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Cleveland Ballet begins seventh season with in-person performances at Playhouse Square By ANDREA C. TURNER Such an internationally-diverse group is the Cleveland Ballet, that at its Sept. 13 press conference at The Union Club, Public Relations Manager Ashley Bettis shared that the professional ballet company now consists of 28 dancers from 10 countries and four continents. As dancers were introduced by the emcee, each proudly strode in carrying their home country flag. Many are familiar with Cleveland Ballet’s tenured history. The current Cleveland Ballet company launched in 2014 under the leadership of Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe, former Cleveland Gina Vernaci, PresiBallet principal ballerina dent and CEO of Playand long-time director house Square, speaks and principle teacher of at the Cleveland Ballet The Cleveland Ballet press conference. School. With her husband Photograph by Andrea Michael Krasnyansky, C. Turner Executive Director, the company boldly forged ahead to earn the distinction as the resident ballet company of Playhouse Square in 2017. In an exciting new partnership, the company will begin its summer residency at Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in Vermilion in 2022. This historic opera house is recognized on the national registry and is scheduled to undergo extensive renovations this year. The company finished performances of “Don Quixote” earlier this month. Upcoming performances include holiday-favorite “The Nutcracker,” December 3-5, making its debut into a larger audience capacity house, Connor Palace at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. A production suitable to audiences of all ages, “The Little Nutcracker” is based on the original story of E.T.A. Hoffman with music composed by Tchaikovsky. Performances take place December 18-19 at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron. With brand-new choreography of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” from May 6-7, 2022, at the Mimi Ohio

Cleveland Ballet founding company member Lauren Stenroos. Photograph by Mark Santillano Cleveland Ballet company members pose at The Union Club. Photograph by Jonathan Koslen, New Image Photography Theatre, accompanied by the musical score of Felix Mendelssohn, Cleveland Ballet will culminate its season. These performances have no intermission, maximizing audience safety. Masks are required for all performances, as well as proof of Covid vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test. “From the momentum we have created with the successful run of THE CHOIR OF MAN, we are building toward full-capacity performances for the return of Broadway, our beloved resident companies, concerts and comedy shows,” said Playhouse Square President & CEO Gina Vernaci. “We are all eager to enjoy live performances together again; the vaccination requirement being en-

acted by Playhouse Square and venues across the country enables us to maintain our forward motion responsibly. Our first priority is always the safety of our audiences, staff, volunteers and the artists who visit us, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Playhouse Square for a safe and memorable experience.” Cleveland Ballet dancers are employed full-time, taking class and rehearsing five days a week beginning at 9:30 a.m. each weekday, with performances throughout the year. Lauren Stenroos, age 33, one of the dancers who’s been with the company since its inception, explained, “Our job is very strenuous, so we consider ourselves artistic athletes. We cross-train and we are lucky to work with

trained physical therapists once a week.” Because of the physical demands of choreography, the Cleveland Ballet partnered with University Hospital Sports Medicine three years ago. UH’s physical therapists and athletic trainers provide weekly treatment and injury prevention sessions at the ballet training facilities up to three times a week. When asked about her vision for the ballet company, Guadalupe said she dreams that the dancers will not only perform at Playhouse Square, but regularly take class there and rehearse on its stages. One can only assume this dream is shared by the present and future dancers who call Cleveland home. To learn more details about upcoming performances or to support the ballet’s artistic mission, visit clevelandballet.org.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History celebrates groundbreaking of its major expansion

Sally Sears recently was named the new Board Chair of the CMNH. (Photograph couresy of CMNH)

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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History recently broke ground on its project to reinvent the Museum: an expansion, complete reimagining of its campus and all its exhibits, and addition of new public spaces. The project will enlarge the Museum’s building and outdoor visitor areas to more than 375,000 square feet. During the groundbreaking, the Museum announced it has surpassed a $100 million fundraising milestone in its $150 million Transforming the World of Discovery capital campaign. At the ceremony, Sally Sears, who has been an active Board member since 2014 and campaign co-chair, was named Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to break ground on the reimagining of the Museum while also celebrating reaching the $100 million milestone in our campaign, thanks to the generosity of many donors,” said Sonia Winner, the Museum’s President & CEO. “Together, we are creating a new model for

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how natural history museums can illuminate the ways in which we—and all living things—are connected. And, as we look ahead to our bright future, we are so grateful to have Sally’s leadership as our new Board Chair.” The transformation of the Museum is underpinned by a vision to promote scientific literacy and empower individuals to be a voice for the planet in their communities. “By placing visitors at the center of the experience, our reimagined Museum will be even more accessible and relevant,” said Sears. “I have never been as excited as I am today about the Museum’s future, and look forward to helping bring our vision to reality as Chair of the Board of Directors.” Jonathon Grimm, the Board’s Chair since 2015, said, “Sally embodies the Museum’s values through and through. She has dedicated countless hours to the Museum’s success, and her genuine passion for lifelong learn-

ing makes her the perfect person to lead the Museum into its next phase.” Sally Sears will succeed Grimm when his term ends in September. Grimm joined the Board in 2000 and served as Chair for two terms. “Jon’s Board leadership over the last six years was so important, providing the foundation for transforming the Museum’s physical presence and its educational mission,” said James Hambrick, Vice Chair of the Museum’s Board of Directors. “It has been an honor to serve with and for him.” The groundbreaking celebration featured remarks from Sonia Winner; Jonathon Grimm; Sally Sears; Brian Redmond, Ph.D., the John Otis Hower Chair and Curator of Archaeology; Nicole Gunter, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology; and Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc.


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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT Medworks links people in need with high quality healthcare at no cost By Andrea C. Turner BOOKS Local author’s “Roseneath” inspired by her restoration of old Lakewood home By Cynthia Schuster Eakin FASHION Outerwear and other cozy options for warmth through the seasons ahead By Lauri Gross AT HOME Updated Chagrin Falls Victorian near schools, village center for sale By Rita Kueber

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FOOD & GIFTING Gift or treat yourself to delicious chocolate creations from Sweet Designs in Lakewood By Paris Wolfe SAIL AWAY Celebrity Cruise’s “It’s About Time” campaign offers discounted fares, and plenty of safety measures in place aboard its luxury liners this season By Sarah Jaquay HOME DESIGN With holidays on the horizon, it’s time now to consider new flooring, carpeting, rugs from family-run Marshall Carpet One & Rug Gallery By Rita Kueber LUXURY REAL ESTATE Young Team launches Young Luxury, to serve needs of buyers/sellers at top of NE Ohio’s market By Maren James

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OCTOBER EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Cynthia Schuster Eakin, Lauri Gross, Julia Healy, Sarah Jaquay, Rita Kueber, Andrea C. Turner, Paris Wolfe

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KELLI COTESWORTH MCLELLAN Editor

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There’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy Northeast Ohio’s glorious fall colors and scenery, so make some time to take a hike in your favorite park or take a leisurely drive on a beautiful back road before the bleaker landscape of November sets in around us! And shop now to update your wardrobe (and your bedroom) with warm and cozy options for the chilly months ahead. Learn what’s in style and where to shop for the season’s latest on page B6.

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EDITOR’S NOTE If it weren’t for the masks we are still wearing in the office, life as we once knew it could be deemed “nearly normal” again upon reading and browsing through this month’s issue of Currents! First, throughout this pandemic, everyone at Currents has missed the ability to attend and provide coverage of our region’s nonprofit benefits and charity events, so we are delighted to have spotlighted several recently held “live and in-person” fundraising events throughout the pages of this month’s issue! After all, last year at this time, there were none – whatever happened on the fundraising front for area nonprofits happened virtually, so it’s encouraging and enjoyable to see people gathering together once again, with safety precautions in place, of course. Additionally, Currents readers may well have noted that there was no coverage of the Recreation League’s Assembly Ball, typically spotlighted annually in our January issue. While the Recreation League was unable to hold the ball in late December of 2020 due to Covid-19, they pivoted, as we all have done, holding it instead in late July of 2021, and you’ll find coverage of that special and celebratory event on pages A8-9 of this month’s issue. While people once relished the opportunity to travel in luxury aboard cruise ships on the high seas to destinations around the world, the pandemic certainly restricted their ability to do that for many months. Cruises and Covid – not a good mix “back then.” But, on page A11 of this month’s issue, you will learn more about Celebrity Cruises’ “It’s About Time” campaign, encouraging and enticing travel aboard its luxury liners to the Eastern and Western Caribbean with discounted fares, and plenty of safety measures in place, including proof of a Covid vaccine or a negative Covid test just prior to sailing. The Cleveland Ballet dances beautifully into its seventh season with live and in-person performances planned at Playhouse Square. This Northeast Ohio treasure is spotlighted on page A2 in this month’s issue. Upcoming performances include “The Nutcracker” December 3-5, “The Little Nutcracker” December 18-19 (at Stan Hywet), and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” May 6-7. Visit clevelandballet.org for more information and to order tickets to your favorite production. Fall in Northeast Ohio typically provides bumper crops of delicious apples, ripe for the picking, so Paris Wolfe consulted with area pie makers and bakers on page B4 for their recommendations of the best varieties to use, as well as their tips and suggestions for creating and baking that perfect, flaky pie crust. She also interviewed Ines Rehner, owner and founder of Sweet Designs Chocolatier in Lakewood, whose 26-year-old business offering fine European-style gourmet chocolates is thriving, with dozens of delicious assortments and options for gifting to friends and family this season (A6). With the return of larger, in-person wedding celebrations held throughout Northeast Ohio late this summer and early this fall, we’re back to spotlighting our “Wedding Belles” in this month’s issue. If you would like to have your wedding announcement included in an upcoming issue of Currents, please visit currentsneo.com. Click on the “Submit an Event” tab in the red bar at the top of that page, and complete the information requested in a form included there for weddings. Once your submission of the form is received, the editor will be in contact with you to secure your announcement in a future issue. Finally, while things may seem “nearly normal” for now, we have been advised that holiday shopping may not be what it used to be! Our retailers inform us that due to supply chain issues, they have stocked early and are prepared for early shoppers this year, as outlined on page B1. Currents supports shopping locally rather than online, so while the weather is good and the goods are there, if you see something in your shopping adventures, don’t just browse and think you’ll pick it up later. If you see something, buy it now or have it held, or it may not be there when you return. Our Covid curve may be on the decline, but its effects linger on in ways we could never have imagined. But, we’ve come this far, so let’s celebrate the “near normal” life we are enjoying of late and prepare early for a joyous and memorable holiday season ahead! Shop Local, Buy Now! Enjoy! ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan

Correction

In the Medworks benefit spotlighted on page C6 of the September issue of Currents, Medworks was mistakenly referred to as MedWish in the headline. The editor regrets her error. Read more about Medworks on page A10. www.currentsneo.com

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Commercial Real Estate Broker Terry Coyne Expands His Team in Cleveland

Ann Davis

Coryn Simmons

Joe Royer

Director, Client Services

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Transaction Services Coordinator

Terry is an established commercial real estate broker who specializes in large, complex, industrial and investment properties in Ohio. The Coyne Team expansion supports Terry’s emphasis on client engagement, marketing, and research.

Claire Coyne, Director Ann Davis, Director, Client Services Louis Murrell, Senior Graphic Designer Matt Orgovan, Research & Marketing Manager Joe Royer, Transaction Services Coordinator Coryn Simmons, Marketing Manager

The Coyne Team works hard to exceed your expectations during every step of the process.

Simon Kroos, Associate Derek Lichtfuss, Director Abigail Motzer, Research & Marketing Coordinator

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Activities, classes planned at Holden Forests & Gardens this month Experience fall in all of its beauty this month at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. From onsite experiences to classes and community tree plantings, autumn comes to life at Holden Forests & Gardens.

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Garden! Pick up a brochure and follow the Leaf Trail, an autumn leaf identification activity that teaches you how to identify the trees around you, as well as the 10 deciduous trees, including sugar maple, pawpaw and river birch, marked with numbered tags on the grounds.

Fall community tree plantings

Kalberer Emergent Tower & Murch Canopy Walk Annual fall favorites, not to be missed! Experience fall color from a new perspective at the Arboretum. The Murch Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-footlong elevated walkway that is built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Emergent Tower is 120 feet or approximately 12 stories tall and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding area all the way to Lake Erie. Canopy Walk and Tower closes Nov. 1 – open weekends only, weather permitting, through November.

Leaf Discovery Trail As Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color, now is the perfect time to sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills! Pick up a brochure at the Arboretum and follow the Leaf Trail, an immersive autumn leaf identification activity. Learn how to identify the trees around you by collecting leaves and organizing them by their characteristics, as well as identifying 28 deciduous trees, including tulip trees, dawn redwoods, and golden weeping willows, marked with numbered tags on the grounds. Free with admission. Fall Classes - Learn something new! New classes are added often. Check holdenfg.org for updates. Trees in all Seasons: Fall Color @ Holden Arboretum on Friday, October 22, 1-3 p.m. Join us for a walking tour of trees at the Arboretum with emphasis on those with spectacular fall foliage. Participants will learn about fall color as well as plant identification tools, the natural history of the trees highlighted and how these trees relate to our everyday lives. Visit holdenfg.org to register. Fall Color Photography Workshop @ Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The natural beauty and vibrant foliage of the Botanical Garden is the focus for this workshop with photographer Debbie Dicarlo. Participants will review camera settings and techniques used for general autumn and artistic photography. Visit holdenfg.org to register.

CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN Big beautiful autumn garden displays Fall horticultural displays will be showcased throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens at the botanical garden. Perfect for a festive photo opportunity or simply an opportunity to experience fall flora in all its splendor, enjoy seasonal plant displays that will include mums, cabbage, kale, pansies, cornstalks, pumpkins and more!

Leaf Discovery Trail Learn to appreciate the beauty of fall color by learning about leaf and tree identification at the Botanical

Holden’s People for Trees will be partnering with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to plant 20 trees at Carver Park, part of a project to add 75 new trees to three public housing estates on Cleveland’s East Side over the next 18 months. As part of this project, we’ll train public housing residents who are part of CMHA’s Green Team to plant and care for trees at these properties, which will provide them with supplemental income and perhaps inspire some of them to pursue careers in tree care. Our Community Forestry Team is also helping plant an additional 20 trees within Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park. Additionally, in MidTown, Old Brooklyn, Central-Kinsman, and Detroit Shoreway-Cudell neighborhoods of Cleveland, we are working with local community development organizations to plant street trees, give away trees for planting in residential yards, and hold tree care classes. Generous support for these projects has been provided by Cuyahoga County’s Healthy Urban Tree Canopy grant program and The Cleveland Foundation.

General Admission Adults are $16 and Children 3 to 12 years old are $12. Visit holdenfg.org to purchase your tickets. Arboretum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Botanical Garden hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. The Hershey Children’s Garden always closes at dusk. About People for Trees™ Holden Forests & Gardens Launched People for Trees in early 2021 to aim to have 15,000 trees planted and cared for by 2025 throughout Northeast Ohio. To date, more than 1,000 people have pledged to plant more than 4,000 trees. One of the most significant things we can do to combat the effects of a changing climate right here in Northeast Ohio is to plant a tree in backyards, at businesses and in neighborhoods. Make your pledge at holdenfg.org/peoplefor-trees and you will become a part of the regional movement to reverse the trend of tree loss in Northeast Ohio. To learn more, visit holdenfg.org. About Holden Forests & Gardens Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. The 14th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has over 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of over 350,000 for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences. For more information, visit holdenfg.org.

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What a gift for the fashionista on your list this season! A charming chocolate handbag, polka-dotted high-heeled shoe and assorted colored lipsticks, all made of chocolate from Sweet Designs.

