The Update | Photo Exhibit Shows City’s Past; Toycade Store Opens; Yale Organist in Stambaugh Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – The photography of Dr. William Gordon will be on display at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, from Sunday, May 1, through June 19. A public reception will take place at 1 p.m. May 8. 

Gordon was born in Youngstown to immigrant parents. He recalls riding in a peddler’s wagon with his grandfather, observing life on the streets. This experience sparked his interest in humanity and his desire to share the complexities of individual lives.

Gordon was introduced to photography while attending Ohio University. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy, where he continued to perfect his technical photographic skills.

Gordon practiced dentistry for 61 years.

He and his wife, Carol, are actively involved with Inspiring Minds, which provides students opportunities to better themselves through education.

Totally Nostalgic Toycade Opens

SALEM – Totally Nostalgic Toycade is the newest unique and locally owned shop to open in downtown Salem.

The store at 645 E. State St., which opened today, is owned by and operated by the husband-wife team of Ron and Randi Haines. It specializes in wrestling figures, Transformers, GI Joe, He Man, TMNT, and Vintage Star Wars Figures. It also carries vintage magazines, VHS tapes of old cartoons, and a large selection of toys for girls, such as Littlest Pet Shop, Polly Pocket, Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears.

The Haines launched the store during the pandemic as an Etsy site. The couple began going to toy shows and soon opened a shop in Columbiana, which they quickly outgrew

The Salem store is much roomier, they say.

“Many of these very toys helped me escape the noise of childhood trauma,” Ron said. “I’d like to apply that same principal to this modern noise, where a lot of society just seems darker. This is a place where people can come to escape that social media craziness.”

Totally Nostalgic Toycade is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yale Organist to Perform at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Nathaniel Gumbs, director of chapel music at Yale University, will present a pipe organ concert at Stambaugh Auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

Prior to his position at Yale, the New York native served as music director and organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Gumb’s work in church music started when he was a youth at Trinity Baptist Church in The Bronx.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, a master of music degree from Yale University, and in 2021 completed a doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.

In 2017, The Diapason recognized Gumbs as one of 20 outstanding organists under 30 years old for his achievement in organ performance and church music.

This photograph, titled “Caretaker,” by Dr. William Gordon is part of an exhibition at the Jewish Community Center.

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