5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk

Liverpool Township Historical Society and Buckeye Community Theatre announce the 5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Step back into time and spirits from Myrtle Hill Cemetery will bring to life their tales of early Liverpool Township. Six new stories will be reenacted as you are led from gravestone to gravestone. Two of the stories focus on the 19th Century and four on the 20thcentury. This event is excellent for the entire family. Children, parents and grandparents will enjoy hearing of times past and learn some history while having fun! The stories are suitable for all ages and not scary. The park is handicapped accessible and some seating is available at each gravestone. This event will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, all stories will be held under cover and seated. For more information go to www.valleycity.org; or call 330-483-3038 or 330-242-1541.

The Spirit Walk will be at Mill Steam Park, 1258 Maple Street, Valley City. On Rt 303 turn north at the Valley City Fire Station. Tours will commence every 15 minutes starting at 6pm with the last tour at 8:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under; free for 5 and under. Tickets will be available at the Park with advance sales at Buehlers/ Brunswick/Forest Meadows/River Styx; PNC Bank/Valley City.

For more fun things to do in Medina County:
Medina County Visitor’s Bureau
Medina’s Square
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330.722.5502
800.860.2943
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Homecoming Weekend at Rabbit Run Theater

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An exciting celebration awaits all who attend Rabbit Run Theater’s Homecoming Weekend Friday, Sept. 5 and 6.

Two special events make up the weekend: an Alumni Evening on Friday, Sept. 5, and The Homecoming Gala on Saturday evening, Sept. 6.  Both events include a performance of Back to the Barn, an Evening with Eric and Matt,featuring original works by Eric Grapatin and Matt Gehring.

Grapatin and Gehring cut their acting teeth performing at Rabbit Run Theater and are currently performing in New York City, and they have written a sketch comedy show performed especially for the Homecoming Weekend.

The Friday night Alumni Evening includes not only a performance of Back to the Barn” but also provides a great opportunity for alumni to catch up with friends and exchange memories.  Alumni include anyone who has acted, worked or volunteered at the theater as well as anyone who has enjoyed performances at the barn.

On Friday there will be a meet and greet with Grapatin and Gehring after the performance and seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase.  Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the theater’s picnic grounds prior to the show.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The show begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15/person.

Saturday evening is the Back to the Barn Homecoming Gala Benefit.  Under the twinkle lights in the theater’s courtyard, guests will partake of food provided by Fahrenheit and East Coast Custard food trucks.  Fahrenheit has been praised by the likes of Rachel Ray and Gourmet Magazine who dubbed Fahrenheit as “The Darling of the Bohemian Tremont District”.

Saturday evening’s events include both live and silent auctions with unique auction items and a performance of Back to the Barn, an Evening with Eric and Matt. 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175While bidding on auction items, guests may spend time chatting with Eric and Matt in the theater’s courtyard prior to the show.

Tickets for the Gala are $50/person or $400 for a picnic pavilion table of 8.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Reservations for both evenings may be made by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m.  Cash bar will be available both evenings.

Proceeds from the weekend will be allocated to the theater’s capital fund.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd.  Rabbit Run Theater operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St
Madison, OH  44057
440-428-591
www.rabbitrunonline.org

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New Expanded Dance Program at Rabbit Run

 

Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle,  Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Not just one but three new dance instructors have been added to the roster in a much expanded dance curriculum beginning this fall at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association. 

Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon and Emily Schiemann have come on board to teach dance at Rabbit Run this September with Heather Hoffman continuing to serve as dance director. 

Carlisle, formerly of Carlisle School of Dance, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography. His professional performing career spans 30 years and includes appearances with the Tom Evert Dance Company, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, the Cleveland Opera, the Repertory Project, Lakeland Civic Dance Company, and Morrison Dance.  

Carlisle has been teaching dance classes continually since 1986 at numerous universities, schools and studios throughout the region. Currently he is the professor of dance at Lake Erie College. His diverse repertoire of original choreography has been presented locally, regionally and abroad.  He will serve as instructor for the Hip Hop and Contemporary dance classes at RRCAA. 

Runyon has been dancing since the age of 5.   She studied dance at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby and Fred Astaire.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Dance from Lake Erie College and has created choreography for area high school musicals.  At RRCAA Runyon will be teaching Creative Movement, Ballet I, Pointe, Adult Ballet, Beginning Tap/Jazz and Ballroom Dancing. 

Schiemann studied dance for 15 years at Fordu School of Dance in Madison and at Carlisle School of Dance.   She has experience with tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and lyrical dance.  Schiemann will work primarily with younger dancers at Rabbit Run teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap/Jazz. 

Dance Director Heather Hoffman will continue to offer instruction for Pre-Ballet, Ballet I and II, Tap/Jazz I, II and III and Adult Tap Fitness. 

RRCAA offers a comprehensive dance curriculum for all ages.  Creative Movement for children 3 to 4 years old is an introductory dance which utilizes imaginations, props and play to teach young dancers concepts of space, tempo and movement quality. 

