Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls Fri, 29 May 2015 23:29:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s Spring! Time for the Historic Home and Garden Tour Fri, 01 May 2015 17:10:07 +0000

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls is proud to present the Chagrin Falls Historic Home and Garden Tour. The Walking Tour will take place on Friday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3o from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Featured are five select historic homes and gardens along with Grove Hill, all located on the north side within walking distance of downtown Chagrin Falls and including some of the oldest homes and landmarks in the Village. There are two tour homes on Summit Street, two tour homes on East Orange Street and one second floor apartment home on North Main Street which together with Grove Hill highlight the range of historic structures, architecture and lifestyle of the Village of Chagrin Falls.


Earlier homes on the tour include a ca. 1843 Upright and Wing frame home of prominent village mill owner Aaron Bliss, located close to town on East Orange Street.  The former site of Windsor Hospital on Summit Street is the location of the recently restored Greek Revival Sears-Adams House where Adams Paper Mill and Bag Factory owner Alfred Adams lived. Also included is the First Congregational Church of Chagrin Falls located on East Orange Street, which was originally constructed in ca.1844 and later remodeled in the Queen Anne style. Located in the downtown commercial center of Chagrin Falls at the Main Street bridge and listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the brick Italianate Phoenix Block built in ca. 1868, which was so named after a fire destroyed a previous frame commercial block at the same location.  It now houses a refurbished second floor apartment overlooking downtown Chagrin Falls which is featured on the tour.  Also included is an 1895 Cross-Gabeled home originally located on larger acreage representing the farming tradition of the area.   Finally, Grove Hill is included on the tour as an important Chagrin Falls landmark, beginning in the early days of the Village as a precipitous narrow dirt path leading into the town center from the north, with a later Works Progress Administration retaining wall.


Spend the day and experience the ambiance and style of these homes which are part of the important architectural heritage of the Village. There will be van transportation provided in the Village by The Cleveland Clinic, Hamlet Retirement Community and South Franklin Circle for those who need assistance. The Women’s Committee of the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is serving its Famous Salad Luncheon Buffet on Friday, May 29 at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River Street between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Enjoy salads, desserts and beverages, all for $15. Luncheon tickets are available by calling CVLT at 440-247-8955, or at the door the day of the event. Luncheon attendees will be entered in drawings for complimentary tickets to “Always a Bridesmaid”, playing at CVLT May 29 – June 20.

Tour Days Tickets are $25 and will be available at the Visitors Center in Township Hall on Friday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by

California Closets
M Italian
Michelle McQuade, Realtor
Motorcars Cleveland Heights
Otero Signature Homes
Timan Custom Window Treatments
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A Blooming Wonder! Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:43:17 +0000

8467595147_d75d2b2709_zThat describes the Chagrin Falls business district in spring and summer, with flowering urns at doorways, vibrant gardens along the sidewalks, splashes of color in the parks and a bounty of hanging baskets.

Volunteer gardeners’ efforts are rewarded by hearing residents showing off the town and visitors marveling at the beauty of the Village. Concert nights in Triangle Park resemble a Norman Rockwell painting, with the crowd and band framed by landscaping and roses.

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All of this was made possible last year by our 25 gardeners who plant and maintain the gardens. The volunteer hours numbered 800! Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls provides the plants for 52 urns. The Village supplies the plants for the gardens and parks. Dogwood Valley Garden Club provides major funding for the flowering hanging baskets.

Co-chairs Janine Bauman and Anne deConingh join me in planning and coordinating the program and, of course, gardening all summer. If you enjoy gardening and would like to be a volunteer, please contact Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls.

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Beth Skeel

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls Board Member

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Are You Ready For Wine By The Falls? Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:28:37 +0000


**********This event is SOLD OUT!! ********** 

Dear Friends of Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls,

Wine lovers in Chagrin Falls are in for a treat! Here is your chance to indulge your passion for good wine, taste delicious food, hear entertaining music, see old friends, and meet new ones; all for a good cause. Make your plans early; the event has sold out the last four years!

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls will host its 12th annual Wine by the Falls fundraiser at the Chagrin Valley Country Club; April 18th from 7 PM to 11 PM. Kurt Hebel and his volunteers from Chuck’s Fine Wines will present a vast collection of sparkling whites, and light and hearty white and red wines.

Cocktail Attire is suggested.

Our wine tasting is a special evening offering a great atmosphere along with delicious cuisine prepared by CVCC Chef Larry Coffman and his staff.  Hors d’oeuvres will be passed in the greeting area while four separate heavy hors d’oeuvres stations will be paired with each wine category. For those with a sweet tooth, assorted pastries with be served with coffee and tea.

The music will be provided by Transportation Boulevard Jazz Band with Alan Geighorn, Bob Fraser, Mark Russo and Bob Walker covering old and new jazz classics.

We would not be able to host our event without the support of all our hosting committee, Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls volunteers, Key Bank volunteers and Key Club volunteers. We are grateful for all our donated raffle prizes: a gorgeous 14 carat rose gold necklace with a 19 carat amethyst and diamond accents from S & I Creations donated by Chagrin Fine Jewelry, an exclusive evening at Gravity Hair Salon and Spa for twelve with refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres provided, a wine and beer shopping spree from Chuck’s Fine Wines, and a golfer lamp donated by Town & Country Gifts.

