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Slow down and enjoy the ride while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway By PARIS WOLFE Sometimes vacation is about the destination. Sometimes it’s about the journey. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s both. The 469-mile ribbon of asphalt that connects Afton, Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina is more than a place to drive your roadster or ride your motorcycle. It could be a metaphor for life … a journey full of places to pause along the way and no reason to rush to the finish line. As a reminder to take it easy, the speed limit on this twisting roadway is limited to 35 to 45 MPH. Ideally suited to a sports car or motorcycle, the two best times of the year to visit are spring when the wild rhododendrons bloom and fall when changing leaves light up the landscape. Gary and I chose August, though, for the heat of summer. At least that’s what we thought but not what we got. For those unfamiliar with the parkway, its America’s longest linear park, running along the spine of the Appalachia’s Blue Ridge mountains. Begun in 1935, the stretch of pavement was a public works project during the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As it evolved it included restrictions about what can be built along the road – mostly scenic, agricultural properties. Rules prohibit commercial traffic. Drivers encounter no stop lights or stop signs until they leave the Parkway. Home to some of the East’s most interesting views, the Parkway is meant to be enjoyed, not conquered. We gave ourselves a week to appreciate various overlooks, hikes, attractions, and photo opps. Certainly,the two-lane parkway could be driven in two days or less. But why? Another checkmark on the to-do list? Our journey linked the north entrance in the Shenandoah National Park to the south entrance in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Alas, Tropical Storm Fred and his weather friends sent torrential rains and tornado-like conditions to the Carolinas. So, we bailed halfway through the trip and rode our 2013 Honda Goldwing home – through cool rain – about 450 miles on Interstate 77 from northern North Carolina to Northeast Ohio Abbreviating our trip was another life lesson. We were reminded that we’re not in control and we must sometimes pivot. (As if COVID hasn’t already made pivoting abundantly clear.) Still, half the Parkway is better than no Parkway. A printed travel planner from the Blue Ridge Parkway Association (blueridgeparkway.org) helped. It lists attractions, hiking trails and rest stops at various mile markers as well as exits with gas stations, restaurants, and lodging. We carried the planner because internet and GPS access can be sketchy at Appalachian elevations and sometimes rendered our mobile devices useless. When the trail started, I found myself dramatically inhaling in fear as hills dropped and valley views stretched for miles. The anxiety grew in areas lacking guardrails. Soon, though, stunning mountain views became the norm and I relaxed. The scenery included deer sightings and abundant wildflowers. A bear sighting could possibly happen (though not likely). The first stop that beckons, Humpback Rocks, is only 5.8 miles into the trip. If you’ haven’t exercised lately, pace yourself for the mile or longer climb that registered as 75 flights of stairs on my Fitbit. We gave up on our first trip to the overlook five years ago. We conquered on our second visit and were rewarded with a fog-obscured vista from on high. By late morning., day one, we were hungry and used the trip planner to find Olde Liberty Station Restaurant (old-


Round Peak Vineyard’s patio overlooks 12 acres of grapes in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photographs by Paris Wolfe

The royal blue magic bus that anchors Outer Space pays homage to Floyd’s funky vibe. Outer Space offers a café, herb-infused smoothies, live music and more. elibertystation.com) in Bedford. Leaving at mile maker 86, the Honda zig-zagged into the valley to an 1881 repurposed train station. Lunch was a generous serving of salad and the ubiquitous Southern staple, fried green tomatoes. It’s important to note that the parkway, with its elevation and shade, is cooler than it is in the small towns along the way. Temperatures rise nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit when you get into the valley. Dressing in layers improves comfort options. At 165 miles down the Parkway we stopped in Floyd, Va., just southwest of the parkway, where I had planned two nights at Hotel Floyd (hotelfloyd.com). Built in 2007, Hotel Floyd is influenced by that artsy vibe and environmental consciousness. It was constructed with sustainable materials and furnishings, easy access to

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Wi-Fi, electric-car charging and includes a gallery of local art in the lobby. Each of the 40 rooms is decorated in a theme to evoke a small local business. Ours, for example, was a tribute to Red Rooster coffee shop. Amenities are high-end, and the hotel is walking distance to shopping, dining, and music venues. The small town – fewer than 500 residents – has a deep history and broad culture. Recently, as in the 1970s, the town and county around were “discovered” by back-to-the-landers looking for a rural escape. These new residents were artists/ artisans, some say “hippies.” They shaped the town’s culture, filling it with fine art, handcrafts, and rich music traditions. One of the best venues for music here is The Floyd Country Store (floydcountrystore.com). On Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a stage in the back showcases traditional Appalachian music. When music beckons, folks scramble to the dance floor to clog or two-step. Friday during our visit, we saw six different acts within three blocks – one in the Country store, three busking streetside, a vocalist at Outer Space and a band inside Dogtown Roadhouse (dogtownroadhouse.com). Saturday, we listened to musician Seph Custer play mandolin as part of a duo in the Country store. We enjoyed his music enough to see him change instruments and style that evening at the Dogtown Roadhouse. There we claimed a table, ate wood-fired pizza, drank regional mead, and listened to Custer play lead guitar and sing. His three-hour bluesy rock set, accompanied by The Flatbreaks on bass and drums, included an eclectic mix of Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Cage the Elephant, Black Keys, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder and more. Between musical performances, I browsed a farm mar-

ket as well as galleries and boutiques. Traveling by motorcycle meant I could bring home nothing but photos and memories. Oh, but the temptations! Sunday, we twisted our way uphill to the Parkway and crossed into North Carolina. During a previous trip, we’d visited downtown Mount Airy, birthplace of Andy Griffith and the model for Mayberry in his television series. It’s worth a visit if you’re a fan. This trip we visited three of the 48 wineries in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wine country. About 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Interstate 77 also dumps into the valley. That proximity means Ohio snowbirds visit wineries en route to Florida in winter. Just as people are skeptical of Ohio wine, I was circumspect about wine made in North Carolina. I was wrong. Some wines were great, others weren’t my preference. Gary didn’t taste because he was piloting the bike. The wineries we visited ranged from charming boutique to expansive estate. They tend to specialize in dry and off-dry wines made from European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes. Shelton Vineyards (sheltonvineyards.com), which opened in 1999 has a grand presence with roughly 300 acres surrounding a facility that includes a six-station tasting room, market, restaurant, patios as well as an organic chef’s garden and 70-plus acres of European grapes. The winemaker produces about 20 different wines from traditional varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Tannat – as well as Bordeaux blends. Next year sparkling Moscato and rose will join the list. In addition to wine and dining, the winery hosts music on weekends and a monthly summer concert series. Visitors can relax with wine, wine slushies and wine cocktails. Interestingly, general manager Travis Dale is from Ashtabula and recently returned home to taste Grand River Valley wines. Serre Vineyards (serrevineyards.com), a boutique winery with a small footprint and a handful of wines, just started pouring in 2020. Owners, married couple Melissa Hayes and Christian Krobisch, work with local growers to source varietal grapes for wines while their own vineyards mature. Their specialties are dry reds such as a bourbon-barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and two blends. Hayes grew up in Lakewood, Ohio. Keeping with the Ohio influence, Round Peak Vineyards (roundpeak.com) winemaker Ken Gulaian grew up in Mayfield and earned a mechanical engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University. Following a successful career on both coasts, he and wife Kari Heerdt had a mid-life aspiration to shift from corporate life to entrepreneurial life. So, in 2008, they bought Round Peak and Gulaian studied enology and viticulture. As they got to know their customers, they expanded to a second brand of sweeter, more playful wines, as well as craft beer. (skullcampbrewing.com) Currently, they grow 12 acres of grapes for a variety of 100 percent state wines. These include European varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Tannatas as well as FrenchAmerican hybrid grapes likeVidal Blancand Norton. All three wineries offer lodging for overnight guests from a small cottage to a four-bedroom “cabin” to the only Hampton Inn & Suites in America with its own wine bar. After the third winery, the rain hit us. With Tropical Storm Fred promising 95 percent chance of rain for three days we abandoned theYadkin Valley and the rest of the Parkway.We plan to resume the journey another time.


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Thanks to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for our September cover photograph of one of the trains that carries passengers on fall foliage and other special excursions, traversing the rails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Independence to Akron, and other stops in between. This fall, plan to climb aboard a Fall Flyer excursion, a perennially popular way to spend a fall day, departing from Rockside on Saturdays and from Akron on Sundays, throughout the month of October. For tickets and more information on this, and other tours offered by CVSR, visit cvsr.org.

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DEPARTMENTS TRAVEL Travel leisurely along beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway By Paris Wolfe FOOD Hungry Bee’s talented team is key to catery’s continued success By Paris Wolfe IN THE CLE It’s Tailgating Time! Recipes sure to please tailgating fans this season. Go Browns! By Paris Wolfe AT HOME Enchanting home set on 10 acres for sale in Hunting Valley By Rita Kueber

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FEATURES FUN FOR ALL Mark your calendars, make some time to take in fun fall activities planned for this season By Lauri Gross FASHION Area retailers note clothing and shoe trends for fall 2021 By Paris Wolfe HOME DESIGN Area designers share how they approach creating spaces their clients love at home By Lauri Gross STUNNING CONTEMPORARY home set on more than eight acres for sale in Richfield By Maren James


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Hungry Bee’s small but mighty team of talent manages to feed the masses daily By PARIS WOLFE Hungry Bee is far more than the sum of its parts. The retail outlet and catery in Chagrin Falls does magic with just six full-time staff members.And, given the nature of their carryout and catering business these folks were busy during the worst of pandemic shutdown. That buzz continues today. Walk into the cozy brick-and-mortar location on a weekday and you’ll see a cooler full of dinner options ready to reheat at home. Selections range from jumbo crab cakes to tender short ribs. Perhaps the most popular item is Hungry Bee’s chicken salad. The store sells nearly 200 pounds per week. Hungry Bee also carries owner Kimberly Gibson’s father’s local, raw honey and pollen. What you don’t see in action, most of the time, is their catering service. Not only can founders/owners/ chefs Kimberly and Jimmy Gibson help you customize an event menu for a romantic dinner or a grand gala, but they are also busy filling contracts for local businesses. “We cater events ranging from intimate dinners all the way up,” says Kimberly. “Our largest event to date was the Republican National Convention for which we fed roughly 1,500 guests, twice daily.” After opening their business in 2013, the Gibsons and their dream team have spent the last few years building corporate clients. “We stock private jets, cater corporate functions and galas, and manage daily food-service operations for businesses,” says Kimberly. “It shocks people when they learn we hold contracts for large corporations and hospitals while working out of our little building on East Washington Street. That is why our team is so important.” “On Mondays and Wednesdays, we deliver food to 80 to 100 private residences who are dealing with personal health issues,” she says.“To successfully prepare all the food we do on a daily basis for all of these businesses and private customers is mind-boggling.”

The hardworking team includes DAN PACHECO … father, husband, chef, farmer

Nicole Champagne

Heather Dickson

Bo Hill

… Pacheco loved cooking from a very young age. As a boy growing up in Chile, he learned his way around the kitchen from talented family. After moving to the United States, he worked in New Jersey restaurants and honed his English language skills. Eager to see more of the country and build his restaurant skills, Pacheco moved to Northeast Ohio. Here he fine-tuned his craft at Moxie and sister restaurant Red, The Steakhouse in Beachwood. He moved on to executive chef at Biga in Kirtland. Today, he is a skilled chefwith the Hungry Bee. He is married to Brandi. In 2008, Pacheco welcomed his son Eli into the world. After a lot of hard work and studying he became a U.S. citizen in 2017. In his free time, he enjoys wine tasting in the Grand River Valley and working with his family to tend cattle on his farm. NICOLE CHAMPAGNE … mother, wife, chef, butter lover … Nicole has always wanted to cook. So, in high school she chose the Auburn Career Center for Culinary Arts. After that she was accepted into the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. There she trained in classical European cuisine. Her first job was at Moxie the Restaurant in Beachwood. After Moxie, Nicole explored culinary life in the private club industry. Until recently, she worked at a Concord Township bistro where she met her chef-husband Robert. After becoming a mother in 2017, Nicole transitioned into work with Hungry Bee. That way she has a creative culinary outlet yet still has nights and weekends free for family. And, that family grew in 2020 with the addition

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of a second child. In Nicole’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, boating, fishing, and being an all-around country girl. BO HILL … father, husband, smoked meat enthusiast …. One of 11 children, Hill was raised on a farm in Alabama. He grew up excelling in sports, especially football and baseball. He moved to Cleveland in 1985. Eventually, Hill joined Rick’s Café in Chagrin Falls. He worked there for 26 years, until Rick’s served its last rack of renowned ribs. That’s when he joined Hungry Bee. When he moved to Ohio, Hill met his wife Iris. Today they have seven children and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring youth, watching sports, grilling, spending time with his family and working around the house. HEATHER DICKSON … mother, grandmother, lover of all creatures … Dickson has loved animals and gardening from her childhood. In addition to her first horse, at age 13, she was surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, and ducks while growing up. She is a self-described “animal whisperer.” While raising her two children, Heather worked at Rick’s Café in Chagrin Falls for 31 years. There she knew her regulars’ favorite cocktails and menu items. When Rick’s Café closed, Heather took her community spirit to Hungry Bee. Heather spends time with her significant other, Tim. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, enjoying her grandchildren and walking her dog

JIMMY GIBSON … father, husband, chef, Grateful Dead enthusiast … Jimmy was raised in a family rich in food heritage. His grandfather Bill was a well-known butcher and business owner in Minnesota. After graduating from Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Jimmy studied at Ohio University. Then, he followed his heart into the kitchen. His first restaurant job was at Fire in Shaker Heights. He, then, moved on to Moxie and Red the Steakhouse in Beachwood. During his tenure there, Jimmy was invited to cook at the world-renowned James Beard House, twice, and had the opportunity to cater New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he and his wife, Kimberly opened Hungry Bee in Chagrin Falls. Jimmy prides himself on sourcing products locally when possible. When Jimmy is not cooking, he enjoys playing guitar and piano, kicking around the soccer ball, gardening, and spending time in nature with wife, three daughters and their German Shepherd. KIMBERLY MCCUNE GIBSON … mother, wife, chef, empress of honey … Daughter of a beekeeper, Kimberly witnessed first-hand the interdependence of land and people when she visited the farmers who leased beehives for orchard pollination. After graduating from Kenston High School, she studied classical European cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. During her career she’s been a private celebrity chef, sous chef at Classics and held leadership positions at Moxie, Red the Steakhouse, and a local cooking school. In 2013 Kimberly gave birth to her daughter Harper Grace and shortly thereafter added Veya Leffler to her family. At the same time, she and Jimmy launched The Hungry Bee. In 2017, Kimberly appeared on The Food Network’s CHOPPED Halloween Episode. Three weeks later she welcomed her third daughter Frances “Frankie” James to the family. Community is important to Kimberly. She is active in The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kenston Schools, Bainbridge Area Food for Friends, and has set up “The Blue Cooler Project” to feed those less fortunate. In Kimberly’s free time she enjoys spending time with her daughters and supporting local, independent restaurants on date nights with Jimmy.

Embrace NEO’s resplendent fall colors with fun activities across the region By LAURI GROSS Clevelanders, you know winter is coming but before you hunker down indoors for the season, make the most of Northeast Ohio’s glorious fall weather by enjoying some events and activities that are at their peak this time of year. (Of course, schedules are subject to change due to weather and Covid.)

