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VOLUME 36, ISSUE 12 | AUGUST 19, 2021

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Cleveland Arts Prize “Twilight in the Garden of Good and Greatness”

Mariama Whyte channels Dorothy Dandridge, singing “Dat’s Love,” from Carmen Jones.

Wilma Salisbury, retired Plain Dealer arts reporter, with Dennis Dooley, author, CAP 1986 Cleveland Arts Prize awardee.

Chuck Fowler, a 2020 Special Prize recipient, left, and Howard Freedman, Cleveland Arts Prize board chair.

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With an open-air picnic in the lush Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Arts Prize embraced a return to in-person galas by catching up and looking forward. Smiling patrons meandered along the arbored paths in the company of honored artists and community leaders, enjoying the emergence from a year-long social cocoon. The garden party guests then gravitated to the Geis Terrace, where diners opened bright green picnic baskets filled with gourmet treats prepared by Marigold Catering. In his welcoming remarks, Harold Freedman, CAP board chair, toasted the 2020 Special Prize winners: Chuck and Char Fowler, Helen Forbes Fields, Roe Green, Scott Mueller, Jerry Sue Thornton, John “Jack” Katzenmeyer (posthumous) and Steven Minter (posthumous). The evening, chaired by board member Meg Harris Stanton, also launched “Past Masters: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” to honor 60 regional artists of national and international stature whose work preceded the Cleveland Arts Prize establishment in1960. The project, researched by Dennis Dooley, CAP 1986 and emeritus trustee, initiates a year-long program to celebrate work of Cleveland-related writers, actors of stage and screen, artists, composers, architects and designers. The stage then brought the Past Masters project to life, with signature representations of Dorothy Dandridge, (“Dat’s Love,” from Carmen Jones performed by Mariama Whyte), Margaret Hamilton (“Defying Gravity,” from Wicked, performed by Sandra Emerick), and Langston Hughes (“Becoming Langston Hughes,” performed by Patrick Warner, and poetry reading by Daniel Gray-Kontar). The final performance honored Howard Swanson (“The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” composed by Swanson to words by Langston Hughes and performed by Reginald Bowens). Clips of films by international screen stars Paul Newman and Bob Hope ran on monitors throughout the evening in Clark Hall, where contemporary art representing other Past Masters was also displayed for sale: painter Anthony Mastromatteo in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, and glass artist Bob Pozarksi in the style of Clara Wolcotts Driscoll, lead designer for Tiffany glass. Rounding out the Past Masters roster was Frank R. Walker, designer of several Cleveland landmarks, including the Hope Memorial Bridge – yes, the one with massive stone figures known as the Guardians of Traffic that inspired the new moniker for Cleveland’s beloved baseball team. The co-

Char and Chuck Fowler, Charna Sherman, and Jeremy Johnson, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland’s Assembly for the Arts

Patrick Warner performs an excerpt from “Becoming Langston Hughes.”

Mariama Whyte, Tony Sias (president and CEO, Karamu House) and Aseelah Shareef (CAP interim executive director) incidence marked one more example of the past meeting the present and moving on. — STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEGGY TURBETT

Helen Forbes Fields, 2020 Special Prize honoree, left, with Lisa Kurzner.



IT TAKES TWO Two Foundation & Two Café & Boutique helps individuals realize their dreams By Cynthia Schuster Eakin



MUSIC 42nd Annual Tri-C JazzFest set for Sept. 11-12 at Cain Park By Andrea C. Turner

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EDUCATION Playing a musical instrument proven to be beneficial for children By Julia Healy

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FOOD Sweet ice cream treats & confections to enjoy this back-to-school season By Lauri Gross



WEDDINGS 2021 Bridal trends and traditions for weddings & special events



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The elegant Enzoani bridal gown pictured on our cover was provided to us by Radiant Bride in Rocky River. Read about bridal trends and traditions for weddings of 2021-22 in Section B of this month’s issue of Currents.

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EDITOR’S NOTE We have used the words “pivot,” “innovate,” and “recreate,” (among others) to describe what people of all ages, and businesses of all kinds and sizes were forced to do in 2020, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions were eased in 2021 once vaccinations were on the rise, we took off our masks and moved freely about the cabin, so to speak, to take part in things we once enjoyed without even a thought. And yet, as of today, Covid cases are on an alarming rise once again, given what’s termed as the Delta variant. Vaccinations and restrictions aside, LOVE is something that simply cannot and will not be put off or quenched by a worldwide pandemic. Babies continue to be born, and couples continue to get married, pandemic or no pandemic. Couples who were engaged to be wed in 2020 or early 2021 either went ahead with their wedding and reception in an altered fashion or decided to postpone their wedding and/or reception until this year or next. According to a July 12, 2021 “WeddingWire” Newlywed report, with feedback from more than 7,000 couples, wedding plans for a majority of couples were forced to change last year due to Covid-19. According to this report, approximately 80 percent of couples discussed a “plan B” with their fiancée, and more than 60 percent did the same with their vendors. Couples who proceeded with weddings in 2020 worked together with their vendors, making changes of all kinds to create a safe and memorable event. Many of these changes have taken hold and will be noticed in the weddings and receptions of 2021-22. Changes couples made included: hosting the wedding/reception outdoors; keeping guests socially distanced at the ceremony or inviting fewer guests; offering virtual or live streaming options for family and friends to follow along with the celebrations safely from home; working with caterers to make menu changes for food and beverages to be served and savored more safely; making adjustments in the dancing and entertainment planned, etc. You’ll read more about the latest trends and traditions in the weddings planned for today and tomorrow in Section B of Currents this month. The best news in this month’s issue of Currents, perhaps, comes in the form of several “live” and in-person benefits/fundraising events featured throughout this issue, covered by our Benefit Beat reporters and photographers, who happily accepted invitations to be out and about in support of our community’s nonprofits once again. The Benefit Beat calendar for upcoming fundraising/charity events appears on pages A9 and A12 if you are searching for an opportunity to support an organization(s) in need of it. The 42nd annual Tri-C JazzFest, scheduled for Sept. 1112, will be offered “live” this year at Cain Park, and a celebration of One World Day will take place at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Aug. 29 (read more details about these events on pages A10 and C8, respectively). Currents has featured several travel stories throughout this summer, many spotlighting places within driving distance of Northeast Ohio (primarily Michigan and New York). This month, Sarah Jaquay takes us to downtown Traverse City, Michigan on page A11, and her story on page B5 about Mini-moons (a shortened or closer-to-home honeymoon trip, which is trending these days), includes several suggestions of resorts relatively nearby that couples might consider for an upscale minimoon or honeymoon. It’s back-to-school season, with stories on pages A6-8 of interest relative to that. Next month, watch for our Fall Style Guide: Fashion, Home & Garden, Beauty, Health and Wellness and more. Enjoy! ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan



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Playing a Musical Instrument Builds a Child’s Brain children ages three and older, and a variety of choirs and chamber ensembles are open to young musicians beginning in kindergarten.https://www.cim.edu

By JULIA HEALY What can parents do to raise superstar children – or even reasonably successful ones? Should they make their own organic baby food? Pay for fancy private schools? Send them to Kiddie Coding Camp or submit to a punishing travel hockey schedule? A growing body of scientific research suggests that signing them up for music lessons is the secret sauce in raising capable kids. Children who learn to play instruments gain not only an appreciation for music, they also show advanced problem-solving skills in both academic and social settings. They are better at encoding and retrieving memories, and their executive function is more highly developed. Better executive function means more attentional control, organization, planning, and behavioral self-control. Playing music also helps children process emotions better, diminishes anxiety, and improves selfconfidence.

Science shows playing an instrument is like Burpees for the brain In recent decades, scientists have harnessed technologies like Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study human brains in the act of making music. They’ve found that playing an instrument is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout because it engages practically every area of the brain at once.

For example, looking at a piece of music to interpret the written symbols engages the brain’s visual cortex; moving one’s fingers across a keyboard and pressing a foot pedal engages the motor cortex, and hearing the music engages the auditory cortex. The brain instantly processes and synthesizes all those sensory inputs in order to produce music. This massive explosion of simultaneous neural activity builds the size and number of neural networks in both brain hemispheres. It builds the bridge between the two halves, allowing messages to travel across the brain faster and through a wider variety of neural pathways. Producing music combines the linguistic and mathematical precision of the left hemisphere with the novel and creative content of the right hemisphere.

How and when to start music education for children For optimal brain benefits, the sooner children start learning to play music, the better—depending, of course, on their maturity and their chosen instruments. Most experts agree the optimal age is somewhere between five and 10 years old, with age six or seven the ideal time to start the piano. Hands are too small before then to fit the keyboard. Children as young as three or four can learn to play pint-sized violins using the Suzuki instructional

Where to find private music lessons for older children

Piano Cleveland Executive Director and Laurel alumna Marissa Moore says, “Playing music opens up a world of creativity that for a lot of kids is otherwise inaccessible. It can completely change a child’s life.” method. Even before they start formal music training, toddlers and preschoolers can develop a love of music with their caregivers in music-and-movement classes. Later, kindergartners and older children can find private music lessons in a variety of settings throughout the city and suburbs.

Music and movement for very young children Music and movement classes introduce toddlers and preschoolers to music in interactive, dynamic, and social settings. Typically, classes are conducted in groups, require participation by a parent or caregiver, and use a combination of high-quality recordings, cross-cultural songs, age-appropriate instruments, and a variety of interactive instructional techniques. Kindermusik. The gold standard of music and movement for early childhood (ages infant to seven), Kindermusik has locations in and around Shaker Heights, Hudson and North Royalton. Founded in the United States in 1978, it is based on an earlier program from Germany which drew on the work of musicians and educators such as Shinichi Suzuki and Maria Montessori.https://www. kindermusik.com Music Together/Sing and Swing NEO. With locations in Beachwood, Lakewood and Westlake, Music Together has been known since 1987 for its high-quality recordings, age-appropriate instruments, and high-energy music classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and bigger kids. Classes are seven days a week, morning noon and night, and can be delivered remotely to school, homeschool or learning pod.https://www.singandswingneo.org Cleveland Institute of Music: Eurythmics, Private Instruction, Ensembles. Group Eurythmics classes introduce children ages three and older—with their caregivers—to basic elements of music through movement and sound. Private Suzuki music instruction is available to

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If your child is ready to play an instrument, Cleveland boasts a wealth of opportunities for music instruction. Here are some of the best-known: ■ Fairmount Center for the Arts. For nearly 50 years, this arts organization on Fairmount Road in Novelty has offered music instruction as well as dance, theater, and the visual arts to people of all ages. Private one-on-one lessons in piano, viola, guitar, ukulele, saxophone or voice are available for ages five and up (depending on the instrument), beginners through advanced players. https:// www.fairmountcenter.org ■ Fine Arts Association. Now serving about 5,000 students each year, this Willoughby arts organization opened in 1957 when Jim and Louise Savage began offering music classes from every room of their home—even the kitchen and bathroom. Today, the FAA is on the Mentor Avenue grounds of the Andrews Osborne Academy. Private lessons are available for violin, guitar, piano, voice, flute and more.https://www.fineartsassociation.org ■ Solon Center for the Arts. Located in Solon’s refurbished Old City Hall, built in 1899, Solon Center for the Arts has been a center for music and the arts since 2002. Today it’s the home of the Solon Symphony, and the source of private music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. 30-, 45-, and 60-minute lessons are available for piano, voice, woodwinds, percussion, guitar and stringed instruments. https://www.solonohio.org/257/ Solon-Center-for-the-Arts ■ Cleveland Institute of Music. One of seven independent music conservatories in the U.S., the CIM is one of only three that are dedicated exclusively to classical music performance. This top-level institution prepares students for professional careers in music. Private lessons are available in the University Circle headquarters and also at the Unitarian Church on Shaker Blvd.https://www. cim.edu/prep/locations ■ The Music Settlement. With a main campus in University Circle and a satellite location in Ohio City, the Music Settlement offers private lessons, small-group lessons, summer camps, orchestra opportunities and more, all in an age-based searchable course catalog. Their Suzuki program (an instructional method for very young children) is the largest in Northeast Ohio. The Settlement is also unique for offering instruction in jazz musicianship, theory and history. https://www.themusicsettlement. org/music/overview ■ Piano Cleveland. Long known as the home of the prestigious, biennial Cleveland International Piano Competition, Piano Cleveland has recently broadened its mission to bring the transformative power of piano music to people of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. Piano Cleveland has built partnerships with other organizations like The Music Settlement, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District to deliver free piano lessons, pianos and keyboards to students in need. https://www.pianocleveland.org/home/

Studying Music Changed One Boy’s Life As a toddler, Alex* was affectionate, energetic, observant and inquisitive. He was also unusually distractible for his age and emotionally volatile. Transitioning from one activity to another often triggered an endless, raging tantrum. Alex’s challenges only grew when he started school and struggled to learn to read and do math. His handwriting was a mess. Alex’s parents wondered: was he just a normal – if overly sensitive – handful of a boy? Or did he have a cognitive or behavioral condition that needed special help? Doctors, psychologists and learning specialists disagreed. One thought Alex had Sensory Integration Disorder (SID). One said he had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); a third said he was possibly dyslexic, and a fourth concluded he had NVLD – Nonverbal Learning Disorder. The pediatrician thought he might be allergic to wheat or sleep-deprived. Alex’s parents wished a pill would magically “cure” his problems, but they were afraid drugs would blunt his bubbly enthusiasm. Frustrated, they gave up on finding a definitive diagnosis and rejected pharmaceutical interventions. Instead, they hired a tutor to help Alex read, and they signed him up for piano lessons. “Those two things – the tutoring and the music lessons – marked a turning point for Alex,” his mother says. “The tutor was an absolute godsend who taught him to read. The music lessons, I believe, helped everything else. He developed better focus, more self-control, greater self-confidence, and organizational skills – not to mention a trained ear and a love of music.” Alex took private lessons for seven or eight years. He became a well-adjusted teenager who earned A’s and B’s in high school and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree – with honors – at a prestigious liberal arts college. “Alex is now an amazing adult with excellent life skills,” his mother says. “I never expected him to play music professionally, or to win piano competitions,” she continues. “I just encouraged him to learn the basics, practice regularly, enjoy music and feel proud of his skills. I can’t prove it, but I suspect studying music had a lot to do with Alex’s many successes.” *Alex is the fictional name of a real person

We invite you to join us for “Musical Summer Evenings in the Garden” M.U.S.i.C. and our musicians are happy to bring live musical experiences to you again! These will be outdoor events in our Artistic Director’s garden, an idyllic setting where we can safely enjoy live musical programs. Thursday, August 26th (Raindate: August 27th) 6:30 p.m. concert (seating begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 29th (Raindate: August 30th) 5:00 pm concert (seating begins at 4:30 p.m.) Tickets: $50 general, $75 patron (audience limited to 50) Address: 3939 Lander Rd., Orange Village, OH 44022 Seating will be set up around the garden and prepackaged food and beverages will be provided (please bring your own wine). For tickets and more information, visit starsinthe classics.org.

