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

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Pointillism and Fantasy in Fairmount Exhibit


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.


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

Log Cabin Days


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.

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The Odd Couple opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

The actors in the photo are (L to R) Christopher Ashmun as Oscar Madison and Don Knepper as Felix Ungar. Photo credit to Kathy Sandham.

The actors in the photo are (L to R) Christopher Ashmun as Oscar Madison and Don Knepper as Felix Ungar. Photo credit to Kathy Sandham.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Odd Couple opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

Rabbit Run Theater, one of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters, closes its 2014 summer season with playwright Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple.

Simon is at his best with the non-stop, laugh-out-loud dialogue in this 1960’s classic comedy.

Compulsive neat-freak Felix Ungar is thrown out of his house by his disgruntled wife and moves in with the hopelessly sloppy Oscar Madison. Felix and Oscar quickly find themselves mismatched at every turn resulting in disastrous dates, ruined poker games and spaghetti-stained walls.

Playing the role of Oscar Madison is Christopher Ashmun who has performed at Lake Erie Arts Program (L.E.A.P.), the Ashtabula Arts Center as well as Rabbit Run.  Cast in the role of Felix Ungar is Don Knepper, who in recent years appeared in Rabbit Run’s productions of Lend Me a Tenor and Frost Nixon. Knepper has also performed at the Fine Arts Association and other Northeast Ohio theaters.

Portraying the Friday night poker players are Mark Crowley, Greg Gnau, Chris Herak and Allen Zadell. The Pigeon sisters are played by Evie Koh and Colleen O’Leary.

The Odd Couple is directed by Nancy Shimonek Brooks. Veteran actor/director Brooks has been associated with Rabbit Run for the past 20 years and during that time has performed and/or directed in close to 20 productions. She has also worked with Porthouse Theatre, The Ohio Performing Arts Company, LEAP Actors Co, and with community theatres across the Cleveland area.

“I think with a Neil Simon script it can be easy to focus on playing for laughs, because the comedy inherent in his dialogue is so snappy and brilliant,” said Brooks.   “But we have really tried to take a deeper look at the mirror-like relationship between Oscar and Felix. They both start off like ostriches with their heads in the sand, but the experience of living together turns out to be very revealing.”

oddcoupleblockccThe Odd Couple opens Friday, Aug. 15, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 30. Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Patrons may take advantage of a pre-show dinner/theater package with Bistro 70 in Painesville. A specially selected three-course menu offering five entrees, an appetizer, dessert as well as a theater ticket make up this $55 a person package (tax and tip are additional). Reservations for this package may be made by calling Bistro 70 at 440-352-7070. It is recommended reservations be made 48-hours in advance. Package is subject to availability. Bistro 70 is located at 70 N. St. Clair St., Painesville, OH.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home and Damon Morgan Corporation.


Loudonville Looks Great For Turning 200 Years Old!


Loudonville, Ohio- It is hard to believe that Loudonville will be 200 years old! Help the town celebrate with fun-filled, affordable family fun events running August 6th – 10th. Most events are free and all events are open to the public.

The weeklong event will provide the unveiling of the 1964 time capsule, hayrides, carriage rides, tug-o-war contest, best decorated canoe contest, music from local bands such as Tightrope and Steadyfire, area bands such as The Red Ball Jets, Phil Dirt and the Dozers, and so much more!

Highlight events include a Vaudeville re-enactment of the infamous Mabel Barrera, Carson & Barnes Circus, pioneer and Native American re-enactments and a vintage baseball game! Mabel Barrera, billed as the “Queen of Comic Opera,” and Al Jolson will come back to life August 9th, at the Ohio Theatre beginning at 7:30pm. Performances will include songs from 1913-1914 featured during national tours of the country’s major theaters.

Carson & Barnes Circus is the “World’s Biggest Big-Top Circus!” Enjoy trapeze artists flying through the air, elephants, and more under the big-top. The circus comes to town August 7th with two shows: 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are sold at Lingenfelter Jewelers, Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, and the Loudonville Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are also sold at the door day of the event.

