52 Ohio Weekends by Mary Quinley

By Mary Quinley

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The Flats Oxbow Association, 1283 Riverbed Street, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216-566-1046. Nautica Queen, 1153 Main Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; 216-696-8888. West Side Market, West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216-664-3386. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & Rain-Forest, 3900 Brookside Park Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109; 216-661-6500. Page 15 3 Canal Country: Coshocton If you spend enough time in Ohio, chances are you'll hear about the canal era. One stretch of the canals, which opened up isolated rivers in the state, ran from Cleveland on Lake Erie in the north, to Portsmouth on the Ohio River in the south.

It has maintained a steady pace of continuous motion for more than eighty years because Warther used arguto, an oily wood found in South America that provides a natural lubricant. How did Warther, a second-grade dropout with no formal education, create such authentic carvings¿ "My grandfather thought carving was a God-given talent. However, he believed that carving came after peoplehe always had time to talk to the kids," said Carol (Warther) Moreland, granddaughter of Ernest. If you visit the museum on weekdays, be sure to wander by the knife carvers' shop to catch a glimpse of the skilled Page 21 workers in action.

More Akron-Area Attractions One option for beginning a weekend jaunt to Quaker Square and the downtown sites is to reserve a seat on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Passengers are transported twenty-six miles from a train depot in Independence to Akron, dropped off for several hours to shop, dine, or explore the museums, and then returned via the train to Independence. Train schedules vary according to the time of year. Call ahead before making plans. The nine galleries of the art deco building at the Kent State University Fashion Museum overflow with a stun- Page 6 ning collection of costumes, textiles, glass, porcelains, and paintings.

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