Hawken was founded to be different

Inspired by her son Derek, Shari Hunter started Two Foundation, and Two Cafe and Boutique, as a way to bridge the gap between high-school or a sheltered workshop to community employment. (Photograph courtesy of Two Foundation)

Two Foundation, with Two Café & Boutique, helps individuals realize their dreams By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Every individual’s path to independence is uniquely different. But, with the help of resources like the Two Foundation, we can all realize our full potential and dreams. The Two Foundation was founded by Shari Hunter as a way to bridge the gap between high school or a sheltered workshop and community employment for individuals with exceptionalities. “I started the foundation in 2013. I was inspired by my amazing son Derek and wanted to do all I could to change the opportunities in the workplace and beyond,” Shari Hunter said. “My goal is to accomplish integration at every level in every way for those who have been marginalized for way too long.” “Our goal is strictly community employment. Our individuals are given jobs in their area of strengths and interests because this is how we know they will succeed. Our business partners are receiving great people and great employees. It is a win, win for all. This is true integration in the local workforce, which is our mission,” she noted. “I started the Two Café and Boutique in 2015 in order to make our mission of full integration into the local workforce happen. My son taught me so much and I wanted to share it with others. We must attach meaning to all we learn and the best way to get ready for the real workplace is to work in the real workplace. We have an amazing team of educators and an amazing team of restaurant staff that make all of this happen,” Hunter added. “We are truly farm-to-fork and everyone can see our gardens as they enter the café. We buy all pure clean meats and local eggs. Everything served is made from scratch. We serve breakfast and lunch all day. When you shop in our wonderful boutique or eat in our delicious café, you are truly helping so many. Without our community participating, this wouldn’t work. Our community actively participates in all that we do because they are the customers that become volunteers without even knowing it.” “Individuals train with us at the café for typically 15 to 20 sessions and then we move into job development. We set up interviews and then once they get the job, we help with transition and provide follow up support to our graduates, their family and the business partner who has hired them,” she explained. “We have over 60 business partners who hire from us. These are companies that have a heart to work with us and assist their existing employees on becoming the natural supports for those they hire from us. When we integrate, we all win. When we segregate, we all lose,” she said. “Our graduates have amazing strengths and we get to share that with those that hire from us and little by little, stigmas are lost and the workplace becomes a place where we all belong together.” “We help individuals of any age who may have been in a sheltered workshop or just sitting home because they have had no way to enter community employment. All individuals of all abilities are welcome. We meet to see if they are wanting community employment and what their individual goals are. If we can help, we will,” Hunter noted. “The program is also available through schools. Aurora Public Schools send their seniors to us and our goal is to have a job for them by the time they graduate. Other schools, such as Chagrin Falls, use our two-week Job Readiness Camp in the summer to help with their summer programming,” she explained. “The Two Foundation is a community resource to so many whose goal is not only to prepare for the job search process after high school, but it also prepares them with everyday skill sets that help with daily selfregulation, communication skills and empowers them to reach their goals. Our Job Readiness Camp consists of doing just that. We prepare individuals for their futures in a real work environment,” Bekah Hunter, Two Foundation business director added. “When an individual comes to us to seek guidance for their future, we go through the process of ensuring that we can be that resource for them. Once accepted into our program, that individual joins our program with the goal of an integrated community job at the end,” she said. “Our team of educators walks the job seeker through our curriculum and connects it to real life work experience in the café and boutique. We emphasize the importance of self-regulation, self-awareness, communication and body language. The individual and their job coach work with customers, help our kitchen team and learn about marketing and merchandising in the boutique. As the individuals’ time with us comes to an end, we will have learned their skill sets and passion, and will make a business match. We go through the application and interview process and walk with them through the first-day jitters. We ensure that our business partner has all of the resources that they need to guarantee success for both the individual and the business. Our team checks in on our graduates and business partners regularly.” For more information about the Two Foundation, visit www.twofoundation.com. The Two Café and Boutique, at 8578 Washington St. in Chagrin Falls, is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Private shopping appointments are available. Phone 440.384.3236.

Working from home is causing a transformation in today’s home. Where once a home office was a nice idea if you could find a spot, it has quickly become an essential place in most homes. Home offices now are expected to be an inviting, organized space. In fact, much like the kitchen, a home office, or dedicated work area, is becoming a focal point in the home and being designed to add cheerfulness and tranquility while inspiring creativity and productivity. See a wide selection of office furniture and furnishings, from a simple desk for a small space to everything needed for a dedicated, professional office. Visit Sedlak’s today at 34300 Solon Road, 440.248.2424. www.sedlakinteriors.com.

August 4 lecture to benefit the restoration of Kirby’s Mill Richardson will share additional history, legends, and Author Lynn Richardson presents “Censored, Deleted, and Off the Record,” a lecture and slide show about Girl ghost stories that were not included in her recently reScout Camp Crowell Hilaka and the Richfield Heritage Pre- leased book, Crowell Hilaka and the Richfield Heritage serve on Wednesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. at The Lodge (Gund Preserve, published by Arcadia Publishing Company as Hall), 4374 Broadview Road in Richfield, Ohio. Admission part of its “Images of America” series. This lecture is recis $10.00 at the door; all proceeds will be donated to the Kir- ommended for adults only. Richardson’s new book will by’s Mill restoration campaign where each dollar donated is be available for sale and signing by the author after the program. currently being matched by an anonymous donor. 9:07 AM Page OH_2022_Currents_A.qxp_Layout 1 7/27/21 1

Laurel girls today. Leaders tomorrow. At Laurel, girls are leaders in the classroom, on the field and on the stage. Through a demanding academic curriculum informed by our Center for Research on Girls, our unparalleled public-speaking coursework and our beyond-the-classroom experiences, girls at Laurel lead every day.

Come see how Laurel girls lead.

From its earliest days, Hawken School has been committed to developing both character and intellect. We believe that living meaningful, productive lives requires traits such as compassion, integrity, initiative, confidence, and resilience as well as a commitment to lifelong learning. Our motto of “Fair Play” is displayed in every classroom, encouraging every member of our community not only to be smart, but to be mindful of how we treat others. Hawken was founded as an educationally progressive school, and we remain academically progressive - because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a co-educational environment to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to and reflects the values of the present to prepare students for a promising future. For more than a decade, Hawken faculty have been creating nationally-recognized programs that place students in the real world and engage them in solving authentic problems. At Hawken, learning doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. It happens throughout our 300-acre campus, at labs, museums, at non-profits across Cleveland, and even in canoes on the rivers of Pennsylvania. The Mastery School of Hawken, which opened in August 2020 in University Circle for students in grades 9-12, takes this approach to scale through designing programming built entirely around mastery – the simple notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. With a focus on hands-on learning, our programs enable students to be active participants in their education. By using an interdisciplinary and experience-based approach whenever possible and appropriate, students dive deeper into subject areas and become immersed in the process of learning and discovery. The best way to learn more about Hawken is to visit. To view our parent visit and open house dates and to RSVP, go to hawken.edu/admission or call 440.423.4446.


K-Grade 12 Open House October 6, 5:00-7:00 pm Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot at LaurelSchool.org/OpenHouse


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Gilmour Academy As an independent and Catholic school, Gilmour Academy is uniquely able to develop both the minds and hearts of its students. Gilmour’s independent accreditation means smaller class sizes as well as a variety of real-world learning opportunities. This personalized education allows students to tailor their experience to their interests. They have opportunities such as AP courses; electives ranging from molecular genetics to web development, and vocal performance to digital music; semester-long internships in research labs; or the chance to develop their own concentrated set of experiences and coursework around one of five VECTOR themes. Gilmour’s nature-based learning program includes opportunities for students in all three divisions. The school’s 144-acre campus now features a chicken coop, greenhouse, apiary and Giving Gardens, and environmental science coursework and sustainability initiatives have been added to the curriculum. The campus’ most recent addition – The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts – features a main stage theater, studio theater, practice rooms and exhibition spaces. This state-of-the-art facility is utilized to advance student engagement and expression through the arts. Gilmour’s unique combination of offerings allows each student to discover their passions within a rigorous academic setting that calls for students to write more, articulate better and develop their ideas further. Gilmour’s Catholic identity means students are learning in an environment that is inclusive, thought-provoking and rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. Gilmour empowers students of all faiths and all ages to ask tough questions, think critically and grow spiritually. This gives them the strength to see how they can make a difference in the world. Through its comprehensive curriculum, faith-based tradition, commitment to service and emphasis on leadership, Gilmour educates the whole person. A Gilmour graduate emerges with an understanding that they have both the talent and the responsibility to make the world a better place. At Gilmour, students from 18 months to 18 years do more than succeed – they thrive.

Rock Hall EDU powered by PNC celebrates one million students reached The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is proud to announce that its free online learning platform, Rock Hall EDU Powered by PNC, has impacted more than one million students worldwide. Designed by the Rock Hall’s award-winning education team, the platform provides resources and activities to help teachers, parents and guardians engage, teach and inspire their students using the power of rock & roll – no matter what subject on which they’re focusing. “Rock & roll is for everyone – not just adults or students who walk through our doors and experience our on-site programs,” said Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “By creating a free digital platform, we’re able to help inspire students no matter where they reside. We’re thrilled to see the success of the site and have validation that parents and teachers are finding value in these unique resources for their own classrooms. Reaching a million students is a major accomplishment, but we’re just getting started.” PNC has been a long-time supporter of the Rock Hall’s education programs, starting with the awardwinning Toddler Rock since 2009. It has since expanded its support to include Rock Hall EDU and Rockin’ the Schools. Such ongoing support served the Rock Hall well during the pandemic because it enabled the museum to use technology to strengthen the programs and make them more widely available to students, parents and teachers. The digital platform positions the Rock Hall to grow its programming in the future. “PNC is incredibly proud of its ongoing support of the Rock Hall’s mission and we congratulate the team on reaching one million students,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president of Cleveland. “The power of music, education and collaboration cannot be underestimated as tools to build a stronger economic future for our children.” Since its inception, education has been a priority for the Rock Hall. Flagship programs such as Toddler Rock have helped children achieve a 71% increase in letter

The Singing Angels to offer free fall participation The Singing Angels is the region’s most diverse and unique performing chorus and always seeks people who love to sing. Children from fourth grade through age 16 can audition this fall and participate without paying any fees. This is one way the Singing Angles wants to show its gratitude for the community’s support during the pandemic. As a Singing Angel, children learn how to perform while reinforcing music reading skills and proper vocal technique, cultivating an environment where singers gain valuable leadership skills and grow personally and emotionally. A trained voice is not necessary, only a pleasant voice, love of music, and commitment to continuous improvement. During the last 57 years, The Singing Angels has performed in 34 countries, sung with major celebrities, accompanied symphonies, and entertained dignitaries, presidents, and popes. The Singing Angles has been featured on national and international television, performed four times at the White House, and appeared in concert



with a host of stars, including Celine Dion, Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, Kenny Rogers, Audrey Hepburn, Barenaked Ladies, the Cleveland Orchestra, the US Army Band, and many more. The Singing Angels is a welcoming and accepting place for all children, teens, and young adults throughout Northeast Ohio, a place where they can be themselves, find themselves, and connect with others like them. Children interested in auditioning and participating for free this fall semester, should come to open auditions on the following days: Wednesday, September 1, 4:30 – 7:00 pm Saturday, September 4, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Auditions will take place at The Singing Angels Studios on 3600 Biddulph Ave., Suite A in Cleveland. No appointment is necessary. Just show up and sing. For those who cannot make it in person, The Singing Angels accepts online auditions at singingangels.org.

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recognition and reading comprehension scores. Rockin’ the Schools, a free onsite class for K-12, has reached more than 350,000 students. More than $10 million collected from museum admission taxes have gone directly to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Rock Hall EDU is one of several important community engagement and educational initiatives supported by PNC Bank and the PNC Foundation under multiyear relationships. This includes Toddler Rock, building from the bank’s early childhood education initiative PNC Grow Up Great®, and Rockin’ the Schools, both of which are nationally recognized. In addition to its digital acceleration and growth of Rock Hall EDU Powered by PNC, the Rock Hall plans to resume its onsite programs this fall. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also is grateful for the generous support of AEP and AEP Foundation. AEP Foundation helped launch Rock Hall EDU and has since continued their support with an additional grant received in 2020 at the start of the pandemic when the need for free, digital educational resources was greater than ever before. This investment and partnership by AEP Foundation fuels the impact of Rock Hall EDU and allows the Museum to be able to offer these innovative, digital education resources for free to teachers and educators around the globe. This partnership allows the Rock Hall and AEP Foundation to combine the power and energy of music with education. “We believe education is the foundation of brighter futures for our communities. Creating opportunities that help our youth unlock their thinking and create curiosity is what leads to future innovations,” said Janelle Coleman, AEP Foundation president and VP of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement. “The AEP Foundation is proud to support Rock Hall EDU and provide opportunities for students to access unique, captivating and quality arts education activities in the classroom.” Rock Hall EDU offers free access to lesson plans, activities and downloadable activity sheets, presentations, videos, playlists, writing prompts, and more. All

materials meet national and state learning standards and can be accessed at rockhall.com/education. Featured collections and assets include: “It’s Been Said All Along” Collection: In every generation, Black rock & roll artists have elevated the conversation about social justice. Use this collection to bring the spirit of the physical or virtual exhibit to your students with a poster activity, an Aretha Franklin RESPECT lesson plan, a music and activism in the 21st century playlist and more. Superbowl Halftime Show Collection: The NFL’s Super Bowl Halftime Show has been one of the most watched televised events of every year for decades. Months of planning with countless staff, crew and musical acts make this 15-minute, star-studded extravaganza possible. Teachers can use this collection to score points with students as they create, design and organize a Super Bowl Halftime Show of their own. Class of 2021 Inductees Playlists: The 2021 Class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees spotlights the sounds, songwriting and creative input that have influenced rock and roll from its earliest years up through the modern day. Use these playlists to introduce learners to these remarkable artists from all corners of popular music history. Pride Collection: The LGBTQIA+ Community has long been a part of the rock and roll story. Their perspectives and experiences have helped shape rock and roll. In recent decades, artists have used their music as a vehicle to support the community and champion rights. Use this collection to examine some of the LGBTQIA+ contributions to music. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also is pleased to have the support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation and donors who made it possible for the Museum to continue to impact students, teachers, educators and parents through Rock Hall EDU. Rock Hall EDU posts new content regularly and encourages parents and teachers to submit requests and feedback to edusupport@rockhall.org.

Project Hope for the Homeless to host Jog with a Frog 5K and 1 Mile Walk Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to announce the Jog with a Frog 5K and a 1 Mile Walk presented by AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Management will be held in-person on Saturday August 28 at 8 a.m. at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville. The Jog with a Frog 5K and a 1 mile Walk in the Park is a fun and active way to raise awareness and support for Project Hope for the Homeless, the only emergency shelter in Lake County.The community event will feature a post-race cookout and live music. The first 100 participants to register by Aug. 9 are guaranteed a T-shirt. Project Hope for the Homeless, celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2021, is a 50-bed facility and provides shelter and services for nearly 500 people per year. Proceeds from the Jog with a Frog event directly help Project Hope for the Homeless serve its guests. Guests receive emergency shelter, a hot dinner, light breakfast, packed lunches and weekly one-on-one meetings with a trained professional staff member

who helps guests set goals and gives them referrals for more comprehensive treatment and care. In 2020, 86% of guests served during an average 29day stay transitioned to permanent housing or entered in-person behavioral health care treatment. Online registration and race chip timing for the 5K will be conducted by Stasny Road Racing. Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Painesville/JogwithaFrog5K. The 1-mile walk will be an untimed event. Cost for the 5K is $25,and $15 for the 1-mile walk through Aug. 9. Prices for both events increase by $5 after that date. In-person registration and packet pickup begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Main Pavilion inside Kiwanis Recreational Park with runners and walkers toeing the line at 8 a.m. For more information about Project Hope for the Homeless, visit http://www.projecthopeforthehomeless.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ projecthopeforthehomeless.

