November 25, 2014

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Visitors cross time and space along Medina’s Public Square

A teenager listens as Ron Svoboda, portraying Squire Frazier, tells the story of the first burglary of the Medina County Courthouse. Frazier, who died in 1896, was a night watchman for the courthouse. One night, "ruffians" attacked Frazier and tied him up. They broke in and tried to crack the treasurer's safe, but failed. The burglars later were identified as Charles "Blinky" Morgan and his gang. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Almost 800 people took a stroll through Medina’s historic Public Square this weekend — and they got to see history come to life.

Medina County Show Biz Company actors, portraying six historical figures, told patrons of A Walk with Spirits of the Past about the settlement of the area, the creation of the first county library and even the first burglary of the Medina County Courthouse.

The event was sponsored by the Medina County Historical Society, the Medina County Arts Council and the Show Biz Company.

Event director Donna Bica said this was the event’s 18th year, but the show’s different every time. Bica said the company can present 42 different stories, but only six are shown each year.

“We always say if you can remember what you saw eight years ago, good on you,” Bica said. “And even if you do remember, the actors are different every time, so it feels different.”

Bica said six new stories may be added in the coming years.

Among the crowd were the O’Keeffes, who just moved from New Jersey to Medina two weeks ago.

“This was a great way to get to know the community,” Tracey O’Keeffe said.

Her daughter, 7-year-old Marie, agreed. She said her favorite actor was Myrna Dooley, who portrayed spiritualist and hardware store owner Cora Munson Blakeslee.

Dooley shooed semitrailer trucks that passed during her performance, commenting how she had never seen such machines.

“I liked how she was dressed,” Marie said, “and her hardware store seemed nice.”

The event ran Friday through Sunday. Walks went 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Upcoming events from the Show Biz Company include “Of Mice and Men,” presented in late October.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.