Lake Erie East Coastal Gazette

In This Issue:

Grand River Ice Wine Festival
The 45th Lakeland Jazz Festival
Railfest 2017
St. Patty’s Day Explosion!
Maple Sugaring Weekends
Home Gardeners’ Workshop

Lake Erie Shoreline

Arts and Culture

Railfest 2017
Model Train Show

March 18-19

What a hoot; see 10 different operating train layouts at Railfest 2017. You’ll whistle when you see more than 100 exhibitors buying, trading and selling all scales of trains and accessories–new and used.

Look for video tapes, train ride information and historical displays, all in one place at the National Model Railroad ssociation’s exhibition at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. Read More

Women’s History Month Luncheon
March 28

Joy, heartbreak, murder & scandal! The Lake County History Center is sponsoring this special luncheon in honor of Women’s History Month. Hear intimate firsthand stories about the seven Ohio women who became First Ladies. An event not to be missed from the storytellers who created “Behind the Dial” and “Soldiers in Petticoats.” Read More

Food and Wine

St. Patty’s Day Explosion!
March 17

Join us at Quail Hollow for a special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14. Menu features four courses of delicious offerings. Each couple will receive one glass of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Read More

Luck of the Irish Quail Hollow Package
March 17-18

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Quail Hollow Resort. Overnight accommodations, $25 voucher for CK’s Lounge, free live Irish entertainment and breakfast for two! Read More

Shamrock Bar Crawl
March 11

Don’t miss Downtown Willoughby’s Shamrock Bar Crawl, Cleveland’s most spirited pub crawl.

Participating locations include Willoughby Brewing Company, 1899 Pub, Ballentine, Frank & Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s, The Morehouse, Nickelby’s, Sol and Wild Goose. Guests will receive a shot glass for drink specials, shamrock koozie, and prizes along the way. Food will be provided during registration. Read More

Outdoor Fun

Maple Sugaring at Farmpark
Weekends March 4, 5, 11 & 12

Kids maple sugaring at FarmparkVisitors take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to witness the entire maple syrup making process as sap is collected, boiled, and turned into maple syrup and other products. Discover how trees are tapped and see the network of tubing that connects the thousand taps that provide sap for Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s maple syrup production.

Sample maple syrup and candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap and learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard!  Read More

Home Gardeners’ Workshop
March 11

“Grow It Yourself.” Workshop sessions will include topics related to annuals, perennials, container and community gardens. Attendees will learn basic tips for a better lawn, how to select the right small tree for the home landscape and ways to improve vegetable gardens. Predicting bloom time, controlling insects organically and attracting birds and Monarch butterflies are some of the other topics on the schedule. Read More

Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival

This March 4, 11 & 18, celebrate a unique product of the cold temperatures in the Grand River Valley

Ice wine

Enjoy different appetizers and an ice wine glass at five wineries.

The Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival has become a premiere destination for the rare, succulent, thick, sweet ice wine experience. This year’s festival will occur on March 4, 11 and 18. This is a progressive tasting festival hosted at Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards and St. Joseph Vineyards.

Ice wine is a dessert wine that is very challenging to produce, as it requires pressing many grapes for little wine and vineyard owners must wait for Mother Nature’s cooperation. When the temperature is just cold enough, frozen grapes may be picked from the vines and pressed to capture only the sweetest, most sugary part of the grape. After all the hard work, ice wine is bottled in a skinny, tall bottle that you can purchase from local wineries.

Each year northeast Ohio wineries open their doors to guests for the Ice Wine Festival to celebrate the harvest. Visitors can sample ice wines, snack on complimentary appetizers and experience unique entertainment opportunities at each winery such as ice carving, jewelry shows and dog sledding demonstrations.

The cost is $6 per person at each winery (includes an ice wine cordial glass, wine samples, appetizer and entertainment). Bring in a new canned food item for local food banks and receive $1 off admission.

For more information, call (440) 466-3485 or visit Wine Growers of the Grand River Valley’s website for details.

The 45th Lakeland Jazz Festival

March 17-19

Lakeland Jazz

For 45 years, the Lakeland Jazz Festival–the oldest jazz festival in Ohio–has been thrilling guests with noted entertainers. This year, guests can enjoy performances from brilliant musicians including:

  • The Ernie Krivda All Star Quartet
  • The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars
  • Band Matinee featuring the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dave Sterner and the Kent State Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bobby Selvaggio

The festival runs March 17-19 at the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in Building D on Lakeland’s campus. The Lakeland Jazz Festival provides an educational forum for parents of student musicians, devotees of the music field and the public at large through clinics, discussion panels, visual presentations and workshops. This annual event is also dedicated to providing a stage for the performance of mainstream jazz by internationally celebrated artists as well as gifted musicians found in this area of the country. For ticket purchases, call (440) 525-7134 or order online here.

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