Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 5-6-15

  • 9- 11-13 - 2015: Fall Into Avon


    President Ralph White called the May 6, 2015 meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:10 p.m.

    The minutes of the April 1, 2015 were approved as read with Dan McGhee making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

    16 members and guests were present.

    An abreviated meeting was held as the meeting took place at the home of Barb and Dave Linton.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,076.13 in the checking account. There were no outstanding bills to present.

    In old business:

    The City trimmed the tree outside of Town Hall on May 5, 2015.

    3 storage totes were purchased for $10.50 total and were filled and stored at the White's. Christine is holding the receipt to submit for reimbursement until additional totes are bought. A suggestion was made to purchase some containers specifically that are acid free for keeping long term.

    In new business:

    No updates to the History Walk Project.

    At the last Landmarks' Preservation Commission meeting, an application was submited for a home on Detroit Road for Landmark's status.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 with Theresa Szipple making the motion and Nancy McGhee seconding.

    The next meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Old Town Hall of 1871.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    9- 11-13 - 2015: Fall Into Avon

    Visit Avon Merchants: Antiques, Home Décor, Gifts, Fashion, Gourmet Foods, Lunch and Dinner Menus and More. Shops are offering event specials and sales!

    For Event Information Visit:


    Contact Information:

    Details ~ 36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011



    "Fall into Avon"

    Free Fun for every member of the Family September 12 and 13, 2015 ~ Avon's French Creek District

    AVON, OHIO, For decades residents of Avon and northern Ohio have celebrated the start of the Fall Season with its annual "Fall Festival" (aka "Country Living Festival"). Antique Dealers from the region descend on Avon to display and sell their treasures, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

    French Creek merchants feature fall décor for the home and seasonal fashions for men, women and children, while Avon restaurants offer gourmet specials, guaranteed to tempt any palate. Attendees are able to take advantage of fabulous deals at sidewalk sales and in-store specials.

    At "The Taste of Avon", sponsored by J.L. Smith Group, attendees can sample delicious tidbits from local restaurants, and listen to the music of live local bands.

    The "Kid's Pavilion", hosted by Buckeye Dental and Braces, features activities for children including a hay maze, face painting, children's craft project, a magic show, bounce house, coloring contest and more child-friendly activities.

    A Scarecrow Competition, sponsored by The Old Avon Village, will demonstrate the creativity of individuals of all ages. The exhibits will be available in The Olde Avon Village throughout the weekend for everyone's enjoyment. Local personalities will be judging the exhibits and present the $500 Grand Prize along with numerous other prizes.

    The festival is proud to welcome Dick Goddard as their guest to the "First Federal Lakewood Pet Pavilion", Saturday at 1pm. Bring along a donation of pet food, blankets or supplies and adopt a new member of the family. Collected items will then be disbursed to the local animal rescue groups involved in the event.

    Local organizations will be offering information for their upcoming events and causes. CRS will be hosting a food drive. Anyone donating non-perishable food items will have their name entered in a drawing for various prizes.

    A Classic Car Show, sponsored by Joyce Buick GMC, is scheduled for Saturday from 11am to 3pm (Rain Date-Sunday). The cars will be judged and trophies will be awarded in various categories.

    BMX and Skateboard Challenge, sponsored by Westshore Primary Care, will allow youths in divisions of U14 and 14 years and older to match their skills.

    The French Creek District is located along Detroit Road in Avon. Most of the activities are located between Routes 83 and 611, and on Stoney Ridge Road, just south of Detroit.


    Fall into Avon Festival - Pet Pavilion- Sept. 12 and 13th

    Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood

    We are collecting pet supply donations for dogs and cats to be donated back to Lorain County Rescue Groups! They are in need of dry food; canned food; Cat litter; dog/cat beds; blanke ts; towels; bleach; Dawn dish soap; paper towels; trash bags; Rubbing alcohol; hydrogen peroxide; hand sanitizer; gift cards to pet store s, and monetary donations.

    This can be dropped off at First Federal Lakewood - 36839 Detroit Rd. Avon, or any of our branches. Any questions, please call Sharon at 440-934-0314 and Thank You for your support!


    A Taste of Avon

    September 12, Saturday, 11 - 6 p.m.

    September 13, Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

    36610 Detroit Road (behind JL Smith Group) corner of Ridgeland and Detroit Roads

    As part of Fall Into Avon, A Taste of Avon offers not only delicious food but also great sounds from a number of area bands. Admission to the Taste of Avon is free and a variety of food is available for purchase from the local restaurants in attendance.

    Enjoy a snack, lunch or dinner as offered by the various eateries or simply enjoy the great music provided by the bands generously donating their time to this fantastic event. Whatever your pleasure, the Taste of Avon is a must-do fall festival highlight for the entire family.

