MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — Medina County History will be on display during the first-time History Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22. In a format similar to the Fall Foliage Tour, there will be 16 different stops open throughout the county, highlighting 17 organizations.

A tour map will be available at each of the museums and a brief description may help make the decision, especially if handicapped accessibility and nearby parking are a concern. Each stop will feature tour guides and information. Some will have refreshments for sale. Many will have items such as books of local history, posters and other history-related items available to buy.

“We are so excited that 16 places will be open that day, considering this is our first event,” said Roger Havens, president of the Wadsworth Area Historical Society. “People will be able to pick several places to visit during that 6-hour period and then visit other museums in the years to follow.”

You can start anywhere along the way. There are three stops in Medina including the Medina County Historical Society at 206 N. Elmwood St. Although the museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house with period furnishings, is undergoing renovations, at least a portion of the building will be open for the tour according to curator Tom Hilberg.

The Little Wiz Fire Museum at 326 E. Smith Road offers a look at hand and horse-drawn fire equipment, a 1916 Hallock Chemical fire truck and many artifacts including extinguishers, nozzles and pumps.

The Medina Town Hall & Engine House Museum at 50 Public Square provides a glimpse into the city from the 1850s through today. Here you can view rare photographs of the Great Fire of 1870 that decimated the buildings on the square; a 1918 Medina fire engine and more.

Hinckley’s Historical Society at 1634 Center Road, in the heart of Hinckley, has several themed rooms filled with antiques and collectibles, as well as a research room for family and property research. Hinckley history booklets (marking the 150th and 175th Anniversaries) as well as the Hinckley collage by Richard Doyle, several “Cat’s Meows” of the old general store and old Grange store, Buzzard clocks, postcards (old Hinckley scenes), copies of old Hinckley photos (enlarged), the society’s 25th anniversary commemorative baskets, and several different Hinckley mugs.  There will be refreshments available, and there is rest room availability, although the rooms are not handicapped accessible. There is parking next to the Society’s house.

The Weymouth Preservation Society, 3314 Myers Road, Weymouth, is housed inside a former school and the featured display is “Life in the Countryside,” an exhibit with 200 artifacts depicting 19th century life in Medina County’s villages. It is handicapped accessible.

Other stops include: the Granger Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road; the Wadsworth Historical Society, 161 High St., Wadsworth; Seville Historical Society, 70  W. Main St., Seville; the Northern Ohio Railway Museum at 5515 Buffham Road, Seville, is also hosting the newly formed Chippewa Lake Historical Society at its site.

The Westfield Historical Society will be at 6701 Greenwich Road, Westfield Center; The Lodi/Harrisville Historical society is at 302 Railroad St., Lodi; Spencer’s Historical Society is at 112 N. Main St.; Chatham Historical Society has three separate museum buildings at 5332 Avon Lake Road, Chatham. The York Historical Society facilities will be open at 6547 Spellman St.

You can learn all about History Day on Facebook at:

Click here for a map with all the locations and information.

For more information, contact Havens at rhavens@wadsworth or co-chair, Dan Hostetler of the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau,

Information about History Day is also available on the Convention and Visitors Bureau site:


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Rooms to Let: CLE returns to Slavic Village


Rooms to Let: CLE returns to Slavic Village for a third year becoming one of Cleveland’s “can’t miss” spring events!

On May 21st and 22nd, 2016 the next generation of Rooms To Let: CLE will transform E. 54th Street in Slavic Village as the installation returns to the neighborhood for a third year. Led by Slavic Village Development, Rooms to Let seeks to re-envision one of Cleveland’s most diverse and authentic neighborhoods, as it illuminates a passionate community in the midst of recovery. Dozens of artists and makers will create works in vacant homes– some of which are slated for demolition as well as in those that will be rehabilitated.

slavic2lgNew this year, a maker’s house will be the setting for “makers” and “tinkerers” who will help visitors create their own works using 3-D printing, CNC tooling, metalworking, woodworking, cooking, baking, clothing and coding. Hands-on art activities sponsored by Broadway School of Music and the Arts (build and decorate your dream house in miniature with artist Hector Castellanos) and Zygote Press Mobile Press, PLAN of NE Ohio and Augustus Turner-Member Artist of Kings & Queens of Art.

