Cultural Interest

Arts & Excursions

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 excursions as listed, add the dates to your calendar, and make a note of the deadlines and details.  From time to time, last-minute events like movie screenings are posted. 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 for future events.

—–Joellyn Leget

Phone:  330.598.1660 (home); 216.390.0315 (mobile)

Coming Attractions:



Look for movie screenings to be posted for these films:

“Born in China”, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “The Lost City of Z”, “The Circle”;

“The Handmaid’s Tale”, based on the book by Margaret Atwood, is currently in a series on Hulu network


  • Fri., May 12, at 11 a.m.: luncheon at Miss Hickory’s Tea Room, 14217 Mill Hollow Lane, Strongsville. Reservations are filled at this time.
  • Fri., May 19, 10 a.m., a golf cart tour of Secrest Arboretum, OARDC in Wooster. Reply by Mon. May 15 to Joellyn Leget .or 216-390-0315 to reserve your place. Meet at 9 a.m. at the former Hawkins Market parking lot on Lafayette Rd. to car pool. Lunch at a location TBA in Wooster. No entry fee at the Arboretum.
  • Sat., May 20, 10 a.m. SHEARING DAY (this is the Re-Scheduled date) at Little Farm in the Woods, home of Carol and Bill Thombs, 8189 Friendsville Rd., Westfield Center. Bring the family, come for alpaca shearing and stay for lunch. Call Carol at 330-421-1932 for more information.
  • Fri. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Ohio Light Opera production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Freedlander Theater, 329 E. University St., Wooster. Must book by May 18 with Joellyn Leget. Make the check to her and she will order the tickets. She will confirm by e-mail and get tickets to you before the performance. Reservations are firm: no refunds. Arrangements will be made later if people want to car pool.


On Wed., March 8: members toured the special exhibit, “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood. Highly recommended, poignant and insightful, the exhibit will remain open through May 14.


Sat., February 11, members attended an outstanding performance of Le Vent du Nord, Quebec’s popular folk music group.

Sat., February 18, was theater night for AAUW members and guests at the Medina County Show Biz Company performance of the musical “Guys and Dolls.”

On Tues., January 31 members visited the Medina County Historical Society’s John Smart House to see some of the antiques and vintage items that played a part in the history of Medina County. The docent-led  private tour highlighted ten of the museum’s most interesting pieces – from a spectacular arrowhead collection to a Revolutionary War discharge paper signed by George Washington. Thanks to Joellyn Leget for organizing!

Civil War tintypes at John Smart House






  • For a change of pace,  A&E scheduled two hands-on culinary sessions with Chef Paul Ondo at the Giant Eagle Marketplace Cooking School in Strongsville. For the first class in October, AAUW chefs-in-training learned proper chopping techniques and prepared Halibut with Tartar Sauce, Delicata Squash-Three Apple Hash and Carmelized Mushrooms with Warm Spinach Salad. The second session in January focused on a heartwarming winter lunch with Shrimp Bisque, Pasta e Fagioli and Rosemary Foccaccia. In both sessions, cooks dined on their creations (accompanied by wine or other beverage) and had left-overs to take some home to share. Delicious!
    Carol+Pat C w soup

    Members preparing soup

    Chefs all

    Chef Paul with “sous chefs”

  • AAUW members attended the popular exhibit, “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse”, at the Cleveland Museum of Art in museum
      • On Wed., August 5, A&E scheduled a cultural day at Oberlin. Members visited the Allen Memorial Art Museum, had lunch at the Oberlin Inn, and attended the Oberlin Summer Theater matinee performance of “Crumbs from the Table of Joy.”


      • Members joined with the Cleveland and Lorain AAUW branches for a tour of the historic Dunham Tavern in downtown Cleveland in June. Once a stagecoach stop on the old Buffalo-Cleveland Post Road, Dunham Tavern is the oldest building still standing on its original site in Cuyahoga County.
      • A private tour of the Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport (Cleveland) was arranged by one of our members in late April. Fascinating displays of the women pioneers in aviation and an excellent perspective on their contributions to flight.
      • In September, 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.


      • 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: .
      • 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.