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Schedule of Events

 

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March 8
Historical Speaker Series - Caesar Carrino, "Wadsworth Streets & Historic Families"
10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

March 15
Wadsworth First Night  - Download the First Night Map.  There's so much to see and do!  Admission buttons will be available for $5 the night of the event, as well as free maps to guide you through every activity.  

April 12
Historical Speaker Series - Kim Freshley Carlson, "Wadsworth Families based on the work of traveling artist Ferdinand Brader - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers 

April 25
Spirits of the Past Johnson House Open House
You're invited to celebrate Wadsworth's Bicentennial by toasting and touring one of Wadsworth's best-kept secrets and historical gem, The Johnson House, located at 161 High Street in Wadsworth- next door to Wadsworth City Hall.  This "Spirits of the Past" Open House will be held from 6:30-9 pm.  You'll enjoy live music from hometown folk band, High Strung Irish, and delicious food.  A cash bar will be available for beer and wine.  Tickets are $20 and available at Three Roses Gift Boutique, Thurber's Jewelers and The Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Wadsworth; as well as WCTV located in the Wadsworth Community Center.  You can also purchase tickets by mailing your request and payment to Kay Bowman, 1318 Fieldcrest,Wadsworth,Ohio 44281. 

May 10
Historical Speaker Series - Charley Aukerman, "The Hard Family Memoires" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers 

May 15
Women’s Club Historic Luncheon featuring the Great Women of Wadsworth
The Galaxy Restaurant doors open at 11:30 am.  This event is open to the public, so bring your husbands, wives, children and grandchildren.  Tickets are $17 and may be purchased at WCTV, located in the Wadsworth Community Center; and Three Roses Gift Boutique, located in Downtown Wadsworth.  You can also reserve tickets by calling Patty Haskins at 330-322-3646.  Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets today. 

May 26
Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans & Dedication of the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue  
The Boy with the Leaky Boot statue will be dedicated at 10 am near the Gazebo on Broad Street. Parade will form on Main Street in front of the American Legion & VFW at 10:15. Parade kicks off at 10:30 am and will march to Woodlawn Cemetery, stopping at St. Mark’s church for ringing of bell, then proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for the service. We will return to the square by way of Prospect and High Street. We invite all veterans and military personnel to participate. In case of rain, service will be held in OJ Work Auditorium at 11 am. 

May 30
Historical Tea - Home of Michael & Jana Day  -  SOLD OUT

Wadsworth Community Night at Canal Park - Akron Rubber Ducks vs. Harrisburg Senators - in conjunction with the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce at Canal Park in Downtown Akron.  Game time is 6:35 pm, with fireworks following.  Tickets are $6 each for the Wadsworth Community.  Bring your family and friends, and let's fill Canal Park with Wadsworth spirit!  For tickets, contact Jeremy Heit at 330-253-5151 ext. 281 or jheit@akronrubberducks.com. 

June 14
Historical Speaker Series - Roger Havens, "Wadsworth City Schools" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers 

June 17
Blue Tip Parade

June 21 
Historical Tea - Home of David & Dee Stewart   -  SOLD OUT

July 12   
Historical Speaker Series - Joe Mayer, "Wadsworth and the Erie Railroad" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers  

Historical Tea - Home of Anthony & Sandy Solaro   -  SOLD OUT

July 25-27
Wadsworth Community Picnic at Memorial Park

Community Picnic Schedule and Map

Live Bands, Food Vendors, Crafters, Antique Car Show, Native American Display, Old Fashioned Kids Games, Wandering Musicians, Baking Contest, Prizes & more!

