July 24, 2016

Partly cloudy

Walk with the Spirits to include ghastly tales of Medina’s past

MEDINA — This year’s Walk with the Spirits of the Past promises ghastly tales, along with fun recollections of Medina history.

The annual event, in its 17th year, is a collaboration among the Medina Show Biz Company, the Medina County Historical Society and the Medina County Arts Council.

Ron Svoboda, who plays Dr. Samuel Hudson, practices a scene with Sean McClain and Brett Aquiar at a Wednesday night dress rehearsal of the Walk with Spirits of the Past. The scene is one of six to be acted out during the event throughout the weekend in downtown Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Each year, the walk includes six stories. Over the years, the group has collected 42 stories to tell and act out. The historical society helps to draft and write scripts, and the arts council and show biz company engage and direct performances of the six stories.

“We’ve built our collection up so we have a seven-year plan in place,” Donna Bica, walk co-chair, said. “If you were on the walk last year, it’s going to be different.”

Bica said similar events in other towns emphasize ghost stories, but the Medina performers focus on real historical events.

This year’s lineup includes a story about a local doctor who would dig up bodies from the Old Medina Cemetery to conduct medical trials and study more about his science. It also includes the tale of the one and only public hanging in Medina history.

As the tour moves onto the square, there’s a dramatic re-telling of the Medina fire of 1870.

Uplifting stories about the sleigh ride of 1856 and a well-known teacher whose kindergarten class marched in an early Memorial Day parade help balance the tour.

Bica said the tour guides will escort each group to the performances in and around the square. The complete show takes about one hour. During the evening shows, guides will carry lanterns as they navigate the streets at twilight.

“It gives it a sort of ambiance when they carry the lanterns,” Bica said.

This year, performers will wear small microphones to help make it easier for larger groups to enjoy the performances.

“We’ve found characters have been hard to hear,” Bica said, adding traffic in the square had sometimes made it difficult for the entire group to easily hear the performance.

An additional event during the weekend will be a Dine with the Spirits of the Past at Miss Molly’s Tea Room at 3 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in the performances without the walk, can enjoy food and drink while hearing the stories of this year’s spirit walk.

Tickets for that event are $22.50 each and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Miss Molly’s, 140 W. Washington St., or at the Medina County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 32 Public Square.

For more information on the special dining event, call (330) 725-6830.


WHAT: Walk with the Spirits of the Past
WHERE: Medina’s Public Square. All walks start at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St.
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
COST: Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than age 12. Tickets will be available in the parking lot of the administration building at the start of the walk. Pre-sale tickets are available at Ormandy’s, 10 Public Square, for $5 for adults and $2 for children.
INFO: (330) 722-5502.

Loren Genson About Loren Genson

Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.