Medina, Ohio (February 7, 2014)
The Annual Ohio Toy Soldier Show & Sale will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center in Wadsworth, Ohio. The Show will be open to the public from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $6.00 for adults and children under age 12 free with adult. Contemporary and Vintage Toy Soldier and Military Miniature Figures, covering major brands and including all scale and eras; presented by some of the best known vendors in the hobby. Products by Marx, W. Britain, IMEX, Dragon, Elastolin, Dimestore, King & Country, Frontline, Trophy, American and Russian Connoisseur Figures, 1/6 Action Figures, Die Cast Armor, Century 21, Forces of Valor, Conte, Del Prado, Collectors Showcase, with some Military Memorabilia, Books, Magazines and Military Models for good measure. Also a full line of the latest Historical Audio and Video products. Free door prizes; ample free parking. The Galaxy Restaruant & Banquet Center is located at 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.
Medina County Visitor Bureau
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
330.722.5502 | 800.860.2943
Clearview Golf Club, the only public golf course in the United States designed, built and owned by an African American.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 2014
USGA Museum Hosts “More Than A Game” Golf History
Exhibit & Symposium
The USGA Museum will host the 2014 African American Golf History Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit, “More Than A Game,” which focuses on the creation of African-American golf clubs during the Jim Crow era and their positive impact on communities across the country.
The exhibit’s centerpiece is the story of the late William “Bill” Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, it is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built and owned by an African American. “More Than A Game” celebrates the contributions of Powell and the other men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens. Also included is a short film produced by Dan Levinson of Moxie Pictures that portrays this inspiring story of passion and social justice. Levinson’s previous work includes the award-winning documentary Uneven Fairways, which premiered on Golf Channel in 2009.
The symposium will feature discussions with Bill Powell’s daughter, Renee Powell, who played on the LPGA Tour for many years and is currently the golf professional at Clearview; 12-time PGA Tour winner Calvin Peete, National Black Golf Hall of Fame member Bill Bishop and United Golfers Association champion Madelyn Turner. Attendees will have an opportunity to view the exhibit in the USGA Museum.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by contacting the USGA Museum at 908-234-2300, x1057.
Clearview’s existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame the pervasive prejudice and racism of the period in the pursuit of his dream. Powell, a U.S. Army sergeant in World War II, returned home from Europe and set out to build his own golf course in Ohio. Through his passion and determination, he overcame numerous obstacles to complete the nine-hole course, all while working another full-time job and helping to raise three children. Clearview is just one example of how African Americans have been an integral part of the American golf narrative since the beginning.
Artifacts that chronicle Bill Powell’s life are featured in the exhibit, including childhood photographs, his high school football helmet, dog tags from his military career, and a 1960s routing of Clearview Golf Club as Powell sought to expand the course to 18 holes. Visitors will learn about his humble beginnings, his introduction to golf and the profound impact the game had on his life.
Powell’s family has also been an integral part of Clearview’s legacy. His wife of 56 years, Marcella, chaired the UGA Junior Committee at both the state and national level and ran Clearview’s clubhouse until her death in 1996. Their children continue to work at the club, fostering the ideals set forth by Bill and Marcella. Renee was the second African-American member of the LPGA Tour and currently serves as the head golf professional at Clearview. Larry, who started cutting grass at the course at age 8, is now the course superintendent. In 2001, the Clearview Legacy Foundation was established to preserve the course for future generations, to develop improved facilities for teaching the game of golf, and to expand turfgrass research.
Powell’s Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. As part of this exhibit, the USGA is honoring other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf, including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., home course of John Shippen; Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C., home of the Wake Robin and the Royals Golf Clubs; and Freeway Golf Course in Sicklerville, N.J., home course of Bill Bishop. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association, including the UGA Negro National Open Championship Trophy which was donated by Albert F. Harris in 1935.
During the past decade, the USGA became concerned that the history of minorities in the game, specifically African Americans, was not being actively preserved and was in danger of being lost to future generations. In 2010, the USGA jointly founded the African-American Archive with The PGA of America to address this concern. Utilizing the USGA’s Museum resources, a preservation initiative was begun and today the growing archive houses thousands of documents, hundreds of artifacts and many oral histories. “More Than A Game” is the third exhibit in the USGA Museum since 2010 to celebrate minority golf stories.
