Medina Fest

It was a perfect summer day as thousands came out to visit this year’s Medina Fest. The festival regularly has the highest turnout of all the Downtown Medina Square events and features vendors that specialize in international food and goodies. This year there was a special focus on showcasing local businesses unique to Medina. Fun was had by all!

Affair On The Square

Sunday, August 12, was a perfect summer day to spend in downtown Medina for the Affair On The Square Craft Festival.  Over 150 artisans put their arts and crafts on display for all to enjoy and there was great local food trucks as well as live music from Hollywood Slim and blues artist, Wallace Coleman. 

10th Annual Medina Bee Festival

On July 21, the Medina Library hosted the 10th Annual Medina Bee Festival. The festival provided family-friendly activities and education about the importance of bees. There were many different activities and interactive booths set up both inside and outside the library including fun bee crafts, a balloon artist, Beeswax comic creator John Martin and much more. 

Friends of Medina County District Library Book Sale

On June 1 and 2, The Friends of Medina County District Library held a book sale at the Medina County District Library. The Friends of Medina County District Library help support youth programs at the library by volunteering time and money earned from their monthly book sales at the Medina and Brunswick libraries. 

Memorial Day Parade

Downtown Medina kicked off the season of summer with a bang this year. Hot weather and a patriotic crowd converged at Medina Square and welcomed those participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade, which ended at Spring Grove Cemetary to honor our local service men and women who served and died for their country. 

6th Annual Bread for Brunswick Benefit Concert

On Sunday, April 29, Mapleside Barn in Brunswick, OH, hosted the 6th Annual Bread for Brunswick Benefit Concert. The event raised $8,800 for the Brunswick Food Pantry and over 270 people were in attendance. Featured bands and singers included Camille Marie, Polaris Band and 42 South.

Willetts BB8 Robotics Team Innovates Its Way to State Competition

Earlier this year, the Brunswick Bots (also known as the BB8s) competed at the state level F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) competition at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio near Wright-Patterson Air Force base.Though they didn’t advance in the competition, these first year competitors learned a lot. Photos and … Continued

Readers’ Choice

Congratulations to the winners of Medina County Lifestyle’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Competition! We had a great time celebrating with the best businesses in the community. For a full list of winners, visit

The Museum That Makes Spirits Bright

"Those of us who are 50, 60, or 70 enjoyed a very different childhood then children today," says Dana Klaus, who owns Castle Noel and Alien Vacation Mini Golf with her husband, Mark. "You would go downtown, and it didn't matter where you lived. Everybody had a downtown somewhere, full of fantastic stores. You would be dressed to the nines.…

November 2017 Around Town

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. On January 19, 2018, Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers proudly presents the 21st Annual For The Love of Chocolate Festival. The For the Love of Chocolate Festival will be held at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road, Medina from 6 pm to…

Violi Golf Outing

At the Inaugural Jimmy Violi Memorial Golf Outing, hosted at Shale Creek, attendees raised over $10,000 to benefit the National Parkinson's Foundation. Now that's a hole in one!

September 2017 Around Town

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Weymouth Country Club will once again open its doors and host the premiere networking event of the year! Come for a night of fun, food, and philanthropy! Fabulous "tastes" will be provided by some of Medina County's favorite restaurants and highly regarded chefs.

Medina Creative Housing Anniversary

Medina Creative Housing celebrated their 25th anniversary this year, and the community and MCH residents alike took part in the festivities. From everyone at Medina County Lifestyle, happy birthday, and here's to another 25 years!

Saving Bucks With Budget Blinds

Thousands of looks, hundreds of colors, one very stylish home. That's what budget blinds is all about—helping you personalize your home space with a customized window covering solution. Whether you are dreaming of draperies, searching for shutters, or looking for luxury blinds, the Certified Smart Home Consultants of Budget Blinds of Medina are here to help.

