The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces summer programs in conjunction with its featured exhibit:

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

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CLEVELAND (June 10, 2014) – In conjunction with its newest exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of music festivals, including a Hall of Fame Series, films and special lectures.

Hall of Fame Series with the Family Stone, featuring Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater

FREE with a reservation

Original members of Sly and the Family Stone Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Greg Errico (drums) and Jerry Martini (sax) will be interviewed by Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs.

As rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band, Sly and the Family Stone became funky Pied Pipers to the Woodstock Generation, synthesizing rock, soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia into danceable, message-laden, high-energy music. In promoting their gospel of tolerance and celebration of differences, Sly and the Family Stone brought disparate audiences together during the latter half of the Sixties. The group’s greatest triumph came at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. During their unforgettable nighttime set, leader Sly Stone initiated a fevered call-and-response with the audience of 400,000+ during an electrifying version of “I Want to Take You Higher.”  The group also performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in England.

Sly and the Family Stone dominated the late Sixties charts with such essential singles as “Dance to the Music” (#8 pop, #9 R&B), “Everyday People” (#1, pop and R&B), “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (#2 pop, #3 R&B), “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (#1, pop and R&B) and “Family Affair” (#1, pop and R&B).  Today, the Family Stone continues the musical experience that has brought them in front of over half a million people through the United States and Europe – spreading the roots of funk that is The Family Stone.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now. This event will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.

FILM SCREENING:  Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ (2013)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater

FREE with a reservation

Hear My Train A Comin’ unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius.  The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

Presented as part of a year-long celebration around his 70th birthday year, Hear My Train A Comin’ tells the definitive Jimi Hendrix story, illustrated by interviews with Hendrix and illuminated with commentary from family, well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now.

Hot Fun in the Summertime: An Interactive Presentation on Music Festivals

Fridays from 1 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., 6/27 through 8/29

FREE with Museum admission

As part of the exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, this multimedia presentation by Rock Hall educators highlights key performances in the history of music festivals and explore their significance in the history of rock and roll music. Performances will include Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival (1965), Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), Isaac Hayes at WATTSTAX (1972), Radiohead at Glastonbury (1997) and more! Come learn the stories behind these powerful moments of common ground—and share your own festival experiences!

These programs will be available to any Museum visitor with paid attendance.  Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a bonus, Hot Fun in the Summertime will also feature two festival-related film screenings in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Visit rockhall.com for updates and detailed schedules.

About Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Whether it‘s forging human bonds, building a sense of community, providing broad exposure for musical artists – both old and new – or as one of the most important economic engines of the music industry, the story of the music festival is inextricably linked with music’s powerful cultural impact around the globe.

Spanning two floors of the Museum, the exhibit will surround visitors with the sights and sounds of a rock festival to evoke the experience in a visceral way, utilizing video of the iconic festivals of the past (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax and more) and the vibrant, constantly evolving events of the present (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and more), with an emphasis on establishing a “you are there” environment. Several floor to ceiling photographs of festival fans will invite visitors to examine and interpret the fan experience and become a part of the crowd. Ambient sounds will fill the space: weather, bands tuning up, people talking, radio ads and news reports. Visitors will connect with the intangible elements inherent in the festival experience – identifying with a community, participating in a social event and being part of the creative process.

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.

rockhallThe 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 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. 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 Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

 

Akron Zoo to host four themed Brew at the Zoo’s this season

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AKRON, Ohio - The Akron Zoo is expanding their offerings of its popular Brew at the Zoo events this season. The first Brew at the Zoo will be held Wednesday, June 11, from 6 – 9 p.m., and the zoo will also offer one in July, September and October. Each will have a different theme and the zoo is offering a discounted Brew Pass, which includes all four events. Food trucks, The Beachcomber and The Nosh Box, will also offer food at each event for purchase.

On June 11 the zoo will be hosting a 1980’s party with the band Big 80’s. Several breweries will be featuring their summer ales. During each Brew at the Zoo, the entire zoo will be open and guests can enjoy beer tastings from several local breweries.

