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Quench your summertime thirst with sweet sangria By PARIS WOLFE Historically, sangria has been a red wine punch with a high-proof spirit and fruit. Today, it’s being deconstructed and reimagined. The variations make it more flexible with food and a refreshing summer cocktail choice. Area wineries have become sangria artisans. Debonne Vineyards, Madison, has two choices on its menu, though they may change with the season. Manager Loretta Todd declares sangria any cocktail that contains wine … as long as the wine’s character still contributes to the final flavor profile. Todd presents sangria mixology classes for each season. In spring she used edible flowers. Her summer sangria class is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 27. “I first tried sangria in my early twenties when I was out dining with friends at a local winery and we couldn’t agree on a bottle of wine for the table,” says Todd. “With different preferences, we compromised with a pitcher of sangria. I enjoyed every sip.” When she joined Debonne, the winery had red (Concord) and white (Niagara) sangria blends. With an extensive wine selection available, Todd saw opportunities to add new blends. “One specific recipe, mango-peach sangria, was so popular that it replaced the classic white recipe and became a staple, year-round,” she says. That version used Peach Grigio wine with mango nectar, grapefruit soda, peaches and mango fruit. Mango Peach Sangria was so popular that the winemaker created a bottled flavored sangria that can be served cold, over ice or with fruit added. Todd says, “I began teaching sangria classes as a way to share my love of sangria and spark creativity so people will experiment and create their own delicious sangrias at home.” Devin Hurd, operations manager for the Twisted Olive in Green encountered sangria in his early days bartending. Twisted Olive is part of the Gervasi Vineyards family. He says, “In those times it was a hastily thrown together concoction for summer parties or patios.” Today’s sangrias follow more deliberate recipes. Hurd follows tradition with three basic components: wine, liqueur, and fruit. “Even with just those three, the possible flavor combinations are vast,” he says. “You have that base. You can then expand out into other areas: whole/sliced fruit, sodas, infusions, purees, on and on. The key to finding which fruit works best is to have a desired flavor profile in mind first, and then go about combining things that fit.” “With such wide arrays of wine styles and flavors, you could potentially make a sangria using nearly any fruit,” he says. To simplify, he adds, “A good place for people to start is with a classic combination of Sauvignon Blanc and bright fruits – lime, orange, apple. Add a little peach schnapps and top with ginger ale.” Twisted Olive usually offers both red and white sangrias, but availability may be seasonal. “White wines are typically brighter and lighter for hot summer days whereas reds bring darker tones and more complex barrel-aged notes more suited for winter flavors.” He recommends wines with stronger flavor profiles for sangria recipes. “Many flavors are being added through fruits and liqueurs,” he explains. “You do not want the wine to feel lost.” When creating his own recipes, he uses Gervasi white wines like Ciao Bella (Chardonnay), Piove (Riesling), and Fioretto (Sauvignon Blanc) and red wines like Ab-

Preproportioned ingredients – including flower infusions – are ready for mixing in the Spring Flower Sangria class at Debonne Vineyards. The winery has a Summer Sangria class scheduled for Sunday, June 27. Russian River Sauvignon Blanc,” he says. “Its dominant flavors of white peach and green apple provide a crisp and refreshing taste with a tart finish. We combine this with fresh lemon, pear, and basil, then finish it off with Smirnoff vodka.” Baci Winery at the former St. Joseph Vineyards in Madison is using ice wine to make St. Joseph Summer Sangria (white) and Baci Berry Sangria (red). “We tasted the wines and tried a number of fruit combinations to find the best fit,” says owner Shelly Piunno. She and her husband recently purchased the winery and are renovating it. The white uses mangoes, pineapple, pineapple juice, Sprite and citrus fruits. The red includes berry mixture (mostly raspberries), club soda and citrus fruits.“It’s a summer special,” she says “We plan to have it most weekends. We are hand-crafting them, so supply is limited.”

Sangria Estiva – Gervasi Vineyards

2 bottles Gervasi Ciao Bella Chardonnay 1 cup blueberries (smashed or pureed) 1 cup pomegranate juice (I recommend POM) ¾ cup elderflower liqueur 1 cup simple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract soda Combine all ingredients and refrigerate overnight to infuse flavors. When ready to serve, pour over ice, add some additional blueberries (or other berry) for garnish. Top with a splash of soda.

Peach Mrs. Palmer Sangria – Debonne Vineyards braccio (Cabernet) and ZinZin (Red Zinfandel).” “In the later parts of summer, I like to incorporate peach flavors,” he says. “Piove, a Riesling with apricot and peach notes is a good start. I add white peach, some fresh grapes, and elderflower liqueur. It really helps drive a sense of being grounded in the atmosphere of the season.” At Sapphire Creek Winery, Chagrin Falls, beverage manager Matt Meyer creates season-appropriate sangrias.

He adheres to the traditional formula –wine, spirits, and fruit. “There really is no best fruit, as it depends on the direction you want to go with the sangria,” Meyer says.“Although it is traditionally a Spanish or Portuguese red, my favorite wine to use for a sangria is Sauvignon Blanc. They tend to be bright, citrus-forward wines perfect for a white sangria on the patio in summer.” “Our summer sangria starts with Sapphire Creek’s

1 bottle Debonne Peach Grigio 3 tbsp dried pea flowers 3 cups lemonade 1 ½ cups sliced or diced peaches Infuse wine with pea flowers by steeping flowers in wine for 20 minutes. Strain. Wine with be delightfully purple. Place fruit in container. Add ice. Add lemonade. Slowly add infused wine, breaking the pour with a spoon. Serve layered. Stir to combine before drinking.

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TRAVEL Plan a getaway this summer to one of our Lake Erie Islands By Paris Wolfe DINING OUT Cru Uncorked innovates, renovates expands for optimal guest dining experience By Paris Wolfe EDUCATION Despite pandemic, area schools report most of their graduates plan to attend college By Lauri Gross AT HOME Updated, historic, Greek Revival-style home for sale of seven acres By Rita Kueber


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Perhaps the main attraction on South Bass Island, Put-In-Bay has been called the Key West of the Midwest. Photographs courtesy of Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Celebrate summer by planning a getaway to one of our Lake Erie Islands (www.putinbayparasail.com). You’ll get 600 feet of line for an adrenaline-pumping 300 feet of flight height. Then, put on the brakes with a pause at Heineman Winery, founded in 1888 and run by fifth-generation family members. While there, crowd into the Crystal Cave and marvel at the sparkly formations in the world’s largest geode. If you prefer beer or distilled spirits, Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery is the island’s only brewery and distillery. Open for 25 years, it serves food and beer and sells Island Rum and Island Vodka.

By PARIS WOLFE Get your island vibe in Lake Erie this summer. The western basin has four main Islands: South Bass, Middle Bass, North Bass and Kelleys Islands. South Bass is, perhaps, known by its tourist town – Put-in-Bay. Pick one (or more), slide into your flip flops, slather on sunscreen, and arrive island-side by ferry, private boat, or small plane. On Kelleys, South and Middle Bass islands rent bicycles or golf carts to power your way to attractions. North Bass is fairly primitive, requiring private boat or plane for access, and permits for camping. Stay for the day or longer. Lodging is mostly small properties and bed and breakfast operations. Boaters can reserve space at marinas on various islands and use associated bathhouses and other amenities. If the lake is calling, fishing folk can charter fishing boats to catch perch or walleye. Home to much of Ohio’s wine-making industry before prohibition, each island has a different energy and varied attractions. Grapes are still grown on several, with wineries on South Bass and Kelleys Islands. Middle Bass was once home to Lonz Winery, but the historic structure is no longer producing wine. Bars, restaurants, and retail – which open when weather warms around late May through September – are part of the attraction at Put-in-Bay and on Kelleys Island. Waterfront activities and parks put nature lovers in their element. Following is a short sample of what’s possible. For more information visit www.shoresandislands.com.


The iconic and historic Lonz Winery property was acquired by the state of Ohio in the 2000s and reopened in 2017 as part of Middle Bass Island State Park. The 124acre state park is now home to the restored building shell, open-air plaza,and wine exhibits inside the preserved cellars. This is one of many places to explore while visiting the 805-acre island. Hazards Microbrewery and Restaurant is next to the Middle Bass Marina. In festive island style it offers free pool and hot tub use for customers. The appeal here includes a tiki bar from Bali with Caribbean-style landscaping, and teak furniture.

KELLEYS ISLAND The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island were carved into limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago. They are the largest, easily accessible grooves in the world.

SOUTH BASS Home to the village of Put-in-Bay (population 128), South Bass is the busiest of the islands. It attracts 1.5 million people annually to its 1,588 acres, mostly during warm summer months though ice fishing is a thing in winter. Start your visit by pedaling or puttering to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, a 325-foot Doric column on the eastern edge of the island. Built in 1936, it honors those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 and it celebrates the long-lasting peace among the United States, Canada, and Britain. It is named for U.S. Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry. Get that altitude adjusted with Put-in-Bay Parasail

Travelers arrive at South Bass Island by private boat or ferry for a day or longer. Time slows down as most travel about by golf cart or bike to enjoy the lively town of Put-In-Bay or several nearby attractions.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial honors those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. It celebrates the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S.

Home to 313 permanent residents, Kelleys Island is the largest of Ohio’s Lake Erie islands. The atmosphere is different from the Bass islands. You’ll want to rent a golf cart or bicycle and visit natural areas including beach and forest. Traveling the 2,800-acre island you’ll find the Glacial Grooves, the largest, easily accessible grooves in the world. Glacial ice left grooves 400 feet long, 35 feet wide and up to 10 feet deep scored into the limestone bedrock. The stone contains marine fossils dated 350 to 400 million years ago. If you prefer a guided tour, consider two-hour kayak, hike/bike or golf cart adventures organized by Kelleys Island AdvenTours (kelleysislandadventours.com). You can see highlights, sunsets and/or learn history during these treks. Wind down the day at Kelley Island Wine Company. Started in 1982, the winemaker Kirt Zettler makes wines from local grapes. Food is also available at the winery.

Ohio’s Literary Trail gets an upgrade from author Betty Weibel By SARAH JAQUAY “The accomplishments of Ohio’s writers and illustrators are undeniable. We aren’t aware of the depth of our own literary heritage,” notes local author and public relations professional Betty Weibel. Weibel’s new book, “The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide” (Arcadia Publishing 2021) will make curious travelers in the Buckeye State more aware of the rich contributions Ohio writers and illustrators have made to American literature and the world’s literary canon. Indeed, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is from Lorain. This guidebook represents the ultimate inLocal author Betty Wei- tersection of Weibel’s bel’s new book, “The interests and her board Ohio Literary Trail: A service. She currently Guide” (Arcadia Pub- serves on the boards of lishing 2021), provides the Ohioana Library Asreaders and history sociation and Ohio Hisbuffs with lots of road tory Connection (f.k.a. trip ideas to discover Ohio Historical Society.) our literary heritage. Ohioana’s mission is to “promote, preserve and increase awareness of Ohio literature.” It’s a venerable organization founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper. The Ohio History Connection “is in the business of preserving and

sharing Ohio stories.” When Weibel was discussing the 90th anniversary of Toledo-based author Mildred Wirt Benson’s work with Ohioana Executive Director David Weaver, she brought up the idea of expanding Ohio’s existing literary trail map and making it digital. Benson penned 23 of the original, wildly popular Nancy Drew mysteries under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Ohio’s had a literary trail map since the 1950s, but it was cumbersome and had limited listings. Weibel’s book divides Ohio into five regions across 35 counties and boasts 72 sites, making for countless day trips. “The Ohio Literary Trail” features an interesting mix of historic homes (such as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house in Cincinnati); museums such as The McCloskey Museum in Hamilton, where visitors may see a reproduction of Homer Price’s donut machine and the drawings and paintings of renowned children’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey (“Make Way For Ducklings”); historical markers--the text of each marker is contained in Weibel’s listings. So even if it’s precipitating, travelers can still read what’s on them; and collections or permanent exhibits at “libraries for tourists,” such as the Nancy Drew Collection at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Via its useful set of appendices, this guidebook also pays tribute to breathing literary luminaries such as Cleveland native and Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See,” Scribner 2014) and Lyndhurst resident Mary Doria Russell, one of this reporter’s favorite historical fiction writers, including “Dreamers of the Day” (Penguin 2008) in which a grieving Cleveland school teacher winds up meeting Churchill and “Lawrence of Arabia” in Cairo in 1921. The guidebook also contains a chapter on “Literary Festivals Around Ohio” that provide opportunities to connect with

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Betty Weibel is a Cleveland author and public relations professional who’s written a new book about Ohio’s rich literary heritage. Photograph by Michelle Wood authors who may be from Ohio or have written books about our state. When asked how Ohio’s literary trail compares to other states, Weibel notes the wide-ranging and eclectic contributions of Ohio’s literati. “There was Natalie Clifford Barney, who wrote openly as a lesbian. She wrote love poems to and for women. Look at how Harriet Beecher Stowe influenced race relations in this country. Newberry Medal

winner Virginia Hamilton’s depiction of African-American children in her books was truly groundbreaking.” Weibel also imagines other states’ trails may feature a few marquee names. Ohio is bursting with marquee names and influencers (f.k.a. literary critics and editors.) Sure we have Harriet Beecher Stowe, James Thurber, Sherwood Anderson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Toni Morrison; but Ohio can claim the likes of William Dean Howells, a.k.a, “the Dean of American Letters” and famed former editor of “The Atlantic Monthly.” Mark Twain might have remained a regionally-known writer if Howells hadn’t promoted his work and perhaps few would know the work of poet, novelist and short-story writer Paul Lawrence Dunbar without Howells’ praise. It’s hard to underestimate Ohio’s literary contributions and well-read travelers will be thrilled with the contents of “The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide.” But Weibel wants everyone to know this guidebook isn’t just for the wellread. “It’s written for people who don’t know what an incredible literary heritage we have to discover. So much was sparked in Ohio.” So follow these simple directions to become one of the Buckeye State’s literary cognoscenti: Get “The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide.” Put it in your car’s glove compartment and pull it out whenever you’re planning a road trip. When you see an Ohio historical marker matching an entry, pull over and linger in the author’s universe that inspired great literature. You may be inspired too. To purchase “The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide,” visit Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls or Loganberry Books on Larchmere Blvd. near Shaker Square. You can also order via Amazon or Arcadia Publishing’s websites. To download or print out the digital map of Ohio’s Literary Trail, visit ohioana.org/resources/the-ohio-literarytrail/.

