I love the parks and trails in Stark County. There’s one in every community, and each one seems to have its own personality. I used to visit them to run and relax. But now that I’m a mom to a 1-year-old, I’m there for the swings and slides.
Sept. 7, Pro Football Hall of Fame Craft Beer Fest: The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hop Culture Magazine will host the Pro Football Hall of Fame Craft Beer Festival with beer tastings, food and music at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium from 6 to 10 p.m. The festival will be highlighted by craft beer from 50 breweries including one from each National Football League city. General admission tickets are $60 and include a taster glass and unlimited tastings from all 50 breweries. VIP tickets are $80 and include access to the VIP area, a taster glass, unlimited tastings, food options, an exclusive brewery-themed swag bag, a limited edition Craft Beer Festival glass and the opportunity to interact with a living Hall of Famer. Designated driver tickets are $20 and include admission to the event and a meal voucher. profootballhof.com
In the era of smartphones and streaming shows, it may be easy to let the summer fly by while staring at one device or another. That’s essentially how my winter and spring flew by, but this summer, I intend to change that.
May 18, North Canton Craft Beer Festival: The North Canton Craft Beer Festival will showcase eight Stark County region brewers and their special guests at MAPS Air Museum. Local breweries include Canton Brewing Company, Lockport Brewery, Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery, Muskellunge Brewing Company, Paradigm Shift Brewing, Royal Docks Brewing Company, Sandy Springs Brewing Company and Shale Brewing Company. Plus, each local brewery will invite a surprise “guest” brewer. In total, there will be 16 brewers, and attendees will have the chance to sample 25 brews. Those looking for extra time to chat with brewers, sample beer and make a “snacklace” can purchase a VIP ticket, which grants access an hour early with entertainment options not available to standard ticket holders. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. for standard ticket holders and 4 to 8 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. The cost is $50 for VIP, $35 for pre-sale, $40 at the door and $10 for designated drivers. For more information, contact the North Canton Chamber of Commerce at 330-499-5100. squareup.com/store/northcantonchamber
April 13: Community Egg Hunt, The community egg hunt will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton. It is for children 12 and younger. Make sure to bring your own basket and meet the Easter Bunny. This event is free and open to the public. cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov
March 9: Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser: Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:30 p.m. at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. The Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges. Preceding the performance will be a VIP Pre Game Reception at 5 p.m., which includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. At 7:30 p.m., the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers, music, specialty tailgate foods, drinks, cash bar and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF Event Center. Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 for adults, $15 for students and $35 for Preferred Gold seating. The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students. The Pre Game Reception admission is $65 per person. There is a VIP All Access Pass available for $125, which includes admission to all three events. Tickets are available online or by calling 330-455-7220. cantonballet.com
Jan. 18, Donut Day at the Library: Learn how to make donuts, learn a new recipe and decorate a mini donut from Peace Love and Little Donuts at Perry Sippo Branch. Check the site for more information. starklibrary.org
Dec. 6, Light Up Downtown: Mark your calendars for Light Up Downtown, brought to you by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Special Improvement District. Enjoy 14 blocks of attractions, ice skating, entertainment, refreshments, sleigh rides, singers and dancers, a visit from Santa and amazing fireworks. It’s fun for all ages, and it’s free.
The Repository Select Rite Aid Stores Spee-D Foods Buehler's Fresh Foods Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations Aultman Hospital Gift Shop Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations News Depot Avenue Arts Marketplace Yum Yum Tree Alliance Grapes in a Glass