2017 Corn Maze

We hope you can share in the fun at Derthick's Corn Maze this year. The theme is "The Beatles", meaning that maze paths will represent the "Fab Four" and song titles from that amazing group's long string of hits.  As before, The Mantua Restoration Society will have our BLUE FOOD TENT set up to provide good home-made food to keep you energized throughout the day. The menu varies, but always includes MAC&CHEESE, CABBAGE&NOODLES,SPICY CHILI, SAUSAGE SANDWICHES, and various SOUPS and DESSERTS. The rest of the menu changes, but these items have proven so popular as to become permanent. You may find potato soup, candy-apple salad, authentic Hungarian Goulash, baked beans, pasta salad,shredded chicken sandwiches, pulled beef, puled pork, or any of a wide variety of dishes. We will also have hot tea and coffee, water, hot chocolate and more. In the past, people have been surprised and disappointed to find that they could have had lunch right there before starting the day's adventure, so come see us for a real farm-type lunch right off the bat. The CORN MAZE is located on Rte. 82,  1/2 mile east of Rte. 44(Mantua Corners).  It runs this year Sept. 15th thru Oct. 29th, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each week. Opens at 5 P.M.  Fridays, 1 P.M. Saturdays, and noon on Sundays.          The entrance is always well marked with large event banners. Come join us on this 210-year-old family farm for a day of fun and education!

Elevator update #1

Progress is much slower than expected. As of 9/9/17, the entrance enclosure is built, and looks very nice,  matching the building's color as closely as can probably be expected. It is of block construction with a standing seam metal roof, and blends in very nicely. Inside, there is no visible evidence of any construction yet underway on the elevator car itself. That  work is projected to take another 5-6 weeks, plus at least one more week for testing, calibration, and inspection, etc.. There is a nice new sidewalk to the entry, with backfill and final grading of the adjacent slope to be done soon (we hope). Update #2 will appear here as soon as anything changes. Regrettably, all previous estimations of a completion date are obviously null and void. Stay tuned, and know that it will be completed!

Elevator Celebration

The elevator project is moving ahead in the Mantua Center School building, albeit more slowly than many of us wished or anticipated. However, the main thing is that it IS moving ahead. Most of the required new electrical service work is done, and now the elevator company can very soon begin to build the actual "passenger car" to carry people to all floors of the building. It has been a long haul , and sometimes very frustrating, not to mention very expensive, but keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of the cost has been covered by grant money, obtained by the Grants and Funding Committee. Very little of the cost to date has come from the township coffers. Once the elevator is in and working, we will give you a clearer picture of the cost proportions. You will almost certainly be very pleasantly surprised at just how much was covered by grant money and money raised by The Mantua Restoration Society and The Mantua Historical Society, and how little of the total came from Township funds. The Mantua Restoration Society is planning a party to celebrate the completion and full use of the elevator. Details are yet incomplete, but will be posted here as soon as we can make concrete plans and set a date, probably in September. 

In November, we hope to be able to have our "after-you-vote" get-together in the building, making use of the separate elevator entrance to gain the required distance from the polls. More on that later. If necessary, we'll hold it in the Civic Center again.

More on elevator progress next week. Stay tuned!. 

2017 Flea Market

Our third annual Flea Market and Rummage Sale, held on July 15th and 16th, was another successful fundraising event for the Mantua Restoration Society. People brought in an incredible assortment of treasures and hard-to-find items, a great deal of which went home with new owners. We had much less "surplus" by Sunday's closing time compared to last year.

Most of the credit for the sale's success goes to MaRSI member Matt Leedom, who worked tirelessly (again) to line up vendors, put out fliers, take care of advertising, and a host of details to make everything go smoothly and professionly. Matt is already working on next year's sale, and probably was even before this year's sale got underway! Way to go,Matt, and thank you!

If you haven't been to a MaRSI flea market yet, why not plan to attend next year's event? You don't have to buy or sell anything, but you can always get a good, home-made meal (as at any MaRSI fundraiser), or take supper home with you.

Our thanks to all who made this year's sale a success, and to all who couldn't make it --- we'll look for you next year!




2014 Annual Meeting

          Please click on our link to see a video of the 2014 Annual Meeting , with Steve Coon and others. 2014 Annual Meeting


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