed without proper lighting. Mark Dymidowski, president of House of Lights in Mayfield Heights says, “Everyone used to do three small pendants over the island. Now, it’s two larger pendants, especially linear fixtures, which are very popular instead of round. Black is super popular, as are fixtures that combine black and gold or black and silver.” Fixtures with glass have changed, says Mark. “They used to have just clear or frosted glass. Now there is also seeded glass, or a swirl in the clear glass, or waterfall or hammered glass.” These styles all look great and they cut down on glare, Mark explains. And, don’t forget under-cabinet lights. Mark says LEDs are the way to go, “because there is no heat and they last for years.” Avoid the type that come in a strip. “I don’t like those because you see the little diodes reflecting in the granite or quartz,” says Mark, who prefers individual light units instead. In kitchen and bath colors, white is giving way to sage or mossy green, plus taupe or soft blues. Even appliances are getting in on the color action. Linda described a new line from GE Monogram that features gold-tone or brass appliances. But, she says, “We are seeing green as the

most popular appliance color followed by blue. This is not the avocado green of the 1960s and 70s but again a soft sage or moss green, or a bold green.” Instead of reaching just four inches above the counter, kitchen and bath backsplashes now extend to cabinet height, or even to the ceiling. For this, Linda says, “Most homeowners will choose ceramic or porcelain tile, although marble is beginning to grow in popularity. Many homeowners are using the backsplash to add creative designs and colors to their remodel.” Even the sink can be a source of color. “Standard and farmhouse sinks are now available in black, blue, copper, and dark gray,” Linda explains. For both kitchens and baths, organized storage and clutter reduction is key to good design and functionality. Linda explains that this can be achieved with “specialized cabinet storage such as trash or recycling drawers, plus swing-out shelves, spice shelves, concealed charging stations and specialty dividers” for plates, pots and lids or bathroom essentials. Of course, walk-in pantries offer great storage options but, Linda says, “We prefer to create storage and pantries from tall cabinets with rollouts and organizational accessories that keep things tidy and out of sight but right at hand.” Other popular specialty kitchen options include wine and coffee areas in beverage centers. “But the best appliance that you can add in your kitchen is a steam oven,” she says. Because they cook with steam instead of dry air, steam ovens help seal in moisture without the need for added fats and oils and they re-heat food more efficiently than a microwave. People also love the way they enhance flavor and reduce cooking time. Linda adds that, “High-tech and smart options continue to be in demand for both kitchen and bath remodels, including smart faucets, wireless controls for appliances, voice commands for showers, and dedicated areas for charging or viewing phones, tablets, and laptops.” As for lighting in bathrooms, Marks says wall sconces are quite popular, as are mini-chandeliers. To follow code and be safe, however, lighting fixtures have to be kept away from the tub. “Lights have to be far enough away that you can’t reach and touch them from a tub full of water,” Mark explains.

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American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” Go Red for Women was presented for the 18th year, drawing a crowd of 400 to the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red featured a luncheon and healthcare expo, as well as a fashion show presented by Toni’s in Style of Chagrin Falls which included individuals impacted by heart disease. Guests donned the organization’s signature red and included individuals across Cleveland’s business, medical and social communities. Tables featured red accents with white hydrangeas serving as centerpieces. The annual luncheon raised $700,000 in support of the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission to be a relentless force for a world in which people live longer, healthier lives. The luncheon was the culmination of a year-round campaign to raise awareness among women that heart disease is their number one health threat. Catherine O’Malley Kearney, head of Institutional Advisors for Key Private Bank, chaired the event with Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC Studios, serving as emcee. Next year’s chairs were also on hand, including Alberta Lee and Shelly Cayette, executives with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Go Red’s local presenting sponsor was University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, Sam

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J. Frankino Foundation. Open Your Heart Survivor DeAnn Bartram was recognized, with Dr. Anene Ukaigwe, interventional cardiologist at UH’s Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, serving as keynote speaker. With a theme off “Reclaim Your Rhythm,” the event featured moving speeches as well as educational information and an outpouring of support for the cause, with the entire crowd waving red ribbons in the air as a sign of hope at one point during the afternoon. For 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness of heart disease. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease, according to the mission. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and to take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. A Dallas-based organization, the American Heart Association has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. STORY BY SUE REID/PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID AND JASON MILLER/ PIXELATE PHOTOGRAPHY

“Stars on Ice Tour” returns to Cleveland on May 6 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Every four years, figure skating fans get to revel in the sport’s most celebrated platform -- the Winter Olympics. This year following the Olympics Games, U.S. figure skating fans will have the opportunity to celebrate live figure skating in person with the stars from Beijing. The 2022 “Stars on Ice” tour will feature many of the U.S. skaters competing for medals at the Winter Games in China. The Tour will visit Cleveland, OH on Friday, May 6th for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Tickets for the 2022 “Stars on Ice” tour are on sale now. Tickets start at $30 and are available at Limited on-ice seating is available upon request. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. After missing two seasons due to the pandemic, the 2022 “Stars on Ice” tour will put fans front and center to

experience the best of the U.S. Figure Skating team this spring. The star-studded cast includes: three-time and reigning World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and six-time and reigning U.S. Champion Nathan Chen; two-time U.S. Champion Alysa Liu; Olympic Bronze Medalist and U.S. Champion Jason Brown; World Bronze Medalist and three-time U.S. Silver Medalist Vincent Zhou; U.S. Champion Karen Chen; 2022 U.S. Champion Mariah Bell; three-time World Medalists and three-time U.S. Champions Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue; two-time World Medalists and three-time and reigning U.S. Champions Madison Chock & Evan Bates; U.S. Champions Alexa Knierim & Brandon Frazier; plus crowd-favorite, Olympic Bronze Medalist and U.S. Champion Mirai Nagasu. Please visit for future guest skater announcements.

