Rosanna Hrabnicky is show manager for the Great Big Home + Garden Show, which opens Friday, Feb. 6, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show's many highlights include a 2,400-square-foot Idea Home built by Blossom Homes, a Cleveland-themed Garden Showcase designed by 17 of the area's top landscapers, the Cambria Bistro featuring fine dining and beverages amid the gardens, and informative displays by more than 600 exhibitors. Celebrity presenters Matt Muenster of DIY's Bath Crashers and HGTV's 2015 Dream Home and Todd Wilbur, author of Top Secret Recipes, will appear on the Main Stage. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. For hours, discount tickets and more information, visit the website.
Mary Jo Alexander, artistic co-director of Actors' Summit, a professional equity theater based in Akron's Greystone Hall, is directing the company's next production, The Book Club Play. The comedy, which opens Feb. 26 and continues through March 15, gently and hilariously skewers the interactions of book clubbers. To buy tickets for the current production of Einstein, which closes Feb. 1, or for The Book Club Play, visit the Actors' Summit website or call 330.374.7568.
Dave Halaby of Heather's Heat & Flavor says the store has an array of delicious barbecue sauces, salsas and chips for your Super Bowl party. Heather's inventory ranges from mild to scorching, and all of it is flavorful. The small and charming shop also carries rubs, herbs, hostess and Valentine's Day gifts, and more. It's located at 94 First St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. For more information and recipes, visit Facebook.
Bill Melver, a retired executive of General Electric and a SCORE counselor, wants to bring a trash museum to Akron. It would be similar to one that he and his wife visited in Hartford, Conn.,where people can see what happens to their garbage in real time. Bill has put the wheels in motion for this educational and environmental initiative. You can learn more by contacting him through Score (Service Corps of Retired Executives), 330.379.3163, or calling him on his cell, 330.256.0741.
Chef John Verlinden is the author of To Cook is to Love: Nuevo Cuban Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes, a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music told through the heartwarming experiences of his mother-in-law Mami Aida, who immigrated to the United States and raised her family. The book is particularly timely now that the U.S. and Cuba are normalizing relations. You can buy a copy through amazon or go to John's website and get one signed.
Chris Kamis, president of Absolute Roofing and co-chairperson of the NARI Home Improvement Show, agreed with us that this year's 34th annual NARI show is the best one yet. NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. This is a great show to attend to get ideas for remodeling your home and to talk to remodelers in a no-pressure environment. The show continues at the I-X Center in Cleveland today until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a discount coupon go to the NARI website.
Artist Julian Severyn was a wedding planner for 18 years. As such, he knows a lot about gowns and is putting that knowledge into his new series of works in which he embellishes 23-inch-high dress forms. The results are artistic representations of clothing. You can see the work in progress at his studio, 1969 North Cleveland-Massillon Road in Bath. His paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil also are on display. Julian, who rents space in the Garth Andrews Studios, is available by appointment Monday through Saturday. To reach him, call 330.665.0565 or 440.838.1754.
Medium and author Carolyn Molnar suggests different ways of creating a sacred space in your home that will give you a sense of peace and comfort away from the stresses of modern living. Dedicate a personal place where you can surround yourself with meaningful objects, books, candles, sounds and scents. Carolyn, the author of Compassionate Messenger: True Stories from a Psychic Medium, which she wrote with her husband Benjamin Gleisser, has a monthly e-newsletter. You can subscribe by visiting her website: CarolynMolnar.com
Sarah Binder, president of the local NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), talked about the first event of the 2015 home improvement show season, which her chapter is presenting. The NARI show takes place Thursday, Jan. 22, through next Sunday, Jan. 25, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. There will be more than 200 exhibits, including a cottage lake house and a home and landscape display done in a modern rustic style. Visit the website for more information and discount coupons: NARI Home Improvement Show
Paul Swan, owner of Swan Plumbing and Heating, is getting a lot of calls this week from homeowners whose pipes have frozen. He fixes the problem and gives them advice on preventing a recurrence. One of his helpful tips is to run a thin stream of both hot and cold water in a bathroom, laundry room or anywhere that has plumbing in an outside wall. By the way, Paul, whose grandfather started the company, wears a tie on all his housecalls, which is one of his ways of enhancing the professional image of plumbers. Contact Paul at 330.659.6233 or visit his website.
Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One says that his company, which was founded in 1958 and is still family owned, had a great year in 2014 and is expanding its facilities. Mouldings One has its own sawmill and can make mouldings, interior doors, railings and spindles out of many types of wood and in numerous styles. Check out its showroom in Burton, or visit the Mouldings One booth at the NARI show later this month or at the Great Big Home+Garden Show in early February. Both home shows will take place at the IX Center in Cleveland. Visit the Mouldings One website for more information or call 877.708.4095.
Frank Satullo started OhioTraveler.com more than a decade ago. The site, which covers events and attractions in Ohio, offers residents and visitors a great perspective on so much that the state has to offer. Every month, Frank sends out an email with a link to the site, which he updates regularly. To receive the monthly notifications or to read this month's feature on "Standouts in Ohio Tourism," visit OhioTraveler.