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David Matia made “COVID lemonade” in Tip-of-the-Mitt solo bike trip By JULIA HEALY Coronavirus lockdowns challenged people to find creative ways to cope with stress and confinement. Some made banana bread and experimented with sourdough starters. Some upped their alcohol intake and bingewatched old episodes of Friends. Others mastered the finer points of Zoom conferencing with ring lights and background filters. Still others, like Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge David T. Matia, indulged in their love of— or discovered a new love for—bicycling. Matia is no mere dilettante, however. An avid cyclist even before COVID (both mountain biking and road riding), he opted to take a weeklong, 545-mile solo bike trip around the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He said, “When my colleagues Matia voted to continue [suspend] jury trials for COVID, I thought, ‘I’m not going down to the basement to do more home improvement projects. I’ve got to plan a bike trip.’ So, I made what I call COVID lemonade.” Late last August, Matia loaded his car with his Cannondale Synapse outfitted with two rear panniers, a rear bike rack, and a handlebar bag. He drove to the town of Whitehall on the western edge of the Lower Peninsula, slightly north of Muskegon, and began a bicycling journey that would take him around the “Tip of the Mitt.” He planned to pedal north to Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and all the way to Mackinaw City before heading back south to Whitehall via Cheboygan and Grayling. He figured he would camp along the way, at state parks and in backyards offered through the online bicycling community Warm Showers (https://www.warmshowers.org.) Matia’s itinerary largely followed U.S. Bicycle Route 35, with a few diversions in some areas. US Bicycle Route 35 runs from Indiana through Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie in Canada. It’s a paved surface, usually an extra-wide berm (four feet or wider) on the highway.https://www. adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-routesystem/maps-and-route-resources/?route=michigan35 Riding alone for up to 12 hours a day is grueling— especially with the 20-mile-per-hour headwinds that buffeted Matia between Traverse City and Petoskey. But it can also be meditative. Matia said it gave him a chance to “shut off his mind for a little bit,” and not think about work or much else besides how much he missed his family. His wife, Monica, was unable to join him on the trip due to work. His other preoccupation while pedaling, he says, was food—as in, where and when to get more. “I ate my way through Michigan,” Matia says. “The best peach I’ve ever eaten in my life was at a farmstand along Route 31. And oh my God—smoked whitefish! Smoked whitefish is amazing!” In the course of the week, Matia stayed at hotels only twice. He camped at Sleeping Bear Dunes and in the yard of a host he found on the Warm Showers website. He found beds three other nights through Warm Showers and Facebook, and at the Old Mission Peninsula cottage of his friend Jim Grove, a Cleveland lawyer at Nicola Gudbrandson Cooper. He even got a 1.5-hour car ride from a Facebook friend on his last day, when a broken spoke

U.S. Bicycle Route 35 hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline and offers magnificent views like this Little Traverse Bay panorama between Charlevoix and Petoskey. Photograph by Julia Healy took his bike out of commission. “The whole trip,” he says, “was intertwined with such goodwill of strangers, and help from friends, it really renewed my appreciation for my fellow humans.”

Dave Matia’s Travelogue

“The ride past Crystal Lake to Sleeping Bear Dunes was fantastic. I took three swims in Lake Michigan in the first two days. The Sleeping Bear Dunes campsites are gorgeous.” “Traverse City kind of reminded me of Cleveland: they built the highway right along their waterfront.” “I wish I’d have had more time to stop and smell the roses and explore things. Elk Rapids looked like a great town—wonderful and quaint with a little brewery just north of town.” “I wish I’d had the chance to spend more time in Charlevoix, too. The trail between Charlevoix and Petoskey is just gorgeous. Every mile I had to stop and take a picture of the lake because the waves were just amazing.” “The Harbor Springs airport was really cool. The bike path goes right by it. And when I got to Harbor Springs, it was a little weird. It’s a beautiful place but the people weren’t as friendly. Everything’s private there, everything’s gated.” “I took the Tunnel of Trees out of Harbor Springs, and was pleasantly surprised when I got to the town of Good Hart. Then I went to Cross Village and had a nice lunch at Legs Inn. From there I went to Sturgeon Bay and—wow! No one’s there! It’s like the Outer Banks with no people. It was a magical experience.”

We’re in a Bicycle Boom, and It Isn’t Letting Up

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bicycle boom rivaling that of the 1970s. The newfound popularity of the sport, combined with supply chain interruptions and shipping delays due to the coronavirus, mean that bikes are hard to come by—unless you are patient and you know where to look. With gyms locked down and people shut inside their homes, many flocked to bicycling this past year as a way to safely get out of the house, get some exercise, and get around town. According to Brandee Lepak, president of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, sales of leisure bicycles soared more than 200 percent this past year. Children’s bikes jumped 107 percent, and stationary bike sales rose 270 percent. Bikes costing less than $1,000 have been especially hot commodities that “flew off the shelves,” she said. Orders at some dealers already extend into 2022. Hybrid bikes are the most popular class of bikes, according to Evan Seabeck of Eddy’s Bike Shop in Willoughby Hills. A cross between light-and-sleek road bikes and strong-and-rugged mountain bikes, hybrids aren’t sitting around in showrooms, at least not for long. If you are in the market for a hybrid, your best bet is to visit an area shop, ask to test ride a floor model, and place an order. You may have to wait one or several months for delivery. E-bikes, on the other hand, are comparatively plentiful—especially the ones with rechargeable batteries and pedal-assist technology. E-bikes with throttles, also known as mopeds, are harder to find. The pedal-assist technology on e-bikes makes it easier to climb hills and allows riders to go faster on the flats, with less effort. Ebikes can also be pedaled like standard bikes, without the extra energy boost. While less popular than mountain, road or hybrid bikes, e-bikes are also enjoying a year-over-year sales bump from the bicycle boom. Today’s commuters especially prize them, because the motorized assistance means riders are less likely to arrive at work exhausted

and drenched in sweat. If you don’t want to order a bike and wait for delivery, you can try to find a used bike at a garage sale or an online auction, or you can get your dusty old bike out of the garage. But you’ll still have to wait for a tuneup. Service departments in bike shops are swamped and have sizable backlogs. COVID-triggered shutdowns at manufacturers like Shimano in Japan mean parts are also hard to come by, further adding to service delays. If you want to get in on today’s bicycle craze, don’t be deterred. You can still find a bike to buy or get your old bike tuned up. Just don’t expect instant gratification. These three area shops all have some—though limited— bikes on their floor for sale, all offer tune-ups and repair service, and all continue to get new deliveries regularly (though some of those deliveries are already spoken for by previous customers). Visit these stores to find out how you can get in on the bicycle boom: Mountain Road Cycles. (https://www.mtnroadcycles. com) Jacob English opened his first store in Chagrin Falls in 2004, and a second store in Chardon two years later. He and his staff boast over 120 years of combined service and retail experience. Solon Bicycles. (https://www.solonbicycle.com) Recently relocated to a former bank on Aurora Road in Solon (the old vault now serves as a bike service area), Solon Bicycles has been an independent bike dealer since 1987. They bill themselves as the only BMX racing shop in Northeast Ohio. Eddy’s Bike Shop. (https://www.eddys.com) The granddaddy of northeast Ohio bike shops, Eddy’s—with locations in Willoughby Hills, Montrose, North Olmsted, and Stow—has been selling and servicing bikes since 1940. It’s been named “One of America’s Best Bike Shops” by the National Bicycle Dealers Association at least five times, and has won numerous other awards to boot.


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TRAVEL & HISTORY Discover the Roycroft Campus in New York, & historic places along Ohio River By Paris Wolfe & Sarah Jaquay ANTIQUES Dunham Tavern Museum houses antique treasures, collections from Ohio’s past By Cynthia Schuster Eakin BOOKS Collectors enjoy the search for rare, first-edition, hard-to find books in Cleveland By Paris Wolfe REAL ESTATE Striking contemporary home for sale in Pepper Pike By Maren James

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Thanks to Alana Clark for photographing our July cover of a historic home on Hilliard Ave. in Lakewood, called “The Captains House.” Read more (and see additional photographs) of this Victorian farmhouse once owned by a highly regarded and successful Great Lakes Captain Erastus Day with his wife and family on page B8

Please call 440.247.5335 for editorial, advertising and deadline information. Currents is distributed in: Auburn, Avon Lake, Bainbridge, Bath, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Bratenahl, Brecksville, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, Cleveland Heights, Fairview Park, Gates Mills, Hudson, Hunting Valley, Kirtland Hills, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Moreland Hills, North Royalton, Orange Village, Pepper Pike, Rocky River, Russell, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Russell, Strongsville, University Heights, Waite Hill, Westlake, Akron, Copley, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Hinckley, Montrose, Peninsula, Richfield and Silver Lake.

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Visit currentsneo.com to submit an event. Tuesday, Aug. 3…Night at the Shoreby, to benefit Shoes and Clothes for Kids, at the Shoreby Club (limit of 150 attendees) and online. Event to raise funds for Cleveland area children who need clothing, shoes, school supplies and more in order to get to school. A 30-minute online program with stories from those serving Cleveland’s kids in poverty, opportunities to bid on exciting raffle packages (think wine, whiskey and pro sports experiences.) At the Shoreby Club, attendees will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres and the music of Marshall Griffith overlooking Lake Erie before adjourning to the tent for a short program and conclusion of the online and live raffles. For more information, visit www.nightattheshoreby.com. Tuesday, Aug. 10…Virtual Breakfast Fundraiser, to benefit ACCESS, Inc., Akron’s emergency homeless shelter for women and children, 8:30 a.m. with digital doors opening at 8:15 am. The free livestreamed event will feature state-level equity and advocacy updates on homelessness, agency highlights and future plans, and the presentation of the Lynn M. Budnick Empowered Women Award. Attendees will hear from special guests Gina Wilt and Josh Johnson from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, and Dan Flowers, CEO of Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The breakfast is free to attend, but registration is required by visiting ACCESSBreakfast. GiveSmart.com. Tthe first 25 watch parties to register will receive complimentary breakfast boxes delivered to their door, including breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward furthering the mission of the agency. Call Joy Rob at 330.376.0997, ext. 208 or email jraub@access-shelter.org. Saturday, Aug. 21…Twilight Soiree, to benefit the Foundation for Geauga Parks, 5:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park Donald Meyer Center in Chardon Twp. This indoor/outdoor party is a celebration of Geauga County’s parks and preserves. Catered food, wine, brew and other beverages will be served, along with live entertainment. The auction items will highlight and celebrate the natural world. Highlights to include: live music from “Harvest” (Neil Young cover band); Posh Picnic meals individually wrapped from Trifles Catering; wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages; silent auction; best of Geauga raffle and more. Tickets at foundationforgeaugaparks.org/pages/twilight-soiree. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 440.564.1048. Saturday, Aug. 28…Medfest 2021, to benefit Medworks, at Century Village Museum in Burton Ohio. Medfest will feature signature cocktails and farm to table dinner by Cleveland Field Kitchen along with three stellar musical acts: The Jennifer Hartswick Duo with Nick Cassarino, Hot Buttered Rum and the Medfest Allstars; Eddie Roberts, MonoNeon, Sput and Robert Walters. Medfest celebrates, Music + Mission + Unconditional Care in 2021 in a stunning location! Late night Sugar Camper tickets feature food trucks, beer and wine, music and camping. For more information go to medworksusa.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 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. Saturday, Sept. 25…Evolution Gala, to benefit OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360 program, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The nonprofit’s premier fundraiser brings together leaders from the region’s corporate and philanthropic communities in celebration and support of OhioGuidestone’s mission to provide individuals of all ages with pathways to growth, achievement and lifelong success. This year’s event aims to highlight the agency’s Workforce 360° program and will recognize several corporations and individuals for their commitment to workforce development in the community. Attendees will be treated to a gourmet meal, dinner, dancing, exclusive live and silent auctions, tours of Rock Hall exhibits, live music from Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings, and more. For more information, visit ohioguidestone.org or call 440.260.8303.