In June visitors will get to taste a variety of beers from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing & Draught Haus, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Black Box Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Jackie O’s Brewery, Lager Heads Brewing Co., Revolution Brewing, Stone Brewing Co. and Tramonte Distributing. Attendees will receive six free beer samples and full-sized beers will be available for $4. Additional tasting cards are available for $10.

Tickets are $17 for Akron Zoo members and $23 for non Akron Zoo members. New this year, people can buy a pass for all four Brew at the Zoos, which are $60 for Akron Zoo Members and $84 for non-Akron Zoo Members. The pass saves $8 for people attending all four events. During Brew at the Zoo Max & Erma’s will be on-hand with free samples from their menu. For more information or to register call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231 or visit online at www.akronzoo.org. Only guests 21 and older are permitted.

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 $3.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded 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.

Submitted by:
akronzoo175David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Avenue
Akron, Ohio
330-375-2550
www.akronzoo.org

Noises Off opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

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Photo credit: Kathy Sandham

Rabbit Run Theater, one of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters, kicks off the 2014 summer season, Friday, June 6, with Michael Fryan’s comedy Noises Off.

A play within a play, Noises Off takes a madcap look at a mediocre acting troupe who allow their personal lives to overshadow their production of an English farce, Nothing On.  Just hours before opening, the troupe’s overzealous director is trying to fit in a final dress rehearsal amidst forgotten lines, misplaced actors and much melodrama.Noises_Off

One of the funniest farces ever written, the show ran for almost five years in London’s west end and ran for over 500 performances on Broadway.  Noises Off returned to Broadway in 2001 with a cast that included Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher.

Bob Kilpatrick plays the part of Lloyd, the director of this rag-tag group of actors.  Playing the role of Fred, who also plays Philip in Nothing On, is Dennis Dixon, whose wife, Belinda (Flavia), is portrayed by Nancy Shimonek Brooks.  David Malinowski is in the role of Garry (Roger), and his love interest, Dottie, is played by Sandy Kosovich Peck.  The young and near-sighted Brooke (Vicki) is portrayed by Myrissa Yokie with assistant stage manager, Poppy, performed by Evie Koh.  The frequently intoxicated and somewhat over-the-hill actor Selsdon is played by Roger Principe with James Lane performing the role of Tim the stage manager. 

Noises Off is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association.  Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s, and over the years she has directed 11 productions at Rabbit Run with Noises Off making her 12th directorial effort.

New this year patrons may take advantage of a 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.RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175

Noises Off opens Friday, June 6 and runs through Saturday, June 21.  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 atwww.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

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.

Upcoming shows:

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Lake Metroparks presents Working Dog Weekend

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Lake Metroparks Farmpark

June 7 & 8, 9 am to 5 pm

Celebrate those wonderful working canines during Working Dog Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s June 7 and 8 from 9 am to 5 pm. See the Buckeye Dock Dogs and Skyhoundz Frisbee Dogs display their aerial skills while the Hampton Hills Newfoundlands perform water rescue demonstrations. Meet police canines and see them in action.

Toy Dog Parade

Kids, bring your favorite stuffed toy dog with you to Working Dog Weekend for a special “toy” dog parade of breeds just for kids!

Kids vs. K-9

Children have the chance to try their “paw” at canine jobs & sports. Real dogs will be on hand to show you what to do.

  • Guide the blind
  • Try canine sports like agility, Flyball and Frisbee
  • Solve a mystery using only your nose! (Ranger Donaldson and K-9 partner Carly assist.)
  • Discover how dog power was used years ago by walking on a treadmill

·        Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital

Doctors from the Animal Clinic of Chardon will be on hand to guide children through a check up on their toy dogs

  • Hear the heartbeat of a dog through a stethoscope
  • Learn to check a dog’s eyes, ears and teeth
  • Look through a microscope at a flea
  • See x-rays of puppies before they are born
  • Discover how a microchip works
  • Make a cone collar (collar of shame) for your toy dog.
  • Make a dog toy to take home to your favorite canine friend
  • Help with a wellness check on a real dog in the Theater

Visitors may also discover new advances in pet care from Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. See demonstrations by The Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF), Police K-9 units,  Ohio Search Dog Association and Trailbreakers Sled Dog Club and meet the dogs and their handlers.

