Ohio Mart

The premier artisian

festival in Ohio

Molly’s Shop

Christmas gifts are filling

the shelves

Deck the Hall

Vintage postcards to fill

the Manor House

Fall/Winter 2017

December 1, 8, 15

Manor House Auditorium



$79.95 Per Guest


$75.95 Per Guest

Please note the difference in ticket pricing is based solely on your

preference for an alcohol or non-alcohol beverage package.

Both options include:

Buffet Dinner

Deck the Hall Tour

Music of Celestial Strings

Buffet Menu


Mixed baby field greens with poached pear, candied walnuts, lucky

penny goat cheese & dried cranberries, finished with a champagne


Assorted rolls & butter

Herb roasted chicken breast stuffed with ricotta cheese, finished with a

cherry compote ~

Chef Carved Ham

Assorted mustards

Roasted Vegetables

Carrots, red pepper, zucchini & yellow squash

Redskin potatoes, roasted with thyme, garlic & olive oil

Dessert Station

Assorted petite pastries, mini cookies & brownies

Beverage Station

Coffee, assorted hot teas, hot chocolate

Children’s Prices Upon Request


Contact Stan Hywet’s Rental Department


President & Executive Director

Linda Conrad

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Magazine

is published twice a year by this nonprofit

historic estate for its members.

To join or renew a membership, call

330.315.3205 or visit our website:

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the

nation’s 6th largest historic home

open to the public, is accredited

by the American Alliance of

Museums, a distinction that is held

by only 1,056 of the estimated

35,000 museums in the United

States. This national recognition

affirms our continuing “commitment

to excellence, accountability, high

professional standards and continued

institutional improvement…

exceeding the highest standards for

U.S. museums.”

Welcome 2

A message from Linda Conrad

Molly’s Boutique 3

Fabulous Fashion Show returns

LightNights 4

The New summer experience

Ohio Mart 6

Fall is made for Ohio Mart

Holiday Gift Ideas 8

Find the perfect holiday gifts

Deck the Hall 9

A million lights and holiday cheer

Restoration Updates 12

Significant projects take shape

Education 18

Life-long learning opportunities

Calendar 20

Fall and winter

programs and events

When F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling

built Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, they

intended for it to be more than a family

home. It was also to be a community

gathering place, as evidenced by the

family’s motto engraved above the

front door – Non Nobis Solum, or Not

for Us Alone. As two of Akron’s most

visible and influential champions in

the early 20th century, they helped to

shape the very fabric of our community

as gracious hosts, patrons of the arts,

philanthropists, entrepreneurs and

thought leaders. Their imprint can be

discovered in the histories of some

of our most enduring institutions,

landscapes and causes. Included among

them are The Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Company, Tuesday Musical, The Akron

Garden Club, People’s Hospital (now

Cleveland Clinic Akron General),

Goodyear Heights, Fairlawn Heights,

Sand Run Reservation (now part of

Summit Metro Parks) and Holy Trinity

Lutheran Church. F.A. and Gertrude’s

hearts and minds were one with this

community. We have the privilege, along

with our partners, of honoring their

commitment throughout this 2017

season as we celebrate a new theme:

Community – Not for Us Alone.

Dear Friends,


Board of Directors



Brian Cherkala, Chairman of the Board

Mark Wernig, Vice Chairman

Patty Gibbs, Treasurer

Brian Pollak, Secretary


Amy Alexy

Desiree Bolden

Alane Boffa

Ray Bologna

Rick Burke

Mary Kay Chlebina

Steve Cox

Dan Crawford

Michael Davis

Matt Dawley

Ann Durr

Gordon Ewers

Jon Fiume

Justin Hilton

Tom Hutchison

Ginny Knoll

Chris Kramer

Rick Krochka

Wayne Minich

Julie Pulk

Julia Sabin

Charles Schreckenberger

Deb Selden

Steve Strayer

John Susany

Deric Wallace

Chairmen’s Circle

Rick Krochka, Chair

Bill Babcox

Steve Cox

Stu Giller

Cathy Godshall

Bryan Kinnamon

Allen Loomis

Jim Pickard

Theresa Proenza

Roger Read

Bill Steere

Steve Strayer

We are experiencing an amazing season as we

celebrate Community – Not for Us Alone. But it

wouldn’t be Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens if we didn’t

offer something more to still look forward to. In case

you haven’t heard – it’s coming!

Buy your tickets NOW to join us for

LIGHTNights, a limited engagement,

3D Projection Show that will make you wonder

if you’ve arrived in Hollywood! Opening August 17,

this one-of-a-kind technological spectacular will tell the

story of the Seiberling legacy in a way that will suspend

belief and challenge your imagination. Visit our website to discover more of the

mystery, creativity and excitement behind our latest 17-day-run entertainment

venture, and plan to be here!

In the wake of the glow left by LIGHTNights, nature will take over the

estate with a spectacular transition to the fall. The rich colors and crisp air offer

hints that Ohio Mart is just days away. More than 120 artisans will set up in

the gardens October 5-8 to sell their hand-made wares, while the aroma of

our famous hot gingerbread cookies fills the air, Vintage Finds dominates the

Carriage House Tent, and discriminating buyers shop for unique designer

clothing at Molly’s Boutique.

Continuing our celebration of Community – Not for Us Alone, all roads lead

to Deck the Hall which now boasts one million lights! We look forward to

collaborating with creative community partners who will help design Postcards

from the Past in the Manor House. Uniquely crafted vintage décor will set the

stage in more than 20 rooms for a trip down memory lane, with Katherine’s

Collection’s signature holiday décor and spectacular creations setting the tone

in the Great Hall and beyond. One of our community’s favorite family holiday

traditions, the lights of Deck the Hall will brighten the way to 29 evenings

filled with Santa, Rudolph, Dazzle, Gingerbread Land, a warming fire, the lushly

decorated Corbin Conservatory, a treasure trove of holiday gift ideas at

Molly’s, and plenty of joy and laughter.

While we prepare to host these high profile events, work is proceeding

quietly and efficiently on the many restoration projects in the Manor House,

and at the Tea Houses & Hidden Aspect. By the end of 2017, we look

forward to reintroducing the Great Hall, Solarium, West Porch – and the

Hidden Aspect with its stunningly gorgeous view of the Cuyahoga Valley.

It will be the first time this hidden treasure, tucked behind the Tea Houses,

will be open to the public in more than 10 years. We look forward to sharing

it with you.

With gratitude for your continuing support and friendship,

Linda Conrad

President & Executive Director




With Molly’s Boutique

Fashion Show, Dinner, Wine Bar

September 13th

Join us for Molly’s Boutique – Fall!

We’ve curated some of the season’s

most beautiful clothing and

accessories just for you.

On Wednesday, September 13

from 6:00-10PM, invited guests will

enjoy a professional fashion show,

delicious dinner and wine bar, and

of course fabulous SHOPPING!

Clothing and accessories will be

for sale off the rack or by special order.

Members will receive their Molly’s

discount plus an additional 10% off

when they purchase $275 or more.

It’s an evening of great fun, fashion,

food, wine and special pricing.

Molly’s Boutique on September 13

is by invitation only and attendance

is limited to 150 guests. Tickets

are $50 per person. Don’t miss

this Fall Fashion Tradition!

You will find fashion from a wide selection

of premium brands and designers including

Luii, Damee, I.C. Collection, Paparazzi,

Lee Andersen, Ravel, Berek, Tesoro

Modo, Fantazia, Capote Clothing,

Alembika, Furious Fur, Designs Today,

Gabby Isabella, Weavz and more.


