Around Garrettsville: Column returns for year 24

A photo of the road sign at the Garrettsville border
Carter Eugene Adams/The Portager

It is great to be back to writing about our great community. When I was asked to write the Around Garrettsville article again, I had to stop and think, how many years have I been writing this article. Funny how I could not recall the year I started. Laura, the editor of the “Around” articles thought it was 23 years. So here I am, year 24 bringing you all the wonderful events in Garrettsville. If you have anything you would like in my column be sure to send it to me at [email protected].

Memorial Day is behind us, but the summer is just starting. The Village of Garrettsville held two beautiful ceremonies for Memorial Day with Mayor Rick Patrick, Iva Walker, Dr. Michael Carlson, John Kable and the Rev. David Gray speaking to the audience (photo). The memorials started on Maple Street, then a parade led everyone down to the cemetery. The James A Garfield Band kept the parade in step through town and into the cemetery. Once inside the cemetery, the parade marched solemnly to the drum line’s cadence. “Taps” echoed through the cemetery as spectators remembered the fallen. Many tears were shed for those who sacrificed the most, for us to stand in peace, on The Land of the Brave.

With summer come the many events Garrettsville hosts. Summerfest is right around the corner on June 23, 24 and 25. This year in place of Garrettsville Idol, there will be the Garrettsville Summerfest talent show. It is open to anyone. Show off your special talent on June 25 at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Sign up at – first place is $1,000, second is $500 and third $250.

The Garrettsville Farmers Market started Thursday, June 1. The market is open on Main Street every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. June through August.

The St. Ambrose Chicken Dinner is being held June 24 and 25 on the church grounds located at 10692 Freedom St. Come enjoy the delicious chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, their special green beans, salad and dessert. Enjoy games, raffles and other entertainment.

The Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Car Cruises again throughout town. June 17 is the next Cruise Night with Music by Dennis Chandler and a rain date of June 18. This Cruise night will take place at Sky Plaza, IGA on Windham Street from 5-8 p.m.

The Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is proud to present its summer production “Game Show,” a comedy by Lew Riley and special permission from The Dramatic Publishing Company. Special thanks go to the sponsors: Middlefield, Carter Lumber and Ohio Health Benefits. This production is directed by Justin Steck. The show runs July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and July 23 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to Curtain. Tickets are available at the door: Adults $10 and seniors and children under 12 $8. Come out to the Iva Walker Auditorium in the James A. Garfield Middle School and bring the whole family for this comedy which goes behind the scenes and then in front of the cameras as it follows five fascinating contestants.

For your information to appear in this column, contact Jackie at [email protected].

Jackie Loreta-Rinearson
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