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Fowl & Fodder provides scratch-made food and fresh juices from locally sourced sustainable ingredients. 7408 W. Central Ave. Monday-Saturday, Juice bar 7am-7pm, Regular dining 11am-7pm. 419-6902490.

Let's get Cray: Fresh off a #1 album debut on the Blues Roots Music chart five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray is rocking his way on through the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. He took a timeout from the UK leg of his tour to chat with us about all things blues.

The grand opening of Navarre Park Family Health Center will take place on Saturday, June 21, from 10am2pm. Tours of the facility, entertainment, and food and refreshments will be available. 1020 Varland Ave. 419-696-1520. Banner Mattress & Furniture Co.’s family owners have sold the company to the employees to run as Banner Factory Direct LLC. After liquidation of existing stock the employee group plans to take over operations the next day. 419-324-7181.

Collette Jacobs ( That Guantanamo is still open

Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer Mark I. Jacobs ( Inept wait staff


Casual sexism, especially in the wake of a national tragedy

Down on the farm The most diverse musical festival in the country tore up Tenessee last weekend. Bonnaroo featured sets from Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers and Elton John (to name a few). Brandon Doriot camped, drank, and [expletive deleted] his way through the filth to get you the scoop on everything Roo.

Photo credit: Jeff Katz

Report from the Big Apple Take a peek into the Big Apple’s fourth annual Governors Ball Music Festival with a glimpse of what worked, what didn’t and which shows blew our minds. Photo credit:

Marisa Rubin

Toledo natives go Hollywood Toledo natives Oliver Cooper and Joe Burke are the brains behind Four Dogs, an independent feature film available through online streaming service Vimeo VOD. The movie was shot in Cooper’s aunt’s house, blurring the lines between real life and a filmed scene. Toledo City Paper had the chance to talk with Cooper and Burke about their directorial debut.

Visual Arts Curator: Jan Thomas (jthomas@adamsstreetpublishingcom) PHilistines Staff Writer: Griffin Messer-Kruse ( Loose shopping carts in parking lots Calendar Editor: Marisa Rubin ( Doing the dishes Digital Media Specialist: Brandon Doriot ( Cigarette smokers flicking cigarette butts all over Contributing Writers: Dorian Slaybod, Mike Pierce, Sue Lovett, Alison Wood-Osmun, Laura Kretz, Jordan Killam, November Williams Editorial Interns: Hannah Benson, Amber Leigh Hage-Ali


Production Manager: Brittney Koehl ( Spitters, rude a** children, and people WHO clap at the end of a movie Senior Designer: Leah Foley ( Stupid People Graphic Design: Jameson Staneluis ( People WHO complain about Toledo Kyle Iwaniki ( People WHO refuse to leave their comfort zones Sara Welborn ( Americans WHO eat “carnival food” as a part of their normal daily diet Production Intern: Aaron Covrett



The photo accompanying Dr. Patrick Siparsky’s profile in the Top Docs feature published June 4 was incorrect. See Pg. 9 for a corrected version.

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Due to slow traffic, Elephant Bar Restaurant located in Franklin Park Mall closed on June 12. 5001 Monroe St.

Sales Manager: Aubrey Hornsby ( Bad driving etiquette. Pay attention people Sales Coordinator: Emily Gibb ( People unnecessarily braking on the highway while it’s raining Customer Service Representative: Rachellyn Marsh ( People who don’t understand domesticated animals are a lifelong commitment Account Executives: Sharon Kornowa ( People entering the x way at 35 MPH Sam Rotroff ( When people make someone feel stupid for asking a question Lydia Schaefer ( Not using your, you’re and their, they’re, there correctly Molly Davis ( Improper use of the English language Brittani Gonzalez ( Terrible drivers. Drives me insane Account Executives: Joseph South ( Spotty radio reception


Popular downtown restaurant Grumpy’s is opening a new food truck, called Grumpy’s On The Go, which will serve regular, vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree versions of their signature “Garbage Salad.” The truck will open on Saturdays beginning June 21 outside of Grumpy’s restaurant from 11am-2pm with locations during the week to be announced. 34 S. Huron St. 419-241-6728.


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Enjoy the new healthy living center, Kur Balance Thru Massage, started by licensed therapists Emily Snyder and Maryanne Weston. 5703 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania. Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-2 pm. Wednesday and other hours available by appointment.

The University of Toledo Medical Center hosted the grand opening of the Senior Behavioral Health Center on June 6, for adult patients 55 and over experiencing emotional or behavioral health issues. Kobacker Center, the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, 3000 Arlington Ave. 419-383-6161.

What grinds your gears?

Editor David Yonke ( Drivers in cell phone oblivion Arts & Entertainment Coordinator: Joseph Schafer

3rd Street Cigar Shop has opened in Waterville. The destination cigar shop will offer its customers a public and private lounge. 20 N. Third St., Waterville. MondaySunday, 10am-10pm. 419-441-0020.

Start losing weight and getting healthy by visiting NutriMost, owned by Dr. Nick Dumas, now open at. 4210 W. Sylvania Ave #102. Monday-Sunday by appointment only. 419-725-2345.

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The Ottawa Tavern’s Wanderlust Food Truck is now open and serving internationally inspired deli sandwiches. The orange truck serves both meaty and vegan-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner during the week, and is open Friday and Saturday night for late-night cravings. 419-7779936.

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Battle of wits

Commissioner of Parks Dennis Garvin, City Councilman Steve Steel and Executive Director of Woodberry Park Chess Warren Woodberry have banded together to bring a slice of New York culture to Toledo by installing six chess tables in the picnic tables at Levis Square in downtown Toledo. Anyone is welcome to bring their own pieces and sit down for an afternoon of calculated battle—bring a friend or wait for a challenger. Woodberry eventually plans on expanding the tables to other city parks like Walbridge and Ottawa Park and will also set up tables at the Red, White and Kaboom event at Promenade Park on Friday, July 4. If your organization is interested in hosting an event utilizing the tables, contact Warren Woodbury at

Dad’s best friend

Lucas County Children Services is hosting "I Matter, I Care,” a free, fun, educational event for fathers, on Friday, June 27. A resource fair, a father-child fashion show, and a town hall meeting are among the activities designed to empower fathers to improve the lives of their children. Stanley Lowe, CEO of Pathway (formerly EOPA), will be the keynote speaker. 6pm. Free. Woodward High School, 701 E. Central Ave. 419-255-4444.—AH-A

Parent power

Take the first step in becoming licensed as a foster or adoptive caregiver by attending a six-day, 36-hour training program provided by Lucas County Children Services from Monday, June 23, through Saturday, June 28, from 9am-4pm. LCCS particularly is seeking parents willing to care for groups of siblings of three or more and teens, as well as individuals who will care for children of all ages. Classes are at the LCCS offices, 705 Adams St. 419-213-3336.—HB

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Hike, Zip, Rappel

Many ways to see Hocking Hills By Alison Wood-Osmun A decade has passed since I last vis- six-mile Grandma Gatewood Trail that ited the Hocking Hills region of southeast connects Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave and Ohio, where you can explore caves, lush Cedar Falls to get that away-from-it-all and quiet trails, cascading waterfalls feeling. This sycamore, oak and mapleand glacier-hewn cliffs. The roads offer shaded trail weaves through sandstone magnificent rides that curve through old- caves, up and down stone staircases, and growth forests and time-worn rock faces. over stone and wooden bridges, opening And, since my last visit, local explorers and into sunlit coves with waterfalls and rock companies are offering zipline courses, cliffs. Check out the history/nature center guided hikes, and rappelling/rock climb- at the Old Man’s Cave’s trailhead to learn ing to enrich the experience. about the geology and history of the area. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has creConkles Hollow, one of the deepest ated an awesome ten zipline course--an gorges in Ohio (off St. Rt. 374 at Big Pine off-the-beaten-path (literally!) way to Rd.), offers rugged trails as well as a paved experience Hocking Hills. After travers- trail for wheelchair use or those who need ing swaying rope-and-wooden bridges to to walk on a flat surface. reach platforms suspended in the canopy, Hocking Hills Adthe guides attach you venture Trek offers to a cable line to glide great exploration hikes through the treetops. led by naturalists. Our Hocking Hills hiking tips The scenery is breathguide, Jennifer Gillen, ● Wear hiking shoes or boots with taking and the sense of took us on a three-hour good support and treads. You want “flying” is wondrous. discovery hike across to enjoy the hiking and sites. I saw Our guides, Joey Hebstreams, rocks and hilla number of folks wearing flip flops do and Allie Nixon, sides while pointing out and sandals who were spending were experienced and native plants, wildlife most of their time trying not to slip lighthearted. Joey, a and rock formations. and fall. six-year instructor, Adventure Treks also ● A walking stick is very helpful to says “the adventureoffers rappelling and move up and down hills, over rocks seekers’ excitement rock climbing for both and uneven staircases. is refreshing and inbeginners and those ● If going in the summer, wear a spiring. Their sense looking to hone their hat to keep the flies and gnats from of anticipation is aweskills. For the most your face and back of your neck. some.” challenging engageDon’t miss the ment with nature go ● Wear clothes that allow for easy Super Zip!, launchfor the Amazing Grace movement. ing from an 85-foot80- foot rappel or the ● Bring drinking water high tower. The line, 110-foot Big Spring wabilled as a quarter terfall rappel. Hocking mile “higher, lonHills Adventure Trek, ger, faster,” sends you flying 25851 Big Pine Rd. Superman-like (head-first with arms Rockbridge. 740-777outstretched) above Hocking River, 2579. through trees and over the edge of a rock Visit for info and maps cliff. Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, 10714 on places to stay and activities. Logan is an easy Jackson St., Rockbridge. 740-385-9477. 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from Toledo. Best eats are the Pizza Crossing, 58 N. Mulberry St., and Los The Hocking Hills trails, including Amigos, 104 Hocking Mall. Visit the Antique and those at Old Man’s Cave Park (St. Rt. 664), Flea Market on St Rt. 33 Rockbridge. are as magnificent as ever. Best is the


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Crushing the Competition Legends Football League coming to Toledo by Laura Kretz

It’s America’s favorite sport, football, played by women in their undergarments—challenging perceptions of what it means to be a female athlete. Formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, the Legends Football League (LFL) started in 2009 and rebranded in 2013. Currently, the league has ten U.S. teams, including the Toledo Crush, sorted into four divisions and two conferences. Played on a 50-yard field between end zones, each game has four 8-minute quarters. Each team has approximately twenty players, with seven players per team on the field at a time. On offense the lineup features a quarterback, two running backs, one down-linewoman and three wide receivers, while the defense is made up of two down-linewomen, one linebacker, two cornerbacks and two safeties. Originally established as the Cleveland Crush, Toledo’s LFL team moved in December because of venue availability with plans to draw new fans from Toledo and the Cleveland and Detroit areas. The Toledo team is in the Northeastern Division of the Eastern Conference, with each team playing two home games and two away games. The Crush will play the Baltimore Charm in the first Toledo home game, 8pm on Saturday, June 21, in the Huntington Center. The away games this year will be against Jacksonville Breeze and Omaha Heart.

Focus on athleticism

The first home game of 2014 had been scheduled for May 10 against the Atlanta Steam, but the game had to be rescheduled for Friday, July 11, when the turf wasn’t ready in time, team officials said. “As soon as the first hit happens, you forget about what they’re wearing, what they look like, and you focus on the ath-

leticism,” said Courtney Gifford, national marketing director for the LFL US. Competitiveness drives the players to put on otherwise unorthodox uniforms and play this contact sport. Many of them are former high school or collegiate athletes who want to regain their sports identity. LFL players are unpaid. While many also have full-time careers and families, some are attending college. “They reach out to us because they know that it’s competitive, it’s raw, it’s real football and for the love of being competitive and the love of being an athlete this is their next outlet,” Gifford said.

Tamara Fennell

Glamor and competition

Tamar Fennell, a third-year player for the Toledo Crush, played soccer, track and basketball in high school and attended Ohio University on a track scholarship. Before joining the LFL, she played for the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). When she’s not making major hits or scoring touchdowns, she is a project manager at a marketing company in Cleveland. “When I found the LFL, it was a perfect hybrid of competitiveness and also the glamor aspect,” said Fennell. “It’s competitive but it’s fun too because we’re all like-minded girls; we’re all interested in becoming better and learning more about football and winning.” Despite the risqué nature of the uniforms, LFL games have a wide appeal. Gifford explained that they have fans of all ages, adding that she has seen women in their 80s with their husbands enjoying a match. “At the end of the day, they’re your hometown team. And just like any other sport, we just want your community support,” Gifford said. “Give us a chance to dispel those preconceived notions. Come out to the game and let us prove you wrong.” “We’re so excited to be in Toledo,” Fennell said. “We’re so anxious to get people to come out and establish the sport. We know that once people show up, they’re going to love it.” For tickets and to learn more about Toledo Crush, check out

June 18 • July 01


Hemp for health

An alternative medicine, without the high by Griffin Messer-Kruse Liver damage, low fever with nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and jaundice—these are just a few of the side effects associated with popular over-the-counter pain relievers. Prescription drugs, meanwhile, have their own risk of serious side effects. Kevin Spitler, Toledo native and owner of the Toledo Hemp Center, proposes an alternative: medicines made from industrial hemp products. “My inspiration came from my mother’s pain from pancreatic cancer,” says Spitler. “Through her fight, I realized that there are lots of people out there who have no idea about the effectiveness of medical cannabis. People don’t realize that hemp has some of the same benefits as marijuana, but without the high.” Spitler sells industrial hemp products enriched with cannabidiol, or CBD—one of over 60 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. The most well-known cannabinoid, THC, is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s euphoric high. CBD, on the other hand, provides relief for a number of maladies, but without the psychoactive high. “Most of our supporters come in to find a solution to their pain,” says Spitler. “The vast majority of our [customers] are over 40 years old, with many of them in their 60s, 70s or 80s. CBD products manage pain, act as an excellent anti-inflammatory, help prevent anxiety, and can even provide relief for skin conditions such as psoriasis.” The Toledo Hemp Center offers many types of CBD products, from vegetable-based tinctures that are ingested under the tongue to CBDinfused body wash, massage oil, tattoo balm and vaporizers that create CBDinfused water vapor. The products are all legal in the United States because


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CBD-infused products can ease pain CBD is extracted from the industrial hemp plant rather than the marijuana plant. “The way cannabis is treated in this country is similar to the history of the apple,” says Spitler. “Early Americans relied on the apple to create cider, since the water wasn’t always safe to drink. People eventually got tired of everyone being drunk all the time, so they started a campaign to chop down the apple trees. Most apples in those days were crab apples, sour apples, so instead of eating them people would turn it into a drinkable cider. With the introduction of red, sweet apples, people realized that there are health benefits and that they can enjoy the fruit. By analogy, if marijuana is hard cider then these hempbased products are the sweet apple that can win society back over.” Beyond just being an effective alternative treatment for a number of ailments, Spitler believes that hemp-based products can potentially reduce heroin and pain-killer abuse in North America. “Less pain equals less pills which equals less heroin,” says Spitler. “Many people turn to heroin because of their dependence on prescription drugs. We have had multiple supporters come in and claim that they are completely off of painkillers or anti-anxiety medicine thanks to our products.” To purchase industrial hemp products, patients need to be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian. No prescription is necessary. For Toledoans looking for a legal way to treat their pain without pharmaceutical pills, CBD-products offer an alternative with significantly less side-effects. The Toledo Hemp Center is at 1419 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, 43612. 419-724-9588. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, Sundays and Mondays by appointment only.