The second pop-up shop with similar product lines will be

featured October 5-8 during Ohio Mart. Look for Molly’s Boutique

on the grounds near the Great Garden. No additional promotional

discounts apply for this event.



You’ve got to see it,

to believe it.

The Stan Hywet staff has been even busier this

season, creating LightNights, a new summer evening

event with a spectacular 3-D projection show as its

centerpiece. It takes place on sixteen summer evenings

from 7-10 pm, August 17 – September 17. Guests will

have the opportunity to enjoy the lighted gardens and

grounds as well as music and refreshments throughout

the evening.

The three-dimensional projection show tells the story

of the Seiberling legacy with lights, action, and music,

beginning at sundown. Animators and technologists from

Paintscaping, Inc. in Los Angeles are creating, with video

mapping, a fantastic show projected onto the back of the

Manor House, magically and mysteriously transforming

the architecture into an extraordinary 3-D environment.

Please note that LightNights is an evening historic

gardens and grounds experience. The Manor House will

not be open for tours.


“The technology is new, so most of our guests have never

seen anything like the projection show we’re presenting this

summer. LightNights is an original and inventive outdoor evening

event and a new way to experience the Estate,” according to

Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet.

Every evening of LightNights includes live music on the

Courtyard Stage with local musicians. Refreshments, including

specialty drinks, cake pops, rootbeer floats and s’mores (to roast

at the Courtyard fire) will be for sale in Molly’s.Guests may stroll

the light-filled gardens and grounds throughout the evening.

Open 7-10pm

August 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, 31

September 1, 3, 4*, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17

Member: Adult $14, Youth $7

Non-member: Adult $18, Youth $9.

Call the ticketing office at 330.315.3287.

For Tickets Visit:

Presented by

Musical performers

Aug. 17 Tall Tales of Akron - folk

Aug. 18 Zach Freilof - folk

Aug. 20 Gage Brothers - folk

Aug. 24 TBA

Aug. 25 Kofi Boakye - jazz piano

Aug. 27 Tuesday Musical - brass quartet

Aug. 31 Human Nature - reggae band

Sept. 1 Matt Dudack - solo steel pan

Sept. 3

Sept. 4

Sept. 7

Sept. 8

Sept. 10

Sept. 14

Sept. 15

Sept. 17

Chris Carlton - blues/rock

Tuesday Musical - brass quartet

Wendy Barlow & Bob Bellamy - Harp & Dulcimer

Shadeflex - reggae

Theron Brown - jazz

John Markovic - blues

Gretchen Pleuss - folk

Gage Brothers - folk


Fall IS

Ohio Mart

Ohio Mart Patron Program

Become an Ohio Mart Patron and get unlimited access

and other benefits:

Bronze Contributor


• Preferred parking on all four days of Ohio Mart

• Ohio Mart Tote Bag (new color this year!)

Silver Contributor


• All of the above and,

• Listing in the Auxiliary Board Newsletter

• 2 Ohio Mart sweepstakes tickets

• 2 Ohio Mart Combo tickets


Gold Contributor

$160-and up

• All of the above and,

• Recognition as a Gold Contributor in the Welcome Tent

• 4 Ohio Mart sweepstakes tickets

• 4 Ohio Mart combo tickets

Can’t participate, but would like to make a donation?

Make your check payable to “AB-Stan Hywet”

and mail to:

AB, c/o Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N. Portage Path

Akron OH 44303

OCTOBER 5-8, 2017

Mark your calendar for another

spectacular Ohio Mart!

Fall brings a crispness in the air, leaves crunching under foot,

and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. And of course, it is also

the season for Ohio Mart, Ohio’s premier artisan fall festival. The

51st annual Ohio Mart takes place from October 5-8 organized by

the Advisory Board as a fundraiser for the estate.

There are 125 exhibitors at this year’s Ohio Mart, including

23 new artists. Previous Gertrude Seiberling Award (best in show)

winners who will be exhibiting include Sandy Miller of Sandy

Miller Pottery, Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery, Bruce Garrabrandt,

Artist & Author and Mike Guyot of Streets Art. New artists

include John Boyett of Canton Glass Works, Paul Fletcher of Paul

Fletcher Fine Arts and Betty Boyd of Betty’s Bears and Vests.

The fantastic exhibitors are the reason that so many spend a day

(or more) at Ohio Mart, but guests quickly realize that Ohio Mart

is so.much.more. There are beautiful handmade items in the Craft

Shop, and beautiful dried floral arrangements (created from Great

Garden flowers) for sale in the Carriage House Auditorium.

Molly’s Boutique returns with exquisite fine fashion. Vintage

Finds and Curious Goods is the place to find the unusual and the

collectible, and Ex Libris sells gently used books. The Stan Hywet

Needlework Guild hosts the Stitchers’ Fair of needlework supplies,

kits and finished items in the Manor House driveway (“the

Well”); they also hoste stitching activities for children on Friday

and Saturday.

Lunch in the Food Court, followed by a hot gingerbread cookie

or perhaps a treat or three (!) from the Bakery Tent is a great

way to relax between Ohio Mart activities. Or try your luck by

purchasing some Sweepstakes Raffle tickets with fantastic prizes.

The always popular “Inspiration in Bloom” floral show in the

Manor House is back but with a twist: it’s being created solely

by the Stan Hywet Flower Arrangers. This talented group of 30

volunteers, experts in floral design. will create as many as a dozen

extraordinary arrangements, inspired by the historic rooms and


“We’re going to do what we do best: beautiful arrangements of

flowers in the traditional style throughout the Manor House. The

displays will be themed for fall and we’ll use some of our favorite

containers that have been in use since we were organized in 1972,

notes volunteer Ann Towell, who manages this small but mighty

group. See box on the history of the Stan Hywet Flower Arrangers.

Inspiration in Bloom and a self-guided tour of the Manor

House is included in the Combo Ticket.

Mums for your fall décor may be purchased at Molly’s, which

features a fabulous selection of fall and holiday items.

Ohio Mart Tickets

PRICES: $10 adult, $4 youth (ages 6-17),

Children, 5 & under, free.

Combo Ticket

Includes Ohio Mart, Stitchery Showcase, Manor House self-guided

tour and Inspiration in Bloom

PRICES: $16 adult, $5 youth (ages 6-17),

Children, 5 & under, free.

Guests who have already purchased Ohio Mart tickets may pay $6

adult, $3 youth at the Manor House front door to see the exhibit.

Part of the self-guided Manor House tour, there is no charge to

members to attend Inspiration in Bloom.

Ohio Mart Sweepstakes

THANK YOU to the companies below that have donated

items of $250+ to the Sweepstakes raffle:

• Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care

Certificate toward a set of tires ($500 value)

• Hilton Akron/ Fairlawn

Overnight stay and breakfast for 2 ($250 value)

• Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn

Overnight stay and breakfast for 2 ($250 value)

• Tuesday Musical Association

2017-2018 Season Subscription for 2 ($440 value)

As of June 30, 2017



the Gift

of Stan Hywet


Here’s some inspiration for your holiday gift giving

this year. Share your favorite Stan Hywet experience or

Seiberling family story, a peaceful view, or the opportunity

for your friends, family, staff or colleagues to visit every day.

Have a child or two on your list? Molly’s has an entire

section of gifts, books and toys just right for your little ones.

A lady with very particular taste? Maybe a piece of wearable

art will suit her style. And there’s more.

Browse ideas in our “catalog” below and then make your

way to Molly’s Shop at the entrance to Stan Hywet. And

remember, there is no admission to shop or dine.


Give every generation the

chance to enjoy the estate as

often as they like with a Stan Hywet

Membership. Starting at $55, your choice includes

an elegant, personalized greeting card that shares the news

of your special gift. Visit or call the

membership office at 330.315.3205.

