The Sharon Heights home is a safe place to discuss current events, local topics
It may be where Dave and Joyce Jones live, but overall they view their home as a community space.
The couple regularly invite locals for “Cinnamon Roll Sundays” and “Wine Wednesdays” to discuss neighborhood news and topics, such as what to do with the deer that inhabit their neighborhood of Sharon Heights, a bedroom community south of Morse Road in the Clintonville area. .
“Our door is always open,” said Joyce Jones.
Dave Jones said the community gatherings began when the couple sat in front and waved to passers-by.
More and more people stopped and started a discussion. This led to scheduled theme nights, including “aisle movies” being held outdoors throughout the summer. Sometimes visitors take acoustic guitars and perform impromptu mini concerts.
“Our neighborhood is a fabulous neighborhood”, Joyce Jones. “By nature, they are lively, interesting and educated.”
Partisan politics is rarely discussed, but controversial current events are.
However, they rarely turn into an argument and even less often visitors leave with a grudge, Joyce Jones said.
On Wine Wednesdays, some guests participate in food exchanges.
“People have formed new relationships as a result,” she said.
Sometimes people come to ask for advice or share a personal situation.
The Joneses have lived in their neighborhood for over 20 years.
Dave Jones, 77, is a retired psychiatric social worker who is involved with the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Club.
Joyce Jones, 68, is a retired occupational therapist who runs a home-baking business called Mom’s Home Sweets. Her cinnamon rolls are $2 each.
Over the years, the couple have expressed their thoughts by putting up signs in their front yard, which have made them the target of generally polite criticism.
In one instance, someone recorded a message on the other side of the panel, explaining another point of view. The Joneses took this message and posted it for the neighborhood to see.
Another time, one of their signs was stolen. An outsider caught wind of the story and offered to build another one for them, while saying he vehemently disagreed with their positions.
“Our yard is a cozy space,” Joyce Jones said.
She said she hopes their message of hospitality and the desire to host a community forum will spread.
“I wish other people would do it in their neighborhood,” she said.
BJ White, a Sharon Heights resident and Clintonville Area Commission District 9 representative, called the Joneses “beautiful human beings.”
“I’ve always known them for being good neighbours, for cultivating a community that encourages camaraderie among neighbors. They love people.”