Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Aerosmith’s Joe Perry for Book-Signing Event


CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 26, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Perry for a book-signing event from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14 on the Museum’s main stage. The event is free and open to the public, however paid admission is required to tour the Rock Hall’s exhibits.

“We are thrilled to have a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame family, Joe Perry, back in Cleveland supporting us,” says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Greg Harris. “A celebrated guitarist and a driving force behind Aerosmith’s decades-long run, Perry’s firsthand account of a life in rock and roll absolutely should be shared at the Rock Hall, where fans can connect with him – and share their own stories.”

In Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate, but who quits school because he doesn’t want to cut his hair. He meets Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire, sways him from pop music to rock-and-roll, and it doesn’t take long for the “Toxic Twins” to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess.

From the mega-successful song and music video with Run DMC, “Walk This Way,” to the realization that he can’t pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them. In his own words, Rocks is the whole story: “the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, the post-destructive rebirth story.”

To participate in the book-signing, attendees will need to purchase Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum store the day of the event, one copy only per person. Retail price is $27.99, and Rock Hall members will receive their 10% discount. This event is limited to a first come, first served basis. No other items will be autographed. Photos of attendees at the signing table will not be permitted. Professional photographs from the book-signing event will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public, however paid admission is required to tour the Rock Hall’s exhibits.


“One might guess that I, Perry Farrell, would admire Joe Perry because he is a legendary guitar ripper, and you’d easily be right on the button—however, what you wouldn’t have guessed is that I admire, respect, and have looked up to Joe Perry for years because he is a mad passionate, devoted husband and loving daddy who rocks. Viva familia Joe!” — Perry Farrell

“An insightful and harrowing roller coaster ride through the career of one of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists. Strap yourself in.” — Slash

“Rocking Joe Perry ‘rocks’ again!” — Jimmy Page

“Joe Perry describes with amazing detail and passion the virtual odyssey of his life as the quintessential rock star in America’s most famous rock band of all time. Like his riffs, his story is inspired, crisp, and packs a punch. Joe Perry has done for rock and roll what the human genome project and stem cell technology have done for medicine—broken it wide open to inspire and shape our music for many decades to come. I could not stop reading this book!” — Rudolph Tanzi, co-author of Super Brain

About the Authors:

Lead guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler wrote the majority of the songs that form the backbone of Aerosmith’s catalogue. In 2013, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2001, Perry and Tyler, along with their Aerosmith band mates Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 square-foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters, and year-round educational and concert programming.

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 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit 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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4th Annual 5K Rabbit Run/Walk


The Fourth Annual 5K Rabbit Run/Walk is Sunday, Oct. 26, at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.  In a unique collaborative effort, this annual event is co-sponsored by the East End YMCA and Rabbit Run Community Arts Association.

The run/walk is open to all ages with a special Kids Fun Run for younger children on the grounds of the theater.  In keeping with the Halloween spirit, participants may dress in their favorite costume.  The course for the event begins and ends at Rabbit Run Theater and extends to the surrounding neighborhood.

New to this year’s 5K is the use of chip timing giving participants a more accurate run time.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners and the 5K Run top three male and female finishers for each age group.  Age brackets are 14 and under, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 plus.

The first 150 people to register receive a t-shirt.  Participants should register by Oct. 10 to guarantee shirt size.  Pre event registration is $20/person or $45/family; registration the day of the event is $25/person or $50/family.

Registration forms are available at the YMCA, 730 Lake St., Madison, or at RRCAA, 49 Park St., Madison. To register online visit For more information call the YMCA at 440-428-5125 or Rabbit Run at 440-428-5913. 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison.  Check in on race day begins at 8 a.m.  The Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. 

This event is made possible in part through the support of Lake Health and Honda of Mentor.

All proceeds from the event benefit the East End YMCA and RRCAA.  Both organizations are non-profit corporations.

The YMCA is a values-based partnering organization that prepares, supports and encourages all children, families and communities to develop healthy and active lifestyles. 