Tribute or Memorial Bench in the Gardens

Honoring the life or commemorating the memory of a loved one

or friend is beautifully remembered with a teak wood bench

placed in a Stan Hywet garden or on the grounds. Contact the

development office at 330.315.3248.

Stan Hywet Hall & GardenS

100th anniversary limited edition

Photographs by Ian Adams and Barney Taxel Text by Steve Love, with a Foreword by John Seiberling

Coffee Table Book

Featuring the beauty of the Manor House

and Gardens in images by Ian Adams

and Barney Taxel, and text by Steve Love,

this elegant hard cover coffee table book

will thrill everyone who appreciates the

history and uniqueness of Stan Hywet.

The foreword, authored by grandson and

Congressman John F. Seiberling (1918-

2008), makes this volume a “must have”

for every library or living room. $44.95.

Logo Wear

True aficionados like boasting of their

love of Stan Hywet. Give them a chance

to tell the world with a tee-shirt, cap, or

piece of memorabilia.

Children’s Gifts

Plenty of space in Molly’s is

devoted to toys, games, play

clothes, and other items that

kids will love, including a

stuffed version of Joe, the

St. Bernard.

S T A N H Y W E T H A L L & G A R D E N S

A New Beginning

S T A N H Y W E T H A L L & G A R D E N S

Growing up at Stan Hywet

The Gardens of Stan Hywet (NEW)

The Seiberling Family

The Gate Lodge

The Stories of Stan Hywet now include the first three volumes of

what is slated to become a ten volume soft-cover series. They share

little-known, behind-the-scenes stories with compelling images pulled

straight from the archives. Gently priced at $15 each.


Holiday Ornaments

These special treasures will make

any Christmas tree distinctive.

Select from glass blown ornaments

featuring Stan Hywet, or a variety

of other styles from vintage to bling

and everything in between.

Distinctive Clothing

Our very own Stan Hywet

buyers look deep and wide for

designer jackets, sweaters,

accessories and other stylish

items for the woman who

appreciates the quality and

distinction of boutique dressing.

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Deck the Hall Décor Inspired by


Postcards from the Past is the theme for Deck the Hall in the

Manor House this season. Thirteen florists and designers have TICKET PRICING

been invited to decorate a space in the historic house using

vintage Christmas cards or postcards as inspiration. The décor Weekend

will be placed within the historic 1915 setting of each room, Friday-Saturday Nights

layering elegant displays throughout. More than 20 rooms will

be decorated and sixty trees ranging in size from 3 to 25 feet

will be part of the displays.

“This season, the rooms

decorated for the holidays will

remain intact and enhanced with

Christmas decorations inspired by

vintage postcards. We are delighted

to be working with a community

of local florists and designers,”

notes Kim Sorboro, Collections

Manager. The Music Room

will feature traditional decor.

Music groups will perform on the

Minstrel’s Balcony overlooking the

Great Hall so that the sounds of

the season may be enjoyed throughout

the house.

Kevin Robison, of Designs by

Robison is decorating Irene’s Room.

He is making dozens of hand-made

paper flowers out of Italian crepe paper.

“When decorating for Deck the Hall, I

like to create something that fits the era.

Paper flowers became popular in the 19th

century because they would last longer than fresh

flowers,” notes Kevin. The flowers range in size

from a 2-3 inch rose bud to a 10-12 inch flower, in

elegant whites, creams and matte gold, offset with

ribbons and Christmas greens.

$22 adults (18+)

$9 youth (6-17)

Stan Hywet members

$16, adults and $7, youth

Value Nights


$18 adults (18+)

$7 youth (6-17)

Stan Hywet members

$14 adults, $6 youth

On all nights: Children 5 & under are free, and college students

with valid ID qualify for the youth price. Groups of 10 or more may

purchase tickets in advance and receive a discount. E-mail for information.

Participating “Postcard” Florists

in alphabetical order

Countryside Florist: Sandy Apidone – Breakfast Room

Designs by Morrison: Vaughn Morrison – Reception Room

Designs by Robison: Kevin Robison – Irene’s Room

Dietz Falls Florist: Linda Boardman – Dining Room

Every Blooming Thing: Matthew Moore – West Porch

Hudson Garden Club: Barbara Earnhardt, Fern MacMillan – Solarium

Katherine’s Collections: Kellie Anderson – Library

Kern’s Florist & Greenouse: Jennifer Lauer – Great Hall

Pam’s Posies: Nathan Paternoster – Tower

Savoir Faire: Winnie Leenaarts – Billiard Room

Stan Hywet Flower Arrangers – Morning Room

Stems Fleur: Scott Robertson – Music Room





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The Estate will be illuminated with

a total of one million holiday lights across

the property. For the first time, the Great

Garden and Birch Tree Allée will be fully

illuminated, completely changing the look

of the outdoor gardens. “The whole garden

behind the Dazzle showfield will be awash

in color. The lights will transition slowly

and subtlely, changing color as guests stroll

through the gardens,” notes Linda Conrad,

President & Executive Director.

Before visiting the decorated Manor

House or the gardens, it’s a good idea

to check in with Santa, who lights the

Christmas tree at 5:30pm each evening

(Gingerbread Man takes over after

Christmas). Visit with Santa, and Rudolph

the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Rudolph’s

Corrall, a cozy space where children of all

ages can share with Santa their Christmas


The animated windows capture

the imagination for many. The vintage

Akron window features 1920s downtown

Akron at dusk, and the second window

features four bakers in perpetual motion,

mixing ingredients, rolling dough, icing a

gingerbread cake, and topping the cake

with a cherry.

Dazzle, Gingerbread Land

and More

Dazzle, the animated light show in the

Great Garden features three holiday songs.

After Dazzle, guests may enjoy a walk

through Gingerbread Land - Playgarden all

dressed up for the holidays. The Corbin

Conservatory features a poinsettia tree,

where a photo opp has become a holiday

tradition for many. The Conservatory

features Garden Under Glass (all gussied up

for the holidays) and guests may also buy

some of the most beautiful and colorful

poinsettias around.

Back in the Courtyard, the warming fire

is the place to savor the evening with a cup

of cocoa and a warm gingerbread cookie.

Nearby, Molly’s Shop in the Carriage House

will be bursting with holiday merchandise.

It’s an especially great place to shop for

unique gifts for those hard-to-buy-for

family and friends.


An ICA conservationist painting the built-in furniture on the West Porch. Inset, Claire Curran with ICA uses dry-ice blasting to remove mineral

deposits on the pewabic tile fountain. Right, the rebuilt steps leading up to the Tea Houses.


In the Manor House and on the Historic Landscape

The continued restoration of the estate,

including interior spaces of the Manor House

as well as the historic landscape remains a


In the Manor House, the Great Hall’s

stunning red curtains recreated by Abbott’s

Blinds & Designs were recently hung.

Curtains for the doors will follow soon.

Window curtains for the first and second

floor north and south hallways are completed

and also have been hung.

The fireplace screen and three small

tables in the Solarium are undergoing

conservation at ICA. All were made by the

David Zork Company and custom-made

for this room. The silk “cloud collar,” that

hangs over the fireplace is also at ICA for


The Solarium furniture is being reupholstered

on-site, with fabric based on

the original 1915 design by Schumacher,

which has been in business since 1889. “We

worked with Schumacher’s archives to have

comparable fabric reproduced,” notes Julie

Frey, Director of Museum Services/Curator.

Upholstery trim is being custom-made by

Kravitz to match the original 1915 trim.

