Medina County Home & Garden Show
Are you ready for spring? It’s time to begin to think about your gardens, planning what you will plant, how to design that patio, or how to re-design your yard for the best looking home in the neighborhood. If you want to think spring and get a jump on your summer outdoor plans, then it is time to come to the Medina County Home & Garden Show. This year’s show will be held Friday, March 26th, Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, 2010. The show will be at the Community Center at the Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd (Rte 42), Medina, OH 44256.
Show hours are Friday, March 26, 2010 1pm-8pm; Saturday, March 27, 2010 10am-6pm and Sunday, March 28, 2010 11am-4pm. Admission will be $5.00 for adults, children ages 12 and under are free. Seniors, ages 60 and over, will be admitted for $3.00 on Friday, March 26th only.
The show will have vendors from all types of businesses including garden centers, landscape designers, landscapers, interior designers, home repair and more. There will be flower beds, gardens, garden walks and patios on display. Plan on attending one of the presentations and make some time and enjoy the entertainment. Schedule is on-site.
March is Maple Syrup Month
Chatham VFW Pancake Breakfast
March means spring is on its way and spring means it is maple syrup time. Do you like pancakes and fresh maple syrup? Then get yourself over to the Chatham VFW Hall at 6299 Avon Lake Rd any weekend in March for a pancake breakfast. Well, more than breakfast as they serve pancakes during the day. It is all-you-can-eat pancakes plus great sausage and a beverage. The times are every Saturday and Sunday in March from the 6th until the 28th. Hours are Saturday’s 12noon until 6pm and Sunday’s 9am until 3pm. Prices are $6.50 for adults, seniors 60+ is $6.00 and $3.50 for children under 12. Be prepared to possibly stand in line as there are no reservations and with mouth-watering pancakes and sausage, there are always people eating; but it is worth the wait.
The pancake breakfast got its start in the 30’s on Ernest Packard’s farm. The VFW took over the tradition in the 60’s and continues to host is today. The pancake flour and the maple syrup are made locally and the proceeds are used for upkeep and maintenance on local ball fields, to purchase flags for local schools and to support 4-H and scouting. Plan your weekend around a great meal and head over to Chatham for the VFW Pancake Breakfast.
March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour
Another great stop for maple syrup is at Maple Valley Farm on March 13 & 14, 2010 and March 20 & 21, 2010. Maple Valley Farm is a fourth and fifth generation producer of maple syrup and they will be a part of the “2010 March Maple Madness” drive-it-yourself tour which is being hosted by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and maple producers across Ohio. Maple Valley Farms will also have tours of their dairy barns, a chance to see calves and hayrides back to the woods. The farm is located at 8701 Hubbard Valley Rd in Guilford Township near Seville, Ohio.
The March Maple Madness drive-it-yourself tour of selected maple sugaring operations will be free and open to the public 10am until 5pm. This is a great day for the family to get out and learn where maple syrup comes from and how it is made. For more information and all of the stops, visit www.ohiomapleproducersassociation.com. Dress for the weather; boots and outerwear are a must.
2009 Photo Contest Winners
Stop by the Medina County Visitors Bureau office at 32 Public Square to see the winning photos and the other great entries from our 2009 Photo Contest. The photos will be display until the end of March.
The 2009 winners are:
Professional Category: 1st Place-Eric Daiber (Crème de la Crème), 2nd Place-Eric Daiber (Kelly’s Choice), Honorable Mention-Eric Daiber (Pumping Adrenaline).
Amateur Ages 18-24 Category: 1st Place-Corey Bland (I’ve Got You).
Amateur Ages 25-40 Category: 1st Place-Jeffrey Heaton (American Flags at Sunset), 2nd Place –Jeffrey Heaton (Twilight Christmas Gazebo), Honorable Mention-Jeffrey Heaton (Mica Cap Mushrooms).
