The Update | Youngstown Music Producer Publishes Book; Christmas Lights at Winery; Food Tours at Stark House

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown-based songwriter, producer and music consultant Jere B (Jerry Beulah) has published his first book, “The Path of the EntreMusician: Nine Keys to Unlock Your Mindset, Discipline & Focus.” It’s available through Amazon and at

“This book is for entrepreneurial musicians who must balance music business skills alongside their creative talents, a feat which is growing more difficult as this industry continues to morph into the metaverse, crypto and other Web 3 ventures,” Beulah said. “The technology may change, but the nine keys outlined in this book are foundational for any musician at every level.”

Jere B’s experience in the music business has led him and his band, SounDoctrine, into the top 10 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. The band released six albums, and its music was often played on The Weather Channel in the mid-2000s.

Beulah has toured internationally and produced recordings for several regional artists. He started The EntreMusician Podcast during the pandemic. He also produces and hosts “Artist Impact,” an Armstrong cable television show that airs weekly on Neighborhood channel 100.

His consulting work has culminated in several online workshops and music-related courses based upon the principles outlined in his book.
Jere B will appear on WFMJ-TV 21’s “Community Connection with Madonna Chism Pinkard” show on Christmas morning.

Christmas Lights Trail at Nova Cellars

PULASKI, Pa. – Nova Cellars Winery and Brew 32 on state Route 208 will have an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 to launch its Christmas-themed light trail, which includes 50,000 lights and an animatronic light show.

The light trail is a family-friendly event that will be in operation every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Dec. 23.

For information, go to or call 724 698 7026.

Holiday Food Tours at Historic Home

WARREN, Ohio — Trumbull County Historical Society will host adults-only History of Holiday Food tours at the historic John Stark Edwards House at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

The tour will lead participants through the Edwards House rooms, covering the time period between 1807, when the house was built, to the 1970s. It incorporates food samples throughout the tour.

The tour is the last in a series of adults-only themed tours of the John Stark Edwards House that were offered this year. The purpose of the tours is to increase awareness of the Edwards House, Warren’s oldest building, according to Meghan Reed, TCHS director.

Tickets are $20 per person and include the tour, all food samples and a seasonal adult beverage. Tickets are limited, and advanced purchase is required. To purchase tickets, go to For information, call 330 394 4653.

Square Dance Lessons to Begin in January

NILES, Ohio – A 12-week session of square dance lessons will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Niles Scope Center.

Admission to the weekly lesson is $6 per person per lesson. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson and will include learning new steps, along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves.

To sign up for lessons or for additional information about the lessons, contact Gene Hammond at 330 506 3370.

Photo Sessions for Hospitalized Children

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown-based photographer and doula Kelly McKee-Foos
will offer “Heart Full” mini sessions on Saturday, Dec. 17, with the proceeds funding Comfort Kits to families in the neonatal intensive care unit of hospitals this holiday season.

The photo sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in 680 Studios, inside Calvin Center, 680 Mahoning Ave.

McKee-Foos is the owner and founder of both McKee-Foos Photography and Spark Motherhood. Spark Motherhood is a maternal wellness business that helps those with postpartum depression.

Having recently spent 41 days in the NICU with her daughter McKee-Foos knows the struggle of having a baby in the unit.

McKee-Foos is hoping to be able to donate 43 Comfort Kits.

Short Fiction Day Event at Leana’s Books

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Area short story authors are invited to be part of Celebrate Short Fiction Day from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Leana’s Books and More, 4317 Kirk Road.

Hosted by Nancy Christie, award-winning author of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” and “Peripheral Visions and Other Stories” (both from Unsolicited Press), Celebrate Short Fiction Day is designed to focus attention on the short-fiction literary form. Local authors will be signing copies of their books during the event.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Christie said. “Short fiction authors have the chance to reach more readers, while Leana’s Books and More will have the opportunity to welcome area residents to its newest location.”

More information is available here. To register as a participant, contact Christie via email at

Pictured at top: Songwriter, producer and music consultant Jere B.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.