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Discover historic Roycroft Campus and Frank Lloyd Wright homes just two hours from CLE By PARIS WOLFE Five years ago, while RVing in New Orleans, my partner and I met a couple from East Aurora, New York, just southeast of Buffalo. The husband was on the board of The Roycroft Campus, a national historic landmark. Over cocktails at the RV park, he told us about this early 20thcentury vintage village. The Roycroft Campus is a well-preserved example of the “guilds” that were centers of craftsmanship and philosophy at the turn of the last century. Founded in 1897 the campus is, in fact, considered a birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Visitors will find six of 14 original structures intact, including the Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Copper Shop. This information stayed with me. Then, when pandemic restrictions dialed back, we were eager to travel again. But we weren’t ready to fly. So, we drove to Western New York – about two and a half hours from Cleveland – to explore Roycroft history. To enrich the trip, we added tours of two, nearby Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Both houses figure into the zeitgeist of the itinerary. The trip started with a 90-minute tour of the Roycroft Campus. As pandemic restrictions relax, public and private tours are available. Make reservations at www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com. In 1895, the Roycroft movement was founded by Elbert Hubbard, a charismatic businessman and prolific writer, philosopher, public speaker, and author of the famed “A Message to Garcia.” Hubbard had had financial success as an officer for the Larkin Soap Company. Before moving on, he groomed businessman Darwin Martin to take over his role. (Remember that name.) After leaving Larkin Soap, Hubbard established Roycroft Press. As his personal writings gained international attention, his small print shop expanded. Eventually, his business became the center of a small community that included several shops focused on the decorative arts. These campus buildings housed various trades that supported the Roycroft community’s demand for quality, local, handmade items. While it sounds like today’s demand for local, authentic products, at that time it was a resistance to the industrial revolution and the “cheap” goods coming out of it. Perhaps the most engaging building in the collection is the medieval-influenced Chapel, which was not a place of worship, but a gathering spot for the local community. Built in 1899, it often has been described as one of the most beautiful, asymmetrical structures in America. The Chapel and other structures on the campus are built of fieldstone boulders that had been deposited by glacial activity. In his typical pragmatic fashion, Hubbard advertised for unwanted boulders from area farmers’ fields. Soon, rocks were being delivered and farmers earning a token amount per load. Following our tour, we visited restored, historic Roycroft Inn and lunched on the spacious front porch. Around the corner is Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream with traditional and unusual flavors made on site. The Invisible Ink – Squid Ink ice cream (yes, really) with a lime curd ribbon and lemon shortbread – was sold out. After shopping the boutique-y downtown strip and relaxing a bit, we sat at the bar in 42 North Brewing Company, just downstairs from our room in The Lofts at 42N. Here, I had a revelation about sour beers … I actually like some of them, especially the brewery’s West Goes East which was inspired by a rum runner cocktail. The bartenders – one who recently graduated from Kent State University – suggested we try the most awardwinningest wings in the region. So, we secured the only remaining reservation that night at local legend Bar-Bill Tavern. The restaurant is small, and reservations are scarce. The wings come in 12 flavors including suicidal and Sicilian. The next morning, we drove to Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Parkside neighborhood, on the western edge of Buffalo. A famous landscape architect, Olmsted is known for designing a system of parks in Buffalo, NYC’s Central Park as well as the Fine Arts Garden adjacent to the Cleveland Museum of Art. We were on a mission to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, a 15,000-square-foot masterpiece that’s nestled in the historic neighborhood. This Prairie-style, two-story brick home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is one of six structures on the estate, including two additional Wright-designed residences. The Mar-

Fireplaces play a big part in Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture. Tens of thousands of individual glass tiles were used in this wisteria fireplace to create a signature mosaic in the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York. Photograph by KC Kratt

The 15,000-square-foot Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early significant Prairie-style homes. Despite its size, it is meticulously detailed throughout. tin House rivals the well-known Fallingwater, outside Pittsburgh, as one of Wright’s greatest residential works. The estate was built between 1903 and 1907 for businessman Darwin D. Martin, an owner and officer at the Larkin Soap Company (where Hubbard had worked) and his family. Details delight visitors -- from the dramatic entrance (a 175-foot view down the open-air pergola to the conservatory) to hidden, built-in bookshelves. The house contains many of Wright’s original furnishings, art glass, and light fixtures including his signature red and much rift-sawn, white oak trim, furniture, and finishes. Among the stunning works is the Wisteria Mosaic Fireplace made with thousands of glass tiles. The house is open for tours and events year-round. On our way back to Northeast Ohio, we stopped in Derby, New York, about 25 miles southwest of the Martin House and 21 miles from East Aurora. There we toured the 9,000-square-foot Graycliff complex, the Martin’s summer home. Martin commissioned Wright in 1926 to build the estate for his wife Isabelle. This estate is dramatically different from the Martin’s Buffalo home. Three buildings occupy 8.5 acres perched atop a 65-foot cliff overlooking Lake Erie. The architecture is more open, airy, bright, and simple than the detailed Buffalo house. After the Martins, the house went through a series of owners. From the 1950s to 1997 it belonged to Priarist Fathers, a Hungarian order. When they wanted to sell in 1996, it was almost torn down for a condominium de-

Founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1897, the Roycroft movement began with a print shop that made fine, handcrafted books modeled after William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in England. Photograph by Eric Jahn velopment. But the public rallied, and the non-profit Graycliff Conservancy was founded in 1997 to acquire, preserve, and restore the facility. Restoration is ongoing. While traveling, we had two themed lodging options in downtown East Aurora … the historic Roycroft Inn across from the campus and newly built The Lofts @ 42N. (42 north is a geographic reference to the brewery’s location on the 42nd parallel.) Given our timing, we stayed at The Lofts and had a serendipitous moment. We bumped into the owner – John Cimperman – who is from Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Kent State University’s journalism school the same day and year I did. His wife and co-owner Catherine (Dungan) Cimperman graduated from the Kent State University School of Fashion that same year.

Today, the Cimpermans (his dad was involved in Cleveland government for 30 years) have a 20-barrel brewhouse. While they have six core beers always available, they rotate through about 100 seasonal or unique brews throughout the year. The attached boutique hotel has four rooms – one ADA compliant and dog-friendly – decorated with themes to represent the region. We stayed in the second-floor Queen City, an immaculate space with an industrial vibe, overlooking the beer garden. From the hallway outside our room, we had a window into the packaging room of the production brewery. And, of course, our mini-fridge was stocked with house-made brews. We were just 40 minutes from Niagara Falls. But that’s a trip for another day.

Find everything from furniture to fishing poles at Antiques & Uniques in Wickliffe You never know what you will find at Antiques & Uniques in Wickliffe. We often refer to the store as being “like a museum of your life.” For some recent customers it has been exactly that. One woman recently spotted a picture of two women from the 1930’s that was displayed in a booth. Upon closer inspection, she realized that it was a picture of her aunt. It brought back many memories and she shared some stories with the dealers at A&U that day. She bought the picture and took it home to share with her family. Joan’s father-in-law passed away recently. He was a track coach for many years. They wanted to have a stop watch to include in the funeral arrangements, but couldn’t find any with his things. At A&U she was pleased to find a stop watch that was the exact brand and era that he used in his career. It was a touching purchase that meant a lot to his family.

John’s aunt and uncle owned the East 66th Street Dairy from the 1920’s until the 1960’s. Imagine his surprise when he found a brown glass milk bottle with the dairy name embossed on it at A&U. He bought it and took it home to be a family treasure. Our name says it all. In addition to quality antiques for sale, we have many “unique” items - paintings to pottery, golf clubs to garage tools, silver jewelry to silverware, dishes to Daguerre types, furniture to fishing poles, and solid wood furniture pieces with dove-tailed joints that will last forever. Antiques & Uniques is located at 30200 Euclid Ave (Rt. 20) in Wickliffe, OH; one mile west of SOM Center Rd (Rt.91); in the plaza with Gabe’s. Open Wed-Sat 10-6 and Sundays 12-6. www.antiquesanduniquesoh. com, 440.944.0133.

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Summer’s a great time to cruise for history along the Ohio River asked the famous preacher Henry Ward Beecher (HBS’s brother), “Who ended slavery?” he didn’t say Abraham Lincoln as expected. He replied, “Reverend John Rankin and his nine sons.” It’s a riveting tale that evokes the constant danger everyone endured, particularly after The Fugitive Slave Act passed and bounty hunters could pursue escaped “property” from slave states. The Rankin family collectively moved thousands to the next stop on their quest for freedom without ever losing a “passenger.”

By SARAH JAQUAY Travelers are getting back to normal at their own pace. Some are diving in by signing up for cruises, taking long flights or attending crowded outdoor concerts and baseball games. What a celebration this summer promises to be. For those who remain wary of the pandemic’s staying power and of the unvaccinated, there’s another fun, safe way to go: cruising down the road in your own roadster, motor home or camper. When I used to attend travel writing conferences, colleagues would ask each other, “Where was your favorite cruise?” The answers ranged from the Galapagos or Alaska’s Inside Passage to Viet Nam’s Mekong River. They looked astonished when I said, “It was up the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh.” Travel journalists aren’t supposed to snicker at any destination, especially ones they haven’t experienced; but I deduced they thought I was joking. I’m serious. I had the privilege of cruising aboard the venerable Delta Queen up the beautiful Ohio River in the early 2000s. We rented a car, drove to Cincinnati, hopped on board and meandered up the major artery French explorers once called “La Belle Riviere.” The most memorable aspect of that cruise was the nearly century old steamboat we were on, similar in many ways to the ones Samuel Clemens worked on without the explosion risk. The interior of this floating historic landmark was mostly original, with elegant appointments including Tiffany-style stained glass windows and hardwood paneling with brass fittings. Everyone we met was a steamboat buff or a history buff. Since I fall firmly into the latter category, I was also impressed by the quality of the shore excursions. Each morning we got off the boat and explored places that were critical stops on the Underground Railroad or interpreted Ohio history from its beginnings at the settlement of Marietta. There are reports the Delta Queen may start sailing again. Meanwhile anyone can drive from Cincinnati to Marietta along the Ohio River and check out these fascinating sites.

Marietta Marietta was the first settlement in the Northwest Territory that was part of what became the territory’s first state, Ohio. It’s a charming town filled with historic sites and well-preserved 19th century homes. Spend a couple of days in the area to soak in its post-Revolutionary War history and visit The Castle, a gorgeous Gothic-Revival style mansion built in 1855 and home to some of Marietta’s most prominent citizens. Another must-see is the Campus Martius Museum that features the Rufus Putnam House (Putnam led the group of New Englanders who carved Marietta out of the forests.) The Henry Fearing House is also interesting and interprets Marietta’s thriving steamboat era. If breakfast or brunch cravings set in, head for the Busy Bee diner where everything’s made from scratch and sourced as locally as possible. Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood is a great place to start a tour of the Ohio River Valley’s historic highlights. Photograph courtesy of Ohio History Connection

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There’s so much to see and do in this old river town, it’s hard to pare it down. But the Harriet Beecher Stowe (HBS) House is a good place to start since it’s thematic with other stops along this route. The HBS house interprets the life and legacy of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” famous author and its effects on the Civil War. When President Lincoln met HBS in 1862 he reportedly said, “You’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Visiting Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a must for understanding the pivotal role the River played in delivering slaves to freedom. To sustain historical interest while nourishing the body, order a sumptuous meal at the Hilton Netherland Plaza’s opulent art deco restaurant, Orchids at the Palm Court. Plus, there are plentiful Skyline Chili locations to quickly satisfy a hungry carload.

Reverend John Rankin’s home perched high above the Ohio River at Ripley is a compelling tale about one of the Underground Railroad’s most successful conductors. Photograph by Andy Snow

Ripley

If there’s only time for one Underground Railroadthemed stop, drive to Ripley for a tour of the John Rankin House. Perched majestically on a bluff above the River, this is a national landmark operated by the Ohio History

The Castle is one of Marietta’s many well-preserved mansions in what was the Northwest Territory’s earliest settlement. Photograph by Sarah Jaquay

Connection (f.k.a. Ohio Historical Society.) The house belonged to one of the earliest and most active “conductors” of the Underground Railroad network, Reverend John Rankin. It’s hard to overstate the crucial role Rev. Rankin and his family played in moving slaves to freedom. Our informative guide told us when someone

Parkersburg It’s more than worth it to cross the Ohio River at Marietta into W. Va. and visit Historic Henderson Hall. (This summer the Valley Gem sternwheeler is taking passengers from Marietta to Henderson Hall.) It’s a perfectlypreserved Italianate mansion on River Road that contains five generations of Henderson furnishings and documents. And what an accomplished clan it was! Alexander Sr. served in Virginia’s House of Burgesses and counted George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson among his friends. Indeed, George Washington advised Alexander Sr. to purchase land in Western Virginia and he sent three of his sons into the Ohio Valley wilderness. The Henderson brothers Alexander and John helped thwart the treasonous exploits of Aaron Burr. The best way to understand those exploits is drive to downtown Parkersburg’s Point Park on 2nd Street and catch the Island Belle paddle wheeler to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. It interprets one of the weirdest chapters in American history. In 1805 Burr was training troops on this idyllic Ohio River island funded by his aristocratic friend, Harmon Blennerhassett. Some historians believe Burr intended to invade Mexico; others believe he wanted to overthrow America’s nascent democracy. The Henderson brothers conveyed Burr’s activities to President Jefferson. Believing they might be trying to undo his election, Jefferson had them arrested and Burr was tried for treason. To rest your brain from all these factoids and to indulge in a hearty repast, stay at the historic Blennerhassett Hotel and dine on their lovely patio. Author’s Note: At the time of writing, all these attractions were reopened to the public. Please check with individual sites and attractions to verify hours and for any remaining COVID-related restrictions.

