(Posted June 30, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
There’s much to look forward to from the South Charleston Heritage Commission, including a new book, improved accessibility to the Opera House, and the return of the Heritage Days Festival.
Sue Mattinson, commission president, has written a book, “Edward Edwards: The Man Who Built South Charleston, Ohio.” The book goes to print later this summer. Information about online pre-orders will be posted to the commission’s Facebook page (“South Charleston Ohio Heritage Commission”).
The book interweaves the life story of South Charleston’s most prolific architect with photos of the houses he built and stories of the people who lived in them. The book is based on a well-received talk Mattinson gave in 2018.
“When the pandemic hit, I decided to turn it into a book,” she said.
All proceeds from book sales will go to the Heritage Commission.
New stair lift
The commission operates the historic opera house on the second floor of South Charleston’s town hall. The stair lift to the opera house has been out of commission for two years. With the help of donations from the community, the commission is replacing the lift. Installation is slated for later this summer.
“This is good news. As things open up, there will be access to the opera house for everyone,” Mattinson said.
The commission has ordered the lift through 101 Mobility out of Cincinnati.
“They told us that for long, curving stair lifts like this made to order, they only know of two companies that do it. One is in England and the other is in Wisconsin,” Mattinson said.
The commission is going with the Wisconsin manufacturer.
Heritage Days Festival
After a year off due to the pandemic, the commission’s Heritage Days Festival is back on the schedule.
The weekend kicks off with fireworks on Sept. 24, courtesy of Madison Township Emergency Services. The festival itself is Sept. 25-26. Highlights include food trucks, entertainment, crafters, and a silent auction. A parade steps off at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.
“A big difference this year is that we asking the public to bring their own lawn chairs if they want to sit. We are not renting chairs this year,” Mattinson said.
Volunteers are welcome to help with a variety of tasks, including setup and teardown, children’s games, and trash pickup.
“They don’t have to volunteer all weekend. If they want to volunteer for a couple of hours anytime, it would be a great help,” Mattinson said.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Sue Mattinson at (937) 503-2492.