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:
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. This year we installed 15 planters as a bicentennial gift to the City.
Holiday Tree Lighting Entertains Hundreds
To cap off Avon’s bicentennial year, the Holiday Tree Lighting event brought hundreds of Avon kids and parents to the downtown area. The photo-op with Santa started at the Olde Avon Village with the horse drawn carriage. There, a parade was formed to escort Santa to the Gazebo at Heritage Square where he and Mayor Jensen lit the holiday tree and the entire Square - decorated by the City of Avon. Avon Garden Club decorated the gazebo for the holidays. This year, the square featured four ice carvings sponsored by Joyce Buick GMC and carved by Arctic Creations – local artist Dave Zajac. Many residents came on the following days to take photos. Another special event this bicentennial year was an opportunity to view real live reindeer as families entered Avon Isle to meet Santa, view model train display and receive goodies. The reindeer, sponsored by Avon Oaks – A Caring Community, was such a hit that we already arranged for next year’s appearance. Our other sponsors of this event were: CommStar community credit union, St. Mary’s of the Woods retirement community, French Creek Grill and Tavern now renamed The Stray Goose, State Farm - Marci Barrett agent, and Wealth Health LLC financial advisors. Thank you to the sponsors and the many volunteers who made it happen. Avon Historical Society and Avon Lions who provided treats and Home Depot and Michael’s Arts & Crafts arranged for Santa’s shop. The Burning River N-Scale model railroad club set up a stunning display. As 2014 passed, Avon enters a new century in its history – it will be interesting to see our town in just twenty years from now!
Easter Egg Hunt in the Works
The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 21, at Avon Isle. Food is donated by local caterer Tom’s Country Place and will be provided in two seatings; 8:00am and 10:00am. The egg hunt will take place at Avon Isle at 9:30 between the breakfast seatings . Tickets are available at The Littlest Details store in The Old Avon Village off Detroit Rd., next to Senior Center. This event sells out so do not procrastinate!