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Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum to exhibit “A Century of the American Motorcycle” in August By PARIS WOLFE Motorcycles have come a long way since their beginning in the 1880s. Soon, visitors to the Crawford AutoAviation Museum will have an opportunity to track that progress with an exhibit of 35 vintage and modern motorcycles spanning the past 100-plus years. “A Century of the American Motorcycle” debuts August 19 and continues to March 2022. It focuses on the technical and aesthetic aspects of these increasingly powerful (and comfortable) machines. It starts with the 1905 Indian Single and continues with American-made bikes right up to the 2018 Motus MST. When this exhibit closes, a second motorcycle exhibit will follow and explore the cultural aspects of the twowheel hobby. “The Open Road: The allure of Motorcycling in Ohio” starts in spring 2022 and continues through September 2022. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, loaned motorcycles for the first exhibit. Owned by George Barber, the six-story, 230,000-squarefoot museum is home to the world’s largest motorcycle collection and includes 1,600 operational bikes. John Lutsch, program and marketing manager at the Crawford, is excited about the exhibit. He calls the Barber Museum “the Louvre of motorcycles.” “Because these specific models were selected for the exhibit, they represent important machines,” he says.

2007 Shop Rat Chopper is a 100-horsepower project bike built by students at Chelsea High School in Alabama. It was sponsored by non-profit Shop Rat Foundation, which tries to interest young people in manufacturing and STEM careers.

This 1928 Indian Scout Bobber is one of three Indian motorcycles on loan to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

“There’s no filler material. This is the rarest and best of a manufacturer’s efforts.” Cars will be removed from the first floor of the Crawford display area and replaced with the motorcycle exhibit as soon as the Barber sends two semi-trailers full of motorcycles, graphics and display material. “Nothing this comprehensive has been done in Greater Cleveland,” he says. “The way they’re going to be presented and the events we’re planning will engage people. It will be a full year of motorcycle- related activities. We’re giving people reasons to visit more than once.” The exhibit opens with a VIP, invitation-only event on August 19 and continues with a public opening that same evening. On September 11-12, BMW Motorrad will bring its 25-city Heritage Tour to the museum. Registrants will have an opportunity to test drive some of the company’s newest bikes.

2005 Orange County Choppers Cat bike was built for the Caterpillar Company as a marketing tool. It appeared on the Discovery Channel in 2005. Photographs courtesy of the Barber Museum

Laurel Upper School students build motorcycle engine through partnership with Motogo By PARIS WOLFE

Laurel students gather around a vintage 1970s Honda motorcycle at the end of their weeklong class. The girls all assembled their own motorcycle engine through Motogo.

A handful of Laurel Upper School students took STEAM engagement to the next level by building their own vintage Honda motorcycle engine through a partnership with Cleveland-based Motogo, whose mission is to solve problems through motorcycles. Motogo’s vision is to spark confidence in everyone to build their own future. Their vision aligns with Laurel’s mission to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. The Laurel students worked for a week taking apart the Honda motorcycle engine, then putting it back together. “Nothing can replace this kind of visual, experiential learning,” says Bill Rice, director of community engagement. “This really boosts confidence. It’s an empowering project.” Senior Ria Gupta appreciated the unusual opportunity. “I had rarely had as much experience working with tools before working on the engine,” she says. “Working with new tools and being challenged in the program really excited me and inspired me to continue working with tools in the future. As a woman, this experience was

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Artists comb for treasures along Lake Erie’s shoreline By PARIS WOLFE If you’ve been to the water’s edge in early morning at Edgewater, Mentor Headlands or Walnut beaches, you’ve likely seen beach glass. Maybe a pebble of frosted brown, green or colorless glass, its rough edges smoothed by water, waves, and sand over time. Or maybe you’ve found a bright, polished scrap as big as a quarter. Beach glass is an ironic construction. Sand is an ingredient in making glass. And, beach glass – exposed to water, wind, waves and sand over decades – winds up back in the sand. The result is an opaque jewel that glows warmly in sunshine. This trash-turned-treasure is found in few places worldwide. The southern Lake Erie shore is one of them. In recent years, artisans have begun treating their best pieces of beach glass like semi-precious stones. They drill flat pieces or cage chunky bits for pendants. Or they set them into sterling silver bezels to be crafted into rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. As might be expected, jewelry with rare colors fetches higher prices at festivals, retailers and online. Like semi-precious gems, beach glass comes in a rainbow of colors. Most common in Northeast Ohio is brown, Kelly green and colorless beach glass. Less common is light blue, amber and jade-colored glass. Rare pieces come in pink, aqua, bold blue, purple and white. And most rare is orange, red, yellow, black, teal, and grey. The best time to add to your beach glass collection, according to the book “Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems” by Richard LaMotte, is “during the approaching low tide following a storm …” And, on Lake Erie shores, before other beach combers get to the shoreline at daybreak. Susan Saltzman, of Moreland Hills, remembers collecting beach glass on family vacations when she was growing up in Cleveland Heights. Over the years she built quite a collection. Fourteen years ago, she broke out the collection and started making jewelry with it. This, of course, isn’t just any hobby. Saltzman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design, worked as an illustrator at American Greetings for almost a decade, and has taken many metal-

Susan Saltzman of Moreland Hills has been collecting beach glass for decades. She uses sterling silver and beach glass and stones to create artisan jewelry for her SToNZ Jewelry business. smithing classes over the years. She’s a real artist. “I always enjoyed working with sterling silver, making jewelry,” she says. Then, she discovered Etsy and started

selling her work. Today, her business, SToNZ Jewelry, boasts thousands of sales. “Over time I’ve explored new ways to use colorful

beach glass and beach stones in jewelry-making and do my own thing,” she says. Some glass is drilled, other pieces put into bezels and still other pieces nestled in handmade cages. Some become the focal point of rings or bracelets, while other pieces are components of themed charm necklaces. Among local customer favorites are her Cleveland charm necklaces made with Lake Erie beach glass, vintage rapid transit and Terminal Tower tokens, and silver spoon parts. At first, Saltzman drew from her own collection. But, over time, she added beach glass from other places. “I am selective,” she says. “Some people make cultured glass, which mimics real beach glass. But you can tell the difference because it doesn’t have the same frosty appearance. I will only use the real thing.” She also rejects glass that is incompletely buffed by nature and still has sharp edges. “I especially love sea glass from Cornwall, England. Puerto Rican and Japanese sea glass are other favorites. But I still collect glass from Lake Erie, which will always be my personal favorite.” Now may be the time to build a collection of beach glass or jewelry. “Beach glass is becoming rare because more containers are made of plastic and less trash is thrown in the lake,” she says. “Which of course, is a good thing.” You can find SToNZ jewelry at www.stonzjewelry. com and www.stonz.etsy.com. Like Saltzman, Ashtabula native and Lakewood resident Natalie Rich started collecting beach glass in childhood. Today, the elementary school teacher turns it into jewelry that she sells at local festivals and at a new gallery that she co-owns – Gallery 202 at 78th Street Studios – as well as the Canton Art Museum. “I use a lot of the rocks, and the pottery and ceramic pieces that I find,” she notes. “My jewelry is made from not just beach glass, but anything I find along the shores. I think the best piece I found was a large piece of teal glass. It’s really beautiful. I’m not sure what it was a part of, but it’s too thick to drill through. So, probably I’ll keep it. Any time I find yellow, pink or grey I get excited.” Rich says, “I like collecting beach glass because it gets me outside and to the beach. I like taking walks on the beach and picking up what I find. It’s like treasure hunting.”

Neue Auctions If you’re thinking about consigning to an auction house and unsure about it, here are a few tips and answers to questions you probably didn’t have. Whether downsizing to a smaller home or handling the contents of a loved one, everyone’s situation is unique. The bottom line is basically the same; find the right buyer, someone who’ll appreciate your things and sell for as much as possible. Sellers, known as consignors, have options; liquidation, estate sale, auction or a combination. What we’ve found to work for many of our clients is a combination; the best items come to auction and estate sale for smaller valued items. One of our best auction lots sold was a painting from Mentor Ohio. The owner was going to donate it amongst other items to a local charity but called Neue Auctions in for a complimentary review just in case. They were surprised with Bridget’s estimate of $30,000-50,000 and even more surprised when the painting sold for $125,000.00 to

a bidder in Singapore. So, when in doubt, bring in a professional before you make any decisions. You won’t always make a profit. There are many variables that come into play when estimating a piece for auction, but what you paid for it is not one typically one of them. Also, not everything increases in value over time; the market fluctuates and trends come and go. There are no guarantees that it will sell for what you paid, so if you’re hung up on a retail price that you paid years ago, perhaps donation would be a better option for you instead of having seller’s remorse. As they say, It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay, but don’t get scammed into selling out-right instead of consigning to auction. Recently, there was an ad circulating from a Cinci auctioneer claiming he’d pay $3,000 for a particular Cleveland artist of a particular size/style. Neue Auctions sells this Cleveland artist for 3 to 5 times more to collectors in LA, Rhode Island and

London. We have access to millions of bidders worldwide because we operate on three of the world’s largest bidding websites; Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Why settle for less knowing a man from Cinci is going to make between $7,000-15,000+ on your item? All auction houses charge a commission to the seller and the buyer. Our commission structure is competitive and can rarely be beat. Every auction house is different with commissions, and some have additional charges and fees. Always ask about the seller & buyer commissions because both affect the bottom line. Reserves are usually for higher priced items such as fine art, fine jewelery, or anything that has a baseline price such as diamonds, metals and well known, or “blue chip” artists. Most items sell better when offered without a reserve (minimum); the bidding is more competitive. If the item doesn’t sell due to the reserve not being met, then it passes as unsold.

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Visit chicologie.co to learn more about Pierce Morgan’s fascination with fashion By PARIS WOLFE Pierce Morgan has been fascinated by fashion since he was in eighth grade. “I was trying to find a way to present myself with the confidence I wanted to have. Fashion helped me do that,” he says. Over the next few years that interest grew. At 23, he is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising from the Fashion School at Kent State University. And, he already has his own luxury, vintage accessories business – Chicologie. The brand had its first pop-up shop in March 2019. When COVID hit Morgan took the brand online, launching the elegant website Chicologie. co, in July 2020. (That’s right it’s “.co” NOT “.com.”) Chicologie.co sells gently used, vintage, luxury brand purses and accessories as well as designer vintage clothing.Recently the site had a black, Fendi Janus bucket bag and a quilted, black Chanel AW14 Castle Rock Bowler among the listings. With pandemic concerns lessening, Morgan is back to pop-up shops. In May,he curated a collection for Mitchell Sotka in Rocky River. The boutique specializes in unique, high quality, antiques, vintage, and new household items. The Chicologie popup included previously owned luxury handbags and accessories as well as classic, designer vintage fashion like Pucci, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta. A few vintage pieces are still available on the website. Morgan plans to return to Mitchell Sotka in fall. Additional events are in the works for summer. “That collaborative energy of a popup is the best part,” says Morgan. “I looked at an empty storefront for a popup. But it was missing the opportunity to share a common level of passion with another person. Sharing clients and ideas turns shopping into a more enjoyable experience for everyone.” Morgan doesn’t just sell the bags, he appreciates them. The handbag he was carrying during a June meeting was a Reed Krakoff python mini Atlantique. The Atlantique is one of 39 in his collection which includes brands like McQueen, Cartier, Gucci, and several European-centric designers. Perhaps more important than the shopping is Chicologie’s handbag repair. Repair services like this can be hard to find and increasingly valuable as vintage handbags trend. He acquired his skills and knowledge in several ways. He studied style and construction of vintage handbags in the collection at the Kent State University Museum during his years as a student. And he studied and practiced techniques on his own bags and damaged vintage bags. But don’t ask too many questions about technique because most of Morgan’s processes are trade secret. He created cleaning solutions and buffing potions through practice and experimentation, and he has established their effectiveness. “I approach restoration completely by hand … cleaning, stitching, dyeing, buffing,” he says. “I maintain the character and integrity of the handbag. I keep it special.” Repairs to the leather handle of a Lanvin Eiffel Tower tote were impossible to detect, even when pointed out. Morgan is upfront about his goal that restoration isn’t about returning a handbag to perfect showroom con-

A variety of accessories from Pierce Morgan’s personal collection.

Among the items at Morgan’s last pop-up sale were an art deco Lanvin silk scarf, a late 20th century Grès Paris boucle suit and a 2009 Marc Jacobs runway bag. ditionbut breathing new life into it. “I’m increasing the lifespan, not making it new,” he says, insisting that “You really want to retain the character that has made memo-

ries with that handbag. Keep an eye out for Morgan. He’s bound to popup somewhere soon.

