Things to do around the Summit County area
Take a visit to Ramseyer Farms
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 19, visit Ramseyer Farms, 4000 Ramseyer Lane, Wooster, where family-friendly fun is the focus. Starting the last two weekends of September and each weekend in October, Ramseyer Farms holds a fall festival. With two giant corn mazes, corn slides, Hide and Slide Hill with tunnels and 60 foot slides, hayrides, animals, pedal cart race tracks, pumpkin picking, and more there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.ramseyerfarms.com for more on hours and information.
Husband and wife performance
Stan Hywet is partnering with the Akron Symphony Orchestra during the ASO Interlude Season, with a performance by the husband and wife duo of Cory and Ann Smith from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Performing on the Music Room stage in the Manor House, Cory (violin) and Ann (viola) will provide background music for guests taking the self-guided Manor House tour. Masks and social distancing are required in the Manor House and all indoor spaces of Stan Hywet. The Akron Symphony Orchestra is taking suggestions for performance locations on its website site, akronsymphony.org/interlude. Live performances are subject to change. For questions on the day of the event, call Stan Hywet at 330-836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org for information about the estate's admission fees and operating hours. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens are located at 714 N. Portage Path.
Main Street Kent presents the annual Kent Oktoberfest Sept. 21-26 in a completely new format this year. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is being transformed into a weeklong celebration, with participating bars and restaurants featuring a variety of seasonal beverages and specially prepared German fare. By eliminating road closures, street vending, and the live music stage, the celebration is meant to be enjoyed over the period of a week, without the usual crowds and with an “around town” feel instead. There are Oktoberfest items “to go.” A limited quantity of 2020 souvenir glasses will be given away at participating businesses: The Hometown Bank concert series will present a rooftop performance of the Chardon Polka Band on the Water Street Tavern rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. The community is encouraged to mask up and head out to safely enjoy Kent Oktoberfest, For more information visit mainstreetkent.org/events/oktoberfest/.
Brew Ha Ha
GiGi’s Playhouse Canton will host their 3rd annual fundraiser, Brew Ha Ha, from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Due to COVID-19, the event is going to be a virtual format so anyone and everyone can join the fun. It will be an one-hour, live, live-streamed private, ticketed event – complete with live entertainment, a silent auction with mobile bidding, a 50/50 raffle, a live interactive chat host, live feedback from host sites and live updates of the fundraising goal. Featured will be local comedian Mike Conley and an appearance from a few members of The Improvaneers!, the world's first-ever improvisation troupe cast with individuals with Down’s syndrome. Groups of 6 to 10 adults can gather together and watch the live-stream event as host sites. Sign up as a host site and receive two Brew Boxes and 12 assorted craft beers to get your party started. Tickets are on sale for $35 per person or $250 per host site and are available for purchase online at www.gigisplayhouse.org/canton/brew-ha-ha/. Proceeds from the event will benefit GiGi’s Playhouse Canton and its mission to provide free programming for individuals with Down’s syndrome.