April 2017 News
Next Meeting: Monday May 15th 7:30 p.m. - "Conneaut Lake Park's 125 Years of History"
"Conneaut Lake Park's 125 Years of History," by Chuck Groger and Jean Shanley. Most people know the significant history of the park, but some of the unusual and obscure history will be presented as well. 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.
Our second annual Paddle Fest (kayak race) is set for Sunday, Aug.6.
General Info: Check in will begin at 7 a.m. Participants will pull into Fireman's Beach and drop off their kayak. You will be directed to parking. You will then return to check in area to receive packet of info and wait for start of race at 9 a.m.
Course: An approximate 3-mile course will depart from Fireman's Beach, progress north along the west side of the lake, and return to Fireman's Beach.
Safety: All participants are required to bring their own kayaks, paddles, life jackets (type 3 personal flotation devices required to be worn during the race) and whistles. Participants must be at least 14 years old. If you are under 18, you must . be accompanied by a parent. All participants will be required to sign a waiver at check in.
Family Fun: This will be an event where families and spectators are welcome to join the participants at Fireman's Beach by cheering them on, enjoying the music, food, our beautiful lake and our charming town. Other events in the area will be held for your enjoyment including Conneaut Lake Area Historical Museum tours.
Registration: Due to the logistics of the race, we strongly encourage pre-registration. Deadline for pre-registration will be July 17, 2017. We will receive registration the day of the even as space permits.
We held our 16th annual Conneaut Lake Cuisine, which was very successful -- thanks to our many food vendors and those who buy the tickets.
We introduced two new vendors this year -- Zest Kitchen and Pantry (located at the old Fairway 12 Motel) and the Original Strudel Factory in downtown Conneaut Lake. Casey's Candie's and Ice Cream, who has been there every year, couldn't make it this year as they aren't open yet, so Yorkie's Grill and Custard provided ice cream this year!
Several of the vendors who had skipped the cuisine for a few years were back including Walt's Tavern, Station 3, King's Family Restaurant and Hotel Conneaut.
Also back were the"faithful" ones, who have been there every year and others who have been there for at least 10 of the 15 years. Those who have been there every year include: Miller's Food (except the year they were closed because of the fire), Silver Shores Restaurant, Livingston's Quality Meats, Station 5, Pizza Joe, Ghost of Mama Bear's, Crawford County Dairy Princess and Yuen's Chinese Garden. Others who have joined us over the years and happily returned are: Saegertown Beverage, Sherry's Distributors, Lakeside Sweets and the Downtown Mall Bistro.
Two other of the "faithful" didn't make it this year, but we hope they will be back next year: Zatsick's Golden Dawn and Sheetz.
We are so appreciative of the support of all the above businesses who never hesitate when we call and it allows us to show the community what our area has to offer. We had a wonderful array of food and drinks and everything was delicious and well received.
Please support the above businesses and tell them thank you on our behalf. The cuisine is our biggest fundraiser of the year -- raising 10 percent of our annual budget. Without the support of these businesses, we could not operate our museum. (Our annual budget is more than $30,000.)
If your favorite restaurant or business is not on the list, it is not because they weren't asked.
We have a new event coming up -- an historic walk from Ice House Park to the museum. It is tentatively set for June 10 with Col.(Ret.) David White as the tour guide. He tells of the history of the area, the county, state and nation as the walk proceeds up Water Street.
Advance registration will be requested at a cost of only $3. Watch for further updates on our Face Book page and in The Meadville Tribune and Community News. (We only update our Web site once a month so it will be too late by the June update for details.)
We also are planning a house tour, featuring homes in Conneaut Lake Park. Nancy Manning is chairman and Bob Disko is cochairman. Date is July 22.
Watch for announcements as plans progress.
Conneaut Lake Park Anniversary Party
Conneaut Lake Park will be 125 years old this year and as a way to kick off the 2017 season, the park is holding a dance May 20 (Saturday) at Hotel Conneaut featuring the music of Tom Todd's Dance Party with a "Trip to Buffetville."
