Our Invitational Student Art Show will be held in April and May, followed by our annual Garage Sale in June. Watch for dates to be announced soon!
2016 Festival of Trees Was Very Successful
Middlefield Historical Society’s 2016 Festival of Trees was a big success, drawing more than five hundred visitors to view dozens of trees and beautiful holiday decorations. While many visitors were local, others came from greater distances – Andover, Aurora, Cleveland, Concord, Eastlake, Jefferson, Lordstown, Mentor, Ravenna, Tallmadge and Warren, to name just a few. The event started off with a bus tour all the way from Washington, Pennsylvania! MHS also hosted a special visit by the third grade classes from Jordak Elementary School, thanks to their teachers and parent volunteers. It was delightful to greet so many old friends and new faces during the two weekends of the event, although snowy weather kept people away the second weekend. A big thank you goes to all the visitors for their kind compliments and generous donations.
Besides celebrating a successful event, Middlefield Historical Society also had the honor of being recognized as 2016 Best Decorated Business by Middlefield Recreation for the outside display. Billie Warren recently presented the award to MHS president Rick Seyer and MHS board members (and festival coordinators) Diana Cathan and Sue Sullivan. (see photo)
MHS Festival of Trees committee worked really hard to create the magic of this special event, so it was very flattering to take the six of the top twelve spots in the People’s Choice vote, starting with the top four. Garnering more than 10% of the vote for first place was Sue Sullivan’s golden angel tree in the dining room. Diana Cathan earned second place with her red, white and blue “God Bless America” tree in the parlor and third place with the purple and neon green tree in the front stairwell. Coming in fourth was Sue Sullivan’s Santa tree in the upstairs bathroom, with sixth place going to the retro tree in the textiles room, a collaboration of Diana Cathan, Jean Toth and Diane Plummer. Topping the non-MHS trees, was Monica McGurer’s fifth place train tree in the reading room, followed by East Geauga Kiwanis, Russell Sly Funeral Home and Best Funeral Home. There was a tenth place tie among Middlefield Recreation Department, Siracki Realty and Sue Sullivan’s elf tree in the upstairs bathroom.
Also participating with trees were Burton-Middlefield Rotary, Cardinal Schools, Flambeau/Duncan Yoyo, Frank Agency, Geauga iSTEM, Gifts for All Seasons, Halstead Furniture, His Daughter, Karl’s Jewelry, Laurie and Heather of Dr. Lenhart’s office, Middlefield Banking Company, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, Middlefield Library, Middlefield Police Department, Middlefield Post, Middlefield Recreation, R Place Grill and MHS president Rick Seyer. Thanks to everyone who participated by bringing a tree. Thanks also to James and Linda Miller, who loaned the cozy fireplace.
MHS board members Sue Sullivan and Diana Cathan coordinated the 2016 Festival of Trees, devoting many, many hours to various aspects of the project, and they greatly appreciate others who gave time and talent to the successful event. Thanks to MHS board members: president Rick Seyer, vice president Don Hunter, secretary Gilberta Town, Gary Best, Rachael Hartman, Kyle Herr, Kathie Jackson and Jean Toth. Thanks to MHS members Jennie Bemberg, Sandy Hunter, Marc Krol, Bonnie Steele and Jack Steele. Thanks to The Depot staff: manager Bill Darpel and the Maddox family. Thanks to others from the community: Father Burkley, Laura Byler, Karen Detweiler, Marian Detweiler, Dave Kiraly, Diane Plummer, Lacey Portman and Cyndle Reese. Many thanks also to Destination Geauga, Dillen Products, John’s Country Nursery, Middlefield Sign Company, Middlefield Village maintenance crew, Middlefield Police Department and the many publications that featured the press release. Special thanks to Mark Nolan for mention of the event on 105.7 radio. If we missed anyone, it was unintentional; MHS still values your contribution!
Congratulations to a visitor from Mantua who won our 50/50 raffle, with the other half and proceeds of poinsettia sales applied to expenses.
The next Festival of Trees will be held in December of 2018. Expect a special celebration then, as the Century Inn, built in 1818, will mark 200 years in 2018! Middlefield Historical Society looks forward to seeing you all again!
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The Centuiry Inn, built by James Thompson in 1818, is the oldest known standing structure in Middlefield. The building is now home to Middlefield Historical Society. The old B&O Railroad depot stands at the northeast corner of the same property. The original depot was built in 1874 and later destroyed by fire. Rebuilt in 191o, it is is now an ice cream store. The Depot features an authentic old-fashioned soda fountain serving hand-dipped ice cream treats during June, July and August. The caboose adjacent to the depot is authentic and formerly plied the local tracks as part of the Baltimore & Ohio trains.