Monthly Archives: July 2017

Canton Artists League to Exhibit Caught Off Guard: A Candid View in Studio M

The Canton Artist League has created the exhibition, Caught Off Guard: A Candid View, for the Massillon Museum’s Studio M from August 11 through September 17, 2017. Canton Artists League members were invited to create work that captures an unexpected moment, suggests a narrative with an unknown beginning or end, or includes an unlikely pairing of elements. 

“The Kiss” by Cynthia Capestrain

The public is invited to meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibition opening on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  The party is free and open to all.

The artists whose work will be included are:  Cynthia Capastrain, Ann Cranor, Frank Dale, Megan Farrabee, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Deborah French, Jane Heater, Judith Girscht Huber, Carolyn Jacob, Pam LaRocco, Natividad (Suni) Lopez Ortiz, David Martin ll, Claudia Mullane, Anna Rather, Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Judith Salamon, Michele Tokos, Donna Volpe, Kevin Walton, Lynn Weinstein, Gail Wetherell-Sack, Joan Willms, Yih Yee Wong, and Isabel Zaldivar.
Visitors to the Canton Artists League Studio M opening will also be able to view Stark County in the Great War, Wild (Mid)West, and the Immel Circus.

“Hapless Ring Bearer” by Cynthia Capestrain

The Studio M exhibition may be seen through September 17 during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Anderson’s in the City and the Museum shop, OHregionalities, are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists.  The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists.  Guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
Media Contacts: 
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Fun Fest Offers Free Family Fun

Dillen Dewald got to sit in a Massillon fire truck at Fun Fest in 2016.

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.

Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations. Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.
Special acts this year will include magician Randy Wiedenhammer, concertina player Mike Salvino, yo-yo star Eric Monroe, magician Kerry Kazzam, and John the Juggler. Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story

Face painting is one of the favorite activities at Fun Fest.

times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, and athletic events. Emergency crews and vehicles, musical groups, and others offer programs of interest to young people.

Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information this year will be churches, St. Paul’s Cub Scouts, andMassillon cheerleaders. The Tuslaw Lions train ride and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  The Troll Hole Museum, Sky Zone Belden Village, The Bird Nerds Rescue and Sanctuary, Massillon fire and police departments, and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band Drum Line will participate.  Dozens more will join them.
Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum crafts, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. The Massillon Family YMCA will offer a 50¢ swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gold sponsors include MCTV, Downtown Massillon Association, the City of Massillon, Rotary Club of Massillon, and Midwest Industries.  Silver sponsors are Farmers National Bank, Amherst Meadows, Advanced Industrial Roofing, Home Appliance, and Danbury Senior Living. Massillon Eagles #190, Hampton Inn Massillon, Smiley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, McDonald’s, General Dentistry, and Heitger Funeral Home are bronze sponsors.  Flowers by Pat and HD Davis CPSs are Fun Fest Friends.

The New England Garden Club helps children create live flower arrangements each year.

Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV touts the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

Additional groups that wish to set up booths may call McAllister at 330-833-6655 to inquire until August 5. Participants MUST provide a free or nearly free activity for kids. 
Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit
For details, visit and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330.833-6655. 
Media Contacts:
Liz Gessner McAllister, MCTV  –  330-833-6655
Nancy Jobe, Massillon Museum  –  330-833-4061 x114
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum  –  330-844-1525


The North Canton Playhouse Presents: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Musical

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Directed by Debbie Cardy
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 
Performance Dates: July 27 – August 13, 2017 
Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)
Tickets:  General Admission $15
Story Time with Belle: Child Ticket $10, Accompanying Adult free
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts: Child Ticket $15, Adult Ticket $10

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at by clicking “Beauty and the Beast tickets”.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Story Time with Belle:
Come and listen to a story told by your favorite princess, Belle, with the help from some of her friends. There will be a special copy of the Little Golden Book of the original “Beauty and the Beast” story signed by the entire cast given out to all the children along with a treat. The event will cost $10 per child (accompanying parents are at no additional charge but they must make a reservation). Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts:
Come and dine in our French provincial town and meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They will be coming around to the tables to visit and you will be able to get their autograph in a special coloring/autograph book designed just for this occasion. This will be a special “reservation only” lunch that will include a light meal (sandwiches, fruit and cookies) and all the tea you would like. Mrs. Potts will be sharing a few thoughts with the children as well as a story where the enchanted objects solve a  mystery along with the help of the audience. The parent meal does not include the autograph/coloring book and other extra items for the children. Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

Navarre’s Annual Art Fest August 19th

Calling all artists (and art lovers) – It’s time for the 5th annual Navarre Village Art Fest –
rain or shine on Historic Rochester Sqaure (Rt 62/Canal St. & center St.) at the SW corner
of Navarre, Ohio on Saturday August 19th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. And admission is

Come see the works of many area artist – Billy Jacobs, Aimee Sauls, Don Weisgarber,
Steve Shonk, Jim Neely, Tim Sidel, & Heidi Yoder among others – including oil/acrylic
& watercolor paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-made wooden bowls & utensils,
furniture, pottery, stained glass, and many other unique & quality items.

Art is the main event, but don’t miss the live music, fun kid’s art booth and giveaway –
all free! Bring your appetite – food vendors on site and around the square. Like their
Facebook pages for more details: visit VillageArtFest or VisitNavarreOhio.

Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All Play

Auditions for the Massillon Museum-sponsored rendition of Sandra Perlman’s full-length play, Dear Mother and All, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.

This play, last produced in Massillon in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier in World War I. He and his family, through letter-writing, share the daily ups and downs of life during the “War to End All Wars.” The complete collection of correspondence is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which is on view now through Veterans Day weekend.