Doors will open at 6 p.m.followed by the dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Special food will be available to purchase and there will be a cash bar.
To help celebrate this special birthday, the historical society will offer cake and ice cream for a donation of $2. We also will have a display of various Conneaut Lake Park memorabilia.,.
Tickets are only $10 and available at Hotel Conneaut, The Crawford County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Berry Basket, the society's museum (on weekends starting April 29) or by calling Debbie Bearley at 412- 628-9938 or Jane Smith at 814-337-6377.
The event is sponsored by Friends of Conneaut Lake Park and Hotel Conneaut and proceeds will go to Conneaut Lake Park. Smith said if you don't dance, come and enjoy the music and have a great evening!
As you know, the park was founded in 1892and boast the historical Blue Streak, Tumble Bug, Kiddieland and pony track as well as the hotel,which is a beautiful site for weddings and special occasions as well as a place for great food and entertainment.
The society is excited to be a part of this special event and hopes you can join us.
We need volunteers to help keep our society going. Volunteers are needed for all types of services from being tour guides, raising funds, cleaning, serving refreshments at meeting, assisting with special fundraisers as well as painting and other types of maintenance.
Everyone has a talent -- or a special interest -- and we can use all of those talents.
If you can give an hour or two (or more), please contact President Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.
You will find us a friendly bunch and we welcome everybody to join us as we work to preserve our history for the future.
Ads for Sale
If you are a business owner -- or know of a business owner-- who might like to advertise in our newsletter, please let us know.
Business card ads are only $10 an issue or $25 for all three issues we publish a year. The newsletters are sent to 350 members (and their spouses) and are a way to get your name out there --and to help offset some of the costs of publishing the newsletter.
You may contact Greg Hindle at 382-7427 or Jane Smith, newsletter editor, at 337-6377 or send your business card and check to Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society, P.O.Box 425, Conneaut Lake, 16316.
Deadline for May issue is May 2. Thanks in advance for your support.
Skee Ball Game
Do you remember playing Skee Ball at Conneaut Lake Park? Well our museum now has one of the original Skee Ball machines and it is operational.
When you stop at the museum, check it out.There is no cost to play -- but you also get nothing as a "prize.'
It's just a fun game to bring back memories!
Our museum will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29.Hours will be 2 to 5 p.m.each Saturday and Sunday.
Special appointments can be made by calling Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841 or Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722.
Our annual Conneaut Lake Car Cruise-in will be Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at the museum grounds 150 N.Third St., Conneaut Lake.
Registration fee is $5 and my be made by calling Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722. Prizes awarded are: Best of Show and People's Choice as well as various door prizes for registered car owners.
The Liberty the Second boat engine will be started at noon. Refreshments will be available to purchase and the museum will be open.
We will once again sell tickets for a pig starting at the cuisine on May 1.
Ticket prices vary from one cent to $5.Only 500 are sold
The price is underneath a flap and you buy the ticket and open it up to see the price.
It's a fun raffle and you could win a pig.Livingston's Quality Meats provides the pig and as a contribution cuts it to the winner's desire and wraps it.
We are thankful for the support this raffle has had over the past few years. Bill Lippert has been chairman and now has relinquished those duties to Dale Pysher. Dale will be at various places selling the tickets throughout the summer.
As soon as all 500 are sold, the winner will be chosen!
We have had several requests for hoodies, so we have added those to our gift shop.
They have Conneaut Lake inscribed on the front. They are very nice material and look very nice.
Cost is $25.
We also have them available with a zipper front at a cost of $30.
You can special order whatever color you would like! We have a supply of various colors and sizes at the museum but if we don't have your size,let us know!
They can be ordered on-line here.
New Tour Contact
After many many years of being the contact person to arrange special tours, George Rutherford has given up that task. He will lead tours, just has too many things on his mind and often forgot to go down so asked the board to name somebody new!
Anyone wishing to arrange a special tour may now contact Julia Catalano at 724-9841 or Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722.
We still have some 2015 and 2016 calendars -- both featuring some great pictures -- available.
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.
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