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Something old, something new



Loss leader in City Politics by Johnny Hildo

Seems change is hard to come by

Consider. The local incarnation of the Grand Old Party is hardly grand these days, as the Repuglicans have trouble brandishing candidates for local offices with both oars in the water. Not to mention, both Party representatives on the Bored of Elections have been ousted by the Repuglican Secretary of State. That latter hit includes scathing fire blasted at Repuglican Party Chair Jon Stainbrook as he was bounced from the five-figure-with-bennies post. The former punk rock drummer Stainbrook has used the BoE as a source of patronage jobs, having secured the hiring of such stalwarts as his femme fatale Meghan Gallagher, multiple election loser Hans Schnapp, and his own bad self to positions overseeing Lucas County elections.

Stain remover

In the last few months Gallagher was removed from her position as Director and Stainbrook was removed by Secretary Jon Husted from his post as a Bored member. Stainbrook-endorsed candidate Ernest McCarthy is being pressured to get the puck out of the way so real men can challenge the Democrat incumbent Edna Brown, and most of the rest of the Stainbrook slate is so forgettable that we’ve forgotten ‘em.

Yes, it’s definitely not the best of days to be in the Stainbrook camp. The recent meeting to elect new leadership for the less-than-grand GOP in Lucas County devolved into a shouting match. Former Bored employee Dennis Lange was ejected from the meeting after a welldocumented confrontation with security hired for the event. Sitting Toledo Councilman Rob Ludeman, visibly upset by the course of the fracas, exited early.

The song remains insane

But it’s all over now, as the Party decided to plow more fertile fields. New leadership was elected, calmer heads prevailed, and the GOP is newly grand. Wellrespected candidates will likely be developed to provide substantive challenge to the dominant Democrats and a thorough house cleaning is under way. Just kidding. After complete repudiation and embarrassment, the Stain was reelected to the post of Party Chairman in a landslide. He has carefully filled the crucial seats on the Central Committee with his own supporters who voted for him in droves. His only opposition was bat guano loopy Bill Delaney, he of the five-figure fines for refusing to enforce the state smoking ban passed by the will of Ohio voters. Doesn’t trust the voters, sez Delaney. Perhaps then he shouldn’t have a say on who runs the Bored of Elections, yo. The combination of savvy organizing and nuthatch opposition earns Stainbrook two more years at the helm. His faction now has control over his own replacement on the Bored, plus other positions at the Bored recently purged by Secretary Husted. You can bet the Same Old Party will get full bore behind judicial candidate Mark Davis, loser of several previous elections and owner of multiple personalities. Davis is the Stain’s personal lawyer, having replaced Anthony DeGidio. DeGidio was placed on the Bored while in Stainbrook’s good graces. Those graces have since turned sour and DeGidio has been sent packing back to his Mahoning County abode. All of this is great news if you favor a dysfunctional Same Old Party peopled with silly folks flopping all over themselves in ridiculousness, as we do. If you believe in a robust two party system of government,

Piling on

In other news, the leadership of the Democratic Party was discredited by losses at the polls last year, inability to develop new and credible candidates, and the removal of Party Chair Ron Rothenbuhler from the BoE. Current Toledo Councilman Steven Steel was elected to replace Rothenbuhler in an orderly meeting by unanimous voice vote. Rothenbuhler had earlier announced that he was seeking re-election, then removed himself as a candidate at the eleventh hour. Former union boss Jim Martin then publicly announced his candidacy, only to remove himself on the eve of the election. That left the Dems backing Steel without acrimony or intrigue. He pledged a unified Party after the vote, or what he called a “well-oiled, well-trained machine.” All of this is great news if you favor a Democratic Party that can simply swat opposition out of the way like so many annoying gnats. If you believe in a robust two party system of government, well, see above.

well, sorry about your luck.

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Out of line

It’s 2014 and I still can’t delete a text after I’ve sent it!

t n a R e W d e t Uni - by Brandon Doriot

I’m going to assume that at some point in your life you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed, mad enough to trample your neighbor’s flowers and slap a puppy (OK, maybe not that mad, but you get the picture). In a mood where the idea of happiness and sunshine disgust you. Not to worry, it’s totally natural. Blowing off steam stops you from either a) Mel Gibsonning out on some innocent bystander or b) bottling it up your whole life until one day something as menial as getting home from a drive-thru to find you only got 2 PACKETS of sauce from Taco Bell triggers a brain aneurysm leaving you face down in your Crunchwrap.

Let the hate flow through you Aldous Huxley once posited that in life everyone’s experience is so individual, so utterly unique, that no matter how we try to relate to each other—through love, art, Game of Thrones viewing parties— that we’re all doomed to solitude. Every group is “a nation of island universes.” His solution? Take an egregious amount of mescaline with your BFFs. And since I can’t condone collectively taking a bunch of drugs (well... more than we’re already taking), I propose a much simpler solution. Let’s hate on stuff. From big rages all the way down to the minute idiosyncrasies that annoy us, we surely can find common ground. Schadenfreude, Noun, \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯidə\: a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. Let’s face it, deep down we’re all sick and sadistic. Don’t believe me? Consider the invention of the camcorder. Sony released the first commercial one in 1983. Within six short years, a show called America’s Funniest Home Videos was born. If you’re not familiar, it was basically Bob Saget squawking


over clips of people getting hit in the baby maker. America was so collectively thrilled with the testicular torsion of strangers that after 500 episodes, AFV is still running. So don’t disillusion yourself with the notion that humanity is a noble species. Embrace the hate.

It ’s the American Way Being a Toledo native is no walk in the park considering we’re annually reminded via some online list that we’re in the Top 10 worst places to live, or poorest cities in America. Just last year we (despite the amount of twerking Facebook posts I’ve seen) were ranked lowest in frequent exercise and happiness, but highest in smoking and asthma. Though those tidbits should be enough to send you on a tirade about our fair city, consider the fact that you’re still living in America—a country where even minimum wage earners are still able to charge their Wal-credit card for a 60inch plasma TV (1 year interest-free) to mount in their 98 Aerostar so their kids will just shut up and watch Frozen for the 50th time while they try to get them to their overpriced, underproductive school while getting only 7 miles per gallon and it’s all because Obam….. Sorry I blacked out.

Tara Patterson, ann Arbor

When you’ve been waiting in line for awhile and they open another register and the people behind you in line run to the new register instead of offering to let you go.

Deborah Gratz-McDonald, Bedford Township

The last time I went out to dinner, the people there were not working their jobs very well. No heart and no understanding of the vision of the restaurant. They were punched in, but that’s it. If you have a business you want a team of workers who are delivering the goods with professionalism and exhibit an enthusiasm that exceeds the customer’s expectations.

Mark Justice Vipond, Toledo

Our lives are ridiculously lavish compared to the insane poverty in a lot of other countries. And it’s because our forefathers had the audacity to gripe and put their lives on the line when they were annoyed with taxes (glad that’s no longer an issue!). If it weren’t for these noble ranters we’d probably all be sipping tea, watching cricket and adding the letter “u” to the word color for no apparent reason.

! ? s c i t Poli Modern political discourse has become a onedimensional caricature of itself. Conservatives are a one-trick pony, advocating markets as the solution to everything while touting a complete ignorance of basic civics by gutting every public service they can get their hands on. Liberals haven’t found a more compelling argument for their own existence beyond not being conservatives while moderates naively attempt to be neutral on a moving train. Radicals compete with each other to see who can be the most irrelevant while the apathetic make angry victims out of themselves. Everyone’s so busy racing to the bottom that no one seems to notice how badly we’re all screwing each other.

Sean Nestor, Toledo

So consider ranting a civic duty. Pick up a pen and start making mountains out of molehills. It’s good for you, and it’s downright ‘MURICAN!

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Toledo Love I get tired of people who get off on complaining about where they live.

Toledo isn’t Nashville, and it’s not Chicago. But there’s this weird obsession here, this uninformed negative thinking that it’s this horrible place to live — that it doesn’t deserve attention, or that its accomplishments aren’t worth noting.

I’m not a Toledo native, and I’ve lived in several large cities in the United States, including Philadelphia and Kansas City. Just like in Toledo, people in these cities get up every day and make a living, sometimes building businesses, art galleries, services and community ef-

forts out of nothing. That’s admirable. It’s not different here. I won’t make an absolute statement that it’s the best city ever, or preach some glorified version of reality — because that’s as unhelpful as talking shit. The reality is that it’s an economically depressed area like much of the Rust Belt, and that it’s making a positive comeback. Pittsburgh’s done it; Toledo can do it. The reality is that it will only improve if its residents invest their time, work and money back into it, on a regular basis. If you feel you aren’t doing better here, preaching about how much you hate it won’t fix a f*****g thing, either.

T h e TC P Sta f f Sound Off !

People feeding stray cats! I’m sorry, cats are OK, but when someone feeds the strays and they then have litters of kittens in my yard (three litters in one year!) that just pisses me off! Not to mention I have a dog and she happened to get one of the litters before I realized what she was doing. Not good, people!

Robin Armstrong Accountant,

Adams street publishing


Kelly Thompson, Toledo

When my husband cracks his neck and ankles.

Kim Baker Sales executive,

Adams street publishing


Drivers! The left lane on the expressway is for passing. 1) Do not travel in it is you’re feeding your kids McDonald’s from the driver’s seat. 2) Do not drive 61 mph in the passing lane.

Leah Foley Graphic Designer,

Adams street publishing

Toledo’s potholes... ugh.

It bothers me so badly when somebody dies, either somebody you know or it is reported on the news, and I hear someone say, “How sad, and she was so pretty and smart” What if she was not so “pretty” and/or mentally challenged? Does that make it any less sad? People can say some really dumb things.

! k w a G ! Gawk

Deborah Gratz McDonald, Toledo

Gawkers at accidents or police pullovers. Nearly everyone slows, looks, and slowly pulls away. Keep your eyes straight ahead peeps and you wont be part of the problem.

Barbara Lardinais, Toledo

It’s absolutely disgusting. I want to know where they think the trash goes. There isn’t a trash fairy that picks up after slobs. Lately, even a cigarette butt tossed out of a window has made me yell out my car window! My tolerance is getting worse with age.

Nadine Hariri Editor,

Toledo Area Parent

I can’t stand people who rip on Toledo constantly. It’s a free country. There are other places to live. If you aren’t happy here, hit the road. You’re bringing the rest of us down.

Sam Rotroff Sales Executive,

Adams street publishing

The City Paper (and inquisitive readers) want to know: what’s getting under your skin and onto your nerves? Leave us a message on facebook and let us know—we will add your rants to the online edition of this story.

Yvonne Stefanski, Toledo

June 18 • July 01


Sebastiano’s Italiano



4448 Heatherdowns Blvd.


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When you’re thirsting for a sip of something special, you won’t have to look far to find a bartender who can mix up the magic. From martinis to mojitos, craft beers to cucumber kicks, these Toledo drink slingers know how to pour.

Dégagé Jazz Cafe

301 River Rd. Maumee

Jordan Jaehn

My signature cocktail: Prickly Pink Pear Martini.

Signature Cocktail: Raspberry Sparkle. Mixology: 1 oz vodka, .5 oz Tuaca, .5 oz Chambord, fresh lime, top with Prosecco. Sage bartender advice: Patience is a virtue.

Sage bartender advice: Your bar is your stage. Always entertain!

My establishment is known for:

My establishment is known for: Live jazz.

Authentic Italian food and creative drinks in a casual dining environment.

My latest obsession: Infusing fresh preserves. My motto: Be happy! True confession: I’m obsessed with aviation.


Rachel Wright

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My latest obsession: Tuaca, a traditional Italian citrus-vanilla liqueur.

True Confession: I’m a secret ninja.

Balance Grille 5860 W Central Ave. 514 the Boulevard, Maumee

JPAAT My signature beverage: The Taro Deluxe. Mixology: 7 tablespoons Taro flavor, half an ounce of lychee syrup, 2 teaspoons of honey, 4 ounces of green tea, 4 ounces of oolong tea, 6 ounces of organic whole milk, boba. My establishment is known for: The freshest of local foods served fast and custom

hand-crafted Bubble Tea.

Proudest bartender accomplishment: I once made a drink that a woman described as “Happy in her mouths.” I don’t know where she got a second mouth, but I was pretty impressed with myself.

Nickname: JPAAT or That Pirate Lookin’ Guy. My motto: If you gotta look, look good.

Kelly Ann Seemann


Whiskey Haze.

MIXOLOGY: Bulleit Rye, Grand

Marnier, B&B, Angostura bitters, Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters, Fresh nutmeg, orange twist.


Learn how to cut someone off without them realizing you're cutting them off.

MY ESTABLISHMENT IS KNOWN FOR: thoughtful, local sourcing.


the new drink menu for Element, and being offered two prestigious stages (apprenticeships) over the next year.


Ransom Old Tom Gin and amaros.


I'm moving back to Brooklyn.


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Danielle Laraby

My signature cocktail: S’Mores Mudslide.

Mixology: 2 oz. Smirnoff marshmallow, 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/2 oz. Irish Cream, 1/2 oz. Creme de Cacao and a splash of cream (half & half). Sage Bartender advice: Drink presentation is just as important a factor as any other. Spruce it up a little. If you think it’s too much, it probably looks amazing! Who doesn’t love to sip on something pretty?!