Fifth Annual Bread For Brunswick

This year, the Bread For Brunswick benefit concert was hosted at the Barn at Mapleside. An estimated 330 people attended for music, raffles, and games... and to make a difference. The concert generated roughly $8,800 for the Brunswick Food Pantry. (Photos by Jackie Fedak)

Architectural Justice

"I’ve always loved designing and building with natural materials," says James Justice, Owner and Founder of Architectural Justice. "I find inspiration from nature, architecture, traveling, antiquities. Inspiration can come from so many places and combining all of these experiences drives many of our designs."

2017 Fashion Show

In 2014, The Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army of Medina hosted their first fashion show and brought in over $3,500 to support their various community-based programs. These programs include Learning Zone (an after school tutoring program for elementary aged children), Kids Club (children work on life skills such as cooking), Bible Study, Women’s Ministries, M.U.N.C.H. (a hot meal program…

Painting With a Twist

Every day is a party at the Fairlawn Painting With a Twist, where artists offer easy-to-follow group painting classes. In this session, they painted some uniquely-Ohio images. This design is just one of roughly 8,000 pieces of art that the franchise offers (they're too cool—watch for their article in April)!

Winter Wonderland at Lodi Library

Lodi Library teamed up with Lodi Village and the Lodi Harrisville Historical Society to bring Santa to Medina County 
in December. Over 500 people gathered to greet him!

Christmas Groove Benefit Concert

The Christmas Groove Benefit Concert is an annual tradition that seeks to raise awareness while helping those
 in need in Northeast Ohio. For years, thousands of dollars have been donated to help families in Cuyahoga, 
Medina, Summit, and Stark counties.

Shop With a Cop

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #15 made a difference to community kids by escorting them via a cop car caravan to go shopping for holiday presents. What a way to spread Christmas cheer!

CATS Dinner

The Community Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS) hosted a "roaring" fundraiser event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in late September, drawing many Medina County residents.

Medina Hospital’s BASH!

The Medina Hospital Foundation hosted their annual BASH and raised more than $92,000, which will be used to purchase mechanical chest compression devices for the Life Support Team ambulances.

November 2016 Around Town

On December 31, 2016, a position will become available on the MCDL Board of Trustees. Advocates of the library should consider applying for this seven-year term. Board members are volunteers that must also serve on committees, which will meet throughout the year. Board meetings take place on the third Monday of each month.

Starry, Starry Nights

The Medina County Park District teams up with the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association to offer Starry, Starry Nights at Letha House Park West in Spencer. The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association opens the observatory and sets up telescopes to help attendees peer at deep-sky objects.

Medina International Festival

Main Street Medina celebrated the 8th annual Medina International Festival with hours of dance, music, and demonstrations that helped the hundreds of attendees travel the world without leaving their home town.

Medina County Fair

For 171 years, the Medina County Fair has remained a beloved part of late summer. The event, which took place the first week of August, drew thousands of visitors from across Northeast Ohio.

Medina Farmers Market

At the heart of Medina County culture is the esteemed Farmers Market, which takes place in Medina Public Square's Uptown Park every Saturday through October 15.

Medina Library Bee Fest

Medina Library was "abuzz" with excitement at the annual Medina Bee Festival, which drew in 1100 people with honey samples, balloon animal creations, a live hive, and beekeeping seminars.

People and their Pets

They say love is a four-legged word. But for many of us, our loved ones may have two legs, four, or even more. Check out these photos of our readers and their furry friends.

Jack Vigneault Memorial Golf Outing

Hundreds of golfers attended the 21st annual Jack Vigneault Memorial Golf Outing at Fox Meadow Golf Course to benefit the Medina Hospital Foundation, who will use the funds to enhance services offered through Medina Hospital.

Medina Half Marathon Runners

Beauticians from Salon Evangelene in Medina joined forces to participate in the Medina Half Marathon. The event drew hundreds of people from around the county.

Family Fun Night at the Medina Rec

The Medina Community Recreation Center hosted Family Fun Nights this year, kicking off the fun with The Amazing Race Heart Healthy Challenge in February. Families were given clues to complete challenges. In April, families competed in Family Game Show Night with a trivia game and Minute To Win It.

