Movies, musical performances and many other entertainment events continue to make The Palace Theatre as important to the community now as it was when Harry Harper Ink opened the “atmospheric” theater in 1926.
The theater’s huge screen—21 feet by 46 feet—is the largest movie screen in the city. Featured on it are selections in several film series and festivals regularly shown at the Palace—silent, classic and art films among them. Even modern first-run offerings make their way to this theater.
The theater’s restored Kilgen Wonder Organ always is a crowd pleaser when used to entertain audiences before films are screened.
Need more reason to come to The Palace? Look up and see the stars on the theater’s expansive ceiling. It makes your visit more than just going to a movie—it turns your time into a film experience.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is in the business of building homes, communities and hope. The nonprofit organization, best known for the homes it builds for people in need, also operates home improvement stores, known as ReStores, that sell new and used furniture, home accessories, building materials and equipment to the public at a discounted price.
Stark County is home to two ReStores.
Their inventory comes from community donations, and it is volunteers who help fuel operations. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, from helping customers in the store, to accepting items from drop-off donors, to repairing or upcycling items. Residents can volunteer individually or as a group for both the ReStore and to build with Habitat.
FESTIVAL/EVENT OF THE YEAR
Since its inception in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival has evolved into a beloved celebration locally, regionally and beyond. Centered around the enshrinement of the National Football League’s best, the festival also has featured a variety of events including the Fashion Show Luncheon, Ribs Burnoff, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, Community Parade, the Balloon Classic, Jackson-Belden Food Fest, the Grand Parade, the Drum Corps International, GameDay Roundtable and more.
In 2015, the Enshrinement Festival and Hall of Fame made a few changes. The Ribs Burnoff and 2-and 5-mile races have been discontinued, and the Food Fest has been transformed into the Jackson-Belden Music Fest. The Hall of Fame also added a Concert for Legends this year, which featured Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Aerosmith. And for the first time, the celebration will continue into September with the Canton Kickoff Celebration and Gold Jacket 5K National Championship.
As projects related to the $400 million Hall of Fame Village come to fruition, President David Baker said the enshrinement festival will continue to expand.
“It’s going to allow us to be a world-class destination for the people of Canton and tourists around the globe,” he said.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
Sluggers & Putters Family Fun Park
333 Lafayette Dr. NW, Canal Fulton | 330-854-6999 | sluggers-putters.com
For more than two decades, children and adults of all ages have made this 24-acre former farm field a destination point. Sluggers & Putters’ most popular admissions are its five-hour Action Passes. Each provides unlimited activities, geared toward certain age groups.
“Admission to the park itself is free,” said Jared McCully, an operations manager and son of founder Tim McCully. “So, parents can buy a pass too, or they can just sit back, relax and watch.”
Attractions at the park include two miniature golf courses (with all props harvested from the former Mother Gooseland in Canton), Thunder Road Speedway, batting cages, Lil’ Dipper roller coaster, bumper boats, Scrambler, bumper cars, golf driving range, flying swing, Space Jets, rock wall, El Paso railroad, Flying Monkey arcade, Monkey Jumper and soccer golf.
The Auntie Em’s ice cream shop, which serves inside the park, features 12 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, frozen treats and menu items such as hot dogs, pizza and nachos.
Park Centre Lanes
7313 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton | 330-499-0555 | parkcentrelanes.com
This 36-lane house has a little something for everyone. League bowling? Yes. Open bowling? Sure thing. Automatic scoring? Of course. But Park Centre also has a variety of offerings to suit visitors, from novices to serious bowlers. The list includes nighttime glow bowling under black lights, birthday party packages for children and a pro shop to purchase equipment—and for drilling needs. Its FoxFire Lounge is outfitted with four TVs, dart boards, a jukebox, and bar, booth and table seating. The snack bar carries a variety of food and soft drinks. A meeting room also is available for meetings or parties. A play room can function as a nursery during leagues or for parties. And its game room includes pool tables, air hockey, pinball and video games, yet another jukebox and snack and soft drink vending machines.
Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. N, Canton | 330-453-7666 | cantonart.org
Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center
209 Sixth St. NW, Canton | 330-452-8211 | lyndatuttle.com
Aultman Angel Auction
330-363-6279 | aultmanfoundation.org
Special mentions for: Cleveland Indians, Horseshoe Casino, East 4th Street, Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Tam O’Shanter Golf Course
5055 Hills & Dales Rd. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-477-5111 | tamoshantergolf.com
Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton | 330-455-7043 | mckinleymuseum.org
LIVE MUSIC VENUE
Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
339 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton | 330-826-1439 | buzzbinshop.com
A Chorus for a Cause
2624 19th St. NW, Plain Twp. | 330-456-3186 | achorusforacause.org
PLACE TO WATCH THE GAME
Jerzee’s All American Sports Grille
5260 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-497-4100
2531 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton | 330-456-9977
Canton Arts District
308 Fourth St. NW, Canton | 330-453-1075 | cantonartsdistrict.com