Without our history of canals and locks, Akron would not be the city it is today, says Don Gordon, executive director of the Cascade Locks Park Association and the Mustill Store Museum, who takes Ryan and Chris on a tour of the park and site of the former Schumacher Mill, which housed Akron’s “Oat King.” Don also talks about the Waterways Renewed project, which will help clean up our water system in Akron and eliminate sewer overflows. Free tours are available to check out the progress of this massive city effort, which includes a giant machine named "Rosie" that will tunnel underground. The Cascade Locks Park site also connects downtown Akron to the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath trail and has helped make the Northside District a destination.
For tours and other info, visit http://akronwaterwaysrenewed.com and http://cascadelocks.org.
Joey Arrietta considers her job a labor of love. The owner and general manager of the Akron Racers professional softball team talks with Cody and Chris about Akron's stake in this league that has now gained an international reach (one of the current National Pro Fastpitch teams is from China). The league will also most likely provide athletes for the 2020 Olympic Games. Attendees of Akron Racers games are treated to a family-friendly experience and an up-close look at the players, who Arrietta says play for the love of the game. She also discusses a recently completed documentary, "Burn the Ships," which profiles the highs and lows of the team and has helped bring more positive attention to the sport and to women athletes. Visit http://www.akronracers.org to order tickets or find out more about the team.
The Akron Art Museum is a cultural gem in our community. From groundbreaking exhibits, like the current “Serial Intent” show that features complete series collections from artists, to the Inside|Out program, which displays artwork throughout area neighborhoods, the Museum has just about anything for all types of people. Dominic Caruso and Jennifer Shipman talk to Shane and Ryan about the Museum’s many offerings, from the Downtown At Dusk free Thursday concert series to yoga and meditation in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden for Wellness Wednesdays. Shane also shares a story about the sheer resiliency of the Museum’s Inside|Out pieces. Be sure to check out the Art Museum at www.akronartmuseum.org.
The Winery at Wolf Creek offers a scenic overlook, locally grown wine and a 10-acre vineyard in nearby Norton. Shane and Cody speak with owner Andy Troutman about the winery's history and what makes its wine unique, and Andy introduces them to the resident goats, along with some of his favorite wines. Wolf Creek also hosts a number of special events, like Yappy Hour for dogs and their owners (which was happening during the interview). They also discuss the recent explosion and fire, during which, thankfully, no one was injured.
JT Buck is a force to be reckoned with in the arts community. He just wrapped up a successful run of “Goosetown,” a musical he wrote and composed about the South Side neighborhood’s ties to the city’s rubber history (as part of New World Performance Lab’s “Devil’s Milk Trilogy”). And more recently, he was named artistic director of Coach House Theatre, which is celebrating 90 years of performances in the community. JT talks with Shane, Cody and Chris about “a million little shifts,” a 20-year career in theatre, spending a year in Vermont with a meditative job and his favorite Akron haunts, among other topics.
For this "in between" episode, Chris ventures a few minutes south to join hundreds of families for the Canton Museum of Art’s “Night at the Museum” event, in tandem with the “Avatars: Relics from the Future” exhibit. Joined by Danielle, he speaks with a number of kids about what items they treasure, along with their hopes for the future, and their favorite jokes and stories.
Like a stream-of-consciousness verse, Akron’s poetry scene is steadily growing and taking shape, and Shane and Chris speak with three of the scene’s promising poets: Noor Hindi, Yoly and Mike Krutel. Yoly and Noor talk about the Poetry in Akron series, which enables local writers to perform their poems and spoken word, and Mike is one of the founders of the Big Big Mess Reading Series, which takes place monthly at Annabell’s. All three of the poets do a live reading, and Shane also busts out her poetry skills with an Akron-centric lyric (with promises of a Spoils of Akron rap in the near future).
Gum-Dip Theatre Founder Katie Beck has been using the arts to transform communities in Akron. Her projects combine community organizing with social empowerment, and her participants are able to tell their stories using theatre as their medium. Katie sits down with Shane and Chris to talk about "Nepali Applause: An Open Air Market/Performance Festival," a two-day event at North Hill’s Exchange House May 27 and 28, which features art, music, dance and the debut of an original play devised by six Bhutanese refugees based on their personal experiences. Among her many projects, she works with teen girls in the South Street neighborhood, along with collaborating with Firestone Park residents to help tell the story of Akron’s rubber industry heyday. Katie also talks about her ideal one-woman play and teaches Shane and Chris how to swear in Nepali. Find out more info at http://www.gumdiptheatre.com/.
It's Spoils of Akron 3.0. As the team tearfully wishes Liz a happy voyage to Key West, they introduce a brand new host (and popular past guest) Shane Wynn, a well known and talented Akronite. After officially introducing Shane, the other hosts re-introduce themselves and Shane shows off her impeccable array of animal calls. So, next time you hear what you think is a turkey or sheep, it's likely Shane with a camera.
In this week's episode, Liz and Cody speak with a few of Akron's coolest kids (literally) to find out where they like to hang out, what they like to eat and why you shouldn't let your kids go to Cody's house. Special thanks to Shane Wynn and Lauren Ward for being such cool moms and letting us interview their children.