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Neue Auctions specializes in auctioning your treasures The thought of downsizing, moving or selling the contents of a home, whether yours or perhaps a parent, can put anyone in a cold sweat. Just know that everyone goes through this and you are not alone. Please let me illustrate. It concerned me to think that someday, my three stepsons would have the responsibility of selling a replete collection of antiques and art that my husband and I enjoyed collecting together over the years. We dolefully joke that upon our quietus, they’ll have a yard sale and unknowingly sacrifice our most prized possessions. Therefore, we have a plan for our collection and at some point we’ll start selling and enjoy the hopeful profits. Also, we inculcate them every chance we have. The phrase, “you can’t take it with you” is sad but true. Sounds grim right? Well, it doesn’t have to be if you plan ahead. This would include gifting items to family and friends, donation to your favorite charitable organization and selling-usually the best items that family doesn’t want or need and the cash would be more appropriate to disburse. Personally, (and I’m not just saying this because of my affiliation), I truly believe in the achievement of wealth by consigning to an online auction house, such as Neue Auctions. Selling to a dealer, whether the item was purchased from them or not, will only get you so far. Every dealer needs to make a fair profit, so they’re limited to what they’ll spend. The most organic and transparent sales transaction is that of an online auction, where you can watch in real time. Because Neue Auctions presents its auction catalogs and bidding on four different bidding websites, known as platforms, we have hundreds of thousands of bidders who view our consignors’ property and thus competitively bid against each other. The end result is someone who saw and coveted your item and fought for it to give it a good home and another life. We are only stewards, caring and forwarding the lovely and historical to the next generation. Neue Auctions understands and empathizes with our clients. I welcome you for a conversation. ~Cynthia Maciejewski Neue Auctions, 23533 Mercantile Rd., Suite 100, Beachwood, OH, 44122, 216.245.6707.

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Cleveland’s Silent Film Festival … Bringing the Sound of Music to a silent film By PEGGY TURBETT Midway through the silent film “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,” a reunited couple passionately embrace in the middle of a traffic intersection swirling with annoyed motorists. The chaotic scene is so cinematically vibrant, you would swear you heard the staccato bleats of an angry car horn. You actually did hear the horn, if you attended the Cinematheque showing in February during the first Cleveland Silent Film Festival. The honking came from the perfectly synched trumpet in The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing an alternate score live on stage. Regarded as one of the greatest silent films ever made, “Sunrise” does have an original Movietone soundtrack attributed to Hugo Riesenfeld. But for this presentation the synchronized recording was turned off, according to John Ewing, director of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. That way the audience could hear the score compiled by Mont Alto director Rodney Sauer, who used themes composed by, among others, J.S. Zamecnik, a Cleveland native and designated Past Master by the Cleveland Arts Prize. In the sound film era, it’s unimaginable to watch “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” or “ET:The Extraterrestrial” without the John Williams scores. But in the silent film era, such collaboration between directors and composers was rare. “Apparently in the silent era, [the score] would originate from the sheet music manufacturers,” said Ewing, who had discussed silent film history with Sauer during the festival. “You know, they would watch the movie, time the movie, and then suggest musical themes or cues that could be played throughout the movie.” Sheet music publishers, like Cleveland-based Sam Fox Publishing Company, would then send out cued music sheets to theaters in advance of a film’s run. In New York, the theater might have had a house orchestra. In Los Angeles, the theater might have had a sound system for the synchronized recordings that accompanied films late in the silent era. In the heartland, the movie score was probably played by a single musician using different music or cue sheets that came from sheet music publishers. With few exceptions, “the director had no say in what music would be used to accompany his movie, which you know nobody would abide these days,” said Ewing in an interview before the showing. “Steven Spielberg wants to work with John Williams. He doesn’t want to be at the mercy of somebody in Davenport, Iowa, who decides to play something else.” Directed by F.W. Murnau, “Sunrise” was released in 1927, and though it won Best Unique and Artistic Direction at the first Academy Awards in 1929, the film was not a box office hit. “It was made during a transitional period when a lot of theaters were converting to sound,” said Ewing. “But some theaters couldn’t afford it.” Movie houses had three ways to accompany a silent film. One was improvisation, where a pianist would just sit down and play whatever comes to mind while watching the movie. There’s also the scoring of the entire movie, such as what Riesenfeld did with “Sunrise.” Then there are compiled scores, where melodies written by different composers are built into a score. “That’s essentially what Mont Alto has done with ‘Sunrise,’” said Ewing. “And so they’ve used alot of Zamecnik music, because Zamecnik wrote themes for various on-screen ac-


The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performs an alternate score including music by J.S. Zamecnik for the silent film “Sunrise” during the Cleveland Silent Film Festival (Photographs by Peggy Turbett)

John Ewing, director of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque; Dennis Dooley, curator, Past Masters Project; Emily Laurance, founder, Cleveland Silent Film Festival and Colloquium; and Rodney Sauer, director, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. tions. Like, he might have written a thunder storm scene for instance, or an avalanche scene.” “You’re going to hear a lot of Zamecnik in the score but it’s not purely that,” said Sauer to the Cinematheque

