Flowers have been popping up along East 200th Street to advertise this year’s stroll, which takes place annually the weekend after Memorial Day.
For two years, when Sherrie Zagorc mentioned the East 200th Street Stroll to someone, she had to explain what it is all about.
This year, people have been coming to Zagorc, asking her when the stroll will be.
“That’s the most exciting thing to me. It’s starting to really catch on,” she said.
The stroll will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday along East 200th Street from Lakeland Boulevard by Rick Case Honda to Lake Shore Boulevard.
As in past years, the Euclid Beach Rocket Ship will give “strollers” free rides up and down the street, but a new addition will help with the traffic flow. Lolly the Trolley will make eight stops along the street, each marked by balloons. Riders can get on and off as they like.
“We don’t close the street,” Zagorc said. “The first year we thought the Rocket Ship would be the mode of transportation, but people didn’t want to get off. So this year we got Lolly the Trolley.”
Roosevelt Elementary School will also play a big part in this year’s festivities. In honor of the school’s 90th birthday, “Eleanor Roosevelt” will stroll the grounds to talk with visitors, and an a capella quintet will sing period songs.
Euclid Public Library will also set up historical displays about the Euclid Township bicentennial at the school.
Another new entry is the Society for Creative Anachronism, which will demonstrate period fighting, belly dancing and Italian comedia. The group meets weekly at Recher Hall.
The Joe Mayer Orchestra will play from noon to 2 p.m. on the parking lot of the 503 building, formerly Euclid Race. Vendors from the Shore Farmers Market will also set up on that parking lot.
Businesses will hold sidewalk sales and have displays and fun activities. Dairy Queen will again hold a mini carnival in its parking lot with face painting, a “pick a sundae” wheel and Curly Cone the Clown. Kiddie City will host children’s games.
Free hot dogs will be available at several places along the street, including Discount Drug Mart, Bear Cabinetry, Dollar General and the Kiwanis stand at Bagel Buddies, which will also hold bicycle registration and bicycle safety and serve donut holes and mini bagel pizzas. Other restaurants plan barbecues and other free food and water.
“We have a restaurant that won’t be open until July, but they are still planning on doing something,” Zagorc said.
She began the stroll three years ago as a way of showing people what East 200th Street has to offer, and what is available in the community.
“We’re just trying to be neighborly,” she said.
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