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Peninsula Chamber presenting variety of events this year

4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

PENINSULA — The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) has a variety of events planned this year.

The Chamber continues to focus its events on local history, art, music, food, local businesses and Peninsula’s unique character, according to President Diane Seskes.

For more information on any of the events listed below, visit www.explorepeninsula.com, email info@explorepeninsula.net or call 330-657-2788.

Events include:

Peninsula’s fifth annual Plein Air Competition, June 7-9
The PACC, in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), is sponsoring its fifth annual Plein Air Competition. In 1913, a massive flood engulfed the Cuyahoga Valley and destroyed the Ohio & Erie Canal, according to PACC officials. This year’s Plein Air Competition, “Along the Crooked River: 100 Years Later,” will take place in and around Peninsula and the CVNP. The competition is open to artists 18 and older. Original two-dimensional art in any medium other than photography that is not computer-generated may be created during the event. Artists may produce as many works as they wish during the competition but are limited to two pieces for submission for judging. According to competition rules, artwork must be created in the true plein air style and may not be worked on off-site or generated from reference photos. The registration fee is $35. Registration and stamping of blank surfaces will take place June 6-9 at Elements Gallery, 1619 W. Mill St. Delivery of completed artwork will be accepted between 3 to 5 p.m. daily at Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Submitted works will be exhibited and for sale at Peninsula Art Academy from June 29 through Aug. 10, with a reception to take place June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Peninsula Art Walks, June 29 and July 6
Throughout the day and into the evening, attendees can celebrate the arts in Peninsula by attending artist receptions, visiting with artists at work, viewing Peninsula’s Plein Air Competition entries, attending Boston Mills’ Artfest and shopping for distinctive gifts.

Peninsula Python Day, July 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees are invited to meet real pythons at the Boston Township Hall and learn the story of the Peninsula Python at the Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum, located in the Peninsula Library and Historical Society, 1775 Main St. The event also will include python-related activities throughout the village, including the Peninsula Python Parade.

Local Food Fest, Aug. 4
A first-time event, the Local Food Fest is a celebration of Peninsula’s local food bounty, according to PACC officials. Attendees can enjoy a downtown farmers’ market, samples of local foods from local chefs and farms, and see firsthand where their food comes from on a farm tour.

Music on the Porches, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to evening
Attendees will be able to enjoy local music on porches, patios, in tents and inside local businesses throughout Peninsula and the surrounding area. Music will range from Americana to blues, country to bluegrass and classical to traditional.

Peninsula Candlelight Walk, Dec. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Visitors will be able to celebrate the heart of the holidays with a traditional Candlelight Walk through the village. Shops, organizations, churches, museums and restaurants will offer holiday treats, music, special events and more.

Christmas in Peninsula, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many events will take place in Peninsula that day. In addition to shopping in the village, attendees are encouraged to ride the train, pick out a Christmas tree and have photos taken with Santa, Frosty or Santa’s elves.

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