At the Wildlife Center Yard at Penitentiary Glen, visitors meet owls, hawks, grey foxes, crows and other permanent residents of the reservation. Photograph by Roger Lokar

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ClevelandMetroparks.com

Each October, the Zoo, on Wildlife Way in Cleveland, hosts Boo at the Zoo, which features trick or treating, 4-D movies, a magic show, bubble fun, kooky cellists, carousel and train rides, costumed characters and the monster mash dance party. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids in costumes. The event runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 11 through 27.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation in the fall slides that drop kids into shelled corn, which Nancy says fascinates kids who she says “spend time picking up that corn and covering themselves in corn.”

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad CVSR.Org Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers excursions year-round with rides geared toward families, groups, couples, seniors etc. Try a dinner train, or one featuring trivia, a murder mystery and more. The train travels north-south through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Independence and Akron. The main boarding stations are the Rockside Station, Peninsula Depot and Akron Northside Station. Katelyn Gainer, director of marketing and communications for CVSR says, “I highly recommend our Fall Flyer excursion in October. It’s a popular way to see the changing foliage in Northeast Ohio and guests come from all over to take part.” This two-hour sightseeing excursion through Cuyahoga Valley National Park departs from Rockside on Saturdays and from Akron on Sundays, through October. There’s also a three-and-a-half-hour trip with one-anda-half-hour excursion at Countryside Farmer’s Market at Howe Meadow, featuring more than 50 local farmers, food entrepreneurs and artists. This event is Sept. 25 and departs from Rockside. On October 29, CVSR offers the Edgar Allen Poe Quoth the Raven event. On this evening ride, guests will hear the chilling and macabre tales of a genius. “We encourage passengers to come dressed for your favorite story,” says Katelyn. The two-hour round trip, which departs from Rockside, includes costume and trivia contests.

Holden Arboretum HoldenFG.org The Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower are two of the many popular attractions at Holden, in Kirtland. The Arboretum is open all year and includes gardens, trails, lakes and meadows The top of the Emergent Tower (approximately 12 stories tall) allows for a breathtaking, unrivaled view of the surrounding area, all the way to Lake Erie. The 500-footlong Canopy Walk, elevated 65 feet above the forest floor, lets guests walk among the treetops, and appreciate the forest from an entirely new perspective. Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday through October, Holden offers tram tours through selected gardens and collections, with a guide who will provide historical context. Also, don’t miss Stickwork by artist Patrick Dougherty. Created using only sticks and branches, the Stickwork structures invite visitors to immerse themselves in the project’s mazes, castles, hedges and more. Stickwork will be on display at Holden until it naturally deteriorates. A6

Penitentiary Glen LakeMetroparks.com Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland features forest, fields, wetlands and 8.5 miles of hiking trails. There is also a Nature Center with an art and photography show and interactive exhibits. Nature Play is an acre of interactive sites designed to engage children in creative and imaginative nature-discovery activities. Visitors can also sign out an X-Plorer Pack and use the tools inside to identify birds, plants, insects and more, and also fill out and keep a nature journal. Stroll the Wildlife Center Yard and meet owls, hawks, grey foxes, crows and other permanent residents of the reservation.

The petting zoo is just one of many activities at Sirna’s Fall Festival in Auburn Township. Photograph courtesy of Sirna’s

Lake Farmpark LakeMetroparks.com All year, there’s a lot happening at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland, and fall is particularly busy. September 18 and 19 is Sunflower Weekend, when visitors can learn about the varieties of sunflowers and how they are used, while enjoying live music. September 25 and 26, Horsepower weekend invites guests to watch history unfold from animal-powered agriculture to thunderous muscle cars of yesteryear. Try plowing behind one of Farmpark’s beautiful draft teams or wander through the Car and Truck Show and enjoy the antique tractor displays and equipment demonstrations. During this event, Farmpark’s corn maze and other attractions will also be open and available. On October 1, savor the harvest of the season at Farmpark’s Apple Harvest Pairing Dinner, in the unique setting of the machinery building. The evening begins with appetizers, cider pressing and apple butter tasting. Then, tour the apple orchard and gardens with Farmpark’s horticulture education specialist, followed by a delicious meal with wine pairing by Debonné Vineyards. On October 2 and 3, at Farmpark’s Apple Butter and Cider Weekend, witness many traditional harvest activities and discover how apple butter and cider are made, tour the Johnny Appleseed Trail and try the three-acre corn maze. Don’t miss the Halloween Drive Through Thursdays through Sundays throughout October. During this event, visitors travel Farmpark’s trails and roadways after dark in their own vehicle and experience many playfully frightful sites throughout the park. Corn and Pumpkin Weekends are October 9-10 and 1617. At these events, help husk, shell and grind the corn or plow behind draft horses while younger visitors make

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Penitentiary Glen Reservation includes an area called Nature Play – an acre of interactive sites designed to engage children in creative and imaginative nature-discovery activities. Photograph by Elizabeth Thomas handmade corn husk dolls and paint pumpkins. Little farmers can navigate the hay maze and play in the kids’ areas. Enjoy harvest-themed crafts and other harvest activities throughout the weekends and cooking demonstrations on Sundays.

Patterson’s Fruit Farm PattersonFarm.com Patterson’s features a year-round market on Cave’s Road in Chesterland with fruit, maple syrup, pies, donuts and more made fresh on site. Pick strawberries in June and apples in fall at the Mulberry Road location. Patterson’s Orchard Hills event venue hosts conferences, weddings and other special events. Through October 31, Patterson’s hosts their popular Family Fun Fest daily at the Mulberry Road location. The Fun Fest includes slides, pedal tractors, push carts, tire swings, a corn maze, sand box, wagon rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, pony rides and more. Nancy Patterson, part of the family that owns the farm said she and her husband are “not retired but not required.” She says, “We help when we can.” She adds that the slides are perennial favorites and that the pavilion of straw is always popular. “People leave with straw in their hair and clothes,” she laughs as she describes the slides that are built into the straw bales. There are also

Through October 10, check out the Wild About Nature Fall Art Show, featuring the art of wildlife in every shape, size, color and species depicted in watercolors, digital art, paintings, woodcarvings, jewelry, photography and more. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments and special animal guests. September 19, October 3 and December 5, visitors can take a train ride through the reservation and enjoy fall’s colorful display while spotting animals preparing for winter. October 3 is the Autumn Open House which is all about getting people outside to enjoy fall colors while spotting wooly bear caterpillars, butterflies and more, plus engaging through presentations, guided hikes, and animal presentations. Penitentiary Glen is known for the deep gorge that divides the park in two. Settlers in the early 1880s called the gorge “Penitentiary Glen” because it was difficult to get out of the deepest part, much like a prison or penitentiary. Walk down steps near the gorge to get a view of the waterfall or join a naturalist on a guided hike throughout the year.

Sirna’s Farm and Market SirnasFarm.com From the family-owned and operated farm in Auburn Township, Sirna’s market stocks sustainably grown and raised farm products and other Ohio-made goods. Their annual Fall Festival is October 2-3, and 9-10. Visitors to the festival can pick pumpkins, shop the full line of fall harvest items, take a hay ride around the farm while learning about farm operations, try a bucking barrel ride, meet animals at the petting zoo, take a pony ride, and jump in a bounce house, all while enjoying food, music, kids’ games, face painting and more.


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Tailgating remains favorite pastime of die-hard Browns fans in fall onnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, celery salt, salt and pepper. Place the carrots and cabbages in a large glass bowl. Pour enough dressing over the vegetables to completely coat and moisten them.

By PARIS WOLFE Sue Barto of Medina, was born and raised in Cleveland. With that legacy came a lifelong commitment to being a Browns fan. She’s had season tickets for more than 35 years (and counting). And she only missed games last year because of the pandemic. “We have tailgated at pretty much every game since the Browns came back in 1999. It started out with just four of us. We parked in the lot off Summit Street and pulled out our little Weber Smokey Joe to grill burgers or dogs,” she recalls. Eventually, she and her friends were joined by nearby tailgaters. “The Smokey Joe was traded in for a Weber tailgate grill, and eventually two Camp Chef three-burner gas grills, complete with double griddle and pizza oven accessories,” she says. The food and party elevated from there. Barto has the planning spreadsheets to prove it. Her crowd eventually moved to the county lot on Lakeside and West 4th for a flatter surface and more space. At that point Barto would arrive by 6:30 a.m. and set up a bar to serve her “drink of the week.” For example, against the Baltimore Ravens she served a many-spirited Baltimore Zoo. Against the Tennessee Titans the beverage of choice is a Lynchburg lemonade. As with many things, people grew up or old and the party contracted. Barto calls her current planning “simple.” She’ll plan only one or two bigger themed parties and for the rest she serves subs/burgers/brats. When it comes to drinks of the week, Ohio distilleries offer a breadth of local spirits. Recently, High Bank Distillery in Columbus won double gold for the best blended whiskey – Whiskey War Barrel Proof – in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The distillery sells three different, small-batch whiskeys that would make fine cocktails for tailgate parties. Chef Loretta Paganini, owner of Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Chesterland, has tailgating experience as a chef and a fan. She says grilled foods and those that are warming – chili, beans, hot dogs, burgers, and sausage – are good options. To up your food game, she suggests adding interest with grilled and smoked foods. “Ethnic flavors are very big this year, like chicken adobo and grilled flatbreads with a variety of toppings,” she notes. She offers some recipes below. Melissa Khoury, butcher/owner of Saucisson butcher shop in Cleveland, sells uncured hot dogs from Chardonbased New Creation Farm. Given Cleveland’s broad ethnic history, she recommends selecting from the array of sausages made in house. “Over the years we have developed many sausage flavors and continue to always challenge ourselves by coming up with new flavors,” she says. “A few of our staples that go great with tailgating are beer bratwurst made with Great Lakes Brewing’s Edmond Fitzgerald. Or, for spicy lovers, we recommend our Texas hotlink, which is a little spicy, softened by the tang of a little red wine vinegar. It’s awesome grilled or smoked. For the adventurous eaters, the currywurst is a blend of yellow curry, golden raisins, and mustard seeds. It’s a perfect fit for Cleveland Kraut’s gnar gnar.” “If you wanted to take a different approach to tailgating, we sell everything you need for a fantastic nacho or you can buy pulled pork or BBQ beef that just needs to be warmed up.” Want to name drop? Food and Wine magazine named KC Cattle’s Wagyu hot dogs the best they’ve tried. They’re made, that’s right, from Wagyu beef with very few ingredients and sold uncured. Wagyu refers to selectively bred Japanese black cattle with unusual amounts of intramuscular fat and impressive flavor. The hot dogs and other Wagyu beef are available mail order from kccattlecompany.com. For those who want the festivities without the cooking Chef Kimberly Gibson suggests stopping by Hungry Bee Catery in Chagrin Falls for grab-and-go dips and appetizers. “We take great pride in our appetizer case,” she says. “We prepare everything from scratch. We can customize menus and happily prepare easy items for your tailgate.” One of the favorite appetizers is 5-0 Buffalo Dip which was created by Officer Brian Reardon of the Bainbridge Police Department. RECIPES FROM Sue Barto

SPICY MARINATED SHRIMP Serves 8-10 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce Fresh parsley 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached Cayenne pepper to taste In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Pour marinade into a large resealable


Sue Barto, center, is flanked by her nephew Rob Barto, left, and friend Brad Hutcherson. They’re preparing two Camp Chef grills for an Oktoberfest-themed tailgate party before a Cleveland Browns game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The menu included Wiener schnitzel, spaetzle, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pork tenderloin, potato pancakes, German potato salad, beer cheese dip, cream puffs and eclairs. And, for Cincinnati, they threw in Cincinnati chili. The drink that day was Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Punch. plastic bag with shrimp. Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight. Cook on flat top grill or in a cast iron skillet until shrimp is cooked through. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper while cooking if you want a little more heat.

LYNCHBURG LEMONADE (Tennessee Titans Game) Serves one 1 1/2 ounces Jack Daniels Whiskey 1-ounce triple sec 1 ounce lemon juice 4 ounces Sprite Lemon slices, for garnish Mix whiskey, triple sec, and lemon juice in a glass. Top with Sprite. Garnish with lemon slice. RECIPES FROM Loretta Paganini

CHICKEN ADOBO Serves four 1 cup Soy Sauce ½ cup Rice Vinegar (substitute cider or white wine vinegar) 1 cup water 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 2 bay leaves ½ tsp black pepper, ground 1 chicken, cut into eight pieces Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat so that liquid is at a gentle simmer. Rinse chicken parts. Blot dry with a paper towel. Then, nestle into the sauté pan in an even layer. Cover the sauté pan and simmer chicken gently until cooked, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken from cooking liquid and drain until dry. While chicken is draining, reduce cooking liquid to about one cup. You can prepare chicken and refrigerate until you’re ready to grill for the tailgate party. Then, cook over a medium grill until crisp. If desired, brush the reduced sauce on the chicken as it is cooking. Otherwise, serve sauce alongside chicken.

SALMON BURGERS WITH REMOULADE SAUCE Serves 12 Chef Tip: Chilling salmon patties prior to cooking will help them hold together. They can be chilled overnight. Be certain your cooking oil is hot, and they are golden brown before flipping and cooking on the other side. ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 pounds fresh salmon, cut into 1-inch pieces, skin and bones removed ½ cup shallots, chopped ½ cup dry white wine 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 large eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon capers, drained, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt To serve: 12 hamburger buns, split, & toasted Tomato slices Lettuce Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy, medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add white wine, lemon juice and drained capers and cook until almost all liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes. Transfer shallot mixture to large bowl. Refrigerate until shallot mixture is well-chilled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place salmon in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to coarsely chop salmon. Add salmon to the shallot mixture. Mix in breadcrumbs, beaten eggs, dill, salt and pepper, by hand. Divide salmon mixture into 12 equal portions, form into patties. Chill for 15 minutes before cooking. Heat remaining olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working batches, add salmon patties to skillet and cook until patties are golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side, adding more oil to skillet as needed. Serve salmon burgers on toasted hamburger buns with remoulade, lettuce, and tomato slices.

REMOULADE SAUCE Makes about 1 1/2 cups 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard 1 lime, juice only 2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped 2 tablespoon pickles, minced 1/2 teaspoon capers, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste Tabasco sauce, to taste Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree. Taste and adjust seasoning with tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

VEGETABLE SLAW Serves eight 2 cups cabbage sliced thin 1/2 cup red cabbage, sliced thin 1/2 cup carrots, peeled & sliced thin 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/2 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar 1/2 tsp. celery salt 1/2 tsp. sea salt Pepper, freshly ground, to taste In a small non-reactive bowl, whisk together the may-

Labor shortages affecting clambakes supply this year By PARIS WOLFE Make your clambake plans early this year if you want to choose the size clams you want. That’s because labor shortages and weather conditions on the East Coast are affecting the availability of these mollusks for fall clambakes. The supply should be adequate for Northeast Ohio enthusiasts, but it may be limited to larger clams, says John Young, president and third-generation operator of Euclid Fish Company. Euclid Fish (neoclambakes.com) offers, in order of size, little necks, middle necks, top necks and cherrystone clams. “Middle and top necks are the most popular,’ says Young, “Cherrystone are big, a little tougher and an acquired taste.They have their followers.” “We want to have people order four to five days ahead – or longer -- given supply and weather issues,” says Young. With stormy seas, he notes that clams burrow deeper into the sand. The natural, unavoidable result may be a bit of sand in their shells. To address that, diners can use the broth cup provided in each bake, pull the clam from its shell and swish in broth before eating. Catanese Classic Seafood, a 50-year-old company which operates out of a Merwin Avenue retail location in the Flats, sells middle neck clams in their bakes because they’re plentiful, tender and have great flavor, says Matt Swingos, director of sales and operations. Other clams are available on request. A8

The classic clambake includes a dozen clams, half-chicken, corn, yam, roll, butter, and coleslaw. Add-ons such as steak, lobster, mussels and more, are available. (Photograph courtesy of Euclid Fish Co.)

