For 17 years since Glyn Watts cashed in his professional ice-dancing career to coach, he's been grooming Olympic hopefuls here in Northeast Ohio. His latest group shows off their sit-spins and triple-jumps at Holiday Fantasy on Ice, a skating exhibition starring 1984 Olympic silver medalist Rosalynn Sumners and about 150 of Watts' students.
Touted as one of the more personable pros to hit the ice, Sumners isn't one to sequester herself backstage after a performance: The former world champion stays on the ice after the show and skates alongside any audience members who want to strap on a pair of blades and circle the rink. "Rosalynn's very obliging. Nothing's too much trouble for her," says Watts, who won silver and bronze medals at three world championships in the mid-'70s. He's delighted to have Sumners around for his students to emulate. "It's nice when they're able to work with someone with this kind of experience," says Watts, who has coached the likes of Olympians Timothy Goebel and Tonia Kwiatkowski. "We're keeping our fingers crossed it stays that way." It starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Ice Land USA, 15381 Royalton Road in Strongsville. Tickets are $10; call 440-268-2800. -- Cris Glaser
The Metroparks gets its chill on.
Winter begins at 2:04 a.m. Monday, and the Cleveland Metroparks is making a two-day celebration out of the solstice. North Chagrin Reservation's Welcome Winter Walk is a two-mile afternoon trek in search of winter wildlife. "If there's snow, you'll see red-fox tracks everywhere," says Deb Marcinski, the naturalist leading the hike. Huntington Reservation's Winter Solstice Sunrise is an early-morning stroll, now in its 16th year. "A lot of the same people return," says naturalist Ken Gober. "I always take a group photo." Winter Walk is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Strawberry Picnic Area (North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills; 440-473-3370). Solstice Sunrise happens at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Lake Picnic Area Shelterhouse (Huntington Reservation in Bay Village; 440-734-6660). Both are free. -- Lucy McKerna