    A sample of the food establishments that will be participating is listed below. Eateries include but are not limited to:

    Food Vendors for Taste of Avon 2015

    Mitchell's Ice Cream

    Bar 145

    Two Bucks


    Coleone's Pizza and Subs

    Tom's Country Place

    Vintage House Cafe

    Nemo Grille


    Istanbul Grille


    Band Schedule for Taste of Avon -- September 12 and 13

    Saturday's Line-Up

    Raine Austen with her Guest, David Millen on Sax 12-2

    With an extended vocal range of light-opera to country to contemporary fashion, Raine Austen is no stranger to the stage. Cleveland's Own has been singing since, well, before she was born, so her mom claims. She spends her life front and center on stages large and small. Austen's reputation is one of large concert settings of Christian, Christmas and Patriotic events, and is known to reach into the heart and touch the soul.Â

    When her fans requested more than Christian music, Austen designed the "It's All About LOVE!" Concert Series where she highlights her vocal talents with secular song renditions of Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and the like. You'll be impressed by multiple stylings of the classics, pop, country and light jazz genres.

    Recently Raine shared the stage with Dean Martin's son, Ricci Martin and claims she'll "never be the same!" Now the word is that "No one sings Dean Martin like Raine Austen!"

    Joining her is the very fun and talented sax player, the ever popular David Millen. move over Kenny G! Millen brings his talents on both alto and tenor sax. Sit back and relax to "Just Dave."

    With 4 CDs under her belt, Austen's long awaited CD is underway with an expected release for the 2015 season. You can purchase a 3-song prerelease at her live performances. Once you encounter Raine's beautiful voice, you'll know why she is so popular.

    To learn more about Raine Austen, and her guest David Millen, please log on to


    Yellow Delicious 4-6

    With an appetite for concoction, Yellow Delicious mixes their love of 80's music and classic rock into a delicious blend of new wave rock for the 21st century. Adding a modern twist, this band recalls a time when rock was fun and carefree, when the songs were about good times, women, love, lust and well, rock and roll! That's where YD comes in with their cd "Get Some!"

    Yellow Delicious was built by twin brothers Pat and Mike Kostalnick, high school friend Greg Dempsey, and Chris Vidler who came together with a shared vision of rock.

    Pat handles lead vocals and smooth yet sometimes frantic lead guitar. Add Mike with his old school rock/punk rhythm guitar, Greg with his driving drumbeats and Chris' throbbing bass and you get the sound and vibe of Yellow Delicious. They all join together to shout out the group vocals to get your fists pumping and your ass shaking.

    Together, YD has rocked audiences from Albuquerque to NYC, performing at numerous colleges, clubs and festivals throughout the US. They've wowed the crowds at the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference, Midpoint Music Festival, Motor City Music Conference, CMJ/ Rock Hall Music Festival.

    They have opened for and/or shared the stage with bands such as Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Eddie Money, Poison, Winger, Ratt, The Darkness, Sum 41, The Fixx, Blessid Union Of Souls, The Calling, Cracker, Cowboy Mouth, and Dirty Americans. YD has been voted one of the best rock bands in Cleveland by Scene Magazine, performed at the International Pop Overthrow festival in Philadelphia and New York and performed at the legendary CBGB.


    Sunday's Line-Up

    Windjammer Big Band 12-2

    The Windjammer Big Band is a full-size swing band featuring dance and jazz music of the last century. They are part of the Vermilion Community Music Association, and members are from all over Northern Ohio.

    Windjammer's music is considered to be big and including the likes of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, etc., and style and vintage rock music, such as "Rockin Robin" and "Vehicle". They are a not-for-profit community band, and musicians range in age from college-aged to golden-agers with everything in between.

    They play for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, the Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky, Charleston Coffee House in Lorain, and civic venues all over the area.


    Avon High School's Electric Orchestra 2-4

    If the typical classic orchestral music program puts you to sleep, Jesse Martin has just the thing for you: AEO, or the Avon Electric Orchestra. Martin, a music teacher for Avon Local Schools, created AEO last year. "I wanted more opportunities for the string players." he said. "Band and choir both have other groups that add to the kids' experiences such as show choir and jazz ensemble."

    When Martin talked it over with some students, they mentioned how much they enjoyed groups like Trans Siberian Orchestra. So he set on a mission to create one of the few high school rock orchestras in the area. "The support of the School Board and Orchestra Booster turned his dream into a reality," said Martin.

    Both groups each purchase $6,000 set of electric instruments, consisting of two electric violins, one electric viola, one electric cello, and the necessary additional equipment. In the 2012-13 inaugural year of AEO, 19 students participated. This year, Martin was forced to hold auditions because so many students were interested. With 32 members, the group in now bursting at the seams.

    In addition to the electric instruments, some acoustic violins and cellos help to soften the sound. The group plays a variety of funk, rock, pop, alternative and classical music in an imaginative way. They have been invited to play at "gigs" all over the area and love every minute of it. "This has been so much fun," said Martin. "Way beyond what I expected."


    Additional Donors:

    A special thank you to the following individuals and companies who are donating their services to the Taste of Avon:

    Jason L Smith and The JL Smith Group

    Dave Vasu and Vasu Communications


    Taylor Rental

    Rumpke Trash Removal



    for event information and schedule.

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