The best tool we have to help preserve Crowell Hilaka is the place itself! The four open house events allow people to get a look at the property and get a sense of its potential. One down, three to go! Let’s get the word out to friends and neighbors. You may use this non-political template to make fliers to distribute at your church, school, job, or activity meeting place:
The next opportunity to visit the property is this Sunday, October 5. 2-5 pm . Volunteers will be posted at especially scenic locations to take pictures of your whole group that you can upload onto the Richfield Together page.
We can ALWAYS use more volunteers! Instructions and orientation provided on site. Contact Corey Ringle firstname.lastname@example.org or 216/299-1051 to volunteer this Sunday. To volunteer at later events, sign up here: http://www.friendsofcrowellhilaka.org/ .
Signs supporting Ballot issues 10 & 11 have sprung up all over Richfield! If you would like a sign to display in your yard, or want to contribute to, or help with the campaign, please visit www.richfieldtogether.com .
The Richfield Together campaign is the most viable option for preserving Crowell Hilaka. So imagine your FoCH board’s dismay when we found out that as a non-profit organization, we aren’t allowed to contribute funds to that effort! After much tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth, we realized that there WAS something we could do to help with campaign costs. And we did it! Last year many, many people collectively pledged several thousands of dollars toward FoCH’s purchase of the property. We turned out to be a few million dollars short. But were hoping to contact these generous supporters sometime later to ask if they could re-direct those pledges toward some possible restoration project on the Kirby estate at CH. However. The campaign is a higher priority. We are in the process of contacting supporters, releasing their pledges, and urging them to write a check for that amount to the Coalition for Greater Richfield. We are happy to report that many already have! Imagine our beloved president Corey, in a dramatic stance upon the top of the gas cut, crying out “ RELEASE the PLEDGES – And let slip the Dogs of War!” Kinda stirs the blood, doesn’t it? Anyway. Please give whatever you can to the Coalition for Greater Richfield at www.richfieldtogether.com.
Meanwhile, we had a fundraiser already set up. We consulted with members of the Coalition to see if we should turn it over to them – or even cancel it. They said it sounded like a great event and we should keep it rocking.
Music for the Millwheel will go on as planned October 11 at Farm Flanagan’s massive 19th century barn. Doors open at 7. Concert starts at 7:30. Music by Cleveland Jumping Fleas, Backroom Boys Bluegrass Band, Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas. Technical support by Woodsy’s of Kent. Concessions, campfire ( weather permitting) available during intermissions. To learn more: http://www.friendsofcrowellhilaka.org/music-for-the-millwheel.html Proceeds will go toward as-yet-undetermined projects at CH. ( We have a list! ) . Final approval for any work will, of course, be up to the RJRD board representing the people of Richfield.
Next Friends of Crowell Hilaka meeting : Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7:00pm:
- Update on Richfield Joint Recreation District and timeline.
-Update on Coalition for a Greater Richfield and timeline.
-Tinker’s Creek Green on the Green, Hudson: Report and thank you
- Music for the Millwheel, Flannigan Farm: Report and thank you
- Crowell Hilaka Open House: Still looking for volunteers
- Update on Oct 18th open house
- Update on Oct 26th open house
-Third annual Christmas Cookie Sale
- Finances: Committee Update
- Marketing: Update (brochures) (social media)
- New Business
We’re normally a pretty casual group. A little more intense and excited in the past couple months, but still friendly. Visitors welcome!