Category Archives: Food & Ice Cream

for outings that focus more on dining and dessert than on touring and traveling.
includes upcoming Around-the-World-Dinners (AWD), banquets, picnics, and parties.
also includes Sundaes-On-Monday outings.

Tour to Club Picnic – Columbiana, July 14th

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Tour leaders:  Doug & Carol Leavens

This is a 3 hour ride to the Club Picnic at Bob and Betty Belding’s home in Columbiana, OH.  We will be departing from Michael’s Place, 12841 State Rd. North Royalton, Ohio at 1:00 PM sharp.  Please let Doug & Carol know if you will (1) join the tour at the start or (2) joint the tour en-route and (3) if you will join us for lunch before the tour.   Please contact Doug and Carol Leavens by email or phone: cell 440.821.0228 or home 440.734.5632.

Tour Route:  From State Rd. we will be taking Rt. 303 east till we met Rt. 82 and quickly take Rt. 534 south to Newton Falls where there will be rest break at the McDonald’s.  The tour will continue south on Rt. 534 to Rt. 14 then east to Rt. 165 then east to Rt. 46 then south to Rt. 14 then east thru Columbiana to the Belding’s home.  We expect to arrive at 4 PM.

1:00 PM Start Tour
1:20 PM arrive Peninsula
1:27 PM arrive Rt. 8
1:50 PM arrive Rt. 44
2:10 PM  arrive Windam
2:15 PM arrive Rt82/303
Newton Falls 20 minute break at MacDonalds
4:00 PM Arrive at Picnic
Also when signing up for this tour please also let Bob and Betty Belding know you are coming. They need an accurate head count for planning all the great food.



Annual Club Picnic, Sat. July 14, 2018

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Hosts  Bob & Betty Belding

Betty and Bob Belding are again hosting the Annual Northcoast Miata Club Picnic at the former Firestone Homestead, birthplace of Harvey S. Firestone in northern Columbiana County.

Join us at the Belding Homestead at 45459 State Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio 44408 for the Picnic.   Their home is located one half mile east of the State Route 7 and State Route 14 intersection on the south side of SR 14 (right side), directly across from the entrance to the Links at Firestone Farms GC.  The house is the first house on the right after you pass the traffic light going eastbound. Look for the sign. Everyone is welcome! There are some neat Miata Roads to travel if you wish a leisurely drive and more direct routes also. Doug and Carol Leavens are planning a group to convoy to the picnic. Click here for details if you are interested.



Arrive any time after 4:00, we will eat around 5:30 PM.  Bring your favorite side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share along with copies of your recipes (unless they are secret), your favorite beverage and enjoy the afternoon. The club is again generously furnishing hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa, soft drinks, table service, plates and cups.

You can bring your goodies to the house and then park along the road to show other folks what they are missing by not owning a Miata.

Please let Bob and Betty know by July 7th, by email or phone 330.482.3752, that you are coming so we can order enough food.   Also, Bob’s cell # is 330.853.8112 if you should get lost. The latchstring is out. ALL ARE WELCOME!!


Tour and Lunch at Spread Eagle Tavern – July 28, 2018

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Hosted by Dave & Pamela Handley

Join Dave and Pamela Handley for a scenic drive to the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn in Hanoverton, OH.  This historic tavern and inn was built in 1837 along the Sandy & Beaver Canal, which connected the Ohio & Erie Canal to the Ohio River.     Our plans are to leave from the Strongsville/Medina area, stop at the J.M. Smuckers Company Store in Orrville, then continue to the Spread Eagle Tavern for lunch.  You can choose to join us for the entire drive down, meet up with us at Smuckers (click for location), or join the group at Spread Eagle Tavern (click for location) for lunch.  For those who wish to continue exploring after lunch, we will provide driving instructions to the now abandoned Cherry Valley beehive coke ovens in Leetonia, OH.   Additional details will be in the July newsletter and on the website when available.   For those who plan to attend the lunch at Spread Eagle Tavern, please RSVP Dave and Pamela Handley via email or call 440-238-3070.

AWD Creekside Restaurant, Brecksville – Take Two – 9/25/2018

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Hosted by Wayne Baker & Marsha Showalter

Tuesday September 25, 2018
8803 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141 (440) 546-0555

Click here for menu and directions.

