• For the Community · By the Community

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends continues its 25-year tradition of serving those in need locally. We remind local organizations, school groups and churches that the local pantry receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of local people and organizations. Currently, the most needed items at the pantry include: toiletries, such as toothpaste and bath soap, and paper products.

Monetary donations may be made to the Bainbridge Area Food For Friends account at PNC Bank on E. Washington Street in Bainbridge.

Non-perishable items may be dropped off at the pantry (lower level of Bainbridge Town Hall) or in the lobby bin at Bainbridge Library. If you or someone you know needs the confidential assistance please call 708-9829 (leave a message).

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends was founded in 1990 by Anne and John Bauswein. Now co-sponsored by Bainbridge Civic Club and Spirit of Bainbridge, it is a local entity supported totally by local donations and fundraising events.

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends is NOT affiliated with Geauga Hunger Task Force or Harvest for Hunger


Inside this Spirit...

  • We have a treat for you in this edition! David King, who usually pens our film reviews, writes about a gem of an autumn stay-cation in our own backyard on page 23. Heed David’s advice, people, and revel in this lovely season of the year.
  • Okay, once you have taken that inspiring day trip, get back to work on all those projects around your home. Look to our Spirit Autumn Home Improvement Guide for all the advice and resources you need.

Our Oct.21 edition will feature our third Autumn Home Improvement section. Editorial deadline is Oct. 7.  Ad deadline is Oct. 12.

For information, call us at 440-543-4321.

Please leave a message!

Did you know that color is available in our Spirit Classified section? Make your ad stand out!

Contact us by phone 543-4321 or email at: spiritofbainbridge@yahoo.com. We are always accessible!


This Just In...

Memorial Service for Frank Schnabel Oct. 8

The memorial service for Frank Schnabel will be on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Rd., Bainbridge

A reception will be held following the service at the Town Hall (around 12:30 p.m.) with coffee, beverages, sandwiches and cookies.

Hamlet Concert Series: Randall Fusco, Piano Performance

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in Hamlet Atrium

Hamlet Concert Series presents a piano performance by Randall Fusco. Randy is Professor of Music at Hiram College.  He earned a Bachelors and Masters in Music Piano Performance from Eastman School of Music. The piano performance is accompanied by educational commentary. Randy is an audience favorite.  

This program is free and open to the public. Please call Karen 440-247-7115 to reserve.

River Street in Chagrin Falls turns into Broadway for

concert of hits, Oct. 14, 15, 16

Although Northeast Ohio has a remarkable number of community and non-profit theaters, constraints on space and budgets can make it a rare treat to hear the full orchestrations from big Broadway scores outside of the larger, more expensive venues. The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra and the Chagrin Valley Little Theater have been partnering for nearly a decade to fill that void with their joint concert events, performing songs from great musicals with some of the area's finest theatrical singers backed by a live 30-piece orchestra on stage.

Their popular partnership continues this Fall as CFSO maestro Stephen A. Eva and CVLT director Don Edelman present "Right Down Broadway" at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. The family-friendly show features music from shows new and old, including My Fair Lady, Wicked, Evita, Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, and many others, with the vocal talents of Ben Merold, Ron Davis, Gene Karlen, Greta Rothman, Colleen O'Leary, Libby Merriman, Amy Hesslein-Grant and Sharon Lloyd.

Tickets to the event are $25 and are available at www.CVLT.org or by phone, 1-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 440-247-8955.

"It's uncommon to hear a full-sized orchestra doing these kinds of film and Broadway arrangements in such an intimate venue," explains Eva, referring to CVLT's 262-seat main house at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village. "Audiences will really be able to appreciate these scores in a new way, seeing and hearing the orchestra right up close. And these singers will knock your socks off!"

"Right Down Broadway" is sponsored in part by The Dodero Foundation (Francesca DiBlasi), Stratos Wealth Partners (Phillip Rini), Skoda Minotti (Pat Carney), Design To Serve (Don Edelman), and Ganley Volkswagen/Subaru of Bedford (Michael Friedman). CVLT is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and supported by the Ohio Arts Council. CVLT is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatre.

Photography by Michael Finizia Featured at October GANG Program
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, Geauga County based photographer, Michael Finizia, will share examples of his work with the Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG). Finizia, who is the owner of Inside the Eye Photography, will be speaking about his fine art, architectural and commercial photography from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., at Heinen's Cafe, 402 Center St. in Chardon. Host for the evening will be local photographer and long-time GANG member, Frank Fende. This educational program is free and open to the general public; no reservations are necessary.
Finizia's first love is fine art photography, and his work can be seen at a variety of art festivals, galleries and commercial establishments throughout Northeastern Ohio. As a versatile artist who has studied both art and photography, Finizia experimented with a variety of forms, including painting and mixed media projects, before focusing on high dynamic photography. He describes his style as "edgy and interesting...with an eye for beauty and balance."
The Geauga Arts Network Group is an ad hoc group whose mission is to promote communication, collaboration, and cooperation across artistic disciplines for artists living and/or working in Geauga County. For further information, contact Joanne Durante, 440-729-6481 or visit us on Facebook.



Peruse our latest issue of Spirit of Bainbridge...

Pages 1-14



Community Spirit

Spirit & Faith

Auburn Spirit

Pages 15-20

Spirit & Health

Kenston Spirit

Spirit Sports

Education Spirit

Pages 21-24

Chagrin Spirit

Aurora Spirit

Fall Stay-cation

Pages 25-33

Autumn Home Improvement Guide

Pages 33-40

Eateries & Leisure

Spirited Pets!

Spirit Classifieds

Requires Acrobat Reader


Contact Us:

  • Phone: 440-543-4321 Fax: 440-543-2061 Mail: 18106 Snyder Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023.
  • E-mail: spiritofbainbridge@yahoo.com
    • (general, contest entries, college news, new baby announcements, scouting, 4-H news, etc. )
  • spiritofbainbridgeedit@yahoo.com
    (news releases, article submissions)
  • spiritofbainbridgeads@yahoo.com
    (advertising information and inquires)

The Spirit of Bainbridge is published every three weeks, and mailed to every home and business in Auburn and Bainbridge Townships (zip code 44023). Additional copies are distributed locally at Bainbridge Library, Lowe's Greenhouse, The Neighborhood Office, other locations in Auburn, Aurora, Bainbridge, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, Russell, Solon and South Russell. Approximately 7,500 copies of Spirit of Bainbridge are circulated.

The Spirit of Bainbridge is locally owned and operated.

Copyright 2016 Spirit of Bainbridge Inc.

No portion of content may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.
      18106 Snyder Rd., Bainbridge Township, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023