Shop, Sip, Get in the Holiday Spirit and Remember the Edmond Fitzgerald: Valley Views

SORROW FALLS, Ohio — In memory of Edmond Fitzgerald: Solon Historical Society will present a program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 with U.S. Coast Guard veteran Michael Zronek honoring the 46th anniversary of the sinking of the commercial vessel, the Edmond Fitzgerald, in Lake Superior during an early winter storm dubbed “The November Witch.” The tragedy claimed the lives of 29 sailors and was made famous by folk singer Gordon Lightfoot. Zronek, a 1972 graduate of Solon High School, will recount his experience when his ship was called into action to search for the crew. The free event will take place at the Solon Historical Museum, 33975 Bainbridge Rd. in Solon. Doors open at 6am to view the museum. Reservations are suggested at 440-248-3586.

Holiday Market Weekend: Cleveland Art is hosting a Holiday Market from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Reitoffer’s Art, Spirits and Entertainment in the Auburn Arts District, 17711 Ravenna Rd. in Auburn Township. The market offers a fun, local shopping experience as well as local drinks and charcuterie at this eclectic art gallery. The market features a dozen vendors, including The Mostar Honey Co. with infused honeys, maple syrup from Tom Sao and handmade wooden ring toss games from John Prexta.

True to Cleveland Art’s motto, “What’s old is new.” The living room features a new line of furniture made from materials salvaged from Cleveland’s iconic Terminal Tower. Debby and Jason Wein purchased the property that was previously owned by Johnathan Reithoffer, a prominent figure who also had a keen eye for scrap materials. Furniture features bronze trim and moldings with floral designs as well as owls, gargoyles and ornate designs created by 1920s craftsmen for the old railway terminal reused in bar tables, doors, mirrors and more. For more information and inquiries, email [email protected]

Sip, shop and have fun: The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual “Sip & Shop” party from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 in downtown Chagrin Falls with exclusive deals and discounts. Twenty-two stores are participating, ranging from children’s clothing and toys to sporting goods, books, gifts and trade shows and specialty food and beverages. Several bars and restaurants are on the list to feed and hydrate shoppers. Go with a friend and have fun exploring the shops. You can even remove certain entries from your holiday shopping list.

Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. where attendees receive a souvenir drink, attendee passport and offers and shopping bag. Merchants will provide beer, wine and festive mocktails. Participants can win a set of $100 gift cards as well as giveaways all night long. Registration is mandatory. The cost to participate is $20. Remember to buy responsibly. Contact the chamber at

Gender Dialogue: Temple Emanu El and the Orange High School PTA are hosting a 7-8:30 p.m. program on Thursday, November 10 on Understanding Gender, Sexuality, and Romance at 4545 Brainard Rd. in the Village of Orange. The “More Than Pronouns” program emphasizes the importance of inclusion and understanding. Ryan Clopton-Zymler of Sage & Maven LLC will moderate a panel featuring four local leaders of youth-oriented and LGBTQIA organizations who will provide tools on how to speak with children and grandchildren. Panelists include Susan Borison, mother of five and founder of Your Teen Magazine, Harry Hawkins, director of the LGBT Center at Case Western Reserve University, Bex Loebl, high school student and member of the Orange Gay Straight Alliance, and Jes Sellers, Counseling psychologist and long-time advocate for LBQTIA individuals and their families. The views of parents and adolescents will be highlighted. The program is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. It can also be viewed live at

Snack at Bainbridge: The 35th annual fundraiser for the Bainbridge Civic Club from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 features food from 20 area restaurants, raffles, auctions and casino-style games at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club on Snyder Rd. Drinks will be available at a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Bainbridge area Food for Friends food pantry and scholarships. Tickets are $45. Contact To request a limited-seat Zoom invitation, contact [email protected]

Forensic genealogy: Join the Northeast Ohio Computer-aided Genealogy Society to learn more about using forensic genealogy to explore your roots at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 12. The program takes place online via Zoom, starting with the group meeting. Katharine O’Connell’s presentation begins at 9:45 am The meeting and presentation are open to the public and visitors are welcome. To request a free, limited-seat Zoom invitation, contact [email protected]

Recycle those holiday cards: Create your own expressive greeting cards using paper collage and paint techniques to reuse previously used or saved cards. Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own materials or use those from the studio. Students will receive up to four blank cards and envelopes as the basis for their designs. Two sessions will take place. Children from 8 to 12 years old will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teens through adults will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. The center is located at 8400 Fairmount Rd. in Russell Township. The cost is $35 and reservations are required. Contact fairmount or 449-339-3171.

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