August 7-10

Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend 
Founders Day Weekend Schedule of Events 

August 24
Wadsworth Community Day at Progressive Field -1:05 Game, Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros

Click Here for Details

 

September 10 
The Wadsworth Area Historical Society presents The Great Ladies of Wadsworth at 7:30 pm - Grace Lutheran Church

 

September 13

Historical Speaker Series - Paul Bicksler, "Bicksler Electric" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

Historical Tea - Home of Steve & Gail Williams   -  SOLD OUT - Presentation by Carol McIlvaine as Alice Longworth 

Wadsworth Municipal Airport Fly-In from 10 am to 4 pm            

 

September 26    WHS Alumni Day Homecoming Parade and Tailgate Party

October 11   Historical Speaker Series - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers - The final presentation in the Wadsworth Bicentennial Historical Speaker Series will take place on Saturday, October 11th at 10 am in Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers, featuring a presentation of the Art and Writing of Bob Tubbesing. Join your fellow Wadsworthians for a rollicking hour of Wadsworth memories in story and art by 93-year old native son, Bob Tubbesing.  Throughout his long career as artist, writer, teacher and naturalist, Bob has kept a special place in his heart for his hometown and the characters he knew and loved in the years between the wars. This is your chance to hear their tales and see Bob’s pen and ink interpretations of those “wonder years” of yesterday, and take away an autographed print of Wadsworth’s most famous landmark (You know what it is!).  

October 23   Thriller in the Square

October 26   The Men of Wadsworth - An afternoon of men's chorus music in celebration of Wadsworth's Bicentennial at Trinity United Church of Christ - 4 pm

November 22   Bicentennial Ball at the The Galaxy Restaurant  - Download ticket registration form HERE

 

December 22   Community Christmas Sing-A-Long

 

Wadsworth Bicentennial

Mayor Robin Laubaugh

Welcome to the City of Wadsworth's Bicentennial website! 

We are looking forward to celebrating our City’s Bicentennial this year, and many exciting plans are underway.  Please check this website often so that you can plan to participate in each and every event.  LIKE our Facebook page so you don't miss any information on our exciting events.

The Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee is an organization dedicated to the City of Wadsworth’s Bicentennial Celebration, and was established to promote awareness of our City’s rich heritage, and to encourage citizens and business leaders to plan, participate in and sponsor events and activities that recognize the 200 years of the history and growth of The City of Wadsworth. 

The Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee is dedicated to developing a robust and transformative commemoration of the city's 2014 Bicentennial, and also to acting as a catalyst for greater economic prosperity. The goal for the Wadsworth Bicentennial Celebration is a community that is more inspired, proud and engaged in its progress and in the increasing vitality of the City, which will lead to a community that is better recognized locally and globally as one of the best places to live and work.

If you would like to be part of a Wadsworth Bicentennial event committee, we would love to have you join us.  Currently, we have seven subcommittees that are working on a great variety of interesting topics, from Events and Entertainment, to Publicity and History.  Please see the menu item Committee Members to find contact information for each committee.  

2014 will be an unforgettable year as the City celebrates its 200th birthday.   Help us make it a bigger, better event, and make some unforgettable memories! 

Mayor Robin Laubaugh
The City of Wadsworth 

We are grateful to these individuals and businesses that have sponsored the Bicentennial celebration to date:

PLATINUM LEVEL

Clampco - Linda and Jim Venner 

Remington Products Company 

Rohrer Corporation

Sandy and Tony Solaro 

City of Wadsworth

GOLD LEVEL

Anonymous

Cornwell Quality Tools Company 

The Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center

Goldsmith & Eggleton, LLC 

A Ravago Company

Roger L. Havens, Principal

Franklin Elementary School

Medina County University Center 

The Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival

J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company

Allen & Hartzell Insurance Agency

Oz2 Design Group Inc.

SILVER LEVEL

A-1 Sports Sales

Drs. Joseph and Susan Arpad 

Dunkin' Donuts 

Ebner Furnaces, Inc. 

Randy and Robin Kilbride

The O’Neill Group 

Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co, LPA

Eric and Carol Ralston 

Retirement First

Rotary Club of Wadsworth

Soprema 

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital 

Wadsworth Lions Club 

Aldridge Folders

Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home

BRONZE LEVEL

American Municipal Power, Inc. 

Norman E. Brague 

FirstMerit Bank 

GenFed Financial Credit Union 

Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. 

Robin and Bryan Laubaugh 

Qualiform, Inc. 

