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Twinsburg history comes alive at Historical Society Olde Thyme Fayre

by gina mace | Reporter Published: September 26, 2016 6:41 PM
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Twinsburg - There were no video games, no Android phones and no television, but the children of 1866 managed to find ways to have fun.

That's what Andrew Lilly, 9, of Twinsburg, and his sister, Lillian Lilly, 9, learned Sept. 11 at the Twinsburg Historical Society Olde Thyme Fayre, at their site on Ravenna Road.

Outside the Historical Society barn, Andrew played on a wooden rocking horse with his father, Tom Lilly, close by. While Andrew rocked, his sister, Lillian, and their mother, Angela, watched a machine shuck corn from the cob.

"This is fun," Andrew said, as he held a colorful futuristic toy gun.

Historical Society treasurer, Daniel Simecek, Sr., and his wife, Shirley Simecek, were helping to sell hot dogs and snacks, along with Simecek, a 40-year member of the Twinsburg Fire Department, the last 10 as chief, also brought his circa 1934 Twinsburg fire truck for the Fayre, and the 1919 water tanker, used by the volunteer firefighters. In the Historical Society's barn, young visitors could make paper airplanes and other simple toys from yesteryear.

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They could also make a necklace, using a replica of arrowheads that were common on the former Karabec Farm, now the site of Liberty Park.

Visitors could watch Cindy Kolacz, of Chardon, and Nora Eason, of Chagrin Falls, spin wool and silk into yarn. On the other side of the barn, Louise Jackson, the "head go-for" of the Knitwitters, a group of yarn creation enthusiasts from First Congregational Church of Twinsburg, sold hand-made baby layettes, adult and children's hats, gloves and socks and blankets, made with modern knitting and crochet needles.

The money raised is used to buy more yarn so the group can provide hats, gloves and other items to several agencies, including Hospice of the Western Reserve, Emergency Assistance Center, Haven of Rest and Twinsburg's Wilcox and Bissel schools.

Beverly Klimas sold raffle tickets and the new Bicentennial calendar, on sale for $5. The calendar features vintage photos, historical facts and dates of events scheduled for next year's Bicentennial celebration.

Money from the calendar will be used to maintain the historical society buildings and purchase new exhibits.

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The Barn is also where vegetables, jams, canned fruits and home made cinnamon rolls were judged and received ribbons.

Inside the museum, the 400 or so visitors during the weekend could buy homemade baked goods from professional bakery chefs Betsy Dider Diersing and Susan Diersing.

The chefs, who are sisters, donated their nearly $500 profit to the museum.

Musicians played antique instruments, and art and hand sewn projects were judged.

Also inside the museum were new acquisitions, including a portion of the sidewalk from the depot into town, placed so people didn't have to walk through the mud.

"The Olde Thyme Fayre is something they used to have way back when, and now we have it," Klimas said.

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