Civil War Singing, Harlem Legends & Father-Daughter Skating: A Weekend Planner

See what events are happening in and around Mentor this weekend


Where/When: Mentor High School, 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: The Harlem Legends will face Lake County's finest in basketball but, regardless of score, the winner will be the Society for Rehabilitation.

The Legends, including members of the original Globetrotters, will play an exhibition game against the Lake County All-Stars this Saturday at Mentor High School.

The All-Stars are coached by Mentor Schools Superintendent Matt Miller and will include Mentor High Boys Basketball Coach Bob Krizancic, Principal William Wade, Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets and more.

The evening's festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a high school 3-point shootaround. Then the Legends will take the court against local celebrities at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Mentor High School, the Mentor Board of Education Office, United Way of Lake County, Society for Rehabilitation or by calling Gayle Sikula at 440-639-1082.

Pricing: Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $20 for VIP seating and $35 for family admission, which is good for two adults and three children.


Where/When: James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 1 p.m. Sunday

Why Go: Student and alumni singers from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, will perform several original songs inspired by the Civil War era.

The program -- with contemporary art song and choral music settings of Civil War poetry titled “Shall We Gather at the River” -- includes five art songs composed by Dawn Sonntag, the director of voice and choral ensembles at Hiram College.

It features lyrics taken from Civil War-era poetry of literary notables such as Sidney Lanier, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville. The program will also include John Kander’s setting of “The Letter of Sullivan Ballou,” based on a letter written by a Rhode Island soldier during the Civil War; and “Mizpah,” a Sonntag composition for the Hiram Women’s Choir using the words from Constance Fenimore Woolson’s 1874 poem of the same name.

Hiram College was once known as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. A young James A. Garfield was a student there and later returned as a teacher and, eventually, the Institute’s president.

He left that post in 1861 to serve as a Union army officer in the Civil War, and the Institute became Hiram College in 1867.

There is limited seating available for this program. Additionally, James A. Garfield National Historic Site has a small parking lot.

If needed, overflow parking will be at Mentor Office Park, located at 8224 Mentor Avenue (directly across the street from Mentor Public Library.) Anyone parking at Mentor Office Park will have to walk to James A. Garfield National Historic Site. No publiv parking will be permitted at Faith Lutheran Church next door to the Garfield property.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Mentor Public Library's Read House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: Bibliophiles rejoice!

Friends of Mentor Public Library will hold a Blowout Book Sale on Saturday. Come and browse their collection and fill a bag full of books for only five dollars.

The book sale is open to the public and at the newly renovated Read House, just east of the Main Library. Parking will be in the Main Library's lot.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Mentor Civic Ice Arena, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: Dads, bring your daughters to the city's ice arena for an afternoon of skating, games, prizes and fun.

The afternoon begins with games and a lunch of pizza, chips, drinks and dessert.

Then your daughter will get a special gift and the two of you can have your photo taken together.

Finally, you can enjoy an afternoon skating together.

Pricing: $10 per person


Where/When: Starlight Room at St. Noel's (35200 Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH), 6 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: The Lake County Historical Society rolls out its third annual “Déjà vu” this Saturday. From the moment of arrival, pausing for a picture with the 1956 Thunderbird parked adjacent to the front door, guests will find themselves in the high energy, jukebox fueled high times of the 50’s.

This event is the signature fundraiser of the Society and funds raised support the year-long operational costs of the Lake County History Center in Painesville Township.

The decade of the “DejaVu” event changes each year.  Last year is was the 1940’s and guests arrived in WWII uniforms, Rosie the Rivater outfits and gangster-style suits and hats.

This year, event organizers are hoping to see old letter jackets, poodle skirts, pom poms and cigarette packs rolled up in T-shirt sleeves.

The night features many opportunities to spend money on Chinese auctions with unique prizes donated by area businesses.

An adjacent room will feature the charity casino, a lively area geared to having
fun, learning some of the popular casino games and coming out a winner.

Cocktails will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. with a full buffet dinner served in the Starlight Room at 7 p.m. This beautiful room with its twinkling dance floor lights will feature a visit from the superstar of the 1950s -- Elvis!

Contrary to popular belief, Elvis will be in the building to meet visitors, take photos with guests and entertain the crowd from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The beat picks up at 8 p.m. as Fat City takes the stage to play until closing time.

For reservations or further information, call 440-639-2945.

Pricing: $75 per person


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