Assistant Director, Museum
United States Golf Association
Head Golf Pro
Clearview Golf Club
Sports Promotions Manager
“The only course designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American, Clearview was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the Interior.”
To learn more about Clearview Golf Club click here.
17th Annual Chocolate Festival
Chocolate? is the question – who cares what the answer is? The American Red Cross of Medina County and The J.M. Smucker Company invite you and all your friends to the 17th Annual “For the Love of Chocolate” Festival. The 2014 event will feature decadent chocolate items from over 40 chocolatiers, Saturday, February 1st from 11am to 3pm at the Medina Performing Arts Center at Medina High School, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina.
If you love chocolate, you’ll love this year’s event. All attendees age 12 and older must have a ticket to enter the event. Ticket price is $10 for eight samples.
This family-oriented event features a Children’s Chocolate Cookie Contest, a Decadent Chocolate Dessert Contest for professional cooks and adult and teen hobby cooks sponsored by Buehler’s Fresh Foods, a Children’s Candyland area with games and amusements sponsored by the Medina County District Library, and a bake sale featuring contest winners. Chocolatiers also sell scrumptious items that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
The baking contests are held at Buehler’s River Styx Community Room, Friday, January 31st. Categories include Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult Hobby Cook (18 and older) and Professional.
Tickets are available at the four Medina County Buehler’s stores, the five Medina County Discount Drug Mart stores and at the Red Cross at 780 East Smith Road, Medina. If you purchase your ticket at one of these stores and show your Advantage or Courtesy Card, you can buy the ticket for only $9. For more information about the event, call 330.723.4565 or toll free at 1.877.441.4565 or log on to www.redcross.org/medinacounty. All proceeds help Medina County families prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies.
February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
The Annual Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association Annual Pancake Breakfast will take place every Sunday in February. On February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, come and join us at 5834 Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake from 8:30am until 1pm. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, juice, coffee and the customer favorite – crepes! Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and older, $5 for children ages 3 to 8 and children under 2 are free. All proceeds will benefit the Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association. Call 330.769.2831 for information or visit www.lafayettetwpfire.com
20th Medina Ice Festival February 14th thru the 17th
Plans are underway for one of the regions most anticipated winter events as FirstMerit Bank, Main Street Medina, the City of Medina and Elegant Ice Creations presents the 20th Annual Medina Ice Festival. The four day ice event will showcase over 75 ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses; a speed carving competition on Friday; a team carving competition on Saturday and an individual carving competition on Sunday. All works of ice art will be on display as they are created, and may be viewed throughout the weekend, day and night. A detailed schedule with times is available at www.mainstreetmedina.com. The event is admission free and there is free parking around the nine block Historic District.
Main Street Medina will be hosting a wine tasting/fundraising event at the Medina County Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square. Four different wines will be served at $5 a glass. Hours are Friday 4:30pm to 9pm, Saturday 1pm to 8pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
The event begins on Friday night, February 14th, with three speed carving competitions, sponsored by Main Street Medina. The competition starts at 5:30pm, round two will be at 6pm and the final round to win the contest is at 6:30pm. The popular Fire and Ice Tower will be lit at 7pm. A dozen blocks of ice will be stacked high, and then filled with wood and lit on fire. The Tower will stand until it melts or crumbles.
On Saturday, February 15th, FirstMerit Bank presents the Team Carving Competitions from 1pm until 4pm and Individual Carving Competitions from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, February 16th. All works of carved ice art will be on view through Monday afternoon.
Conrad & Dowdell Productions
Conrad & Dowdell Productions specializes in bringing you the best collector events in Northeastern Ohio. Held at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Road in Medina, Ohio, the events draw thousands of people each year. Events include gun shows, train shows, and the Flea Market of Collectibles. Browse our web site [www.conraddowdell.com] for information on upcoming events. There is an admission to each of the shows.
Medina Model Train and Toy Show
February 2nd, 10am to 4pm
If you’re looking for trains there is a variety of train sets and components from HO to G Scale, Lionel, American Flyer and other makes and models for purchase or for entertainment. New and used trains, tracks, scenery, etc., are available for the energetic and enterprising hobbyists. You will also find all kinds of toys, new and collectible. Find that special toy for everyone on your list.