Slow cook your way through summer barbecue season in NE Ohio Open one can of beer and pour into a chicken grilling stand (the modern replacement for the beer can). Gently insert the stand into the leg cavity of the chicken. Position the upright chicken on the grill or smoker rack using the two legs and the stand as a tripod. Be sure not to place chicken over direct heat. Cook chicken under the grill or smoker cover using your choice of smoking wood until internal temperature reaches 165 F, about one hour to one and one-half hours. When chicken reaches 150 F, brush once or twice with Spicy Peach Barbeque Glaze (see below). While waiting for the chicken to reach 165 F, drink the other can of beer. When chicken is done, remove it from the grill or smoker, carefully remove the grilling stand, discard the beer, slice, and serve.

By PARIS WOLFE In Northeast Ohio, BBQ is both noun and verb. To host a BBQ (noun) means to have an event where, usually, meat is cooked on a grill and covered with sticky, sweet sauce. To BBQ (verb) is to cook slowly with live fire and smoke. In this case, for the purist, sauce is optional. Expanding on the verb “BBQ,” Tim McCoy, education director at ICASI in Chesterland, says, “Some people do a quick hybridized version of BBQ. They slow cook in the oven, then grill it quickly. That’s not true BBQ. True BBQ is the long, slow preparation.” An official BBQ judge and long-time chef, McCoy knows his BBQ. He shares his knowledge at an all-day BBQ Bootcamp each spring and has additional BBQ and grilling classes scheduled in June, July, and August at the cooking school. During class he cautions against the popular beer-can chicken – the can, not the process. “I don’t trust the paint and can coating,” he says. “I bought a holder at the hardware store that’s stainless steel. I can put in whatever liquid I want. I prefer the holder because it’s sturdier and less likely to tip over.” When it comes to the wood or wood chips, he is particular. “Each wood has a unique flavor. When you control that you can get a greater range of tastes,” he says. He recommends hickory or oak for brisket and ribs; cherry, apple, or alder for chicken; apple for bacon; cherry for pork. He doesn’t recommend mesquite because the oily wood produces a lot of smoke and can result in a creosote-like coating. “It’s easy to mess up,” he cautions. While sauce is unnecessary in the definition of BBQ, McCoy recommends using a dry rub. “It helps create a crispy exterior,” he explains. “Rubs usually contain brown sugar which denatures or ‘melts’ the protein so spices can merge in. Then, it kind of rehardens and gives crustiness to the outside. Nate Rockwell, pitmaster and owner of Briquettes Smokehouse in Ashtabula Harbor, agrees with the definition of BBQ as verb and noun. Briquettes has been specializing in BBQ since 2009. “If we really want to get technical, BBQ is supposed to be a method of cooking,” he says. “A lot of people wrap grilling into BBQing.” He sees smoking – a low, slow cooking over indirect heat – as the essential part of true BBQ. “We smoke almost exclusively with cherry wood,” he shares. “Of the hardwoods that are good for smoking, cherry is recommended for pretty much all meats. It will do everything well and grows like crazy here.” Rockwell sources local wood, preferring to forage or buy

Lemon-Garlic Rub

from a tree service. “It’s one of our basic tenets, do not cut down a good tree if we don’t have to,” he says. Meats arrive tableside without sauces, but options are available tableside. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, the smokehouse will return to offering a broad selection of different sauces. Still, he says, “I’m of the philosophy that good BBQ doesn’t need sauce. If its seasoned and cooked properly it should have a bark.” “Bark” is an actual technical BBQ term meaning a desirable, chewy crust that forms on meat during slow cooking. For those who want sauce, Rockwell, goes local at Briquettes. He recommends the restaurant’s homemade maplemustard sauce that uses his handcrafted maple syrup. “We’re located in the maple triangle. It seems appropriate that if it grows here, it goes here,” he says. “It adds terroir to what we’re doing.” He also offers their award-winning “Sweet & Tangy” for those who prefer a ketchup-based sauce. Both McCoy and Rockwell note that the BBQed meat should be soft and tender, but not mushy. “Ribs shouldn’t fall off the bone,” says McCoy, according to his official judging requirements. “They should cling enough to the rib bone without being messy or mushy. A lot of people overcook ribs.” Oak and Embers Taverns in Chesterland, Orange, and Hudson, specialize in BBQ and bourbon. The restaurants are

family and locally owned. In addition to a range of smoked meats they offer 125 different bourbons. The kitchens have smokers for low, slow cooking and the meat is served with homemade sauces … a tomato-based bourbon BBQ or mustard-based Carolina BBQ. Ribs, says co-owner Chris McCauley, are glazed with sauce on the grill.

SOUTHERN-STYLE BEER CAN CHICKEN WITH SPICY PEACH BBQ GLAZE Yield: 1 Chicken Recipes provided by Tim McCoy 1 each Chicken, 2 1/2-3 lbs 1/2 Cup Lemon-Garlic Rub 2 cans Beer, your choice (as desired) Smoking Chips, your choice of mild wood (Cherry, Apple, etc.) 1 recipe Spicy Peach-Ginger Sauce Carefully insert your hand under the skin of the chicken to separate it from the meat. Rub half of the lemon-garlic rub into the meat under the skin. Rub the other half onto the outside of the skin. Prepare your grill or smoker to cook with medium indirect heat, about 275 F – 300 F.

Yield: 1 Cup 1/4 Cup Lemon Zest 1/4 Cup Garlic, granulated 2 Tbsp Basil, dry 2 Tbsp Marjoram, dry 1 Tbsp Thyme, dry 1 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tbsp Salt 1 Tbsp Black Pepper Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use immediately or store for later use.

Spicy Peach BBQ Glaze Yield: About 3 Cups 1 Cup Cider Vinegar 1/2 Cup Sugar 2 Tbsp Ginger, peeled, minced 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes 1 lb Peaches, peeled, pit removed, chopped (as needed) Water (to taste) Salt and Pepper 1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a gentle simmer. 2. Add peaches and simmer until thoroughly softened. 3. Process peach mixture in a blender until smooth. Adjust consistency with water if desired. Season with salt and pepper.

Dobrzynski Leaves Strong Foundation for Next Generation of Leadership After 27 years of devoted service as President and CEO of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), Marsha Dobrzynski, a resident of Cleveland Heights, is set to retire in the summer of 2021. “It has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life; second, or course, to my family,” says Dobrzynski about her leadership at CAL. Dobrzynski extends her thanks to the CAL Board of Directors, the staff, and the artists for supporting the vision to bring the creativity and joy of the arts to students and families. Board Chair Jeanne Shatten expresses gratitude for Dobrzynski’s exemplary leadership. “Through years of organizational change and growth, she has kept a focus on the heart of what is most important: supporting and inspiring

our youth to engage, learn, and grow through the arts.” To honor Marsha and to sustain her legacy, all are invited to join in establishing an endowed fund that will ensure that CAL’s youth programming, including ArtWorks, will have the resources to grow for many years to come. Contributions can be made at secure.givelively.org/donate/center-forarts-inspired-learning/marsha-dobrzynski-tribute-fund or through the CAL website: www.arts-inspiredlearning.org. About the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Currently in its 68th year, with the mission to ignite student learning, creativity, and success through the arts, CAL, an affiliate of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network, uses the arts as an imaginative and engaging vehicle for promoting a deeper understanding of academic

subjects, advancing social-emotional learning, and building students’ 21st century skillsets. Offering thousands of customizable programs across disciplines including visual arts, digital arts, literary arts, theater, music and dance, CAL’s programming expanded in 2020 to include virtual offerings. Responding swiftly to stay-at-home orders, remote schooling, and the changing needs of students, CAL teaching artists reimagined their programs to engage students through both live and pre-recorded virtual formats. Among these are: ArtWorks: Arts and technology college and career readiness program building youth apprentices’ 21st century skill sets In-school: Short-term workshops integrating arts into a standards-based curriculum

Residencies: Extended-term workshops focusing on students’ physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development Afterschool: Arts programming providing students extended day learning Play It Forward! ® Cleveland: Free lessons and musical instruments for students Academic Learning Pod: Students receive support with school assignments, engage in structured arts activities, and participate in safe, socially-distanced peer interaction while schools are remote. Technology and lunches are also provided. In fiscal year 2020, CAL delivered 5,662 programs at 190 venues reaching 111,281 students including 405 virtual programs after schools shut down in March.

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The Twisted Olive, located in Green, has an expansive deck and patio for al fresco dining. Owned and operated by the Swaldo Family/Gervasi Vineyard, the restaurant is surrounded by beautiful Southgate Park. (Photographs courtesy of Gervasi Vineyard)

Find your favorite patio for al fresco dining this season with beautifully prepared French brasserie fair in a lovely, sheltered patio close to the city attractions. East Fourth Street – East Fourth Street, Cleveland … Stroll the street taking in the various options of this restaurant-rich block. Nearly every restaurant has sidewalk seating set under festive strings of lights. The Flats – Banks of the Cuyahoga River … Get a waterfront view from restaurants, bars, breweries, and green space that line the Cuyahoga River. Watch freighters navigate the river from your sunny seat. Gervasi Vineyards – 1700 55th St. NE, Canton … Choose from several outdoor spaces at Gervasi Vineyard. The Piazza has been expanded, the Crush House has outdoor dining spaces on the balcony and front patio, and the Still House has outdoor cigar area as well as covered “porch” for outdoor coffee/drinks and snacks. Grand River Valley – Grand River Valley, Madison and Harpersfield… Vying for vineyard views is practically a sport in the Grand River Valley. M Cellars, Grand River Cellars and Kosicek Vineyards have all opened new patios in the past year, while South River Vineyards (the church winery) and others boast beautiful pavilions. Horizons – The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake … Observe the moods of Lake Erie from the patio outside Horizons Restaurant. Time dinner to coincide with the drama of a north coast sunset.

By PARIS WOLFE When the sun heats up in Northeast Ohio, tables outdoors are in high demand. After being cooped up with pandemic restrictions for the past year or so, tables may be in even higher demand. And local restaurants are presenting them from uptown Chardon Square to downtown Chagrin Falls, from First and Main Hudson to Main Street Medina. It’s impossible to catalog all the outside dining options in the region. Some of the more interesting outside spaces include … Azure – The 9 - Level 12, 2017 E. 9th Street, Cleveland … Enjoy The 9’s rooftop lounge with sunshine or by moonlight while admiring the Cleveland skyline. Handcrafted cocktails are cleverly named Sky High, Cloud 9 and more. Chagrin Falls … downtown Chagrin Falls … Sit at one of several sidewalk cafes or patios and people watch while enjoying sophisticated culinary offerings. Just a few choices include 17 River Grille, Bell & Flower and M Italian. Cru Uncorked – 34300 Chagrin Boulevard, Moreland Hills… Spend a long, peaceful evening with from-scratch dining, a broad wine selection and artisan beverages on the outdoor terrace at this French-style chateau. Sneak a peek at upcoming renovations to the space. L’Albatros – 11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland… Relax

GAR Foundation awards more than $1.6 million to Akron-area nonprofits GAR Foundation recently awarded $1,670,710 in grants to Akron organizations. This round of funding included proactive grants to support summer learning at the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs for Akron Public Schools’ students. “We are pleased to announce this support and provide funding for our nonprofit community and innovative partnerships, like the summer partnership strategy between the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Akron Public Schools. Together, they will ensure that APS students have an enriching, engaging, fun summer, which they certainly deserve after the challenges COVID has brought,” said Christine Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. Additionally, the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) received a grant of $204,910 to provide SPARK: Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids. SPARK is an evidence-based home visiting program that supports parents in helping their children to be ready for kindergarten, learning basic literacy skills for success in

school. The ECRC is the region’s state-designated Child Care Resource & Referral agency and is GAR’s primary partner for delivering STARS: Supporting Teachers & Ready Students, the foundation’s successful four-year early childhood professional development initiative. The ECRC is opening an additional office in Akron next month. In other critical strategic focus areas, local arts convener ArtsNow received a $125,000 grant for its work to advance and advocate for the arts and culture sector in Summit County. Asian Services in Action was awarded $50,000 for operations in supporting the basic needs of Akron’s immigrant population, and Community Legal Aid received $35,000 for its strategic efforts to offer affordable legal services to lowincome Akron residents. Other organizations receiving support this quarter include: Akron Area YMCA, Summer programming with APS - $58,300

Akron Art Museum, Operating support - $125,000 Akron Urban League, Operating support - $25,000 ArtsNow, Operating support - $125,000 Asian Services in Action (ASIA), Operating support $50,000 Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio-Akron, $85,000 for operations and $5,000 for summer programming with APS Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, Operating support - $7,500 Community Legal Aid, Operating support - $35,000 ConxusNEO, Operating support - $125,000 Early Childhood Resource Center, for SPARK $204,910 Emmanuel Christian Academy, STEAM Academy Summer Enrichment - $50,000 Family & Community Services, Operating support for Mobile Meals - $60,000 Groundwork Ohio, Operating support - $25,000 GroundWorks DanceTheater, Operating support $30,000 Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, Program

support for Akron Public School - $50,000 Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, Operating support $20,000 Leadership Akron, Operating support - $20,000 Musical Arts Association, Blossom Music Festival $50,000 Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Foundation, Bench to Bedside program - $20,000 Project Learn of Summit County, Operating support $60,000 Shelter Care, Operating support for Safe Landing shelter - $30,000 South Street Ministries, Operating support - $35,000 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Operating support $30,000 Stark State College Foundation, Healthcare upskilling - $50,000 Students with a Goal (SWAG) Operating support $30,000 Western Reserve Historical Society, Operating support for Hale Farm & Village - $35,000 For more information contact Rob Lehr, communications@garfdn.org.