Laffs Inc. Comedy Club 3922 Secor Rd.

Best/Worst pickup line ever: “My buddies bet me that i wouldn’t be able to start a conversation with the prettiest girl at the bar. Wanna buy some drinks with their money?” Proudest bartender accomplishment: Becoming the head bartender/ bar manager at Laffs Inc.

My motto: When you love what you do, you’ll never “work” a day in your life.

Nasri Hajjar

My signature cocktail/beverage: I make really good mojitos; a strawberry kiwi basil mojito and a blueberry kiwi mojito with a little bit of mint infused simple syrup. My establishment is known for: Small plates and the best sangria in town.

My favorite bartender tool: The muddler—you can make some awesome drinks with muddled fruit, vegetables or even candy.

My latest obsession: Craft beer by far,

Poco Piatti 3155 Chappel Dr. Perrysburg


Doc Watson’s 1515 South Byrne Rd.

Emily Henry

but I love Johnnie Walker Black.

My signature cocktail: Lemon Lavender Fizz.

My motto: It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s from “Rocky.”

Mixology: Boodles gin, lavender simple syrup, lemonade and a splash of soda on the rocks.

True confession: Aside from working all the time, I make jewelry, including diamond rings, necklaces, and earrings, and I love silver and casting. I play baseball on Sundays in a league and I train in MMA. I once fought in Tampa, FL. I enjoy moving all the time. It’s hard to catch me not doing anything.

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My establishment is known for: Craft beer and good food.

My latest obsession: Powers whiskey. My motto: When life hands you lemons, make a lemon lavender fizz.

True Confession: I have two different colored eyes.

Bar 145 5305 Monroe St.

Stephanie Kneisley

My signature cocktail: Red Chuck Cherry Mojito.

Sage bartender advice: Treat every guest as if it were their first dining experience; don’t forget to smile and treat them as you would your family … leave all other personal situations at the door.

My establishment is known for: Bar 145 is Toledo’s first gastropub—a British/American term for a pub that specializes in high-quality food a step above the traditional pub grub. Our tag line, “red chucks, white china” expresses our culture clash having all of our food served on white china plates, and all of our employees sporting red Chuck Taylor tennis shoes.

Best/Worst pickup line ever: Worst: “You may not be the prettiest girl in here, but I’m the only one talking to you.” Best: “how much does a polar bear weigh? …Enough to break the ice, my name’s Brandon.” My motto: “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great… keep aiming.” continued on pg. 16

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Tia Cherry

My signature cocktail: Cucumber Kick. Mixology: In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 oz. of cucumber and a sprig of mint. Add ice and 1.5 measure of cucumber vodka; 1 measure of tonic; the juice of 1 small lime; splash of St. Germain. Shake and serve over ice in a chilled martini or rocks glass (salted rim optional). Top with a splash of lemonade and garnish with a slice of salted cucumber and mint sprig. Sage bartender advice: Never spend time talking to someone who creeps you out simply because

they bought you a drink.

My favorite bartender tool: Gotta have a flat bottle opener. You won’t find me behind the bar

without one in my back pocket.

My latest obsession: Herradura Tequila. Apparently it’s not new. They’ve been selling it in Mexico for over 100 years. But I’ve only known about it for two months. Delicious!

My motto: Silence is the best reply to a fool.


True Confession: I can write with my toes.

4020 Secor Rd.

Mancy’s Italian 5453 Monroe St.

John B. Jacob My signature cocktail: Tegroni; a summer-inspired variation of the classic Negroni that places tequila center stage. For the more adventurous palate, the Tegroni combines the flavors of herbal, bitter, tart and sweet in one glass.

Mixology: 1 oz. Herradura tequila (or any quality tequila); .75 oz. Campari; .75 oz. Lillet Rouge; dash of grapefruit bitters; .25 oz. simple syrup (optional); splash of Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist. Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. (Stir the drink if you are omitting the simple syrup). Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Float the Prosecco. Using a Y-peeler cut a wide lemon peel. Twist over the drink, releasing the oils, and rub around the rim of the glass. Drop the twist into the drink.

My signature cocktail: Hollywood Mango Tango.

Mixology: Shot of 3 Olives Mango, shot of 3 Olives Elvis, shot of cranberry and a splash of pineapple juice.

Sage bartender advice: Whatever side of the bar you are on, it’s about people. The way you treat someone influences the way they’ll treat you and speak about you.

My establishment is known for: Signature Hollywood drinks.

Worst/Best pickup line ever: They’re almost always weak. Try a subtle compliment

Nickname: Shorty.

instead. It’s nonthreatening and has a better chance at starting a conversation.

Proudest bartender accomplishment: Being voted Toledo’s Best Bartender in 2012 by Toledo City Paper readers. With so many outstanding bartenders in the Toledo metro area, it was quite an honor.

Nickname: JJ. 16

Kelley Bennett

My favorite bartender tool: The shaker. My motto: You only live once, live life to the fullest.


777 Hollywood Blvd.

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Amanda Dunn

My signature cocktail: Berry Me In The Sand. Mixology: Ciroc Red Berry, pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry juice, garnished with an orange slice.

Sage bartender advice: Always have a smile behind the bar. Worst/best pickup line ever: “Was your dad a baker? Because those are some fresh buns!”

Proudest bartender accomplishment: I’ve been bartending 10 years and honestly anytime I hear: “That’s the best drink I’ve ever had,” I feel proud. As well, all of my amazing regulars and customers make me feel good every day. My latest obsession: Summer drinks! Moscow mules, mojitos, coconut and cucumber vodkas. And of course anything with Jameson! My favorite!

Mulvaney’s Bunker 4941 Dorr St.•

Kim McKnight & Christina Pettee Our signature cocktails: Cosmopolitan and Durty Daiquiri. Mixology: Vodka, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice/layers of Hurricane, Pina Colada,

and strawberry daiquiri.

Sage bartender advice: Everything with moderation and always check IDs. Our establishment is known for: Serving exceptionally good food with quality service. Our favorite bartender tool: Muddler. Our latest obsessions: IPAs and Fireball whisky. Our motto: So many cocktails, so little time!!

Ye Olde Durty Bird

2 S. St. Clair, Toledo

Ashley Wise, Jason Mitchell and Michael McCarthy Ashley’s signature cocktail: Dirty Girl Scout: Rumplemintz, creme de menthe,


Jason’s signature cocktail: 5 Alive: Berry vodka, lemonade, dash of cranberry

and soda

Michael’s signature beverage: Jameson. The trick is to pour an ounce and a half, not like the lady giving out samples of prune juice at Kroger.

Jason’s sage bartender advice: Always be respectful to everyone. Our establishment is known for: Craft beer, infused liquor that we make, and awesome times.

Ashley’s proudest bartender accomplishment: Waiting on Tom Green.

Michael’s favorite bartender tool: A towel is about the most massively

Attic on Adams

useful thing a bartender can have.

1701 Adams St.

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Mancy’s Steakhouse 953 Phillips Ave.

Debbie Walker My signature cocktail: Lemon Drop. Mixology: Smirnoff Citrus, sour mix, can sugar, Cointreau. Sage bartender advice: Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. My establishment is known for: Steaks, established 1921. Proudest bartender accomplishment: Longevity. My latest obsession: Barrel-aged Manhattan. My motto: Teamwork.

Buster Brown’s Big Dog Lounge 313 Conant St., Maumee

Katie Meyer

My signature cocktail: Violet Beauregarde.

Mixology: 2 parts Smirnoff blueberry vodka, 1 part Razzmatazz, splash of Lemix, shake it up with ice. Top with 7-Up. You can serve it up or down—we serve it as one of our top house shots! Delicioso! This recipe’s from a friend who moved away ... so truly he deserves the kudos! Sage bartender advice: Don’t participate in the partying! My establishment is known for: Pool tables, patio, karaoke and jello

shots for $1, plus fast and efficient service!

What is your motto: If it looks like it’s over imbibed and acts like it’s over imbibed, then it probably is! Phone a taxi.

True confession: I used to model. I love to read!

El Vaquero

26611 Dixie Hwy. 107, Perrysburg

Sue Asad

My signature cocktail/beverage: Texas margarita with a twist, “Sue” style. Mixology: 2 oz. 1800, 1 oz Gran Marnier, 1 oz. triple sec, ice and shake it! Serve with salt on the rim. Sage bartender advice: Keep checking ID’s, even if it insults someone! Some get flattered! Proudest bartender accomplishment: Making lots of new friends I consider to be family. My favorite bartender tool: Lime squeezer, because it also gives me my daily arm workout. True confession: I sleep with a teddy bear. continued on pg. 22 20

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Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant

Shannon Meadows My signature cocktail/beverage:

7742 W. Bancroft

Golden Margarita.

Mixology: 1/2 oz. Cuervo Gold; 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier; 1 1/2 oz. Lemon Mix; 1/4 oz. Lime Juice. Shake and pour into a salted rimmed glass. Serve with a lime wedge.

Sage bartender advice: Don’t let the

Connie Dugan

bitches get you down.

My establishment is known for: Toledo’s BEST Margarita’s!

My signature cocktail/beverage: Strawberry Basil Mojito.

Proudest bartender accomplishment: Not getting fired over my

Mixology: Fresh strawberries, mint, lime and Jose Cuervo Silver.

30 years of employment at Ventura’s!

Sage bartender advice: Enjoy your customers, have fun and

My favorite bartender tool:

make a good drink!

The muddler.

Worst/best pickup line ever: I think they’re all bad!

My latest obsession: Can there be anything

My establishment is known for: Fresh, local ingredients, a

more trendy than a great margarita?

great atmosphere and wonderful regulars!

Nickname: Everyone knows me... they just call

Nickname: Con-naynay (Don’t ask).

me Shannon.

True confession: I once stole a drag queen’s wig on my birthday!

What is your motto: Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.

Cinco De Mayo 304 E. Alexis Rd.

Christine Lipper SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Skinny Perfect Patron

MIXOLOGY: 1 shot Patron Silver; 1 1/2 shots

Patron Citronge; 1 1/2 shots triple sec; 1 1/2 shots Peach Schnapps; 1 1/2 shots Grand Marnier; 1 1/2 squeezed oranges; 1 squeezed lime. Top off with sour mix, salt or sugar rim.

SAGE BARTENDER ADVICE: Breathe, the bar can be a crazy place! Smile, so nobody really knows what you are thinking. PROUDEST BARTENDER ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being able to

communicate with the Spanish customers. Being here 6 years has really taught me a lot!


Manhattan’s Restaurant

Margaronas/Corona-ritas, a frozen rita with a baby Coronita bottle flipped upside down into it. Looks awesome and tastes great!

NICKNAME: “Guera Loca” = crazy white girl!

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Rosie’s Italian Grille

606 N. McCord Rd.

Lorie Haley

MY SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Espresso martini.

MIXOLOGY: Absolut, Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlua, shot of espresso, serve with a cocoa rim. MY ESTABLISHMENT IS KNOWN FOR: Our great Italian food with an

outstanding variety of seafood as well. Also the ambiance of the outside patio by the fountains is so relaxing.


away someone’s keys, and make sure they get home safely.


for summer both white and red, with a ton of fresh fruits.

YOUR MOTTO: Live life every day as if it were your last; always be kind to others. I totally believe in karma!

Jessica Croskey SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Mango-Strawberry Margarita

MIXOLOGY: 1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo; ½

oz. Grand Marnier; ½ oz. lime juice and sweet and sour. Add a splash of OJ and your favorite strawberry and mango syrups. Shake over ice and serve up or on the rocks. Garnish with fresh strawberries and mango.


pride in every detail of your work. It’s the little things that get recognized when you’re in the spotlight behind the bar.

LATEST OBSESSION: Craft beers. We rotate our craft beers on tap so I am able to educate myself and try so many. MOTTO: Never back down from an opportunity. No matter how nervous or uncertain of yourself that you are, jump in with both feet and go for it. You only live once, get what you want from it. TRUE CONFESSION: I write computer programs and am well on my way to obtaining a degree in Information Science & Technology.

Burger Bar 419 5215 Monroe St.

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Maumee Bay Brew Pub 27 Broadway St.

Ashley McAninch SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Glass City Peach Martini.

MIXOLOGY: ½ oz. peach vodka; ½ shot vanilla vodka; splash of lime; peach puree; shaken. Add splash of grenadine on bottom and garnish with a cherry. SAGE BARTENDING ADVICE: Taste everything. PROUDEST BARTENDING ACCOMPLISHMENT: Perfecting and mixing martinis. NICKNAME: Asher Crasher. MOTTO: Enjoy what you do!

Melissa Demecs SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: Sweet Melissa. MIXOLOGY: 2 oz. mango vodka; splash of OJ; splash of peach puree; then shake. Add splash of Sprite and fill with club soda over ice. OUR ESTABLISHMENT IS KNOWN FOR: Awesome craft beer and being haunted. SAGE BARTENDING ADVICE: You can’t argue with drunk people. MOTTO: Laugh it off.


Sports Bar (at the Oliver House)

TRUE CONFESSION: I’m kind of an introvert. It’s not weird for me to be at home on a Friday night reading a book or painting or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.



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Chinese/Pakistani fusion Gourmet Garden gets a new menu twist by November Williams

Gourmet Garden, under new ownership since November, has put a new twist on traditional Chinese food. In the moniker’s longtime location on Monroe St. in Sylvania (near Tony Packo’s Cafe), new owner Nasir Tausif said it is the only restaurant in the Toledo area offering halal Chinese food—halal meaning that the meat has been prepared in a way that meets Islamic standards. The restaurant’s décor has been transformed into a delightful escape, with dim lighting, sparkling stemware, and burgundy-and-gold embellishments that create a warm and welcoming upscale dining atmosphere with a casual ambience. Nasir, a native of Pakistan who immigrated to California in 1974 and moved to Toledo in 1992, said nonMuslim patrons will still benefit from the halal standards because of the superior quality of halal meats. Gourmet Garden’s Pakistani/Chinese fusion includes dishes such as Nihari Curry, beef shanks smothered in a rich curry sauce, a highlight of the menu. “They slowcook for at least four hours,” Tausif said, which makes them tender enough to eat with a fork. The restaurant

Culinary Wednesday, 6.18

Sylvania Firefighters Local 2243 Annual Pancake Breakfast Toledo Elks Lodge #53

This special event is one of our Charity fund-raising efforts for 2014. Funds raised through donations and the proceeds from the breakfast are used to benefit those in need in the Sylvania / Toledo area. $5. 3520 Holland-Sylvania Rd. 419-377-7283.