Medina Gun Show
Saturday, February 15th (9am to 5pm), Sunday, February 16th (9am to 3pm)
For everyone’s safety, no loaded firearms are allowed in the building. The military collector will find patches, pins, parts of uniforms, surplus, bayonets and military firearms. USA and Powers from all over the world can be represented. Items from the Civil War, World War I & II, Korea and Vietnam have been added to someone’s collection when they attended The Medina Gun Show. Do you need parts for your AR15, stripper clips for your M1 Garand or a magazine for your 1911 Government Model? The part you need may be at the next Medina Gun Show.
Medina Flea Market of Collectables
February 23rd, 6am to 3pm
It was started by and for individuals who like collectables. It was never meant to be a common flea market with socks and sun glasses. The items at the monthly Market are constantly changing and people arrive early for best selection! This Collectable Market can be a trip down memory lane. You may see the lunch box you had as a child or that type of old jewelry that your Great Aunt Bessie wore! Pottery, Depression glass and Fenton glass are all represented at this Market. The colorful pottery and beautiful Fenton glass are great representations of the artistry created along the Ohio River. They are a great way to accent areas in your home! The items made there today are instant collectables.
Project: LEARN “Little Free Library”
The project was spearheaded by Corbin Cerny, a Medina High School student who designed and carried out this service project as part of the requirements for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Mr. Cerny has built both Project: LEARN Little Free Libraries, and Project: LEARN is extremely grateful to him and his fellow scouts in Troop 514 for their craftsmanship and dedication to this project.
The first is located at the trail head to Champion Creek Walking Trail at 406 South Broadway in Medina. The second is designed to resemble the original Franklin Sylvester Library in Medina and is located at Medina City Hall.
The community is invited to utilize the Little Free Libraries, a fun way for people to find and share books. Community members can take a book for free, leave a book to share, or borrow a book and return it to the structure. Project: LEARN’s BookShelf bookstore will be maintaining the libraries and their stock of books.
For over 30 years, Project: LEARN of Medina County has served the community by providing free, one-on-one and group instruction to adults in English as a Second Language, reading, math and GED preparation. From locations in Wadsworth, Brunswick and Medina, we serve adults throughout the county. We also operate three used bookstores, The BookShelf, staffed by volunteers and stocked with donated gently used books; funds raised in the stores support our tutoring organization.
For more information, contact the staff at 330.723.1314.
Medina County Parks Fun Events!
Visit www.medinacountyparks.com to find out what is being offered each month. There are many county parks where these events will take place. Get out and explore the county parks in Medina County!
Some of the events hosted by the Park District are:
Hiking for the Health of It, Buckeye Woods Park
Happy Trails Hiking Club, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park
I Spy Scavenger Hunt, Susan Hambley Nature Center
Puppet Show, Wolf Creek Environmental Center
K-9 Kapers, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park
Nature Through the Seasons, Susan Hambley Nature Center
PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Valentine’s Day Honey Moon Walk, Plum Creek Park North
Natural Discoveries Hiking Series, Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Tales for Tots, Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Environmental Speaker Series, Wolf Creek Environmental Center; featuring Ohio Outdoors Writer and Photographer “Chip” Gross featuring Alaska’s Denali National Park and Roger Moore, a Native American re-enactor and historian
The Notable Nuthatch, Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Lodi Food Pantry Food Drive
Please help our community by donating a non-perishable food item today! Continuing thru February 28, 2014, for every two items donated, receive a FREE regular train ticket from Lodi Station Outlets.
Items in need: Kid Shoppe Reward Items (fun items for girls and boys ages birth to 14), items used for gifts to give to family members.
Non-perishable food items: canned vegetables, mac and cheese, noodles, hot chocolate, canned soup and fruit, instant potatoes, tuna, spaghetti sauce, canned meals, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, pancake mix and syrup.
Household items: dish soap, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper.
The Lodi Food Pantry is located at the Lodi Family Center, 119-B Bank Street in Lodi, 330.302.4182. Helping local families in need, items are collected and distributed by the Lodi Family Center.
A Flair for the Unique at Medina’s Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop
Those entering Medina’s Interior Design Studio featuring JK Gift Shop will quickly discover that its gleeful ambiance of witty merchandise and shelves brimming with design resources will promote a positive energy that is contagious. Prepare to have a
blast in this sanctuary of the upbeat and uplifting shopping experience that will also upgrade your outlook on life.