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audience after his orchestra tuned up for the film. “It’s a compilation score, which means I just grab things out of my library that I thought fit the scenes well. One of the main themes you’ll hear, the love theme, is a piece of Zamecnik’s called ‘Entreaty,’ which is just a gorgeous violin solo, and suits this film particularly well.” Based in Colorado, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra is nationally known for authentic periodic accompaniment on silent films, both on DVD recordings and appearing at silent movie festivals around the country. But they hadn’t played in Cleveland in 20 years, until a convergence of artistic forces brought them back. Enter Emily Laurance, harpist, visiting associate professor of musicology at Oberlin College, and founder of the nascent Cleveland Silent Film Festival. When Laurance and her husband were at the San Francisco Conservatory, they became avid fans of the San Francisco Silent Movie Festival, where they got to know the Mont Alto ensemble. When the conservatory started a winter term, Laurance thought a collaboration with Mont Alto would be a valuable experience for students. While the winter term project didn’t happen in San

Francisco, the visiting professor brought the concept to northeast Ohio. Despite the pandemic shutdown, Laurance developed a network of enthusiastic contacts, which, in addition to Mont Alto’s Rodney Sauer, included Daniel Goldmark at Case Western Reserve University, John Ewing at the Cinematheque and Dennis Dooley at the Cleveland Arts Prize. A dovetailing of interests ensued, resulting in the first, week-long Cleveland Silent Film Festival & Colloquium, highlighting the Past Master Cleveland composer J.S. Zamecnik. “Live music breathes and adds just an emotional presence that isn’t there with recorded sound,” said Laurance. “There’s something special about people who are right there, and the stakes of that and the connection that provides to an audience.” That connection assures your ears aren’t lying when you hear a horn honking in the middle of a classic silent film. For more information on the Cleveland Silent Film Festival and Colloquium, go to:

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Kidney Foundation of Ohio “30th Annual Gala”

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The Kidney Foundation of Ohio welcomed more than 215 guests to its 30th Annual Gala at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown. The event raised close to $145,000 to support the organization’s direct assistance programs. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Person of the Year award to Hernan Rincon-Choles, MD, for his outstanding leadership in the field of nephrology. Dr. Rincon-Choles joined the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Department of Nephrology in 2013, pursuing his interest in critical care nephrology. He is assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His interest in improving medical care for minority populations inspired him to run a renal clinic from 2014 to 2021 at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Family Health Center in East Cleveland. He is currently running a renal clinic for the Hispanic community at Lutheran Hospital. He helped run the annual Minority Men’s Health Fair at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 2014 to 2020. The annual Legacy Award was presented posthumously to Marilyn Bartucci, a registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, clinical transplant coordinator and a clinical nurse specialist in adult health. Throughout her career, she was an adjunct clinic associate in nursing at Kent

Laura and Nick Bartucci with Thomas Banc and Amelia Bartucci State University and clinical instructor in medical surgical nursing at Case Western Reserve University. With the blessing of her three children, the Kidney Foundation will establish an annual nursing scholarship in memory of Marilyn Bartucci, to continue the legacy she left behind. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/ PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

2022 Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio More than Pink Walk set for Sept. 17 The 2022 Northeast Ohio MORE THAN PINK Walk will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at JOANN World Headquarters (5555 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236) — New Location! Please make sure to save the date on your calendars! As you noticed, we have a new location for the MORE THAN PINK Walk event…which means, we are planning to be back in person this year! We are so

excited to gather everyone back this year after two years of being virtual. That said, we will offer a virtual option for anyone that would like to take advantage of it. JOANN has generously offered to host the Walk at their World Headquarters as part of their amazing commitment to the mission of Susan G. Komen. The JOANN team raised over $900,000 for Susan G. Komen in 2021 and we are excited to partner with them again in 2022!

New this year…we are bringing the Cleveland and Akron Walks TOGETHER in 2022 to create the Northeast Ohio MORE THAN PINK Walk. By bringing everyone in our community together we can double our fun and impact on Komen’s mission. In addition, the new location for the walk is between Cleveland and Akron, and parking is free on site! Registration will open and go live around April 1.

Up until two years ago, Jeanney Lloyd spent most days alone in her Cleveland apartment, watching TV and getting around as best she could with bad arthritis and a walker. Now the 69-year-old is surrounded by friends and enjoys playing trivia games, watching movies, having lunch and learning to speak Spanish. She also works out on exercise equipment as part of the physical therapy that keeps her legs strong at MetroHealth’s Old Brooklyn Campus inside the Adult Day Center that’s part of the McGregor Foundation’s PACE program. “This program did me good,” Jeanney says, “because it got me out of my apartment. Before this, I couldn’t walk too good.” McGregor PACE – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – is the only PACE program in Ohio for those who meet the nursing home level of care, allowing people to remain in their homes, says Elliot Cruz, Business Development Director. The program serves more than 200 people like Jeanney. Available at little or no cost to Cuyahoga County residents 55 and older who are in need of services such as help with dressing, bathing and medication management but who can still live safely in the community, the Adult Day Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. McGregor PACE sends vans to participants’ homes to pick them up and drive them to the center. A medical clinic exists inside each center, so clients can see a doctor or nurse if they’re not feeling well or need vaccines, saving the trouble and cost of an Urgent Care or Emergency Department visit. Physical, occupational and speech therapists are available. Podiatry, vision, hearing and dental care, medication, as well as other medical equipment, are part of the all-inclusive services. McGregor PACE’s Adult Day Center is free for those who qualify for the care and are covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Care is focused on one goal: to keep seniors living in their own homes for as long as possible, where they’re more comfortable, happier and don’t have to spend their savings on nursing home or in-home care. “The PACE program really helps people stay in their homes longer,” says Lee Ann O’Brien, McGregor’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Statistically, we can tell you, people in the PACE program expand their longevity by 24 months – and it’s all about staying engaged. Research also shows that PACE program participants are less likely to contract COVID-19. The PACE Adult Day Center program is one of many services for seniors provided by McGregor as it works to improve the quality of life for seniors and help resolve the shortage of affordable housing for them. McGregor also offers assisted living, hospice, and other services for those 55 and older. If you’re interested in the PACE program for yourself or a loved one, call Elliot Cruz at 216.205.4008 or 1.888.895.PACE.