Late 20th-century Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Scarf Print’ Jacket, 2000s Fendi Zucca Baguette as shown at a recent pop-up market. (Pieces no longer available)

“Fairy Doors: Magical Garden Gateways” runs through Aug. 29 The fairies have returned to the forests and gardens of Northeast Ohio – this time to both the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum, and children of all ages can see for themselves! The Holden team worked with 22 regional artists to create woodland and garden creations for elusive fairies who chose the botanical garden and the arboretum as their summer home. The word is out in fairy world – Greater Cleveland is a great place to live, especially in the summer! More than 50 handcrafted Fairy Doors and several fairy-inspired interactive exhibits created by artists invite guests to explore deep into the forests and gardens. The exhibit will be open through Sunday, August 29, 2021. There is magic in the natural world, crafted by the unique qualities, forms, and structures of plants, the secretive and protective nooks and crannies between roots and branches, and the wild, miniature worlds found when we look closely in nature. Fairies are drawn to this magic, though, good luck spotting them! Fairies are notoriously swift and sneaky. Look closely and search for fairy doors and other enchanting encounters as you explore our forests and gardens. Fairy Doors is sponsored by Lake County Visitor’s Bureau. The gardens that will be featured (with corresponding artist):

staff Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden – Jimm & Janine Poleman Elliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden – Hap Howle Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden – Ian Petroni Layer Rhododendron Garden at the Guardian of the Garden – Story Lee Rhinehart & Robin van Lear Holden Grove – Peter Debelak Fordham Island along Corning Loop Trail – Cat Swartz

Whitney Memorial – Higo Gabarron The exhibit is included with general admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum. Admission cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children three to 12 years old and free for children 2 and younger. Please note: to enjoy the experience at each location, separate tickets will need to be purchased. For more information visit holdenfg.org. About Holden Forests & Gardens Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of North-

east Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. The 14th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has nearly 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of approximately 350,000 for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit holdenfg.org.

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Join Great Lakes Science Center for Oenology, a virtual wine tasting fundraiser Join Great Lakes Science Center on Friday, August 6 for Oenology, a virtual wine tasting fundraiser featuring live presentations by winemakers Marcia Torres Forno and Kristy Melton, and Ohio’s only Master Sommelier, Larry O’Brien. With additional expertise from 750ml Wine Boutique. Take a trip through the world of oenology, the science and study of wine, from the comfort of your own home as the presenters lead you through a tasting of three wines specially selected for the event. Each presenter will speak for approximately 20 minutes and then take questions from guests. The wine sets include Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California (Melton); Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot, Alexander Valley, California (Torres Forno) and Arcanum Valadorna Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy (O’Brien). Winemaker of Matanzas Creek Winery since 2010, Torres Forno has a lifelong connection to wine, from her childhood spent on her family’s ranch to her degree in agricultural engineering, with an emphasis on fruiticulture and enology. She is an aromatics expert and spends a great deal of time in the vineyard, studying sunlight, soil drainage and wind direction. Melton brings an ability to craft modern wines of bal-

ance and elegance to her role as Winemaker for Freemark Abbey. Her early career as a research scientist and personal interest in food and wine helped Melton realize the science underlying winemaking and inspired her to obtain a Master’s degree in viticulture and enology. O’Brien brings a wide range of experience to his role as Jackson Family Winery Champion and board member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has worked at restaurants across the country and earned his Master Sommelier certification in 2001. Each wine set is perfect for a gathering of two to four adults and will feature suggested food pairings. The General Level package is $250 and includes one set of three full-size bottles; guests will pick up their wine set at 750 ml Wine Boutique. A Patron Level package is $400 and includes the set of three bottles, delivery to one location and recognition during the event. Oenology will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. EST on Friday, August 6 and last 90 minutes. A portion of each package is tax deductible. Proceeds from Oenology will go directly to supporting our mission of making STEM come alive! For tickets, and information on sponsorship opportunities, visit GreatScience.com/oenology.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes “Nature at Night” What a pleasure it was to scrub off the dreary film of isolation, get dressed – you know – dressed and venture out to an engaging setting reinvented for a lovely summer evening. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes was one of the first non-profits to pivot from public to private partying during the pandemic, and was again one of the first to pivot from private to public, as society recovers and slowly comes back to a new normal. In previous years, the setup for the annual fundraiser had tables bunched under tents in a central courtyard, but necessity dictated a more eclectic mix. Some of the 350 guests at the sold-out event ate in pavilions, some at intimate tables for two set along the pathways between forest and fen, depending on how the reservations rolled in. But each setting was lovely and unique, and all were, as promised, surrounded by nature on a picture-perfect night. With hors d’oeuvres by Doug Katz, seated dinner by

Spice Catering, desserts by Luna Bakery & Cafe, creative cocktails by Gigi’s on Fairmount and wine service by The Wine Spot, a great time was had by all. The silent auction was conducted online, leaving more room for guests to take in the views and wander by the ongoing upgrades to the property. The Nature Center’s mission is to connect people with nature and promote environmental stewardship, and the non-profit does that by relying on members and donors, not taxes. Currently the organization is working toward a $6.1 million goal to finish their enhanced outdoor and interactive areas. One of the most exciting things about the event is that The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation will match all campaign gifts of $100 or more up to $100,000, through August 31. Hurry! The Center is very close to its goal, and a custom-made treehouse and an allnatural play area are waiting to be completed this year. STORY AND PHOTOGRPAHS BY RITA KUEBER

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Alzheimer’s Assn. encourages focusing on brain health Now that Ohio has lifted its COVID health orders, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests people focus on improving their cognitive health as an important part of their return to normal. “The past year has been extremely challenging for most people,” said Rebecca Hall, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter. “Chronic stress, like that experienced during the pandemic, can impact memory, mood and anxiety. As residents begin to return to normal, we encourage them to make brain health a priority.” Hall suggested that it’s never too early to think about keeping your brain healthy. “Because one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, people are searching for healthy ways to create the best chance to avoid the brain disease,” she said. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, plan, speak, walk. In the United States, more than six million people have the disease. There are 220,000 Ohioans living with the disease. Dr. Rebecca Edelmayer, Senior Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, said people should focus on the health of their brain just like any other part of their body. “Luckily, exercise is one of the things you can do to help protect yourself from cognitive decline, in addition to other healthy lifestyle interventions to reduce your risk of dementia,” she said. The Alzheimer’s Association – through its U.S. POINTER Study – is examining the role lifestyle interventions, including diet, may play in protecting cognitive function. Right now, many experts agree that people can improve their brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, prefer-

ably in combination, including: • Regular Exercise — Regular cardiovascular exercise helps increase blood flow to the body and brain, and there is strong evidence that regular physical activity is linked to better memory and thinking. • A heart-healthy diet – Stick to a meal schedule full of fruits and vegetables to ensure a well-balanced diet. The Mediterranean and DASH diets are linked to better cognitive functioning and help reduce risk of heart disease as well. • Proper sleep – Maintaining a regular, uninterrupted sleep pattern helps clear waste from the brain. Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night and try to keep a routine bedtime. • Staying socially and mentally active – Meaningful social engagement may support cognitive health, so stay connected with friends and family. Engage your mind by doing activities that stump you, like completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing strategy games. Or challenge yourself further by learning a new language or musical instrument. Dr. Edelmayer said, the best plan is “Don’t focus on just one factor. Instead, try to create a healthy lifestyle that might actually, truly help prevent dementia.” About Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www. alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

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Visit Lawnfield in Mentor to learn about one of America’s best-prepared Presidents By SARAH JAQUAY “In terms of raw intelligence, he [James A. Garfield] was one of the smartest men to get elected to the presidency,” notes Todd Arrington, Ph.D., and National Park Service (NPS) site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site (a.k.a. Lawnfield) in Mentor. Lawnfield is an NPS-managed site that contains the well-preserved home of Garfield’s family from the time James purchased this working farm in 1876 until his descendants donated it to the Western Reserve Historical Society in 1936. The National Park Service took over Lawnfield’s management in 2008. I’ve been interested in our locally-grown president since I was little. Perhaps it’s because Sally Garfield, one of his descendants, used to play occasionally at our next door neighbors’ house in Cleveland Heights. I never did quite know how our neighbors were related to the Garfields, but the President’s progeny are still scattered throughout Northeast Ohio. I really became fascinated with Garfield’s truncated life when I read Candice Millard’s best-selling book, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” (Doubleday 2011.) The book is primarily about Garfield’s long, painful and likely unnecessary death, but it also covers how well-prepared he was for the White House. Many historians believe Garfield was the best-prepared presidential candidate ever to run up to that point in our republic’s history. In 1880 Republican Garfield defeated Democratic General Winfield Scott Hancock. A guided tour of Lawnfield gives visitors a sense of how Garfield became so suited to the top governance job even before he ran his notable “front-porch” campaign. In brief, Garfield was incredibly bright. Despite being raised in poverty, he attended what’s now Hiram College and eventually graduated from Williams College. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a noted public speaker and lay minister. He also served as Hiram College’s president, in the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected an Ohio Senator who went to the 1880 Republican Convention firmly committed to nominating Republican candidate John Sherman. After 36 ballots Garfield won the nomination. Up until that time, presidential candidates campaigned by proxy. Their parties advocated for their election. But Lawnfield had a railroad line that ran behind the property and Garfield was such a gifted orator, he decided to make his own stump speeches and deliver them right from his sweeping front porch. Approximately 17,000-20,000 people descended from that railroad stop to hear Garfield’s remarks. His speeches were not so much about policy as about the history of the Republican party and of its proud abolitionist stance in the Civil War that had gripped the nation only 15 years before. Garfield was part of the Republican faction known as the “half-breeds,” a more progressive

Garfield was the first presidential candidate to manage his own campaign. A former bunk house on the property became his campaign headquarters, complete with a telegraph line that delivered news of his victory.

Lawnfield in Mentor is a National Park Service-managed site that interprets the brief but remarkable life of President Garfield, who ran his “front porch” campaign from this veranda. Photographs by Sarah Jaquay wing of the party that didn’t want Grant to be reelected and wanted to end unfettered patronage and institute Civil Service reform. The “stalwarts” faction wanted Grant and to continue the tradition of “to the victor go the spoils.” So it’s quite ironic that shortly after Garfield was inaugurated he was shot in the back at a train station by Charles Guiteau, a mentally ill and desperate character who was rejected for a presidential appointment and sought his revenge with a gun. The rest of Garfield’s brief life is about the 80 days it took for him to die and the

doctors’ constant probing with their germ-laden fingers to find the bullet. It’s widely regarded Garfield died because of his spreading infection, not because of the bullet the doctors were determined to remove. The visitor experience at Lawnfield is almost back to normal. The home reopened on June 1, 2021, and NPS staff are offering small guided tours (five to seven people) to those who have called in advance to make a reservation. Site Manager Arrington says that once all COVIDrelated restrictions are eased, the tour group size will

likely increase to 12-15. Arrington has worked at several NPS sites including Homestead National Historical Park in Nebraska, Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site (near Gettysburg.) He’s been at Lawnfield since 2009 and believes visitors should come to learn more about the person Garfield was before he got shot. “This is the site of the first front-porch campaign and the birthplace of the presidential library idea.” Garfield’s wife Lucretia worked hard to preserve Garfield’s legacy by expanding the house’s library to hold some 2,500 volumes, including his diaries. Her endeavors are regarded as the first organized effort to create a presidential library. “Garfield was ahead of his time on many issues, especially racial justice. He was trying to hold the Republicans accountable on civil rights,” notes Arrington. Indeed, many historians believe Reconstruction would have tracked more of what Lincoln envisioned if Garfield had lived. This recent tour wasn’t my first time at Lawnfield, but once again I left with awe and regret: In awe of how Garfield, the last president to be born in a log cabin, rose from poverty to become the best-prepared presidential candidate; and with deep regret he was cut down by a madman before he could lead a wounded nation still recovering from its greatest conflict. For more information, see https://www.nps.gov/jaga/ index.htm. If you’d like to take a guided tour of the house, you must call 440.255.8722 to make a reservation. There are also cell phone tours of the grounds focusing on outbuildings and on Garfield’s office (the former bunk house) that became his campaign headquarters, complete with a telegraph line that carried news of Garfield’s presidential victory.

The John & Annie Glenn Heritage Trail – The Astronaut and The Advocate The Trail: A Tale in Three Towns, Zanesville, New Concord and Cambridge. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that the John & Annie Glenn Heritage Trail is now available. Before he was a four-term U.S. Senator, orbital astronaut, military test pilot, John G. Glenn Jr. was a small town plumber’s son who dreamed of flying someday. Be-

fore her 73-year marriage to John, moving 24 times and overcoming a disability, Annie Glenn was a small town dentist’s daughter with a life-impairing stutter and a very special boyfriend. Follow the John & Annie Glenn Heritage Trail through Zanesville, New Concord and Cambridge to celebrate the life of John Glenn, their namesake museum and 33 other locations throughout Guernsey and Muskingum

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County. Visit each stop along the trail to learn the stories of Ohio’s first world-famous astronaut and the woman he called “the wind beneath my wings.” Trail stops include the original Glenn family home (now the John and Annie Glenn Museum), the National Road “S” Bridge, Harper’s Cabin, Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl, Alan Cottrill’s Sculpture, and the Y-Bridge just to name a few. Learn the history of each location and its importance to John and

Annie Glenn. To request a free copy of the John & Annie Glenn Heritage Trail, please call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitor Bureau at 740.455.8282 or email acook@ zmchamber.com. View the trail @ https://www . f l i c k r. c o m / p h o t o s / g c h i s t o r y m u s e u m / a l b u m s / 72157719208859199.


