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Life on the farm Photos BY Amanda woolf Take a quick tour of one of the newest additions to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s farm family — The Trapp Family Farm.
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On the fly BY Marie Pompili The new Western Reserve Fly Fishing Club of Hudson is always looking for new members — previous fly fishing experience is not necessary. Find out what they’re all about.
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I was lucky enough to visit a few homes for a special section the Hudson Hub-Times does before the event each year. If you missed the tour, you missed a lot. The houses I saw were gorgeous. The homeowners I talked to blended art, furniture and family life effortlessly into beautiful, livable spaces. The best part, though, was that the homeowners were “real” people. They did not pretend to be perfect. One felt so comfortable meeting with me that she greeted me at the front door in her pajamas. (That was totally my fault, though, for not checking my voicemail about an amended meeting time.) I loved that the homeowners I met had no qualms about casually picking up an errant sock sticking out from under the couch or pointing out the place on the mantel where a son’s yogurt cup sat unnoticed for days. That is my kind of home tour. There is no perfection in my world. It is a constant battle of maintaining the status quo. Imagine for a minute what visitors to the Fellenstein house would find if, God forbid, we were on the Hudson Home & Garden Tour. (Read in a tour-guide-like voice) Visitors to the Fellenstein home will enter through the kitchen where they will immediately trip over at least six pairs of shoes lying directly inside the back door. The kitchen table, hand-crafted by Amish artisans, is covered with a delightful blend of homework papers, junk mail and empty water bottles. The soccer bag sitting on top of the violin case is from the homeowner’s eldest daughter who failed to put them away despite being reminded no less than 30 times. We move next into the living room where there is a large cardboard box nestled in amongst the comfortable (read covered-indog-fur) furniture. Yes, those are live kittens in that box because the homeowner jinxed herself when she wrote her cat column a couple months ago. Another popular design feature is large baskets of laundry artistically placed throughout each room. Feel free to fold a few things before we move on to the front porch. You get the idea. I have nothing but praise for those who do actually agree to let hundreds of friends and strangers parade through their homes on the tour each year. You are braver than I. And for those needing to feel good about their own homes, stop on by the Fellenstein homestead. I can guarantee it won’t be pretty, but it will definitely be entertaining. I may even let you wash some dishes.
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If someone tells you there are more than 600 hidden treasures within a 10-mile radius of Hudson, what would you think? If you’re Bill and Sue Holman of Hudson, you immediately think of “geocaching” because you know the 600-plus treasures are “caches” hidden specifically for geocaching enthusiasts to find using their GPS devices. In fact, Bill and Sue — also known by their caching name, the Muddy Dawgs — have personally logged more than 8,800 “finds,” and currently have 37 active caches they have hidden themselves. Their finds cover all 88 counties in Ohio and 24 states. “It’s a great way to see parts of Ohio you’ve never seen before,” Bill says. The 24-year Hudson residents took up geocaching in 2006 after reading an article about the hobby. They were already avid hikers, so they bought a GPS unit and quickly advanced from beginners to geocaching experts and evangelists. Bill says one reason the sport is gaining popularity is because it attracts a wide variety of people. He explains, “You can customize it for what you want to do,” for example, beginner versus advanced caches or easy terrain instead of more aggressive hikes. Sue notes the appeal is truly “multigenerational”— an activity parents and grandparents can share with children. There are even caching groups with social activities that revolve around the sport. The Muddy Dawgs’ latest project is a collaboration with the Friends of Hudson Parks and the Hudson Parks Department to lend their expertise and creativity to the groups’ 2014 Geocaching Adventure. Now entering its third year, Geocaching Adventure has introduced dozens of new people to the fun of geocaching. While attracting new participants to the sport is still a goal, the Holmans also want to “introduce experienced geocachers to Hudson parks.” The Muddy Dawgs’ touch has made this year’s caches more creative and