Once both trim and fabric are received,

the furniture in the Solarium will be reupholstered

and re-installed by the end

of the year.

The Reinberger Foundation generously funded

the restoration of the Solarium.

The painted built-in furniture on the

West Porch received conservation this past

winter from ICA. New window sheers, based

on the 1915 design have been installed.


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and C.O.I. Stonework

were honored last spring with a Celebration of

Preservation Award from the Cleveland Restoration

Society and the American Institute of Architects,

Cleveland Chapter for the restoration of the 2,300

foot historic Perimeter Stone Wall. Fifteen projects

in Northeast Ohio received awards. Completed in

2016, the wall was rebuilt over 18 months. A lead

gift from the state of Ohio and funds from Stan Hywet’s 2nd Century Capital Campaign paid for the

restoration. Zach Goebelt of C.O.I. Stonework and his team used the ancient authentic dry stone

method to rebuild the wall which once again defines the Estate as it did in the early 20th century.

Tile has been ordered for the Pewabic

Fountain at the north end of the West Porch.

The goal is to have the base installed and the

fountain operating by late November.

What will add a dramatic difference to

the entire look of the West Porch are new

cushions and pillows for the rush seating

— missing for more than 50 years. Custommade

fabric based on the original fabric

discovered in the Manor House archives is in

production. A reveal of the room is slated for

the fall.

The Lehner Family Foundation generously

funded the restoration of the West Porch &


On the grounds, progress continues on

the restoration and stabilization of the Tea

Houses, the cliff face below, and the Hidden

Aspect. More than 100 years of dirt and

debris was removed from the cliff face in late

spring and the area below the Tea Houses

was rebuilt in two phases, before and after

summer Shakespeare productions. The major

cracks were cleaned out and filled with gravel

for drainage as a way to protect the cliff face

from future damage in the freeze/thaw cycle

of winter. At the Hidden Aspect, the upper

crennelation stones have been restored and

tilted upright. This picnic pavilion with a

view of the Cuyahoga Valley vista will open

later this year.

Following the wedding season in late

autumn, the restoration of the Tea Houses

will begin. The stone pavers and fountain

will be removed to expose the concrete slab.

After repairing and reinforcing the slab, it

will be topped with another slab that slopes

toward a new storm drainage system

being installed.



Glendale Bell

Tower stands tall

“We are excited about the

opportunity to celebrate

the restoration of the bell

and belfry. The staff and

board members at Akron

Rural Cemetery (Glendale)

are very pleased with the

results of the restoration.

ARRC, Inc. and Braun &

Steidl Architects have done

a tremendous job leading

a team of highly skilled

craftsman to complete this

historic restoration,”

says John V. Frank,

President of Akron Rural

Cemetery (Glendale).

The restored Glendale Bell Tower in Glendale Cemetery was lifted into

place and re-christened in a joyous and heartwarming ceremony on July 11.

The Bell Tower was restored over the spring and early summer. ARRC, Inc.,

Stan Hywet’s for-profit subsidiary served as the construction manager on the

restoration in collaboration with The Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery.

Local architectural firm Braun & Steidl Architects, Inc. developed the restoration

plans for the project, which included the restoration of the Bell Tower’s heavy

timber bell and roof support structure, the roof framing and roof, the platform at

the top of the tower and the bell itself. The Bell Tower had fallen into disrepair

after being vandalized decades ago and from age.

“ARRC was very excited and

honored to be part of the restoration

of the bell tower. Glendale Cemetery

is a historic treasure in Akron, and the

final resting place of F.A. and Gertrude

Seiberling. As an historic estate, we had

a unique appreciation for the historical

significance and the care needed for this

project.” said Sean Joyce, President of

ARRC, Inc. and Stan Hywet’s CFO.

Originally designed by Akron

architect Frank O. Weary, the Glendale

Bell Tower is 64 feet tall and houses

a 700 pound bell. It

took three months to

build the tower in 1883

and was designed to

complement the Civil

War Memorial Chapel,

which opened in 1876

and was restored in 2003,

also by Braun & Steidl

Architects. The lower

section of the tower –

40 feet – is Peninsula

stone with a rustic finish

and was hand-cut by

stone mason Alfred W.

Barnes, who served as

the general contractor.

An 8-foot rustic frame work sits on the lower stone section, and a 14-foot tile

roof sits on the rustic frame. The Bell Tower is adjacent to the cemetery’s main

entrance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — along

with the Memorial Chapel, Caretaker’s Lodge and Cemetery Office.

In the early days, the cemetery caretaker pulled a rope in the Bell Tower

at 6pm to signal it was closing for the day. It became a familiar sound to all in

Akron. The bell was rung during every funeral procession of the late 1800s,

providing the death knell. By the early 20th century, funeral customs had

changed, and the bell was silent except for special commemorations, like the

end of World War I.

Bell ringing resumed in 1930 when an electrically operated bell system

was installed. Decades ago, vandals stole the bell clapper and the Glendale

Cemetery Bell Tower has remained silent ever since. Now that it has been

restored, the Bell Tower may once again be used at funerals and other

commemorative occasions.


October 12, 13, 20, 26, 27



There’s a full moon on this still & chilly October night, but the Manor

House staff is preparing for the event of year. As the Seiberlings are

getting ready for the their charity event, they are called away to deal

with an important business deal. The vaudeville performers are rehearsing

backstage when a murder takes place in the Manor House. Who did it ... was

it the gypsy, the ventriloquist, the singer, the dancer or a deceitful guest?

Come and join the suspects to help figure out this whodunit! This interactive

evening concludes with light refreshments and sweet treats in the

auditorium where all will be revealed.

This program is geared toward those ages 17 and older, and requires

long periods of standing and walking up and down the stairs in the

Manor House.



with the

Hywet Historic Players

Since the 1950s, volunteerism

has played a vital role in the

establishment of Stan Hywet as a

historical, cultural, and community

icon. In 2016 alone, 597 active

volunteers contributed over 53,000

hours of service. Seven volunteer

committees provide leadership

and assistance in everything from

garden maintenance and collection

preservation to daily operations and

special event coordination. This year

a new committee, the Stan Hywet

Historic Players, joined the ranks

to provide ongoing educational,

cultural, and entertaining firstperson

interpretation for estate

guests and the community at-large.

The Historic Players are comprised

of two subcommittees, History First

Hand and Murder in the Mansion.

“This new venture

promises to bring

innovative and


experiences for

those involved.

We invite anyone

interested to join us

as we explore

history together.”

Dan Seiberling,

President of the

Historic Players

The History First Hand

program features a troupe of

volunteers portraying characters who have a connection to the

Seiberling family and Stan Hywet, including business associates, friends,

and domestic staff.

New volunteers complete

in-depth tour training before

developing their character

through research, costume

design, and their own family

stories and background. Venture

to Stan Hywet on Vintage Days

or during education programs

in the fall and be transported

back in time as the History First

Hand characters act out life at

the estate in the 1920s.

Likewise, participants in the

Murder in the Mansion program

help develop and bring to life

the annual October murdermystery

play. Widely popular,

this event almost always sells

out for its six-night run. The

story changes each year to reflect the season theme and a new plot

twist. Volunteers in Murder in the Mansion adopt many roles from

scriptwriters to actors, stage managers and designers. This year, they’ll

be putting on their best dramatic acts and burlesque dress for the

vaudeville themed show.


Stan Hywet


Linda Conrad

Set to Retire

The Stars Were

Aligned for


Night’s Gala

Honoring the

season theme, Community

– Not For Us Alone,

Stan Hywet shared the

historic estate with a

sell-out crowd of 550

guests as it hosted the

22nd annual Gala, Starry,

Starry Night. The event

was chaired by Pam

and Patrick O’Neill and

generously presented

by The Lehner Family

Foundation and The J.M.

