Past Events

Happy Holiday Musical Showcase with Gabriel Miller
Friday, December 1st, 7pm

For the first time at Bent Ladder we will have wonderful holiday tunes performed by Gabriel Miller.

Gabriel Miller is a graduate of Malone University. Gabriel has been playing guitar for 9 years and has been singing since he was 6 years old. Most of Gabriel’s music experience has been leading worship, playing at multiple venues, and studying music at Malone. As a worship leader, Gabriel has been teaching music and organizing bands for 6 years. He is also a song writer and the lead singer of a band recently formed in October.

Make sure and come out and relax while listening to some of your favorite Holiday music.

All guests must be 21 and over after 6:00pm. Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Natali Miller
Saturday, December 2nd, 6:30pm

For the first time at Bent Ladder we will have the lovely original tunes of Mrs. Natali Miller!

Natali Miller graduated from Malone University with her degree in Music Production. She has been writing and playing music since the age of 10. She has been involved in many music ensembles throughout her musical career as well as being a member of a couple different bands. Natali often plays and writes music with her husband Gabriel Miller.

So make sure and come out to enjoy tunes and your favorite cider and wine! Music will be 6:30-9:00pm!

All guests must be 21 and over after 6:00pm. Thank you!

Sip and Play: Alestone
Thursday, December 7th, 6:30pm

Alestone tabletop game

We have exciting news for this month’s game night! On Thursday December 7th, we’re very pleased to welcome Frank Tedeschi, the founder of Dead Box Games! Frank will be demoing his new game, Alestone, a strategy board game of thinking and drinking. Inspired and influenced by old world and medieval tavern games, in Alestone you try to capture an opponent’s glass of ale using a set of stone game pieces. Players can utilize augments such as the sword, shield, horse, and war ram in order to gain an advantage. You can check it out (and buy it) on DeadBoxGames.com.

Sip and Create: Holiday Ornament Class
Friday, December 8th, 7pm

Ornaments

Join jewelry artist Nancy Franck from N.E.wear in this “make and take” ornament workshop.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 4 options to make 2 ornaments. There are two “organic” options of milkweed seed or German Statice and two paint options of acrylic paint or alcohol ink. Finish with a piece of cord or ribbon and voila! Your handmade ornaments are ready to adorn your tree or give as a gift.

This class is approximately 2 hours long and costs $27 which includes materials, a glass of Bent Ladder cider or wine and a small appetizer. This class is limited to 15 people and is for ages 21 and over only. Registration is now closed.

Happy Holiday Musical Showcase w/ Gretchen Pleuss
Friday, December 8th, 7pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

Local artist Gretchen Pleuss will be at Bent Ladder to perform some of your holiday favorites from 7-9pm. Whether you’re attending our ornament workshop or just out for the evening, come get into the holiday spirit with us!

Sip and Paint
Saturday, December 9th, 1pm

Painting of a cardinal in snow

Our latest Sip and Paint features this beautiful winter-themed painting! Connie Kramer of Art Break will give friendly, no-pressure instruction–beginners welcome and encouraged! Relax, learn, and have a great time with friends old or new. Class size is limited to 20.

$40 includes all painting materials: 16 x 20 canvas, paint, palette, easel, smock, a complimentary glass of your favorite cider or wine and delicious appetizers too! Friday, December 8th is the last day to register. You can do so here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Restless Root
Saturday, December 9th, 6:30pm

The guys from Restless Root are back! Justin Wallace & Dave Hider, both of Wayne County, Ohio, make up the duo team of Restless Root. Specializing in variety, you might expect to hear folk, blues, country, rockabilly, and bluegrass music all in one set. Both have performed regularly throughout the area for many years at various venues such as The Wayne County Fair, The Wayne County Ribfest, and the Great Trail Festival. Justin plays various stringed instruments and sings lead vocals, while Dave sings harmony and plays upright slap and bow bass. Both are also part of an alternate local band called The Twang Cats.