challenging than ever. For example, the first challenge is a “puzzle cache” which requires the user to solve a puzzle to determine the coordinates for the actual cache. Bill and Sue stress the importance of reading the description of a particular cache on the geocaching.com website. Geocaching.com provides details such as difficulty level and any clues for finding the cache. Those who find the cache also can log their visits and experiences on the website. The Friends of Hudson Parks website at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org provides more details about this year’s adventure as well as a link to all the Friends’ caches on geocaching.com. Six new caches will be placed throughout 2014 to highlight six different parks. Participants who successfully find all six caches and turn in their completed forms by Dec. 5, 2014 will earn a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Vertical Runner. In addition, the first 100 participants to submit completed forms will receive a 2014 Friends of Hudson Parks “pathtag” (collectible coin). Each cache will contain unique stickers which are to be placed in the appropriate spaces on the Geocaching Adventure entry form. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Friends website. Once forms are completed with all six stickers, they may be turned in at the Parks office at Hudson Springs Park. The Muddy Dawgs do have some tips for beginning geocachers. First, always check out the “Geocaching 101” section of geocaching.com to learn more about the game. Sue also advises beginners not to look for “micros” or miniature caches. Bill suggests, “Don’t try to hide a cache before you have experience finding them.” Both agree all geocachers should be respectful of park rules. The Muddy Dawgs’ passion for geocaching is illustrated by the story of the origin of their nickname. Here’s a hint: it
has nothing to do with canines. “We don’t even own a dog,” Sue says with a laugh. As the story goes, the couple was geocaching in Aurora’s Sunny Lake Park when they were caught in a downpour. Soon they were slogging through deep mud. By the time they emerged from the park, their “dawgs” (feet) were covered in mud. “Our boots looked like Frankenstein feet,” Sue jokes. The experience gave them the idea for the Muddy Dawgs, and the name — like the mud — has stuck.
Bill and Sue Holman (top), the Muddy Dawgs, have found more than 8,800 geocaches. July 2014 HUDSON MONTHLY 5
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Trapp Family Farm owner Mark Trapp holds up a burr comb to show the crowd. Page 7: Pearl Preneta, 1, hangs out on her mom’s, Kira Preneta, back for a tour of the farm May 25.
Farms have been cropping up again in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is nothing new, though, as more than 85 farms once operated in the valley between the mid-1800s and the mid-1900s. Since being developed by the National Park Service in 1999, the Countryside Initiative has worked hard to blend the farming roots of the Cuyahoga Valley with preserving the natural resources of the National Park. Today, there are 10 farms scattered throughout the 33,000acre park. The Trapp Family Farm is the newest
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member of the farm family, established in 2011. Mark Trapp and Emily Stefanak sell vegetables and transplants like tomatoes, eggplant, basil and hot peppers. They also have livestock and eggs. The farm, first known as the Holland farm, originally focused on cheese-making, according to records from the 1870s. The main part of the existing home was built in 1855. On May 25, Mark and Emily hosted an open house — a behind-the-scenes look at “life on the farm.” Check it out. — Stephanie Fellenstein
Emily Stefanak holds a Rainbow Ranger chick.
Jaden Hutton, 8, looks at a Rainbow Ranger chick that Emily Stefanak holds.
Natalie and Chris Humphrey check out cherry tomato plants in a greenhouse on the farm. July 2014 HUDSON MONTHLY 9
A Tamworth Pig with her seven piglets. These were the first babies born on the farm and they are 6 weeks old.
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Alexander Peterson, 4, sits on his dadâ€™s, Craig Peterson, shoulders.