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Both companies have been selling clambakes since their beginning. Records show that European-American clambakes started along the East Coast in the 1770s. Mostly they have stayed there, except for Northeast Ohio. Here they go back about 160 years to late summer parties thrown by John D. Rockefeller and friends. Noted industrialists had clams shipped to Cleveland to duplicate their East Coast experiences. The tradition stuck and is popular from September through Halloween in the region. The traditional clambake is more complicated than a dozen steamed clams. It is packaged with a half-chicken, ear of corn, yam, roll, butter, and coleslaw for each person. Both Euclid Fish and Catanese offer add-ons such as mussels, lobster tail, whole lobster, crab legs and steak. Both fish purveyors make pots and burners available for easy cooking. Cooking instructions come with the bakes and Euclid Fish has YouTube videos with demonstrations. With the right equipment set up, Young says, expect about two hours of cooking. When chickens come out, corn goes in, according to the instructions. While corn is cooking, chicken can be finished on the grill. “Start with the bones down and flip until it’s as dark as you want,” says Young. He and his wife Terrie baste their chicken with the clam broth to keep it moist and add flavor. The Youngs, like John’s parents and grandparents, have clambakes almost every weekend during the season.

2 flank steaks, approximately 2 lbs, each 1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 tsp. fresh sage, chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped 1/2 tsp. black pepper, coarsely ground 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic glaze Add all the herbs together in a small bowl and mix well, add the pepper, garlic, oil and brown sugar forming a coarse paste. Spread paste evenly over both sides of each flank steak. Wrap each flank steak individually with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Heat the grill to approximately 450°F to 500°F. Grill steaks directly over coals for 5 minutes on each side. Internal temperature of steak should reach 135°F to 140°F for medium rare to medium doneness. Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes cover with foil.For optimum tenderness, cut flank steaks across the grain into 1/4-inch slices, drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve with wraps or flat bread.

BALSAMIC GLAZE Makes about 1/4 cup 1 teaspoon honey(acacia preferred) 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar Whisk honey and vinegar together in small saucepan. Reduce by about half, until it just begins to thicken. Glaze will get thicker as it cools.


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 1/2 tsp. vanilla 3 Tbsp. flour

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.

Downtown Zanesville Ghost Tours The Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau announces ghost tours in downtown Zanesville. The City of Zanesville, Visit Zanesville and the Zane Trace Players are proud to present Ghost Tours in downtown Zanesville during the month of October. Downtown Zanesville tours will begin at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center each Friday and Saturday night in October. Ghost tours take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 for $10 per person. Explore the supernatural activity and history of Zanesville, Ohio where Gary Felumlee, author of Ghost in the Valley The Return has scripted the way! Ghost Tours will be led by Zane Trace Players and will last 90 minutes with lots of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Downtown Zanesville Ghost Tour reservations can be made at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center or by calling 740-455-8282. Advance reservations and payment is required. Call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-455-8282 for more information or visit www.visitzanesville. com.

Fall’s fashion forecast calls for comfort, Browns colors!, and styles that make you smile By PARIS WOLFE Make room in your closet for the “shacket.” The shirt/ jacket is everywhere. “Every brand has a shacket,’ says Sherri Knuth Bryan, co-owner of Knuth’s in Pepper Pike and Westlake. “It’s the shape of a shirt, but actually a jacket. You can wear it as a coat, cardigan or indoor jacket.” Most she says are heavier weight and may be lined with flannel or fleece to make them warm and cozy. Some have a wool feel or texture. They’re not limited to heavy fabrics. Vegan and real leather shackets are available as well. “Shackets are easy to wear and good for all ages,” she says. “Everyone should have a few.” Speaking of vegan leather or “pleather,” it’s everywhere says Bryan. Vegan leathers and suedes are being used as trim on every kind of clothing. There are “leather” dresses and bottoms everywhere, at all price points. While the pandemic comfort trend is holding on, people are dressing up again, Bryan observes. “No one is giving up sweats or joggers, but there’s a desire to dress up again, to wear trousers, skirts and dresses or cute new jeans.” And the newest jeans won’t likely be skinny jeans. “Straight or wide legs are more the news,” she notes. “Leggings are still strong, especially leather or leatherlook leggings, but they’re elevated with a cool boot or bootie and a great sporty jacket with an athletic vibe. Or with a cozy, sweater tunic.” When it comes to colors, she’s seeing lots of earthy tones and even Cleveland Browns’ colors in jackets, turtlenecks, and shoes. “This year it’s easy to wear our Cleveland Browns colors. You can even find a brown, orange, white and black plaid jacket this fall or a leather bomber that’s a pretty shade of orange.” A trendy image is also all over the marketplace “We’re seeing the classic smiley face everywhere,” she says, “on sweatshirts, hats, handbags, jewelry. It’s the accent piece of the time. It’s fun. It’s happy. The world wants to smile.” When you’re rocking these new styles, Amy Bradford, owner of Amy’s Shoes & Apparel in Woodmere, reminds women, “You’ll want to feel comfortable and confident. Not every color works on every woman, not every silhouette works. At the end of the day be sure what are you going to put on makes you feel good. We have enough to stress about. Fashion should be fun and not stressful.” With that caveat, Bradford says, the crop top is trending… for some people. Sweater vests remain relevant for Cleveland because they’re part of the layering look that

CobbleStone offers easy-but-elegant options in styles and colors for your wardrobe. Timeless pieces with wear and pair appeal, made in Italy. The Logan sweater and London pants, shown in Slate, also are available in other colors. So many other Fall fashion brands and styles are arriving daily and are online www. shopabigails.com @abigailsaccesories. ABIGAILS INC. 178 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, 330.995.0320, The Red Barn! plays nicely with cool weather shifts. Meanwhile, on the bottom, pants are evolving to wider, more relaxed leg styles. Printed and patterned bottoms will also be at retail, she says. Those who like brights will welcome fall colors like cobalt, leprechaun and fuchsia. And those who want neutrals can choose from army green, taupe and grey.

Don’t sweater the small stuff … Spread love! Shop Knuth’s. A cashmere “Love” sweater from Brodie, available at KNUTH’S, Landerwood Plaza, 30619 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, 216.831.1116; Jefferson Square, 26141 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440.871.7800 or visit knuths.com. Regardless of style Bradford stresses balance when combining tops and bottoms. “You can have a skinny top or bottom, but not both. You can have a baggy top or bottom, not both. If you have a wider leg trouser have a more fitted or shorter top,” she advises. And current styles offer enough choices to create this balance. Pat Gibson, a Northeast Ohio image consultant and owner of Artistry of Style, also sees fuchsia and other strong colors for fall. But, she says, “There’s something for everyone. She adds in colors like warm brown, warm

Fringe is in for Fall. Brochu Walker wool & cashmere duster from KILGORE TROUT at Eton Chagrin Boulevard Woodmere, kilgoretrout.com. red and olive, even pale pink and light ocean blue. Strong colors, she says, means the opportunity to create dramatic monochrome outfits. For example, a matching top and bottoms or a dress, hosiery and footwear. Bell sleeves and tunics are going cold, but leather and faux leather are still hot. She seconds the observation that boot legs and bell bottoms are more available. Chain-link embellishments are found on everything from clothing to accessories and footwear. Gibson says she’s not seeing as many seasonal changes as in the past. “The whole clothing cycle has slowed down. We’re not seeing as many fall things as usual because the pandemic has caused so many manufacturing slowdowns. We may not see a full fall selection until midSeptember or later.”

Neue Auctions presents Fine Art and Furnishings from Estates and Collections Online Auction September 25, 2021 Recycling Objects that Matter : The Neue Auctions team has gathered a wide range of amazing art and objects from estates and collections for your discovery in our forthcoming September 25th Online auction. Categories in the sale include Paintings, Works on Paper, Sculpture, French Art Glass, Mid-Century Modern Furnishings, Decorative Objects, Traditional Furnishings, Ceramics, Indian and Asian art and Hand Woven Carpets. By subscribing to our email list at www. neueauctions.com you can keep up to date on our latest offerings and find easy links to our catalog and bidding platforms.

The September 25th auction includes over 300 lots of exciting and unusual art, antiques and vintage furnishings. Join us as we responsibly recycle things worth keeping and passing on to those next in line in order to appreciate the great quality workmanship and artistry of the past. Our sale begins with 100-200 lots of art spanning the Old Master period to the Contemporary. This includes paintings, drawings and prints by masters, and those still appreciating. Print Club of Cleveland favorites include Henri Matisse’s Nu Pour Cleveland, and Charles Burchfield’s Summer Benediction.

We are happy to offer a single owner estate of French cameo glass from the late 19thc, including examples by Gallé, Daum, Legras, DeVez, and many others. This collection has been packed away for many years, and is the largest grouping we have yet been able to offer. From an authentic mid-century modern house in the region comes a collection of vintage mid century furniture. The period home was decorated by Isabel Lichtenstein with the assistance of her famous artist husband Roy Lichtenstein. This includes Eero Saarinen designed tables and chairs, furniture designed by Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Finn Juhl and others.

There is a beautiful Danish walnut dining/conference table and two Massimo Vignelli for Venini pendant glass lamps. Neue Auctions will be open for an in person preview beginning Monday, September 20, 10am-5 pm through Friday, September 24th. We will also be celebrating the Mercantile Road Art and Design District with a street wide open house entitled Rediscover Mercantile throughout the day on Thursday, September 23, with coffee service, food truck lunch and open showrooms all along the street, and ending with a wine preview at Neue Auctions gallery beginning at 4 pm.

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It’s all about the flatform and platform in shoe trends this fall By PARIS WOLFE Flatforms are continuing into fall fashion and comfort may be the reason. Flatform refers to a thick, platform sole that lacks incline. Like heels, they add height, but may be more comfortable. “We’re not seeing stilettos and skinny heels unless it’s for a formal occasion,” says Amy Bradford, owner of Amy’s Shoes & Apparel in Woodmere. “Flatform is the main trend. When there’s a heel, it’s usually a chunkier heel.” “It’s great because it gives women an opportunity to be comfortable and functional and still be on trend.” Bradford is especially excited to see the bootie trend continue to evolve. “We’re seeing the white bootie with flatform soles,” she says. Often in patent leather. And, yes, it should be worn after Labor Day. “White is fun and neutral, but different from the normal neutrals of footwear. Like black, it goes with any color. I’m excited about it because it’s different,” says Bradford. Athleisurewear, which came in with the pandemic,is continuing, with a twist. Sneaker style, for example, may be available in a bootie. “These are not tennis shoes for working out, but have a cute Euro-chic vibe,” she notes. “I love it because it’s easy, comfortable and great for daytime.” The most important fashion footwear item this fall is

Men’s footwear will inspire shoe styles this fall. Photographs courtesy of Amy’s Shoes and Apparel White booties and pronounced lug soles come together to make a footwear statement. the Chelsea boot, says Sherri Knuth Bryan, co-owner of Knuth’s in Pepper Pike and Westlake. Named for the trendy London neighborhood, Chelsea boots are a tighter fitting, usually ankle high, pull-on boot with elastic side panels. “The coolest ones have big lug soles,” she notes.

“The bottoms are often thick, rubbery and comfortable. There’s a lot of sole interest going on in all types of footwear.” When it comes to shoes, a menswear influence is notable. “Loafers and oxfords are trending in classic shapes with different materials including suede, patent leather, textured leather and interesting fabrications,” she says. “Browns and neutral shades are at least as important as black, this fall,” she points out. “There’s so much clothing being shown in neutrals like camel, cream, off-white

The athleisure vibe goes beyond workout gear with these sneaker-styled booties. and beige. So those shades are prevalent in shoes as well. We are also seeing footwear in rich deep colors like wine, burgundy, berry, olive and rust.” “The UGG brand has actually made a fashion resurgence. UGG classics had been waning, but they’re hot again, especially the ‘mini” height,’” she says. “And, Birkenstock has retained its fashion vibe.” Dressier footwear is also making a comeback as people return to special events. And casual, athleisure footwear continues as many people still work at home. For athleisure, though, Bryan says platform or lug soles are really happening.

The Powder Room Makeup Oasis & Boutique As the seasons change, so does your skincare. Here are some tips to help transition your skin care routine into the cooler fall weather. Switch up your cleanser, using a cream based cleanser instead of a gel to hold in the hydration while still removing everything from the day. Use a daily hyaluronic acid and switch to a thicker moisturizer. This will help lock in moisture from a deeper level. Load up on vitamin A. Using products at night with vitamin A will exfoliate dead skin cells and build up collagen that may have been depleted from sun damage during the summer months Still use SPF! Yes SPF needs to be used every single day of the year. UVA rays are still just as strong in the

Mark your calendars for Boo-Tique trick-or-treat at Eton Chagrin Boulevard Oct. 28 Mark your calendars for Eton Chagrin Boulevard’s annual Boo-Tique trick-or-treat presented by Parker & Streem Orthodontics on Thursday, October 28 from 5pm-7pm. Children and their families can enjoy all treats, no tricks, at this fun, socially-distanced event to kick-off Halloween. “Boo-Tique is a staple event we have enjoyed hosting for years here at Eton,” said Stacie Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Stark Enterprises. “It’s the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween weekend as well as bring the community together for a fun filled evening with our fantastic shops here at Eton.” Families are invited to come dressed up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat at the participating stores both inside the Atrium shops at Eton and outside at the various national stores. Additionally, attendees can enjoy take home coloring pages, activities, games, meet & greet with Woodmere’s Police and their K9 Officer, Revan, and so much more! This event will follow a one-way route beginning in front of Brooks Brothers, so all guests can maintain a safe and socially distanced experience. Each participating store will have a pumpkin in their window, to distinguish the participating stores. For more details on this event and all other events and new additions at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, visit etonchagrinblvd. com and follow @EtonChagrin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

winter and fall as they are in the summer which can lead to premature aging. Pay your esthetician a visit. This is the perfect time to start chemical peels and lighter resurfacer‘s depending on skin type. While you are there, your esthetician can help you switch your skin care regime to accommodate the upcoming change of season Here at The Powder Room Makeup Oasis & Boutique, we can customize a skin care regime for you and also give you customized facial services to put your best face forward. Book your appointment today! THE POWDER ROOM MAKEUP OASIS & BOUTIQUE, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, 216.831.7666 or visit thepowderroomboutique.com.

