Arts & Entertainment

Arts rule under new name and logo

As of March 1, 2023, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s name has been changed to Westshore Arts Council, WAC, to reflect the width of its membership and influence. Completing its 2023 update, the WAC has also adopted a revised logo.

For nearly four decades, the WWAC successfully promoted and inspired all areas of art with programs, shows, and much more. While the group formed in Westlake, people interested in promoting easy access to art came from many surrounding areas to participate. And participation from these communities has increased over the years.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2023

BAYarts juried show raises the bar

On March 10 the BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition opened. This exhibition features regional artists in all disciplines. Artists were invited to submit online, and the work was reviewed by judges selected by Artistic Director Karen Petkovic.

The judges this year were Adrian Eisenhower and Chad Cochran. Eisenhower, primarily a painter, focuses his work on landscape and the human figure working out of the Walton Avenue Atelier located in Cleveland’s Hildebrandt Building on Walton Avenue. Cochran, a photographer, describes himself as a late bloomer; he didn’t own a camera until he was 40 and started with landscape. Now, 10 years later after being asked to take a photograph of a musician, he travels back and forth between Cleveland and Nashville.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.21.2023

FYI: Opera proves some of the best things are free

Three talented voices from Oberlin Conservatory will present an FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library in the library’s Porter Room. This programming by the Westshore Arts Council continues a three-decade free vocal gift to the community. 

Oberlin Opera Theater Director Jonathon Field said selections from the operas "Candide" and "Elixir of Love" will be performed. 

Morgan Wolfe, a soprano, from Suffern, New York, studying in her fourth year at Oberlin, will sing a solo aria, "Glitter and be Gay" from "Candide" and a duet, "Oh Happy We Duet," also from "Candide." From "Elixir of Love," she will sing the aria "Prendi."

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.21.2023

Concert celebrates African-American classical music legacies

The Music Settlement returns to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. for another collaborative concert series led by Chris Jenkins. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held in the church Sanctuary, located at 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

While Northeast Ohio's rich legacy of African-American classical music performance and composition is not nationally well-known, during the late 19th and 20th century, it was a hub of activity and training for young Black musicians. During this period, musical training was available to them at only a select number of schools, such as Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and Howard University.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.21.2023

Wizards of Acoustic Guitar coming to Unity Spiritual Center

Four extraordinary guitarists from right here in our community will perform in Wizards of Acoustic Guitar at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, Westlake, on Friday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m.

The magnificently talented musicians are: Jesse Smith, 2021 International Finger Style Champion; Pete Cavano, regular guest guitarist at The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society; Brian Henke, International Finger Style Champion Finalist; and newcomer Scott Schlegel, Classical guitarist and University of Akron graduate. Together, they will inspire and entertain you with their incredible talent.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 10:31 AM, 02.22.2023

Historical drama comes to Clague Playhouse

The historical drama "Ada & the Engine" by Lauren Gunderson continues Clague Playhouse's 95th season.  

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.07.2023

WWAC invites one and all to 'Catch Rising Stars'

Two Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre seniors will perform at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. In keeping with its over-35-year history, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council sponsors this concert of talented, trained performers, free to the community.

The talented BW students, who will perform highlights from their senior recitals, are Lauren Senden and Noah Wohlsen.

Senden loved singing from an early age and began publicly singing in her church and in local theatre productions. Her passion for both music theatre and opera drew Senden to BW. A Minnesota native, Senden lists some of her favorite roles as, Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Baker’s Wife in "Into the Woods." She took part in the Lotte Lenya competition in New York and received honors from the Young Arts Foundation for both singing and acting. Senden plans to move to New York following her BW graduation in May.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:58 AM, 02.21.2023

Clague Playhouse presents 'The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show'

Clague Playhouse will be holding a special fundraising event, "The Frank & Dean and Then Some Show," on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.

The show captures the fun, the comedy and the music of the original Rat Pack. Damion Fontaine (Frank) and Scott Brotherton (Dean) have been entertaining together for 18 years using a mixture of song and comedy to create a "Vegas Style" format that is fun and crowd interactive. 