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Gift or treat yourself to delicious chocolates from Sweet Designs of Lakewood this season By PARIS WOLFE The world has changed because of the global pandemic. As people strive to stay connected while practicing social distancing, they’re buying and sharing more chocolate than ever. And Sweet Designs, Ines Rehner’s 26-year-old Lakewood business, is benefiting. Locals are stopping by the shop for curbside pick-up and people nationwide are beating a path to her web portal. In fact, the company’s sales are way up and Rehner can barely keep up with the need for storage and shipping space. That’s because Sweet Designs’ European-style gourmet chocolates – truffles, bark, caramels, and other indulgences – are so rich and delicious, and they make a sweet way to stay connected. Rehner created assortment boxes that contain message bars, a great gift with greetings for the holidays and special occasions or with the simple message “Thinking of You,” which has been popular throughout the pandemic. Rehner, founder and Master Chocolatier, uses only the best chocolate from Italy, France, Belgium, and the United States. “I make my own blend,” she explains. “I put a lot of thought into it. I think about whether the flavors go well together. What kind of taste this leaves for minutes after I’m done eating the chocolate is something I think about. I blend different combinations to create that experience.” “Ingredients have to be of the highest quality,” she says, referring to truffle fillings, homemade marshmallows, nuts and more. “My mother always told me your meal will taste as good as the ingredients you put in it. Otherwise, it’s not going to work. I will not cut corners.” If you liked her product five years ago, you’ll probably like it better today. “Our chocolate was always good,” she says. “It’s improved after 26 years in business. I’m always challenging myself. I’m my own competitor. I have to make the product better tomorrow than it was today.” In fact, that sense of competition is how she got started. First, though, rewind. Rehner was born in the former Yugoslavia.“I knew that, even in a Communist country, I wanted to create something. It always gave me joy to make and share,” she says. “I would bake at home, and if I shared it with neighbors and friends it would elevate

that feeling of joy. I could not achieve that dream in Yugoslavia. Dreams like this in Communist countries are suppressed.” In 1989 when she was 24, Rehner immigrated to the United States. “Once I came to America, I had such an appreciation for opportunity that this country gives to people. I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” she says. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a chocolatier, but my first job was at a retail shop selling chocolates in New York City.” “I thought if I learn to make chocolates myself, I can make my own. This connected my love for entrepreneurship with my business choice,” she remembers. “It was hard because even though I have a college degree, I hadn’t had training in chocolate making.” Ever competitive, she knew she could make better chocolate than that offered at the place she first worked in New York City. “It all came out of my own desire to create chocolate that people will remember,” she says. “When we make chocolates, people get excited.” The bestsellers are her artisan truffles. In general, a truffle is chocolate-covered, rich ganache. Sweet Designs sells 25 different flavors, some of them like peppermint are only seasonal. Other flavors include chocolate, hazelnut, crème de menthe, champagne and raspberry. The star is the Mozart truffle, a marzipan center wrapped in a layer of rich and creamy hazelnut, that’s coated in dark chocolate and decorated with a treble clef. The results are sublime. Second in popularity are her caramels, which come in sea salt and even a seasonal Green Apple variety. That is followed by chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut butter cups and more. The products, which number more than 100, plus 35 certified organic and vegan products, are available at sweetdesigns.com. Sweet Designs ships its products locally and across the country and goes to great lengths to ensure its chocolates arrive safely; this includes checking weather forecasts and using ice packs. You can order online at sweetdesigns.com or you can pick up your favorite treat (curbside only) at Sweet Designs at 16100 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. A complimentary sample will be provided for walk-up customers.


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Owen Matthew Colligan and Chloe Victoria Colligan

Back row (left to right): Ava Anna Rauser, Elizabeth Louise Sullivan, Kendall Mary Catherine Ippolito, Courtney Elizabeth Conrad, Susana Rose Glickman, Nina Caroline Ross, and Claire Elizabeth Mansour. Front row (left to right): Rebecca Maria Gorman, Katherine May Haffke, Chloe Victoria Colligan, and Emmery Alyssa Semarjian. Photographs by Jonathan Koslen, New Image Photography

The Recreation League of Cleveland Celebrates its 83rd Assembly Ball The Honorable Robert Todd Glickman and Susana Rose Glickman

Victor Paul Rauser and Ava Anna Rauser

William O’Neill, Elizabeth Louise Sullivan and Dennis William Bower

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he Recreation League of Cleveland was honored to present 11 young women and nine young men, the daughters and sons of its member families, at the 83rd Assembly Ball held on July 31, 2021. As a result of the pandemic, this event was rescheduled from the traditional December date to the summer - and what a beautiful way to celebrate with family and friends after the many missed milestone events for the Class of 2020. Julie Haffke and Christine Semarjian chaired the event, which drew 240 guests and was held at The Union Club, the traditional venue since the first Assembly Ball was held on New Year’s Eve in 1937. Serving as master of ceremonies, Samuel Shattuck Hartwell introduced the two head ushers, Cameron Joseph Ippolito and Kamron Alexander Samiian, who performed the traditional candle lighting ceremony prior to the introduction of the additional nine ushers. Mr. Hartwell began the formal presentation of each Debutante as they descended the grand staircase adorned with stunning floral accents of roses and greenery created by Arne from Plantscaping & Blooms. The Debutantes were escorted by their father or presenter and carried bouquets of roses, spray roses, ranunculus and calla lilies in shades of pink, coral, and peach and wrapped in satin ribbon. After the Presentation, the Debutantes received guests in the third-floor ballroom, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres served during this time. Accompanied by the Hal Lynn Orchestra, fathers, presenters and debutantes participated in the traditional first dance before additional guests for dinner and dancing arrived. Following the first dance, the Debutantes-Escort Promenade was presented on the main staircase, with trumpet fanfare. The Debutantes then greeted their additional guests on the first floor, followed by dinner and dessert. The evening progressed with live music by the Bluewater Kings Band, with guests dancing until late in the evening, with a traditional breakfast buffet served at the end of evening. The 2020 Debutantes and their Presenters were: Chloe Victoria Colligan and Owen Colligan; Courtney Elizabeth Conrad and Robert Conrad; Susana Rose Glickman and The Honorable Robert Glickman; Rebecca Maria Gorman and Bradley Gorman, Sr.; Katherine May Haffke

Bassem Ahdy Mansour and Claire Elizabeth Mansour

Christine Semarjian and Julie Haffke and Christopher Haffke; Kendall Mary Catherine Ippolito and Peter Ippolito; Claire Elizabeth Mansour and Bassem Mansour; Ava Anna Rauser and Victor Rauser; Nina Caroline Ross and William Ross; Emmery Alyssa Semarjian and Christopher Semarjian; Elizabeth Louise Sullivan with Dennis Bowers on behalf of William James O’Neill, Jr. PHOTOGRAPHS BY NEW IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Peter John Ippolito and Kendall Mary Catherine Ippolito Christopher Souren Semarjian and Emmery Alyssa Semarjian

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William Terrance Ross and Nina Caroline Ross

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The 2020 Ushers for the Recreation League of Cleveland’s Assembly Ball

“Artitecture,” left, by Rita Montlack, won the Architecture Award in FAVA Gallery’s National Juried Biennial Photography Show, juried by Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair, Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. The work is a computer manipulated archival digital print, 14.25” x 11.25”, 2021. “Just the Way It Isn’t,” right, by Rita Montlack, computer manipulated archival digital print, 11 x 14, 2021.

FAVA Gallery’s National Juried Biennial Photography Show A reception at Firelands Association for Visual Arts’ (FAVA) for its National Juried Biennial Photography Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., with awards at 2 p.m. This photography exhibit was juried by Barbara Tannenbaum, Cleveland Museum of Art’s Chair of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Curator of Photographs. This year’s exhibition included 41 works selected from nearly 300 entries

nationwide. 2021 Photography Show Awards include: Holly Romano – Jurors Choice; Diane Durant – Solo Show Award; Rita Montlack – Archecture Award; Eva Kwong – Human Figure Award; and Norman Aragones – Human Figure Award. The show can be viewed online and in person through October 31. Visit favagallery.org or call 440.574.0680 for more information.

Cleveland’s Lung Force Walk helps to raise more than $60,000

Back Row: Parker Crowley, Brooks Crowley, Joseph Kubic, and Reese Tutkovics. Middle Row: John O’Brien, Benjamin Clegg, and Nicolas Pujolas. Front Row: Kyle Bashien, Cameron Ippolito, Kamron Alexander Samiian, and William Forsythe. Photograph by New Image Photography

More than 250 Clevelanders raised more than $60,000 in the American Lung Association of Ohio’s LUNG FORCE Walk, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, held at Great Lakes Science Center in September. Participants walked along a one-mile or 5K route and began in separate waves to ensure social distancing. Dozens of families, groups of friends, volunteers and corporate teams participated in the 2021 Cleveland LUNG FORCE Walk. “We are so grateful to everyone in our community for coming together to support lung health. We are proud that funds raised will help our ongoing efforts to end

lung cancer and lung disease, and will provide resources for those who need it right here in Cleveland,” said Kim Covey, executive director of the Lung Association. In addition, Cleveland Clinic provided free health screenings and educational activities for hundreds of the participants at the LUNG FORCE Walk. Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.

BENEFIT BEAT Visit currentsneo.com to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Thursday, Oct. 21…Wine Women & Shoes, to benefit Ronald McDonald House, offered virtually this year, to be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21. Registration is FREE! Gather in small groups at Home Watch Parties! To learn more or to register, visit rmhcneo.org/event/wine-women-andshoes. Details are updated frequently! Friday, Oct. 29…MedWish Gala – Around the corner. Around the World, to benefit MedWish, 7 p.m. from the comfort of your own home, with entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit medwish.org. Silent auction of thoughtfully curated items just in time for the holidays, optional VIP delivery designed to surprise and delight, opportunities to engage throughout the program and WKYC’s Sara Shookman to highlight MedWish’s milestones from last year’s operations. Visit medwish.org for registration and more information. Friday, Nov. 5…The Starlight Soiree, to benefit Christ Child Society of Cleveland, at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Christ Child Society of Cleveland is in its 105th year. Our members’ commitment to challenging childhood poverty began by providing needy infants with a layette bundle containing clothing and other necessities for newborn babies. More than 100 years later, they are still creating these layette bundles. The group also provides school uniforms, winter coats, “My Stuff”™ bags, twin beds, portable cribs, and staff and fund two elementary school libraries and two preschool literacy programs. Striving to give children hope for the future, Christ Child Society of Cleveland served more than 8,000 children last year. For more information visit https://christchildsocietycleveland. org/2021-starlight-soiree. Friday, Nov. 5…Bow Ties and Ballgowns – Celebration of Hope, to benefit Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 6:30 p.m. at Landerhaven. For more information and to make reservations, visit www. hdsa.org/neoh or contact Jesse Lis at Jesse_m_lind@ hotmail.com. Wednesday, Nov. 10…67th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration (virtual), to benefit The Diversity Center, Pre-Show at 6:45 p.m.; Celebration at 7 p.m. Congratulate the 2021 Humanitarian Award Honorees: Craig Arnold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eaton Corporation and Andrew Berry, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Browns Organization. Hear from students, teachers, and business leaders about the real-world impact of our programs and tools. Raise critically important funds for Diversity Center School & Youth Programs. Support diversity initiatives across an entire school or a single classroom through our Fund A Need program. For sponsorship information, contact Pat Lyden, Director of Development at 216.752.3000 ext. 230 or plyden@ diversitycenterneo.org. For more information contact Cierra Hilson at 216.752.3000 ext. 222 or chilson@ diversitycenterneo.org.

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Medworks offers free Vision and Dental Clinics for people in need this fall By ANDREA C. TURNER The critical work that local non-profit organization Medworks does in Northeast Ohio plays an integral role in linking people in need with high quality medical healthcare–all at no cost to the patient. Since 2009, Medworks has held more than 100 free health care clinics locally, and provided more than 20,000 individuals with 45,000 healthcare appointments and services. Their large-scale medical, dental, and vision clinics serve those who might otherwise not have access to this essential care, whether they are uninsured, underinsured, or simply can’t afford co-pays and deductibles. No questions asked. Medworks also helps patients enroll in health insurance and get connected into local healthcare systems so they continue to receive the ongoing care needed to lead healthy lives. Oftentimes, the organization gets confused with a notfor-profit with a similar name, Medwish. Founded in 1993, MedWish International’s mission is different in that it aims to saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need throughout the world, in more than 100 countries. To distinguish the two, the easiest way to remember Medworks is that their volunteer medical professionals do “hands-on work” to care for patients at Medworks clinics; while Medworks Navigators help patients access ongoing affordable care afterward. All of this is done right here in our local community. This fall, Medworks offers a free vision clinic on Saturday, October 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic takes place at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute, located at 2022 E. 105th Street, Building I, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Appointments are required. Those interested must schedule an appointment online at medworksusa.org or by calling 216-231-5350, ext. 5. Approximately 250 people will receive free vision exams that day. Did you know that many people have eye disease

and vision issues that they may not be aware of? Vision professionals from Cleveland-area hospitals and private practices volunteer their time and expertise at Medworks clinics, and regularly detect serious eye issues that can be treated.

Roughly 11 million Americans older than age 12 need vision correction, but glasses or contacts are just one reason to see an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye exams are essential for the early detection of health issues that can affect your vision, according to Medworks vision lead, Corrie Weitzel, OD, MS, an optometrist at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. The risk for diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration increase with age. The ophthalmologists and optometrists that volunteer at the Medworks clinic can detect eye diseases that could lead to blindness or other complications, but also detect certain underlying health issues even before symptoms develop. “Even though someone seems okay, sometimes there can be eye diseases that are manifesting themselves before the patient really has time to see them,” explains Weitzel. “Routine eye exams are going to find those kinds of conditions and treat them before vision loss can set in.” Not only is the vision exam free at the Medworks clinic, but participants can get free prescription glasses (if needed), free flu shots and fresh produce from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to take home. The Medworks team can also help individuals with insurance enrollment, assistance with follow-up appointments, and provide connections to other community resources. “I have Medicare, but I have no coverage for vision,” said a recent patient at a Medworks vision clinic. “I met with Medworks’ Navigation Team who assisted me in signing up for a low cost insurance plan that had vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage.” In November, Medworks plans to offers its free annual dental clinic. To learn more details about these clinics, the life-changing work that Medworks does, or to support their mission, visit medworksusa.org.

Kent State University Museum and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University announce release of Digital Green Book Project The Kent State University Museum (KSU Museum) and Wick Poetry Center announce the launch of the Digital Green Book (DGB) created in support of the exhibition TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair. This is the first collaboration between the KSU Museum and Wick Poetry Center and extends Wick’s series of innovative interactions known as the Listening Wall and Emerge poems that inspire creative connections between individuals and content. The subjects of the DGB are barbers and stylists living and working in Northeastern Ohio, and related text from the TEXTURES exhibition. TEXTURES brings together over 180 art works and archival objects to tell the “hair stories” of peoples of African descent. Important to that story are the oral histories of those barbers and stylists working in our communities. The project is inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s Negro Motorist Green Book, produced between 1936 and 1966 to provide African Americans a resource as they traveled across America in the era of Jim Crow. “The partnership with the Wick Poetry Center to create the Listening Wall and Emerge poem interactions with TEXTURES began with conversations about how best to localize and engage to share personal “hair stories” as part of this exhibition. We also sought a means of archiving the contributions of those who care for not only our hair, but often our well-being,” stated KSU Museum Director, Sarah J. Rogers. “We are grateful to offer our expressive writing digital tools, designed by the Kent firm Each + Every, to engage our community in a creative conversation with such a singular and important exhibit. The goal of our Traveling Stanzas suite of tools is to make poetry useful and relevant across all fields of study and artistic disciplines,” stated David Hassler, Director of the Wick Poetry Center. The Digital Green Book is accessible on the Museum website, Digital Green Book, as well as on iPads in the exhibition galleries. The Digital Green Book is made possible, in part,

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by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support has been provided by the Ohio Arts Council, KSU Museum and Wick Poetry Center. About the KSU Museum The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of E. Main St. and S. Lincoln St. in Kent, Ohio. It features over 29,000 pieces in its collection, amassed from many generous donors. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. and Sunday from Noon – 4 P.M. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum or in advance through the museum’s online ticketing service. At this time, the KSU Museum requires face coverings be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children aged 5 to 17. The museum is free for children under 5 and for those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. Parking is free for all museum attendees. Patrons should use the allotted Museum spaces in the Rockwell Hall parking lot. For more information please call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent. edu/museum. About the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University Established in 1984, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center is home to the award-winning Traveling Stanzas project and is one of the premier university poetry centers in the country. It is a national leader for the range, quality and innovative outreach in the community. The center encourages new voices by promoting opportunities for individuals and communities locally, regionally and nationally. The Wick Poetry Center engages emerging and established poets and poetry audiences through readings, publications, workshops and scholarship opportunities.

