Sheffield Village

Sheffield Village’s fourth annual Family Pride Day event  (10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10) at Lorain County Metro Parks’ French Creek Nature and Arts Center, 4530 Colorado Ave. promises to be an even bigger and better gathering than the first three Family Pride Day get-togethers. This year’s picnic will also serve as the kickoff of the TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center’s 2011-12 season. TrueNorth is housed in the French Creek Nature and Arts Center and presents plays and concerts throughout the year in the nature center’s auditoriums.

Sheffield Mayor John D. Hunter planned the first event in 2008 as a way for Sheffield villagers to get to know one another. In 2009, Hunter extended a formal invitation to Mayor John Piskura for Sheffield Lake residents to join in the fun. But that was only the beginning, as Sheffield Village’s Family Pride Day quickly proved to be an attraction that drew people from around Lorain County and beyond. This year’s invitations read: “Public Welcome.”

Sponsors of the Family Pride Day Picnic include the Lorain County Metro Parks, Sheffield Village, TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Lorain County Community College, Key Bank, CenturyLink and Jet Signs.

Not all of the events slated for Sept. 10 will be at the French Creek Nature and Arts Center. Tours of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances – and children’s identification cards – will be available for free at the Sheffield Village Police Department and Sheffield Village Fire Department at the municipal complex at the corner of Colorado Avenue at East River Road.

A classic car show – and overflow parking – will also be at the municipal complex. Spectators can park there and walk to the nature center on the new, paved walkway on the south side of Colorado Avenue. Visitors may also park at Brookside High and Sheffield Middle schools.

The traditional “Best Pie in Sheffield” contest and auction will be expanded to include a silent auction, as well as the live auction. Pie contest entrants should provide two pies, one for judging and one for the auction. Pies and other donated items will be auctioned live.

Some of the prizes offered in the silent auction (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 3 p.m.) will include a week’s free use of a Florida beach house and a pair of tickets on the 50-yard line to the Nov. 5 OSU Buckeyes game against the Indiana University Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. All auction proceeds benefit the Sheffield Village Historical Society.

The Brookside Cardinal “Wall of Sound” Marching Band will start things off at 10:45 a.m. with a “mini parade” from Brookside High School to the nature center. Hunter will welcome attendees at 11 a.m. Live music will be provided throughout the picnic by a rotation of bands playing in two locations: the observation deck and the overlook along the trail. Guy Pernetti, Bob Sammon, The Sunrise and Morrison and McCarthy will play 50-minute sets beginning at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

“Taste of Sheffield” food (featuring menu samples from Quaker Steak & Lube, 254 Diner, Bellacino’s Pizza, Arabica, Sugarcreek Restaurant and other local restaurants) will be on sale, or families may bring their own picnic lunches. A variety of fine arts, crafts and other items will be available for sale all afternoon.

At 1:30 p.m., Thomas K. Heurrle, the Lorain County Historical Society’s representative to the Sheffield Village Historical Society, will present a PowerPoint address tracing the human history of Sheffield from the earliest Native American campsites and villages through the 19th century New England and Bavarian settlers to the present residential and commercial community. The presentation is illustrated with historical and modern images, and a Q & A session wo;; follow the presentation.

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