This modest little clapboard building at 56 Public Square seems like an unlikely witness to history. It has stood on this spot since 1830, when the  commercial district of the village of Medina consisted almost entirely of such little wooden structures.  It survived two devastating fires in the nineteenth century and has housed law offices, [...]

The weather on the weekend of the 17th annual Key Bank Ice Festival was weird and unpredictable — as it has been all winter.
After bitter cold all week, suddenly on Friday the temperature shot up to fifty degrees. The ice carvers, who were scheduled to carve on Friday evening, couldn’t work.  They had to wait [...]

It’s time to give Austin Badger his due.
We all enjoy Public Square during the various festivals and celebrations that take place  almost continually during the year.  We revel in its picturesque beauty during all four seasons and think how lucky we are to live in such a lovely, historic community.
But no one ever thinks to [...]

Every restored Victorian building surrounding the greensward of Medina’s Public Square has its story.  And occasionally, some remnant, some souvenier from the past, hidden away in an attic or a dusty corner finds the light of day, and it too has a story to tell.
There is, for example, Gramercy Gallery at 221 South Court Street, [...]

Medina’s living room — Public Square Park — continues to be heavily used this summer. On Sunday, August 8th,  the white tents blossomed under the spreading trees once again, and the crowds spilled forth, this time for the large annual craft show called “An Affair on the Square”. It’s not exactly “art”  you find there [...]

Friday night in Medina –  a study in contrasts.
In the Victorian-style gazebo on the Square, the Medina Community Band  plays tunes that float sweetly in the summer air.  It is serene and nostalgic –  pure, old fashioned Americana straight out of  “The Music Man.”
Off the Square, exactly one block west –  the roar of Harley-Davidsons [...]

The Friday evening band concert — Medina’s most charming and most enduring tradition — played to a large crowd gathered on lawn chairs and blankets around the Victorian confection of a gazebo in the center of Public Square Park last night.
This year marks 151 years since the Medina Community Band has played on the village [...]

It’s a sure-fire sign that summer is here: White tents bloom on the green lawns of Public Square Park and the vendors arrive from all over the county to sell their wares. It’s Farmers’ Market Season in Medina  and it will continue every Saturday morning from June 5 to October 9,  9:00 A.M. to 1:00 [...]

Twenty two years after the 1848 fire, the unthinkable happened.
On the night of April 14th, 1870, according the the “1881 History of Medina County and Ohio”,  “The alarm sounded…calling the people unceremoniously from their virtuous couches and in a few short hours, almost the entire business district of Medina was in ashes, much of it [...]

The story goes like this:  On the evening of April 11, 1848, two young men — drifters, probably — were playing cards in the back room of Barney Prentiss’s shoe store.  One of them blew out a candle and tossed it into a pile of trash in the corner. But he was careless — the [...]