JK Gift Shop has a range of pieces described by McNabb as “gifts you want to give and gifts you’d love to receive”. Areas of the gift shop include a baby section, a fashion section featuring jewelry and scarves, a kitchen section, and a home décor area with afghans, pictures and frames. The ever-popular “laugh out loud” bar section is stocked with humorous items such as napkins and cocktail glasses, and there is a display of greeting cards that also tickle the funny bone.
The Interior Design Studio / JK Gift Shop is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 10am to 5pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm; phone is 330.725.7623. They are located on Historic Square at 207 South Court Street, Medina, OH 44256. Visit www.shopjkgifts.com for information.
Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble
February 6th, 7pm, Medina Library
February 8th, 2pm, Brunswick Library
The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble present “Spring in the East”, a concert for the Chinese New Year at the Medina Library (main branch), Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm and at the Brunswick Library Branch, Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year (the year of the horse) in style with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Northeast Ohio’s traditional Chinese orchestra. Making its Medina County debut, the ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music including several pieces about horses, played on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, and percussion. Audience members will be invited for a hands-on opportunity to try the drum, gongs and cymbals and join the ensemble for a few numbers. The program will also include stories and poems about horses. Bring the whole family to this memorable event! This event is made possible by a Target grant. The Medina Library is located at 210 South Broadway Street in Medina and the Brunswick Library is located at 3649 Center Road in Brunswick. Call 330.722.6235 ext. 2910 with questions.
Aquarius Art Exhibition
February 1st thru February 28th
The 10th Annual Aquarius Art Exhibition opens February 1st and runs until February 28th on the third floor of the Medina County District Library, located at 210 South Broadway Street in Medina.
The Art Show showcases original art work by Medina Art League members. The works reflect the diverse talent of its membership. The show features all forms of visual arts media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, sculpture, ceramics and much more. Plan to visit the show and enjoy the many unique pieces showcased.
The Library hours are: Monday thru Thursday 9am to 8:30pm, Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Click here for a complete list of Medina County events happening in February 2014.
For even more Medina County Ohio information visit …
Medina County Visitor’s Bureau
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
Medina County is the kind of area that truly has something for everyone. The vast array of festivals, shopping, attractions, historic architecture and eateries make Medina County a special place to visit and live.
Will he see his shadow or not? According to folklore, if it’s cloudy outside when the groundhog emerges from his burrow, he will leave his burrow and winter will end soon. But, if it is sunny outside he will see his shadow, which sends him back to his burrow and we get six more weeks of winter.
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Groundhog Fun Day
Saturday, February 1, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Rouse yourself from wintertime lethargy and visit the Museum for our annual celebration of everything woodchuck! Live animals, fun activities and an appearance by our own Lake Erie Eddie make this event special. Children who complete their “Hibernation Passport” will receive a free prize. Groundhog Fun Day is free with Museum admission.
Come out of hibernation and celebrate Groundhog Day, February 2, with Cleveland Metroparks! According to folklore, it’s the official day the groundhog – also called a woodchuck – awakes from hibernation, climbs out of its burrow and takes a look around. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it means six more weeks of winter and the groundhog (along with everyone else!) hunkers down for six more weeks of cold weather. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then it’s a sign that an early spring is on the way. Let the celebration begin by breaking out the flip-flops and Bermuda shorts!
Spend Groundhog Day with Cleveland Metroparks and learn interesting facts, hear fascinating folklore and make fun crafts. The following programs are free and suitable for all ages:
Drop-In Discovery: Groundhogs
10 a.m. to noon
Brecksville Nature Center ∙ Brecksville Reservation
Stop by and learn about groundhogs and their interesting adaptations. A naturalist will be on hand to answer all your questions. Kids can create a cool groundhog craft and play a game of groundhog bean bag toss.Brecksville Nature Center is located off Chippewa Creek Drive, off the Route 82 entrance of Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
Groundhog Day Afternoon Hike
1 – 2 p.m.