Cleveland Aquarium to commemorate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19 Yo ho ho! Launched in 1995 by John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is an annual opportunity for landlubbers, scallywags and seadogs to have a little fun with the romanticized notion of swashbuckling pirate life. On September 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission ticket sold at 4 p.m.), Greater Cleveland Aquarium guests can commemorate ITLAPD while visiting. In addition to encouraging guests to come in costume, the Aquarium will provide all visiting buccaneers with a themed trivia hunt, coloring sheet, temporary tattoo, craft instructions and short guide to pirate speak. “We’ll be sharing our pirate names, honing our ‘arrrrrrrs’ and ‘ahoys,’ and testing out our pirate jokes,” says Education Coordinator Matt Debelak. “For example, do you know what the pirate said when she became an octogenarian? ‘Aye Matey.’” International Talk Like a Pirate Day is included with daily Greater Cleveland Aquarium admission ($0 $19.95). Due to limited capacity and time entry for social distancing, advance tickets are recommended for non-Passholders. Greater Cleveland Aquarium (West Bank of the Flats, Nautica Waterfront District, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113; 216.862.8803; greaterclevelandaquarium.com).


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Update and change your home décor as we transition from summer to fall By ANDREA C. TURNER It will come as no surprise that the global Covid pandemic has been challenging across the board for the interior design industry. Factories have shut down or gone out of business; sourcing products takes much longer; and manufacturers are having difficulty hiring and retaining employees. Nevertheless, in the home improvement sector, “Everyone in this industry is extremely busy,” said Linda Hilbig of Somrak Kitchens, whose showroom is located in Bedford Heights. It’s no wonder, as families huddled together last year spending more time at home cooking and eating, when many restaurants were closed for indoor dining. “As homeowners continue to bring uniquely personal touches to their kitchens this year, color is finding its way back to the top of the list of priorities,” according to Hilbig. “Color has become a key in setting positive mood, warmth, and a sense of wellbeing.” For homeowners that are considering redecorating by purchasing custom furniture, planning ahead is key. According to Leslie Marceau, sole proprietor of Pavilion Home & Floral in Cleveland Heights, it takes 17-19 weeks for delivery of a custom sofa built in the United States. If it’s imported, it can take 20 weeks or longer. “Another option is re-upholstering a sofa with a new cover,” said Marceau, whose store has been in existence since 2015. (Marceau’s business partner Michele Ross

Make your home office a focal point with bookshelves, plants and spot lighting. Image credit: Natalia Miyar retired earlier this year.) “The turnaround time is much shorter, but the cost can be as much as a new piece of furniture.” Pavilion Home & Floral carries an eclectic mix of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques mixed with custom upholstery, home accessories, art, contemporary furniture and

Rug layering creates warmth and coziness during winter months. Image credit: rebeccaandgenevieve.com

Winter throws made of heavy fabrics and cool-colored accent pillows help transition living rooms from summer to winter. Photograph courtesy of Pavilion Home & Floral

books on interiors and gardens. To transform your home from summer to fall decor, homeowners can make some simple changes, maintains Marceau. “Try changing accent pillows in bedrooms and living rooms, aiming for the colder color palette. Throws that work in summer made of cotton or linen can be switched out for those that are made of heavier and cozier fabrics, like alpaca wool.” An easy and economical transition is adjusting the colors of candles. Marceau says that white candles throughout the home in summer can be switched out for more colorful ones, or even black candles to create a more dramatic effect in winter. Sisal, seagrass and jute rugs that are common in sum-

mer can be exchanged for heavier wool rugs. Or try layering rugs, a popular fashion trend during cold months. Shag rugs can create a soft and luxurious feel when placed underfoot, with thicker fibers adding comfort. Some designers even suggest placing a textured woven area rug over carpeting to enhance the level of comfort or visual appeal. With more people remaining at home to work virtually, industry experts suggest there is a movement to make the home office more of a focal point. With everyone studying office space backgrounds on Zoom, at-home workers spiffed up home offices with clean bookshelves full of books, succulent plants and visually appealing artwork.

White cabinetry remains a popular choice, but greys and blues are trending, too By ANDREA C. TURNER The desire to establish a personal and peaceful feel in the main gathering spaces of the home is key in current design plans. Recent statistics show the vast majority of homeowners remodeling their kitchens and baths are focused on personal choices and colors rather than trends that boost resale value, according to Linda Hilbig of Somrak Kitchens in Bedford Heights. A customized kitchen or bath that reflects the personality and needs of the homeowner is the primary goal in present-day redesigns. White and cream cabinetry remain a favorite, especially in traditional homes. But designers are seeing a demand for grey and greyish-blue cabinets as clients are looking for more transitional and modern aesthetics in their kitchens. White oak woodwork and cabinetry for mudrooms with either a clear finish or fairly light stain that shows off the natural beauty of the wood is a great durable alternative to painted woodwork, says Martin Johannessen, founder of Harmoni Designs + Build, Creative Design and Green Building Advisors in Cleveland Heights. Johannessen maintains it’s a good option for complimenting a number of older adjacent finishes such as (oak) woods or a variety of paint colors. “We often try to add warmth and natural beauty by introducing natural wood countertops, floating shelves, etc. to kitchens to soften the painted cabinetry,” said Johannessen, award-winning architect and Denmark native. “We are seeing more stone slab backsplashes in kitchens that match or complement the stone countertops. It is often a higher cost alternative to tile, but we like to think of it as hanging beautiful artwork on the wall. A natural stone slab is a one of a kind, so it’s a great place to add a personal touch.” Rick Lutes of Lutes Custom Cabinetry, based in Navarre, agrees that white and grey have dominated the market for his clients looking to remodel kitchens and baths. “Homeowners want simplistic, crisp, clean and simple designs,” said Lutes, who has been handcrafting quality cabinetry for over 34 years. After several years as a “freelancer” working on client projects from the I-X Center Home & Garden Show, he opened his own small shop on eight acres in the countryside about 25 years ago. During the pandemic, demand was high for custom cabinetry. “Last year was absolutely my best year yet,” said Lutes. He continues to offer frameless, framed, inlet and overlay cabinetry to customers in Stark, Summit and surrounding counties. Hilbig claims that clients are also opting for a bold or bright pop of color on a featured section of cabinets, such as just the uppers, lowers, or a center island. Nature continues to have a big influence on the choices homeowners are making for colors and finishes. Wood grains and earth tones help to bring a sense of the outdoors inside the home. “Color coordination is appearing in tile backsplashes and marbled countertops,” adds Hilbig. “The sink can

White cabinetry remains popular, accented with natural elements like wood countertops. Photograph courtesy of Harmoni Designs + Build.

Grey cabinetry gains popularity, as well as hardware pulls. Photograph courtesy of Lutes Custom Cabinetry.

even be a source of color.” Standard and farmhouse sinks are now available in black, blue, copper, and dark gray. For cabinet hardware, Lutes says his clients prefer pulls over knobs because they’re easier to use. Gunmetal finishes are popular, as are black matte, solid brass, mixed metals and those with natural finishes. For mudrooms, Johannessen counsels clients to keep seasonal clothing and footwear in mind when designing the space. “As summer transitions into fall and winter, the mudroom changes color as well. It’s time to put the flip-flops away and make room for the warm gear. There needs to be space for sandals and baseball caps as well as winter boots, hats and gloves,” added Johannessen. Customers demand quality that lasts for years to come, including selecting durable materials that will not go out of style, and require minimal maintenance. In addition to built-in millwork, the mudroom floor is a place to add interest and make a beautiful accent area. “We think that the floor is to the mudroom as the backsplash is to the kitchen – a place to have some fun and make the space unique,” said Diana Johannessen, chief operating officer of Harmoni Designs. “We’re seeing a lot of tile shapes, patterns and colors used.”


Seventieth Annual Starlight Soirée to shine light on programs to combat childhood poverty The Christ Child Society of Cleveland is pleased to announce that its 70th annual charity event, The Starlight Soirée, will be held Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society. This year’s event will feature a silent auction, $5,000 cash raffle and a jewelry raffle. Marlen Jewelers, a faithful supporter of the Christ Child Society for nearly 20 years will once again donate a beautiful piece for the annual Jewelry Raffle. If green is more your color, our $5,000 Cash Raffle is for you. Our members’ commitment to the well-being of children started 105 years ago by providing needy infants with a layette bundle containing clothing and other necessities for newborns. We continue to provide layettes, distributing over 1,000 last year. We also provide school uniforms, winter coats, “My Stuff“™ bags, twin beds, and portable cribs. We manage two elementary school libraries, two preschool literacy programs and a book distribution program. We are launching a Healthy Hygiene Program this school year. It is our aim to meet the increased needs of children in Greater Cleveland affected by poverty. We need your help to accomplish this goal and continue our mission. Each year, the Christ Child Society of Cleveland honors a person for their outstanding service and support. This year, they are proud to announce Reverend Walter H. Jenne as the 2021 Person of the Year. Fr. Walt has supported the mission of the Christ Child Society of Cleveland throughout his ministry. Fr. Walt’s commitment to helping disadvantaged children aligns perfectly with the mission of the Christ Child Society of Cleveland – Challenging Childhood Poverty in Greater Cleveland. This year, it is exceptionally challenging to meet the increased needs of these children as they now struggle even more during this ongoing pandemic. All children need to know their lives have meaning and purpose and that there is hope for their future. Founded by Mary Virginia Merrick in 1887, the National Christ Child Society – and each of its 44 chapters – are moved to action by her words: “Nothing is ever too much to do for a child.” To help support the efforts of the Christ Child Society of Cleveland, please consider joining us at the 2021 Starlight Soirée. Visit our website to learn more. https://christchildsocietycleveland.org

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You should love the spaces in which you live and designers can help achieve that By LAURI GROSS Some things can be said without words. Even when you can’t quite describe what you love or hate about a space, you know when it’s right or wrong. Good interior design is achieved when a homeowner loves the space. Even if they can’t say why, they know they love how it makes them feel. Getting to that point takes some vision but it starts with questions.

“Sometimes people don’t know the words or materials or language to describe what they want,” says Ingrid Porter of Ingrid Porter Interiors. “So, we walk their space and write down what they think is wrong and those notes point in the direction of what we are going to do. They can’t always see what the end product is going to be, so talking about what they are trying to accomplish is usually one of the first steps.”

The above and right “before and after” images of a Chardon home with beautiful views demonstrate how designer Ingrid Porter changed the mood as well as the style. Photographs courtesy of Ingrid Porter Interiors

Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, ASID, owner of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors agrees. When clients flip through photos of interior design, Kathleen says they’ll know what they like but they sometimes don’t know why. “We have a trained eye so we will pick up what it is about those images that they like. It could be curved lines or high contrast or bright colors. Our eye picks up the constants within those images.” Often, Kathleen will ask clients to indicate, from a long list of adjectives, which words describe what they are looking to achieve in their space. She adds that “It cuts through a lot quickly,” when people are able to indicate that they want a space that is calm or bright or busy or funky or welcoming, etc. Ingrid adds, “People will have a feeling. They might say, ‘I hate those oak floors and I want tile now.’ It can be driven by what they have now and don’t want. The other part of invoking a mood has a lot to do with the space available, so if a home has huge rooms, we want to break those into smaller seating areas.” “Good design must be appropriate for the client and also for the bones of the home,” says Kathleen. “If a client is fun and bohemian and funky, we have to find ways to incorporate that in the space and it might just be with a piece of artwork.” Ingrid says, “Something people tend not to think about is layers of lighting and adding texture.” She explains that people may want overhead lights or a lamp on every surface but with layers of lighting options – including some on dimmers – you can create different moods. “Spaces will remain cold and generic and like a warehouse without proper lighting and meaningful accessories and artwork that may evoke memories of family, special events etc.” says Kathleen. “Without unique accessories to personalize spaces, it will feel stark or sterile.” Kathleen adds, “I always love to add a touch of whimsy

in most spaces to keep it personal and real. It gives the homeowners an opportunity for subtle personalization that family and friends will appreciate.” A way to add texture, Ingrid says, is with color. Choosing a flat paint versus a high-gloss lacquer when choosing paint for cabinetry, for instance, will change the look and feel of the room. This way, Ingrid says, you can “bring in a lot of different textures even if it’s through use of the same color.” For bringing cohesion throughout a home, Ingrid likes to have “one little thread of the same color throughout the house. We’re not going to do the whole inside of a house blue but we might have blue on the floor in room one and in the next, blue in the art, or a pillow, or a slight blue in tile somewhere. Or you can play around with scale,” she says, as she describes having something like shiplap in a giant scale in one room and then a tiny scale in another room. “As long as one or two design elements flow from space to space and the scale is appropriate, designs will remain cohesive even when mood and function changes,” Kathleen says. “Flooring and trim and molding will always add continuity. A consistent style or color scheme will be enough for spaces to flow when strong architecture is present as in traditional homes. For those with more modern, open plans, where there are few or no walls, a consistent furnishings style and color palette is best. Area rugs are great to define spaces within single spaces and while they may vary in design style, the palette should remain consistent.” “Design starts in your mind,” Ingrid says. “Who uses the room? What do they use it for? What do they not like? How can we improve their lives? The best compliment is when someone comes home and says ‘I love walking in here. I can just plop down and be surrounded by colors I love.’”

These “before and after” images are the result of designer Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb helping the clients recreate, in this new home in Medina, the colors and feelings they loved in their previous cottage home. Photographs courtesy of Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors. The “after” photo is by Tony Palmieri.


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Ken Nevadomi: A Major Retrospective at WOLFS Gallery Nevadomi: In Plain Sight, opens October 14, 2021 at WOLFS Gallery in Beachwood with over 200 works directly from the artist’s studio. Perpetually astounded by the real world, Ken Nevadomi (b. 1939) is one of Cleveland’s most important painters. This is a sensitive and deep-thinking artist whose work requires thoughtful examination. As the curtain closes on the Industrial Revolution, and the Information Age is born, Nevadomi chronicles this tumultuous era, asking our society to take a raw look in the mirror. Driven by instinct and emotion and an uncanny ability to confidently paint anything his mind conjures, Nevadomi boldly holds forth. WOLFS will present a cross-section of Nevadomi’s paintings spanning his celebrated and prolific career, all from his own remarkable collection. Known for his direct and often controversial figurative subject matter, Nevadomi’s art is an intuitive and personal response to contemporary culture and urban drama.

“Ideas occur and I just have to paint them. To me, the way it comes across to me, is that I will paint them. I will do it. Life’s just too short.” — Nevadomi

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Exhibit at Akron Soul Train Gallery “Woven: The Human x Nature RelaRon Shelton works with unsustainable tionship” at Akron Soul Train Gallery plastics as a medium, the product of ill-rethrough October 23 is an exhibition comgard to nature by humans. He sources his bining the residency work of two artists materials from laundry companies, com- Nicole Condon-Shih and Ron Shelton. munity calls and from his own use. Shelton Each examines human interaction with has connected artists around the world as a nature with abstract interpretations. means to bring awareness of the biological Nicole Condon-Shih states, “My interand environmental hazards that plastics are disciplinary practice intersects art and scicausing. ence in inspiration, research, and technique The exhibit is on view at Akron Soul and explores the communication between Train’s Burton D. Morgan Exhibition parts within a network that, together, conSpace located at 191 S. Main Street in struct an entire system.” Her work exam- Weaving by Ron Shelton Akron. The Akron Soul Train gallery is ines the symbiotic relationships of lichen including that to open Wednesday - Saturday, 11-4 p.m. There is plenty of humans and its response to its environment. It raises the parking right out front, on side streets or in the parking question - what can we humans do to influence the current garages. Please email Christine Ries with any questions Anthropocene in a positive way? at christine@akronsoultrain.org.

