Civil War Encampment Returns to Century Village Museum

civilwarThe Geauga County Historical Society will again host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers, and traveling merchants will provide a living history of struggles and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion.

Obtain answers to your questions concerning the Geauga Country military units that served from 1861 to 1865, their engagements, their losses, and their daily struggles.  Approximately 2,000 Geauga County men went to war and about 300 did not return.  Learn about the famous battles of this war, including Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and others.  Discover how those who remained home aided the Union cause and struggled with their difficulties.  Find out Geauga’s connections to the Sultana disaster, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, the Union prison at Johnson’s Island, and much more.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the last year of the Civil War and the end of that conflict.  It is also the year in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the year in which the rebuilding of the nation, so violently dissected and damaged by the war, began.  Come and see the soldiers demonstrate military maneuvers and take part in skirmishes.  Here the roar of cannon.  Learn about camp life, including insight as to the food that was prepared and the diseases that killed as many soldiers as the bullets and artillery.  Converse with the reenactors who will discuss their weaponry, uniforms, and military regimen, express the fears and hopes period soldiers, talk about the long marches and taxing encampments in all forms of weather, and respond to your questions about civilian as well as military life.

Come and be part of this commemoration of this very difficult and divisive period in our country’s history.

Mark your calendars and reserve the dates.  Cost:  Adults, $7.00; children 6 to 12, $4.00; children 5 and under, free.  Food and drink will be available on the grounds.  Period merchandise will be offered for sale.  Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public.  No pets permitted. For more information about participating in the event or attending the event, contact the Society’s Business Office at 440-834-1492 or, by e-mail, at

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Run for the Arts Poker Run and Place Your Bets on Erie County!‏


April 28, SANDUSKY, Ohio –  Run for the Arts Poker Run and Place Your Bets on Erie County!  Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Motorcycles NOT required – Artwork provided by World Renowned Artist David Uhl. 

The Sandusky State Theatre is pleased to announce it has a Run for the ArtsPoker Run to celebrate Ohio Bike Week.  The partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is intended to let the community have a Poker Run that supports the Sandusky State Theatre which brings great live entertainment to the downtown community and the Chamber of Commerce whose purpose is to promote and support local businesses.

The Run for the Arts Poker Run kicks off at Mad River at 1 pm with a $20 registration and secondary riders can play for an additional $10.  Motorcycles are not required to participate as the Poker Run is intended for the greater participation of the community, which benefits from programming at the State Theatre and the Chamber of Commerce services.

Stops on the route include Hanson Aggregates, Barnes Nursery, Bierkeller Pub and the Crow’s Nest.  Players can go in any order they choose and enjoy the scenic ride.  There is a $15 Hog Roast provided by Mesenburg Catering complete with a cash bar and live music.

The end stops with the pulling of the last card for your hand at the Great Lakes Backstage Cantina Bar & Grill, which is located behind the Sandusky State Theatre, in the parking lot.

The cash bar and music begins at 3 pm, with the Hog Roast from 5-7:30 pm and live music from 5-10 pm.

Grand Prize for the Poker Run is an $1,800 David Uhl limited edition print of Wing and a Prayer with gift certificates and beer/wine baskets from the sponsors.  Second Prize is an $800 David Uhl limited edition print of The Shooter, with gift cards.

David Uhl has donated the limited edition prints to the Sandusky State Theatre as he will be painting live in the Theatre Art Gallery during Ohio Bike Week.  You can also purchase limited edition playing cards with David Uhl design of Fix Er Up!This is the first time David Uhl has ever allowed his works to be used for anything other than a limited edition print, and the Sandusky State Theatre and the Erie County Chamber of Commerce consider it a privilege and an honor to be the first to be given the opportunity.

David Uhl purchased his first bike in 1988 and soon after his pencils and pens reflected his visual passion for the sport. In 1993 he began producing countless bestselling artworks for Harley-Davidson apparel. After several years at the helm of Uhl Studios, an award-winning illustration company, David fulfilled his desire to move into Fine Art. In 1998, he created his first oil painting and, upon taking it to Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee, he was eagerly welcomed as the first ever licensed oil painter for The Motor Company.

Since then, David has created scores of masterpieces reviving the rich history of this legendary manufacturer. Pouring over the company’s black and white photography archives, he has selected numerous compositions and brought them “back to life” in oil on canvas. His timeless style is perfect for capturing the deep emotions Harley-Davidson evokes and will allow the legacy to live on for generations to come.

