Get out your calendars and circle Sept. 25. Now add a couple of big exclamation marks for excitement and a couple more just for fun because it is going to be a busy, something-for-everyone Saturday in Chagrin Falls.
Food, glorious food! Starting just after sunrise, the Chagrin Valley Jaycees will gather in Triangle Park in downtown Chagrin Falls to set up their first, and possibly annual, Food Truck Festival featuring a gathering of rolling kitchens each showcasing a different kind of cuisine.
Tables and chairs will be set up in the park so folks can recharge before heading on to the next thing. And we are informed there will be music provided – either a live band or a disc jockey. Plans are still evolving.
The party in the park will be available until 7 p.m. Jaycee event chairman Clayton Papenfus said the trucks will be lined up on the Triangle Park side of North Franklin so the sidewalk will be clear on the shops side of the street.
Let’s call it one person’s junk. The date for the Food Truck Festival was a premeditated act of brilliance because Sept. 25 is the date for the Village of Chagrin Falls’ annual yard sale with every street participating in the transfer of one person’s junk into the tailgate of the treasure seeker’s car.
Official hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but individual sales can start and end whenever the seller decides. Chagrin Falls Councilwoman Angie DeBernardo is working on a master map with location of every sale so if you are having a sale make sure she knows about it.
Come out and play. The newly-formed Replay Riverside group heading up plans for the reimagined playspace in Riverside Park is kicking off that effort from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park.
The Replay Riverside committee – Chelsea Whitman-Rush, Casey Monda, Erinn Grube, Erin Reif and Jaclyn Drum – will be on hand to take suggestions for new play space which will provide as much interest for adults as fun for kids.
Ms. Whitman-Rush said, “We view Riverside Park and its intended new playground as a place where people come together and this public art project is the first step in symbolizing that togetherness.”
It starts with the public art party based on the global collaboration called “Breathe With Me” developed by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Similar events have taken place at Central Park in New York City and in Switzerland.
Each person attending – its free, by the way – will dip a paint brush into a bucket of paint, draw a breath, exhale then make one stroke on a canvas. The creation will be auctioned off at a date to be announced.
The finished canvases will symbolize strength of a community and how individuals working together can create a beautiful picture.
While participation is free, donations are welcome and T-shirts promoting the playground project will be on sale that day.
Who needs “Sunday in the Park With George” when you can have Saturday all around our town with your neighbors, the Chagrin Valley Jaycees and Clayton Papenfus, Angie DeBernardo, Chelsea Whitman-Rush, Casey Monda, Erinn Grube, Erin Reif and Jaclyn Drum?
A couple of requests regarding all of this. Fingers crossed for sunny skies and warm breezes, don’t forget to bring money and your one-stroke painting skills. And please pay attention to the pedestrian crosswalks. In fact, better pay attention to the pedestrians, too. They have a nasty habit of appearing from out of nowhere and not necessarily in the crosswalks.