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April 30, 2014

Merchants set to host Spring Fling

Promotion aims to usher in season

SHARON — Featuring the more than 15 stores opening in downtown Sharon over the past year, Greater Sharon Associates has decided to host a Spring Fling this Saturday.

Flowers will be a theme throughout the day as shoppers can register at participating merchants to win a flower planter. Stores also will have flowers decorating their entrance, said Laura Ackley, president of the nonprofit group.

Most merchants will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The idea is not only to promote the downtown, but to welcome the arrival of spring in an official way.

“We wanted to pick a day where we could collaborate with others who were holding an event on the same day,’’ Ackley said. “We’re looking to make this an annual event on the first Saturday in May.’’

As the downtown has generated renewed interest among retailers, there is an enthusiasm in the air, she added.

“The merchants are fired up about what’s happening,’’ Ackley said.

The Sharon Beautification Commission’s annual city-wide cleanup will begin earlier in the day with volunteers asked to meet at Musser, Hadley, Sacred Heart schools and Thornton Hall parking lots.

Other physical improvements in the works for the downtown include diseased or dead trees along East State Street and elsewhere being chopped down and replaced with new trees.

Among the activities for the day include:

• Penn State Shenango – Will have a rummage sale in McDowell Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• James E. Winner Jr. Arts and Culture Center – Michael Nye’s exhibition titled “About Hunger & Resilience.’’ The exhibit is 50 portraits and audio stories on those experiencing hunger, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free. At 7:30 p.m., a collection of 10-minute originals plays that were written, cast and rehearsed in 24 hours will be presented. A $5 fee will be charged.

• Community Library of the Shenango Valley – Henry Ekker’s sports memorabilia collection will be on display.

• First Presbyterian and First Methodist Churches of Sharon – Both churches will host a rummage sale.

• The Apollo Maennerchor Club -- Will host a family Maypole Festival starting at 4 p.m. with a tapping of the beer keg followed by the Maennerchor singers and the Peter Karsti Orchestra from 6 to 9 p.m. A traditional German sniztel dinner will be served for $10. The event is open to the public.

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In late May the annual Brown Bag Concerts will be held every Wednesday at noon at Columbia Theater Park. Sharon WaterFire will be hosting its second year with the event set for July 19, Aug. 23, and Sept. 27.

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