Holden Forests and Gardens “Twilight in the Whimsical Woods” Holden Forests and Gardens’ hosted the picnic of the summer at the Holden Arboretum on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event, Twilight in the Whimsical Woods, is Holden’s largest benefit of the year and helped to raise money for its mission to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. More than 500 people attended: many first-time visitors and families with young children. The event was presented with generous support from Key Private Bank. Twilight in the Whimsical Woods took place throughout the arboretum grounds and feature a picnic dinner

Thor Platter, a bluegrass band, entertains at Holden.

by A Taste of Excellence, music by Northeast Ohio artists including Thor and the Cleveland Wind Trio, activities for adults and kids including craft stations and tarot card readings, and a first look at the new Fairy Doors: Magical Garden Gateways. Event proceeds will support the People for Trees movement that aims to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for throughout Northeast Ohio by 2025 and to help ensure that the wonder and beauty of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden are available for all to enjoy. STORY SUBMITTED BY HOLDEN FORESTS AND GARDENS/PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER LAWSON

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Visit currentsneo.com to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Friday, Sept. 3….Corks on the Concourse, to benefit the International Women’s Air & Space Museum, 6 to 9 .m. at Burke Lakefront Airport. In person and virtual options. Event to feature several local wineries, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and special exhibits and programs. Tickets are $75 for non-members or $65 for IWASM members. This year, the museum is offering a special bundle for tickets plus a discounted one-year membership for any new members for $110. All in-person tickets include a commemorative wine glass and wine samples. Also offered is a $50 ticket for Designated Drivers, and $25 for those who wish to participate virtually.Tickets may be purchased online on the Events page at www. iwasm.org or by calling 216.623.1111. Deadline to RSVP is August 27, 2021. For more information, call the museum or email info@iwasm.org. Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12…Warehouse Sale, to benefit Hospice of the Western Reserve, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. *MASKS REQUIRED * 6-FOOT DISTANCING* The Warehouse Sale is the place to be to find gently used home furnishings, accents and accessory pieces—all priced at a fraction of their original retail prices! THIS SALE ONLY – all lamps ½ price; furniture bargains; big holiday shop. In addition to furniture, framed

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Cool summertime confections to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us By LAURI GROSS I scream. You scream. We all scream for … Dippy Whip. As of June 15, Dippy Whip Custard is a new ice-cream shop at Legacy Village in Beachwood named by owners Joe Jr. and Kathy Tomaro who picked the moniker because it’s how Joe’s dad, Joe Sr., referred to ice cream throughout Joe Jr.’s childhood. Joe Jr. recalls that there was also an ice-cream shop on Cleveland’s west side with the name. Situated adjacent to the Legacy Village lawn next to Wild Mango, Dippy Whip is equal parts nostalgia and deliciousness, as the shop’s recipe for vanilla custard harkens back to the glory days of Cleveland’s beloved amusement parks including Euclid Beach, Geauga Lake, Forest City Park and more. In fact, Joe said, “We have Cathy’s Gourwhat we believe is the (vamet Ice Cream nilla custard) recipe that was Sandwiches in served at the early amusement the arcade on parks starting in the 1920s.” Euclid Avenue are The crew at Dippy Whip not for the faint makes the custard on site. It of heart. Photoincludes egg yolks which they graph courtesy of say make it denser, creamier Cathy’s Gourmet and smoother than ice cream. Ice Cream SandJoe added, “The vintage wiches vanilla custard is always a fan favorite, but the shop offers a variety of flavors in custard, gelato, Italian Ice and ice cream. We will be adding and changing out flavors throughout the summer. We will be offering limited-edition seasonal flavors and holiday specials as well.” Some examples include pumpkin spice, peppermint, and caramel apple. Dippy Whip’s menu also includes pecan log rolls and Ice cream from other candy products from Mason’s CreamStuckey’s, plus fudge chocoery in Ohio City late cake, lemon bars, Oreo includes surprisdream bars, peanut butter cup ing flavors like pie, coffee from Joffrey’s Cofbaklava. Photofee & Tea Company, and more. graph courtesy of Other Northeast Ohio iceMason’s Creamery cream shops are also ready to welcome visitors with special treats this summer. At Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches in the arcade on Euclid Avenue, visitors are greeted by a hostess, and then are swept up in lively background music and faced with tough decisions about what to order. The shop offers seven cookie varieties, 15 ice-cream flavors and eight toppings for what owner and founder Catheryn Cross calls a very “customer-centric experience. Customers get to create their own combos,” she said. Cleveland is the flagship location for the brand that

Joe Tomaro, owner of the new Dippy Whip Custard shop at Legacy Village in Beachwood serves customers. Photograph courtesy of Dippy Whip Catheryn has expanded to Atlanta, with plans to open a shop in Nashville in early 2022, and other cities after that. Cathy’s ice-cream sandwiches bear little resemblance to the classic grocery-store variety. Among the favorites of these are huge, two-handed delicacies of honey-vanilla ice cream between two chocolate-chip cookies, rolled in rainbow sprinkles; banana-pudding ice cream between two snickerdoodle cookies and topped with caramel sauce or toffee; and cookies-and-cream ice cream between two chocolate brownie cookies rolled in Oreo cookie crumbles. In addition, Cathy’s engages the community through the company’s Cathy Cares program, which includes involvement with kids’ summer camps. Find Cathy’s online or on social media @CATHYSCLE. Helen and Jesse Mason, co-owners of Mason’s Creamery, on Bridge Avenue in Ohio City carry classic and unique icecream flavors made in small batches in-house. Helen said, “We rotate our flavors quite a bit but popular ones include baklava, any cereal flavor and popcorn for movie nights.” Check out Mason’s on Instagram and Twitter (@MASONSCREAMERY) for info on when they plan to show a movie at their outdoor seating area. Jesse added, “We are dog friendly and if you bring your dog, we put together a little treat for them so they get to have something sweet too!” Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop, on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland offers homemade ice cream churned in their kitchen, plus vegan and no-sugar-added options, seasonal sorbet, sundaes, milkshakes, chocolate and popcorn. Manager Erika Hocevar said the shop is now featuring orange creamsicle ice cream, plus an ice-cream soda treat called Lake Erie Sunset, made with strawberry soda and lemon sorbet. Visitors to Sweet Moses can enjoy their treats with seating offered indoors or out. Tremont Scoops, on Professor Avenue in Tremont describes itself as an old-school ice-cream parlor dishing up dozens of flavors of locally made ice cream (including many vegan options), plus sundaes, milkshakes, regional novelties, and much more. This summer, try new ice-cream flavors including peanut butter pretzel paradise or salty caramel truffle. Kids will love the colorful Superman ice cream, especially since they can enjoy it while sitting in swings suspended from the ceiling inside (the swings don’t actually swing, since they are anchored to the floor). Tables and benches outdoors provide additional seating. Johnny Hollowell who runs the shop said, “We also have ice cream for dogs and homemade icecream sandwiches (for humans) made with traditional dairy or vegan ice cream.”

artwork and lamps, the selection often includes sets of fine china, glassware, antiques, jewelry, collectibles and one-of-a-kind treasures. The proceeds not only support seriously ill patients and their families, but veterans in need of specialized care, grief and trauma counseling in schools and other community-based programs provided by the nonprofit agency throughout northern Ohio. Call 216.255.9090 for more information or visit hospicewr.org. Saturday, Sept. 18… 75th Anniversary Celebration, Gilmour Academy. The 75th Anniversary Celebration will be held on the Gilmour Campus and will be a tented, outdoor event. The evening will include a spotlight on the opening of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts, dinner, cocktails, entertainment and silent and live auctions. All proceeds will support Gilmour’s tuition assistance program, student services and academic programming. Tickets can be purchased online at Gilmour.org/75anniversary or by calling Patti Miller at 440.473.8000, ext. 1201. Sunday, Sept. 19…5th Annual Pals In Motion 5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile Family Walk, to benefit InMotion, presented by the Levine Family in memory of Les Levine. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. at Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Race starts at 9:00 a.m. 5K Walk/Run or 1 Mile Family Walk, yoga, Tai Chi, an obstacle course, and a 100-yard-dash relay. You can run, walk, join a team, donate, become a sponsor, or just fundraise for InMotion. Pals In Motion will provide the resources needed to help people in our community face the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. Register at www.palsinmotion.org or call 216.342.4417. Visit www.beinmotion.org to learn more.

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Three-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band Spanish Harlem Orchestra plays the TriC JazzFest on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photograph courtesy of Luxe Creative Imaging

Tri-C JazzFest celebrates roots of jazz and genre’s next generation By ANDREA C. TURNER Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is back live and in person – September 11 and 12 at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater in Cleveland Heights. The festival, now in its 42nd year, promises to be a jazz lover’s delight with music wall-to-wall. “In light of the pandemic, we feel extremely fortunate to be able to present this version of Tri-C JazzFest,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “With a diverse and truly fresh lineup, we’re celebrating this uniquely American art form in the safest way possible – outdoors and under a covered venue. Each day the festival will present five shows, all at one affordable price. Like most jazz festivals this year we have scaled back, but we can assure you the performances will be exciting and memorable. There are half hour breaks between shows so the audiences can enjoy drinks, food trucks, meet-the-artist sessions and performances by students – the next generation of jazz legends. Still a world-class festival in a beautiful and historic setting.” For those still not comfortable being in crowds, parts of the festival will be streamed. Virtual viewers can enjoy a couple concerts, artist interviews, pre-recorded performances and more. The festival in its entirety will not be streamed. Passes, sold by day, are available through ticketmaster. com or by calling 216-371-3000. The Cain Park box office is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Reserved passes are tiered, available for $50, $65, $75 and $100. Lawn seating is $35. To experience the festival and all of its concerts, producers recommend purchasing a pass starting at $35. Re-entry is permitted with festival wristband. Show goes on rain or shine. The concert lineup features jazz veterans, young and up-and-coming musicians, piano trios, Latin jazz, awardwinning vocalists, and more. Show dates and times are:

Saturday, Sept. 11

Samara Joy and Pasquale Grasso Trio – 3:30 p.m. Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance – 4:45 p.m. Christian Sands Trio – 6:15 p.m. A Moment in Cleveland – 7:45 p.m. Spanish Harlem Orchestra – 9:15 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 12

Marquis Hill – 2 p.m. Bria Skonberg – 3:30 p.m. Emmet Cohen Trio – 5 p.m. Harp vs Harp: Edmar Castaneda & Gregoire Maret – 6:30 p.m. Catherine Russell – 8 p.m.

Jazz vocalist Catherine Russell sings gems from the 1920s to the present at the Tri-C JazzFest on Sunday, Sept. 12. Photograph courtesy of catherinerussell.net. Traditionally held at Playhouse Square each summer, JazzFest features ticketed shows with top international jazz acts. Over the past four decades, the festival has become a cherished tradition for tens of thousands of music lovers. Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is made possible by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), KeyBank, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services, Inc., The George Gund Foundation and a growing list of donors and vendors. Cain Park is owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights. For more information, visit tri-c.edu/jazzfest/index.html

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EDWINS takes its educational curriculum nationwide using mobile platform If the true measure of success in life is what you manage to do for others, then EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is poised to reach another milestone. This September, EDWINS will hold its first big graduation ceremony since 2019. By then, the institute will have 474 graduates. Those 474 lives will have been changed forever thanks to the work of the staff, volunteers, donors and the community over the past eight years. Now, EDWINS is about to branch out again, in a very big way. After months of planning and hundreds of hours of filming, the EDWINS educational curriculum will be available throughout the country to 500,000 incarcerated individuals on GTL’s closed caption tablets. That is 20 percent of the entire United States prison population. GTL is the correction industry’s one-stop source for integrated technology services. It is a leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government. GTL products include the first web-based inmate telephone platform, the first wireless tablet with the ability to make phone calls and the first web-based jail management system. The company serves 2,300 facilities and 1.8 million inmates in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The expanded EDWINS curriculum includes video instruction, tests and quizzes, and will allow the students access via email to the EDWINS staff for questions. It will cover gastronomy, culinary math, menu preparation, ServSafe certification exam preparation, essential front-of-the-house training, including drink preparation and bartending, and essential back-of-the-house training, including food selection and preparation. Specific courses include tools and equipment, grinding, mixing and pureeing, refrigeration, knife skills, stocks and more. Upon completion of the program, graduates will acquire a culinary degree. After they are released from prison, they will be invited to enroll at EDWINS for an intensive six-months of culinary arts educational training. Brandon Chrostowski, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute founder and president, noted that much of this was made possible by a generous donation from the Cleveland Browns. “As a part of their gift, they also committed to sponsor travel expenses for individuals in other parts of the country who wish to relocate to Cleveland to

After months of planning and hundreds of hours of filming, the EDWINS educational curriculum will be available throughout the country to 500,000 incarcerated individuals on GTL’s closed-caption tablets. (Photograph provided by EDWINS) complete the in-person program and live in our free student housing at the Second Chance Life Skills Center,” he said. “It is increasingly important that we continue to equip our returning citizens with the knowledge, support and opportunity for second chances,” Chrostowski said. “Now more than ever, it is essential to make high quality, specialized and applicable culinary education accessible. In partnership with organizations like GTL, who make it their mission to invest in providing educational resources and tools throughout the prison system, we can help bridge the gap for those who want to pursue higher education and ultimately make their dreams a reality.” “As a kid from Detroit whose stars where not aligned to be where I am today, I am humbled by what we’ve accomplished so far,” he added. “I have traveled to countless states for speaking engagements and to consult with likeminded individuals and it is clear that people are ready to jump in. It is time to take the EDWINS model and make it a national standard. We are always looking to connect with others who believe in our mission and want to recreate our program for their communities, because it works. We can help those in need of a second chance change their stars, just as I changed mine, with a little bit of help.”