Enjoy the game as it originally began – an 1860’s Vintage Baseball Game Doubleheader of course! The Mansfield Independents will play against the Dayton Clodbusters, followed by the Dayton/Mansfield Nine against the Loudonville Buzzards. Played without gloves and where men have to ask the ladies attending if it is ok to roll up their sleeves during the game. Oh, how things have changed!

travelplanner2014Re-enactments of a pioneer lifestyle will be provided by Colonel Crawford’s Company, Chris Beck, The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery D will provide a glimpse into the life of what it was like to begin life in Loudonville.

Native American portrayals will be held by the Greentown Preservation Association. Look for Bill Jones, an authentic re-enactor of a Lenape Delaware Indian warrior. The Greentown Preservation Association wants to preserve the cultural and historical integrity and conserve the archaeological and geological significance of the Delaware Indian Village of Greentown.

Pie eating contests, sack races, and more will have you remembering “the good ole days.” Loudonville invites you to come and join in on the Bicentennial celebration of 200 Years of Progress.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit or call 419-994-4050.


Princess and Pirate Night at the Akron Zoo

AKRON, Ohio – On Saturday, July 26, the Akron Zoo will host Princess and Pirate Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Children can come dressed in their best princess gown or pirate garb and go on an adventure throughout the zoo.

To go along with the theme of princesses and pirates, the zoo will highlight frogs and parrots. The Radio Disney Junior Road Crew will set-up a princess and pirate area including music, games and prizes. Also throughout the evening, princesses and pirates attending the event can enjoy face painting, bouncy houses and crafts.

Reservations for the event are highly encouraged and can be made at or by calling (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231. Princess and Pirate Night for Akron Zoo members are $7 for adults and $9 for children. For non-members, tickets are $12 for adults and $14 for children.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit or call (330) 375-2550.

akronzoo175Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest-centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Feature Items from BEYONCÉ’S Personal Collection for the First Time

beyonce225CLEVELAND (July 18, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open a new fashion exhibition centered around singer, producer and entertainment industry powerhouse Beyoncé. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and be located in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in Legends of Rock.

Highlights of the fashion exhibition include:

Rubin Singer leather and lace body suit, skirt, and jacket from the 2013 Super Bowl Performance. The Super Bowl performance was a 12-minute hypnotizing experience seen around the world.  The exotic edges and curves of this lace and leather bodysuit spoke for Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé as one.

BEYONCÉ’S stylist Ty Hunter remembers: 
A lot of different designers came to Beyoncé with sketches, but in the end Russian designer Rubin Singer created something magical. Beyoncé wanted funky, edgy, and feminine all in one and that’s what Rubin created.”

Givenchy black beaded and purple feather mermaid gown from the 2012 Met Gala. Beyoncé’s appearance on the red carpet in this lace dipped mermaid gown with a purple ombréd bottom was the talk of the 2012 Met Gala. She was the last to arrive on the red carpet and well worth the wait for fans and photographers alike.

           Ty Hunter remembers: 
Beyoncé had just given birth to her child four months prior to this event. She wanted to be sexy, and the illusion of being naked amplified the dress and her figure to perfection. 

Gareth Pugh gold dress from the “Run the World (Girls)” Video (2011). This dress makes a bold statement and future projection in gold that matches the sentiment of the song and video for “Run The World (Girls).” 

                  Ty Hunter remembers:

                  “I saw Gareth Pugh’s show and it reminded me of “Sweet Dreams,” a futuristic Beyoncé video  from theI AM…Sasha Fierce album. I asked Pugh to pull this specific outfit, and it ended up   working very well with the desert as a backdrop in the video.” 

One-sleeve black leotard from the “Single Ladies” video (2008). The Single Ladies video is one of the most iconic videos in Beyoncé’s visual history. It’s no doubt that the costume, replicated by thousands around the world was a result of the videos viral assault.

