Category Archives: Hartville

Fall in Love at Downtown Hartville Date Night

Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been married forever, Date Night in Historic Downtown Hartville is a cozy way to spend a relaxed evening out. Couples will gather September 15th  from 6-9:30pm for a Friday night dinner, live music, after-hours shopping, and an outdoor movie. Cost is $27 per couple and dinner reservations should be made online at

Two dinner options are available from local eateries. Pizza & Donuts for Two includes a PizzaBOGO local favorite pizza, chicken tenders, jojos, beverages, and donuts from Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Hartville’s newest restaurant, Eatz & Treatz, will cater a Pasta for Two dinner featuring regular or gluten free pasta with choice of sauces including caprese chicken, roasted veggie, alfredo, and meat sauce along with a salad, bread, house made desserts, and a mocktail.

Bistro tables will be set up in the square and Chocolate Street will turn into a quaint restaurant. Take a stroll down our sidewalks while listening to saxophonist Logan Martin and watching the sun set. Once night falls (approx 8pm) couples will enjoy an outdoor movie projected onto one of our historic buildings. Remember to bring chairs and a snuggle blanket for movie viewing.

Downtown Date Night is hosted by the Historic Downtown Hartville volunteer group of shopkeepers, local government, non-profits, and residents and sponsored by Spitzer Ford Hartville and Lake Community Federal Credit Union.

Art, Crafts & Plants Highlight Annual Fair at Quail Hollow Park

Quail Hollow Park will hold its annual Art, Craft, and Herb Fair, Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The fair is sponsored by the Quail Hollow Herbal Society and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association. Various artists and crafters will be set up on all three floors of the historic Stewart Manor House.  Displays will also be stationed on the rolling, scenic lawn surrounding the house.

More than 150 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs and flowering plants, as well as art and handmade crafts will be for sale  Visitors will find many unique items for home and yard décor as well as a chance to take in the park’s picturesque picnic areas, formal herb gardens and hiking trails, which are adjacent to where the fair is being held.  The Hartville Lions Club will be selling sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks and other food items inside the Manor House.  They will also be selling beautiful hanging flower baskets. All proceeds from the go toward maintaining the formal herb garden, historic rock garden and historic buildings at the park.

Admission and parking is free. Quail Hollow Park is located a mile north of state Route 619 on Congress Lake Avenue near Hartville.  For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at Quail Hollow Volunteer Association or call 330-608-1487.


Puzzle & Egg Hunt for Teens & Adults

Why should the little kids have all the egg hunt fun? It’s Puzzling is an egg AND puzzle hunt for teams of teens and adults. Games will be held April 8th and April 22nd in Historic Downtown Hartville.

The goal is to answer a mystery question about downtown. But, three words are missing from this question. On a quest to solve three puzzles, teams will find eggs hidden all over downtown for clues, to enter to win prizes, and score a sweet treat for their team.

The first 25 teams to sign up will receive a pizza from Pizza BOGO to enjoy after the game. Team captains should register their group at Be sure to check the page out for a bonus puzzle hidden in the event flyer!

100% of proceeds will be used for events and improvement projects in the historic district. Made possible with support from Visit Canton, Lake Community Federal Credit Union, Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, Village of Hartville, Best Bib and Tucker, and Historic Downtown Hartville Merchants. For additional information contact puzzle hunt coordinator Megan Wise at Best Bib and Tucker, 330-877-3308 or by emailing

ArtsinStark Announces $1.1 million in Grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,075, 000 in grants to 31 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “Donors to the Annual Arts Campaign have made it possible over the last ten years for us to award $10 million in grants to the 7 largest arts groups: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan,” and another $1.5 million to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.” The programs supported by ArtsinStark grants reach more than 200,000 people a year, and is part of its mission to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities. To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit

The Operating Grants approved by the board for seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,039,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board member Ed Levy, who is Chair of the Operating Grants Committee. “They operate at the highest professional level and are so important to attracting visitors to the region.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 127,470 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.
Canton Museum of Art $ 253,750 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.
Canton Symphony $ 326,150 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.
Massillon Museum $ 61,600 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.
Palace Theatre $ 41,625 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.
Players Guild Theatre $ 188,990 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.
Voices of Canton $ 40,250 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

