Local Faves | Activities & Entertainment

We hit the streets in an exhaustive search for the most delectable dishes, shoppable spots and entertaining experiences across Stark County. Enjoy our editor’s picks, and don’t miss the readers’ choice roundups in more than 100 categories.

PUBLIC ART

Elements in ArtsinStark’s continuing project of The Eleven are more than works of art. They are moments in the history of professional football that you can experience–see, feel and almost hear the wind blow over their colorful surfaces, like echoes from the past.

Don’t take our word for it. See The Eleven for yourself. This is a public display that blends in and enhances the city environment.

Almost half the pieces have been completed and installed throughout Canton. The first, a sculpture by Michael Clapper, recalled the birth of pro football at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership. The most recent, a mural by Dirk Rozich, remembered Joe Namath’s “guarantee” of victory in Super Bowl III. Also dedicated were a sculpture by Gail Folwell depicting the NFL draft, a sculpture by David Griggs representing the AFL/NFL merger and a mural by Paul Collins calling to mind the reintegration of pro football.

The story of football’s heroes is artfully unfolding in front of our eyes.—Gary Brown

900 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, 330-453-1075, artsinstark.com

GET SWEATY

It’s where downtown goes to Down Dog—especially just before the Flea. Yoga lovers, as well as beginners, flock to 6th Street Yoga’s monthly Yoga at the Flea sessions that begin at 9 a.m. on the Saturdays of the Downtown Canton Flea, which is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month along Court Avenue NW.

The hourlong yoga sessions are free and typically held in the grass of Market Square, also known as the former Kresge lot. The sessions offer serious yogis a free opportunity to practice and give newbies a chance to enjoy the exercise outdoors in an unintimidating environment. No reservations are required, and 6th Street Yoga typically offers a special deal on its package of classes.—Kelli Weir

214 Sixth St. NW, Canton, 330-354-7426, 6th Street Yoga on Facebook

IMPROV

While Stark County lacks a comedy club, the local improv troupe Scared Scriptless regularly brings big laughs in its shows the first Saturday of each month at 8 p.m. in the theater underneath downtown Canton’s Avenue Arts Marketplace. There’s a kind of giddy electricity in the air watching these sharp-witted clowns gamely create all sorts of silly situations onstage using audience suggestions. And because it’s improv, no two-hour show is ever the same. The price is right, too: $8. This could be a very fun date night, or a place to go with some friends, even better after a drink at one of the nearby downtown bars. —Dan Kane

324 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, scaredscriptlessimprov.com

 

FESTIVE FINGERS

The Hair Shoppe and Spa in North Canton will make your fingernails look festive for just about any occasion, with nail art.

Pictures shared on the shop’s social media accounts show patriotic red-white-and-blue designs, pink flamingos painted on turquoise nails, and lavender nails tipped with daisy designs.

Not every nail is painted the same—the coolest thing about the nail art is that the art on each nail complements the others. Some of my favorites are the manicures where some nails are a solid color, others are covered in glitter, and others have a design as an accent nail.—Alison Matas

6460 Wise Ave. NW, North Canton, 330-497-1651, thehairshoppeandspa.com

GIRLS’ NIGHT

Wine, music, fun and a masterpiece to take home? Best girls’ night ever.

CMA Uncorked! puts a twist on your traditional wine and painting event. Classes are inspired by famous works of art—past events included takes on Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Nude,” Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”—and local artists guide you step-by-step through creating your own masterpiece.

The Canton Museum of Art class is about two hours long including breaks. The class fee (typically $35) covers everything you need for a great evening, including wine and other refreshments, though you can bring your own snacks and beverages.

Classes fill up fast and require preregistration. If you’re planning a celebration with your squad—such as a bachelorette party, birthday party or unique shower—you can arrange a private event.—Jessica Holbrook

1001 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-453-7666, cantonart.org

ADULT GAME NIGHT

Need a night out to play games and let off some steam, sans kiddos? Want to get back to your roots with some casual competition, adult bevy in hand? We’ve got some ideas on where to head for a good old-fashioned adult game night, perfect for pairs and groups.

Canton’s top destination for shooting pool is Fiddlestix Billiard Café. The family-owned spot features 7-foot, 9-foot and coin-op bar boxes throughout 9,500 square feet. From 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily, it’s 21 and older, with an eclectic jukebox, a great craft beer selection and plenty of darts, ping pong, pinball, billiards and more to keep you busy. Billiards rates start at just $5.50 per person, per hour, with $1 matinee prices. Mondays are Ladies’ Nights, with free tables for you and your gal pals.

Had something a bit flashier in mind? Buzzbin Arcade has all the bells and whistles with arcade games, skee ball and pinball, and with a full bar and live music next door at Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, you can hang for the whole night. Leagues and tourneys available.

Want to flex your brain power? Visit Maize Valley Winery every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for Sporcle Live Trivia. This free event has two rounds of trivia, starting at 6:30 and again at 7:30. Play as an individual or gather some friends and play as a team. Enjoy some wine or beer brewed on site and try your hand at taking home prizes. —Jess Bennett

Fiddlestix Billiards Cafe, 5350 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, fiddlestixbilliards.com

Buzzbin Arcade, 339 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, buzzbinshop.com

Maize Valley Winery, 6193 Edison St. NE, Hartville, maizevalley.com

CHEAPO FUN TIME WITH THE KIDS

One of the most affordable evenings around, Canton Charge basketball offers a plethora of kid-friendly activities.

A competitor in the NBA’s Development League, the Charge are affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Games are played at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

In addition to game night giveaways and seeing great players up close, the team’s kids’ activities include:

READ TO ACHIEVE: A year-round campaign designed to help elementary and middle school students develop a lifelong love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly with children.

JR. NBA CLINICS: Charge Up: Get FIT! A comprehensive health and wellness platform that encourages young people to be physically active and maintain well-balanced nutrition.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: Through the generosity of season ticket holders and corporate partners, the Charge offer complimentary tickets to children and families who normally would not be able to attend a home game.

Children also are welcome out on the court during halftime to compete in various contests for prizes, and after the game to shoot baskets.—Charita Goshay

canton.gleague.nba.com

ROW ON THE RIVER

One of the most peaceful ways to see western Stark County is from a canoe along the Tuscarawas River.

The Trailhead Canoe Livery in Massillon makes it easy for you to do so fuss-free.

The livery offers 3-mile and 6-mile canoe trips that can take up to two hours to complete. The best part is that the livery provides a driver to transport you up the river to the starting point and you paddle downstream to the livery (where you parked your car) so there’s no waiting around for a ride after the trip is over.

You also can try a 3-mile or 6-mile pedal-paddle combination ride where you rent a bicycle from the nearby Ernie’s Bicycle Shop and pedal to the starting point, then canoe back. The livery ensures the canoes are ready for you at the starting point and then will return the bicycles to the store.—Kelli Weir

135 Lake Ave. NW, Massillon, 330-832-5111, erniesbikeshop.com/trailhead-canoe-livery