Reunion of Hickory Hideout Cast & Crew


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Pierogi Soup
    • Chicken Paprikash
    • Napoleon


    Story topic this week…

    Reunion of Hickory Hideout Cast & Crew
    It’s a reunion of the cast of one of the most famous children’s shows in CLE history called Hickory Hideout. Meet the people on screen and behind the scenes, including puppet characters like “Nutso” and “Shirley” alongside a handful of other characters like Buzz Buzzsaw and Cecelia C. Seesaw!

    Hickory Hideout

    Hickory Hideout was a television program for children which was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio on WKYC-TV and aired nationally on NBC from 1981 to 1991.

    It had human hosts, Cassie Wolfe and Wayne Turney, puppet squirrel characters (“Nutso” played by Nancy Sander and “Shirley” played by Linda A. Wells), and a handful of other characters. It addressed psychological issues that children face and was a change from the usual lineup of Saturday-morning cartoons.

    Besides winning many regional Emmy Awards, Hickory Hideout also won a Silver Medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival as the “second best weekly children’s program in the world.” (beat out for the gold by Canada’s Anne of Green Gables.) The program also won many other national awards include awards from the National Education Association National Media Award, Family Circle Honor Award, Women in Communication’s National Award for Excellence. Ohio Education Association Award for outstanding Children’s Programming, three Finalist Certificates from International Film and Television Festival of New York and Silver Angel Award from the Excellence in Media Foundation.

    Wayne S. Turney won an Emmy Award for his work on Hickory Hideout, as did Cassie Wolfe, producer Robert Noll, and the puppeteers Nancy Sander and Linda Wells. David Gooding won an Emmy for his original songs he composed for both music and lyrics. Kathryn Hahn, a Cleveland native who later appeared in the NBC series Crossing Jordan, had her first TV appearance on the show. The show also featured a young Matthew James Murphy, who went on to perform in the Broadway musical Rent.

    WKYC TV3 in Cleveland is now streaming full episodes of the classic series.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

    See all Cleveland Stories dates here.


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