Great Nights for Lights
Save the Untangling for Others
When we first moved to Northeast Ohio, my husband and I packed the kids in the minivan and headed north to Geauga County to look at Christmas lights. We drove for miles without seeing any and only turned around when we realized we were in the heart of Amish country.
Don’t be like us.
NEO has plenty of light displays — some free, others for a nominal fee. Here are three that might not be on your radar:
- Akron’s Holiday Fest Lighting Spectacular at Lock 3 Park opens Nov. 23 with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a choir and ice skating.
- Berkshire Hills Golf Club in Chester Township is opening one of the area’s most elaborate light displays on Nov. 23. The 1.25-mile drive-though display features 2 million LED lights that will move to music. The property’s North Pole Castle is a house decorated with 300,000 lights.
- And one more that you won’t want to miss is the Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights in Strongsville. Drive or walk through the displays (they’re free) and enjoy the moving decorations, over-the-top lights and a visit from Santa (Fridays and Saturdays). The display is open Thanksgiving night through Jan. 1.
And They’re Fabulous
Stop by Corky & Lenny’s in Woodmere on a Monday night and you’ll find the usual crowd slurping matzo ball soup or chomping on one of the deli’s famous sandwiches. Make your way to the back room and you’ll find something else: two guys having a blast taping their webcast, “The Fabulous Boomer Boys.”
Friends since fourth grade, Bob Snyder and Bruce Bogart started “The Fabulous Boomer Boys” earlier this year with a live audience and a loyal YouTube following. They interview local personalities, have a free-wheeling riff about whatever topics pop into their heads (Millennial failures are a favorite) and tread close to the edge of the not-quite PC line. It’s a fast-moving half hour that’s entertaining, irreverent and quirky.
Catch Bob and Bruce on YouTube, or just go online and search for “The Fabulous Boomer Boys.”
Justice and Help for Older Adults
Eliza Bryant Village
Thanks to grants totaling nearly $779,000 – including one announced this fall – Eliza Bryant Village will launch a new Elder Justice Center to provide temporary respite care for the growing population of elders who are experiencing some form of trauma, violence, abuse or criminal victimization.
The center will connect seniors with legal, financial and social service supports.
Eliza Bryant Village has been serving seniors for 122 years in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. A survey at the Village indicated that more than 80 percent of the seniors served there said they were a victim of some type of trauma, abuse or violence during their lifetime.
According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 seniors (age 60 and older) has suffered from some form of abuse or neglect.
The Eliza Bryant Village Elder Justice Center is expected to open next summer. The Village will dedicate 10 rooms for the Elder Justice Center initially and expand as appropriate.
An Artful Life
At the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
She died nearly four years ago, yet Carolyn L. Farrell’s legacy is alive and art-filled through her family’s Center for Artful Living in Westlake.
Carolyn had Lewy body dementia, a disease that ravaged her mind and challenged her loving family. They knew that people who cared for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s suffered from a unique isolation. About 75 percent of those with dementia live at home, says Dr. Charlie Farrell, who, with his daughter, the Rev. Katie Norris, founded the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation.
Based in a home along Detroit Road in Westlake, the foundation runs the Center for Artful Living, which provides free arts programming for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers who still live in their own residential community.
Dr. Farrell says that painting, arts, dance, storytelling, improv, exercise and music are terrific ways for the patient and caregiver to communicate and to express feelings that may be difficult to articulate.
The center also runs outreach programs in Parma and Beachwood.
To learn more about the Center for Artful Living, visit farrellfoundation.org.
It’s a Woman Thing
We’re Talking Business, Of Course
Women over the age of 50 are among the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs. How is the Greater Cleveland community supporting these “encore entrepreneurs?” Through programs such as the Encore Entrepreneur Initiative (EEI), a collaboration between the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio and the Cleveland Foundation.
For Michelle Madison, the EEI program was her opportunity to finally open her own business. After more than 30 years of experience in the childcare industry, Madison sought the tools and resources necessary to open her own daycare.
EEI provided her with training to write a strong business plan and estimate her financial projections and needs, as well as market research to find the location that best suited her plan. Nearly a year after graduating from EEI, Madison is reaping the benefits of her training. She’s opening her Nurturing Excellence Child Enrichment Center in Euclid in January.
To get more information visit ecdi.org.