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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hermès’ Pierre-Alexis Dumas shares thoughts on lasting legacy of fine artistry

By KATHY O’NEILL The Cleveland Museum of Art looked spectacular in the sunshine to welcome Pierre-Alexis Dumas to Cleveland. As Hermès’ global artistic director, and a sixth-generation family member, he is the magician who adds the panache to Hermès worldwide. Tall, slender, and unimposing in a neutral V-neck sweater, Pierre-Alexis exuded intellige...

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Switzerland’s living traditions remain part of its charm, appeal for visitors

By SARAH JAQUAY The Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach’s inkblot test to determine thought associations may be passé, but many people associate Switzerland with snow-covered chalets, ski resorts and dunking crusty bread into fondue pots. These seasonal impressions merely scratch the surface of Swiss traditions visitors may experience year-round....

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation “Uncork a Cure”

Fine wine, gourmet food and a great cause … you can’t argue with fundraiser basics, and again the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation pulled it off beautifully. Set in the Galleria downtown, the party kicked off with a VIP reception in Café Sweetwater, with dishes by Chef Donna Chriszt, a live auction, and comments from CFF Executive Director Nate Cross and...

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Jewelers weigh-in about engagement rings for this season of love

  BY KATHRYN RIDDLE Christmas has long been a time of marriage proposals and the array of engagement rings available is infinite, especially with the option of having one custom-made, perhaps incorporating a family heirloom. According to the jewelers with whom we spoke, women today are quite savvy about new trends and know exactly what they wa...

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Geauga Habitat for Humanity “Passport to the World”

    Guests didn’t leave town, but they toured five countries at the fifth annual Passport to the World event to benefit Geauga Habitat for Humanity. Held at Petitti Garden Center in Bainbridge, the event drew more than 400 guests and raised more than $35,000. Special guest Chef Chris Hodgson and his gang from Driftwood Catering supplied t...

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Halloween Charity Ball

The Halloween Charity Ball, hosted by Akron’s eponymous nonprofit, chose the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation and the Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative as the beneficiaries of its 10th annual super spooky party. Samantha Coldwell, Getta Cornici, Katie Greenwald and Krista McNeely were chairmen of the event that drew more than 700 costume...

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Remembering death of John Kennedy still important to us, 50 years later

By MARTHA TOWNS No doubt, there are people everywhere who are wondering what the fuss is all about this month: the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy. For so many of us, the tragedy in Dallas was a watershed moment in our lives. Up until November 22, 1963, life had proceeded peacefully, for the most part. We had finished college, marr...

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Chagrin Documentary Film Festival “Red Carpet Gala”

Who needs Sundance when you have Chagrin Falls, asked Joel Schroeder, film director of “Dear Mr. Watterson” who was one of many stars who attended the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival’s Red Carpet gala. Held at South Franklin Circle, the gala was sponsored by the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club. Following a film awards ceremony, the party featured musi...

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