Musical Dinner Cruise The Sandpiper

Enjoy a wonderful pasta dinner while cruising the Maume. There will also be a live performance by Kerry Patrick Clark. Reservations required. 6:308:30pm. $30. Maumee. 419-537-1212.

Thursday, 6.19

4 Paws Sake Table Forty 4

Enjoy delicious beer and help cute canines at the same time. Glasses can be purchased the night of the event. 6-8pm. 610 Monroe St. 419-725-0044.

Friday, 6.20

ZOOtoDO Toledo Zoo

Enjoy samples from over fifty fine restaurants and caterers with live music on multiple stages (See pg. 26 for more information). 6pm. Ages 21+. 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-4040.

Saturday, 6.21

Murder Mystery Train Adrian & Blissfield Railroad

An entertaining murder mystery is presented while guests partake in a five-course meal in the railroad dining car. Reservations required. Saturday evenings. 6-10pm. 301 E. Adrian St.

Sunday, 6.22

Toledo Soup Mad Ave, Collective

This event helps community members gather support for local improvement projects. Mad Ave. Collective, 1600 Madison Ave.

even features some Pakistani dishes that are displayed on the chef’s board, and not the menu. Either way expect spicy bursts of tender flavor. The most impressive dish on a recent visit was the lamb pot, with thinly sliced lamb, water chestnuts and mushrooms blended in a unique tea sauce, poured, tableside, into a piping hot stone bowl.

Nasir Tausif has added more international flavor to

The restaurant will soon have a huge tandoor oven that will provide Gourmet Garden with the means to accomplish additional intermingling of ethnic flavors. For the not-so-adventurous, there are familiar Chinese entrees such as sweet and sour chicken, General Tso’s chicken, and several variations of lo mein. All dishes are accompanied by either crispy naan bread or brown or white rice. Everything is made fresh in house including the Kulfi, a pistachio ice cream seasoned with cardamom and other spices, passionately created using a secret family recipe of Tausif’s wife.

Get ready for summer entertaining by learning to make the best burger, grilled chicken and potato salad. Registration Required. 11am. Free/ $3, Under 21. 5001 Monroe St. 419-475-6368.

Thursday, 6.26

Dégagé Cooking School: Rendezvous A Deus Dégagé Jazz Cafe

Pinot on the Patio Bar 145

Enjoy an evening of fantastic wine with a special chef’s pairing menu, $15 bottles of wine and live acoustic entertainment. Tuesday nights. 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073.

Wine Wednesdays The Andersons Market

Join friends or make new ones while you sample flavorful wine, tasty food and listen to live jazz music. 6-8pm. Price varies. 7638 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-517-7707.

Saturday, 6.28

City Chickens Urban Agriculture Center


Learn the basics about raising your own chickens in an urban setting. Registration required. 10am-noon. 900 Oneida St. 419-720-8714. Free

Sunday, 6.29

Everything Ice Cream Westfield Shopping Center

Wine & Cheese Tastings Treo Restaurant

Sample unique wines and cheeses, including some off-list choices. 6-8pm. $15. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-2266.


Master your ice cream making as well as learn creative ways to serve it. Registration required. 11am. 5001 Monroe St. 419-475-6368. Free


Friday Tastings Walt Churchill's Market

Sample a variety of flavorful wine. 4-7pm. Price varies. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.


Westgate Farmers' Market Elder Beerman parking lot

Enjoy a weekly selection of locally grown produce and fantastic home-made items. 3-7pm. 3301 Secor Rd.


Perrysburg Farmers Market Historic Downtown Perrysburg

Visit the market for locally grown and produced flowers, herbs, baked goods, garden art, prepared foods, produce and unique gifts. 3-8pm. 100 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-874-9147.


Outdoor Market Toledo Farmers Market

Enjoy fresh selections of your favorite produce. 8am-2pm. 525 Market St. 419-255-6765.

Tecumseh Farmer’s Market Tecumseh Farm and Craft Market

Check out the wide variety of locally grown veggies and plants, as well as delicious baked goods. 9am1pm. 805 S. Maumee St., Tecumseh. 517-424-6003.


Saturday Beer Tasting Andersons Market

Wednesday, 6.18

Bubbly Tasting Barr's Public House

Sampling of 6 different sparkling wines from different regions different styles. Complimentary appetizers will be provided. 6-8pm. $40. 3355 Briarfield, Maumee. 419-866-8466. Reservations required.

Friday, 6.20

Enjoy an evening of delicious barbecue, Cabernet Sauvignon and complimentary cheese. 6:30-8:30pm. $25. 2556 Parkway Plz., Maumee. 419-893-2525.

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Learn how to create the perfect romantic meal for two. Reservations required. 6:30-8:30pm. 301 River Rd., Maumee. 419-794-8205 ex. 3.

Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Maumee Wines

Yogurt, made daily, is used for creamy and tangy lassis—traditional Pakistani drinks served over ice and accompanied by spices or sweet fruit. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, Tausif said, in adherence to Muslim teachings. The large selection of both Chinese and Pakistani entrees range from $7 to $14. Open 11:30am-9pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:30am-10pm Friday through Saturday, Gourmet Garden also offers delivery service seven days a week. 5817 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-885-0151

Ongoing Tastings

Classic Summertime Grilling Williams-Sonoma

Gourmet Garden’s menu.

Get informed on what is happening and developing in the world of beer. 2-4pm. Price varies. 7638 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-517-7707.


Bloody Mary Bar Ye Olde Durty Bird

Every Sunday, make the perfect Bloody Mary from a selection of delicious ingredients. 11am-3pm. 2 S. St. Clair Street. 419-243-2473.

Ongoing Culinary Events: Tuesdays

Tuesdays in Sylvania Main Street area

Enjoy local farmers, growers and artisans throughout the Main Street area. Through October 1. 4-7pm. 5723 N. Main St. 419-517-8850.

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Fauna and food

Voted the Best Zoo in the United States in a competition held by USA Today, the Toledo Zoo offers more than cuddly animals and lush habitats. At the annual ZOOtoDO bash, black-tie and tennis shoe-wearing party-goers will sample foods from over fifty of the area’s top restaurants and caterers. After relishing the hors d’oeuvres from 6-7:30pm, wander across the bridge to indulge in multiple grazing stations, each sporting different varieties of food, with live music on multiple stages, drinks and a photo booth. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s state-of-the-art exhibits and daily operations. Friday, June 20. Ages 21+. 6pm-midnight. $150. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-4040.

Timeless tea

The first official day of summer, as well as the solstice (the longest day of the year), are two of Mother Nature’s highlights deserving of a celebration. Hosting its annual Summer Solstice Garden Tea, the Historic Vistula Foundation rings in the sunny season in style. Seatings will feature both hot and iced specialty teas, exquisitely paired with such sweets and savories as lemon-blueberry scones and caramelized onion feta tarts. As a special treat, there will be a tarot card reader (for an additional $5). The beautiful garden at the Matthew Brown House is the perfect setting for this classy event. Rain or shine. Reservations required. Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22. $30. Saturday, 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Sunday, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm. Matthew Brown House, 1107 N. Superior St. 419-389-3452

Refreshingly renewed

Nestled inside the historic Centennial Building in uptown Perrysburg, Stella's Restaurant and Bar is now sporting a new menu with a modern twist. "The menu needed some finetuning with fresh herbs and small things that make the recipes pop," said Chef Rob Campbell. The new summer menu includes brown gnocchi with chicken stock, shaved parmesan and white truffle oil, and grilled salmon with sweet corn hash, bacon and smoked chili. Another reason to dine at Stella's—and its sister eatery, Swig— is that they source from Omega Farms, an allnatural pork and beef farm with grass-fed organic meat. Stella's Restaurant, 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-873-8360.— MLR


June 18 • July 01

Photo b y Girl in the Glass C ity

Toledo’s Tom Madigan (R) will screen his thriller Dead Doornails (L) .

An Evening of Low-Budget Cinema

The frugal filmmaking of Tom Madigan by Michael Pierce Filmmaker Tom Madigan understands that quality storytelling is not dependent on big budgets and high-tech gear. The Toledo-area native and graduate of Bowling Green State University made his first feature film back in 2001—a dramatic thriller titled The Darker Side of Romance—on a budget of just $150. The essentially no-budget film was picked up for international DVD distribution in 2003, launching the then 23-year-old into the world of filmmaking. According to Madigan, “It was available in every Best Buy in North America for three or four years.” This early success prompted him to move to Hollywood. “I moved to LA with no job lined up and about $3,000 in the bank,” Madigan said.

Juggling Many Jobs

After working for a short time at a video store, Madigan landed a job teaching English as a Second Language in night school. “This meant that I could write in the mornings or afternoons, and also pursue independent movie-making on the weekends,” he said. He has also done work as a freelance camera operator and editor. “For a while I was in high demand in LA to edit all kinds of video. Most people in LA, in show business, have many jobs,” he said. Since moving to Hollywood, Madigan has written, directed, produced and edited about a dozen 8mm and digital

short movies, as well as a “drive-in style” feature entitled Dead Doornails; “This was my second feature. It was shot in 2007 in Los Angeles, guerrilla style, for approximately $2,000.”

Will Tom Do Better In Toledo?

Madigan recently returned to the Toledo area to recuperate from west coast living. “I’m currently in the Toledo area awaiting my next assignment in LA, and writing a new thriller,” he said. On Saturday, June 28, at the Maumee Performing Arts Center (inside of Maumee High School), Madigan will host a showing of Dead Doornails. “It will screen to the public for only the second time ever,” he said. This event will also include his other short movies. While back in Toledo, Madigan hopes to meet with aspiring filmmakers. “I would love to connect with anyone in the area interested in making, or already making, low-budget movies,” he said. “This is the primary purpose of the screening. Also, it will give you a good laugh.” The short movies will run from 7-8pm, and the feature will run from 8:15pm-9:45pm on Saturday, June 28. Admission is $5 at the door. Free for public school teachers, librarians, and local fire and police officers. Recommended for adult audiences. 1147 Saco St., Maumee. Some of Madigan’s films are available on his youtube channel

June 18 • July 01


Drive-in to Margaritaville

Put on a Hawaiian shirt, grab your parrot hat and escape to the tropical wonderland of Margaritaville with this live simulcast of a Texas concert by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band. Buffett calls his music “Drunken Caribbean Rock n’ Roll”—a mix of folk and country with lyrical themes from the Gulf of Mexico. The band will be performing live at the Coyote Drive-in in Fort Worth, Texas, and the show will be broadcast live to participating drive-ins across the country. The number of drive-ins in the U.S. has declined from 4,000 in the 1960s to about 360 today, making this event a great opportunity to support a local business and an American pop culture institution. Thursday, June 19, 7pm. $20. Sundance Kid Drive-In, 4500 Navarre Avenue. 419-691-9668.—AH-A

Documentary takes a freedom run

Acclaimed director Stanley Nelson Jr.’s documentary, Freedom Summer, made waves at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for its relentless portrayal of segregationist Mississippi. In the summer of 1964, volunteers led by Robert Moses made tremendous sacrifices to increase voter registration in the state—it is the story of their hard work in the face of deep-seated prejudice that makes Freedom Summer such a powerful piece. The documentary will screen in Toledo in advance of its PBS premiere the following week. Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 6pm. $5. Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St. 419-255-8406.

Two locals, Four Dogs

Buzzworthy short film director Joe Burke, a Toledo native, unleashed Four Dogs, his debut feature-length film, at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival to rave reviews. The film, beautifully shot, tells the story of Oliver (played by Oliver Cooper, also a Toledoan), an aimless twenty something who lives with his aunt (and her four dogs… get it?) and spends his days wasting time with his do-nothing actor friend. Their domestic malaise is hilariously disrupted by a beautiful stranger, but if you want to know more, just check the film out on Vimeo VOD, and read our online exclusive interview with Burke himself at —JS

Love for a dead language

When it comes to interesting hobbies, Chelsea, Michigan’s Jim Stacey has most of us beat. For twelve years, the ex-minister, author and theology expert has been studying Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke during his time on earth. Stacey believes that through Aramaic, today people can uncover layers of meaning in the New Testament that have been lost in translation over the course of centuries. His lecture at the ToledoFAVS coffee talk will be a must-listen for believers as well as those interested in the ancient world. Saturday, June 21, 10am. Barry Bagels, 302 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. Free—JS

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Rigoletto Summer Encore The

Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto transplants the tale of murderous revenge to the glitz of Las Vegas. 2 and 7pm. Also Wednesday, June 25. $12.50. Franklin Park 16, 5001 Monroe St. 419-472-2324.

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Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Audience members lend their voices to this classic film, singing from memory (or by subtitle, for those new to the Sound of Music), using props provided to ticketholders. 7pm. $15. Donnell Theatre Wolfe Center for the Arts, Bowling Green. 419-372-8171.

Mamma Mia An all-star ensemble cast

populates this musical drama, based off the beloved musical and featuring the songs of ABBA. There will be open dancing and a DJ following the film. 7pm. $5. Ohio Theatre, 3112 Lagrange St. 419-720-8952.

Sunday 22 House of Wax Movie Classics at the Maumee presents a special 3D presentation of this classic horror flick starring the velvet voiced Vincent Price. 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm. $5. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. 419-897-8902. greateasterntheatres. com/maumeehome.asp Tuesday 24 Penton Gather Films presents the premiere of this full-length documentary, chronicling the life of John Penton, who revolutionalized modern motorcycle racing. 7:30pm. $5. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. 419-897-8902. Friday 27

Shall We Dance Enjoy the original

Japanese rendition of this classic dance film about an acocuntant who finds joy in secret ballroom dancing lessons. There will be open dancing and a DJ following the film. 7pm. $5. Ohio Theatre, 3112 Lagrange St. 419-720-8952.