The Special Project Grants go to 24 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $34,974. Ballet LaReve in Canal Fulton is taking dance programs to preschoolers. Keep Alliance Beautiful is creating a mural for a downtown mini-park. The Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon is establishing a young people’s theatre company. “These are special projects being run by organizations and individual artists that show us every day how art is changing lives all across Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. In the spring ArtsinStark will announce another round of Special Projects Grants for schools and Stark County downtowns. Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Organization/Artist Award City NewProject
1 Alliance for Children & Families 3,500 Alliance To offer math & music program for homeless families
2 Ballet LeReve 750 Canal Fulton To provide outreach performances to preschoolers
3 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp 2,500 Canton To produce a drum corp program to EnRichMent students
4 Bonilla, Lindsay 750 N. Canton To present a storytelling & music program at local libraries
5 Bowen, Ted 750 Alliance To offer summer juggling lessons in Alliance parks
6 Canton Calvary Mission 2,589 Canton To produce a fashion & dance exhibition with K – 12 students
7 Canton Tree Commission 750 Canton To hold a photo contest to celebrate Arbor Day
8 Early Childhood Resource Center 1,500 Canton To create interactive texture garden with artist Michele Waalkes
9 Joseph, Craig 750 Canton To produce a season of 7 plays promoting civic engagement
10 Keep Alliance Beautiful 750 Alliance To create a mural for a mini-park space in Alliance
11 Kent State University at Stark 3,500 Canton To produce “Guitar Weekend” with extended outreach
12 Knight, Jim 750 Countywide To provide dramatic readings at local libraries
13 Lions Lincoln Theatre 750 Massillon To create a youth theatre troupe
14 Malone University 3500 Canton To offer a Meadow Mural project to middle-schoolers
15 May, Margene 750 Canton To create an outdoor art mural promoting family unity
16 Pawsitive Ohio 750 N. Canton To raise awareness of homeless animals by creating art
17 Project REBUILD 1135 Canton To create classroom mural with at-risk students
18 Rossetti, Kristen 750 Canton To provide a literature & art class for children 2 – 10
19 Stark County UMADAOP 750 Canton To provide an art camp during Juneteenth Celebration
20 Stone, John 750 Canton To produce a photography exhibition showcasing Canton
21 Washington High Sch. Alumni Assoc 2000 Massillon To increase outreach for annual Messiah performance
22 Venegas, Raven 750 N. Canton To curate and design an exhibition of historical paintings
23 Vigil, Emily 750 N. Canton To create outdoor artwork for area garden sites
24 YMCA, Eric Snow Family 3500 Canton To host One Voice Gospel Choir program for youth 12 – 24

ArtsinStark Chair Wants to Connect All Downtowns to Village

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At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also brought on these new board members: Barry Adelman, Adrian Allison, Marty Chapman, Duncan Darby, Ron Ponder, Alan Rodriguez, and Kay Sanders. “Our downtowns are using the arts to reinvent themselves and to connect to the exciting dreams of the Hall of Fame Village,” says Alecusan. “Making our downtowns super creative places filled with live music and the arts is key to getting young professionals to live there, and visitors to the Village want to come experience them.” For the past 10 years downtown revitalization has been one of the County Arts Council’s primary strategies, not only in Canton but all across the county. Alecusan also noted that research shows that stronger downtowns contribute to stronger surrounding communities economically.

ArtsinStark has worked with the Special Improvement District to build the Arts District in downtown Canton, to install public art everywhere, and to host more than 100 First Fridays. In downtown Minerva, ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva have spent the past five years creating “Market Street,” with the Art Spot Gallery, Roxy Theatre, and Hart Mansion. In Louisville, the City and ArtsinStark have been creating “Constitution Place” which includes the Ahh Gallery and Uptown Joes. In Alliance, the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark are partnering to transform the old downtown into “The Crossing” with The Troll Hole, Jupiter Studios, and the Cat Museum. “Our support for the Massillon Museum and the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre is helping that downtown prepare for more tourists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we’ve provided grants to North Canton, Hartville and Canal Fulton, among others, to start filling their downtowns with public art, special events, and festivals.”

The County Arts Council has also been working with Visit Canton to develop more cultural tourism experiences. They’ve hosted together “Live Music Downtown” grants to support more musical series downtown. They’ve partnered on a plan to develop and rebrand the 100 acres around the Cultural Center as “North Market” and seamlessly connect it to the Arts District to the south. “This is different from regular tourism,” says Alecusan, “because cultural tourists are so passionate about arts and history — that they stay longer and spend more money — which is exactly what we all want.”

Christmas Celebration Planned for Historic Downtown Hartville

The 19th Annual An Evening in the Village will be held Sunday, December 4th from 4:30-7pm in Historic Downtown Hartville. The evening includes a live nativity, wagon rides, cookie contest and open houses at downtown shops. The Christmas tree in the square will be lit in honor of Lake Township’s Bicentennial. Following the lighting, three local church and school choirs will perform. Visitors can also bid on silent auction items to benefit Hartville’s new police K9 unit.

Many family memories will be made when kids watch Santa arrive by fire truck to kick off the evening. Crafts, barrel train rides, and story time in the train car will keep them busy all evening.

Adults, teens, kids, and families can enter the 1st An Evening in the Village Ugly Sweater Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most creative tops, just bring a breakfast item for the Lake Twp FISH food pantry to enter. Also new this year, wooden trees painted for the 2016 Community Art Project will make their debut decorating downtown for the holidays.

For more information call 330-877-9650 or visit