French Creek Development Association (FCDA) is a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting and enhancing the down town area known as the French Creek District. As the banners on the utility poles proclaim:
“French Creek District is the Heart of Avon”
Over the years, FCDA has implemented improvements such as the Gazebo and the adjacent park, The Centennial Plaza with the cast iron clock, the signage "ball" and plaza at the entrance to the Little League fields and other improvements. We also provide the flowers that are installed in the summer and the holiday wreaths in the winter on the utility poles along Detroit Road.
Santa Arrives in Avon
On a cold Saturday evening December 7th, Santa Clause in a horse drawn sleigh made an appearance at the Olde Avon Village and proceeded to the Gazebo at Heritage Square to light the City’s Holiday Tree. On the way he was accompanied by the high school choir, thank you Ms. Koch, and the children who took the opportunity to take photos and pet the horses.
This event, organized by FCDA, has become a tradition. In the afternoon the Avon Isle building was busy with crafts, Santa’s workshop – provided by Home Depot and a model train show supplied by the Trailblazers club. At the gazebo, Santa’s parade was welcomed by FCDA’s Mary Berges and mayor-elect Bryan Jensen. The lights were turned on as the crowd shouted “Santa, turn on the lights”. Thank you goes to the Police Department for escorting the parade and managing the crowd and to the Parks Department and the Avon Garden Club for decorating the Park.
The families attending the tree lighting retired to Avon Isle to spent time with Santa, thank you John Aunspaw, and view the 26 entries in the gingerbread house competition. Four age categories were judged and the winners were:
3-5 yrs old; 1st place Carsen Pirro, 2nd place Reegan Kacenjar, 6-8 yrs old; 1st place Julia Kacenjar, 2nd place Ryan Lysle, 9-11 yrs old; 1st place Megan Roth, 2nd place Lindsey Oberg, 12-14 yrs old; 1st place Lucy Greaney, 2nd place Carty Holowecky
Free refreshments were provided by Avon Historical Society and members of pre-school through K-4 PTAs.
The District merchants had special sales, wine tasting tours and programs the entire weekend. The holiday wreaths, purchased by FCDA and installed by the City – thank you Streets Department, decorated Detroit Road. The holiday season arrived in Avon! (See photos under the Photo Page tab.) Event sponsors:
Avon Eye Design, Drs Novak & Bader Marci Barrett - State Farm
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