The Update | Author Releases ‘Hidden History of Youngstown’; Jewish Food Fest at Kravitz Deli

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — “Hidden History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley,” the third book in Sean T. Posey’s Youngstown-Mahoning Valley trilogy, takes readers through the history of area landmarks and unearths forgotten stories of local 20th century history. 

Highlights include the story of the bloody steel strikes of 1916 and 1919 and the building of precast concrete homes for workers.

The book also includes one of the very few regional histories of businesses listed in the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide used by Black travelers during the era of Jim Crow segregation in the South and de facto segregation in the North.

The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and local retailers throughout the Mahoning Valley.

Posey is a freelance writer and historian whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Citylab, Salon and Bill Moyers and Company, as well as in the books “Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology” and the “Pittsburgh Anthology.”

The History Press released his first two books: “Lost Youngstown” and “Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.”

Jewish Food Fest at Kravitz Deli

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — To honor the memory of Rose Kravitz, who founded the deli that bears her name in 1939, Kravitz Deli will present the seventh annual Jewish Food Fest today through Jan. 30.

The menu will include extra large sandwiches and a birthday brunch Jan. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. at the store, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Some of her favorites that will return for the week include the traditional boiled egg bagel and the unique Chicken Mish Mosh Soup. 

Other Old-World favorites on the menu include beef brisket, beef tongue, chopped chicken livers, knishes and sweet noodle kugel with stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage rotated throughout the week. An expanded variety of Rose’s signature pastry, the kipfel, will also be available.

Auditions for ‘Crowns’ at Hopewell Theatre

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Auditions for Hopewell Theatre’s production of “Crowns” will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29 at the the theater, 702 Mahoning Ave. Performances will be April1-2 and 8-10. For information, call 234 855 6904.

The play by Regina Taylor is adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Carla D. Gipson is the director, and Michael Nichols is musical director.

“Crowns” is a celebrataory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of Black history as seen through the eyes of a young woman who has come to the South to live.

The music is predominantly gospel but includes some rap.

The cast calls for one woman, in her late teens or early 20s; five women ranging from 20s to 60s; one man, 40s or 50s; and one man, 20s.

Actors should prepare 16-32 bars of a gospel or R&B song. An accompanist may be provided. No music tracks. Acapella singing is acceptable. Rap or spoken word is also required for the young female character. Actors should also be prepared to dance. Bring a photo to attach to the audition form that will be available at the site.

Actors must be fully vaccinated and show proof.

Photos by James Rogers Jr. in YSU Exhibit

James Rogers Jr.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An exhibition by photographer James Rogers Jr.  commemorating Black History Month will open Jan. 31 at the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, second floor, Bliss Hall, at Youngstown State university. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Titled “James Rogers Jr: This, That and the Other (The Way I See It),” the exhibition includes over 20 images.

Rogers’ artwork is included in private and corporate collections and has been featured in The Freethought Society Magazine and the “Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism Anthology.

The Niles native received his bachelor’s degree in commercial art from YSU in 1972. 

Bridal Show at Eastwood Event Centre

NILES, Ohio – The Eastwood Event Centre’s bridal show will take place Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Couples will find inspiration in three ballrooms decorated in different reception themes.  At noon and 2 p.m., local radio personalities A.C. and Kelley will host fashion shows with the latest trends in wedding apparel.

Admission is $8 per person or $12 per couple and can be purchased in advance at

Pictured at top: “Hidden History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley” is Sean Posey’s third book in his Youngstown-Mahoning Valley trilogy.

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