January 19th, 2019

Andover Public Library is hosting the 1st Annual Snow Sculpture Competition to allow community members to put their creativity to the test as they compete to build the ultimate snow sculpture. All ages are invited to participate. Groups with participants 13 and younger must have at least one adult aged 18 or older in the group. Maximum of 6 people per group. Sculptures should represent the “Inspiration at the Library” theme.
The sculptures can be anything from snowmen to forts, or even ice sculptures, as long as they do not portray obscene images. Remember this is a family friendly event. Contestants will have three hours to build their sculpture. The sculptures will be judged at 1 PM the same day. In the event that we do not have snow (or enough snow) to hold the competition, the Andover Public Library will provide indoor/outdoor “snow” activities.

1. Each team can have a maximum of 6 participants. This is an all-ages event, but teams with participants
under the age of 13, must have at least one adult (18 or older) in their group.
2. A completed entry form must be submitted to the Andover Public Library by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
3. The entry form will state what you are building.
4. Each sculpture must have at least one team member present at their statue at the time of judging.
5. Teams can use anything to create their sculpture. The Andover Public Library will not be providing anything. The sculptures can be any height, width, or length as long as there is no vandalism of property. Sculptures may only be built on the garden lawn area. No sculptures permitted in the parking lot or on sidewalks. The Andover Public Library has the right to disqualify any sculpture that portrays obscene images and is at the discretion of the Andover Public Library director and/or staff.
6. People cannot be a part of the sculpture, but props and any other material can be used to add to the sculpture. The sculpture should be mainly built out of snow. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification.
7. The building can begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 19. Building and construction can occur anytime before 1 p.m. that same day.
8. Sculptures will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, effort, correlation to the “Inspiration at the Library” theme, and detail/appearance. All judges’ decisions are final.
9. Winning team members will receive a special award and prize.
Snow Sculpture Competition Judging Criteria:
Sculptures will be judged based on creativity, appearance, and use of a theme. Profane or obscene sculptures are not permitted and will be disqualified and destroyed.

Sam Rardin, son of Robert Service High School teacher Joel Rardin, shapes the the eye of a cougar made in snow during the snow sculpting competition in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. The snow sculpting contest is part of Fur Rendezvous, celebrating 77 years of this festival. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Creativity (0 –10 points)
• Does the final product convey an original idea?
• Does the final product utilize materials effectively/creatively?
Use of Theme (0 – 10 points)
• Does the group incorporate the “Inspiration at the Library” theme in a way that makes sense?
Detail/Appearance (0 -10 points)
• Is the final product neat?
• Does the final product include details that help make it more appealing?
Effort (0 – 10 points)
• Does there appear to be a considerate amount of time put into building the sculpture?
• How complex is the sculpture?

First Friday – Home for the Holidays- Ashtabula

ONE DAY only, Dec 7th you will enjoy UNPRECEDENTED HOLIDAY SALES AND FREE GIVEAWAYS at MOST downtown businesses! Whatever you are looking for, Educational Toys, Books, Home Furnishings, Carpeting, Art, Photography, Specialty Picture Framing, Unique Tattoos, Beauty Products, Natural/Organic Products, Health & Beauty, Fitness, One-of-a-Kind Music and Books, Unique Clothing, Stocking Stuffers, Food, Wine, and more!

Enjoy FREE holiday refreshments every store you visit.

Visit and take selfies with Santa Claus (kids of all ages 4-8 ). Take pictures with Mrs. Claus, FREE Christmas Crafts for Kids, Christmas movies, Free Live entertainment!

Stroll Main Ave. to see the magical window displays!

Located on Main Ave Ashtabula, OH

Dec. 7, 2018

10-8 PM


Visit Cornelius Park and Vote for your favourite decorated Christmas tree.

Win a FREE Live 8ft Christmas Tree! (Courtesy of Manners Christmas Tree Farm).
EVERY business you visit, you will receive a free raffle ticket and be entered to win a Live 8 ft Christmas Tree. Visit 10 businesses you receive 10 entries.  No purchase necessary to win, the winner will be announced at 8:00 pm at Framed on Main Gallery.


Lights on the Lake


Event Dates ​Friday, Saturday, Sunday — November 23 thru December 30   6:00pm – 9:00pm

——Special Days and Hours——

Dec. 24th, and 25th.   6:00pm – 8:00pm

Drive through a majestic holiday light display on Lake Shore Park’s 54 acres! Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.


Lake Shore Park

1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula , OH 44004

Cost of admissions

$5 per vehicle

Buses – $1 per person

Mini Buses – $20


Santa Claus, Nov. 23rd, Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th, and 21st

Light’s on the Lake Walk Through, Nov. 29 6-8pm

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec. 7th, 8th,14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd (Call the Crow’s Nest at 440-964-2696 to make arrangements)

Help Your Neighbor Night, Dec. 7th, 8th, and 9th

More infomation can be found here>>

November Holidays are Coming!

With the holiday season right around the corner, I wanted to share a few holidays that you may have considered. 

Day of the Dead- October 31st- November 2nd-

I am going to say it. Have you seen COCO? This day is not the Halloween event in Mexico. It is a day where they honour their deceased family members. There will be events at your local restaurants and you can even search social media for other events. You can create your own ofrenda and put your family members pictures up if you wish.

Sandwich Day – November 3rd- 

Share your favourite sandwich recipes with friends, ask them for theirs or even go support a local sandwich shop.

Book Lovers Day – November 4th-

I am always a fan of a new book to curl up to. Ask your friends for suggestions or possible a book swap for Book Lovers Day!

