Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 5-5-10

Guide to the North Ridge Scenic Byway

President Jack Smith called the May 5, 2010, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 22 members and guests present.

The minutes were approved as read with Theresa Szippl making the motion and George Bliss seconding.

Barb Wolfe gave the treasurer's report -- $477.40 in checking and $1,752.52 in the money market.

Jack congratulated Ralph White for the successful trip to Columbus to solicit the Ohio Preservation Advisory Board to place Avon Isle on the National Register for Historic places.

Trustee Jim Szippl read the names of the slate of officers for AHS for 2010-11. Jack Smith, President; Ralph White, Vice President; JoAnne Easterday, Secretary; and Christine White, treasurer. Jack asked for nominations from the floor. There being none, the vote was unanimous. Jim made the motion, Jean Fischer seconded.

Joe Richvalsky, costumed as Noah Terrell, one of the first settlers of North Ridgeville, reported on the city to the south's bicentennial celebration the weekend of May 8th and about the purchase of window shades for Old Town Hall.

Joe invited members and guests to the celebration staged at North Ridgeville library parking lot on Bainbridge Avenue. The "first settlers," fifteen men, who walked from Rootstown, Connecticut, to Ohio, will arrive from their two mile reenactment walk from Columbia about 10 or 10:30 a.m.

Joe researched the purchase of window shades for Old Town Hall. Joe said the shades for the six windows on the east and west sides and the windows at the front of the building would be room darkening as opposed to blackout.

The company offering the work is Art Window Coverings, Inc. The $1,175 price would include installation of the shades and cleaning the draperies shading the quilt hanging behind the dias and the purchase and installation of new drapery hardware for the quilt drapes. All would be historically correct. The shades will facilitate power point and other screen presentations.

Joe made the motion for the purchase and Jean Fisher seconded. Motion passed.

Joe had bicentennial American flags with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes for sale for fifteen dollars.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 with Theresa Szippl making the motion and Christine White seconding.

Jean Fischer introduced the speaker, Kerry Adams, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist at the Cleveland Restoration Society presenting "The American Home Interior: Treatment and Transformation"

``We will explore the ever evolving American interior over a fascinating 100-year period, beginning in the 1850's. Major emphasis on stylistic trends from Greek Revival, Victorian Aesthetic Period, Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival and Mid-Century Modern will be showcased."

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


Jean Fischer will present "Millionaires' Row" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 9-1-10, 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.

The homes of Millionaires' Row were built mostly in the 1880's on estates that extended from Euclid Avenue to Lake Erie. Many of these homes were owned by the same industrialists who established Lakeview Cemetary: Rockefeller (oil), Wade (telegraph), Mather (shipping), Bolton, Payne, and more, who made Cleveland great.



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of May 5, 2010

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Joe Richvalsky

B. Report on field trips, Stan Hawryluk

C. Renovation of the Avon Isle, Ralph White

D. Fall into Avon, 9-11 -- 9-12-10, Jack Smith

E. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. October Program, 10-6-10, Jean Fischer

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jack Smith will introduce Jean Fischer who will present "Millionaires' Row".


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).


July 11, 2010, trip to Lakeview Cemetary.

"Our grounds are open every day of the year from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM.''

For more information, contact Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.



French Creek Merchant's Association

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

2010 Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque Citywide Yard Sale

Saturday, June 26, 2010 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, June 27, 2010 11 am - 5 pm

Shop the whole town! Maps showing a list of sales will be available from French Creek Merchants.

To register your sale location print off the form shown below

and mail it along with $5 to

French Creek Merchants Association P.O. Box 4, Avon, OH 44011

by June 17, 2010

For more information, call 440-937-5204

Local merchant's offer in-store specials and sidewalk sales. Great Products at fabulous prices. Maintain your energy level with a visit to one of Avon's eateries.

Avon residents, please print & return the Registration Form to be included on the Yard Sale Map.


Garage Sale Registration Form

Avon's City-Wide Yard Sale

June 26-27, 2010, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5





NEAREST CROSS ST._________________________________________

$5 donation required to be listed on the map. Mail this form with $5 to French Creek Merchants Association, P.O. Box 4, Avon, OH 44011.

DEADLINE 6/17/10

For information: Call 934-6119 (day) or 937-5204 (evening) or visit



Other Upcoming Events


September 11 & 12, 2010

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 please all your senses.


December 3, 4 & 5, 2010

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.


March 19 & 20, 2011

Check back for details!

*Hours may vary at the discretion of the participating member.


The sunflower is the icon of Fall Into Avon. Photo by Carla Wible.

2010 FALL INTO AVON -- Fall Festival - Taste of Avon - Farmer's Market - Kid's Pavilion

"Fall into Avon"


September 11 and 12, 2010

Saturday, 9am to 6pm

Sunday, 11am to 5pm (merchants' hours may vary)

Look for the sunflowers.