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Great Big Home and Garden Show showcased inspiring designs By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN The annual Great Big Home and Garden Show held recently at the I-X Center showcased the latest in home design with its modular Idea Home, backyard living and tiny home features. Modular homes are coming of age, bringing new levels of innovation, quality and affordability to a marketplace hungry for solidly built and energy-efficient homes. “Our modular homes offer affordable luxury at a fair price,” Patrick Miller of JDM Custom Homes explained. “They feel like a custom home, but they are built stronger than stick-built homes. The modular homes can also be custom designed. The turnaround time is less with a modular home than with a stick-built home because you can have the foundation prepared while the home is being built in the factory. Also, while the home is being built, it is not exposed to the elements. And, modular homes are really efficient to heat.” Wall panels built indoors are precisely cut for a greener, more comfortable home, Miller said. A tighter fit lowers energy bills and eliminates draftiness. Walls go up fast, limiting weather damage and generating less waste. The JDM 2,044-square-foot Andover III modular home displayed at the home and garden show features a broad front porch, white pine posts and beams and open rafters. The farmhouse kitchen offers a large island, granite countertops, an apron sink and counter seating. Rounding out the main floor is a master bedroom and bath, two large walk-in closets, a full bathtub and separate shower, a second bedroom with a bath and a first-floor laundry area. Miller said the unfinished upstairs can be built out with two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. The Andover III model starts at $179, 900, with the model displayed at the home show priced at $234,500. In addition to its modular and custom homes, JDM Custom Homes offers JDM Outdoors, with backyard furniture built from poly lumber. “The furniture is made from recycled plastic,”Miller said, noting that it is eco-friendly and fade-resistant. “Our motto is, ‘Love your backyard’. We help to create a family space.” Call JDM Structures at 877.536.2276 or visit

The Catalina tiny home has a full bath and laundry area.

The Sage Point tiny home on wheels has custom wood throughout, modern concrete countertops, sage green cabinetry and ample storage. Weaver Barns returned to the Great Big Home and Garden show with a dozen structures in its Backyard Oasis display. Weaver Barns’ professional design and construction team offers a wide selection of Amish-built sheds and barns, including wood sheds, garages, cabins, timber lodges and custom-designed structures. “This year, we featured our grill shack, with inside and

outside spaces,” noted Matt Miller of Weaver Barns. “The Heritage Garage was such a hit two years ago that we brought it back to the show this year. We created a whole model around it.” The Heritage Garage is built with an attic truss and full loft. Ten-foot walls in the main area allow for plenty of storage space. “Business has been the best ever in the last two years.

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Because people were staying home, many refinanced and invested in their property and family fun at home,” he added. Weaver Barns, located in Sugarcreek, OH, can be reached at 330.852.2103, or by visiting “Less house, more home brought to you,” is the idea behind the tiny homes produced by the Quint Living Group. Quint Living Group is a mixed-use, communityfocused development company. Projects are created with a holistic, organic approach, with a goal of net-zero carbon. “Every square inch of our homes is utilized for maximizing living space. It’s a simpler, more free way of living,” said Laura Mineff of Quint Living Groups. “Our universal design method can be adapted to everyone’s needs. These homes are very economical and can be designed to be accessible to everyone.” The Catalina model tiny home displayed at the Great Big Home and Garden Show offers a main floor bedroom and bathroom. A collapsible, custom accordion window and exterior bar are perfect for home buyers planning an indoor-outdoor entertainment space. The Sage Point, a 20-foot tiny home on wheels, has custom wood throughout, modern concrete countertops, sage green cabinetry and ample storage. Mineff said the tiny homes can be built with wheels or installed on a foundation, and can be designed with a price range starting at $10,000. She said that Quint Living Group is in the planning stages of constructing a human-centered, sustainable family tiny home community in Ohio. Visit or call 833.877.8468 for details.

Demand for Murals Increases: Demand for murals and decorative painting has increased significantly during the pandemic according to Lari Jacobson, a muralist and decorative painter based in Cleveland Heights. In fact, the demand for both, as well as personalized canvas paintings, seems to be increasing even with the recent relaxing of covid restrictions. “People are spending more time at home now, whether it’s working from home or splitting time between their home and away office, or simply entertaining more at home; people want their homes to be as welcoming and inspiring as possible” she said. “I’ve seen demand for murals, decorative painting and individual creative works increase across the board at least 50 percent last year.” According to Flowing Data, in 2020 Americans spent 62 percent of their time at home, which is a staggering 24 percent increase over 2019. Lari noted that, “her clients want their homes to be a place of beauty, that draws them in and relaxes them whether they’re hanging out in the kitchen, having dinner with friends in a formal dining room or reading in bed. Many clients want to have fun, surprise or inspire their guests, and even more so, themselves. They want to add a personal touch to their homes.” She continued, “one client, whose condominium backs up to an unsightly alleyway, had me paint a window view of a Trompe L’oeil country scene with wildflowers and a river. We were able to seemingly bring the outdoors indoors, while improving upon the scene, making it personal and calming. Another example is a client who requested a thirty-foot Trompe L’oeil tented ceiling with a Moroccan theme. In this case the client wished to be transported to another place, as are her many guests. This setting is not only truly remarkable and inspiring; one has the feeling of being in a joyful and unexpected place.” “My clients seem to be tired of wallpaper, blank walls and the predictable. They want spaces that are historically distinctive, decoratively inspiring, contemporary and interesting, or they simply want to have fun!” Lari Jacobson can be contacted by email or through her Houzz site

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Elegant home set on more than three acres for sale in Russell

With its turret and gables, the façade evokes both Normandy and English manors.