From Frank's "Fly Me to the Moon" to Dino's "That's Amoré," they also celebrate the music of Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Michael Bublé, Elvis, The Blues Brothers, Neil Diamond and more!

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:58 AM, 02.21.2023

BAYarts and Dwyer Center offer art instruction to local seniors

BAYarts is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Dwyer Senior Center in Bay Village. BAYarts is now offering a free monthly art class to area seniors.

On Jan. 18, BAYarts kicked off the program with a guided painting project, facilitated by Education Director Linda Goik. Acrylic sunflower paintings brightened an otherwise dark winter day as crafters enjoyed fun and fellowship in the Sally Otto Gallery of the former Huntington Playhouse.

The next class is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at BAYarts. Get ready for spring with a colorful brooch/lapel pin created with felt! Participants can create two pins, one to share and one to keep.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.07.2023

Local church presents artwork from local, regional artists

The Aesthetics and Permanent Collection Committe of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River) is proud to host a very special exhibit of work by emerging and professional artists from West Shore, other Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania UU Churches. The media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, fiber art and more.

The show is open to all who enjoy art or have an interest in experiencing a Sunday morning at a church that they have not attended. West Shore's services start at 10:15 a.m. You are welcome to attend the service and then view the show in the Fireside Room or just stop in to enjoy the art from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2023. 

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.07.2023

Romantic comedy continues Clague Playhouse's 95th season

Clague Playhouse presents the romantic comedy "Fireflies" by Matthew Barber, from the novel "Eleanor and Abel" by Annette Sanford, to continue their 95th season.

Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, set in her routines and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman – until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. Can the unexpected sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn’t all that he seems to be? Either way, the whole town's talking.

Directed by Fred Sternfeld, our cast features Molly Cornwell as Grace Bodell, Jeremy Jenkins as Eugene Claymire, Joseph Kerata as Abel Brown, and Anne McEvoy as Eleanor Bannister.

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.17.2023

Art exhibit at the Farrell Foundation

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health’s Center for Artful Living, located at 26633 Detroit Road in Westlake, will host an exhibit of artist Jim Carney's work through Jan. 31, 2023, on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Carney, a Cleveland native, was an attorney and then was involved in Cleveland real estate. He studied briefly at the now closed Cooper School of Art and attended classes on and off at the Cleveland Institute of Art until the early 1990s, when he set aside his brushes for about 25 years.

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Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 11:28 AM, 12.20.2022

Red Barn Youth Theater presents 'Christmas Shorts' Dec. 16-18

Red Barn Youth Theater will present "Christmas Shorts" by Lucy Williams on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at Clague Playhouse.

There’s something for everyone in this holiday delight! You’ll find everything here, from kids writing letters to Santa, to the big guy getting ready for Christmas himself, to a bunch of elves who accidentally rip Santa’s gift bag at the last minute. (Don’t worry, Mrs. Claus can fix it!) There’s a sports segment featuring the 845th annual Reindeer Games and a holiday quiz show featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. A soap opera, "As the North Pole Turns," a news segment from the North Pole News, and some Christmas-themed commercials round out this fun seasonal comedy.

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.06.2022

Vivaldi's masterpiece 'Gloria' joyous holiday musical event

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s Adult Choir will sing in the holiday season during a worship service devoted to the beloved masterpiece “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. This B. Neil Davis Artist Series will also feature the Amethyst String Quartet. The concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. This musical worship service is free and open to the public.

According to David Blazer, Director of Music, “The Gloria in its entirety is a joyful hymn of praise and worship divided into 12 relatively brief movements, ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Weaved throughout the work are movements to feature some of our soloists from the choir.”

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 10:55 AM, 12.06.2022

BAYarts revs up for 75th year!

BAYarts will kick off 2023 with a lot to celebrate! Founded in 1948, BAYarts plans to stick around for a whole lot longer thanks to strong community support of three great projects happening now.