Veteran’s Day – November 11 (November 10 Observed)

Today is the day that we honour our troops who are still alive and who served our country.  I will be posting an article about areas to go get your veterans days deals in a couple weeks!

World Kindness Day – November 13

This is one of my favourite holidays to share with people. Sometimes we forget that kindness day should be every day. This holiday is a reminder to be a little extra today. I will be buying a coffee for the person behind be today. Pass it forward.

World Diabetes Day – November 14

This is something that has affected our families personally. Here are a few ideas to promote diabetes directly from the World Diabetes Day association.

Support WDD online

  • Share the key WDD messages
  • Promote the WDD website –
  • Promote World Diabetes Day on social media – like, share and retweet
  • Promote the campaign on your website
  • Share WDD resources on your website or social media channels
  • Take a blue circle selfie and share it on social media channels
  • Submit your WDD photos

TOP TIP: Remember to use the hashtag #WDD2018 on all social media posts!

Clean Your Refrigerator Day – November 15

I am definitely taking advantage of this holiday! My fridge needs to be DEEP cleaned. If you like to share things on social media why not post a picture of your amazingly clean fridge once you’re done with a hashtag #cleanyourfridgeday18.  Happy refrigerator cleaning day!

Thanksgiving, November 23

This was probably one of the holidays you were thinking of when I mentioned the holidays are coming. This is a day we can all enjoy our food with family. One of our personal traditions is breakfast instead of dinner. What are some of your traditions? Share them with people and maybe you will learn about theirs too?

Black Friday, November 24

SHOPPING DEALS!!! This has become larger and larger over the years. I am sure there will be specials all over town start looking now!

Cyber MondayNovember 27

I personally do not like dealing with the crowds on Black Friday! Cyber Monday is right up my alley and I feel that I get the same if not better deals on certain things this day.



Geneva Ghoulfest

Come to Ghoulfest to see the creepy, kooky, mysterious and SPOOKY at Geneva Ghoulfest on Oct. 27.
Instead of the traditional Haunted House, kids and families can enjoy FREE age-appropriate Halloween movies and FREE popcorn.

Teens, adults, and children with an adult present can watch Happy Death Day (PG-13) at the Geneva Recreation Center or the not-so-scary alternative of Casper the Movie at Geneva United Methodist Church.

The Ghoulfest schedule is as follows:
7 a.m. – noon: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
5:30 p.m. Parade line-up on Park Street
5:45 p.m. Costume contest (3 prizes)
6 p.m. Parade Step Off
6-7:30: Trunk or Treat in the Depot Lot
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. FREE hot dogs, cookies and drinks at GFD
7:30 p.m. Scary Movie Night begins with Happy Death Day (PG 13) in the Rec Center and Casper the Friendly Ghost at the Geneva United Methodist Church. Movie and popcorn are free.
THROUGHOUT THE EVENING: Scarecrow Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Take a selfie with at least 7 GBA scarecrows to be entered to win a gift card. Take a selfie with 10 scarecrows to get TWO chances to win.

Halloween 2018

Healthy Candy Ideas

According to, these are the healthiest candy to hand out!

  1. Hershey’s Special Dark. This classic is easy to love thanks to the antioxidant benefits of dark chocolate. …
  2. Twizzlers. …
  3. Peanut M&Ms. …
  4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures. …
  5. Tootsie Rolls. …
  6. 3 Musketeers. …
  7. Tootsie Pop. …
  8. Payday.

Best Candy on the Block?

This is the current favorite candy as of last year!

What to do with leftover Halloween Candy make blondies!  Recipe >> Here

Here are some DIY ideas!

Halloween Decorations

Halloween Costumes

Grape Jamboree


September 29th and 30th 2018


According to, “Approximately 1500 acres of grapes are grown in the Geneva, Ohio area.  The grapes are processed into juice, jam, concentrates, or wine.  Specific growing conditions, which exist only in a narrow band from the Lake Erie shore to 10 miles inland, contribute to the success of grape growing in this region.” This is where the Grape Jamboree comes to place. It brings people from near and far. They eat purple cows, if you don’t know what one is you need to try one, enjoy local and fair foods, and even some of the local brewery’s participate for those who don’t enjoy wine.


Click here for a link to all activities and events: CLICK HERE

Check out pictures from past year Jamborees here: CLICK HERE


Follow the event on Facebook at—— GRAPE JAMBOREE

Labor Day Weekend Events

Crawl at Geneva-on-the-Lake

Will end the 3rd.

FB: HighTide Tavern & Betty’s HighTide Fun

(440) 466-7990

5504 Lake Rd E, Geneva-On-The-Lake


Geauga County Fair

13,000 Exhibits, over 2,000 Animals, Rides Open Daily, Fair Food, Games, Live Entertainment and more! {Find Out More}
When: August 30-September 3, 2018
Where: 14373 N. Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021


Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport

Tour unique aircraft, watch the US Navy Blue Angels perform, help pack a parachute, get a picture with a pilot, and much more during this festival of flying, food, and outdoor fun. {Click here to >> Find Out More}
When: September 1-3, 2018
Where: Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH 44114
Cost: General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate, or at Cleveland area Discount Drug Mart locations Ticket Prices


Don’t forget to save the date for next weeks events.

Thunder on the Strip

Event Start: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 04:00 PM

End: Sunday, September 9, 2018, 03:00 PM

Northeast Ohio’s Bike Rally takes place yearly on the Strip of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s First Summer Resort. This year will be our 12th annual Thunder on the Strip. Live entertainment and events all weekend long. Check our schedule for more details and updates. Sponsored by area Geneva-on-the-Lake Businesses!