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 www.DestinationGeauga.com 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 SHORESandISLANDS.com or call the friendly Shores & Islands travel counselors at 1.800.255.3743.

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For some, March Madness means college NCAA basketball playoff season, while for others March Madness means touring Ohio Maple country, watching the smoke rise from the sugar houses, sampling various products made from maple sugar, and enjoying pancakes smothered in 100% PURE MAPLE golden goodness.

Over the past ten years, NorthernOhioTourism.com has been helping those who seek to partake in this “madness” by supplying a list of where one can find this natural sugar sweetness.

Here is just a small sampling of events happening in Ohio.

  1. Maple Madness Driving Tour (March 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2016) Visit selected Maple Sugaring operations across Ohio. Make sure you dress for the weather. Boots and outerwear a must!
  2. Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park (March 5-6, 12-13, 2016) This free festival is a great way to take a step back in time and enjoy learning about the history of Ohio syrup making.
  3. Hale Farm and Village (March 12-13, 19-20, 2016) This19th century village will be serving up pancakes and helping guests experience tree tapping. The day also includes demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, glassblowing and more. For a special treat climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Maple Sugar Express to Hale Farm and Village.
  4. Maple Sugar Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark (Feb 27-28, March 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2016) Visitors take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center where they will get to witness the entire maple process. Pancakes are served all day.
  5. Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour & Pancake Breakfast (March 19, 2016) See the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house, followed by a pancake breakfast.

For our more information about any of the above or to view our complete list of maple syrup and pancake events, visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.



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Announcing the Medina County Renovation Tour

Get your thinking caps on, bring your ideas, and enjoy the first self-guided driving tour to the Premier Home Renovation Experts in Medina on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10am to 5pm.  Visit locally owned companies and talk to their experts.  These are all premium home improvement companies with A+ Better Business ratings; contractors and suppliers you can trust!  Buy Local for the best overall deal and experience.

            See the newest products and ideas for your home; full selections, not a 10 x 10 booth sampling!  Bring your questions because experts will be on hand for free personal consultations and 20 minute mini-seminars.  There is no entrance fee and seminars are all free!  Lunch and dinner available for purchase **as noted below.  Special promotions will be available during the tour day. The tour stops and mini-seminars include:

The Place  2377 Medina Road, Medina  330-239-4000

**Fire Truck Pizza Company- Brick Oven Pizzas

            Fireplace Makeovers:  What’s possible?  10:15am, 1:15pm, and 4:15pm

            Swim Spas – the 9 month Ohio Pool!  11am and 3pm

Swim Spa Demonstrations  11:20 and 3:20

            New Skin Renovation Hot Tub Demo 12 noon

Home Appliance  1997 Pearl Road, Medina  330-225-5807

Tech Talk- dryer & refrigerator cleaning and maintenance tips 10 am and 3 pm

Kamado style grilling demo – 12 noon

Unlocking the Mystery of Steam Cooks-Thermador Steam/Convection Oven Demo  4 pm

Scratch and Dent Appliances – Ask us about the savings!

Architectural Justice 2462 Pearl Road 330-225-6000

**Smokin Rock-n-Roll BBQ  with entertainment

Top Ten Tips for a Successful Remodel  1 pm

            Countertop Materials:  An Insightful Comparison  3pm

            Tours of showroom plus granite, wood, metal, and cast shops all day 

Cabinet-S-Top 1977 Medina Road, Medina  330-239-3630

Give your Kitchen Cabinets a Facelift With Re-facing   11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Counter top and Backsplash Options   1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 Showroom tours all day plus a Free home gift for every visitor!

Medina Lighting  3983 Pearl Road, Medina  330-721-1441

Update with Lighting for a Whole New Look!   11:15pm and 3:15pm

            Relamping with LED for Energy Savings 12:30

            Coolest New National Lighting Trends on Display in Expanded Showroom

            Lighting Design Experts available for free consultations– Bring in your floor plan! 

The Mulch Barn    5528 Lafayette Road, Medina  330-721-0958

**Tuffy’s BBQ

Tips & Tricks to Easily Beautify Outdoor Living Spaces  10:30 am

            BBQ Basics –Traeger Pellet Grill Demo 11:30 am

            Care for Paver Patios  12:30am

            Mulching Basics 1:30am

            Pruning & Shaping of Shrubs & Trees  2:30pm

            Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal 3:30pm

            The Green Effect-Proper Lawn Maintenance Techniques 4:30pm

Maibach’s Home Furnishings  5001 Grande Shoppes Ave. Medina  1-800-465-1905

2016 Decorating Trends Worth Trying! 10:30am, 2:00pm

Design a Room Like a Pro in 6 Easy Steps! 11:45pm, 3:30pm

Interior Design Consultants available – Bring in photos of your space!

Valley City Supply  6745 School Street, Valley City  330-483-3400

Curb Appeal:  How to Install Stone Veneer  10 am

Building a Fire Pit in Your Backyard  1pm and 3 pm

Light Up Your Home With Landscape Lighting  4 pm

For a map and details, contact the Medina County Visitors Bureau at 330.722.5502 or 800.860.2943.



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Cupid’s arrow points directly to Northern Ohio for delicious chocolates.

chocolate_GTime to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day! With only a few more days to make your Valentine’s Day plans, Northern Ohio couldn’t be a more perfect place to celebrate this romantic holiday. From romatic getaways to elegant and award winning restaurants to delicious “Made In Ohio” gifts Northern Ohio has so much to offer.