Phase 2 of the restoration of the former playhouse is underway with the piece de resistance! The auditorium's long overdue makeover, transforming it into a 2,000-square-foot education/event/performance center, opening in the fall.

The Irene Lawrence Fuller House (aka the house that floated on a barge to its current location in 1984) is 130 years old! As the heart and soul of BAYarts, the beloved "Fuller House" has been the home to hundreds of events, concerts, exhibitions, weddings and more and is in need of some TLC. Plans include exterior painting, lighting and other building repair. All of these projects are made possible by the generosity of the BAYarts community, local businesses and foundations.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.15.2022

Art exhibit at the Farrell Foundation

David Jansheski’s large-scale, wood block and silk-screen prints are featured through November in a special exhibit at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Road in Westlake, at the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health.

Jansheski (1954-2014), who studied and lived in Cleveland as well as in Minneapolis, Chicago and Santa Fe, completed artist residencies in New Zealand, the Philippines, and Scotland. His work demonstrates his keen interest in themes from architecture and nature to abstract forms and colors. He once said, “I pursued the gift that God gave me to the best of my ability” when listing his most significant accomplishment.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.01.2022

Fall colors in BAYarts' gallery

"Paper and Printed Landscapes," an exhibition by artist Carmen Romine, reflects the natural pigments and textures found in nature. The exhibit, on view now through Nov. 4 in BAYarts' Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House reflects the warm fall colors now surrounding us in the park.

Growing up in rural Medina, Romine finds inspiration from natural surroundings such as simple shapes of soil lines in a field, water currents, and the natural pigments in wildflowers. She creates abstract landscapes from paper and botanical materials by using a variety of fiber art methods. The compositions range from atmospheric prints to sculptural pieces that become accumulative, rhythmic, drifting and ultimately dream-like.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 10:47 AM, 10.18.2022

Rossiniís trio added excellent finale to FYI Opera

Music was in the air on Oct. 10 at Westlake Porter Public Library as the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council (W-WAC) presented FYI Opera. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Opera Theater, provided commentary and historical text to the performance. Performers Clara Dahmer, soprano; Chris Leimgruber, tenor; and Alan Rendzak, baritone; were accompanied by Music Director and pianist, Kyung-Eun Na.

After each singer performed an aria, the performance ended with a trio from Rossini’s "L’Occasione fa il Ladro," one of his early one-act farces. The talent and professionalism of these students is outstanding. The W-WAC is delighted to partner with Oberlin College to bring this performance to the Westshore communities.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 10:47 AM, 10.18.2022

Holiday comedy at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse continues their 95th season with the holiday comedy, “One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall” by Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig Pospisil.

The play follows eight intertwined stories in a Midwestern mall on the last day of shopping before the holiday. A diverse cast of characters – from a lovesick mall Santa to an overeager mall cop, from a pair of brainy misfit teenagers to a pair of battling actors in a production of “A Christmas Carol,” from a petulant college freshman to a pair of newlyweds – navigate first meetings, second chances, and last-minute choices. Our cast features Karen Flannery, Mike Frye, Beth Gaertner, Don Knepper, Jonathan McCleery, Mary Manos Mitchem, Minor Stokes and Noah Underhill and are directed by Robert Gibb.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 10:50 AM, 10.18.2022

BAYarts develops sensory garden

During the early summer months of the Covid pandemic, community members sought refuge in the beautiful gardens at BAYarts. The gardens provided a welcome relief for weary residents seeking solace in nature and also the opportunity to safely reconnect with others.

However, the notion of healing gardens is not new to BAYarts. Visitors have historically described the grounds as inspiring and magical, with people regularly enjoying the gardens on their lunch break or taking a moment to read, write, draw or paint on campus.

In 2018, when the Cleveland Metroparks announced a 3-year Transition Plan to bring all of their buildings and public areas into ADA compliance, BAYarts was required to comply with renovations to the buildings they lease from the parks. As they began to research accommodations to the historic buildings, the seed was planted to bring a new level of accessibility to the BAYarts gardens as well.