Aqueduct Gateway & Trailhead
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
On this two mile hike (paved surface), a naturalist leads a discussion about Groundhog Day weather predictions. Although there’s no guarantee of spotting a groundhog, keep a lookout for other active animals and birds. Aqueduct Gateway & Trailhead is located off Canal Road in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between E.71st Street and Warner Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Nature Center ∙ Garfield Park Reservation
Celebrate Groundhog Day at Garfield Park Nature Center! Enjoy a story with a naturalist and make a fun craft to commemorate the day. Garfield Park Nature Center is located off Mill Creek Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information and registration, call 216-341-3152 or visit
Stark Parks will be offering two days of programs to celebrate Groundhog Day. A Feb. 1 Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway will feature themed activities for the whole family and a chance to meet General Stark II, Stark Parks resident groundhog.
The official proclamation will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Exploration Gateway. General Stark II will check for his shadow to predict how much longer winter will last. A hike will follow to search for signs of spring around Sippo Lake Park with refreshments provided after the hike.
For more information http://www.starkparks.com/articles.asp?id=446
SUMMIT METRO PARKS
Saturday, February 01, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: GROUNDHOG
Can groundhogs actually predict the weather? Join wildlife rehabilitator Fran Kitchen and Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about the natural history of these infamous rodents. This is a program for the whole family. Includes a craft, a chance to see a groundhog up close and a short hike, weather permitting. GYH/Pavilion
For more information http://www.summitmetroparks.org
Looking for something to do this weekend? Getting a little cabin fever? Why not check out the following events happening in Northern Ohio. Additional information about all these events can be found at NorthernOhioTourism.com.
Rock of Ages
Palace Theatre – Playhouse Square
Jan 24-25, 2014
ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
January 24 – April 26, 2014
The audience is transported to Graplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where they participate with the villagers in the telling of tales, singing of songs, and mourn the passing of one of their own: Flanagan.
Winter Carnival & Chilly Cook-off
January 25, 2014
Celebrate President William McKinley’s birthday at the McKinley Museum
January 25, 2014
Presidential Library & Museum with this fun day filled with activities for the entire family! Regular admission will be charged. All of your favorite McKinley Day activities will be back again this year, including an open hearth cooking demonstration (with samples!), Civil War re-enactors, and special shows in Discover World.
Cleveland Tribe Fest
January 25-26, 2014
Bow Fest 2014
Youth Archery Instruction Workshop at the indoor archery range,
3018 W. Smithville-Western Rd. Wooster
January 25, 2014
Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. W (off US 6), Huron
January 24 thru February 28, 2014
For this and additional fun click here.
Wildlife Rescue – It’s Wildly Interactive
Great Lakes Science Center
January 25 thru April 27, 2014
Discover real-life stories of animal rescue, learn about the people who dedicate their lives to saving animals and explore the science behind their efforts when you see the special exhibition, Wildlife Rescue.
“School of the Wilds: Foxes and Coyotes”
January 26 – Cleveland Metroparks
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Grape Escape Wine Tasting Excursion
January 25, 2014
To find out more about these and other events go to NorthernOhioTourism.com.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -FREE
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host the 13th annual FREE admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum will offer a day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community. Visitors are invited to experience the Rock Hall’s many exhibits that showcase how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and other artists have used popular music to communicate ideas to a wide audience and bring about social change. For more information website.
Great Lakes Science Center – FREE
Monday, January 20
10 am – 6 pm
Enjoy free general admission to Great Lakes Science Center in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Experience hundreds of hands-on and interactive exhibits on our Science Phenomena floor – form a tornado and watch it twist and twirl, use your fingertips to make light dance under a plasma ball and so much more.
For more information website.
Penguin Capers – FREE
January 20, 2014 – All Day
Fun penguin activities and a scavenger hunt. All ages.
Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St., Lodi 330.948.1885
For more information see listing.
Lake Metroparks – January Fun Monday – FREE
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) * FREE * 10am to 4pm
School’s out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Looking for a fun family experience? Stop by the Nature Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit the Nature Center for scavenger hunts, seasonal craft, outdoor x-plorer packs, hiking, hands on exhibits, the Wildlife Center, live animals and much more. Naturalists are on-hand to answer all of your nature related questions and to help guide you through the day. Visit the Nature Store, refreshments are available. All activities are for all ages.