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre offers online mystery game to launch 92nd Season The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre will kick off its 92nd season this September with an unprecedented and experimental web-based fundraiser. Murder by the Falls: “Nursery Crimes” is an online event set for Friday, September 10, wrapping up with a reception / season kickoff party on Saturday, September 11. Admission to the online game is $35, with optional $20 admission to the Saturday night reception. Murder by the Falls has served as the venerable nonprofit’s major fundraising event for a few decades. The format usually consists of an original two-act murder mystery / comedy paired with drinks, food, and a hunt through the shop windows of downtown Chagrin Falls to look for planted clues, including the interrogation of on-the-street characters. The pandemic led to the cancellation of this popular event for the first time in many years last fall. When it came time to plan ahead for the 2021 edition, the unpredictability of public health guidelines and questions about audience comfort with close quarters left the event’s status uncertain. Given the participatory nature of the usual Murder by the Falls format, including mingling with strangers and crowding around shop windows, it

seemed like the show might not go on. However, brother and sister team Andrew and Greta Rothman rose to the challenge, offering to concoct an online version of the game. Combining their experience as writers/producers for nine previous Murder by the Falls shows with Andrew’s technical skills as a computer and audio-visual professional, the duo have created an ambitious, one-of-a-kind mix of theater and gameplay. Their original story, “Nursery Crimes”, involves nursery-rhyme-inspired characters living in modern day Chagrin Falls. Many of these characters have a reason to dislike Humperdinck T. Dumpty, who is the co-founding Editor in Chief of “The Nursery Times” newspaper and the victim in the tale. On the evening of September 10 at 7 PM EST, registered players will be emailed a PDF containing clippings from the fictional “Nursery Times”. Within these pages will be a dozen keywords for the audience to find - some hidden in obvious ways and others far less conspicuous. Once a secret word has been found, the player will enter it into a box on the provided web page to unlock a recorded scene featuring characters tied to the plot, including se-


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curity camera footage, private Zoom meetings, recorded phone calls, and so on. Having revealed the clips, participants will submit a form explaining who they think killed “Hump” T. Dumpty, how they did it, and what their motive was. The game officially ends at 12 PM EST on Saturday. The first player or team to submit the correct (or closest to correct) solution will receive a cash grand prize, in an amount determined by the overall number of tickets sold. Tickets to shows in CVLT’s 92nd Season will also be given away as additional prizes. “It’s been like writing and directing an independent film while simultaneously publishing a newspaper and creating an online escape room game,” says Mr. Rothman

of the challenging production. “There are about fifty pages of script and twenty-five actors recorded in multiple locations. It’s elaborate almost to the point of absurdity, but we still managed to work in some of our trademark awful puns! And since it’s online, we have no limit on how many people can attend, so we hope it goes a long way toward getting CVLT back on its feet post-COVID.” CVLT will use money generated by Murder by the Falls to fund the plays and musicals scheduled to run in its 2021-22 season, beginning with Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes & Watson on September 17. Tickets for Murder by the Falls and all other CVLT productions can be purchased online at CVLT.org or via the Box Office at (440) 247-8955.

Discover beauty of downtown Traverse City, Michigan and its many attractions, amenities By SARAH JAQUAY “You haven’t been to Traverse City (TC) until you’ve had a burger and beer at Bubba’s [Restaurant & Bar],” our veteran server notes. We were scarfing down a delicious homemade breakfast (Bubba’s even makes its own jams) after a 48-hour whirlwind trip to Traverse City, MI, to check out a new resort on Grand Traverse Bay, West Bay Beach, a Delamar Resort, before heading home. Traverse City sits at the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan at its most cerulean. The Bay is flanked by two peninsulas, Leelanau to the west and Old Mission to the east. This fun and funky beach town is just a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the 7.4-mile Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive where visitors can take in dramatic views of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Because this was such a quick trip and we’d visited Sleeping Bear before, we were concentrating on downtown Traverse City. Our location couldn’t have been better at Delamar West Bay: It’s right on the water with lots of promenade space and an outdoor bar and dining options. The locals said the building used to be a Holiday Inn. After Delamar’s $10 million plus renovation, there’s very little indication of its prior life as part of a chain. Delamar owns boutique accommodations primarily in New England, so Traverse City is a new location for them. When we visited in July, the West Bay Beach resort was largely finished except for its Artisan restaurant, which will open later this year, and their spa is being built. Fortunately, Artisan’s waterfront patio was available and we were able to sample its delectable menu along with some local wines. Leelanua and Old Mission Peninsulas are respected wine-growing areas. If we’d had more time, we might have visited some of the area’s renowned wineries, including: Rove Estate, Brengman Brothers and Shady Lane on Leelanau and Black Star Farms, Bonobo and Mari Vineyards on Old Mission. (Note: visitors in downtown TC may sample Brengman Bros. and Shady Lane wines at Grand Traverse Distillery on lively Front Street.) But we had to move at a clipper ship’s pace, so we passed on a sunset sail aboard the Nauti Cat, a catamaran parked at Delamar’s dock, and walked where most of the town seemed to be heading for dinner -- the Little Fleet food trucks on the corner of Front and Wellington Streets. With music playing, multiple food trucks offering everything from spicy tacos to barbecue and burgers, plus a hopping bar with an extensive menu of craft cocktails, local wines and beers, it felt like the kind of summer soiree we remembered from the good old days before COVID. It was hot the day we explored Front Street from one end to the other. So after sating ourselves we had a major decision about where to watch the blazing sun drop behind the Leelanau Peninsula: Go for a dip in the Bay at Delamar’s small private beach or have a night cap at Delamar’s outdoor bar. We chose the former and I couldn’t have been happier frolicking in the crystal-clear Bay and watching the red star drop closer to the horizon. As we drove home, though, all we could talk about was the unique lifestyle community called the Village at

Guests at Delamar’s West Bay Beach Resort may relax and dine on Northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Photographs by Sarah Jaquay

Left Foot Charley Winery’s Barrel Room is on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons, a lifestyle community on the site of a gorgeously restored asylum. Grand Traverse Commons. With restaurants, specialty shops, wineries, a brewery and condominiums, the Commons is a destination for dining, nightlife or just enjoying

its Victorian-Italianate architecture. The buildings on this sprawling complex were once the home of the Northern Michigan Asylum. Architect Gordon Lloyd of Detroit designed the Asylum in the late 1800s and it was the embodiment of its original superintendent’s, Dr. James D. Munson’s, philosophy that “beauty is therapy.” It would be six more decades before psychiatric drugs and Dr. Munson believed if patients were surrounded by beautiful environments, both built and natural, their mental and emotional states would improve. Today, there’s an arboretum on the grounds and visitors can find hiking trails just past Left Foot Charley Winery’s Barrel Room. We decided if we lived at the Commons, we’d sample Left Foot Charley’s Urban Winery selections or partake of its Double Gold tasting experience at the Barrel Room just behind the winery, several times a week. The Barrel Room is where guests sample Left Foot Charley’s award-winning reserve wines while noshing on freshly made Burrata (mozzarella infused with cream) swimming in “vin tomato” from one of the Commons’ upscale restaurants, Trattoria Stella. The Barrel room used to be the Asylum’s vegetable cellar. The Commons offers informative, two-hour historic walking tours; some are led by descendants of Asylum employees. We know we barely scratched the surface of downtown Traverse City’s offerings when we visited during the height of cherry harvest time. But we also know we’ll be back when we have at least a week to sample local cuisine and wines, swim and sail on Grand Traverse Bay; and maybe even catch a flick at the Traverse City Film Festival started by filmmaker Michael Moore in 2005. This year’s festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, but next year’s is already being planned for summer 2022. Visit www.traversecity.com for more information.

2021 Cleveland-area Walks to End Alzheimer’s Participants in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be able to physically join forces to recreate the driving movement and energy that fuels the fight to end Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter will host four Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in the region and all will take place in person. The Association is inviting area residents to join the fight by signing up as a team captain, joining a team or registering to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk. Lindsay Walker, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter, said the chapter decided to move forward with plans to host the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s because meeting in-person provides an exceptionally moving experience that can be accomplished as COVID restrictions loosen. “I can’t even express how excited we are to have all of our walks in person this fall. There will be some modifications, so we can make sure that everyone attending feels safe and comfortable. For those individuals who don’t want to join in person, they can still participate in all of the day-of activities through the Walk To End Alzheimer’s mobile app,” Walker said. Over the last two years, participants have contributed $1,355,099, providing funding for Alzheimer’s care and support for local families and for research. The dates for this year’s Walks are: Lake and Geauga Counties – September 12 Lorain County – September 18 Cleveland – October 3 Ashtabula County – October 9 Register at alz.org/walk The Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s is presented by Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and GIE Media. On Walk day, participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. Last year 1,889 more people with dementia died in Ohio than expected because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, the pandemic placed additional stress on caregivers who for months could not see their loved ones in long-term care or could not utilize services like in-home aides and adult-day care services for fear of their loved one contracting COVID. The Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports 160,000 caregivers in the region. There are 50,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in the Chapter’s five-county area. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer›s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which helps all affected, is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

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Visit currentsneo.com to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Monday, Sept. 20…A Taste of the Browns, to benefit Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 6 to 9 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Mix and mingle with Cleveland Browns alumni and sample dishes from our area’s most excellent restaurants. For more information, visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Taste.

overpopulation remains the number one cause of death and suffering for companion animals. It’s a problem we can FIX – but only with your help. All proceeds from this annual event help make pet homelessness a thing of the past! Tickets and information visit www.petfixnortheastohio.org or contact Christie at 216.732.7040. Saturday, Oct. 9…Clambake, to benefit local Lion’s Charities to help the sight and hearing impaired, 6 p.m. at Highland Heights Community Center, 5827 Highland Rd., Highland Heights, 44143. Catered by La-Vera Party Center. Clambake dinner with half roasted chicken,

Friday, Sept. 24…Equinox Celebraton, to benefit Preterm, 7 p.m. at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Celebrate the career of Chrisse France and welcome new Executive Director Jen Moore Conrow. The evening includes a live auction, raffle, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and dancing. Tickets are $125, with $85 Blossoming Donor tickets available for young professionals. Preterm works to ensure reproductive health. Visit www.preterm. org or call 216.991.4000 for information. Saturday, Sept. 25…No Balls Ball – Night at the Museum, to benefit PetFix Northeast Ohio, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 5:30- 6:30 p.m., an Exclusive VIP Experience includes access to the Perkins Wildlife & Woods Garden, a fully immersive, natural environment that brings you closer to native Ohio plants and live animals than ever before. Staff will provide up close experiences with several of the animal ambassadors. Main event, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reconnect and celebrate with PetFix as we share all the lifesaving work for cats and dogs that you make possible. Be inspired by the fascinating exhibits and world-renowned discoveries as you explore the museum with friends, both old and new. Taste the premier culinary talents of Cleveland’s own Zack Bruell with a delectable array of vegan and vegetarian food stations. Experience a chance to win a variety of great prizes at the extensive silent auction and wine pull, followed by a fund-a-need live auction. Pet

Kidney Foundation of Ohio “Summer Soiree” The Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc. welcomed 120 guests to its Summer Soiree event at the Music Box Supper Club. The evening on the waterfront featured a buffet dinner, dessert, a silent auction, raffles and live music from Blu Monsoon. Event sponsors The Fortney Foundation, Centers for Dialysis Care and Excalibur Auto Body, Inc. helped to raised nearly $30,000 to benefit patients with kidney disease. Laura Reifschneider served as committee chair for the event. The Kidney Foundation of Ohio is dedicated to providing direct assistance to individuals with kidney disease and to promoting and providing educational programming for the general public and renal professionals, as well as for patients and their families. The organization serves 32 counties in northern and eastern Ohio and supports two affiliate chapters in Lake and Summit Counties. The Ohio-based health and human services agency continues to provide direct dollars to patients to help them through the devastation of kidney disease. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

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one dozen clams, clam chowder, clam broth, corn, baked sweet potato, oven roasted red skins, cole slaw, roll/butter, dessert. Beer, wine, pop and bottled water. Side boards and Gift Card raffles. Tickets are $40 per person (extra clams are $12 per dozen). No tickets sold at the door. Purchase tickets by October 2 by contacting Frank Skala, 440.473.3484 or fskala@ameritech.net or Gary Kryszan, 440.773.6380 or kryszan@yahoo.com. Wednesday, Oct. 13, to benefit Cleveland-area children, CREATIONS – A Children’s Guild Unique Boutique! Jewelry, fiber arts, seasonal decor, hostess gifts,

gourmet, women’s accessories, children’s items, vintage treasures, etc. Wednesday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to-3 p.m. at Acacia Reservation Clubhouse across from Beachwood Place. All proceeds benefit Cleveland area children. $5 admission. Buy a creation and help a child! Saturday, Oct. 16…21st Annual Dessert First Gala, to benefit Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, at Embassy Suites, Cleveland-Rockside. Sample handcrafted Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts by prominent Northeast Ohio chefs. Visit gsneo.org/dessertfirst for more information.

Today’s fashions for mothers of the bride, bridegroom, wedding party and guests

COVID forces caterers to innovate

By MYRA ORENSTEIN After months of wearing mostly casual clothing last year, most of us are ready to throw out our sweats and strut out in high style. Yet, interestingly, designers have taken notice of the past year’s trends, recognizing that going casual and looking fabulous can be one and the same. Consider what’s happening in the bridal category. Check out the fashion runways of New York and Paris or tune-in to Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s “Making the Cut.” Discover that bridal is now about architectural, edgy designs, feathers, unstructured pants and…get ready for it…color! Local retail fashion experts Lisa Moran of Lisa Moran Ltd. and Wally Naymon of Kilgore Trout note that the color blue for wedding attire is becoming increasingly more popular. In menswear, there’s a modern cut that’s slimmer, but “appropriate for most all body types and ages” according to Naymon. Navy, even in a tuxedo, is popular for the groom with groomsmen looking chic in high blue, pearl or darker grays. Moran says that navy, royal and sapphire are popular gown color choices for women, too. In fact, approximately 85 percent of the dresses sold in her store are either black or navy blue. “Women look good in blue and it works any time of year.” “People really want to dress up now. Long, off-theshoulder, fun gowns create an elevated look. Everyone missed so much during the past year. They want to bring their A-game now,” she says. Moran is also seeing a lot of pregnant brides, too, who had planned weddings during Covid and now are finally able to celebrate. “The dresses are really fun,” she adds. As for appropriate dress for the other wedding weekend festivities? When it comes to the women in the bridal party, Moran believes that while the wedding may be the formal event of the weekend, rehearsal dinners are a little more relaxed. Little dresses with high heels are popular for young girls and jeans with a pretty blouse, leather jacket and heels look smart. Mothers of the bridal couple need to “be more special. An elevated look could include a pretty sundress or a tailored black pant with silk top or a dress with a leather jacket,” Moran says. Softer, more comfortable notes are evident in menswear, too. Naymon says that designers are “featuring so many soft, deconstructed, almost tailored pieces. They’re a little more comfortable and stretchier. There’s knit in the clothing and the trousers. There’s a trend toward technical fabrics a la Lululemon-style.” And while a “classic guy” might opt for a leather shoe to accompany a soft jacket, denim and a sport coat for a rehearsal dinner, some opt for a trendier sneaker. Either way, this is an opportunity to basically dress comfortably for special events around a wedding. As for rounding out weekend wear with clothes for brunch, Moran believes that comfort is the number one consideration. “People are leaving. They’ll be traveling. Everyone is exhausted at this point and dealing with emotions from the wedding. While the mother of the bride should still dress more upscale, jeans are definitely acceptable for the guests. Add a pretty sweater to create a casual look. Add an amazing tennis shoe.” Both Lisa Moran Ltd. and Kilgore Trout offer custom tailoring. Moran suggests coming in to shop four months prior to the wedding. Consider getting ideas by attending trunk shows held in her store. (For more information, visit www.lisamoranltd.com and register for her e-newsletter.) Naymon suggests visiting Kilgore Trout at least four weeks prior for made-to-measure suits. Both stores always have chic options available in stock for anyone in the bridal party.


Lisa Moran Ltd. carries stunning wedding and special occasion gowns. Blue is a popular color for weddings this year. It is complementary on most everyone, photographs well, and can be worn any time of the year. (Photograph courtesy of Lisa Moran Ltd.)

