Cheli Curran, executive director/ CEO of Domestic Violence Project, Inc., has been serving her community for more than 20 years, mostly in victim service populations, seeking to find voices for the underserved. She and her family have lived in downtown Canton for six years and are avid supporters of the arts and downtown living.
“The Wedding Singer” Oct. 11-28, The year is 1985. The place is New Jersey. A wannabe rock star (aka a professional wedding singer) is left at the altar and finally changes his tune. The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, “The Wedding Singer’s” sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in 20 years. See the show live on the Main Stage at North Canton Playhouse. Tickets are $15. Check the site for showtimes. northcantonplayhouse.com
With a great amount of jubilation, Pathway’s Whobilation Christmas in July Celebration was held at 91 Wood Fired Oven in Jackson Township. It featured celebrity bartenders City of Canton Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei, City of Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, President of Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce Ted Herncane, Dave Waikem of the Waikem Auto Family and President of ArtsinStark Robb Hankins. A percentage of all food, gift card and drink purchases benefited Pathway during this event.
ABCD held its 45th annual Dinner Meeting featuring comedian George Wallace. A highlight was the presentation of the first Judith Barnes Lancaster Outstanding Community Service Award to the En-RICH-ment Program.
Canton is home to one of the largest makers markets in this part of Northeast Ohio. The Downtown Canton Flea began in 2015 as a downtown garage sale of sorts. It has evolved to become a collection of about 75 vendors who run vintage shops, sell antiques, make handmade products and operate food trucks.
Canton native Greg Luntz is a commercial real estate agent with NAISpring. He is married to Janet, and they have a daughter, Shaina, and son, Justin. They have two grandchildren, Arielle and Ivo. Luntz credits his family and community as the drivers of his life.
Little C Music Festival, Sept. 14-15. Enjoy the Little C Music Festival presented by Hey Monea!, a unique music festival experience, right here in Canton. The festival will feature national and local recording artists, with special collaborations and surprises the whole weekend. The festival is at The Auricle. Check the site for more information. littlecmusicfestival.com
Canton Fine Arts Associates sponsored its sixth annual style show and luncheon in June. Titled “Sizzlin Summer Style Show,” the event was held at La Pizzaria Restaurant in Jackson Township. It featured fashions from Chico’s of Belden Village, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, live music and Janet Weir Creighton as a keynote speaker. Proceeds benefited the many worthy art-related projects of Canton Fine Arts Associates, a nonprofit affiliate of the Canton Museum of Art.
The 13th annual American Red Cross Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter BASH was held in May at MAPS Air Museum. The event was put on by co-chairs, Betsy Sterling and Lisa Gaetano, Red Cross Stark and Muskingum Lakes chapter board, Red Cross volunteers and the Red Cross staff.
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