The French Creek Merchants Association has teamed up with the French Creek Development Association and other local organizations to create a spectacular event, offering activities for all ages. The planners are excited about the transformation of this event into a community-wide effort.

FALL FESTIVAL -- 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.

A TASTE OF AVON -- Sample the best of French Creek District's eateries. Area restaurants offer tasty tidbits to tempt your palate. An event to tempt all your senses.

"A Taste of Avon", a welcome addition in 2009, was instrumental in drawing crowds in excess of 5,000. Attendees can sample delicious tidbits from local restaurants, while enjoying exhibits by local artists, and listening to sounds of eight local bands.

The "Taste of Avon" is sponsored by J.L. Smith Tax Advisory (36610 Detroit Road; Avon, Ohio; 440-934-9181);


A dunk booth featuring local celebrities, business owners and politicians is certain to be a big attraction at the event. Proceeds from the Dunk Booth will be donated to Make a Wish Foundation.

FARMERS' MARKET -- Featuring fresh produce and food products from local farms, will be added to the 2010 festivities.

Avon began as a farming community, and still produces many of the plants for the region's garden centers and landscapers. "We are proud of our farming families and their contribution to our community. "Introducing the Farmer's Market to the festival allows us to show our appreciation to these hardworking individuals", stated Lori Miles, President of the French Creek Merchant's Association.

The "Farmers' Market", sponsored by Catherine's Chocolates, (36718 Detroit Road [Avon, OH 44011; phone 440-934-4240; email cpastron@yahoo.com) will highlight local farmer's produce, fresh from the fields, as well as foods and home decor prepared with their goods.

KIDS' PAVILION -- hosted by The Littlest Details (36841 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011-1570, 440-934-3778)



and Little Gym.

Planned activities for children will include:

Tumbling & Karate exhibits by Little Gym,

balloon artist,

face painting,

children's craft project by Goddard School,

Bounce House by Party Perfect,

coloring & sidewalk chalk contest,

and a performance by the local youth band, "Twin Engine".

A unique keepsake opportunity for Moms, Grandmas and their little ones has been created with the Vintage House Café Tea Party photo opportunity. Professional images will be available for purchase at a nominal fee from Becky's Photography.









for updates


2010 Fall Into Avon -- Fall Festival - Taste of Avon - Farmer's Market - Kid's Pavilion

When: 9 am - 6 pm on Saturday, September 11, and from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

Where: French Creek District.

From Cleveland: Go west on I-90. Exit at SR 83 -- Avon Commons -- or at Ohio 611 (Colorado Road/Stoney Ridge Road).

Go south to Detroit Road. The French Creek District extends from SR 611 to just east of SR 83 -- Vintage House Cafe. Other Avon businesses also participate in the 2010 Festival.

For more information: Call 934-6119 (day) or 937-5204 (evening) or visit



Proposed Schedule

SATURDAY, September 11, 2010

9:00 am - 6:00 pm: Avon Shops open for business (hours may vary) as indicated. See the display ads for stores offering specials and sidewalk sales.

Restrooms are marked "R" on the Map. The Map may be obtained from participating merchants.

11:00 am - 6:00 pm: Taste of Avon, ToA on Map

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Historic programs, 2 Locations, "H" on Map: the Old Town Hall of 1871, (south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge) - quilting, and Taste of Avon area.

SUNDAY, September 12, 2010

11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Avon Shops open for business (hours may vary) as indicated

11:00 am - 6:00 pm: Taste of Avon, ToA on Map

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Historic programs, 2 Locations, "H" on Map: the Old Town Hall of 1871, (south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge - quilting), and Taste of Avon area.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Antique Car Displays Near Parking Areas, "P" on Map.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Fire Station Tours, Avon Fire Station.


Taste of Avon and Make A Wish Contact Information:

Call Jason Smith or Dave Vasu

36610 Detroit Road

Avon, Ohio





Some participating businesses:

DeChant Art Consulting (Assisting clients in building an art collection that is both tasteful and of value)

The Festival Art Area will feature the artist, Diane Hoeptner's paintings. Diane designed the sunflower poster for the Fall Festival and Taste of Avon. Additionally, paintings featuring classic cars and colorful abstract artworks will be displayed for sale.

Teresa M. DeChant, Fine Art Consultant

216 276 0087


Art Internet Store:




Located at:

The Lewis House, Circa 1840

Olde Avon Village

36840 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio

Call: 440-934-3457

Annual Sidewalk Sale -- September 10-12th -- Save up to 75% off Fabulous Gifts, Seasonal Merchandise, Furniture, Decorative Accents, Children's Clothing & Shoes, Gear, Bedding and More! Saturday & Sunday is Avon's Fall Festival. Live Music, the Taste of Avon, Historical Tours and the Farmers Market.