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Celebrity Cruises says: ‘It’s About Time’ to celebrate (safely) on the seas again By SARAH JAQUAY What if you could go somewhere this holiday season with your loved ones where you’d be floating on an oasis of luxury and safety? That’s what Celebrity Cruises is offering with their new “It’s About Time” campaign. Indeed, it seems long past due for friends and family to gather again and explore the world. That’s why Celebrity notes, “Tis the Season for a Luxurious Retreat!” Celebrity’s offering short and longer cruises (from three to 12 nights) to various destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean this October, November and December with 20 percent off fares and up to $700 off flights; cruises with up to 50 percent capacity until October 31, 2021; and of course drinks, wifi and tips are part of Celebrity’s “Always Included” program. There are even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year. It’s time to create some unforgettable holiday memories. Perhaps most comforting for trip planners: All Celebrity crew and guests who are eligible to be vaccinated must be vaccinated in order to sail. All guests age two and older must present a negative Covid-19 test prior to sailing. From bow to stern, Celebrity’s “taking extraordinary measures to keep passengers Healthy at Sea.” Under certain conditions, Celebrity is even offering safe passage home by private air transfer, if needed. So you and your loved ones may embark on their adventure knowing they’re in a kind of floating bubble with more space and more opportunities to connect safely, not to mention opportunities to pamper themselves in pre-pandemic mode. Celebrity welcomes guests “to a place where they can escape and experience all the things they’ve been missing for so long. Only now, those things are even better than you’ve imagined. This a place where the everyday gives way to the extraordinary. A place with more space to lose yourself in and more luxury to love. Where the possibilities are as endless as the views. Where you can disconnect entirely while you reconnect with each other—and the world.” It takes a long time to build and design cruise vessels, so Celebrity has continued working on its revolutionary Edge Series. Its newest Edge ship, Celebrity Beyond, will make its debut in March of 2022. Celebrity Beyond takes outward-facing design farther, creating an even closer connection between guests, the sea and every place on the horizon. Soak up the sun, salt breezes and stunning scenery in newly expanded open-air spaces. Savor fine dining that rivals anything you’d find on land. And discover even more ways to relax and renew. To ensure Celebrity Beyond lives up to its name, they’ve reunited the dream team of architects and designers who first envisioned the

The Retreat Sun Deck. Photographs courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

A Celebrity Edge martini bar.

Edge Series and expanded their roles. Their designs will expand the way travel inspires guests. They’ve also stretched the length of the ship to create even

Resort Deck.

more room for incredible outdoor spaces, like the new two-story Sunset Bar imagined by world-famous designer Nate Berkus and a redesigned Rooftop Garden by the visionary British interior designer Kelly Hoppen. The garden brings guests closer than ever to the water’s edge. Hoppen took the Retreat Sundeck to a luxurious new level and Celebrity’s introduced even more delicious culinary experiences, including a new restaurant by world-renowned Chef Daniel Boulud. Let’s face it: subliminal relaxation beyond our homes has been in short supply the past year and a half. Celebrity’s luxury vessels hosting a limited number of vaccinated travelers and crews feels like an ideal escape for celebrating the holidays this year in sunny destinations. For more information, visit www.celebritycruises. com.

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Facing unreliable supply chains, local retailers prepare early for the holidays By LAURI GROSS This year, with the virus that shall not be named (not to mention the general weirdness of everything) Christmas and the holiday season ahead may seem ripe for humbugs. But, your local retailers are prepared, of course, and determined to make this one of the best shopping seasons of all. Their advice? Start your shopping early and make your gift selections when you see them … do not wait! Sharon Garofolo, owner of Hedges gift boutique in Chagrin Falls is bound and determined to make this the best Christmas yet for her customers. “We’ve spent countless hours buying the best stuff we can find,” she says. “We are really pushing to get all of our orders in sooner than later and we’re counting on lots of U.S. products so we have the possibility to reorder if we have to.” She’s telling shoppers, “If you see some something and you love it, do not wait. I can’t guarantee I will be able to get it (again later).” Rita Sachs, partner at Mulholland and Sachs gift shop at Eton Chagrin Blvd. agrees. “If you see it, you like it, buy it now,” she advises. “We can ship later for you but please grab the goods when you see them. The stories about supply chain torture are real. If there are no goods, there simply are no goods.” Rita adds that she has observed that “families are craving a return to the traditions of the past. That includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Year’s Eve. This includes the foods prepared and served, the home decor and the gift giving.” Jane Marquard, head designer and co-owner of Maison Maison in Rocky River (home décor plus interior design services), also believes shoppers will be looking for Christmas gifts early this year. “Everyone needs a boost. With all the negative things happening in our world, the holidays will be a welcome respite. I feel that clients will be taking a deep dive into nostalgia, looking for things that are familiar and evoke happiness, friends and family.” Barbara Strom, owner of La Bella Vita inside Eton Chagrin Boulevard and in Little Italy (offering specialty tableware, Italian ceramics and gifts) is also setting her Christmas products out for display now. Barbara also offers an array of services and events to make shopping special. La Bella Vita has a tradition of free gift wrapping and free curbside pickup. Plus, they are happy to ship their products anywhere. “A lot of our Christmas products are personalized,” Barbara adds, referring to a popular November event featuring the founder of Vietri who comes to sign and personalize ceramics. “Last year we couldn’t do private parties but this year they are back on,” she says. “We send invites to our mailing list and you have to RSVP so we

Crystal from Simon Pearce, available at Mulholland and Sachs, makes every Christmas more special. Photograph courtesy of Mulholland and Sachs

This year, in addition to Old St. Nick-themed pieces, La Bella Vita, inside Eton Chagrin Boulevard and in Little Italy, will feature other themed items like these nutcracker place settings. Photograph courtesy of La Bella Vita

Hedges gift boutique is always a great place for stunning jewelry. This collection is great for holiday gift-giving. Photograph courtesy of Hedges

know how much food and wine we need. We could have a morning event and that’s where we’d have mimosas and then we’d have an evening event and the next day another one,” she says. “Everyone loves our parties.” In addition to La Bella Vita’s traditional offerings of Old St. Nick dinnerware, serveware and décor from Vietri, this year, shoppers will see nutcracker-themed dis-

plays, Santa-themed displays and more from a variety of suppliers. Personalized items are also a customer favorite at Mulholland and Sachs. “If our customers want gifts personalized with names and monograms, we need them to place their orders now,” urges Rita. After not being able to attend trade shows since 2019, this year, her team did and, as a result, the shop is offering a fresh assortment for customers. As always, Mulholland and Sachs offers complimentary gift wrapping and they can ship what they sell. Rita adds, “We have a convenient back door on the Eton service drive where we pass the packages out the back door, put them in your car and off you go.” Continuing another long-running Mulholland and Sachs tradition, the store offers 20 percent off any one item on Small Business Saturday, which is November 27, and they will be hosting what they call Fantastic Friday Nights December 3,10, and 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., where shoppers will again get 20 percent off any one item. Hedges also offers free gift wrapping and curbside pickup and they invite shoppers to book the store for an evening of private shopping. Of these events, which include refreshments such as wine and cheese, Sharon says, “It’s a way to be with friends. And it’s a smaller venue. It’s personalized shopping and we will wrap everything.” Hedges will start booking these events in November. Jane says that, at Maison Maison, shoppers will find natural and elegant holiday items this year, including hand-made selections such as wreaths, linen leaf swags, whimsical ornaments, hearts of different iterations, and things crafted from velvet, metal, stone, etc. “Plus,” she adds, “We’ll have swags and small trees that we sell out of every year. Our supply chain is thin, but we have been expecting this and have made plans and placed orders early so as not to run out of holiday good cheer. We will have a wondrous supply of holiday.”

Shopping trends, according to the experts: Salesforce.com says, “The global supply chain is not out of the woods yet. Factories continue to be at risk of closing and many retailers are desperately seeking alternative plans to produce merchandise.” Radial.com predicts customers will get their shopping done earlier to beat the crowds and shipping delays common to the holiday season. BigCommerce.com says, “This year, people are starting to come back together and looking forward to a return to normal. A survey by Numerator found that 85 percent of people expected to celebrate normally by Thanksgiving and 92 percent by Christmas.

Piano Cleveland’s new PianoFlicks to explore relationship with piano through multimedia Viewers across the world can tune-in for Piano Cleveland’s PianoFlicks, a new video contest showcasing how artists of all ages and styles express the world of piano through short multimedia “flicks.” Six musicians, selected from a pool of submissions from past contestants and Piano Cleveland affiliates, will compete in the organization’s new video contest set to air worldwide on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. PianoFlicks will showcase musicians’ ability to create, collaborate and share their connection to the piano. Viewers will be

able to see their creativity come to life through the presentation of repertoire, performance practice, or personal stories. There are no limits to the creativity and artistic expression of these 30-second to five-minute videos that will be presented during the live broadcast this month. Piano Cleveland continuously strives to innovate how musicians share their artistry and how audiences can enjoy it around the world. “We recognize many musicians are still out of work and wanted to provide a platform for individuals to creatively present their craft,” said Yaron

Kohlberg, President of Piano Cleveland. “We are excited about the opportunity for musicians to express and create in ways that go beyond the boundaries of traditional piano competitions or recitals, while making music more accessible for listeners at the same time.” The contest presents viewers the opportunity to experience piano through a new lens, whether a multi-faceted composition, character piano comedy sketch or an improvised piece titled Beethoven’s Coronavirus. Throughout the broadcast, viewers have the chance to cast their vote

for the Audience Prize on pianocleveland.org. To help artists in need, all participants will receive prize money for their participation in the contest, with one lucky pianist taking home the Audience Prize of $300. For more information, please visit pianocleveland.org. About Piano Cleveland Established in 1974, Piano Cleveland promotes Cleveland as a premier piano destination by presenting worldclass programming, community engagement, and education initiatives. For more information, visit pianocleveland.org.

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Family working together weaves continued success for Marshall Carpet One & Rug Gallery By RITA KUEBER As a potential client, you know you’re in good hands when the senior officers of a company are on the sales floor every day, even as they juggle other duties like marketing, ordering, scheduling, payroll, and more. “There’s always a Wien available, says Matt Wien, one of three brothers who are just now converting the ownership of Marshall Carpet from their dad and uncle’s generation to their own. Marshall Carpet’s Matt, Ryan, and Nate are three of five boys Marc and Rhonda Wien had and raised in Solon. (Tyler and Spencer are not part of the company – yet.) Dad Marc and his brother Chuck grew up in the carpet business started by their father, Marshall Wien, in 1966. Granddad’s original store was a 350-square-foot retail space located on the second floor of Richmond Mall. Things have changed since the earliest days of the business. Today the company’s Eastgate location in Mayfield Heights is a 17,000-square-foot showroom, the largest in Northeast Ohio. Based on the volume of installation their seven crews complete annually, Matt estimates the company sells 1.3 million square feet of carpet every year. “We now do more in one month than my grandfather did in an entire year,” he says. In fact with people staying home and wanting to freshen up their spaces, the past two years have been the company’s busiest in all of its fiftyfive years. So what’s hot in carpeting now? “As an industry, we’re seeing a lot of younger consumers and first-time buyers educating themselves about the products they are putting inside their homes,” says Matt. New carpeting emits odors, which are chemical VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. “There’s a big interest in materials that are less synthetic, that allow for better indoor air quality. Many ask about carpet lines made from all products like wool, jute, and natural latex that are good for nurseries and people with allergies.”

The Wien Family is ready to assist homeowners, renters, and designers select the perfect carpeting, flooring and rugs from the showroom at Marshall Carpet. From left to right: Tyler, Matt, Marc, Ryan, and Nate Wien. “When we talk to people about 100 percent natural carpeting, you see this relief come over them,” he adds. “They tell us ‘the last place we went didn’t know anything about it.’ We’re the only retailer in probably a hundred-mile radius that sells products like this.”

In hard surface flooring, the must-have product is luxury vinyl. This is a click-and-lock floating floor that mimics terrazzo, stone or wood, and can be installed quickly over old floors with no adhesives. “This product has taken the market by storm in the last seven or eight years,” Matt

says. “It hits a lot of boxes for the consumer – it’s easy to maintain and cleans up beautifully. We sell more of it than we sell wood or ceramic tile.” For the holidays, Matt finds customers have two opinions – people who want to update the house with new carpeting in anticipation of entertaining, versus people who wait until entertaining is over so they can refresh their rooms with new carpeting. He’s also seeing an interest in stair runners. “A lot of people are making the choice to have the front stairway make a statement,” he says. Marshall Carpet’s in-house designers help clients choose paint colors and fabrics, but the company itself only sells flooring, carpets, and rugs. In fact, there are over a thousand rugs in stock, from traditional to contemporary, imported from all over the world. Marshall Carpet offers a ‘try before you buy’ option, delivering rugs to a client’s house to make sure the color, size, and texture work in their home. Marshall offers free in-home measurements and free in-home consultations as well. The company will also customize rugs or carpets on-site to accommodate a unique size or shape. “We get to know our clients and ask questions about their expectations,” Matt says. “It’s fun to work with different customers, each with a problem to solve. We have ten thousand solutions and a half dozen ideal options here in the showroom.” The showroom is also the workplace for Omar, Jr. (OJ), a black lab, and Wilton, a yellow lab, named for a traditional carpet weave. “Nate’s dogs are our mascots,” Matt says. “The customers love them. We have clients come into the showroom with their own dogs or kids, just to say hi to our dogs.” Currently the company has 42 employees, in addition to some independent installers who have worked exclusively with Marshall for over 30 years, and he’d like to add to the crew. “We’ve been trying to hire people over the past year, from new designers to new installers, and apprentices who want to learn a new craft. We’re always looking for valuable team members to join the family.”