And to help you plan this special holiday, NorthernOhioTourism.com has put together our list of area chocolatiers.

OneDayTrip1_6Ben Heggy’s Candies
743 Cleveland Ave., N.W.
Canton, OH 447020

Brandt’s Candy
1238 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Buckeye Chocolate Companybuc_chocolate
14646 Ravenna Rd.
Burton, OH 44021

Coblentz Chocolate Company
coblentzx1754917 State Route 515
Walnut Creek, OH 44687

Giannios Candy Company
Plant Location:
430 Youngstown-Poland Rd.
Struthers, OH 44471
Phone: 330-755-5727

Harry London Gourmet Chocolates
5353 Lauby Rd.
North Canton, OH

Malley’s Chocolates
Various locations throughout Northern Ohio.

Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy
101 E Wayne St.
Maumee, OH 43537

Suzin L. Chocolatier
230 Broad St.,
Elyria, OH 44035

Sweet Designs Chocolates
16100 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH  44107

Tre Sorelle Cioccolato
634 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

White House Chocolates 
14607 Kinsman Rd
Burton, OH 440621


For local events visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.


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Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College present “The Elephant Man”


Actors are (L to R) Josh Dean as Joseph (John) Merrick and Dan Grgic as Dr. Frederick Treves. Photo credit Hannah Sandham.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Bernard Pomerance’s drama “The Elephant Man” opens Friday, Feb. 26, at Lake Erie College’s C. K. Rickel Theatre. This show is the third production in The Studio Series, a four-part collaborative theatrical season between Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA) and Lake Erie College. The Studio Series is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an additional grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau.

Directed by Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA, “The Elephant Man” is based on the life of Joseph Merrick and explores Merrick’s struggles to lead a normal life in the face of severe physical deformity, due to a rare skin and bone disease.

The show is set in Victorian London, where Merrick is exploited as a freak in a traveling sideshow and eventually left destitute in London. Dr. Frederick Treves takes an interest in Merrick and agrees to take care of him. Merrick quickly becomes a favorite among the British elite, but it is an acceptance that comes with a heavy price.

Merrick is played by Josh Dean. Dean has a long history with Rabbit Run that dates back to 2001 when he first performed in “South Pacific” at the theater. Since that time he has appeared in a number of shows at Rabbit Run in between spending four years in the Army, studying martial arts extensively and became a Screen Actor Guild (SAG)-eligible stunt man. Playing the role of Dr. Treves is Dan Grgic, who has performed locally at The Beck Center for the Arts, the Hanna Theatre and Porthouse Theatre. The role of Mrs. Kendal is played by Evie Koh.

The Elephant Man” runs Feb. 26, 27 and Mar. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 and Mar. 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH.

The Sunday, Mar. 6, performance will be signed for the hearing-impaired.

On Saturday, Mar. 5, guests may add on a pre-show stop at the Steele Mansion in Painesville. A sit down dinner featuring recipes that were popular with the social elite in 19th century England will be served followed by a self-guided tour of the mansion. The entrée includes chicken fricessee, a favorite among British aristocracy. The meal starts with salad greens along with dinner rolls with sweet cream butter and finishes with Blancmange for dessert. Cash bar is available. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. Tickets including dinner and the show and are $58/person. Reservations are required for this event and may be made at rabbitrunonline.org.

The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., directly across from Lake Erie College.

Tickets for “The Elephant Man” are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at rabbitrunonline.org. Lake Erie College students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge. All seats are general seating. Parking is free.

“The Elephant Man” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.

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RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, in Madison, Ohio, is a fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts. RRCAA also operates the historic Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation.

lakeeriecollegeLake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. Lake Erie College empowers students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Its students compete in 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports.

For more information:

Michelle Kolk Marketing Communications Associate Lake Erie College 440.375.7230 (office)

Karen Ziegler Director of Marketing Rabbit Run Theater 440.428.5913 (office)

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WINTER WINE AFFAIR: Who says that February has to be boring?


It may be cold and dreary outside but don’t let the winter blahs get you down! Lift your mood and your wine glass at the Winter Wine Affair in Youngstown. This one day wine festival will be held at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Saturday, February 20th.

Since 1926 he Stambaugh Auditorium has been a historic landmark in Youngstown and is the ideal setting for a wine event. It is noted as one of the most beautiful buildings in northeastern Ohio. In keeping with its original Greco-Roman architectural style, this magnificent structure has been renovated and is the perfect facility to enjoy fine wines and conversation with the winemakers.

The event is broken out into two separate tasting sessions. The first session will be from 1:00-4:00 and the second session will be from 6:00-9:00pm. This is your opportunity to beat the winter blues with some reds, blushes and whites too! Come taste some of Ohio’s finest wines, sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants all while enjoying the elegant sounds of local musicians.

Session 1

1:00-4:00 VIP ticket holders $35 per person (An extra hour! VIP ticket holders will have an additional hour to access the winemakers and their wines.)

2:00-4:00 Tasting ticket holders $25 per person

Session 2

6:00-9:00 VIP ticket holders $35 per person (An extra hour! VIP ticket holders will have an additional hour to access the winemakers and their wines.)

7:00-9:00 Tasting ticket holders $25 per person

To assure a very special experience, only A LIMITED NUMBER OF VIP TICKETS WILL BE SOLD.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Ohio Wine Producers Association at

1-800-277-6972 or visit www.ohiowines.org

Ohio Wine Producers Association




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