Since 1928, The Sandusky State Theatre has operated as a top live entertainment destination for the 75,000 residents of Erie County and the surrounding area. The 1500-seat theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is the region’s largest performing arts venue. Our mission is to improve the economic vitality and quality of life of the community by offering programs of artistic, cultural and educational value.

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For additional information, contact:
The Sandusky State Theatre
David L. Taylor
Executive Director
Telephone: (419) 626-134



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Erie-Ottawa International Airport and Liberty Aviation Museum set to host Soap Box Derby®

Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM School Race

PORT CLINTON, Ohio, (April 17, 2015)– The Liberty Aviation Museum and Erie-Ottawa International Airport will be hosting a Soap Box Derby® Gravity Racing Challenge STEM School Race Saturday, May 2, 2015. The event is being held to promote the STEM initiative to help increase students’ interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The race is part of the International Soap Box Derby’s (ISBD) Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program. Promoting the STEM initiative in education through gravity racing, the GRC program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities. Educators are successfully implementing the GRC program in classrooms and after-school, summer or enrichment programs and clubs worldwide.

“Airports are flat. Don’t you need a hill or a sloped grade suitable for a race of this nature?” was the first question posed by Liberty Aviation Museum Operations Director Jeff Sondles when approached about this project. “‘Where is the hill?’ is generally the first question I expect to hear following any mention of this project,” adds Sondles. “But the ISBD has already addressed that question by showing us a variety of hydraulic lift trailers and static ramp examples readily available and used at other venues.” He adds “This is a unique opportunity to partner with local schools to help them meet their STEM objectives, and perhaps plant the seeds for the next generation of engineers.”

The Museum will be working with educators from the surrounding area to place Soap Box Derby kits into schools. Teams of up to 10 students will assemble their Stock or Super Stock cars in hopes of building the fastest Soap Box Derby car.

“10 GRC Racing Teams from throughout Ohio are already registered with another 11 still to be confirmed.” said ISBD Education Director Linda Hubbell.  Linda added “Once local school administrators, educators and businesses see this event first hand we see the interest in these events take off in the subsequent years”.

“We’re excited to partner with the Liberty Aviation Museum, and the Erie-Ottawa International Airport to bring a Gravity Racing Challenge race to Northwest Ohio,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “It will be great to watch school teams compete on a Taxi way of the airport.”

The GRC team competition, first held in Akron in May, 2010, featured two teams. In 2014 there were 120 teams at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron. For the first time since the program’s inception, GRC races were held outside of Akron in 2014. Education races were held in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio and Rochester, N.Y. In 2015 races will be added in Port Clinton and in Macon, Georgia.

Funding for school teams participating and competing in the GRC program is being obtained through grants, partnerships, or donations from community organizations and businesses. With Soap Box Derby car kits purchased from the International Soap Box Derby through these funding sources, teams of students and teachers will assemble and fine-tune their race cars for the GRC school team races.

“Community support has fueled the growth of the entire program,” added Mazur. “Our partners recognize the tremendous opportunity to grow the education side of the International Soap Box Derby.” 

About ISBD
The International Soap Box Derby is the recognized governing body of Soap Box Derby racing and includes the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby and the Gravity Racing Challenge. The ISBD also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track where more than 70 events are held annually. The Derby dates back to 1934, when the first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio. It has grown to more than 600 races in 115 racing districts throughout the world each year. Participants between the ages of 7 and 20 build gravity-powered cars in hopes of qualifying for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron. The Gravity Racing Challenge is the Derby’s school-based STEM initiative, providing educational opportunities for K-12 youth worldwide. 

Schedule of Event

9:301am – 10:00am   Arrival of teams and inspections of vehicles

11:00am  – Official check in/and scale weigh in

Noon  – Opening Ceremonies followed by Sponsor’s Races, Dignitary Races, Photo Opportunities followed by Gravity Racing Challenge

Erie-Ottawa International Airport

3255 East State Road

Port Clinton, Ohio 43452



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Learn to Live “Healthier Ever After” at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

CM_Eatveland, Ohio – April 20, 2015 –The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is proud to announce the opening of its spring seasonal exhibit, “Healthier Ever After: Learning to Live Healthier through Imaginative Play” on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display through August 31, 2015. Developed by The Children’s Museum of Cleveland Healthier Ever After” is an interactive, immersive fairytale forest. Children must maneuver through this make-believe forest overcoming obstacles as they exercise their bodies and learn healthy nutrition facts in a fun, playful manner. In doing so, everyone experiencing this exhibit will learn to live “healthier ever after.”