Restoration of vacant 1921 Tudor Revival home inspires local author’s Gothic novel By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN If only the walls could speak, imagine what haunting tales an old house might tell. Local author Dana McSwain drew upon her experiences in restoring a vacant 1921 Tudor Revival home as inspiration for her Gothic novel, “Roseneath.” “I’ve been a storyteller since I was young. My friends were always asking me to tell them one of the elaborate tales I made up in my head, and I recall how frequently their parents would be drawn into my impromptu storytelling as well. As an adult, I wrote stories only for myself, my children and my friends for years,” McSwain said. “I decided to become a novelist about 15 years ago when I felt that I was ready, and more importantly, when I was certain I had something of substance to say. Moving into an abandoned house as we did created the perfect

atmosphere for me to turn my castles in the air into a real story about the themes I’d been exploring for years. I’ve also written a romance/comedy/action adventure series titled “Winter’s Gambit” and “Winter’s Roulette” that are set in Detroit. “At its heart, ‘Roseneath’ is both a ghost story and a love story,” she noted. “After suffering a terrible loss, a young couple, Georgia and Nathan Pritchard, move into an abandoned house called Roseneath, unaware that the house is a mythological battleground between good and evil. In Roseneath’s surreal attic, Georgia discovers the ghost of a dead child named Edie. But as Georgia and Edie heal each other’s wounds in the fairytale attic above, Nathan unearths something diabolical in the cellar below that threatens to tear their whole world apart. ‘Roseneath’ is a reimagining of what the afterlife might be, and an exploration of the bonds that exist between mothers, daughters and romantic partners.” “Roseneath” has garnered three national awards this year, including a Benjamin Franklin Award, Nex Gen Award and the Discovery Award. “I am overwhelmed by the attention a ghost story about

a Cleveland couple dealing with loss in the shadow of the Rust Belt has received. But what I love most of all is how personal this story has been for so many, and how it has resonated with readers both near and far,” McSwain said. “I love getting emails from Midwestern fans who see themselves in the characters, and from distant readers who are enchanted by the unique setting and themes. I think the Rust Belt, and Cleveland in particular, is uniquely situated to lead the way with a new brand of thrillers, horror and suspense stories. We all live amongst the ruins of a Golden Age every day. What could be more inspiring than that?” “I lived in Lakewood for twelve years in the house that inspired ‘Roseneath.’ Was it haunted? I would say that I like to keep an open mind about things that I don’t understand. I’ve lived in all sorts of houses, including other century homes, and only in that house did I experience things I can’t explain. The sounds of two girls laughing and running up the staircase to the old maid’s quarters only to vanish next to my daughter’s bedroom door. Pacing footsteps in the upstairs hallway. Swollen old windows that routinely opened and closed by themselves. Soft music in the middle of the night that seemed to be coming from the dining room. A light with no apparent source in the potting shed that would disappear when we went to investigate,” she noted. “We found an entire room right in the center of the house that had been sealed up, a spirit door on the second floor and a walled off doorway to each. We went through three dryers in that house and the doors of each would pop open the moment I left the room.” “But to me at least, most of this felt like echoes, as if we were living on the top layer of the house’s history and every once in awhile encountered a deeper layer that had worn through. We learned to live with those echoes just as much as they learned to live with us. By the time we sold the house and moved on, the house had gone silent and I could not say why. But, if you live in Lakewood long enough and talk to enough people, you’ll find that most have a presence in their house that they can’t explain. And as I took my daily walks past the gates of Roseneath, which are still standing even though the house is not, I realized that many people in Cleveland live with the echoes of the past as a matter of course, and engage with it in their day-to-day life, something that people in other parts of the country don’t do,” McSwain concluded. “Roseneath” is available through all major booksell-

Local author Dana McSwain drew upon her experiences in restoring a vacant 1921 Tudor Revival home as inspiration for her Gothic novel, “Roseneath.” Photograph provided by Dana McSwain ers and locally at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Mindfair Books in Oberlin, Fireside Books in Chagrin Falls, The Learned Owl in Hudson and Salty Not Sweet in Lakewood. Additionally, McSwain will be appearing at the Massillon Public Library on Oct. 23 and the Avon Lake Public Library on Nov. 6. “Relict,” the sequel to “Roseneath,” will be released from Webb House Publishing. “I’m so excited to unlock a new door in the ‘Roseneath’ universe for readers,” McSwain said. “Relict takes place 27 years after the events of ‘Roseneath,’ and is also set amongst famous Cleveland landmarks such as Franklin Castle, Lake View Cemetery and the old Coast Guard Station. I’m eager to share the unique cultural landscape of Cleveland with the wider world.”

Tips to prevent falls, injury Marking the beginning of fall, the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness (PBO) and Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership supported National Falls Prevention Awareness Day which was in September. The goal is to bring attention to this serious issue that is the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans age 65 and older. Unfortunately, those with impaired vision are more likely to experience falls and injuries. Visual impairment, which can include decreased visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, depth perception, and/or visual field, influences the risk of falls. Vision impairment can affect balance. It also increases the risk of tripping or misjudging steps, stairs or curbs. In Ohio, on average of every two minutes an older person falls, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day. According to data from the Ohio Department of Health: • From 2010 to 2019, the annual number of fall-related deaths among older adults increased by 55%. • In 2019, falls among older Ohioans led to 1,490 deaths, 18,856 hospitalizations, and 75,091 emergency department visits. • Falls account for 60% of fatal traumatic brain injuries among Ohioans age 65 and older. • A fall can lead to depression, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence. • In 2019, 57% of fall-related deaths among older Ohioans occurred in the home and 29% occurred in a residential institution, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. Based on data from the Prevent Blindness report “2020 Vision Problems in Ohio,” over 1.7 million Ohioans ages 40 and over are affected by vision-threatening conditions. The primary causes are diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). B2

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Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate supports the Ohio Department of Aging’s STEADY U Ohio’s falls prevention program which offers the following tips to stay active and healthy to prevent falls: • Have your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses. • Simple exercise, like walking or swimming at least 15 minutes a day can help build muscle strength and improve balance, which can prevent falls. • Find a good balance and exercise program, like tai chi, to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Select a program you like and take a friend. • Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist for side effects that may increase your risk of falling. • Slow down and think through the task you are performing. Be mindful of possible falls risks and act accordingly. • Drink 6-8 glasses of non-alcoholic liquids each day to prevent low blood pressure, fatigue and confusion. • Eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, milk, orange juice, tofu and calcium-fortified cereals to promote your health. Consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine or program. “Because people with vision impairments are more than twice as likely to fall as those without, keeping a regular schedule of eye examinations with an eye care professional can help avoid debilitating falls in the future,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “We hope that by alerting the public to the dangers of falls, as well as educating them on ways to avoid them, we can help prevent unnecessary injuries. And, maintaining healthy vision is one way to accomplish this!” For more information general eye health, please contact Prevent Blindness at (800) 301-2020 or visit pbohio.org.


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Fall’s apple harvest has bakers in the kitchen turning out delicious pies table salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 1/4 pounds tart apples (about 8 large apples), cored. Peeling is optional 1 ounce tapioca starch (1/4 cup) 1 egg, whisked Turbinado sugar Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a gallon-sized zip-top bag (do not add tapioca). Slice apples into 1/2-inch wedges. Place 11 cups apples into the bag and tumble until coated. Macerate at room temperature, flipping the bag occasionally to distribute syrup, about three hours or refrigerate up to eight hours. Add tapioca starch to the apples, reseal, and toss to combine. Roll out bottom crust and line pie plate. Then, place apple filling into the prepared pie shell. Drain some liquid. Roll and drape top crust over filling. Pinch to seal both crusts together and trim to 3/4 inch. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with turbinado sugar and slit holes for steam to escape. Refrigerate the pie until cold and firm, at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 400° F. Place pie on a parchment-lined, aluminum half-sheet pan and bake until 195 F in the center, about 75 minutes. Cool at least 1 hour at room temperature before serving.

By PARIS WOLFE Fall means apples. And apples mean pie. If only it were that easy. Pie making can be an elusive art unless you got the pie-making gene. Otherwise, you learn. The Holy Grail is a flavorful and flaky crust. Fortunately, perhaps, there’s more than one way to get there. Kristin Patterson was just four years old when she started learning pie skills from her grandmother. Part of the seventh generation ownership of Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland – she’s married to Bill Patterson – she says pie helps her time-travel to her roots.“I grew up making pie. My grandma taught me to use multiple apple varieties for more complex flavor.” In fact, she says, “We grew up making birthday pies instead of cakes.” Among her favorites pie apples are Granny Smith and Cortland. But she isn’t limited to that. Patterson’s grows 25 kinds and offers pick-your-own through fall. In addition to already-picked apples, they sell more than a dozen types of pie in their farm market year-round. Apple tops a long list of freshly made pastry that includes Dutch apple, caramel apple nut, cranberry apple, pumpkin, pecan, peach, wild berry, rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, and more. The crumb topping on the Dutch apple is a generations-old butter-crumb recipe. Unlike Patterson, Lisa Freebairn of Cleveland Heights waited until her 50s to develop pie skills. “My mother and grandmother always wanted to teach me to bake when I was a teenager, but I viewed baking as old-fashioned and reminiscent of the age of aprons and women being stuck in the kitchen,” she recalls. “Now, I think of baking quite differently. I think of it as a way to show love. When we taste something good, it takes us back in time. There is nostalgia with those sensory connections.” She was humbled by a pie fail for a pre-pandemic Thanksgiving dinner. So, she asked a friend to teach her pie-making in January 2020. “He is a big fan of Stella Parks’ BraveTart cookbook. He uses her recipes for pie,” she says. “After he taught me, I decided that I needed to do it on my own. So, I made another pie.” And she kept going. Soon friends were giving her piemaking tools and she had a pandemic hobby. She even developed her own crust recipe. “l ended up combining two recipes. I combined the Stella Parks recipe with a Preppy Kitchen recipe,” she says. The Preppy Kitchen’s John Kanell is a social media star. “Both Parks and the Preppy Kitchen make butter crusts, but Preppy Kitchen uses vodka as the secret ingredient, as well as a food processor. I found I loved using the food processor because it was fast and consistently excellent.” To thicken the fruit filling she prefers tapioca flour over cornstarch. “With apple pie, I prefer to macerate the apples in salt and cinnamon and brown sugar in a bag for a couple of hours,” she notes. Piemaking, she says, is never perfected. “I need more work with strawberry pie because the berries are a little trickier. I also want to improve my lattice work. There is a herringbone design that I am dying to try,” she says. “I also have saved a lot of Pinterest pictures of beautiful crust designs with trees and owls and other amazing patterns. I absolutely want to be able to do those.” Marla Monzo-Holmes, cooking instructor and owner of Marla the Chef in Red in Olmsted Falls, learned to make apple slab pies as a young girl in her Italian Nonna’s kitchen in New Castle, Pa. The sheet pan creations, she says, were a natural in the DiCaprio family because they fed a larger group than a simple round pie. When the great fat debate arises – butter vs. lard vs. shortening – Monzo-Holmes combines butter and lard for a flaky, flavorful crust. Like other bakers she avoids shortening, which produces a flaky crust, for health reasons. Lard has recently made a comeback as a substitute for some pies. “I love the flavor of the butter and the results of the lard. If I combine them, you get an amazing result with good flavor and the flakiness you want,” she says. Unlike Freebairn, she skips the food processer in favor of an

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old-fashioned pastry blender. She likes the control, and she leaves bigger chunks of butter mixed with flour for a flakier result. When it comes to apples, her preferred combination is honey crisp and Granny Smith. For those who want to learn more, Monzo-Holmes is teaching her apple slab pie from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 23 at the Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. To register, email chefmarla@ sbcglobal.net,

4 pounds apples peeled, cored, and cut up into 1-inch chunks 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ¾ cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons butter

■ Start with cold ingredients. Keep them cold while mixing. ■ Don’t overwork the dough while mixing or rolling. It will become tough. ■ Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour or as long as two days. ■ Use a mix of apples for the filling. Winesap, Courtland, Macoun, Jonathan, Honeycrisp. Gala. ■ Practice your pie crust skills. Start small with tarts and work your way into pies.

Pie Crust Recipe from Lisa Freebairn 8 ounces all-purpose flour, sifted 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 sticks butter, cold and cubed 1/4 cup ice water 1/4 plain vodka, ice cold Whisk flour, sugar, and salt. Pour dry ingredients into food processor. Distribute cold butter over dry mixture in food processor bowl. Lightly pulse food processor until the flour and butter mixture looks like small peas. Put water and vodka into measuring cup and lightly pour into processor while pulsing. Dump mixture onto floured pie mat. Squeeze the dough into a solid mass. Split the dough in half, make two, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate

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Recipe from Marla Monzo-Holmes Pie Crust for ½ sheet pan (10 x 15) 15 tablespoons butter, cold 15 tablespoons lard, cold 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup ice water, maybe more Whisk flour and salt in large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut in chilled chunks of butter and lard. When chunks are walnut-sized begin to add ice water slowly, bringing dough together with a fork. Dump mixture onto floured surface and use hands to form dough. Add water if needed. Divide dough into two pieces one slightly larger. Press into disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least one hour.

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Apple Filling Recipe from Lisa Freebairn 8 ounces light brown sugar (1 cup packed) 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt OR ¼ tsp

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients, except butter. Allow to macerate while rolling dough. Roll larger dough disk on floured surface. Then press into sheet pan. Gently spread filling over crust. Dot with smaller chunks of butter. Roll second dough disk and place on top. Seal edges and make slits in the top crust. Bake at 375 F for up 40 minutes. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before serving.


Ken Nevadomi (b. 1939) Dancer with Parrot, 1985, acrylic on paper 27 x 20 inches. NEVADOMI: Dancing on the Moon | Exhibition and Sale | On view thru December 23rd | WOLFS Gallery, Beachwood | www.wolfsgallery.com

“Ken Nevadomi: Dancing on the Moon” is on view at WOLFS Gallery During the Summer of 2021, WOLFS proudly announced its representation of Ken Nevadomi (b. 1939), Cleveland’s premier figurative painter of the past four decades. The rich trove of Nevadomi’s paintings and drawings spans a prolific career spent probing provocative subjects that chronicle the close of the Industrial Age and the birth of the Information Age. Painted right here in the Rust Belt, Nevadomi’s work forces us to take a raw look in the mirror at beauty and poetry, but also at horror, meaningless violence, obsession, sex, silliness and fantasy. His work takes us to strange places with dizzying imagination and originality. Important to this region as a major artist and highlyregarded art professor at Cleveland State University, Ken Nevadomi owned his blue-collar roots fully, a persona that adds another dimension to his appeal and informs his imagery. At the age of 17, Nevadomi left his troubled home in Cleveland, enlisting in the service for two tours of duty. During this time, he began to recognize his talent for drawing, drew extensively from life, and hungered to learn how to paint. Once he got out, he sought academic art training and earned his B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1972 and an M.F.A. from Kent State University in 1975. From that point on, he never stopped painting, treating his vocation as a second full-time job in addition to his teaching. His productivity was staggering, and the effort reaped recognition. Nevadomi has been included in numerous juried shows and at least 10 solo exhibitions since 1975. His work was regularly included in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Shows winning several first prizes in painting. He was awarded the 1988 Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts. Despite all these successes, he never had representation in New York, where so many careers are made, like it or not. This changed for Ken Nevadomi in 2021. Early in September, in collaboration with Maxwell Wolf of New Canons, WOLFS presented a selection of Ken Nevadomi’s art to New York, thereby becoming the 82-yearold artist’s one-man New York debut. The dual-venue included, on one hand, New York’s hot spot for contemporary art, the annual Independent Art Fair, along with a concurrent gallery showing in Tribeca, Manhattan on the other. The critical response was unabashedly enthusiastic from ARTnews and ArtForum, among others. What the critics said: “An 82-year-old Neo-Expressionist from Cleveland, Ken Nevadomi is having a moment with his first solo presentation in New York . . . The paintings at Independent are entrancing and enigmatic, in an array of styles that are hard to reconcile as the work of only one artist. And the elusive but evocative subject matter drifts between strange fever-dream visions and sly allusions to the artist’s past as a commercial illustrator. . .” - ARTnews by Andy Battaglia, listing Nevadomi as his top booth at the 2021 fair. “The curator Max Wolf, late of Red Bull Arts, had assembled a presentation of the undersung Cleveland artist Ken Nevadomi’s berserk neo Expressionist paintings and drawings, easily the best thing I saw all week (Independent and Armory Fair, September 2021).” ARTFORUM by Max Lakin at the Armory Art Fair and Independent “Dancing on the Moon” will be the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing the numerous and compelling chapters of this artist’s important career. With few exceptions, the paintings in this exhibition have been locked away for decades. Dating from roughly 1986 to 1993, the paintings represent a mature phase of Nevadomi’s career, when the artist reassessed his direction, and chose to confront, head-on, one of his greatest artistic heroes and inspirations: Pablo Picasso. He admired this “giant” for most of his life, having spent hours in front of Picasso’s majestic Blue Period masterpiece, La Vie, in the collection of Cleveland Museum of Art. A blue palette and classicizing nudes populate many of these canvases which are set in otherworldly terrains. Another hallmark of this period of Nevadomi’s production is his new technical experimentation with gritty paint additives such as sand and plaster which he used to evoke stone and mysterious shores. Dancing on the Moon will be on view at WOLFS through December 23rd, 2021. Contact WOLFS at: 216.721.6945 or info@wolfsgallery.com. View our Website at www.wolfsgallery.com. Follow WOLFS on Instagram @wolfsgallery or Facebook facebook.com/ wolfsgallery.