No cover charge. After 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21 and over only. Scott’s Fire and Ice has cancelled on us due to the cold, so we unfortunately won’t have a food truck that night. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Holiday Musical Showcase
w/ Joy Us Moments
Friday, December 15th, 7pm

Joy and Angela make up Joy Us Moments

Angela and Joy are a mother-daughter duo who perform a wide variety of musical styles including classical, contemporary, musical theatre and much more. They’ve been singing as well as playing the violin and piano together locally for over 10 years.

❄🎶So make sure you come out to enjoy them play some classic holiday tunes!🎶❄

All guests must be 21 and over after 6:00pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Ray Flanagan
Saturday, December 16th, 6:30pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. His tunes showcase a rustbelt grit paired with a thoughtful sensitivity, often just as agitated as they are sweet. Intentional and deliberate, even in times of improvisation, Ray’s music showcases the power of tradition met with forward thought.

You can find out more about Ray on his website.

No cover charge. Food will be available from Quite Frank Eccentric Street Food from 5:30 until about 8pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Bent Science: Breeding Apples for the 21st Century
Thursday, December 21st, 7pm

Diverse cider apples

Join Diane and Amy from the Midwest Apple Improvement Association to learn about the fascinating and tasty process of creating new apples to meet the sustainability demands of the modern grower and the healthy, wholesome, delicious demands of the modern consumer. The presentation will include an overview of apple breeding, a question and answer session, and a chance for participants to be part of the science: taste and evaluate unnamed MAIA cultivars. Whether you consider yourself an apple connoisseur or haven’t tried many apples that you like, this will be a fun night where everyone has something to learn. Learn more here.

Happy Holiday Musical Showcase w/ Ray Flanagan
Friday, December 22nd, 7pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. ❄🎤For our last Happy Holiday Musical Showcase of 2017 join us as Ray will be playing some of your favorite holiday tunes! 🎤❄

All guests must be 21 and over after 6:00pm. Thank you!

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Shelby Olive
Saturday, December 23rd, 6:30pm

Shelby Olive, an Akron native, is a songbird at heart. She got her first ukulele for Christmas in 2009 because her hands wouldn’t fit around a guitar comfortably and from that moment on, it was history! She grew up with a strong musical theatre background that later morphed into heavy jazz influences. Every style of music Shelby has encountered seems to be incorporated in her songwriting, resulting in a blend unlike any other. She is one half of the nationally-renowned ukulele duo, Recipe of Life, and has spent the past two years as the vocalist for Kent State University’s Big Band. With Recipe of Life, she has released two albums and has gone on two tours across the Midwest. Her songwriting comes from a place of honesty and purity. Whether she is singing about young love, heartbreak, growing up, or moving on– her lyrics are ones all of us can relate to.

No cover charge. All guests must be 21+ after 6pm. Thank you!

Sip and Color
Thursday, December 28th, 6:30pm

Sip and Color: A Drop-In Evening of Coloring

Are you an adult? Do you like to color? If so, please come join fellow adult colorists starting Thursday, September 28th. Bring your pencils, markers, crayons and coloring books to Bent Ladder. Come sit and sip wine or cider while you share in your love of coloring, shading, blending and layering! Never colored before? Don’t have materials? Don’t worry! We will have some for you to try out. No need to sign up or register, just show up and ask about the coloring group! We can’t wait to get started!

Sip and Color recurs on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Gretchen Pleuss
Saturday, December 30th, 6:30pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

Photo credit goes to Rachel Martin. Find out more about Gretchen on her website.

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, January 4th, 6:30pm

Meeples and cider

January’s game of the month will be Mysterium from Asmodee. There’s been a murder at the cidery! Enjoy a drink with your fellow psychic investigators as you work together to solve the mystery. But be warned: The ghost of the deceased can only communicate in vague, disjointed images. It’s up to you to decipher the ghost’s clues before time runs out. Can your team crack the case?

Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Josh Ferro
Saturday, January 6th, 6:30pm

Josh Ferro

We’re pleased to welcome for the first time at Bent Ladder…Josh Ferro! Josh is a singer/songwriter who grew up outside of Cleveland and currently lives in Canal Fulton, Ohio. He writes and performs original tunes based on his life experiences covering topics from frogs to condoms and everything in between. His songs might make you laugh, or they might make you cry, but his performances are always a guaranteed good time. Josh will be joined by banjo and guitar extraordinaire DJ Buell.

