Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 3-2-11


Ron Landig of RWL will present "The Avon Isle Dance Pavilion" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-4-11, at the Isle. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

President Jack Smith called the March 2, 2011, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:02 p. m. There were about 35 members and guests present.

The minutes were approved as read with Nancy McGhee making the motion and Susie Cory seconding.

There was no treasurer's report.

Joe Richvalsky gave a report from the Landmark Preservation Commission. Regarding the property at the corner of Garden Drive and Detroit Road, Joe said the property owner would be removing the barn from the site and building a small strip mall. Among the businesses will be a Middle Eastern restaurant and a jewelry store. Although the Commission encouraged the owner to save the barn, Joe said that it did not fit in the owner's plans. Others were encouraged to move it whole or in pieces and save it.

The April 6th meeting of the AHS will not take place at Avon Isle Park. Because the electric service has not been completed by Ohio Edison, the tour will be postponed until May 4 when the renovation architect Ron Landig will conduct a tour of the facility.

There was a discussion regarding whether special allowances could be made for alcoholic beverages to be served at the Isle. Member Laura Smith, a bridal consultant, wondered if she could tell prospective clients that alcohol could be served even if it were a city park site. Discussion also took place regarding AHS's Christmas party as well.

Jack is still collecting photo of Avon Isle festivities for display at the site.

Fran Burik spoke briefly about "Spring into Avon" April 9 [2011] where there would be breakfast with the Easter Bunny. There may also be an egg hunt.

Jack reiterated about Avon's Bicentennial scheduled for 2014.

AHS received a thank you card from Avon Library for the money contribution for gifts in the memory of AHS members Virginia Smith and Margaret Wear. Jack said that a gift was also bestowed in the memory of JoAnn Albert, as well.

Joe said that the Heritage Home Loan program, which required an annual fee of $8,000 from the city, would not be renewed. He said because of financial woes and lack of interest and the poor economy, no one has used the program in the past year.

The meeting adjourned at 7:24 with Jim Szippl making the motion and Dan McGhee seconding.

Jack introduced Jean Fischer and her program entitled, "The History of Avon Schools."

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


Jim Smith from the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Ohio historical markers in Lorain County," at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 4-6-11, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.


Ron Landig of RWL will present "The Avon Isle Dance Pavilion" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-4-11, at the Isle. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

We need old Isle-appropriate photos to decorate the Dance Pavilion. Please call Jack Smith at 937-5516 if you can lend us something to copy.



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of March 2, 2011

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Ralph White

B. Guide to the North Ridge Scenic Byway -- $20 is special price to AHS members, Jack Smith

C. Report from Avon Isle Utilization Committee, Laura Smith

D. Old photos needed to decorate the Avon Isle Dance Pavilion, Jack Smith 937-5516

E. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. Our program on 5-4-11 will be held at the Avon Isle, Jean Fischer

B. Summer, 2011, field trips, Stan Hawryluk

C. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Jim Smith from the Lorain County Historical Society who will present "Ohio historical markers in Lorain County,"


Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:

On the east side of the Old Town Hall,

Across Detroit Rd. at Nemo's Restaurant (park close to Colorado),

Across Colorado Avenue (SR 611) behind Blue Chip,

On the east side of Buck's Hardware on Church Street,

Across Stoney Ridge at Lois Shinko's Country Store parking lot (just south of the Gazebo).



NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 3-19-11, By Cody Peck, Sun News Sun Sentinel

``French Creek merchants group to host 'Spring into Avon' event on April 9 and 10, [2011]

AVON -- The French Creek Merchants Association of Avon will host its annual Spring into Avon weekend on April 9 and 10 throughout the French Creek District in Avon.

The event, which is the result of a combined effort between the merchant's association, the French Creek Development Association and the Avon Garden Club, begins with a pancake breakfast fundraiser with the Easter bunny from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 9 at the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road. Proceeds will go to beautification projects in the historic French Creek District.

"We have plans for floral baskets along Detroit Road, landscaping at the newly renovated Avon Isle, decorative banners and holiday decorations," said Lori Miles, president of the merchant's association.

An egg hunt will immediately follow and kids up to 8 years old will also find fun activities such as a photo-op with the Easter bunny, crafts, games and prizes at the Bunny Hutch, which is located in Olde Avon Village [at the historic Binns House].

Adult visitors will find plenty of fun too. Merchants and restaurants in the French Creek District will host their 'Bunny Shop Hop,' offering sales specials demonstrations and more.

Pre-sale tickets for the breakfast cost $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 2-8. Admission is free for kids younger than 2. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at Catherine's Chocolates (36718 Detroit Road), Details (36840 Detroit Road) and the senior center. Tickets cost an additional $2 if purchased at the door ...''



The Merchants of Avon's Historic French Creek District Welcome You!

