FIVE BEST SWIMMING HOLES
BY CHARITA GOSHAY
By the time you’re reading this, hopefully summer will be hitting on all cylinders, and you will be seeking some fun places to cool off. Here are our five recommendations for some of the best places to swim:
Baylor Beach Park, 8275 Manchester Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township; includes campgrounds, picnic areas, water slides and sand beach; admission charge; call 330-767-3031, or visit baylorbeachpark.com.
Yogi Bear’s Akron/Canton Jellystone Park Resort, 12712 Hoover Ave. NW, Lake Township; camping, water park; miniature golf; admission charge; 330-877-9800; campjellystone.com.
C.T. Branin Natatorium, 1715 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton; admission charge; 330-438-2738.
Sandy Valley Community Park, 10018 Cleveland Ave. SE, East Sparta; admission charge, yearly memberships also available; active-duty military personnel swim free; picnic pavilions, private rentals available; 330-866-2727.
Clay’s Park Resort, 13190 Patterson St. NW, Lawrence Township; admission charge; campgrounds, cabins, catering services, group rates; 330-854-6691.
IN THE COOL
Air conditioning makes a world of difference when it’s hot outside. Head out shopping, stop in at local galleries or museums or catch a flick at home or in theaters.
Take a break from the heat and go shopping. Whether you’re looking for gifts, new decor for your home or something inspirational, P. Graham Dunn (pgrahamdunn.com) has it. Stop in at 630 Henry Street in Dalton.
Head to Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography (josephsaxton.com) to see beautiful photos and versatile collections. The gallery is a stop for First Friday.
Spend an afternoon learning about football history at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (profootballhof.com). Check out the Super Bowl Theater to experience the rush of the game.
Looking to take the kids to a movie or see a classic film? Head to the Canton Palace Theatre (cantonpalacetheatre.org) to see movies all summer long.
GRAB A SCOOP
BY ALISON MATAS
On our list of 101 things to do: Eat local ice cream. Or custard. Or frozen yogurt.
But, a warning—with flavors this delicious, this quickly could become an everyday indulgence during the summer, rather than a one-time treat.
About magazine researched some of Stark County’s most popular walk-up ice cream stands to see what’s new this season and what’s always on the menu.
New Baltimore Homemade Ice Cream (14738 Ravenna Ave. NE, Marlboro Township).
The portions are huge, and you can get a face on your ice cream—or, at least that’s what people say about this mainstay when reviewing it online. Facebook announces the homemade flavors can—and will—change without notice, and flavor suggestions are welcome. On opening day, the stand offered Blue Moon, black walnut, coconut creme, English toffee and mint chocolate chip.
Patrick’s Drive-In (1101 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton)
Downtown Canton’s ice cream stand is so busy it’s tough to get the manager on the phone. At Patrick’s, the staff is serving not just cold treats but also funnel cakes, onion rings and a plethora of sandwiches, burgers and wraps. But when it comes to the frozen stuff, Patrick’s offers banana Dole soft-serve, old-fashioned malts and dipped cones, plus a variety of flavors of hard ice cream. Specialties include the turtle sundae, fresh strawberry shortcake and a hot fudge brownie sundae.
Cherry Street Creamery (136 W. Cherry St., Canal Fulton)
Owner Lea Jackson has invented a new hard ice cream flavor: nutty cherry, which features homemade cherry ice cream with crushed walnuts and pieces of maraschino cherry. Another sought-after creation is the Fat Elvis—banana ice cream, real bacon bits and peanut butter. Jackson makes most of her product from scratch. On the 2015 creamery schedule for soft-serve for June is black cherry, creamy caramel, New York cheesecake, blueberry and brownie cake batter.
Ro’s Custard Creations (1166 S. Main St., North Canton)
At this shop, which is under new ownership this year, everything is homemade, owner Sev Stephens said. The flavors rotate, but don’t try to plan ahead: “We just kind of pick it week by week,” Stephens said. Employees announce the specialty custard and yogurt flavors on Facebook each week, with choices including butter pecan, Georgia peach and black raspberry. Some popular custard standbys are triple chocolate and white chocolate macadamia custards, Stephens said.
Chubby’s Treats (5326 Fulton Drive NW, Jackson Township)
At Chubby’s, the ice cream is homemade, and so are the waffle cones. After 21 years in business, owner Cherrie Zehnder said the most-requested ice cream at the stand remains the premium vanilla. Fat-free, sugar-free flavors are in and out in 24 hours, while soft-serve has a new flavor each week. “It pretty much goes by what the people dictate,” Zehnder said. Definitely on her list for the summer? Blue Moon.
MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM
By Alison Matas
If you’re craving homemade ice cream—but you don’t have a fancy ice cream maker or hours to wait—we have a solution: Make it yourself in minutes using plastic bags.
For your ice cream base:
1 cup milk or half-and-half
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(A note: This gives you vanilla ice cream. You also can add flavored extracts, chocolate syrup or chocolate chips.)
For mixing, you will need:
4 cups crushed ice
3/4 cup of salt
Three sealable plastic bags—1 pint-size,
Here’s what you do:
Combine ice and salt in one of the gallon-size sealable bags. Pour the ice cream mixture into the pint-size bag and seal it. Put that bag inside the bag with ice, and seal that bag. Seal those bags in a third plastic bag, just to be safe. Shake and squeeze the bag for at least 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. This recipe makes 1 cup. Enjoy!
GET ON THE ICE
Like it even colder? Make a trip to Center Ice Sports (centericesports.net) in Jackson Township for ice skating and hockey. Open-skate times vary, so make sure to call or check online first. Open-skate is $7 per person, and skate rental costs $3.