Board awards

Volunteers of the Village Players, get ready to party at the community theater’s annual award ceremony, The Vippies. After a short meet-and-greet, the theater group holds a quick board meeting to recap the 2013-14 season’s fiscal year, followed by board elections (no prior experience required). Then it’s time for The Vippies! Board members will hand out awards to those who put in work for local theater. One deserving volunteer will take home THE VIPPIE, for going above and beyond in serving the Village Players. Afterward there will be a luau party and a preview of the theater’s next show, Into The Woods. 2pm. Saturday, June 21. The Village Players Theatre, 2740 Upton Ave. 419-472-6827. Free. BYOB—JS

Survival of the fittest

Has a secretly sadistic part of you ever wanted to devise an ingeniously evil torture chamber? Well leave it to Toledoans to make it happen: Toledo based production company KVCT Concepts created Trapped Toledo as an interactive group challenge designed to test the survival skills of you and your friends. You and up to 11 other people are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles with nothing but your collective wits to guide you. There are two hellish scenarios to pick from: Infected, a zombie attack scenario in which your team fights for freedom from a starving horde of brain eaters, and Blown Away, a bomb-disarming stress test. Cut the wrong wire and kaboom! Your fate is in your hands. Both challenges will be held throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 21 to July 31. You must be 18 or over to purchase tickets, $25 (group discounts available). 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419322-0486.—BD

theater events Oliver The first time at the Croswell in more than a decade, Oliver is the larger-than-life adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Follow the orphaned Oliver as he learns how to survive on 19th century London’s mean streets. 8pm and 2:30pm Runs through Sunday, June 22. $25-10. Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. 517-264-7469.

Young Frankenstein Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson, a brillaint surgeon, travels to Transylvania and winds up making a monster with bawdy, hilarious results. To end its 20132014 main stage season, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre presents this Broadway musical based on the 1974 cult-classic Mel Brooks film. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. Runs through Sunday, June 22. Adults, $25/ seniors, $23/ students ages 13+, $10/ students under age 12, $5. 10th Street Theater, 16 10th St. 419-2439277.





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The Toledo Museum of Art explores the beauty of video games By Joseph Schafer

Can a computer make you cry? That is the question asked in the manifesto of Electronic Arts, one of the biggest developers of video games including the Madden football franchise. Can a video game be fine art? According to the Toledo Museum of Art, the answer is yes. For proof, look no further than The Art of Video Games, a groundbreaking exhibit presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which TMA will host beginning June 19. Amy Gilman, associate director of the museum, knows nostalgia will be a big part of its appeal because she was once a gamer herself. "I grew up with the arcades of the late 70s and early 80s," she explained. “The last video game I played was Space Invaders, at the City Museum in St. Louis.” That's right, national museums, such as the Smithsonian, as well as the Museum of Modern Art, are acquiring video games for their collections. To Gilman, it’s a given that video games can constitute fine art. “Game designers use artistic and creative thinking in the making of these games, which are intensely visual experiences—the same as viewing objects in the museum.”


The Art of Video Games promises to put the museum on the radar of an audience that may not normally think of it as a Friday night destination. After all, Americans have been playing video games for 40 years now. “We all have nostalgia for the games that we were introduced to at certain points in our lives,” Gilman said.

Evoltuion of the medium

The exhibit will focus on certain video games that defined different generations of gamers. For example, Mario exemplified the 2-D platform games of the mid-90s, while high-concept sci-fi games like Mass Effect are the flavor du jour of more modern consoles. Both of those games will be featured, alongside Gilman's game of choice, Pac-Man. "My sister and I both had Pac-Man watches!” she reminisced, with a hint of glee. Think of The Art of Video Games as a time machine. Visitors will begin in the era of 1980s eight-bit games and, as they travel through the Canaday Gallery, view more sophisticated and modern games including consoles, still artwork, and video footage from over 25 games. The exhibit also sports playable sections of five

TMA visitors will be able to play video games like Super Mario World games, including Super Mario Brothers and Myst. “The playable versions of each game within the exhibition are kid-friendly, even if the full version of the game is not,” Gilman said. There's more to The Art of Video Games than the games themselves; according to Gilman the exhibit also offers a rare glimpse into the minds behind our favorite games. The heart of the exhibition is not the playables or the technological timeline, but in the game creators’ stories, according to Gilman. “There is a section that has interviews with gaming designers that go back to the beginning. It's not the part of the exhibit that is the sexy, flashy part— they're just talking heads in the video— but when you hear them speak about it, you realize that the creation of these games is an intensely personal experience that they treat with great responsibility. [...] That was revelatory because when you think of Nintendo or Microsoft it's a mega-company, but the people developing the games… you see a kind of personal connection to the product." More than a trip down memory lane, The Art of Videogames will offer art lovers a chance to learn about—and interact with—the world’s youngest form of fine art. The Art of Video Games runs from Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, September 28. Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

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Get in the game #GameOn! The Art of Video Games Opening Party Celebrate the arrival of The Art of Video Games with hands-on activities, a cash bar, light snacks, a game-inspired photobooth and an epic rock-paper-scissors tournament. There also will be special appearances by industry insiders, food trucks, dancing and a participatory video game with live actors on the TMA Terrace. Dress for tech in graphic tees to video game character costumes and everything in between. Free for TMA members; $20 nonmembers. Saturday, June 21, 8pm. to Midnight, Main Museum Inside the Industry: A Conversation with Holly Hirzel Join Toledo native Holly Hirzel, Sr. Producer at XBOX, for an informal presentation on what it’s like to work in the video game industry. Saturday, June 21, 9pm., Little Theater.


Minds-On Gallery Games Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art. Sunday, July 6, 2pm., Libbey Court. Free Gaming for a Living: The Life of a Pro-Gamer This panel discussion brings together professional gamers and video game personalities to discuss the business and lifestyle of the video game industry. Friday, July 18, 7pm., Little Theater. Free Film: War Games A young computer whiz (Matthew Broderick) taps into a top secret supercomputer which has control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal in this Academy Awardnominated thriller. Thursday, July 24, 7pm., Little Theater. Free Zeros and Ones: Computer Generated Art Local artists showcase two- and threedimensional works generated by computers in the Community Gallery. Runs through Thursday, September 18. Free

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Paper Tigers and Clay Dogs Closing Reception/Artist Talk Closing of the exhibition

by local artist Mary Gaynier, primarily known for her intricate works with paper but the exhibit includes ceramic work for the first time. 7-9pm. LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave. Free

NoWOH 7 Art Exhibit Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony The 7th annual summer community art exhibition showing artists of Northwest Ohio, all work submitted is displayed. Visitors can vote for a popular choice award. Through Friday, July 11. Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Gallery Lobby, 1303 Fine Arts Building, Bowling Green. 419-372-8525. Free

Fabulous Fibers 2014 If you missed the

fiber577 show or would like to see it again, this exhibition of outstanding textile artists can be viewed through Thursday, July 31 at Angelwood Gallery, 24195 Front St., Grand Rapids. Free

It’s Friday! Join in on the fun! the TMA offers a full day of fun art activities for adults and families including tours, demos music and more until 9pm. Learn how to make sunprints from 3:30-8pm. More activities online. 10am-9pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

Twenty years of YAAW

Every summer since 1994, up to 50 young artists between the ages of 14 and 18 have been selected to participate in the Arts Commission’s Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program. Mentored by local artists, they develop an understanding of art as a business while creating individual artworks and large-scale public art for the Toledo community. To celebrate YAAW’s 20th year, the 2014 YAAW Alumni Exhibit at the Secor Building Gallery will feature the talent of former youth apprentices, instructors and assistants. View it during the June 26th Art Walk or attend the reception on Thursday, July 24. Runs from Wednesday, June 26, through Friday, July 25. The Secor Building Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. Free

The garden of art

Gear up for Toledo’s biggest and best two-day outdoor juried art show, Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29. The 49th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts hosts over 200 artists from across the country on the Toledo Botanical Garden’s scenic grounds. Browse the diverse selection of jewelry, glass, ceramics, paintings and more. Live entertainment, food, beer and wine are available throughout the weekend along with kids activities. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service is available in the Central Ave. Meijer parking lot. Admission $8; TBG members and children 12 and under are free. Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-536-5566.—JMT

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Drink and Draw On the 4th Tuesday of every month, Art Supply Depo provides a live model and carefully selected music to get together and draw, have creative dialogue, drink and collaborate. Bring your own beer or wine, ideas and drawing tools. All media welcome. 18 and older only. $10. 7-10pm. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair St. 419-720-6462.

thursday 26

t’s Friday! The TMA’s day of art-related activities planned from morning to night. See visiting artist Hans Rubel from 6-7. More activities online. 10am9pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free


A Retrospect The Art of Julius Orosz, 19212013-Enjoy the early Toledo scenes and portraits

of some of its notable citizens created by the late Julius Orosz during his illustrious career as an artist, illustrator, business owner and leader in local artistic movements. Runs through Thursday, July 31. Way Public Library, 104 E. Indiana St., Perrysburg.. 419-931-8732. Free

4th Thursday Art Walk Explore Downtown while getting to know many Toledo artists at nearly 30 art-related venues. Maps and info available online in advance or on the day of the show at any of the Art Walk sites. 6-9pm. 419-254-2787. Free

Port Clinton Art Walk Every 4th Thursday this

summer, Downtown Port Clinton’s art celebration features artists, galleries, live music, restaurants and shops. 5-8pm. Downtown Port Clinton. 419341-0804. port Free

friday 27

Opening reception-51 Shades of Gray: Life is Not Just Black & White A group show featuring

the large scale oil paintings of Pat McDonagh. 7-11pm. the joenstas gallery. 18 N. St. Clair St. 419265-7150. facebook/ Free

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Hittin’ the blue note Historic Hines Farm music venue re-opens with big ambitions by Griffin Messer-Kruse

Tim Healy, aka Buddy Boy Slim, and Steve Coleman at Griffin’s Hines Farm. Nestled away in the woods off of S. Berkey-Southern Road near Oak Openings in Swanton Township, Griffin’s Hines Farm stands as a reminder of days gone by, when 12-bar blues, horse racing and juke joints ruled Swanton’s social scene. Opened over 60 years ago, the club was a place where people of all ethnicities could get together for concerts, baseball games, good barbecue and cold beer in pre-Civil Rights America. “Everything we have done is dedicated [in my Dad’s honor},” says owner Steve Coleman. “My dad bought this place because of his love for the blues. He used to sneak away to the farm when he was young and come up here to listen to music. He vowed that one day he would own this place and, after being told no several times, was able to purchase it.”

Opened in late 1940s

The farm, which was opened in the late 1940s by Frank and Sarah Hines, was originally an important social gathering place for many African-Americans who traveled to Ohio from the South in search of a better place to live. It was an entertainment destination for decades, featuring concerts by legendary bluesmen such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Freddie King, who stopped at the club on their way from Chicago to other hot-spots like New York or Detroit. Following the death of Frank Hines in 1981, the club was purchased by local man Henry Griffin, who attempted to revive the once-famous blues venue. While he was able to partially rebuild the club and hold occasional blues concerts, Griffin was unable to achieve his dream of restoring Hines Farm to its former glory. When he died in January, 2013, Griffin willed the property to his son, Steve Coleman, who re-opened the venue on Saturday, May 31 with a performance by Buddy Boy Slim and the Blues Rockers. The concert had almost 600 people in attendance.


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“A lot of people would say ‘You have to change with the times,’ but not here,” says Coleman. “It didn’t matter the amount of people who came through the door, it mattered which people came through the door to listen to the blues. People come here to see the blues, it is synonymous and it is what we will continue to do.”

Ribs, live music and dance

Walking into the venue is like traveling through a time machine to the America of the late 60s. A large horseshoe bar sits in the middle of the room, surrounded by walls covered with concert posters of past shows at the farm. The original kitchen and stove are still intact, ready to pump out barbecued ribs, fried catfish and fried chicken dinners for hungry patrons. Outside in the back, a large cement dance floor is bookended by rows of wooden tables and an old stage that Coleman says will be rebuilt before the next outdoor concert, Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang on Saturday, June 21. “We have 35 acres in the back that we are going to turn into a baseball field with volleyball, soccer and flag football for children’s activities,” says Coleman. “My dad loved working with kids, so that is big for me. We will also have our COMBATT program, which stands for ‘Community of musicians battling against teen troubles.’ We are focusing on getting kids a safe place to go where they can learn, play and enjoy themselves.” Coleman eventually plans on having an event once every week. “I am doing this in honor of the man on the wall,” Coleman says as he points to a picture of his father. “I want [my dad’s] legacy to continue on and this place to grow as much as it can.” Eddie Shaw & The Wolfgang perform on Saturday, June 21, with Buddy Boy Slim & The Blues Rockers to open. 6pm. $18. Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club, 3950 S. Berkey Southern Rd., Swanton. 419-826-0230.

W E H AV E I T A L L O N L I N E ! C O M P L E T E M U S I C E V E N T S AT T O L E D O C I T Y PA P E R . C O M Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen Thursday, June 19 / Hollywood Casino

Best known as the lead guitarist for The Doors, Robby Krieger is an immensely talented guitarist who plays everything from blues to jazz fusion to Southern rock as well as classical. Attendees can expect a mix of classic Doors tracks like “Roadhouse Blues” and “Touch Me” alongside songs from Krieger’s more recent albums, which primarily focus on funky, instrumental jamming. The band will perform on the casino’s outdoor stage overlooking the river. 8pm. Free, but patrons must reserve tickets ahead of time at Hollywood Casino, 1968 Miami St. 419-661-5200.


Friday, June 20 / Hollywood Casino Formed in 1995 in the suburbs of Chicago, Chevelle is an alternative rock band named after the members’ passion for the Chevrolet model of the same name. Described as alternative metal, post-grunge and hard rock, Chevelle’s music combines minor key psychedelia with heavy guitar riffs and dark lyrics to create a turbulent-but-catchy sound. Their newest album, La Gargola, was released April 1 to critical acclaim. 9pm. $30. Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami St. 419-661-5200.

Techledo with John Acquaviva

Saturday, June 21 / Mainstreet Bar & Bar EDM

The inaugural Techledo, Toledo’s first and (so far) only electronic music festival, is bringing in talented local, national and international DJs for a night of house, techno, drum’n’bass and other excellent electronic music. Headlined by John Acquaviva, co-founder of and internationally known DJ, the concert will take place at Mainstreet Bar and Bar EDM. One ticket gains access to both venues. Additional performers include local DJs Boomer Omegaman Reynolds and Dennis Cox alongside Drivetrain, Derrick Thompson, Todd Perrine and many more. 5pm. $10 before 9pm / $15 after. Mainstreet Bar, 141 Main St. & Bar EDM, 128 Main St. 419-697-6297.

