A Novice’s Guide to Golf in Stark County – Part 3

After a few trips to the driving range and a much needed lesson with LPGA pros Renee Powell and Catherine Duggan, it was time for Rosie and I to test out our golf prowess on the course. Our course of choice was Pleasant View Golf Club in Paris, Ohio. Heading IMG_1333through the quaint Main Street in downtown Louisville and out through the countryside was a lovely start to a Saturday morning.

I’d like to say we went out for our first round of golf and discovered a natural knack for the game, but alas I think we’ll have to rely on practice rather than talent.  It was a beautiful day on a beautiful course with scenic views…

IMG_1331…but our game was quite ugly.  We each had a few proud drives and some success on the putting greens, but my oh my the in-between game on the fairways was quite the challenge!

On the bright side, I consider the day proof that golf is a fun way to get out and get active even if you do not know what you are doing.  How else to learn, but to try?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a few tips I would keep in mind for beginners on the golf course.  Seek out a beginner friendly course such as Meadowlake Golf & Swim, Rolling Green Golf Course or Lyons Den Golf Course.  Stick with 9-holes to start, time flies when you are consistently over par and 18-holes can turn into a very long day.  With time in mind, if there is a group behind you and their pace of play is quickly catching up to yours, let them play ahead of you on the next hole.  It’s not only courteous to them, it will prevent you from feeling pressured to rush.  The most important tip – relax and have fun – it’s just a game!

Tonja Marshall

Tonja Marshall is the Sports Promotions Manager for the Canton/Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB). Prior to her position with the CVB, she worked in marketing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tonja moonlights as a foodie, trying-out new recipes and seeking-out great restaurants. Whether she is headed to her son’s ball game, her daughter’s dance recital, or a weekend “staycation” with the family, when she’s not working or eating Tonja can usually be found traversing the Stark County area with her husband Marcus and three kids, Jordan, Janiya, and Marcus Jr.

Upcoming Events

Are you looking to fill your weekend with fun activities in Stark County? Check out our list of upcoming events this week! The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is underway, as well as other events like the Kelly Miller Circus in the area for you to visit and make memories to last a lifetime!

kelly miller circusJuly 23: Kelly Miller Circus in Minerva
July 25: Kelly Miller Circus in Hartville
Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dory, the Al G. Kelly Miller Brothers Circus, now known simply as Kelly Miller, has entertained millions of American and Canadian citizens while establishing itself in the fabric and history of the American Tented Circus. From the early morning hours, when the elephants pull the big top into the air to the very moment when the king pole races to the ground at the end of the day, you the public are invited to come and be a part of the magic of “Circus Day” as it has been experienced for over 200 years!

July 26
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Concert & Fireworks - Celebrate in downtown Canton with a fireworks extravaganza that defies description! All activities will take place in downtown Canton in the Cornerstone Square area of Tuscarawas Street and Walnut Avenue. Enjoy lots of family fun including rousing musical entertainment plus a wide variety of food vendors, children’s activities including face painters and balloon twisters, and fun for all ages in the Family Fun Zone

Chemical Wonders Concert in Minerva - Patrick Masalko’s Chemical Wonders will perform a FREE concert on Minerva’s Municipal Park Stage. Chemical Wonders is a multi-genre band, playing tunes from Sinatra to pop. The concession stand opens at 6:30 p.m., so bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of family entertainment.

pfhofef logoJuly 27
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Pigskin Run - Over 1,800 walkers and runners will cross the finish line in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, providing a high-energy atmosphere and wonderful photo opportunities. Sign up for the 2-Mile or 5-Mile Race, or participate in the 5-Mile Competitive Walk. Get the entire family involved by registering kids six and under for the 400-meter free Kids Fun Run!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Community Parade - Enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends! A wide array of community youth groups, marching bands, antique vehicles, floats, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this true community parade!  This is a great Americana Main Street Parade!

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She is a serious animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pitbulls! Laura enjoys having wine & game nights and traveling Stark County and beyond with her boyfriend and family.

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Balloon Classic is Coming!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is upon us, and the first event is the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks. Come out this weekend, July 18-20, to see these beauties take to the sky! This is a personal favorite event of mine. As a child, I have memories of going every year with my family to see the giant balloons inflate right in front of us, and I love it just as much as an adult!

Balloon Classic Shape Collage 2014.jpgThe event itself is a combination event, born through a great partnership between the Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers of Commerce. The event is hosted on the grounds of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College. These partners allow the Enshrinement Festival volunteers the ability to take over their campuses for a week to prepare for the huge event!

The Balloon Classic began in 1986 as the Enshrinement Festival was growing. It continues to be a fan favorite every year. This year there are FIVE special shape balloons coming (how cute is Peg Leg Pete, the Pirate Parrot?!), bringing the total to 66 hot air balloons attending! You may also enjoy childrens’ areas and food vendors, and don’t miss the “Balloon Glow” on Friday at 9:30 PM. The balloons use their burners to light up and flicker to “dance” to the music!

The Jackson-Belden Food Fest area features LIVE music on Friday and Saturday, as well as a beer garden and a large selection of food vendors. They also put on the spectacular fireworks show on Saturday at 10 PM. Be sure to take the kids to check out their inflatable fun area too!

What To Know:

  • Event held at Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College campuses.
  • Parking $5.00 after 3 PM; no admission charge.
  • 5 Scheduled Flights: Friday 6:30 AM & 6:30 PM; Saturday 6:30 AM & 6:30 PM; Sunday 6:30 AM
  • The BALLOON GLOW is Friday at 9:30 PM; the FIREWORKS are Saturday at 10 PM
  • Enjoy Live Music from 4 – 11:30 PM on Friday; 5:45 – 11:30 PM on Saturday
  • Weather Conditions must be just right for the hot air balloons to fly, specifically winds must be under 8 mph. Temperature and storm potential is also critical to flying conditions.
  • Bring blankets, chairs, and cameras!
  • FULL SCHEDULE: CLICK HERE (Including live music line-up!)

A tip for you… if you really enjoy seeing the hot air balloons in the peaceful morning hours, you’re welcome to come on out in the mornings to enjoy the beautiful site! Some vendors even open to sell coffee and donuts for you to enjoy!

The Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest is NOT a ticketed event, but please note: tickets for all Enshrinement Festival Events are still available, Click Here for Ticket Info.

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She is a serious animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pitbulls! Laura enjoys having wine & game nights and traveling Stark County and beyond with her boyfriend and family.

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