A four-tiered ballet curriculum starts with the basics of classical ballet in Pre-Ballet for ages 4 through 6 and culminates with the dancer advancing to pointe in high school.  Adults are also welcome to step up to the barre in the Adult Ballet Fitness class on Thursday evenings. 

Tap and Jazz dance classes are also available in a four-tiered program beginning with Pre-Tap/Jazz for 5 and 6 year olds up to Jazz III for high school students.  Adult Tap Fitness on Wednesday evenings is available for both beginning adult dancers as well as those looking to hone tap dancing skills. 

A welcome addition the curriculum this fall are four new classes in Hip Hop and Contemporary dance.  Hip Hop II is for beginning dancers or those who have some experience with hip hop.  Hip Hop III, for 13 to 18-year-old dancers, continues to develop the skills learned in Hip Hop II. 

Contemporary II for students in the fourth through the seventh grade incorporates elements of modern dance and ballet as well as contemporary jazz.  No dance experience is necessary for this class.  Contemporary III for ages 13 through 18 refines and further develops skills learned in Contemporary II.

“We are excited about these new additions to our dance curriculum”, said Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA.  “We have built a very solid dance program that has grown steadily over the years.  Adding new instructors and courses this fall continues to add to the depth of our program and will enhance the quality of the dance curriculum for our students.” 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175All dance classes are offered at RRCAA, 49 Park St., Madison.  Most classes begin the week of Sept. 8.  To register or for more information call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit www.rabbitrunonline.org. 

RRCAA is a non-profit organization and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH  44057
440-428-5913
www.rabbitrunonline.org

 

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Host 15th Annual Latino Heritage Festival

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Annual festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with free live and visual performances by local Latin artists

CLEVELAND (August 19, 2014) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome back the Latino Heritage Festival, an annual event that celebrates the rich Latin American culture and its musical traditions. This event will take place on the outside plaza of the Rock Hall on Saturday, September 13 from Noon to 4 p.m. and includes live performances by local musical acts and special representation from local Latino organizations. Cleveland Latin music radio station La Mega 87.7fm will emcee this event and broadcast live from the Museum. The Latino Heritage Festival is FREE, however paid admission is necessary to tour the Rock Hall exhibits.

The Latino Heritage Festival is a kick-off to National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 – October 15 every year. The festival will feature local musical talent and will highlight Latino Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees including Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt and Ritchie Valens.

Acts performing at the annual Latino Heritage Festival include:

 The Ivan Ruiz Band is a salsa band from Cleveland, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Latino Heritage Festival for the first time. They’ll be bringing dancers to show attendees the steps to really groove.

DJ Flaco Flash is a regular DJ on La Mega 87.7 and will be spinning the hottest Latin radio favorites.

La Mega 87.7fm, Cleveland’s “Latino and Proud” radio station, will be onsite and emceeing the event with giveaways and more.

 More acts TBA.

The Museum’s community festivals, sponsored by KeyBank, offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become more acquainted with the Rock Hall and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates.

For more information on the Latino Heritage Festival, please visit rockhall.com/events.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

 The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM IN LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS REVEALS NEARLY $1.8 BILLION IN VISITOR SPENDING

 

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LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS, OHIO, August 21, 2014 – Visitors generated nearly $1.8 billion in business activity, including direct, indirect, and induced impacts, in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region in 2013. This valuable information was presented to the Erie and Ottawa County Visitors Bureaus recently in a report on the 2013 travel year. The biennial report was coordinated by the Ohio Tourism Division and executed by Tourism Economics. All 88 Ohio counties have the opportunity to participate in this study.

The $1.8 billion in economic impact reported is up more than 18% from the last economic impact study, done for the 2011 travel year.

In Erie County alone, total economic impact was $1.5 billion. Tourism employment in Erie County for 2013 was 10,757 full-time equivalents with wages of $255.2 million. Part-time jobs are grouped together to create a full-time equivalent (FTE). Travel and tourism also generated $183.2 million in tax receipts.

Ottawa County economic impact was $346 million with tourism-related employment of 2,804 (FTE).  Those jobs paid out $66.4 million in wages and generated $43.1 million in tax receipts. Tourism is an integral and driving component of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands economy, sustaining 26% of salaried employment in Erie County and 16.5% in Ottawa County.

Tourism is a diverse composite of economic activities including transportation, recreation, retail, lodging, and food & beverage sectors. The direct sales spending breakdown by sector for our area is approximately 32% retail, 20% recreation & entertainment, 19% food & beverage, 17% lodging, and 12% transportation. Transportation costs only comprise the cost of air, train, ferry transportation, car rental, etc. Gasoline costs are included in the retail sector.

Using average visitor spending data from the 2013 Ohio economic impact study and the $1.8 billion in overall spending, Lake Erie Shores & Islands can estimate a combined visitor total for 2013 of about 9 million visitors.

Joan Van Offeren, Executive Director of Lake Erie Shores & Islands – East shared the following reaction to the report, “This data with consistent year to year methodology, further proves the significant economic impact of our local hospitality industry.”