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 11:24 AM, 10.04.2022

BAYarts to host new plein air festival

"En plein air" is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their works.

Several years ago, BAYarts hosted the Ohio Watercolor Society Plein Air event which was such a success; they decided to create their own annual event based on the apt tagline "Artistic by Nature."

"Where better to paint outdoors in the fall than in the areas around Huntington Reservation and the Lake Erie shore?" said BAYarts Artistic Director (and a painter herself), Karen Petkovic.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 9:31 AM, 09.20.2022

Red Barn Youth Theater holding auditions

Clague Playhouse's Red Barn Youth Theater will be holding auditions on Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4-6 p.m. for their holiday production of "Christmas Shorts" by Lucy Williams. The show will be directed by Dr. Greg Dziama.

There’s something for everyone in this one-act holiday delight! You’ll find everything here, from kids writing letters to Santa, to the big guy getting ready for Christmas himself, to a bunch of elves who accidentally rip Santa’s gift bag at the last minute. (Don’t worry, Mrs. Claus can fix it!)

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 9:32 AM, 09.20.2022

Standing on its long, storied history, FYI: Opera returns

On Oct. 10, FYI: Opera, a premier program sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council since 1990, returns after a COVID driven absence of more than two years. Oberlin Opera Theater presents the October program at Westlake Porter Public Library at 7:30 p.m. These programs are offered free to the public by the WWAC.

Jonathan Field, Director of Oberlin Opera Theater, will introduce the music performed by three Oberlin voice students: Clara Dahmer, soprano; Chris Leimgruber, tenor; Alan Rendzak, baritone. Oberlin Music Director Kyung-Eun Na will accompany the singers on the piano. These gifted students will perform arias and a trio from "L’Occasione fa il Ladro," one of Rossini’s early one-act farces, which will also be part of Oberlin’s November opera presentation.

The nearly three decade history of WWAC’s FYI: Opera program reflects an interesting period of opera history in the Cleveland area. In 1990, two WWAC members, Jane Mueller and Jean Povinelli initiated FYI: Opera.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 9:32 AM, 09.20.2022

A night of comedy at Clague Playhouse

Join us for a fun evening at Clague Playhouse with three local comedians!

Our emcee for the night, Rodney Bengston, is the most polite comedian you will ever run across! When he first started playing clubs, he would produce a note from his mom showing that he could stay out late to perform.

“Other comedians will talk about how edgy they are,” Rodney said. “I am anything but edgy. I am the comic who was Born to Behave.”

Award-winning comedian and actress Kathie Dice is our opening act. Kathie finds humor in the rational – and irrational – parts of everyday life. Interjecting humor into every aspect of life, from the mundane to the traumatic has become a specialty for Kathie.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.20.2022

Enjoy 'Sunday in the Park' on Thursday!

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council invites one and all to enjoy "Sunday in the Park" on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Library. Christopher Ellicott and Karen Ellicott blend their voices and their instruments, guitar and clarinet, giving life to the ageless music of dance and folk songs.

The Ellicotts, who have performed for over 20 years, are "Sunday in the Park." The name was chosen by these graduates of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory when they married. The name choice was prompted by their first public concerts, usually held on Sunday, and sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.07.2022

Musical thriller, 'Flames,' opens Sept. 16

Clague Playhouse presents the musical suspense thriller "Flames" by Stephen Dolginoff to open their 95th season.

One year ago, Edmond died in a horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.07.2022

BAYarts to host Cleveland Photo Fest

Founded in 1978, the Cleveland Photo Fest seeks to promote worldwide Unity Through Photography, with the intent of involving and exhibiting photographers worldwide. The last time BAYarts hosted Cleveland Photo Fest, the international photo exchange featured artists from India.

This year, the juried exchange is with Australia. Centering on the classic theme of Mirrors and Windows, each photograph is either a window through which you see the world, or a reflection of yourself and your own perspective of the world.