Relaxation of Covid restrictions means calendars are booking fast for wedding celebrations By LAURI GROSS Save the date! That happy rallying cry from people planning big, important, joyful events is once again being heard across The Land. Save the date for 50th anniversaries, for milestone birthdays and, of course, for weddings. Calendars are filling up and area experts are ready to help create unforgettable weddings. Emily Baber, marketing director for Spice Hospitality Group says their catering calendar for weddings is pretty packed, “and next year is filling up more quickly than we’ve seen in previous years.” Ellen McFadden, owner of Radiant Bride on Detroit Road in Rocky River sees more of an interest in smaller weddings driven by the remaining uncertainty of Covid. On the flip-side, she says, “We also do see excitement to return to full-blown gatherings and traditional-style weddings.” Emily said, “We have had some large guest counts, and we’ve also seen a lot of smaller celebrations; some casual, some upscale.” As for the wedding gowns themselves, Ellen says she is seeing “more brides looking for minimal gowns, and the trending silhouettes are A-lines (with fitted waistline and flared skirt) and fit-and-flare (hugs the body more tightly and flares out below the hips). “Lace is very popular,” she added, “and the trend of beige and blush underlays helps to highlight the lace on the dresses.” Radiant Bride carries a wide range of wedding-gown sizes, including a beautiful selection of plus-size gowns. Ellen explains, “Bridal sizing runs much smaller than standard sizing, so it is very important to us to have samples that every beautiful bride can wear.” Radiant Bride carries gowns from designers in Australia (Essense of Australia, and Madi Lane), Spain (Pronovias), Ukraine (Milla Nova) and several designers from the United States (including Enzoani and Allure). Ellen adds. “We are thrilled to be the only bridal shop in NEO to be launching the brand-new Vera Wang Bride collection in October of this year. Vera Wang has partnered with the iconic Pronovias company to launch a new, high-fashion bridal line that is in a more affordable price point ($1600 - $4000). It is a gorgeous mix of edgy, confident and romantic gowns. We can hardly wait!” Radiant Bride carries dresses that range from $1,200 to $4,000, with most between $1,600 and $2,400. “We do always have a sample sale rack going with most dresses marked down to $799,” Ellen says. The shop’s offerings also include a wide selection of

Radiant Bride on Detroit Road in Cleveland carries gowns from designers around the world including some from the United States, like this beautiful style from Enzoani. veils and as well as some headpieces, such as crowns, combs, and headbands. When couples plan their wedding menus, Emily says

the majority still want a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. “We offer packages with variations on this format, with stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres, family-style, buffet, plated dinners, and options for cake and other desserts,” she says. Many couples also include fun, casual fare in a late-night snack menu. When Covid was raging, many couples got married in small, private ceremonies and are having bigger celebrations this year. “Some of them are choosing a simpler cocktail party,” Emily says, “and some are doing the full wedding reception experience.” To be Covid-safe, Spice was avoiding passed hors d’oeuvres and walk-up bars. Now, Emily says, “We’ve brought back a more normal service style, but some things have stuck, like our individual charcuterie cups. Everyone fell in love with them! We are still minimizing shared food contact and taking precautions with cleaning, and will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations moving forward.” While choosing a gown and planning the menu and other wedding details, some couples simultaneously plan their honeymoon. But lately, due to Covid and just because of evolving trends, many couples are putting off the honeymoon till the excitement – and bills – from the wedding are in the rear-view mirror. Fofie Hoyt, owner of Falls Travel on Washington Street in Chagrin Falls says, “A lot of people have delayed their honeymoons, and they are saving it to take a nice trip to Europe. They say ‘We want to take a couple days off after the wedding and then we are going to wait and take a longer trip to Europe.’” Fofie says it’s hard to point to one reason for the change since “nothing is normal anymore,” she laughs as she adds, “I have couples that have gotten married and they say, ‘We never took a honeymoon and we planned on this and it’s been a year or two later and now we want to take a trip.’” Rather than jam everything wedding-related into a brief window of time, Fofie explains that these couples prefer to enjoy a nice respite weekend – often in the Caribbean or Mexico - right after the wedding and then plan a longer trip later. As for choosing a destination, some couples take trips inspired by Hollywood. Fofie cited Scotland trips that she’s planned for couples that love the movie “Braveheart,” or Harry Potter-themed trips in London, for fans of the boy wizard. Just like before Covid, today’s weddings are as varied as each bride and bridegroom, and the events celebrate the hope of a Covid-free future as much as love itself.

The pandemic shifted the way many couples have planned for food for their wedding and special events. Crowded buffet lines didn’t work with social distancing. So, meals were served plated at the table. Or food was served at stations in individual portions such as cheese and charcuterie cups or small grazing boxes. Whatever the case, pandemic restrictions forced caterers to innovate, even elevate the dining experience. “With restrictions on dancing and requirements for distancing, we really tried to elevate the dining exRed wine-braised beef, perience, so guests fondant potato, parsnip enjoyed the recepand horseradish purée, tion,” says Jess Edand jumbo asparagus monds, catering diwith a red wine demirector and partner glaze is one of the many at Spice Catering options available from in Cleveland. Driftwood Catering at For example, Landerhaven. Photograph she says, the idea courtesy of Driftwood of one, plated dinCatering ner was replaced by multiple courses. That’s because courses require more time than the traditional meal. That gives guests reasons to linger longer if there’s no entertainment such as dancing and music. “We got creative during the pandemic,” says Edmonds. “Now the longer dining experience is trending.” And that includes those with special meal requirements. “We do not want vegans or gluten-free diners to feel like they’re just getting vegetables on a plate,” she notes. “We serve them thoughtful, seasonal dishes with beautiful presentations. Just like we serve everyone else.” Edmonds has seen cocktail consumption rise considerably during pandemic restrictions. She says, “We had to nearly double the amount of glassware we would rent.” While cakes still have their place, Edmonds says stations where guests can graze on mini-cupcakes, mini-tarts, cookies, bars, brownies, macarons, etc. have gained a foothold. This may temporarily change to prominent, plated desserts with Covid variants reopening health concerns. With dancing on the agenda, many couples are adding the late-night snack to receptions. Customization is a big part of planning a wedding menu for Driftwood Hospitality at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. “In 2019 we recreated a grandmother’s recipe for ribollita, a Tuscan stew,” says Chris Hodgson. “The father of the bride said it took him back to sitting at his mother’s table in Italy when he was a child.” Overall, Hodgson says, “I think wedding food goes through fads much like fashion, but for the most part, each wedding is unique and customized to the likes of the client. I definitely see a trend toward some healthier options but a good number of couples stick to some of the classics with a Driftwood twist.” Beverage menus are trending in the same direction as food in that they seem to get more creative with each season, he notes. “Craft cocktails and spritzers are really popular right now.” Driftwood Baking Company, also at Landerhaven, offers 12 cake flavors on their standard menu, to be paired with a variety of fillings and frostings. Singleserving and bite-size desserts are popular as well. “Cakes definitely have their place, but personally, I like to sample the one-biters,” says Hodgson. At Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens in Chagrin Falls, Covid concerns have prompted most couples to request passed appetizers and plated dinners instead of buffets. Food stations are also popular. “Our most popular entrée items are filet mignon, salmon, halibut and chicken,” says Executive Chef Rick Bennett. “Our wedding menus are fixed several months prior to the wedding. Most couples do, in fact, choose multiple entrees to give their guests an option of beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian. These are then preordered by the guests.” While Sapphire Creek’s Napa Valley-made wines are part of weddings, artisan cocktails are also available. In fact, they can be customized to the bride’s and groom’s preferences and prebatched for easy service. “Our wine slushies are very popular with weddings,” notes Bennett. “We always offer one red and one white wine slushy. They are fortified with other spirits and change seasonally.” Adding assorted cookies, cupcakes, even doughnuts to the cake table is a popular option. Once a commitment is made to the venue, free prewedding tasting dinners help couples fine-tune their menus for the big day.

Some COVID trends are lingering because people like them. Cheese and charcuterie cups, for example, are popular. Photograph courtesy of Spice Catering

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Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens brings Bourbon tradition to Northeast Ohio By PARIS WOLFE

One month before their wedding day, couples “bury” their favorite bourbon in Sapphire Creek’s garden. According to a Southern superstition, this encourages Mother Nature to provide great weather. Bottles are recovered for a toast during the reception. Photograph by Rachel Beth Photography

Dreams do come true at Stan Hywet Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio provides a spectacular setting for every facet of a wedding from engagement photos to the rehearsal dinner,wedding ceremony, wedding photography and reception. Stan Hywet’s experienced team of planners will ensure that the bridal couple’s special day is unique and memorable. Wedding ceremonies take place in the historic gardens —beautiful in every season bursting with vibrant color during the warmer months—with the backdrop of the 64,500 sq. foot historicTudor revival Manor House. It sets the stage for a beautiful photo shoot, a one-of-akind wedding, and a memorable reception. More than half of all weddings take place at the Tea Houses at the end of the iconic Birch Tree Allée, a 550-foot-long pathway with more than 100 gray birches lining both sides, forming a natural wedding aisle. For a smaller gathering or a “micro-wedding,” the English garden is a perfect setting.Couples interested in a rustic setting head to the Dell, a secluded location shaded by a canopy of tall trees and surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. Other popular gardens for ceremonies include the West Terrace and the Hidden Aspect, a stone pavilion overseeing the Lagoon. Stan Hywet offers several unique spaces for wedding

receptions. The Manor House Reception Hall features skylights and a post-modern exposed duct work ceiling. Accommodating 175 guests, this space also has a fireplace hearth and balcony —perfect for the band or D.J. The Carriage House Reception Hall is an ideal location for smaller receptions. French doors lead to the Carriage House Tent with chandeliers and a view of the Great Meadow andApple Orchard. The estate also has several locations for tented outdoor receptions to accommodate weddings of more than 175 guests. About Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio, and is the former home of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family. Since 1957, it has been a non-profit historic house museum where the public can learn about the cultural, educational, and inspirational riches of one of the most significant achievements in architecture and horticulture to come out of America’s Industrial Age. Open April-December, Stan Hywet is the largest historic home in Ohio and the sixth largest in the U.S. Stan Hywet is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Insurance considerations for newly married couples Insurance is something that everyone needs and as a newly married couple, there are several changes to contemplate. There are many insurance companies to choose from and finding the right one can be challenging; however, your independent insurance advisor will help you find the best coverage and value for your unique situation. Ideally, it is a good idea to talk with your insurance agent before your wedding day to inquire about possible changes to your insurance policies. Planning the wedding is exciting and there are many important details. One you will not want to overlook is protecting the wedding rings. You may have an engagement ring and wedding bands in your possession long before the big day and to protect this investment you can easily add an endorsement to your homeowners or renters’ policy. As soon as you move in together, it’s important to notify your agent to update your insurance policies. At this time, it may be beneficial to combine your auto insurance onto one policy to take advantage of several possible discounts which could provide significant savings. Your agent will help find the best solution for your situation. As a married couple, life insurance is the most important update you can make to your insurance package.

You may have a mortgage and automobiles and other debt or expenses that require two incomes. Protecting your spouse and family from financial hardship in your absence is necessary and honorable. If you already have a life insurance policy, you will need to update the beneficiary information for your spouse and increase coverage to cover the expenses of home ownership or other debt. A life insurance policy ensures your spouse can manage expenses in an unexpected loss of income. Lastly, consolidating your health insurance can reduce expenses. You may want to consult with your human resources department for assistance. Or, if you are in a situation where you need independent health insurance, your personal Insurance Agent will provide you with various resources. Toni Wesen, Principal Owner of Ohio Ark Insurance, located in Bainbridge Township. The agency specializes in a variety of personal and business insurance with A+ rated carriers and will provide you with the highest level of customer service and coverage. OHIO ARK INSURANCE LLC, Auto + Home + Business + Life, 8410 East Washington, Chagrin Falls, 44023, 216.645.9008 or toniwesen@ohioarkinsurance.com.

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Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens founders Kathleen and Andy Dangelo have thought of everything for the perfect wedding. Their purpose-built, 11,000-square-foot facility on the edge of Chagrin Falls has three thoughtfully curated indoor spaces and six lushly landscaped outdoor spaces for celebrations.The spaces accommodate groups up to 250. “During our travels to Napa Valley, we fell in love with the seamless incorporation of indoor and outdoor spaces at wineries,” says Kathleen.“We wanted to bring that experience to Northeast Ohio.” ‘Winery’ doesn’t even begin to describe Sapphire Creek, unless you’re thinking Napa Valley meets lush Northeast Ohio landscapes. That’s landscapes plural. The winery is nestled among 15 acres of secluded woods, broken into outdoor “rooms” for gatherings. Panoramic windows bring outdoors inside creating a seamless transition between the built and natural environments. Coupled with water features and artisanal lighting, the result is an enchanting experience for couples and their families. The ambiance indoors is both elegant and dramatic, requiring little decorating. Orchestrating an event can be as effortless or involved as a couple desires. Once the facility has a commitment, the kitchen offers a tasting dinner for eight, just so couples know what to expect on their big day. Food and bar menus might come from the winery’s menu or be customized by executive chef Rick Bennett. A typical wedding might start with passed hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour, progress through dinner stations and finish with cake, dessert table and even novel-

ties such as a doughnut wall. Cakes and desserts may be brought in from outside vendors, as the winery doesn’t have a pastry chef on staff. Wine options, of course, include those produced in Napa Valley to the specifications of the Dangelos. Offerings include Brut White and Rose sparkling wines as well as popular varietals. The stunner is a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails may be custom-designed by the bartender – one representing the bride and one representing the bridegroom – should the couple desire. Planning isn’t complete until Mother Nature is appeased. That is done with an old Southern practice of Burying the Bourbon to assure good weather on the wedding day. It works like this: Exactly one month before the wedding, couples visit Sapphire Creek’s bourbon garden where they bury a full bottle of bourbon – their choice of brand – upside down. The bottle is retrieved on the wedding day for a ceremonial toast. Photographers are encouraged for burying and toasting. The wedding day starts early in the bridal loft. As the women prepare, mimosas and a light lunch are served. Meanwhile, men prepare in the wine cellar with beer (or wine) and sandwiches. A wedding coordinator is present to assist throughout the day. And photographers are welcome to catch candids or format formal photographs. Weddings are staged by the Woodlands Pavilion in good weather, then followed with the celebration. As the music winds down and the last drink is consumed, a final, light snack and coffee may be provided. When the big event is over, there will be beautiful and happy memories for guests and everyone else involved in a wedding or special event at Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens.