By RITA KUEBER This neo-French Normandy in the Deer Lake development in Russell (Geauga County) is the epitome of refinement while offering a welcoming vibe, and a serene but convivial atmosphere. This house is simply exquisite. Dress it up, dress it down, it’s perfect for entertaining and family. It’s old-shoe comfortable, but looks and feels completely elegant, gracious, and welcoming. Visitors enter the home through double doors into a marble-floored foyer, with the main stairs to the right, and a gallery above. The spindled staircase curves, and is housed in a romantic turret that gives the façade of the house great character. Straight ahead through a columned entry is a stunning, two-story great room with a mantled fireplace, and hardwood floors. The entire back wall is an enormous window that beautifully frames the wooded backyard. To the left is a formal dining room with wainscoting and another floor-to-ceiling window. Adjacent to both front rooms is the kitchen suite. The hearth room has a stacked stone fireplace and is open to the eat-in kitchen and work areas. In this gourmet kitchen is a pantry and top-of-the-line appliances. The countertops are granite, and the center island has a sink and breakfast bar. The glass-walled sunroom is accessed through the kitchen. Past the kitchen one finds back-of-the-house conveniences, including a laundry room, staircase, access to the attached garage, and a private wing that houses an indoor pool and separate hot tub. This area has large windows on two sides, a high ceiling, and it opens to the terrace/patio in summer. Off the great room is a classic wood-paneled library with a coffered ceiling, fireplace, and built-in cabinetry. Unusually, there is a “back door” to the library that leads to the primary bedroom suite on the first floor. This suite is a lovely set of rooms including a private sitting area that has built-in shelving, window seat, and fireplace. The glamour bath has double sinks, a large soaking tub, and a separate tiled shower. There are also two walk-in closets and a private staircase to the lower level. Upstairs are three spacious bedroom suites, each with a full bath. The upper hallway gently curves along its length, giving it a natural, organic feel. Upstairs, there is also a bonus room - a loft with dormer-style skylights and a peaked ceiling that offers a kind of cottage vibe. It’s an ideal place for kids and teens to gather. Each of the bedrooms, in fact, all the rooms are done in appealing neutrals – off-whites, grays, and blues that will complement any style. The walk-out lower level is completely finished and is filled with natural light. Here is a kitchenette and bar, built-in wine rack, and cabinets. The sitting area has its own built-in shelving on either side of the gas fireplace. There’s also extra room on this floor, currently set as a game area, a media room, and an exercise room. A full bath completes this floor. 15770 North Ridge Drive has four bedrooms, six full and one half baths, and four fireplaces. The attached garage has three bays. There is also an outbuilding with three additional bays for the hobbyist or collector. Zoned heat and central air. Well water and septic system. Overall the house has 13,294 square feet. The lot is 3.62 acres

The smart, stylish and functional kitchen is open to an eat-in area, and a cozy hearth room.

The classic library, airy and elegant, has a beamed ceiling, hardwood floors, fireplace, and access to the first-floor owner’s suite.

A stacked stone mantle is the centerpiece of this family-friendly room filled with natural light. on a cul-de-sac wooded lot. West Geauga schools. HOA. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 15770 North Ridge Drive is listed

at $1,695,000 at press time with annual taxes of $17,692. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or adam

An indoor pool and separate whirlpool create a private spa area that opens onto the terraced patio in back.

Project Hope for the Homeless announces Welcome Home pilot project Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to announce a pilot project named“Welcome Home” to help fill a gap in service for 10 to 12 families moving from the shelter’s Families Moving Forward program to their own home during 2022. Funding for the project began with $10,000 in seed


money from the Baird Family Fund. Welcome Home provides between $500 to $1,000 for itemsnot available by other means for families exiting the shelter’s careto their own home. This may include bedding, small loveseat, kitchen table with two chairs, up to $250 may be used to get items

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out of storage, $100 cap for transportation or other specific needs approved by the executive director. Families Moving Forward is one of Project Hope for the Homeless’ four major programs and serves parents and children who find themselves homeless. Guests within this program make up about 20 percent of the total

shelter population. Families Moving Forward staff ensures that all other ways to obtain these household items have been exhausted first by using other resources (the Lake/Geauga Furniture Bank, Hope Chest, Project Hope for the Homeless’ items, Birthright, Job and Family Services, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace for children’s beds). If a parent has exhausted all other resources, staff works with the parent to secure cost-efficient items through partners and the executive director will purchase the item for delivery to a guest’s new address. “It is such a blessing to see individuals and families move into affordable housing and begin fresh,” said Judy Burr, Project Hope for the Homeless executive director. “The Welcome Home project gives them a great opportunity to personalize their home with necessities they would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain.” Through Welcome Home, Project Hope for the Homeless recently was able to provide a toddler bed and mattress for the family of a boy who just celebrated his second birthday before leaving the shelter. “We had determined that the mother was following her goal plan,” said Denniel Walker, family services specialist. “When she came to me, and we talkedabout what she might need for her house, she said they didn’t have beds for children.” For the family’s two older children, shelter staff were able to secure a bunk bed through an outside organization that builds bunk beds for children, Walker said. However, securing a bed for a toddler was still needed and that’s how Welcome Home was able to help. “We were able to use the Welcome Home funding to purchase a bed and we were able to deliver it to their house,” Walker said. “He had never had a bed before, he had a pack and play, but it’s not the same thing as having a big boy bed. Knowing that he would have a new bed, I can’t even describe the feeling.” Bryan Bossert, property manager for Project Hope for the Homeless, delivered the bed and mattress to the family. “It’s another tool in our toolbox to help people move forward in their lives,” Bossert said.“It’s definitely fulfilling, it’s another aspect of how we’re able to help people transition in a positive way.” Project Hope for the Homeless is the only emergency shelter in Lake County and is in its 29th year of operation. The 50-bed facility and has provided emergency and transitional shelter, care and guidance to more than 8,000 people since inception. For more information about Project Hope for the Homeless, visit or like us on Facebook at

