The Theatrical Grill and its Notorious Neighbors
By Alan F. Dutka
While police raided Short Vincent's seedy bars, celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, and Judy Garland gravitated to the legendary Theatrical Grill for dinner or drinks.
Perry Como and Dean Martin launched their careers there. Resident bookies, career gangsters, and wide-eyed tourists roamed the infamous street, once the center of Cleveland's bawdy behavior and edgy entertainment.
Author Alan Dutka's nostalgic tour and pictorial history of this celebrated Cleveland hotspot paints a vivid portrait of the city most notorious neighborhood and its colorful denizens.
Enjoy Rocky River Historical Society member Stephanie Kramer’s program on former First Lady, Edith Wilson.
In 1915, Edith Bolling Galt and President Woodrow Wilson engaged in romance that scandalized Washington. This relationship, and later marriage brought the president great happiness, but no one could have dreamed that the fate of the county would eventually fall into her hands when Wilson was struck with a debilitating stroke during his second term. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!
You don’t want to miss this exciting event!
A beginner’s guide to historic shipwrecks of Lake Erie
The cold fresh waters of the Great Lakes preserve the wood, metal, and cargos of the schooners and steamers that have plied these waters for two hundred years. They are time capsules of life in the 1800's and 1900's, and these remnants of tragedy number in the thousands. - http://www.greatlakeswrecks.info/index.htm
Presented by Kevin Magee
The Historical Society’s annual summer picnic will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Elmwood Cabin in Elmwood Park.
Be sure to bring your family and friends! Don’t miss this fun evening! Once again we are including our Cowan Pottery Museum Associate friends to join in the festivities.
The Society will furnish table service, baked ham, rolls and beverages. You are asked to bring a dish for 6-8 people. In order to ensure a variety in the menu, we suggest you bring the following if your last name begins with:
A - G - Appetizer
H - L - Dessert
M - P - Salad
R - Z - Side Dish
There will be a $5.00 per person charge to cover the expenses to be paid upon arrival. We will also be having our annual raffle so be sure to participate. There are always great prizes and gifts!
Please RSVP and send your check by August 8, 2016 to:
3167 Linden Road #610
Rocky River, OH 44116
Held at the Rocky River Public Library at 1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River, OH 44116, this event will be presented by Thomas Marquard.
The first Rocky River Fall Arts Festival took place in 2009. Mayor Pamela Bobst wanted to celebrate the talents of the Rocky River Residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area.
The festival takes place on a beautiful late September morning and afternoon in the Old Detroit Road area of Rocky River, Ohio.
We will have 72 artists participating at this year’s event. A variety of entertainment including Jazz bands and musical soloists are scheduled throughout the day. Local organizations will also be represented. There will be activities for kids, face painting and a variety of food trucks at this year’s festival. There will be plenty of free, accessible parking.
Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public.
Presented by Michael DeAloia at the Rocky River Public Library.
During Cleveland’s heyday, the world’s most influential businessmen, politicians and entertainers flocked to America’s sixth-largest city, enjoying the full hospitality of splendid hotels befitting a first-rate metropolis.
Marked by architectural splendor, sumptuous design, technical innovation and world-class service, these grand palaces rose and fell with Cleveland’s fortunes. From Teddy Roosevelt dining under the ornate chandeliers of the Hotel Hollenden’s famed Crystal Ballroom to Bob Hope and Jack Benny wise-cracking at the Alcazar’s bar, Michael DeAloia adds atmosphere to seven of the most elegant and inviting Cleveland hotels to emerge in the early twentieth century.
Only one of these legendary establishments hosts guests today. This revealing chronicle recaptures the golden age of Cleveland’s power and prestige.
Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
The Historical Society’s annual summer picnic will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Elmwood Cabin in Elmwood Park.
Be sure to bring your family and friends! Don’t miss this fun evening! This year we are including our Cowan Pottery Museum Associate friends to join the festivities. Be sure to introduce yourself and say hello! The Society will furnish table service, baked ham, rolls and beverages. You are asked to bring a dish for 6-8 people.
Presented by Tom Barrett and Jay Rounds at the Rocky River Senior Center.
Come and listen to what it takes to restore your antique car. Tom Barrett and Jay Rounds will talk about their own vintage cars, experiences as well as the clubs and tours both have taken. You don’t want to miss this enjoyable evening!
Presented by Ralph Pfingsten at the Rocky River Senior Center.
The Cleveland Hub through West Park that serves both passenger and freight trains is one of the most important transportation developments in the region—and it’s practically in our own back yard! Come listen to Ralph Pfingsten, local historian, former John Marshall student (Class of 1958) and former teacher (25 years), present this fascinating program.
Presented by Tom Jerpbak at the Rocky River Senior Center.
Tom Jerpbak of Ye Olde Oaken Bucket will give a presentation on old coins and what makes them valuable as well as why they are collectible. He will also answer questions about your own old coins. You don’t want to miss this informational and enjoyable evening.