Pick up a map at 5324 Fleet Avenue and enjoy snacks from Saucisson, a beer garden sponsored by Platform Beer Co. and music sponsored by Agumboot Arts!

Curators of the event include: Dana DePew (artist), Sai Sinbondit (Designer at Bialosky + Partners Architects), Amy Krusinski Sinbondit (ceramics/sculpture), Scott Pickering (artist) and Chris Webb (artist).

Artists include: Jeffrey Chiplis, Ron Copeland, Dana Depew, Rick Ferris, Eli Gfell, Keith Graham, Jake Hochendoner, Kara Isabella, Jonah Jacobs, Charles Kiss, Robin Latkovich, Christine Mauersberger, Liz Maugans, Ella Medicus, Loren Naji, Rian Brown-Orso, Kristina Paabus, Cindy Penter, Scott Pickering, Nancy Prudic, Edward Raffel, Rebecca Rinaldi, Marc Spangenberg, Grace Summanen, Paul Sydorenko, Anna Tararova, Annette Yoho Feltes, Hector Castellanos-Lara, Roni Callahan, April Bleakley, Danielle Moorer, Latecia Wilson, Sampson Smiley, Latoya Webb, Stephanie Kluk, Melinda Placko, Rebekah Wilhelm, Jeannie Oakar, Michael Gill, teens from joint Broadway School of Music & the Arts/University Settlement after-school arts class at Washington Park Horticulture Center (under direction of artist Claudio Orso), Maker Artists include: Catherine Butler, Kate Snow, Martha Lattie, Helen & Dot Von Schneider, Valerie Grossman, Peter Debelak, Anastasial Sobvola, Makenzie Tigert, Jeremy Smith, We Can Code It, Jason Radcliffe, Laura Cooperman, thinkBox, Amy Sinbondit, Sai Sinbondit.

Rooms To Let: CLE is sponsored by Slavic Village Development with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Additional support provided by covermymeds.

Visit or contact Elizabeth Grace at or (216) 429-1182 ext. 102.

PRESS RELEASE submitted by
Elizabeth Grace
Director of Marketing & Fundraising
Slavic Village Development | 5620 Broadway Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44127
(P) 216.429.1182, ext. 141 | (F) 216.429.2632 |





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Friends of the Maltz Museum Presents a May 15th Event for the Community 

(CLEVELAND, OHIO) “Because I remember, I despair,” said Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel. “Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.” On Sunday, May 15, Friends of the Maltz Museum celebrates World War II liberators, Holocaust survivors and their descendants who share their memories with a Holocaust Education & Remembrance Day. “Our guests bear witness to educate future generations and encourage us all to speak out against injustices,” says the volunteer group’s president Victor Goodman. “Their messages are important and their bravery inspires us all.” 


This one-day, volunteer-driven commemoration is open to the public. Visitors not only will be able to hear the first-person narratives of JulieHennenberg Kronenberg, Joe Klein and Dick Dutro, but they’ll be able to connect with community groups such as Kol Israel Foundation and Congregation Shaarey Tikvah’s Face to Face Holocaust education program. “An important piece of the day’s programming is a screening of Lost Town at 1pm,” says Goodman. The 7th Art Releasing documentary tells the story of the small town of Trochenbrod, Poland (now Ukraine) the memory of which, with the exception of 33 survivors, was obliterated by the Nazis. “The late Betty Gold, a beloved MaltzMuseum volunteer who spoke to thousands of students, was a Trochenbrod survivor and we’re showing Lost Town to honor her story and her amazing contribution to our community.”   

Admission to the Maltz Museum on May 15th (11am – 5pm) is reduced to $5 per person and includes guided tours of Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann at 1, 2 and 3pm. “This powerful exhibition explores how the 1961 globally broadcast trial of a Nazi war criminal forced to world to face the atrocities of the Holocaust and empowered survivors to bear witness so this would not happen again,” says Goodman.

