Feast for the Eyes
For Ohio’s smallest county, Lake County is large in many tourism venues. Gallery One in Mentor is considered the largest art gallery in the USA with 50,000 prints.
Gallery One ships prints and paintings all over the world and has clients visiting from across the USA. Gallery One is also a Kinkade Signature Gallery, one of the few in the country.
Which brings us to a memorable showing of Lynn Kaatz, originally from Ohio and one of the country’s top nature artists. His work has been selected twice for Ohio Duck Stamps.
Gallery One is hosting a Lynn Kaatz Retirement Exhibition through October 27. “Retiring” to Lynn Kaatz, who has lived in Florida, means offering his original paintings, collector plates and limited edition prints that are very affordable.
Unique to Kaatz’s exhibition is that he is offering originals, something he never sold, including his acclaimed wildlife, songbirds, landscapes and sporting scenes. Gallery One, 800-621-1141. Admission and parking are free.
Exotic Altered Books as Art
The Gallery at Lakeland is presenting an Artists Books, Altered Books and Assemblage Art collection of 35 artists from seven states and British Columbia in Building D of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. Ohio. This “eclectic mélange” features books with paintings and drawings, even a pop-up book, plus assemblage art through November 16.
One of the exhibitors is a minister from New York City, Thomas Faulkner, who oversaw 60 chaplains ministering to the bereaved at temporary morgues during 9/11.
So these are no flat paintings, but books painted and created and altered by artists.
Through Facebook, curator Mary Urbas recruited 10 artists from out of state to exhibit at the show as well as collaborating with Cleveland State University’s Morgan Conservatory International Symposium dealing with artist books.
~ Robert Ulas, Executive Director
Keep Lake County in mind for autumn foliage visits! Lake County has 15,000 acres of wooded land for public viewing including Holden Arboretum, Lake Metroparks, the 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, Mentor Marsh and the Grand River Winery District. Make a weekend of it.
Wine Country and a Brewery Too
Lake County, Ohio is known for its wineries – but what if you aren’t a fan of wine?
Debonné Vineyards in Madison is one of the few wineries in the country that also has a micro-brewery, Cellar Rats Brewery.
At the brew house room, a patron can look down a wide-mesh opening to view the Little Pub brewery, where it all started. The Little Pub produced three barrels per brew at a time, 90 gallons of beer.
Now, a new brewery building is producing 15 barrels per brew, 450 gallons instead of 90 gallons.
Brew-master Tony Debevc Jr. started with home brewing and then traveled to many micro-breweries, asking a lot of questions and brewing test batches starting in 2008.
The micro-brewery was inspired by couples who would say sure, they want to bring another couple, but their guests want to drink beer – not wine. Thus the start of Cellar Rats Brewery. And their slogan? – “Give us a try we will infest you.”
Behind the Scenes at Garfield Home
If your bucket list includes seeing all 44 Presidential homes within your lifetime, now is the time to check off one of Ohio’s eight Presidents. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.
This two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open on the regular public tour, including the basement with the original 1832 tree trunk beams supporting the first floor.
If you want to prep for the tour, there are all kinds of interesting things on the museum’s Facebook page. One little factoid a recent post brought up: Garfield’s assassin Charles Guiteau argued that he only shot Garfield, but the doctors were the ones to actually kill him. Of course, the jury still found Guiteau guilty, and he was hanged on June 30, 1882.
Guests to the behind-the-scenes tour must be 16 years or older. Cost is $15 per person. This tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours, and includes lots of stair climbing, so please don’t sign up if you have problems walking or climbing stairs. Also, you’ll be visiting the barn and other outbuildings without heat, so dress appropriately.
Reserve early; call (440) 255-8722. The next tours are 11 a.m. on October 6, November 3 and December 1.
Cemetery Adventures for the Scary Season
This is the perfect time to raise your spirits and visit the local graveyard.
A fall tradition in northeast Ohio, the Lake County Historical Society is bringing back its popular “Myths, Legends and Graveyard Tours.” The tour of Painesville graveyards is October 13 and the Willoughby tour is October 20. These sell out early, so act fast!
The 2.5-hour fully narrated small bus tours combine an historic tour into some of the community’s oldest and most unique cemeteries. You’ll hear local folk lore, tall tales and curious happenings – plus you’ll have a chance to meet some of the most interesting characters inhabiting these cemeteries and hear their stories first hand.
Did you hear the one about the girl who married and divorced the richest man in town, but still watches her mansion from her gravesite? Ooooooo . . .
Wait, there’s more. In a Die Laughing package partnering with the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, attend the play Deathtrap plus the Willoughby graveyard tour on Saturday, October 20 or October 27. A dinner deal is optional.
Book the graveyard tours alone, $23-$28 (departure times 1, 1:30, 2, 3:15, 3:45, and 4:15 p.m.) or the Die Laughing packages with the Lake County Historical Society or call 440-639-2945.
“Deathtrap” by Ira Levin holds the record for the longest running comedy thriller produced on Broadway. It’s a play within a play with numerous plot twists, surprises, murder most foul and diabolical surprises. Buy tickets separately for the play October 19-28 at the Fine Arts Association, phone 440-951-7500.