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Ray Flanagan
Saturday, January 13th, 6:30pm

Ray Flanagan playing his guitar

Ray Flanagan is an American musician who was raised in rural Medina, OH and is making an artistic home for himself in the urban Midwest cities of Cleveland and Akron. His tunes showcase a rustbelt grit paired with a thoughtful sensitivity, often just as agitated as they are sweet. Intentional and deliberate, even in times of improvisation, Ray’s music showcases the power of tradition met with forward thought.

You can find out more about Ray on his website.

No cover charge. Ray will be playing inside the cidery. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Bent Science: 36 Views of Secrest Arboretum
Thursday, January 18th, 7pm

The Dawn of Time. Crablandia. Hokusai and Joseph McBride. Mount Fuji. Mount Tamalpais. F1 Tornado. They Are Still Here. Dendrochronology and Glacier Bay. Delira and Excira. Maple Syrup Tasting. Arboretum in a Box. Evergreen ID. Making New Plants. Nature’s Infinite Books of Secrecy. Why Trees Matter. Secrest Nature Trail. The Road From Canaan. More. Much More.

The speakers will be David Wiesenberg, Julia Wiesenberg, Stephen Tomasko, Nick Wiesenberg, Paul Snyder, Dave Goerig, Jim Zwack, and Jim Chatfield.

Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only. To learn more about the arboretum, visit Secrest Arboretum online.

Cellar Tour and Tasting
Friday, January 19th, 6:30pm

Views around the production areas

Every other Friday in January and February we’re offering tours of our cider and wine making facilities. *The tour from Jan 12th has been rescheduled to Jan 19th due to the weather* Grab this chance for a look behind the scenes at our cider and wine making processes capped off with a tasting. We’ll vary the tastings from week to week depending on what’s happening with the ciders and wines at that time – you might be sampling the ciders currently on tap, brand new wines, or even sipping tank or barrel samples of products yet to be released.

Tours are $7, will begin promptly at 6:30pm and are limited to a maximum of 20 guests. All participants must be 21 years of age or older – please bring ID. Register online here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/ Jim Gill
Saturday, January 20th, 6:30pm

Jim Gill with his guitar

It’s true that Jim Gill was a finalist in the new song competition at Kerrville’s Music Festival in Texas. It’s also true that he was the first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and has toured throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. It would not be a lie to state that he has shared stages with artists as renowned and varied as John Gorka, Michael Stanley and Tommy James and the Shondells. Nor is it a fallacy to divulge that he has seven sisters and no brothers. (I’ll let that sink in.) But perhaps most notably, Jim Gill may be most proud for winning a coloring contest in fourth grade. (It’s been discovered that the other kids in the class weren’t trying all that hard!)

Oh, and he sings and plays a guitar.

You can view Jim’s music website at www.JimGillMusic.com

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Color
Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm

Sip and Color: A Drop-In Evening of Coloring

Are you an adult? Do you like to color? If so, please come join fellow adult colorists at Bent Ladder. Bring your pencils, markers, crayons and coloring books. Come sit and sip wine or cider while you share in your love of coloring, shading, blending and layering! Never colored before? Don’t have materials? Don’t worry! We will have some for you to try out. No need to sign up or register, just show up and ask about the coloring group! We can’t wait to get started!

Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Cellar Tour and Tasting
Friday, January 26, 6:30pm

Every other Friday in January and February we’re offering tours of our cider and wine making facilities. Grab this chance for a look behind the scenes at our cider and wine making processes capped off with a tasting. We’ll vary the tastings from week to week depending on what’s happening with the ciders and wines at that time – you might be sampling the ciders currently on tap, brand new wines, or even sipping tank or barrel samples of products yet to be released.

Tours are $7, will begin promptly at 6:30pm and are limited to a maximum of 20 guests. All participants must be 21 years of age or older – please bring ID. Register online here.