WHO:          Open to the public
WHAT:        Friends of the Maltz Museum’s Holocaust Education & Remembrance Day
WHEN:       Sunday, May 15, 2016

 $5 discounted Museum admission, 11am – 5pm

 Screening of Lost Town, 1pm

Julie Hennenberg Kronenberg and her family share the survival story the late Jacob Hennenberg followed by Q+A, 3 – 4pm

Presentation by Holocaust survivor Joe Klein and Dick Dutro, who played a part in liberating prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp, 4 – 5pm

Guided tours of the Museum’s world premiere special exhibition, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, 1, 2 & 3pm 

Space for the panels and film is limited. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 216.593.0575 or visit





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Hastings Dairy offers Tours & Milk from Farmstead Creamery

LittleboyandcalfconnectatCowTales Burton, OH, April 26, 2016 – Hastings Dairy is now booking dairy tours for the 2016 season, from May to October, and has set the dates for their annual special events open to the public. The farm also bottles fresh milk at their farmstead creamery and sells it at the farm and local stoR.Cres.

Buy Fresh Milk at Hastings Dairy  –  Open: Daily during daylight

Milk is bottled on-farm at Rowdy Cow Creamery. Processed in small batches using low temperature vat pasteurization. Milk is non-homogenized (cream rises to the top) whole milk bottled with minimal processing the way nature intended. Available in white, chocolate and a variety of flavors such as strawberry, blueberry, banana, root beer, cookies & cream and others. In mid-May, Rowdy Cow Creamery is introducing strawberry cheesecake drinkable yogurt and premium tea in four unique flavors. Check out the flavor schedule on the website to see which milk flavors and other products are available.

Cow Tales Adventures (for children 5 & under w/ caregiver)
May 17, June 1, September 14 and October 5

10:00am-12:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
This farm adventure allows young children and caregivers to take a wagon ride around the farm, pet the calves, ride the cow train, play, and have fun! Arrive by 10am and plan to be at the farm until 12pm to take part in all of the activities. Milk will be available to taste and buy.

WagoninbarnatCowTalesMilk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting  
May 29, June 15, July 1, July 16, August 3, August 13, September 18 and October 14 1:00-3:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)

Want to experience a real working dairy farm and creamery? Attend “Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting”. This event includes milking parlor tours, wagon rides, petting the calves, the cow train for kids, viewing the creamery, and milk tasting. This is an open house, so visitors can come and go during the event. Milk will be available to taste and buy.

Parking is free. Activities are outdoors and indoors. No reservations are necessary. Remember, you’re visiting a farm so dress for the occasion. Milk will be for sale during all tours and events. The farm is located at 13181 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021.

If you have a group of 16 or more, book a private farm tour. Perfect for schools, day camps, scouts, 4-H clubs, play groups, senior groups or any group! For a unique party experience, check out our party packages which provide private use of our facility.

For information about the farm, dairy tours and milk, go to or contact Brenda Hastings at 440-635-0313 or




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Mohican Wildlife Weekend Returns


Animals That Travel With Jack Hanna at Wolf Creek Mill Mohican Wildlife Weekend

The 15th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend returns this April 22nd-24th.   This year is even more eventful with 11 program sites and well over 30 programs to entertain nature lovers at all levels and ages.

wildlife2016x175This year’s theme is “Mohican Biodiversity.” Kickoff with take place, 6pm – 7pm, at the Gorman Nature Center. The keynote speaker will be semi-retired, former director of the Richland County Park District, Steve McKee. There is also a raffle to be held that night. Some of the prizes include overnight stays at the Mohican State Park Lodge, Landoll’s Mohican Castle, jewelry, gift certificates and more.

Most events are free and open to the public. Some of the highlights include, “Animals That Travel With Jack Hanna” at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. There is a small admission of $3 per person. The mill will also host the Ohio Division of Wildlife with “Snakes of Ohio.” Mohican State Park will tempt the taste buds with “Edible Insects” and a Wildflower Hike. Head up to Mohican-Memorial State Park Forest’s Discovery Center for information and walk about “Biodiversity in the Forest.” Pleasant Hill Lake Park will also host many events, including “Mushroom ID.”

Bring the camera and the family for a wonderful weekend in Mohican. For more information and the entire program schedule, visit the website. For instant information, updates and alerts text MOHICANWILD to 888777. The Mohican Wildlife Weekend is a celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage, and natural history.

While in town, make sure to visit the various restaurants. From casual fine dining to comfort food and burgers and pizza. Independent store owners that will greet everyone with a smile. Some stores have been open for over 50 years. Stroll down the sidewalk and marvel at the Victorian architecture. It is walking through history.





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14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour!