Step into summer in the Cleveland Metroparks By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Step into summer and soak up the sunshine in the Cleveland Metroparks. Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace” is packed with fun for the whole family. Cleveland Metroparks recently launched its “Find Your Path” campaign to encourage exploration across the park district’s more than 24,000 acres through a new mobile application. The campaign follows record-breaking visitation to the park system in 2020 with more than 19.7 million visitors. The new Cleveland Metroparks mobile app, which is now available for download on all Apple and Android devices, offers new ways to explore and connect with nature. All of the Cleveland Metroparks 18 reservations are now open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. This summer, guests can explore new trails, including the Red Line Greenway, which opened recently. In late June, Cleveland Metroparks will open the Whiskey Island Connector, which connects Edgewater Park to Whiskey Island and Wendy Park, as well as the Wendy Park Bridge, which connects Wendy Park to downtown. New this summer, guests can take in breathtaking views of Lake Erie at the just constructed Sunset Picnic Plaza and renovated concessions at Huntington Reservation in Bay Village. E55 on the Lake is now open Wednesdays through Sundays. Merwin’s Wharf is temporarily closed. Cleveland Metroparks outdoor education team continues to offer free and low-cost educational and recreational programming. Visit www.clevelandmetroparks. com/calendar. All of Cleveland Metroparks eight golf courses are open for play, including the newly renovated Seneca Golf Course, as well as Manakiki and Sleepy Hollow, two of Golfweek’s top-rated public courses. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can now visit the zoo’s trio of tiger cubs at the Rosebrough Tiger Passage. The Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter is a popular way to get up close to the zoo’s giraffe herd. Keybank Zoo Keys is a popular and interactive experience that allows children to insert a customized Keybank Zoo Key to unlock educational messages at more than two dozen boxes throughout the zoo. The RainForest at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is also open seven days a week. Visit zoo favorites like the orangutans or new friends like the binturong, also known as a bearcat. Zoo guests can take advantage of camps and educational programs, have a virtual visit with a zoo animal, or elevate their zoo experience by booking a staff-led golf cart cruise. Visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo/ programs-events. For the latest COVID-19 safety information, visit www.futureforwildlife.org. The Cleveland Metroparks recently announced that

The new Red Line Greenway connects W. 65th to the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer it has been named a finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace” is among four finalists in its population category nationwide to compete for the award governed by the American Acad-

emy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Cleveland Metroparks is a finalist in the Class I category, representing the largest park systems across the country based upon the population served.

Cleveland Metroparks has been awarded the Gold Medal four times in the program’s history, including most recently in 2016. Park systems are only eligible to win the award once every five years. The Gold Medal program is one of the highest professional awards available to parks and recreation agencies nationwide.

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BENEFIT BEAT Holden Forest & Gardens to host annual summer benefit Saturday, July 10 You are invited to Northeast Ohio’s picnic of the summer at the Holden Arboretum on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Twilight in the Whimsical Woods” is Holden’s largest benefit of the year and helps to raise money for its mission to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. Tickets are on sale now at holdenfg.org or by calling Chris Keeney at 216.707.2834. This event is presented with generous support from Key Private Bank. “Twilight in the Whimsical Woods” will take place throughout the arboretum grounds and feature a picnic dinner by A Taste of Excellence, music by Northeast Ohio artists including Thor Platter and The Cleveland Wind Trio, activities for adults and kids including craft stations and tarot card readings, and a first look at the new “Fairy Doors: Magical Garden Gateways” exhibit that will open to the public on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Proceeds from the event will support the People for Trees movement that aims to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for throughout Northeast Ohio by 2025 and to help ensure that the wonder and beauty of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden are available for all to enjoy. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket (unless you purchase the Patron level ticket), wear comfortable clothes and shoes and for the little ones: don’t forget your fairy wings! Patron – $250 ($190 tax-deductible) – includes choice of meal, program listing, branded picnic blanket & wine tumbler Adult – $125 ($75 tax-deductible) – includes choice of meal, branded wine tumbler Child (12 and under) – $25 – includes child’s meal For picnic menu, sponsorship information and much more visit: holdenfg.org.

Stan Hywet Presents Off the Vine: An Evening Pairing of Food and Wine on July 23 A beautiful summer evening sampling wines in the historic gardens of Stan Hywet in Akron, Ohio. That’s what’s in store for guests attending Off the Vine: An Evening Pairing of Food and Wine from 6-9 pm on Friday, July 23. After starting the evening with a glass of sparkling wine in a Stan Hywet souvenir wine glass, there are wines to sample! Twenty wine-tasting stations featuring three wines each are positioned throughout the gardens, with tapas-style appetizers to complement each wine. Creating these scrumptious small bites are Acme Fresh Market Catering, Driftwood Catering, Taste of Excellence, and Todaro’s; with cheese from Yellow House Cheese and desserts by Tiffany’s Bakery. Music in the gardens takes this event to the next level and features the sounds of Hey Mavis; the Tony Koussa, Jr. Duo; Siobhan McCarthy; and The Stingers. The Manor House and the exhibit, “Restoration: If This Hall Could Talk,” is open for self-guided tours. Off the Vine is also the perfect opportunity to view “Winds of Change,” the outdoor garden kinetic sculpture exhibit. A retail wine pop-up shop will be open during Off the Vine, so that guests may purchase bottles of their favorite samples to take home. Tickets for this 21 & over event are $65 per person or $52 for members, and reservations are required by July 16.Tickets may be purchased at stanhywet.org. Off the Vine: An Evening Pairing of Food & Wine is presented in partnership with Heidelberg Distributors.

Chef Matthew Harlan recently opened Chatty’s Pizzeria in the Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation in Bay Village. Photograph courtesy of Chatty’s Pizzeria

Chef Matt Harlan opens Chatty’s Pizzeria in the Metroparks By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN It is all about being in the right place at the right time. Matthew Harlan spent all of his adult life in the restaurant business. “I started out working at Miller’s restaurant in Lakewood when I was in high school. After that, I worked at Players on Madison. My first cooking job was working with Gary Lucarelli at Sweetwater Landing in the Rocky River Metroparks,” he said. Harlan went on to work with Michael Symon at Lola, Lolita, Bar Symon and B Spot Burgers for more than two decades. “I didn’t choose this business. I fell in love with it,” he added. “Because of this whole pandemic and the uncertainty of what was going on, my wife Melanie and I were looking for a change,” Harlan said. That is when they found out that the former Vento la Trattoria adjacent to BAYarts in the Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation was for sale. Matt and Melanie Harlan and their two sons are Bay Village residents. “The location was 100 percent responsible for our decision to open our own restaurant,” he said. “Growing up in Lakewood, biking to Huntington Beach was something

that we did. The Metroparks was a big part of growing up here. And, to have this drop-dead view and to be tucked in to this art campus is a real plus.” The Harlans opened Chatty’s Pizzeria on March 2. Chatty is Matt Harlan’s nickname. “I never had that vision of opening a pizza place. My wife is an artist and she worked at BAYarts for five years. Because of that, we understood the traffic pattern. We thought about what would allow kids and families to be part of this venture. And, we thought that pizza made the most sense,” he noted. “We want to take advantage of the property and of my skill set. We want to see life and energy around us.” “We opened in March and it has been non-stop ever since. It’s a terrific problem to have,” Harlan added. “When we opened during the cooler months, I thought that would allow us time to get grounded. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The great big bear hug that this community has given us has really blown us away. It has been humbling and exciting.” Chatty’s Pizzeria is a family-friendly restaurant serving pizza, hoagie sandwiches, salads and desserts. There are two types of pizza served, including the traditional

Dino Safari drive-through experience set to roar into Shoppes at Parma through June 27 More than 40 GIANT moving dinosaurs, including Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Microraptor, T. rex, and many others, will invade the Shoppes at Parma in Cleveland, OH, and transform it into Dino Safari, a fun and educational nearly 60-minute drive-thru dino experience with audio narration for the entire family from Saturday, June 5 through Sunday, June 27. Tickets are priced per car, beginning at $49.95 per vehicle of up to seven individuals, and are available now through DinoSafari.com. Demand has been unexpectedly high with sellouts anticipated. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Dino Safari takes audience members – in their vehicle – to “Pangea National Park,” for an up-close-and-personal journey with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures from the mighty T. rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus of Africa. On the Dino Safari adventure, audience members will learn through an audio narrator how dinosaurs evolved, where they called home, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved. Beware: along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and audience members may have to

help save a baby dinosaur’s life! So, buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this socially-distanced experience, and the perfect family staycation activity. Dino Safari was created in consultation with paleontologist Dr. Gregory Erickson and features fact-based, educational content in addition to an exciting storyline. Kids and families are guided through the fictional “Pangea National Park” by an audio tour (available in both English and Spanish) that plays through each car’s audio system, featuring fun and friendly characters. Each vehicle is given a “Survival Pack” containing your passport to Pangea with a scavenger hunt and other fun surprises for a more interactive experience. For more information, visit DinoSafari.com.


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round New York-style pizza and the square, thick-slice, “Grandma-style” pizza. Gluten-free crust and ketofriendly cauliflower crust are also available. “All of our menu items are doing really well. The classic tomato basil pizza is a good measuring point for quality. Our sausage and rapini pizza is also very popular,” Harlan noted. Seating inside the small restaurant is limited to 28, but by extending the front patio to allow for more outdoor dining, Harlan said they have added 30 to 40 seats. “We have taken on a lot in the first few months. With Huntington Beach opening, we just want to get through the summer. Patience is a virtue,” he said. “We have farmers’ market here in this park. We have weddings here. Our goal at Chatty’s is to be here for a long time, and not to be pressured and burn out. We are emphasizing quality over quantity.” Chatty’s Pizzeria, 28611 Lake Rd. in Bay Village, opens at 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday for dinner. Saturday hours are 11: 30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phone 440-471-4485 or visit www.chattyspizzeria.com.

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Visit Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills for exceptional dining, indoors or out By PARIS WOLFE Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills is much more than a culinary experience in an elegant “French Chateau.” It’s a holistic, sense-engaging experience. And, that experience is getting better. In early June – just nine months after adding 2.5 plus acres around the restaurant – the Cutler family is bringing new features both outdoors and indoors. Outdoor seating will more than double to 130 seats, and heaters that hang from the overhead trellis will keep the area cozy throughout much of Northeast Ohio’s unpredictable seasons. Perhaps the most interesting outdoor additions are a year-round greenhouse, farm-to-table gardens and an expanded yet discreet outdoor service area. On the northern edge of the patio, guests will enjoy an open-air wine tasting room. Scheduled to open in early winter, it will have about 30 seats and can be closed to the elements. Tables will be artisan-made from wooden wine boxes to create a vintage vibe. An extended wineevent list will be part of the schedule when the room is available. The greenhouse and gardens, anticipated to open fall 2021 to spring 2022, will have a full-time grower on staff. The goal is to supply the kitchen with the freshest flowers and produce possible. The space will also be available to guests for strolling pre- or post-dinner. Meanwhile indoors the temperature-controlled wine storage has tripled capacity to more than 25,000 bottles and a cheese-aging system is part of the current addition. With greater breadth and depth in wine selection, the restaurant is positioning to move from Wine Spectator’s two-bottle Best of Award of Excellence to the coveted three-bottle Wine Spectator Grand Award rating. In 2020, only 100 restaurants worldwide (none in Ohio) had this designation. The Grand Award, notes the Wine Spectator, is given to restaurants “that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine programs. These wine lists typically feature 1,000 or more selections, and deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstand-

ing depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu, and superior presentation.” The cheese-aging cave will enable the restaurant to purchase and age artisanal cheeses until perfectly ripe. Choosing between buttery, lush, perfectly aged tripel creme cheese and a spicy, aged manchego will be among the new options for Cru guests.

“We’ve been working to create this restaurant as an allencompassing experience since the beginning,” says Bill Cutler, General Manager. The restaurant opened in 2017 with 108 indoor and 72 outdoor seats, reduced to 64 indoor and 60 outdoor during the pandemic. “The new gardens are inspired by those of French Laundry (Yountville, CA) and Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Tarrytown, NY).” “The gardens also have a European influence,” he says.

