Sept 24 - Root Beer & Yesteryear
Join friends old and new on Saturday, September 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Oberlin Heritage Center for this family-friendly (and FREE!) event featuring live performances, a historic portrayal, old-fashioned games, exhibits and best of all -- root beer floats for everyone! Why root beer? Throughout most of its history Oberlin was a "dry" town, meaning you couldn't buy alcohol within city limits. Times have changed but a fondness for this summer treat hasn’t. The floats are generously provided by Oberlin IGA, while free popcorn is made possible by the Oberlin Athletic Boosters Club and Bethany Hobbs.
The entertainment schedule includes:
- Outdoor music by “Parsh,” a band featuring Tom Somsak, Craig Zacharyasz, Dave Mann Wolf, Rick Hetsko, and Dave Parsh.
- 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. “Storytime with Mrs. Evans” in the Little Red Schoolhouse. Dr. Camille Hamlin Allen will portray Sarah Jane Leary Evans and share stories of her family and their home still standing at 33 East Vine Street. Each free mini-performance will be ticketed to ensure social distancing within the Schoolhouse.
- Historic games at the Little Red Schoolhouse for the young and young-at-heart.
- The return of a popular antique phonograph demonstration by OHC Trustee Fr. Brian Wilbert.
- A display of vintage cameras, arranged by OHC Communications Coordinator Steven Rice.
- Free self-guided tours of the 1866 Monroe House.
Volunteers are still needed! Please contact Liz Schultz at [email protected] or (440) 774-1700 if you can help make this event possible! We need volunteers in 2-hour shifts between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. to serve root beer floats and popcorn, greet guests at the information table, and supervise games at the Little Red Schoolhouse. We could also use set-up helpers at 11:30 a.m. that morning.