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.16.2022

Clague Playhouseís 95th season begins Sept. 16

Clague Playhouse is excited to announce the following plays for the 95th season: the musical suspense thriller "Flames" by Stephen Dolginoff that runs Sept. 16-Oct. 9; the holiday comedy "One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall" by Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil that runs Nov. 11-Dec. 11; the romantic comedy "Fireflies" by Matthew Barber, from the novel "Eleanor and Abel" by Annette Sanford, that runs Jan. 20-Feb. 12; the historical dramedy "Ada & the Engine" by Lauren Gunderson that runs March 17-April 8; and the musical comedy "Failure: A Love Story" by Philip Dawkins that runs May 12-June 4.

Seating capacity will be based on current State of Ohio guidelines. Face masks and/or coverings are recommended but not required for those who are fully vaccinated.

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.16.2022

COFA = 4 weeks of art and artists

Works of art and artists demonstrating their techniques take center stage for four weeks as the Community of Fine Arts (COFA) returns for the first time since 2019. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents its 21st edition of COFA, a juried art show, on display now through Aug. 27 at Westlake Porter Public Library. 

The exhibit includes 68 pieces of art from 30 artists, amateur/semi-professional and professional, judged by professional artists. The awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s Porter Room, is open to the public.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 10:06 AM, 08.02.2022

Rotary Art Festival expands in second year

The annual Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Art Festival on July 30 grew  to over 50 artists with original works displaying paintings, unique jewelry and “one of a kind” creative crafted pieces. 

The festival had live music performers, a beer and wine garden, balloons for kids, food trucks all day and plenty of free parking.

“One of the interesting things about this Festival is each artist pays their way in, but each artist also gifts to Rotary a piece of their art to be raffled off. All the proceeds go to nonprofits that Westlake-Bay Village Rotary supports,” said Rotarian Joe Kraft.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.02.2022

Bring the family to happy hour at BAYarts

There’s nothing like BAYarts in the summer with free events for all ages (and friendly dogs) including the Thursday Market and Sunday Concerts.

Thursday Market continues to shine as one of the west side’s favorite markets with dozens of food and art vendors, local food trucks, Chatty’s Pizzeria and live music on the gazebo. Add to that a new twist, especially for families and younger kids, Third Thursdays behind the gazebo invites parents to socialize with a beer or wine while kids enjoy meeting friends for crafts and games under their watchful eyes. 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.02.2022

Second annual Rotary Art Festival is July 30

The Westlake Bay Village Rotary is again hosting their annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 30, in the green space on the campus of the Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. 

The Art Festival will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. by celebrity guest Tim Richards from Cleveland radio station Star 102.1. The Rotary members and Porter Public Library Friends are excited that Richards, a Mentor native, is making a special trek to Westlake, the star city of his morning co-host Jen Toohey, to open the 2022 Festival.   

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.19.2022

Clague Playhouse's Red Barn Youth Theater returns to the stage

The Red Barn Youth Theater at Clague Playhouse returns to the stage this month with two one-act plays: "Snow White Lite" and "High-Rise High Jinks" on July 22-24.

“Snow White Lite” by Jacob Dorn is an easy, breezy adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The FIVE dwarves don’t need help with cooking or cleaning, so they hand Snow White a plunger and put her to work. When the wicked Queen, disguised in Groucho glasses, tries to finish her off, a quick response from Prince Heimlich saves her, and the day! Featured in our cast are Chloe Alvis, Harper Brown, Penelope Chancellia Chin-Albert, Eden Garcia, Jake Hunter, Kendall Maggie Hunter, Kennedy Minear, Rebecca Newton, Cece Pisanelli. The play is directed by Richard Lynch.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.19.2022

Gettysburg Address 2020

A bucket list goal of someone, like me, who performs as Abraham Lincoln is to do his Gettysburg Address at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg. I was able to do just that on May 18 for about 150 students, some parents and assorted tourists.

