Schedule of Salons

We hope that everyone enjoyed the 2014 Sunday Salon Series, listed below. Thank you for your support. Please check back with us about the 2015 Sunday Salon Series.

3CDC’s Man with a Plan

Stephen G. Leeper, President and CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)

Hosted by 3CDC and A Taste of Belgium, Over -the-Rhine

What a difference nine years have made! Since Steve Leeper took charge at 3CDC, the look, national reputation, and vitality of Cincinnati have been transformed. Consider the impact of these accomplishments: renovation of Fountain Square; a revitalized Over-the-Rhine with the excitement of Washington Park, the 21c Hotel, the ground breaking for DunnhumbyUSA headquarters, and more. Steve will discuss the dramatic changes in our city and what’s still on the drawing board.

Come to the 3CDC offices, enjoy brunch from a landmark restaurant in Over-the-Rhine, and share a champagne toast to renewal of our urban core.


Going Ape: Fostering a Gorilla Orphan

Ron Evans, Primate Team Leader, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Hosted by Sara and John Neyer, Clifton

One of Cincinnati’s most heartwarming stories of 2013 was the Gorilla Mamas project at the Cincinnati Zoo. Ron Evans led a team of ten human surrogates to provide 24/7 care for Gladys, an orphaned newborn gorilla from Texas. Wearing furry vests, the surrogates imitated gorilla behavior and sounds to acquaint Gladys with the world she would enter when introduced to her gorilla surrogate. Ron and some of his helpers will share their stories about this experience. Ron’s impeccable programing have empowered others to help advance the causes he espouses.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and assorted beverages in the Neyer’s stately Clifton home, Oakwood. Designed by renowned architect William Tinsley and built in 1865 for Henry Probasco, the house was added to the National Registry in 1972. Gladys herself will not be present, but urban legend has it that an elephant once occupied the living room during a birthday party while the Probasco family lived there.


Cheers! Salut! Applausi! L’Chaim! and Yum!

Molly Wellmann, Cincinnati’s Premier Mixologist

Hosted by Peggy Shannon, Queen City Cookies, Northside

Just in time for Valentines’ Day, discover the history of champagne while sipping handcrafted champagne cocktails created by Cincinnati’s own award-winning mixologist and the author of Handcrafted Cocktails. Molly is a savvy business woman who owns and operates Japp’s Since 1879, The Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, and the Famous Neon’s Unplugged. She uses cocktail recipes from the 1700s to the 1950′s to create new and innovative drinks with simple syrups, bitters, liquors, and fresh juices she makes herself. Special Bonus: Recipes will be provided for your future festivities!

A light brunch with sweet and savory treats will be served by hostess Peggy Shannon, founder of Queen City Cookies, whose artisanal creations are small works of edible art. Listed among Oprah’s “favorite things” are Peggy’s Bacon Schnecken, 2012 Silver sofi winner for Outstanding New Product of the Year and Rosemary Sesame Shortbread, 2012 Silver sofi Cookie of the Year.


Nursing His Funny Side: From the E.R. to Stand-Up

Terry Foster, Nurse Educator and the Tri-State’s Funniest Nurse

Hosted by Tami and Dave Peters, Amberley Village

Humor can be found in unexpected places. Just ask Terry Foster, a critical care and emergency room nurse, who is a published nursing educator. That’s his “day job.” Terry is also a part-time stand-up comic who mines his nursing experience for humor and shares stories that he describes as “funny, respectful, and touching.” Terry has performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Atlantic City’s Trump Tower, and local comedy venues. He recently taped five episodes of The Learning Channels’ (TLC) program “Untold Stories of the ER,” the first nurse to ever be featured on this physician-based show. This salon will leave you in stitches.

The Peters will welcome you to their stately, traditional home in Amberley Village for heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served.


Food Memories: Taste and Aroma Trigger Journeys to Our Past

Sharon Butler, Co-Owner, The BonBonerie

Hosted by Brenda and Jim Tarbell, Over-the-Rhine

Sharon Butler’s long-term interest in theater and the arts has inspired her baking and her interest in exploring the stories people share about the foods they love. For the past six years, her “Art of Food” shows at the Carnegie Arts Center have used taste and aroma to job memories and collect “food graffiti”, which reveals amazing stories and poetic remembrances of special occasion meals, birthday cakes and treasured gastronomic experiences.

The Tarbells welcome you to their 19th century Italianate brick row house. Its 13-foot ceilings, original floors, and woodwork provide a perfect setting for their antiques and art. Lunch will be inspired by their own collective food memories, perhaps with echoes of Arnold’s, Grammer’s, and Sunday dinners of the 50s through the 70s. Wine, sparkling cider, tea and coffee will be served.


A Stationary Walking Tour of Mt. Adams

Jim Steiner, Mt. Adams Historian

Hosted by Midge Selonick, Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams is the birthplace of the American wine industry, the U.S. Weather Bureau, and U.S. astronomy, as well as the home of Rookwood Pottery. Author and local historian Jim Steiner introduces you to Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel and his telescope, Nicholas Longworth and his granddaughter Maria, and others. You’ll learn why the Immaculata Church is the site for Good Friday’s praying of the steps and hear other intriguing stories when Jim shares his knowledge of this still fascinating area, Cincinnati’s first suburb.