Eddie Boggs Tribute Performance Saturday June 22 / Franciscan Center

Join local musicians and community leaders in celebrating the life of Eddie Boggs. His love for music allowed him to open for and share the stage with performers such as Lee Greenwood, Tom T. Hall, the Mamas and Papas and many more. He also performed every summer for 20 years at Put-In-Bay. Boggs lost his 8-month battle to cancer on Jan. 9 at age 68. In addition to acknowledgments from Sylvania Schools Superintendent Brad Reiger and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, the event will include performances from Bob Wurst & Sundown, David Browning, Jean Holden, First Creation, Tim Ellis & Flatland Grass, Sam DeArmond and Kerry Patrick Clark. 2pm Saturday, June 22. Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3975.

wed, June 18 JAZZ,BLUES & R&B

Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker Grand Plaza Hotel: Glenda Biddleston & Clifford Murphy Jill’s: Mike Whitty Open Jam

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Ye Olde Durty Bird: Kyle White Cock n’ Bull: Open Mic w/ Danny Mettler

Country & Bluegrass Main Library: Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach

rock, pop & hip-hop Roadhouse: Bliss Frankie’s: Smile Empty Soul

THU, June 19 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Perrysburg Farmers Market: Blowing Grains Walbridge Park: Extra Stout Nick & Jimmy’s: Joe Woods The Blarney: Dave Pfenning Cock n’ Bull: Captain Sweet Shoes Village Idiot: Dave Hardin Bronze Boar: Steve Kennedy Open Mic Packo’s at the Park: Kyle White Table Forty 4: Dean Tartaglia

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Degage Jazz Cafe: Ruth Nichols West Side Bistro: The Eric Brazier Trio

Real Seafood Co.: Kelly Broadway & Mike Lorenz

Majestic Oak Winery: Brad Burkhart Buster Brown’s: Kari Nichole Hull

rock, pop & hip-hop

Country & Bluegrass

Centennial Terrace: Chris Young

Basin St. Grille: Calen Savidge Village Inn: Nick Neenan Majestic Oak Winery: Bob & Zak

Jazz, Blues, & R&B


Roadhouse: Reese Dailey Band Adams Park: Far Mouth Charlie & the Biscuit Rollers Centennial Terrace: The Temptations Hollywood Casino: Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May Band Village Inn: Last Born Sons Ottawa Tavern: Nathan Roberts & the New Birds

FRI, June 20 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Ye Olde Durty Bird: Hepcat Revival Cock n’ Bull: 10 Year Reign Bar 145: FU5ion Village Idiot: The Womack Family Band Ottawa Tavern: SoldierSide: A Tribute To System Of A Down Bier Stube: Kentucky Chrome Holiday Inn French Quarter: The Late Show The Blarney: Dave Carpenter & the Jaegler’s Hollywood Casino: Chevelle Bronze Boar: Quickness Oarhouse: The Villians

ACOUSTIC, FOLK & ETHNIC Nick & Jimmy’s: Andrew Ellis Basin St. Grille: Evan and Nate Cocoa House: Calen Savidge Rocky’s: John Barile Table Forty 4: Elixer

Angelo’s Northwood Villa: Tom Szor Degage Jazz Cafe: Cynthia KaayBennett Treo: Swingmania Mac & Tong’s: Joel Hazard Piano Set

SAT, june 21


BGSU Donnell Theatre: Sing-aLong - A Sound of Music

dance, techno

Mainstreet: Techledo Music Festival 2014

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Centennial Terrace: Get The Led Out Treo: Post-Modern Blues Band Frankie’s: The Convalescence Village Idiot: Hunchback Joyride Cock n’ Bull: The Rivets Bar 145: Killer Flamingos Ye Olde Durty Bird: Pinup Project Holiday Inn French Quarter: The Late Show Ottawa Tavern: Sleep Fleet Bronze Boar: Crucial 420 Packo’s at the Park: Arctic Clam Hollywood Casino: Fu5ion The Blarney: Jeff Stewart & the 25’s Table Forty 4: Trio NOT Oarhouse: Noisy Neighbors Thirsty’s Pub: Four Twenty Seven

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Degage Jazz Cafe: Paul Vornhagen Hines Farm: Eddie Shaw & Wolfgang Mac & Tong’s: Joel Hazard Piano Set

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SUN, june 22 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Wright Pavilion: Rhythm on the River Roadhouse: BOFFO Frankie’s: Zak Waters

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Village Idiot: Bob Rex Trio Ye Olde Durty Bird: Estar Cohen Project Cock n’ Bull: Dick Lange Blues Jam Majestic Oak Winery: Gene Zenz

MON, june 23 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Village Idiot: Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Steve Finelli

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Ye Olde Durty Bird: The New Mondays Frankie’s: Hatchet

TUE, June 24 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Village Idiot: Bobby May & Jon Barile Cock n’ Bull: Elixer

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Trotter’s Tavern: Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All-Stars Ye Olde Durty Bird: Lori LefevreJohnson Degage Jazz Cafe: Gene Parker

wed, june 25 JAZZ,BLUES & R&B

Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker Grand Plaza Hotel: Brad McNett & Chris Buzzelli Jill’s: Mike Whitty Open Jam

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Ye Olde Durty Bird: Dean Tartaglia Main Library: Elixer Cock n’ Bull: Danny Mettler Open MIc

Country & Bluegrass

The Roadhouse: Rodney Parker & The Bourbon Cowboys

THU, june 26 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

The Blarney: Dean Tartaglia Cocoa House: The Audiophiles Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull: Captain Sweet Shoes Bronze Boar: Steve Kennedy Open Mic Village Idiot: Alex Yates Table Forty 4: Jason Hudson


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Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Walbridge Park: Toledo School for the Arts Jazz Band Degage Jazz Cafe: Damen Cook West Side Bistro: Eric Brazier Trio

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Roadhouse: Haywire Ye Olde Durty Bird: Fish Fisher Perrysburg Farmers Market: Velvet Jones Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May Band Nick and Jimmy’s: Picking Kelly The Village Inn: The Rivets

FRI, june 27 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Plate 21: The Fritz Byers Band Treo: Stonehouse Frankie’s: Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods Village Inn: The Rivets Bronze Boar: Kids with Knives Bier Stube: Haywire Ottawa Tavern: Jack & the Bear Cock n’ Bull: Last Call Heroes The Blarney: Mas Fina Ye Olde Durty Bird: The Earregulars Frankie’s: The Susurrans Hollywood Casino: The Homewreckers Holiday Inn French Quarter: Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach Table Forty 4: Whistle Stop Review Oarhouse: The Bridges Buster Brown’s: The Alvin Feighner Band

ACOUSTIC, FOLK & ETHNIC Nick & Jimmy’s: Joe Woods Basin St. Grille: The Audiophiles Doc Watson’s: Tye & Jaime

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Rocky’s: Ruth Nichols Trio Angelo’s Northwood Villa: Tom Szor Degage Jazz Cafe: Jeff McDonald’s Swingmania Mac & Tong’s: Joel Hazard Piano Set Majestic Oak Winery: Don Coats

SAT, June 28 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Mainstreet: Breathe Till Dawn CD Release Party Nick & Jimmy’s: The Rivets Hollywood Casino: The Band Cruisin’ Village Idiot: The Eight Fifteens Bar 145: The Websters Cock n’ Bull: Dick Carpenter & the Jaeglers Frankie’s: The Trews, My Hated Friend Bronze Boar: Bush League The Blarney: Mas Fina Ye Olde Durty Bird: Vintage Mojo Table Forty 4: Kids with Knives Oarhouse: Bandera

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Treo: Shawn Sanders Basin St. Grille: Joe Woods Village Inn: Chris Knopp Doc Watson’s: Steve Kennedy Cocoa House: Andrew Ellis Majestic Oak Winery: Free Wild

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Degage Jazz Cafe: Skip Turner Band Mac & Tong’s: Joel Hazard Piano Set

SUN, june 29 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Roadhouse: Kentucky Chrome

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Village Idiot: Bob Rex Trio, Dooley Wilson Cock n’ Bull: Dick Lange Blues Jam

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Duncan’s: Therapy w/ Scotty Gressler Majestic Oak Winery: Bob & Trez

MON, june 30 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Village Idiot: Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Steve Finelli Ye Olde Durty Bird: The New Mondays

TUE, July 1 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Toledo Zoo: Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band Rocky’s: Joel Hazard Open Mic w/ Mark Sentle

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Village Idiot: Bobby May & Jon Barile

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Trotter’s Tavern: Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All-Stars Degage Jazz Cafe: Gene Parker

wed, july 2 JAZZ,BLUES & R&B

Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker Jill’s: Mike Whitty Open Jam

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Main Library: Xplozivo

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Village Idiot: Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys

Draughts for dogs Thursday, June 19 / Table Forty 4

Let the fur fly and enjoy an evening of pints, paws and community at the 2nd Annual Pints 4 Pups fundraiser. Attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass for complimentary fill-ups during draught beer happy hour. The event will feature a silent auction, keg sponsors, and live music. Spend some quality time with man’s two best friends—drinking delicious beer and helping our four-legged friends. Proceeds benefit 4 Paws Sake Canine Rescue of Northwest Ohio, a sanctuary for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. Thursday, June 19. 6-8pm. $25. Table Forty 4, 610 Monroe St.

Summertime sale Saturday, June 21 / Maumee Bay State Park

Summer is the perfect time for neighborhood garage sales, and Maumee Bay State Park ups the ante with its 2nd annual Community Garage Sale. Locals will set up wares along the beautiful shore of Lake Erie for an afternoon of shopping. 10am-4pm. Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 State Park Rd. Lot #2, Oregon. 419-836-7758. —MLR

wednesday, 6.18 [miscellaneous]

Watch It Grow Garden Tour - Tour stunning rose, vegetable, butterfly, herb and formal gardens, and learn some gardening hints from the experts. 6pm. Free with zoo admission. The Toledo Zoo: Ziems Conservatory, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-4040.


A Bavarian Summer Fest - The gala will feature live entertainment and fantastic auctions. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. 6-10pm. $110.

Catawba Island Club, 4235 Beach Club Rd, Port Clinton. 419-734-1100. Sylvania Firefighters Local 2243 Annual Pancake Breakfast - This special event is one of the firefighters’ charity fund-raising efforts for 2014. Funds raised will benefit Sylvania and Toledo residents. $5. Toledo Elks Lodge #53, 3520 Holland-Sylvania Rd.419-377-7283.


Henry Winkler - Winkler, known by many for his fictional character Fonzie or The Fonz on the cont. on pg 36

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cont. from pg 35 TV sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984), is also a children’s book series author, Emmy award winner and known as an all-around nice guy. 7pm. $10. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-259-5200.


Tom Simmons - Enjoy a weekend of laughs with Simmons’ quick wit. 18+. Thursday, 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm. Thursday, $10/ Friday & Saturday, $15. Laffs Inc. Comedy Club, 3922 Secor Rd. 419-214-0700.

Dairy Days and Tractor Event - Learn about life on the farm as you celebrate the agricultural history and rural heritage of Northwest Ohio. Times vary by day. Through June 22. $16, adult/$10, students ages 6-16. Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. 1-800-590-9755.

Tammy Pescatelli - Tammy lights up the stage with her fantastic humor. 21+. Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 8pm & 10:30pm; Saturday, 7pm & 10pm; Sunday, 7pm. $14-$18. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.


friday, 6.20

Toledo Mud Hens - Cheer on your home team as the Mud Hens take on Scranton. Also on June 19. Wednesday, 7pm; Thursday, Noon. $10. Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. 419-725-4367.

thursday, 6.19 [miscellaneous]

StartUp Toledo Event: Sandy Spang - This monthly celebration of Toledo innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives welcomes Sandy Spang, who will speak about her current involvement in local government and community, and what she is doing to make Toledo an exciting city. 6:30pm. Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams St. 419-243-6675. Free Suburban Aviation 30 Year Anniversary Party - Celebrate 30 years of service to Michigan and Ohio aviators. Suburban Aviation has helped over 1000 aspiring pilots achieve their aviation dreams. 1-3pm. Suburban Aviation, 4383 Section Rd., Ottawa Lake. 810-533-5017.



June 18 • July 01


Combo Mini Job Fair - The mini-job fair attracts a variety of companies currently hiring workers for a wide variety of jobs. Individuals planning to attend should come dressed in interview attire and have multiple copies of their resume. 10am-noon. 1301 Monroe St. 419-213-5627. ohiomeansjobs. com/lucas Free


Birds of Woodlawn - Explore the many natural habitats of Woodlawn Cemetery. Please bring binoculars and bird guides, if you have them. Note that inclement weather may cancel a walk. Fridays through August 8. 8:30-10:30am. Woodlawn Cemetery & Arboretum, 1502 W. Central Ave. 419-472-2186.

saturday, 6.21 [miscellaneous]

Trapped Toledo: Infected - Locked in a small room with a group of friends and strangers, you must use your wits and the group’s collective

knowledge to find hidden clues, solve daunting puzzles and overcome challenges to escape before time runs out. Ages 18+. Through December. Wednesday & Thursday, 6-8:30pm; Friday, 6-11:30pm; Saturday, 1-10pm; Sunday, 1-7pm. $25. Trapped Toledo, 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., Suite 210. 419-322-0486. Smithfest 2014 - Enjoy a day of fun and excitement outside with various summer programs, recreational and educational activities, resources, information and more. 9am-3pm. Smith Park, 1000 Dorr St. 419-245-1064. Free


Seventh Annual Golf for Heartbeat - Proceeds benefit Heartbeat of Toledo, which provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and confidential options counseling to women facing unplanned pregnancies as well as help to mothers, fathers and babies in need. 8am. $85 per person, $320 per foursome. Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Rd., Temperance. 419-241-9131. Alzheimer’s Charity Event - Show off your skills and play in weekend volleyball and bowling tournaments. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Daily Champions will win cash and t-shirts/hoodies. Registration required. Volleyball starts at 10am (Check in at 9am). Bowling starts at 5pm (Check in at 4pm). $20. Forestview Lanes, 2345 W. Dean Rd., Temperance. 734-847-4915.


Rock the Docks - With live music, dancing and fantastic foods, this outdoor tented evening is the perfect start to the summer season. 7pm. Riverfront at Louisiana Ave., Downtown Perrysburg.


