Remembering 2009

Remember Kimono? The community was abuzz about it for months prior to the exhibit. The Canton Museum of Art’s “Kimono as Art” exhibition was newly opened when About featured Kumi Day, who led Japanese tea ceremonies during its run. Showcasing elaborately embellished, oversized silk kimonos from Japan, “Kimono” was a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, funded by the Timken Foundation, that attracted more than 57,000 people in less than three months — and about 11,500 visitors its final week.

KIMONO AS ART

Remember Kimono? The community was abuzz about it for months prior to the exhibit. The Canton Museum of Art’s “Kimono as Art” exhibition was newly opened when About featured Kumi Day, who led Japanese tea ceremonies during its run. Showcasing elaborately embellished, oversized silk kimonos from Japan, “Kimono” was a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, funded by the Timken Foundation, that attracted more than 57,000 people in less than three months — and about 11,500 visitors its final week. How exciting to see lines stretching out the museum’s doors on a regular basis!

About Your Home began in spring 2009 as an insert into About and a stand-alone publication. This quarterly magazine features tips and ideas — and peeks inside some of the stunning homes throughout Stark County.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS!

09_moversIn keeping with our mission of showcasing the positive in our community, we began selecting “Movers and Shakers” starting in 2009 with the assistance of the About magazine Advisory Board.

What exactly is a mover and shaker?

The dictionary defines it simply as “one who wields power and influence” and “people who get things done.” We couldn’t agree more. These 10 well-known standouts continue to make a difference in Stark County through their work and community service.

Selected in 2009: Steve Coon, Janet Weir Creighton, Richard Jusseaume, Geoff Karcher, Judith Lancaster, Stephen Perry, Allen Schulman, Jane Timken, Tim Timken and Dr. Teresa Wurst.

HOT JAZZ

09_jazzMatt Corey was well on his way when About featured him in a February 2009 spread about three great, young sax players from Canton. Since that time, his career has exploded nationally.

With his funky, hip-hop flavored band, Corey plays about 150 gigs a year at university campuses across the country. For three years running, he’s been named Male Solo Artist of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

In March, Corey attracted about 1,100 area fans to his concert at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

YOUR CHOICE

Everyone has a favorite — we wanted to know yours. You told us loud and clear in our first Readers’ Choice awards, published in September 2009. We showcased 18 winners in that issue — all but three are still thriving favorites today. Here’s a few of our favorite winners:
BEST PLACE TO BUY A BIRTHDAY CAKE: FISHERS FOODS
BEST SLICE OF PIZZA: PIZZA OVEN
BEST ICE CREAM: TAGGART’S BITTNER
BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS ON A RAINY DAY: WM. MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
BEST PLACE FOR A POWER LUNCH: BENDER’S TAVERN
BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS: PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

MMM, TASTY

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The winner of our second Signature Drink Competition was hands-down favorite Vodka Peach Slush, submitted by Cindy Mease. Here’s her recipe:
VODKA PEACH SLUSH

  •  4 tea bags in 4 cups boiling water
  •  1 cup Splenda
  •  2 cups vodka
  •  2 large cans frozen lemonade
  •  4 cups peach schnapps
  •  8 cups peach nectar
  •  1/2 cup amaretto

Steep tea bags in boiling water for 3 minutes. Add Splenda and stir to dissolve. Pour tea into large plastic container. Add lemonade and stir to thaw. Add remaining ingredients and freeze mixture until frozen solid (this should be done a day or more before serving drink). Before serving, thaw slightly (about an hour at room temperature) and chop up until slushy. Place portion of slush in blender and blend until pourable.