Winter Solstice 2017

Winter Solstice is December 21st this year!

According to, Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day of the year. On this day, it seems as if the nighttime darkness lasts all day and all night. At the North Pole, the sun never rises on this day. It is not the coldest days of winter, as the northern hemisphere continues to lose more heat than it gains. This will continue until late in winter, as the longer daylight hours at that point begin to have a net warming effect. But for now, heat up a cup of hot chocolate and put another log on the fire! Winter will be here for a while.

By the way, while the northern hemisphere is experiencing it’s shortest day, the southern hemisphere is basking in sunshine and enjoying the first day of summer.

For thousands of years, Winter Solstice has celebrated the new solar year. It celebrates the return of the sun, as every day now will see more sun. The sun is at its southernmost point, and now begins it’s long, six-month journey north.

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction 2017

 According to, “Venus and Jupiter will get together in the November sky, and early risers with a clear view of the eastern horizon can catch a view of this celestial rendezvous.”


Sunrise Monday (Nov. 13), Venus and Jupiter will pass within 17 arc minutes (0.28 degrees) of each other in the sky or just over half the apparent width of the full moon. The two planets will also be fairly close to each other in the days just ahead of and just after the conjunction.




Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day

This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.



Disney made films for during World War II, for each branch of the United States government. Approximately 90% of Disney employees worked in the making of propaganda and training videos during World War II.

Thank a local vet today!


Here are a few deals for Veterans Day week. Please be sure to check your local business to make sure they are participating.

Great Clips

Veterans and active, inactive, or retired military members can stop into Great Clips for a free haircut on Veterans Day, November 11. If they don’t want a haircut that day, they can get a haircut card that they can redeem before the end of the year.

Anyone else can stop in to get their haircut on November 11 and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran, which is redeemable from November 12 until the rest of the year.

National Parks

Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2017, in honor of Veterans Day.

Bob Evans

Is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty personnel. The special menu includes Stack of Hotcakes (Buttermilk or Multigrain), Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Mini Sampler Breakfast, Farm Boy Sandwich or Country Fried Steak Dinner.

Buffalo Wild Wings

The annual “Wings for Heroes” promotion is back with a free order of wings and a side of fries.



Cracker Barrell

Military veterans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Cracker Barrel’s Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Dunkin Donuts

Veterans and active duty military get a free donut. No purchase necessary.

Red Lobster

 Veterans, reserve and active-duty military will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a specific menu on Saturday, November 11. Customers will need to show a valid military ID or proof of service for this offer.

Ruby Tuesday

All veterans, active duty and reserve military service members with a valid military ID can enjoy one free appetizer (up to a $10 value) on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). Offer is valid at all Ruby Tuesday locations, excluding those in Guam, Hawaii, Manhattan, airports or outside of the United States.




Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is held the 2nd weekend in October.

There are 19 bridges in all. The shortest and the longest in the USA.

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival will be celebrating its 34th Annual Festival to be held October 14th and 15th, located on East Jefferson Street from Chestnut Street going East to the Railroad tracks.

Festival Highlights

  • Official Souvenirs
  • Crafts
  • Entertainment
  • Demonstrations
  • Quilt Show
  • Contests
  • Parade
  • Great Food
  • Free admission


Fourth of July Fireworks

Geneva on the Lake Fireworks

July 4, 2017 @ 10:00 PM
Geneva-on-the-Lake Golf Course
OH 44041
33rd annual fireworks display in honor of Independence Day. Launch time for fireworks will be 10:00 pm, so get there early because parking is limited. 

Conneaut July 4th Festival and Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2017 at 10:00pm
Where: Lakeview Park
480 Lake Road 

in ConneautOhio 44030
Festival is June 30, July 1, 2, 3, 2017
Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment
Parade – 6 pm Saturday, July 1
Fireworks – 10 pm Monday, July 3

Fairport Mardi Gras

Friday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Where: Fairport Beach
July 4th, 2017 Time TBA



Events Near you December 9th-15th



Carols and Cocoa

Location: Lakeside Highschool

When: Sunday, December 11th 2016 4:00pm

Holiday celebration concert featuring choral music (from over four hundred years) performed by ACCMS Chorale; Adeline Huss at the organ; soloists Morgan Yoak, Jennifer Calhoun, Michelle Mather, Andrea Tredent; Sheet & Tube Brass Ensemble (Youngstown); Lakeside High School Choir with audience sing-along and a special appearance by Frosty the Snowman!! 



Pet Photo Nights



Great Lakes Mall
7850 Mentor Avenue – Mentor

When: December 11th; 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location Great Lakes Mall

Pet Photo Nights at Great Lakes Mall – November 27th and Dec. 11th from 6:30-8:00pm. Bring your furry friends for a photo with Santa.  The Santa set is located in the Dillard’s South concourse.   Please enter through the mall entrance next to Tony Sacco’s.



Events Near You Dec 2nd-8th


Fantasy, Candlelight Walk


Location: Historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village

December 3, 2016, 5:00-6:00 PM
Romp on down to the historic 19th century Jefferson Depot Village for a “Candlelight Walk”  thru the fragrantly decorated village buildings aglow with welcome candles, fresh wreaths.  Live Nativity in the 1849 Church Barn,  The  butler will usher you in the 1888 Victorian House for warm woissol and cookies.  Donations appreciated for restoration.



Santa House and Christmas Card Display

Location: Lakeview Park

Come to Lakeview Park Saturdays before Christmas. Visit Santa, view the beautiful Conneaut Rotary Christmas Card Display and more! Event is free. Santa will be at his house from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm! 



Lunch with Santa

Location: Grand River Cellars

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 – Lunch with Santa
10:30 AM to 1 PM.  Enjoy holiday games followed by a pizza and pasta buffet before the arrival of St. Nick followed by songs and Christmas cheer with the jolly man. Every child will have the opportunity to sit on his lap so bring your cameras! Every child (under 10) will also receive a treat and complete a holiday craft. Reservations are required. This will sell out fast. $5 ages 2-5; $7 ages 6-10; $9 ages 11 and up. Children under 2 are free


Holiday Events

Here are a few Holiday Events happening Near you!



Picture not from Actual Event

Breakfast with Santa

November 19th – Great Lakes Mall

Join us for a jolly good time! You’ll find games, crafts, entertainment and of course, Santa! Breakfast will be available for purchase from select food court tenants. This event, in partnership with Lake Health,  will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 8:00-10:00am in the food court.  Santa will arrive on a horse drawn carriage from the Lake Metroparks.


Candy Land goes Wild

November 19th- Penitentiary Glenn

On a life-sized game board, discover the many flavors that nature gives us as you play along and travel through the seasons in our indoor wonderland. Draw a card, move from space to space and explore nature through the year. In addition, enjoy a craft, activity pages and scavenger hunts — fun for the whole family! Snacks and beverages are also available.




2nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Happy Hearts Gym Rt 84 
Price: $1.00

Come on out and help us raise some money for the local athletes of Ashtabula County Special Olympics. Start your Holiday shopping early.