Baron Wars - The local medieval historical reenactment society hosts this annual event featureing live unscripted armored combat, historical costuming, vendors and more. 11:45am6pm. 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Free


Books 4 Buddies 2014 Kick Off - Attendees are asked to bring new or gently-used books for youth and deposit them at the book drop-off at The Blade truck located in the parking lot between Macy’s and bd’s Mongolian Grill. 12-5pm. Macy’s Court at Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St. Free


In Another Garden Tour - This tour includes eight spectacular home gardens, including gardens from some of Lucas County’s earliest homes, as well as local musicians and vendors. The Maumee Valley Historical Society will be holding its annual Lawn Sale at the Wolcott House during the day. Event parking and shuttle bus pick-up will be available at the Lucas County Rec. $15, advance/ $20, day of. Downtown Maumee. Bike to the Bay Ride - The ride is devoted to helping people who are living with multiple sclerosis. There are different bike routes for all levels of experience. Begins at Perrysburg High School,13385 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg. 216-503-4183.


Race4Justice - Runners and walkers of all levels and ages are invited to participate in this 5k Run or the One Mile Walk. Make it extra fun and dress as your favorite Super Hero. Registration required. 8am. $25. Center for Equal Justice, 525 Jefferson Ave. 419-930-2517. Juneteenth Inaugural 5K Run/Walk 2014 - The 5K honors the observance of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. WTVG 13abc reporter Alexis Means will serve as the event’s host. Member of area Civil War black reenactment group Lee Randle will educate attendees about blacks in the Civil War era. 9am. $20-$45. Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, 4659 Airport Hwy. 419-705-5773.

wednesday, 6.25 [sports]

Quarry Ridge Triathlon/Duathlon - The triathlon consists of a 400 yard swim, an 11 mile bike ride and a 5K/3.1 mile run completely on the scenic Quarry Ridge Trail. The Duathlon will follow the same course as the Triathlon. Post-race there will be a barbecue with music and picnic foods. 6:30pm. $65-$75. Centennial Terrace & Quarry, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. 419-829-2398.

thursday, 6.26 [miscellaneous]

3rd Annual T-Town Dash - Explore downtown with a team of young professionals as you partake in a scavenger hunt, Toledo style. Teams will visit popular and unique hot-spots along the way. 5:30pm. $15. Owens Corning, 1 Owens Corning Pkwy. 419-243-8191. Shop Talk - Each “Shop Talk” session will feature one speaker, Q&A as well as light grazing. Today, join Kiff VandenHeuvel, actor, impressionist and improv comedy instructor. Noon. Collective members, free / non-members, $10. The Mad Ave Collective, 1600 Madison Ave. 419-724-7336.


John Roy - John takes the stage for a weekend of laughs. 18+. Two drinks minimum. Thursday, 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm. Thursday, $10/ Friday & Saturday, $15. Laffs Inc. Comedy Club, 3922 Secor Rd. 419-214-0700.

sunday, 6.22

cont. on pg 38


Sunset and City Lights Cruise - Travel up the Maumee River and view stately homes, yacht clubs and wildlife. Catch a sunset and experience the city lights shimmering on the water. Snacks included. Reservations required. Sundays through August 10. 8-10pm. $20. Sandpiper Boat at Promenade Park, 120 Water St. 419-537-1212.

monday, 6.23 [outdoors]

The Great Park Search - Follow clues to find as many secret locations as you can. Each time you enter a correct codeword, you will be entered in a drawing. One winner will be drawn each week. There will be a new set of clues posted every Monday by 10am. Mondays through August 3. Toledo Metroparks. Free

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cont. from pg 37 Chris Tucker - Don’t miss the chance to see funny man Chris Tucker up close and personal. 21+. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm & 10:30pm; Saturday, 7pm & 10pm. $35. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.

friday, 6.27 [benefit]

Toys N Tatts - The Sexiest Independent Radio Program on air “Pink Monkey Radio” of power, will be holding its first semi-annual Toys N Tatts (Adult Only) Party to benefit the Ashante Village Foundation for single mothers. There will be delicious food and drink as well as door prizes. 6pm-2am. Free until 9pm. Infinity Lounge, 5050 Jackman Rd. 419-917-8845.


Nightingales Harvest Family Fundraiser Night - Walk the track, meet the drivers and see the cars close up. Gates open at 5pm. Qualifying starts at 6pm. Autograph session immediately following. Race starts at 7:30pm. With each paid adult admission and voucher Toledo Speedway will donate $5 to Nightingales Harvest. Request voucher by contacting Nightingales Harvest. 5pm. $12. Toledo Speedway, 5625 Benore Rd. 419-725-1190.


Sand-tastic - Enjoy a variety of strolling entertainment and live music while you witness four 8-ton sand sculptures and chalk drawings come to life. Also on June 28. Noon. The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-8888.


June 18 • July 01


7th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Big Give Golf Outing - Enjoy 18 holes followed by lunch and an awards banquet. Proceeds benefit The ProMedica Flower Hospital Foundation-Luke’s Legacy. Registration at 9am. Prices vary. Heatherdowns Country Club, 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-467-5704.

saturday, 6.28 [miscellaneous]

Genesis Village Car Show - Enjoy a wide variety of classic automobiles. 10am-2pm. Genesis Village, 2429 S. Reynolds Rd. 419-720-1286. Free


Community Shares Annual Fundraiser - This year’s event theme is “Blue Hawaii.” Live music from “Fu5ion” will be featured, along with special celebrity emcee Shaun Hegarty of 13abc. The event will have delicious food, a cash bar, plus a martini and cigar bar as well as a silent and live auction. 6:30-11pm. $40. Toledo Harley-Davidson, 7960 W. Central Ave. 419-243-6637. 3rd Annual Memorial Dodge Ball Tournament - This dodgeball tournament helps fund the local hockey goaltender development clinic. Teams are of 6-10 players, with one adult registered per player under high school age. There will also be a silent auction. Registration required. 9am-4pm. $150 per team. Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.


Toledo Mud Hens - The Toledo Mud Hens take on Columbus for two nights of fantastic sportsmanship. Also on June 29. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 6pm. $10. Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. 419-725-4367.


Family roasters Susan, Rich and Dick Jambor of Maddie & Bella Coffee

Lance Roper of Actual Coffee

Toledo’s DIY Coffee Roasters Quality is in the details by Dorian Slaybod

In an ever-busier world where even beef jerky is now being caffeinated, who cares how you get your fix? Why care where your coffee comes from if it keeps you awake long enough to endure an afternoon of endless spreadsheets and Facebook game requests? Toledo has coffee roasters who care an awful lot; roasters who make coffee like Steve Jobs made computers. They work in garages and makeshift offices because they believe their coffees can’t be found anywhere else. They plan to make you think about the next cup you pour.

Maddie & Bella

“The huge myth of coffee is that it has the shelf life of a Twinkie,” said Rich Jambor, who owns Maddie & Bella Coffee with his family in Perrysburg. Rich makes sure that all their coffee is fresh. He limits his wholesale orders from local grocery stores so that bags are not left sitting. All of the coffee they sell at the Perrysburg Farmers’ Market is roasted that week. Maddie & Bella began one day when Rich’s father, Dick, came home and announced that he was going to start roasting coffee. He had tried home-roasted coffee from a friend and never looked back. He and his wife, Susan, bought a commercial roaster in 2012, and kept trying new beans and roasting techniques. Dick now has handwritten logs of over 1,000 roasts. “I’ve always been an engineer tinkerer at heart.” he said. I tried their Sunflower blend. It was clean and noticeably fresh, with red fruit and a pleasant, acid finish. All the flavors hit consecutively, accordingly. It tasted like anything but a first try. Dick can sound like a mad scientist when he discusses country-specific roast profiles, and a drug kingpin when he talks about the “20 kilos of Colombian coming tomorrow.” But, at his heart, he is just a giant coffee fan. Roasting was a hobby at which he became too good; his family and friends and neighbors couldn’t get enough of his beans. “I’m trying to get the most out of coffee,” Dick told me. He is. Check out their website,, for more information.

Actual Coffee

Lance Roper shoveled green coffee beans from a barrel-sized bag and dumped them into a six-foot-tall roaster that looked like an oversized cake mixer from the 1918 World’s Fair. We stood in a former law office, with drop-tile ceiling and gray, plaid carpet. Roper set the timer on his steel Casio watch, and we waited while the beans spun inside the machine.Roper, 25 and thin, with hipster-swept blonde hair, started Actual Coffee after he read about coffee farm workers routinely being exploited. He knew he could make a difference. “Coffee’s been something that western civilization has enjoyed at the expense of everyone else in the world,” he said. He found two importers that share profits with farmers and ensure fair wages. He raised $15 thousand on Kickstarter, bought a roaster, and now funds his business through mail orders and two parttime tech support jobs. His headquarters, 321 Superior St., in Rossford, has a roaster, a computer, some shelves, a guitar amp to keep him company, and bags of fresh coffee from around the world. Meticulous about roasting, Roper regulated the airflow to ensure that the beans’ temperature hit the desired degree at the exact second. After the beans cooled, he hovered over them, using a wooden spoon to separate ones that were irregular or discolored. “I can’t sell someone this,” he said, showing me a coffee bean that was only slightly warped. His roast from the day before, beans from Ethiopia, released a cacophony of fresh coffee scents that gave me a head buzz. He ground some up and poured filtered water over them at exactly 206 degrees into a glass beaker. It tasted perfect; smooth and nutty with dark chocolate and a light caramel finish. Roper refused to compliment his coffee, or accept any of mine. Like the farmers in Guatemala or the fluorescent lights in his office, he told me, “It’s all about the story.” For more information, visit Actual Coffee’s website, Dorian Slaybod is 28, a local attorney and happily living in Toledo.

June 18 • July 01




Wheels on the bike

Riders unite! The 25th annual Bike to the Bay, a benefit for the National MS Society, offers one- or two-day rides starting at Perrysburg High School on Saturday, June 21. Routes range from 35 to 100 miles, offering something for bikers of all abilities as they traverse scenic back roads to Port Clinton. Two-day riders will spend the night in Port Clinton, with an option of riding the Jet Express for dinner in Put-In-Bay. On Sunday, bikers return to Perrysburg to cross the finish line. Buses are available to transport participants back to Perrysburg. The route will be lined with rest stops, bike mechanics, medical volunteers and support vehicles. 7am. $75. Perrysburg High School, 13385 Roachton Rd. Visit to register.—GMK

Cro-Magnon diet

Have you ever wanted to share the same diet as a prehistoric caveman? On Saturday, June 28, Basset’s Health Food is hosting a class on the benefits of the paleolithic diet. The controversial nutritional plan follows the eating habits of ancient humans, which means no dairy, processed grains or processed sugars. Paleo-eaters instead consume meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and tubers such as sweet potatoes and squash, which they claim leads to a healthier lifestyle. Attendees will learn specifics of the diet while fielding questions and concerns. 1pm. Bassett’s Health Foods, 3344 Secor Rd. 419-531-0334.

health and wellness events Wednesday, 6.18

Introduction to YogAlign - Learn about YogAlign, a stress and pain-free alternative to conventional yoga that works on posture and core breathing. Participants will need to bring a mat, yoga blocks, water and a towel. Registration is not required. Also on June 24. 10am. Way Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-874-3135. Free

Thursday, 6.19

Community Care Free Medical Clinic - Free comprehensive healthcare services including tetanus and flu shots, dental assessments, and confidential HIV testing for individuals and

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Education ________________________

families who are uninsured. Women’s health check ups are available by appointment. 6-8pm. Cedar Creek Church, 2150 South Byrne Rd. 419-661-8661. Free

Saturday, 6.21

Grand Opening of Navarre Park Family Health Center - This grand opening event will highlight the facility’s expertise in the areas of pediatrics, women’s health and family practice. There will also be tours of the facility, entertainment, food and refreshments. 10am-2pm. Navarre Park Family Health Center, 1020 Varland Ave. 419-720-7883 ext. 239. Free __________________________

SINGLEs _________________________


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& 13th Clean and Quiet. $300/mo. 419-479-5460 __________________________

One Bed Mobile Home Rental $299 a month. West Toledo

Custer Drive between Lewis and Bennett Safe and Clean 419-270-0442 _________________________

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Attention Home Schoolers, Teachers and Moms!

Check out for FREE GREEN print outs and programs! __________________________ Getting Married? Your wedding service performed by me, personalized by you. Licensed. 419-691-0524



Looking for Acappella groups to

Band Call 419-691-2820. Please leave name and # if unavailable. DRUMMER looking to join 50s & 60s band or classic country group. Years of experience from night clubs, recordings & live shows. Call 419-698-1097 for more info.

New band seeks mature lead guitarist/singer.

Now Auditioning Serious Rhythm Guitarists No big hot shot egos. Call ASAP 419-297-2928 or 419-283-9235 find us on Myspace. com/Skeletoncrue or on facebook!

Vocalist looking for working band or to start a band. Has P.A. or other equipment available. Call Felix 567-395-4793 donate time for WBS Booth at Lucas County Fair July 8th-July 13th. 567315-3247

Versatile. Creedence to Keith Urban to Nickelback. For interview call 419-388-0175 Judge Knot 3pc. band looking to play for special events, restaurants or lounges. 419-779-4532


Drummer Looking for

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Skeleton Crue

Skeleton Crue

Now Auditioning Drummers. No big hot shot egos. Call ASAP 419-297-2928 or 419-283-9235 find us on Skeletoncrue or on facebook!

Ads For Local Artists are Free!

Ads run for 2 issues and must be renewed after the two issues. You must be: advertising for band members or selling instruments under $200 or just looking to jam. Business related ads run for $20. Limit 20 words per ad; 40 cents per additional word.

Call 419-244-9859 to post your ad!

Free Classifieds:

Individuals may receive one free 20-word ad per issue (products offered in ads must sell for under $75). Each additional word 40 cents, payment must accompany ad. Free ads run 1 issue and are reserved for private-parties use, noncommercial concerns and free services.

Line Classifieds: Only

$20 per issue for 20 words or less. Each additional word is 40 cents each and any artwork is $5 extra.

ten spot car lot: Only

$10 for 20 word or less that WILL RUN UNTIL CAR SELLS. Each additional word is 40 cents and any __________________________ artwork is $5 extra. __________________________

Pet page

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be received by NOON on the Friday prior to publication.