Smucker Company.

The celebration

took place at the close

of a midsummer day,

Gala numbers




Bidding for Dinner in the

Dining Room


Evening’s proceeds

just as shadows began to dance on the distant hills,and

a palette painted in blues were giving way to the first

glimpse of twinkling stars. The evening evoked a sense of

community and togetherness as guests socialized, dined

on exquisite cuisine, and danced the night away.

A highlight of the evening was an auction for 20

guests to enjoy Dinner in the Dining Room, an exclusive

experience hosted in the Dining Room of the Manor

House. Guest auctioneer, Dave Lieberth did the honors.

Bidding was brisk and tied a previous record, selling for


Stan Hywet is grateful for the support of the Gala

chairs, corporate sponsors, table hosts, contributors, guests,

and volunteers whose combined efforts help achieve

over $175,000 in net proceeds to ensure the continued

preservation of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Long-time CFO Sean Joyce

takes the helm

Linda Conrad will step down

from her role as President &

Executive Director of Stan Hywet

Hall & Gardens in October, and

retire from the organization at the

end of February 2018. Linda has

led the organization since 2009.

On behalf of the Board

of Directors, Chairman Brian

Cherkala confirmed that its

succession and transition plan

calls for Linda to continue in the

top role until October 31 of this

year, when she will transition to

President, Executive Director

Emeritus. At that time, Sean M.

Joyce, CFO & VP of Operations

for the past seven years, will be

appointed to Interim President,

Executive Director.

“The Board is thankful to

have had Linda’s leadership over

the past eight years. Under

her direction, the estate has

experienced a dramatic

transformation financially,

strategically and culturally, and is

well positioned to continue to

prosper,” said Cherkala.

“It’s been a true joy, honor and privilege to lead this

wonderful organization and to steward its transformation to

growth and sustainability,”said Linda.

Sean has had a key role in the transformation and

“Under her

direction, the estate

has experienced

a dramatic



strategically and

culturally, and is

well positioned

to continue

to prosper.”

success of the estate. His 23-year career includes positions as

the CFO of Goodwill Industries and Integrity Parking. A

Leadership Akron graduate, Sean is also the Board Chair of

Dancing Classrooms, Vice Chair of the University of Akron

Finance Advisory Board, and was an Akron Chamber of

Commerce 30 for the Future award recipient.



A Stan Hywet Hallmark

As we celebrate our season theme, Community: Not for Us Alone, we remain

focused on honoring the impact that your support – as a member, donor or

volunteer – has not only on the Estate, but also our shared community.

From the time we were founded as a

non-profit organization 60 years ago, our

community has played a critical role in

helping us to execute the Seiberling

family’s vision for Stan Hywet. We are

proud to serve not only as the desired

cultural and educational center the family

envisioned, but also as an organization that

preserves the architectural and historic

integrity of the buildings, gardens and

grounds that comprise the estate.

This work could not be

accomplished without your trust

in our staff, board and volunteers,

and your investment in

our mission. You make

it possible to keep the

gardens and grounds

beautiful, the historic

buildings maintained,

A special thank you to the many

donors who supported Stan Hywet

Hall & Gardens with a gift to the

2017 Annual Fund in response to

our Spring Appeal. Donors who

contributed $250 or more (Museum


Friends level) were entered into a

special incentive drawing.

We are pleased to announce

that Steve Cox was selected as the

winner. He will enjoy an elegant

evening with five guests, including an

and to create unique and impactful educational and

experiential opportunities that leverage our vast

archival, natural and professional resources to share

the Seiberling legacy.

We hope that as a practice, you take full advantage of the

many opportunities we offer to engage you in every aspect

of our work – whether by attending a season preview or

membership event; staying informed through our eblasts and

communications like this Stan Hywet Magazine and Inside

Stan Hywet campaign newsletter; volunteering to help present

our ever expanding programs to engage students and adults

in unique educational and entertainment programs, and by

introducing your families and friends to the many joys and

pleasures inherent in visiting the estate.

Stan Hywet is our National Historic Landmark. It is

strong, thriving and well positioned to continue making an

important contribution to our community long into the

future. We are grateful for the role you play in helping

to ensure our continuing resiliency and

future sustainability.

Incentive winner chosen from spring appeal donors

exclusive dining experience at Portage

Country Club and a special evening

tour of the Manor House, culminating

in a Music Room performance by

an ensemble from the Tuesday

Musical Association.

Thanks to our donors






of $250

or more,

January 1


June 1

Akron Community Foundation

Paul and Elizabeth Anacki


Eleanor R. and Richard M. Aron

John and Karen Bader

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bailey

Bank of America Matching Gift Program

Tom Barrett

Jean-Anne Belfonti

Betty V. and John M. Jacobson Foundation

Mary E. Bezbatchenko

Scott & Patsy Biddinger

Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Brewster, III

Rob Briggs

Oscar F. Comstock

Steven Cox

Dan Crawford

Anne S. Davis

Matthew and Amy Dawley

Bruce and Kathy DeBarr

Jon A. Fiume

Jim and Linda Francis

Paul A. Frank, Jr.

John and Lois Gerstenmaier

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gibbs

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Wilma Hardman

Raymond and Debbie Hendricks

John L. Hinds

David M. Hunter

Dr. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson

Bruce and Bonnie Jentner

Fred and Joanne Karm

Larry and Diane Kelley

Ray & Sherrie Kimberly

Larry and Donna Klettlinger

Tom and Ginny Knoll

Dale and Peggy Koblenzer

Pamela Kotsalieff

James and Maureen Kovach

The Lehner Family Foundation

Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund

George M. Logan

Dr. Larry and Mary Lohman

John and Meg Matejkovic

Phyllis and J. Samuel McClellan

Lorraine and Bill McCue

Mary D. Mercer

Elizabeth and Harlan Peterjohn

Guy and Renee Pipitone

Raymond R. and Martha G. Wernig


Bud and Susie Rogers

Judy Ruehling

Julia Sabin

Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Cherie Shechter

The Slanta-Murray Family Fund

Carl and Barbara Smeller

Duane and Paula Smith

Steve and Barb Strayer

Terry and Judy Swearingen

Bert L. Szabo

Ken and Chris Tabellion

Theodore and Mary Eugenia Myer

Ann M. Towell

Mrs. John Tuccillo

John Vander Kooi

Deric and Susie Wallace


Professional educators and university students uncovered the story of Akron’s immigrant

population over the past 100 years through informative lectures and engaging hands-on

activities during the 2-day workshop.



at Stan Hywet

Just because you don’t get around by big yellow bus anymore, doesn’t mean you can’t

experience the joy of learning and discovery here on the Estate. Each season, Stan Hywet’s

Education Department offers a variety of opportunities for adults to either earn continuing

education credits, advance their knowledge, or simply explore a new hobby.

In June, professional

educators and university

students from around the

community participated in

a two-day paid professional

development workshop

— where they uncovered

the story of Akron’s

immigrant population over

the past 100 years, through

informative lectures and

engaging hands-on activities.

Participants experienced historic Ellis

Island physiological tests, uncovered old

ethnic neighborhoods via census data,

learned about modern day refugees and

contemporary “vetting” processes, and went

on a Historic Staff of Stan Hywet tour. They

also explored a variety of historical thinking

skills, then developed their own lesson

“stems” utilizing a variety of local primary

source documents.

In late August, professionals from the

A “primary source” is

an artifact (photograph

or piece of art) or

firsthand account (a

newspaper article or

letter) that was created

at the time of an event.

