Take an adventure ride through Cleveland's calamities

Alan F. Dutka, author of “Cleveland Calamities: A History of Storm, Fire and Pestilence,” will address the Bay Village Historical Society on Nov. 16. Dutka will share talks on Cleveland’s greatest blizzards, most destructive tornadoes, nastiest storms and worst floods. Learn about a pseudo tidal wave that pounded the Lake Erie shore from Bay Village to the Pennsylvania border, and the phantom ice age that caused scientists to predict that glaciers would soon return to Northeast Ohio. Hear about a river that burned, mayflies that swarmed downtown by the millions, credible UFO sightings and a June blizzard that raged in the city. Dutka will explore the intriguing stories of the famous and lesser-known Cleveland area disasters.

The 7 p.m. program at the Bay Village Community House is preceded by a 6 p.m. social and 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner. Admission is free for members and open to the public. The Bay Village Historical Society will provide the main course of chicken Marsala. Attendees with last names beginning with letters A through L should bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Guests with last names beginning with letters M through Z should bring a side dish. All in attendance should bring their own place setting. Seating is limited.

Phone Steve Ruscher at 216-346-5645 or email steveruscher884@gmail.com to RSVP. If you are not a member of the Bay Village Historical Society, a $5 donation is appreciated. Membership is encouraged and the annual fee is only $20.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.07.2017