Monthly Archives: October 2015

Masters Come to Massillon

If your miniature golf game is up to par and you support literacy, don’t miss the 5th annual Masters Comes to Massillon tomorrow night at the Massillon Museum! Impact local students and education when you attend this community event!

All proceeds benefit United Way of Greater Stark County. The event is hosted by Massillon Museum and supported by the Massillon Public Library. Holes are themed around a children’s book and designed by local artists. Prior to the event, artists met with classes at Whittier Elementary to read the book and discuss design ideas for their golf holes. The completed designs are donated to the school following the event.

The following are local artists and the books they chose:

Pam Neff- Tacky the Penguin
Vicki Boatright- The Grouchy Ladybug
Jeff Leadbetter- Click Clack Moo
Gary Spangler- Chicka Chicka 123
Diane and John Gibson- Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
Scott Alan Evans –Three Bears in a Boat
Charity Hockenberry- Too Many Frogs
Dana Setting- My Lucky Day

The event is tomorrow night, October 21 from 5:00-9:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person, $18 per couple (includes a complimentary mashed potato bar, free photo booth pics courtesy of the Massillon Museum, 50/50 and basket raffles. Cash bar is available. Tickets may be purchased online, or by contacting Nicole Thompson, 330-491-9972.

“We Rise” captures important moment in history

By Judi Christy

Admittedly, I am an AIDS dropout. The first I heard of the epidemic was in 1984, when I was newly married and none too familiar with the happenings of neophytes out of my social circle of heterosexual couples and the smattering of gay friends from my time in college and in theatre. I felt bad, sure. But, it didn’t hit home to me – until years later when, after having a son, I saw the movie, “Philadelphia.” Although Zach was just was just six at the time, I was so touched by Joanne Woodward and the love that she had for her ailing son, played by Tom Hanks, in the film. I sobbed through the whole blessed movie, drenching a damn good turtleneck. And, then the film ended and my mother, who absolutely hated the flick, said “Why are you crying? They got what they deserved.”

This, as it turns out, would be the catalyst for one of the largest arguments we had.

Deserve? Are you kidding me? Why? Because they love who they love?

Today, my mother is dead and therefore I am spared at seeing her roll her eyes at the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow gays to marry. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that if she did in fact have a grave, she’d be doing her fair share of tossing and turning in it. Sorry Mom. I will always love you – and I will cherish the ashes I see every day in your urn in my home.

But, would I be able to part with them?

Out of love? Or even out of anger?

This, in part, is the root of the play, “We Rise,” written by the very talented and very dear Todd Walburn, co-owner of 2nd April Galleries in the Canton Arts District. In it, he tells the story of those involved in a 1992 protest by the AIDS activist group, ACT UP. Families and friends of people who had died of the virus, led a very peaceful but very heartfelt demonstration by tossing the ashes of their dearly departed over the iron gates of the White House, then occupied by George Bush, Sr.

Did this make news? I suppose. I was 32, the mother of yet another child and someone who had not yet discovered NPR or the intrusion of what would one day be social media. In short, I heard nothing about this incident until I answered a crowd sourcing plea from Todd, who wanted to explore this topic and write this play.

Thank you, Todd.

The play, “We Rise,” is certainly not entertaining. It’s not funny. It’s not short. It’s not likely to sneak up on Broadway. But, it is timely. Like so many things – patriotism, civic pride, education, and compassion – the AIDS issue is no longer an epidemic. It’s, well, not as interesting as Donald Trump or Caitlin Jenner; not as news worthy as kids killing kids on campus and that whatchamacallit war in God knows where.

But it’s here. And, it’s there, in the memories of those who have loved and lost.

So, I encourage you to see, “We Rise.” Do it for Todd. Do it for my mom.

And, just maybe, you will remember, how easy it is to fall.

“We Rise,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 23, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Kathleen Howland Theatre at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW.


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Judi Christy is the Marketing Director of Fieldcrest Estate and a blogger for ArtsinStark


MUTTcracker Audition and Adoption Event on Sunday, October 25

Owners can audition their dogs for roles in Canton Ballet’s December production of The Nutcracker. The ballet will present its third annual MUTTcracker Audition and Adoption Event on Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Cultural Center for the Arts Great Court at 1001 Market Avenue N. in downtown Canton. There is no admission charge.

The schedule will include a pet and owner costume parade at 1:30 p.m., audition for dogs to appear in The Nutcracker at 2:00 p.m., Blessing of the Animals at 3:00 p.m., free face painting, digital photos of persons with their dogs and other family fun activities throughout and collection of donations of new or used leashes, collars, dog coats, sheets, towels, blankets, etc., along with dog and cat food for local rescues.

Rescue organizations will be present with dogs and cats for adoption and there will be animal related products and services on display by vendors. Canton City Council member Frank Morris will serve as master of ceremonies.

For additional information including applications and details for exhibitors and vendors contact Cassandra Crowley at or call 330-224-3145. Nonprofits will receive a free table and two chairs. For others there is a charge of $25.

Art for a Cause: Palette2Palate event November 7

by: Mary Anne Schwartz

The Canton arts community is again collaborating with the Stark County Hunger Task Force to fight local hunger as we prepare to stage the third annual Palette2Palate.

This fantastic art exhibition and charity art auction will be held at the beautiful Joseph A. Saxton Gallery of Photography on Saturday, November 7th. Thank you Tim Belden for hosting this event for a second year! Doors will open at 7:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at a cost of $50.00. After October 31, the price will be $55.00. Each
ticket holder will receive three tickets for complimentary beverages when they check in at the event.

Heavy appetizers will be provided by Bill and Mary’s Creative Catering, and Kat’s Bake Shoppe will also be there with amazing desserts.

