Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Boom! Broadcasters in the Rearview Mirror


Ever think we’d see the end of radio? Many of us remember when radio personalities were as important as the artists they played, and competition between stations raised the bar on creative programming.

Consolidation, cable TV and the internet all played a role in the diminished importance of over-the-air programming. There’s still great radio, much of it on satellite or online, but let’s not forget the folks who made radio great.

Why isn’t there a legitimate statewide broadcasters hall of fame? A lot of major names have worked here in radio and TV. Jack Paar, Soupy Sales, Casey Kasem, Nancy Dickerson and Alan Freed, to name just a few, went on from Cleveland media to national prominence. Even more stayed here. We should preserve their legacy and their important part of our media history. It’s time for that hall of fame.

There were a couple at one time in Northeast Ohio, but they didn’t last. Maybe it’s time for a respected institution like the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, or an independent panel of historians, academic types and broadcast professionals to establish a real hall of fame that’s aimed at documenting these important accomplishments in a serious and, most importantly, impartial manner.

Let’s also preserve the artifacts, audiotape and videotape that still exist for future generations. The banner welcoming the Beatles to Cleveland in 1964 is sitting in a basement. Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson’s personal effects were auctioned off on eBay. Tapes and other memorabilia often find their way to the curbside when estates are left behind. Libraries could be great repositories. Like the idea? Let me know. The email is listed below.


Whatever happened to movie palaces?

I remember when the really big first-run films would open first downtown. I saw “The Sound of Music” at the Palace Theatre at a weekday matinee.

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Summit Brew Path is Back – Grab a Mug and Follow the Trail

Drink up, friends. the Summit Brew Path is waiting for your visit (or two). Grab a passport, visit the county's great breweries, and spend your summer months discovering what thousands of imbibers have learned: there's terrific beer here and it's got your name on it. ...
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Ho Ho Ho – It’s Santa Day in Medina

We've had a cold, wet spring, so that should help put us in the mood for Santa. Hopefully, he won't find any snow at the Medina Square, but he probably will find plenty of good cheer nonetheless. ...
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The Farrell Foundation Offers Arts Enrichment for People with Dementia/Alzheimer’s

The grand opening of The Farrell Foundation’s Center for Artful Living will be held Sat., May 5 from 2-5 p.m. in Westlake.

The foundation was established in 2011 and offers arts enrichment opportunities to individuals affected by Dementia/Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting will feature an art exhibit, refreshments, music and other activities. The Center for Artful Living, Home of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation is located at 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake.

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation was created when the Farrell Family saw a need in the community. In caring for Carol, a wife and mother, the family learned there were few activity-based programs for people living at home with dementia/Alzheimer’s. They wanted to bring programming to the community in order to help support people’s treatment plan and management of their illness.

The center’s programs are largely arts-based and focus on multi-sensory elements because art imagination, the use of the senses are areas of the brain that are preserved abilities well into the disease process of dementia.

It is often assumed that people with dementia cannot participate in daily life anymore, and that is not true. People with dementia can create, imagine, and have fun. Most importantly, isolation is a large contributing factor to increasing the pain and difficulty of having dementia. The foundation’s programs are designed to decrease isolation and increase socialization with community support.

For more information call 440-414-0434 or visit

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Yum! It’s Hudson Restaurant Week (rev up those appetites)

Restaurants in Hudson have found a way to help the local food pantry while showcasing their terrific menu offerings. Consider a night out (or two) and participate in Hudson Restaurant Week. With at least 25 participating locations, you're bound to find something you like. ...
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Books for Spring

Book Shelf


Renewal, rejuvenation, gardening, hiking and baseball. Sure sounds like spring, doesn’t it? Here are book suggestions that suit the season, provided by Carol Tuttle, collection services librarian for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library.


“Spring Fever” by Mary Kay Andrews

Love, deception and second chances are wrapped in this plot-twisting novel set in the Deep South. Advertising executive Annajane Hudgens finds that leaving her rural North Carolina hometown and traveling to Atlanta for a new job and a promising life is complicated. This is an enjoyable escape for spring.


“Room with a View” by E.M. Forster

In this classic book (that became a movie) sheltered Englishwoman Lucy Honeychurch and her older cousin, Miss Bartlett, tour Italy in the springtime. Lucy meets interesting characters who call into question her dull, repressed Edwardian life. Spring, Tuscany and enlightenment all in one luscious novel.


“How It All Began” by Penelope Lively

In this novel of new beginnings, one random event (the mugging of the very independent 77-year-old Charlotte) cascades into multiple outcomes: marriages disrupted, lovers united and lives changed. This is Penelope Lively at her best in an ingenious and absorbing story about human nature.


“Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella

Mysterious words inspire the construction of a cornfield baseball diamond. This classic novel, the basis for the film “Field of Dreams,” speaks a story about fathers and sons, family, and our cherished American pastime. Written in lovely prose, it evokes the nostalgia of family life and features a lovable hero.


“One Shot at Forever: A Small town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season” by Chris Ballard

Sportswriter Chris Ballard captures an Illinois high school baseball team’s improbable run at the state finals as poor farm boys from a small, rural town take on the privileged kids in this true-story account.

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Katharine Hepburn Costume Exhibit Returns to KSU

The collection will include Hepburn's stage costumes from The Lake, The Philadelphia Story and Without Love, as well as later appearances including Coco, The West Side Waltz and A Matter of Gravity. Films represented will include "The Little Minister," "Adam's Rib," "The Iron Petticoat," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "A Delicate Balance," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "The Lion In Winter," as well as the television movies "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" and "Love Among the Ruins." ...
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Boomer Bash West: Mark Your Calendars and Get Ready for Some Springtime Fun

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet some of our Boomer columnists, listen to 70s classic music, and register for giveaways from our favorite vendors. ...
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