Amateur Ages 41+ Category: 1st Place-Bill Saettel (Serenity), 2nd Place-Bill Konas (The Old Barn), 3rd Place-Susie Bland (On the Wings of Justice), Honorable Mention-Mary Breiner (Ohio Farm).
People’s Choice went to Bill Saettel (Serenity).
Best of Show went to Annette Miller (Winter White Out).
To be a part of the 2010 Photo Contest, contact the Bureau at 1.800.860.2943, stop in the office or e-mail us at email@example.com for the 2010 contest guidelines and registration form. Photos will be due on August 13, 2010 this year and will be on display at the bureau’s office starting on August 28th during Main Street Medina’s International Fest.
Buzzards of Hinckley
In 1957 – 53 years ago, Walter Nawalaniec, ranger for Cleveland Metropolitan Park System (now known as Cleveland Metroparks), told a newspaper reporter that on March 15 he had witnessed for six straight years the turkey vultures returning to Hinckley Reservation. The Cleveland Press printed the story on February 15, 1957, and one month later on March 15 at 2 p.m. the first buzzard was spotted by 9,000 buzzard enthusiasts. Since then, over a hundred-thousand visitors have witnessed the return of the buzzards to Hinckley Reservation.
2010 is not different, join Cleveland Metroparks on Monday, March 15th for the Annual Return of the Buzzards at the Buzzard Roost in Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley Township starting at 7 a.m. until the first buzzard is spotted.
Grab the binoculars and search the skies with Cleveland Metroparks “Official Buzzard Spotter” Bob Hinkle (Cleveland Metroparks Chief of Outdoor Education) to welcome these remarkable birds back to Greater Cleveland. Visitors from far and wide, armed with cameras and, most importantly, a sense of humor, flock to the Buzzard Roost in Hinckley Reservation to await the official spotting of the season’s first buzzard (turkey vulture) –but, just remember – “no one spots a buzzard ‘til the “Official Buzzard Spotter” spots one first.”
Turkey vultures, Cathartes aura (or “buzzards”), are considered birds of prey, but they are primarily scavengers and not hunters. Buzzards feed on carcasses of small to large animals. They usually hunt at altitudes of 200 feet or less, but have been observed in their northward migration flying as high as 5,000 feet. The buzzard’s elongated beak lacks the powerfully-decurved hook typical of other birds of prey, and their legs and feet are relatively weak. A buzzard weighs between 3 to 6 pounds and their wingspan can be up to 6 feet. Buzzards can live as long as 20 years.
And, help celebrate the turkey vultures’ return at the Buzzard Sunday! event on Sunday, March 21 at Hinckley Reservation’s Buzzard Roost from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The free event features a buzzard scoreboard, naturalist-led hikes, live bird programs, musical entertainment, storytelling, displays and exhibits, Buzzard Bingo games for kids, bus tours of Hinckley Reservation, EarthWords Nature Shop with unique buzzard-related merchandise, refreshments, and more!
The Buzzard Roost is located at the corner of State Road and West Drive in Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley Township. For more information on Cleveland Metroparks buzzard-related activities, call 440.526.1012 or 216.635.3200, or visit clevelandmetroparks.com
Plus, the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce hosts a pancake breakfast and art/craft show as part of the Buzzard Sunday! festivities also on March 21 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hinckley Elementary School (Route 303, east of Route 94 in Hinckley Township). For more information on the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce activities, call 330.278.2066.
Be a witness to the first sign of spring with the return of the buzzards back to Hinckley Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks – part of your life, naturally.
Re-print of Press Release from Cleveland Metroparks dated February 26 2010
Annual Buzzard Day Pancake Breakfast and Craft Show
The Annual Buzzard Day Pancake Breakfast and Craft Show will by Sunday, March 21st at Hinckley Elementary School, 1586 Center Rd in Hinckley. Serving times will be 7am to 2:30pm; price for adults is $6 and children 10 and under will be $4. Festivities include a pancake breakfast which is always great; sometimes the line is so long it will snake down the hallways. The volunteers will make about 12,000 pancakes and over 700 pounds of sausage. The proceeds will go back into the community. This event is sponsored by the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 330.278.2066.
