Family Stress Time of Year


Treat it with Wine and a Show in Northeast Ohio

It’s that time of year again but don’t stress. The leaves and air are crisp and so is the wine at the annual Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. Join Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from Noon-5pm for this drive yourself tour of wine tasting paired with food samples for your Thanksgiving meal.

All five participating wineries are within 10 minutes of each other making this a very convenient excursion for travelers.  Each winery will feature a different part of the Thanksgiving meal and pair two wines that compliment it.  In addition, recipes will be given out.  The cost is only $5 per person at each winery and if you bring in a canned food item to each winery you will receive $1 off.  These food items will be donated to the local food banks just in time for the holidays.

“The Turkey Trot is really our celebration of the end of harvest and the beginning of the holiday season,” says Kim Laurello, owner of Laurello Vineyards.  “Locally made wines are a great way to celebrate with friends and family and makes for great conversation at the dinner table.”  Whether you are tasting new releases or old time favorites, the purpose of the tasting is to take the guess work out of the wine and food pairing for the Thanksgiving meal.

“We are still recovering from that last two harsh winters,’ states Nick Ferrante, winemaker and owner of Ferrante Winery & Ristorante.  “But the wineries in the Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley group are committed to continue to bring locally grown and produced, and internationally award winning wines to the consumer.”  The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley formed a group several years ago when they began to realize how quickly their wine region was growing.  The Grand River Valley Wine Region is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the United States and has the quality wines to prove why.   The majority of the wines produced at these member wineries come from local grapes that they have grown. Member wineries have achieved national and international recognition with award winning wines. These wineries must adhere to strict standards.

While visiting the area the group encourages travelers to take a mini-vacation and spend their weekend in wine country.  There are lots of shops to visit and beautiful covered bridges to check out in the area.

The Turkey Trot is just one of a series of events The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley host each year.  Other events include the ever-popular Ice Wine Festival and the Cask Tasting.

For more information about the Turkey Trot call 440-466-3485 or go to

With Thanksgiving approaching fast, no worries, all families have their problems. But at least The Addams Family sings their way through theirs. They may have creepy family crypts and small hairy cousins. Scary bald explosive loving uncles. Parents with an unsettling amount of PDA. Annoying Goth teenage daughters. But really, the only difference between this show and your Thanksgiving dinner is, well, an enormous amount of entertainment value.

This musical comedy involves the biggest family stress of all time…little daughter Wednesday is growing up, and her parents don’t exactly approve of the love of her life. Add fantastic vocal skills, a spooky set, dancing ghostly ancestors and you have the perfect show for this time of year.

Tickets for both events are on sale now. The Addams Family tickets are $18 adults, $15 students/seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Rhythm and Boo’s is $8 general admission. Call the box office at 440-286-2255, or go to the website at The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, Chardon, Ohio. Special thanks to our Marquee Sponsor Middlefield Banking Company!

For those looking for other things to do in Northeast Ohio, contact the Ashtabula County Conventions & Visitors Bureau ( or the Lake County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (