Local Faves | Activities & Entertainment

See if your favorites made this year’s Local Faves list of activities and entertainment.

Place to watch the game:

Jerzee’s Sports Grille in Belden Village (2-year winner)
5260 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, 330-497-4100, jerzeesgrille.com
Runner-up: Loby’s Bar & Grille

Jerzee’s All American Sports Grille in Belden Village is “the” place to watch the game. It’s not hard to see why it was voted Favorite Place to Watch the Game. With a large bar with views of several TVs and more TVs throughout the restaurant, as well as one at each booth, it’s the perfect atmosphere to enjoy any sporting event. Whether you’re alone or with friends, there’s an option for however you’d like to watch. And no game-watching experience is complete without the right food and drinks. Jerzee’s offers happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and specials throughout the week, including wing night, burger night and steak night. The menu offers lots of appetizer options, including mozzarella sticks, pretzel dippers, chicken quesadillas, buffalo chicken dip and breaded pickles among others. If fries, onion rings and chips are more your style, you’re in luck. Jerzee’s has 10 different options to choose from. You can’t forget about wings, either. Jerzee’s has four dry rubs to choose from, as well as 15 sauces. Load ’em up, sit back and enjoy the game! —Kelsey Reinhart

Bowling alley:

AMF Hall of Fame Lanes—Lincoln Way
5155 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, 330-477-7226, amf.com
Runner-up: Park Centre Lanes


Canton Palace Theatre (2-year winner)
605 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-454-8172, cantonpalacetheatre.org
Runner-up: Players Guild Theatre


Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (2-year winner)
222 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-456-7253, profootballhoffestival.com
Runner-up: Canton Blues Fest

Event of the year:

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (2-year winner)
222 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-456-7253, profootballhoffestival.com
Runner-up: Dentistry from the Heart—Dr. Constantin Farah

photo courtesy A chorus for a Cause Facebook page
photo courtesy A chorus for a Cause Facebook page
Performance group:

A Chorus for a Cause (2-year winner)
2624 19th St. NW, Canton, 330-456-3186, achorusforacause.org
Runner-up: Voices of Canton, Inc. (VOCI)

A Chorus for a Cause goes about its task—its members’ passion—in the manner that its name implies. Vocalists love singing. And they love helping the community. In A Chorus for a Cause they can do both. The adult chorus began fulfilling its mission statement—“Singers Making a Difference”—in 2009 by raising $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during a concert at which about 100 singers performed and more than 1,200 people attended. Since then, the chorus has helped a variety of organizations raise tens of thousands of dollars from concerts that use beautiful music to benefit a cause. A Chorus for a Cause has an affiliate group, Harmony Ringers, a handbell choir. The chorus also is available to perform at weddings, funerals, corporate events or community gatherings. Want to be part of this charitable mission? No auditions are necessary for A Chorus for a Cause. All you need is a desire to sing. —Gary Brown

Volunteer opportunity:

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio (2-year winner)
1400 Raff Rd. SW, Canton, 330-915-5888, habitateco.org
Runner-up: Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

Fun for the kids:

Sluggers & Putters (2-year winner)
333 Lafayette Dr., Canal Fulton, 330-854-6999, sluggers-putters.com
Runner-up: Sky Zone

Charity event:

Dr. Constantin Farah’s Dentistry from the Heart
4410 Executive Cir NW, Suite A, Canton, 330-470-4700, dentistryfromtheheart.org
Runner-up: Aultman Angel Auction

Art gallery:

2nd April Galerie
324 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, 330-451-0924, secondapril.org
Runner-up: Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography


Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-453-7666, cantonart.org
Runner-up: Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Cultural attraction:

Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, 330-455-7043, mckinleymuseum.org
Runner-up: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Golf course:

Tam O’Shanter Golf Course (3-year winner)
5055 Hills & Dales Rd. NW, Canton, 330-477-5111, tamoshantergolf.com
Runner-up: Brookside Country Club

Live music venue:

Buzzbin Art & Music Shop (2-year winner)
339 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, 330-826-1439, buzzbinshop.com
Runner-up: The Auricle

Local social media feed:

@downtowncanton on Twitter and Instagram (2-year winner)
Runner-up: The Canton Repository on Facebook and Twitter

NEO getaway:

Downtown Cleveland (3-year winner)
Runner-up: Lake Erie


First date:

Canton Food Tours
555 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-495-0929, cantonfoodtours.com
Runner-up: Gervasi Vineyard

Let’s face it, a first date can be awkward. Should it be coffee? Lunch? Dinner? Canton Food Tours can help take some of the pressure off of a first date. The brainchild of Barbara Abbott, the assortment of tour options are guided stops at local, off the beaten path places. The most popular booking is for the Hall of Fame City Food Tour: Signature Downtown Walking Tour, which includes stops at three or four restaurants and Chef’s Choice small plate entrees. Other tours are Corks and Forks (featuring wines) and tailored corporate and team-building outings. Along the way, you’ll likely meet chefs, restaurant owners, artists, community and industry leaders and historians. According to the business website, Canton Food Tours is “more than a dining experience and more than a history lesson. A Canton Food Tour is a lively, fun and fast-paced foodie celebration.” —Tim Botos


Fave place for Newbs & Out-of-Towners:

Even if you don’t have a time machine that will let you travel into the future to experience the vision that will become the village, the Hall of Fame (profootballhof.com) is still your best wow-factor for out-of-towners and new residents alike. And if you’ve lived here forever and never have been there? Shame on you!


Fave use of spray paint:

This is a toughy, as there are some gorgeous works of public art. But our vote goes to the organized chaos that is The Hub Art Factory (thehubartfactory.com), home of this year’s fave local artist. They keep things fresh, with work from owner Tim Carmany and other local artists. And if you like what you see on the outside? Head inside, of course!