“I lived in Florence for a year and ate at Enoteca Pinchiorri. It’s such an all-encompassing feeling. You just immerse yourself. It’s unforgettable.” The discreet service bar will allow the lounge bar to again accommodate diners at the bar itself. “The enthusiasm of our guests for the hand-crafted cocktails is huge and we’d outgrown the service area in our lounge,” says Cutler. To keep standards high, he asks that diners with dietary restrictions be in touch a few days before arriving. “We’re happy to accommodate but prefer to know in advance. We have vegetarian dishes on the menu, but we can create an entire dish for special diets. Vegan is tougher. We like to be ready and have the freshest products,” he says. When the current renovation is complete, the Cutlers will, no doubt, be thinking about the next experience. Cutler says, “Once we hit expectations for ourselves, we’ll raise the bar higher so we can keep improving.” In late spring reservations were booking fast. Weekend seating is a few weeks out with weekdays being busy as well.

2021 Sustainable Farm Tour, Workshop, and Video Series Will Help Ohioans Learn, Grow, and Connect The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) invites you to spread your wings this summer with videos, farm tours, and workshops that will help you learn, grow, and connect. The 2021 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series features four farm tours highlighting Ohio’s growing community of sustainable farmers and two online workshop series designed to help early career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land to the next generation. The series also features 10 free on-demand video presentations from OEFFA’s 2021 online conference including practical production trainings, inspiring visions of a prosperous small farm future, honest reflections on 2020, and an insightful investigation of faith, food, and race. “This series allows farmers and gardeners to share production know-how with each other and helps build connections among farmers and eaters, strengthening our local food system,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA Program Director.

“New this year, it will also provide a taste of the OEFFA conference as we’ve curated a bite-sized collection of recorded videos from a diverse set of workshops and sessions normally only available to registered conference attendees.” Events include: · Tuesday, June 29: Our Time is Now: Conversations about 2020 and the Road Ahead (four-part panel series), Opportunity in Crisis: Building Power for a Sustainable and Just Food System in Ohio, Conference Bites (prerecorded) · Tuesday, July 20: Foraging: It’s Not Just for the Wilderness, Pivoting from Tillage to No-Till Practices in Vegetable Production, Regenerating Land with Livestock, Intensifying Cover Crops in Organic Grain Systems through Interseeding, Conference Bites (pre-recorded) · Wednesday, August 4: Organic Dairy Pasture Walk, Farm Tour—Settlage & Settlage Dairy (Auglaize County) · Tuesday, August 10: A Conversation about Faith, Food, and Race, Conference Bites (pre-recorded and live

facilitated discussion) · Saturday, September 11: Flowers, Berries, and Hemp Farm Tour, Farm Tour—Creek’s Edge Farm Retreat (Brown County) · Sunday, September 26: Diversified Permaculture Farm Tour, Farm Tour—Purplebrown Farmstead (Summit County) · Sunday October 17: Season Extension Community Supported Agriculture Farm Tour, Farm Tour—Boulder Belt Eco-Farm (Preble County) · Thursdays October 14, November 4, December 2: Planning to Transfer the Farm Workshop Series, Online Workshop · Tuesdays, October 19-November 16: Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm Workshop Series, Online Workshop “OEFFA has offered annual farm tours and conferences for more than four decades; farmers sharing knowledge with other farmers has always been at the core of our

work. Whether on-farm or online, this series provides unique opportunities for local growers and eaters to learn about sustainable agriculture and nurture their connection to the ecological farming community,” Hunt said. Learn more about all events in this series at www.oeffa.org/farmtours. For the safety of guests, all farm tours require pre-registration, attendance will be limited, and CDC COVID-19 guidance for outdoor gatherings will be followed. Farm tour registration is now open. Online workshop registration will open in August. Conference video recordings will be available on OEFFA’s YouTube channel in three bites beginning on June 29, July 20, and August 10 and can be viewed for free anytime. For more information, visit oeffa.org Formed in 1979, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) cultivates a future in which sustainable and organic farmers thrive, local food nourishes our communities, and agricultural practices protect and enhance our environ

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CIM names former Oregon Symphony’s Kalmar as Director of Orchestral and Conducting Programs and Principal Conductor By ANDREA C. TURNER Cleveland’s world-renowned classical music education institution, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) introduced Uruguayan-born, Vienna-trained conductor Carlos Kalmar as its new Director of Orchestral and Conducting Programs and Principal Conductor in May. After a threeyear international search, CIM hired Kalmar, former Music Director of the Oregon Symphony and 20-year Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. Kalmar begins his conducting and teaching duties at the University Circle-based conservatory of classical music as Director Designate on July 1. “CIM’s students [approximately 325] demand an elite level of orchestral training and preparation as they focus on achieving their career goals and aspirations,” explained Paul W. Hogle, CIM President & CEO. “Our expectations for Carlos are as lofty as his own incredibly high artistic standards. [His] understanding of the demands of a modern professional orchestra will deepen our students’ experiences and certainly deliver on that expectation.” During his 18-year tenure in Portland, Kalmar made his New York City debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. Both his imaginative program, Music for a Time of War, and the performance itself were hailed by critics in The New York Times, New Yorker magazine and Musical America. The concert was recorded and released on the PentaTone label, subsequently earning two GRAMMY® Award nominations (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical). A regular guest conductor with major orchestras in America, Europe and Asia, Kalmar recently made series debuts with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Past engagements have seen him on the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and New World Symphony, as well as the orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Seattle and St. Louis. As a teenager, Kalmar’s family moved back to Austria from Uruguay so he could study conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music. He has previously served as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Spanish Radio/ Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid as well as the music director for the Hamburg Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna’s Tonnkunsterorchester and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany. “I have been deeply impressed by the entire CIM community’s commitment to being the gold standard in orchestral ensemble preparation, training and artistic quality, and am honored to help lead these efforts,” said Kalmar. “My visits to Cleveland have been inspiring, and my family and I are anxious to make our home in the ‘216’.”

By PARIS WOLFE Lori Muller-Zaim, from Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls, recommends the following fiction and nonfiction books for summertime reading:

FICTION Something light … “That Summer,” by Jennifer Weiner, 2021 (Fireside has a limited number of autographed copies) Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night? From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

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CIM graduates command the most revered stages in the world as soloists, chamber musicians and ensemble members; compose meaningful, award-winning new repertoire; and are sought-after teaching artists, administrators and thought leaders. With approximately 4,800

alumni, nearly 30 are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. The institution presents nearly 600 free performances and master classes on campus each year, and hundreds more at locations throughout the region, including Severance Hall. Explore cim.edu to learn more.

Cool fashions designed to beat NE Ohio’s summertime heat, humidity By LAURI GROSS Ladder is a new sustainable clothing boutique in the Van Aken district. Helmed by April Fleming and Andrea Wien, two returning Northeast Ohio natives, the shop marries international style and vibes with a love for all things Cleveland. A supporter of up-and-coming designers, Ladder has designer exclusivity in all of Northeast Ohio, and even some national exclusives. Andrea said the store has plenty of easily wearable linens for summer. “All our fabrics are sustainable natural fibers so they’re perfect for summer, including linens and cotton, so they are not going to trap heat like synthetics that don’t breathe. Everything in the store is easy to wear for summer and also great for layering up for air conditioning or a chilly evening on the patio,” she said. Sharon Garofolo, owner of Hedges in Chagrin Falls agreed that comfort is a priority for summer dressing and it’s a key element of the three clothing lines shoppers will currently find in Hedges, all of which are made in the United States. For instance, Hedges has matching sets of shorts and tops in breathable fabric for comfort during summer adventures. And there are smock-top wide-leg pants, and joggers, plus linen button-down shirts. Tie dye is still strong so Hedges’ summer wear includes tie-dye options, plus selections in favorite warm-weather shades of white, butter yellow, beautiful blues, pinks and more. Ladder’s offerings include jumpsuits, crop tops and skirts in easily wearable and breathable cottons and linens. “In some of our lines, we carry everything from size xxs to 4x,” Andrea said. Ladder also has silky dress-up shorts. “You can dress them up or down and could wear them to a more formal event this summer,” Andrea explained. For those working from home who still want to look put together, Andrea suggested what she called elevated loungewear. “These pieces are really cozy,” she added.

Something to reread … “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” by Betty Smith, 1943 Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life―from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that “cuts right to the heart of life,” hails the New York Times. “If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience.” Something to think about … “Hamnet,” by Maggie O’Farrell, 2020 This beautifully written novel tells of the death of Shakespeare’s son during the plague. It is a portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists. Current … “Golden Girl,” by Elin Hilderbrand, June 2021 On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while jogging near her home on Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she’s assigned to a Person named Martha, who allows Vivi to watch what happens below for one last summer. Vivi also is granted three “nudges” to change the outcome of events on earth, and with her daughter Willa on her third miscarriage, Carson partying until all hours, and Leo currently “off again” with his high-maintenance girlfriend, she’ll have to think carefully where to use them. Current … “Billy Summers,” by Stephen King, August 2021 Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything​?

NONFICTION “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide” by Anthony Bourdain, 2021 The late Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond. “Around the World in 80 Plants” by Jonathan Drori (Author), Lucille Clerc (Illustrator), 2015 In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. From the seemingly familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish “moss” of Louisiana, each of these stories is full of surprises. Some have a troubling past, while others have ignited human creativity or enabled whole civilizations to flourish. With a colorful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, this is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance. This shorts outfit available at Hedges in Chagrin Falls is breathable and perfect for summer adventures. Photograph courtesy of Hedges

Loungewear grew in popularity during the pandemic and remains so even as we emerge from lockdowns. This set is available at Ladder, a new shop in the Van Aken district. Photograph courtesy of Ladder

Pack your beach bag with one of these suggested summer reads

Ladder carries plenty of summer items in neutral shades of off-white, olive, black, tan, and other earth tones. “But some of our maxi dresses, rompers and jumpsuits are pretty bright,” Andrea said. “It’s bright fun stuff for summer. A lot of our lines are mix-and-match, so we can outfit you for everything from a barbecue to a wedding,” she added, as she explained that while some maxi dresses, rompers and jumpsuits are perfect for outdoor summer weddings, Ladder also offers a lovely slip dress that moves like silk. The crew at Ladder is happy to help shoppers put outfits together and will even visit customer’s homes on re-

quest, “to see what they have and match with what’s in the store,” Andrea explained. To complete an outfit, Hedges offers classic summer bucket hats and straw hats (with UV protection), plus a selection of leather and other flip flops, and jewelry that looks great against summer fabrics and sun-kissed skin. From designer Adina Reyter, Hedges has bracelets, necklaces and earrings. These versatile, chic pieces are “classic fine jewelry to wear every day,” said Sharon, who explained that these items can be silver or 14K gold, plus some feature pops of turquoise. Sharon added, “It adds freshness to any summer outfit.”

“The Bomber Mafia” by Malcolm Gladwell, 2021 In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. “This is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan, July 2021 From number one New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants—and the equally powerful taboos.

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Holland, Michigan’s ‘Tulip Time’ offers eight days of family fun

Across the channel from Holland State Park sits “Big Red,” Michigan’s most-photographed lighthouse.

DeZwaan (The Swan) is the only authentic Dutch Windmill in the U.S. Photographs by Julia Healy

What to do in Holland after the tulips fade

By JULIA HEALY A fever grips the town of Holland, Michigan for one week each May. It is contagious, but it doesn’t require medical attention. And unlike the first Tulip Fever in 17th century Europe, it’s not an asset bubble portending economic collapse. The fever is Tulip Time, an annual event that Reader’s Digest named “Best Small-Town Festival.” Like Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls but on a larger scale, Tulip Time features eight days of parades, Dutch-costumed dancers, concerts, fireworks, carnival rides, and of course, millions of blooming tulips. Tulips are often thought of as a symbol of the Netherlands, though they are not native to that country. They were introduced there from the Ottoman Empire (presentday Turkey) at the end of the 16th century. (The word tulip originates from the Persian word for turban, which the open flowers were thought to resemble.) By the early 17th century, the prized flower was so highly sought-after in Europe that a single bulb could cost as much as a house in Amsterdam—until the market crashed in 1637. Michigan’s Holland (population 33,000) is not kitschy or ersatz-Germanic, unlike Frankenmuth in the eastern part of the state. It’s a lovely gem of a Midwestern town with strong cultural ties to its Dutch heritage. Tulip Time delights visitors with a vast array of floral displays along historic residential streets; in public parks hugging the shores of Lake Macatawa; in plantings at the city center; at the Dutch theme park Nelis’ Dutch Village, and at Veldheer Tulip Farm, America’s largest bulb production facility. Veldheer Farm alone boasts a display of more than five million tulips, with 50,000 daffodils, 10,000 hyacinths, and 20,000 crocuses kicking off the continuous parade of color that starts in April and lasts through Tulip Time. Admission to the best display at Veldheer Farm is $15 per adult/$8 ages 3 – 13, with free admission to the adjacent DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory. Take the factory tour to watch artisans using traditional methods to make wooden shoes and the famous blue-and-white Dutch pottery. Pottery, wooden shoes, and felted wool slippers are available for sale in the shop. http://veldheer. com Windmill Island Gardens is a favorite can’t-miss tulip display venue. It is the site of an authentic Dutch windmill, the only one operating—that is, actively grinding flour from locally grown wheat—in the United States. At Tulip Time it showcases 120,000 tulips in its formal gardens and growing fields. Windmill Island Gardens also features an Amsterdam street organ, a hand-painted Dutch carousel, a children’s playground, a winsome if somewhat faded diorama exhibit of Dutch life, and a gift shop selling Dutch-themed items and flour from the mill. Admission is $10 per adult/$5 for kids aged 3 – 15. https://cityofholland.com/471/Windmill-Island-Gardens Several tulip-viewing venues are free and open to the public. More than 300,000 tulips adorn the downtown Holland shopping district, and 250,000 tulips fill six miles of curbside plantings in the historic residential district. Window on the Waterfront (94,000 tulips) and Kollen Park (5,000 tulips) both hug the shores of Lake Macatawa, and Centennial Park (43,400 tulips) is in the center of town. All venues except Veldheer Farm and Nelis’ Dutch Village are within walking distance from the main shopping district.

