Past Events

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, October 5th, 6:30pm

Meeples and cider

Here at Bent Ladder, we like games. Especially board and card games. So we decided to start a game night! We welcome all experience levels–from occasional Monopoly players to heavy Eurogame fans. We’ll bring a few games from our collections (probably mostly gateway-ish games that we think are a lot of fun), but you should definitely bring something you’re interested in playing, too. Hopefully we can get a good group together, get some different games going, drink some cider and wine, and have a ton of fun!

Sip and Play will recur on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jim Gill
Friday, October 6th, 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. Some delicious cajun and creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather is questionable, Jim will play inside the cidery. But if it looks good, he’ll be outside…feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Saturday, October 7th, 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 5:30-8:30pm. If the weather’s questionable, Ray will be playing inside the cidery…otherwise, he’ll be outside. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Jeff Klemm
Friday, October 13th, 6:30pm

Jeff Klemm with his guitar

Dubbed the “Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business” American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm, based out of Northeast Ohio, best known for his work as MAID MYRIAD’s frontman and guitarist in the now defunct VIA LOTUS. His newest solo endeavor showcases his craft of songwriting and versatility playing all the instruments in the studio while performing live with JEFF KLEMM & THE LETTERS.

Klemm has performed his music all over the country many times over embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours averaging out to around 100 shows a year since 2012. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations. You can find out more about Jeff on his Facebook page.

No cover charge. Delicious wood-fired pizza will be available from Scott’s Fire and Ice from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Braden Doty
Saturday, October 14th, 6:30pm

Braden and his guitar

Braden has been playing guitar for 16 years, teaching and performing classical guitar for the past 5 years, and studied under Professor Mathew Dingo at the Wayne Center for the Arts at the College of Wooster. He also enjoys playing and singing old time folk/country music. Braden is currently playing acoustic guitar and banjo for Nashville recording artist Erin Stoll.

No cover charge. Some amazing BBQ will be available from Word of Mouth until 8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case our outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Bent Science: Climate Change with Dan Herms
Thursday, October 19th, 7pm

Dr. Dan Herms

After slowly cooling throughout the past millennium, Earth has substantially warmed over the last 40 years. There is a strong scientific consensus that this warming is caused by human emission of greenhouse gases. There also is a substantial discrepancy between this scientific consensus and perceptions of the general public regarding climate change. This discussion will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change and roots of this discrepancy.

Until recently, Dan was a professor in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University, where he served on the faculty for 20 years. His research focused on effects of climate change on interactions between trees and insects, and he was a member of The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team. In 2014, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Scott Paris
Friday, October 20th, 6:30pm

Scott Paris with his guitar

Scott Paris is a Canton native, who performs year long across Ohio. His music can be found on Pandora and Spotify. Style wise, Scott’s music resembles early 90’s Alternative groups like Beck and the Lemonheads.

Find out more about Scott on his website.

No cover charge. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case the outdoor seating is full. Some great BBQ will be available from Up In Smoke until about 8:30pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Tom Evanchuck
Saturday, October 21st, 6:30pm

Tom playing his guitar

Coming from the Midwest, Tom Evanchuck never strays too far from his roots. You hear it in the raw guitar, and Tom’s ability to both croon and crank out a harder song at a moment’s notice on stage to provide a true experience, and a chance to envision the early days of folk, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll.

You can find out more about Tom and listen to some of his music on his Bandcamp website.

No cover charge. Delicious “street” food will be served by Quite Frank from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Color
Thursday, October 26th, 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 will recur on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Rebekah Jean
Friday, October 27th, 6:30pm

Rebekah Jean

Rebekah Jean is a smooth, powerful voice and honest, pointed lyrics. Raised within earshot of Cleveland, she cut her musical teeth on her father’s classic rock while singing “I’ll Fly Away” in her family’s southern Pentecostal church long before the soundtrack from O Brother, Where art Thou? swept listeners into an Americana obsession.

After nearly two years of touring as the tambourine-shaking, bass-climbing backup vocalist and manager for the David Mayfield Parade, Rebekah Jean stepped back from Mayfield’s project in 2013 to make a home in Ohio and forge a career out of her own compositions. She’s been winning hearts in Ohio and regionally ever since.

You can find out more about Rebekah on her website.

No cover charge. Some delicious Cajun and Creole food will be available from Zydeco Bistro from 5:30-8:30pm. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Halloween Jam Session and Jack O’ Lantern Contest
Saturday, October 28th, 6pm

We’re celebrating Halloween with Jamming and Jack-O-Lanterns at Bent Ladder! Gretchen Pleuss, Ray Flanagan and Tom Evanchuck will jam together (in costume?) for an extra-special evening of music.

Jack O’ Lantern carving contest! Beginning at 6pm, the first 30 customers through our doors will receive a free, ready-to-carve pumpkin for entry in the contest. Bring your carving tools and creativity for a chance to win. Oh yeah – come in costume for even more fun (just a suggestion).

Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe will be serving yummy eats 5:30-8:30pm.

Pumpkins will be available 6:00-8:00pm while supply lasts. All entries must be received no later than 8:30pm, and winners will be announced at 8:45pm. We encourage you to bring your own carving or decorating tools, but will have a limited supply on hand. Limit one pumpkin per customer, maxing out at 30 pumpkins.