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Twelve good reasons to decorate your home with antique or vintage furniture By JULIA HEALY 1. The eclectic look is HOT HOT HOT. Some people like to decorate their homes all in one style, like Country French or Contemporary. But today’s most on-trend look mixes old with new; sleek with textured; hand-crafted with machine-made. 2. Antiques have soul. They tell a story—about the people who own them, the people who made them, the generations and cultures that have used them through the ages. Vintage items sprinkled throughout a room convey a sense of history, treasured family memories, varied interests and a full life. 3. Antiques and vintage furniture are readily available. Global supply chains have been disrupted by COVID. Purchasing new furniture now can mean a wait of six months or more for delivery. Buying antiques and vintage, on the other hand, especially from local dealers, means the items you want can be yours today. 4. Buying vintage and antique keeps things out of the landfill and leaves a small carbon footprint. Save the planet. Buy vintage. 5. Older products were made to last. Builders in days gone by used durable materials like hardwood and marble, not particle board and laminate. Chances are, if a desk has lasted a hundred years, it’ll last another hundred. 6. The detailed craftsmanship of hand-made furniture surpasses anything a machine could produce. The dovetailed joinery, hand-carved dentil molding and wood veneer inlays on the 18th century Georgian-style highboy dresser, for sale at Spaces Consignment in Beachwood (https://www.spacesconsignment.com), are examples of museum-quality craftsmanship. 7. Antiques are resistant to fads and trends. True, the market fluctuates for antique styles as for any other. While Victorian styles aren’t particularly hot right now, even an ornately carved mahogany headboard can look fresh and modern in a bedroom balanced with light, neutral tones, clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. 8. High-end antiques appreciate in value over time. They are worthy of being passed down to future generations. The same cannot be said for that armchair with the quirky Swedish name you bought last year, no matter how comfortable and trendy it is. 9. Antiques and vintage furniture can be very affordable—even downright thrifty. Maybe that $15 chair from the resale shop needs to be recovered, but even after you’ve bought the fabric and paid the upholsterer, your total bill will probably still be less than what you’d pay for a brandnew piece—and you get a custom finish. Karry Hatch from the vintage clothing and furniture boutique Re: collection CLE (http://www.recollection-cleveland.com), decorated the stylish living room photographed above at minimal cost by buying at garage sales, estate sales, and charitable thrift shops such as Thriftique (https://ncjwcleveland. org/programs/thriftique-showroom/) and Habitat ReStore (https://www.clevelandhabitat.org/restore/shop.html). 10. Antique and vintage furniture fits better in trendy tiny homes and apartments, unlike overstuffed furniture built for McMansions. If your home has low ceilings and compact rooms, newer, larger-scale furniture may make your space feel too cramped. 11. Searching for antiques at shows, estate sales, consignment stores and thrift shops is an adventure. You’ll go fun places, meet interesting people, and discover corners of the city you never knew existed. 12. Antiques make your home uniquely personal. Decorating with old things means your house will not have a cookie-cutter look, as if you just ordered the entire thing right out of a catalog. You can express your individuality with one-of-a-kind vintage décor.

How to Decorate Your Home with Antiques and Vintage Items Without Making it Look Like Granny’s Attic

To successfully pull off an Instagram-worthy eclectic

A Georgian highboy found at Spaces in Beachwood. A room decorated exclusively with thrift items, by Karry Hatch. Photographs by Julia Healy

A Brady Bunch-era credenza found at VNTG Home. décor, you need a plan, a good eye, a balanced approach, and unifying elements. Planning for the look you want to achieve in your home means you need to envision the end result before sourcing the individual items. Do you want an overall modern feel with just a smattering of antique embellishments? Do you want a classic, traditional look punctuated with modern art and lighting? Do you want your design to showcase a collection of, say, old tribal rugs or Suzani quilts? Do you want all the items in your home, both old and new, to cohere around a certain vibe such as minimalism? A good eye for antiques means you are able to recognize good quality and value. Reading books and magazines, researching online, and chatting with reputable dealers will develop your knowledge of different styles and periods. A good eye also means accounting for scale and proportion. Too many oversized pieces in a small room, or too many dainty pieces in a cavernous room, can spell trouble.

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Louis Vuitton suitcases found at Greenwald Antiques.

To achieve a balanced look, designer Pam Haag of PHH Designs (https://www.phhdesigns.com) likes to play opposites off against each other. She says, “I love the look of a baroque, gilded console table against a sleek, matte gray wall that looks almost chalkboard-y. Ratchet up the drama with an ebonized floor and a modern sculpture on the table.” To unify disparate elements, assemble items with similar architectural lines, motifs, or color. You can achieve a cohesive look using antiques in an edgy, minimalist room by introducing clean-lined Hepplewhite or Danish modern pieces into the mix. Paint mis-matched chairs all the same color to unify them. Following the 60-30-10 color rule will keep rooms from feeling too hodge-podgey: 60% of the room should be the main color; 30% in a secondary color, and 10% an accent color.

Rock Hall celebrates Janis Joplin August 6-8, with the 50th Anniversary of “Pearl” In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Janis Joplin’s legendary album, “Pearl”, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host Janis Joplin Fan Weekend from August 6-8, 2021. As part of the newly expanded “Legends of Rock” exhibit, fans can see Joplin’s handwritten lyrics, clothing, and a collection of rare photographs by Barry Feinstein, photographer, filmmaker, and art director responsible for creating some of the most iconic and enduring pop culture imagery of the mid-20th century. Feinstein created artwork for over 500 albums including Pearl. Fans can also view Janis Joplin footage from the Rock Hall’s vault, including highlights from her 1995 Induction and the 2009 Annual Music Masters tribute concert, and attend the “Pear” album spotlight lecture. Throughout the weekend, Joplin’s iconic music and lyrics will be heard inside the Museum and played on the Rock Hall’s Rock Boxes located downtown along East 9th Street. In addition, the Rock Hall’s Long Live Rock art installation will honor Janis Joplin, providing fans with a perfect photo opportunity to remember her life, her music, and her legacy.

The Museum will also host two virtual events honoring Janis Joplin’s legacy. The first, taking place on August 6, will be with Melissa Etheridge, who inducted Joplin in 1995. Etheridge’s speech inducting Joplin will premiere on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault podcast on iHeart Radio prior to the event. Then, on August 25 at 7 p.m., Holly George-Warren joins the Rock Hall to discuss her book, “Janis: Her Life and Music.”

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About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, and engaging programs. We value all by embracing talents, perspectives and experiences. We intentionally foster a diverse and equitable environment that

encourages creativity and innovation by valuing, empowering and respecting all people. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is more than just a policy. It supports our mission and defines our future. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online – Visit rockhall.com or follow the Rock Hall on Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter (@rockhall), Instagram (@ rockhall) and YouTube (youtube.com/rockhall). Long


Dunham Tavern houses antique treasures from Ohio’s past By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Dunham Tavern Museum, a Northeast Ohio treasure, houses antique treasures that remind us of our pioneer past. Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-ClevelandDetroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland. The 1824 home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham in MidTown Cleveland is a designated Cleveland landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In stark contrast to the cityscape that surrounds it, the museum and its gardens offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers. Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham came to the Western Reserve in 1819. The young couple from Massachusetts acquired 13.75 acres of land, which they began to farm. A log cabin served as their home until the north portion of the present structure was built in 1824. Later, the main block of the home seen today was added in front of the original wing and, as late as 1832, the west wing was built. Capitalizing on the home’s position along a welltraveled stagecoach route, Rufus Dunham soon became a tavernkeeper as well as a farmer. The Dunham Tavern became a social and political center facilitating parties, turkey shoots and meetings of the Whig party. The Dunhams sold the tavern in 1853, but it continued to serve as a tavern until 1857 when a banker bought it for his home. In the 1930s, the tavern served as studio space for a group of WPA artists and printmakers. The Society of Collectors, organized in the early 1930s, became interested in the historic site and eventually took responsibility for the structure, opening it to the public in 1941. Dunham Tavern is now a nonprofit museum supported by donations, grants, sponsorships and the generosity of its members and visitors. “Antiques are our identity as an institution. When this became a museum in the 1930s, it was started by The Society of Collectors, partly as a place to show and display their antiques. Our roots are based on the group who started the museum and it is seeded from their collection,” Lauren Hansgen, executive director of Dunham Tavern Museum explained. “There are a few exceptions. We have a dresser that we believe belonged to Jane Dun-

This wine crock decanter is signed by the artist, G.D. Richards, and is also incised with the date, Dec., 26, 1838. It includes a decorative element of a bird or owl perched in a tree. This vessel stands over 17 inches tall and has handles at the sides as well as a spigot at the base for dispensing libations. The artist’s signature and decorative details make this crock stand out from others of its kind, as crocks were a versatile and common item in early Ohio homes.

Dunham Tavern Museum’s collection features a number of pieces of this English pottery that is popular with collectors. Mochaware is known for its signature glazing technique that produces unique patterns.

Many containers in the Dunham Tavern collection are known more specifically as “Peaseware,” as they were made by the Pease family. The family came to Northeast Ohio from Massachusetts in 1840 and began a business producing these containers in 1850.

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ham. We also have two samplers made by the Dunham daughters, Loretta and Caroline around 1835. Samplers are a hallmark of this period. These are unusual because not a lot of samplers from Cleveland and Northeast Ohio survived over the years.” “We own a number of clay vessels signed by their makers. We also have a large collection of Mochaware. It is English pottery that has a rather wild glazing design,” she said. “The Dunhams traveled here from Massachusetts in the 1820s. They may have come here by wagon, or part of the way by boat. So, they wouldn’t have brought a lot of what they owned with them,” Hansgen noted. “A lot of really nice Ohio-made and Pennsylvania-made furniture was available. As business owners, they could afford some nice furniture, china and serving ware to furnish their tavern.” “Our parlor is the fancy room in the tavern. It is fur-

nished in a very different tone from the keeping room and the tavern itself,” she said. “Its style is 18th century. Fancy furniture is generally handed down from the generation before. One of the organizers of the museum in the 1930s wanted the parlor furnished in this style, because there wasn’t an example of 18th century fine furnishings in Cleveland.” “The identity of each room is pretty consistent with its function. We do rearrange the furnishings that we have. And there are some glass display cases in our keeping rooms and in our upstairs exhibit room where we can display items,” she added. Hansgen said that she would like to someday tell the story of the Cleveland printmakers who occupied the tavern in the 1930s, before it became a museum. “We are targeting reopening Dunham Tavern Museum sometime in July. We have taken the interlude during the pandemic to work on our collections and to bolster our roster of docents,” she said. Dunham Tavern Museum, at 6709 Euclid Ave., is open on Wednesday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Phone 216.431.1060 or visit www. dunhamtavern.org.

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Consult with experts when considering the purchase of a fine, Oriental rug By PARIS WOLFE Investing in Oriental rugs requires a discerning advisor, someone who knows all the fine points and can assess the value and price points of the deal. In Northeast Ohio, a couple of the experts people turn to are Sarah Matters and her husband Erdogan Gezer at Larchmere Oriental Rugs, purveyors of fine, imported rugs. Erdogan has been in the rug business for more than 45 years. The store, which opened in 2001, offers a selection of more than 2,000 new, vintage and antique rugs. Buying an Oriental rug should first start with determining if it’s meant to be an investment or a decorative piece for your home. Next, consider your budget. Experts suggest buying the best you can comfortably afford. “Make sure the wool is handspun and hand-carded, the dyes used are vegetable dyes and not chemical dyes,” Matters says. Vegetable dyes don’t change color when used and washed. They may mellow with age but will remain true. Handmade is more desirable than machine made, and rugs with more knots per square inch are more valued. “You won’t know these things unless you’ve been working with rugs for many years,” says Matters. “If you haven’t, you have to trust in your rug dealer.” When buying an old rug, condition matters. “Make sure it hasn’t been repaired and is in good condition,” she says. Vintage rugs come in limited color choices heavy on reds and blues. “You won’t find the muted tones that people are looking for now, like soft blues, unless you want to spend significant money on an older piece,” she says. “You have to love the piece. It’s going to last you all of your life,” she advises. “Never buy a rug thinking of the value increasing because you’re very much dependent on the value in the market.” If you’re not working with an expert on an investment

piece, fine art and antiques appraiser Alfred Cali says, “With a little education you can make wise purchases.” He says hand-tied knots contribute to a bit of unevenness, in the best of ways. He cautions rug buyers to avoid rugs with wear, running colors and unpleasant odors. “If people are looking for rugs for household furniture it’s one thing,” he says. “If you’re looking for an investment, it’s more difficult. If you’re not knowledgeable don’t buy for investment … unless you’re working with someone who knows.” He advises, “Buy what you like in the price range you can afford from someone who will stand behind the rug.” Susan Kajfez of Susan Durham Estate Liquidations sees pre-owned rugs come into the market when she liquidates estates in Northeast Ohio. When she knows something has collectible value, she consults with Cali to identify, verify and set a fair price for both buyer and seller. “I consult with professionals that specialize in their respective areas of expertise,”she says. “This is totally different from a garage sale or auction.” “This year I’ve had more rugs than I’ve had in the past,” she says. They’ve been selling easily as, postpandemic, people don’t want to wait for special order rugs.” She conducts estate sales in the Chagrin Valley and Heights areas. Antique stores are yet another source of Oriental rugs, especially if you’re seeking a Persian (Iranian) piece. (That’s because the United States doesn’t allow trade with Iran at this point.) Mitch Attenson, president of Attenson’s Antiques & Books in the Coventry neighborhood, says his family’s store carries an ever-changing inventory of rugs. “We have Oriental rugs from Iran, China, Caucasus. Sometimes we have more and sometimes less.” The key, everyone agrees, is to know the product or find someone who does.

