We spend our endless Ohio winters lamenting the chill and dismal gloom. On the cusp of summertime, it’s time to rejoice and get busy having fun in the sun.

We spend our endless Ohio winters lamenting the chill and dismal gloom. On the cusp of summertime, it’s time to rejoice and get busy having fun in the sun.

We’ve assembled a 10-page guide with all sorts of area warm-weather diversions — from hiking, biking and swimming to wineries, outdoor concerts and drive-in movies.

Indulge. Exercise. Enjoy!


Splish, splash! It’s summer and time to don that swimsuit and jump into a pool or lake to cool down. There are many places close by where you can do just that:

ATWOOD LAKE PARK 4956 Shop Rd. NE, Mineral City; (330) 343-6780;; public swimming beach, open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, $5 per car.

BAYLOR BEACH 8725 Manchester Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township; (330) 767-3031;; open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting June 4 (open limited days before June 4); $6 per person age 4 and up, $7 on Saturday and Sunday.

CLEARWATER PARK 12712 Hoover Ave., Lake Township, (330) 877-9800;; Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.; admission is $9.25, children under 30 inches tall are free.

C.T. BRANIN NATATORIUM 1715 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton, (330) 438-2738; indoor swimming, open swim, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $2 for students, $3 for adults.

DOGWOOD PARK POOL 365 Seventh St. NE, North Canton, (330) 499-2052 or (330) 499-0886; open June 1 through Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week; $8 per day per person, after 5 p.m., $6.

MASSILLON RECREATION CENTER 505 Erie St. N, Massillon, (330) 832-1621; open 6 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; $6 per person for a day pass.

TAPPAN LAKE 8400 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville, (740) 922-3649,; beach, open 11 a.m. to 7 p m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day; $5 per vehicle to enter park.

TUSCORA PARK 161 Tuscora Ave. NW, New Philadelphia, (330) 343-4644,; 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., $4 per adult, $2 per student.

UHRICHSVILLE WATER PARK 401 E. 12th St., Uhrichsville, (740) 922-1242,Web:; opens in May, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 17 or younger, $6 per day, 18 and older, $9 per day, $2 discount after 5 p.m.


Warm nights, soft breezes, rolling acres of vineyards. Here is a quick look at just a few of Northeast Ohio’s wineries.

BREITENBACH WINERY 5934 Old Route 39, Dover, (800) 843-9463,; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.

FERRANTE WINERY & RISTORANTE 5585 State Route 307, Geneva, (440) 466-8466,; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

GERVASI VINEYARD AND ITALIAN BISTRO 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, (330) 497-1000,; 5 to 10 p.m.Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.

GRAND RIVER CELLARS 5750 Madison Rd., Madison, (440) 298-9838,; noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (Memorial Day through Labor Day), noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

LAURELLO VINEYARDS 4573 State Route 307 E, Geneva, (440) 415-0661,; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

MAIZE VALLEY WINERY 6193 Edison St. NE (state Route 619), Marlboro Township, (330) 877-8344,; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (no wine sales or tasting).

OLD FIREHOUSE WINERY 5499 Lake Rd., Geneva-on-the-Lake, (440) 466-9300 or (800) 862-6751,; noon to 1 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.

THE LAKEHOUSE INN WINERY 5653 Lake Rd., Geneva-on-the-Lake, (440)466-8668,; Memorial Day to Labor Day, noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

THE WINERY AT PERENNIAL VINEYARDS 11877 Poorman St. SW, Tuscarawas Township, (330) 832-3677,; 1 to 9 p.m.Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.

THE WINERY AT WOLF CREEK 2637 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Norton, (330)666-9287 or (800) 436-0426,; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

VIKING VINEYARDS & WINERY 268 Old Forge Rd., Brimfield Township, (330) 678-2080,; 5
to 9 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.


Summertime, and the concerts are plenty. …On the local front, check out these:

CANTON BLUES FESTIVAL A free downtown event, with headliners Elvin Bishop (June 18) and Hot Tuna (June 19).