It was great, what a thrill and what fun, especially seeing tourists' faces as they entered the grounds seeing Lincoln doing his historic address.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 9:39 AM, 07.06.2022

Capital campaign for playhouse renovation kicks off at BAYarts

BAYarts kicked off the next phase of renovations of the historic Huntington Playhouse with the announcement of a major donation toward their capital campaign of $100,000 by Joseph P. Carney of Westlake.

In the winter of 2019-2020, BAYarts was planning the expansion to respond to the growing need for more space to meet the strong demand for art classes, children’s art camps, and an ever-growing demand for more gallery and event space. Plans for fundraising and expansion were shelved in March 2020 as the popular and much-loved community art center shifted its classes to virtual instruction and "Art to Go" kits for students who were relegated to at-home remote learning.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:01 AM, 06.21.2022

Bay UMC to host patriotic concert

The TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Fortney, will present their annual Patriotic Concert on Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. The concert will be inside in the sanctuary. The concert is open to all, there will be a love offering to help offset costs. 

A special tribute will take place for our Armed Services asking all who have served to stand and be recognized. The concert will recognize the men, women and family of the armed services, our local police and firefighters, and our scouts. The evening will serve as a time of reflection and hope, celebrating the past, praying for our future, as we celebrate our freedom.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.21.2022

'Same Time, Next Year' concludes Clague Playhouse's 94th season

Clague Playhouse presents "Same Time, Next Year" by Bernard Slade to conclude their 94th Season.

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, "Same Time, Next Year" ran four years on Broadway. A wonderful, nostalgic, whimsical, touching, funny, and moving look at 25 years of American culture, through the lives of two lovers, married to others, who rendezvous once a year for a romantic weekend. The play may include adult language and situations.

The play is directed by Ron Newell and featured in our cast are Daniel Telford and Tiffany Trapnell.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.17.2022

Westlake High School presents 'Chicago: High School Edition'

Westlake High School Demon Drama Club brings "Chicago the Musical" to the Westlake Performing Arts Center, April 7-9 at 7p.m. and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. The musical just happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Broadway this year.  

The Drama Club is performing the high school edition to make it family friendly for all ages. The costumes and choreography are modest but with the catchy lyrics and comedy everyone loves from the original. 

Taking place in the Roaring 1920s, “Chicago” following rival murderesses, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, as they vie for the spotlight and an acquittal with help from their charming lawyer, Billy Flynn. You don’t want to miss this!

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 04.05.2022

McGlamery piano finds new home at BAYarts

The year was 1907, and Northeast Ohio resident Pearl Sebold had just won Ohio’s “most beautiful woman” contest through the Cleveland Leader newspaper. Imagine Pearl sitting down to play her brand-new Chickering baby grand piano while she reveled in her good fortune.

Flash forward 115 years later. Former Normandy School principal, Dr. James McGlamery, who had purchased the piano from the Sebold family many years ago, wanted to donate his beloved family baby grand to an organization where it would be put to good use by a new generation. Devon Gess, Bay High School’s music teacher, who is helping BAYarts develop music programs, made the connection.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 04.05.2022

An egg-cellent collection

As we move through Easter rituals – from solemn Ash Wednesday, through introspective Lent, to joyful Easter Sunday – we punctuate our devotionals with plenty of fellowship. Families decorate colorful eggs, the Easter Bunny hides candy-filled baskets, and children scurry in search of hidden treats. We love our traditions. But sometimes it’s OK to give tradition a little extra spin.

Susan Variakojis, a resident of Concord Reserve in Westlake, does just that with her unique Easter egg collection. Susan began her collection nearly 40 years ago. Her display has an interesting history.

The eggs are from an Easter egg sale that was established to benefit Children’s Hospital in Columbus by their Woman’s Auxiliary. Artistic and imaginative members of the group created the eggs. The designs for the eggs came from whatever took the fancy of the artists or was popular at that time. Susan added to her collection until the Auxiliary’s annual sale was discontinued around 15 years ago.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:55 AM, 04.05.2022