Congressman Jim Renacci and Tina Renacci

Pat and Debbie Ryan

Phillip and Jennifer Stone and Family 

Structure Personnel, Inc. - Barbara Truman

Bob and Kim Thurber 

Wadsworth United Methodist Church

Ritzman Pharmacies

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS

Ann’s Pastry Shop

Barlett Cook Florist 

Bellezza Avanti 

Cox Funeral Home 

Franklin Elementary School

Hilliard Rospert 

Pro-Swing 

Pro’s Choice 

Sunway Cleaners 

Tom Stugmyer

Buehlers

Dr. Bruce Manning

Freight Concepts 

R.W. Corwin 

St. Mark’s Church

Three Roses Gift Boutique

Wadsworth Music

Ruhlin Construction 

RM Plank Accounting 

Luke Engineering 

Judy and Oscar Mifsud

First Place Awards

Wadsworth Newcomers Club

Town Money Saver

Walt and Betty Gairing

BICENTENNIAL BOY WITH THE BOOT DONORS 

American Blind Golf
Joe & Susan Arpad
American Legion SAL Post 170
American Legion Post 170
American Legion Aux
Franklyn School Childern
Blue Tip Donation
David Monroe
Gerald / Janet Keller
Richard & Connie Hohman
John & Phyllis Kendrick
Douglas Whitlam
James Arnett
Max & Diane Miller
John Dunstan
James Renner
Eleanor Gibbs
VFW Mens Aux 1089
Barbara Gilbert
B.A. Foulk
National Honor High School
Gean Babbitt
Wadsworth City Schools 
Cecelia Bees

Susan Berkey Vanik
In Memory of Clark and Eileen Thomas Berkey

Roger Havens
Wadsworth post 1083
Virginia Shaffer
Medina County Fund Grant 

 

Wadsworth History Video

 

 

 

Historical Timeline

Click here to view the Historical Timeline

 

A History of Churches in Wadsworth
Wadsworth residents have a long and rich history of being devoted to their chosen religions. Click HERE to learn more.

 

Descendants of Wadsworth Founding Families

The Founder's Day Committee for the Wadsworth Bicentennial is actively trying to locate persons currently

living in the City of Wadsworth or in the Wadsworth School District who are direct descendants of the

Wadsworth founding families who lived here from 1814 to 1820. There will be a special recognition of these

families on Founder's Day, August 7, 2014, on the town square. If you are a descendant of any of the following

people, please contact Mr. Terry Greenhalgh at (330) 336-8762 :

1814 - Daniel Dean, Oliver Durham, Salmon Warner, Michael Waltz, Peter Waltz, William Rasor, Christopher

Rasor, George Rasor, Jacob Everhard, John Henry Everhard, Jonathon Everhard, Adam Smith (Schmitt).

1815 - Samuel Blocker, Orrin Loomis, Daniel Ware, or Henry C. Wright, Henry or Samuel Falconer, Jacob

Miller.

1816 - Benjamin Aagard, Lawrence Baughman, Frederick Brown, Joseph Loomis, Colonel Harry Mills, James

Reed, Christian Ritter, Benjamin Simcox, William H. Wright, Abraham Hard, Lysander Hard.

1817 - Levi Blakeslee, Henry Hayden, Samuel Hayden, Elisha Hinsdale, George Lyman, John Sprague.

1818 - Ebeneezer Andrus, Abiel Bennett, Stanton Bennett, Timothy Bennett, Phineas Butler, Michael

Calbetzor, John Curtis, William Curtis, widow Sabra Curtis, Amos Hanchett, Abraham Hard, Chauncey Hart,

Luther Hemmingway, Guerdon Hilliard, Abiah Lindley, Augustus Mills, Ira Moody, Ephraim Moody, Lemuel

North, Allen Pardee, James Platt, John Weeks, Leavitt Weeks, Peter Weeks. Aubel Family, Falk family.

1819 - Freeman Austin, Andrew Delong, Levi Clark, Clement Clark, Philo French, Thomas French, Hiram

Kingsbury, Abner Wines, Jacob Wise.

1820 - Caleb Battels, David Beyer, William Eyles, Robert Hilliard, Samuel McCoy, Obadiah Newcomb,

Thomas Reese, James Spillman, John Spillman, Charles Wheeler

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