Brunswick Area Historical Society
On the 4th of March in 1815, Brunswick’s first family of permanent settlers traveled from Connecticut to our then nameless township in the wilds of the Western Reserve. Seeking a better life for themselves, Solomon Deming, his wife Roxanna and his brother Frederick, built two crude log cabins for their families in that early spring. In the following summer, a number of pioneering families joined the Demings in the fledgling settlement – the Tillotsons, Hulets, Chapin’s, Stearns’ and Bogues. Within a year or two, other families by the name of Freese, Blood, Ward, Stebbins, Thayer, Stow, Root, Clark and Berdan followed suit. In the earliest years of the farming community, education and religion was a high priority. Schools and churches were organized at an early stage. The first public school in the community opened in 1817. One of the oldest Methodist Churches in all of the Western Reserve was organized in Brunswick in April, 1817. Congregationalists soon followed by organizing a church two years later. With the families of Brunswick expectant of a bright future after firmly establishing pivotal institutions of American civilization – churches and schools – the community organized its first form of government. On April 6, 1818 the nineteen legal voters of the township elected its first trustees, treasurer and other officers.
Since the first settlers arrived, the Brunswick community embodied the typical Western Reserve farming community where families, faith, education and democratic government are its greatest treasures. The Brunswick Area Historical Society seeks to honor and preserve an appreciation for those time-honored traditions.
Ownership History of Heritage Farm: 1817-purchased by David Berdan, son Abraham and Sarah Harvey Berdan, first recorded farm residents; 1870-William and Rachel Berdan Pitkin; 1887-George and Julia Behner Tibbits; 1940-Peter and Mary Walter Groening; 1995-City of Brunswick. Heritage Farm is a typical 1860’s small Ohio farm from a time when horse power was the way a farm was worked. Step back in time with us and experience a simpler time when the entire family worked together to sustain life. The farm museum is a work in progress and much remains to be done. The Historical Society welcomes your participation and membership.
World Tour of Music Concert Series
The fourth concert of the series will feature Modern Gospel, The Prayer Warriors on Saturday, April 3, 2010. The concert is held at Broadway Hall, 144 N. Broadway in Medina. Curtain is 8:00pm; doors will open 30 minutes prior and all seating is general admission. For ticket information call 330.952.0910 or visit www.mainstreetmedina.com.
“Inspirational Groove” comes to Medina as this gospel choir takes you on a virtual tour of everything from R&B, jazz, funk and gospel. You will be in for an explosive treat as this dynamic ensemble brings you hits from the Staple Singers, Temptations, O’Jays and Stevie Wonder, along with their original songs. Accompanied by their very own four-piece rhythm section (The Thunder Band), this Cleveland-based group is in high demand and has performed with Diana Ross, Foreigner, Josh Groban and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Events in February, 2010
21 Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Hawks-Predators of the Sky, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 3pm, ages 7+, 330.722.9364.
Medina Flea Market, Community Ctr at the Fairgrounds, 6am-3pm, admission, 330.948.4300.
23 Gathering of the Ohio Natural Fiber Network, Places in Time Farm & Fiber Arts Studio, Seville, 12noon-3pm, call 330.410.4680 to register.
24 Open Mic, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, 330.336.5557.
26 Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring Ryan Humbert, 330.336.5557.
26,27 Polar Bear Camp, held at North Park, Brunswick, Fri 5pm to Sat 11am, fee per family, call 330.273.8000 to register.
27 Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring Rachel Wearsch & The Beatnik Playboys, 330.336.5557.
Family Night Concert: Woodland Melodies with Bud Preston, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 7-8:30pm, 330.722.9364.
Victorian Calling Cards Class, 1-4pm, fee, visit lostinthepast.com for information and to register.
