Archive for the ‘Ohio’ Category

Happy Anniversary

January 23, 2012

North Ridgeville, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved
© jan albers | all rights reserved

North Ridgeville, Ohio

(Uncle) Fred and (Aunt) Mandy Stobe, on their 50th wedding anniversary. Fred took her out to dinner but refused to pay 50 cents for a cup of coffee afterward, so they came home and made a pot of their own.

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Uncle Fred’s Bucket

September 26, 2011

Uncle Fred's BucketNorth Ridgeville, Ohio© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Uncle Fred was Jan’s uncle, Karen’s great uncle. He was a successful, rich farmer – and incredibly cheap. It visibly pained him to lose out on any opportunity to make or save money. True, he’d give produce from his farm stand to family members, but only with great reluctance, and after several false starts. He’d pick up a pepper, say, and set it back down, and mumble about what Kroger (“the Kroger’s”) was charging for peppers, and gaze across his fields, repeating this circuit several times before inviting us to take the pepper.

He burnished his reputation in family lore when he made a show of giving Karen a free pumpkin – which, on closer inspection later, turned out to be rotten. He’s probably tossing in his grave right now, wishing he could have charged us a photo fee for shooting his bucket.

Grapes for Sale

September 2, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved
© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva, Ohio

Some 1,500 acres of grapes are grown in the Geneva area. Conditions are ideal in the narrow stretch from the Lake Erie shore to about 10 miles inland, since the lake protects vines from damaging frosts on either end of the growing season.

Through the Grapevine

August 5, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva Ohio

The Geneva (Ohio) Grape Jamboree celebrates all things grape. Held the last weekend of September, it features wine tasting, various competitions (including waitresses balancing glasses of wine while racing down Route 20) grape stomping, and two parades, as well as the crowning of Miss Grapette.

Awaiting Miss Grapette

July 1, 2011

Waiting for the Harvest Parade--Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Grape Jamboree
Geneva, Ohio

‘Tis the season of fireworks and parades.

Evening Lights

June 16, 2011

Evening LightsNorthwest, Ohio© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Northwestern Ohio

Drive-In, Drive On

May 9, 2011

Drive-In, Drive OnWoodville, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Woodville, Ohio

Most of the drive-in theaters along Route 20 had fallen on hard times when we passed by.


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