Meet Lake Metroparks Ranger Pat Donaldson and his search and rescue K9 Carly. Talk with service and rescue groups, 4-H clubs, therapy, and companion and guide dog organizations. Check out the pet-related items and services available from vendors onsite.

Other demonstrations presented and groups participating during Working Dog Weekend include:

  • Sheepherding
  • Parade of breeds
  • Obedience & agility
  • Rescue groups
  • Partners with Paws
  • Trailbreakers Sled  Dogs
  • Pony rides ($4)

Reading to Rover was developed to help children improve their reading and social skills by building self-confidence. Stop by the Atrium from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and read to one of these wonderfully trained, gentle therapy dogs. Children’s books provided by the Geauga West Library.

Due to the nature of the facility and event, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

For more information about these programs and a schedule of events for Working Dog Weekend visit lakemetroparks.com

Take time to experience Farmpark’s other activities including cow milking, cheese and ice cream making, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides plus visit the Plant Science Center. Stop into the Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique items and gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Cafe.

Admission to Working Dog Weekend is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; $6 ages 12 to 59; $5 ages 60 and older; Farmpark members and children younger than 2 are free. Visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276) for more information.

Working Dog Weekend is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart. Supporting sponsors are the Kirtland Veterinary Hospital and the Western Reserve Farm Cooperative.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveils 2014 Inductee Exhibit

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveils 2014 Inductee Exhibit

Exhibit includes clothing and other memorabilia from artists/acts including Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, The E Street Band, Linda Ronstadt

CLEVELAND (May 22, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a new exhibit highlighting the 2014 Inductees and air the 2014 Induction Ceremony on HBO on Saturday, May 31. Honored this year are Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.

Included in the exhibit:

· Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s diaries

· Contracts and other documents related to Andrew Loog Oldham’s management of the Rolling Stones

· Clothing and instruments from the E Street Band, including the tenor saxophone played by Clarence Clemons on the Born the Run album and the guitar played by Steven Van Zandt in the “Glory Days” video.

· A Peter Gabriel costume prop worn at the 1993 Grammy Awards

· Cape and boots worn by Peter Criss of KISS during publicity events and photo sessions while promoting KISS’ Dynasty tour.

· Clothing and various items from Nirvana, including a Dave Grohl handwritten setlist, a Kurt Cobain handwritten note, and a Kurt Cobain knit cap and cardigan sweater.

· A jacket worn by Linda Ronstadt on the cover of her 1978 album Back In the U.S.A.

· The guitar Cat Stevens played during his performance at the 2014 Induction Ceremony

· Guitars from Daryl Hall and John Oates.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air on HBO on Saturday, May 31 at 8pm ET/PT. Held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 10, this year’s ceremony featured appearances by Chris Martin, Glenn Frey, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Lorde, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Peter Asher, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Tom Morello and Sheryl Crow.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee exhibit will remain open through 2014.

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. For more information, visit rockhall.com.

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About the Inductions

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.

For this year’s Inductions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the selection process. The public was able to cast votes online for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 Inductees. Three of the top five artists from the fans ballot were inducted in 2014.
For more information on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, visit www.rockhall.com

Akron Zoo hosts World Oceans Day

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo is proud to join its fellow accredited zoos & aquariums, as well as thousands of other educational institutions and conservation organizations, in celebrating World Oceans Day Saturday, June 7, 2014. The zoo will have displays and activities throughout the park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. focusing on water and animals.

Visitors will be able to participate in a turtle migration game, activities surrounding the reef, aquatic themed crafts and more. Live island music will be provided by Tom Todd, the one man band. The zoo staff will be wearing Hawaiian shirts that day and guests are encouraged to do so as well. All activities are free with zoo admission.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. 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 www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded 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.