Please remember, all guests must be 21 years of age, or older after 6:00pm.

Sip and Play: An Evening of Board Games
Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30pm

Here at Bent Ladder, we like games. Especially board and card games. So we decided to start a game night! We welcome all experience levels–from occasional Monopoly players to heavy Eurogame fans. We’ll bring a few games from our collections (probably mostly gateway-ish games that we think are a lot of fun), but you should definitely bring something you’re interested in playing, too. Hopefully we can get a good group together, get some different games going, drink some cider and wine, and have a ton of fun!

The featured games of the month will be “Betrayal at House on the Hill” and “Watson & Holmes.” “Betrayal” is as close as you’ll get to being Scooby-Doo and his Mystery Incorporated pals. Explore a rickety old mansion, experience creepy hauntings, and don’t forget to watch out for the traitor in your midst! For 3-6 players. “Watson & Holmes” is another game of investigation, only this time the villain is not otherworldly but flesh and blood. Grab your notebooks and be ready to jot down the clues that will help you deduce the criminal’s identity. The first detective to correctly finger the culprit is the winner! For 2-7 players. We’ll have plenty of other games on hand, of course, and guests are more than welcome to bring their own favorites to play.

Sip and Play recurs on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Sip and Paint: Wine and Roses
Saturday, November 4th, 1pm

Painting of wine and roses

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! Register here.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Ray Flanagan
Saturday, November 4th, 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. If the weather’s questionable, Ray will be playing inside the cidery…otherwise, he’ll be outside. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets in case outdoor seating is full. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Music by Joy Us Moments
Friday, November 10th, 6:30pm

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.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Matthew Maruna
Saturday, November 11th, 6:30pm

Matthew Maruna with his guitar

Matthew started out his music career as the guitarist and primary songwriter for the alternative rock group The Fireside Poets. When that group disbanded he started writing songs that would make up Scratchboard’s 2011 debut album Dark Sun as well as future albums Sunrise and Nightfall. Scratchboard features Matt as singer, guitar player, and songwriter as well as friend Josh Wilson on guitar, bass, and backing vocals.

Matthew is set to release three, seven song solo albums in 2017. The albums will focus on the seasons: summer, fall, and winter. Each album will evoke the feel and emotions of that season. Matt will be featured on electric, acoustic, 12 string, baritone, and bass guitars, ukulele, mandolin, lead and background vocals. These albums will also feature members of The Fireside Poets, Brandon and Spencer Hall on bass guitar, cello, drums and percussion bringing Matt’s musical career full circle. The albums will highlight Matthew’s atmospheric and meticulously crafted songwriting as well as deep, heartfelt lyrics that have become his signature.

No cover charge. Unless the weather’s really nice, Matthew will be inside. Scott’s Fire & Ice will be onsite with their delicious wood-fired pizzas by 5:30pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only.

Bent Science: Koji and Other Fermentations
Presented by Jeremy Umansky
Thursday, November 16th, 7pm

Jeremy talking

Koji is the common name for the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, found frequently in Asian cuisines. It’s used to ferment soybeans and rice into things like soy sauce, sake, and miso.  Jeremy Umansky has become known as a foremost expert on koji and fermented, preserved, and foraged foods and now is working as a consultant on the use and creation of these foods and ingredients. Umansky’s work can be seen in kitchens across the United States, Central America, Asia, and Europe. He also lectures about these foods and their uses and has presented for TED, Creative Mornings, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The City Club of Cleveland, Pecha Kucha, and Certified Angus Beef.

For more information, you can go to our Bent Science page.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Braden Doty
Saturday, November 18th, 6:30pm

Braden and his guitar

Braden has been playing guitar for 16 years, teaching and performing classical guitar for the past 5 years, and studied under Professor Mathew Dingo at the Wayne Center for the Arts at the College of Wooster. He also enjoys playing and singing old time folk/country music. Braden is currently playing acoustic guitar and banjo for Nashville recording artist Erin Stoll.

No cover charge. Braden will be performing inside the cidery, but if the weather’s decent, we should have the Quite Frank food truck from 5:30 until about 8pm. Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase with Gretchen Pleuss
Saturday, November 25th, 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. Gretchen will play inside the cidery.  Please note that after 6pm, Bent Ladder is 21+ only, please.

Sip and Create: Holiday Wreath-making Class
Thursday, November 30th, 6:30pm

Join us Thursday November 30th, as Carrie Paulus, Horticulturalist and ISA Certified Arborist, leads a hands-on 2 hour workshop during which you will create your own holiday wreath with an array of fresh live evergreen boughs, pine cones, branches, berries and seed pods.

Cost is $50 and includes instruction from prep to finished design, all materials to create your own fragrant 14” live holiday wreath, a glass of your choice of Bent Ladder cider and a light appetizer.

If you want to personalize your creation, bring items to add to your design, such as ribbon or other embellishments. Several ribbon choices will be included in the project. Class starts at 6:30pm. Registration is now closed.

Sip and Color
Thursday, November 30th, 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 will recur on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 pm.

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.