Habitat For Humanity Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25th Anniversary with 350 guests in attendance. The work and dedication of many 
Medina County residents is in every Habitat home. Volunteers work with a common goal in mind: to help another family build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Medina County Lifestyle Networking Mixer

Our advertisers mingled at the Medina County Lifestyle mixer April 27 at 111 Bistro. Our sponsors rock -- The Interior Design Studio decorated the 111 Bistro party room, Midnight Music provided the tunes, Honey Bee Bakery baked the cake, Salon Evangelene and Legacy Hair Studios donated the giveaways.

Hot Wheels

Whether vintage or brand new, we love our wheels. Check out the photos of these cool rides, submitted to us by our readers.

Bread for Brunswick 

About 250 people enjoyed the 2016 Bread for Brunswick concert at the Brunswick Recreation Center in April featuring classic rock from The Polaris Band and high energy country-rock from Jumpsack. Brunswick resident Mark Simonitis orchestrated the concert with the help of 30 volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Brunswick Food Pantry.

Bridal Couples of Medina County

Love is always in season in Medina County. For proof, just look at these fabulous wedding photographs sent to us by our readers. From a traditional Hindu ceremony in 1974 to a rustic wedding in January of this year, Medina County couples are our kind of beautiful.

Wadsworth’s eggceptional Eggstravaganza

Main Street Wadsworth's March Eggstravaganza drew about 800 children searching for Easter eggs hidden by 30 area businesses. Events chair Tom Stugmyer said most eggs contained candy but a few had special prizes such as a coupon for a kids meal at Substation. or Facebook @ Downtown Wadsworth.

For the love of chocolate

Faith In Action's For the Love of Chocolate at the Medina Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 6 featured 33 vendors serving more than 700 pounds of chocolate to 1,800 attendees. The event raised funds to benefit Medina County older adults and those with disabilities. Photography Nancy Johnson

The Big Chill

An estimated 30,000 guests braved frigid mid-February temperatures to enjoy the 2016 Medina Ice Festival, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank and Main Street Medina. Ice carvers, competing for cash prizes in individual and team carving competitions, filled historic Medina Square with frozen artistic creations.

Polar “Brrr” Jump

Brrr...hundreds braved chilly weather to participate in The Chippewa Lake Lions Club sixth annual 5k Run/Walk and Polar Bear Jump on January 30. The event raised $20,000 to support the Lions Club, SHC/The Arc of Medina County, CrossePoint Community Church’s meal program and Lafayette Township Fire Department.

Main Street Medina Annual Meeting

Medina's Mayor Dennis Hanwell joined members and guests at Main Street Medina's annual meeting in January at Main Street Café. In 2015, the non-profit increased the diversity of shops in Medina's historic district, presented special events such as Candlelight Walk and International Fest, and generated over $1 million for Medina. Photography Nancy Johnson

A Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House

Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale and Father Christmas mingled with guests at Medina's historic John Smart House during the 2015 Christmas season. Presented by the Medina Historical Society, the Victorian open house featured period costumes and decorations, live music, a raffle and Santa's gift shop. Photography Eric Daiber

Dancing with the Medina Stars

Husband and wife team Ric and Meg Benninger of Medina took home the Mirrored Ball Trophy at the Dancing with the Medina Stars fundraiser at Weymouth Country Club in November. More than $20,000 was raised to benefit Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers. Photography Tim Smith

Candlelight Walk Lights Up Medina

Despite rainy weather, Santa came to town for Medina's 31st annual Candlelight Walk, presented by Main Street Medina. The event, in Medina's historic district November 20 through November 22, drew about 4,000 people and marked the kickoff to the holiday season. Photography Main Street Medina

Put Up Your Dukes

Title Boxing Club opened its doors at a new Medina location on November 23. The club offers a free one-hour class for first-time visitors, including warm-up, 8 rounds of boxing and core workout. Co-owners are Bryon Crane and John Swartz. Located at 5155 Buehlers Drive, Suite 100, Medina, 330.952.2582