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Maple Festival April 25-28The 84th annual Geauga County Maple Festival opens at noon Thursday and closes at 10 p.m. Hours on Friday and Saturday are…

Maple Festival April 25-28
The 84th annual Geauga County Maple Festival opens at noon Thursday and closes at 10 p.m. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visitors can purchase pancakes at the Pilgrim Christian Church on the historic Chardon Square next to the fire station as well at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles just a block down the street from the movie theater on Water Street. The FOE will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Two grand parades will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Sugar House will be offering delicious maple stirs while the Log Cabin will have Chardon Kiwanis members making their famous maple cotton candy.
Parking is available on and around Chardon Square for approximately $5. Visitors can also take advantage of free parking and use of a shuttle bus from the Sheetz Shopping Plaza. Shuttles do not run during the parades.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the festival.
CUMC Community Dinner
The Chardon United Methodist Church on North Street will open its doors April 28 from 12:15-1 p.m. to serve its once-a-month community dinner. All are welcome. A good will offering will be accepted, but is not necessary.
Buckeye TrailFest April 25-28
The Buckeye TrailFest offers a long weekend packed full of hikes, workshops, presentations, speakers and social opportunities at the Red Oak Camp in Kirtland on April 25-28.
For more information and to register, visit BuckeyeTrailFest.org. The event is hosted by Lake MetroParks.
Bargain Box At St. Christopher
The annual Bargain Box “garage sale.” takes place April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Christopher-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Gates Mills. It gets crowded early so be on time to get a parking space and the best deals.
Chardon Library Book Sale
The Chardon Public Library will hold a book sale during the festival weekend. The sale begins with a preview for Friends members from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday. Memberships range from $2 and up and one can join early on Thursday to enjoy the preview.
The sale continues for everyone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bag day is Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
The library will be closed on the weekend, so come to the back of the library to enter the sale in the basement on those days.
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The festival tent is up, the food establishments are proudly displaying their goodies on the sides of each trailer and the rides are everywhere on Chardon Square. Take advantage of all the rides, the wide array of fabulous foods, entertainment and so much more.
Rumor has it that this is one of the best seasons for delicious maple syrup, so be sure to buy some.
Check out the library book sale on the square and ask to see a copy of “Lines and Links.” I was surprised to see a picture of several of the Friends who were on hand when it won the state award for excellence in programming back in the early ’90s. The picture includes Nancy Speck, Barbara Parkinson, Amber Slane, then Chardon Library manager MaryFran Bennett, then head of Youth Services Kathy Wood and Mary Malloy Bramstedt. I was Friends co-president at the time with Pat Caunter. We held the office together for seven years and I am still on the board.
Congratulations go to the library system as it celebrates its 50 anniversary. Enjoy this wonderful week with family and friends and may God bless us all.

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