The town of Saugatuck is charming and historic.

The sand dunes between Saugatuck and Holland are wild, windswept and majestic.

Go Jump in a Lake (or Hit the Beach, or Pitch a Tent). The northern edge of downtown Holland abuts Lake Macatawa, which feeds into Lake Michigan just six miles away. Majestic sand dunes, sugar sand beaches, hiking trails and boating of all kinds draw visitors to the shores. On Lake Michigan, 142-acre Holland State Park offers camping, beach volleyball, concessions, and bathroom facilities. At Tunnel Park, kids scamper up and tumble down a soaring sand dune. Kollen Park on Lake Macatawa features fishing decks and a public boat launch. Float Your Boat (or Someone Else’s). Head out to Lake Michigan or Lake Macatawa for sailing, cruising, fishing, or paddling. Launch your own boat at Kollen Park or Lake Macatawa Boat Launch. If you don’t have your own, any number of charter and rental operations will be happy to take you on theirs. Fishing charters venture out to the big lake in search of coho, king and Chinook salmon. Take a Ride on the Wild Side. Holland is a cyclist’s dream. More than 150 miles of bike trails wend their way through the area, both separate-use paved pathways and dirt trails for off-roading. Farther out, trails lead to Zeeland (7 miles north) and to Saugatuck (11 miles south). The 20-mile Lakeshore Connector Path traces the Lake Michigan shoreline between the Holland and Grand Haven State Parks. For hardcore cyclists, the 500-mile US Bike Route from Indiana to Canada runs through Holland. https://www.holland.org/bikes-trailsand-rentals Raise a Glass (or Two) of Artisan Adult Beverages. The western coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is ideal for growing hops, apples, grapes, blueberries, and many other ingredients used in crafting adult beverages. From this bounty, a dynamic artisan beverage industry has sprung up that includes breweries, cideries, distilleries, and vineyards. The Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau passport program will guide you to crafters and tasting rooms in Holland as well as nearby Fennville, Hudsonville, Saugatuck, and Zeeland. https:// www.holland.org/handcrafted-passport Shop Till You Drop. Downtown Holland is full of unique stores selling gifts, clothing, sports gear, art, antiques, furniture, and home decor. Be sure to visit the Holland Peanut Store, owned by the Fabiano family since 1902. The shop is famous for its Nutty Paddle Pop, a homemade ice cream bar on a stick, double-dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts. The store also sells Dutch treats such as stroopwafels, speculaas, (spiced windmill shaped cookies), Dutch chocolates, and—a particular favorite of the Dutch in Europe—black licorice in a host of varieties such as soft + sweet, and hard + extra salty. Go Back to College. Hope College and Holland were founded almost simultaneously more than 170 years ago by the Reverend A.C. Van Raalte. With more than 3,000 students, Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college with a vibrant faith community. In non-pandemic years, many educational and cultural activities of the school are open to the public, including plays, concerts, exhibitions and guest lectures. Venture South to Saugatuck, Douglas, and South Haven. Saugatuck, a 15-minute drive from Holland, is the Midwest’s version of Provincetown. It attracts artists, yacht owners, summer cottagers, and Chicago gentry looking to escape the city. Straddling the Kalamazoo Lake and River, Saugatuck and Douglas are postcardworthy beach towns full of art galleries, gift shops, ice cream parlors and marinas. B and Bs, country inns, retro motels, and rental cottages are seemingly on every corner. Another charming, historic beach town about a half hour’s drive south of Douglas is South Haven. Midwest Living ranked it one of the best small towns in the Midwest, and Yachting Magazine rated it one of the best yachting towns in the world.

BENEFIT BEAT Piano Cleveland to host Bravo Piano Gala, Aug. 8-11 at Shoreby Club Piano Cleveland presents the world-renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), and to commemorate the Competition the organization hosts the Bravo Piano Gala, the social event of the year! Bravo Piano Gala has been creatively re-imagined for our current times and will take place over four evenings from August 8 – 11, 2021 at the beautiful lakeside Shoreby Club. This unique, outdoor format allows for small, socially-distant groups to gather and celebrate Cleveland’s support for the pinnacle of classical music artistry. As a sponsor, you may choose which evening you would like to attend. Each evening includes cocktails, dinner, and spellbinding performances by our four new medalists, including the debut performances of the 2021 Mixon First Prize Winner. These medalists will be crowned on Saturday, August 7 during the Final Round of the competition held at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra. For more information, email Marissa.moore@pianocleveland.org. B2  CURRENTS  June 17, 2021 www.currentsneo.comm

Women control increasing wealth, and seek other women for financial advice By JULIA HEALY Women’s wealth is growing twice as fast as men’s in the U.S., thanks to changing demographics and women’s advances in the workplace. Today, women control more than a third of U.S. household assets—at least $10 trillion. By 2030, that figure is expected to balloon to $30 trillion. Women on the receiving end of those assets increasingly seek the advice of other women to manage, invest, and secure that wealth for themselves and their families.

Vast wealth is transferring to women for three main reasons

Demographic trends are the main driver of this massive wealth transfer. According to a 2020 study by McKinsey & Co., baby boomers control roughly 70 percent of U.S. household investable assets, two-thirds of which are held jointly by married heterosexual couples. As men pass, those assets will flow to their spouses, who tend to be both younger and longer-lived. About half of women over 65 outlive their husbands by 15 years. Another contributing factor is the high rate of divorce among couples over 50—sometimes called “gray divorce.” Despite an overall decline in U.S. divorce rates since 1990, divorce rates among older couples have more than doubled. COVID-19 lockdowns suppressed the effect somewhat, but as the pandemic phases out, lawyers and counselors are beginning to report a resurgence in gray divorces. Finally, women earn more than they once did and are becoming more financially savvy. McKinsey & Co.researchers have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of married women making household financial decisions. More women than ever are the family breadwinners, and 40 percent of new entrepreneurs are women. The share of women in corporate C-suites has risen from 29 percent in 2015 to 44 percent now.

Advisors help manage, invest and secure women’s wealth

Today, information about investing and managing finances is just a few keystrokes away. Free retirement calculators, portfolio analyzers, and personal finance apps abound. Friends share investment tips on social media, or join investment clubs. Sifting through all this advice to make wise financial decisions requires skill and dedication. Not everyone has the time or inclination to do it, or the discernment to avoid potential pitfalls. That’s where financial advisors can help. Financial advisors meet with clients to assess their current financial situations and goals. They create investment strategies, invest funds, minimize taxes, rein in emotional decisions, curb financial risks, structure account withdrawals during retirement, and gain access to more rarefied investment opportunities not typically available to the average investor. Some, like Gries Financial Partners, also offer planning services such as analyzing a client’s monthly expenses, assessing the tax consequences of selling a piece of property, or helping the client understand the financial implications of buying vs. leasing a car. Lauren Rich Fine is the Managing Director of Investment Management Services at GFP, the first femaleowned registered investment advisor (RIA) firm in Ohio. Founded in 1978 by Sally Gries, GFP is a firm many local divorce lawyers recommend to their clients.

Satricia Rice, JD, CFA, CIMA, is Senior Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management with Clearstead Advisors in Cleveland. As founder of the firm’s women’s initiative, she says many young women don’t know what a financial advisor is, or that it is a viable career option for them. Financial advisors typically earn undergraduate degrees in economics or finance, and MBA degrees. The most qualified willalso pass the Chartered Financial Analyst exam. Photo by Julia Healy Rich Fine says that although her firm does not market specifically to women, Gries Financial Partners nevertheless attracts a lot of women clients. According to Rich Fine, “Somebody called me recently and said she was looking for an advisor. She’d done a Google search and saw all these firms with men in pinstripe suits, and she found that intimidating.” That prospective client was not unusual. According to the Insured Retirement Institute, nearly three quarters of women seeking a financial advisor would prefer to work with a woman. The reasons women prefer working with other women have less to do with differing ways of managing and investing, and more to do with the style and nature of the advisor-client relationship. Women say they prefer a more collaborative approach with an advisor who takes time to understand their unique life experiences and goals. A personal fit is more important to them than it is to men, and they are less confident about their own skill at financial decision making. They care less about beating market averages and more about what they can achieve with their money—such as not outliving their assets or not being a financial burden to their children. Forty-four percent of women do not currently have a financial advisor, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group. Their money may not be working as hard for them as it could. Women without financial advisors hold an average of 20 percent of their assets in cash, compared to nine percent for women with financial advisors. In today’s low-interest-rate environment, that’s a lot of

Lauren Rich Fine, CFA, is Managing Director of Investment Management Services at Gries Financial Partners. After working on Wall Street for 20 years, she joined GFP where her client base is predominately women, many of whom are divorced. Photo by gries.com money on the sidelines, earning almost nothing and losing value through inflation. Of the women who have financial advisors, many are unhappy with the relationship. Forty-four percent agree with the statement “my advisor does not understand me.” Seventy percent of widows switch financial advisors within a year of their husbands’ deaths because they don’t feel respected by their advisors.

Finding a woman financial advisor is a challenge in a field dominated by men

Only about 15 percent of established advisors are women, so finding one can be a challenge. The field is still dominated by men, for a variety of reasons. According to Satricia Rice, Senior Managing Director at Cleveland’s Clearstead Advisors, it’s partly because of misperceptions and myths.

“This industry has a bad reputation thanks to books and movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street,” she says. “And there’s a misperception that you have to be a math whiz and crunch numbers all day. Computers do the math now. This job is really more about helping people.” Being an expert financial advisor requires an element of psychology, according to Rice. She says some of Clearstead’s best advisors—both male and female—are the ones with the best people skills. “The way they work with clients, the way they listen, the way they’re able to build trust over time and develop the confidence of the client—those are skills that have nothing to do with number crunching.” Clearstead, which serves both institutional investors and private individuals, has worked hard to buck the national statistics. Rice started Clearstead’s women’s initiative six years ago, and the firm now has nine women partners (up from two in 2015), with two women on the Board of Directors (up from zero). The head of almost every Clearstead department is a woman—including the heads of HR, Finance, Financial Planning, Research, Operations, and Portfolio Management. “That didn’t happen by accident,” Rice says.“This is not like any other finance firm you will go to, with this many women in charge. I give a lot of credit to [Clearstead President and CEO] Dave Fulton and our senior management team because they’ve always been incredibly supportive of the need to have women in leadership.”

Do you need a financial advisor?

Particular life events often prompt people to seek financial advice. These are some common triggers: ■ I’m nearing retirement. Do I have what I need to support the lifestyle I want? ■ I just inherited some money. How should I invest it? ■ I married recently. How should we manage our finances as a couple? ■ I’m recently divorced or widowed. How do I manage financially as a single person? ■ Mom and dad are getting older, and might need my help with their finances. How do I/we prepare for that? ■ I hate investing and financial planning. Please help me secure my future. ■ I enjoy financial planning and investing. How can I do it better? ■ My company has offered me an early retirement buyout package. What options should I choose?

Empowered. Ambitious. Strong. We know the unique challenges women face. We understand because we are women and experience those same concerns. Every woman has unique needs through various stages in life, and a strong relationship with a financial planner can provide guidance and support through each of life’s twists and turns. Within a 2018 Federal Reserve Study on the Economic Well-Being of U.S Households, a survey asked five questions to measure financial literacy to better understand financial acumen.The average number of correct answers was 2.8, and only 22 percent of adults answered all five correctly. Using these measures, it appears that those expressing more comfort managing their investments also demonstrate more financial knowledge, and that women, on average, are less comfortable making retirement investment decisions and experience lower levels of financial literacy. As women financial planners, we are not surprised by the findings of this survey. In our experience, women who want to build their financial acumen benefit from an advisory relationship that welcomes their questions and provides education along with advice. Many women prefer to work with a female advisor with whom they feel comfortable sharing their personal financial concerns and successes. One who understands where they have been, what they are going through, and how best to achieve or

maintain financial independence.Several studies estimate that as many as 90 percent of women will end up managing their own finances at some point due to divorce or widowhood, and most of these women will switch advisors because they lack a strong relationship with their current advisor. Often, a woman will seek financial advice due to a catalyst of change in her life. Whether she is preparing to retire, has lost a partner, experiencing a divorce, or facing unexpected life changes, these transitions are often unexpected and emotional. We believe that having a thoughtfully constructed financial plan in place provides personalized context for making decisions confidently and builds a foundation for financial success by defining and quantifying goals with specific advice on how to achieve them. A financial plan should be easy to understand and provide a sense of financial freedom and empowerment. Helping our clients plan to manage their finances through these life transitions is a critical part of our role as investment advisers. It is important not to rush into big financial decisions during major life transitions and to seek objective financial advice before making changes. ENDEAVOR WEALTH ADVISORS, 29525 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 300, Pepper Pike, 216.373.0808, ext. 101, wwwendeavorwa.com. — By Molly Balunek, CFP® & Kara Downing, CFP®

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School administrators weigh in on whether the pandemic changed the path to college By LAURI GROSS The transition from high school to college can be stressful and confusing and although the pandemic generally made it more so, area private schools rose to the challenge and helped their students transition smoothly and with confidence. Administrators with Laurel (an all-girls school in Shaker Heights), Hathaway Brown (all girls, in Shaker Heights) and University School (all boys, with campuses in Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley) say this year was definitely different, but not in the number of their graduates headed off to prestigious colleges. Margaret Appenheimer, Director of College Counseling at Hathaway Brown says, “Although it was an atypical year in just about every way, we were pleased to see that 85 percent of our graduating seniors reported that they received an offer of admission to their top choice school (or a top choice when ranked by group). This number is what we typically see in any given year.” Similarly, Andrew Cruse, Associate Director of College Guidance at Laurel says, “Students applied to 180 different schools all over the country and the world. The average number of applications looked about the same, overall. Students at Laurel did very well and were admitted to 41 of the US News Top 50 universities and colleges, including Ivy League institutions and honors colleges at public flagship universities, as well as HBCUs and schools in Canada, the UK, and South Korea.”