Ohio Chapter of Landscape

Architects will participate

in an in-depth study of

Stan Hywet’s garden and

grounds design and modern

restoration, led by Mark

Gilles, Director of Historic

Restoration. Stan Hywet

continues to offer the same

quality Holistic Health Tours

(August 18 & 19; September

15 & 16; October 13 & 14)

for health professionals, but the price has been

reduced for the three contact hour sessions to

a more competitive $30, from $60.

For the casual hobbyist, Stan Hywet

offers one more “Gardening Guru” class

this season. Learn how to keep

tropical and cactus plants healthy

during the cold weather months

in Winterizing Your Tropical

Plants on September 16. Before

the snow flies, learn how to best

capture those beautiful autumn colors at

Stan Hywet on a Fall Photography Walk on

October 28 with professional photographer

Ian Adams.

Whether it’s required or just for fun,

why not choose Stan Hywet for your next

learning adventure? It’s not

a stuffy classroom, and

it doesn’t require a

yellow bus ride

to get here!




Spend the Summer Enjoying Stan Hywet

Stan Hywet Board Member Desiree Bolden of Akron

Public Schools believes in sharing the Estate with the kids who

participate in her Akron After School program. For the second

summer, she took her mission to new heights, doubling the

impact by directing a grant to support a Stan Hywet Summer

Membership Pass for 1,900

K-6 students from across the

Akron community. A similar

program was also funded by

an APS designated grant last

year, in support of the LeBron

James Family Foundation’s “I

Promise” Students.

Student members are

invited to share their free access

with up to four friends,

family members or parents,

each time they visit the estate

We are grateful to

Desiree Bolden and

Akron Public Schools for

their generous financial

gift that is allowing us to

introduce Stan Hywet to

this important new young

audience; and in doing so,

help advance our mission:

Sharing Our Legacy to

Enrich Lives.

from June 1-September 30. In addition to welcoming a cohort

of kids and families who may never have discovered Stan Hywet,

the Summer Pass gives them the chance to enjoy the estate

together. Two Sundays were set aside for an Adventure at

the Mansion, a fun day to explore, enjoy special activities,

music, lunch at the Sassy Dog cart, treats, and simply socializing.

Overlapping with Vintage Days on July 9 and August 6, Adventure

at the Mansion also gives these young members the thrill

of seeing our History First Hand troupe interpret their

roles as 1920s socialites and domestic staff, and to also

experience Vintage Base Ball played in its signature

gentlemen’s style. Musical entertainment is provided by

KIDJAM! Radio and Fairlawn School of Music.


Calendar: Fall - Winter 2017



Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed to the public on Mondays, except

for Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Closed Thanksgiving. Manor House tours begin at 11am.

Last admission to the Estate: 4:30pm.

Daytime Hours During the Deck the Hall Season Change

from December 1 - 30.

Beginning in December, the daytime hours of the estate are 1-4pm. On

days when Deck the Hall is scheduled, the estate reopens at 5pm. Closed

for Christmas Eve, Christmas. Stan Hywet closes for the season beginning

December 31.

Youth prices apply to children ages 6-17 years.

Children 5 & under are free with an adult. Group rates are 25% off

regular tour prices.


Gate Lodge Only

Daily, 10am-4:30pm.

Ticket price: $6 non-members, members FREE.

Gardens, Gate Lodge & Greenhouse

Enjoy Stan Hywet’s historic gardens and grounds at your own pace on

this self-guided tour. The tour includes all gardens, the Gate Lodge and

the Corbin Conservatory.

Daily, 11am-4:30pm.

During December, tours of the estate are 1-4pm.

$12 adults, $5 youth, members FREE.

Self-Guided Manor House Tour

The Self-Guided Manor House Tour is for visitors who

would like to experience Stan Hywet Hall at their own pace. Admission

includes self-guided Manor House tour with

booklet, Gardens, the Gate Lodge and the Corbin Conservatory.

Daily, 11am-4:30pm. In December, the last tour starts at 4pm. $15

adults, $6 youth, members FREE.

Guided Manor House Tours

Includes the self-guided tour

of the Grounds, Gate Lodge &

Corbin Conservatory.

Experience the Manor House

through the eyes of a trained

interpreter. Visit significant interior

spaces including the Great Hall,

the Music Room, the Plunge

(indoor swimming pool) and

the Master Bedroom. Admission

includes Guided Manor House

Tour, self-guided Garden Tour, Gate Lodge and Conservatory. The tour

lasts about 1½ hours.

On the hour from 11am-4pm.

In December, the last tour starts at 3pm. Price: $19 adults, $8 youth.

Members, 50% off the non-member price.


Grand Estate Tour

Through September 30

Offered Tues.- Sun. at 12:30pm

The Grand Estate Tour includes a

Guided Manor House Tour and a

guided tour of the gardens, with a

focus on historical landscape elements

and information about Warren Manning

and Ellen Biddle Shipman, the

landscape designers who created the gardens. Please note

that this is not a plant-identification tour. The tour lasts

approximately 2½ hours. Ticket prices: $24 adult, $10 youth. Members:

50% off the non-member price.

Nooks & Crannies Manor House Tour

Offered Tues.- Sun. at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

In December, “Nooks & Crannies” is offered

once per day at 1:30pm.

Are you a museum junkie, inquisitive and always

wanting more? Just itching to open that door

that say’s “personnel only” or (just because

you’re curious) walk down that extra hallway

not taken by the tour guide? Then this tour is

for you: a guided behind-the-ropes tour of the Manor House, the

“Nooks” tour includes the former domestic and service areas, female

domestic bedrooms and exhibition on the third floor, the Radio

Room, the Fourth Floor Tower, museum storage areas and more.

Admission includes Guided Nooks & Crannies Tour, Self-Guided

Manor House Tour, Gardens, the Gate Lodge and the Corbin Conservatory.

The Nooks & Crannies Tour lasts about 1-1/2 hours. Then

you may enjoy the self-guide tours of the house and grounds at your

own pace.

Ticket price: $28 adult,

$10 youth. Members: 50% off the

non-member price.



Military Discount: 50% off the non-member price (offered daily)

Senior Discount: 50% off the non-member price on Tuesdays only

AAA Discount: $1 off the non-member price

Scout Programs

Stan Hywet offers a variety of educational programming geared

toward Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Groups of 10 or More

Groups of ten guests or more will receive

25% off of daily tour options and special


For details on our scout programs or for

assistance in planning your group tour, or

to book a reservation, please contact Tom

McKenzie for

additional programming inform.







Now is a great time to visit Stan Hywet and enjoy its many

kid-friendly and family-friendly activities in the gardens.

Children 5 & under are free! If you’re a member, you

may visit as often as you like, because self-guided tours are

included in a Stan Hywet membership.

Find more information on all of our

activities at

Butterflies of North America

Presented by The J.M. Smucker Company

Through Early September

Located next to the Corbin Conservatory

Experience nature’s beauty up-close through a series

of interactive education opportunities for the whole

family. Included in a gardens and grounds admission.


Community: Not For Us Alone

Gertrude and F.A. Seiberling helped to shape Akron, Ohio as gracious

hosts, arts patrons, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. Their imprint can

be discovered in the histories of some of this area’s most enduring institutions

and causes. Community – Not For Us Alone celebrates the Seiberling

family’s involvement and lasting legacy in Akron, Ohio and beyond.

Joe’s Adventure

Pick up a copy of Joe’s Adventure at the front door of the Manor House

and embark on an indoor adventure with the

fun-loving St. Bernard. Complete the scavenger

hunt and stop by Molly’s Shop to pick up your

special prize.


