Whitehall Family Fun Day a hit for all ages

Messenger photos by Dianne Garrett
Whitehall residents, from left, Richard Janusz, Mary Rooker, Bertie LaCorte and Blanche Dunnare, are so moved by the sounds of Olde Cellar Band that they just have to get up and dance.  It was the last of the summer concert series and the close of Family Fun Day at John Bishop Park.
Whitehall brothers Nick Funk and Parker Quincel perform with Funk’s group, Olde Cellar Band, Aug. 11 during Family Fun Day at John Bishop Park.  The brothers have not played together in a band for several years.  Quincel, who attends Berkley College of Music in Boston, has been filling in all summer for the regular drummer.

Kids of all ages enjoyed the annual Family Fun Day at John Bishop Park in Whitehall. Children bounced, bowled, played in water and tug-of-war, to mention a few activities.

Area businesses generously contributed prizes for raffles, and Whitehall Community Celebration Association handed out bags of school supplies to 300 children.

The Central Ohio Corvette Club sponsored a car show, and raised money through raffles for Children’s Hospital.

Helmut Schober of Germany joined his aunts, Margurite Whiteman of Whitehall, and Helen Schober of east Columbus to hear the Olde Cellar Band. Schober enjoys rock and roll music, and is on his way to Memphis for the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. He travels from Germany to Memphis every ten years for the event.

The Whitehall Historical Society held its annual picnic and a brief monthly meeting, noting that soon the Lustron Home will have a roof, and then the rest of the structure may be completed.

The re-constructed all-metal home, manufactured at a plant on Fifth avenue in the 1940s, will serve as a museum and the society’s headquarters at Community Park.

Members expressed concern about recent comments by City Council members Cindy Stewart and Zachary Woodruf, who are proposing to sell Community Park in 2012 when all stipulations are lifted from Rockwell. The city is required to maintain the park until 2012 according to the gift agreement.

The society has spent much time acquiring and re-constructing the home from dollars donated by local residents. If the park is sold, it could prove quite costly to find another location other than land currently leased from the park.

Parks Director Terry Gee said that he was pleased with the numbers of people in attendance of Family Fun Day, and noted that it seems to be growing each year in attendance and community participation.

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