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Stay warm this fall and winter with luxurious bedding, comfortable loungewear By LAURI GROSS Treat yourself this season to new items for your wardrobe and bedding to ensure you’ll stay warm, cozy, and comfortable for the upcoming seasons. For more than 50 years, Block Bros. at Home in Pepper Pike has been Northeast Ohio’s go-to spot for exquisite luxury bedding (plus bath accessories and gifts) and sales associate Juliana Kascsak, says this year is no exception. She says, “Our flannel sheets are not like anyone else’s. They are naturally sublime and woven of the finest cotton in Germany. The SDH Purist Flannel sheets are plain, but never dull. Also, they’re never printed; just creamy soft.” These 100-percent cotton sheets are brushed on both sides and specially woven to prevent pilling and excessive shrinkage. They are made without dyes or bleaches and the product line includes duvets and shams, in addition to sheets. Juliana adds, “These have been given as holiday, birthday and wedding gifts. Some of our clients put them on when weather turns crisp. A few use them all year.” Block Bros. also has plenty of options for shoppers in need of blankets. In fact, Juliana says, “Blankets are a BIG topic. Throws can be used for draping over the end of the bed or curling up to snuggle or catch your favorite show. So many options here.” In particular, Juliana mentioned Dream Modal from Matouk, which offers throws, shams and blankets that double as a bed cover. These are woven in Switzerland of 70 percent modal fiber and 30 percent Supima cotton, and then are sewn in Fall River, Massachusetts. Juliana says, “It feels like cashmere, launders with ease and comes in five timeless colors.” Block Bros. also has cashmere blankets and throws from CO.BI. in Italy. “Some have subtle reversible colors, and others have saturated colors or great textures,” Julian says. Or choose from plenty of other blankets that range from plush to sleek, to hand-painted velvet. Plus, don’t miss Block Bros.’ selection of down pillows and comforters from Scandia. Scandia also offers down robes that Juliana says are, “divine, especially for those in your life whom are always cold.” These wrap-style robes come in women’s sizes

Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s surpasses fundraising goal The Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s surpassed its fundraising goal, raising close to half a million dollars for Alzheimer’s research and local care and support services. On Sunday, October 3, approximately 2,000 people came to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to participate in this year’s Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the largest fundraiser the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter has. The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter provides free education, care and support services to local families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. There are 50,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in the Chapter’s five-county area and 160,000 caregivers in the region. To date, more than 2,600 participants in the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s have raised more than $479,000. The goal was $440,000. Lindsay Walker, Executive Director of the Cleveland Area Alzheimer’s Chapter, said, “I am so incredibly grateful for the thousands of people who have invested in the power of our mission as we lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Thank you for your generous support.” The Cleveland Chapter serves Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties. The Chapter has additional Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in those counties. People can donate to the Walk through December 31. To donate, go to alz.org/walk. About Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Hudson Christkindlmarkt 2021 set for December 10-12 German-style Holiday market in downtown Hudson. Live entertainment, great food and lots of unique gifts. Gluhwein, holiday beer and cider available. December 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., December 11 from noon to 8 p.m., and December 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

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This wrapstyle down robe from Scandia, available at Block Bros. at Home, comes in eight colors. Photograph courtesy of Block Bros. at Home

small to XL, in eight solid colors and feature a shawl collar, pockets, three inside ties and a belt. The robes are made from 300 thread-count cotton sateen enveloping 550 fill power white down. Pair a new down robe with slippers from KumiKookoon. Juliana explains that these are crafted from “velvet and silk, and are always wonderful.” If you can tear yourself away from all those wonderful items available at Block Bros. stop into Knuth’s, also in Pepper Pike, to see this season’s popular flannel “shacket.” Part shirt, part jacket, Knuth’s store manager, Jamie Pearce,

Lounge sets like this one from Knuth’s are very popular this fall. Photograph courtesy of Knuth’s

These Dream Modal throws available at Block Bros. at Home feel like cashmere, launder with ease and come in five colors. Photograph courtesy of Block Bros. at Home

says, “They work as ‘lounge’ if you throw one over a tee, sweatshirt or workout top, or as a hip-looking jacket or extra piece. It’s definitely a way to elevate your cozy sweats or joggers, and also a great add-on with your ‘real’ clothes.” Overall, Jamie says loungewear remains popular. “No one wants to give up soft, comfy fabrics and elastic waists,” he says, adding that “Loungewear is fine in separates but the lounge set is a continuing trend where the top and bottom match.” At Knuth’s, these often have sporty side stripes or

striped trims, plus lots of color options. Shoppers are still seeking banded-bottom sweatpants and jogger styles, updated this season with a fuller, wider leg.“This style lounge pant looks best with a shorter top or with a longer open cardigan,” Jamie says. “This sort of clothing is great for running errands, meeting for coffee, etc. It will generally be for casual wear if you take it out of the house,” he adds. Part of the experience at Knuth’s is having access to a friendly staff that enjoys helping customers put together their best looks. “We show customers how to switch up what they might wear working from home and elevate it for going out,” says Jamie. For instance, he explains that, “Soft easy tops can be worn with a cool jean or casual pant. A legging that is worn for lounge or workout could also be teamed with a boot or bootie. Add a blouse or sweater, or add a blazer and it’s great for going out.” Knuth’s tops include tees and sweatshirts with graphic prints by local artists. For fashion this fall, easy-care is always a plus, and Jamie adds that the most important thing is that “fabrics are soft and cozy.”

Fall and winter outerwear gets a fresh upgrade this year By LAURI GROSS This fall and winter, stylish coats and jackets have one foot in traditions from the past few years and the other foot boldly stepping into a more colorful, daring fashion future. For instance, Kim Crow, owner and buyer at Evie Lou in Cleveland says puffer coats remain a perennial favorite but this year, look for “fit-and-flare silhouettes, oversized hoods and iridescent fabrics.” Overall, in outerwear, Kim says, “Black remains the top choice, but metallic shades of bronze, platinum and matte gold look really fresh.” She adds, “Other customers have gravitated toward wool car coats in striking color combinations to set themselves apart from the North Face crowd.” Laura Ganley, women’s manager at Kilgore Trout, at Eton Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere agrees and adds, “This fall, we’re seeing more bold looks: louder with red and blues. These are very trendy. Plaid is always in style for fall but this year we have some really fun plaid outerwear pieces.” Julie Lazor, owner of Abigail’s in Aurora, also sees some trends holding over from last year, but with updating. Referring to an item that is part-shirt and part-jacket, she says, “We are thrilled to still see the ‘shacket’ holding strong. It comes in so many lengths to really fit the individual, which is definitely a plus. A variety of weights and materials make it a tough decision here at Abigail’s. We do love the plaids, reversible corduroy, and also have two faux suede snap-front options available.” Laura says, “We have a lot of sweater coats and a lot of fringe, which is really fun. We also have capes of wool and cashmere, and some have a western edge with fringe. Our coats from Herno are very warm but with a very feminine fit so you don’t lose your shape. They’re flattering, warm and functional.” Coats from Aratta, designed in Texas, are a new and popular addition at Abigail’s. Julie says, “These include a vintage army green faux fur coat, an embroidered bomber jacket and a stylish corduroy trench coat.” Kim says, many of the brands at Evie Lou are manufactured in the U.S. but “our best-selling coat styles tend to be from Germany, Israel and Poland, as they offer that utilitarian Euro-chic vibe.” In addition, she says, “Most of the brands we carry are weather-resistant, rather than waterproof, but all are lightweight and versatile. While we have coats of all lengths in store, the majority of our customers seem to prefer a cover-the-bum length. “ Julie explains that comfort remains a big factor as people balance the transition back to work, and she adds, “The most important takeaway is to figure out what looks good on your body shape. We are happy to help you figure this out. Wear what makes you feel good. If you feel good in your clothes it will resonate in your attitude.”

At Kilgore Trout in Eton Chagin Blvd. a luxury men’s jacket from Italian fashion house Enrico Mandelli makes a statement. Photograph courtesy of Kilgore Trout

Coats for men at Kilgore Trout Aaron Jacobs, style advisor at Kilgore Trout says, “For this fall season, we are seeing a re-imagining of what outerwear and tailored clothing can be.” A blazer from Zegna is one example available at Kilgore Trout. It starts with the model of a blazer but it’s done in a knit wool and cotton with a suede insert, thereby turning a traditionally tailored silhouette into a hybrid piece of outerwear. Aaron adds, “As for true outerwear, luxury interpretations have been the most compelling. A piece from Italian fashion house Enrico Mandelli perfectly exemplifies that.” Reinforced with the Loro Piana Rain System,

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Faux fur makes this coat, available at Abigail’s, look and feel great. Photograph courtesy of Abigail’s

Customers at Evie Lou love wool coats in striking color combinations. Photograph courtesy of Evie Lou.

this cashmere jacket with a shearling collar and deerskin leather detailing lets water slide off, thanks to a process

that the manufacturer says impregnates the fibers and creates a membrane that protects against ran, dirt and stains.


International Women’s Air & Space Museum “Corks on the Concourse” The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) hosted its annual fundraiser, “Corks on the Concourse,” at Burke Lakefront Airport the day before the return of the Cleveland National Air Show. This year, the event took place both in person and virtually. More than 105 guests attended the festivities, which included wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music, special exhibits and David Dabney programs. The $20,000 raised and Anna Semple will go toward revamping exhibits and developing new educational programs, according to IWASM Executive Director Sara Fisher. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve and showcase the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace, educate people about their contributions and inspire future generations about bringing history to life. The significance of this year’s fundraiser is that it coincided with the 45th anniversary of the museum, 23 years of which have been celebrated at Burke Lakefront Airport. The museum began as a committee of Ninety-Nines who started saving memorabilia and the history of female pilots. The Ninety-Nines is an international organization of pilots formed in 1929. There were 99 charter members and Amelia Earhart was the first elected president. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Hair salon owner Karen Funke has built her business, her own career, and has nurtured countless others on her commitment to continuous education. Photograph by Julia Healy

Continuous education is the heart and soul of Karen Funke’s business philosophy By JULIA HEALY Entrepreneurs take note: Karen Funke, owner of Funke Hair Body and Soul in Woodmere, has proven that continuous education is the key to a satisfying career and a successful business. Throughout her 44 years in the beauty industry, Funke has not only dedicated herself to learning, she’s also built a 25-year-strong salon business that encourages employees – and even the clientele – to keep learning, too. Funke developed her belief in the power of continuous education early in her career, when a successful industry veteran told her “You’re like an apple on a tree. Every time you educate yourself, you’re growing and ripening. If you get to a point where you say ‘I don’t have any more to learn,’ that’s when you fall from the tree and start to rot.” It’s the same message she tells all her new salon employees. According to Funke, “When we train people, we say ‘our model is continuous education. Embrace it, be passionate about it, and it will help you grow’.” Funke’s salon has grown, too. She and her husband Patrick opened it in 1997 with money from their personal savings. Known originally as Funke and Company, it was a 1,500-square-foot enterprise with four employees providing hair styling services only. Their mission was simple: to build and support a highly talented team, provide them with innovative tools, training and products, and maintain a creative environment that allows them the freedom to offer leading-edge services and exceed clients’ expectations. A year later, her sister and brother-in-law Kris and Robert Fisher became investors, and both also joined the staff--Kris as a stylist and bookkeeper, and Robert as front-of-the-house operations manager. Patrick paints the artwork that adorns the walls and does much of the salon’s maintenance. Today, the salon has grown to 28 employees and 3,400 square feet. The new name, Funke Hair Body and Soul, accounts for the salon’s expansion into nail services, skin care, and massage. Such growth and longevity are remarkable in an industry buffeted by increasing competition from the internet, retail chains like Ulta and Sephora, and growing numbers of independent stylists striking out on their own. The salon industry overall suffers from high turnover of customers and employees, and poaching of employees by competitors. But Funke has bucked those trends by prioritizing continuous education—and in the process, building employee job satisfaction, an esprit de corps among the Funke team, and a fiercely loyal customer base. The salon supports training for its stylists with proceeds from sales of Bumble and bumble hair care products. Long known for its innovative products and styling techniques, Bumble and bumble also pioneered elite training at its New York-based Bb. University. There,stylists work with the foremost professionals in print media, the entertainment industry, and runway modeling—learning some of the most avant-garde trends, techniques and products. Five-day immersion classes also teach business skills like marketing, employee management, electronic booking, and more. Training at Bb. University—and before that, through the salon’s distributors in Toledo—is how Funke herself learned the nuts and bolts of running a salon—bookkeeping, budgeting, and hiring prospective employees. Learning how to conduct a probing job interview while avoiding inappropriate topics was an especially valuable lesson. Before she opened her own shop, Funke worked as an employee at several other salons and was forced to find, and pay for, her own training. She attended five of the vaunted Vidal Sassoon centers in Australia, England, San Francisco, New York and Canada (twice). At $1,200 per class, not including airfare, food or lodging, it was a stretch for her to afford them. But it was worth it. The experience, she says, “was like an adrenaline rush—learning and knowing that each time I learned something I would get better—even if it challenged me to unlearn what I’d previously learned.” The 2006 acquisition of Bumble and bumble by Estee Lauder, the COVID pandemic, and the proliferation of YouTube training videos have meant fewer New York City training trips for Funke and her employees in recent years. But Bumble and bumble still offers online classes, and she continues to teach in-person classes for salon employees and apprentices. She says she “constantly” watches YouTube demonstrations by up-and-coming stylists, and shares the best ones with employees. She even follows Chineselanguage demonstration videos—with the sound on mute. All that continuous education means Funke and her employees stay on top of the latest hair care information, trends and techniques. It also enables them to teach their clients. They share wellness tips for growing and maintaining healthy hair. They recommend products that are appropriate for clients’ styles and hair types, and explain when and how to use them. Without that behind-thechair education, clients may go on their own to stores like Ulta, buy the wrong products, use them incorrectly, and be dissatisfied with the results. Armed with high school cosmetology classes, a supportive family invested in the success of the salon, and a relentless dedication to constant learning, Karen Funke has built a meaningful career for herself and others. Her employees are loyal, thanks to the dynamic culture of the salon. Even when they move on, she says, “We don’t count it as a loss and a failure because we’ve helped them grow beyond the level where they started. They may leave us, but we’re happy if they’re still in the business after five years because we gave them the knowledge and the willpower to stick with it so long.”

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Different meaderies have different styles. Try a flight, like this one at Western Reserve Meadery, to learn more about their styles and your taste preferences. The two-ounce pours are, left to right: Buckwheat Blossom Honey Cherry, Buckwheat Blossom Orange Peel, Winter Warmer, Medjool Date Melomel.