For more information website.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History – FREE
Winter Discovery Day
Monday, January 20, 2014; 10 am to 4 pm
Meet our curators and discover specimens from our collections on this special day. Explore our new exhibit Nature’s Mating Games, and catch a mini planetarium show! You can also visit our Smead Discovery Center and make a craft to take home!
Free Museum admission all day.
Mini planetarium shows: $1 per person
Nature’s Mating Games: $3 members; $5 nonmembers
Parking: $8 flat rate.
For more information website.
Cleveland Museum of Art – FREE
Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Free to all!
Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a day filled with activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy hands-on family art projects, gallery activities, Art Stories, the museum’s Art Cart, and live performances in the atrium.
For more information website.
Special Kids Movie: “Despicable Me 2″
Jan. 20, 2014
No school means nothing to do, right? Wrong! Come to the Canton Palace Theatre for our special kids movie starting at 1:00pm!
Doors Open: 12:30pm
Canton Palace Theatre
605 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio 44702 330.454.8172
For more info website.
Western Reserve Historical Center -FREE
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center AND Research Library will be OPEN to the public for FREE. Special programming will be announced at a later date. Please note that although admission to the History Center is free, there is a charge for special event parking.
10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland OH 44106
For more information website.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage – FREE
Free Admission – January 20, 2014
Museum open 11am – 5pm
The celebration begins at 11:30am in the Museum’s Chelm Family Theatre with The Honorable Louis Stokes, U.S. Congressman from Ohio (retired). He will be interviewed by The Plain Dealer’s Brent Larkin with a Q & A session to follow. At 2pm follow us next door to The Temple-Tifereth Israel for the a performance of A Conversation Among Icons: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Gandhi. The one-act play portrays the conversations that ensue when Dr. King is visited by Rosa Parks and Gandhi in prison. Guided tours of our permanent collections – An American Story and The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery – and our special exhibition, TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair, will be available throughout the day.
SEVERANCE HALL – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE – FREE
Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 PM
Free admission, no tickets required.
Performances and activities occur throughout the afternoon.
Severance Hall – 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances. Spend the day or spend an hour with us, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.
No tickets are required. For more information website.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children’s Craft
Monday, January 20 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
Using seeds and plants important to African American agriculture, make a children’s craft to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Free with Garden admission, no registration required.
For more information website.
International Women’s Air & Space Museum
An Afternoon with Astronaut Stephanie Wilson – FREE
Come to the museum January 20, Martin Luther King Day, to meet NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson. Wilson, the second African American woman to go into space, will be at the museum between 1-3pm and will be sharing her experiences with guests and signing autographs. This is a free event but please call the museum for more details and to RSVP.
For more information website.
Take a hike in anyone of our beautiful parks.
For a list of area parks click here.
What would the winter season be like if you didn’t get out an enjoy all that Ohio has to offer. Northern Ohio offers a wonderful assortment of winter fun. For our list of winter activities like ice skating, toboggan chutes, skiing and more click here.
More January Events
Below is just a small sampling of events happening in Northern Ohio.
For our complete list or to learn more about one of the events listed click here.
Punderson Haunted History Tour – January 16, 2014
Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center (Geauga County) website
Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids – January 18, 2014
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Ottawa County) website
Progressive Mid America Boat Show – January 16-20, 2014
I-X Center, Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
Mohican Appalachian Festival – January 17-19, 2014
Mohican State Park Lodge (Mohican Country)
WinterFest – January 18, 2014
Chardon (Geauga County)
EXHIBITION: “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible”
- thru March 2, 2014 Canton Museum of Art (Stark County)
Winter Carnival & Chilly Cook-off – January 25, 2014
Veteran’s Park/ Victoria Place, Painesville (Lake County) website
4th Annual Polar Bear Jump Fun – Run/Walk – January 25, 2014
Chippewa Lake Beach, corner of Longacre and Beachside, Chippewa Lake
(Medina County) website
Chocolate is for Lovers Ohio Wine Producers Association – January 31 thru February 8, 2014 Self-driving wine tour. (Ashtabula and Lake County) website
NORTHFIELD, OH – Dec. 18, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized, iconic brands will celebrate the official grand opening of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northeast Ohio’s unparalleled entertainment destination today at 4:00 p.m. The first of its kind, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, a joint venture with Northfield Park Associates LLC, is the newest Hard Rock International property and its latest gaming brand, the “Rocksino.”
