Families have fun at the Bulldog Summer Bash: dates and data from Olmsted

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — Grace Mitsch rested the arrow against her wooden bow and aimed. The arrow flew towards its target, small luminous balls floating in the air.

Grace and her family attended the Bulldog Summer Bash on Saturday (August 6), a child-friendly event that was part of the weekend’s Olmsted People’s Heritage Days. Grace enjoyed the archery range that Olmsted Falls Cub Pack 102 set up.

“I had never done this before,” said the 7.5-year-old student from Olmsted Township. “I felt a little nervous. But it was fun.”

Caprina Gates and some of her family hosted a synthetic golf game where the children were awarded a prize for hitting a sticky golf ball that stuck to a vertical golf hole, complete with sand traps. This was the second year that she offered a “booth” at the children’s event.

She believes that such an event is a special way to get involved in the community.

“I love that it’s all about family and kids of all ages,” local realtor Howard Hanna said. “We also wanted to involve our own children this year.”

Her husband, Chris Polcar, owner of C&J Property Maintenance LLC, added: “We also wanted to show our family how we want to be part of and help our own community.”

Grace Mitsch releases her arrow at the Olmsted Falls Cub Scout 102 archery/BB activity during the Bulldog Summer Bash. Shannon Turchik, a registered course master with the Lake Erie Board, helps him, as Grace’s sister Claire looks on. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

Olmsted People’s Heritage Days was a grassroots effort to show the pride, historical significance and enjoyment within the community, which Olmsted Heritage Days provided to its creator, the late Clint Williams. The Bulldog Summer Bash was part of the August 4-6 celebration.

Jen Prugar was the organizer of the children’s event. She said the “big hits” this year were the dunk tank, shave ice, shooting range, police K-9 demonstration, and fire truck and team.

She said the goal of the event, which was held at Grace Church on Columbia Road, was to “get better every year”.

“While nothing can replace the original Olmsted Heritage Days, we are happy to provide our space for family fun before the school year resumes,” she wrote in an email. .

“We are grateful for those who came to give back to the community and for those who came to entertain and enjoy the event. It was a great day!”

Campus pastor Neil Clark said the church loves hosting the event.

“We are here to serve and be part of the community,” he said. “We all felt a loss when Heritage Days didn’t come back. We wanted to keep this community spirit brought by Heritage Days. Why not bring it here to our church campus.

Olmsted Falls historian Jim Wallace suggested Olmsted People’s Heritage Days last year and carried it through to 2022. He had a rather personal interest in this year’s event, since his graduating class from Olmsted Falls High School in 1972 celebrated their 50th reunion.

Early Olmsted Heritage Days often brought Bulldog graduates into town to track down those who had moved out.

Jim said Olmsted Falls Schools Superintendent Jim Lloyd “went out of his way” to show his class and others around the high school, which has changed dramatically and grown since they graduated.

“We were also very pleased with the Olmsted Township Community Hall, which was the site of the main meeting event on Saturday night,” he wrote in an email. “It is a very nice establishment. »

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Grace Church youth and campus pastor Neil Clark react to the ball during a 9 Square in the Air match at the Bulldog Summer Bash taking place on the church grounds. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

Jim gave a talk on Olmsted’s history at Jenkins Place during the event. He shared three of the myths he spoke about that day.

He said a myth claims that “Olmsted” once had an “a” (Olmstead). He said he and Bruce Banks, who wrote “The Olmsted Story: A Brief History of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township” together, used the first chapter of their 2010 book to prove that the family for which Olmsted was named never had an “a”. on their behalf. The Olmsted communities never did either, he said.

He also said no one lived in Olmsted Township – what the whole community was then called – in 1814, a date often attributed to when it was first settled. James Geer, who lived in Columbia Township, planted a small crop of corn in what became Olmsted Township, but it was not until 1815 that he and his family moved to the township.

The year 1957 offers another date error – when Olmsted Falls celebrated its centenary as a village.

“Olmsted Falls was incorporated on April 7, 1856, so the community was a year late in celebrating 100 years as a village,” Jim wrote.

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A local K-9 officer attacks a “suspect” during a protest at the Bulldog Summer Bash. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

He also said he was pleased with the number of garage sales people held during the Aug. 4-6 celebration.

Jim and others hope Olmsted Heritage Days will resurrect its greatness.

“I hope people like Jeff Marshall of Grand Pacific Popcorn & Sweets and others can bring the festival back in 2023,” Jim wrote.

“Olmsted People’s Heritage Days 2021 and 2022 served as a placeholder, but we need the real thing again. This includes Breakfast on the Bridge hosted by the Kiwanis Club. the festival. Encourage community leaders to do so.

Special thanks to Jim, Jen and so many others who brought people together at the event.

Yes, it takes a lot of work to organize a parade, music, entertainment, historical tours and other activities like during Olmsted Heritage Days. But as Jim mentioned, we’re a year old. Let’s do it.

If you’re interested, stop by the popcorn store in downtown Olmsted Falls and chat with Jeff.

Before ! The Olmsted and Berea Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring a golf outing on September 2 at Mallard Creek Golf Course.

This is a draft format. The base cost is $125, which includes lunch and dinner, golf, a refreshment ticket to the 19th hole, and camaraderie.

The deadline for registration is August 26. For more details and to register, go to olmstedchamber.org. https://olmstedchamber.org/.

Candidates: You have until August 22 to nominate an Olmsted Falls resident for Citizen of the Year. The recipient will be announced on Falls Day in the Park.

The honor is given to a candidate who has lived in Olmsted Falls for at least 12 months; demonstrates above-average volunteer and/or philanthropic dedication and effort in groups such as school activities, civic organizations, recreation, church, community events, or special volunteer services; and has not received payment for his voluntary activities.

Forms are online at olmstedfalls.org. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, address, reason for nomination, and your name and address. Also include your phone number and email address, as well as those of the candidate.

Forms can be mailed or dropped off at Olmsted Falls City Hall and addressed to the Chairman, Park and Recreation Board, 26100 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138.

Wiffle Ball: Be part of the first community Wiffle Ball tournament taking place August 19-21. The local tournament will be played on the grounds of Falls-Lenox Elementary School and just north of the Olmsted Falls Library.

Divisions range from 8 and under all the way up to adults. Team rosters can include three or five players.

A match lasts five innings or 50 minutes. There is no running base. A hit is determined by the distance a ball is hit. The defense consists of a pitcher and two defenders, with a live pitch and a normal number of balls/strikes.

A home run derby is scheduled for August 21.

The deadline for registration is August 17. Funds raised will go directly to improving the baseball field. Go to occ.com and click on programs, then community events for more details.

Rodeo by bike: Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102’s Bike Rodeo is now set for 6:30 p.m. September 14 at the Olmsted Community Center. The event originally scheduled for July 27 was postponed due to rain.

Boys and girls in grades K-5 and their parents are invited to register for this fun and educational event.

There will be various stations to review bike safety and maintenance, as well as two different obstacle courses, with the chance to win a ribbon for winning your grade level. Various security forces will also be present.

To register for the rodeo, go to https://bit.ly/3ONUuxH.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at jdumound@yahoo.com. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news articles.

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