Honey used in mead-making creates sweet season for Northeast Ohio craft meaderies By PARIS WOLFE As interest grows, the buzz is building about mead. Craft meaderies are popping up around the country and Northeast Ohio is sweet on the trend. The oldest, fermented beverage on earth, mead is essentially “honey wine.” The main fermentable sugar, honey, is the defining ingredient, says Douglas Shaw, co-founder at Western Reserve Meadery in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. “No honey, no mead. But there are a lot of different ‘adjunct’ ingredients used in meadmaking. In fact, one way of classifying meads is by what, if any, adjuncts the mead contains.” Adjuncts are fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, or grains. These create subcategories of mead known as … bochet – mead made with caramelized or cooked honey melomel – mead with fruit capsumel– melomel where the fruit is peppers cyser – melomel where the fruit is apples. Basically, a mead/cider hybrid pyment – melomel with grapes (i.e. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) or a mead/wine hybrid braggot – mead with grains, usually malted barley. Essentially a mead/beer hybrid metheglin – mead with spices or herbs Despite the honey, mead is not necessarily sweet. Like any wine, it ranges in sweetness with many makers preferring dryer styles. Most come in with alcohol content about the same as wine. Mead makers say it’s hard to describe what mead should taste like because taste varies greatly by terroir of the honey and adjunct as well as maker style. “Mead is very diverse. You will find everything out there from light- to full-bodied, dry to sweet, sparkling or still, all sorts of different types of honeys and adjuncts and flavor profiles,” says Shaw. “It can be a little confusing. The best advice is to actually go to a meadery and sample. There will be a wider selection and knowledgeable staff to guide you. Even then, different meaderies can have vastly different styles, so it helps to try a few.” Selecting honey for mead making is a culinary skill. “It’s an art of tasting and imagining how that honey might transform into something magical as a mead – either on its own, or in combination with fruits or spices,” says Shaw, who made mead at home before opening Western Reserve. “There are higher and lower quality honeys. We stay away from honeys that have been homogenized or overly filtered. They lose a lot of their flavor, aroma, and overall richness in the process.” “There are honeys that I prefer for making mead,” he notes. “I love using rich, dark honeys like buckwheat, or goldenrod. Single source fruit honeys are also wonderful. Blackberry honey, apple blossom honey or raspberry honey carry the essence of their associated fruits because the bees gather the nectar that they make those honeys with from those same bushes and trees.” Some of Western Reserve Meadery’s products include hopped apricot, strawberry basil and spiced pumpkin meads. They’re available in the tasting room, online and a few small retailers. A chemist by profession, Dan Zikursh has been a beekeeper for a dozen years and is president of the Lake County Beekeepers. He attributes his foray into craft mead-making to excess honey. “The first time as a beekeeper that you have a 55-gallon drum of honey sitting around and no real idea what to do with that much honey, you’re probably going to try your hand at brewing,” he laughs. “At least that was my experience.” “I used about 100 pounds of honey that fall and winter. I made Cyser [apple mead] that first time,” he recalls. “I made a few batches so I could see what yeast and how much cinnamon to use.” After much experimentation both personally and professionally, Zikursh has honed a honey-forward style. “Honey is and should be one of the strongest tastes in a mead. I typically use a light wildflower that’s heavy in linden. That said, I love to use Ohio goldenrod in the fall. It gives a taste of butterscotch and caramel to my apple

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The oldest alcoholic beverage, mead or “honey wine,” often includes adjuncts such as the fruit used to make this Raven’s Choice blueberry mead from Three Sips Meadery. pie Cyser. I also use orange blossom to add citrus. Honey has so many options.” That experimentation led to Three Sips Meadery at Mutual Weirdness Farm in rural Geneva Township. The conversation started when Zikursh located beehives at the farm owned by Marcus and Meagan Weidner. Zikursh and Weidner started with a “what-if” conversation that led to the licensed business. Made in a Norse (or Viking) style, Zikursh describes his mead as lacking an alcohol-forward taste. When it comes to sampling, he says, “don’t worry about being fancy or technical or correct. Just close your eyes, smell it, taste it, and tell me if you liked it. You are supposed to enjoy it. Know that food seriously changes the taste. I have favorites for drinking on their own and others I want to drink with a meal.” The mead is available at the farm, during reservationonly tastings on Tuesday and Friday, and at the Shaker Square Farmers Market. They hope to offer it soon at retail. For more information, visit threesipsbrewing.com. For those who want to make their own, Zikursh is teaching a basic mead-making class for the Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association. In November. Watch for information at greaterclevelandbeekeepers.com/. At Red Barn Cellars in Harpersfield, mead-making was a natural progression of farming. Nestled in the Grand River Valley wine country, winemakers Steve Robinson and Steve Gala make and sell mead as well as hard ciders and fruit wines. It all started as an extension of growing apples. “We have beekeepers who bring in bees to the orchard every year for pollination of the apple trees and we wanted to honor that work,” says founder/co-owner Michelle Gala. “Without the bees we wouldn’t have any of our products. It didn’t hurt that we are all huge fans of McAlpine Meadery in central Ohio and all their amazing meads. We absolutely wouldn’t be doing this without their influence or guidance.” They currently have The Beeries and the Bees blackberry mead in stock. And the winemakers have started a new batch of The Buzz on Fuzz, a peach mead. “The peach is sweeter than the blackberry,” says Gala. “They are both like eating the best of their respective fruits. We have a third flavor currently in the works that we are super excited about. Everyone should stay tuned for that.” Red Barn Cellars’ mead is only available at their production facility at 5900 Leslie Road, in Harpersfield. They are open by appointment Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. By spring 2022, they’re planning to share space with Robinson’s Apple Barn at the corner of routes 534 and 307 in Harpersfield.

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University Hospitals (UH) friends and benefactors gathered at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sept. 13, 2021, for the annual Society of 1866 celebration. After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 honorees were recognized for their generosity and commitment to making a difference in Northeast Ohio. Michael and Grace Drusinsky, and Sally and Alexander “Sandy” Cutler were honored with the Samuel L. Mather Visionary Award. Richard Martin, MD, received the 2021 Distinguished Physician Award. When facing a possible shoulder replacement, Michael Drusinsky turned to the UH Department of Orthopedic Surgery for a second opinion. The Beachwood, Ohio resident’s treatment was successful and in recognition of his outstanding care, Michael and his wife, Grace, established the Michael and Grace Drusinsky Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Their investment in the UH Sports Medicine Institute grew with a transformational, eight-figure gift to establish the Drusinsky Family Sports Medicine Complex, which is part of the UH Ahuja Medical Center expansion. The facility will be a destination for advanced sports medicine care, consolidating a variety of services into a convenient, state-of-the-art complex. Michael and Grace first became involved with UH through their brother-in-law, internationally recognized UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital neonatologist Avroy A. Fanaroff, MD. In 2006, the couple established the Drusinsky-Fanaroff Chair in Neonatology in his honor. Michael is a former inaugural board member of UH Ahuja Medical Center and both he and Grace are members of the UH Board of Trustees. To support UH’s efforts to revolutionize the way men seek and address their health care needs, Sandy Cutler and his wife, Sally, of Gates Mills, Ohio, made a visionary $15 million gift to establish the Cutler Center for Men and the Alexander and Sarah Cutler Chair in Men’s Health. A multidisciplinary, systemwide effort, the Cutler Center for Men will bring together primary care and specialists in heart disease, urology, digestive health, mental health, orthopedics, integrative health and other key services to motivate men to receive comprehensive care throughout their lifetime. Headquartered on the campus of UH Ahuja Medical Center, the Cutler Center will be located on the third floor of the Drusinsky Family Sports Medicine Complex with more locations to follow. “Michael and Grace Drusinsky and Sandy and Sally Cutler are visionaries in the truest sense of the word,” said Cliff Megerian, MD, FACS, CEO, University Hospitals. “Their legacy will be one of innovation, generosity and compassion for our community.” Over the course of nearly five decades at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, neonatologist Richard J. Martin, MD, has touched the lives of thousands of families. When Dr. Martin, who resides in Lyndhurst, Ohio, came to the United States from his native Australia in the early 1970s, the field of neonatology was in its infancy and piqued his interest. Today, Dr. Martin is an internationally recognized authority in neonatology whose work has transformed the care of premature infants. Named the inaugural Drusinsky-Fanaroff Chair in Neonatology in 2006, Dr. Martin served as UH Rainbow’s Division Chief of Neonatology for 13 years before becoming the division’s Director of Research. Earlier in his tenure, Dr. Martin worked with UH Rainbow and MacDonald Women’s hospitals President Patti DePompei, who began her career at Rainbow as a NICU nurse. “Richard and I just connect on so many levels personally and professionally. We share the same positive attitude and love for what we do. UH Rainbow is so honored he chose to spend his professional career caring for the most vulnerable infants in Northeast Ohio,” said DePompei.

Michael and Grace Drusinsky

Richard and Patricia Martin

Sally and Sandy Cutler

Greater Cleveland Aquarium to host Pumpkins & Piranhas on Friday, Oct. 27 Visit Greater Cleveland Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.) for Pumpkins & Pirhanas. Costumes are encouraged and very much appreciated,” says Education Coordinator Matt Debelak, noting that baby sharks, superheroes, princesses, scarecrows and seahorses roamed the galleries in 2019. “It’s funny to me to see a T-Rex reaching out to touch a stingray—an animal that pre-dates that dinosaur.” The family-friendly fun days are included with general admission ($19.95 ages 13+, $13.95 ages 2-12, $0 Passholders and guests younger than 2) and feature extended hours, underwater pumpkin decorations, costumed SCUBA divers, a small, take-home treat bag for children, pop-up animal enrichment and I Spy/trivia activities focused on some of the curious creatures residing at the Aquarium. “Moray eels, poison dart frogs, sharks and many of the animals we might think are scary are really fascinating and a little misunder-

stood,” explains Debelak. “Piranhas aren’t really a danger to humans, but an Amazon River basin expedition story President Theodore Roosevelt penned about seeing hungry piranhas in a feeding frenzy gave the fish a fearsome reputation.” The Aquarium asks that guests purchase advance general admission tickets to ensure entry. “We are deliberately limiting attendance and timing arrival to ensure social distancing,” explains Debelak. “We wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who came out in costume on a sold-out day.” The Aquarium will also be hosting Pumpkins & Piranhas-themed videos leading up to Halloween including this virtual program exclusively for members: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located on the West Bank of the Flats, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, 44113. Call 216.862.8803 or visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com for more information.


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Piano Cleveland “2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition Bravo Gala” The 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition culminated in a celebratory Gala that spanned four enchanting evenings at the Shoreby Club from August 8 - 11. The Bravo Gala welcomed Cleveland’s most generous supporters of the arts for an evening that delighted attendees and celebrated the winners of the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition. Guests were dazzled by the four Finalists’ performances in an outdoor setting, creatively imagined to allow for smaller, socially-distanced groups to gather to support the pinnacle of classical music artistry. Each evening included a cocktail hour with Lake Erie sunset backdrops and live music by Opus216, followed by dinner and spellbinding performances on a Steinway Spirio by the CIPC’s four New Medalist, including the debut performance of the 2021 Mixon First Prize Winner Martín García García. The organization was humbled by the support of 650 attendees across the four evenings, who directly supported Piano Cleveland’s dedication to pianistic excellence and community engagement by giving over $470,000 towards the development of these incredible artists and the growth of piano music in Cleveland and abroad. STORY SUBMITTED BY PIANO CLEVELAND/PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREG WILSON

Zeda Blau, Herb Wainer and Zoe Green

Back row (L to R): Mary Ann Carlson, Victor Scaravilli, Bonnie Humphrey, Dick Moroscak Front row (L to R): Harry Carlson, Diann Scaravilli, Charles Michener, Cici Riley

Pat Brownell and Anne Ames

The Shoreby Club served as the elegant venue for The Bravo Gala to benefit Piano Cleveland.

Larry and Fran Greenes, Morry Weiss, Yaron Kohlberg, Margaret Singerman, Judy Weiss, and Mixon First Prize Winner, Martin Garcia Garcia

Terry and Sally Stewart, Megan Mehalko, and Regina and Gregg Eisenberg

2021 Mixon First Prize Winner, Martin Garcia Garcia, plays for the crowd.

110th Sunbeam Holiday Boutique The Sunbeam Holiday Boutique benefiting Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) is poised to return to The County Club in early November. Sunbeam Board President, Catherine Herrick Levy, was reminded of the origins of the Sunbeam name while planning this year’s Boutique: “The pioneering women who named our board chose the name because the rainbow follows the storm, and after the rainbow comes the sunbeam. This year marks the 110th year of the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, which is a true holiday tradition in Cleveland. We proudly stand on the shoulders of generations of women who have poured their hearts into planning this special sale. Last year we adjusted to a hybrid format, and our community steadfastly supported us. We can’t wait to bring back the legendary sale to The Country Club.” The Boutique attracts sophisticated and unique vendors from across the nation as well as favorite local vendors. Each vendor donates 15% of their Boutique sales to VGS, which supports thousands of Ohioans with disabilities each year – preparing them for a brighter future. This year the Boutique will host many favorite vendors from prior years and welcome exciting new vendors. Macy Stein, who is co-chairing the Boutique with Kristen Salata, remarked on the vendor response: “Both returning and new vendors have been eager to be at the Boutique. The Boutique committee has been working tirelessly to make sure there are wonderful options for holiday gifting needs.” The Sunbeam Board is the contemporary iteration of the Sunbeam Circle, formed in 1890 by a group of women who turned their sewing circle into an enterprise that provided financial support and gifts to children at Lakeside Hospital. The Sunbeam Circle grew, opening rehabilitation centers and schools that supported children and adults with disabilities. In 1956, after decades of innovation and tenacity, VGS was incorporated. Today, The Sunbeam Board and VGS remain essentially tied to one another. Sunbeam raises funds and awareness of VGS while helping to grow and guide the organization. The 110th Sunbeam Holiday Boutique kicks off on the evening of Wednesday, November 3 with an Opening Night Party where ticket holders can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being the first to shop. Regular shopping hours are Thursday, November 4, 10 am – 9 pm and Friday, November 5, 10 am – 3 pm. For more information visit vgsjob.org/sunbeamholidayboutique.

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Hawken Was Founded to Be Different From its earliest days, Hawken School has been committed to developing both character and intellect. We believe that living meaningful, productive lives requires traits such as compassion, integrity, initiative, confidence, and resilience as well as a commitment to lifelong learning. Our motto of “Fair Play” is displayed in every classroom, encouraging every member of our community not only to be smart, but to be mindful of how we treat others. Hawken was founded as an educationally progressive school, and we remain academically progressive - because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a coeducational environment to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to and reflects the values of the present to prepare students for a promising future. For more than a decade, Hawken faculty have been creating nationally-recognized programs that place students in the real world and engage them in solving authentic problems. At Hawken, learning doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. It happens throughout our 300acre campus, at labs, museums, at non-profits across Cleveland, and even in canoes on the rivers of Pennsylvania. The Mastery School of Hawken, opened in 2020 in University Circle for students in grades 9 -12, takes this approach to scale through designing programming built entirely around mastery – the simple notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. With a focus on hands-on learning, our programs enable students to be active participants in their education.By using an interdisciplinary and experience-based approach whenever possible and appropriate, students dive deeper into subject areas and become immersed in the process of learning and discovery. The best way to learn more about Hawken is to visit. To view our parent visit and open house dates and to RSVP, go to hawken.edu/admission or call 440.423.4446. B10

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Updated, expanded Chagrin Falls Victorian home for sale on E. Washington St.

The kitchen combines workspace and storage with an eat-in area and is open to the living room as well as a family/hearth room.

By RITA KUEBER From the exterior scroll accents along the roofline to the stalwart foundation, this charming Chagrin Falls Victorian, lovingly updated and expanded, blends easy, laidback living with modern amenities. The current owners took their renovation down to the studs, expanded the back of the house, and added to the second story, but always remained true to the character of the home. Built in 1881, the house now has new electrical, replumbed windows, rebuilt staircase, and with the removal of one wall, an open and airy floor plan. The front porch has period-style spindles and railings, romantic gasburning exterior light fixtures, and gingerbread trim at the entrance. The interior is bright and spacious. The first floor has hardwood floors, high ceilings, and recessed lighting plus decorative accent light fixtures in each room, all on dimmers, to create various moods. The living room runs the length of the house, ending in an inviting window seat. A fireplace, mantle, and wood-burner were added to this room during renovation. To the left is an open dining room that forms an Lshape with the living room, and runs parallel to the wood staircase. At the front of the house is a cozy den, plus a half bath. The den has built-in shelves that frame the bench seat at the window. The kitchen has a high, beamed ceiling and recessed lighting as well. The room is open and starts with an elegant little sitting area by the side door, and the secluded side patio just outside. The work area has newer stainless appliances, a countertop range, breakfast bar, granite and butcher block surfaces, and white cabinetry. Next is a gas fireplace opposite the back entry that has a cleverly concealed storage/mudroom to keep clutter under control. At the back of the kitchen is a hearth room, framed by large windows, and offering views of the back patio and the huge yard. Along the stairs is a custom-made continuous railing that becomes a banister for the upper main hallway. The owner’s suite, part of the addition and all customdesigned, has a lovely arched entrance, built-in closets with pocket doors, and a vaulted-ceiling bedroom. The bath has a large soaking tub next to the shower area, both behind a glass enclosure. This wet room is trimmed in marble, matching the twin sink vanity and its custommade marble counter. The second story has a full-sized washer and dryer, hidden within a closet. This level also has three additional bedrooms and two additional full baths. Each bedroom has decorative elements that illustrate the owners’ reverence for history and appreciation for the house’s original era. The lower level has a unique surprise. With storage and second laundry spaces on one side, the owners carved out a kind of adult hide-a-way with dark walls, relaxed furnishing, and wine racks. This “speakeasy” works for private-time as well as entertaining. The room opens out onto the back brick patio.