Spring into Avon April 9 & 10, 2011

Welcome Spring in the Heart of Avon. Begin your weekend of fun with a Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny (Event Flier & Ticket Purchase Information). Continue the fun at "The Bunny Hutch" in the Olde Avon Village. "Hop" into your favorite shop or restaurant for great savings, specials and prizes (Bunny "Shop Hop" Map).

Easter Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt

A Fundraiser for French Creek District beautification projects.

Spring into Avon

Saturday, April 9th -- Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny

Pancakes, Sausages, Juice, Milk & Coffee

When: Saturday, April 9th ~ 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road

Cost: $6 Adult/$3 Children ages 2-8; Children under 2 are Free ($2 more per ticket at door)

Tickets may be purchased at participating Catherine's Chocolates, The Littlest Details or by e-mail.

After breakfast, kids up to age 8, follow the bunny for an egg hunt. Then hop on over to the Bunny Hutchin the Olde Avon Village for pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, prizes & more!

Hop on over to your favorite French Creek District Merchant for great savings, special and prize drawings (Bunny "Shop Hop" Map).

Coloring Contest: Kids up to age 8, color the Easter Bunny (entry form available at The Littlest Details or Catherine's Chocolates) and bring to the Bunny Hutch for a chance to win valuable prizes.

We thank our sponsors for their support:

City Centre of Avon 440.937.8598

Details ~ Lori Miles

36840 Detroit Road ~ Olde Avon Village


The Littlest Details ~ Lori Miles

36840 Detroit Road ~ Olde Avon Village


Catherine's Chocolates ~ Catherine Pastron

36718 Detroit Road


Irrigation Inc. ~ Scott Rolko



Vintage House Café ~ Roberta Walker

5800 Detroit Road


The Goddard School of Avon ~ Angela Schmid

2555 Hale Street



Easter Bunny Breakfast Ticket Purchase

E-mail the following information to


Your Name

Contact Phone Number

# of Adult Tickets

# of Child Tickets (under age 8)

Credit Card # (include Number, Expiration Date, 3-Digit Code on Back/4-Digit AX Code on front)

Seating Time: 8am, 9am or 10am (Tickets may be picked up the within 30 minutes of the seating start time).

Tickets will be held at the Breakfast Registration Desk.


Other Upcoming Events

AUNT TEAK & UNCLE JUNQUE ~ Avon's Citywide Garage Sale

June 25 & 26, 2011

Saturday~9am to 6pm; Sunday~11am to 5pm*

Residents of Avon, join us for this Citywide Yard Sale. Please print & return the Registration Form to be included on the Yard Sale Map.


September 10 & 11, 2011

Saturday~9am to 6pm; Sunday~11am to 5pm*

Celebrate the beauty of the Fall & Harvest season. Regional Antique Dealers gather to display their treasures, while local merchants feature decorative accents and seasonal gifts. Area restaurants offer tasty tidbits to tempt your palate. An event to tempt all your senses.


December 2, 3 & 4, 2011

Friday~Noon to 10pm; Saturday~10am to 10pm; Sunday~11am to 5pm* Stroll the candlelite sidewalks of Avon's Historic French Creek. Sing along with carolers and visit with seasonal characters. Local merchants welcome you with "Candy Cane" Specials, festively decorated stores, and refreshments.



Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque Citywide Sale

June 25 & 26, 2011

Fill your pockets with some extra cash!

This year's event is scheduled for

Saturday, June 25 ~ 9am to 6pm;

Sunday, June 26 ~ 11am to 5pm.

Operating hours are subject to change by area residents and businesses.

Host a Garage Sale

Avon's annual festival, the Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque Citywide Sale, is fast approaching. This is a great time to clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic and rid yourself of unwanted clutter. Remember, your trash is someone's treasure, and that means extra cash in your pocket!

Increase your sale traffic by listing your garage sale on the French Creek District Map. Complete the Garage Sale Registration Form, mail it with your payment, or drop it by The Littlest Details or Catherine's Chocolates.

When your Garage Sale is over, stop by a participating French Creek District Merchant. Antique Vendors, Sidewalk Sales, Store-wide Sales and Specials are planned...


Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque June 25 & 26, 2011

Stroll the streets of Avon as residents host a city-wide Garage Sale. Continue your treasure hunt at local shops offering in-store and Sidewalk Sales. Regional antique dealers set up their wares in tents along Detroit Road of Avon's charming French Creek District. Stay the day and enjoy Lunch or Dinner at one of the locally owned area restaurants.

Avon residents are encouraged to sign up for a listing on our Garage Sale Map. Greater exposure means greater sales!



Garage Sale Registration Form

Participate in Avon's City Wide Yard Sale





NEAREST CROSS ST. ___________________________

$5 Fee required to be listed on the map _______

$15 Fee includes map listing,

website listing & Yard Sign ______

Print & Mail this form with Check to:

French Creek Merchants Assoc, P.O. Box 4, Avon


Pay in person at The Littlest Details or Catherine's Chocolates (cash or check only, please)

DEADLINE 6/16/2011


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