The Seiberling’s had two daughters. Nine years

apart in age, Irene and Virginia enjoyed the same

Walk the Hall and Story Cards

New this season are Walk the Hall Guides to

augment the new, refreshed Nooks & Crannies

Tour. Also collect all 8 story cards that tie into

this year’s theme: Community - Not For Us

Alone. Cards may be collected by touring

the Manor House, engaging with staff and

by taking advantage of our geocaching and

questing activities on the grounds.

upbringing in Akron surrounded by four brothers and

a large extended family. Virginia married John (Jack)

Handy of Cleveland right after graduating from

Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut and

the couple had six children in quick succession. Irene

attended Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts followed

by a travel school in Paris, France before returning to

Akron to champion many local and national causes such

as women’s suffrage, child hunger, and the American

Red Cross. She did not marry until the age of 33 and

confessed to her friends and family that she thought she

never would. Irene wed Milton Harrison on

December 25, 1923. The couple had three children.

Both sisters settled in New York just outside of New

York City and became reacquainted as adults. Though

close, they had very different personalities. Irene was

outspoken, loyal, quick tempered and passionate, while

Virginia was artistic, (she enjoyed singing and painting

like her mother) domestic and gentle.


The Seiberling’s had two daughters. Nine years

apart in age, Irene and Virginia enjoyed the same

upbringing in Akron surrounded by four brothers and

a large extended family. Virginia married John (Jack)

Handy of Cleveland right after graduating from

Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut and

the couple had six children in quick succession. Irene

attended Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts followed

by a travel school in Paris, France before returning to

Akron to champion many local and national causes such

as women’s suffrage, child hunger, and the American

Red Cross. She did not marry until the age of 33 and

confessed to her friends and family that she thought she

never would. Irene wed Milton Harrison on

December 25, 1923. The couple had three children.

Both sisters settled in New York just outside of New

York City and became reacquainted as adults. Though

close, they had very different personalities. Irene was

outspoken, loyal, quick tempered and passionate, while

Virginia was artistic, (she enjoyed singing and painting

like her mother) domestic and gentle.

John L. Jr.


Virginia S.


Virginia S.


Sa ly Ann


John L. Jr.


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Akron, Ohio 44303-1399


714 North Portage Path

Akron, Ohio 44303-1399


Sa ly Ann


Gertrude Virginia



Gertrude Virginia



Edward A.


Anabel Joy


Anabel Joy







A popular destination for families, this interactive garden features six

experiences inspired by characteristics of the Estate, including a 15 ft.

Tudor Revival-style playhouse, a sundial-shaped fountain, musical

features, archeological dig and more. Laughter and smiles are encouraged

and expected!

Gertrude F.


Edward A.


Family Trees

Family Trees

Irene Henrietta



John Littlefield



Irene Henrietta






Gertrude F.


John Littlefield



Sylvia P.


Marion O.


Sylvia P.


Marion O.





Robert F.


Robert F.








Homes of Nature

Through October

Family experience opposite the Corbin Conservatory

Built on a colossal scale, these interactive installations encourage guests

to climb up, down and all arounds. Included in a gardens and grounds


Pollinator Garden

Through October

NEW this year is the Pollinator Garden. Learn

all about pollinator plants, host plants, and why

bees are so important.

Explorer Backpacks

Visit Playgarden to check them out through October

Filled with tools just right for an adventure. Geared for elementary school-age

children, there are binoculars, bug collectors, and flora and fauna guides to

enhance hikes around the estate.


Through October

Ask in admissions

Stan Hywet has partnered with our friends at the Cuyahoga Valley National

Park and The Ohio & Erie Canalway to create scavenger hunts called

“Canalway Quests” where guests of all ages follow a series of clues to

locate a hidden “treasure box.”


Through October

Ask in admissions

Several hidden treasure boxes called “geocaches” may be found throughout

the property by using a hand-held GPS unit or smart phone app.


Calendar: Fall - Winter 2017


September 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17

7-10pm. Last admission at 10pm. Estate closes at 11pm.

Tickets: $14 member adults,

$7 member youth (ages 6-17)

$18 nonmember adults,

$9 nonmember youth (ages 6-17)

Ages 5 and under, free

You’ve got to see it to believe it! Enjoy the estate in a whole new way on a

warm summer evening. See pages 4 & 5 for details.

Please note that LightNights is an evening historic gardens and grounds

experience. The Manor House will not be open for tours

Sunday Serenity with Yoga

on the West Terrace

September 10


$12 members; $16 nonmembers

Enjoy a serene Sunday morning on the estate with

instructors from Do Good Yoga and participate in all

levels vinyasa flow yoga practice in the beauty of the

West Terrace of the Manor House. After class, stroll

to Molly’s Café to enjoy a complimentary morning

mimosa or water to unwind with a walk through the

gardens. Please register in advance online or by calling 330.315.3287.

Registration includes yoga session, grounds admission and mimosa or

water from Molly’s Café. Class will be moved to alternate location in case

of inclement weather.

Vintage Days

September 10

12noon – 4pm

Living History in the Manor House


Vintage “Base Ball” on the Great Meadow

Living History: Friends, business associates

and staff members of the Seiberling family

(portrayed by Stan Hywet’s History First Hand

acting troupe) are eager to tell you about life in

the 1920s on an American Country Estate.

Vintage Base Ball: Be a “crank” (fan) at a

game of vintage base ball (historically accurate

spelling). Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and

watch our resident team the Akron Black Stockings take on the competition.

Huzzah! All tours are self-guided on Vintage Days.

Molly’s Fall Boutique

September 13


Carriage House Auditorium and Tent

$50/person, tables of 10

Molly’s Boutique is back! Guests will enjoy a fashion

show, dinner, wine bar and of course, fabulous

SHOPPING at Molly’s Boutique! Clothing and

accessories will be for sale off the rack or by special

order. Members will receive their Molly’s discount, plus

an additional 10% off when they purchase $275 or

more. It’s an evening of great fun, fashion, food, wine

and special pricing. Molly’s Boutique features fashion from a wide selection

of premium brands including: Lee Andersen, Insight, Damee, Ravel, Karine

Sultan and more. To request an invitation, email

or call 330.315.3286

Holistic Health in a Home/House:

Stan Hywet as Example Presented by Kristine

M. Gill, RN, PhD

September 15, 1:30-4:30 pm or

September 16, 10am-1pm / Manor House

Cost: $22, member; $30, non-member. (3.00

Contact Hours available)

This continuing education opportunity is approved

by the Ohio Nurses Association and is

intended for health care professionals to obtain

CE credit. As a result of this interactive tour and

targeted discussion led by Kristine M. Gill, RN,

PhD, participants will increase their knowledge

and skill in assessing a client’s home from a holistic health perspective. To

pre-register, call the Stan Hywet Ticket office at 330.315.3287 or go online

at at least one week in advance. For more information

regarding contact hours call Dr. Gill at 330.687.5393.

Gardening Gurus: Winterizing Your Tropical Plants

September 16, 1-2 pm

Register by Sept. 9

Reinberger Classroom

Members: $10

Non-Members: $13 (includes self-guided grounds admission)

Learn the best tips and techniques to keep your tropical and cactus plants

alive through our long Ohio winters, including watering, soils, insects and

other related issues. Bring your questions to ask the gardening gurus.

Call 330.315.3287 to register.

Memories of C.W. Seiberling

September 19

6:30 pm, Social Hour; 7:00 pm, Program

Carriage House Auditorium

Free for members (only) but you must preregister

at least one week in advance by calling

330.315.3287 or online at

The Stan Hywet Gilde presents a program about

C.W. Seiberling, F.A. Seiberling’s brother and

business partner. C.W. grandchildren and friends

will share stories and reminisce about C.W.

