Tom Nero, a successful businessman and lifelong (now age 88) resident of Brecksville, was a promising artist in high school (class of 1948). He won an art scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art, but instead earned Business degrees (Ph. D) at Kent State University. Entrepreneur that he is, he founded Aurora Farms Factory Outlets as the first of its kind in Ohio (6th in USA). In the 1990s, Tom sold Aurora Farms, taught at CSU and KSU, and took up woodcarving, without benefit of any formal art instruction.
Tom did take some woodcarving workshops for the technical aspects and has since carved well over 150 pieces, which he never sells, retaining all for occasional gifts to family members. His work consists of 3-D carvings and framed bas-relief hangings. Subjects focus on Native Americans, Mountain Men, caricatures, Santa Clause bas-reliefs and carousel animals. These are carved from basswood mostly, but also from maple and pine, using a plethora of woodcarving tools.
Now essentially retired from carving, Nero is still active in Buckeye Woodcarvers, NorthCoast Wood-turners and the Christian Appalachian Project, which he founded at St. Basil The Great church 26 years ago, receiving donated used household items each September and shipping 3-5 semi-trailer loads to Kentucky quickly thereafter.
Tom was inducted into the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Gallery of Achievement in 2012 and was named by the City of Brecksville as Senior Volunteer Man of the Year in 2013.
Mon, August 7, 2017 (All day) Sustainability Center
The Wall is a free standing portable structure approximately 80-100 feet in length and 8 feet high. Constructed of lightweight aluminum, it holds mural panels depicting critical junctures in United States history. Speakers dressed in period costume will open a window on America's past, providing historical insights and anecdotes, all of which help reveal our nation's character... the true Spirit of America. This beautiful illustrated wall will help teach, inspire and educate young and old alike.
Mon, August 7, 2017 (All day) Home & Hobby Building
Living in western Pennsylvania and teaching woodcarving classes, Rick and his wife Sue begain their own business, RS Woodcarving.
Rick Cox has traveled the world perfecting his skills... studying carvers from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Germany.
For years, Rick has participated at events and competitions across the country, while performing demonstrations at numerous fairs and festivals. Competing with over 250 woodcarvers from around the world, Rick placed third in an international chainsaw carving exhibition in Ridgeway Pennsylvania in 2005.
In 2006, Rick's wife Sue began traveling and carving with him. The husband and wife team work to produce a variety of quality carvings at each event.
Rick has also generously donated many of his carvings to civic and charitable organizations such as: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Association for the Blind, the YMCA, churches and numerous Fire departments. An award-winning carver and a master at his craft, Rick creates deep relief carvings, figures, animals, portraits, caricatures, shallow relief and chip carving.
"Where has this guy been hiding?" That's a common question at Joe Rollin Porter's performances. The answer is irrelevant; what matters is that his music is here now.
Joe's fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing and vocals transcend genre and style, viscerally connecting with music lovers of widely diverging tastes. His live performance can bring a room full of loud distracted drinkers to a hushed silence, hanging on every note. The music primarily consists of Joe's own arrangements of traditional American folk songs, with a dose of early rural blues and an occasional dash of Celtic flavor as well. The end product is truly unique.
Joe does not attempt to "authentically" replicate old-time music. Nor does he try to modernize the old songs to make them appeal to contemporary commercial tastes. Rather, after years of absorbing and internalizing traditional folk music, the songs flow out as natural self-expression. The result is an individual artistic statement that injects new life and energy into the folk tradition, keeping the heritage alive and growing.
If you don't care about any of that, but you like great fingerstyle guitar playing, or simply enjoy high quality entertainment, Joe provides that too.
The music speaks for itself, but the following are a few attempts to describe it from some admirers:
"Nice textured depth & intricate tension/compliment
between guitar & vocals"
"sometimes sounds like 2-3 guys playing at the same time"
"very mature rhythmic phrases and changes"
"A lot of really complex things are going on in that music,
but it's great for just tapping your toes, too!"
