Congratulations to Anna Fashing, a second-grader at James A. Garfield Elementary School. She recently played the role of Maggie in the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield's Christmas Cantata, "The Christmas Offering," the story of a little girl who helps her grandpa (played by her real life grandfather, Larry Moore of Middlefield) find the meaning of the true gifts of Christmas. Anna is the daughter of Ben and Kendra Fashing of Freedom Township.
The Curtains Up Theatre production of "The Dinner Party" by Neil Simon opens at 7 p.m. Friday. The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 in the James A. Garfield High School Iva Walker Auditorium. Doors open half an hour prior to curtains up. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $7 for seniors over 65 and children under 12. There is a discount for groups of more than 15 people for $5 per person. Thank you to our sponsors -- Ryser Insurance and Ellerhorst-Russell Insurance Agency. This production is signed for the hearing impaired.
Congratulations to the James A. Garfield varsity soccer team for being district champions. These boys also brought the best season in school history -- two great accomplishments to go down in the books.
The old Giant Eagle building is now open with a great new store: Save-A-Lot opened its doors on Dec. 19. The store boasts prices at 40 percent lower than regular grocery chains. Save-A-Lot has both name brand and generic brand items. Be sure to bring your own grocery bags for packing up your abundance of savings.
The James A. Garfield Music Department celebrated the holiday season with the Middle School Band and their musical presentation to their parents on Dec. 9 in the James A. Garfield Iva Walker Auditorium. The evening opened with the Middle School Jazz Band, moving into the choir, and finishing with the Middle School Concert Band. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The children performed a wonderful rendition of holiday music. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
'Twas Curtains Up's Night before Christmas:
'Twas our night before Christmas, when all through our group
not an actor was stirring, not even the snoop.
Fundraising was active with support from the town
our gratitude goes out to those all around.
Children are involved, within most of our plays
so visions of acting become dreams of bouquets.
Mamma and Papa step out from their work,
performing live theater brings a laugh or a smirk.
Out in the auditorium there arose such a roar
the audience was clapping and cheering for more.
The curtains are closed, and the lights are dim
hopes for our own stage remain rather grim.
So back to the pavement we search and hope
five investors on board but we learn how to cope.
The facility we hold within close sight
but money is short, so we keep up the fight.
Investors will run a business or two
while the theater entertains the old and new.
Until then we hope and the hurdles we jump
but our shows go on despite the bumps.
Money is raised to keep moving on
our community support to always count upon.
Christmas is coming and Santa is near
we've been good and not naughty throughout the whole year.
So Santa, on our list we wish with our heart
our building to turn from a dream to a start.
Our storage is busting with props all shoved in
the set men always unload with a grimace and a grin.
So Santa, remember as you fly over town
the Curtains Up Theatre won't ever let you down.
We'll be listening at night for your sleigh to arrive
but soon after Christmas another production will thrive.
Drive safely, dear Santa, and fly with much care
we'll see you next year on stage or somewhere.
As you fly over Garrettsville, be sure not to say
break a leg, but instead -- Merry Christmas today.
Carole and Aaron King are back running Cal's Restaurant and Pizza Express in Sky Plaza in Garrettsville. Carole and her son, Aaron, took Cal's back at the end of November. One of the first things to be reinstated at Cal's is their famous pizza. Inside Cal's is Northeast Ohio's biggest pizza oven called "The Big Bertha." This oven helps to cook the pizzas to a perfect crisp. The oven has been restored and is operating again. Stop in and say hi to Carole and Aaron.
Welcome to Main Street in the newly renovated Irwin Building is "One Real Peach." This inspiring new store opened its doors on Dec. 13. Owned and operated by Stephanie Dietelbach with the assistance of her brother, Jeremy Brown, One Real Peach is a unique store with everything handmade and uniquely created. Many handcrafted items are available for sale. The store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to stop in while visiting the shops on Main Street.
Contact Jackie Loreta-Rinearson at email@example.com.