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Millennials, Generation Z homebuyers impacting today’s real estate market By MARIN JAMES Coming soon to a real estate deal in your neighborhood: Millennial and Generation Z buyers. And their presence is going to be beyond huge. Here’s what we’re talking about: Millennials, born 1981 to 1995 are 27 to 41 years old. Generation Z, born 1996 to 2010 are 12 to 26 years old. Twenty-year-olds and teens buying houses? Not just yet – hold that thought while we talk about who is buying houses now, and in a big way. Millennials are upending the real estate market. Not only are they the largest generation of buyers right now, they stand out in other ways. They buy houses later in life. They get married later. They have children later than their parents did. They tend not to settle in one place for long – at least so far. For most of their lives, they’ve been known as the rental generation. They’ve avoided owning things from big-ticket furniture items, to cars, to houses, opting instead to rent or go without, seeing travel and experiences as better investments of their time and money. Currently, there are 66 million Millennials in the US, and they make up 37 percent of the real estate buying public. 4.8 million turned 30 in 2021, most reaching that milestone without owning a house. That’s from the American Community Survey which is conducted by the U. S. Census Bureau. But distaining homeownership is changing for this generation. “Our team is leveraging data from the Center for Generational Kinetics, a global research firm,” says Karen Eagle of The Karen Eagle Group/Elite Sotheby’s International Realty. “We know over 35 percent of Millennials plan to buy a home in the next two years. And Gen Z is right behind them with a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds saying they’d like to buy in the same timeframe. “Recently I’ve worked with several first-time home buyers including some in their early 20s,” Eagle says.

Back row: Cheryl Clegg, Maddie Clegg and Liz Murphy. Front row: Kelsey Wolf, Karen Eagle and Jane Shami — The Karen Eagle Group/Elite Sotheby’s International Realty “These buyers are confident they will remain in the area for several years, so they choose to buy instead of rent. And their buying has been made possible by the low-in-

terest rates we saw throughout 2021.” People of a certain age may recall enormous printed real estate sections in Sunday newspapers – pages of list-

ings and scores of open houses with limited walk-through times. Business is conducted a little differently these days. In addition to international real estate firms like Sotheby’s and individual realtor’s websites, such as Eagle’s, Millennials and Gen Z people, practically born computer literate, also browse aggregator sites such as Zillow, Trulia,, Redfin, and more. Increasingly realtors are turning not only to websites, but more, to Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tik Tok. And oh, hello, here are the Millennials again. They shop online, impacting brick-and-mortar stores to supply chain systems and yes, housing. They’re just as happy with a virtual tour as an in-person walkthrough, and realtors better know how to work with them online. “We use a number of social media channels with an emphasis on Instagram and Facebook,” Eagle states. “We know it’s working because we have a healthy number of organic/authentic followers, meaning these are people who follow us because they know us. We don’t buy followers, we grow them through information sharing and through dedicated engagement. When we feature homes on our social media channels, we regularly receive solid inquiries about them. We promote our listings even though we know houses are selling quickly because it’s impossible to know where the buyer will come from,” she adds. It’s a mindset, really, part of the job for Karen Eagle and her team, working with downsizing grandparents one moment, and first-time Millennial homebuyers the next. “We have people reaching out to us on a regular basis, asking about buying and selling, from phone calls from older generations to texts from younger ones,” Eagle says. “It’s all a matter of serving the clients and engaging with them on their terms – on their platforms – wherever they are the most at home.” Visit or

Cayuga Lake’s many attractions are worth the five-hour drive from CLE acter of the cider depends on the apple varietal, the terroir and the cidermaker. Bellwether Hard Cidery in Trumansburg is more of a mom-and-pop shop, where friendly dogs greet you. Started in 1999, by Cheryl and Bill Barton, it’s inspired by their travels through the cider regions of France. Today they make 10 varieties of hard cider ranging from very dry to semi-sweet, some bubbly and some still. Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken offers a refined retail room and café offering more than a dozen still and sparkling ciders. Single varietals include Northern Spy and Pippin. Heirloom apples are used in a sweet ice cider described as having caramel and baked apple notes. Flights are available in four or eight samples. This is the place to have lunch. South Hill Cider, down a long road in Ithaca, claims its ciders get their distinctive character from hand-foraged wild apples, abandoned orchards and heirloom varieties. Steve Selin, apple hunter, cider maker and orchardist, has been bottling his own cider since 2003. Before starting the business, he worked in Finger Lakes winery tasting rooms as a musician. Today he makes several ciders that are available in his retail room. Several are on tap for purchase by the flight or glass. Our final morning, we visited Buttermilk Falls State Park. The previous night’s rain made the falls a frothing, churning cascade that ends in a natural swimming pool. My sister, who works out every day, insisted that we climb the 500-plus (think 38-plus flights) steps next to the waterfall for a better look. The waterfall kept going up, up, up. The trail tops out at 600 feet. I didn’t make it to the top but got a good workout trying. Note that waterfall parks require a $9 parking/entrance fee per car. These tickets are good at any New York State Park on the day of purchase. With that in mind, we drove the southern route home so we could stop at Watkins Glen State Park at the base of Seneca Lake. This is, perhaps, the most magical of state parks in the east. A gentle twomile uphill hike along a narrow stream will take you over and under 19 waterfalls. It’s a must-see. This is a two-part travel feature. Watch for more Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles in the April issue of Currents.