 Ty Hunter remembers:

Beyoncé wanted a minimal look.  Designer Tina Knowles, Beyoncé’s mother, designed the look.         A Lorraine Schwartz titanium glove accompanies the famous hand swing.”

 White cotton tank-top w/stones, J Brand Denim shorts and red Stuart Weitzman patent leather sling-back pumps from the “Crazy In Love” video (2003). The Crazy In Love video ensemble is a classic summer look; a white tank top paired with denim shorts. This look is timeless and effortless, and can be worn by anyone. The outfit is carefree and comfortable; two things love should be.

                  Ty Hunter remembers:

                  “Beyoncé wanted to let the fashion build. She wanted simplicity.”

Thierry Mugler gold metal body suit with gold pumps from the “Sweet Dreams” video (2009). Thierry Mugler’s take on powerful futuristic high fashion robot resulted in a gold, haute couture suit of magic.

 Ty Hunter remembers: 
“Beyoncé wanted a cool robotic moment and it was very complex to put on and off, but it was a great moment in the video and added to the futuristic theme perfectly.”

This is the first time that an artist that has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is being featured in the Legends of Rock exhibit.                                                                         

For further information, visit


Singer, producer and global entertainer Beyoncé Knowles Carter was destined to be a star. Born on September 4th, 1981 in Houston, Texas, she began singing, dancing and performing in talent shows at seven. In 1992, she and her girl group Girl’s Tyme performed (and lost) on Star Search. In 1997, the group evolved into Destiny’s Child and signed its first record deal.

Writing about the group’s 1999 album, The Writing’s on the Wall, Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed: “[Beyoncé’s] skittering, rhythmic, and hip-hop-derived approach to melody would help shift the entire landscape of R&B singing.” 

BEYONCÉ launched her solo career with Dangerously In Love (2003). Her rise to superstardom was built on her legendary work ethic, lack of complacency and pushing her art beyond imagination.  She embodies the themes expressed in her music: personal independence, female empowerment and self-esteem.

BEYONCÉ’S self-titled 2013 album was more personal than her previous work. In just 12 hours after its surprise and carefully planned release, the album generated 1.2 million mentions on Twitter, reaching a high of 5,300 tweets per minute. Within three days the album sold 828,773 digital copies, making it the fastest-selling iTunes album ever.

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.


Sandusky’s Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival


SANDUSKY, OHIO, July 8, 2014 — A new venue provides a change for the always popular Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival in the heart of Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Celebrating the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the event continues to grow and offer opportunities for great food, and interesting wines.

The tenth annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, July 26th in Veterans Park, located next to the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St., downtown Sandusky. The festival will feature more than a dozen Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon – 8 pm.merrygo_wine2

Admission for Saturday is just $5.00 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings.  Admission fees benefit the sponsoring Merry-Go-Round Museum.

Tickets will be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings. Wine tasting tickets are four for $3.00 and glass pours will vary by vendor. Food offerings will be provided by: Creative Cuisine, Sandusky; The Lions Club, Sandusky; Good Eats Food Truck, Berlin Heights; Fire Pie Ovens, Tipp City; and more.

Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Meier’s Wine Cellars, Ferrante Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Viking Vineyards, Stoney Ridge Winery, Humble Bee Vineyards, Quarry Hill Winery, Myrddin Winery, Matus Winery, D & D Winery, and Chateau Tebeau.

A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the day, including performances from The Brad Walk Trio and SandTown. The adjacent Merry-Go-Round Museum will offer special $2 admission from 10 am to 5 pm during the festival.

lakeerielogo_buttonThe Lake Erie Shores & Islands once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region.  Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at and tour the area’s wineries. Call 1.800.255.3743 for information.

