The countdown begins for the opening of the Custard Shop: A Place in the Sun

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Winter has been long and I’m sure spring is happy – at least according to the calendar.

That means it won’t be long before local ice cream and custard stalls return from their winter break. One of the most venerable is Weber’s Premium Pastry Cream and Ice Cream in Fairview Park.

It’s not a fancy, sit-down ice cream parlor, but it’s been a summer favorite for decades. One of the store’s most popular flavors is the famous Frosted Malt, which was served for many years at Higbee’s Public Square store in downtown Cleveland. The little ice cream stand in the store’s basement offered the frosted malt — not too chocolatey and with just enough malt flavor — in a fine fountain glass. The price was right – about a penny at one time, if I remember correctly. You would tilt the glass and suck up the frozen treat without a spoon.

I remember visiting the stand with my mother and grandmother in the 1950s and 1960s while bargain hunting in Higbee’s basement. That’s when I became “addicted” to frosted malt. The frozen treat was invented in the early 1930s by the first owner of Weber’s. David Ford, the current owner of Weber, still uses the same recipe and premium ingredients. Ford also uses two vintage ice cream makers to create its various flavors.

Although I love frosted malt, I have to admit that Weber’s also has many other very tasty flavors, including salted caramel, which has become another favorite of mine. And although my husband is not a huge chocolate lover, he loves Weber’s Dark Cherry Ice Cream.

April 1st can’t come soon enough…I need my Weber “fix”.

Rotary Fundraising: The Trials for Hope program and the American Youth Foundation will be the winners of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River SunriseMay 6 fundraiser. The club will have a Kentucky Derby type theme for the event.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Don Umerley Civic Center at the Rocky River Municipal Campus at Wagar Road and Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River. Individual tickets are $30 or reserve a table of eight for $240.

Attendees can browse the paddock area to view silent auction items and raffle baskets. There will also be a live auction. Proceeds will go to Trials for Hope and American Youth Foundation, two organizations promoted by the club.

Trials for Hope provides food, clothing and personal hygiene items to needy families and homeless people on Cleveland’s Near West Side. It was founded over ten years ago to help members of the community meet their basic needs while providing them with dignity, respect and love. Volunteers visit elderly people confined to their homes, provide basic necessities to people living in homeless camps and deliver food to starving families from their pantries.

Student volunteers will serve dinner during the event. In return, they will receive a portion of the proceeds to help cover the cost of attending the American Youth Foundation summer camp. The American Youth Foundation inspires young people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual life, and to make a positive difference in their communities and around the world.

For more information, visit

To order tickets for the event, make a check payable to Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Foundation and mail it, along with your contact information, to Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Foundation, PO Box 16684, Rocky River, Ohio, 44116. The foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and $10 of each ticket is tax deductible.

Established in 2007, the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise is involved in a variety of activities, including an annual Beck Center cleanup, holiday food distribution, third-grade dictionary distribution, educational programs, youth exchange (sending dozens of young people to experience other cultures and hosting dozens of young people in local homes and schools), birthday bags and homestay school backpacks , supplies for Nicaraguan students, emergency shelter boxes, vision support for children in Ukraine and more.

Members of both Rotary clubs participate in many community, professional, and youth service activities. The noon club meets every Monday, the morning club meets every Wednesday. The two meet at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.

Contact Kathy Berkshire at [email protected] for more information about Rotary and how to give service by giving service to the community and internationally.

Now Playing: The St. Angela Merici Theater Club in St. Angela Merici School will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book” at 7 p.m. in the parish social hall, 20970 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.

It’s the fifth year of the Drama Club, which was resurrected by Megan Kostura, a SAM art and technology teacher. “The Jungle Book” is the club’s fifth production.

The SAM Drama Club is made up of students in grades 5-8 who perform in the play, create the sets, control the technical aspects of the show and more.

Together with other teachers, parents and friends, Kostura and the students worked for many weeks to prepare for the performances.

For more information, call 440-333-2126.

Coffee break: Residents of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood are invited to have coffee with the Commander from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 1 at Kristina’s Restaurant 9912 Lorain Ave, Cleveland.

Cleveland Police First District Commander Michael Butler and officers will be on hand for coffee and to discuss neighborhood interests and concerns. The first district includes all of West Park.

Takeaway meals: Clague Road United Church of Christ and Westlake Church of the Redeemer will be offering another free take-out meal from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., or while meals last, on March 26 at Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.

Drive to the back door of the church and volunteers – who will be masked and gloved for everyone’s safety – will bring meals to the cars.

Craft Fair: The St Luke Craft Club will hold a craft and art show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 2 at McBride Hall in St. Luke Parish1212 Bunts Road, Lakewood.

Event organizers said there will be unique items available, as well as a bake sale. The event is part of the celebration of the centenary of the parish. Free entry.

Pancakes, please: the Olmsted Historical Society will be having pancake breakfasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 27 and April 3 in the Events Barn at the Frostville Museum Complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, on the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Preserve.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 2.

Meals include pancakes, hot drinks with free refills, juices and sausages. Take-out meals are available.

Access Frostville from Columbia Road to Cedar Point or Lewis Road. Call 216-789-5298 or visit the group’s Facebook page or website,

Friday Fish Fries: St. James Parish at Lakewood announces that its popular Lenten fish fry dinners are back for three more Fridays: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 25 and April 1 and 8 at Andrews Hall (Lower Church) of St. James’s Church, 17514 Detroit Ave. , Lakewood.

Starter choices are cod, flounder, baked prawns or pierogi. The cost is $10 or choose two for $15. All entrees come with a choice of sides: macaroni and cheese or potatoes and coleslaw or applesauce. Creamy clam chowder is $4 and a slice of pizza is $2. A kid’s meal consists of applesauce and macaroni and cheese for $4. Drinks are $1 and desserts are $2. Coffee is free.

Fish fries committee members said there will be live music in a family atmosphere. For more information, call Tom at 216-798-5523.

Passion Play: St. Patrick’s Parish at West Park will host three performances ofTetelestai», a musical representation of the trial, execution and resurrection of Jesus. Performances are at 8 p.m. on March 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on March 27 at the church. First come, first served. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

St. Patrick’s is at 4427 Rocky River Drive, West Park.

Singers wanted: Singers are needed for the Rocky River Community Chorus. Rehearsals for the spring season are underway and will continue until June 7.

Choral experience and the ability to read music are helpful, but not required. Members come from several communities on the west side.

The choir will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on June 12 Rocky River United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Road, Rocky River.

The choir practices from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the choir room at Rocky River Middle School.

Registration is available online or at the Rocky River Civic Center Welcome Desk. There is a $50 fee to cover expenses, including music, which is provided.

Camp Canopy Scholarships: the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District provides scholarships to Cuyahoga County high school students camp awning June 12-17 at Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Incoming freshmen through graduating seniors (up to age 19) are eligible to apply.

Scholarship applications should be made to Cuyahoga SWCD by April 8. Bursaries cover the cost of camp plus meals and programs ($375 value). The scholarships will be awarded on April 15.

For more information and an application, visit

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Laura J. Boyer