The house radiates warmth and vitality with its layers of light, and clever use of space, all designed to create a relaxed and sophisticated environment.

An inspired blend of original and innovative, this meticulously updated Victorian is bright, spacious, and welcoming. Set in the heart of Chagrin Falls, the location offers an easy walk to the Village with its shops and restaurants and is on the annual Blossom Time Parade route. 206 East Washington has 3,177 square feet with four bedrooms and five baths (three full/two half baths), two

porches, two patios, and a private backyard that’s 260 feet deep. The detached two-car garage was originally a barn. Public water/public sewer, whole-house generator, and central air throughout. Listed by Michelle McQuade of Howard Hanna Real

Dunham Tavern Museum “Summer Soiree”

Greg Brandt, Daniel and Caitlin Cole and Greg Hahn

Jill and Jack Diamond, Dr. Brenda Ellner, Dick Rogen and Mel Schoenstein C2

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Dunham Tavern Museum’s annual “Summer Soiree” benefit held on the museum’s gardens and grounds was attended by more than 185 guests. The theme of this year’s event was, “A Country A’Fair.” Attendees enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy, along with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a barbecue dinner catered by Smoky Sweet Soul. Entertainment in the gardens included music by Moss Stanley and the Sam Hooper Group, juggling and stilt walking by the Wizbang Circus, a blacksmithing demonstration by Dan Cole and fortune tellers in the Klein Garden. There was an opportunity to wander next door to see the Cleveland Foundation HQ construction and to view Merritt Chase’s Dunham master plan for a central park in Cleveland. The evening’s honoree was neighboring Digital C, a non-profit internet service provider focused on bridging the digital divide and empowering Greater Cleveland to achieve success through technology and connected community. The host committee for “Summer Soiree” was led by co-chairs Laurie Nice and Linda Harper. The goal of this year’s benefit was to raise about $35,000 to support Dunham Tavern Museum’s programs, according to Brenda Ellner, Ph.D., president of the board of directors. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

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M.U.S.I.C invites you to enjoy an enchanted Halloween-themed musical program in two grand Cleveland homes! Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre, arranged for violin and piano Paganini: Witches’ Dance Cassado: Dance of the Green Devil Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain Humperdinck: “Witch’s Aria” from Hansel and Gretel Korngold: Caprice Fantastique (“Dance of the Goblins”) Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau, Op. 39, No. 6 (“Red Riding Hood”) and more! Evening 1: Friday, October 29, 2021 (Harcourt, Cleveland Heights) Evening 2: Saturday, October 30, 2021 (S. Woodland, Shaker Heights) Time: 7 p.m. Attire: Cocktail dress, 1920s costume, or one of your choice! A sampling of gourmet appetizers and desserts included. Advanced reservations required (Limited seating): Patron - $75, General - $50 Call or e-mail for discounted “Young Adult” rate *In accordance with other Arts organizations, proof of full vaccination or a current negative COVID test will be checked at the door. Purchase Tickets Now: Call 216.702.7047, e-mail stars@intheclassics.org, or online at starsintheclassics.org Send checks to: M.U.S.i.C. 3939 Lander Rd. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

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Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development “Harvest Homecoming” Hanna Perkins is a small school with a big heart. Along with pre-school and kindergarten classroom instruction, its educators and counselors tackle the roots of difficult behavior, bullying, depression, and mental health in very small children as well as parents and other adults. It’s been doing this for 70 years. Since 1951, the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development (HP) has been changing the world one child at a time. To celebrate its anniversary, Hanna Perkins (HP) created the Harvest Homecoming benefit, attended by 150 guests gathered under a spacious tent on the HP campus. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and a delicious buffet from Café 56. The event included a live auction with prizes such as a helicopter tour of Downtown Cleveland, an exclusive dinner at The Ritz, and a private home vacation in Park City, Utah. The live auction also included a mind/body package from Dr. Dan Ratner, an HP alum, and a speaker at the event. The remarks and live auction were live-streamed, and patrons at home could bid in real-time. Auctioneer Bob Hale kept the proceedings moving and entertaining. The prestigious Hadden Award, named for long-time supporters Lainie and Dr. John Hadden, was presented to the Hanna Perkins School Teachers for their embodiment of the mission and their tireless work and flexibility during the pandemic. The 10 current teachers have 172 years of service to Hanna Perkins between them. In a way, honoring the current teachers was a nod to all the teachers through the organization’s seventy years. Educators from Hanna Perkins work with other teachers in school districts throughout the area to deliver unique programming to use in the classroom. Proceeds from the event will go to maintain Hanna Perkins programming and to endow the school’s scholarship fund. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA KUEBER

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Bolton property plans a harmonious mix of conservation and development Located at the northeast corner of Route 615 and Interstate 90 along the southern edge of Mentor in an evolving prime corridor in Lake County, the 230-acre, privatelyowned Bolton property is poised to transform the area. The property has been home to the Bolton family for nearly a century, and the grounds, residences, garages and barns have been meticulously maintained. It is an estate unlike any other in Northeast Ohio. The family’s mission is to share this one-of-a-kind property and make the land available to be enjoyed and used by the community for generations. As a result of a recent settlement, the Bolton estate will soon begin a transformation that will foster that mission. The Western Reserve Land Conservancy will obtain 90 acres (56 in Mentor and 34 in Kirtland Hills), which will open up most of the old growth forest and nature preserve on the property to the public. The Bolton house and homestead portion of the property will either be repurposed for public or commercial use or sold as a private residence. The balance of the estate is being marketed to developers with the intent to transform the land into a mixed-use micro-community that will inject activity and investment into this growing area. An approved proposed site plan includes a residential neighborhood consisting of detached single-family homes, as well as attached single-family

townhomes, both with connections to the conservation area and other portions of the development. A mixed-use neighborhood that incorporates a ground-floor retail corridor, village square, public space and a specialty grocery store couldcomprise another portion of the development, while a mixed-use commercial park that imagines a hotel, office buildings and other commercial uses rounds out the final section of the proposed project. The property is across the street from the successful Newell Creek development, which includes a residential neighborhood, and nursing and memory care facilities; the Norton Parkway Business Corridor, which includes an Avery Dennison facility and the new Newell Creek Medical Building; and the forthcoming 95,232-squarefoot Cleveland Clinic Mentor Hospital, which broke ground in late-September and should be operational by 2023. Once all of these assets are at full strength, and with the amenity of a vast network of trails that provide immediate connectivity to nature and neighborhoods, while within minutes of state-of-the-art medical care, one could imagine an economic development win for not only the site itself, but for Mentor and Lake County. Terry Coyne is a Vice Chairman in the Cleveland office of commercial real estate services firm, Newmark.Visit TerryCoyne.com for more information.

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Legal Aid Society of Cleveland “Jam for Justice” When Michael Donnelly rocked REO Speedwagon’s “Roll with the Changes,” the Ohio Supreme Court justice and his attorney bandmates might well have been singing about Jam for Justice 2021. The signature summer concert, a major fundraiser for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, switched overnight from an outdoor festival on the Great Lakes Science Center lawn to personal video screens. And Covid wasn’t the only cause. Poor weather, i.e. torrential rain, gusty winds and a tornado watch in Ashtabula, had organizers whirling from the larger outside event to a repeat of the virtual livestreaming used in 2020. “Once we knew weather conditions were not in our favor, and public health advice confirmed our choice to move to a 100% virtual livestream, Legal Aid staff, vendors, and the Jam for Justice performers pivoted plans in just 24 hours,” said Melanie Shakarian, director of development and communications at Legal Aid. Seven local bands, including Justice Donnelly’s group Faith & Whiskey, featured attorneys, judges, law students, and law faculty from across Northeastern Ohio, all raising the rafters to a skeleton crew and computer equipment. Sharing the stage docket: Razing the Bar, the No Name Band, Luke Lindberg & the Hung Jury, SIX sometimes SEVEN, State Road and Out of Order. “As a community, we learned quite a bit about flexibility and quick pivots over the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Shakarian via email. “The last-minute adjustments to Jam for Justice on September 22, 2021 – while inconvenient – were made easy by the kindness and flexibility of our sponsors, ticket holders, participating bands, Levy Catering, NPi Audio Visual and our partners at the Great Lakes Science Center.” Supporters switched their energy online as well. The exclusive livestream, combined with Facebook, drew an estimated 700 viewers along with a record $110,000 to support Legal Aid’s mission to protect shelter, ensure safety, and promote economic stability in five counties in Northeast Ohio. Paul Harris, retired general counsel for KeyCorp, matched gifts directed through the Jam event, bolstering the agency’s ability to meet the greatly increased demand for legal assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEGGY TURBETT

Rick Wesorick, Steve Zashin and Justice Michael Donnelly perform with Faith & Whiskey.

Hosts Brad Wolfe, attorney and disc jockey, and Stephanie Haney, WKYC digital anchor and legal analyst

Judge KJ Montgomery (retired); Colleen Cotter, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland executive director; Joe Rodgers, board member; Barbara Roman, Legal Aid vice president; and Rita Maimbourg, Legal Aid board president

Caramel apple blondie cheesecake This recipe ran in the September issue of Currents, and readers called with some questions about it as it originally was provided to us. So minor changes have been made, and we hope you will be tempted to try it in your own kitchens this season. Makes 16 pieces

BLONDIE: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped

Cheesecake: 1 lb. cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs, room temperature, whipped 3/4 cup sour cream, room temperature 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 3 Tbsp. flour or corn starch

Apple Topping: 3 small honey crisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped 3/4 cup prepared caramel sauce, plus more for serving 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped 1/4 cup rolled oats Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour a 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add in eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add flour mixture in and mix until just combined. Gently mix in half the walnuts. Press cookie dough into the prepared baking dish with lightly floured hands. Top with remaining walnuts. Gently push them into the top of the cookie dough. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. While blondies are baking, make cheesecake filling. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sour cream together with sugar. Incorporate milk, and vanilla into mixture. Finish with cornstarch. Whip eggs in a separate bowl and fold into cream cheese mixture. Set aside to rest while making apple topping. To make apple topping toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl, make sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Pour cheesecake batter over blondie crust. Top with apple crisp mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the cheesecake is set. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce and serve. — Recipe from Loretta Paganini

Bonfoey Gallery exhibits Laurence Channing: Paintings and Pastels” Nov. 12 through Dec. 30 Bonfoey Gallery is excited to present Laurence Channing: Paintings and Pastels Nov. 12 through Dec. 30, 2021. The exhibition is comprised of a collection of artworks in which Channing depicts various Cleveland scenes. Highly acclaimed for his ability to seductively capture the lesser praised areas of our city, Channing’s works detail authentic parts that often get lost behind the façade of trendy streets and affluent neighborhoods scattered throughout the city. The work in this exhibition stays rooted in his authentic views of Cleveland, but strays from his recognizable charcoal drawings. The pieces, made primarily with pastels, are different than what one might think when they hear the name Laurence Channing. The collection is almost entirely comprised of works in color! Though not completely new terrain for Channing, they are different from other color work he’s done in the past. These images are grittier and harder; the use of color adds a striking element to the work we know so well. According to Channing, “It is the artist’s task to give meaning to images of that battered, inchoate, and lovely world; through leaving out, keeping in, and remaining C6

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alert to the suggestions offered by our work itself, as it struggles to exist.” Channing does just that. Since he recognizes his unique ability as an artist to portray interpretations of our world, no matter the imperfections, it is no wonder he turns to color to further exemplify the unforeseen beauty of our city. The vibrant portrayals of these views bring life to otherwise desolate and somber scenes. As locals, we turn to the work of Laurence Channing to remind us of the bones of our city. Though not necessarily attractive in their existence, these places are as much a part of Cleveland as its famous landmarks and attractions. So, to Laurence Channing, we say thank you for being one of the great artists of our city and for acting upon your gifted ability to portray our city in such dynamic ways. Please schedule an appointment to visit the gallery and view the show - appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To view available appointment times, please visit the event page or find additional details at www.bonfoey.com. For more information, please visit www.bonfoey.com or contact the Bonfoey Gallery at 216.621.0178 or gallery@bonfoey.com.


Financial tips for women older than 50 experiencing divorce By LAURI GROSS According to a posting on the Charles Schwab website, older couples are divorcing in increasing numbers: Divorces after age 50 are happening at twice the rate they did just a generation ago. Often referred to as “gray divorce,” there are unique challenges in divorcing at this stage of life that warrant consultation with attorneys and financial planners as you navigate through the process. Today’s longer lifespans mean many more years to live after retirement and the fact that, in general, people spend more of those years in good health, means people have more time to reinvent themselves. These trends are contributing to the higher rates of gray divorce. Molly Balunek, Partner and Financial Planner at Endeavor Wealth Advisors agreed and added, “I also believe that social changes in the last 20 years about the stigma of divorce, and the realization by women that they don’t need to stay in an unsatisfying relationship are part of this trend.” Kayleigh Cowser, Esq., Director, Trusts & Estates, Clearstead (fiduciary investment advisors) said she has also seen gray divorces when “older family members who would have caused a ruckus over a divorce have passed away.” Whether a divorce is on the horizon or not, Kayleigh said, “It’s imperative that both spouses understand their financial picture and, if you have a financial adviser, both spouses should regularly attend meetings. If you’ve regularly reviewed your balance sheet, budget, or attended meetings with your financial adviser over the years, you’ll have more clarity and confidence on the financial matters during the divorce.” She said this can mean creating an inventory of assets and liabilities including bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts, mortgage, credit cards, and auto loans. Then, she said, “Make sure you have copies of life in-

surance policies, tax returns, and the pre-nuptial agreement. Divorcing after 50 can shatter retirement dreams and may include lifestyle changes when your income and assets are divided. You’ll need to establish a budget for during the proceeding and after. This will allow you to determine how much you’ll need for expenses and if you’ll need to make adjustments to your lifestyle. Will you be able to afford the current house or will downsizing offer more financial freedom?” Molly agreed that the most important thing for women to know “is a realistic living-expense figure for what it

costs for her to establish an independent household.” Next, she said, “understand assets and income sources that will exist after the divorce. For example, Social Security benefits based on the ex-husband’s earning history are available to a divorced spouse if the marriage lasted longer than ten years, and if they are higher than benefits based on her own earning history. It is best to seek a consultation with an independent financial planner before the assets are divided up and the divorce is final. A financial planner can help her understand how the assets she receives can be utilized to provide for her through the

reminder of her life.” Noting some pitfalls for women to avoid, Molly said the biggest is “not negotiating and accepting a smaller amount of assets so the divorce can be finalized.” She explained, “Women tend not to negotiate anyway, and when there is emotional tension, they tend to cave sooner to end the tension. A larger settlement from the divorce goes a long way toward financial security in retirement.” The second biggest pitfall, Molly said, “is women insisting on keeping the house rather than receiving an equal amount of assets. This is more common when there are still children at home, because the home represents security and stability. However, a home can be expensive to maintain if the woman does not have sufficient income and assets to support the home while also preparing for retirement.” A process called collaborative divorce sometimes works best. Basically, it’s where the lawyers use cooperative techniques rather than adversarial strategies and litigation. Molly said, “It may involve accountants and financial planners, too.” Similarly, she said a mediated divorce can be less confrontational. In these cases, professional mediators help file papers but the process can proceed without attorneys. Kayleigh advised other ways to help achieve a smooth divorce. She said, “Try reaching a settlement that is fair to both sides by handling the divorce as a business transaction. Your friends may provide emotional support but get your legal advice from an attorney and, if needed, financial advice from a financial adviser. A financial adviser can assist with the balance sheet, budget, and tax implications of certain assets that may be transferring to each spouse. Taking the emotions out of the divorce proceeding, and thinking with your head and not your heart, may lead to reduced legal costs and allow you to move on to the next stage of your life.”

