You can imagine how surprised Diana Kane was when she received a letter early this spring from the Kent State University Fashion Museum stating that her late father’s suits, which were donated there 22 years ago, were now on display at the “Fashions of the Forties” exhibit showing there through March 4, 2018.
Originally, Diana thought the garments would be cut apart to help students in the fashion school learn how men’s garments were constructed; so it was amazing to her that the items had been carefully catalogued, dated and noted that they were donated by the Jennings family in memory of Howard and Elsie Jennings, both graduates of KSU, who lived in their century home in Ravenna, which now houses Delciello’s Ristorante & Lounge on North Chestnut Street. Both parents taught school in Portage County; and later, Howard was a longtime insurance sales representative.
When Diana’s brother, Neil Jennings, came with his wife, Pat, this past summer, they were elated to see the ’40s exhibit now going on at the KSU Fashion Museum and proudly posed with the suits displayed in the background. Unfortunately, their sister, Carolyn, could not be with them.
If you have attended the museum, this display on the ground floor as well as “Fringe Elements” and “The 1980s: An Age of Excess” are highly recommended.
What a surprise for Shirley Owens when she drew the winning ticket for last year’s (2016) Victoria Tea, held by the University Hospitals’ Auxiliary.
It was for a luncheon for 18 of her friends at the charming country home of Terry Montz, Innovative Elegance Catering, which he so generously donated at the tea.
It was held on a lovely late summer day with no rain!
Terry took the group on a tour of all the rooms on his property. The yard was beautifully landscaped with a pond and waterfall and scores of beautiful flowers. His barn had many wonderful memorabilia and unique items.
Lunch was, needless to say, wonderful with a beautifully decorated table. Those attending were Shirley and husband Red, friends Kay Hinchman, Carol Lockhart, Mary Powell, Barb Brode, Ellen Rothwell, Chuck and Ruth Dennison, Karen Horky, Norma Welling, Jane Minard, Charlene Roberts, Dorothy Stoessner (we missed Al), Jeanne Tondiglia and Ruby and Frank Swigart.
I stayed home with the “flu bug,” but everyone is still talking about the great time — they loved the food, music, prizes and “Hollywood,” the banty rooster who had the run of the place.
Thank you, Terry, for everything.
Although Halloween Saturday, Oct. 28, was a cold, wet day, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.
For starters, Portage County Historical Society and Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna had a Maple Grove Cemetery Walking Tour.
Tour guides were Kevin Gray, Brian Rhinehart and Chris McVay, who had all done many hours of research to give us fascinating facts about the cemetery and gravesites, including Tappan’s, Loudin’s, Carter’s, Reed, Mertz, Robinson, and so many more.
Later that evening, Roger Di Paolo and Jack Schafer did a walking tour “Murders, Hangings and Ghosts.” It was great. Ravenna really has an interesting history as we walked along Main, Sycamore and Chestnut streets.
The fellows are planning to do this again next year as well at the historical society. Don’t miss them! The timing also was perfect.