Project Learn is a great adult education agency that is devoted to its students. The staff is wonderful and their location in the new AKron downtown Library is really slick. If anyoebn in your family needs help with reading, writing or math, this is the place to start. The staff will do an assessment that places the student in the right class and matches him/her up with a tutor. It's all free of charge.
Mmmmm. What great food scents hit you when you walk in here. If you love fresh pasta, homemade sauce, all kinds of specialties that you can't find in a chain grocery store, you've got to check out this place. They carry items you probably can't find in many places in Cleveland, outside of Little Italy. Even if you don't live out on the northeast side, it's worth a trek to Alesci's.
A nicely designed 1960s structure with a fine capacity for concerts, theatre, and all sorts of performances. Inside and outside, the buildings styling doesnt call attention to itself, but blends harmoniously with whatever is going on within. The acoustics are fairly good, but a large musical group needs to put a concert shell to reflect sound toward the hall, rather than having it disappear backstage. Nice teaching programs as well.
I don't think there is a better railroad museum anywhere. The amazing collection of RR memorabilia housed in the old New York Central depot on Rt. 7 is worth a couple of hours of browsing. It's quiet, non-corporate, a great summer place to take your kids if you're not in the mood for a theme park. Plus, the CSX freight trains that roar by every few minutes right outside the depot are at their maximum speed between Cleveland and Biuffalo - they FLY! The kids will love that, and also the nice operating HO scale layout. They sell a nice book on Conneaut railroading history.
Wow! What a great place for Great Lakes lovers. This museum has a fantastic collection of artifacts and photos relating to the history of shipping on the Great Lakes. They have also done a nice new book with lots of photos from their collection. The building is perched high up on a bluff overlooking the harbor, with the lighthouse in sight. It's a great place to viosit oin a Sunday afternoon summer drive.
This is a really fine orchestra, but they badly need a new conductor. I stopped going to the concerts a few years back, becuae it's all Russian music all the time, and everything he plays is fast fast fast and hard as concrete. This guy has come close to ruining a great ensemble. He's been here seemingly forever. I would go to concerts again if there were a fresh face in front of the group. Can't we get a good young American conductor, maybe - someone to connect with our audience?
This is one of the best train shops in the region. There is a compact but intricate operating layout, with interesting trains that snake around the lengthy main lines. The stock is tremendous, with a good selection of locomotives and rolling stock, as well as a vast amount of scenery, tools, equipment and accessories. If youre wanting to bring your kids in to see some Thomas wooden toy trains, this may not be the shop for you they cater to the serious RR hobbyist. Top recommendation.
This is a really wonderful place to visit, if youre in downtown Fort Wayne. There are several large rooms with very different exhibits. If youre suffering from a bit of wintertime cabin fever, try spending a couple of hours in the humid Rain Forest and the Desert exhibit. The great thing about the Rain Forest is that its got the running water and pleasantly steamy climate but none of the bugs or poisonous snakes! Christmas time is special at Botanical Gardens because they sometimes have garden railways running.
This is a fantastic example of historic preservation and a great specimen of vintage theatres with character. The clouds still move across the sky up on the ceiling, the Wurlitzer theatre organ is top-notch, and the acoustics are fantastic for music, song, or speech. If you havent found a reason to attend an event at the Civic, make sure you do!
It is one of Akrons best assets.
This concert hall stands as an interesting reminder of sparse 1970s design. For that reason it is worth a visit, but in terms of musical acoustics E.J. Thomas is a disaster (the Akron Symphony has had to introduce discreet electronic sound enhancement to compensate). You cant build a hall with concrete and wire mesh and expect it to reflect sound well the old guys knew what they were doing with wood planking and correct shapes. Interestingly, when they want to close the top balcony, the ceiling can be lowered!