By Kevin Kelley
In terms of food, the big celebration of the community’s founding 200 year ago took place Nov. 12 at Mayor Dennis Clough’s Culinary Bicentennial Ball. The event, which took place at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, featured small entrees from 20 Westlake restaurants.
Official bicentennial gatherings on Nov. 14, the date in 1811 on which Dover Township was incorporated, consisted of simpler fare when it came to meals.
A lunch served at the city’s Community Services Center consisted of vegetable soup, biscuits and pumpkin pie.
After the lunch, Mayor Dennis Clough presented municipal employees who played major roles in bicentennial celebrations with certificates of appreciation.
“It’s been a great year,” the mayor said, attributing the success of the bicentennial celebrations to volunteers and community participation.
Then lunch attendees went to breakout sessions to learn more about the city’s history. Westlake Historical President Lysa Stanton answered questions about the community’s settlers and the Clague family. Assistant Planning Director Will Krause talked about the city’s century homes. Communications Technician Nathan Dreher presented a slideshow of bicentennial events that took place throughout 2011.
Before the lunch, Westlake library founder Leonard Porter (in the person of Mel Maurer) presenting a slide presentation on the community’s history.
That evening at the Community Services Center, an invitation-only “pioneer dinner” recognized community members who volunteered for bicentennial events. The meal, in memory of the community’ settlers, consisted of ham and bean soup, johnny cake and ginger bread.
“We really do have a jewel,” Clough told the volunteers. “It’s a great, great community. And the reason we have it is because of so many people that came before us and got involved, worked hard, put forth a lot of effort and gave of themselves so that other people, like ourselves, could enjoy the success of their efforts and their commitment to this particular community.”
The night concluded with a performance by the Singing Angels.