February 2016 News

March 21st 7:30 p.m. - "French and Indian War"

"French and Indian War"  with John Sykes as guest speaker on March 21st at 7:30 p.m. Program is open to the public, free of charge. It is at Station Five, Conneaut Lake Park Fire Hall, which is smoke-free and handicapped accessible. 
 Conneaut Lake Cuisine
We will once again host our annual Conneaut Lake Cuisine on May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Station 5. Tickets are now on sale by calling 337-6377 (Jane Smith) or at The Berry Basket, Water Street, Conneaut Lake. To date, we have 16 vendors and hope to add at least two or four more. Tickets are $14 and are limited. When group of six or more are ordered, tables will be reserved.

Announcement of the restaurants participating will be announced as soon as we have the final word from those who have not yet responded. 

This is always a fun event to "sample" some of the goodies that our local restaurants and food vendors have to offer -- while supporting the society at the same time.

 Paddle Fest
We will hold our inaugural Conneaut Lake Paddle Fest on Sunday, Aug. 14. It will be held at Fireman's Beach with registration starting at 7 a.m. followed by the race at 9 a.m. Kayaks will race from the beach to Wolf Island and back to the beach -- about three miles in total.

Preregistration will be available in the near future. We hope this will become an annual event. If you know of kayakers who would like to participate, please spread the word. If you don't kayak, please come and support and cheer on the participants!  There is no charge to the public to attend. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Watch for more information on our Face Book and in The Meadville Tribune and Community News as final plans are made. More information will be posted her on this Web page next month as well.

 Car Cruise
Our annual Conneaut Lake Car Cruise-in is set for July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum at 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake. Registration is only $5 and will begin at 9 a.m. or you can pre-register by contacting Chuck Groger at 382-8722 or sending information to him at Box 77, Harmonsburg, Pa., 16442.

We will start the Liberty the Second at noon that day and the museum will be open all day. Refreshments also will be available to purchase! Come and joy the festivities -- free of charge!
 Woolly Mammoth Race Canceled
The historical society has decided to abandon our Woolly Mammoth race. We have not had the response in the number of runners in recent years and may face an issue with a location in the future, so we have decided to eliminate the 5-K race for our fundraisers at this time.

We thank all those who have participated and appreciate the support.

New Exhibits
We will have several new exhibits at the museum this year.
One will feature the life-size Indian which once was at Conneaut Lake High School. It will be a feature of a new Indian exhibit with history of the Indians from the area. Conneaut School Board donated the Indian to the society! 

We also will have some items from the Blue Streak and a display about the Barbara J.
Each year will try to have new displays so people can see something different.
Please spread the word and come and view the exhibits.
The museum will open on May 7 and be open 2 to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday after that.

 2016 Calendar Available
Our new 2016 historical society calendar is now available. It includes 18 8 by 10 inch photographs – all suitable for framing.
The cover is an aerial shot of Conneaut Lake which features Fireman’s Beach on the left and Ice House Park docks on the bottom. 
The 12 months feature Conneaut Lake Park’s Merry Go Round and the Tumble Bug – both historic rides; three historic businesses, Silver Shores, Mama Bear’s and the Wayside Inn; two other aerials—the new community hall and a street scape of Conneaut Lake; the red flares which lit up the town on July 4th; a beautiful photograph of the colorful community garden; a “blue moon” over Conneaut Lake, a car cruise shot and a shot from the wooden boat show.
Cost is only $10 plus tax. They are available at the museum on Saturday and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. and at Timberland Frame and Floral as well as on-line in our gift shop. (Add shipping for on-line orders). 
We also will be at Pumpkin Fest and if there are any left, we will have them at our Christmas open house the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
They make delightful gifts that are unique! 
Pictures now Available
The board has voted to allow reprints of any picture in our museum. Cost is $1 for 4 by 6; $3 for 5 by 7; and $5 for 8 by 10. Stop at the museum and check out our vast array of pictures. Larger sizes may be ordered as well.
Our 2015 and 2016 calendars have 13 8 by 10 colored pictures – all suitable for framing once the month is over. They are a mixture of pictures – some old and some new.Each has scenes as well as photographs at Conneaut Lake Park and local businesses. 

New Christmas Ornament is Here
Our new Christmas ornament is now available. It is made by Wendell August Forge and shows the Barbara J boat on front with the year 2015 engraved on he back. It is very pretty. If you don’t want to use it as an ornament, we have a small stand that you can purchase to display it. The ornament is $20 and the stand,$5.Of course, you have to add 6 percent tax.
They are available on in our gift shop on line, at the museum or at Timberland Frame and Gallery on Route 18, Conneaut Lake.
They are a nice way to recapture a memory of a boat ride on the Barbara J and all the fun shared with others.
 Auction Successful
Our auction also was a success – despite the hot, hot weather and competing events for the day. 
Our own C. Sherman Allen was volunteer auctioneer. He always does such a great job and his personality certainly added to the event. We thank him for donating his time, but he tells us as a member he enjoys doing it. 
We express thanks to the following businesses who donated new items for the auction:Red Barn Gallery, Armstrong Cable, Jeron Jewelers, Ralston’s Hardware, Van Tuil’s Photo, Whispering Pines Golf Course  and Wendell August Forge.We also appreciate our members and others who donated good used items for the auction.
 Norman Rockwell Plates
While the auction was a success, we didn’t sell all the Norman Rockwell plates which had been donate to us. We have 125 plates left – all but two of which are in original boxes.
If you know somebody who collects plates or wants to purchase one, please contact Jane Smith at 337-6377 and she can tell you what plates we have. We have many of different themes, with a complete set.
Calendars for 2015 Available
We have a limited number of 2015 calendars still available. They include 13 different photographs of the Conneaut Lake area, including December’s which is one of the 2014 lighted Christmas trees around Conneaut Lake.
You can order from our gift shop or if local, call Jane Smith at 337-6377 or email at grandmagjane@zoominternet.net. They make a nice gift or something for yourself! Cost is only $10 and 60 cents tax.