Other event sponsors include Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Magazine, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Opens New Exhibit Celebrating Contemporary Artists


Exhibit Features Display of Items and Clothing from Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Black Keys and Fall Out Boy Among Others 

CLEVELAND (July 1, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces the opening of a new exhibit celebrating today’s most popular music artists. Right Here, Right Now takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts as told through their personal items and clothing from iconic performances. The exhibit features thought-provoking text panels and interactive displays where visitors can see and hear how these contemporary artists have made an impact during the new millennium. 

The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Grace Potter and Rihanna will have items on display. Right Here, Right Now is one of several new exhibits at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which currently include Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, and the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibit.  

Artists represented in the exhibit include:

 Lady Gaga Outfit, 2009

Design by Nasir Mazhar

Lady Gaga wore this outfit in the video for “Bad Romance.” Lady Gaga has said that “Bad Romance,” which reached Number One on the pop and dance charts, is her favorite of her songs. She is a huge fan of Freddie Mercury of Queen and adopts the stage name Lady Gaga after the Queen song, “Radio Ga Ga,” in 2005. Gaga is influenced in style and sound by David Bowie and Madonna and Pop artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Her rise to fame has made her a hugely influential superstar with creative music videos, elaborate stage shows, alter egos and unique artistic collaborations.

 Bruno Mars Tuxedo, 2012

Design by Dolce and Gabbana

Bruno Mars wore this tuxedo during his performance of “Runaway Baby” at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Besides Elvis Presley, Mars cites influences ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Jackie Wilson. Mars’ taut, rhythmically-charged style has drawn comparisons to the Police and his fashion sense, shimmering tenor voice and fluid dance moves evoke Michael Jackson.

 Rihanna Outfit, 2009

Rihanna wore this outfit in her video for the song “Rude Boy.” Taken from her 2009 album Rated R, the single reached Number One. She signs with the Def Jam label at age 16. Reflecting her Caribbean roots, her early work is largely inspired by reggae, dancehall and soca music. Rihanna cites Madonna as her biggest influence, and is heavily influenced by fellow Caribbean artist Bob Marley.

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys Amplifier, Hat and Tip Jar, c. 1995

Hog 20 by Pignose

Dan Auerbach honed his performance skills by busking on the streets of his hometown, Akron, Ohio.  The duo’s stripped-down, soulful, elemental blues sound reflects their influences, which are mostly first generation blues artists. “I would raid my father’s record collection,” Auerbach says. “He had a lot of old blues albums – like Robert Johnson, Son House, Robert Nighthawk, Junior Kimbrough, and T-Model Ford.” 

Katy Perry Dress, 2011

Design by The Blonds

Katy Perry wore this dress on her California Dreams tour in 2011. She wore it while performing “Teenage Dream,” “Hummingbird Heartbeat” and “Waking Up in Vegas.”  Perry lists Queen as top among her influences. “Queen’s track ‘Killer Queen’ made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15,” Perry says. “The way Freddie Mercury delivered his lyrics just made me feel like a confident woman; I’d say his fingerprint is all over me.” Perry’s work is also influenced by Carole KingJoni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. 

Fall Out Boy Clothing, 2014

Collection of Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, was released in 2013 and featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Tommy Lee of Motley Crüe, Courtney Love and Elton John. This clothing was worn by the band in the Young Blood Chronicles, a series of 11 videos corresponding to each of Save Rock and Roll’s songs. Wentz names Metallica and its 1986 album Master of Puppets as the record that is probably his “single biggest influence.”

For more information on exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit

rockhallAbout 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.


Another movie star is being added to Castle Noel’s “Walk of Fame”


First Annual Christmas in July will feature the inductees Drew Hocevar and Patty Johnson the angry elves from “A Christmas Story”, Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu, from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Ian Petrella, Randy from “A Christmas Story”.

MEDINA, OH—June 25, 2014 – Ian Petrella, Randy from “A Christmas Story” will also join Drew, Patty and Karolyn at Castle Noel on July 26th.

