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While the town’s boutiques and restaurants are always an attraction, fall in the Falls is quickly becoming synonymous with one particular event: the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, held annually in October.
Since its 2010 debut, the CDFF has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top film festivals. Dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories, the first festival drew a crowd of 1,800 attendees. Since then, its popularity has soared: By 2016, attendance had grown to more than 10,000!
This year’s festival, October 4—8, comprises 80 documentaries, from 28 countries, on topics that range from the fight to save the Great Lakes to a look at the largest municipal fraud in the history of the United States. Screenings are set for seven venues around town, including South Franklin Circle, where four films screen on Sunday, October 8.
“South Franklin Circle has been one of our venues since the beginning,” says CDFF Founder and Director Mary Ann Ponce. “It’s a very comfortable environment. And we’ve learned through the years that members of the [SFC] community have a tremendously wide range of interests. In fact SFC volunteers help us screen film entries.”
A number of special community events will supplement the film screenings. You’ll find the schedule, film descriptions, and tickets on their website.
While the CDFF may be autumn’s biggest event, it is far from the only one. Here are a few select happenings that are worth checking out.
The Chagrin Falls Farmers Market
Sundays through Oct. 22; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Now winding up its 10th year, the Chagrin Falls Farmers Market on North Franklin Street offers seasonal produce, cheeses, meats and more.
First Friday by the Falls: An Art Experience
Friday Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1; 6 to 8 p.m.
Six Chagrin Falls’ galleries and studios stay open late on the first Friday of every month, making it a snap to rub elbows with creatives while taking in an array of artwork. For details, visit the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce web site.
Chagrin Valley Little Theater
A stalwart of the community theater scene since 1930, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre’s newly launched 2017 – 2018 season includes Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” (September 22—October 1), the romantic comedy “Love, Honor and Other Complications” (October 13— 28), and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (November 17—December 16). Tickets are available on the website.
There’s always something to see or do in Chagrin Falls. Discover more about this charming village and its connections with South Franklin Circle.