Walk with History during Medina’s 19th Annual “Spirits of the Past”


Fascinating characters from local history will be waiting to greet you during a walk around Medina’s Public Square area on September 11, 12 and 13, 2014.  Audiences will be guided to different locations around the Medina Square where actors will entertain them with lively stories about early Medina.

Audiences will learn about Captain Wolf, a Native American who lived in the Medina area in the early 1800’s; and will hear four gentlemen “toasting the virtues of Medina” during a July 4th celebration in 1821.  Three temperance ladies, who lead the charge for a “dry Medina”, tell what they did in 1874 to pass an ordinance against the evils of alcohol.  Additional scenes involve O. N. Leach, proprietor of a local haberdasher, and the humorous story of a price war involving another retail merchant; learn about the experiences of a free black man, a popular barber at the American Hotel on the square; and an early telephone operator will share the “sneaky things going on” in 1901 as telephone lines were just being installed.

A special highlight of the event is a performance and Afternoon Tea at Miss Molly’s Tea Room on Sunday afternoon, September 14 at 2 p.m. The cost of this event is $23. and reservations are required: 330-725-6830.
Thurs., Sept. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Advanced Purchase: Adults- $5., children 12 and under- $2.  Purchase from Ormandy’s, 10 Public Square.
Event Day: Adults- $6., Children 12 and under- $3.  Purchase at the beginning point of the walk at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway in Medina.
Sun., Sept.14, 2 p.m.,
Afternoon Tea and Performance is $23.
Reservations required: 330-725-6830
This year’s presentations are directed by Donna Bica and Marcia Aguiar.  The annual walk is cooperatively staged by the Medina County Arts Council, the Medina County Historical Society, and the Medina County Show Biz Company.  For information, please visitwww.medinacountyartscouncil.org or call 330-723-7649.
Photo credit: Allyson Voller




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