Moon Walk, Allardale, 8pm, 330.722.9364.
28 Photographers of the Park Club, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 3pm, 330.722.9364.
Events in March, 2010
5 Fish Fry, Spencer Town Hall, Spencer, 5-7pm, sponsored by Spencer Historical Society, fee, 330.648.2677.
Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring May Andrews, 330.336.5557.
6 Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring Randy Fehler & Jan Hammond, 330.336.5557.
7 Exotic Bird Fair Expo, Community Ctr at the Fairgrounds, 10am-4pm, 419.685.2412.
Susan Hambley Nature Center Open House, Noon-5pm, 330.722.9364.
11 Environmental Speaker Series: Magnificent Monsters of the Ice Age: Mastodons, Muskox and Short-faced Bears…Oh My!, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 7pm, ages 10+, 330.722.9364.
11,12 “O’Malley”, Williams on the Lake, dinner and show, call 330.722.6766 for ticket information.
12 Fish Fry, Spencer Town Hall, Spencer, 5-7pm, sponsored by Spencer Historical Society, fee, 330.648.2677.
High School Academic Challenge Tournament, Medina County University Center, Medina, 8am-2pm, 330.723.6393 x130.
Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, 330.336.5557.
13 Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Foundation Black Tie Event, The Galaxy Restaurant, Wadsworth, 6pm-11pm, admission.
Kiwanis Club Craft Fair, Brunswick Rec Ctr, Brunswick, 9am-3pm, 216.570.8201.
Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring Songwriter in the Round, 330.336.5557.
Spring Tropical Fish & Supplies Auction, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Medina, registration 10am-1pm, auction starts at 12noon, 330.334.1447 or 330.225.0709.
13,14 March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour, various county’s, 10am-5pm, tour maps available Feb 1 at www.ohiomapleproducerassociation.com, 440.834.1415.
Medina Gun Show, Community Ctr at the Fairgrounds, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-3pm, admission, 330.948.4400.
14 Introduction to the Digital Darkroom, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 1-4pm, ages 16+, fee, call 330.722.9364 to register.
15 Annual Return of the Buzzards, Buzzard Roost, Hinckley Reservation, 7am, 216.635.3200.
16 Medina County Writers Club, Medina Library, 7:30-9:30pm, 330.435.6269.
18 Environmental Speaker Series: Hippos: Natural History and Conservation, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 7pm, ages 10+, 330.722.9364.
Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, featuring Ryan Humbert, 330.336.5557.
19 Fish Fry, Spencer Town Hall, Spencer, 5-7pm, sponsored by Spencer Historical Society, fee, 330.648.2677.
Live Music, Sonnet’s, Wadsworth, 7:30pm, 330.336.5557.
20 Middle School Academic Challenge Tournament, Medina County University Center, Medina, 8am-1pm, 330.723.6393 x135.
CAA Astronomy Presentation Series: Looking Up at Tonight’s Sky, Wolf Creek Environmental Ctr, 8pm, ages 10+, call 330.722.9364 to register.
20,21 March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour, various county’s, 10am-5pm, tour maps available Feb 1 at www.ohiomapleproducerassociation.com, 440.834.1415.
21 Buzzard Sunday!, Buzzard Roost, Hinckley Reservation, 216.635.3200.
Buzzard Day Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair, Hinckley Elementary School, Hinckley, 7am-2pm, 330.278.2066.
Medina Flea Market, Community Ctr at the Fairgrounds, 6am-3pm, admission, 330.948.4300.
26 Fish Fry, Spencer Town Hall, Spencer, 5-7pm, sponsored by Spencer Historical Society, fee, 330.648.2677.
Victorian Hairwork Craft Class, 1-4pm, fee, visit lostinthepast.com for details and to register.
27 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, call 330.225.5576 for reservations.
Nature Photography Seminar, 1-3pm, ages 16+, call 330.558.6835 to reserve your spot.