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when communication is instantaneous, it is hard to imagine a time when breaking news took 10 days to arrive in Ohio from New York. And back in the mid-1800s when canals were new, 10 days was lightning fast. Before those handdug canals connected the Eastern states, it took 30 days. While canals may be a thing of the past, the Cuyahoga Valley National Parkâ€™s new Canal Exploration Center is making sure the hard work and major accomplishments from the canal era are not forgotten. With a $1.3 million budget, the new center officially opened May 17 at 7104 Canal Road in Valley View and includes rooms full of exhibits and plenty of history to explore. Long before it was an exploration center or even a National Park, it was Hellâ€™s Half Acre, an inn, tavern, general store and a residence at Lock 38 along the Ohio & Erie Canal. The canal was an amazing feat back in the day. It took two years just to finish the section between Akron and Cleveland, and five more years to link Lake Erie with Portsmouth, which was 308 miles away on the Ohio River. The 4-foot-deep canal was dug mostly by Irish and German immigrants, and its debut had monumental impacts on Ohio. Before 1832, a trip from Cleveland to Cincinnati could take weeks, but after the canal was finished, travelers would reach their destination in only 80 hours. With the canal flowing right outside, visitors can slip inside the front door to hear even more stories.
Paul Motts, a nature int er pre tive par k ranger with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park , i s exc i t e d a b o u t everything the new Canal Exploration Center offers.
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about canals and what they would want to see in a canal exhibit,” Vasarhelyi says. “Then we incorporated that into the daily life room.” A historians’ roundtable helped put the pieces of the exhibit together and the Harper’s Ferry Center, also part of the National Park Service, found contractors. Vasarhelyi was excited, too, about the new visuals found for the exhibits.
thinking with open-ended questions throughout the building — What do you think family life was like? What did people eat on the canal boat? Primary sources, like letters and journal entries, help to answer those questions and more. One source of information was Pearl R. Nye, one of 18 children who grew up on his family’s canal boat, the “Reform.” Nye writes about playing “Clear the deck” with his siblings. The rules were simple. Whoever was “it” tried to push as many kids overboard as possible. “Our goal as a preservation Technology also plays a key role in agency is to preserve the the Canal Exploracanal and the building.....This tionI nCenter. teractive “It re- is a fun, interactive exhibit screens allow visally is a itors to “talk” with fresh sto- that will stimulate curiosity.” a canal boat capry line,” tain or move the she says. boat through the lock. One “game” “[With Ohio’s new curriculum stan- asks players to guide the canal boat dards in mind,] there is a lot of em- through the lock in only 11 steps. phasis on primary source evidence Seems simple enough until several and critical thinking,” Vasarhelyi variables are factored in — hitching says. and unhitching the mules, opening The new exhibit encourages critical the gates and wickets, and moving
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far exceeded her expectations. “Our goal as a preservation agency is to preserve the canal and the building,” she says. “Another goal is to help connect people to that significance. This is a combination of learning and leisure time. This is a fun, interactive exhibit that will stimulate curiosity.” A joint venture between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration (specifically the National Scenic Byways program) and Eastern National, a non-profit organization, the entire project took three years from the time the funding was secured until the exhibit opened, Vasarhelyi says. She explains that they used each room in the building to separate the canal’s history into manageable chunks. Downstairs exhibits include “the who, what, where, when and why of the canal; the daily life room and the economic impact of the canal,” she says. “We actually did interviews with people asking them what they knew
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the boat in and out of the lock. Trivia also is mixed into the exhibits: Which president worked as a mule driver along the Ohio & Erie Canal as a teenager? (James A. Garfield) More exhibits are located upstairs which can be reached by stairs or an elevator. There are closets to open, ice boxes to peek into and even a canal boat toilet seat. “I’ve been waiting for this place to open,” says Londi Viccarone, a youth minister from Cleveland. “I use the Towpath all the time. I’m thinking about maybe bringing kids here for an end-of-summer event.” This is exactly what the National Parks Service likes to hear. While canals connected the nation back in the 1800s, they are hoping the Canal Exploration Center will reconnect local residents with a little piece of history. “What I really like about this center is that it’s a nice mix of exploratory items,” says Paul Motts, a nature interpretive park ranger with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the past 21 years. “It really captivates you more.”v
To bring a school group to the Canal Exploration Center, contact the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center at 330-657-2909 ext. 119. 3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula. Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. Phone: 330-657-2752 Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This location includes a basic overview of park history.