Things to consider, discuss when approaching lawyers about Prenuptial Agreements By PARIS WOLFE Prenuptial agreements are NOT a map for divorce. In fact, done with full disclosure, experts suggest they can even be good for a marriage. Whatever the perception, they’ve been on the rise in recent years, according to Elizabeth Green Lindsey, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lindsey has been a practicing family lawyer for more than 35 years and is a shareholder with the firm of Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C., in Atlanta. Prenuptial agreements are, basically, an agreement made by a couple before marriage to deal with their assets if the marriage ends. It is increasingly common for subsequent marriages and older couples to have prenuptial agreements to preserve assets for children from early relationships and protect their estates from the care and expenses of the new spouse. “Prenuptial agreements are very good for several reasons,” says Lindsey. “First, they require that the parties have frank and sometimes difficult conversations about money before they get married and they need to really understand their respective values on money. Money is

often one of the biggest areas of conflict.” This sharing of information can actually prevent future conflicts and, thus, make a relationship stronger. “The prenuptial agreement discussions can also lead you to understand family dynamics, and how much control the in-laws might have in the marriage,” she points out. Or, even adult children, in the case of older couples. And obviously, prenuptial agreements allow the parties to set expectations on what would happen if there were a divorce or death. “Prenuptial agreements protect family assets like a business or other investments, and that can be a very good thing to avoid a contentious divorce,” she says. The agreements only work when done well. “Prenuptial agreements are contracts, and the courts like to enforce them if the procedures are followed in the negotiation and execution of the agreements,” she says. By procedures, she explains, “Generally, there must be full disclosure of all assets and income, the agreement cannot be unconscionable, and the facts and circumstances must make it fair to be enforced.” To meet those requirements it is recommended that each party to a prenuptial agreement have an attorney. “A lot can be gleaned about a future spouse with how each

intends to treat the other because presumably they are negotiating when the parties are supposed to be in love and want to marry,” notes Lindsey. When it comes to developing the contract, Cleveland attorney Andrew Zashin says one size does not fit all. Zashin is co-managing partner at Zashin & Rich in Cleveland and Columbus and has practiced law for nearly three decades. He is also an adjunct professor of law, teaching family law, at Case Western Reserve University. The unique nature of each person’s life and assets requires individual attention. Of course, prenups, as they’re colloquially known, are most common for people with an imbalance of assets and in subsequent marriages. “If you already own a business or own a house or have already been married and are bringing assets into a marriage, you want to make sure you leave with those same assets,” says Zashin. Another scenario, he points out, “If you have children from an earlier marriage you want to be sure the assets of the earlier marriage will go to the children rather than someone else.” Key points to create a valid prenup include: • Disclose ALL your assets. That means both parties share how much money and/or debt they have, the value

of businesses and real estate, etc. “The more disclosures and accuracy of disclosures the better you are in developing a legal agreement,” says Zashin. • Give yourself enough time. That means enough time to collect all your documentation such as brokerage statements, house deed, current financial statements, bank account numbers, proof of ownership for cars, boats and more. Then, allow enough time to discuss and mediate the agreement. Finally, allow the parties at least 30 days to review the contract. • Be reasonable in property division. Spousal support components differ by state. Ohio courts, says Zashin, are less likely to consider this provision. • Review wisely. That means both parties should have their own representation reviewing the final document. “When the monied party pays for the lawyer, it’s a questionable circumstance,” cautions Zashin. “The further from the wedding, the more back-and-forth discussion in advance, the more legitimacy the document will have.” “Don’t be lazy in creating the agreement,” says Zashin. “The more work you do up front the better protected you’ll be if something happens. Once you sign it, you can agree to terminate, but you can’t alter its provisions.”

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OhioGuidestone “Evolution Gala” After twice being delayed by pandemic concerns, OhioGuidestone, one of the state’s largest behavioral health agencies, held its biennial Evolution Gala Saturday, September 25. The event was presented at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Fifth Third Bank and emceed by WKYC anchor and meteorologist, Betsy Kling. More than 400 people attended Evolution Gala and raised $704,000 in support of OhioGuidestone’s mission to provide individuals of all ages with pathways to growth, achievement, and lifelong success. Most of the money will benefit the agency’s Workforce 360° programs. The following corporations and individuals were honored for their commitment to workforce development: Corporate Honoree – Fifth Third Bank Community Honoree – Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute Sports Honorees – Cleveland Browns Tight End Austin Hooper Workforce 360° Honoree – Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) Graduate Breawnna Snowberger During the gala, OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360° demonstrated its Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality programs. This cutting-edge technology allows students to train for jobs using a system that looks like virtual gaming. Attendees enjoyed dinner, tours of Rock Hall exhibits, live and silent auctions before dancing to live music from Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings. STORY BY PARIS WOLFE/PHOTOGRAPHS BY PARIS WOLFE, CASTELLI MEDIA GROUP, AND MAKING THE MOMENT

Ryan Young, CEO of The Young Team, and David Ayers, president of Young Luxury. (Photograph courtesy of The Young Team)

The Young Team expands its real estate business with Young Luxury By MAREN JAMES Ryan Young, CEO of The Young Team, is expanding his real estate business with Young Luxury, a division created to serve the needs of sellers and buyers at the top of the market in Northeast Ohio. Young has been in real estate for fifteen years. He defines the luxury market here as the upper five percent of homes, usually starting at three-quarters of a million dollars. “We’ve always sold luxury real estate,” he says. “As the business continues to grow, we’ve gained a national spotlight. It’s opened our eyes to what’s going on outside this market – what’s being done from a luxury standpoint – the innovative techniques, the concierge service. It’s something I always wanted to do. Then, when someone like David comes around and we can work with a professional as talented as he is, the stars align. It’s the perfect storm.” David Ayers, president of Young Luxury, has a background in theater and non-profit work, but for the past 10 years he has been a top broker in Manhattan, selling over a half billion dollars in real estate, with some deals in excess

of eight figures. Born in Columbus, Ayers, his wife and toddler son returned to Ohio amid the pandemic. Thinking he might find work in corporate relocation, by pure chance he ended up talking with Terry Young, Ryan’s mother, and Terry insisted David meet her son. “I was blown away by his entrepreneurial spirit and founders mentality,” Ayers says. “He wants you to be the best version of yourself. I want to work with and for people who do that.” But isn’t the luxury space crowded? “It could never be as crowded as New York City where competition breeds innovation and creativity,” Ayers states. “There is an entire other level of marketing, data sourcing, and client interaction that hasn’t had to be fostered and developed here. The luxury market is ripe for disrupting.” “I’ve sold thousands of homes in my career,” Young says. “It’s our responsibility to use data to show clients what is realistic and reasonable and to set their expectations. We do this better than anyone else. Our philosophy will attract others to join us, and buyers and sellers will want to work with us. Then they will recommend our service to their family and friends. These things are already

being done in the largest markets. We’re applying them to Cleveland. It’s not about saturation. It’s about being passionate about great client experience.” The realtors describe the Young Luxury office going in at Chagrin and SOM Center Roads. Kingdom Home Builders is renovating a former retail space that will include client-centric high-end furnishings. Clients will be able to watch videos of properties in the den or living room. There will be a bar and a kitchen. A glass wall will showcase different properties for sale, a showcase for people going to nearby restaurants. Additionally, the building’s clock tower will have the Young Team “Y” logo etched onto its face. “It’s going to be super highend, and we’re very excited about it,” says Ayers. “We’ll have a grand opening for friends, family, and clients, and a brokers’ event, probably in early 2022.” For more information, contact David Ayers, President, Young Luxury, a division of The Young Team, Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan, at 216-378-9618 or David@theyoungteam.com.

Events planned for Rock Hall Induction Week prior to ceremony on October 30 Betsy Kling with Curtis and Danielle Danburg

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced a week of Induction-related activities and events for local and visiting fans leading up to the 36th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Fans can save the date and celebrate the 2021 Inductees who will receive rock’s highest honor by attending Celebration Day (free for Ohio residents), exploring the new 2021 Inductee Exhibit, and more. Induction Week kicks off at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 24 with Celebration Day, presented by PNC. On Sunday, Ohio residents receive free admission to the Museum and will be among the first to experience the brand new 2021 Inductee Exhibit. Outdoors, fans can enjoy live music on the PNC stage, fun activities with community partners, cool merchandise from the Rock Hall and other local music venues and record stores, and fireworks live from the Union Home Mortgage Plaza. Throughout the week, fans can visit the Museum to engage in Inductee Stories of Rock, hear 2021 Inductee music on the Rock Boxes and in The Garage, presented by The Minoff Family and powered by Sweetwater. Thursday night, October 28, fans can attend Rock Hall Nights, an evening of Induction-themed fun throughout the Museum. On Friday, a highlight of Induction Week will be the official dedication of the Class of 2021 signature

plaque that will be installed in the Hall of Fame Gallery. More Induction Week events will be added and announced in the coming weeks. Details will be available at rockhall.com. For the health and safety of all involved in the event, all fans attending the Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday, October 30 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (14 days past final vaccination shot) and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48-hours prior to entering the venue, along with an appropriate ID matching the name on their documentation. Ticket holders will receive an email with additional details. Fans with questions can contact the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Box Office at boxoffice@cavs.com. Induction Ceremony FAQs are available at rockhall.com. The Induction Ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max alongside a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310 and Volume channel 106. Fans can order exclusive 2021 Induction merchandise now at rockhall.com/store. For more information on the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and its Inductees and events visit www.rockhall.com. Tickets for the Ceremony are on sale at RocketMortgageFieldHouse. com.

Beck Center for the Arts announces Megan DeFranco As Director of Development Jon and Karen Groza with Betsy Kling

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Beck Center for the Arts recently announced the addition of Megan DeFranco to the senior management team. Megan has worked in the non-profit sector as the Director of Development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester, New York since 2008 and recently relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. She has extensive experience with comprehensive campaign fundraising, including annual, capital, and endowment. At the YMCA, she led a Young Women of Color Board Initiative and coordinated a community conversation about the book: “90 Feet Under, What Poverty Does to People.” She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and remains a volunteer for their Alumni Association. She participated in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute spring class of 2021 and recently joined the Advisory Board of the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA. Megan stated, “I am thrilled to join this community and the team at Beck Center for the Arts. I look forward to collaborating to ensure everyone can participate in our art experiences.”

Beck Center for the Arts is proud to be a part of Northeast Ohio’s professional theater landscape, operating under a letter of agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. We are a Small Professional Theater (SPT) based on the number of seats, number of our performances, and the maximum weekly hours of work we provide to actors. We produce every show on our stages, by choosing the play, casting and rehearsing it, building the sets, props, and costumes, directing and performing the live music, and designing lights and sound. We proudly utilize regional resources and talent. Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. For more information visit beckcenter.org.

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Sarah Gallik and Thomas Berlacher on their August wedding day in Chicago, Illinois.

Sarah Gallik marries Thomas Berlacher Sarah Gallik and Thomas Berlacher were married on August 20 at Room 1520 in Chicago, Illinois. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Daniel Kim. A reception followed at the same location. The bride is the daughter of Nancy and Daniel Gallik of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of Kenston High School and received a B.S. in Psychology from Capital University in 2010. She earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2012. She currently works as an Occupational Therapist at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, Illinois. The bridegroom is the son of Phyllis and Mark Berlacher of Charlotte, North Carolina. Thomas graduated from Providence High School in 2008 and attended the University of North Carolina, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Sports Administration. He currently works as a Regional Business Development Manager for LaTortilla Factory. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sisters, Susan Rouser and Mary McLaughlin, as Matrons of Honor. Bridesmaids included Sarah Hagan, Taylor McKenzie, Andee Davis, Kat Litten and Audrey Hursh. The bride was also attended by her brother, August Gallik, as a Bridesman. Flower girls included Corinne Rouser and Elle, Lillian and Callan McLaughlin. Chase Rouser and Wesley McLaughlin served as ring bearers. Andrew Sawyers served as Best Man and Emory Berlacher, sister of the bridegroom, served as Best Woman. Groomsmen included Andrew Troupes, Daniel Kim, Nick Peterson, Nic Waddell and Deryl Webb. After a honeymoon trip to Carmel, California, the couple is at home in Chicago, Illinois.


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Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation “A Decade of Joy”

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“A Decade of Joy: Living Well with Dementia,” a benefit for the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation, recognized 10 years of work and honored Dr. Charlie Farrell for his dedication to improve the lives of those with brain health issues. The celebration at Westwood Country Club was filled with music, art experiences, silent and live auctions and dinner to honor the work of Dr. Farrell and the more than 500 people with dementia and their families served by the foundation since its’ founding in 2011. “This event is an important milestone because the foundation eases the stigma associated with brain health issues, and we encourage positive life experiences that one may still enjoy despite a diagnosis like dementia,” Executive Director Jerry Devis said. “Money raised by the benefit provides unique opportunities and services for individuals in the community that strongly promote socialization and joyful experiences.” Foundation co-founder and author Katie Farrell Norris recognized the works and programs of the foundation named in her mother’s honor. Anne Basting, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and author of, “Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care” was the guest speaker. Master of ceremonies was WKYC Channel 3 Reporter Lindsay Buckingham. The Farrell Foundation has served many people throughout Northeast Ohio affected by brain health issues including dementia/Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Its goal is to improve lives by giving meaning and purpose in practical and creative ways. In addition to arts enrichment and exercise programs, the foundation has a monthly support group and family coaching sessions to assist the individuals and families through their journey. (STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN)

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The Role of the Care Manager in Estate Planning An estate planning team most often includes certain professionals: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Estate Planning Attorney, Financial Advisor; and may also include a Professional Trustee, Insurance Professional, and Appraiser/ Valuation Expert. With the increased number of older adults in our society and the shifting landscape of family systems, there is a growing need for an estate planning team to refer to the professionals who can make client-specific recommendations related to healthcare – Geriatric Care Managers (GCM’s) also known as Aging Life Care Managers™. Many people are now living into their 90s. The common problem of meeting the needs of aging parents who live near or afar can be overwhelming. However, a good place to start is with a professional Geriatric Care Manager.

set to the law firm bringing a team approach to caring for the elderly. Geriatric Care Management, also known as, Aging Life Care™, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of a Geriatric Care Manager provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families and their Attorneys to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for the older adult, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through: • Assessment and monitoring • Planning and problem-solving • Education and advocacy • Family caregiver coaching

What is a Care Manager?

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A professional Aging Life Care Manager can be an as-

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senior’s needs, the professional Geriatric Care Manager makes a plan of care in consultation with the family and Attorney to address wellness. The GCM can provide reputable local resources that can help: • Maintain a senior’s independence at home. • Assist with placement in a quality facility. • Provide on-going monitoring of home care services • Attend medical appointments • Keep the family informed about changes in the senior’s needs and circumstances as time goes on. They are a great resource for adult children.

Future Estate Planning Considerations Care Management, while not a new profession, is frequently overlooked. With an aging population and increasing complexity in estate planning, we can expect that the need for an augmented team to put together a

comprehensive plan will only increase in coming years. Whether you use a Care Manager for your estate planning & care team, broadening the resources available will ultimately enhance the value you bring to your older adult in terms of aging well and being their best. Bridget Ritossa is The Owner of Careplan Geriatric Care Managers and serves as a regional board member for The Aging Life Care Association™ formerly known as The National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. Bridget is the Unit Leader for the Cleveland Aging Life Care Association. She has been practicing geriatric social work and care management for over 25 years in the Cleveland area working in hospitals, CCRC’s and in the home environment. She is a licensed social worker and certified care manager. She can be reached by phone (440.476.9534) or email (bridget@careplangcm.com). — Bridget M. Ritossa, LSW, CMC Aging Life Care Association™ Board Member

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