By Sue Botos
From food, to art, to shopping and music, River Days 2013 promises something for everyone.
The fun begins on Saturday with a bike party, safety check and parade starting at Magnificat High School at 10 a.m. and traveling down Hilliard Boulevard to the City Hall campus. Also, between 10 and 10:30 a.m., brownie bakers can bring two dozen of their finest treats to the civic center for the annual Baker & Company Bakeoff. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age groups.
Art lovers can enjoy the works of 74 local artists 55 or better at the 22nd Senior Center Art Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Piano music by Bob Ritter will set the mood, and a lecture about Picasso by art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman will take place at 11 a.m. There is no charge.
The outdoor pool and Water Zone will also be free to residents all day Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Family water games with prizes will take place between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
For those preferring dry fun, kids can get a chance to “Touch a Truck” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when police, fire and city service vehicles will be on display. To cool off, there will be a fire truck demonstration at 1 p.m.
Let the good times roll with Criss Cross “bubble balls,” which a rider can actually get inside, and other fun inflatables all afternoon. For $5, kids can play all day. There will be pony rides from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the paved area near the gazebo, and martial arts students will show off their kicks from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Community organizations will have booths set up throughout City Hall Park the entire day, offering information and games. A highlight this year will be the unveiling of the new croquet-themed bike rack next to the recreation center as well as the Beautification Committee’s Bright Spots gardens.
After an appetizer of fun, foodies and fashionistas can check out Taste/Buy River from noon to 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Local restaurants and merchants will offer samples of their finest fare, and entries from the Baker & Company Bakeoff will be sold to benefit the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Internship Program. Taste/Buy River is sponsored by the chamber and Giant Eagle. Food tickets will be sold for $1 each.
What would a River Days celebration be without music? Once again, 7 Mile Isle, the “jammin” band made up of former members of The University of Akron’s well-known steel drum group, will take the stage from 1 to 2 p.m.
Then get on those go-go boots and tie-dye T’s as the Pop Tarts rock the house at 2:15 p.m. with the sounds of the ’60s girl groups.
The fun continues on Sunday with the Memory Lane Antique Car Show (1-4 p.m.) and the Rocky River Public Library’s Antiques Appraisal Fair from 1-3 p.m. The Rocky River Historical Society will be offering free tours on Lolly the Trolley on both Saturday and Sunday.
For some more retro sounds and some tasty pie, residents can head to Rocky River Park on the shores of Lake Erie for a sunset concert by Beatles tribute band Revolution Pie. The pie will be served up by city officials at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert.