Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-2-14

  • 5-18-14: Avon Garden Club Bicentennial Tea Party

  • 5-18-14: Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque, June 21 and 22, 2014 Old Town Hall of 1871 open


    President Ralph White called the April 2, 2014, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p.m. The minutes of the March 5, 2014 meeting were approved as read with Nancy McGee making the motion and Jack Smith seconding.

    21 members and guests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,094.53.

    In old business, Ralph confirmed State Farm would be our new insurance provider due to the substantial increase to the previous Nationwide policy. The new premium is $475. Ralph was unable to reduce the cost by asking for limited coverage as this is the bare minimum coverage allowed.

    The March 12 Landsmarks meeting was cancelled due to weather.

    The Town Hall would be open Saturday April 5 [2014] from 10-2. Rose and Jean are to be there with Ralph providing transportation for Rose if necessary.

    In new business, Don Brodke attended the meeting to display his pen and ink drawings of local scenes. He will also display them during the Open HOuse on Saturday April 5.

    Theresa Szippl asked about the status of the Fire Station being ready for Spring in to Avon, the weekend of April 11-13. Avon's first fire station is to be open showing fire engine "Old Betsy". The Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display is to be open this weekend as well.

    Jack Smith suggested having the location of the History Walk at the new Avon City Pool as this should be included while it is in the planning stages.

    As first mentioned in last month's meeting, there was some discussion of having a fundraising garage sale during the weekend of Aunt Teak and Uncle Junk June 21-22. Jim and Theresa Szippl offered to sell donated items at their home on Orchard as they will be having their own sale.

    There will be officer elections at the May meeting. Anyone interested should contact Jim Szippl. Our current trustees are Jim Szippl, Bob Gates and Bill Furnace. Ralph suggested making Bill an honorary trustee due to his health and appointing an additonal trustee.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 with Theresa Szippl making the motion and Carol Smith seconding.

    Jean Fischer spoke about the history of the Conrad family.

    The next meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 7, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Jean Fischer will present "History of the Schwartz Family."

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    Avon Garden Club Bicentennial Tea Party

    Tickets available for May 18 [2014] Bicentennial Tea, 'Afternoon Delight'

    Filed by rturman April 12th, 2014 in News.

    By Rebecca Turman

    On May 18 [2014], the Avon Garden Club will host a tea event people may talk about for centuries in honor of the city's bicentennial celebration.

    The Bicentennial Tea, 'Afternoon Delight,' will be held at 2 p.m. at Avon Isle, located at 37080 Detroit Road. Only 120 seats are available.

    In an interview early last week, Cynthia Murnyack-Czarnecki, chairwoman of the event, said half of the tickets have already been sold.

    The Avon Garden Club was inspired to host the event after city officials encouraged Avon groups to get involved in the bicentennial celebration. According to Murnyack-Czarnecki, the group has been planning for the tea event for about a year now.

    The purpose of the club, according to Murnyack-Czarnecki, is to promote the knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening, and the group does so through beautification projects in Avon, from maintaining a garden at the Miller Nature Preserve and the Heritage Square Gazebo to hosting a plant sale each Memorial Day and holding beautification awards. "We have had teas in the past (as a group), and we thought we would share with the entire community a tea," she said.

    The event will feature guest speaker and "renowned etiquette consultant Catherine Holloway," who will lead guests through a tea etiquette program, according to a press release from the Avon Garden Club. "She is a fantastic speaker," Murnyack-Czarnecki said.

    Door prizes, basket raffles and a special prize for the guest "who dons the best "bonnet"" will also be featured as part of the event.

    "We have already received a bed and breakfast package from The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake " a year's family membership to Cleveland Botanical Gardens," Murnyack-Czarnecki said. "We have some wonderful raffle items."

    Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best hats to keep with the historical aspect of tea etiquette, she said. "This is a tea, and when ladies would attend tea, they would wear hats and gloves and purses," she said. "In Europe and across the world, business is conducted at teas (by men and women). Here in the U.S. " it's more so only that women will participate in teas."

    The May 18 event will be catered by Avon's Sugar 'n Spice, while Gloria Cipri-Kemer, owner of the Emerald Necklace Inn & Tea Room, will provide the tea service. In addition, Tammy Brandt, owner of Avon's A Secret Garden Floral Design, will be designing the centerpieces.

    Entertainment will be provided by harpist Melody Rapier. "She is an instructor at The Music Settlement in University Circle," Murnyack-Czarnecki said. "She is a harpist in the West Virginia Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra."

    Avon resident and Original Country Store owner Lois Shinko will also have a period-dress display set up for the "Afternoon Delight" tea. Each guest will also receive a "special, apron inspired favor crafted from vintage handkerchiefs," according to the press release.

    In keeping with the gardening theme, Murnyack-Czarnecki said, "lavender will be the bicentennial plant." The club will sell lavender at the tea and at its upcoming Memorial Day plant sale.

    Tickets for the tea are available for purchase in advance only for $25 each for those ages 12 and older. They can be purchased by contacting Murnyack-Czarnecki at 440-937-0037 or Deb Morris at 440-934-1093.

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    Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque

    June 21 and 22, 2014

    French Creek Merchants offer Sidewalk Sales, Regional Antique Dealers, In-store Specials and more. Search for treasures as local residents host garage and yard sales.


    Garage Sale Registration Form

    June 21 and 22, 2014

    Participate in Avon's City Wide Yard Sale

    FREE Listing on our website and event map!







    Print and Mail this form to:

    French Creek Merchants Association

    C/O Details, 36840 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011


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    DEADLINE 6/13/2014

    The Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast cormer of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, will be open from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, 6-21-14.

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