Andrew Cruse, Associate Director of College Guidance at Laurel. Photograph courtesy of Laurel School William H. Daughtrey, Director of Upper School & Hunting Valley Campus at University School says, “Our college counseling approach is individual and specific to each student as they find the best college fit for them. The pandemic certainly introduced new challenges for this year’s graduates. Nonetheless, our 102 graduates will attend 69 different colleges and universities across the country, including those ‘most selective’ and ‘top 75’ colleges and universities, per US News & World Report.” For about a decade, more and more colleges have changed their admission requirements so that standard-

ized tests are no longer required everywhere, although the trend greatly accelerated during the pandemic. Citing the individualized approach at U.S. and the school’s commitment to developing a thoughtful standardized testing plan and list of colleges and universities to which each student will apply, William says, “For many years we have had some students consider test-optional schools.” However, as Margaret says, “This past year was undoubtedly different in that nearly all four-year institutions did not require a test score and many colleges had to pivot quickly in determining how they would evaluate applications without this piece.” Andrew says, “The rapid change to more schools adopting test-optional or test-flexible policies is something we are keeping a close eye on. We are watching carefully as colleges report the number of students who applied without test scores compared to the number of students admitted without test scores. As this data becomes more available, we will make adjustments, as needed, to the way we counsel students. Currently, we recommend that our students prepare for and take either the SAT or ACT since strong scores may provide an additional positive data point as colleges evaluate their applications.” Annie Kafoure, the Director of College Counseling at U.S. notes the sweeping, COVID-related shift to test-optional admissions at most colleges and says, “Our case-by-case consideration for every student of how standardized testing will play a role in his application process

CMNH researcher develops planetarium software to teach about Earth’s biodiversity

Kent State University Museum exhibits ‘Forever Chanel – Coco + Karl’


In a world where fashion, celebrity, and personality are intertwined, a single name has the power to conjure a complex picture of an individual. In this case, the name is Chanel and with much delight, the Kent State University Museum opened its newest exhibition, “Forever Chanel – Coco + Karl,” to the public on June 11. The fashions featured in “Forever Chanel – Coco + Karl” piece together a remarkable story of invention, reinvention, and relevant change over more than a century. Presenting over 40 outstanding examples in the KSU Museum collection of both Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) and Karl Lagerfeld (19332019), “Forever Chanel” includes couture and ready-to-wear pieces as well as handbags, shoes and accessories. Exhibition highlights include an exquisite Coco dress from 1926 and suits from Karl’s early Chanel years. More than a showcase of their work and a comparison of their styles, the exhibition eases out the elements that not only connect, but also distinguish these two designers, such as their use of tweeds, chains, quilting and camellia flowers. Sarah J. Rogers, KSU Museum Director and exhibition curator, explains, “The KSU Museum’s collection of Chanel designs across the 20th and 21st centuries provides remarkable examples of the purity and classic elegance of the Chanel brand. Bringing the works together for the first time also creates a rich opportunity to explore how two legendary designers signaled and responded to dramatic shifts in society.” While it is an exhibition of the Chanel brand, interpreted by two of its most legendary designers, “Forever Chanel” also examines why the brand has flourished and endured through time and pays particular attention to the personal mythologies of both Coco and Karl and the role of loyal clients who have ensured the brand’s legacy. Exclusive events for Museum members included private preview hours during opening weekend and Fashion Focus Talks throughout the run of the exhibition. “Forever Chanel – Coco + Karl” will be on display at the Kent State Museum through February 27, 2022. The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive in Kent, Ohio and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. and Sunday from Noon – 4 P.M.For more information please call 330.672.3450 or visit www. kent.edu/museum.To connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more visit www.kent.edu/ museum/connect.

Many in Northeast Ohio have grown up attending field trips or outings at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s(CMNH) Shafran Planetarium — encouraging children and their families to learn about astronomy in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond. But imagine that same planetarium dome projecting mind-blowing images to teach young science students all about biodiversity data and patterns right here on planet Earth. A CMNH researcher, Dr. Nicole Gunter, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology has helped bring that vision to life with the worldwide release of a new planetarium software plug-in, right here in Northeast Ohio. Sound confusing? Think of the emergence of the new breed of ciGunter cadas in 2021, known as Brood X. They haven’t been seen in the United States since 2004, but are expected to re-appear in June in parts of Ohio, as well as Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Don’t fret though – although the noise they make can be annoying – they should be gone by late July. In terms of tracking these cicadas across the country, this type of software will be able to visually map it on large planetarium screens so we can further understand the migration, growth, or decline of these different species on our planet, both invasive and non-invasive. Dr. Gunter partnered with the Salt Lake City company, Evans & Sutherland (E&S) to develop the software update. E&S has helped pioneer the planetarium and immersive computer graphics fields for dome theaters and immersive classrooms around the world. The software will allow planetariums for the first time to immerse guests in the wonders of life on Earth – as well as the distant corners of the universe. Dr. Gunter’s goal for this project, funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, is to further the conversation on the processes shaping our natural world and the critical role of conservation and biodiversity. Think of how scientists and ecologists might have been able to use this technology to predict and avoid the loss of tens of millions of ash trees in 30 U.S. states that were destroyed by invasive emerald ash borer beetles. The species, originally from Asia, was suspected of arriving in the U.S. in 2002, likely hidden in wood packing materials. “While the primary focus of planetariums is astronomy data, I knew there was no reason that planetariums couldn’t also be used for teaching Earth and biological sciences,” said Dr. Gunter. “Not only can places like the Museum rely on their own biodiversity records to tell the story of life on

Dr. Nicole Gunter, Associate Curator, CMNH, demonstrates how the new plug-in planetarium software she helped develop can teach us about biodiversity data, trends and patterns across the globe. Photographs courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History Earth, but they can also harness the 1.6 billion records made possible by global initiatives including NSF’s 2013 call for a united, nationwide digitization effort.” With the addition of the plug-in to E&S’s Digistar planetarium software, it is easy to see biodiversity trends on the big screen. This engaging, easy-to-understand data visualization, paired with interactive presentations by scientific experts, can shed light on the need for global conservation efforts and inspire planetarium visitors to lead the charge. “Dr. Gunter’s work is strengthening the Museum’s long legacy of inspiring our community with the wonders of science and nature,” says Museum President & CEO Sonia Winner. “The educational programs that will result from this software development will serve as highprofile examples of the Museum’s delivering on its promise to interweave our research with public education.” The CMNH, in existence for more than 100 years and located in Cleveland’s University Circle, ranks among the top 10 natural history museums in the country. It is recognized for its exhibits, collections, research, and educational programs.

became even more nuanced and individualized and, in some cases, has led to a helpful reduction of anxiety and widening of possibilities.” The approach at U.S., she says is “to communicate often with students and families, to provide accessible and continually updated resources, to encourage students to focus with purpose and calm on the facets of the process within their control.” Margaret agrees and adds, “It reaffirmed what we have always seen: the transcript, including grades and rigor of courses, continues to be the anchor of the application. While we continue to recommend to our students that they sit for these standardized tests and that they include them as part of their application if it makes their application more competitive, we also make sure they are aware that ultimately, the best use of their time is to immerse themselves in their coursework and the numerous opportunities available to them at school.” Around the country, from each high-school graduating class, some college-bound seniors may opt to take a “gap year” to travel, work or pursue other endeavors before starting college. In the schools we talked to, the pandemic did not lead to more of a prevalence of this choice among their students. In fact, Margaret says, “Given that many colleges are reporting that they plan on welcoming students to campus for in-person classes and residence life, it’s easy to see how a gap year might not have the same appeal as it previously would.” Indeed, she adds, “Students are eager to return to normalcy.”

GILMOUR ACADEMY Gilmour Academy is home to students from 18 months to 18 years and our mission is to educate the mind and empower the heart of every student. Founded in 1946 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Gilmour Academy encourages students of all faiths to ask tough questions, think critically and grow spiritually. Following the independent school model, Gilmour’s small class sizes and variety of real-world learning opportunities provide a personalized education for every student. Through a rigorous academic program, religious studies, social service and an emphasis on leadership, Gilmour educates the whole person. Gilmour’s Montessori preschool program promotes self-directed learning and an interdisciplinary approach, teaching children how to learn instead of just what to learn. Students in Gilmour’s traditional Kindergarten - Grade 6 at the Lower school learn to formulate their own ideas and questions about the world around them. Class activities range from working in the greenhouse to researching ways to reduce the school’s energy consumption, building houses to scale from blueprints they’ve created, and learning to play a different instrument each year. At Gilmour’s Middle School, our seventh and eighth graders are afforded every opportunity to explore new passions and develop their talents in a highly individualized learning environment. They are able to take advanced courses at the Upper School and join their Upper School peers in a variety of club offerings, making for a smooth transition into high school. At the Upper School, students can choose from a variety of electives that include molecular genetics, forensic science, finance and accounting, and entrepreneurship, among others, as well as pursue “real world” learning opportunities. Designed to engage students’ passion and curiosity for topics covered in coursework, Gilmour offers semester-long science research internship opportunities alongside experts in the field. Additionally, Gilmour offers the VECTOR program, which allows highly motivated students to gain academic and real-world experience in areas such as engineering, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and more. Through an intensive blend of faculty mentoring, relevant coursework, experiential project design and reflective assessments, graduates of the VECTOR program emerge with a highly focused portfolio of work and a well-developed professional network. As both an independent and Catholic school, Gilmour inspires students to realize that they have both the talent and the responsibility to make the world a better place. We believe that if you educate the mind and empower the heart, students do more than succeed - they thrive. Learn more about Gilmour at gilmour.org/admission.

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On to new adventures Members of the Class of 2021 created unique opportunities in Hathaway Brown’s Learn for Life Signature Approach — excelling in the classroom, in the arts, and on the athletic fields. They’ll continue to impact the world by putting their knowledge in action on 56 college campuses. These extraordinary young women have joined a celebrated community of HB alumnae who embrace the school motto, “to learn not for school, but for life.” And they do so full of vision and courage!

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Class of 2021 College Destinations: American University (4) Arizona State University Barnard College (2) Bates College (2) Baylor University Belmont University Boston College Boston University (2) Brown University California Institute of Technology Case Western Reserve University (2) Chatham University College of Charleston (2) College of William & Mary (2) Cornell University Dartmouth College

DePaul University (2) Emory University (2) George Washington University (3) Georgetown University (2) Hampton University Harvard University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago (2) Marist College Massachusetts Institute of Technology Miami University (2) Northwestern University (4) The Ohio State University (9)

Parsons School of Design, The New School Rhode Island School of Design Sarah Lawrence College (2) Seattle University St. Bonaventure University Syracuse University Tulane University (3) University of California, Los Angeles (2) University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara The University of Chicago (2) University of Miami

University of Minnesota Twin Cities University of Notre Dame University of Oxford University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh (3) University of the Pacific University of St. Andrews University of Virginia (4) University of Washington Ursuline College Vanderbilt University (2) Wake Forest University Washington University, St. Louis (3) Wellesley College Xavier University of Louisiana As of 5/24/21


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Two historic Gates Mills homes sure to appeal to nature lovers

The Higbee Cottage offers traditional elegance with a completely updated interior, and is accessed by a private lane.


The Higbee Cottage Roll past the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club and polo field, and past the 20+ room Higbee Mansion to a serene cottage on a hill, nearly hidden by green space, overlooking five bucolic acres. Picture rocking chairs on the porch and birdsong in the air as introductions to this completely updated 2,921- square-foot house in an incomparable location. This is the Higbee Cottage. Once an out-building of the Higbee estate, the now-separate property offers the best of town and country living in a place that feels remote but is just minutes to modern-day amenities, shopping and dining. Past the expansive porch (note the haint blue ceiling), inside is a modern full kitchen, work island, breakfast bar and stainless appliances. The kitchen is open to an area that could be a dining room or great room with a brickframed fireplace, and a four-season room that has a brick floor and treetop views just beyond. Currently the master suite is off the foyer. This suite has its own decorative fireplace, plus a full bath that has new fixtures, and tiled walk-in shower. A second bedroom/possible den off the foyer has views of the woods at the back of the house. Hardwood floors throughout. The lower level holds a carpeted family room, a walk-in wine cellar and tasting room, plus several bonus rooms for storage or the hobbyist. The three-bay garage is attached to the house through a breezeway and a bonus tack room, that could double as a mudroom. Currently there is no second floor on the

The kitchen is filled with new appliances and amenities and is open to a brick four-season room and an adjacent great room. cottage, but there’s no reason that the next owner couldn’t reshuffle the living arrangements to make this appealing cottage truly their own. (7430 Foxboro is listed at $850,000 at press time.)