Not only a major artist, but a highly regarded professor of over 50 years, Ken Nevadomi’s blue collar persona adds another dimension to his appeal. At the age of 17, Nevadomi left his troubled home in Cleveland enlisting in the service for two tours of duty during which he began to recognize his prowess and passion for painting. He went on to earn 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. 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 and was awarded the 1988 Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts. Nevadomi’s work was sought out by curator and art advisor, Allan Schwartzman, for the New Museum’s 1980 exhibition Outside New York. Eluding fixed meanings, his work explores broad subjects that peel away the veneer of the human condition. Schwartzman has said that Nevadomi’s works are, “harshly candid confessions, presented with comic book irony, reveal[ing] a phantasmagorical world.” Much like Picasso, Nevadomi was enamored with the female figure, which is frequently represented in his powerful, sometimes angst-ridden compositions. William H. Robinson, senior curator at the Cleveland

Falling Artist, 1988 Museum of Art, says of Nevadomi’s work, “What impresses you the most about the art of Ken Nevadomi is its honesty and its directness... His art offers a constant ‘unmasking’ of the darker side of human nature – a painful probing of hidden realities, topics avoided in normal discourse, subjects not rigidly defined or easily explained by rational analysis.” Comprehending specific meanings is not necessary to appreciate Nevadomi’s narratives. While he may have set out to make social commentary, he encouraged the viewer to respond with their own interpretations. Of his work, Nevadomi has quipped, “I’d like to think that these works have something to do with our lives but damned if I can figure out what that might be,” continuing, “I think the world is more bizarre than my paintings will ever be.” Nevadomi: In Plain Sight, opening October 14, 2021. A fully illustrated catalog with essays by Dr. Marianne Berardi accompanies the exhibition. For Press and Sales Inquiries, please contact WOLFS at: 216.721.6945 or info@wolfsgallery.com. View our website at www.wolfsgallery.com. Follow WOLFS on Instagram @wolfsgallery or facebook. com/wolfsgallery.

Good Girl Gone Green founder Stephanie Moram offers tips on living more sustainable lives. Photograph courtesy of Moram

Stephanie Moram offers organizing and cleaning tips for sustainable living By LAURI GROSS When Stephanie Moram gazes upon empty boxes, jars and almond-milk cartons, she sees an opportunity for living green through organizing and detoxing your home, all while creating less waste. Ten years ago, she founded Good Girl Gone Green, her Montreal-based organization that now helps her reach wide audiences who crave her tips, inspiration and insights. By way of her website, email correspondence, private consultations, public and television speaking engagements, Instagram, virtual master classes coming soon, and podcasts coming this September (to be called The Green Junkie), Stephanie offers uplifting and humorous tips for her many followers. “It’s all about living greener and more sustainable lives without feeling overwhelmed,” she says. “They like how I can be sarcastic and funny and get my point across without scolding. It’s a gentle approach. I never shove my message down their throat or make anyone feel bad about it. You don’t get anywhere that way,” she says. Stephanie’s tips range from how to compost kitchen waste to simple organizing ideas, such as cutting almondmilk cartons down to size to use as drawer organizers, or keeping empty jars for stashing makeup brushes, paperclips or hair ties. Need shoe organizers or extra hangers? Check a second-hand store, she suggests. “People don’t look in your drawers anyway,” she laughs as she admits that, while very organized, her drawers and closets are not always pretty or color-coded. But, she adds that a simple coat of acrylic paint mixed with baking soda, can give a glass jar the glossy upscale look of ceramic, for those looking for more visual appeal. A solution of one part vinegar to three parts water is an effective, cheap and non-toxic household cleaner. “If you don’t like the smell,” Stephanie advises, “add essential oils like orange or lemon.” Straight hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle she says is great for a deeper clean around a toilet and elsewhere. Her advice includes how to avoid products that are disposable and extends to fashion choices. “I help people find clothing that will have less impact on the environment,” she says and she mentions the importance of reading labels, and suggests buying second-hand. Stephanie is happy to customize her advice for a client’s needs. For instance, she says, “If someone is having a baby and they want a green nursery and they want to have less waste around that baby, I can have an hour consultation with them and I can help them with that.” To find a link to Stephanie’s podcasts, register for her classes, request a private consultation, sign up for her email tips, and more, visit GoodGirlGoneGreen.com, or follow Stephanie on Instagram (@goodgirlgonegreen).

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By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN You could find almost anything you wanted at Swingos Celebrity Hotel in Cleveland during the 1970s, including rock and roll, sex, and cottage cheese with ketchup. Matt Swingos, whose family operated the legendary Swingos Celebrity Hotel, offered some insight into that time period as part of, “Swingos: Where Rockers Raged and Legends Were Made,” a Cleveland Stories Dinner Party talk at the Music Box Supper Club. The hotel served as a rock and roll hub from 1971 to 1982. When asked to recall the most unusual celebrity request during those years, Swingos quickly replied, “Steven Tyler of Aerosmith asked for warm cottage cheese with ketchup. We didn’t even serve cottage cheese. We had to send someone out to buy it.” A third-generation restaurant professional, Matt Swingos started working at his family’s restaurants at age nine. Under the guidance of his grandfather Nick and father Jim, the Swingos family ran the Keg and Quarter restaurant at the hotel on Euclid Ave. and E. 18th St., as well as Swingos at the Statler. The hotel hosted a parade of actors, musicians and athletes. Swingos Celebrity Hotel was featured in the movie, “Almost Famous.” Swingos said the band depicted in that movie was supposed to be Humble Pie. He recalled some behind-the-scenes memories of the crazy Cleveland stories that came from operating his family’s historic establishment. “In 1967, my dad had the option to take over the restaurant in the hotel on the corner of E. 18th and Euclid. Downtown was dark at the time and the restaurant owed back rent,” he noted. “In the early 1980s, he also took over the restaurant at the Statler at E. 12th and Euclid.” “My dad saw a lot of guys go through the transition from playing the Agora to Playhouse Square to the stadium. Any act on tour wanted to stay with us. L.A. hit us hard,” he added. “Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin stayed at the hotel for the first time when I was 11 years old. They were crazy and were known for doing things like throwing TVs out of windows,” Swingos said. “We had a white baby grand piano and they pushed it down a stairwell. Freddie Mercury of Queen was arriving the next day and he had requested a white baby grand piano. My dad made sure another one was delivered in time for his arrival. “Led Zeppelin did some crazy stuff. They had a room damage budget. They would do $25,000 to $50,000 in damage every time they checked in,” he added. “Every couple of years, we got to remodel. The hotel was very secure. There was only one front door and one elevator for 180 rooms. I’m still scarred by what I saw in that elevator.” “Bruce Springsteen came to Cleveland in the early 1970s. He played at the Agora. At that time, he couldn’t afford a hotel room. Our most expensive rooms back then were $72 and the least expensive were $28 a night. My dad gave him a special room rate. After that, Springsteen and his band always stayed with us. Bruce was always a gentleman. No complaints,” he said. “Elvis Presley played the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland in 1975. My dad was close with Colonel Parker, his manager. When Elvis flew in to town, he always had a couple of ladies with him,” Swingos noted. “Elvis had a performance in Cleveland and a second gig the following week. He always

This photo of Jim Swingos and Frank Sinatra was always displayed in the restaurant. Photograph provided by Matt Swingos wanted his performances to be sold out. He called every day after the first appearance to find out whether the second was sold out. When it wasn’t sold out the day before the performance, my dad called Coliseum owner Nick Mileti and told him to tear out 2,500 seats to make the place look full. My dad always wanted to make people happy.” “Frank Sinatra made our day. We were running the food service operation at the Coliseum. Once Sinatra was booked to perform there, my dad started doing research. He was a mastermind of service. He called places in Las Vegas to find out what Sinatra liked to eat and drink,” Swingos said. “He found out that he liked Tootsie Rolls, apple fritters and hot peppers. Sinatra showed up at 2 a.m. to find bowls of Tootsie Rolls, apple fritters made by our kitchen staff and hot peppers waiting for him. We became Sinatra’s hub whenever he was in our part of the country. My dad would never take a picture with him because he said that he was just there to serve him. One day, Frank Sinatra insisted. He knew that marketing value goes on forever. That picture always hung in the restaurant.” “My dad loved Yul Brenner. One time, he got a call at 3 a.m. from the hotel desk clerk saying that Brenner was ready to get in a fight with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple. The band was up partying all night. My dad told them that Brenner was a legend and had to perform the next day and they quieted down,” he said. “Muhammad Ali stayed with us when he was in town. Ali was great. He always stuck to a special diet. He was even vegan for awhile. That was the first time I saw tofu. Nine different boxing champions stayed with us over the years,” he noted. “Jimmy Carter stayed at the hotel and he was sitting president at the time. I sure learned about security. Every bottle of beer, glass of wine or bite of food was tested. He even brought his own chefs,” Swingos said. The celebrities who stood out in Swingos’ opinion as the humblest included David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Michael Stanley. “Joe Walsh was a class act. Bette Midler sang in the bar one night with Stevie Wonder,” he added. Swingos said that, when he was in college, he worked with his dad every weekend. “I knew that I wanted to be like him,” he said. After graduating from John Carroll University, Matt Swingos became the president of Swingos on the Lake where he developed a renowned menu and wine program. He then opened Swingos Grand Tavern alongside his brother. He is currently director of sales and operations at Catanese Classic Seafood, overseeing the entire sales staff.

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana (MakeA-Wish OKI) held the Prince &Izant Hope is Essential Gala on Friday, August 6 at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland and raised more than $700,000! The record is enough to make more than 70 wishes come true for Northeast Ohio children with critical illnesses. “This past year, we all experienced what it feels like to wait for hope,” said Keri Haibach, Northern Ohio Sr. Market Director of Advancement. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all of our gala sponsors and guests who opened their hearts and gave generously to bring hope, strength, and joy to kids going through their darkest days. It was an unforgettable evening celebrating the Make-A-Wish mission, and I think everyone who attended left feeling more hopeful about their future too.” The Hope is Essential Gala wouldn’t have been possible without Title Sponsor Prince &Izant or Hope Sponsors, Eaton Foundation, and the Levanduski family. Thank you also to Strength Sponsors, Lincoln Electric, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Parker Hannifin, Penske Cleveland, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, as well as our Digital Sponsor, Deloitte. And thank you to the Hope is Essential Gala committee comprised of Cheryl Levanduski, Lisa Margolis, Brenda Kucinski, Charlie Toil, Chris Sutcliffe and Terri Schreiber. Guests enjoyed dinner and drinks, heard inspiring wish stories, bid on live and silent auction packages, and were treated to a performance by wish kid alumni Madeline. Make-A-Wish OKI followed all guidance from national and international public health and government organizations to host a safe event. Make-A-Wish® OKI creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1983, we have granted more than 18,000 wishes, and in fiscal year 2020, granted the largest number of wishes in the country. Make-A-Wish is more than wish granting, it’s a global movement of transforming lives through hope, and wishes need YOU! Due to the global pandemic, more children are waiting for a wish than ever before. To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer and share our mission, visit: wish.org/oki and follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED BY MAKE-A-WISH OKI

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Color takes center stage in new kitchen remodels. Bright, clean, and fresh are still a big focus in kitchen design. Many remodels are maintaining light, neutral cabinetry and flooring and bringing a favored color in with bright hued appliances. Gourmet ranges and modern refrigerators in bold colors are popular choices for current kitchen remodels. If you are looking for help designing a kitchen that reflects your personality with cabinets and appliances that pop with color and beauty as well as functionality, the experts at Somrak Kitchens are available. Call or visit us today at 26201 Richmond Rd., Bedford Hts., Ohio or 216.464.6500 or www.somrakkitchens.com.


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Realtors predict strong real estate market for fall, but not as frenetic as spring By RITA KUEBER Traditionally spring and fall are the busiest seasons for real estate in Northeast Ohio, and due to several factors, this past spring was probably one of the craziest periods in real estate history in the past few years. With low interest rates, and an inventory shortage, buyers and sellers, guided by realtors, rode through a modern-day Wild West, complete with bidding wars, heated pricing and frenetic deal-making. Per usual, summer offered some relief to the feverish pace of home sales. With graduations, travel and vacations, the market paused momentarily to allow everyone to catch their breath. Now with the autumn real estate market upon us, several top local realtors offer their take on the market’s upcoming direction. “There’s always an uptick in activity after Labor Day, and I anticipate we’ll be busy,” says Karen Eagle, a realtor with Howard Hanna. “ Fall is such a beautiful season, and people love looking at houses in the fall. There’s a sense of slowing down a bit. For sellers who were not able to get a house on the market in spring, I’m telling them now is a great time. Buyers are still out there, and properties look great in fall. Newly listed houses will sell quickly and pricing will be as normalized as it can be.” “The market is not going to be as heated as spring, but it will be a stronger market than fall 2020,” says Sotheby International Realty’s managing broker Joanne Zettl. “But it’s best not to compare fall with spring – the inventory is still so low. Well-loved and cared for homes are still moving quickly, but sellers need to be realistic in terms of the number of days the house is on the market. At the same time, buyers have to be ready,” she adds. “If you’re a buyer you need to be prepared with preapproval (financing) letters, and be able to make quick decisions. It’s still a very competitive market.” “We are still seeing bidding wars, maybe between three parties, not twelve,” says Sharon Friedman, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway. says. “We are also seeing more price reductions – not a ton – but maybe sellers who were a little overzealous in their original price point.” In such a high-pressure market, why not just wait for a better time to adjust one’s living arrangements? Sellers, of course, want to take advantage of the market to gain top dollar for their houses. But buyers? “Buyers are looking for something that solves a problem in a current living situation,” says Ryan Young of The Young Team/Keller Williams. “In a seller’s market like this one, buyers know they are paying a premium, but they see a value beyond just the price of a home. They are seeing comfort or a solution in that next house. Their need to move is about the value they see – something that their current situation isn’t providing for them. They want whatever it is that alleviates the stress in the family’s current living arrangements.” “The emphasis is on supply,” Zettl states. “Recently a search for inventory (houses for sale) was just over two hundred for all of Cuyahoga County – it almost takes your breath away. We are still transacting a lot of real estate, but it’s on properties that don’t stay on the market. To make that happen we help our sellers make good decisions about pricing – finding that fair market value, which is a moving target, as well as knowing a neighborhood block by block.” The shortage of inventory is even more important when it comes to the condition of the house. “Now more than ever buyers want move-in-ready,” Young adds. “The trades are so busy, so this is very important in the current market. People are interested in limited maintenance, more space, more privacy, closer to family, there are so many variables, everyone has a different reason. “Too many people fix up to sell,” Friedman says. “I say fix it up now, live there and enjoy it. People who fix up their house to sell it aren’t living there long enough to recoup their money and enjoy it for a couple of years.” She says it’s still kitchens and bathrooms that should to be updated and encourages future sellers to upgrade to marble and steam showers in the bath, or converting the smallest bedroom to a beautiful dressing area. “You’re not forfeiting the resale value,” she says. “You’re making the house yours while you live there, and have something to offer the buyer.” “Our market is more consistent overall. We’re not as dramatic as, say, the coastal markets you may read about with extreme pricing,” Eagle says. “But even so, people are still moving back to Northeast Ohio. People moving back make up a lot of the buyer pool and that’s always a positive, when people come to Cleveland to relocate. They are always pleasantly surprised at how much this area has to offer.”