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The 1992 movie “A river runs through It” gave us more than just a longlocked Brad Pitt. It introduced us to the “art” of fly fishing, the common interest of two very different brothers. Sitting quietly on the shores of the Blackfoot River in Missoula, Montana, the Maclean brothers were able to enjoy the great outdoors, trying to outwit a bevy of trout and bonding over their common challenge. And so it goes that for generations fly fishing is the ideal combination of sport, quiet contemplation, and human-to-human and human-to-nature bonding. Norman Maclean said, “To my father, the highest commandment was to do whatever his sons wanted him
to do, especially if it meant to go fishing.” Several local fly fishing enthusiasts have started their own group of waderswearing, line-casting anglers and hope to invite new members by sharing their knowledge and love of this peaceful sport. According to Herbert Hoover, “to go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men — for all men are equal before fish.” Let’s not forget, when one is fly fish-
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ing, it is also about outsmarting the fish, hoping and praying that the fish will believe the little lie that is hooked onto the end of the line, the one that says, “I am a tasty fly,” and yet is nothing more than an imposter.
“There is no greater fan of fly-fishing than the worm.” — Patrick F. McManus Fly fishing is accomplished by fastening artificial flies and casting them with a fly rod and fly line, the latter of which is heavy enough to carry the “fly” to the water. It differs from bait or spin fishing in that the fly line is the thing that weighs down the bait and draws it to the water, not the heavy bait itself. Further, the bait used in fly fishing is not alive although it often mimics an insect, bait fish or a small crustacean. They can be made using hair, fur, feathers and other items to add to the hook, often in
colorful combinations designed to fool the fish into thinking they are about to have a hearty breakfast. For the angler, fly fishing is a different technique altogether, requiring him to unlearn the wrist twist that is necessary to cast a monofilament line using a spin rod, according to Jim Sexton, one of the founders of the Western Reserve Fly Fishing Club of Hudson, Ohio. “The wrist should be rigid,” he says. “It is the hardest thing for people to unlearn.” Sexton, local angler and author Tim Killeen, and Grant Aungst, director of Hudson Community Education and Recreation (HCER), have shared their love of fly fishing by teaching the sport through HCER for a number of years. About three years ago, Sexton and Aungst were discussing their respective classes when the idea arose to start a fly fishing club in Hudson. Many fly fishing clubs exist throughout the United States, sort of like fraternities for people who enjoy the thrill of the chase and the challenge of outsmarting their scaly adversaries on a beautiful summer day. Sexton and Aungst put the feelers out throughout the community and have, thus far, assembled a small group of 11 fly fishing enthusiasts. Unlike many of its counterparts, the Western Reserve Fly fishing Club also accepts women and children. And, one does not need to be an experienced fly fisherman to join — with three teachers on board, lessons in such skills as fly tying and casting are just two of the benefits of membership. People from all walks of life — from lawyers to manufacturers to engineers to finance guys — cast their lines together, bound by their love of the outdoors and the fly fishing experience. “It’s about the process and being outdoors, having time to reflect,” Aungst says. “It’s about meeting people, the fraternal experience.”
