Travel to local sights and awes this fall with Orange Recreation: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Feeling like summer has passed you by?

Indulge your desire for local sights — and scares — this fall, such as the Barberton Mum Fest on September 24, with an explosion of color with 17,000 chrysanthemums, or the Little Shop of Horrors on September 28. , on the Hanna Theater stage.

Sign up with Orange Community Education & Recreation and leave the planning and logistics to them.

Mum Fest travelers will visit Lake Anna Park for the 32nd annual event. Before returning, enjoy a late lunch at Hobocan Gardens, featuring Barberton’s famous fried chicken. The fee is $79 for Orange School District residents and $89 for non-residents. It includes transportation and lunch.

Travel to Cleveland’s theater district for the sci-fi musical “Little Shop of Horrors” including songs such as “Suddenly, Seymour”, “Skid Row” and “Somewhere That’s Green”. Enjoy seating in Orchestra Section A. The fee is $79 for school district residents and $89 for non-residents, and includes theater tickets and transportation.

The travel group goes to Geneva wine country on Oct. 1 for a tour and tasting at Debonne Winery and stops at three to four other wineries. The tour is $84 for the school district and $89 for non-residents.

Let’s hope they’re not serving bone broth: On October 6, visit Steele Mansion for lunch and take a tour of myths and legends, along with a tour of Painesville’s Evergreen Cemetery, which features some famous and infamous residents. Cost is $79 to $89.

Whether you spend your money at the IKEA store or Rivers Casino, the bus is set to take you to Pittsburgh November 4. The fee is $59 for Orange School District residents and $69 for non-residents.

To register for any of these trips or for more information, visit or call 216-831-8601.

How recipes create holiday memories: Gia Silverman presents a program on women’s roles as keepers of Jewish traditions and Rosh Hashanah at 7 p.m., Sept. 7, outdoors at the Wain Pavilion at Park Synagogue East, 27500 Shaker Blvd. in Piper Pike.

Silverman will discuss how the High Holidays are moments to reflect on connections to the past and visions of the future, not only through prayer, but also through the preparation of special recipes. These recipes have traveled through history, connecting us to our families and communities.

The community is invited to participate in this free program. Register by Friday (Sept. 2) by contacting Ellen Petler at [email protected] or 216-371-2244, extension 122.

Looking for big trees: The hunt is on for Geauga County’s largest tulip tree. If you think you know where it is, you have until Sept. 6 to submit your nomination to the Geauga County Soil and Water Conservation District, at Or call 440-834-1122. Judging criteria are posted on the website.

Looking for birds: A 24-hour bird challenge will take place Sept. 9-10 as part of the Chagrin River Bird Search, held through the Geauga Park District, Greater Cleveland Audubon Society and Blackbrook Audubon.

The adventure begins now, by registering on the website under “bird search.” Then check in from 4 to 6 pm on September 9 at The West Woods in Russell Township to pick up maps, checklists and t-shirts — all free — and talk strategy with teammates and naturalists.

Then, spend the next 24 hours hiking before returning to West Woods to submit your checklist for judging and enjoy hearty refreshments, door prizes and refreshments.

Contact for information and challenge rules.

Choose a ‘Waterfall Kill’: Chagrin Valley Little Theater is holding its annual “Murder by the Falls” fundraiser at 6 p.m. on September 9 and 10 at the Main Stage Theater, 40 River St. in Chagrin Falls.

Prepare to help solve “Murder, Center Stage,” an original who-did-it murder mystery play written by local theater critic and entertainment writer Bob Ableman, directed by Don Bernardo.

General admission tickets are $50. Special VIP tickets priced at $75 are available and offer benefits such as a cocktail hour at 5:30pm in the Sears River Room, with complimentary drinks and appetizers. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Ableman’s novella, from which the play is adapted.

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