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The Art of Appraisals, auctions and art shows…consult with area experts By LAURI GROSS When Cynthia Maciejewski explains how she sets up an online auction for fine art and antiques, she makes it sound simple. Then you learn that she is the co-owner of Neue Auctions on Mercantile Road in Beachwood, she has been in the business for decades and it’s quite complicated. Referring to Bridget McWilliams, senior appraiser at Neue, Cynthia said “Bridget and I have 30 years’ experience each, evaluating art and antiques, so we rely heavily on experience and back it up with hard data.” She added, “We provide a global audience. We have one of the largest audiences in Cleveland because we operate our auctions on four different auction platforms. We have hundreds of thousands of eyes looking at our catalogs.” Emphasizing Neue’s global reach, Cynthia explained that less than eight percent of what they sell stays in Ohio. As for appraisals, Cynthia explained there are many kinds, including appraisals to determine fair market value, replacement value, and insurance value. She said, “Nine times out of ten, people say they need an appraisal but in fact they are looking for an estimate for auction.” Cynthia said an auction estimate is “what we think it will sell for at auction. We give a low and high: a range of where we feel it should sell. It’s not a guarantee. We don’t have crystal balls. A minimum is a mutually agreed upon number that we won’t sell it below. If something is over a certain dollar amount, it needs to go to auction.” Hindman, a fine-art auction house on Jay Avenue in Cleveland, serves the eastern Great Lakes region from the regional office of Cowan’s Auction. Carrie Pinney, business development manager for Hindman Auctions, Cleveland, explained the difference between an auction and an estate sale. “An auction is a more curated catalog composed of items from a variety of individuals,” she said. “These are things that have been heavily researched and tested as necessary (e.g. diamond certifications), so you know what you are buying. There is a catalog published in advance and you can ask questions prior to the auction regarding condition or other qualities of the item. You also have the option to bid from the comfort of your own home either online, though our app, or over the phone. As a seller, you are open to a larger group of potential buyers with online sales.” Michael Wolf, founder and director of Wolfs Gallery works in many of the same circles as Neue and Hindman. Michael said, “We use auction houses all over the country because they all often have different specialties. People may have in their estate or collection, some really good artwork and we might be the first ones they call. Perhaps we’ll take the paintings and depending on the rest of what the collection is made up of, we’ll recommend an auction house. We might walk through and evaluate the collection. We are very selective. I like to buy things and then sell them in the gallery and we do sometimes take consignment.” Wolfs began life decades ago as an auction house and has evolved into what Michael describes as “a very different, very eclectic art gallery dealing in fine paintings, sculpture and certain decorative arts. We thrive on the excitement of dealing with many different works; each with a different world of collectors ranging in periods, styles and disciplines.” Last spring, Wolfs moved from the Larchmere Boulevard business district near Shaker Square to 23645 Mercantile Road, a 10,000-square-foot location reconfigured into 16 different galleries. Like Michael, Cynthia noted that auction houses tend to have specialties. When choosing an auction house, Cynthia

One of 16 different galleries inside the 10,000-square-foot Wolfs Gallery in Beachwood, which features ever-changing and very eclectic collections. Photograph courtesy of Wolfs

Bridget McWilliams (in white), senior appraiser at Neue Auctions, and Cynthia Maciejewski, co-owner, pour over data and images as part of their job evaluating fine art and antiques for auction. Photograph courtesy of Neue Auctions said, first, look for one that has experienced professional appraisers on staff, who can be your day-to-day contacts and with whom you can build a relationship. “They are your advocate,” Cynthia said. “They are fiscally responsible for your merchandise.” Part of her role as advocate, Cynthia said, is knowing when to bring in another auction house. Neue’s focus is on paintings and fine art (such as sculpture), but their expertise also includes antique jewelry and other items. Reflecting on the time when Wolfs was an auction house, Michael said, “I always envied people with galleries. They get to spend time with paintings. So now I am that guy and because of our auction history, we dealt with everything from early to modern so the gallery reflects that. We have everything. There are a thousand things here from all different periods.” At Neue, becoming a client begins with a conversation.

This white acorn table lamp with rare matching base from Tiffany Studios recently sold for $18,750 through Hindman Auctions. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Photograph courtesy of Hindman Auctions “We know what to ask, like where (the art) came from, how long have you owned it, are there any marks, tell me the artist’s name, how big is it, etc.” Carrie agreed and said the process of deciding the auction value of an item is “similar to the process for appraising a house. We look at ‘comps;’ recent auction records for similar items, as our starting point. There are a lot of different factors that can alter the price, including the condition, provenance (or ownership history), and its overall aesthetic quality. For some items, there isn’t anything to compare them to given their uniqueness. In those cases, we rely on our specialist team’s knowledge of their field, potential buyers, and the market.” Cynthia said as the Neue conversation continues, she

This Greek marble panther head, circa 3rd2nd Century B.C. recently sold for $68,750 through Hindman Auctions. The price includes the buyer’s premium (a commission the winning bidder pays to the auction house). Photograph courtesy of Hindman Auctions might ask for photos. Then, she said, “we go to their house and meet face to face. They give us a tour and show us what they are thinking of selling. We might see other pieces that are amazing that they can add to what they want to sell. We give them a proposal and we get (the items) in the galley and we look at it more carefully. Then we provide an auction estimate. If they give us the green light, we photograph it, put it in our catalog and put it up at least two weeks before the auction. And, we market it through social media, etc.” Cynthia said agents or gallery representatives might come in to preview the items in person. She added, “We have relationships. We know curators. We know gallerists. We know collectors. They trust our opinion. I can call the (head of the) New York Metropolitan Museum of Art paintings and drawing department and he knows me and I can tap him on the shoulder and say ‘don’t miss this’ and he will take action and he will look. I don’t know of anyone else who can do that.”

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‘There’s a place for you at Lake View’ with plenty of activities planned this summer By ANDREA C. TURNER Lake View Cemetery’s tagline, “There’s a Place for You at Lake View,” refers not only to the availability of burial spots in its gorgeous 285-acre park-like setting, it also invites persons alive and kicking to a wide range of activities planned for summer and fall 2021. Visitors are invited to explore the grounds daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Located at 12316 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, this historic cemetery is full of pristine gardens, nature trails and ponds, a diverse assortment of tree and plant species, and its breathtaking Daffodil Hill in springtime. “Lake View’s trees are not just a benefit to those who visit the cemetery,” says its horticulturist Kevin A. McNallie. “An urban tree canopy such as ours is a huge asset to the health of the entire community.” When asked about the summer season of events on the grounds, Lake View Cemetery Association’s President and CEO, Kathy Goss, admitted, “We planned a very conservative season [due to Covid] and then the Governor dropped the restrictions just as we rolled out our programs around Memorial Day.” Nevertheless, there are plenty of opportunities for folks to enjoy music concerts, lectures, walking tours and more. While they normally host six summer concerts, they’ve scaled back to three this season. Motown band Etiquette is the next scheduled concert for Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, August 1. Hubb’s Groove (R&B, Soul & Jazz), plays Sunday, August 29 at 4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 5. These free concerts take place on the grounds of the James A. Garfield Memorial. No registration is necessary. Just show up, bring a lawn chair and picnic, and enjoy. In addition to the outdoor concerts, the Curtain Up! Theatre and Music Series features several special events. By partnering with historic Cleveland institutions for “State of the Arts” conversation, participants will be introduced to notable musicians, performers, and supporters of the arts whose final resting place is Lake View. Registration and ticket purchase required. Cleveland is rich with theatrical venues, both profes-

Tony F. Sias, President & CEO, Karamu House; Aseelah Shareef, Director of Operations + Community Engagement, Karamu House; and Andrew Rothman, Digital Media Volunteer, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, make up a panel discussing Cleveland’s rich theatrical heritage on July 19 at Lake View Cemetery. sional and volunteer based. Leaders from Karamu House (106 years old) and The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (91 years old) will participate in a casual panel discussion and Q&A, highlighted by live performances on Monday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. Maps will be available for a self-guided tour, featuring the gravesites of Russell & Rowena Jelliffe (founders of Karamu House) along with other performers and supporters of the arts. Registration and $20 ticket purchase required. Lakeview has a long-term connection with Karamu House, the nation’s oldest African-American producing theater. Karamu regularly hosted its Second Line Parade and Sneaker Ball benefit with Mardi Gras theme at the cemetery. Goss explained that the Swahili word Karamu means Joyful Meeting. Many people think of Rockefeller when they think of Lake View Cemetery. But Goss said that almost 40 percent of the cemetery’s business comes from African American and other minority populations that reside in its contiguous neighborhoods (Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.)

On August 3, Cleveland Orchestra’s Ross Binnie, Chief Brand Officer; and Andria Hoy, Archivist, discuss the generosity of early orchestra supporters, and how their contributions benefited the city of Cleveland.

Lake View is also the final resting place for many luminaries associated with the Cleveland Orchestra including Dudley S. Blossom, John L. Severance, and founder of the Cleveland Orchestra, Adella Prentiss Hughes. Join representatives of the Cleveland Orchestra on Tuesday, August 3, from 3–5 p.m. as they discuss the generosity of these early supporters and how their contributions not only benefited the Orchestra, but the city of Cleveland. Self-guided tour to follow. Registration and $20 ticket purchase required. Location: John L. Severance lot, Section 10. Paving the Way: African American Trailblazers & Leaders takes place Wednesday, August 11 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. A former president of the African American Genealogical Society will lead this walking tour of African Americans buried here who broke down barriers. Includes such notables as first African American Mayor of a major U.S. city, Carl B. Stokes; Cleveland Public School System’s first African American principal Hazel Mountain Walker; and Zelma Watson George, U.S. diplomat and first African American headliner in an opera.

Registration and $15 ticket purchase is required. Location: Daffodil Hill. Lake View Cemetery brings back its Run Through History 5k and 2 Mile Walk/Run on Sunday, September 26. Each course takes you through picturesque grounds, challenging hills and winding roads. Participants can set up a team in memory of a loved one. Visitors can take in the newly restored James A. Garfield Memorial, a 65-foot monument which is the final resting place of the 20th U.S. president. Open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. On a clear day, you can see downtown Cleveland’s skyline from its top steps. Or take in Wade Memorial Chapel, Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. to see the exquisitely constructed Tiffany-stained glass interior. Guides will be present at both of the sites to discuss the beauty and significance of these historic landmarks. Free admission. For more information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, visit lakeviewcemetery.com/events.

Rare and antique book collecting By PARIS WOLFE Even with a Google search, it’s hard to pin down the most expensive book ever sold. Among the “winners” in the value contest are religious treatises, scientific diaries, and a collection of children’s tales by J.K. Rowling. (A handwritten, hand-illustrated copy of Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” fetched today’s equivalent of $5 million at auction in 2007.) “The primary reasons for rarity,” says Michael Zubal, co-owner of Zubal Books in Ohio City, “are due to physical scarcity such as short print runs or unwillingness on the part of an owner(s) to resell a particular title, and importance and focus or topic.” Zubal Books has been providing rare, scholarly, and hard-to-find books to interested buyers since 1961. Brothers Michael and Tom operate a warehouse that has a browsing section of 1,000 to 2,000 books ($5 each) on various topics. Their online catalog, www. zubalbooks.com lists 250,000 items. And they have at least a million books to be processed and listed. People may collect old books for investment, but mostly choose them because they have an emotional connection. “In my 44 years in the book business the passion for collecting seems to sprout from significant moments in peoples’ lives,” says Zubal. “A person’s collector impulse can be motivated by everything from experienced events with a parent or professor, a TV show, movie, or any other of myriad things.”