By PARIS WOLFE I’ve been to the Finger Lakes at least a dozen times, mostly to visit wineries around Seneca Lake and the west side of Cayuga Lake. This time I ventured further to the newest wineries on the east side of Cayuga Lake, and I’m very happy that I did. The Finger Lakes, in case you haven’t heard, are a collection of long, narrow, and deep glacier scratches in Central New York State. The deepest lakes rarely freeze, keeping the temperatures a bit warmer in surrounding fields and creating a microclimate that’s friendly to grapegrowing. It’s a bit like the Lake Erie-Grand River microclimate that gives Northeast Ohio’s Grand River Valley its grape-friendly weather. At 39 miles long and an average width of 1.7 miles, Cayuga Lake is the longest of the glacial lakes and the second deepest at 435 feet. For reference, Lake Erie is 210 feet deep. To drive the circumference would be 95 miles. And, if you’re winery hopping you just might log those miles. To get the most from two nights and three days on Cayuga Lake, my sister Jamie and I left Chardon at 6 a.m. on a September Sunday. This trip could easily cover a weekend, but we went on weekdays for smaller crowds. Our three-day HQ was The Hotel Ithaca in the college town – Ithaca College and Cornell University -- at the south end of Cayuga Lake, about 312 miles or almost five hours from Chardon. You can get there from the north via Route 90 but will pay about $20 in tolls. Use an EZ Pass or you’ll pay even more. From the south you’ll take Route 90 to Route 86 and avoid the tolls. The Hotel Ithaca is within walking distance to everything … shopping at Ithaca Commons, vegetarian pioneer Moosewood Restaurant, Dewitt Park Farmer’s Market, restaurant row and more. Best of all it has free parking. On our way we took the north route so we could drive down the eastern border of Cayuga Lake and stop at three, relatively new, boutique wineries. There we talked to winemakers and sampled their best. Our first stop, Quarry Ridge in Union Springs was revelatory. The Cuthbert family bought a sloped hayfield in 2017, planted in 2018, and opened a tasting room in summer 2020. Winemaker Andrew Cuthbert has enough fruit to make small amounts of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. All dry. The 2020 vintages of the red wines will be available in 2022 for the first time. Grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted so only the best berries are pressed for winemaking. “There’s nothing better than having good juice to start with,” says Cuthbert, justifying the labor-intensive practices. The wine quality shows off all the TLC. He is the only winemaker I’ve met who ages a Riesling in oak – 500-liter, lightly toasted, French Oak barrels. He explains, “The fermentation in wood really helps to round out the feel of the Riesling and gives it a unique flavor profile and aromatics that you don’t normally get out of Riesling done in a standard stainless-steel tank.” Not quite two miles down the road is the Heart & Hands Wine Company started by Susan and Tom Higgins in 2006. Interestingly the couple met in Cleveland when they were both business consultants. The winery is their second career. The Higgins chose their location for its alkaline limestone underpinnings. Vines prefer alkaline soil because they can better access nutrients that way. The farm practices sustainable agriculture, using only mechanical and organic weed management. No chemicals. And they grow only Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling to keep their focus on quality. They hand pick and optically sort grapes before pressing. The optical sorter uses cameras to evaluate the color and texture of each berry and selects only those of the highest quality. Production is small, about 2000 cases or 24,000 bottle per year. Despite growing only three varietals, Heart & Hands offers about 25 wines, differentiated by clone and/or vineyard. All share clean, crisp, dry characteristics. They also offer a Ratafia, wine made from juice later in the press cycle and fortified the juice with grape spirits. This wine rests in oak barrels for five years with small additions of wine from later vintages to keep the barrels full. Bright Leaf Vineyard in Kings Ferry – about 13 miles from Heart & Hands -- was our third winery of the day. Owners Mike and Donna Wilson moved from Boston to the Finger Lakes in 2012. The 14 acres of vineyards overlooking the lake were planted in 2014, 2015 and 2016. They grow white varietals Riesling and Chardonnay, and reds including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Lemberger. Perhaps the most fun at the tasting bar is the wine and local chocolate pairing. On that same road is a MacKenzie-Childs outlet. I’ve been a fan of the whimsical, colorful luxury housewares company for more than a decade. In fact, I frequently admire the collection for sale at La Bella Vita at Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere. I was delighted to find that


This is the first waterfall hikers at Watkins Glen State Park will discover. More than 18 more are visible along the two-mile hike. Photographs by Paris Wolfe

Pinot Noir grapes are protected by a net from birds and other scavengers at Heart & Hands Wine Company.

