Oct 3 - Root Beer & Yesteryear

October 3 (Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)  Root Beer & Yesteryear


Saturday (10/2) Weather Update: We know there's a 50-50 chance of rain forecasted for Sunday. At this time, we are going to be optimistic and continue with the event. Please understand, activities described below may be limited or changed and you may want to bring rain gear if a sudden downpour occurs. We will - of course - have root beer floats!!


Join the Oberlin Heritage Center for the family-friendly Root Beer & Yesteryear on Sunday, October 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This free community event will take place on the OHC grounds behind the Monroe House, so that everyone can enjoy a safe afternoon full of fun activities. Social distancing is required and masks are requested when not enjoying refreshments.

Come for the root beer floats and popcorn, but stay for the historic games in front of the Little Red Schoolhouse; listen to demonstrations of an 1895 Edison Cylinder and 1917 Victor Talking Machine (both working phonographs) by OHC trustee Fr. Brian Wilbert; have your photo taken in a 1923 Model T (weather permitting); meet Powhatan Beaty, who fought at the Battle of New Market Heights during the Civil War as a member of the 5th United States Colored Troops (and who will be portrayed and interpreted by Howard Carter); and enjoy the sweet sounds of the Front Porch Swatters (Dave Lengyel on mandolin, Ron Hause on lead guitar, Ralph Ballard on rhythm guitar, Katie Galt on fiddle, Nick Malakar on bass, and Clyde Hohn on dobro) throughout the afternoon.

OHC thanks Oberlin IGA and the Oberlin Athletic Boosters for their generous donations and sponsorship of this event.

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 4:15 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.


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