Press Release submitted by
David Barnhardt

Director of Marketing & Guest Services

Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238

Cell – (330) 812-7890

dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

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Around The World at The Wolf Creek Mill’s International Wine Festival

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Loudonville, Ohio – June 7th, 2014 is the 11th International Wine Festival at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill from noon-11pm. This is the highlight event of the year to kick off the summer. Good food, wine, music and more will entertain all of the senses. This wonderful event also helps the Mill’s operations.
 

Ohio wines to be featured will be D&D Smith Winery, Paper Moon Vineyards, Troutman Vineyards, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. In addition to the four Ohio Wineries, wines from around the world will be available at the festival. All wines can be sampled and bought by the glass or bottle. Paper Moon wines will be highlighted in the popular food pairing session, samples include what wine pairs with: Texas Caviar, gourmet mini cheesecakes and more. Mark Smith, Founder and President of Wolf Creek Mill says that they are excited about this year’s event, “We’re bringing in a lot of new international wines this year that we’re really excited about in addition to the crowd favorites from last year to put our total count at over 100 wines. We’ll also have five different beers available.”

New to the International Wine Festival this year are horse drawn carriage rides through the Wolf Creek Mill. Other activities include a performance by the popular Lake Erie and mainland performer, Steve Brownell. Smokin’ Bros BBQ and Squeels on Wheels BBQ will provide melt in your mouth deliciousness. Marvel at the creations of the Mohican Valley Artists. Paintings, ceramics, photography and glass will be exhibited inside the mill.

There is something else occurring, when visitors come to the International Wine Festival at the Mill, they are also helping the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. The Mill is home to the 1830′s grist mill of Loudonville. The organization, Friends of The Wolf Creek Grist Mill Group, have successfully restored the mill to operating condition with the mission to have a complete historic village on the property, in order to preserve a vanishing part of heritage for future generations to enjoy & learn from. Smith said “Last year was the most successful wine festival we’ve had to date. With that success we were able to purchase a much needed new tractor that we use for maintenance, grounds keeping, building projects, and event setup and tear-down.  We also had the opportunity to purchase the adjacent property that we’ve been making plans for.” This year’s profits will help remodel the house on that property to accommodate much needed space for the several volunteers that help with the Mill.

For more information, contact 419-541-0161 or visit WolfCreekMill.org.

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For more Mohican Country fun visit
DiscoverMohican.com

Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau
131 W. Main Street
Loudonville OH 44842
419-994-2519
877-266-4422

 

For even more Ohio fun visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.

LAKE ERIE LOVE!

Tourism Industry Ready to Kick-off Summer Season with Events

LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS, OHIO, May 16, 2014 — Lake Erie Shores & Islands is thrilled to kick off the summer season with a series of events featuring Nashville singer/songwriter Walker Hayes.

You may have already noticed the new Lake Erie Love campaign, beginning to roll out. The advertising campaign features the song “Lake Erie Love,” performed by Hayes. In addition to the full-length video, viewable at SHORESandISLANDS.com, the song is featured in television, radio, and online promotions and is available for purchase on iTunes. The Lake Erie Love theme is also reflected in print ads promoting travel and tourism to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region.

walkerhayes01-x600Come share your Lake Erie Love and join area hospitality industry employees launch the summer season with a free performance by Walker Hayes. The kick-off parties begin Wednesday, May 21 at Dock’s Beach House in Port Clinton and repeat Thursday, May 22 at Dockside Café in Sandusky. Both events are from 5-7. Go to Fun.LakeErieLove.com for these event details.

Make it a Lake Erie Love weekend! Two additional Walker Hayes performances will take place at Hooligan’s Irish Tavern at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Both Put-in-Bay shows begin at 9 pm.

Walker Hayes bio: http://caprinashville.com/walker-hayes/

Press release submitted by
Jill L. Bauer
Public Relations Coordinator
Lake Erie Shores & Islands – East
4424 Milan Road, Suite A
Sandusky, OH 44870
419.625.2984 or 800.255.3743
www.SHORESandISLANDS.com
Twitter: @JillBauerLESI

 

Time to order your Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor Guide and Shore Savings Discount Card.