marine fish such as redfish, tarpon his fly fishing journey at the age of 11 and striped fish using the homemade when his grandfather thrust a bamfly. boo fly rod in his hand. “We all believe in catch and re“Fishing is not glamorous,” Aungst lease,” Aungst says. “Most responsible adds. “It involves being willing to give fly fishing folks believe in this as well. a little to get a little.” Aungst’s fly fishFly fishing is about having fun and ing experience has been long and varenjoying the fishing experience with a ied but has also been something spegreat group of people. The end result cial he shared with his own father. is not important.” The group’s members are “I look into … my fly box, and think about conservation-minded folks as well, active in a number of or- all the elements I should consider in choosing ganizations dedicated to pre- the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage serving the delicate balance of nature for all to enjoy. Many of of development the bugs are in, what the fish the members belong to Trout are eating right now. Then I remember what Unlimited, an organization founded in 1959 dedicated to a guide told me: ‘Ninety percent of what a “conserving, protecting and re- trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about fivestoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their water- eighths of an inch long.” — Allison Moir sheds,” according to its mission statement. And that is how a love of fly fishing The club is also thrilled to partic- is often born: it is handed down from ipate in Project Healing Waters Fly family member to family member Fishing, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit and cultivated through those languid organization dedicated to the phys- afternoons sitting quietly on the riverical and emotional rehabilitation of bed or creekside, side-by-side. disabled veterans and active military According to Killeen, Western through fly fishing and related out- Reserve Fly Fishing Club member, ings. “We will work with veterans HCER teacher and author, there are with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, three objectives to fly fishing which inviting them to fish with us at Hud- he includes in his 2004 book, “The son Springs Park. It involves patience, executive’s guide to fly fishing.” They kindness and some reflection, things are: 1. Get the fly in front of the fish. that go along with what we do as a 2. Make the fly look like something group anyway,” Aungst says. After all, to eat. 3. Deal with the setbacks as Washington Irving once said: “There they occur. He also suggests that the is certainly something in angling that new fisherman ignore any advice that tends to produce a serenity of mind.” might deviate from accomplishing The thought of a peaceful day on a the three objectives of fly fishing. quiet stream with a few buddies probHCER is offering fly fishing classes ably sounds attractive at this point. taught by Sexton, Aungst and Killeen The temptation to make a run to Or- and is handling membership regisvis and stock up on the proper sup- trations for the Western Reserve Fly plies — fly rod, fly reel, fly threaders, Fishing Club. “We enjoy what we’re fly boxes, feathers, dry bait, waders, doing — just trying to catch some wading shoes, orange-lensed sunglass- fish,” Aungst says. They would like to es, cool khaki vest with lots of share their love of the sport with other “If I fished only to capture fish, pockets, books and books and fly fishing enthusiasts of all types and books —is overwhelm- skill level. Fly fishing is a special time my fishing trips would have ended more ing. However, Sexton cau- of quiet reflection and concentration long ago.” — Zane Grey tions against doing just that. and a beautiful testament to bond be“The smart thing is to tween man and nature.v The Western Reserve group travels come to a meeting and decide wheththroughout Ohio and Western Penn- er it’s something you really want to sylvania, including the Chagrin and do,” he says, adding that it is not necGrand Rivers as well as Elk Creek in essary to spend a Pennsylvania, to take advantage of the small king’s ranregion’s exceptional trout, and bass som on fly fish- Contact HCER for more information or to join at 330-653-1210 or fishing resources. Fishermen through- ing gear, especial- www.hudson.edu/hcer/classes/western-reserve-fly-fishing-club out the country, however, can catch ly when trying grayling, salmon, pike, panfish and out. He started “The executive’s guide to fly fishing” is available at Amazon.com. July 2014 HUDSON MONTHLY 19
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The Fair Trade Shop in Hudson opened registration for its summer offerings of “Cultures of the World.” The adventures will take children to Russia on June 28, Australia on July 26 and Guatemala on Aug. 30. The 45-minute classes begin at 10 a.m. and include music, drama, crafts, games, dance and more. The cost is $5 per child and a $15 maximum per family. To register, call 330-653-9006 or email email@example.com. The summer programs are limited to 15 students. The store is located at 134 North Main Street in Hudson.
The Hudson High School Alumni Association will have its annual picnic at Hudson Springs Park May Pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, condiments, pop and paper goods will be furnished. Bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share. All alumni, teachers staff, family and friends are welcome. There will be a short business meeting to elect officers for the coming year. Dues are due — $10 for annual and $100 for lifetime. For more information, call Naomi Drake, picnic chairman, at 330-656-1539.
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The Hudson High School class of 1984 is planning a 30-year reunion. At this time, nearly half of the classmates do not have current contact information. If you are a classmate or know of one, send current information to Jerry Flauto (jerryflauto@ windstream.net), Julianne Lupica Boise (julesboise@ msn.com), or Barb Lang Spencer (barbkspencer@ gmail.com) as soon as possible. There is a group page on Facebook as “Hudson [OH] High School, Class of 1984.” Currently the plan is for a gathering at Kepner’s Tavern, a party at a local reception hall and a Sunday brunch.