Cocktails at 6:30pm  and Dinner at 7:00 pm
We had a wonderful dinner here on 6/13/18; but the restaurant could not accommodate all that wanted to attend.  So, the AWD is being repeated with priority given to those that were on the wait list for the 6/13/18 dinner.  There is a limit of 24 people; but now that the prior wait list has been accommodated, there is capacity for some additional diners, so you may sign up by Emailing  Marsha.

AWD Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, Olmstead Falls, Aug 7, 2018

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Hosts:  Mike and Lois Kerklo
Gathering: 6:30 PM
Dinner:        7:00 PM  (note, limited menu)
Please join us for an Around the World Dinner at the Moosehead
Hoof and Ladder restaurant in historic downtown Olmstead Falls. Located at 7989 Columbia Rd., Olmstead Falls (click for map),  and housed in the former fire department building, the décor is rich in tradition with various pieces of vintage fire fighting equipment on display. The back patio area overlooks the scenic Rocky River ravine – great view- take a peek while you are there.  For our AWD we will enjoy the private dinning  room for our use only.
The restaurant boasts a great and varied beer selection and specialty drinks are available.
To sign up for this event, contact Mike Kerklo  330-336-5797 or email  Hope to see you there !

Wayne County Tour – August 25, 2018

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Tour Leaders:  Rod and Bev Barkley and John James.

This tour of Wayne County begin at the Smithville Inn for lunch at noon.   Lunch will be served family style and the cost will be $15.91 (tip and tax included) per person.  We will be paying separately and they do accept credit cards.  Note that this is the 200th anniversary of the Inn.  The Smithville Inn is located at 109 W Main St, Smithville, OH 44677 (click for map).

Following lunch we will caravan to The Wayne County Museum at 546 E Bowman St in Wooster.  The Historical Society will be providing us with docents to give us a guided tour of the museum.  The museum has a nice collection including the only Allerton Steam Pumper still in existence.  There is a $5 fee for the museum.

Then we will proceed on a back roads tour of lower Wayne County ending up at Hartzler’s Dairy on route 3 just north of Wooster for the mandatory ice cream stop.

Please RSVP to Rod or Bev Barkley (click for email) or by phone at 330-334-6702 by August 19th  if you plan to join the tour.  If you have a 2-way radio please bring it with you.  Rod’s cell phone for the day of tour will be 330-571-7862 and John’s will be 216-548-1889.

Meet In The Middle Picnic and Tour – August 26, 2018

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Tour Leader:  Doug & Carol Leavens

The fourth Meet in the Middle Picnic and Tour will be held on Sunday August 26.   We will meet with the Buckeye Miata Club from Columbus  at noon for a great picnic at the Mohican State Park (click for website) (click for location and directions) .  We expect about 50 cars total.  There will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided (at a small charge to be determined, but should be under $5 per person).  Everyone is asked to bring a small dish to share along with beverage of their choice (no alcohol).

Doug Leavens will lead a tour to the Picnic starting at the corner of Marks Rd and Rt. 303 in Brunswick at a service plaza.  This is west of I-71 a few miles and will get us out of all the traffic lights.  We will depart at 9:30 AM in two groups for a nice relaxing two hour drive to the state park.

If you are driving directly to the picnic:  Drive to Loudonville, then take Route 3 south out of Loudonville for 2.7 miles. Turn right into Mohican State Park entrance.  But before the park gate, turn left and follow road for short distance and you will see the pavilion.

Please check back here for additional details as they are available.  Any questions please contact Doug via email or at 440.734.5632.

There is no limit on the number of cars but please signup either for the Picnic and Tour, or just the Picnic at the club meeting or via email to Doug so we can plan the food with the Columbus club.

Sundaes on Mondays

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Yes it is almost time for Ice Cream.   Doug and Carol Leavens have put together another season’s worth of ice cream events in interesting places.   No reservation are required — show up and enjoy being with fellow lovers of Miatas and ice cream.   Each of these events is included in the Club Calendar and you can get the complete list by clicking on one of the following links for:  Excel file or printable pdf.