Romanian St. Mary’s Festival Pivots to Driving Event: A Place in the Sun


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Romanian St. Mary Festival always draws a large crowd for food, music, games, baking, tours of the Romanian Museum and Romanian Orthodox St. Mary’s Cathedral and more.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s festival. Organizers were optimistic that the event would return this year until another virus began to spread.

But rather than canceling the entire event, they chose to hold a drive-through festival on the parish grounds so that visitors can enjoy their favorite Romanian dishes at home.

Festival hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 20. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 21 and noon to 6 p.m. on August 22 at Church, 3256 Warren Road, in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland.

For more information, call 216-941-5550 or visit

The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mary, founded in 1904, is the oldest Romanian Orthodox parish in the country. He moved to West Park in 1960.

And the winners are: The results are in and the winners of this year’s Lakewood Arts Festival with jury are:

Best of show – Allan Teger, photography

Second Place – Chuck Wimmer, Drawings, Illustrations and Prints

Third place – Deborah Vivas, jewelry store

Best New Artist – Debbie Clapper, Drawings, Illustrations and Prints

Best Creative Presentation – Karla Furrer, fiber

Congratulations to all.

Watch for details of next year’s 45th Annual Lakewood Festival of the Arts. The festival normally takes place on the first Saturday in August along Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood.

Revamped reunion: Just a reminder that North Olmsted Homecoming will have a new format this year. Rather than the traditional multi-day festival at North Olmsted Park, there will be a parade on August 29 and full-day festivities at the park. The theme of the parade is “Coming back together”. As usual, the event is sponsored by the North Olmsted Community Council.

A motor show will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day in the park. The registration fee is $ 5, with profits going to the North Olmsted High School Scholarship Fund.

Contact Dave Albrecht, 440-327-1942 to reserve a spot.

August 15 was the deadline to register for the parade. However, the community council may be able to accommodate some late entries, but these may not be eligible to be judged and may be placed at the back of the parade.

Contact Elizabeth Vertosnik, Parade President and Grand Marshal, at 440-552-1037 or Jeff Peepers, 440-313-7034 for more information. Their email addresses are [email protected] for Vertosnik and [email protected] for Peepers.

The parade will start at 1 p.m. on August 29 from the parking lot at North Olmsted High School. Enter from the Middle School (West) side, 27401 Butternut Ridge Road, North Olmsted.

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded.

Fat Head 5K: Registration is open for Fat Head’s 5K Brewery, which starts at 9 a.m. on August 28 in Fat Head and ends at the Brewery, 24581 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. The event is sponsored by the Mayor of North Olmsted, Kevin Kennedy, the North Olmsted Kiwanis Club and Fat Head’s. The proceeds are used for scholarships that benefit local students.

Pre-register online at or register on race day at Fat Head. Registration fees are $ 35 until August 27, $ 40 on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three per age category and to the best men and women in the general classification.

Registered participants will receive a Finishing Medal, Fat Head Post-Race Party, Free Fat Head Special Running Beer, Head Runner (21+ – ID required), personalized t-shirt for those who register before August 27, subject to race day availability, raffle prizes and post-race food and refreshments.

The race will be timed by B-tag chip.

For more information, contact Hermes Sports & Events, 216-623-9933 or [email protected] A route map is available online.

Meals on wheels: Since 1973, West Shore Meals on Wheels has served residents of Fairview Park, Lakewood and Rocky River who have difficulty buying or preparing their own food.

Meals are prepared in the nonprofit’s kitchen at Fairview Park. Two meals per day (one hot, one cold) are prepared from quality ingredients, fresh produce, homemade pastries and freshly prepared soups and delivered to participants.

Meal recipients can be any age or income level, but many are seniors. Those who have difficulty buying or preparing food, or who have a short-term or permanent disability, may be recovering from a health problem or are unable to drive may also be provided with meals.

For more information, call 440-331-3842 or visit

PTA maple products market: Together with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Maple Intermediate School PTA in North Olmsted will be providing free fresh produce from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 24. The event is a drive-thru, so recipients do not need to leave their cars. .

For more information call 440-202-9950 or email [email protected]

Welcome aboard: The Fairview Park Fire Department welcomes newly sworn firefighter Dylan Wester. After Mayor John Cooney was sworn in, Wester’s father Lee Wester, a firefighter from Parma, pinned the badge on his son.

Reprogrammed: The Lakewood Friday Night Flick which was postponed by rain was postponed to 9 p.m. on August 20 at Lakewood Park. “Cats and Dogs 3” will be presented at the Lakewood Park Bandstand.

Those present must bring garden chairs and blankets.

Garden chair cinema: The West Park Kamm neighborhood development will host another free Lawn Chair Cinema event at 7 p.m. on August 20 at Impett Park, 3207 W. 153rd St., West Park.

The event is designed to bring the neighborhood together with performances and artistic activities from around the world. A family film will be screened at dusk.

The August 20 event will feature the First District Security Fair.

Information, please: Readers are encouraged to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, religious events, etc. in Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the column A Place in the Sun, which I write as a freelance. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to [email protected]

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