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Gifts from bridal registries help to fill your home with beauty By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Every young bride dreams of having a home filled with beautiful things. Every wedding registry is as unique and special as the taste of the couple it represents. “Our bridal registries have tripled since the COVID restrictions were lifted. I’m relieved that business is back in full swing for registries,” Barbara Strom of La Bella Vita said. “Our presentation format is totally different than the typical thumbnail registries. We offer a full design service that includes products registered at other stores. We complete your entertaining lifestyle. Our company’s tagline is ‘The Art of Entertaining’,” she said. “The brands we carry are not offered in the big box stores. The industry has brands that are only available in finer tableware stores or high-end department stores. La Bella Vita travels in Europe to develop exclusive products that are not carried by any stores in the U.S. We ship in our own containers to pass on the lowest possible costs,” Strom noted. “Some of our brands are exclusive to our trading area and we carry the complete collection. For example, we are one of the largest dealers in the country for Mackenzie-Childs, Michael Aram, Olivia Riegel, Casafina, Juliska and VIETRI, to name a few.” “The assortments range from tableware and garden décor to beautiful crystal and hand-crafted metal ware and linens from Italy,” she said. “I think that one of the unique propositions that sets us aside is our background in fashion merchandising and product development for large companies. Our assortments are purchased with design and style strategies that offer complete looks across many product categories.” “Our fine stoneware room is a huge hit with our brides. Each piece is sold separately and the room is set up by lifestyle looks versus brand and pattern. Many brides want to have their unique look and our assortment of several hundred pieces is set up to help them create the table of their dreams. Between the colorful Mackenzie-Childs and the Italian imports and the stoneware, the possibilities are endless,” Strom added. “The industry offers more unique products to the independent gift and tableware stores. You will find that assortments are streamlined in the big box and department stores. A lineup assortment is selected by the corporate buyers and nothing can be purchased outside of that lineup. An independent retailer has access to the entire product offering of the brands that they carry,” she said. “Independents offer specialized services and assortments that are just not offered in large stores. You work with

This incredible pattern is very different and popular with La Bella Vita customers. It is called Cristal and it is molded to look like crystal. It is a prime example of how you can have durable everyday ware. Cristal is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photograph provided by La Bella Vita)

Simon Pearce hurricanes, available at Mulholland and Sachs, are handmade in Vermont and make homes bright inside and out. (Photograph provided by Mulholland and Sachs) the owner at La Bella Vita when we do a registry. The experience offered surpasses a sales person in a big store. This holds true for most of the country’s specialty stores like ours.” “The advantage of being able to choose a gift in person rather than relying on the wedding couples’ website reg-

istration is the value you can see in person versus online. It’s the feel, the color, the weight and scale of the product that marks its value,” Strom explained. “After 2020 and having to buy for the store through catalogs and virtual buying meetings, I can tell you that I made mistakes evaluating the true value of some of the products I purchased that way. We are in the fine gift business. Value lies in the finishes and the hand-crafted details of many of our products. Our customers want to see what they are paying for and understand the details that drive the prices.” La Bella Vita is at 2013 Murray Hill Rd. in Little Italy (Phone 216.421.1717) with another location at 28699 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere (Call 216.292.3000) or visit www.labellavitacleveland.com. “We try to make our registry simple. We show a picture of the item with the price. We name the brand. We think that what we sell is service,” Rita Sachs of Mulholland and Sachs said. “When the brides-to-be register here, we ask them to make an appointment. That is because we walk them through the store to show them what is available. It takes a senior staff member at least an hour and a half to register a bride. We ask them questions like where they will be living. Will they be in a spacious house or in tight quarters like a New York City apartment where

storage is limited? Some young ladies do register at stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Sur la Table. Then they come here because someone has told them that they need to register for things that family wants to give them.” “We aim to sell what is not readily available on the web. We look to protect our vendors and they look to protect us,” she said. “We sell a lot of personalized things like pillows or throws embroidered with the date of the wedding or the address of the house. Simon Pearce glassware is on almost every registry. It can go in any home or with any look. It is not inexpensive because it is handmade in America.” “Mary Jurek is hand-hammered stainless steel. It can go into the dishwasher. Other metals turn dark gray in the dishwasher,” Sachs noted. “Melamine has taken off like a rocket. People realize that it is much more stylish than it used to be. It is incredibly convenient to take on the patio or to a friend’s house. Young women today want everything that can go into the dishwasher. COVID taught us some things, if you were listening. It taught us that unstructured clothing is comfortable and can look good. The same applies to housewares.” “Candles are on most registries. Candles come in beautiful vessels. So, when the candle is burned out, you still have a glass vessel that is pretty for flowers,” she noted. “We offer complimentary gift wrapping and we will ship anywhere.” “Different people have different taste. There are different stores for everybody. Our customers feel comfortable here. They have shopped here over the years with their families and they want to be registered here,” she said. “Shopping in person is more tactile. You can touch and feel the product and see the coloration. Because of differences in coloration, shopping on a website is difficult even for us.” “It is important to support local businesses because they employ local people. It is economically good for the community,” Sachs added. “We have been here for 20 years. Over the years, we have built a group of buyers who come in to the store and tell us that they want to support local businesses. They want us to recognize them when they walk in the door and take care of them. There is a reason that small businesses exist. We frequently have customers who walk in and tell us that they need a gift for someone who has everything. They come here because they need our help and guidance in making their purchase.” Mulholland and Sachs is in Eton at 28601 Chagrin Blvd. Phone 216.831.4444 or visit www.mulhollandsachs.com.

Raise a glass and toast with champagne at your next wedding, special event By PARIS WOLFE Legend suggests that, upon discovery of Champagne, French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon quipped, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” While that’s most likely a myth, the romantic notion of “tasting stars” has enchanted imbibers since the late 17th century. Because of labor associated with producing Champagne historically, its rarity and the delight of drinking it, the bubbly became a symbol of luxury and celebration in 18th century royal courts. And, of course, those celebrations included weddings. As with many things, the product trickled through society to everyone who could afford it. Today, Champagne, and other sparkling wines, are de rigueur for weddings. They may be served during cocktails, for the toast or throughout the evening. Champagne differs from other sparkling wines as it is produced only in the Champagne region – notably Rheims and Epernay – of France. Outside that appellation,



even in France, it must not carry the “Champagne” label. The primary grape varietals in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Of course, sparkling wines of arguably equal quality are made in other parts of the world and may be lower priced. In addition to the label “sparkling,” the same style of wine may be labeled Prosecco (Italy), Sekt (Germany), Cava (Spain). And these are made with different varietal grapes, thus they have different flavor profiles. Choosing the right Champagne for a wedding today depends on the goals of the couple, says Gary Twining, Certified Wine Educator from Northeast Ohio. He says a couple should think about the crowd that will be drinking it. “When I am selecting for personal events, my decision is a balance of hitting a budget, the appropriate quality and acceptable style pleasing to most tastes,” he says. “Most consumers don’t drink a lot of sparkling wine, so they are generally unfamiliar with the flavor and quality parameters.” Jeff Harrod, General Manager of Red, Wine & Brew in Chesterland, says, “Personal preferences and tastes are a factor. Occasionally, the bride’s color scheme can affect choosing rose or not, But, usually, people choose based on prior experience and maybe some guidance from a wine professional. That might be from the wedding coordinator or the person at the store. Tastings can be arranged in most instances.” “Prosecco has become very popular these past few

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years, the price and quality make it ideal for most people,” notes Harrod. “Sparkling wine from anywhere is acceptable, it’s just a point of personal preference.” “Veuve Clicquot Champagne ($60) is my favorite, but Mionetto Prosecco ($14) is probably our best seller for quantity,” he says. Deciding how much bottles to buy depends on when it is served and how much is poured. “A bottle gives you five, full five-ounce glasses. So, a case of 12 bottles will give you 60 glasses,” notes Harrod. “If the idea is just for a toast, then you could double that number. If you want to serve it all evening, then perhaps one bottle per drinking adult.” Ideally, he says, the glassware in which it is served should be a tall, narrow flute. “They capture the bubbles and hold them longer than any other type of glass,” he says, suggesting Champagne be served at 50 degrees for optimal experience. Harrod’s top recommendations based on sales include Veuve Clicquot $60.00

Taittinger $60.00 Mionetto Prosecco $14.00 Lamarca Prosecco $17.00 Mumm Napa Brut $20.00 For those who want a local, farm-to-table option, Ohio wines are available. M Cellars in Geneva offers two sparklers, a Brut Rosé, a dry blend of pinot noir and Chardonnay made in a traditional Champagne method and Madelyn, a less-dry sparkling Riesling made in a Prosecco style. “Rosés are hot in the market right now,” says owner/ winemaker Matt Meineke. “People like the idea of traditional method champagne. It’s made like in France but grown right here.” When selecting a Champagne or sparkling wine to star at a wedding, Harrod advises, “Pick something you enjoy. The whole day is about you and your partner. Any leftovers can be saved for another day like honeymoon returns or even first anniversary. And maybe keep a nice bottle for your parents, too.”

The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI, offers honeymooners privacy and the cerulean waters of Lake Michigan. Photograph courtesy of The Homestead Resort

As part of the renovations, Landerhaven added permanent tents for ample outdoor entertaining and lush gardens with a waterfall. Photograph courtesy of Landerhaven

Driftwood Group’s Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson have refreshed, renovated Landerhaven By PARIS WOLFE Landerhaven has been a fixture for special events in Northeast Ohio for decades. If you haven’t seen the facility lately though, you don’t know the new Landerhaven. In August 2020, founder Harlan Diamond sold the business to 16-year-old Driftwood Group. The new owners – Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson -- took advantage of the pandemic slowdown to refresh the entire interior and exterior spaces with modern neutrals and to repave the parking lot. They’ve also put a new signature on food and beverage. For those unfamiliar, Driftwood is one of Northeast Ohio’s premier restaurant operators and caterers. They operate restaurants such as Cibréo Italian Kitchen, Green Rooster Farms, Bin 216 and Republic Food + Drink all in Playhouse Square. As caterers they serve venues such as Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Whitehall, Sun Valley, The Glidden House and private parties as well. Couples who select Landerhaven for their wedding can choose among 11 room configurations, depending on crowd size. Several spaces offer a flow between indoors and out. The largest room, The Diamond Ballroom, can seat up to 1,100 people. The opportunity to create the perfect wedding starts at the door with valet parking. It continues through the simplest details. Couples set ambiance by choosing napkins and tablecloth colors, chair styles, etc. From there they tailor a custom meal experience, bar service, coffee/tea service, and more. The venue even offers one-stop shopping with bakery and floral companies. In-house DJ, photography and videography partners are also available. Brides can have hair

and makeup done onsite. And, of course, the venue offers WiFi for guest convenience. Three levels of food service are available … silver, gold and platinum. These include options for appetizers, soup/salad and entrée. But that’s just for starters. When it comes to customizing a menu, anything goes. Driftwood has flown in fig and lemon trees so that the hosts could pick their own fruit at the event. They’ve also recreated family recipes to honor special family members. “We truly believe that a wedding menu is meant to represent the couple,” says Hodgson. “This could mean their menu represents them by having their favorite foods with a unique twist or maybe it’s something completely out of the box. We work with the bride and groom throughout their entire planning process to make sure we’re developing a menu that brings their vision to life and will ‘wow’ their guests.” Classic beer, wine and cocktail packages are available. Or the bar staff will develop artisan cocktails or playful spritzers for the couple. “We also have the capabilities to create unique, one-of-a-kind carbonated, kegged cocktails for guests,” notes Hodgson. “The kegged cocktails are for somebody that wants something very unique.” On the day of the event, wedding parties have access to second-floor rooms to prepare for service and celebration. Bridal parties have rooms for changing and light refreshments. Meanwhile grooms and ushers have a separate space for the same. During the evening, bridal parties can retire to these rooms to refresh or enjoy the outdoor cigar patio. The night might end on a last dance or with a final snack presentation, based on the couple’s preference.

Mini-moons rising in popularity in the wake of the pandemic By SARAH JAQUAY “People are busy; maybe they can only afford a short vacation after their wedding or want to take a longer trip later. I had one client who could only go [on their honeymoon] for four days because they were going to be in another wedding the week after theirs,” notes Travel Consultant Carrie Biro of Direct Travel in Mentor. Biro was describing the myriad reasons clients give for wanting a “mini-moon,” the term describing shorter and sometimes closer-to-home honeymoons. Mini-moons started gaining popularity around the time of the Great Recession (2008) because couples wanted to rein in wedding expenses, and were afraid of losing their jobs or of being gone too long. These days being accessible 24/7 is practically the norm. And the allure of mini-moons only went up with the pandemic. Biro notes she had to cancel many honeymoons she’d booked for Europe and even Hawaii last year and come up with alternative ideas. “A lot of couples want all-inclusive,” she says. She booked one couple at The Bungalows in Key Largo. “It’s expensive but really romantic and they loved it.” Since mini-moons tend to be shorter, say four or five days instead of a week or more, some newlyweds can afford the higher price per day. Other popular mini-moon destinations Biro mentioned were Newport (this reporter loves The Chanler at Cliff Walk for emulating the lifestyles of Gilded Age robber barons), The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Cape Cod. If newlyweds are looking for something closer to Northeast Ohio, the range of luxury accommodations within a day’s drive is abundant. I’ve always wanted to stay at The Lodge at Glendorn. Tucked into the woods of Northwest Pennsylvania, it’s about 3.5 hours from Cleveland’s East Side. It has the ambience of an old hunting lodge and a long history of hospitality now curated by its second owner, Cliff Forrest, and his family. The property was originally purchased by C. G. Dorn, in 1927 as a retreat for his expand-

ing family where they swam in the lakes, went fishing, hunting and engaged in all things outdoorsy. Now the Lodge boasts an award-winning culinary team and offers an all-inclusive approach via its daily resort fee ($100.) The fee includes breakfast and non-guided activities such as hiking and biking equipment, canoeing, kayaking, pedal-boating, tennis, pool tables, outdoor heated pool (summer only), basketball, ice-skating, curling and cross-country skiing. Best of all, couples seeking privacy can book one of the Lodge’s well-appointed “cabins” and order in if their ideal mini-moon means no distractions. Another resort within driving distance is W. Va.’s Greenbrier. This elegant resort in the Appalachians is renowned for its opulent decor, range of activities and dining options (20 restaurants, bars and lounges) plus its famous bunker tour. The bunker is the site of a Cold War enclave that would have housed high-ranking federal officials, including Congress, in the event of a nuclear attack. Make reservations for this tour way ahead; it’s one of their most popular. If your betrothed is a golfer (or wants to be) the Greenbrier might be ideal. It has a golf academy; three resort courses, a nine-hole, par-3 walking course and even an indoor golf simulator. Greenbrier guests may opt for all-inclusive meal plans if they like. If your idea of the perfect mini-moon includes proximity to a large body of water, consider Northern Michigan’s Homestead Resort. Known as “America’s freshwater resort,” the Homestead is perched on Lake Michigan at its most cerulean just northwest of Traverse City. Newlyweds may enjoy its mile-long beach, spa, golf courses, tennis courts, pools and hot tubs or simply luxuriate in each other’s company. The Homestead’s wide-ranging accommodations include: hotel rooms, suites, villas and private homes in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Whether you crave a mini-moon in the mountains or on the water, there’s a luxurious destination within a day’s drive. See glendorn.com, greenbrier.com and thehomesteadresort.com or contact Direct Travel of Mentor at 440.602.8062.

SPLENDOR IN EVERY DETAIL The Union Club of Cleveland is the city’s most elegant wedding venue. Turnkey services and highly personal attention – from the first meeting to the final toast – allow you to truly treasure your special day. Contact Catering Sales Manager Nancy Zaroogian at 216-621-7123 or nzaroogian@theunionclub.org

“I cannot stress enough how wonderful the experience was and how pleased we were with our wedding. — Maureen & Matt Taylor



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Celebrate Your Birthday or Bridal Shower In Style At The Perky Kettle. At the Perky Kettle in Chesterland, your special day is our focus! Offering wine, select cocktails, and more than 50 teas, your guests will be enchanted. Whether you select our T.E.A. Society room, Alice in Wonderland room or our lovely outdoor patio, an event at the Kettle is a cherished memory. For a truly elegant occasion, ask about our seven-course High Tea Service with Champagne Cocktails! Contact our wedding specialist at 440.688.4366 or visit us online at perkykettle. com to book your special day.