The Sherman house

Surrounded by woods, the cottage has a handmade stick house, which could become a playhouse or she-shed.

About 1855, three Sherman brothers helped settle the area near Wilson Mills and Chagrin River Road in the village of Gates Mills. George placed his white clapboard home northwest of the intersection, while his brothers built nearby. Today George’s home is still standing in renovated splendor, now on 4.7 acres with an updated loft/barn, horse barn, and split-rail fenced paddock, all just steps to the river and the adjacent Metroparks amenities and bridle trails. Echoes from the past are abundant. The driveway is flanked by two river stone cairns, literally marking the land. An old millstone is set in the front garden. The original stone carriage steps (needed to step up into a carriage) are still near the front door. Inside, past an inviting, extra-wide front porch, original ceiling beams are found

The historic Sherman house has several welcoming patios, at the house, and also off the converted loft/barn. in the living and dining rooms, each having a fireplace, plentiful windows and 11-inch plank floors. The cheerful yellow kitchen has stainless Wolf appliances and Dacor oven and a chevron floor, the bricks rescued from a Cleveland mansion demolished about

Updated, historic, Greek Revival-style home with in-ground pool for sale on private lane

This stunning Greek revival-style home has been carefully updated while retaining its 100-year-old charm inside and out.

By RITA KUEBER This totally unique property includes a beautifully updated Greek revival house, in-ground pool and pool house, a chic converted barn house, with a lovely groomed meadow between them, all surrounded by woodlands and private walking trails. This is an exceptional arrangement of buildings and open spaces, perfect for anyone who appreciates the past, and loves the land. First the main house, filled with Southern charm, historically significant and meticulously restored. Through the main entry’s two-story columns and porte-cochere is the elegant foyer that has a marble floor (from a downtown Cleveland bank) and, like much of the house, the original millwork from nearly 100 years ago. Along the central hall, an enchanting living room, to the left, and a formal dining room to the right, that has two remarkable painted trumeaus imported from Paris. Then, past a lightfilled library/office is a chef’s kitchen that has the original wood-beamed ceiling, but also updated amenities, stainless appliances, butler’s pantry, and a welcoming eat-in area. The main level also has a guest suite, laundry area, and a full bath with soaking tub and waterfall shower. Upstairs the wood-paneled owner’s suite has a gas fireplace, loads of windows and updated bath that has granite counters and walk-in shower. Three additional bedrooms share a full bath. This level also has a cozy gallery/sitting area, and down the hall, a second laundry area. The lower level offers media, game and exercise rooms, and a kitchenette and bar. Traverse the walkway to the beautifully sited heated in-ground pool with a cabana on the west end, an open air pergola on the east end, and a very large patio, and outdoor kitchen in between. Down the lane, past the gorgeous green space is the property’s original barn that has been completely rebuilt and fashioned into a chic, contemporary two-story, loft-style house. The original horse stalls are on the lower level. The main level has an airy great room/dining area and full kitchen. Upstairs, the main bedroom, originally the hayloft, has a cathedral ceiling and the long view of the adjacent meadow. The exterior of the barn house has its own patio, a grapevine arbor, and an all-natural water feature that draws birds from

The property includes a heated in-ground pool, patio, outdoor kitchen, pergola and cabana.

The original barn has been completely updated and converted into a spacious, contemporary home. Here, the master bedroom is in what was once the hayloft.

The converted barn house offers irresistible views of the meadow between the houses, gardens, patio and water feature that draws birds and wildlife all year.

owls and hawks to songbirds, and wildlife – deer, fox, rabbits, and more, throughout the seasons. The current owners have not only completed the renovations to both houses, but have also assembled a detailed history. The main house was built by the Berry Family c. 1925, by architect Francis K. Draz whose firm also designed The Van Sweringen Estate and buildings for Case. The Berrys purchased the land from Semon Grootegoed, a Dutch immigrant who came to the US in the 1850s to import bulbs, which is why in spring thousands of daffodils pop up everywhere on the property. The history has details about all of the previous owners from Mr. Grootegoed to the present day, but all these families had children who reportedly greatly enjoyed the

woods and fields in all weather. All these families also had a great dedication to the buildings, and more, were stewards of the gardens, land and animals that share this very special parcel. While very private (the driveway/lane dead ends into the woods), the 7.6 acre property is not isolated, and neighboring houses are close, but not too close. This ideal location is just minutes from shopping, dining, hospitals and highway access. The main house has 6,825 square feet. The barn house has 2,350 square feet. Listed at $1,995,000 at press time with annual taxes of $24,200. The property is represented by Karen Eagle of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Contact Karen Eagle at 216.352.4700 or kareneagle@howardhanna.com.

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1900. Cherry cabinets and an eat-in area complete the room. Upstairs (an addition) are three spacious bedrooms, all filled with natural light and all with Brazilian cherry flooring. These rooms blend perfectly, matching the charming character of the original rooms below. The separate owner suite is accessed by the back stairs and has a vaulted ceiling, private balcony and new full bath including a soaking tub and glassed-in shower. The Sherman House’s property also includes a completely renovated barn, now a casual but elegant and airy living suite, guest house or space for entertaining that has a full kitchen, full bath, great room and half-loft one level up for sleeping or lounging. The back of this building opens onto a gravel patio that faces the third building on the property, a horse barn with cement floor, and two stalls that turn out into the large, groomed paddock. (590 Chagrin River Road is under contract, listed at $1,349,000 at press time.) Both properties are represented by David Malone of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Contact him at davidmalone@howardhanna.com or at 740.507.3630.

Cleveland’s Industrial Real Estate Market Steady as Construction Accelerates The Greater Cleveland industrial real estate market continued to show signs of health and stability in the first quarter of 2021, as the market achieved a new low 4.5 percent vacancy rate. The market held steady overall with 8,797 square feet of positive absorption (more tenants moved into space than moved out)in the first quarter, the result of a balance between large spaces that came online and similarly large lease space occupations. Despite the pandemic, the industrial market has posted positive absorption for three consecutive quarters and for 16 of the last 21 quarters. In the first quarter of 2021, the Cleveland Class A warehouse market was characterized by constancy and pending projects. As the quarter concluded, over 2.9 million square feet was under construction for the entire Cleveland industrial market, the majority of which (2.03 million square feet) is slated to become Class A warehouses. More construction has commenced in the second quarter and will in subsequent quarters. At over $322/square foot, the sale of the newly-built 145,235-square-foot Amazon-leased lastmile warehouse at 24800 Miles Road in Bedford Heights was the largest sale in terms of price per square foot the Cleveland market has seen recently. According to Newmark Knight Frank Vice Chairman Terry Coyne, “E-commerce and distribution continue to drive not only our market’s leasing, sales and construction, but almost every market across the U.S. Vacancy in the Cleveland market will likely be stable, or perhaps slightly rise in the coming months, due to a lot of new construction delivering – most likely with a handful of tenants either pre-leased or signing shortly after, but that isn’t a given. Deliveries will surely go up with so much in the pipeline, as should absorption in correlation with the availability of Class A space tightening.” The need for added warehousing and distribution, as well as manufacturing space, for medicalrelated equipment and preventative products, such as hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment, kept the market stable, as predicted. Nationally, the industrial real estate market has been characterized by nearly universal growth, as average asking rents have grown and demand has remained at near record highs. The economic recovery will also continue to fuel the industrial market, as supply chains are swelling with goods to meet demand: port imports, freight shipments and business inventories have all grown year-over-year. — By Matt Orgovan, Newmark Knight Frank

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Elite Sotheby’s International Realty opens in Pepper Pike Sotheby’s International Realty announced in February it was expanding its presence in Ohio with the opening of Elite Sotheby’s International Realty, the third affiliated company in Ohio. In May, Sotheby’s opened for business in newly renovated office space, located in Pepper Pike. Managing broker for the new Sotheby’s office is Joanne Zettl, who has been licensed and has worked in local real estate for more than 30 years. “I’m very excited to be part of bringing a luxury brand to the Cleveland market,” she says. “We are all about the level of service, not the price range. We bring a higher level of personal touch to the entire real estate process, before, during and after, as people think about their housing needs.” The Sotheby’s brand has a simple tag line – ‘Nothing compares,’ and I feel that nothing does compare,” she adds. “I feel that the market has a tendency to move towards bigger. But it’s not about the biggest, it’s about the best, and there’s a market for a boutique firm.” Sotheby’s already has offices in Columbus, Cincinnati and Catawba, Ohio, through a different franchise, and each office is independently owned and operated. The Elite Sotheby’s International Realty in Pepper Pike is owned by the Schmidt Family of Companies, based in Michigan, a fifth generation real estate firm and one of the largest and most successful real estate affiliates in the country. “There are many people all over the world who will only deal with a Sotheby’s agent,” says Tracy Bacigalupi, president of marketing for the Schmidt Family of Companies. “The caliber of our agents, the exceptional quality of our marketing, and the higher level of expertise in the market, that’s the power of our luxury brand.” “The North Coast of Lake Erie has a long history of luxury neighborhoods and grand properties,” says Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Re-

Clients will enjoy negotiations in the inviting Conference Room at Elite Sotheby’s International Realty in Pepper Pike. alty. “Luxury real estate represents the top 10 percent of the market and the area is seeing increased interest from local buyers migrating back to NE Ohio from other Midwest cities and east coast metropolitan markets.” “The Greater Cleveland area is home to a number of attractions including the second largest performing arts center in the country and the Lake Erie shoreline,” says Mike Schmidt. “We are seeing increased interest in our market from buyers looking to capitalize on space while still having access to arts and culture. Our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty enables us to reach a broader international audience and further enhances our existing marketing efforts thanks to the brand’s innovative virtual reality tools and marketing platforms.” “We are not worried about the competition,” Zettl adds. “We believe the Sotheby’s brand will stand on its own and our incomparable attention to detail will be attractive to

This well-designed space encourages collaboration among agents in the offices at Elite Sotheby’s International Realty in Pepper Pike. our clientele – a clientele that demands and expects the elevated service that we deliver. Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auc-

Heritage Kitchen brings kosher dining to Oberlin College By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Oberlin College brings a new student dining option to the table with the recent opening of Heritage Kitchen. That makes Oberlin College one of only a handful of liberal arts colleges in the country to offer students a certified kosher kitchen experience. Heritage Kitchen will provide a kosher menu for 400 students a week and will be available to all students through the college’s dining meal plan. While the menu is designed for people who keep kosher, it will be open to every student and it will also meet the dietary needs of many Muslim students. With about 23 percent of Oberlin students identifying as Jewish, the college recognized that there was a need to expand dining options. “This has been a long time coming and it was a collaborative effort that made this happen,” Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar said. “AVI Fresh, Chabad at Oberlin and Oberlin Hillel have been wonderful partners in this process and we are so excited for this new community space where students can come together for a meal and explore cultural experiences through food and conversation.” AVI Fresh oversees student dining options at the college and is finalizing details on a partnership with Chabad at Oberlin. Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan serve as co-directors of Chabad at Oberlin, which opened its doors

in the fall of 2010. Rabbi Elkan will serve as the kosher administrator and will certify Heritage Kitchen as kosher. “Having an organization that understands and is invested in the culture of this college aids in the journey of certification,” Lilkeisha Smith, AVI Fresh director of operations for Oberlin College said. “I believe we share the same goals of bridging culture and a safe space for seeking spiritual identity through food. I’d like to think of this partnership as a collaboration of knowledge and how together, we hope to tell this beautifully woven story of a rich heritage through food.” “A rabbinically certified dining option opens up Oberlin as a choice for people who could never have attended the college previously without compromising their religious values and standards,” Rabbi Elkan noted. “It honors Oberlin’s commitment to diversity and fostering religious and spiritual communities in their length and breadth. This also brings promise for new conversations and new perspectives to be added into the tapestry of discourse at Oberlin College.” “It is wonderful that Oberlin has committed to meeting the dietary needs of all students, including those whose religious practice requires a specific standard of kashrut, or adherence to the Jewish dietary laws,” Rabbi Megan

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Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish Campus Life said. “I am so excited to have a certified kosher kitchen on campus that will operate on the same schedule as the dining halls and be open to all students. I can’t wait to see what kind of communities and educational opportunities can be built on this new resource.” Third-year student Jesse Noily believes that the opening of Heritage Kitchen will allow him to be more connected with campus life and still adhere to his faith. “As a part of Oberlin’s religious Jewish community, a certified kosher dining option feels like a huge step in helping me and students like me engage fully in campus life,” he said. “I’m grateful to both the administration and Rabbi Shlomo for all they’ve done in aiding this process and I look forward to seeing how this initiative will help to allow students from all backgrounds to engage in their Jewish identity and practice.” The opportunity for Jewish students to eat together in one place is important to third-year student Noah Plotkin, who was concerned about the possibility of having to change his housing and dining plans in order to keep kosher. “I was afraid that I would have to move off campus, but the kosher kitchen certification allows me to continue to eat with my friends and community,” he noted.

tion house. The Sotheby’s International Realty®network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 1,000 offices in 72 countries and territories worldwide.