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The History of the Great Lakes States Website

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The History of the Great Lakes States website, at www.envisionthepast.com , is a free online history library for the five states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin; an area once called ‘The Old Northwest’.   The historical era covered starts in the 1600s – with French colonization of the region – and ends about 1860.  The site currently has links to over 1,300 items, including;

 

·               hundreds of books

·               dozens of personal journals and memoirs

·               dozens of articles from historical journals

·               vintage maps and atlases

·               historical documents

 

All materials are available to anyone, free of charge.  There is no registration, and users are not asked for any personal information.  We don’t have any political axes to grind.  There are no limits on the number of items users can view.  Most books can be downloaded.

All items are in the public domain, so nearly everything was published before 1924.  Some more recent items were placed in the public domain by the publisher or author.

All links lead to websites at other organizations.   Organizations around the country are scanning massive quantities of public domain books and other documents, placing them on their websites for free public access.   All items on the History of the Great Lakes States site have links to the digitized documents on the websites of other organizations.  Over half our books are hosted on the website of the non-profit Internet Archive or its sister organization Open Library, which together have millions of online books.   We also have materials hosted by universities and state historical societies, and some items hosted by companies such as Google and Historic Map Works.

Users can browse through materials by subject.  If the Internet Archive has millions of free books online, why bother using a smaller collection like this?  Searching for an exact title or author can easily be done on a search engine, but people often find search engines tedious and frustrating when they want to find out what is available on a particular subject.   When in a library, they can go to the shelf and look through books.  The History of the Great Lakes States site is organized so that users can go straight to a subject area and find a little information about each of the books and articles there.

Our collection is old, but that’s good.  We only offer items in the public domain, and most materials are 90 to 250 years old.  Some are even from the 1600s.   For our special subject area these older materials are ideal.  For example, we have numerous accounts of explorers, missionaries, soldiers, settlers and political figures that they themselves wrote, or that were written by their close contemporaries.  These are the same materials historians turn to in their efforts to understand people and events of the past.  They come alive in a way that accounts written by much later writers cannot.

We post occasional blog articles too.   Mainly these are brief articles highlighting certain categories of materials on the site.  Links to a few examples are below, and all our posts can be found under Blog on the main menu.

How is this useful for your organization?  Chances are good that many of your members, clients or website visitors would appreciate access to this fine collection of free online history.   Without any cost or obligation, you can provide this service to them simply by posting the link to History of the Great Lakes States on your website and Facebook page.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  I hope you can find a few more minutes to look through the site.  The Site Map on the Home page is the best place to start.   Please see the links below.

History of the Great Lakes States website
http://www.envisionthepast.com/ 

A few recent Blog posts:

19th C Newspapers and History Journals
http://www.envisionthepast.com/19thc-newspapers/

Pioneers in Illinois Tell Their Stories
http://www.envisionthepast.com/pioneers-illinois/

Thank you…
http://www.envisionthepast.com/thank-you-orgs/

This is a list of libraries and other organizations that put our link on their website.  Many more have posted our link on their Facebook pages.

Anyone can sign up to be notified of blog posts by Following our Twitter site, by clicking ‘Get Notifications’ on the ‘Like’ pull-down on our Facebook page, or by Subscribing in the right margin of the website Home Page.

History of the Great Lakes States Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/envisionthepast

Great Lakes History Twitter page
https://twitter.com/lienhart85
Information submitted by:
Ted Lienhart
TLienhart85@gmail.com

HorseFest 2014 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

May 17 & 18 • 9 am to 5 pm

 

KIRTLAND –The majestic beauty, splendor and grace of the horse are all part of the “mane” event at HorseFest. You’ll have many opportunities to meet – up close – more than 20 breeds of horses from the very small miniatures to the very tall draft horses, including Farmpark’s very own Percheron and Belgians. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, presentations, training techniques, and demonstrations for all ages. Saddle up for family fun during HorseFest at Farmpark May 17 and 18. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.   