Santa Claus is spending his vacation at Castle Noel, America’s largest indoor year round Christmas entertainment attraction featuring hundreds of movie props, and costumes, New York City animated window displays, and more. Join us at Castle Noel with a Summer Santa snapshot to celebrate Christmas in July with extended hours July 25, 26, 27.

Castle Noel Christmas Movie Actors “Walk of Fame” Ceremony


Movie stars Drew Hocevar and Patty Johnson, the angry elves from A Christmas Story, Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu, from It’s a Wonderful Life and Ian Petrella, Randy, from A Christmas Story will place their hands into concrete in front of Castle Noel as the first Christmas movie stars in the Castle Noel “Walk of Fame”.

The ceremony is free and will take place outside the front doors of Castle Noel’s gift shop, Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m. no reservations required. In true Hollywood style Patty, Drew, Karolyn and Ian will arrive by BVIP Ltd Limousine and greet the crowd. Mark Klaus will emcee the ceremony as the Movie Stars press their hands into concrete. Then, have their photos taken in original world famous Graunam’s Chinese theatre seats that were used for Hollywood’s biggest movie premiers for over 40 years. After the ceremony the stars will be available to meet and sign autographs, photos, ornaments and “Official Patty the Elf” hand crafted elf hats by Patty Johnson.

Castle Noel will be open for tours Saturday, July 26th from 11:00-5:00.

Castle Noel’s Christmas in July Gala

For a more personal experience with the Stars, Castle Noel will host a special, evening event starting at 7:00 p.m. July 26. The event features a first class evening wrapped in a Christmas Spirit. Mark Klaus strives to create an atmosphere that takes the idea of a gala to the next level. Guests will enjoy themselves in the Grand Hall of Castle Noel – there is no other event like it! This night will be full of surprises and excitement that you will not want to miss. The gala includes a VIP Party with emcee Mark Klaus and four of Hollywood’s movie stars. They will make you laugh during a fun filled, interactive evening. Patty Johnson “the angry elf” from A Christmas Story; Karolyn Grimes “ZuZu” from It’s a Wonderful Life; Drew Hocevar “the angry elf” from A Christmas Story; and Ian Petrella “Randy” from A Christmas Story. Then, Patty and Drew will don their elf costumes, beat you to the top of Santa Klaus Mountain and rudely push you down the slide, just like they did to Ralphie. Hors d’oeuvres, endless cocktails, a gourmet dinner buffet catered by Cork Screw Saloon, delectable desserts catered by Susan’s Sugar and Spice, Mark Klaus ornament, commemorative photo and a Golden Ticket to Castle Noel. Dress for a fabulous Christmas in July Evening. Santa will be dressed for the temperatures of July!

Ticket for this special Gala Event must be purchased in advance online at or at Castle Noel’s gift shop. Limited tickets available. All proceeds will benefit the continue restoration of Castle Noel’s historic building and continued expansion of Castle Noel.





About Castle Noel

Founded by Nationally renowned artist and sculptor Mark Klaus and his wife Dana. Castle Noel is located in the historic Medina Square district. Mark’s collection was spotlighted on National television several times, including, QVC, HSN, Sy-Fy, Treasure Hunters Road Show and Hollywood Treasures. As well as local tv Fox8 News with Kenny Krumpton. Castle Noel houses an amazing collection of things to see and do including Hollywood props and costumes; millions of dollars in New York City Christmas Windows, a Blizzard Vortex, a Santa Chimney Squeeze and Santa Klaus Mountain where you can ride the slide just like Ralphie. In addition the dedication for our all new resort quality attraction, Alien Vacation Mini Golf in Freaky 3d what happens when Santa Klaus runs into a few friendly aliens. This addition to the venue makes it an ideal, day trip destination.

260 South Court St., Medina, OH 44256 TEL: 440-453-5889
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mcvbx175For even more fun things to do in Medina County visit Medina County Convention & Visitor Bureau’s website.  Don’t forget to order your visitor guide.






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