The meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050, west of S.R. 301: on Thursday, November 7, 2013, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00)
Matt Nahorn from the New Indian Ridge Museum and Amherst Historical Society/Sandstone Center will present "A Thirst for History: an Update on Amherst's Old Spring and the Braun Brewery." For more information, contact Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.
OCTOBER 2, 2013 AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MINUTES
President Ralph White called the October 2, 2013, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p.m. The minutes of the September 4 meeting were approved as read with Jack Smith making the motion and Jim Szipple seconding.
Seventeen members and guests were present.
Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,586.93.
In old business Ralph reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission experienced neither new demolition requests nor any new additions to the list.
Ralph said the city would be paying for the construction of new display boards for the preservation work. Rather than displaying the worn display pieces, the new boards will be professionally done.
Regarding the bicentennial/history walk project, Ralph said the commission and AHS were looking for a chairman. Another site being considered for the historical - site plaques might be at Miller Nature preserve with the blacktop trails eventually leading to the Heritage schools.
Jack Smith thought it would provide an ideal local field trip for children to walk the trail to the Nature Preserve and study the historical plaques.
If anyone is interested in chairing the project, they are encouraged to contact Ralph, Jack Smith or Joe Richvalsky.
Regarding the success of the Fall into Avon Festival, Ralph said there were about 70 antique cars at the show. Jean Fischer said about a total of 22 people visited Old Town Hall during the two - day open house.
Ralph said there is a man in North Ridgeville who is re-siding his barn and is looking for siding removed from barns to be demolished. Ralph encouraged people to contact him if anyone knew of wood that is available.
Ralph reported that there will be a "meet the mayoral candidates" night at Avon High School on October 9  at 7 p.m.
The AHS November meeting will be part of the Lorain County Historical Society event at the Carlisle Visitors Center. The pot luck meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7. Eaton is hosting the event.
In new business Jack reported on a presentation by Lisa Phister about the recent past Westlake bicentennial celebration. She emphasized that it was important to include a variety of events so that it could include many people. She emphasized that it was imperative to get everybody involved. She had said it was odd, but effective. Jack passed copies of a "timeline" commemorating Westlake's Bicentennial.
Gary Sherrill made a presentation regarding forming an Avon bicentennial band. He's hoping to include past Avon High School band members, particularly those who had continued their music professionally. Depending on who volunteers, it could be a concert band with woodwinds and strings or a jazz band or brass choir. At present there are 3 flutes, 3 clarinets, 5 trumpets and 5 trombones. The group will practice at either the Lion's Club facility at Northgate Park or at Avon Isle. Sherrill said they hope to have four concerts through the summer at the gazebo at Avon Commons, which is a site of little conflicting sounds of traffic and trains. Those interested can contact Sherrill at 440-759-0200.
Jean said that in early Avon there was a brass band at the Wilford Hotel.
Also present was Rudy Fox who is assembling a bicycle rally for the bicentennial. A theme will be established and an historical route will be determined.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 with Christine White making the motion and Stan Hawryluk seconding.
Jean Fischer spoke about the Wilbur Cahoon family and home site. She had original deeds and a 32-page book written by Cahoon descendents.
Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday.
The meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the Lorain County Historical Society INTERSOCIETY COMMITTEE Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. (meal at 6:00)
WHERE: at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050, west of S.R. 301:
Take Routes 10/20 west to the Route 301 South (LaGrange Road) exit. Turn left onto 301 South. Drive a short distance to the second intersection on your right, Nickel Plate - Diagonal Road, which is across from the red brick Carlisle Township Fire Department, and drive 0.7 mile to the Duck Pond Picnic Area entrance, which will be on your right. Drive 0.8 mile farther on Diagonal Road and the entrance to the Carlisle Visitor Center will also be on the right.
WHO: All Lorain County historical and genealogy groups are invited -- to share experiences and ideas, and report on their group's recent activities
PROGRAM: Matt Nahorn from the New Indian Ridge Museum and Amherst Historical Society/Sandstone Center will present "A Thirst for History: an Update on Amherst's Old Spring and the Braun Brewery."
Remind everyone to bring a dish to share and their place settings; Eaton will provide coffee, juices and pop.
Avon's Candlelite Walk
December 5 - 8, 2013
Thursday, December 5 - 5pm to 8pm
"Girl's Nite Out" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!
Friday, December 6 - 6pm to 9pm
"Date Nite" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!
Saturday, December 7 - 5:00pm
Santa Stroll and Annual Tree Lighting
Gather at the Olde Avon Village (36840 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011) at 4:30 p.m..
Santa, in his amazing horse drawn sleigh, leads the way to the French Creek Gazebo (corner of Stoney Ridge Road and Detroit Road) at 5:00 p.m.
Sing along with carolers, as you make your way through the Olde Avon Village and past the shops along Detroit Road.
Watch as Santa lights the Christmas Tree and then follow him to Avon Isle, where kids can meet with Santa and enjoy refreshments.
Take a moment to explore the beautifully restored Avon Isle, a treasured Avon landmark since 1926 and enjoy elaborate model train exhibits and Gingerbread House Exhibits. The "Rail Blazers" model train club will be on display from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Avon Isle.
Gingerbread House Competition Entry
Make it a great family fun project!
December 7, 2013 Avon Isle 2pm - 7pm
Display Drop off time is 1pm - 2pm December 7th
Ages 3-5 yrs of age __________________________
Ages 6 -8 yrs of age __________________________
Ages 9 -12 yrs of age __________________________
Prizes will be awarded during the visit with Santa at Avon Isle.
My parent's signature above gives permission for pictures to be taken of my entry and printed in news publication or used for promotion.
Registration forms need to be in by November 30th, 2013. Please mail to French Creek Development Association, P.O. Box 111, Avon, OH 44011 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 440-934-4420 with any questions
This entry form must be completed and submitted by Saturday, November 30 2013. Gingerbread house must be set up at Avon Isle, (across from Buck's Hardware) between 1 and 2pm for judging. All entries must be delivered in their completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be put on a table for display and judging.
Provide two (2) 3" x 5" cards listing your name, address, phone number, e-mail and category you have entered. Both cards must be handed to the staff upon registration of your gingerbread house. Any architectural structure - real or imaginary - is eligible for entry (i.e. farmhouse, train station, bridge, toy shop, mushroom cottage). Gingerbread kits are eligible and all visible parts should be edible. Judging for competitive divisions will take place December 7th. Winners will be announced at Avon Isle during the visit with Santa from 6 - 8 pm, December 7th. Houses must be picked up after the Tree Lighting and or visit with Santa, no later than 8pm. The overall base size for entries in all categories cannot exceed 18" x 20".
French Creek Development Association reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of French Creek Development Association and may be published in the newspapers with write up and winner's names. French Creek Development Association is not responsible for lost or damaged gingerbread houses.
Criteria for judging the winning Gingerbread Houses:
Themes: Holiday Originality, includes Gingerbread House and yard
Neat and clean, includes the Gingerbread House and yard
Use of color, pattern and detail, includes the Gingerbread House and yard
All visible parts must be edible