October 1, 2014

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Medina Holiday Spectacular provides December activites

Anyone seeking holiday fun this month won’t have to look far. From puppets to pets to historic homes, anyone who loves Christmas can find something to do each weekend in December in Medina.

The second Medina Holiday Spectacular, organized by Main Street Medina and sponsored by Summa Health System, includes holiday events in Public Square.

Upcoming events

Saturday, Dec. 7

Children’s Holiday Puppet & Magic Show
From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., watch a free Christmas puppet show called “Santa’s Little Helper” performed by Nancy Sander, followed by a magic act by Nate the Great. Complimentary Domino’s pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Medina Holiday Dog Fest
Participants are encouraged to dress their dogs in holiday attire and come to Public Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a dog parade, pictures with Santa, food, exhibits, music, a costume contest, pet trick contest, dog biscuit toss, free dog treat bags, a caricature, face painting, an agility course and more. The event is sponsored by One Lucky Dog Bakery.

Saturday, Dec. 28

We Survived the Holidays Party
Partygoers will dress in ’70s and ’80s vintage clothing and rock the night away to classic tunes from that era. Admission is free. A cash bar and appetizer buffet will be available. The party will be 9 p.m. to midnight at the Medina Moose Lodge, 136 S. Elmwood Ave. Admission is free; open to those 21 and older only.

Holiday Home Tour

In addition to the Main Street events, the Community Design Committee hosts its second Holiday Home Tour.

The tour is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. this Sunday. The tour will feature five restored, decorated, historic properties in the West Washington and West Liberty streets neighborhood, plus two homes in Montville and Medina townships. Also, the 1894 Medina County Home and the 1882 United Church of Christ, Congregational, on the Square, will be open for tours. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes tours of all the properties and refreshments.

Tour maps and tickets will be available the day of the event and can be picked up at three locations: Boyert’s, the United Church of Christ, Congregational (northeast corner of the Square), and the Munson House (141 Prospect Street, one block south of Liberty), starting at 11:45 a.m. Tour attendees can start at any of the nine properties. Because parking is limited at some tour destinations, car-pooling is encouraged.

Featured homes on the tour:

• The historic McDowell/Phillips House at the foot of West Washington Street was known by the family as “The Big House.” The red-shingled, Queen Anne-style home with a turret was built in 1890 for R.M. McDowell, president of the Old Phoenix Bank, and his wife, Elizabeth Blake McDowell. It has remained in the family ever since. The eight-bedroom home retains its original, stenciled, plaster ceilings with pineapple motif, gaslights, parquet floors, exposed ceiling beams, many fireplaces and one of the largest stained glass windows in the city.

• A spacious and elegant 1860 Italianate house built by H.G. Blake for his daughter, Helen, wife of O.M. McDowell. The current owners are the third family to live there, and they have kept the home as authentic as possible with all of the original woodwork and fireplaces. The owners enjoy decorating elaborately for holidays.

• The C.M. Spitzer House, built in 1890. The decorative wooden trim work and fish-scale shingles mark it as a Stick Style house. It had separate bath and toilet rooms and was lit and heated by a gas machine in the cellar. It retains its original fireplaces imitating real marble, and beveled glass entry doors. Today it is a bed-and-breakfast.

• The 1877 Munson House, built on East Washington Street for probate Judge Albert Munson. This home was moved to Prospect Street from its original location in 1985, and restored to become the home of the Medina Community Design Committee.

• An 1890 cross-gabled house located close to the Square. This home combines the charm of old Medina with modern updates. The newly remodeled kitchen, open floor plan and first-floor master suite are highlights of this comfortable home. The owners enjoy living in an old neighborhood within walking distance of historic and vibrant uptown Medina.

• An elegant home in Fox Meadows. This home was the original model home for the development, and features expansive lake views from all the large, south-facing windows. The owners’ love of Colonial Virginia inspired the decor and brings warmth into the rooms. It is always beautifully decorated for the enjoyment of the owners’ large family at Christmas.

• A 12-year-old home in Regal Brook Estates. Lavishly decorated for the holidays, the home features windows facing the wooded backyard, which serves as a backdrop for Christmas in the country. The owners used natural objects to bring that theme indoors. The main tree is adorned with a 30-year collection of ornaments. Handmade creations and paintings done by the family add interest to this eclectic home.

• The Medina County Home. This large, stately brick house built in 1894 was a working farm until the 1970s. The home continues to thrive as a residential custodial living facility for Medina County residents in need. The home will be festooned for Christmas by community members who will decorate the foyer, with its dramatic staircase, as well as a number of other rooms in the home.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon in the north hall of the Congregational Church and at the Medina County Home.

Proceeds from the Holiday Home tour will benefit the nonprofit work of the Community Design Committee, which formed in 1967 to lead the restoration of Medina’s Historic Square. The organization serves as an advocate for the preservation and maintenance of Public Square, the gazebo, the historic district and its surrounding old neighborhoods and provides design services and facade renderings to owners of historic properties.

Tickets will be available at all Medina County Buehler’s stores, Miss Molly’s Tea Room, Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Boyert’s Greenhouse. Tickets also can be ordered by mailing a check, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to CDC Holiday Home Tour, 4599 Hamilton Rd., Medina, OH 44256. For more information, call (330) 722-5020 or email cdcHomeTour@gmail.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.