Buttermilk Falls, just south of Cayuga Lake, flows heavily after a rainfall. A natural swimming pool forms at the base.

the brand just opened an outlet at its Aurora, New York, manufacturing facility. Open every day, except major holidays, the retail outlet offers a mix of first quality samples, seconds, and retired items for 20 to 70 percent off regular price. The campus includes a three-story, 15-room farmhouse decorated with antiques and MacKenzie-Childs’s furniture, tableware and more. Tours are available by reservation twice per day. After driving five hours, tasting at three wineries and shopping one retail outlet, we needed a nap. So, we checked in at The Hotel Ithaca. Dinner was across the street at Coltivare, a New American, farm-to-table restaurant of Tompkins Cortland Community College that supports four degree programs and

sources much of its produce from the college’s nearby farm. The menu includes craft cocktails, regional wines, and NY State beer. Six months later my sister is still trying to replicate the apple-cider mac and cheese. We started our second day with a walk-through nearby Taughannock Falls State Park to view the narrow, 215foot Taughannock Falls. For reference, Niagara Falls is 167 feet, but exponentially wider. We arrived at 9 a.m. and had the falls to ourselves, which improved our photo opps. Walking back to the car we encountered more than a dozen people making the trek. After hiking, we headed out to three cideries on the west side of Cayuga Lake. Hard cider is an increasingly popular artisan beverage in the area. Like wine, the char-

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Northeast Ohio real estate market remains strong By RITA KUEBER Greater Cleveland has lots of housing options and the area is finally coming into its own. Overall, single-family home prices rose about 11 percent in Cuyahoga County. Part of that rise is because of demand, but also, the area is finally getting right-sized in terms of its housing stock. This also means that the Cleveland area, especially the urban core, is ripe for investors. But unlike the housing crisis in 2008, these investors are paying cash to buy properties, not obtaining houses at sub-prime rates, and as owners are responsible for paying taxes and home maintenance. In short, Cleveland is hot. The downside of that popularity is that there’s very little inventory available. Sure, people would like to move, upsize, downsize, get a bigger yard, etc., and could sell their house tomorrow. But where would they go? In a sellers’ market, low inventory creates multiple bids for nearly every house for sale. Forecasters are saying 2022 will be more of the same – a seller’s market, with houses being sold quickly. Overall 2020 and 2021 were great years for the real estate industry throughout the US, including Greater Cleveland. Last year in this area, about 2,000 free-standing single-family houses were bought at their asking price or slightly higher, with the median price at $194,000. (The median price includes all sales – from the most dis-

tressed areas where houses can sell for $50,000 or less, to the highest areas with million-dollar properties on every block.) In the eastern suburbs like Pepper Pike and Chagrin Falls, the median price was significantly higher, closer to $450,000. Analysts look at not only the what, but the why. Housing in primary cities in the US has always been desirable, but not always affordable. And because major urban areas from New York to San Francisco have priced many people out of the home-owning market, secondary cities have become the hot spots real-estate wise, especially cities with amenities from education to arts, professional sports teams, retail, restaurants, and medicine. If this is starting to sound familiar, it’s because cities like Cleveland are being “discovered” by consumers seeking a good deal. Bottom line: people are moving here from others markets for affordability, both for renting and buying. Rent in some cities can be $1500 to $1800 a month in a workingclass neighborhood, and the price of rentals just keeps climbing. Consider that amount would equal a monthly mortgage payment here in Northeast Ohio, (once qualified and the home purchased). The numbers in some of the escalating markets just don’t work for the average home buyer, and places like Cleveland, Columbus, and other middle-American towns look better and better. In the luxury market, for houses priced at $750,000 and above, the outlook remains healthy as well. Consumers

moving into the area discover how much more square footage and acreage their purchasing power gets them here. Having seen a luxury property every month for the past 36 months, there are a couple of absolute givens when selling or buying property, and for the luxury market a couple of additional considerations as well. That the house for sale needs to be clean is a given. Better yet, remove or reduce the clutter of everyday living. Stuff all over kitchen or bathroom counters looks awful in photos and even worse in person. You’re moving anyway – get rid of stuff sooner rather than later. In the luxury market, this goes a step further: the house has to be absolutely turn-key. In the highest-end houses, repainting or new flooring is not left to the buyer – it’s done before the house goes on the market. Clearing clutter doesn’t mean you have to hide your life when the house is being shown. The most charming houses for sale often have the odd dog toy in the den or a toy box in the hearth room. Houses look better with furniture in them, for scale and a welcoming vibe. A wise realtor once mentioned she could always tell when buyers were going to make an offer – they stand in the middle of a room, picturing their furniture in the house. Empty rooms are the antithesis of comfort. If you’ve already moved your furniture out, consider getting the main rooms staged. High-end houses take longer to sell because the pool of

qualified buyers is smaller, but also because it’s the amenities that make or break getting offers. Gourmet kitchen, check. Glamour bath, yup. Private library, usually. After that, what’s going to sell the house are the specific details the buyers have in mind. Usually, if a house is on the market too long, potential buyers begin to wonder what’s wrong with it. For the luxury market, there could be absolutely nothing wrong with the house – the right buyer has not come along. Selling is a little bit of a gamble, and the savvy realtor knows how to market the house – pushing the information out there, rather than waiting for the right buyer to just happen along. When you’re ill, you see a doctor. In court, most people want an attorney. This is a tough, busy market and probably will be for at least another year. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, work with a realtor. And most importantly listen to your realtor. They’ve helped people buy and sell dozens if not hundreds of times and they know the market and all the pitfalls. Whether it’s about the set price, staging the house, clearing the clutter, or making the house as appealing as possible, working with a professional will get you the best results for your bank account and your peace of mind. Statistics in this article are based on reports and information from Howard Hanna, Redfin,,, and Cuyahoga County.

Malachi House 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert was presented to Mike, Kevin and Sean Joyce for their support and dedication to Malachi House. Malachi House in Ohio City was co-founded in 1987 by Fr. Paul Hritz and Catherine “Kaki” O’Neill. Since opening its doors on Sept. 28, 1988, Malachi House has served more than 3,600 residents, providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to those embarking on life’s last journey. Malachi House receives no government support, insurance fees or Medicaid reimbursement to provide around-the-clock attention to its residents. It is supported solely through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. The 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert raised about $30,000 to support the Malachi House mission. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

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