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The Hudson Library & Historical Society is offering an Adult Summer Reading Club, “Literary Elements,” through Aug. 2. Those interested should register at the library or online at www.hudsonlibrary.org. To participate, patrons should read or listen to any book and fill out an entry form to be entered into the weekly prize drawing. The library also is offering many theme-related programs this summer — learn about meditation, yoga and self-hypnosis. For more information, contact the reference department at 330653-6658 ext. 1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga expert Paul DiFranco, “Meditation 101: you can do it,” will visit the Hudson library at 7 p.m. The program will introduce the many benefits of meditation. Exercises will focus on meditation used for stress relief and relaxation. Attendees may bring a small blanket to sit on and a pillow if desired. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online at www.hudsonlibrary.org or call the reference desk at 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society music series continues with chamber groups from the Kent/Blossom Music Festival in the rotunda at 2 p.m. Composed of string, woodwind, horn and piano students from Kent State University, the program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit www.hudsonlibrary.org.
A Peninsula Local Food Fest begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Peninsula and at farms in the area. The event is hosted by the chamber in partnership with Countryside Conservancy and the Peninsula Foundation. Visitors can shop at the downtown farmers’ market, enjoy samples of local foods and attend a cooking demo with a top local chef. For more information, email email@example.com.
July 11 and 12
In conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading program at the Hudson library, professional organizer Jeff Gergel will visit at 7 p.m. Gergel will teach his process for decluttering and organizing any room. Learn how to make your home or business more efficient and reduce stress and anxiety. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the reference desk at 330653-6658 ext. 1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hudson High School class of 1964 is having its 50th reunion. On July 11, the class will meet at Wine Bar at Solaire, 111 First St., Hudson, with happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. On July 12, the class will meet at 6 p.m. for cocktails at the Hudson Country Club with dinner at 7 p.m. The John Boston Trio will play from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost per person is $65 and payment is due June 25. Checks made payable to Linda Davidson Frontino, 5494 Sullivan Road, Hudson, OH 44236.
The Summit County Historical Society of Akron will celebrate its 90th anniversary on the grounds of the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road, Akron. The event is free and open to the public. Celebration activities include: tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House; 90th anniversary program at 1 p.m. on the Perkins Stone Mansion front porch; musical entertainment by the Summit Metro Park band after the program; carnival games and activities; a cake walk and Bojo the Clown. For more information, visit www. summithistory.org.
Amy Cook, from Yoga Lounge & Barre in Hudson will visit the Hudson library at 7 p.m. The session will go over basic information about yoga classes. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or blanket to exercise on. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sign up online or call the reference desk at 330653-6658 ext. 1010.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park representatives announced visitor center hours for the summer months. The Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula 44264 is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Canal Exploration Center, 7104 Canal Road, Valley View 44125, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Case-Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road, is open for free tours. Guests are invited to drop in between 1 and 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month until October. Reservations are not required. Docents will be available to answer questions.
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The Hudson Library & Historical Society music series continues at 2 p.m. with Found Sounds Steelpan Duo on the library patio. Matt Dudack and Jeff Neitzke have been performing together for more than 10 years. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit www.hudsonlibrary.org.
The 10th anniversary of the Taste of Hudson, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, will take place Labor Day weekend. Festival hours are 12 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 31, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1. The 2014 Taste of Hudson will feature more than 20 restaurants from Hudson and surrounding areas. Admission is free and attendees can purchase pre-loaded dining cards on site to sample tastesized portions. The event also includes a fine arts and crafts fair, a children’s area, an auto show and more than 60 bands on six stages throughout the festival. The “Race to the Taste” 5K and Family Fun Run will be Labor Day. Race details are available at www. tasteofhudson.com.
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