The Update | Disney On Ice Returns; Oktoberfest in Salem; ‘Silver Bells’ Christmas Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – Disney On Ice presents Into the Magic!, a family skating show featuring the characters Belle (from “Beauty and the Beast”), Moana (“Moana”) and Miguel (“Coco”), will come to Covelli Centre for seven performances Dec. 8-11.

Tickets range from $67 to $22 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at (fees apply) and the Covelli box office.

An online-only presale will take place from Thursday until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 3. Use the password DVLP22.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 11.

The show also includes the Disney characters Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and Rapunzel.

Costumes are not permitted to be worn by guests 14 years and older. 

Oktoberfest in Downtown Salem

SALEM, Ohio – The Rotary Club of Salem, Ohio will present an Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4-9 p.m. in the public parking lot across from Boneshakers Restaurant on East Pershing Street.

Admission is $10. Beer tickets can be purchased at $5 for one beer or $20 for five beers.

Four local brewing companies will be represented: Aeonian Brewery (Alliance), Birdfish Brewery (Columbiana), Liebe Wein (Salem), and Numbers Brewery (Lisbon). Boneshakers Restaurant will also provide selection of domestic beer.

Mike’s Penn Grille and Rutana’s Hot Apple Dumpling Truck will provide German-inspired food and treats.

The Goods Band of Cleveland will perform.

Activities will include ax throwing and cornhole.

Silver Bells With Mazhorell Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – The fifth annual “Silver Bells with Mazhorell & Friends” Christmas concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Youngstown Playhouse.

The show, presented by Finer Things Academy, will celebrate the love, healing and magic of Christmas through music.

The concert is also intended to bring awareness and support for victims of domestic violence.

The concert will singers, musicians and dancers from Youngstown, Cleveland and

surrounding areas, performing original music as well traditional, pop, R&B and Christmas classics.

Tickets range from $34 to $17 (plus $3 fee) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, downtown; by phone at 330 788 8739; and at

Book Discussion Series on Award-Winning Works

YOUNGSTOWN – Lit Youngstown’s Food for Thought book discussion series will focus on books that won major literary prizes. All titles in the series are available from the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, and the discussions will take place on the second Thursday of each month at the Main library 2nd floor meeting room from 5:00-6:00.

The series began with Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature. October 13, the discussion will be on Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, a poet who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war in Ukraine. The book discussions will include information about the national and international literary prizes.

The remaining titles in the series and the prizes they won are:

November  10: memoir Furnishing Eternity by David Giffels, Ohioana Book Awards

December 8: poetry Be Holding by Ross Gay, PEN/ Jean Stein Book Award 

January: novel There, There by Tommy Orange, American Book Award 

February: essays A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise Of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, National Book Critics Circle Award

March: novel The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, Orange Prize for Fiction

April: non-fiction All That She Carried  by Tiya Miles, National Book Award

May: biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, Pulitzer Prize

Newt Gingrich to Speak at Grove City College

GROVE CITY, Pa. (Sept. 23, 2022) – The 15th annual Ronald Reagan Lecture at Grove City College will feature one of the most influential political thinkers and actors of the last half century.

“What I Saw at the Reagan Revolution:  A Conversation with Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Reagan, Conservatism, and Midterm Elections” is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in Crawford Hall Auditorium on campus. The event is presented by the Institute for Faith & Freedom.

Few individuals can speak to these subjects like Gingrich. For over 40 years, he has been a leading voice in the conservative movement, beginning with his election to Congress in 1979. President Reagan saw him as one of the administration’s most articulate advocates in Congress, starting with his leadership of a 1981 task force seeking the passage of Reagan’s historic tax cut. 

When Reagan left office in 1989, Gingrich was looked to as the Republican to continue the Reagan Revolution. “Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive,” said former First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1995. Gingrich was always known as an ideas man and “a Reagan man,” Reagan biographer Craig Shirley stated in 2012. 

In the Democrat-controlled House of the 1980s and early 1990s, Gingrich rose from a conservative backbencher to the GOP leadership. He orchestrated the historic 1994 Republican takeover of Congress with his Contract with America. He worked with President Bill Clinton to forge bipartisan accomplishments on welfare reform and balanced budgets before leaving Congress in 1999. He remains a top authority on politics and elections.

Gingrich will field questions from Grove City College President Paul McNulty ’80, IFF Senior Director and Chief Academic Fellow and Professor of Political Science Dr. Paul Kengor, and the audience. As the chief counsel for the House Subcommittee on Crime in the 1990s, McNulty worked with Gingrich on legislation combatting violent crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking. 

The lecture is free, but registration is required and tickets are limited. To register, visit

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.