Sip and Paint: Winter Trees
Saturday, January 27, 1pm

Winter Trees Painting/collage

Learn to paint your own masterpiece! Connie Kramer of Art Break will give friendly, no-pressure instruction–beginners welcome and encouraged! Relax, learn, and have a great time with friends old or new. Class size is limited to 20.

$40 includes all materials: 16 x 20 canvas, paint, palette, easel, smock, collage papers, a complimentary glass of your favorite cider or wine and delicious appetizers too! Register online here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Saturday, January 27, 6:30pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

Photo credit goes to Rachel Martin. Find out more about Gretchen on her website.

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm

Meeples and cider

Man your stations and ready the torpedoes because February’s Game of the Month is the smash hit Captain Sonar from Asmodee! Two teams of four engage in a tense standoff between submarines on the prowl. Each of your teammates has a role to play — Captain, Chief Mate, Radio Operator, and Engineer — and each role will be critical if you ever hope to see the sky again. The fate of your crewmates is in your hands, so have a drink to cool your nerves. But drink quietly…you don’t want to set off the enemy’s sonar!

Sip and Play is our monthly board game night; recurring on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged, but you must be 21 or over.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ryan Manthey
Saturday, February 3, 6:30pm

Ryan Manthey with his guitar and harmonica

We’d like to welcome for the first time at Bent Ladder…Ryan Manthey! Ryan is a folk singer from Cleveland Ohio. Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, Todd Snider, John Prine and anyone else who has ever sung anything meaningful over three chords, Ryan’s music tells the stories of lesser known heroes over simple melodies. On the verge of releasing his debut album, Ryan is playing often around Cleveland, always with a smile and an eagerness to find the next subject of inspiration.

No cover charge. All guests at Bent Ladder must be 21+ after 6pm.

Cellar Tour and Tasting
Friday, February 9th, 6:30pm

Tank Room Tour

Grab this chance for a look behind the scenes at our cider and wine making processes capped off with a tasting. We’ll vary the tastings from week to week depending on what’s happening with the ciders and wines at that time – you might be sampling the ciders currently on tap, brand new wines, or even sipping tank or barrel samples of products yet to be released.

Tours are $7, will begin promptly at 6:30pm and are limited to a maximum of 20 guests. All participants must be 21 years of age or older – please bring ID. Register online here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Saturday, February 10th, 6:30pm

Gretchen Pleuss Promo Photo

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

Photo credit goes to Rachel Martin. Find out more about Gretchen on her website.

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Bent Science: Visions of the Flowers of Spring
Thursday, February 15th, 7pm

Stephen Tomasko has been photographing gardens since 1989. However, in 2007, as he first began to work in color and then to add supplemental light to the scenes, the imagery took on a life of its own. Time after time, visitors to the studio would gravitate to the prints of the blossoms and exclaim, “It smells like flowers in here!” With encouragement like that, he had little choice but to further focus his efforts photographically selecting and directing the wonders of spring.

The drama unfolds with the flowering trees in the starring roles, the surrounding landscape as the set. Super-charged with heightened fresh spring light and packed edge to edge with natural abundance, the frames are unapologetic blasts of beauty, mystery and sensuality.

Stephen’s presentation will be followed by a book signing of his recent book, Delira and Excira–a beautiful collection of his photography of flowering trees. For more info, please visit our Bent Science page. Please note that Bent Ladder is 21+ after 6pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Saturday, February 17th, 6:30pm

Jim Gill with his guitar

It’s true that Jim Gill was a finalist in the new song competition at Kerrville’s Music Festival in Texas. It’s also true that he was the first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and has toured throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. It would not be a lie to state that he has shared stages with artists as renowned and varied as John Gorka, Michael Stanley and Tommy James and the Shondells. Nor is it a fallacy to divulge that he has seven sisters and no brothers. (I’ll let that sink in.) But perhaps most notably, Jim Gill may be most proud for winning a coloring contest in fourth grade. (It’s been discovered that the other kids in the class weren’t trying all that hard!)

Oh, and he sings and plays a guitar.

You can view Jim’s music website at www.JimGillMusic.com

No cover charge. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.