The place to find all your pet needs Call 419-244-9859 to advertise your pets and services for as little as $25 per issue

Payment: Payment must be received before an ad can be placed. We accept checks, cash, money orders and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/American Express). Phone: EMail:

PEPPER: 15 yr. old, blk & white, female

At 15, my family had a baby & decided they didn’t want to deal with me anymore. I found myself in a cage at a shelter, on the Rainbow Bridge list because of my age. PAWS found out about me, and saved my life. I love showing everyone how grateful I am for having another chance. I’m a sweet girl who just wants a lap to sit in. I’ve got plenty of years left to show you how happy I would be to get another home! PANDA: 12 wks. old, orange/white, male Mom was a stray who was rescued by a nice woman during the cold winter. To the woman’s surprise, a few weeks later mom gave birth to a litter of kittens! She brought us to PAWS to find our forever home. Wouldn’t you love a funny little boy like me running around your house, making you laugh?)


Refunds: Sorry, NO REFUNDS given.

Misprints: Credit toward future ads.

For Sale __________________________ Lineberry Furniture Factory Cart - Coffee Table.

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NEKU: 5 yr. old, brown tiger, male

I had a nice home, but the other kitties there were mean to me. My family decided it wasn’t fair to me, & brought me here. I get along well with the kitties at the shelter, & I don’t even mind kids! I love cuddling & being brushed. Do you have the room for a handsome man like me?

__________________________ Keys Elliptical Training Machine.

Excellent condition. Orig. $850. Asking $350 OBO. Pick Up Only. 419.461.1203 __________________________

Kittens, kittens, everywhere...and we DESPERATELY needs foster homes for them! Fostering is critical for the survival of these kittens,

and one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). PAWS needs foster homes, from those for bottle kittens to moms with newborn babies. We provide the supplies & information, all you supply is love. Call to find out how you can help.

Paws and Whiskers

32 Hillwyck Dr., Toledo • Mon-Thr 12pm-7pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-4 pm 419-536-1914 • The area’s only all-feline, no-kill shelter, helping our feline friends since 1996.

__________________________ Buster Brown’s is now hiring weekend bartender (Saturday & Sunday). Please apply in person. 313 Conant St, Maumee, OH 43537. Ask for Katie. __________________________

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cluster. 419-699-3398 __________________________ Kidder Water Skiis Brand New. 67” long $75 or best offer. Call 419-666-5748 __________________________

Hairdressers, Skin Care Specialist or Massage Therapist to join a salon team that

Sonic Mobility Scooter

New batteries, basket and flag. Good Condition. Only $550. Call 419-691-5864 __________________________ Mattress & Box Set $35 Single Mattress $20 Long hanging indoor plants $17 each or 2 for $30. Swan, Elephant and Chicken Planters and more! (prices vary) 419-243-6531 __________________________ Tilt in window 20 1/2” W x 30” Hi White Vinyl insulated glass. $75 Call Bob Wright 419-344-8458 Will Deliver. __________________________

help wanted __________________________ Data Entry/Billing Clerk

Small business seeking qualified individual to work 10-15 hrs/wk, part-time from home. Req. excellent math & data entry skills w/2+ years experience. Quickbooks experience helpful. Must provide own computer with internet access. Candidate must be bondable. Pay commensurate with qualifications. Send resume to: HR Mgr, Superior Industrial Supply, 1715 Indian Wood Circle, Ste 200, Maumee, OH 43537. __________________________ Muvlaney’s Bunker

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Customers Wanted

is motivated & involved with the community. Start up incentives & assistance. Call Merinda @ 419-509-9624. __________________________ Kidz Watch Ltd. - Now hiring a full time Preschool Teacher. Also have part time - days, evenings, and weekend positions available. Send resume to info@ or visit DropInChildCare. com for info __________________________


resume to Kyota Ka, 6801 W. Central Ave, Toledo, OH. (419) 841-2070 __________________________

Bridal Jewelry Trunk Show: Jun 4, 2014 to Jun 30, 2014

good servers & dish washer needed at popular restaurant! - Apply in person with

Kent Keplinger

New/Used Sales & Leasing 419-893-5581

dependable dealer, dependable salesman

1505 Reynolds Road Maumee, OH 43537

We’re looking for FREELANCE WRITERS. Paid gigs

for Toledo City Paper and/or Toledo Area Parent publications. Email a resume and writing samples to us at editor@

Wellness _________________________

Free Anger Management

Classes sessions that identify the many forms of anger as well as the hidden expressions of anger. The Anger Check program examines how unmet needs can feed anger, how our emotions can influence anger, and develop healthy ways to express and control anger. Evangelical Church of God 2329 Valentine Street Toledo 419-297-3530 __________________________

Announcements __________________________ Attention Woodward Class of 1979. We are holding

our 35 year reunion August 9, 2014. Please contact Kathy at whsclassof1979@

Northwest Ohio Dance Club - Toledo’s Premier Dance Com-

munity. Singles and Couples welcome. For info visit: __________________________

events _________________________

10:00 am until 6:00 pm Hair accents and jewelry perfect for any bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride and even groom. Bonita Bead Boutique 215 Conant St. Maumee 419-887-4000 http://www. __________________________ Planned Parenthood is seeking artists to be part of the fundraiser Art of Prevention that will be held at the Parkwood Gallery on Wednesday, October 8. This year’s theme, Accessorize for Access, challenges local artists to create unique accessories and mixed-media designs. Artists will compete for cash prizes and the coveted “People’s Choice!” Contact or call 419-255-3730 for info. http://www.

June 18 • July 01

YOUR AD COULD BE HERE! CALL Rachellyn at 419.244.9859


ARIES (March 21st-April 19th) Peace

LIBRA (September 23rd-October 22nd)

TAURUS (April 20th-May 20th) There are parties the 21st and 22nd. Getting back to work the 23rd is NOT easy. Thanks to the new moon the 27th communications are easier. BUT the real ease in communications is on July 1st about 8:50 AM.

SCORPIO (October 23rd-November 21nd) You accomplish a lot at work and

and calm returns on the 18th. On the 21st enjoy the longest day of the year when you may entertain at home. Love is in the air the week of the 23rd. There are parties the 28th and 29th and you won’t miss any of them.

GEMINI (May 21st-June 20th) Life is pleasant if you stay on schedule beginning the 18th. Celebrate the longest day of 2014 on the 21st. Emphasis is on your love life and social gatherings the week of the 23rd. Thankfully money looks better after the 27th. CANCER (June 21st-July 22nd) Celebrate the summer solstice on the 21st when the sun moves into your sign. Party on the longest day of the year. Make a list of your resolutions to put into effect when the new moon makes its annual visit to your sign on the 27th. LEO (July 23rd-August 22nd) Time pass-

es quickly from the 18th through the 20th. There is a special event the afternoon and/or night of the 21st. The week of the 23rd pay attention to your work. Stay below the radar until the 28th. Then think about July 4th.

VIRGO (August 23rd-September 22nd) Your life is rather routine until the 21st and 22nd when you have social obligations. On the 23rd you receive recognition for a job well done. A reward could come the 27th. Then get organized for the upcoming holiday.

You have a lot of business and personal obligations now. Wake up early the 21st to work on your schedule. Thankfully it is the longest day of the year. Thoughts of travel after the 23rd require your attention and decisions.

at home. Then your social life takes over the 20th, 21st and 22nd – maybe even two events at the same time. The new moon the 27th highlights education. Summer classes? Special Training?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22nd-December 20th) Take a chance and be a winner on

the 19th. Your presence is requested many times and places the 21st and 22nd. Party hop! There is work to do starting the 23rd. Fortunately you are willing and able.

CAPRICORN (December 21st-January 19th) All is well until the 18th, 19th and

20th. Then you spread yourself too thin the 21st and 22nd. Stop for Happy Hour the 25th. Leave early the 27th for another social weekend to end a busy month.

AQUARIUS (January 20th-February 18th) There is a special event on the 21st. The week of the 23rd your life is a blur. Avoid social obligations the 28th and 29th to catch up on your rest. You tend to depend too much on your nervous energy. A holiday is coming!

PISCES (February 19th-March 20th)

Life is easier after the 18th. You are all fired up and ready for two parties each day on the 21st and 22nd. Make plans for the 28th and 29th but keep your calendar handy because July 4th will be here before you know it.

Sue Lovett is available for personal astrology readings and private parties. Visit her on the Web at or call her at 419-474-6399.


The United States is a Cancer country (born on the 4th of July). Two Supreme Court Justices who are Cancers are Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor. Locally Channel 11’s Chief Meteorologist, Robert Shiels, and Jamie Farr light their candles.


need answers? get 'em @

We celebrate the longest day of the year; Venus moving into Gemini; a new moon; and the greatest cause for celebration is Mercury going direct on July 1st. Check your sign below for good news.— BY SUE LOVETT

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June 18 - July 1

Going out on Top Across 1. Roman love god 5. SportsCenter feature 10. Randall Munroe web comic rich in math arcana 14. Clean with water 15. Assembly area in Athens 16. Soup in Sapporo 17. They may ask you to keep things formal 19. Way off the highway, for an SUV 20. With a certain ease 21. Letters before a name on a letter 23. Number for soccer legend Andriy Shevchenko--at least, when he played for an Italian club 24. Places to live, to Jorge 26. Weird Al’s second parody of a hit by Michael Jackson 29. Site that calls itself the front page of the internet 31. Squirt of soda 33. Actress Lupino who lived in Malibu 35. Aging process for sherries and ports 37. Not anti 38. PeÒa or de Lucia of Spanish guitar playing 40. Critically acclaimed Scottish actor Williamson who died in the Netherlands 41. Norse god associated with magic 42. Lacking water 43. Marker for Fido 45. Cooler cubes 46. Lower a lawyer’s status 48. Alternative to a word like shucks or aw 50. Pal of Frodo 51. Causes to veer 53. Could 56. Buyer of snow 57. Slangily, bill featuring Queen Elizabeth II 58. Actress Lena who made her first film while still in drama school 61. “Jackass” daredevil 64. Microscopic 65. Like some spicy cuisine 66. Supermodel host of the version of “Project Runway” shown in Canada

June 18 • July 01

67. Boomers’ kids 68. They’re ground for joe 69. There is an important one spelled out by the last characters of this puzzle’s clues, starting from the top Down 1. Robert and Alan, each with a stage career 2. Tussaud who sculpted both a young and an old Marlon Brando 3. Content of Cliven Bundy’s last widely televised screed 4. Put in a new milieu 5. A bit pornographic 6. Massage target 7. Black ___--fancy name for sablefish at many a deli 8. Calculations a high school math student might do 9. Dish brought along on an outdoor excursion 10. Magneto, Wolverine, and Magma 11. Cereal from General Mills 12. TV procedural that’s had some episodes directed by Quentin Tarantino 13. Colon half 18. Wintertime conveyances for, I guess maybe, LL Cool 22. Qty. at hospitality school Le Cordon Bleu 24. Sensory organelles in a cell 25. Was humbled publicly 26. Animated film partly set in

the office of a dentist 27. It’s pretty much always high 28. Facial section, in marketing language, most vulnerable to facial pizza 30. Turkish snack made with lamb or chicken 32. Brazilian city with a “Christ the Redeemer” landmark 33. Devices that recently added Retina display 34. Animated Morgendorffer partly based on Janeane Garofalo 36. Philip who studied at Bucknell and Eli who studied at NYU 39. Late Wu-Tang member known for being a bit off 44. One obsessed, perhaps, with Nintendo 47. Rear 49. Welcome, in a sense 52. Get rid of, as a show you saved from TV 54. Ancient Afghan province 55. Nickname of a noted ‘60s jazz bandleader 56. Operating system developed by AT&T originally 57. Gets dark in the light 58. Mild online oath 59. Certain kind of alibi 60. Traveler’s destination 62. Rapper who got into a highprofile feud with journalist Lynn Hirschberg 63. “This has been amazing!” - !


photos by Christine Senack

Festival Season

Interview by Jordan Killam

Robbie Weinberg/Retired Sylvania

The Old West End Festival 2014 was a huge success, bringing Toledoans together from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8 to celebrate their town and one of its most historic neighborhoods. The fun went on all weekend long with great music in the Arboretum, a rocking King Wamba Parade, lots of house tours and plenty of impromptu backyard parties.

I first noticed Robbie Weinberg as a kid attending Sunday school at Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania. Clad in a leather jacket, he was the rock ‘n’ roll dad with long hair picking up his kids alongside a sea of doting moms. A Bronx native and veteran employee of the legendary Boogie Records, Robbie sports a collection of tattoos, including one prominently featured on his neck that reads: “The Dream is Over” to commemorate John Lennon’s famous song, “God.”

So this is kind of your uniform, right? Do you remove the sleeves from your flannels or do you buy them that way?

Not a uniform. Just don’t like dress clothes. By the time I went to high school, I kinda established what I liked to wear and felt comfortable in. Flannels, T-shirts and jeans. Never felt any need to change. Who knew you could buy them off the rack with sleeves cut off, not that I’d ever want to. I cut them myself.

You were telling me about sometimes getting judged for the way you look and recalled a funny incident from one of the The Arts Commission’s Black and White parties years ago.

Shakela Watkins, Keri Porter, Hallie Arrigon, Jessica Hildreth, Veronica Schultz, Rachel Koester, Jessica Schadel and Amy Hillard

Several years ago I attended the Black and White Ball, now called The Mix, a large fundraiser for the Toledo Arts Commission. This one was being held at ll To see the fu Fort Industry Square on Summit St. A group of friends @ interview, visit us . and myself were hanging at the bar, all very dressed om up for the occasion. I was wearing a black leather toledocitypaper.c vest over my flannel shirt. Dressy for me. A reporter/ photographer was trying to take a photo of the people I was with. It was evident they did not want me included. As they tried to maneuver around me, I asked if I should step away. “Would you please?” they asked. I did, photo was taken and published in our newspaper with my friends on the society page.

Jeni Belt

for more to o photos g aper p y it toledoc m dotco Timothy Healy, Fredric L. Glover, Johnny Newmark, Steve Snickz Coleman and Larry Gold

Sean Gough, Kyle Iwanicki, Brittani Gonzalez, and Mark Jacobs

Greg Justus Erika and Vickie Rapp celebrate the second anniversary of Registry Bistro

June 18 • July 01


Toledo City Paper 6/18/14  

-City Sips -The Rant Issue -Video Games as art -Hines Farm is back!

Toledo City Paper 6/18/14  

-City Sips -The Rant Issue -Video Games as art -Hines Farm is back!