Sneakersx640Imaginative components of this new exhibit include:

  • Stretching Station – Begin your journey by warming and stretching your muscles. Here children (and adults) can do jumping jacks, trunk twists, arm windmills, and more!
  • Move & Groove Meadow – Get your body moving by dancing, shaking, shimmying, jumping and skipping to high-energy tunes.
  • Crocodile Crossing – Children will test their balance as they cross an imaginary creek, all the while avoiding the crocs by walking on beams or hopping and jumping across stepping stones.
  • Pedal Pond – Strength and endurance are the focus of this component. Children will paddle a boat, cross a bridge, and when completed, can cast a line into the pond and try their hand at catching a fish.
  • Healthier Ever After Castle – While exploring the nearly 10-foot high, 2-story castle, children will get their hearts pumping as they climb stairs, jump over a bridge, go down a slide and raise a flag signaling their successful completion of all the castle challenges.
  • Goodness Grove – Between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended every day. In this make-believe orchard, children can pick, choose and sort their favorites as they eat their way through the alphabet.

Additional components will teach children about how to eat a balanced meal, the food pyramid, the bodies need for water, and proper portion sizes.

Offering a variety of hands-on, family-oriented exhibits and programming, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is Northeast Ohio’s only destination and resource for young children 0 to 8 years old, parents and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, interactive play that accelerates the child’s creativity, development and education. The Children’s Museum is located at 10730 Euclid Avenue in University Circle. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission is $8.00 for children and adults and free for infants 11 months and younger. The Museum’s operations are funded in part by the generous support of over 1,300 member families, and these members always receive the benefit of free admission. For more information about The Children’s Museum of Cleveland visit

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage.

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Leland Merk
Phone 216-791-7114 x19
Fax 216-791-8838


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Sandusky Celebration of Magic and Wonder


SANDUSKY, OHIO, April 6, 2015 – Abracadabra and Alakazam! On the weekend of Aug 14th through 16th, the historic Waterfront District will come alive with mystery and enchantment for The Sandusky Magic Festival.  More than 20 top illusionists, conjurers, jugglers, balloon artists and face painters will appear in and around The State Theatre for a family-friendly celebration of wonder.  The Festival will feature dazzling displays of the Magical Arts, from Close-up to Street and Stage, One-Man Shows, All Star Galas and even a Rock & Roll Magic Beach Party.  Master magician and producer Jay Scott Berry is pulling a rabbit out of his hat for this event, bringing in wizards, magicians and wonder workers from Las Vegas, Hollywood and around the world.

This stellar cast includes Wayne Houchinstar of The Discovery Channel’s hit show, Breaking Magic, seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide.  With cutting edge wizardry and death defying stunts, Houchin will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.  Joining him, from Canada, is one of the world’s most celebrated female magicians, the elegant and dazzling, Ariann Black.  Breaking the stereotype of the classic male magician, Black has been a favourite headliner up and down the Las Vegas Strip for 10 years running.  And speaking of Vegas, how about the most successful juggler in Las Vegas history, Michael Goudeau?  With over 15,000 shows at The Monte Carlo Casino alone, Goudeau is a Guinness world record holder and the undisputed superstar of juggling. Also, direct from Las Vegas, is the award-winning, side-splitting comedy magic ofFielding West.  From creating and starring in a top rated morning TV show in Florida, West has headlined cabaret, comedy clubs, theatres and television the world over.

From across the Atlantic, on his first ever US Tour, we are very pleased to welcome to our shores, the one and only Wizard of Wales, Mario Morris. Regarded as the premier magical busker in the world today, Morris presents the captivating Art of Street Magic that is exciting, off-beat and unbridled fun! When you speak of off-beat and outside-the-box magic, there is only one name that comes to mind, David London. Known as, “The Willy Wonka of Magic”, The Washington Post calls London, “Our favorite mad genius magician!” And, if you have ever wondered where the stars of tomorrow are today, look no further than Eric Stevens. Just 21 years old, Stevens is taking the Art of Magic into the next generation with a wondrous fusion of classic effects and original illusions. From the young to the young at heart is what the close-up magic of Wayne Anderson is all about. He will amaze, amuse and delight with intimate illusions performed right before your eyes.