The Union Club of Cleveland is the perfect backdrop for milestone celebrations, weddings, rehearsal dinners and Galas. We specialize in all type of events of every size. The Union Club of Cleveland, long recognized as the city’s benchmark for style and service. Here, amid the grandeur of our historic clubhouse, you and your guests will enjoy unparalleled food and beverage, prepared by Master Chef Arnaud Berthelier. We offer highly personalized attention, and value-added touches like valet parking. Best of all, our expert planning professionals, and turnkey services free you to savor every minute, from the first toast to the final dance. Making every event legendary, and affairs to remember. Contact our Catering Sales Manager Nancy Zaroogian at 216.621.7123 or nzaroogian@theunionclub.org, 1211 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio www.theunionclub.org Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Glorioso Photography

Prayers from Maria “Sunflower Wine Festival” The Sunflower Wine Festival, one of Cleveland’s premier summer attractions, drew close to 4,000 attendees to the Depot Street area in Rocky River. Guests enjoyed tastings from nationally renowned wineries and craft breweries as they dined on gourmet treats from Old River restaurants and food trucks, and enjoyed live music from Ed Purcell, Filler and others. “The Sunflower Wine Festival has grown exponentially since 2010, a fact that underscores what a unique and important event it is,” said Ed McNamara, Prayers from Maria Foundation co-founder. “We consider it is a true partnership between the community and Prayers from Maria and are grateful to everyone who supports our efforts to bring better treatments to children battling this deadly disease.” “It is easy to thank the big names and our sponsors publicly, but it is the little things that count and all of our many volunteers who are appreciated. We couldn’t do this without them,” he noted. Prayers from Maria Children’s Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, pre-

vention, treatments and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors. The annual Sunflower Wine Festival builds awareness about childhood brain tumors and funds promising research with results. Prayers from Maria’s efforts have resulted in more than $8 million going to fight against childhood brain cancer. This year’s event raised more than $100,000. For more information about Prayers from Maria, visit www.prayersfrommaria.org. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Liesel Marie Schmader marries Harmin Jeet Chima

Mike Hutter and Pilar Sarasa-Hutter, Ken Hanzel, Brian LaPorte and Mark Vega

John Burnett, Amy Fritz, Ali Arko and Keller Sehringer

One of the many Special Occasion gowns you will see at the Audrey + Brooks Trunk Show at Lisa Moran Ltd. August 26th-28th. LISA MORAN LTD., Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, 216.464.0800 or visit lisamoranltd.com.

Mike and Kelli Jach, Keith Klodnick and Meghan McNamara

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Dr. Harmin Chima and Ms. Liesel Schmader on their December wedding day at the Old Stone Church in Cleveland.

Cameron and Kristen Bruna, Katelyn Oster, Drew Greathouse and Haley Mills

Olidia Burns, Ed McNamara and Jessica Kompan

Ms. Liesel Marie Schmader and Doctor Harmin Jeet Chima were married on December 19, 2020 in a ceremony officiated by The Reverend Doctor Andrew L. McDonald at the Old Stone Church in Cleveland. A celebratory reception was held at the Shoreby Club on May 22, 2021. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Donna Rodenfels Schmader of Aurora and Mr. David Mark Schmader of Chagrin Falls. She is a 2009 Aurora High School graduate who was in the International Baccalaureate Programme, received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in 2013, and earned a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2016. She is currently an Associate at Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joginder Singh Chima of Solon. He is a 2007 graduate of Solon High School, received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in 2013 and earned a Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2016. He is currently Managing Optometrist and Vice President of Optometric Services for West Point Optical. Given in marriage by her mother, the bride was attended by Ms. Alexandra Rae Rodenfels, her cousin, as Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Stacey Brooke Vanyo, Ms. Amelia Galier Louis, Ms. Ashley Elizabeth Bulloch, and Mrs. Navpreet Chima Walton, sister of the bridegroom. Miss Phoebe Kate Schmader, niece of the bride, served as Flower Girl and Master Kurt Titus Schmader, nephew of the bride, was the Ring Bearer. Mr. Ajeetpal Singh Sidhu and Doctor Dhanbir Singh Dulay, cousins of the bridegroom, served as Best Men. Groomsmen were Mr. David Keith Schmader, brother of the bride, Mr. Ryan Lyburn McCrackan, Doctor Christopher Adam Pluskota, and Mr. Kabir Singh. The couple enjoyed a trip to the Greenbrier after their wedding ceremony in December, and traveled to Nantucket and Cape Cod for a Mini-Moon after their reception in May. They are at home in Cleveland.

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Beck Center for the Arts “Spotlight Gala”

Mike and Molly O’Brien, Grant and Colleen Flennoy and Bridget O’Brien

Jack Brunner and Sandy Sauder with Lucinda and Tom Einhouse

Beck Center for the Arts’ Spotlight Gala celebrated 88 years of its professional theater program in the event space Gordon Green in Gordon Square. The evening’s 255 guests honored major donors Wally and Joyce Senney and Artistic Director Scott Spence. The Senneys are longtime donors and fans of Beck Center’s theater program. They also have a long history at Beck Center beginning with Lakewood Little Theater. “Joyce and I have been residents of Lakewood for most of our lives. Along with our family who all still live in Lakewood, we want to do whatever we can to not only keep Lakewood a great place to live, but also improve it. The Beck Center is a jewel that brings many people, young and old, into our community to learn and study the arts and sends them out with confidence, talents and skills that end up putting some on Broadway,” Wally Senney said. “We want our name on the Senney Theater to keep us identified as part of Lakewood and also because our family once owned the original theater that is part of the Beck campus.” Scott Spence, artistic director for more than 30 years, has directed and produced more than 100 titles at Beck Center. “I’m thrilled to celebrate this milestone with my extended Beck family,” he said. “To have a home to create for 30 years is really as good as it gets for an artist. I wake up every day more grateful than the day before.” Lucinda Einhouse, Beck Center president and CEO noted, “After such an extended intermission, it feels good

Leasing vs. Owning Real Estate: How to decide which option makes the most sense for your business By Rob Roe, Managing Director, JLL Throughout my career, I’ve come across many clients who want to own their own building. After all, owning your own property comes with advantages, notably building equity and direct control of your occupancy costs. Owning doesn’t make the most sense for everyone. And as companies come to a crossroads in their real estate strategy, it’s crucial they choose the option that makes the most sense for the bottom line and business operation.

The pros and cons of buying explained

Buying real estate can be the preferable option for more stable businesses which have capital they are looking to invest. The advantages of buying your own building are: ■ You establish a long-term solution. ■ Ensure stabilized occupancy costs with no rent increases, expiring leases, or landlords in general. ■ You build equity over time. ■ The property operates how you see fit. ■ Opportunity for rental income. On the other hand, owning a property comes with its disadvantages, too, including: ■ Costly upfront spending on acquisition and renovation of the property. ■ Capital may be better invested back into your business. ■ Physical growth limitations. ■ Ongoing property and systems maintenance and upkeep. ■ Property value may depreciate over time due to the cyclical nature of real estate.

The pros and cons of leasing explained

Most businesses lease office space, and leasing is particularly beneficial for businesses that are new, like startups, which are prone to grow suddenly and quickly. Advantages to leasing a property include: ■ Capital is retained for corporate investment. Landlords typically invest in the renovation of the space as a component of the rental rate. ■ Typically, there are several more diverse and geographic leasing options. ■ Property maintenance and upkeep are handled by the landlord. ■ Flexibility to expand, reduce or move on lease expiration or through lease clauses. Like owning your property, leasing comes with its drawbacks, including: ■ No equity in the property. ■ Rent increases over the lease term are typical. ■ Missing out on third party leasing opportunities. ■ Less control over maintenance and repairs. Owning vs. leasing will always be at the forefront of a company’s real estate decision. To take out the guesswork, consider your objectives and find the right professionals to help thoroughly evaluate each scenario and determine which scenario will set your business up for success in the long run. JONES LANG LASALLE, IP, INC., Heather Gilleland, 216.937.4379 or heather.gilleland@am.jll.com and Rob Roe, 216.937.4371, rob.roe@ am.jll.com.

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to be getting together in person and celebrating theater, especially since this is the legacy program of Beck Center. I’m grateful for the opportunity to put the spotlight on Scott whose talent has shown on our stages for so many decades. And I’m especially grateful to put the spotlight on Wally and Joyce whose Joyce and Wally exceptional philanthropic gift is Senney a statement of their commitment to the future of this historic organization.” Mike O’Brien, a Beck Center board member added, “Beck enhances the human spirit of the people it serves. Beck makes people better.” Spotlight included entertainment by artists recreating their original vocal performances from various musicals directed by Scott Spence. Traci Nolan served as Spotlight chair. Bill Litzler returned as the evening’s emcee. Dinner was prepared by Chef Chris Hodgson of Driftwood Catering. The $140,000 in proceeds from Spotlight will advance Beck Center’s mission to provide the community with arts education, performances, exhibitions, art therapies and an outreach program while creating art experiences for people of all ages and abilities. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Chuck and Char Fowler with Chris Kascsak and Bret Manning

Scott, Rachel and Carleigh Spence with Donnie Grimm

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland returns Sept. 11-12 at Cain Park Music enthusiasts can once again experience Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland live and in-person this year. The 42nd annual festival, presented by KeyBank, will return Sept. 11 and 12 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights. This year’s two-day outdoor festival features 10 acts in Cain Park’s covered Evans Amphitheater, with a lineup that celebrates both the roots of jazz and the forward-thinkers in the genre today. “We wanted to ensure the safest experience for our audiences and artists, and moving the festival to an outdoor venue in September provides that,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “In addition, Cain Park is a lovely, historic venue that’s familiar to the jazz audience.” To accommodate those who still do not wish to attend in-person gatherings, the festival will stream some parts of the festival on their website throughout the weekend. To experience the festival and all its concerts, purchasing a pass is recommended. The festival lineup includes extraordinary piano trios led by Christian Sands and Emmet Cohen; vocalists ranging from a 21-year-old recent Sarah Vaughan Competition winner to veteran Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell; three thrilling horn players; and the explosive salsa of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Schedule is subject to change.Passes, sold by day, are availablethrough ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000. Reserved passes are tiered, available for $50, $65, $75 and $100. Lawn seating is $35. Re-entry

is permitted with festival wristband. The future of jazz will also be represented at thefestival with young musicians from the Tri-C JazzFest Academy. The academy’s students will show the results of countless hours of training through the College’s Creative Arts Center of Excellence on the Colonnade Stage inside the Strassman Insurance Services, Inc. Colonnade. Tri-C’s music program offers opportunities for students to earn associate degrees while building their skills. Graduates routinely continue their education at esteemed institutions such as Berklee College of Music and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. “Our students always shine bright in the spotlight,” Pontremoli said. “Their hard work embodies the mission of the College and of Tri-C JazzFest.” Traditionally held at Playhouse Square each summer, JazzFest features ticketed shows with top jazz acts and free outdoor performances highlighting local talent. Over the past four decades, the festival has become a cherished tradition for tens of thousands of music lovers. Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, KeyBank, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, Strassman Insurance Services Inc., and a growing list of donors and vendors. Cain Park is owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.

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Landmark Van Sweringen Tudor home for sale on three acres in Pepper Pike

This classic Tudor features ivy-covered walls, stone surfaces and exterior wood beams.

By RITA KUEBER This landmark 1928 Van Sweringen Tudor, surprisingly, is nestled in the heart of Pepper Pike. While its siblings are a few miles away in Shaker Heights, this immaculately preserved property was once on 33 acres, but now sits on a more manageable three, offering convenience and privacy, and an exceptional mix of historical amenities and carefully curated updates. Counterintuitively, the entrance that’s most accessible from the street via a brick drive and small courtyard is actually the back of the house, with the circular driveway that brought visitors to the front, now long gone. Either way, the door opens to a magnificent center hall, all woodpaneled, with hardwood flooring, hand-hewn beams, and that exceptional detail in the plasterwork that gives handcrafted houses like this one its elegance and stature. When houses like this were built, no expense was spared, and it shows to this day. Start in the stunning library/office off the great hall: leaded glass windows in the built-in cabinets, the paneling and a black marble-framed fireplace. Next is the dining room with its stone arched entry, ornamental plaster ceiling and carved wood fireplace. Through another stone arch is the living room, a classic Tudor ceiling, window seats, and limestone framing the windows, fireplace and mantle. On the other side of the dining room is a four-season solarium that has artisan tiles and a working fountain built into the wall. Out the front door is a charmingly secluded flagstone patio, room-sized awning and view of the lawn and surrounding trees. The updated, top-of-the-line Somrak Kitchen is ideal with its bi-level breakfast bar/stovetop, built-in cabinets and appliances, arched window and inviting eat-in area. The original massive fireplace has been converted to a wood-burning stove for convenience. The entire kitchen just gleams, from its granite countertops and white cabinetry to its eye-catching twin chandeliers. Up the wood staircase that curves around the hall are all eight bedrooms (some once servants’ rooms). The owner’s suite has a tiled fireplace and updated full bath and fairy-tale like, is located in the turret of the house. On this second level, over the breezeway, is the entrance to a remarkable bonus room that has a cathedral ceiling, fieldstone fireplace, and pellet stove, making the space ideal for a family/game room, exercise area or studio. Outdoors, a landscaped patio and waterfall is set to the side of the house, an inviting space for a small dinner party or afternoon tea. Quirky historic details remain, such as the valet closet, hidden prohibition bar and dumb waiter (useful for hauling laundry or wood to the second level). The

The updated kitchen seamlessly blends modern convenience and old-world craftsmanship, with touches of elegance throughout.

The library/den has wood paneling, built-in glass-front cabinets and leaded-glass windows with medallion inserts. basement, now used for storage, has acoustical tile in the ceiling as it was once a bowling alley. 31799 Pinetree has 10,298 square feet of space containing eight bedrooms, six baths (five full, one half bath) six

A side garden is augmented with a waterfall and appealing landscaping. fireplaces and laundry lower level. Five-car attached garage, central air, front and back staircases. Orange School District. At press time the house and three acres is listed at $1,575,000, with annual taxes of $22,977. Minutes from Lander Circle, schools, shopping, dining, and easy access

The classic center hall has hand-hewn beams, hardwood floors and a wrap around staircase. to I-271 and medical facilities. Listed by Susan Smith and Edna Zilm of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Contact Susan at 216-548-1072 or susansmith@howardhanna.com, and Edna at 216-5482023 or ednazilm@howardhanna.com.

Bill Garvey named as new President of Greater Cleveland Film Commission




Northeast Ohio as a motion-picture hub.” In his new role, Garvey will build upon the success the GCFC has already achieved in nurturing motion-picture investment here, and leverage his partnerships in television and motion-picture production to showcase Northeast Ohio to the world.


sential to the continued growth of a robust, diverse industry workforce. These new economy jobs can keep our talented youth in Ohio while at the same time attract talent from out of state to move here. The GCFC’s partnership with the TriC Film Academy and Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts goes hand-in-hand with the rise of


“Greater Cleveland has the architecture and infrastructure to become a major power player in the motion picture industry,” Garvey said. “Coming out of the COVID shutdown, there’s an explosion of content poised to enter production this year — a growth in production unlike any other time. But none Garvey of these movies will film in Ohio if not for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has laid the groundwork for the last decade to build the industry here. There’s an urgent need to strengthen the Motion Picture Tax even further if we are to seize this substantial opportunity. The work of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is es-


The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is pleased to announce that longtime Television and Motion Picture Location Manager Bill Garvey has been named the organization’s new President, effective September 27. During his 26 years in the industry, Garvey has forged relationships with Marvel, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., Netflix, HBO and NBC. Since moving to Ohio in 2008, he has spearheaded the filming of “Fast & Furious: Fate of the Furious,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “The Avengers,” among others. Garvey’s credits prior to working in Ohio include “Shutter Island,” “National Treasure,” “Spiderman 2” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” For television, he also spent four seasons working on “Law & Order” and “The Sopranos.”

