April '18

Spring in Ohio

The weather here is pretty unpredictable, but it’s almost a guarantee that there will be snow after the calendar says it’s spring.

Canton Fine Arts Associates art luncheon

Local artist Tim Carmany provided a special February program at the Canton Museum of Art for the members and guests of Canton Fine Arts Associates. Owner of the Hub Art Factory in downtown Canton, Carmany demonstrated his unique reverse glass painting technique for the audience. Decorative theme centerpieces and a catered lunch also were included at the event.

Stark County District Library farewell to Tena Wilson

In February, the Stark County District Library hosted a small soiree/open house at the Canton Brewing Co. to say farewell to Tena Wilson, as she moves on to the Cleveland Public Library, and to welcome the interim executive director, Jean Duncan McFarren. Wilson was honored with a proclamation from the mayor for her service.

Test Kitchen: Blueberry pecan pancake bread pudding

My preferred brunch food usually falls in the pancakes/waffles/French toast category, so when I stumbled on a recipe for blueberry pecan pancake bread pudding, I had to try it. The concept is similar to French toast and cinnamon roll casseroles I’ve made before. You prepare your bread element and then soak it in a custard mixture for several hours before baking the whole thing.

So many martinis

If you’re looking for the best martini in town, look no farther than The Martini Lounge at Market Square in downtown Canton. This chocolate martini is just one of 30 on the menu. The lounge also offers wine, beer and small plates. Stop in for a drink!

Bird’s Nest Furniture: Eclectic and stylish finds

Walking into the Bird’s Nest Furniture is like stepping into another world. A well-appointed, eclectic and stylish world. The store at 4718 Everhard Road NW specializes in furniture constructed from recycled wood, and reconfigured and rescued materials from India, along with antiques, home décor items and unusual light fixtures.

Summer Montabone gives her local picks

You may recognize Summer Montabone from her days as a professional fitness athlete. The Jackson Township resident not only won the overall National Physique Committee Ohio State Fitness & Figure Championship and the “Tall Class” of the NPC in Texas in 2004, but she also has appeared in national fitness magazines and on DVDs as a model.

Jess vs. saying goodbye

“If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbors, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door ..." Today, we say “build a better mouse trap.”