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The Wells Fargo Stagecoach at HorseFest!

From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means – steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach. In the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world. Since then, Wells Fargo has been forever linked with the six-horse Concord Coach charging across the vast plains and high mountains of the West. Visitors can see and take a ride in the world-famous stagecoach pulled by a team of four horses at HorseFest!

Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team

The premier all-girls mounted drill team of the State of Ohio, The Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team is back for a second year! They are professional champions of the American West, keeping alive the romance and tradition of the free spirit and beauty of the world of horses.  Since 1999 twenty-three Top Hands horses have been made into collectible Peter Stone models and are available world-wide. A meet the team opportunity is scheduled after each performance. 

Cowboy Mounted Shooting  

This exciting demonstration reminds spectators of cowboys of the old west!  Armed with two single action .45 caliber pistols, the competitor speeds through a course designed to test their horsemanship skills and shooting ability – all put together.  While navigating through a course, the rider must shoot at 5 targets with one gun before re-holstering and pulling out their next gun for the last 5 targets.  Scoring is based on speed, accuracy and following the course of fire correctly.  Targets are balloons and ammunition is black powder blanks for safety.

Clemson Show Belgians

The Clemson Show Belgians from Chardon will amaze you as these mighty horses, weighing more than 2000 pounds each are hitched as a six-horse hitch. For their finale, feel the ground shake as eight giant Belgians thunder past Showman’s circle!

Fieldstone Farm Tack Market – used tack sale

For more than 35 years, Fieldstone Farm has been helping improve the lives of those with special needs and challenges through the therapeutic power of horses. An abundance of saddles, riding apparel and boots, horse blankets, bridles, brushes, wraps and more will be available for purchase at the sale. Merchandise is sold at highly discounted prices and will benefit programs at the Therapeutic Riding Center. Market will be held in front of the Visitors Center. Admission is not required to shop at the market.

Kids, come to HorseFest dressed as cowboys or cowgirls. Hand-on activities for children include:
·         New! Kids cowboy agility course
·         “Mounted” archery
·         Grooming miniature horses or donkeys
·         Line driving miniature horse
·         Cart driving a miniature horse
·        Make a stick horse
·         Pony Rides ($4)

Learn to line drive as you take the reins of one of Farmpark’s mighty draft horses; a Farmpark equine staff member will walk with you. Hands-on children’s equine activities throughout the weekend include grooming, line driving and cart driving a miniature horse. Pony rides are available for $4, weather permitting.

Meet the Breed: 
Throughout the day in Showman’s Circle you can enjoy one-on-one encounters with a variety of breeds of horses, including the Buckskin Gypsy Vanner, Norwegian Fjords, Lusitano, and the Black Forest Horse. The Black Forest horse is a rare and endangered breed native to Germany; currently there are only about 1000 in existence.

Demonstrations:
·         Governor General’s Horse Guard Cavalry Squadron (skill-at-arms competition)
·         The Versatile Draft program
·         Therapeutic riding by Fieldstone Farms
·         Trumbull Career and Technical Center Drill Team (Sunday only)
·         Mounted unit competition
·         Jumping demonstrations by Little Glen
·         Cavalcade of Breeds
·         Musical rides
·         Six-horse draft hitch demonstration by Clemson Show Belgians
·         Blacksmithing

 Vendors offering various equine-related products and services.

Take time to experience Farmpark with its regular activities including cow milking, cheese and ice cream making, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides are all in Visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Café. 

Admission to HorseFest is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; Ages 12 to 59, $6; Ages 60 and older, $5; and Farmpark members and children younger than two are free. 4-H groups receive discounted admission. For more information visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276). 

HorseFest 2014 is presented by Discount Drug Mart, Tractor Supply Company and Western Reserve Farm- Cooperative, Red Roof Inn, and Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. Supporting sponsors include Schneider’s and Universal Disposal.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right. 

lakemplogoPress Release submitted by:
John Venen
Promotions and Advertising Manager
Lake Metroparks
o: 440-639-7275 x 1914 (enter extension when greeting begins)

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