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Mitchell Sotka Your home should be an extension of yourself - your unique personality, history, and life philosophy. This version of you wasn’t created overnight or without influential relationships, so why would creating your personal paradise be any different? That being said, the process of restyling your home may feel overwhelming. While there are many areas you could focus on, start with one! At Mitchell Sotka, we call this “Bite Sized Decorating”. Starting with a small project brings a focused energy to a room refresh. Our first step is usually “editing” a room. This process is where we take a visual inventory of the room and pull things out or rearrange them to better suit the space. Taking a picture of this space and seeing it two-dimensionally gives us an impartial look at the space. Once we have a decent understanding of the room, we would focus on the wall art. A painting, drawing, or print has the power to make a room seamlessly flow together or unknowingly distracting. Aiming for the prior, we would make sure that particular room’s collection was an asset. After ensuring all candidates have a place to shine, we will properly hang each in a way that supports the whole interior. Next, we would take a look at the accessories. What goes on the shelves and tables? How can we create functional character on each of these surfaces? Decoration is another layer of design that can be sophisticated and fun or easily feel chaotic and cluttered. Start with the larger objects and work down to the smaller ones with the goal of creating visual balance in the room. Take pictures with each addition to once again see how your composition is coming along. When these bite-sized projects are done, we can see if it ended up being the full entree or just the first course. Many times, a client feels completely recharged after one of our One Day Rejuvenations. Working with what you already own makes working with us a low-cost commitment. Our designers are overflowing with expertise and LOVE helping people achieve a more joyful, personally tailored home. Your home should feel like your paradise! And whether we can help you with that first step or several, we will always have fun with the collaboration. See some of our projects on mitchellsotka.com, Instagram, and Facebook. If you like what you see, give us a call at 440.333.1735. MITCHELL SOTKA, 19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440.333.1735. www.currentsneo.com

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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital “Rainbow Jumper Classic”

Stefanie Portman on Acapulco clears a jump on her way to victory.

Racing through heat and humidity as formidable as the rails, 14 equestrians thrilled patrons gathered at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, while generating an epic sum of support for the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in the Rainbow Jumper Challenge ’21. This year’s jumping competition, organized by UH Circle of Friends, honored University Hospitals front line caregivers. Carly and Doug Horner Jr., with their robust toddler Tripp in arms, described the particular care received at Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital when Tripp was born prematurely last spring. Adhering to safety protocols, the 11th annual UH fundraiser adapted the venue by featuring private VIP chalets staged around the equestrian arena. Each cha-

let – an open-sided tent – accommodated between four and 10 guests, depending on sponsorship. Served to each chalet according to CDC guidelines, patrons enjoyed gourmet cuisine prepared by the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club that included lamb lollipops with sweet chili glaze, phyllo mushroom purses, smoked salmon crostini and crudité with hummus, along with champagne and dessert. Stefanie Portman raced last on Acapulco, but finished first, drawing the top $20,000 bid and winning the 2021 Jumper Challenge. In total, the evening raised a record $500,950 for direct support of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEGGY TURBETT

Cindy Flynn, M.A. Horner, Wendy Kampinksi, and Marla Robbins

Dr. Cliff Megerian, CEO, University Hospitals, with Dr. Lynne Megerian and Lisa and David Turben

Liz Porter, Sharon Klonowski, and Patti DiPompei, president, UH MacDonald Women’s and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals

Carly and Doug Horner Jr. with their son Tripp, who was born prematurely and received neonatal care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Stefanie Portman on Acapulco, winner of the 2021 Rainbow Jumper Challenge, with Doug Horner Sr., winner of the Calcutta Prize.

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BENEFIT BEAT Visit currentsneo.com to view a complete calendar of events and/or to submit an event. Wednesday, Sept. 22…Jam for Justice, to benefit Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. A Festival-style concert on the front lawn of the Great Lakes Science Center (virtual ticket option, too). Event features law students, attorneys, judges and their other professional friends from Northeast Ohio who moonlight as rock stars. Attend in person ($50 ticket includes one drink and light dinner); stay at home and hear about the show later ($100 ticket, includes a Jam for Justice treat from Cleveland-in-a-Box); or make a donation (www.lasclev. org/donate or text LAS GIFT to 216.242.1544. Performers to include Faith & Whiskey, Luke Lindberg and Hung Jury, The No Name Band, Out of Order, Razing the Bar, SIX sometimes SEVEN and State Road. For more information, visit www.lasclev.org./2021 Jam. Saturday, Sept. 25…No Balls Ball – Night at the Museum, to benefit PetFix Northeast Ohio, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 5:30- 6:30 p.m., an Exclusive VIP Experience includes access to the Perkins Wildlife & Woods Garden, a fully immersive, natural environment that brings you closer to native Ohio plants and live animals than ever before. Staff will provide up close experiences with several of the animal ambassadors. Main event, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reconnect and celebrate with PetFix as we share all the lifesaving work for cats and dogs that you make possible. Be inspired by the fascinating exhibits and world-renowned discoveries as you explore the museum with friends, both old and new. Taste the premier culinary talents of Cleveland’s own Zack Bruell with a delectable array of vegan and vegetarian food stations. Experience a chance to win a variety of great prizes at the extensive silent auction and wine pull, followed by a fund-a-need live auction. Pet overpopulation remains the number one cause of death and suffering for companion animals. It’s a problem we can FIX – but only with your help. All proceeds from this annual event help make pet homelessness a thing of the past! Tickets and information visit www.petfixnortheastohio.org or contact Christie at 216.732.7040.

Saturday, Oct. 2…Hanna Perkins Harvest Homecoming Benefit, to benefit Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 6:30 p.m. in a tent on the great lawn at Hanna Perkins Center, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Hts., OH 44122. Enjoy cocktails, a live auction, raffles, scrumptious food, and presentation of the 2021 Hadden Awards to the Hanna Perkins teaching staff. The event and auction will be livestreamed for those who prefer to participate from home. Tickets start at $150. Proceeds from Harvest Homecoming will provide life-changing scholarship support to children attending Hanna Perkins School. For more info: hannaperkins.org/benefit 2021. Saturday, Oct. 2…REAP the Benefit, to benefit Refugee Response, 7 p.m. outdoors at the Ohio City Farm located at the corner of Bridge Ave. and West 24th St. (VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. with champagne, specialty offerings from Chef Karen Small of the Flying Fig, personal farm tours and a musical performance. VIP tickets are $225). REAP the Benefit begins at 7 p.m. with a live concert and full food and beverage service. Tickets are $175. International cuisine from immigrantowned businesses in the Cleveland area. Unique cuisine from 10 nationalities will be offered, featuring both meat and vegetarian dishes. The raffle will feature beautiful pillow sets designed and created by artists in the Afghan Craftswomen Program as well as other prizes. All guests, staff, volunteers and vendors must be fully vaccinated to attend. Dress code is Farm Chic with off-road footwear. Visit refugeeresponse.org. Saturday, Oct. 9…Clambake, to benefit local Lion’s Charities to help the sight and hearing impaired, 6 p.m. at Highland Heights Community Center, 5827 Highland Rd., Highland Heights, 44143. Catered by La-Vera

Party Center. Clambake dinner with half roasted chicken, one dozen clams, clam chowder, clam broth, corn, baked sweet potato, oven roasted red skins, cole slaw, roll/butter, dessert. Beer, wine, pop and bottled water. Side boards and Gift Card raffles. Tickets are $40 per person (extra clams are $12 per dozen). No tickets sold at the door. Purchase tickets by October 2 by contacting Frank Skala, 440.473.3484 or fskala@ameritech.net or Gary Kryszan, 440.773.6380 or kryszan@yahoo.com. Wednesday, Oct. 13, to benefit Cleveland-area children, CREATIONS – A Children’s Guild Unique Boutique! Jewelry, fiber arts, seasonal decor, hostess gifts, gourmet, women’s accessories, children’s items, vintage treasures, etc. Wednesday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to-3 p.m. at Acacia Reservation Clubhouse across from Beachwood Place. All proceeds benefit Cleveland area children. $5 admission. Buy a creation and help a child! Saturday, Oct. 16…21st Annual Dessert First Gala, to benefit Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, at Embassy Suites, Cleveland-Rockside. Sample handcrafted Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts by prominent Northeast Ohio chefs. Visit gsneo.org/dessertfirst for more information. Tuesday, Oct. 19…Induction Banquet & Ceremonies, Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, at Cleveland Marriott at Key Center, Cleveland. Cocktail party at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m.; Ceremonies at 8 p.m. 2021 Inductees for Class of 2021 include 2003 British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, former Cleveland Cavailiers Zydrunas Ilgauskas & Larry Nance, Sr.and late sports media personality, Les Levine. Special Recognition to honor Jack Herrick for his leadership of the organization for the past 25 years. Tickets are $100/Tables of 10 $1000. Call 216.241.1919 or email admin@cleveland-

sportshall.com. Visit www.Clevelandsportshall.com. 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! You can start your bidding for fabulous auction items on Monday, October 18 at 9 a.m. You can buy tickets NOW for our famous KeyBank Key-to-the-Closet and Majestic Steel USA Key-to-theCellar raffles! We are confident in our decision to keep this year’s event virtual to keep everyone safe. However, we encourage you to gather in small groups at Home Watch Parties! Purchase your host kit today and invite your pals over for some wine and fun...all for a great cause! We are recruiting Shoe Guys, offering sponsorship opportunities and accepting donations of goods and services for raffles and auctions. To learn more or to register, visit rmhcneo.org/event/wine-women-andshoes. Details are updated frequently! Friday, Nov. 5…The Starlight Soiree, to benefit Christ Child Society of Cleveland, at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society. For more information visit https://christchildsocietycleveland.org/2021-starlight-soiree. 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.



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Chagrin Valley Documentary Film Festival set for October 5-10 in Chagrin Falls The opportunity to stand in another person’s shoes, and understand the human struggle from a wide variety of experiences has been the work of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) for the past 12 years. This year’s festival, which annually draws thousands of people to the village of Chagrin Falls. is set to take place October 5-10, and will spotlight 97 powerful and compelling documentary films from 38 countries. CDFF has been named “Top 50 Film Fests Worth the Entry Fee” for eight years by MovieMaker magazine. Special events, activities and film-watching will take place all over the village of Chagrin Falls at multiple venues including: the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, Chagrin Falls Township Hall, the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Theater, Riverside Park and the Valley Art Center. Visit chagrinfilmfest.org for more detailed information about the films, locations and special events scheduled for this year’s festival. During the festival, tickets will be sold online at chagrinfilmfest.org or at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. Other venues require advance purchase. For advance ticket purchases, go to chagrinfilmfest.org or call the Festival Office at 440.247.1591. CDFF Marketing and Programming Director Daniel Wingenfeld said, “As a documentary film festival, we strive to highlight films capable of sparking conversations…everyone has a story that can in some way lead to positive change.”

Festival Director and Founder Mary Ann Ponce added, “One of the things that I love about great documentaries is that they have the power to change our perspective on all sorts of subjects, and best of all, they make us want to talk about what we have just seen, which is always a good thing whether we have similar or diverse points of view.” Over the years, she added, CDFF has had films that address a wide range of timely issues. “I am so proud that our audiences have enthusiastically embraced the exploration of lots of issues and the resulting conversations have been pure magic,” Mrs. Ponce said. The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival originally was inspired by and in memory of Ponce’s late son, David, a filmmaker and Chagrin Falls High School alumnus who battled leukemia yet sadly succumbed, passing away at the age of 20. His documentary, “The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort” focused on HIV/AIDS afflicted orphans of Sparrow Village, in Roodepoort, South Africa, capturing for viewers David’s drive to share with the world “just what the human spirit is capable of when faced with something immensely dark and frightening.” (According to an excerpt from a letter written by David in July, 2006 to the Director of Sparrow Village.) Films are divided into categories such as Ohio Premiere, Midwest Premiere, World Premiere, Festival Premiere, etc. with 2021 awards taking place Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:15 in the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. Documentary awards include: David Ponce Best of Festival; Emerging Filmmaker Award; Best U.S. Documentary; John A. Hellman International Documentary Award; Best Human Spirit Award;


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Best Short Documentary; Best Student Documentary and Rotary of the Chagrin Valley “Service Above Self” Award. The awards include $10,000 in cash prizes and distribution contracts for two winning films with Gravitas Ventures. The Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public. All films featured will be available for viewing at the locations noted on the website and in the program, as well as CDFF on Demand streaming nationwide with the purchase of memberships and festival passes. For the On Demand option, visit boxoffice.chagrinfilmfest.org to view the event guide and select films. Purchase individual film tickets and you will receive order confirmation by email. Your virtual access will be sent one hour before the event or when the film is able to be watched. Check your email on October 5! Click the View button found in the email to watch your film, or open the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival app on ROKU or Apple TV and submit your unique Ticket Voucher Code if prompted. Read and learn more about the entire lineup of documentaries planned for this year’s CDFF at chagrinfilmfest. org. For questions or additional information, call the CDFF office at 440.247.1591 or email info@chagrinfilmfest.org. This article was compiled from The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Program and from Barbara Christian’s article on page B1 of The September 2, 2021 issue of the Chagrin Valley Times.

Local artists comfort the grief-stricken through music After an incredibly rough pandemic year, harp soloist Yolanda Kondonassis and husband Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, found a way to bring comfort to the grief-stricken through music. Azica Records recently released the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Elegy…for those we lost” as a single in digital format, performed by Kondonassis and Sachs. Originally composed for solo piano, Kernissaid that he created the work as a tribute to the families of COVID-19 victims, “to give some measure of solace to families within a grief-filled musical poem.” “The Cleveland Orchestra asked Yolanda and me to do something for their Adella online concert series, ‘In Focus.’ Since there is very little written originally for trumpet and harp, we were a bit stumped as to what would be both meaningful and worthy of the venue,” Sachs noted. “One night, Yolanda came upstairs and said, ‘I think I know what we can play on Adella. It’s a gorgeous piece by Aaron Kernis’.” “Aaron had written Elegy for solo piano and he set it to a stunning video tribute to COVID-19 victims, which he emailed to friends. I watched it and wept. It came at a time when I really needed a portal for some reflection and inspiration,” Knodonassis said. “I don’t know why, but I could hear it instantly in my mind’s ear with trumpet and harp. I prepared my pitch for Aaron and wrote him why I thought it would work, with plenty of good reasons and explanation. When I was done, he just said, ‘Sure.’ I could have saved my big presentation. The decision to record Elegy after we premiered it on Adella was a no-brainer. We’re not doctors or scientists or nurses or policy-makers, but we can play music, and that’s how we thought we

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and trumpeter Michael Sachs collaborated on the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Elegy…for those we lost.” could contribute some small measure of healing amidst all that everyone’s been through.” “As a trumpeter, I’ve had the chance to play ‘Taps’ on a number of occasions and the privilege of adding to the honor, dignity and final tribute of someone who has passed is the ultimate feeling of meaning,” Sachs said. “We play music to make the world better. There is no

more direct channel to artistic meaning than comforting those in pain, and Aaron’s piece does that so artfully.” “Yes, the piece has a wonderful architecture of emotional states. Aaron achieves that rare but perfect musical arc that takes the listener on a journey through the stages of grief—deep sadness, resignation, despair, and rage, ultimately leading towards hope, sublimation, resolve, ac-

ceptance, and finally peace. That’s quite a feat in a sevenminute work, but Aaron manages it with seamless grace,” Kondonassis added. Yolanda Kondonassis and Michael Sachs have been married since 1993. This project marks their first professional collaboration. Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1988. His many performances as soloist with the orchestra include the world premieres of John William’s Concerto for Trumpet and Michael Hersch’s “Night Pieces” for trumpet and orchestra. Sachs serves as head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, is a member of the faculty at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and presents masterclasses around the world. Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier harp soloists. She heads the harp departments at Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Kondonassis carries her passionate artistic commitment to the protection of natural resources, air quality and climate change. She is founder and director of a non-profit organization called Earth at Heart, which has the mission of inspiring environmental awareness and action through the arts. She has recorded environmentally-inspired music and donated her royalties to conservation organizations, and published a children’s book called, “My Earth, My Home: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters.” Her newest project is called, “FIVE Minutes for Earth,” where composers have donated original, earth-inspired solo harp works to a collection that she will record next month and premiere in New York and Los Angeles this spring.

