Last Stop Willoughby Festival

The annual Last Stop Willoughby Festival will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in charming Downtown Willoughby, brought to you by Heart of Willoughby and sponsors including Adventure Auto Group, First Interstate Properties and other Willoughby businesses.  “Free, Family, Fun” is the theme this year.

 

The fun begins at 8 am as the Willoughby Outdoor Market starts things off with over 50 vendors bringing fresh produce, bread, pastries, cookies, locally raised beef and pork, plants, dog treats, coffee and more.  There will also be a variety of vendors selling specialty items including soaps, jewelry, beach glass gifts, home décor and more.  Shop local through 12 pm and support home grown and home made.

 

The popular free Trolley Tours will run from 10 am through 5 pm and will give riders a narrated tour of the historic areas in and around the downtown area.  Boarding for the trolleys will take place on River Street near the clock in front of City Hall.

Kids Zone will be located in Point Park and will include arts and crafts, as well as face painting.  Trains at Your Place will return with their model train layout around the fountain that gives kids the opportunity to be the train operator.  Music in the gazebo will provide a soundtrack for fun and relaxation in the park.  All activities in the park are free and sponsored by the Heart of Willoughby.

The Willoughby Library will be hosting an elaborate train layout made entirely of Legos.  Both children and adults will marvel at this wonderful display located in the lower level of the newly renovated library.

 

The annual parade kicks off at 2 pm from South High School, marching down Euclid Ave and through downtown Willoughby. The parade will feature this year’s Grand Marshalls, Mayor Dave and Donna Anderson. If you would like to be in the parade, please contact Heart of Willoughby.  A new feature this year is the Parade Float Contest.  Anyone who registers for the parade and enters a decorated float is eligible to win a cash prize of $300 for first place and $100 for second place. 

 

Another must-see event will also be located in the Willoughby Library.  Between 10 am and 4 pm, there will be  continuous screenings of the Twilight Zone episode from Season One titled “A Stop at Willoughby”.  It is a haunting tale of a troubled man who has dreams of living in a wonderful place like Willoughby.

Be sure to mark Saturday, August 19th on your calendar.  Join your friends and neighbors for a morning of shopping local at the Willoughby Outdoor Market and then enjoy the free activities in Point Park and the awesome annual parade. You will see why Willoughby is the place to be.


7th Annual Heart Award

In 2011, the Heart of Willoughby organization initiated the 1st Annual “HEART” award, to be given to a person or group who gives from the heart to make Willoughby a better place to live.  Each year, the members of the Board of Directors for the Heart of Willoughby select the recipient of the award.

The winner of this year’s “HEART” award is Ryan Eubank, a local high school welding teacher. 

You don’t have to be a welding student in order to have benefited from the work done by Ryan Eubank.  That is because Ryan believes that being a student should involve more than just sitting at a desk and reading a textbook.  He wants students to have exposure to the real world and accomplished that through community service projects.  And many of these projects have benefitted all of us in Willoughby, not only for their obvious value but also through the greater, long-lasting benefit of showing his students the power of good deeds. 

Two examples of the students’ efforts can be found in Point Park in downtown Willoughby which now has a refurbished 118 foot flagpole and a beautifully restored World War I cannon, thanks to their hard work. 

Other recent projects involved University Hospital (designing and creating LED-lit centerpieces for 120 dinner tables), Salvation Army (total makeover of their Canteen vehicle for feeding the homeless), Cleveland City Mission (installation of vegetable gardens), Mentor Fire Department (redesigned a Mentor fire truck to create an educational interactive experience to teach children about fire safety) and the City of Willoughby Hills (installation of playground and exercise path at Campbell Park).

These projects taught the students about project design, materials, budget, schedule, labor allocations and other real world applications.

Another educator had this to say about Mr. Eubank –“Ryan is a force of nature, destined to change the lives of the students he taught.”  We think you’ll agree.