Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-7-15

  • 11-5-15: 2015 Lorain County INTERSOCIETY POTLUCK Dinner

  • 12--3-6--15: Avon's 2015 Candlelite Walk Schedule


    President Ralph White called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of the September 2nd meeting were approved as read with Jack Smith making the motion and Mary Berges seconding.

    21 members and quests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,618.41 in the checking account. Jim Szippl presented a bill for postage for the membership drive and a check was issued.

    In old business:

    The city removed and replaced the old flag pole with a much nicer one.

    In new business:

    We will have a scheduled meeting for November 4. During this meeting, we will determine the date of the Christmas party to be held at the home of Jean Fischer.

    Sheffield will be the host society of the Inter-society meeting; and the meeting will be at the Carlisle Visitors Center on Nickle-Plate Road. For more information, contact the Sheffield Historical Society at 440-934-1514.

    Ralph updated on the Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting that the first plaque for Wilbur Cahoon was rejected to be redone by Paneer.

    There will be a demolition request made at the next meeting but it was not mentioned for what property.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm with Jack Smith making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

    Ralph introduced our guest speaker Terri Czup, City of Avon Media Consultant, for a discussion on the new website for the Socity.

    The next regular meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.



    Terri Czup, guest speaker.

    Avon resident for 15 years. Current Media Consultant for the City of Avon.

    City's website is her main project along with press releases but also does biographies for the City's website.

    Interested in the economic development for the City.

    Created website for the Avon Historical Society and Landmarks Preservation Commission at AvonhistoryOH.com.

    Terri's role is to support AHS and get the message out about Avon, how it was a good place to live in the past and how it is still a good place to call home.

    Website features the City's new logo.

    The Historical Society webpage features 4 pages.

    1. Home

    Describes about the Town Hall. This is where special events could be advertised, meeting dates and guest speaker/program announcements.

    2. About Us

    Background about the Society, list of officers, etc. Note- update due to $8 individual, $10 couple and $15 family. Ralph is to give Terri meeting dates for the 2015-16 season.

    3. Gallery

    This is where individual pictures are featured. The Society has an extensive collection of pictures. Suggests a mix of color and black and white. Each pic can have text added about it- like dates, family name, location, etc.

    Bob from the Villager may be available to provide professional photographs at minimum or no expense. A lot of photos can also be archived on the City's direct website. Suggest sorting or grouping the photos by category. Maybe have a main "menu" selection of family/people, businesses, schools, churches and homes. Norton Townsend to take prominence in the people section. Perhaps sort within each category by date? Rotate/refresh the pictures periodically to present a fresh look to the site.

    Ralph to talk to Eddie Herdendorff about digital pictures that may be availabe from both the Scenic Byway book/application and the Avon book (I can't remember what it's called but it's done by an organization).

    4. Contact Us

    Can have the City's address and phone numbers listed and this is preferred rather than someone's personal contact info or the Town Hall's address. Current email listed goes directly to Terri.

    For our Nov agenda:

    Suggests photos only before 1900 on the site, after 1900 can be on the city's site. We need to come up with a list of pre 1900 pictures. Ralph and Theresa S to collaborate on this project, scanning and creating jpeg files.

    NOTE -- Connection to the History Walk:

    Jack Smith mentioned that AvonhistoryOH.com should have 14 directories for the History Walk to provide a URL for the Quick Response Code (QRC) on each of the 14 displays.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    WHAT: 2015 Lorain County INTERSOCIETY POTLUCK Dinner and Annual Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, November 5th, starting at 5:30 p.m.

    WHERE: CARLISLE VISITORS CENTER (LCMP), Diagonal Road, west of S.R. 301 , between Elyria and LaGrange.

    WHO: Representatives from EVERY Lorain County historical or genealogy group are welcome to join us, and to tell about their organization's 2015 activities and projects.

    Once again, we'll gather together for a potluck dinner (hosted this year by the Sheffield Village Historical Society); then have a Roll Call of each organization, to tell of their recent activities; followed by an entertaining and informative program.

    Each attendee should bring a dish to share, their own place service, and beverage. The host group will provide coffee and other drinks.

    PROGRAM: A PowerPoint presentation and talk given by Dr. CHARLES "EDDIE" HERDENDORF of Sheffield Village, titled "Lorain County's California Gold Rush Heritage" - the story of a group of adventurers from our area who formed the "Buckeye Company" and journeyed overland in 1849 to the California Gold Fields.

