Arts & Excursions
ARTS & EXCURSIONS OFFERINGS: 2014-2015
We hope each of our members will find something of interest this year and will join with others in our organization in an excursion that will offer the opportunity for fellowship, enrichment, enjoyment, and education.
Please peruse the list below, add the dates to your calendar, and make a note of the deadlines and details. We hope to see YOU on a future A&E outing. Guests and potential members are always welcome. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or suggestions.
Phone: 330.598.1660 (home); 216.390.0315 (mobile)
- Save the date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 for a visit to the International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport. Private tour: arrangements made courtesy Kathy Kraus. More details to follow.
The first outing of the 2014-15 year was on September 13: we visited the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, Seville. The museum collection includes streetcars, interurbans and rapid transit equipment from Ohio, 1895-1970. After a docent-led walking tour around the grounds, we were directed to the restoration shop where we saw how these grand treasures of our past were disassembled and restored to like-new condition by skilled craftspersons.
Following time in the gift shop, we will drive to downtown Seville for lunch at the home-style American Heritage Restaurant, 31 W. Main Street. After lunch take time to browse in the numerous antique shops nearby. Return to Medina no later than 3 p.m.
- We attended the Black River Comedy Club’s “26th Annual Slapstick Musical Family Entertainment” or “Westward Ho!”, on Sun., March 30 at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the show benefits local groups and schools.
- A day at Chatauqua: Mon. July 29 was AAUW Day at the Chatauqua Institute (NY) hosted by the Jamestown, NY AAUW Branch. We were invited to attend and meet U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she presented the day’s lecture. Four branch members drove, spent the night and enjoyed programming and beautiful grounds at the Institute.
- Eight branch members visited Lawnfield, a National Historic Landmark, in October, 2013. Lawnfield, in Mentor, Ohio, is the home of President James A. Garfield. Garfield was the subject of the March, 2013 book discussion selection, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.
- Members and friends toured the Rembrandt in America exhibit on May 16 of last year at the Cleveland Museum of Art as an Arts & Excursions event led by group co-chair Beth Lawton. The exhibit contained over 50 works by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the artist when they entered American collections – including the CMA.
- A&E visited the Kent State Museum of Fashion Design in August for special exhibits “On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life” and “A Day at the Beach: A Selection of Seaside Costumes from 1865 – 1915”.
- In September the group made an excursion to The Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties”.
- Wed. October 3, film screening and discussion of the newly released movie, “Won’t Back Down.”
- On October 5, Beth Lawton led an excursion to the exhibit, “Gravity and Grace” by African sculptor El Anatsui at the Akron Art Museum.
- November 3: 25th Annual Buckeye Book Fair, OARDC in Wooster
- December 16: Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour “Best Christmas Ever” broadcast
- February 2: The University of Akron Steel Drum Band gave a rousing concert to a nearly full house.The ensemble’s latest DVD “Hammer on Steel” has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards! Check their web site to watch a video: http://www.uasteelband.com .
- February 21: A half dozen members toured the First Ladies National Historic Site and Ida Saxton McKinley House in Canton. Following the tour, the group had lunch at the historic 110-year-old Bender’s Tavern.
- We were guided through the new Medina Creative Pet Play facility, operated by Medina Creative Housing, by MCH Executive Director Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty in March. In addition to providing a safe environment for pets, the business provides employment for the special needs residents of the county.