Last, but not least, is our illustrious ring leader Jay Scott Berry, who will mystify young and old alike. Growing up in theatre, Berry was the youngest magician ever to perform at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle. His elegant, signature style of visual wizardry is often called, “As close to real magic as you will ever see!” He is now the world’s leading producer of Magic Festivals which include PortlandAshevilleSedonaWoodstock,Key WestSt. PaulSacramentoBelfast and Glastonbury. Each weekend of wonder is unique in character but with the same high standards and commitment to excellence.

Magic’s leading trade journal, Linking Ring Magazine, has dedicated three feature articles to the JSB Festivals, calling them, “Wildly successful…The Future of Magic Gatherings!”

The Asheville Magic Festival is hands down the finest magical gathering I’ve ever attended!” – Charles Stonewick

I’ve been to dozens of magic conventions and this year’s Festival was superb! With true world class talent and a variety of scheduling, this event should not be missed!” – George Morrisey, Las Vegas

All the main shows will take place in and around the lavishly restored Sandusky State Theatre, just steps from the sands of Lake Erie.  These include the Saturday and Sunday Razzle Dazzle matinees and The Wizards of Wonder Gala on Saturday evening.  Tickets are very reasonably priced, starting at just $10 for children and $15 for adults.  Mark the dates and make plans now to attend this historic event.  Conveniently located between Toledo and Cleveland, The Sandusky Magic Festival will be an easy day trip or wondrous weekend getaway to experience the very best in world-class magic, year after year.  For tickets, scheduling and more information, please visit: and


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Grand Opening Alien Vacation Mini Golf!

CastleNoel_logoxCastle Noel is announcing the grand opening of Alien Vacation Mini Golf in Freaky 3D on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:30pm.  Line the street to watch or join in with Santa, many of his helpers and Mrs. Klaus as they parade down South Court Street in Medina, Ohio to open the doors of Medina’s newest attraction:  Alien Vacation 3D Black Light Mini Golf.  What happens when Santa meets the Aliens?  Find out at Alien Vacation Mini Golf.  During the month of April, Alien Vacation will be open Friday 2:00-10:00pm, Saturday 11:00-11:00 and Sundays from 12:00-7:00 pm.  Beginning May 1st, it will be open six days a week (call for hours).

Mark Klaus has created an amazing Alien Vacation Mini Golf in Freaky 3D (even the carpet will jump out at you) offering 18 holes of indoor, interactive, black light, Freaky 3D mini golf.  Alien Vacation was rated #1 “Best Mini Golf” by Fox 8 Hot List.  As seen on Fox 8 Morning Show with Kenny Krumpton, “Treasure Hunters Road Show”; “New Day Cleveland” and “Profiles in History”.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction.

A must see to believe! Mark’s glowing world where Santa Klaus meets a family of friendly aliens where you will discover a Mayan temple as you watch your ball fall through a giant, glowing maze and awakens the Mayan.  Visit the alien planet and undersea room featuring a 10’ sculpted octopus.  Mark Klaus has created a world in a fully immersive environment with 15 animatronics to make Alien Vacation Mini Golf incredible.  See the interactive aliens, a spaceship that is taking off and a T-rex that greets you.  Experience Santa’s shimmering ice caves with 30,000’ of fiber optics and smile for a photo in a rockin’ Santa’s sleigh. Take a journey through the endless mirror hallway.  Mini golf is just the game you play while you’re experiencing this amazing resort quality attraction.  Go on an adventure walk or play a round of mini golf. Then enjoy a hard or soft glowing cocktail on an alien planet.

Press release submitted by:
Dana Klaus
330.721.6635  440-453-5889


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 (CLEVELAND, OHIO) Through its legends and myths, its struggles and triumphs, baseball has been a reflection of American society for generations. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American on view April 12 – September 7 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage(2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122; 216.593.0575; explores how issues around culture, race and community have played out in our national pastime through the stories of athletes, scouts, vendors, team owners, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and, of course, fans. It is the first time the multimedia exhibition, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, has been shown outside of Philadelphia. 