    At times amusing, insightful, and heartbreaking, their story is certainly one of determination. The adventure even includes the sinking of a Gold Rush steamship carrying a letter written by one of the 49ers to his family in Sheffield and the story of the ship's recovery 130 years later at a depth of 8,000 feet in the North Atlantic.

    For more info, contact Sarah Nemeth, Office Manager

    Lorain County Historical Society

    440-322-3341 lchs@lchs.org

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    Christmas will be here before we know it. Santa's Elves have been busy getting prepared to host the French Creek Foundation's Annual Santa Stroll and Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.

    These events will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015. This year's activities include, an ice carving demonstration, a model train display, arts and crafts for the kids, a gingerbread house contest, a visit with Santa, live Reindeer, refreshments and much more. The Avon High School Choir will be leading the crowd in Christmas carols.

    December 3 & 4

    Wine Walk

    December 5

    Christmas Candle Light Walk,

    Tree Lighting at the Heritage Square Gazebo,

    and Visit with Santa at the Avon Isle.


    Avon's 2015 Candlelite Walk Schedule

    December 3 - 5, 2015

    Thursday, December 3 - 5pm to 8pm

    "Girl's Nite Out" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!

    For more info, call 440-934-1636


    Friday, December 4 - 6pm to 9pm

    "Date Nite" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!

    For more info, call 440-934-1636


    Saturday, December 5, 2015, the train show at the Avon Isle will start from 2:00pm till about 7:00pm.


    Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Ice carving by David Zajac from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Gazebo. David Zajac is the owner of Arctic Creations at 33434 Jennie Rd., Avon, OH 44011-2040.

    Phone: (440) 937-9339


    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    The Gingerbread House competition will be held on 12-5-15 at the Avon Isle 2pm - 7pm.

    See below for the Gingerbread House entry form


    Saturday, December 5 - 6:00pm

    There will be live reindeer (a photo op) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Avon Isle.


    Saturday, December 5 - 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..

    The parade with Santa will originate at Old Avon Village at 5:00pm, to arrive at the Gazebo about 5:30pm for tree lighting. Avon Isle will be open for visits with Santa and crafts.

    Santa, in his amazing horse drawn sleigh, leads the way to the French Creek Gazebo (corner of Stoney Ridge Road and Detroit Road) starting 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 the Avon Isle.



    Gingerbread House Competition Entry Form

    Make it a great family fun project!

    December 5, 2015 at the Avon Isle 2pm - 7pm

    Display Drop off time is 1pm - 2pm December 6th





    Phone #

    Parent Signature

    Divisional Competition

    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, 2015. Please mail to

    French Creek Foundation c/o


    35651 Detroit Rd.

    Avon, OH 44011

    PH: 440-937-1551

    or email to laurie@diagnosemywealth.com

    Competition Rules:

    This entry form must be completed and submitted by Monday, November 30 2015. Gingerbread house must be set up at Avon Isle, 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 6th. Winners will be announced at Avon Isle during the visit with Santa from 6 - 8 pm, December 5th.

    Houses must be picked up after the visit with Santa, no later than 8pm.

    The overall base size for entries in all categories cannot exceed 18" x 20".

    The French Creek Foundation reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of French Creek Foundation and may be published in the newspapers with write up and winner's names. French Creek Foundation 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


    Information from


    Santa Stroll and Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

    Also known as the Candlelite Walk

    __________ 2015 __________

    December 5, 2015

    Event Locations:

    French Creek District, Avon, Ohio

    Olde Avon Village -- 36840 Detroit Road, Avon (Parking is available at the municipal lot behind the Avon Senior Center, 36784 Detroit Road)

    Heritage Square Gazebo -- Corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge Roads, Avon

    Avon Isle -- 37080 Detroit Road, Avon

    Schedule of Events:

    1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Avon Isle: Drop-Off Entries for Gingerbread Contest

    2:00 - 4:00 PM -- Avon Isle: Holiday Crafts for Children

    2:00 - 8:00 PM -- Avon Isle: Model Train Display

    3:00 - 5:00 PM -- Gazebo: Ice Carving

    3:30 PM -- Olde Avon Village: Avon High School PEP Band, enjoy cocoa and treats by the fire

    4:30 PM -- Olde Avon Village: Elsa & Anna from Frozen, Carolers

    5:00 PM -- Olde Avon Village: Santa Arrives

    5:30 PM -- Olde Avon Village: Santa Stroll to Heritage Square Gazebo

    5:45 - 6:30 PM -- Gazebo: Santa, Carolers, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    6:30 - 8:00 PM -- Avon Isle: Santa & Reindeer, Refreshments, Face Painting by Kindercare, Mini Manicures by Snip-Its. Events:

    Gingerbread House Contest

    Location: Avon Isle

    1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Drop-Off Entries

    2:30 - 3:00 PM -- Judging

    7:00 PM - Winners announced (Winners need not be present.)