September is Sports Eye Safety Month The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help keep eyes and vision protected while playing sports. According to annual data from Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from pool and water sports than any other category. These injuries may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma. However, ball sports still account for the highest total injury rate. Injuries may include corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, detached retina, a fracture of the eye socket and many more sight-threatening occurrences. The National Eye Institute states that eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness in children in the United States — and most of these injuries happen while kids are playing sports. Wearing the right protective eyewear can prevent 9 out of 10 sports-related eye injuries. Additionally, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. A recent 5-year study found that approximately 20 percent of youth ocular injury visits were sports-related. Although sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball caused the most eye injuries, shooting sports with paintball and airsoft guns were associated with the greatest loss of vision. Unfortunately, patients infrequently reported the use of protective eyewear at the time of in-

jury. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness strongly recommends that athletes of any age wear protective eyewear when participating in sports. Prescription glasses, sunglasses and even occupational safety glasses do not provide adequate protection. Additionally, Prevent Blindness advises the use of protective eye wear that fits securely and comfortably, and allows the use of a helmet, if necessary. Polycarbonate eye guards are the most impact resistant. Polycarbonate lenses are also thinner and lighter than plastic, shatterproof, and provide UV protection. For sports use, polycarbonate lenses must be used with protectors that meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International, a global standards development organization. Each sport has a specific ASTM standard, so check the package and/or protector to make sure the appropriate ASTM standard designation for the sport is on the product, before buying it. Do not buy the product if there is no ASTM code provided. “Any injury can happen in a split second, but the effects of a serious eye injury can have lasting negative effects for a lifetime,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “We encourage anyone, adult or child, to always make sure

that eye protection is consistently part of their uniform, and to consult an eye care professional before starting any sport to make sure their vision is healthy and protected.” Prevent Blindness and Liberty Sport are partnering during September’s Sports Eye Safety Month to promote education and awareness on the ways to protect vision. To download free educational and promotional materials, including the Sports Eye Safety Guide, visit: https://www.libertysport.com/resources. For more information on sports eye injury prevention, please call Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate at (800) 301-2020 or visit pbohio.org, or www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety. About Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness serves all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020. Visit us on the web at pbohio.org, Facebook at facebook.com/pbohio/, or Twitter at twitter.com/PB_Ohio.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Join us for the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on the weekend of October 1, 2021. The Museum will screen 12 selections from the South Yuba River Citizens League’s 2021 films, including: In Celebration of Open Space, which asks viewers to consider what the concept of “open spaces” means to them The Fight for Flight, which chronicles the epic journey of migratory birds over the Great Lakes and the ways environmentalists are working to understand and protect them along the way Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy, which follows a family—with toddler in tow—on their adventures through nature and the trials and tribulations they encounter Paradise, which finds an unlikely environmentalist standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale goldmine And many more! This year, you can enjoy the films in the Museum’s newly reimagined Murch Auditorium or view virtually from home. All registrants for the film festival (both inperson and virtual) will receive on-demand access for five days after the premiere on October 1. To view the full lineup of films, please visit CMNH. org/wild-scenic-film-festival-2021.


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In memory of Sally Stecher Hollington Sally Stecher Hollington, born in Lakewood, Ohio on September 2, 1932, passed away on August 15, 2021, surrounded by her adoring family. She was an extraordinary woman who lived a remarkable life and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community. She attended Hathaway Brown School and then Connecticut College where she majored in art history. Upon graduation, she moved to Boston to begin a career in market research working for Arthur D. Little. Later, she would work for American Greetings Corporation in Cleveland. In Boston, she became reacquainted with Dick Hollington, an old Cleveland friend from University School who was then a Harvard Law Student. The relationship blossomed and the rest, as they say, is history. Happily married for over 62 years, Sally and Dick shared a special bond as parents, partners, and best friends. She supported him in every way but never let him get away with a thing, especially when it came to politics, current events, and his wardrobe. As mother to four children, born within five years, Sally guided her busy and active family with unbelievable energy, love, and support. She could be found on the Little League baseball fields keeping score as Dick coached, in Roaring Gap, NC competing in the mountain Olympics, and even in the wilds of Canada with a paddle and a smile. She provided a gentle and guiding hand to both her children and their friends as they navigated through childhood and the teen years. As the children turned into adults, her role changed into one of trusted advisor, lead cheerleader, and, of course, friend. Sally had many passions beginning with family and friends. In addition to maintaining close bonds with the Stecher Family, Sally was the matriarch of the Hollington “Outlaws,” where she welcomed each new member to the family with open arms and provided them the encouragement needed to navigate the sometimes-lively Hollington Family. She was a beacon who gathered family and friends wherever she lived, form Lakewood, Shaker Heights, and Hunting Valley, to Roaring Gap, NC, and Brays Island, SC. She always provided a refuge for anyone who needed a soft landing. Beloved “Ganny” built an irreplaceable bond with each of her ten grandchildren. Every grandchild adored her, cherished their individual relationship with her, and will forever remember “stepping into her office” for wisdom, love, and support. Sally left the world a better place. She made an indelible impact on several community organizations. Most notably, she served for decades as a trustee of Hathaway Brown School, chaired the Board from 1994 to 1997,was named a life trustee in 2000, and received the Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2002. Her work at HB was transformational. As Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee in the early 2000’s, she oversaw the construction of the then-new and still impressive middle school, the Jewett-Brown Academic Center. Later, she spearheaded the IDEA Invention Lab, and was a supporter of the ASPIRE program, providing dis-


advantaged middle school girls an opportunity for an exceptional educational experience. Sally was thrilled that her two daughters, two granddaughters, and countless nieces followed in her footsteps at HB. Her community service did not end with HB. Sally served on numerous boards over the years, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the MetroHealth System, the MetroHealth Foundation, Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Foundation, and the Fund for our Economic Future. In the 1970s, she ran one of the early auctions to support WVIZ, a new public television station in Cleveland. Sally was an entrepreneur. As a licensed realtor with Hackett & Arnold, Sally, and her lifelong friend, Libby Biggar, ran Phoenix Design, renovating and selling houses for 12 years. She invested in, and helped manage, Al Friedman Inc., a men’s clothing company, and Time and Weather, Inc., owner of Ohio Bell’s old weather phone number. She was also an investor in several movies, including the “blockbuster” Executive Action. Through all her accolades, accomplishments, and time spent raising her family, Sally still found time to pursue her artistic passions. She could often be found in Chagrin Falls at Wheel Works Art Studio working with Tracy to create her many wonderful pots. She shared her passion for pottery with all her grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to take them for a visit to throw and glaze their own creations. Now, we are blessed to have her pottery creations in all our homes. Sally successfully battled cancer in the 1960s and again in the 2000s. She never complained, did what needed to be done, and successfully beat back cancer despite its best attempts to take her life. Sally will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she touched, but by none more than her loving family. We will cherish her in our hearts forever. Sally is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard R. Hollington Jr. and her four children and their spouses: Lorie and Scott C. Smith (Pepper Pike, OH), Julie and Clark Grimm (Golden, CO), Dick and Sarah Hollington (Shaker Heights, OH), and Peter Hollington (Chagrin Falls, OH). She is also survived by her sister Mary Douthit, sister-in-law Patsy Stecher, and grandchildren Sara Lom (Max), Scott and Sydney Smith, Sadie and Samantha Grimm, Charlie, John and Dickie Hollington, and Peter and Katie Hollington. For those who wish to make donations in her memory, the family suggests Hathaway Brown School, 19600 North Park Blvd., Shaker Hts., OH 44122, or The Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, or any organization of your choice. A private family memorial was held on August 25 and is available via a link on her web page at www. brown-forward.com. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date. For additional information, and to sign the guestbook, please log online to: www.brown-forward.com. To submit an Obituary or In Memoriam to Currents, please email a word document and photograph to editor@currentsnews, along with your contact telephone number and email. The editor will contact you about the details of running these in Currents, space permitting.

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RoxArts “Justice for Tamir Art Supply Drive” On Aug. 21, RoxArts partnered with the Tamir Rice Foundation and SPACES Gallery to host an art-supply drive at an intimate backyard event in the Ambler Heights neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. It was a beautiful summer evening whereby 125 supporters gathered safely to support this worthy endeavor. The event featured live music by local band Grandview and comedian Anthony Morrow. In 2014, Tamir Rice was struck down at the age of 12, due to over-policing by a Cleveland police officer. He was a former fourth-grader at Roxboro Elementary School, one of the nine schools that RoxArts presents arts & science enrichment programming to in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School district. Donated art supplies and event proceeds, approximately $1,500, will be used for healing-centered art-making

workshops for incarcerated youth, led by SPACES Satellite Fund recipient Lexy Lattimore and the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition Arts and Culture Team. The mission of the foundation named in Rice’s honor is to invest in the growth and enrichment of all children through after-school programs in arts and culture. Program organizers plan to empower justice-impacted youth with the creative skills to express their feelings and tell their stories while building healing relationships with peers and community members. The teaching artists involved have survived over-policing and incarceration and seek to envision and establish alternatives to these systems in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. STORY BY ANDREA C. TURNER/PHOTOGRAPHS BY GABE SCHAFFER AND ANDREA C. TURNER

Dan Zalevsky, RoxArts Board President Claudia Zalevsky and Anthony Morrow

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Enchanting home set on 10 acres for sale on County Line Road in Hunting Valley

The English cottage-style house is surrounded by gardens and terraces.

The bath in the owner’s suite has been completely updated and offers a peaceful spa-like environment.

By RITA KUEBER This utterly enchanting English cottage/Colonial surrounded by ten acres of gardens, pond and forests is rooted in the architectural past but has been cleverly updated to accommodate the demands of a busy, modern family, without losing any of its mojo. Here, discover whispers of Victorian and Edwardian elegance, and unique, beautifully proportioned settings at every turn. Part of the house’s appeal is the inventive use of some typical rooms, envisioned by the current owner. Easily converted, and easily reconverted, of course, to whatever the next owner should prefer, but stepping outside the parameters of 19th/20th century standards is great fun, and leads to some incredibly perceptive use of space. The traditional entryway works as a sort of gallery, and then opens to what would have been a parlor, but now is an inviting den. The living room? Now a billiards room with a fireplace and deep window seats around the perimeter. The dining room is a music/sitting room. Wide arched doorways, crown molding and gleaming hardwood floors knit these spaces together, as does a botanical theme throughout. Rooms that should feel formal instead have an engaging “kick off your shoes” energy – the straight-laced past giving way, and happily so, to a more casual, but no less welcoming vibe. In the kitchen, 1919 and 2019+ mingle – here the original cupboards and glass facing in the butler’s pantry, and there, a glass-walled eat-in area offering seating for ten or more with perfect views of the 200-plus-year-old elm tree in the backyard, and the wooded acres beyond. High ceilings, layered lighting, white cabinets and dark slate floor offset the wood-based/granite topped island and breakfast bar. High-end finishes match the high-end appliances including a Lacanche range, built-in refrigerator and freezer drawers. The kitchen extends into a cheerful, comfortable hearth room that has its own large stone-framed fireplace, and leads to a private office just beyond. At the back of the house, one hundred years of occupancy blurs; the onetime porch is now part of the interior, which in turn leads to an outdoor wrap-around porch/three seasons area with slate flooring and wood ceiling. These relaxing spaces all lead to the outdoor in-ground pool and flagstone patio. The first floor also includes an expansive mudroom and built-in storage, plus powder rooms and a laundry area. Up a modest wood staircase are four bedroom suites, the baths all updated. At one end of this level are rooms that flow one into the other, plus a sleeping porch along the entire length of the house in back. The owners suite on

The hearth room off the kitchen has a cozy fireplace and updated lighting and finishes. All bedrooms are on the upper level and are beautifully proportioned with high ceilings.

The dining room has been converted to a gathering space with a pool table.

A chef’s kitchen has a slate floor and a large marble-topped island with breakfast bar. this level has a stunning marble spacious bathroom, and a walk-in closet and sauna. The third level has a bonus area, which could serve as a playroom, studio or craft room. There is also a full-sized tennis court, a natural pond, gardens and an expansive lawn. This is a house built for family fun. Sure, it’s perfect for entertaining, but it’s really about a nurturing environment in which everyone can pursue their own interests/school/work, and yet come together to enjoy pool and patio, hearth and kitchen, field and forest.

Cleveland’s office amenities “arms race” continues as market attempts comeback Office building amenities have long been a key differentiator in an “arms race” designed to attract a myriad of users, from law firms to advertising agencies and everyone in between. Companies not only seek out office space that meets their needs in terms of build-out potential and from a square footage perspective, they also factor in the building’s location, rental rates, access to highways and transportation, nearby amenities for its workers and inbuilding amenities they could “sell” to their current and potential employees. Sometimes, the available office space is the last part of a potential tenant building tour. Employers both in Northeast Ohio and nationally are responding to a value shift towards experiences over possessions by offering schedule and location flexibility to employees and incorporating experiences into office amenities. In many instances, this has manifested itself into the providing of experiences in the building or space, like a high-end coffee bar or golf simulator. “I truly believe that good office amenities are the best way to entice people to want to work in the office,” said Liam Gallagher, a senior finance and wealth management major at John Carroll University who will be entering the work force in the spring of 2022. “With the option of great amenities, such as restaurants and fitness centers, employees will be more intrigued to work from the office.” An untapped perspective regarding office appeal is that of soon-to-be-graduating college students, such as Gallagher, who are gearing up to enter the “real world” as office-working professionals. Jonathan Tipping is a senior finance major at Miami University who is interested in making real estate his career. “As someone who lives outside of the city, making the most of my time in the office is very important. Office amenities such as dining options, lounge areas and rec centers facilitate my productivity, allowing me to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain a worklife balance.” Sean Dittoe, a senior real estate and urban analysis major at The Ohio State University, observed that many office buildings in the Cleveland area have undergone major updates, such as renovations to the lobby area, the addition of new restaurants and cafes, among other things. “When you walk into an office building it is extremely appealing to see that it has modern amenities and updates. How well a building or space flows also changes its whole

feeling,” he added.” Terry Coyne is a Vice Chairman in the Cleveland office of commercial real estate services firm, Newmark. He is an established commercial real estate broker specializing in large, complex, industrial and investment properties in northern and central Ohio. During his 25-plus-year career, he has successfully negotiated more than 2,000 transactions totaling over $5 billion in total consideration value. Visit www.TerryCoyne.com for more information. — By Terry Coyne, Vice Chairman, Newmark



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14000 County Line Road has 5,585 square feet set on 10 acres. Public water and septic. Four bedrooms and five baths (three full and two half.) The three-car garage is attached with heat, water and electricity available. Central air and a backup generator. West Geauga School District. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 14000 County Line Road is listed at $2,395,000 at press time. Annual Geauga County taxes are $22,510. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

The house has an in-ground pool and tennis court, as well as a natural pond and pristine woodland.