Midge Selonick will welcome you to her penthouse apartment high atop Mt. Adams. A tempting assortment of canapés will be served with wine, as you look down at some of the sites Jim will discuss.


Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Rosie Sansalone Alway, Nationally Recognized Holocaust Educator

Hosted by Amy and Scott Rubenstein, Amberley Villlage

Rosie Sansalone Alway teaches English to eighth grade students at Summit Country Day school. But her classroom is more than lessons in grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetry, and literature. The lessons taught by this nationally-recognized Holocaust educator include taking pain away from others, seeing with the heart, understanding different perspective, refusing to be indifferent, and remember that every person has a story. In 2013, her students published “Hear My story – Be My Voice,” stories of 57 Greater Cincinnatians who put a face on the struggle against injustice. You’ll be inspired by the book, the video her students produced, and how she lives the lessons she teaches.

The Rubensteins’ traditional colonial home was one of the first homes built in Amberley Village. You’ll enjoy savory treats, desserts, and a variety of beverages. Weather permitting, you will also be able to view the animals on the “urban” farm.


In Our Own Back Yard: Human Trafficking Today

Sr. Joan Krimm, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Hosted by Sheila and Philip Cohen, Hyde Park

Human trafficking, second only to drug trafficking among the world’s largest businesses, claims many victims, principally women and children who are trafficked for sex and labor.  Who are the victims?  How are they ensnared?  What are the red flags that might alert us to this problem?  Sr. Joan shares where Ohio stands on this issue, as well at statistics for the United States and the world, and helps us answer the question, “What can we do?”

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sweets, complemented by wine, beer and assorted beverages, in the Cohen’s gracious 1903 brick home with a unique, open interior plan.


Show Me a Story: Art Quilts and Their Inspiration

Jane Burch Cochran, Art Quilter

Hosted by Gerry Zembrodt, Kenton Hills in Covington

Jane Burch Cochran blends the traditional craft of quilting with the storyteller’s art to produce “narrative” quilts whose designs speak of contemporary issues. Jane, a native of Rabbit Hash, KY and the proud owner of its former mayor (her dog), will “show and tell” her quilts, explaining how she got started, how she keeps going, and what stories inspire her art.

Enjoy stunning views of the river and the Cincinnati skyline through 270 -degree wrap-around windows in this custom-designed contemporary home featuring art by Stobart, Dali, and local artists. Ms. Zembrodt will be serving brunch with wine and assorted beverages.


Life as a Post-Menopausal Urban Pioneer

Moe Rouse, Renaissance Woman

Hosted by Shelby Wood, Bellevue

Moe Rouse has led an extremely interesting life. She entertained the troops during the Vietnam War, worked as a waitress at the world’s largest truck stop, danced with Patrick Swayze, and was Walter Cronkite’s date at a black tie dinner honoring Brokaw, Jennings, and Rather. In between that, and more, she juggled at least three careers – college professor, voicveover actress, and communications and trial consultant. Then, she traded retirement for a Ph.D. in Over-the-Rhine. For two years, Moe and her charity boutique, Mannequin, were the only tenants on the block. Spend an afternoon with Moe. Funny and touching, she’ll share the takeaways of a lifetime of reinventing herself.

Shelby Wood’s WatersEdge condominium offers an expansive view of the Ohio River, downtown Cincinnati, and Mt. Adams. She’ll be serving an Over-the-Rhine inspired brunch with foods from Findlay Market purveyors and OTR eating establishments.


From Greek Mythology to The Joy of Cooking

Owen Findsen, Art Critic and Artist

Hosted by Aaron Betsky and Peter Haberkorn, Clifton

Owen Findsen is a writer, painter and historian.   He studied painting with Paul Chidlaw and for 36 years, was the Cincinnati Enquirer’s art critic and features writer.  He has a wide range of interests that he likes to weave together into stories.  These tales come from books, memoirs, and his experiences.  They include Cincinnati history, Cincinnati art, the Art Museum, the Taft Museum, Cincinnati artists, patrons and others.  He says he talks the way he writes and the way he paints.: with a plan an purpose in mind, but improvising along the way.  This salon is guaranteed to be a most intriguing afternoon with an extremely interesting Cincinnati.

The Carl Strauss-designed mid-century modern home of Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky and Peter Haberkorn contains a contemporary art collection highlighting Dutch design, including Haberkorn’s work.   You”ll enjoy light bites, wines and beers.


Who Are Those Guys? Finding Out Who’s Who on Union Terminal’s Industrial Murals

Cliff Radel, Columnist, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Hosted by Jinny and John Berten, East Walnut Hills

For 80 years, the 35 workers depicted on the industrial mosaic murals created for Cincinnati’s Union Terminal have labored in anonymity.  It’s about tie everyone knows who they are.  The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Cliff Radel put months and months of research into uncovering their identities.  In the end, his detective work revealed the workers’ names but also the genius behind the murals’ creation and the reason for keeping these men nameless.

You’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages, along with a spectacular river view, from the Berten’s Edgecliff Point condominium.


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