Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-6-10

11-11-10: Intersociety Meeting

12-3,4,5-10: 2010 Christmas Candlelite Walk

2-2-11: Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present the "North Ridge Scenic Byway" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society

President Jack Smith called the October 6, 2010, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:05 p.m. There were about 30 members and guests present.

The minutes of September 1 were approved as read with Christine White making the motion and Pat Furnas seconding.

Christine said there was $5,964.46 in the checking account.

Two new members were welcomed to the group: Andrea Costin and Gerrie Thuning.

Jack introduced Avon native Linda Paull, the new Lorain County Metro Park Manager in Avon. She described the facilities, physical presence, and the activities planned for the site which is about one mile south of Detroit Road on State Route 83. She said that since in the past Avon was known as the greenhouse capital of the world, the park would have a greenhouse. Among the plant collections would be orchids, bonsai, bromeliads and a separate site for a dessert garden. Cooking classes will also be offered.

Linda encouraged the audience to visit the parks website at metroparks.cc. She also encouraged the group to visit Carlisle Metro Park for the Halloween carnival and to join the walking groups for challenge and prizes.

Ralph White reported on the Society's participation in "Fall into Avon." Because of the weather there were less than normal crowds on Saturday. Regarding Avon Isle Park building, Ralph said with the approval of the Society's board, he purchased the sign designating the building as being on the National Register of Historic Sites.

In lieu of the November meeting of the Avon Historical Society, the group will participate in the Intersociety meeting on November 11 at the Carlisle Visitors Center. It will begin with a pot luck dinner and follow with a musical program entitled "Tunes of the Pioneers," encompassing tunes from the Revolution to 1810. Presentation will be by "The Unexpected Party."

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 with Theresa Szippl making the motion and husband Jim seconding.

Jack introduced the speaker Matt Nahorn for the presentation "Indian Ridge Museum from Old to New."

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday

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Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:

(7 pm on first Wednesdays at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge)

East side of the Old Town Hall of 1871,

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

Across Colorado Avenue 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).

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The Intersociety Committee of the Lorain County Historical Society

Announces its

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Thurs., November 11, 2010 (Veterans' Day), Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Hosted this year by the Columbia Historical Society

Program:

"Tunes of the Pioneers"

Music from the Revolution to 1810

Presented by The Unexpected Party,

Featuring Dulcimers and More

Representatives of ALL Historical or Genealogical Groups throughout Lorain County are Invited to Attend, and Tell What Your Group has been Doing Lately!

(Bring a dish to share, your own place service, and beverage; coffee will be provided).

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2010 Christmas Candlelite Walk

Friday, Dec. 3, Noon - 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas where the participating shops are gaily decorated with roping of holly, red and green flickering candles and pine boughs and the interiors emit the aromas and feel of years gone by.

Many shops will feature "Candy Cane Specials" or offer seasonal refreshments in the French Creek District, along Ohio 254, Ohio 611, Stoney Ridge Road and north on Ohio 83, and east of 83 just past Avon Commons. Historic buildings in the district will house antiques, crafts, gift boutiques and galleries.

Come to the 31th Annual Christmas Candlelite Walk and enjoy caroling, craft shows, door prizes, bustling elves, jolly Santa. Call (440) 934-6119 or (440) 937-5204 (evenings) for info, or visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.com

Free parkingis available in the municipal lot behind the Police Station.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Friday, Dec. 3: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts, and free gifts.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Come early and enjoy special activities at each of Santa's stops.

Santa will travel by horse-drawn wagon from behind the Senior Center.

5:30 pm -- Santa arrives at the Gazebo for the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT 5 PM. (glowsticks to the first 150 children). Welcome Santa; see the tree lighting ceremony; and listen to the Avon High School Choir sing carols.

6 pm -- VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE OLD TOWN HALL OF 1871, southeast corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road, and get a gift from Santa and a free juice box.

Sunday, Dec. 5: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts and free gifts.

Sponsored by the French Creek Development Association, Avon French Creek Merchants, Avon Lions Club, and the Avon Historical Society.

Additional weekend activities:

Saturday Dec. 4th, 9 am to 3 pm Christmas in the Barn -- Avon United Methodist Church - 33771 Detroit Road -- CRAFTS - BAKED GOODS - HOT LUNCH

Sunday Dec. 5th, 10 am - 2 pm. Enjoy a Christmas Brunch at the Vintage House Café, 35800 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH, 440-937-5830.

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You are cordially invited to attend an Authors Book Signing for "Images of America: Sheffield Village" and "Guide to the North Ridge Scenic Byway, Lorain County, Ohio," by Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf at Barnes & Noble, Crocker Park, Westlake on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 6:30 pm.

Hope to see you there; bring your books to be signed.

For more information, call 440-934-1514.

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Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present the "North Ridge Scenic Byway" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-2-11, 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.

``In December 2005, the Sheffield Village Historical Society and the Avon Historical Society joined forces to prepare a proposal to establish a North Ridge Scenic Byway along the entire reach of State Route 254 in Lorain County, Ohio. The proposal was prepared on behalf of and endorsed by the Village of Sheffield and the City of Avon.

In August 2007, the Ohio Department of Transportation officially designated this highway corridor as the North Ridge Scenic Byway. This 9-mile segment of SR 254 in Lorain County passes through a diverse assemblage of agricultural, residential, commercial, and natural settings as it traverses the northernmost ancient beach ridge of a glacial-lake predecessor to Lake Erie. Travelers along this stretch of highway are treated to pleasing views of many cultural and natural features.

In March 2008 the Sheffield Village Historical Society and the Avon Historical Society again joined forces to propose a project to the US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, through the Ohio Department of Transportation to Produce and Publish Guides to the North Ridge Scenic Byway, Lorain, Ohio on behalf of the Village of Sheffield and the City of Avon, Ohio.

Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf, President of the Sheffield Village Historical Society and Taylor J. Smith, President of Avon Historical Society are pleased to announce that the grant application has been approved for $20,000 ($16,000 Federal and $4,000 Local in-kind match).

The proposal sought funds to enhance the travelers' experiences as they journey along the North Ridge Scenic Byway and to promote the natural and cultural attributes of the byway corridor by producing and publishing two types of high-quality guides.

The first will be a full-color guidebook, which describes in detail the fascinating natural setting and cultural history of the corridor as well as presents a mile point-by-mile point log of noteworthy attributes and vistas of the North Ridge Scenic Byway. Topics to be covered include scenic, geological, botanical, native wildlife, archaeological, historical, agricultural, recreational, and cultural features of the corridor.

The guidebook is envisioned to be approximately 180 pages in length and richly illustrated with new color images, historic photographs, explanatory diagrams, and easily-followed maps. This guidebook will be made available at a modest price to travelers and residents of the region ...''

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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

and

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

www.frenchcreekmedical.com/byway

or

www.frenchcreekmedical.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SCENICBYWAY

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