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Copley Heritage Day set for Aug. 2

7/31/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Movie Night Under the Stars leads into event

The free Kids’ Zone on the front lawn of Copley-Fairlawn Middle School will offer a full day of activities and demonstrations, including inflatables and a rock wall. Shown above is last year’s Kids’ Zone.
Copley Heritage Day will officially kick off at 12:05 p.m. Aug. 2 with a flag raising in Copley Circle. Shown above raising the flag at the opening ceremony last year are Mike Corathers, at left, and Richard Bowersox.
Photos: Dale Dong
COPLEY — Food, children’s activities, music and a parade are just the props. Copley Heritage Day Aug. 2 is about community.

The goal this year — as for every year of the celebration — is to involve the community, said Kathi Fundak Corathers, Heritage Day Committee co-chair and secretary.

“It’s all about trying to get the community together and have a good time,” she said. “It’s about coming out and running into neighbors or classmates you haven’t seen in years.”

Corathers said the committee has been working since September 2013 to organize this year’s celebration, which features events taking place around and near Copley Circle.

“We take one month off and start again,” she said. “We’ve already got notes for next year.”

The Heritage Day Committee is trying to work its way back to a multi-day event, Corathers said.

“We’re trying to expand it to get back to Heritage Days,” she said.

The committee is slowly gearing up for the township’s bicentennial in 2019, she added.

Although the organizing committee is only about 15 people, “it takes a township” to run the celebration, said Corathers. Volunteers from St. Luke’s Ministries and The Vine Fellowship assist with setup, and the Copley CERT team assists with parade logistics, she said. The township Service, Fire and Police departments are invaluable, as are the many other volunteers, she said.

A new event — Movie Night Under the Stars — leads into the celebration. On Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., township police, fire and service department vehicles will be on display at the football field behind Copley-Fairlawn Middle School (CFMS). Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” will begin at dusk. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, according to township Administrative Assistant Sue Mack. Music and refreshments will be provided by the township, she said. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown in the CFMS gym.

The official kick-off for Heritage Day is Aug. 2 at 12:05 p.m. with a flag raising at Copley Circle by members of the Copley American Legion Post 473 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7971 honor guard and the singing of the national anthem.

However, unofficial celebration events start at 8 a.m. Saturday with the annual Copley Fire and Rescue Association pancake breakfast at the Copley Fire Station No. 1, adjacent to the Copley Town Hall. Firefighters will serve up pancakes and sausage until noon. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for those younger than 5, according to event organizers.

Another early bird event is the fifth annual Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation’s 5K for Education and Family Fun Run. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and events start at 8 a.m. at CFMS. Day-of-the-race registration for the 5K is $25. The 1-mile fun run costs $10, and families may register for either event for $60, according to event organizers.

Entries for the 2014 Bake-off should be delivered to the American Legion Hall, 3255 Copley Road, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Winners will be announced at Copley Circle at 4 p.m. Amateur bakers can enter any of four categories — cakes, pastries, cookies and quick breads. Additional details are available at the event website, www.copleyheritageday.com.

The Copley High School PTSA “EXTREME Rummage Sale” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road. All money raised will go toward the after-prom program, according to event organizers.

Following opening ceremonies, booths on the circle will open. Event organizers said a variety of crafts, food vendors and local community service organizations and businesses have purchased booth space, including Bender’s Farm, Rizzi’s Pizza and Ristorante, Copley Historical Society, Aida Bakery, Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library, Larry and Boo’s Emporium, Sweet Savanah’s Bows and Nancy’s Knotties.

LV Sound will provide music and DJ services on the circle from noon to 8 p.m.

Other events at the circle include a 2:30 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest, with contestants keeping their hoops; announcement of bake-off winners at 4 p.m.; 50-50 raffle winners announced at 5 p.m.; and a Sit Means Sit dog training demonstration at 5:30 p.m.

The free Kids’ Zone on the front lawn of CFMS will offer a full day of activities and demonstrations. Solid Rock Sports will have inflatables and a rock wall. There will be a free children’s workshop by The Home Depot from 2 to 4 p.m., a 12:30 p.m. Sit Means Sit dog safety class, interactive soccer and tennis with the Copley Athletic Association, a bubble station from the MOMS Club of Copley/Fairlawn, a dunk tank from the Copley-Fairlawn Youth Football and Cheer, crafts and face painting from The Vine Fellowship and St. Luke’s Ministries and appearances by local mascots. A complete list of activities is available on the event website.

The Copley Heritage Day parade will begin at 6 p.m. and travel west from the parking lot of Babcock and Wilcox, 3333 Copley Road, to South Cleveland-Massillon Road. The parade will travel south to Hammond Boulevard, east to Schoolcraft Avenue, ending at CFMS. This year’s event has an unusually large parade, with more than 50 units, Corathers said. Some units, such as car clubs and an antique tractor unit, will feature several models, making the parade seem even larger, she said.

The Vine Fellowship also will sponsor a mobile medical screening unit. The unit will be parked at Copley United Methodist Church with exam stations in the church basement from noon to 4 p.m., according to event organizers.

Additional events on Saturday will include a 75th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Copley Feed & Supply, 1468 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road; free Copley Heritage Day Teen Night at The Light Garage Band venue sponsored by St. Luke’s Ministries at 3810 Ridgewood Road; and Sunday’s Copley Circle Bandstand Concert featuring The Prodigals, with traditional Irish music, according to event organizers.

No dogs, other than service animals, are permitted at any Copley Heritage Day venue, Corathers said.

Event parking is available at the Copley Community Center on Sunset Drive; Medical Mutual Services at 3636 Copley Road; Buon Appetito, Copley United Methodist Church and The Eye Site on South Cleveland-Massillon Road; and on the Schoolcraft Avenue side of CFMS. Handicapped-only parking is available at Walterville and Copley Circle merchants (on the north side). A free shuttle bus with wheelchair lift will run between parking sites. No wagons or strollers are allowed on the lift, according to event organizers.

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