July 23, 2016

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Money sought to light up Public Square

MEDINA — Main Street Medina is seeking donations and sponsorships to again light up Public Square with fireworks and lights for the winter holiday season.

“The holiday events and activities we were able to coordinate last year were incredible,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of the nonprofit. “We have one of the most beautiful historic districts in the state, and we want to attract people here to shop at our great stores, and dine at our independent restaurants.”

The Holiday Spectacular includes the LED lights outlining the buildings bordering the square starting Nov. 29 and lasting through Dec. 29.

The display, designed by Don Cartier, of Montville Township, provides a festive setting for performing arts, shopping, food and other events held during the weekends leading up to Christmas.

Fireworks were included for the first time last year.

Wiederhold said the events attracted 10,000 people to Medina’s historic Public Square last year.

“So many people said that they felt like they lived in a Hallmark movie,” Wiederhold said. “It was incredible — but again, it costs money to present these attractions.”

Wiederhold said the biggest need is a major sponsor for the Holiday Spectacular. Summa Health System was the sponsor last year, but he said it is unable to provide as much support this year.

The city’s 29th annual Candlelight Walk kicks off the holiday season Nov. 22-24.

Main Street Medina also is hosting a Halloween festival in the square on Oct. 18-19. Event sponsors include the Medina Community Recreational Center and Medina Hospital. That event will include trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a pumpkin patch, hay games, a farmers market and much more.

Wiederhold said it’s up to the community to make these activities happen.

“We hope we can count on the community to come together and support the holiday initiatives and the fireworks,” he said, “so that we can build on our successes.”

For more information about Main Street Medina, call (330) 952-0910.

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