“The Cleveland market has always been dependent on the local educational institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University and more,” he points out. “The greater the push for expanded world views, the greater the interest in archival material.” And, that curiosity isn’t limited to aging baby boomers. “I am always impressed when someone under the age of 30 visits us and leaves with a box of books,” says Zubal. “For awhile it seemed the digital age had tempered youthful interest in books, but lately I’ve found that not to be the case.” Zubal is Northeast Ohio’s largest dealer, but rare books can also be found at Loganberry Books in Larchmere, Half Price Books in Mayfield and North Olmstead and at antique stores like Attenson’s Antiques & Books on Coventry Road in Cleveland. Loganberry has much of its rare and vintage col-

Alson Estate Collection – Platinum, diamond and emerald bracelet featuring Asscher-cut diamonds and square emeralds.

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The owner of this book is a big fan of illustrator Maxfield Parrish and bought this 1904 first edition for its illustrations. Michael Zubal says it would sell – in very-good-to-fine condition – for about $350.00. Depending on the condition, though, the book could sell for a range between $250 and $400. lection, including signed first editions, listed online at loganberrybooks.com. Among their specialties is a section on Elbert Hubbard who founded Roycroft Press and the arts and crafts movement around it. (See travel story on page A6) Meanwhile a signed first edition of Stephen King’s “Misery” is available in a locked case at Half Price Books in Mayfield. For Tolkien fans, the store keeps locked up in back an autographed, three-book set of “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. The trilogy is listed at $20,000 and is not eligible for coupon purchase. Attenson’s has 36 bookcases available for easy perusal. Loganberry, Half Price books and Attenson’s are easy to shop in person, but Zubal requires an appointment. “Tours of our facility may be scheduled during warmweather months. One should contact us via email, info@zubal.com, if interested in attending such.” Zubal will also search for hard-to-find titles. For those who are interested in their adventures in the used book world, Michael and Tom do a podcast – Book Brothers.

Many folks appreciate vintage, antique and estate jewelry because the pieces are one of a kind and often have a back story involving a place or moment in time long ago. A piece may have been a great-grandmother’s engagement ring and traveled with her to a new country. Whatever the story behind it, a piece’s previous life gives it mystique. The charm gets deeper with age. And age determines what category describes the piece – “vintage,” “antique,” or “estate.” Vintage must be at Alson Estate Collection least 30 years old, as in – Platinum ring featur- made before 1990. These ing a 7mm round blue are not antiques. Antique must be 100 sapphire accented with years or older. They could round diamonds. be labeled “vintage” but will likely be considered “antique” with higher value. Estate simply means secondhand or pre-owned. All three check off the sustainability box in terms of the conservation of precious metals and gems. Whatever the label, pre-owned jewelry makes a fashion statement. Vintage pieces from costume to fine jewelry are big sellers at Attenson’s Antiques & Books in Cleveland’s Coventry neighborhood. “A lot of people are into the retro, mid-century modern silver and enamel jewelry,” says President Mitch Attenson. “People are into period jewelry whether it’s mid-century, art deco, Victorian or Edwardian. We also sell and buys a lot of ethnic jewelry including Chinese, jade, carved stones, tribal.” Estate liquidator Andrew Hohenfeld says, “I’ve seen a huge trend of younger people getting into vintage pieces. They are wearing contemporary clothing and mixing in vintage estate and costume jewelry.” Art deco (1920s-30s) and mid-century modern (1960s70s) he says are particularly desirable. “Strong bold designs, quality and luxury names are desirable,” he says. “Fine watches – a classic, yellow-gold Tiffany or Cartier will always be timeless classics.” “I’ve seen yellow gold make a huge comeback, especially large, chunky 18kt bracelets, earrings and rings,” Hohenfeld says. “I’ve seen what I call the ‘vintage movie-star look’ is popular...anything chunky and chic. Things like Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe would have worn.” His inventory comes from estate liquidations and private clients. “One nice thing about jewelry is people are always buying and selling. If you get tired of an old piece you can always sell it or trade it and upgrade.” Alson Jewelers in Woodmere has a case of estate

Alson Estate Collection -- 18K yellow-gold and platinum 22-inch Harp necklace, featuring a variety of diamonds. jewelry, both vintage and antique. The jewelry store is regularly buying often so customers can upgrade or buy something new. “Typically, pieces are from the 1950s and 1960s,” says fourth-generation gemologist Jesse Schreibman. Most of the pieces in the estate case range from $500 to $15,000.

“People really enjoy the estate collection,” says Schreibman. “They’re unique pieces, one of a kind. Every piece has a different story, we try to get that information when we purchase a piece of jewelry so we can share it with the next owner.” He suggests that buyers of estate pieces, at Alson or elsewhere, have a jeweler look at it. “Make sure the prongs are secure if there are diamonds or other gemstones in the piece. You obviously wouldn’t want a diamond or precious stone to fall out of the piece.”

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Newbury home set on 50 pristine acres for sale on Pekin Road

An elegant wood-beam pergola at the back of the house overlooks the gardens and bocce court.

By RITA KUEBER Off Pekin Road, travel along a long gravel drive through pastures and woods, and end up in front of a charming structure, part French Chateau, part American farmhouse. The stone façade is trimmed in brick and slate-blue wood accents, lending a kind of fairy-tale presence. This month the yard is bedecked with hollyhocks and other blooms, for an idyllic, green and quiet setting. The double front Bronze doors once graced the entrance of the Cleveland Athletic Club. Inside, the visitor is immediately immersed in the two-story great room, really an open floor plan with the living room to the left, dining area center, and kitchen to the right. The whole space has eight sets of French doors, 7/8ths of which open to the stunning outdoor setting. (The eighth remains shut due to its proximity to the lower level walk-out stairs.) The living room features a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, a “drunken fireplace,” due to the skewed but appealing placement of the brick and stones in the wall. The timbered ceiling and pillars were all hand-hewn from British Columbian Douglas fir trees, lending a woodsy, elemental texture to the space. The rest of the wood in the house, from the floors to the kitchen cabinets were made from Geauga County trees by Amish craftsmen. Throughout the home everything is made from natural materials, and every room has an appealing natural and neutral décor. The kitchen offers top-of-the line appliances, wood cabinets and built-ins, plus granite countertops. Smart, attractive details abound – a pot rack above the work island, a farmhouse kitchen sink, a side work/eat-in area, a builtin office space, plus a walk-in pantry. Behind the kitchen is a spacious hearth room with fireplace that could work as a den/library, private sitting room or family room. It’s adjacent to the first floor owner’s suite that includes a spacious bedroom, a private patio, and an extra-large bath with a sunken tub, twin sinks, private lav and his and hers walk-in closets. The back area behind the kitchen has its own sort of central hall where the powder room, den, entry to an extra suite and mudroom connecting to the three-car attached garage all converge. The private suite, with its own entrance, is up a flight of stairs, and has a kitchenette, sitting and sleeping area plus a full bath and extra sink. Upstairs, open to the great room below is a bonus loft space, ideal for a studio, craft or sitting area. Two additional bedrooms on this upper level have baths en suite. The lower walk-out level, is also accessed from that backof-the-house center hall, and could be used for a game or media room, exercise area, or rec room. A former alpaca farm, there is a 1,080-square-foot barn made from cedar, close – but not too close to the house, at the end of the gravel driveway. The barn has its own porch overlooking the pasture, a sizable office, full bath and laundry area. The interior rooms could be converted to living quarters. The two-story heated barn has eight stalls, a concrete floor, a 2,000-bale hayloft and room for an arena or paddock behind. Overall, the house has 7,748 square feet of space, four bedrooms, three full and one half bath, including the separate apartment suite, well/septic, central air, and many more amenities. West Geauga School system.The property includes fifty acres of rolling hills, woodland and pasture. Close to the house is a lovely patio/pergola, an ample vegetable and flower garden, plus a bocce court

Set on 50 pristine acres, the house has a charming cottage facade with stylish rooms inside.

The vaulted great room combines a seating area, dining room and kitchen in its open floor plan. French doors open to both the front and back of the house. and outdoor eating area. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 12100 Pekin is listed at $2,250,000

at press time with annual taxes of $11,888. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216.831.7370, or adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

A hand-crafted “drunken” fireplace anchors one end of the airy great room.

Mitchell Sotka Did you ever want to find a childhood memory or a painting for over the fireplace? This and more can be yours in the world of vintage and antiques! Mitchell Sotka has been a leader in this market for 25 years and helping people find that special item. The eponymous shop located in the heart of the Old River Shopping area is creatively filled with treasures. However, the antiquated world has become high-tech with local and out-of-town customers being able to shop via the internet at mitchellsotka.com and Instagram. Brittney Callahan heads up the online business, improving the visibility of the shop and making it more accessible for customers to Antique Cameo Glass find treasures! It is not just Vase by Emile Galle, a transaction but a thrill French. MITCHELL to hear the excitement in SOTKA, 19071 Old a customer’s voice when Detroit Rd., Rocky they find the perfect piece. River, 440.333.1735. However, there are a few ways to procure antiques. Estate Sales are a fun way to get into the mix and dig around for a treasure. Mitchell Sotka has his hand in this venue too. The fun thing about a sale is you never know what you may find! Yes, there are fine items from antique china to paintings, but it also is a place to find that quirky toy or practical garbage can. Yep, come in for a painting and leave with a garbage can! It sounds funny but true! Shelly Bishop and Donna Baltas are the leads for this arm of Mitchell Sotka. Join the mailing list and be invited to the next sale in August. Now you know Mitchell Sotka in Rocky River is the place for vintage and antiques, but your interior calls for the unique and you need help pulling it together, say no more, Solveig Elios will help you blend your pieces seamlessly! Check out the shop in person at 19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio or call 440.333.1735. www.currentsneo.com  July 15, 2021 CURRENTS B7


In 1974, Lakewood Historical Society designated this as one of the city’s Century Homes and five years later it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Murphy family purchased the home in 1987 and started an extensive renovation, including conversion of its second-floor ballroom into a two-room suite. Cliff Murphy, a musician, singer and entertainer took a night course in carpentry to improve his skills as a handyman. He said he tried to rebuild/renovate/restore it in the way Captain Day would have wanted it rebuilt.

Lakewood family enjoys modern living in historic ‘Captain’s House’

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his historic Lakewood home located on Hilliard Ave. was built in 1874 and is known as “The Captain’s House.” It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Lakewood Landmark. It was once the home of Captain Erastus Day, a Captain on the Great Lakes, who purchased it in 1871. According to information from “Lakewood Lore,” Captain Erastus Day was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y. in 1834 and came to Lakewood with his wife Sarah in about 1869. They had four children, residing in this home. Captain Day was first a cook, and then skipper and commander of Great Lakes vessels in the mid-1800s and retired from active business life on shipboard in the 1860s. In 1872, he was appointed superintendent of the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio ore docks in Cleveland. In 1892, he left Cleveland to construct the fine system of docks at Conneaut Harbor (according to the “History of the Great Lakes,” Vol. 1 by J.B. Mansfield.) Eventually he became famous for inventing hoisting and conveying systems used in the shipment of ore. He died in 1917 at the age

of 83 and is buried in Scott Union Cemetery, Huron, Erie County, Ohio. Although historically known as the Erastus Day House, according to “Lakewood Lore,” it was first owned by Jeremiah Gleason, who came to Lakewood with his wife Catherine in 1931, bringing their own cattle and settling near Hilliard and Madison. Gleason bought the future Day property in 1852 and built the original dwelling there soon afterward. The home was inherited by Gleason’s daughter, Ann Eliza Warren, who then sold it to Captain Erastus Day in 1871. In the late 1870s, Captain Day made such substantial changes that he may have constituted a completely new structure around the initial building. His handiwork on land the size of three city lots at the southeast corner of Hilliard and Atkins became what today may be the most elaborate Victorian farmhouse with Italianate and carpenter gothic detail in Lakewood. The Fox family, current owners of this home, are related to Currents photographer and advertising sales executive, Alana Clark, and graciously agreed to allow us to share some photographs of this historic home with Currents readers who appreciate Northeast Ohio history and the many examples of fine, historic homes still being lived in and enjoyed today.

