Memorial Building, Parks Dept. offer variety of activities

SALEM – The Salem Memorial Building slate of fall activities includes a little something for everyone, from arts and crafts, a train tour and a pumpkin walk to Madden football and a wrestling exhibition.

Shane Franks, recreation supervisor for the city parks department and the Memorial Building, provided the list recently and offered a reminder to residents that the gym and rooms can be rented.

“I just want people to realize that the building is available. There are more programs going on,” he said.

Franks has been trying to come up with some different ideas for programs in the recreation area for both the parks and Memorial Building and initiated a Church League Slow Pitch Softball Tournament which will take place Saturday at Kelley Park.

Fall League Softball begins Sept. 15 for adult men, but Franks said they could include co-ed and/or women’s divisions if enough interest was shown.

Team registration is due by Friday at a cost of $175 per team, which covers 10 games plus playoffs.

The second bass fishing tournament will be held Sept. 22 at the Salem reservoir on Gamble Road at a cost of $20, with registration available up to the event day. The first event drew 10 contestants, but he’s hoping to double the number this time around.

Other upcoming events include:

– Saturday, Oct. 5, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Tour, a 3-hour round trip through the beautiful Cuyhoga Valley National Recreation Area or a layover in the Village of Peninsula to visit unique shops and galleries. While on the train, freshly made deli sandwiches, salads, snacks, ice cream, popcorn and souvenirs will be available in the Cafe Car. Tickets will be $18 for adults and $13 for children age 3 to 12, plus transportation costs.

– Sunday, Oct. 20, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Pumpkin Walk at Twilight with more than 500 jack-o’-lanterns illuminating the gardens. Refreshments and local entertainment for families available. Transportation costs only.

“This will be fun. We’ll leave early enough to enjoy the gardens and the Weller Gallery before all the jack-o’-lanterns are lit,” Franks said.

Sunday, Oct. 27, High Stakes Battle Ground Wrestling in the Salem Memorial Building gym, with Halloween theme. Kids and adults will be encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes, with wrestlers expected to be wearing some interesting outfits, also. Cost of $10 for adults, $7 for youth.

Saturday, Nov. 9, Xbox Madden Football Tournament for ages 10 to 18 years old at the Memorial Building, divided into age groups, $5 entry fee for refreshments and small trophies.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, 24th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar, with tables full of arts, crafts, candles and baked goods for puchase in the Memorial Building gym. Lunch and refreshments available both days. The cost of an 8-foot table and two chairs for two days is $25.

Franks said that besides the Chinese auction, he wants to include a 50/50 raffle, a visit from Santa Claus and local singing groups and entertainers on the stage.

Anyone wanting information about any of the events should call 330-332-5512, which is the same number to call to reserve a room or the gym for an event.

According to a press release issued by Franks, the gym can be set up for $20 an hour for just about any sport, dances, plays, concerts and other forms of entertainment. The gym floor can be set up to hold 50-plus 8-foot tables and chairs.

Rooms are available for rent any day of the week, including weekends, for parties of every kind, including birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries, retirements or graduations. Room rental rates range from $15 to $25 per hour depending on the size. A full-service kitchen can be used for an additional $25 if rented with a room.

Local clubs and organizations use rooms at the Memorial Building throughout the year for meetings, classes, parties or whatever they need. Money raised goes to the Salem Memorial Building Association.

The Salem War Memorial Building has been a spot for recreation and service for more than 90 years, according to Franks.

“Check it out once in awhile,” he said.