SILVER LAKE — This summer will be filled with many events and activities centered around the village’s centennial celebration.
The village is marking its 100th birthday throughout the calendar year, but the majority of the centennial-related events will happen during the summer months.
"I remain very excited about all of the different events we have planned for this centennial year," said Silver Lake Mayor Bernie Hovey.
Hovey said several fundraising events took place in 2017, which helped provide much of the financing we need for this year’s events. The first major centennial event of 2018 was an art show and wine tasting event at Silver Lake Country Club in April.
"It was extremely well attended, and was an evening greatly enjoyed by all who were there," said Hovey.
The 5K Race Around the Village is scheduled for June 9. Hovey said a fun run (about 1 mile) will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 7:45, both at the boathouse along Silver Lake Boulevard. The finish line for the races also will be at the boathouse. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Registration can be made only at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=57270. Registration fees will go to the centennial committee, said Hovey.
This is the second year for the race. In 2017, 74 runners and walkers participated.
Following the race, a pancake breakfast will take place at the Church in Silver Lake from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Hovey said there is no charge for the breakfast, but donations for the centennial committee will be accepted.
There will be three concerts at the gazebo on Christmas Tree Island on Silver Lake Boulevard this summer that are part of the centennial festivities.
The first concert is set for June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Gold Tones Jazz Band from Cuyahoga Falls High School will perform. Hovey said he and his wife, Kathleen, will host an ice cream social beginning at 6 p.m. A food truck from Totally Cooked will be available for food and drink purchase starting at 6:30. Attendees should take their own chairs and blankets for the program. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the Church in Silver Lake.
The other gazebo concerts will be:
• July 11, David Hill’s band, Gypsies in the Palace, will perform; and
• Aug. 8, Kyle Primous and K Street will perform.
These shows will start at 7 p.m., with the Totally Cooked food truck arriving at 6:30 p.m.
The theme of the Silver Lake Garden Club’s annual festival on July 21 will be focused on celebrating the village’s 100th birthday.
"All of these events are intended not only as birthday celebrations for the village, but also as events where people can relax, enjoy themselves, be entertained, talk with friends and neighbors, make new friends and in general, renew and rekindle the closeness and sense of community for which Silver Lake has always been known," said Hovey.
Other centennial items
The Silver Lake Centennial Committee is selling other items at Village Hall, 2961 Kent Road.
Copies of a Centennial Coloring Book with pictures drawn by Silver Lake Elementary School students are available for $3 each.
The committee is selling commemorative bricks for $50 each that will be used in a project at Christmas Tree Island next to the gazebo. Details of the project are still being worked out.
The official Centennial Village Poster painted by resident Jack Mulhollen is on display at Village Hall. There are some limited edition prints available, with the first print being raffled off. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3/$20. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Village Hall with check or cash. As of press time, eight of the prints were still available for purchase. Cost for these is $150 framed or $70 unframed. Print orders can be placed and paid for at Village Hall with check or cash.
Centennial wine glasses can be purchased for $2 each.
A Centennial Booklet has been delivered to every home in the village. If residents did not receive one, extra copies are available at Village Hall.
All of the 70 centennial banners have been sold and are on display throughout the village.
The Silver Lake Centennial Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Village Hall. Next meeting is June 20.
The committee is chaired by Nancy Gray, who said she had "no second thoughts" when Hovey asked her to spearhead the committee.
"It has been my privilege to create a committee of talented people who share my love and enthusiasm for the village," said Gray. "They have recruited many wonderful, willing volunteers to help us celebrate our 100th centennial year."
Gray thanked every committee member and resident who "has graciously supported our efforts."
Gray said centennial organizers are always looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming events.
For more information on centennial events and activities, visit the village’s website at www.villageofsilverlake.com and click on the "2018 Centennial" link.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.