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Rain or shine, River Days offered fun for all

Students from Riverview Martial Arts show off their form at the River Days celebration. (West Life photo by Sue Botos)

Rocky River

By Sue Botos

Despite threatening skies and a shower on the Memory Lane Car Show, from the 70 plus junior cyclists in the bike parade, to “Pie in the Park” the annual River Days celebration last weekend offered something for everyone.

Ann Hanrahan, head of the volunteer group “Why Not Wear a Helmet,” which teaches bike safety, said that 75 children paraded from Rocky River High School to the City Hall campus riding “anything with wheels” during the parade sponsored by Rocky River Early Childhood PTA. Decked out scooters, trikes, bikes and even strollers participated in the fifth annual event.

Cookie monsters also had their fill at Baker & Co.’s second annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest. “This is my relaxation,” said Melissa Henahan of Baker, a brokerage firm which has its offices at the corner of Detroit and Wooster Roads. A group of judges which included Mayor Pam Bobst and other residents decided the winners based upon taste, texture and chip count. Best bites in the adult category were: Kristen Mylett (1st), Carlie Kuhn (2nd) and Kate Joyce (3rd). Younger winners (under 21) were Emma Riedl (1st), Sarah Brunasin (2nd) and Chole Moskal (3rd). Proceeds from the sale of the contest cookies went to the Rocky River Education Foundation/

Cookies weren’t the only taste temptation. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Manning reported that over 650 attended “Taste/Buy”, which was the best attendance ever. This year, the event expanded to include Tommy’s Place and Bearden’s, who grilled up their specialties outside of the civic center, enticing people to the event. Bearden’s was also voted best food of the event, and Mitchell’s Manning said that vendor space sold out, with 24 businesses, including sponsors Giant Eagle and Tri-C Culinary Arts and six retailer offering samples of their wares.

Outside, on the City Hall campus, local businesses and organizations offered up information and games for the kids, like Fairview Hospital’s Wii booth, and crafts from the Rocky River Public Library. River Days revelers also rocked to the sounds of Radio Disney, the School of Rock and the Caribbean vibe if Seven Mile Island. Children got a chance to get up close and personal with a police car (with parents warning that this should be the only time they enter one) and help out fire fighters with a water hose demonstration. Inflatable abounded and Riverview Martial Arts kicked it up a notch with a demonstration.

The Beautification Committee also announced the winner of the 2012 Bright Spots recognition, which honors homeowners for taking the extra time to make the city more beautiful. Pubic locations enhanced and maintained by residents were a new category this year with the clock tower on Lake Road and the King’s Mill Run cul-de-sac being recognized with a “Bright Spots” sign. Visit the city website www.rrcity for a listing and locations of this year’s winners.

Festivities were capped off with the Memory Lane Car Show on Sunday, which despite a shower, brought out car aficionados of all ages. The weekend was brought to a close with the traditional “Pie in the Park” where city officials serving up donated pies to the tunes of Beatles tribute band Revolution Pie.

 

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