And on Sundays, October 21 and October 28, a stay at a local first-class hotel is bundled into another package.
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When Spirits Visit a Winery
If you love wine, there are plenty of places in Lake County, Ohio we’d like to share with you. First, let’s visit a haunted winery.
Haunted Winery Affair
Lake County’s Grand River Cellars is partnering with the Haunted Winery in Geneva thru November 3.
The Haunted Winery, a truly haunted house that stands in Ashtabula County’s oldest winery, is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s at Regal Vineyards, which is establishing new vineyards after 40 years of inactivity.
BUT they can’t serve wine yet.
Instead you can stop at Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant first and get your Dinner & a Thrill Package. It’s a $30 value for only $23, and gives you $15 toward any appetizer/dinner at Grand River plus admission into the Haunted Winery.
At Grand River you can sample the Fright White or the Blood Red – the official wines of the Haunted Winery – and read about the history of the immigrant family from Lithuania who started the winery in 1919.
Then you can leave for your evening of thrills and chills, 7.8 miles away on 2678 County Line Road, where some of the activities are partnered with non-profit groups to support their worthy causes.
You must make reservations. Tickets are available at Grand River Cellars, 5750 S. Madison Rd (Route 528) in Madison, or by going to www.regalvineyards.com.
Wine with your Dinner
Don’t forget the Wine Country Progressive Dinners October 12 and November 9 – seats may still be available for this three-winery event with incredible menus and wines paired with each course. Call Grand River Cellars, 440-298-9838 to make reservations for this drive-yourself tour.
Here’s the menu for the November dinner – it’s awesome:
The evening begins at Grand River Cellars with delicious Pumpkin, Apple, and Bacon Soup and a mixed greens salad with pecans, bacon, and cranberries topped with a balsamic vinaigrette then to Debonné Vineyards for the main entrée of crisp, honey pork chops with sweet beet chutney, potato salad with sausage and grainy mustard dressing, whole green beans with a sprinkle of sea salt and butter, Hearth Baked Bread; finished with dessert at South River Vineyards. Wines will be paired with each course.
Do check your favorite winery for an entertainment schedule, plenty of music flowing along with the fruit of the vine.
Make Your Own
And if you like to make your own wine using local grapes, Debonné Vineyards sells regional juices from the Grand River Valley Appellation until November 10 or while supplies last. Juice House hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and through most of October they will be open on Sundays as well. They suggest calling ahead if you want a particular variety, as Mother Nature and high demand make it difficult to predict quantities available. (440) 466-3485.
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Harvest & Halloween at Lake Metroparks
There is something going on all the time at Lake Metroparks that celebrates this colorful time of year, and we are rarin’ to go!
The three-acre Corn Maze runs through October 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. See how good your sense of direction is as you twist and turn through the maze – three acres is a lotta corn. If you are a lost soul, they’ve posted trivia questions to help you find your way. The maze is free with admission to Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, so you can do all the other great stuff – milking cows, petting animals – too.
School is out on October 12 for NEOEA Day. Take advantage of the Nature Center at Penitentiary Glen and play with nature on your day off at Fun Day Friday. Come any time, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All can be done at your kids’ pace – whether a frenzied four-year-old or a meticulous mid-teener. No registration required, and it’s free!
Wow, the Corn & Pumpkin Harvest Weekend on October 13-14 has all these wholesome harvest sights and sounds and smells that make you glad to be alive. Demonstrations of antique corn-harvesting equipment, a giant pumpkin patch, cornhusk doll-making, an apple press, much more. Most activities are included in the Lake Metroparks Farmpark admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hurry, the Magical Whooloween must be pre-registered and sells out quickly. This October 19-20 event for night-owls has a guided night hike, nature story by the fire, costume contest, a train ride through the Pumpkin Forest, live animals and more at Penitentiary Glen in Kirtland, and it runs 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Big Trains and Little Trains
If you like trains big and small, here are two events which may awaken new interests for your children and stir some action on your part too.
On October 13, the Painesville Depot will have its Fall Railfanning Day at the Depot
What’s railfanning, you ask? Basically it’s going down to the tracks and watching the trains.
Most people just like the experience of being close to a thundering train as it goes past. But some railfans get very, very specific about what they are looking for – certain gear, types of engines and all that.
Bring a chair and a camera any time between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch this cool video of what you might see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdSv3PzzSuA.
You can also examine artifacts and the ongoing renovation of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Station. The station opened in 1893. During both World Wars this was the place soldiers departed. The train didn’t stop for passengers any more starting in 1971, and in 1993 private citizen Edward Dunlap bought the station to preserve it. The Western Reserve Railroad Association was formed in 1997 to help save the historic landmark.
Here’s more information about events at the Painesville Depot or call 216-470-5780.
Model Trains Too
Then get real small on November 3 at the Model Railroad Promotional Day, held at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You and your family might be interested in exploring the ins and outs of building model railroads, such as basic scenery (this is the part we like – the little green sponge-trees), laying the track and roadbed, and simple wiring of the layout to run your . . . ta-da! . . . model train!
Division 5 of the National Model Railroad Association presents this basic introduction to model trains and there will be plenty to see, including operating layouts. Call (440) 942-3039 for more information.
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