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME FESTIVAL RIBS BURNOFF At the Stark County Fairgrounds (Aug. 4-6, headliners to be

COUNTRY FEST Clay’s Park Resort near Canal Fulton is hosting the Fest on June 18 and 19 with performances by
Dierks Bentley, Jo Dee Messina, Phil Vassar and others. The park’s ROCK N RESORT MUSIC FESTIVAL on July 16 through 18 boasts Todd Rundgren, Hoobastank, Hinder, Blues Traveler, Bad Company and Starship.

THE CANTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will perform music from popular movies followed by fireworks at Zing in the City on May 30 in downtown Canton.

summer_slideThe summer concert fare at BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER includes Sugarland (June 5), the Dave Matthews Band (June 25),Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (July 20), Jack Johnson (July 21), and Kings of Leon (July 26).

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA’S 2010 SEASON at Blossom will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (July 17), “Broadway
Swings” (Aug. 1), the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (Aug. 14) and the Joffrey Ballet (Sept. 4 and 5).

Coming to Cleveland’s NAUTICA PAVILION are the Moody Blues (July 3) and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (July 20).

Musical attractions at CAIN PARK in Cleveland Heights include Kenny Loggins (June 19), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
(July 17), Spyro Gyra (July 18) and David Sanborn (Aug. 12).


Mark your calendars. Here is a sampling of the many summertime festivals and outdoor events happening in the area.

MAY 27 Taste of Canton, downtown Canton.

JUNE 9-12 Greek Summerfest, St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, Canton.

JUNE 16-19 Jackson Township Community Celebration, Jackson North Park.

JUNE 17-19 Bolivar Strawberry Festival, downtown Bolivar.

JUNE 18-19 Canton Blues Festival, downtown Canton.

JUNE 19 Cruise-On-In and Dance Party, downtown Massillon.

JUNE 20 Father’s Day Car Show, Stan Hywet Hall, Akron.

JUNE 23-26 Alive 2010 Christian Music Festival, Atwood Lake Park, Mineral City.

JULY 8-10 Olde Canal Days Festival, Canal Fulton.

JULY 9-11 Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights.

JULY 9-11 Italian American Festival, Stark County Fairgrounds.

JULY 14-19 North Canton Jaycees Fair, Memorial Stadium, North Canton.

JULY 16 Island Party, Massillon Museum.

JULY 17-18 Hudson Wine Festival, downtown Hudson.

JULY 28-AUG. 9 Ohio State Fair, Columbus.

JULY 30-31 Balloon Classic Invitational and Jackson-Belden Food Fest, Kent State University Stark Campus, Jackson Township.

AUG. 4-6 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff, Stark County Fairgrounds.

AUG. 5-22 Carnation Festival, Alliance.

AUG. 7-8 Zoar Harvest Festival, Zoar.

AUG. 14 Downtown Massillon Funfest.

AUG. 20-21 Constitution Lift-Off Festival, Metzger Park, Louisville.

AUG. 20-22 Gallery On the Greens, Glenmoor Country Club.

AUG. 21-22 North Canton Main Street Festival.

AUG. 28-29 Great Trail Festival, Great Trail Farm, Malvern.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 6 Stark County Fair, Canton.

SEPT. 3-6 Taste of Cleveland,Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland.


Heading out to a strawberry field on a June morning, kids and buckets in tow, is one of my favorite summer trips.

The outing is a sensory experience like no other. Rows of glossy green plants are bejeweled with bright red berries, their heady scent perfuming the air.We sit or kneel on the straw bedding between the rows, relishing the warm sun on our backs, foraging for the ripest fruit, talking about our plans for summer, and yes, occasionally popping a pilfered berry into our mouths. How could we possibly resist a sample?

We take our treasure home for snacking, shortcakes and freezer jam. And months later on bitter cold winter mornings, memories of these pleasant outings are revived with each knife-spread of sweet strawberry jam.

We are fortunate to have several pick-your-own strawberry farms nearby, many with several varieties of berries. Adam’s has eight acres of plants, with seven varieties.

The Waltzes have 148 rows of Earliglow and Cavendish varieties.

“I just love the Earliglows for jam,” says Dawn Waltz. “They make the sweetest jams.”

So start thinking about boots and bug spray, sunscreen and straw hats, berry containers and recipes.

Strawberry season generally begins the second week of June, depending on the weather. Be sure to call ahead to check on times and make sure the fields are ready.

Another way to celebrate strawberries is to attend one of Ohio’s strawberry festivals, all with something special to offer.

