A beautiful autumn morning and the promise of fellowship and food with friends drew a large crowd to the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive, October 5 for the Bicentennial History Fair.
Laura Toth, MCOOA Executive Director, was pleased the on-site construction did not deter visitors from attending this much-anticipated annual activity. Many of those attending have been weekly regulars for at least 20 years, and always look forward to the special events held at the Center.
In addition to a tasty and reasonably priced lunch, guests were able to celebrate the county's bicentennial year viewing historical displays, listen to authentically-costumed actors from "Spirits of the Past" sharing events and activities from the county's rich 200 hundred year history, and enjoy speaker Robert Hyde as he made the history of Medina come to life.
Dressed in beautiful Victorian finery, well-known authority on vintage and antique fashions Laura Loew, president of Lost in the Past, displayed lovely pieces from her collection, while Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln, aka Jerry and Marilyn Payn, shared stories from their life prior to the Civil War.
Artist/author Judy Totts displayed her beautiful, intricately detailed Ukranian eggs, and Jane Dew, from the Medina County Beekeeper's Association, showed guests how to roll colorful craft wax into candles. The association, which honors A.I Root as the father of modern day beekeeping, promotes this skill through classes and educational presentations for schools, clubs, and organizations.
Popular entertainers Jim Gill and The Riley Calcago Duo took turns singing for the crowd, including some timely baseball songs to cheer on the Cleveland Indians.
Representatives from the Medina County District Library, Lauren Kuntzman, Brunswick Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Danielle Shaffstall, and several other service organization representatives were available for answering questions
The three hour event wrapped up with several guests receiving door prizes.