The cast is comprised of 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum. The performance will be Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon.

For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at  “Please come, audition, and be part of this show,” Harding said. “We need local actors and actresses to bring this touching local story to life.”

Funding for the production—an effort to kick-start a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111

Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, July 16, 2017 – In partnership with the Hoover Historical Center, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company, beginning Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This exhibition of artwork by well-respected local artist, Ellsworth Smith, will offer visitors a snapshot of his paintings featuring historic depictions of North Canton, including; a Hoover family residence, views of Main Street, The Hoover Company headquarters, North Canton Community Building, and much more.

Rare original cartoon strips drawn by Ellsworth Smith will also be featured in the exhibition along with archival objects from the collection of the Hoover Historical Center that feature the work of Ellsworth Smith in his role as Art Director of The Hoover Company, a position he held from 1922 through 1960, when he retired after 40 years with the company.

The exhibit will be on display in the Little Art Gallery Tuesday, August 8 through Saturday, September 30, 2017. A public reception and discussion will be hosted by the Little Art Gallery Tuesday August 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Additional artwork by Smith can be viewed at the Hoover Historical Center, which provides free guided tours each Thursday through Saturday afternoon at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. from March through October. The Hoover Historical Center is located at 1875 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

“This partnership between the gallery and the Hoover Historical Center emerged as a result of the opportunity to showcase Hoover Company history through art,” explained Elizabeth Blakemore, curator
for the Little Art Gallery. “The gallery has three original Ellsworth Smith watercolor pieces and three limited edition prints in our permanent collection; we’re really excited to showcase these as part of a more thorough collection of North Canton history through this exhibit,” she added.

Smith’s memoire, My Story, is available for viewing at the North Canton Public Library and can be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at the Hoover Historical Center for $10.

The Little Art Gallery was established in 1930 in a second floor room of the North Canton Public Library, then located in a frame house on Main Street where the North Canton YMCA currently stands. The Hoover Company and two Hoover Company employees, one of whom was Ellsworth Smith and the other, Esta Stoner, were instrumental in the conception of the gallery. The North Canton Public Library, located at 185. N. Main Street, continues to house the gallery, which is open regular library hours. Currently, the gallery’s permanent collection includes more than 200 pieces.

CSO Announces New Assistant Conductor

Canton Symphony Orchestra appoints

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz as Assistant Conductor 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz has been named Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  With this position, he becomes the Director of the Canton Youth Symphonies, and takes on the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s various educational concerts and pops series.

Matthew comes to the Canton Symphony Orchestra from New York City, NY, where he is conductor and Artistic Director of Apotheosis Opera.  Currently in its fourth season, Apotheosis Opera has scheduled Richard Strauss’ Capriccio for its summer opera experience.  Some of Matthew’s other conducting experiences in New York and New England include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Mannes Opera, and Wakefield Choral Society.  Other positions held by Matthew include accompanying The Charles River Chorale and Children’s Choir, and choir director and organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Holliston, MA.

Matthew earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, NY, and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brown University in Providence, RI.  His primary teachers include David Hayes, Vittorio Parisi, Johnathan Schiffman, and James Fellenbaum.

Under Mr. Jaroszewicz’s direction, the Canton Youth Symphonies will perform 3 concerts during the 2017-2018 season.  The Canton Youth Symphonies, now three orchestras strong, give young musicians of all ages the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a full orchestra.  Auditions for this year’s Canton Youth Symphonies will be held at the end of August, dates are still pending.    Students interested in auditioning should call Irene Barker, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 330-452-3434 ext. 604 to reserve an audition time.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

2017 Patio Parties Summer Concert Series at the North Canton Public Library

Later this month, the North Canton Public Library will host its second annual Patio Parties series of concerts on the Little Art Gallery patio. The Patio Parties will begin at 12 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. on Fridays, July 21 and July 28. Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or dinner. The music will be friendly to all ages.

The reaction to the series, introduced in 2016, was extremely positive. “Based on the feedback about the last year’s Patio Parties, we knew we wanted to bring live music to downtown North Canton again this year,” explained Christina Weyrick, community relations manager for the library. “Several attendees asked if we might consider a 5 p.m. concert so those who work outside the city could attend, and we are excited to have added two 5 p.m. shows in addition to two 12 p.m. concerts this year,” she added.

The 2017 Lineup:

July 21 at noon – All Requests, All Hour with Dustin Allen

Dustin is a singer/songwriter from Ohio and front man of Cleveland-based rock band Hope for the Hollow.

July 21 at 5 p.m. – An Acoustic Show with Hope for the Hollow

Hope for the Hollow is a popular five-piece modern rock/pop outfit from Cleveland/Akron, Ohio.

July 28 at noon – The Angie Haze Project

Bells around her ankle, a handmade tambourine shoe, drums/percussion encircling her piano, a guitar, a cowbell, melodica, and a kazoo; Angie Haze, the Italian American, singer-songwriting entertainer, showcases herself as a one-woman band playing multiple instruments simultaneously while also singing.

July 28 at 5 p.m. – Erin Nicole Neal and The Chill Factors

Erin Nicole and The Chill Factors venture in several genres to collectively accommodate the members many years of experience between Blues, Jazz, Rock and Soul! Influences range from many artists including but not limited to: The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, AC/DC, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Chick Corea, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many more.

The North Canton Public Library has planned an Epic Summer of programming, events and reading clubs for 2017. The Epic Summer includes the Patio Parties, the Family Film Fridays outdoor film series held in Witwer Park the second Friday of June, July and August, a mobile farmer’s market at the library each Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and more! The result is a comprehensive summer of activity in the center of North Canton.

For additional information about the concert series or any of the library’s programs, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712×331 or