Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May, in 2009 this falls on May 25th. This day of remembrance was formerly known as Decoration Day. The intent of this holiday is to commemorate U.S. men and women who have died while giving military service to their country. This day was enacted in order to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. The date is significant in that it is celebrated close to the reunification day which came shortly after the civil war ended.
After World War I this was changed to include American casualties of any war or other military action. Originally the idea was to visit the graves of fallen soldiers, and cover their grave site with spring flowers and other decorations. With Memorial Weekend coming up residents from all over Geauga County are anticipating the Memorial Day events in our community. There is an extensive list of Memorial Day cemetery services all across the county. There are also a handful of other activities, and a few festivals planned for that weekend in Geauga County.
One of Geauga County’s really interesting activities is the Civil Was encampment, held annually at the Geauga County Historical society’s “Century Village”. This is a small settlement style village with buildings and other things from around the area of some historical value. A complete Civil War encampment transforms Century Village for the Memorial Day weekend.
The Century Village grounds are covered with characters wearing authentic period dress, all “living” at the encampment. You can see them doing things the exact same way they were done way back in time, even before we invented electricity! There is also a Civil War Re-Enactment. Dates of this event are: Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2009 10 am to 5 pm Century Village is maintained by the Geauga County Historical Society, they can be reached at: 440.834.1492 or go to their website: www.geaugahistorical.org
An important stop while you are at Century Village is the Crossroads Store, which is a museum and market for the Century Village Museum. You can Visit the Crossroads Store while you are at the re-enactment. The store on the museum grounds boasts unique pottery, charming linens, products made by local Historical Artisans, and herbal soaps. They continuously have a supply of their own maple syrup, famous apple butter, and specialty jams. You can even have an ice cream and refreshing cold soda before you head home. http://www.geaugahistorical.org/store.php
One of the largest festivals of the season is the “Blossom Time Festival” where you can meet with friends, family, and neighbors in a small town atmosphere, and enjoy the spring flowers and trees in full bloom. The Blossom Time Festival takes place in the Chagrin Falls Riverside Park, and is hosted by the Chagrin Valley Jaycees. At this time of year Chagrin Falls is transformed into a warm, inviting place to spend some time having fun.
The Blossom Time Festival consists of eating junk food, live music every night, enjoying the carnival rides, and playing the carnival games at the festival. Once you have had plenty of fun at the carnival, you can walk through this small town enjoying all types of regular dining and shopping in this small village which boasts a number of unique restaurants and shops. One local favorite is the Popcorn shop situated almost directly over the falls. http://www.chagrinfallspopcorn.com/
Also seek out “Dave’s Cosmic Subs” you most certainly will not regret making this stop! http://www.davescosmicsubs.com/Daves_Cosmic_Subs/Home.html
When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 22nd – 24th. Where: Riverside Park and throughout Chagrin Falls Village What: Food, Rides, and Games (Every Day) Annual Parade Sunday 2:00pm Blossom Time Race Sunday morning 7am Hot Air Balloon Race Sunday 8:00am. For more information: http://www.cvjc.org/
The Chagrin River runs right through the center of town, and there is a small waterfall that is very picturesque.
So be sure to bring your appetite, and a camera!
St. Anselm Church Festival: Live music, food, entertainment, rides, vendors. Festival is located at: 13013 Chillicothe Road Chesterland Ohio, in between Mayfield and Cedar roads. Admission is Free, rides are extra. contact organizers at: 440-729-9575.
This huge festival boasts four nights of live entertainment with no cover charge! The acts booked for this year’s festival: Revolution Pie, which is a Beatles tribute band, Stone Pony, tribute to Bruce Springsteen, and Southside Johnny, plus their special guest; Stage Pass, which is a tribute to the music of local band and musician Michael Stanley. Paul Fayrewether, with special guest Change Your Evil Ways, a tribute to the music of Carlos Santana. A group named; Ohio, with special guest the Alan Greene Band. http://www.stanselm.org/festival_information.htm
Amusement rides and games by Bates Amusements. Ride passes Thurs and Fri $12, early Sat and Sun $10, late Sat and Sun $12 or all day pass $18; Monte Carlo nightly 7pm- midnight featuring Blackjack, Texas Hold ’em, Let-it-Ride; variety of homemade ethnic foods; Chinese Auction featuring many items including a Wii package and a golf super basket; Instant Bingo; Cleveland Browns’ Regular Season ticket raffle; Cornhole Tournaments Saturday and Sunday; 5th Annual Corvette Raffle www.saintanselmcorvetteraffle.com
GEAUGA COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY PARADES AND SERVICES
Auburn Township: Parade, 9 a.m., from Auburn School to Maple Shade Cemetery for the laying of a wreath, prayers, and reading of names in memory of area military personnel who have served the country. Procession will then go to Shadyside Cemetery for a brief service and the raising of military flags.
Bainbridge Township: Parade, 1l:30 am., from Bainbridge Commons to Restland Cemetery for services.
Burton Village Gazebo, Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 Memorial Day Service, Monday, May 25, 2009 11 am Followed by Open House at the Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton 440-834-8764
Chardon: American Legion Post 167 and VFW Post 6519 will conduct services at Rider Cemetery, 8 a.m., the Protestant Cemetery, 8:15 a.m., both on Ohio 44; Larned Cemetery, 8:30 a.m. on King Memorial Highway, and at 9 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery on Auburn Road. At 10 a.m., a service in the Park School Auditorium on Chardon Square. After the services, a wreath will be laid at the Court House War Memorial. Marchers will go to the Chardon Cemetery for a service at the Civil War Memorial, then to All Veterans Memorial Park for closing ceremonies.
Catholic cemetery services in the Geauga County area; Monday May 25th Chardon: All Souls Cemetery, 10366 Chardon Road
Chester Township: Services, 10 a.m., at Chester Cemetery on Ohio 306.
Claridon Township: Parade, 9 a.m., from the former Claridon Elementary School to East Claridon Cemetery for services. Parade returns to the elementary school. Services follow at Claridon Center Cemetery, next to City Hall.
Hambden Township: Parade, 9 a.m., from the Hambden Plaza, U. S. 6 and Ohio 166, to Hambden Congregational Church for a brief service, then to Veterans Memorial in Hambden Township Park for services.
Huntsburg Township: Parade, 11:30 a.m., from the old elementary school on Madison Road to Huntsburg Memorial Park at Ohio 322 and Ohio 528 for services.
Munson Township: Services, 8:30 a.m., at the Maple Hill Cemetery, 13480 Auburn Road (Auburn and Butternut roads).
Newbury Township: Services, 8:30 a.m., South Newbury Cemetery; Services, 10:30 a.m. at Newbury School Auditorium. Parade 11:30 a.m. to Center Cemetery for services.
So get out there over the Memorial Day weekend, and honor our fallen soldiers on their very special day!