Guests attending the opening ceremony will enjoy “behind the velvet rope” access to the legendary guitar smash, a simultaneous explosion of colorful confetti, and bright, dancing laser lights, as well as a sold-out performance by the award-winning Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
The guitar smash is a tradition of the Hard Rock brand. It marks the opening of every hotel, casino and cafe worldwide. The monumental 35ft Gibson Les Paul guitar, a finishing touch at the Rocksino’s front entrance, greets visitors.
“We are thrilled to continue expanding the Hard Rock gaming brand with our newest venture, the Rocksino,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “With fine execution, high quality service, classic Hard Rock vibe and custom memorabilia, we look forward to providing an incredible entertainment experience for local guests and Hard Rock fans worldwide.”
About 3,820 guests attended a pre-opening, “Sneak Peek Party” on Monday. Cash raised from the event will benefit local charities. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park President Jon Lucas will announce the amount of the cash contributions to the three local charities, the Cleveland Foodbank, Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank and The Kosar Foundation at today’s ceremony.
The Rocksino’s contribution to local charities signals an early commitment to help make a difference in the community by increasing the potential of community partners to deal with critical issues affecting the prosperity of the community and the company.
“We’re proud to partner with our hometown charities, as part of our grand opening activities,” says Lucas. “We have a steadfast, undying commitment to help make a difference in the community. We want our –more-
business and the community to be prosperous and thrive. Prosperous communities are great places to do business and to attract and retain talent. We will continue to invest our dollars, time, and resources to help our community partners make that happen.”
Anne Goodman, president and ceo, Cleveland Foodbank helps put the Rocksino’s contribution to her organization in perspective. “This extraordinary gesture from the Rocksino is so important for our community. It will make such a difference at a time of year when families not only need nourishment, but also hope. Literally thousands of families will sit down together for a meal as a result of this generous gift.”
One in seven people in our community struggle with hunger day-to-day says Daniel Flowers, president and ceo, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “With the support of the Hard Rock Rocksino, we can ensure that many hungry families can access nutritious food this holiday season, and all year long.”
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NorthernOhioCasinos.com / NorthernOhioTourism.com was honored to help support our local charities at the pre-opening, “Sneak Peek Party” on Monday, December 16th. Enjoyed the night and left with a penny in our pocket.
Personal Jewelry and the King of Rock and Roll’s Three-Wheeled Motorcycle are Highlights
CLEVELAND (November 13, 2013) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is thrilled to announce the opening of a new exhibition centered around Elvis Presley, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Opening Friday, November 29 at 10 a.m., this exhibit will be located in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall and provides a compelling look into Elvis’ Army career, the 1968 television special, Elvis, commonly known as the comeback special and his appearances in Lake Tahoe.
More than 40 artifacts are on loan from Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis representing different moments in Elvis’ career. Key items in the collection include a 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle, a selection of his personal jewelry and a new film created expressly for the exhibit by EPE, which showcases iconic performances in Elvis’ career.
· The “If I Can Dream” suit, c. 1968. The white suit Elvis wore when he performed this song in the Elvistelevision special. It was also pictured on the cover of a soundtrack album
· A rehearsal schedule for Lake Tahoe performances, c. 1971. Throughout Elvis’ career, he held concerts most often in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe
· His ID bracelet and several rings
· His official U.S. Army induction portrait (wallet size) that was taken and issued upon his arrival for basic training, c. 1958
Stop by the Museum Store to check out the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee T-shirt Collection, which includes a one-of-a kind Elvis silkscreened shirt that highlights his unique place in music history. The Collection is also available at rockhall.com beginning Friday, November 22.
For further information, visit www.rockhall.com.
About Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Elvis Presley (inducted in 1986)
Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. He rose from humble circumstances to launch the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence. In the words of the historical marker that stands outside the house where he was born: “Presley’s career as a singer and entertainer redefined popular music.”
For the complete Elvis Presley bio, visit rockhall.com.
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 visitrockhall.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.
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Margaret Thresher | Director of Communications
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME + MUSEUM
Now that Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes are open for the season, winter must be on its way! Enjoy the great outdoors this winter season at Winteriffic on Sunday, January 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Chalet Recreation Area in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville.