Bob & Marj ‘Professional Tourists’ have fun with tour participants at 2015 Tour.

Bob & Marj ‘Professional Tourists’ have fun with tour participants at 2015 Tour.

One would think we went to great lengths to plan our 14th Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour on May 14th with 14 NEW stops… but what we really have there is what is referred to as a ‘Happy accident.’  But however it happened, be sure to get that date on your calendar because it is sure to be a great day of exploration around Geauga County!

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here your whole life I guarantee you will find something new along your route, especially with all of our new offerings this year! Of the 14 new stops, 7 are new businesses in the county within the past year, and all 25 are offering something special!

If it is your first time, here’s how it works… In celebration of National Tourism Week every Spring Destination Geauga invites you to be a ‘tourist in your own back yard,’ with the Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour. A great way to explore area businesses and support the local economy, the tour offers 25 participating locations and you choose a minimum of ten stops that appeal to you. Each stop will be featuring special activities, give-aways, sales, food samples or demonstrations to tour participants. You can choose locations you have never visited, or your favorites for sales and unique activities. So for people that do the tour every year (and there are a lot of you!) there is always something new.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm with a finale celebration at Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors.) where our three Grand Prize baskets worth hundreds of dollars will be given away. The building will open at 3:00pm with vendors, entertainment, snacks, a silent/chinese auction, and prize drawings begin at 4:00pm. To be eligible for the prize drawings you must visit at least ten stops, have your map stamped at each location, and turn it in at the finale by 3:45pm. Prizes and auction items will be baskets and gift certificates from area businesses; you must be present to win. Destination Geauga thanks Presenting Sponsor Fontenelle Group, publisher of the Middlefield Post, for their support!

You can get a list of all of the stops, their activities and a map, by stopping the Destination Geauga Office 14907 North State Ave-Middlefield (Next to Good News Office), or online at or at any of the participating member locations.

Tour stops are Aunties Antique Mall, *Beans Coffee Shop, *Between 2 Rivers Trading Company, Century Village Museum, *D & S Farm and Garden Supply, Fowler’s Milling Company, *Geauga Amish Historical Library, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, *Rowdy Cow Creamery at Hastings Dairy, *His Daughter, *Honey Hill Peddler General Store, *Horse & Buggy Dinners, *Juiced Smoothie Bar, Kalle Naturals ,  Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op, *Nature Lover’s Nest, The Nest, Reba’s Second Look, *Smylies, *Totally Fit, *Vinny’s Authentic Italian Eatery, *Warren’s Spirited Kitchen, West Geauga Plaza Chesterland Floral, White House Chocolates, Western Reserve Country Store (*Designates new stop)

Submitted by:
Geauga County Tourism Council
Contact: Lynda Nemeth, Director



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2016 Travel Guide for Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands Available

LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS, OHIO, March 11, 2016 — Island hopping, world-record-breaking roller coaster riding, waterpark splashing, cave exploring…beach napping. There are MANY ways to experience a perfect getaway, depending on what you love. Find your Lake Erie Love at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. You’ll want to start with the all-new travel guide, available now.

2016 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Travel Guide Cover – Courtesy of Lake Erie Shores & Islands®

2016 Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Travel Guide Cover – Courtesy of
Lake Erie Shores & Islands®

The 2016 official travel guide for Lake Erie Shores & Islands was recently released. A popular Midwest travel destination, the region on Ohio’s north coast between Toledo and Cleveland attracts more than 9 million visitors annually.

The new, full color travel guide contains a wealth of information about the region, including what’s new and what to do along with listings for lodging, dining, events, and more. The guide includes a fold out/tear out regional map featuring area attraction locations and the tear-out Shore Savings Card, which offers visitors savings at participating businesses.

With 400,000 copies produced, the travel guide has a readership of over 1 million and is the largest circulated travel planner in Ohio. It is distributed at hundreds of locations including Ohio visitors bureaus, AAA’s, CAA’s, Ohio and Indiana Turnpike service plazas, welcome centers, travel & sport shows, brochure racks in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, destination marketing events, meeting & convention shows, and via U.S. mail.

The 120-page planner features valuable visitor information amongst scenic photographs of the region as well as travel tidbits. Request or download the new 2016 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Travel Guide at or call the friendly Shores & Islands travel counselors at 1.800.255.3743.

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