Seiberling as a father, businessman, and

community advocate.




Akron Marathon

September 23

Late open

The Estate will open late at 1:30pm, following

the Akron Marathon – the route goes

through the Estate. Last admission at

4:30pm, grounds remain open until 6pm.

Self-guided tours only on this day.

Migrating Monarchs- Butterfly Tag

and Release Event

Saturday, September 30, 10-

11:00am To guarantee a butterfly

for tagging, please register by 9/23

Butterfly Habitat

Member Adult $9,

member Youth $6,

Nonmember Adult $12, Nonmember

Youth $9 (1 free adult with each child registration)

Each autumn, millions of monarchs migrate 2,000 miles in search of a new

home. Why do they do this? How do they survive the journey? Discover

the answers to these questions then tag your very own monarch for

release. You’ll also learn how to follow your butterfly online using the

Monarch Watch website. Price includes one tag and one butterfly to

release and a self-guided grounds tour.

To pre-register, call the Stan Hywet Ticket office at 330.315.3287

or online at, at least one week in advance.


Ohio Mart

October 5-8 / All Estate

10am-5pm, Thurs.-Sat.; 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Tickets: $10 adult, $4 youth (ages 6-17).

Combo ticket: $16 for Ohio Mart + self-guided Manor House tour.

Onsite parking is $5. Free off-site parking is available on Saturday &

Sunday with complimentary shuttle.

See pages 6-7 for details.

Murder in the Mansion

October 12, 13, 19 (sold out), 20, 26, 27

6:45pm-9pm / Manor House

$45 non-members, $36 members.

Reservations required.

Suspects! Motives! Mystery! It’s an

incredible interactive evening experience

taking place from 7-9pm on select

evenings in October. Another murder

has taken place in the Manor House.

Who is the murderer? What was the

motive? Come and join the suspects

to help figure out this whodunit. This

interactive evening concludes with light

refreshments and sweet treats in the

Manor House Auditorium where all will

be revealed. This program is geared toward those ages 17 and older, and

requires long periods of standing and walking up and down the stairs in

the Manor House. See pages 14 for details.

Holistic Health in a Home/House:

Stan Hywet as Example Presented by Kristine M. Gill, RN, PhD

October 13, 1:30-4:30 pm or October 14, 10am-1pm

See Sept. 15 listing for details.

Fall Photography Walk with Ian Adams

October 28, 2017, 2-4 pm

Register by October 21

Members: $25 Non-Members: $34

Meet in the Carriage House Courtyard

Join Ohio landscape photographer,

writer and educator Ian Adams for

a photography walk in the gardens at

Stan Hywet during the peak of fall color.

Bring your iPhone, Android phone or

digital camera. Mr. Adams will provide

tips on garden and fall color photography

as well as coaching for each participant. Participants will also be given an

opportunity to purchase Ian’s new eBook, iPhone Landscape and Nature

Photography, at half off the cover price. Limit 25 participants. Register by

10/21 at 330.315.3287 or online at

Member Appreciation Days

October 26-30

Molly’s Shop

Molly’s will be bursting with wonderful gifts and Christmas décor, and to

get the holiday started, members receive 25% discount* on merchandise

in the shop. Members may bring one guest to share in a membership visit

and savings.

*Not to be combined with other discounts.


Origins of Christmas Carols

Presented by Christopher Kenney,

Director of Education, McKinley Museum

November 7 at 7pm in the Manor House Music


Space is limited. Free for members (only) but

you must pre-register by 10/31 by calling

330.315.3287 or online at

Join the Stan Hywet Gilde, Stan

Hywet’s volunteer group of Manor House interpreters

in a fun evening right as the holiday season

is getting started. Learn where your favorite

Christmas carols come from, as

well as the origins of popular

holiday songs.

Veterans Day

November 11

10 am-4:30 pm / All Estate

Stan Hywet honors all veterans and military personnel with complimentary

admission to the Estate. Please present a military or veteran’s ID. All tours

are self-guided on Veterans Day.

Closed for Deck the Hall Decorating

November 13-14


Calendar: Fall - Winter 2017

Needlework Guild Public Workshop

November 14, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Carriage House Auditorium

Tickets: $39 + $11, lunch (optional).

Register by Oct. 3 at

Nationally known needlepoint teacher Nancy Cucci will teach the “Mini-

Embellishment Scissors Fob.” This basic-to-intermediate level project is

stitched and beaded on black, iridescent 18-count canvas. The $39 fee

includes the kit with materials and instructions including the twisted cord

and tassel. For more information, supplies to bring and to register, email

Deck the Hall: Postcards from the Past

November 24-26, 30, December 1-3, 7-23, 26-30

5-8pm / All Estate

Value ticket nights (Sun.-Thurs.)

$18 non-member adult, $14/member adult;

$7 non- member youth, $6/member youth

Standard ticket nights (Friday and Saturday):

$22 adults (18+), $9 youth.

members: $16 adults, $7 youth.

Children 5 & under are free.

College students with valid student ID pay the youth price.

Enjoy a memorable evening during the holidays. The estate is decorated

with one million lights, and the Manor House décor is inspired by vintage

postcards. Visit with Santa and animated Rudolf in Rudolf’s Corral. Enjoy

Dazzle, Gingerbread Land and more. Details on pages 10-11.

Evening of

Holiday Magic

December 1, 8, and 15

Time: 5 pm-9 pm

Manor House

$75.95 and $79.95

Reservations are required.

Celebrate the Christmas

holidays in grand style with

an exceptional night at an

Evening of Holiday Magic

at Stan Hywet. The evening

includes a buffet dinner, drinks

and Deck the Hall tour. Tickets

may be purchased beginning

September 1. For more

information, call 330.315.3210

or email

See inside front cover for more information.

Holiday Tea/Centerpiece Workshop

December 9

11am - 1pm/Carriage House Auditorium

$80 members/$100 non-members

(reservations required)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the

holiday season to enjoy our annual holiday tea.

Each guest will create a holiday centerpiece with

fresh greens and seasonal decor, with guidance

from designer and florist Scott Robertson of

Stems Fleur. After the workshop, enjoy a tea

luncheon in the Manor House, and self-guided

tour of the decorated rooms inspired by

“Postcards from the Past.”

Registration includes all workshop

materials (please bring your own

gardening gloves) as well as sweets,

tea, and savory tea sandwiches.



Stan Hywet’s sale of one-of-a-kind collectibles

during Ohio Mart, October 5-8.

Here’s where YOU can help: as you clean out closets and consider

donating your decorative vintage items, textiles, gently used or antique

furniture to this unique sale at Stan Hywet. If you have items that you

would like to donate, please send a photo and description of the item to

You can also mail the information to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Attn:

Vintage. We’ll determine whether your items fit our sale and get in touch

with you. Donations are tax-deductible and proceeds from the sale benefit

the Estate. Donations must be received by September 1.



Stan Hywet Expands Corporate Rentals Options




Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens offers some of the most unique rental

spaces in town, accomodating groups of 10 to 225 in various

elegant and casual settings.




714 North Portage Path

Akron, Ohio 44303-1399

Nonprofit Organization

U.S. Postage


Akron, Ohio

Permit No. 201

Molly's Shop & Café

Molly’s is open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday until Nov. 30.

December hours follow Deck the Hall schedule. See Page 9 for details.

After shopping for Christmas keepsakes and merchandise,

take a break for lunch or a refreshment in Molly’s Café.

Remember, there is no

admission to shop or dine.

S T A N H Y W E T H A L L & G A R D E N S M A G A Z I N E

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