For more information, contact:
Jill Bauer, Public Relations Coordinator
Lake Erie Shores & Islands
419.625.2984
jill@shoresandislands.com

For more information about Lake Erie Shores & Islands click here.

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Pointillism and Fantasy in Fairmount Exhibit

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Novelty, OH – Betty Skufca, a long time painter, will have her work on display and available for purchase at Fairmount Center for the Arts. The exhibit entitled Fantasies will be on display from September 6 through October 27.

Skufca’s art is inspired by her childhood love of fairy tales and science fiction. Her works in oil combines fantasy, surrealism, realism and Middle Eastern influences. Her incredible technique and skill in pointillism brings a unique, vibrant life to all of her pieces.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 6, 6-8pm, where guests can meet the artist and view over 50 works in oil while enjoying refreshments and hor d’ouerves.

This and all Fairmount Art gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9-7pm, Friday, 9-3pm and Saturday, 9-1pm. Closed Sundays.

Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road in Novelty, Ohio. For more than four decades, the organization has provided thousands of Geauga and Cuyahoga County residents the opportunity to explore the arts by offering classes, workshops, community performances and opportunities for individual expression. Fairmount houses five major programs: Theatre, Dance, Music, Art and Fitness. Fairmount Center for the Arts receives generous support from The Ohio Arts Council.

FAIRMOUNT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

8400 Fairmount Road • Novelty, OH 44072 • Phone: (440) 338-3171 • www.fairmountcenter.org

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Log Cabin Days

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Log Cabin Days auction proceeds go to the American Cancer Society-Loudonville, Ohio

Loudonville, Ohio, August 16, 2014 – Fall ushers in cool, crisp nights and warm, wonderful days – the perfect setting for our seventh annual Log Cabin Days Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. Attracting over 3,000 people nationwide, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. And, it’s a free admission family event that everyone enjoys!

This year will again be highlighted by the popular Log Cabin Tour – a rare opportunity to visit up to eight homes and talk candidly to homeowners about the relaxing log home lifestyle and what makes it so special. This self-guided auto tour is only $10 per person (suggested donation) with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the eight private residences, you can visit our two, on-site models free.

Two fun-filled days of family activities also include the always popular Lumberjack Show where professionals compete in axe throwing, wood chopping and crosscut sawing events; seminars addressing log home topics; booth exhibits containing log home style furniture, decorations and furnishings, builders and craftsmen; and a landscape layout. You’ll also see authentic hand-hewing, hand-peeling, and blacksmith demos; competitive log stacking and chain saw carving. An antique steam engine will be in operation sawing lumber from logs.

The seminar speakers include: Ashley Weaver of Farm Credit, who will talk about log home financing; a representative from Hochstetler Milling will discuss maintenance; Bill Dinkins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss what you need to know about log homes in “Log Basics 101″; Steve Lykins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss, in-depth, floor plan design. These seminars are all free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

New this year is the “Plan your Dream” log home design workshop. Bring in your sketches and ideas and have Steve Lykins and Bill Dinkins help you get started. Call now for details and reservations. This is a first-come, first-served opportunity for a limited number of people.

Food and fun at Log Cabin Days in Loudonville, Ohio

Food and fun at Log Cabin Days in Loudonville, Ohio

Since Log Cabin Days is a true family event we’ve tried to include lots of activities for kids, too. They will, no doubt, be fascinated by our small petting zoo with a chance to visit up-close farm animals like a pony, a calf, puppies, rabbits and kittens. Or, they can play “gold-digger” and sift thru shavings for nickels and candy. Perhaps they’d like to go on the horse drawn covered wagon ride through the woods.

Except for the Log Home Tour and Design Workshop most events and seminars are free.

A small 13’x24′ log cabin will once again be built during the show and auctioned off at 4 pm on Saturday. This one bedroom cabin is perfect as a guest, hunting, or fishing getaway and can be transported down the road.

The “Silent Auction” includes many unique, one-of-a-kind items like a handmade Amish quilt, rustic furniture, lamps, bird houses, and assorted crafts. Bidding ends at 3 pm Saturday.

No all-day family event would be complete without some authentic old-fashioned,

mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ food – and this is no exception. Delicious barbecue chicken, noodles, potato salad, kettle-cooked baked beans and a variety of pies highlight the menu. There is also homemade ice cream, fresh-squeezed apple cider, apple butter and kettle-cooked popcorn to tempt your taste buds. Fresh produce, locally-made Swiss cheese, trail bologna, jams, jellies and a Bake Sale featuring homemade bread, fry pies and pastries will also be available.

travelplanner2014An “Early Bird” breakfast is scheduled beginning at 7am on Saturday and features kettle-cooked scrambled eggs and bacon, real stuffed sausage, pancakes, donuts, coffee or juice.

Come join us at 552 Hwy. 95, approximately 5 miles north of Loudonville, Ohio.

For further information call 419-368-0004.

For more Mohican Country fun visit:
Discover Mohican

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