BEREA, Ohio – Looking for a unique gift near you this holiday season?
Look no further than the Berea Historical Society’s Mahler Museum souvenir shop, 118 East Bridge St., where you’ll find Westerwald Pottery soup bowls and coffee mugs, as well as historical books, calendars and gifts. ‘other items with local flavors.
Numerous books advertise the history of the city, including some by local authors including Pat Mote, who wrote several Arcadia publications, including “Legendary Locals of Berea” and “Upon the Rock”, a historical fiction centered on Berea.
âBooks are the biggest sellers,â said Nancy Gillihan, who oversees the operations of the museum store. Book offerings include Mickey Sego’s hugely popular “Berea at Mid-Century,” his “Career Story” and Kit Whipple’s colorful Cleveland characters.
For readers interested in Berea’s historic sandstone quarries, there is âHistory of the Quarriesâ by Sego and âBerea Sandstone Quarries of Ohioâ by Ralph Pfingston. “
âWinners Manual for the Game of Life,â by former Ohio Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, is available as a hardcover or CD set.
The museum shop also carries a selection of wooden replicas of Cats Meow Village, including The Little Red Schoolhouse, Berea High School, and St. Mary’s Church and School.
If books aren’t your thing, there are T-shirts and tote bags, decorative bookmarks, Berea photo prints by Roy Jenkins or Don Jones, commemorative prints suitable for framing.
The museum shop also offers pieces of slate from old houses for $ 2 each. âThey make excellent canvases for painters,â said Gillihan. There is also a selection of slate paintings completed by Candace Brown.
âThese gifts can be given to anyone – for a keepsake newborn, a graduate, or grandparents,â said Gillihan. âIt’s a great way to remember Berea, whether it’s your hometown or (for someone) just visiting.â
Normal museum shop hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Weekend overtime is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and evenings 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 14 and 16.
The museum will close for the season on December 17 and reopen on March 1, 2022.
Cookies and crafts: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 50 East Bagley Road, Berea, will host a soup, cookie and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 11.
Guests are advised to park behind the church.
Imagine your pet: Bring your pet for photos with Santa from 10 a.m. at 12 p.m. on December 18 at Middleburg Heights Recreation Center, 16000 East Bagley Road (inside, near the fountain).
Proceeds from this event will help support the Middleburg Heights Animal Control Division and help kennel animals in need of medical attention and unclaimed pets.
Help complete the Department of Animal Control Wish List for Medical Expense Support, Tractor Supply Gift Cards, Petco Gift Cards, Bleach, Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener and paper towels.
Talking about turkey: I once saw wild turkeys in our area, hanging out in a wooded area on Eastland Road in Berea, but unlike Rhon Lynn Duong of Middleburg Heights, I was never chased by them.
Duong said she was in the vicinity of Midpark High School some time ago when three gobblers started to “advance” towards her.
âI was pushing my youngest grandson in a stroller,â she said. âPersonally, I am not afraid of them, but I was worried that they would disturb the baby. It was then that we started charging towards us!
Duong writes on the Middleburg Heights Community Facebook page that she âpicked up that damn stroller and ran so fast, blowing and blowing to breathe and when I looked at my grandson he was laughing. I swear it took me an hour to catch my breath!
150th of the church: St. Adalbert Catholic Church is planning its 150th anniversary in 2023, with a series of community events – the first of which will be a traditional Polish dinner on December 11 at the church’s Keller Center, 66 Adalbert St.
A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with free beer and wine, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature a 50/50 raffle and a presentation on the history of the church – Ohio’s first Catholic church. Memories will be on display.
Tickets cost $ 25 for adults and $ 15 for children ages 3-12. There is no charge for children 2 years old and under.
Tables for eight people can be reserved at a reduced price. Tickets are on sale now, after weekend Masses, or at the parish presbytery. For more information, call 440-234-6830.
Church Street Ministries Pantry: 1480, chemin Bagley, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Mini pantry: There are two free small pantries located near the Popular Community Church and Berea Branch Library. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.
Arise in love: Free hot meal from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street Drive-up only. The next meal is December 19th.
Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, service 5 pm to 6 pm on the last Wednesday of the month. By car only. Meals will be served on December 29.
Pantry of the popular community church: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be on December 19.
Pet pantry: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.
Mobile pantry: Brook Park Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library System, 6155 Engle Road. First come, first served while supplies last. In collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The pantry distributes food on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The next distribution is December 22.
Senior lunches: Monthly Seniors Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Breakfasts cost $ 5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.
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