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.

—–Jill Heck   Phone: (330) 725-4429

Coming Attractions:

Just some of the events coming up this fall:

  • Sun. Nov. 10, 2 pm, Wadsworth Public Library: ORMACO presents Sylvia Wehrs, violinist , “Music Inspired by Dance.” Free. Call ahead to reserve your place, 330-722-2501,
  • ALSO Sun. Nov. 10, 2 pm, Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd. Bath: ORMACO and WR Playhouse presents Stephem Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins, the Musical”. Tickets $20 online at or call 330-722-2541.
  • Wed. Nov. 13, 7 pm. St.. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Me- dina: Annual Veterans’ Day Concert, Medina Community Band, Marcus Nieman, conductor. Free.
  • Sun. Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 1-4 pm., John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina. Medina County Historical Society open house, featuring Women’s Suffrage exhibit. Free, donation accepted.
  • Fri., Sat. and Sun., Nov. 22-24, Medina Square Historic District: 35th Annual Candlelight Walk. Official tree lighting Fri., 7 pm; Parade, Sat. at 5:30 followed by fireworks. See schedule for more activities at
  • Fri, Sat. Nov. 22, 23, 7:30 pm, and Sun. Nov. 24, 2:30 pm. MPAC, Medina High School: CAMEO presents its high school fall musical, “The Music Man.” Tickets $8-$12 at
  • Fri. Nov. 22 6-8 pm; Sat. Nov. 23, 2-6, Sun. Nov. 24, 1-4 at McDowell-Phillips House, 205 S. Prospect, Medina: Open House/ fundraiser sponsored by Medina County Historical Society. Visit their newly-acquired property. Admission: $10.
  • Sat. Nov. 23, 1-3 pm, United Church of Christ Congregational, Medina Square: Medina chorus presents “Christmas Carol Sing-along.” Drop in to sing with the chorus during the Candlelight Walk weekend.
  • Dec. 6,7,8,13,14,15; Fri. and Sat. at 7:30; Sun. at 2, Haddad Theater (Medina County Adm. Bldg.): Medina Show Biz Company presents “Christmas Story, The Musical.” Tickets $12- $15 at the door.


Members and guests attended the Montrose movie showing of The Current War and came away with insight into the “battle” which decided the form of current — AC or DC — that would prevail as the dominant supplier of electricity for this country during the last part of the 19th Century. While three talented actors played the roles of inventors Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, their interaction seemed forced and superficial. The overall impact was not very dramatic. Read the book The Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore– which gave impetus to the making of the movie– for a fascinating and well-put together story. Prior to the screening, a number of us had lunch at The Mustard Seed.

Members viewed the Oscar nominated films, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post and Darkest Hour in January.

Look for movie screenings to be posted.


  • Nov. 1, Members and guests viewed the special exhibit Jazz Age at the Cleveland Museum of Art. After the exhibit, we had lunch at the museum’s Provenance Café. Jazz Age is the first major museum exhibition to focus on American Taste in art and design during the dynamic years of the 1920’s and early 1930’s.

    Members and guests at CMA

  • Sept. 14, members and guests had a guided tour of Medina Creative Housing Therapy Ranch on Lake Road. The ranch offers therapeutic horse riding for individuals with disabilities. We toured the barn, met the horses and observed a group of adults during a riding session. We will also heard about a recent competitive event and toured the Lodge, which is used for life-skills training
  • Sept. 9, A visit was scheduled to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum in Seville. Highlight was a ride on the newest feature at the museum: the 100-year-old trolley car.
  • Aug. 4, Ohio Light Opera production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Freedlander Theater, College of Wooster.
  • Aug. 31, Wooster campus information tour of ATI/ OARDC and Secrest Arboretum, operated by The Ohio State University.


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.