RRCAA is a comprehensive fine arts organization offering instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.  RRCAA also operates Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few remaining barn theaters in Ohio.  RRCAA receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.


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Oktoberfest Comes to Loudonville, Ohio



Loudonville, Ohio - If travelling to Germany is not in the foreseeable future, then head over to Loudonville for the Wolf Creek Grist Mill’s Oktoberfest on September 27th, from noon until 11:30pm. This incredible fundraiser is full of food, rubber duck races, beer, wine, games and entertainment. The Wolf Creek Grist Mill provides a chance for visitors to help this historic site while enjoying the scenery, food and tastings all at the same time.

Mark Smith, President of Friends of The Mill, says, “Oktoberfest at The Mill has become such a popular event because unlike many Oktoberfest’s that only offer a limited selection of beer, we offer our event-goers over 75 beers. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy!  Patrons love being able to sample any variety we offer so they can experience many different beers without having to commit to an entire glass or bottle of something they’ve never had before.”

For a $5.00 entry fee, each person that is 21 years old and over, has the opportunity to taste beers that range from seasonal selections, craft beers, local selections to include nearby craft brewers Millersburg Brewing Company, international selections, ciders, gluten-free choices, draft and bottle selections. Wines will include Pumpkin and Apple Cinnamon from D&D Smith Winery and Harvest Blend, Red Raspberry, and Honeymoon Mead from Paper Moon vineyards.

New to the food selection this year is Great Plains Bison Burgers. They will offer bison burgers, bison sloppy joes, bison hot dogs and more. Other food options include BBQ and French fries.

What would an Oktoberfest be without Polka? Well, nothing really. That is why an authentic German band that has played at Oktoberfest in Munich will be playing from 1-3pm. Later in the day, enjoy the popular entertaining music stylings of Steve Brownell.

travelplanner2014With safety being top of mind, guests staying at the following sponsors will be offered free busing to and from the event from 3pm- 11pm: Blackfork Inn B&B, Mohican Adventures, Mohican River Inn, Mohican State Park Campground, Smith’s Campground and Wally World Resort. For more information on how to contact these sponsors for an overnight stay, visit

The Mohican Valley Artists, established earlier this year, will also be doing glass blowing demonstrations and other painting styles on site. Stop by and be amazed at the local talent available to the area as they showcase the creations made.

This is Wolf Creek Grist Mill’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Smith states, “Oktoberfest provides the opportunity for our visitors to enjoy a unique area event that at the same time helps us raise awareness, appreciation and funds for the project. Most importantly, every penny earned goes right back into funding the preservation and restoration efforts at Wolf Creek Grist Mill Historic Park and Museum to ensure this wonderful piece of history will be around for generations to come.”

Visit for more information on this event and how to help preserve this wonderful piece of Ohio’s history.

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Lake Metroparks Harvests Five Weekends of Fun.

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Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Saturdays & Sundays • 9 am to 5 pm
September 20 & 21                Antique Tractor Show
September 27 & 28                Live Music
October 4 & 5                         Apples
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19     Corn & Pumpkins

This year, Lake Metroparks is offering five weekends of fall harvest fun at Lake Metroparks Farmpark from September 20 to October 19. These weekends will provide visitors opportunities to enjoy the many family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions. On all five weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Outside, they can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas, while out in the field the whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Visitors can get a taste of apple cider and apple butter on certain weekends and help grind the apples and press the cider to make the next batch.

In addition to the many regular daily activities, learn how to drive a horse (miniature or large draft). Try your hands at fishing (catch and release) in our farm pond. And each weekend, our hand-cranked ice cream will take on different harvest flavors! Various seasonal take-home crafts will also be highlighted.

Each weekend will also have a special focus on some aspect of farming and harvest. On September 20 & 21, the Antique Tractor Show returns to Farmpark. Get your picture taken on one of Farmpark’s antique tractors and discover how tractors were designed to run or pull farm equipment as we grind corn and thresh grain. Kids can provide the power to shell corn on our kid-powered treadmill and help crank up some fall flavored ice cream.