You can order tickets online at, or by mailing a check to our office at 408 9th St. SW, Suite 1637, Canton, Ohio 44707.

During the first two hours of the event, we will be treated to several short performances by members of the Canton Ballet, and music provided by Joy-us Moments. A large silent auction will also take place, and we are so appreciative of the local businesses who have already supported P2P with donations!

We are pleased to announce that the exhibition will be curated by the former director of the Canton Museum of Art, M.J. Albacete. The donated works of art will be on exhibit for two hours prior to being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction will be quite memorable with Jay Spencer assisting a Dimmerling Realty auctioneer this
year. Our notable donor artists include local photographers Shawn Wood, David Stewart, Joe Albert, Michael Barath, Mark Pitocco, Mandy Altimus Pond, Tim Belden and
Michelle Waalkes; painters Nancy Stewart Matin, Nancy Young Darrah, Bob Maurer, Russ Hench, Judi Longacre, Lynn Weinstein, Gail Wetherall-Sack, Ted Lawson, Christian Harwell and Nancy Michel; mixed media artists Joe Martino and Clare Murray Adams; potters Paulette Bartenstein, Liz Eynon, Bill Shearrow, Jack Rogers and Laura Donnely; and furniture artist Joe Rosza. A special highlight is the donation of a painting by Joseph O’Sickey by Gail Martino. The SCHTF is very grateful for the support
of these talented individuals!

This wonderful event is made possible with the support of our sponsors. Thank you to Stewart Photography, Mercy Medical Center, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Canton, Levin Furniture, Canton Chair Rental, Pinnacle Press, Krugliak, Wilkens, Griffiths & Dougherty LPA, Huntington Insurance, A Studio Photography and Kat’s Bake Shoppe.

Questions about Palette2Palate can be directed to event chairman Mary Anne Schwartz at

Guest Blog: It’s the Wand that Chooses the Wizard

Judi Christy
Special Events & Marketing Manager
Fieldcrest Estate

Truth be told, I wanted a change. As the marketing director of a very successful – very noteworthy county arts council, I had pretty much been there and done that for 10 years. Enough? I thought so. It was time to give someone else the chance to spread her wings, and time to let my wings fly to a place where, as it turns out, ruffling feathers was all the rage. (wink)

I landed at Fieldcrest Estate.

Where? I won’t be offended if you’ve not heard of it. I’ve only been here for a few months, and even a marketing wizard like myself, needs a bit of time – and a bit of magic – to make Fieldcrest a household name.

Fieldcrest Estate, in its most basic definition, is a 55-acre, privately owned property at the site of the former Hoover Dairy Farm. But today, we don’t milk cows. We’ve “moooved” on to running an award winning brunch buffet, a historic B&B, monthly special events – and highlighting the wonders of wizards and jack-o-lanterns.

In short, my tenure at ArtsinStark was a solid pre-requisite.

As such, I’m no stranger to oddity and flare, having fun and being just a wee bit off-kilter – skills that will certainly prove invaluable on Saturday, October 17th as Fieldcrest Estate host the Wizards’ Gathering. With a limited ticket offering of 120, the Wizards’ Gathering is a signature event of the property and a personal labor of love for Fieldcrest’s owner.

Sad that the 8-movie series – yes, THAT movie series involving a wizard named Harry – was completed in 2011, she set out to have a party. Her party turned into an event, that later turned into a weekend, that later turned into 5 weekends … and, well – the staff got tired and the eventual outcomes were not quite as magical as she had wanted them to be.

So the reigns were pulled back in 2015 to make the Wizards’ Gathering a one-day celebration, focusing on the experience of a first year entering the enchanting world of the Phoenix School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. (Of course, it all mimics Hogwarts, but we can only get away with so much under the watchful wake of Warner Bros.)
Phoenix students, who receive a welcome letter, arrive at Platform 9 ¾, where they will learn what house they will be in. Hagrid (played brilliantly by Steve Shumaker) will meet them on Diagonal Alley (yes, I know the REAL one is Diagon). They will be led through 5 mini classes by prefects, and take part in a Quidditch lesson by Madame Hooch (the brilliant Cheryl Foutz) and the Case Western Reserve Quidditch Team. Yes, that is a real sport. Students will enjoy a grand feast, compete in a first years’ challenge, and cheer on the house that wins the, well, House Cup. The well-dressed lad or lass will also win a special prize. The whole event lasts about 6 hours.

And, then we rest.

Until it’s time for The GLOW.

No, not the aura that hits after rewarding myself for a job well done on October 17th – but the actual GLOW of 3,000 carved and lit jack-o-lanterns. Think Oglebay without the drive to West Virginia and without Santa Claus. The GLOW, another signature event of Fieldcrest Estate, is a family-friendly experience offering 20 displays that can be seen by walking, riding in the hay wagon and meandering through a maze.

It’s two nights, rain or shine: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $10 for Adults; $5 for children 4-12. Pumpkin treats, including mousse and latte will be available along with cider and my personal favorite, donuts.
And, that’s just October.

For Christmas, we add some spice to our recipe for success.

Grant Deadline Approaching

ArtsinStark is inviting area non-profits and individual artists to submit their concept for a Special Project Grant by November 2. The process starts with a simple questionnaire, available on the Grants page at

“The concept form is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” says Office Manager Anne Wadian. Projects must take place between January – December 2016 and awards range from $750 – $3,500.

After a concept form has been received, grant applications will be provided. The forms, according to ArtsinStark staff, are short and easy to complete.

Guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available at Organizations and individual artists can also call Anne Wadian for more information at 330-453-1075.