    7:30 PM - Contestants must pick-up their Gingerbread Houses by 7:30 PM

    Holiday Crafts for Children

    Sponsors: Michaels & Home Depot

    Location: Avon Isle

    2:00 - 4:00 PM

    Model Train Display by Burning River N Scale Society

    Location: Avon Isle

    2:00 - 8:00 PM

    Arctic Creations Ice Carvings

    Sponsor: Joyce Buick GMC

    Location: Heritage Square Gazebo

    3:00 - 5:00 PM

    Avon High School PEP Band, Enjoy Cocoa and Treats by the Fire

    Location: Olde Avon Village

    3:30 PM

    Elsa & Anna from Frozen / Carolers

    Sponsor: Wealth Health, LLC

    Location: Olde Avon Village

    4:30 PM

    Santa Stroll

    Location: Olde Avon Village to Heritage Square Gazebo

    5:00 PM -- Santa Arrives at Olde Avon Village

    5:30 PM -- Santa Stroll to the Heritage Square Gazebo

    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Location: Heritage Square Gazebo

    5:45 - 6:30 PM -- Carolers, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Santa & His Reindeer

    Location: Avon Isle

    6:30 - 8:00 PM -- Meet and take pictures with Santa and his reindeer.

    Also enjoy refreshments -- Juice Boxes provided by the Avon Historical Society

    Face painting by KinderCare

    Mini manicures by Snip-its


    __________ 2014 __________

    The traditional tree lighting ceremony was held on Saturday, December 5, 2014, preceded by the Santa Stroll, which started at the Olde Avon Village where the children and parents gathered for photos with Santa while Carolers entertained the crowd.

    Santa rode in a horse drawn sleigh to Heritage Square Gazebo for the tree lighting, then made his way to Avon Isle to meet with the hundreds of children awaiting his arrival, while outside children gathered around the two live reindeer that were there for the evening.

    Refreshments were provided and model train displays were presented by Railblazers Model Railroad Club.

    __________ 2011 __________

    The traditional tree lighting ceremony was held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, featuring a new and expanded format. The Santa Stroll started at the Olde Avon Village where the children and parents gathered for photos with Santa while Carolers entertained the crowd.

    As Santa rode in a horse drawn sleigh, the parade proceeded to the Heritage Square Gazebo at the corner of S.R. 611 and Detroit Road for more caroling and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

    The intersection was decorated with holiday wreaths purchased by FCF and installed by Avon's Streets Department. The Police Department escorted the parade.

    The new venue for the "Visit with Santa" was the City operated and renovated Avon Isle! That was the first opportunity for many to see this restored historic building. Refreshments were provided and model train displays were presented by Railblazers Model Railroad Club.

    __________ 2005 __________

    To help kick off the holiday season, Santa arrived in Avon on December 3, 2005, by horse drawn sleigh and made his way down Detroit Road to the Heritage Square Gazebo. Music provided by the Avon High School choir accompanied the tree lighting ceremony.

    After the ceremony, guests were encouraged to make their way across the street to visit with Santa at the Old Town Hall. The tree lighting was a collaborative effort with FCF, the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Historical Society.

    __________ 2004 __________

    The annual Avon Christmas Candlelite Walk sponsored by FCF was held on Friday, December 3, 2004, in the French Creek District.

    Once again, Santa Claus arrived by a horse drawn sleigh to illuminate the lights of the City Christmas Tree. The Avon High School Choir sang holiday carols before the ceremony. FCF, the Avon Lions and the Avon Historical Society helped Santa present children with small gifts at the Old Town Hall of 1871.

    __________ 1999 __________

    Since the completion of the Heritage Square Gazebo in 1999, FCF has been organizing the tree lighting and visit with Santa. Avon's Parks Department puts up the lights and the Avon Garden Club decorates the gazebo. It is truly a community effort for the whole community to enjoy.

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