Winteriffic is a free event with an assortment of winter activities, including dog sled programs, winter survival skill demonstrations, ice fishing demonstrations, ice sculpting, snow bike demonstrations, winter crafts for kids, snowman building areas and other fun in the snow!
You can also enjoy a ride along the trails around the Chalet in a horse-drawn wagon with a naturalist or you can rent snowshoes.
Here’s the schedule for Winteriffic demonstrations and activities:
Dog Sled Programs
Noon, 2 and 4 p.m.
Winter Bird Hikes
Noon to 1 p.m.
Snowshoe Rental ($5/person)
Noon to 4 p.m.
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides ($5/person)
1 – 4:30 p.m.
Winter Survival Skill Demonstrations
1 and 3 p.m.
Snow Bike Demonstrations by Century Cycles
1 and 3:30 p.m.
Nature Tracking Program: Scat, Tracks and Fur
1 and 3 p.m.
Ice Fishing Demonstrations at Wallace Lake
1:30 and 3 p.m.
Some activities are subject to proper winter conditions.
Plus, you can ride the Chalet Toboggan Chutes, the only public ice chutes in Ohio, now with a toboggan lift! The daily admission fee for tobogganing is ONLY $10 for adults and $8 for children, 11 and younger. One-time ride tickets are available for $4. Food and refreshments will be available for sale at the Chalet concession stand.
The Chalet Recreation Area is located at 16200 Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville – just a short distance from I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-734-6660.
Don’t hibernate through the winter! Discover all the winter fun at Winteriffic in Cleveland Metroparks – Discover, Enjoy, Protect!
For those who grew up in and around Lakewood they would probably know the shop as Hixson’s Floral Barn. At first sight and upon entering you may think time has stood still. And you would not be wrong. The large Raggedy Ann Doll (which appeared in the Christmas Story movie) adorns the front window and guards over the 1,000 plus holiday ornaments displayed amongst the stores numerous antiques.
The owner of this unique shop is Bill Hixson, aka Mr. Christmas. Although in his 80′s, he is still an antique enthusiasts, author, lecturer and florist. Bill is best known for being involved in the decorating of our nation’s White House during the holiday season. He has been designing many of the floral designs used in the home since the Reagans were in office. Bill shares many of his White House stories in his book “Legends, Lore and Stories of Christmas Ornaments” available for purchase at his shop.
If you are looking for that certain ornament, you will probably find it here. Boxes and boxes or ornaments are everywhere. Santas, religious, dogs, cats, sport figures, fruits, snowmen and so much more. Amongst those rows and rows of ornaments you will even find Cleveland’s own keeper of the keys memorialized as an ornament. Who wouldn’t want to add Mr. Jingeling to their tree?
Need a few gift giving ornament ideas? May we suggest a pickle, pig and a frog ornament? According to Bill, you should give these symbols of good luck, prosperity, and progress as a team to insure someone of pleasant futures.
Besides the regular ornaments that can be found in the shop, there is a special area that displays those special ornaments designed by Bill himself. Many of these hand blown ornaments have appeared in the White House Christmas trees.
First Bill designs the ornaments, then he works with fourth and fifth generation glass blower families in Europe to produce the ornaments that he has designed. One of this year’s designs included a snow covered village. (see below) I think this ornament is going to make a wonderful addition to my holiday tree.
Nostalgia is around every corner is this shop, including one of the holiday displays from Higbee’s windows. (see top of article). According to the shop owner he owns a few of their holiday window displays.
So, if you are looking for “that” perfect holiday ornament, you just may find it at this local treasure.
Always a fan of local diners, I stopped at a place called The Diner at Clifton for breakfast. I was treated to the most delicious vegetable omelet. As you can see it was no small omelet. Located at 11637 Clifton Blvd. and only a few minutes from Hixson’s Floral Barn this little diner is serving up a great breakfast.
Another unique shop and located across the street from The Diner is the Big Fun Toy Store. (11512 Clifton Blvd.) Stuffed with joke and gag gifts, a retro candy section, vintage and new toys, knickknacks and more. A fun place to shop for that special something.
I would like again to thank NorthernOhioTourism.com‘s followers for sharing information about the unique places in their neighborhood. If you know of a unique shop please let us know.