The Bolivar festival is in its sixth year, and I personally can vouch for its luscious battered and deep-fried strawberries. Other festivals have a long history of tasty tradition — Bedford’s is in its 46th year, and Troy’s 33-year-old festival draws 150,000 people.


Adam’s Strawberry Patch, 10123 Lawndel Rd., Navarre, (330) 767-4109.

Krantz Berry Farm, 2214 N. Walnut St., Dover, (330) 343-1075.

Stoffer’s Farm Market, 5510 Rochester Rd., Homeworth, (330) 525-7447.

Waltz Strawberry Farm, 13336 Freed St., Paris Township, (330) 862-2547.


Bedford Strawberry Festival, June 11-13,

Bolivar Strawberry Festival, June 17-19;

Troy Strawberry Festival, June 4-6;

London Strawberry Festival, June 24-26;

Newark Strawberry Festival, June 4-6;


2 cups regular flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2⁄3 cup sugar, or to taste
1 10-ounce package frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed, or 2 cups fresh, sliced
2 eggs, well beaten
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1⁄4 cup chopped pecans
1⁄4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together dry ingredients in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including juice, stirring just to mix well. Pour into greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or 23⁄4 -inch muffin tins. Bake loaf for about an hour or
muffins for about 20 minutes, until golden and tops spring back when touched lightly. Serve warm or cold with whipped butter or cream cheese. Freezes well.


It can be a long summer if wails of “Mom, I’m bored!” persist. End that whining with some of these places to take the kids:


AFRICAN SAFARI WILDLIFE PARK 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, (419) 732-3606,; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 7; $17.95 for children and adults 7 and older, $11.95 for children ages 4 to 6, free for children 3 and younger. AKRON ZOO 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, (330) 375-2550,; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May through October; $10 for ages 15 and older, $7.50 for seniors, $6 for children ages 2 to 14, free for Akron Zoo members.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, (216) 6616500,; Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $10 for everyone 12 and older, $7 for children 2 to 11; younger than 2 are free.

AMUSEMENT CEDAR POINT Sandusky, www.; $45.99 for those 48 inches or taller; $19.99 for those shorter than 48 inches; free for children 2 and younger; $15 for daily parking per oversize vehicle, $10 for daily parking.

SLUGGERS AND PUTTERS 333 Lafayette Dr. NW, Canal Fulton, (330) 854-6999,; 3 p.m. until dark Monday through Friday, noon until dark Saturday and Sunday; call for pricing.

MCDUFFER’S PARK MINIATURE GOLF 5656 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 499-9611, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; $5.50.

LASER QUEST 4716 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 966-9966,,6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday; general admission, $8.

ART AKRON ART MUSEUM 1 S. High St., Akron, (330) 376-9185;; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Monday and Tuesday; $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 65 and older, free for children 12 and younger and members.

CANTON MUSEUM OF ART 1001 Market Ave. N, (330) 453-7666; www.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday. Closed Monday; $6 for adults, free for children 12 and younger andmembers.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland; (216) 421-7340;; 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday,Thursday, Saturday andSunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Closed Monday. Free.


Dozens of opportunities await children at area summer camps. Here’s a glimpse at some that caught our eye:

PLEASANT HILL OUTDOOR CENTER SUMMER CAMPS Ages 6-16 Perrysville (419) 938-3715

SEVEN RANGES BOY SCOUT CAMP Weeklong camps from June 20-August 7 Kensington, OH (330) 738-2085

CAMP INVENTION Grades 1 through 6 Lake Township (800) 968-4332


CLEVELAND BROWNS FOOTBALL CAMP June 16-20 and June 23-27 Browns Flag Camp (boys and girls ages 8-12) Browns Equipment Camp (boys and girls ages 11-14; equipment provided) Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea (216) 928-7300

COUNTRY SCHOOL FARM Ages 6-13 Holmes County (330) 231-2963

S’CAMP, OLD TRAIL SCHOOL’S SUMMER CAMP 18 months to 14 years Bath (330) 460-4168, ext. 469 S’

CAMP ECCO Elementary through high school Carrollton (330) 739-4200


“ARTSY-FARTSY” CAMP Bead Boutique, Canton Grades 3-8 (330) 479-9598

ZOOCAMP, AKRON ZOO Ages 2-16 Akron (330) 375-2550

CAMP WAKONDA OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANTON Grades 1 through 12 Sherrodsville (330) 735-2740