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Spectacular contemporary home set on more than eight acres for sale in Richfield

A reflecting pool serves as a focal point for the courtyard.

By MAREN JAMES A Zen-inspired retreat. An absolute oasis of calm, order and harmony, set on eight and a half acres. Its rooms tranquil and open, its exterior perfectly in sync with the meticulous landscape surrounding. “This is one incredible property,” says David Ayers of The Young Team. “It’s like an extremely high-end spa. The tempo changes when you get inside the gates. There’s a sense of restraint, but also a sense of purpose.” Ayers points out how from the living room looking out, a tree is framed, centered perfectly by the exterior glass wall. At the end of a hallway, outside is a stacked stone column, like a living sculpture, embellishing both the interior and exterior. “Everything was placed with great intent,” he says. Built in 2013, this contemporary ranch has quite a pedigree: designed by architect John C. Williams/Williams Architects of New Orleans, designed by Jorge Castillo of Miami and landscaped by David Thorne in Aurora. This is a spectacular work that would be at home anywhere in the world, but could be your home, right here in Northeast Ohio. Floating concrete stepping stones lead from the drive to the front entrance. A solid walnut front door pivots to reveal the interior, finished in off-whites, grays and natural wood tones. Innovative lighting fixtures, almost like

The spacious lower level has a kitchen with breakfast bar/island that can be curtained off from the rest of the level.

The lower level sitting and dining areas open onto a covered patio, outdoor kitchen and Jacuzzi.

MedWish “Medfest 2021: An Evening of Music, Mission, and Unconditional Care” Century Village in Burton provided a picturesque country setting Aug. 28, for the 4th annual Medworks fundraiser, Medfest 2021. About 280 “Medfesters” gathered to support Medworks’ mission of providing 100% free access to medical, dental, vision, women’s health, and mental health care to anyone in need. No questions asked. Medworks provides care to those who are uninsured or insured, but struggling to afford co-pays or deductibles. Both medical professionals and community volunteers come together to give their time and talents at Medworks mobile clinics. They provide high quality health care, treating the whole patient. Medworks “navigators” consult with patients to help them enroll in insurance and find access to affordable ongoing care, so they may lead healthier lives. Medworks staff of just six employees collaborates with hundreds of volunteers and community partners to serve thousands of families across Northeast Ohio. The event helped to raise approximately $135,000, which will fund free mobile health clinics and services to people across the region throughout the year. The fundraiser accounts for nearly 15-20% of its annual operating budget. Supporters who donate $250 or more received a green Medfest “trucker” hat to sport at the event. The tradition set a record this year with 80 donors in this giving category. Kelli Hanley-Potts and her team at the Cleveland Field Kitchen prepared an ultra-local, ultra-fresh, delicious family-style meal. Mason’s Creamery whipped up cre-

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ative and tasty ice cream flavors for dessert, and Burtonbased restaurateur, That Hawaiian Guy’s BBQ, provided dinner for volunteers and late-night fare. Musicians and bands from diverse backgrounds came together to share the stage and jam with each other for an epic evening show, including Jennifer Hartswick, Nick Cassarino, Hot Buttered Rum, Eddie Roberts, Robert Walter, Sput, MonoNeon, Skerik, and DJ Logic. At the event, patient Josephine Miller, shared her inspiring story. Miller worked two jobs, but neither offered health insurance. She hadn’t been to a doctor in up to four years, and wasn’t feeling well. Gratefully, she learned from a neighbor about Medworks free clinics. She made an appointment to see Medworks volunteer, Michael Anderson, M.D., who diagnosed her with Stage 1 cervical cancer. The Medworks navigation team helped Miller get admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment, under their financial assistance program, and assisted her in signing up for health insurance — as well as a COVID-19 vaccine. Miller is now cancer free, insured, and vaccinated. She credits Medworks with saving her life. Some special touches included outdoor decor and furniture provided courtesy of VNTG Home, Geauga Land Care, and Fresh Flowers by Jen. The Fairmount Cocktail Bar, Market Garden, Sibling Revelry, Crooked Pecker, and Nooma all donated refreshing drinks for guests to enjoy. For more information, visit medworksusa.org or follow on Facebook at Medworksusa. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA TURNER

A temperature controlled wine vault gives visual interest to the main floor.

jewelry, enliven the rooms, adding visual interest to the clean lines and minimalist furnishings. In the living room, a high-tech gas fireplace is set into an ebony-colored slab/floating wall. A reflecting pool is set just outside the floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the glass imported from Germany. To the right of the entry is an eye-catching temperature controlled wine display, and stairs leading down to the walk-out lower level. Just beyond the living room is the open Valcucine kitchen. Valcucine? Think high-end, Milan-inspired modern ergonomic design, all built-in and as functional as it is sleek and beautiful. The main floor has all three bedroom suites, all concealed by sliding wood panels in a sort of Shoji style. The owner’s suite features a geode-studded accent wall, and includes a dressing room, and a stylish bath with soaking tub and steam shower. The lower level has a large open dining/sitting area with its own gas fireplace set into a stone façade, another wine vault, and kitchenette with a breakfast bar/island. From this level, one walks out through folding doors to a large covered patio with phantom screens, an outdoor kitchen, two fire pits and a stainless steel Jacuzzi. The lower level also has a wellness center, meeting room and a commercial-grade golf simulator. Just behind the main house is an additional 2,000+ square foot structure that could be an office, studio, workshop, showroom or entertainment area. The entire complex is made even more magical and dramatic, glowing like a jewel in the Ohio night, by way of carefully placed accent lighting. This absolutely unique estate is listed at $4,995,000. Annual taxes are $21,080. (Summit County). Well and septic systems, central air. Three bedrooms, four baths, three full and one half bath.) A total of 9,090 square feet, including main and lower levels. Attached four-car garage that has water and electric available. Revere Schools. Access to golf courses, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and just 30 minutes to downtown Cleveland. For more information contact The Young Team/Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan at 216.378.9618 or agent David Ayers at David@theyoungteam.com.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids “Night at the Shoreby” Guests in their finest summer-casual mingled as jazz flowed from a keyboard, hors d’oeuvres were passed, and signature cocktails, too… it might as was well be the Hamptons, yet it’s the grounds of the premier Shoreby Club on a breezy, near-tropical evening that Lake Erie gives us just a few times a year. Taking advantage of this unique Northeast Ohio setting, SC4K (Shoes and Clothes for Kids) offered an exemplary evening of food, fun, moving testimonials, and a spectacular sunset. Well aware of the ever-morphing COVID parameters, the annual event was capped at 125 guests with extra-wide spacing between tables and chairs on the lawn, at the buffet and with the theater-style seating on the upper terrace, where guests adjourned for presentations and coffee. In addition to the live event, a halfhour virtual event allowed patrons to participate from

NE Ohio and beyond, to donate and bid on a Lake Erie sunset cruise, wine tastings, or a Tito’s vodka-logoed dog house, plus canine and human treats. Founded just over fifty years ago, SC4K, a small but mighty local non-profit, obtains new clothing, backpacks and school supplies for children living below the poverty line. And as the world strives to get back to normal, the need is greater than ever: kids in Cleveland and its suburbs are lacking school uniforms, educational materials, and basics like shoes, socks and underwear. Organizers hoped to raise $30,000 at the event. For SC4K, their collection/distribution channels are not about outfits, but outcomes, as a child who has the proper clothing and gear is more likely to stay and thrive in school. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA KUEBER

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Enjoy resort-like living all year round in this exceptional Prairie-style home on 8 serene acres. With more than 7,000 sq. ft. of living space and a phenomenal backyard oasis, this home leaves nothing to be desired. Intricate millwork, soaring ceilings and architectural details make this home truly one-of-a-kind.



Contemporary architecture and the philosophy of form-following-function are hallmarks of this house, a study in glass, wood, and stone. With 5,238 sq. ft. and situated on 19+ acres in the Yellow Creek Valley, this spacious home was built in 2020 and designed to frame views of the surrounding hillside and waterfall.



Tucked away at the end of a gated drive, this magnificent contemporary estate rests on 8.5 acres of manicured grounds surrounded by parkland. Glass walls throughout the home frame views of a perfectly cultivated sanctuary designed by David Thorne with every element created to promote tranquility.

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Experts weigh in on achieving energy efficiency at home By LAURI GROSS

New windows from Progressive Building Supply in Chagrin Falls let in the light while keeping your heating and cooling bills in check. Photograph courtesy of Progressive Building Supply

Duette honeycomb shades, available from Timan Window Treatments in Cleveland, Rocky River and Chagrin Falls, are the most energyefficient window shade on the market. Photograph courtesy of TimanWindow Treatments

tive. We sell to builders, remodelers and homeowners. We work hand in hand with architects and designers to bring the customer’s vision to life.” Mike points out that new homes tend to have more windows than older models, which means there’s ample surface area to let in the light.

EnergyStar.gov explains that it’s a layer of argon, krypton or other gases between two glass panes that insulates against the loss of cold and heat. Combining science with beautiful design makes energy efficiency an obvious choice for every home.

Soft fabric roman shades, like these available from Timan Window Treatments, are a beautiful option for adding energy-efficiency to your home. Photograph courtesy of Timan Window Treatments

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age household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually. They go on to say that shading an air conditioner can increase its efficiency by as much as 10 percent, and that, in open areas, windbreaks to the north, west and east of houses cut fuel consumption by an average of 40 percent. FirstEnergyCorp.com includes additional details about how landscaping can help allow sun in at the right time of day, and keep a home shaded at other times. Upgrading your windows can help with energy efficiency as well. Mike Zembower, sales manager with Progressive Building Supply in Chagrin Falls says, “Replacing windows with energy-efficient ones can not only help reduce your utility bills but also improves your health both mentally and physically. Access to natural light impacts your mood and makes you feel more posi-

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Many people appreciate the beauty of an energy-efficient home but rarely is energy efficiency literally beautiful. A call to Timan Window Treatments (in Cleveland, Rocky River and Chagrin Falls) will convince skeptics that the two do go hand in hand, and fall is the perfect time to invest in your home’s energy efficiency before winter. Timan designers are happy to help shoppers choose the best insulating window treatments for their home and their experts are also available for free shop-at-home appointments. Either way, the Timan team will review their many products and help customers zero in on what’s best for them. Those skeptical that windows or window treatments could be an important part of achieving an energyefficient home may be interested to know that, on their website, the U.S. Department of Energy says heat gain and heat loss through windows is responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. The DOE also includes window treatments as one way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows. Tyler Story, Timan marketing and sales coordinator is not surprised. “Duette Honeycomb Shades are the most energy-efficient window shade on the market,” she says. These are designed to keep homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter and come with features like cordless operation, plus the ability to open them from the top or bottom, and they can be automated. “Another system called Duolite gives you two shades on one headrail,” Tyler adds. “This allows for a streamlined look that won’t be too bulky on your windows.” Tyler says customers love the comfort and versatility that these provide throughout the day, as the light changes. There’s a light-filtering shade that protects against strong UV rays while also adding privacy. The other portion is a lightblocking shade that keeps the sun out, even during a bright mid-day. “You can even combine beautiful textured fabric with a secondary honeycomb shade,” Tyler says. Other energy-efficient options from Timan include Roman shades, hardwood shutters, roller shades and more. Timan’s custom designs can handle even the most challenging window locations, shapes and sizes and all with products that combine beauty and energy efficiency. First Energy is another source of information about energy-efficient homes. For instance, at FirstEnergyCorp. com, there is a Home Energy Analyzer that provides a graphics-based look at where your home uses most of its energy, plus steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. First Energy also has tips to help homeowners understand how much energy appliances use, with the goal of better managing energy use and better controlling energy bills. They even provide a brochure with more than 100 ways to reduce your energy bill, in categories that include air filtration, heating and cooling, refrigeration, cooking, water heating, lighting, laundry, etc. First Energy can also refer homeowners to third-party companies that can perform an energy audit of your home. Homeowners who make certain energy improvements, based on these audits, may be eligible for rebates and/or federal tax credits. First Energy advises that smart landscaping can go a long way toward increasing the comfort and efficiency of your home. For instance, carefully positioned trees can reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent. According to First Energy, computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the proper placement of only three trees can save an aver-







4 bed, 3.1 bath. Mid-Century split level home blends classic architectural details with updated modern amenities. Terrific layout of main rooms, a Kitchen, perfect for the inspired home chef. Master w/full bath en-suite plus 3 more bedrooms. Awesome commercial grade quality audio Recording Studio that was seamlessly incorporated onto the existing house with its own entry, office, half bath and basement. All this on 3.75 treed acres! Chagrin Falls Schools. $565,000 | Monica Graham | 216-695-8695

6 bed 4.1 bath. 2 story contemporary home with walk out Lower Level! Living and dining rooms with views of the deck and private back yard. Oversized kitchen with huge eating area with access to patio! Great Rm with stone fireplace with “pit” seating! Bedroom and full bath on 1st. Master suite up with glamour bath! 4 main bedrms up have share 2 Jack & Jill baths! Walk out lower level with a stage, huge wet bar, stone F/P, dance floor and entertainment area! $595,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233


LIS NEW TIN G 5 bed, 4.1 bath. Wonderfully updated brick colonial. Gracious Living Room with coved ceilings and fireplace. Across the hall is the Dining Room, leading to the open and spacious Eat In Kitchen. Half bath and wood paneled Library, office are off back hallway. 2nd floor with more Bedrooms a Master with Full Bath and a 4th Bedroom suite. 3rd Floor has a Bedroom and Full Bath. Finished Rec Room, Back yard is fully fenced! $279,900 | Monica Graham | 216-695-8695

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4 bed, 3.1 bath. Stunning contemporary in Orangewood! 2 story foyer w custom crafted staircase is flanked by 1st floor office, oversized living room. Updated kitchen w quartz counters, porcelain floor, newer appliances, 5 burner gas cooktop, dining area. Private back yard w tiered deck! Family rm w sliders to deck has stone fireplace, wet bar! Master suite upstairs has en-suite updated glamour bath! His and her walk-in closets w island! Three additional bedrms share a hall bath. Upstairs Laundry! Finished LL w full bath. 3 car garage and circular driveway! $574,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

4 Bed, 2.1 bath. Move-in ready front porch colonial in south Solon, completely updated this year! New LVT flooring throughout first level. Center hall flanked by living and dining rooms. New kitchen with white cabinets, SS appliances, quartz countertops. Large family room with brick fireplace. 3 season vaulted and tiled sun room opens to back deck! 4 bedrooms up, including Master, with two updated full bathrooms. Finished LL. Award winning Solon schools! $349,900 | Seth Task | 216-276-1626

6 bed, 5 full bath. Custom built home in Natures Preserve of Hudson. Impressive kitchen with large morning room, walk-in pantry, granite island with breakfast bar opens to oversized family room. Dining room with coffered ceiling flows into living room. First floor bedroom and full bath. Master up with tray ceiling, hardwood floor and en-suite bath with dual vanities, soaking tub and oversize shower. Sitting room off master includes custom built shelves. 3 additional bedrooms and 2 full baths up along with 2nd floor laundry. Lower level offers fitness and media rooms along with additional living suite and full bath. Quality home!

$569,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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