Joe's first album "Troubles Just Like Mine" (available at cdbaby.com/cd/jrporter and digstation.com/JoeRollinPorter) is an impressive achievement. With all basic guitar and vocal tracks being live simultaneous takes, and only a minimum of backing vocals and hand percussion added to round out the listening experience, it provides a reasonably faithful representation of his live performances as well.
Joe is a life-long resident of Ohio currently residing in Cleveland, and has played guitar for over 30 years.
Want to try your hand at a sport you've never played before? Well, now's your chance. The Cuyahoga County Fair will feature a Sports Simulator in our Commercial Building. It's about as close as you can get to the real thing.
Brantt KingBee Hamilton (Harmonica/Vocals) is a veteran of the Cleveland Blues Scene, having played Northeast Ohio clubs, festivals and events for 30 years. He started out at the age of 19 with Princess Ladia's Blue Knights from Chicago when they wanted an authentic amplified harmonica. He played every Sunday night in the Cleveland Flats as a featured special guest of Bill Dawg and the Extrordinaires, then fronted several of his own bands for several years.
He co-founded the KingBees, bringing a blues element into a big band sound that has been part of Cleveland culture for 25 years. Now he is returning to his roots playing footstomping, juke joint, party-and-dance-all-night blues, swing, and rockabilly.
Jimmy Lee (Guitar/Vocals) -- Has been fronting his own Jimmy Lee Experiment on the Cleveland scene for the last decade, while also performing solo and performing duo gigs with wife. He loves playing blues, rock, country, rockabilly, classics. His grooves are reminiscent of the great Vaughn brothers and deep blues like Jimmy Reed, with a touch of West Coast Swing and some down-home country.
Adriane Bennett (Bass/Vocals) is a fresh face in the Cleveland music scene, but not a newcomer. Returning after some time off, She is a regular at many jams, playing nearly every night. Her love of rockin' blues and swing music led her to a place at the heart of the Backstreet Blues Band.
Bubba Ruscin (Drums/Vocals) is the solid backbeat of the Backstreet Blues Band. He cut his teeth in the Travis Haddix band for two years, then on to 12 years with Frankie Starr and for the past six years has been with blues/rock outfit Mojo Honey. His ability to improvise and his bluesy, growly voice make him much more than a drummer... he makes every band better because he is part of it.
The four met at local gigs and jams, particularly Cleveland Blues Society events. They decided to form the Backstreet Blues Band to bring their love of blues, swing, rockabilly, and country into a houserockin', foot-stompin', juke joint-thumpin' BLUES band from the backstreets of Cleveland.
With FEATURED EVENT – YOUTH DEMOLITION DERBY (age 12 and up)
When: Mon, Aug 7th at 8:00pm
Tickets: $8 (Tickets available at the Grandstand box office. Ticket price does NOT include regular Fair Gate admission of $7, which must be paid separately)
For spectators, it kind of goes without saying that you shouldn't try this at home (unless you really don't like your home). Fire crews will be on hand, along with a grandstand packed with cheering fans, as The World's Largest Demo Derby returns to the Fair. And if you thought Jack Nicholson knew something about road rage, you ain't seen nothin' yet! So come on out, and watch resale values plummet as an odd lot of maladjusted individuals crash tons of metal into each other... for fun!
YOUTH DEMOLITION DERBY
Have an appetite for destruction, but not quite old enough to drive yet?--no problem! Your first driving lesson will involve perpendicular parking your car into another car (hands at 10 and 2). Lesson two will involve lane changes. Our advice? Don't forget to signal and check your blind spot. Otherwise, you may not hit something... and you definitely want to hit something! When all's said and done, you may just take home a trophy to wow your first driving instructor... and a cash prize to pay for all the extra lessons you'll need to overcome the bad habits instilled during the Youth Demolition Derby!
NOTE: Fair Gate Admission prices do not include Midway Rides, Games, Midway Ride Wristbands or Admission to Most Grandstand Shows and Events. While we make all provisions to provide accurate information at print deadline, performance features and attraction times are subject to change without notice or beyond our control.