By Jeff Gallatin
Government and community organization officials want people to “make it a day in Bay” June 14, noting there are at least four special events going on in the city that day.
Village Project officials have designated that day as Project Pedal Day, a way to help raise funds for their organization’s work in providing meals and service to families dealing with cancer. Besides Project Pedal, BAYarts is hosting its Art & Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Bay Village Fire Department is having an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Finally, the Bay Skate & Bike Park Foundation has scheduled a Summer Kick Off Contest with different activities from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Diane Frye from Village Project noted people will have a wide range of activities from which to choose.
“Longer days and warmer weather are here, which means it’s time to get on your bike and ride,” she said, referring to Project Pedal. “Gather the whole family together and join your friends and neighbors for Project Pedal at Bay High School Memorial Stadium. It will do you a world of good – you’ll enhance your well-being by experiencing an exhilarating and scenic fresh-air ride through our local community, which benefits your mind and body. As you pedal and participate, you’ll be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project.”
Frye said there are five rides to choose from, including the Pea Pod Pedal (for 2-and 3-year-olds), a 100-yard course on the Bay High track; the Sprout Route (ages 6 and under), a 400-yard course on the Bay High track; the Cucumber Course (designed for those 12 and under, but open to all ages), a 6-mile ride through the western side of Bay Village; the Kale Trail (all ages), 13 miles on a scenic tour of Bay Village; and the Artichoke Adventure (all ages), 25 miles, including the scenic tour of Bay Village as well as additional pedaling through Avon Lake.
Frye said the Village Project kitchen will provide a complimentary lunch for Kale Trail and Artichoke Adventure participants. Lunch is available to others at a nominal fee. Groups can compete individually or as a team. Fundraising pages can be created when you register on the Village Project website (www.ourvillageproject.com). Prizes will be awarded for the top three individual fundraisers and the top team.
The ride is fully supported with rest stops offering refreshments, bike mechanics, medical and safety volunteers, and support vehicles. Babysitting will be available for children of registered riders.
Frye said there will be music from the School of Rock, as well as local choirs and musicians, a bicycle rodeo sponsored by Bay Bike Co-op, sports challenges, mascot races, a dunk tank, silent and Chinese auctions, a 50-50 raffle, Mitchell’s ice cream, and plenty of food and refreshments. Other businesses involved include Buckeye Fire Equipment Company Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings, Hyland Software, Madison Graphics and Mitchell’s Ice Cream.
To register, go to www.ourvillageproject.com or pick up an application at Village Project headquarters at 27378 W. Oviatt in Bay Village. The deadline for registering is May 30.
Registration materials can be picked up on June 11 and 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Avon Lake (32914 Walker Road). BW3 will offer a 20-percent discount off food purchased during pickup. Additionally, a variety of silent auction items will be available for bidding during registration pickup. Winners of these items will be announced during the 1 p.m. Project Pedal presentation on June 14. It is not necessary to be present to win, Frye said.
Bay Village fire Chief Chris Lyons said the Community Open House is the first in what the department plans to make an annual event.
“There will be a lot of fun activities,” he said. “Kids will have the chance to squirt some water. People will be able to look at our fire equipment and take tours of the fire station to see what we do. There will be food and refreshments available.”
Lyons said the event fits nicely with the “Make it a day in Bay” theme.
“There are different times involved for the various events, which will be nice for people who want to go from one event to another,” he said.
Lawrence Kuh from the Bay Skate & Bike Park Foundation noted there will be scooter, skateboard and bike competitions as well as refreshments and other activities.
“It will be a great way to kick off the summer with some fun and interesting events and activities,” he said.
Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland said the variety of activities points out why Bay Village is a good place to live.