The money raised will directly benefit the many events and programs sponsored by Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls such as the Visitors Center, Merchant Marketing Forums, Economic Development, Design – Beautification – Preservation, Holiday Traditions Program, Historic Home & Garden Tour, Yoga by the Falls and the Farmers Market.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun evening.

kathleenvisconsiKathleen Visconsi

Executive Director

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls

Principal Sponsor


Additional Sponsors

California Closets
Classic Auto Group
Elk and Elk
Kelly and Visconsi
Key Bank
Lowe's Greenhouse
Millwood Incorporated
Susan Cogan, Berkshire Hathaway Realtor
W Design

Event Co-Chairs

                             Rob and Angie DeBernardo                            Tony and Kathleen Visconsi

2015 Hosting Committee

Bill & Mona Anton, Juan & Stephanie Antunez, Ed & Denise Bell, Bill & Jane Biggar, Brian & Lisa Bontempo, Brad & Becky Borden, Chris & Vicky Childress, David & Linda Chittock, Andy & Mary Clyde, Ed & Teri Corletzi, Bob & Laura Coy, Dennis & Denise Coyne, Rich & Connie Croasdaile, Joe and Samantha DeGrandis, Larry & Tammy Edelman, Steve and Jennifer Fishman, Bob & Maureen Flesher, Rig & Ann Goss, Marc & Robyn Hays, David & Dana Hollister, Jim & Margy Hopkins, Gary & Sherry Hribar, Michael & Teri Kernicki, Mark & Kathy Klindera, Brian & Nicole Kosar, Kevin & Leigh Kruszenski, John & Manning Kundtz, Jon & Melanie Lawrence, David & Wendy Lingafelter, David & Stephanie Lowe, Michael & Terry Mascia, Ted & Michelle McQuade, Matt & Chantel Michalek, Greg & Amy Myers, John & Wendy Naylor, Matthew & Karen O’Hearn, Mike & Amy O’Neil, John & Katy O’Neil, Nestor & Sandra Papageorge, Spencer and Leslie Pisczak, John & Debra Richards, Bryan & Darby Schwartz, Britt & Patty Shroyer, Greg & Jane Stricker, Rich & Betsy Stovsky, John & Christine Thome, David & Peggi Trimble, Tom & Lisa Turner, Jim & Margo Walker, Mitch & Mary Weisman, and Tod & Susan White.

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Dear Chagrin Falls Residents:

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls is proud to support the Heritage Home Program in partnership with the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and the Village of Chagrin Falls.  Proceeds from the annual Your Hometown Chagrin Falls Home & Garden Tour support the Heritage Home Program which benefits  homeowners in Chagrin Falls by providing access to low interest rate loans and free technical support for the rehabilitation and maintenance of historic homes.

The authentic historic architecture, walkability and scale of the Village of Chagrin Falls are its defining features attracting visitors, residents and business.  During 2014, the Heritage Home Program received 25 inquiries, provided technical assistance to 13 homeowners and conducted 8 site visits.   We look forward to growing this program and encouraging even more participation in 2015.

Your HomeTown works hard in its mission dedicated to maintaining the historic character as the basis for the economic vitality, lifestyle and environment that is uniquely Chagrin Falls.   The Heritage Home Program is an important component.

The Heritage Home Program is a regional program operated by the Heritage Home Educational subsidiary of the Cleveland Restoration Society offering services to participating communities which include Chagrin Falls, 29 other regional communities and 15 Wards within the City of Cleveland.

More information about this program can be found at

Best regards,

Wendy Hoge Naylor

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls Board Member

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Happy 2015! Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:51:48 +0000

We would like to thank you all for supporting Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls in 2014.  We hope you were able to enjoy the holidays with your families and friends.  2015 promises to be another great year in the historic village of Chagrin Falls.

The mission of our organization is clear.  We are a 501(c)3 community volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, economic vitality, lifestyle and environment of the historic Village of Chagrin Falls.

As we begin the new year, please know that YOU help make our mission statement come to life through attending our events and participating in our programs. Please make sure to save the dates for the following programs in 2015.
Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls will host its 13th annual “Wine by the Falls” fundraiser at the Chagrin Valley Country Club, April 18 from 7 PM to 11 PM. Chuck’s Fine Wines will present a collection of exquisite wine and beer along with delicious cuisine prepared by the Chagrin Valley Country Club. The music will be proved by Transportation Boulevard Jazz Band. The event has sold out the last four years so get your tickets early! BUY TICKETS NOW

The Historic Home  and Garden Tour will be back this year by popular demand. This is the 24th annual tour. Featured are six locations all within in walking distance of downtown Chagrin Falls. The tour will take place on Friday, May 29 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Come and see the beautiful homes and gardens that make our Village stand out.

Yoga by the Falls is back for its 5th year. Classes will be held at Triangle Park from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on the first and third Saturdays from June until August. Grab your yoga mat and get a good work out!

Our Chagrin Falls Farmers Market is back for its 8th year. The market will be starting on Sunday, June 7 through October 18. The Farmers Market will be held long North Franklin Street, next to the bandstand and Triangle Park from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The market was voted #1 in the small market category (16-30 vendors) in the state of Ohio and #11 nationally in the same category in a contest held by the American Farmland Trust in 2011. The market offers seasonal produce, fruits, vegetables, bakery, fresh pastas, meats, cheese, herbs and flowers. Don’t miss out on Ohio’s best!

Our Holiday Traditions Program will be back on November 27 to December 23. Township Hall on historic Main Street will be transformed into Holly Hall featuring visits from Santa, cocoa and cookies, caroling, a festival of mini-trees for silent auction, Santa gift shop, a train display and everyone’s favorite – horse drawn carriage rides.

It takes community involvement to make our events a success. We welcome your involvement and participation. To volunteer or for more information please email us or call us at 440-247-0900.

We wish you the very best in 2015!


Kathleen and Angie


Kathleen Visconsi, Executive Director

Angie DeBernardo, Director of Operations

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