“Baseball has offered immigrant communities, including Jews and other minorities, opportunities to feel American, whether they’re on the field or in the stands,” says Chasing Dreams Co-curator and NMAJH Associate Curator Ivy Weingram. “For many, the sport has served as a path to learning, negotiating, sharing in and even challenging what it means to be American, and it has enabled those who might otherwise be on the margins to feel every bit a part of American life.” 

Matters of identity and discrimination have been projected on, contested and occasionally solidified through the sport. From Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby breaking the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 to Cleveland native Justine Siegal becoming the first female coach of a men’s professional baseball team, Chasing Dreams illustrates how heroes on the field have not only played the game but they’ve changed it. “Whether it’s Thelma ‘Tiby’ Eisen leaving her mark on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s or Cleveland Indians’ Frank Robinson becoming the first African-American manager in the Majors in 1975, the exhibition highlights the challenges of integration and celebrates those who have broken down barriers,” says Maltz Museum Director of Education Jeffery Allen.  

Chasing Dreams also highlights the intersection of sports and values, including first baseman Hank Greenberg stepping up as the first American League player to register for the peacetime draft in 1940, the revelation of backup catcher Moe Berg’s alter-ego as a frontline spy or Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

“This exhibition really covers all the bases, offering a mix of history, heritage, nostalgia and pop culture that will appeal to everyone, from die-hard baseball fans to former Little League players,” explains Maltz Museum Executive Director, Ellen Rudolph. This installation ofChasing Dreams features an interactive fielding experience, a database of players and 145 original artifacts, including game-worn uniforms, game-used equipment, park giveaways, awards, stadium seats and more. “The National Museum of American Jewish History encouraged us to incorporate local items that fit the major exhibition themes and our partners at the Cleveland Indians and Baseball Heritage Museum helped us to do that.” In Northeast Ohio, the exhibition will include a Louis Sockalexis photograph, Nuevo Laredo Baseball Club correspondence, a Satchel Paige button, an Al Rosen baseball card and other significant memorabilia commemorating the region’s contributions to baseball history. 

Historian and Baseball Heritage Museum Administrator Morris Eckhouse sees Chasing Dreams as a perfect fit for a city with such a rich baseball legacy. “Cleveland has a history of diversity in baseball and a diversity of baseball,” asserts Eckhouse. “With League Park, the Cleveland Buckeyes, Classic Park, Canal Park and other minor league ballparks dotting the landscape, strong college teams and players like Frank Robinson, Ed Delahanty, Quincy Trouppe, Bobby Ávila, Bob Feller, Minnie Miñoso and Al Rosen, this is a community that is most definitely part of the bigger baseball story.”  

Chasing Dreams runs parallel to baseball season and will be accompanied by a schedule packed with related family-friendly events. “From baseball short plays to a screening of The Kid from Cleveland, we’ve got a very diverse and fun lineup of programming in place,” says Allen. The fully illustrated 256-page exhibition companion book and a set of baseball cards developed by Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. for NMAJH and the American Jewish Historical Society will be available in the Maltz Museum Store. 

Locally, Chasing Dreams is sponsored by Cleveland Indians, University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center and The Treu-Mart Fund. The exhibition and its related programming wouldn’t be possible without the generosity Mercedes-Benz & Porsche of North Olmsted; Audrey and Albert Ratner; Swagelok; Susan and John Turben Foundation; Stephen and Penni Weinberg; Baseball Heritage Museum; Cohen & Company; FirstMerit Bank; Lake County Captains; Barb and Abe Miller; Alvin and Laura Siegal; Akron Rubber-Ducks; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Corky & Lenny’s; Dollar Bank; Enterprise Corp.; Grant and Jennifer Dinner; Donald and Lynn-Ann Gries; Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP; David Malik; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA.; Scene Magazine; and Robert and Brenda Weltman.  Additional backing forChasing Dreams is provided by Jim Biggar; Michael and Cindy Duber; Lottie, Rachel and Anita Gray; Ned Grossman; Jack and Minda (z”l) Jaffe; Harvey Kotler; Stephen Spiegle; and Fred Weisman. 

For more information on related programs or merchandise, follow @maltzmuseum on Twitter or visit


Press release submitted by:
Samantha Fryberger
Director, Marketing & Communications
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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