The Cleveland Museum of Art updates COVID-19 safety protocols The Cleveland Museum of Art has discontinued advance general admission ticketing and temperature screenings. Although the institution recommends that all visitors wear face coverings while inside the building, the CMA is following CDC and Ohio guidelines specifying that people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to do so. Therefore, masks will no longer be mandatory at the museum. CMA has reopened its south doors as a visitor entry and exit point for the summer. Provenance Café will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A limited selection of hot food items will be available, and the Café will continue to expand its menu as attendance increases. The CMA is considering in-person programs and will announce them in the future, dependent on the type and size of the event and health guidelines. Beginning June 30, the CMA will resume extended hours Wednesdays and Fridays, remaining open until 9 p.m. It also plans to reopen ArtLens Gallery in June and the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives in August. Provenance Restaurant will reopen in the fall. The museum will retain the Plexiglas barriers in the north lobby, at the information desk, in the store and in Provenance Café. The institution is monitoring the coronavirus situation and will modify its protocols and policies as new information from state and local officials and the CDC becomes available. The CMA’s current hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. Provenance Café’ is currently open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Café is closed Mondays.

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Charming home with dock for sale in Vermilion Lagoons By MAREN JAMES Don’t look now but NE Ohio sits on the southern shore of one of the largest fresh water natural lakes in the world. Yet there’s a difference between driving by Lake Erie and dipping your toes in once in a while, versus living the lake lifestyle – a big difference. Should the spirit move you, the Young Team represents the sellers of a very special house just west of Cleveland that might soothe that need for open water, family fun, spectacular sunsets and coming home to a vacation location every day. 5296 Park Drive is solid Midwest living in the front – a tidy white colonial with black shutters, and Florida Keys in the back with its spacious patio on the lagoon, and 85 foot dock, basically one large bulkhead. The open living/ dining room frames the water views. The kitchen, remodeled not too long ago has granite counters, hickory cabinets, stainless appliances, walk-in pantry, breakfast bar and eat-in area. Through sliding doors, the patio offers seating right on the water’s edge. Adjacent to the kitchen is a hearth/family room that has a stone fireplace. This level also has a full bath, plus a bedroom currently used as an office. Upstairs, using the front or back staircase, there are three roomy bedrooms and two updated full baths. The loft on this level has a six-person hot tub plus a bonus/ game room. Laundry is on this upper level, and there’s also a dog wash station. “This is an all year lifestyle home with updated kitchen and bathrooms, a fenced-in yard, patio and direct access to the lagoon,” says listing specialist Josh Young. “It’s a short boat ride to [award-winning French restaurant] Chez Francois and the Vermilion Lagoons community has access to a private beach and a club house. This is very much an Ohio home that could be used as a getaway place, but easily works as a full-year house,” he adds. He also mentions easy access to Cedar Point, and the Lake Erie islands from Put-in-Bay to Kelleys Island. The current owners have invested in a bubbler, so during the coldest part of the year, running the device has created open, (not frozen) water, which draws birds and other wildlife. “It’s so peaceful in the winter,” the owner says, the snowbirds are away, and it’s just you and the lake.” Additionally, the owners have fixed up a kind of garage access/dog run for the fenced-in property, so their pups can roam a bit without the danger of them getting away or falling into the lagoon. The current owners have lived in the house for the past 18 years, bringing up two children, and are now nearly empty nesters with too much house on their hands. “Take this opportunity while it presents itself,” the owner says. “This type of lending and economy comes along once every 20 years, so if you’re thinking about it, take advantage of it now. [This house] is great for kids; they’re never bored. There’s always something to do on the water – kayaking or fishing – basically you’re on vacation every day.” The owners also point to the lively activities and events Vermilion offers, from concerts to festivals, not to mention the parks and bike paths nearby. “We have a little hub of activity,” the owner adds. “This is the best kept secret on the lake – you have to know it’s here to want to be here. It’s a different world over here,” he adds.

This beautifully appointed house in Vermilion Lagoons offers year-round living on Lake Erie.

The family room offers a cozy fireplace, high ceilings and framed views of the water. The spacious kitchen was recently updated and has granite countertops, hickory cabinets and a large walk-in pantry.

Everybody in the pool! Comparing chlorine and saltwater systems By LAURI GROSS We need look no further than our bathroom cabinets to be reminded of how the pandemic upended the normal cycle of supply and demand. We’ll not soon forget the great toilet paper shortage of 2020. Also, anyone who tried to hire a home-renovation contractor in the last year and a half knows of the crazy backlog there. During the pandemic, adding a swimming pool was among many popular home improvements. All those swimming pools increased the demand for chlorine, right around the time one of the few major chlorine factories in the country went up in flames. Thankfully, no one was injured in that Louisiana fire last August but now chlorine prices are sky high and homeowners are wondering if they’ll even able to get chlorine for their pools. Experts advise, do not panic-buy or hoard chlorine, as those actions could cause the very shortage people fear. As an alternative, many homeowners are considering switching to a saltwater system. Like most things, there are pros and cons. Saltwater pools actually do use chlorine but they make it by adding electricity to water and salt in a salt chlorine generator. Because the generator creates just enough chlorine to keep the water clean, it’s easier to keep the water chemistry balanced, and the pool requires less attention and fewer chemicals than chlorinated pools. Although there is a relatively high initial cost for installing a saltwater system, it’s generally cheaper to maintain than a chlorine system since you won’t need a shed full of expensive chemicals to add to the pool all summer.

Plenty of people swear by the health and beauty benefits of salt water. First, since there is no chlorine smell, some people find a saltwater pool less irritating to their lungs. People with allergies or asthma may breathe easier while swimming in a saltwater pool than in one with a traditional chlorine system. The lack of chlorine smell also means the air from a saltwater pool is less detrimental to the environment. Salt water is generally gentler to the skin and many, especially those with sensitive skin, find saltwater pools benefit their skin, whereas chlorine water can leave skin more dry and itchy. Some studies show that saltwater pools have a calming and detoxifying effect that can aid in relaxation. Also, saltwater pools will not leave your hair brittle or tinged green like a chlorine pool can. Just as a bath in Epsom salts can ease sore and arthritic muscles and joints, swimming in a saltwater pool seems to have similar benefits for some. However, the chemistry gets complicated and any benefit to sore muscles may be the result of systems that incorporate bromine, instead a typical saltwater system. Maintaining a saltwater pool is generally easier than maintaining a chlorine pool but since salt is corrosive, your pool liner and equipment can break down if the salt concentration is too high. Proper water circulation is key. An irregularly shaped pool can lead to salt concentration buildups in certain spots of the pool.Use salt concentration detectors to be sure all your pool water is circulating through your filters properly. Also, be sure to use cleaning devices created for use in a saltwater system, or they could also breakdown from salt corrosion.


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Once your saltwater system is up and running, it’s important to keep the chemistry in balance. Salt chlorine generators need at least 3000 ppm to function, and many manufacturers recommend keeping the salt at about 3400 ppm. Initially, you may need to add some pool salt to get your levels high enough. Then you’ll need a stabilizer to maintain the correct level of chlorine generated. Most saltwater systems use cyanuric acid as a stabilizer. Then just like a chlorine pool, you’ll need to keep the water at the right pH level (7.4 for a saltwater pool) and you’ll

need to test the water regularly to determine if you need to add chemicals to keep things in balance. With a little practice, your crystal clear (chlorine or saltwater) pool will be the most popular spot on your property. SOURCES Healthline.com PoolResearch.com RealSimple.com HomeAdvisor.com

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TIMAN CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS ~ We Make the Details Matter! At Timan Custom Window Treatments, we are family owned and locally operated and we take our long-term commitment to the community seriously. We are experienced window covering professionals that are expertly trained to answer all your questions, from measurements and right product selection to financing and installation. When you visit the Timan Custom Window Treatments showroom you will enjoy a personal experience. Let us be your guide! When you visit our new and improved Chagrin Falls showroom, you’ll browse products, fabrics and features. You’ll try out the latest in smart shades and smart home integration. But, the experience doesn’t end there! We have window covering specialists on-site to talk with you about your needs. We can answer questions and help direct you to collections and features that make the most sense for you and your family. We’ll be happy to guide you through the smart home features, showing you just how simple Hunter Douglas is making it to improve the experience of motorized shades. What’s New in the world of Window Treatments? Everything power, of course! With the rise of smart home technology being such a sought-after feature, we knew it was important to improve the smart shades experience for each and every customer. Hunter Douglas PowerView Automation is simple to operate, and yet it performs with layers of lifestyle convenience, efficiency and safety. What’s Next? After visiting the showroom, set up your FREE in-home design consultation. This is where the styling and measurements take place. And, the best place to make final decisions about your home is always within the walls of your home! At Timan Custom Window Treatments, we don’t just want you to enjoy the window treatments once they’re in your home. We strive to make the entire experience one to remember, from beginning to end. TIMAN CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CLE Design Center – 216.741.8285, Chagrin Falls – 440.247.8285, Rocky River – 440.331.0185, info@ timanwindowtreatments.com.

6616 Limberlost Court in Solon, $950,000, presented by Sharon Friedman, BHHS Professional Realty Palatial presentation on almost 13 acres in Solon! Custom built 4 bedroom, 5 and a half bath all brick Colonial with incredible detail and over 6000 sq feet of living space! Grand entrance through a custom carved double door to the 2 story Foyer with dual curved staircase, Italian marble tile, Austrian crystal chandelier and Palladium window. Formal Living and Dining rooms flank the foyer. Foyer opens to the magnificent Great room with sunken seating pit, fireplace, skylights, wet bar and spiral staircase to second floor balcony. Classic marble terrace wraps around rear exposure with access from both Great room and Sun room. Expansive island Kitchen with granite, walk-in pantry, newer SS appliances, planning desk and raised dining area. Both powder room and full bath with stall shower are right off the Kitchen. Beautiful Sun room off the Kitchen with

skylights and ceramic tile floor offers year round views of the private back yard and pond. 1st floor Study with crown molding and leaded glass door. Upstairs Master Suite has sitting area overlooking the Great room, also dressing room and glamour bath with jetted tub. 2nd bedroom and full bath, and a separate wing with 2 bedrooms and a full bath complete the upstairs. Amazing finished lower level is perfect for entertaining with full bar and sink, theatre/media room, workout area and full bath. Room to build outbuildings or keep as your own nature preserve. Visit www.6616Limberlost.com for more information. SHARON FRIEDMAN, BHHS PROFESSIONAL REALTY, “Sell” Phone: 216-338-3233, sfriedman @bhhspro.com, www.SharonFriedmanHomes.com

Murano art glass is a stylized way to add a one-of-a-kind touch of design to any décor, for just about anywhere in your home. Enjoy the finer things in life with the timeless beauty and handmade artistic craftsmanship of art glass. Each piece of glass is unique and literally, a piece of fine art. Purchasing art glass is a popular way to add a personalized look and feel to your home. Explore the many art glass pieces throughout Sedlak Interiors’ 140,000 sq. ft., 27-gallery showroom. Visit SEDLAK INTERIORS at 34300 Solon Road, Solon, 440.248.2424, www.sedlakinteriors.com.

Survey conducted for Junior Achievement shows teens plan to work this summer A new survey of teens conducted for Junior Achievement by the research firm ENGINE Insights shows that two-thirds of 16- and 17-year-olds (68%) plan to work this summer. Nearly the same percentage of teens in that age group (69%) who planned to work in the summer of 2019, based on a similar survey taken pre-pandemic. The 2021 survey of 1,002 13- to 17-year-olds was conducted by ENGINE Insights from May 6 through 13, 2021. The survey was not conducted in 2020 due to the pandemic. “Summer jobs are a great way to introduce young people to the world of work and the importance of earning and managing money,” said Joe Faulhaber, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. “These survey results show many teens are eager to have the experience of a first job. Hopefully, with the availability of vaccines, decline in the number of COVID cases, and proper safety measures

in place, they will be able to do just that this summer.” Other findings from the survey include: The top summer jobs teens expect to work are in retail (26%) and restaurants (26%), followed by landscaping/ lawn-mowing and other outdoors work (19%), and babysitting/childcare (13%). Nearly all teens surveyed (90%) said that they plan to attend college after high school. Of those planning to attend college after high school, a quarter (27%) expect to take out student loans, while nearly the same percentage (28%) believe they will find some other way to pay for college. Nearly half (45%) are “not sure” if they will need to take out student loans or not. Two-thirds (68%) of all teens say they support “debtfree college” – or college that is free for all attendees. However, that percentage drops to only a third (32%) if it

requires higher taxes to pay for it. Methodology This Youth CARAVAN survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS among a sample of 1,002 13-17-yearolds. This survey was live on May 6-13, 2021. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to multiple sources of error, including, but not limited to sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. It is nationally representative with set quotas based on census data. The 1,002 completes are all who qualified and completed based on the demographic quota requirements. The MoE is +/- 3.1%.








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About JA of Greater Cleveland Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland builds partnerships with area businesses and education communities to provide curriculum and volunteers who serve as role models to JA students. JA provides programs focused on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship to students K-12th grade which are designed to be incorporated with the social studies curriculum. Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland will reach approximately 40,000 students annually throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Geauga, and Lake Counties. Follow Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland on Twitter @JA_ CLE and Instagram @ja_cleveland. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/JAGtrCleveland. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.jacleveland.org

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