Enjoy your fall harvest experience with the background of music on September 27 & 28 with a weekend of bluegrass and country music. You’ll also be able to help us dig up our potato crop and take a special tractor-drawn wagon ride around the fields.

On October 4 & 5, its apples, apples, apples. Apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce, apple ice cream and apple tasting are all part of the weekend. You’ll also be able to purchase apple fritters and apple pie.

October 11 & 12 and 18 & 19 top off our fall harvest experience with two weekends of corn and pumpkins. Take the opportunity to help husk, shell and grind corn. Take home your own handmade corn husk doll and play a little corn hole and corn darts. Sample our fall harvest stew made with Farmpark’s own potatoes, help crank up some pumpkin ice cream and learn how to plow behind Farmpark’s draft horses. And since we are getting close to Halloween, everyone will have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin and take it home (additional fee applies).

Come out to Farmpark this fall and make your own harvest traditions!

Fall Weekends, presented by Discount Drug Mart and Patterson’s Fruit Farm begin Saturday, September 20 and run Saturdays and Sundays through October 19. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company of Willoughby, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative and Pat Catan’s

All Fall Weekend harvest activities are included in the regular Farmpark admission; with the exception of the pumpkins and pony rides, where an additional fee applies ($4 each). Farmpark admission 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 or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276 for more information.

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.





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Boo at the Akron Zoo tickets now on sale!


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo doesn’t kick off until mid-October, but tickets for the popular Halloween event are now on sale for a discounted price at and at all Acme Fresh Markets in Northeast Ohio. Presale tickets are discounted if people buy tickets before the event starts between now and October 11, 2014.

Boo at the Akron Zoo runs Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2014. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for people who have presale tickets.

This safe and non-scary event allows visitors to enjoy festive decorations and lighted displays throughout the zoo, all while trick-or-treating at 12 different themed stations.

Tickets for Boo at the Akron Zoo are $11 for trick-or-treaters and $8 for observers. Akron Zoo member observers are $2. Boo at the Akron Zoo is presented by Acme Fresh Markets.

akronzoo175The 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.

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.


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The Cleveland Police Historical Society (CPHS) and Museum announces a new exhibit: The Cleveland Air Police

clevpolicmuseum2In recognition of the innovations of the Cleveland Division of Police over the decades, the Cleveland Police Museum is highlighting the first Cleveland “aerial police squadron.”  The only police department outside of New York City to implement an air corps in the 1930s.

A new display of the Cleveland Air Police is open in time for the 2014 Cleveland National Air show.  The display includes photos of the National Air Races and an official Air Police uniform blouse, complete with CPD buttons, a CPD “Air Police” badge and pilots wings.

Read the 1931 Cleveland Plain Dealer article that identifies the fourteen Cleveland pilots, all with long records of achievement in aviation, who comprised this squadron.

The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

clevpolicmuseumCleveland Police Museum
1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH  44113
(Enter through County building)

Admission:   Free

About:  The Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to collect and preserve police history and to use its collections and programs to educate the public and foster mutual understanding and respect between law enforcement and the public.

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Akron Zoo to host tailgate party for its Brew at the Zoo


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will hold their third of four Brew at the Zoo events on Wednesday, September 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will have a football tailgate party theme. Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite football team jersey and gear.

During the event visitors can sample beer from 12 breweries, including four new ones to the September event and the food truck, The Beachcomber, will be selling food. Music will be provided by DJ Kenny Kidd and the entire zoo will be open.

Visitors will get to taste a variety of beers from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing & Draught Haus, Black Box Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, MadCap Brewing Co. and Tramonte Distributing. For the September event the zoo has added Brew Dog Beer, Dogfish Head Brewery and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. 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. 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 Only guests 21 and older are permitted.

akronzoo175The 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 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.

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