French Creek Medical is donating hand hygiene stations to the Avon Fall Festival.

These hand hygiene stations will be placed adjacent to the festival's portable toilets to help prevent the spread of germs and disease.



NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 9-3-07, by Alicia Castelli

``Visitors find the unexpected at Avon street festival

AVON -- Get out your credit cards, strollers and comfortable walking shoes because the 29th [now the 31st] annual Country Living and Antique Fall Festival in Avon is just around the corner ...

"We have about 60 vendors who will be setting up booths or tents and about 15 to 20 shops in the district who will be participating," said Lois Shinko, a member of the Avon French Creek Merchants' Association and co-owner of Countryside Antiques.

The festival was first held in 1978, and only five shops participated. Today, it has grown to ... more than 200 vendors or business owners, Shinko said.

"There will be tents and booths, as well as shops in the district having sidewalk sales," Shinko said. "There will be a lot going on."

Many of the buildings in the area date to the 1830s, Shinko said, adding that she and her husband, Bob, purchased the store in the area in the 1970s and renovated it.

More and more people started buying the historical properties, many on the verge of being condemned, and joined the restoration parade, Soon, nearby homeowners were fixing up their houses, and now the entire district has benefited from the revitalization ...

Shinko said the boost in sales that weekend helps merchants, [especially now with the loss of business during the construction of a third lane on Detroit Road] "This event really brings a lot of people into Avon," she said. "Depending on the business type, we definitely see a sales benefit from the festival. For example, the restaurants and gift shops will probably be busy."

Merchants' Association [past] President Peggy Strang agrees the festival is a boon to business owners in more ways than one. "You can pick up any paper today and find two to three references to Avon these days," Strang said. "Avon is a desirable community, and lots of professional people are moving out this way. We like this festival as a way to show off the city."

Strang also likes the Main Street movement that is spreading across the country in response to strip malls springing up near interstates. "You go to the malls and shopping centers to get what you want," Strang said. "You come to us to get the unexpected."

Strang hopes people will not only wander the sidewalks, but come inside the shops as well. "We invite people to walk through the stores," she said. "We want them to start thinking about their gift lists."

This festival -- along Detroit Road from just east of state Route 83 to just west of state Route 611 -- is the city's kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Strang said.

In addition to the main road, it will include some side streets, too. Just follow the sunflowers to find antiques, crafts, décor, flowers and much more.

"Usually when we have this festival, people just make a day of it," Strang said.

[Several free parking areas are available off Detroit Road.]''


["Images of America: Avon" is on sale at 2536 Stoney Ridge in The Country Store, which is shown on the cover of the book when the store was May Webber's Millinery Shop. Call 440-934-6119 to make sure books are in stock before visiting The Country Store.]

FEATURE ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 9-3-00, By NORMA HIGGINS, Morning Journal Correspondent

``Avon couple make the past special

AVON -- Bob and Lois Shinko like to collect antiques and they had a yearning to run their own antique store.

In 1973, 10 years after they were married, they decided to take a different kind of plunge and opened their antique store in Avon called The Country Store. They took the collectibles and antiques they had gathered through the years and moved them to an 1896 building at the town's busy intersection of Colorado and Detroit Roads.

Even the building is a treasure to them, because it is where Mrs. Shinko's great-great aunt ... had a millinery store ...''

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The spiral binding of the Guide lets the pages lie flat.

Guide to the North Ridge Scenic Byway, Lorain County, Ohio

by Charles E. Herdendorf, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological & Geological Sciences

The Ohio State University

Prepared for The Sheffield Village Historical Society. Village of Sheffield, Ohio


The Avon Historical Society, City of Avon, Ohio

July 2010

This 276-page full-color guidebook describes in detail the fascinating natural setting and cultural history of The North Ridge Scenic Byway along State Route 254 in Lorain County, Ohio. It presents a mile point-by-mile point log of noteworthy attributes and vistas of the North Ridge Scenic Byway.

Topics covered include scenic, geological, botanical, native wildlife, archaeological, historical, agricultural, recreational, and cultural features of the corridor. The guidebook is 276 pages in length and is richly illustrated with new color images, historic photographs, explanatory diagrams, and easily-followed maps.

Features: 276 pages; Spiral-bound; Full-Color; Guide pages are 6" x 9"

The Guide may be purchased at

Long, Long Ago Antiques, 36923 Detroit Road, 934-4777

Shinko's Country Store, 2536 Stoney Ridge Road, 934-6119

Catherine's Chocolates, 36718 Detroit Road, 934-4240

Countryside Antiques, 36920 Detroit Road, 934-4228

Details, 36840 Detroit Road, 934-3457

The Guide may also be purchased online from French Creek Medical at




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