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Stunning, contemporary Bath home with unparalleled views for sale By MAREN JAMES “This house has the most compelling site,” says listing agent David Ayers. “This is a one-of-a-kind property that’s so arresting. It’s nestled into the hillside, along Yellow Creek. The constant flow of water is always visible from nearly every room in the house.” 2554 Yellow Creek, just over 5,300 square feet, was built in 2020 and designed by Dimit Architects of Lakewood, Ohio. Made of glass, steel and stone, the structure is completely contemporary, but blends with the surrounding natural creek, waterfalls, and forests creating a unique setting, unlike anything else in the Cleveland area. (A house built in 1951 previously on the property was razed before the construction of this house.) Bluestone steps lead to the black walnut front door. The house is a split level, so up the floating staircase is the kitchen and pass-through fireplace to the open dining room/living room. The floors are wide-plank French oak, the ceilings stained cedar and there is more than one stacked stone interior wall giving texture and warmth to the clean lines and airy spaces. Along the back of these rooms is a wall of windows that overlook and open to the deck and patio, with the creek just beyond. The living room has a fireplace on either end. The kitchen offers sleek, stylish cabinets, quartz counters and a work/eat-in island and sink that might just offer the best view in the entire house. Tons of storage and built-in appliances keep the kitchen organized and clutter-free. Thoughtful touches abound, like the six-burner range that has a pop-up hood to preserve the site lines when not in use. Down a back hall is access to the attached four-car garage, a half bath, mudroom and a private office by the back door. Up a half flight of stairs are three bedroom suites that share access to a bluestone balcony offering views of the back landscaping, creek, and hillside beyond. The owner’s suite is on its own level. This bedroom has a fireplace, a wall of windows and French doors that open to a balcony. The enormous master bath has a steam shower, a rainfall shower fixture, a soaking tub, and the adjacent dressing room/walk-in closet has a coffee bar and a private terrace. The lower level has a full bath and a family room with wet bar, fireplace and patio access. The house sits on what was once the garden acreage of Greystone Terrace, the estate of inventor and manufacturer Laurits Laursen. “There’s an amazing juxtaposition of the old and new at this property. So you have the historic waterwheels, and stone buildings, like the garden shed that’s been converted into a six-person, wood-burning Finnish sauna. Really it is just the most romantic setting, reminiscent of Wright’s Fallingwater. This house captures the feel of that genius work,” Ayres adds. Listed at $5,250,000 at press time and annual taxes of $18,895, the house at 2554 Yellow Creek has 5,238 feet of space on 19.6 acres. Five full baths, one half-bath, five bedrooms, five fireplaces and the finished full walk-out lower level. Well water and septic, plus natural gas resource rights. Four-car attached heated garage. Revere School District. Thirty minutes to downtown Cleveland, even closer to Akron, and convenient to shopping, medical, and Metro and National parks. For more information contact The Young Team/Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan at 216.839.5500 or agent David Ayers at 917.519.0622 or David@theyoungteam. com.

Built on part of the former Greystone Terrace estate, this cutting-edge Contemporary is nestled in a natural canyon on Yellow Creek.

The master bath has a glassed-in shower, soaking tub and floating dresser surrounded by a wall of windows.

The kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances, wide-plank wood floors, and access to the back patio with views of pristine woodland and the creek from every angle.

Architectural details are everywhere, like this stone faced wall in the main level half bath.

“Cuyahoga” is historical fiction of epic proportions By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN

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The Cleveland Office Market: Tepid Demand Inhibited Market Progress, Downtown Redevelopments Make Headlines By Matt Orgovan, Newmark Conditions in the Greater Cleveland office market were uninspiring during the second quarter of 2021, precipitated by 365,916 square feet of available office space that came to the market (negative absorption) that increased the market’s vacancy rate to 19.3% for all office properties. The continued specter of COVID-19 is one reason that space has continued to come back to the market. Office space demand over the last several quarters has been lukewarm, and lease occupations from leases signed in recent months didn’t outweigh the loss of space. In fact, overall market vacancy is up 2.5% from one year ago. Workers began to reoccupy office space throughout the Cleveland market in the second quarter, but overall demand for new space did not return to the momentum of fourth-quarter 2019 and first-quarter 2020.There is optimism that the Cleveland office market will begin to trend towards its pre-pandemic upswing, though the timing is still uncertain as occupiers and tenants in the market face tough leasing decisions. Perhaps the most enduring theme of the second quarter was redevelopment. News of several such projects came out involving prominent Downtown office buildings. C6

One example is the 1.4 million-square-foot Centennial, a $460.0-million reimagining of the former Union Trust/ Huntington Building at 925 Euclid Avenue. The project received a 20-year $5.0-million loan from Cuyahoga County Council in April to complement already-approved aid from the City of Cleveland and $25 million in state historic tax credits. Another newsworthy project in the second quarter was the $59.2-million 55 Public Square redevelopment. Work has already begun on the building’s attached parking garage. The project will also include interior and exterior facelifts, the opening of the long-closed attached restaurant space (and include a new rooftop deck) and the repurposing of several of the 22 floors to over 200 apartments. Seven floors of renovated office space are likely to remain. On June 30th, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the project $5 million in competitive state tax credits. In the Historic Warehouse District, a similar redevelopment aims to start construction this summer at the Rockefeller Building, located at 614 West Superior Avenue. In late-April, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission approved renovation plans that call for 436 apartments on floors 4-16. Approximately 28,000 square feet of office is due to remain on the second and third floors.

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If you are looking for a summer read of epic proportions with its roots based in Northeast Ohio history, then author Pete Beatty has a story for you. Beatty, a Berea, OH native, kicked off the Rocky River Public Library’s “Meet the Author” series with a discussion of his novel, “Cuyahoga,” longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway prize. Beatty has taught at Kent State University and the University of Alabama and is currently working at the University of Alabama Press. He lives with his wife in Tuscaloosa, AL. “Cuyahoga,” published by Simon and Schuster, is his first novel. The historical novel tells the story of Big Son, a larger-than-life heroic figure. “Big Son is the resident hero of the 1830s, the time when the novel is set. He is the creator of the place where the novel is set, which is Ohio City. He carved the city out of the forest, then rises up and becomes a rival to the larger Cleveland,” Beatty explained. “Big Son is not satisfied with the spirit of the times and gets caught up between the friction of the eastern and western cities.” “Medium Son is the narrator. He is the little brother of Big Son and is known as Meed. He can talk and spin a story. His job is to glorify Big. But, he winds up a bit jealous,” Beatty noted. “I wanted to include a fair amount of local history in the book, along with some odd local history. These events are the scaffolding for the book. The book is historical fiction, yet not historical at all,” he said. “I ended up going to the Western Reserve Historical Society and reading through old newspapers to get a sense of what people were talking about during that time period. The papers even included snippets of funny jokes. They helped me get the human side of the historical details.” “I am a child of a history teacher, so I was always enamored with history. In fact, I majored in history in col-

(Photographs courtesy of the author’s website at petebeatty.org.)

lege,” Beatty added. “I am also an obsessive sports fan. I’ve been swept up in the romance of the Cleveland identity. I was struck by the way LeBron James came back to Cleveland and inspired a strange kind of reverence.” “Pride can turn into hatred, because of what we think people owe us. This is especially true of athletes, because they have no particular geographic allegiance. The theme of this book is needing someone to measure ourselves against,” he noted. “Americans are haunted by competitiveness. You can see that in our love of gambling. We have a cultural tendency to think about luck,” Beatty said. “There is no better representation of that than sports. Sports fandom has been an outlet for feelings that primarily males don’t deal with in other aspects of their lives, like wounded masculinity. Sports are operatic, a thinly veiled melodrama. Sports don’t work without mediation. We don’t just need a story. We need a story teller, also. In my book, Meed is his brother’s biggest fan.” This historical mock-epic takes on issues like celebrity, masculinity, terrorism and climate change. “I wrote the first parts of the book at Phoenix coffee house in Ohio City, near the bridge where the story supposedly takes place. Regions are defined in folklore. Even though our culture is nationalized, a hundred years later there is still a sedimentary flavor of industry in Cleveland. It is also true that there is a trace of Cleveland being founded by Connecticut. Distance and the passage of time create symphonic identities,” he said.

Historic Haunts walking tours return to the Detroit Shoreway The popular Historic Haunts Walking Tours returns to the Gordon Square Arts District thanks to the residents of the West Clinton Block Club and under the direction of Near West Theatre. Many of us might be thinking what life might look like after a year of immense challenges and uncertainty. The Historic Haunts will take a look back one hundred years ago and feature the famous and infamous characters from a post-influenza-pandemic of Cleveland during the 1920s decade. This era brought Cleveland some of its most beloved landmarks in Tower City and the theatres of Playhouse Square. It marked an end to the women’s suffrage movement, the beginning of prohibition, and the rise of organized crime. The Cleveland Indians

even won a World Series. The Historic Haunts will create an experience to scare and celebrate the unique stories of our region and those specific to the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and near west side. Walking tours begin at 6:00pm each night and leave every 15 minutes from Near West Theatre’s location at 6702 Detroit Ave. Free parking is available in the Capitol Theatre lot, accessed from W. 65th and 67th Streets. Tours will last approximately an hour and end back at the Near West Theatre. Historic Haunts Walking Tours October 8 & 9, 2021 Family Friendly 6:00 – 9:00pm Adults $8, Children 15 and under FREE Run time: Approximately 1 hour

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Reconnecting to the World at 75th Annual One World Day By ANDREA C. TURNER Now in its 75th year, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation brings back its One World Day celebration on Sunday, August 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in its public gardens. Except for 2020’s hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, the organization has celebrated this event reflecting the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding” since 1945. Free to all, it offers educational and cultural opportunities for the entire family. The collection of gardens consists of 254 acres in Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park. The 33 distinct gardens are situated along East Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive within the 276 acres of wooded parkland on the city’s East Side. Each commemorates a different ethnic group whose immigrants have contributed over the centuries to the heritage of the city and the United States overall. The tranquil area spans two miles between University Circle and Lake Erie. The land was donated to the city by oil magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller in 1896 as a part of the celebration of Cleveland’s first centennial. The park was designed by prominent landscape architect Ernest W. Bowditch. The Cultural Gardens was first established in 1916, with a Shakespeare Garden by Shakespeare enthusiast and journalist Leo Weidenthal, editor and publisher of the Jewish Independent. He conceived the idea of a garden chain that would represent the many cultures of the world and stand as a symbol of peace. The statues and inscriptions in the gardens depict significant figures in the world’s cultural history, including artists, writers, composers, philosophers, peacemakers, saints and scientists. One World Day events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food, children’s activities, and more. About 25 new citizens from all over the world will participate in a Naturalization Ceremony as a federal judge swears them in at 11 a.m. in the new Centennial Peace Plaza. The Parade of Flags steps off at noon at the Irish Garden, then proceeds to the Italian Garden, where a Children’s Village will be located for kids’ activities. The true diversity of Cleveland is on display as dozens of nationalities participate wearing ethnic costumes and more. Each

Ethnic dancers are part of the festivities and entertainment planned at the annual One World Day celebration set for August 29 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Photographs courtesy of Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Councilman Kevin Conwell & his jazz band, The Footprints perform. From 2:45 p.m.–3 p.m., Polish and Polynesian troupes perform nationality dances. Youth choir The Singing Angels will perform at 3 p.m. with a vocal set including Let There Be Peace on Earth. At 3:35 p.m., members of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Chamber group will perform a family-friendly concert featuring classical music from American composers Florence Price and Duke Ellington, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, French composer Maurice Ravel, and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. From 4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m., the Djapo traditional African Dance & Music group, Murphy’s Irish Dancers and the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association perform more nationality dances. Rounding out the day’s music performances will be the Brazilian Jazz and Latin rhythms of Moises Borges and friends at 5 p.m. Festival organizers have partnered with Spin to make electric scooters available for rental for personal mobility. Spin provides sustainable dock-less scooter-share to get you where you need to go. All festival attendees are asked The Singing Angels youth choir is set to perform at 3 p.m. at One World Day celebration. to wear face masks and maintain social distancing for the safety of all. Take note that MLK and East Boulevards An Opening Ceremony kickoff begins following the will be closed to ongoing traffic from 7 a.m. through middelegation will be led by a sign, similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Ethnic communities that do not have Parade of Flags at the Centennial Peace Plaza and contin- night. For more information, visit clevelandoneworldday. a Cultural Garden are also invited to participate. ues with various performances. At 1:45 p.m., Cleveland org/2021/

DANCEClevelandKicks Off Season with Two Free Performances August 21 to walk the pathways of the park, and are encouraged bring along their own chair or blanket if they wish to sit. An original collaborative and creative work, KOLÂDEXCOPE originated as an outdoor experience at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden during COVID quarantine. Since the initial performance, Xavier has expanded the work to include an additional dancer from his company, Joshua Culbreath. KOLÂDE-XCOPE features hip-hop aesthetics that includes breaking, poetry, spoken word and rap cadences with an improvisational and intuitive approach, mixed with modern dance. The work embodies the experiences of the practitioner in their respective fields to create narratives, capturing a moment in time shared by both the performers and audience. A live score performed by Tim Motzer on guitar will utilize looping and bowing


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er’s vision for this work and his eagerness to work with local dancers, I knew it was the perfect fit for a summer event at Cain Park. I am thrilled that we will be presenting a special work that will never be replicated in just the same way again because it will be deeply connected to our community–shaped by the ways our local dancers respond to Raphael’s vision and by the co-creation process.” “Dance Magazine” has called Raphael Xavier’s work “Artful and mesmerizing.” DANCECleveland last presented Raphael Xavier at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre in 2017. To view video of Xavier’s work or to learn more about the event and the full DANCECleveland 2021-22 season, visit dancecleveland.org. For more information on DANCECleveland’s presenting partner, Cain Park, visit: https://www.cainpark.com/



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techniques in combination with electronics to provide an adventurous soundscape that ranges from ambient sounds to art-pop and beyond. The Cleveland Heights performances will also be influenced by the perspectives and backgrounds of up to six local artists tapped to collaborate and perform in the piece. Sarah Sumbrum, Artistic Director of DANCECleveland, reflects on the artistic project; “This project is nothing like anything DANCECleveland has ever done before. We realized during our time apart from one another during COVID just how important community is. We had been working with some of the local dancers in our community to learn more about hip-hop dance and the overlapping similarities it has with modern dance, and had planned to do a project together. When I learned about Raphael Xavi-


After a hiatus from in-person events due to COVID-19, DANCECleveland kicks off its 2021-2022 Performance Series, a celebration of the organization’s 65th Anniversary and the return of in-person performances. The season will begin August 21 with two free, outdoor performances along the pathways of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, featuring hip-hopdancer, choreographer and breaking practitioner Raphael Xavier alongside local Northeast Ohio hip-hop dancers with live music by Tim Motzer. The performances are co-presented by DANCECleveland and Cain Park. The two performances of Xavier’s newest, site-responsive work, KOLÂDE-XCOPE, will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes, and tickets are not required. Audience members should be prepared

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