These treasures from the past were found in the kitchen ceiling of the home during renovation/ restoration. They are believed to once have belonged to Erastus and Sarah Day and include a woman’s fan, leather straps with buckles and a handwritten note dated May 20, 1874 from Captain Erastus to his wife Sarah. The note reads: Dear Sarah, I suppose you are anxious to hear from home. All is well at home. Susie is smart. For her, master is smart. Where the lounge is, to keep it. You know how smart the rest are. Weather is very disagreeable here today, Raining + Cold. No more to write – so soon. Erastus, Write often

The Treasure Hunt never ends…..VNTG HOME VNTG Home, Cleveland’s largest vintage furnishings market boasts over 60,000 square feet of loved before furnishings, decor and more. Founded in 2018, this old soul business has already served more than 13,000 customers and is ready for more! For readers who haven’t experienced the VNTG Home’s eco-chic design vibe, mark your calendar for a treasure hunt, Thursdays-Saturdays at their magical warehouse. The enormous warehouse is full of one-of-a-kind vintage furnishings just waiting to be re-loved, restored or even reupholstered! If you prefer a little designer TLC, VNTG Home provides by-appointment design sessions. This VIP VNTG perk is out of this world. Imagine, just you, the designer, over 800 fabrics and 60,000 square feet of furniture. An amusement park for interior design enthusiasts! If you prefer to do your gypsy junking online, you can shop 24/7 at vntghome.com. Where does VNTG Home get all this furniture? VNTG Home’s Single Solution services really are the simple and stress -free solution for downsizing and transitioning households. Megan Featherston, founder of VNTG Home, shares “Our services are customized for the client to achieve the best economic outcome, affordably, quickly and effortlessly.” The VNTG Home Single Solution Services include: • complete home liquidations and clean outs, • furniture consignment and donation • real estate staging • interior design • Reupholstery The sister company, VNTG Place, provides even more

services: • Home remodeling and restoration • VNTG Place buys houses too! Think of VNTG as the concierge of Home Transition. “We do the worrying and the work, making it as effortless as possible for families to liquidate their household and unlock the value and equity in their homes” says Featherston. Since opening only four years ago, the VNTG Home team has streamlined the go-to-market process for customers, providing them the customized services they need to drive a top dollar home sale. VNTG Home staging services have driven successful sales in more than 400 homes in the past two years. VNTG staging is more like short-term interior design. Absolutely beautiful interiors created with new, restored and vintage furnishings and decor. The results are impressive – time on the market to under contract averages, astonishingly, less than a week. This is made even more remarkable because more than half of their staged homes sell over asking price. No matter what chapter you’re in, new homeowner or downsizer, the VNTG enterprise has the answer. VNTG Home + VNTG Place, eco-chic design and property development. They really do make Living Beautifully a reality. Let the treasure hunt begin! VNTG Home | 1235 Marquette Street, Cleveland OH 44114 | vntghome.com | info@vntghome.com | 216.505.4322 VNTG Place | Explore our properties and services vntgplace.com | home@vntgplace.com | 216.685.7555

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The updated interior of this historic Lakewood home, painted throughout in Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore, today features white oak herringbone floors, original hardwood doors with porcelain doorknobs, 10-foot ceilings and tall windows which create light-filled spaces and welcoming double front doors. There is a trap door in the entrance hall on the first floor with nearly vertical steep stairs that lead to the basement (which could indicate that the home may have been a part of the underground railroad that came from Oberlin to Cleveland and then through to Canada to help runaway slaves. Photographs by Alana Clark


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Striking contemporary home, perfect for entertaining, for sale in Pepper Pike By MAREN JAMES Here’s a house with a touch of South Beach in its pedigree. This is an amazing find. If you think contemporary equals cold, think again, as this modern classic is filled with organic shapes, inspiring design decisions and a thoughtful layout for a family seeking a cosmopolitan but laid-back lifestyle. This is a house for entertaining, a kind of magical oasis for extended family, with its multiple open levels and courtyards, built with indoor-outdoor living in mind. Start with a striking exterior, a study in shapes, enhanced by attractive landscaping. The front entry has double glass doors and a quarter circle transom above. Curves are a thing through the structure, as is the color scheme that folds terra cotta, cream, gold, beige and coffee together. The foyer is two-stories high with an inner courtyard to the left, a long, elegant hallway toward the back, and a balcony above. All the spaces are filled with natural light and the airiness of an open floor plan. Down the lofty hall to the kitchen on the left, there is a work island with breakfast bar, granite countertops, blonde flooring, white cabinets, stainless appliances and lovely workspaces and pantry, plus a large eat-in area with skylights. The kitchen also accesses a butler’s pantry with sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and range. Down two steps is the living room, two-story windows and a shimmering tiled fireplace, followed by a dining area, and then followed by a den/family area, all in one flowing open space. Beyond the “end” of this extended great room is entry to the in-ground pool/patio area. First an attached cabana with changing room and full bath, and then a bar/patio with roll up screens, that work closed for an intimate setting, or up for full access to the patio, outdoor kitchen and in-ground pool. This is a backyard meant for entertaining. At the front of the house, a curved glass wall shelters what is now a bedroom but could be an office, studio or kind of modern parlor. Up the semi-hidden staircase is the owner’s suite – vaulted ceiling, private balcony, curved walls and an extra-glamorous bath with heated floor, and a luxury curved glass shower. Two more bedrooms have walk-in closets and en suite baths. A third bedroom has its own second story/loft, ideal for a gaming or study area. The lower level offers a spacious media room, a bar/ kitchenette, exercise room/gym, and a full bath/bedroom suite. The house also has two attached garages for a total of eight bays. The garages are both heated and cooled, a car enthusiast’s dream. Through the front garage, a circular staircase leads upstairs to a private apartment that includes living and dining rooms, kitchen, full bath and access to a sauna. 27899 North Woodland has five bedrooms, 7.5 baths, central air, audio system and much more. Off Fairmount, the house is close to shopping and dining with quick access to hospitals and highways. The house is listed at $1.5 million. (Annual taxes $26,018). For more information contact The Young Team/Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan at 216.378.9618 or YT@theyoungteam.com.

The spectacular silhouette of this home’s contemporary exterior is enhanced by landscaping and outdoor lighting.

The front entrance opens to a spacious foyer/ front hall with an indoor courtyard to the left.

An inspiring great room is filled with natural light and curves around the back patio and pool.

This stunning bar is off the patio and has walls of screens that lower to create a more intimate setting.

Lung Association, Cleveland Clinic join forces against lung disease The American Lung Association in Ohio announced that it is teaming up with Cleveland Clinic to help achieve its mission of ending lung disease. With this expanded relationship, Cleveland Clinic will have a larger role in the Lung Association’s annual LUNG FORCE Walk taking place September 18 at the Great Lakes Science Center. Cleveland Clinic will: Provide health screenings and educational activities for all participants at the LUNG FORCE Walk. Announce a new program that will invest in the community through patient access to care as well as qualitative/clinical research to address health disparities and barriers to care. Be a major sponsor the LUNG FORCE Walk. “We are proud to continue our decades-long partnership with the American Lung Association and are excited to play a bigger role in the LUNG FORCE walk this year,” said Sumita Khatri, M.D., director of the Asthma Center and Vice Chair of the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland

Clinic. “Caring for the community is a long-standing priority at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to the walk, we are providing free health screenings and resources to help patients better understand their lung health and connect them to care to help manage their condition.” “Although we are seeing lower numbers of COVID-19 cases, many nonprofits continue to struggle. Investment in local resources is still critical to the health of our communities. Cleveland Clinic understands this and we’re grateful for their dedication to our mission and their support through services to Cleveland and those who need it most,” said Kim Covey, executive director of the Lung Association. “Without partners like Cleveland Clinic, the Lung Association’s important work in Cleveland would not be possible.” Registration for the event is free but fundraising is encouraged. Those who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. More information is available at LUNGFORCE.org/Cleveland. Fine Homes & Luxury Properties

Emily Coyne finds success with online business and branding at emilyOandbows.com This past month, Emily Coyne of emilyOandbows. com launched her third line of merchandise “Happy to Be Here” on her website. Emily is the founder of her fashion and lifestyle brand emilyOandbows. She creates weekly content for several social media platforms including Youtube, TikTok and Instagram. In November of 2020, Emily expanded her brand and started her online business. Her first line of merchandise was titled “Busy Brunching” and included apparel and gifts sporting the logo. The feedback from her followers was motivating and Emily enjoyed seeing her hats, sweatshirts and candles circulating on social media. Emily hosted three pop-up shops in the Cleveland area, including one at Kilgore Trout, one at a local Rocky River boutique and one at Miami University, where Emily will be a senior studying Emerging Technology Business and Design & Entrepreneurship. Due to the success and interest in her merchandise, Emily released a second line, “Good to See You” in February. The “Good to See You” line was inspired by her love for entertaining and home décor. This positive phrase resonated with so many of her followers and led to Emily’s third line “Happy to be Here.” The light blue and white color scheme for “Happy to be Here” is inspired by Emily’s love for Lake Erie and coastal living. Emily began her growing business at a young age. Her love of fashion found an outlet in middle school on social media as she began sharing her outfits of the day. Emily posted throughout high school, but her following increased exponentially freshman year of college with a YouTube video amassing over a million views. Coyne realized her hobby could be capitalized and began monetizing platforms. Not only does she sell and promote her own line of products, but she also collaborates with large brands to “influence” her audience. Over the years, these collaborations have included Saks Fifth Avenue, Roller Rabbit, Daily Harvest, and most recently Sarah Flint, Steve Madden, Serena and Lily and countless small businesses. Emily looks forward to continuing to grow her business promoting her most recent line “Happy to be Here” and increasing her social media following. Emily is known as the Modern Entrepreneur using social media to sell directly to consumers. Her products can be purchased on her website, emilyOandbows.com. B10

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IN ND PE 4 bed, 2.2 bath. Transitional center hall colonial in Beachwood! Vaulted oversized Living Room. Dining room with ceramic floors. Kitchen with breakfast area, Granite counters, tile backsplash. First floor laundry. Vaulted Family room with fireplace leads to patio overlooking park-like, private setting! Four bedrooms on second all new carpeting including Master with totally updated bath with two vanities and stall shower. Updated Hall bath is Jack and Jill with two sinks and two toilets and a shower over the tub! Ample closets, too! Two half baths on 1st. Fin lower level with carpet as well!

4 bed, 4.1 bath. Custom built newer home situated on cul de sac, w/nearly an acre setting. Dining room shares Dual Fireplace w/Fam Room w/Maple Built-ins. Fabulous Kitchen w/Granite and Dining Bar opens to Fam Rm and Breakfast Room! 5 burner Gas cooktop and Custom Maple Cabinetry! Master w/views of the paver patio w/fire pit. En-suite has double sized shower and soaking tub plus heated floors. Covered Porch off Kitchen w/deck. Guest suite on 1st! 2nd floor w/loft plus 2 bedrooms with shared bath! Lower Level w/“14 foot DAY SPA”

$459,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

2 bed, 2.2 bath. End Unit Townhome situated on one of the best sites in Eton Place. Oversized main rooms, recently installed wood floors in LR/DR/Kitchen. LR/DR which are adjacent to one another for ease of entertaining! Two sliders to deck. Beautiful Eat-in Maple Kitchen cabinets, newer stainless appliances 5 burner gas range! Updated half bath. Second floor w/Master suite with vaulted ceiling, and a whirlpool tub AND stall shower! Bedroom 2 has a private bath. Laundry also on second. Finished lower level for media or play room with ample storage and slider to patio. Tasteful and neutral décor!

$274,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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5 bed, 5 full bath. Colonial in Woodlands of Brecksville. DR w/tray ceiling. 2 story Great room w/ 2 fireplaces & sitting area. Gourmet kitchen w/ SS appliances, walk-in pantry, center island & breakfast bar! 1st flr office & full bath. Owner suite upstairs with sitting room, & glamour bath w/ soaking tub & walk-in shower. 3 more bedrooms up each w/adjoining full BA. Finished LL w/rec rm, bedroom & full bath. Back deck & paver patio!

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2 bedroom 2.2 bath. Beautiful ranch condo in Villas of Orange! Island Kitchen with granite and breakfast bar and SS appliances. Master with updated en-suite bath. Expansive living/dining room with hardwood floors. Close to shopping and restaurants. $550,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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7 BR 3 Full 2 half bath on Lake Shore in Bratenahl. Views of Lake Erie from every room. Foyer with marble leads to living room with built ins. Updated gourmet kitchen with Amish built cabinetry, granite, SS appliances. 2nd floor master with remodeled en suite bath. Sitting room off master has a porch with amazing views of the yard and lake. 3 additional bedrooms on second. 3rd floor studio offers additional living space. Tiered deck leads to beachfront.

$1,050,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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6 bed, 4.1 bath. Original Owner designed and built this 2 story contemporary home w/walk out LL! Two story foyer w/stone feature wall opens to large living and dining rooms w/views of the deck and private yard. Oversized kitchen w/huge eating area w/access to patio! Great Rm w/stone fireplace w/“pit” seating! Bedroom and full bath on first floor. 2nd floor offers Master suite with double doors, oversized tub and shower, and closets w/built ins! 4 main bedrms up have connected loft and share 2 Jack & Jill baths! Lower level w/stage, huge wet bar, stone F/P, dance floor and entertainment area!

$649,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

4 bed, 5.1 bath. Stunning presentation on almost 13 acres! Custom built all brick Colonial w/incredible detail! 2 story foyer w/Italian marble tile, Austrian crystal chandelier leads to living and dining rooms w/hardwood floors. Great room w/fireplace, skylights, wetbar and spiral staircase. Island kitchen w/granite, walk-in pantry, newer SS appliances. Morning room leads to wrap around patio. Office w/ built-ins on first. 2nd floor master suite w/master bath w/ jetted tub, dressing room. Finished lower level complete w/workout area, theatre/media room, bar and full bath.

$950,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233


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