By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — For the Medina Business Association, it is a festive season.
With Ale In Autumn on tap for next weekend, the group’s meeting on Tuesday focused on a number of other seasonal upcoming events.
In October, to coincide with Halloween, the MBA will have a store window decorating contest among its members. Displays need to be up by Oct. 18, and the judging will be done by the public. Unofficially, voting will begin on Oct. 21 and last through Saturday, Oct. 26. Beggar’s Night will likely be the time most votes are cast, as that is slated for Oct. 25.
A month later Medina’s Old Tyme Christmas Celebration is set to take place.
Business owners were encouraged to have something going on unique to their store during that time to help promote their wares. Also, the annual Parade of Lights caps of its float total at 60, and businesses who wish to participate were asked to “get in early” so as not to be left out.
This year, in conjunction with the Old Tyme Christmas, a “Home for the Holidays 5K” will also be run. MBA President Cindy Robinson said the event is being sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and will start at 9 a.m. in the Canal Basin, finishing up near the American Legion. The giveaway for the runners is a backpack, and Robinson said the businesses of the MBA can advertise on the backpack (for a small price) or can put in a sample or coupon for their store.
The entry fee for the run will be $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Proceeds will be earmarked for yet-to-be-named local charities. Applications will be available online as the event’s date gets closer.
In other MBA news:
• Lynne Menz, speaking on behalf of the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association (OONA), told the MBA that OONA is planning a day out in Medina on Sept. 26. Menz said many OONA members are retirees from outside the area and they like to entertain guests. The trip to Medina is a way for them to “get to know the attractions in their own backyard.” The group includes about 100 members, and Menz said those who make the trip will be given a tour of Bent’s Opera House and stay in town for dinner and a presentation.
• Bob Waters thanked the MBA for its continued support of the Medina Sandstone Society. He said the signs in local store windows that say “Support the Sandstone Trust” help people remember Medina’s sandstone heritage.
• Gabrielle Barone briefed the MBA on the goings on of the Orleans Economic Development Agency, and she teased several upcoming announcements that could benefit Medina. However, she could not disclose what those announcements might be.