CAMP TIPPECANOE Ages 7 and older Harrison County (330) 499-2587

CAMP CARL Ages 6-17 Ravenna (330) 315-5665

YMCA CAMP Y-NOAH 815 Mount Pleasant St. Clinton (330) 896-1964

CAMP COUNTRY DAY Ages 6-12 Canton

CAMP CHOF OF CANTON Baptist Temple Grades K through 12 Dalton

GREAT TRAIL GIRL SCOUT CAMP Girls grades K through 12 Malvern (330) 433-9485


FALCON CAMP SUMMER Carrollton (800) 837-CAMP

NATIONAL COMPUTER CAMP Notre Dame College South Euclid July 11-23


LYNN AUTO THEATRE “Come as you are in the family car” is the inviting slogan for the Lynn Auto Theatre, the oldest drive-in theater in Ohio. Located at routes 21 and 250 in Strasburg, the Lynn has showing Hollywood double-features since 1937. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at dusk, with the sound broadcast via HD FM stereo on the car radio. Admission is $5 for 12 and older, $2 for ages 5 to 11, and free for 4 and younger. An up-to-date movie schedule is at


“TRUMPET IN THE LAND” The outdoor historical epic about the founding of Schoenbrunn in 1772 will return for its 41st season June 11 through Aug. 28 at the Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre in New Philadelphia.

THE OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Two plays by William Shakespeare will be presented on a stage near the lagoon on the grounds of Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall: the comedy “Taming of the Shrew,” July 8 through 24; and the drama “King Lear,” July 29 through Aug. 15.

THE PORTHOUSE THEATRE “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will be presented on the grounds of Blossom Music Center June 10 through 26; “The Foreigner,” July 1 through 17; and “Bye Bye Birdie,” July 22 through Aug.7.The macabre musical “Sweeney Todd” will be presented June 3 through 27 in Cain Park’s Alma Theatre in Cleveland Heights.


Parks are a great place to go to meet people, have family outings and do the things you enjoy doing. Ohio parks generally have something for everyone, from camping to and biking to boating and fishing plus walking paths, swings and other types of fun activities. Here’s a look at some of our favorite places to relax:

summer_zoocampSOME OF STARK’S PARKS

COOK PARK 1800 block of Mahoning Road NE; (330) 477-3552

DAVID FICHTNER OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER 12833 Market Ave. N, Lake Township, (330) 477-3552

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR 14514 Price St. NE, Lexington Township, (330) 935-0367

OHIO & ERIE CANALWAY PARK Stretches from Cleveland to Zoar;

PETROS LAKE PARK 3275 Perry Dr. SW, Perry Township, (330) 477-3552 SIPPO LAKE 5300 Tyner St. NW, Perry Township, (330) 477-3552

WALBORN RESERVOIR 11324 Price St. NE, Lexington Township, (330) 935-0367


BEAVER CREEK 12021 Echo Dell Rd., East Liverpool, (330) 385-3091

GUILFORD LAKE 6835 East Lake Rd., Lisbon, (330) 222-1712

JEFFERSON LAKE 501 Township Rd. 261A, Richmond, (740) 765-4459

LAKE MILTON 16801 Mahoning Ave., Lake Milton, (330) 654-4989

MALABAR FARM STATE PARK 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, (419) 892-2784

MOHICAN STATE PARK 3116 state Route 3, Loudonville, (419) 994-5125

MOSQUITO LAKE 1439 state Route 305, Cortland, (330) 637-2856

NELSON KENNEDY LEDGES 12440 state Route 282, Garrettsville, (440) 564-2279

QUAIL HOLLOW 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, Lake Township, (330) 877-1528

SALT FORK 14755 Cadiz Rd., Lore City, (740) 439-3521

THE WILDERNESS CENTER 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, (330) 359-5235 or (877) 359-5235

TINKERS CREEK 11755 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, (440) 564-2279

WEST BRANCH 5708 Esworthy Rd., Ravenna, (330) 296-3239

ZOAR WETLAND ARBORETUM 434 W. Fifth St., Zoar, (330) 874-4632