ENGLEWOOD — The 43rd annual Englewood Art Festival will officially open with the Festival Parade Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m. following the 5K Classic run.
The parade begins at the intersection of Union Boulevard and W. Wenger Road and finishes at the festival site in Centennial Park near National Road.
Linda Bryan, festival and parade chairwoman states that many new units including the Dayton Hockey Association, Northmont Science Olympiad, and the Dynamic Dance Center will participate in this year’s parade.
Grand Marshals, husband and wife, Glenn Marsh and Sue Cummings will be honored for their 18 years of dedication to the Randolph Historical Society, Inc. since its founding in 1998, working to establish the RTHS History Center and Museum at 114 Valleyview Drive in Englewood. They serve as officers and promoters of the organization by writing grants to fund and make improvements to the Center, turning it into a valuable community resource and educational center. Visit the Society’s website at www.rths.org for details regarding visitor openings and events.
Marsh and Cummings are natives of Mad River and Harrison Townships respectively and have always shared an interest in antiques, old houses and local history wherever they lived. In 1983 they purchased an unoccupied 200 year old farmhouse in Randolph Township on Sweet Potato Ridge Road, and spent 18 months working on the house before moving in.
Over the next 32 years they added 15 acres of land, a lake and several outbuildings. ‘The Ionic Columns Award’ was awarded to the couple in 1988 by the Montgomery County Historical Society for the most authentic old home restoration in the area. They ran a farm market on the site from 1996 to 2003 called ‘The Fancy Farmer,’ where home grown fruits and vegetables were sold.
The farmhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 known as the Benjamin and Susannah Herr Homestead. The property has since been sold to new owners who plan to use it as a reception and party venue in the future.
A detailed schedule including all of the festival events will be published the week of the festival.