Light Up Lakewood, 2012

Photos from LakewoodAlive's Light Up Lakewood. In 2012 it became the premiere event we all knew it could become with the right leadership. Thank you Quaker Steak and Lube, Lakewood Hospital, University of Akron, all of the volunteers and the city of Lakewood. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. 2012

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  • By 4pm people were taking their places along Detroit Ave. for the parade. Here a young believer check out some automotronics.

  • A micro version of the Monster Truck we would see later.
  • Bike cabs, what a great idea.
  • The Lakewood Police on top of everything, as usual.
  • Santa with a friend.
  • Mwali, owner of Tease Salon, stood in for Santa, and did a great job.
  • Quaker Steak and Lube, head sponsor was ready to serve some of their world famous wings and burgers to the crowds. Thank you Quaker Steak and Lube.

  • Ex-Mayor Madeline Cain with her pup.

  • Tom Mahall (right), now featured at the Lakewood Public Library.
  • Scott Spence, Artistic Director at the Beck Center, flashes a peace sign.
  • St. Ed's Trash Talkers, at the Lakewood Public Library.
  • Still only 4:30, but the crowd is picking up.
  • Reindeer!
  • Susan Cliffel bike through.
  • The Schiefferle family finds some tasty treats!
  • Ed Gallagher holds down duties at the Beck Center table.
  • Back to Tease.
  • LakewoodAlive courtesy booth.
  • Steve Gannis, infamous curmudgeon who was really anti-Library and anti-Observer. Today we are all friends. It was great seeing him out and enjoying himself.

  • Ruthy Malanack Davis with Dan May and his wife, Mary Lou Wincek May.
  • Dan, Mary Lou with Muni Judge Patrick Carroll. Mary Lou's brother worked with Judge Carroll.
  • Then to show just how close this community is, Ruthie calls for a group hug with long-time friends and neighbors, Judge Carroll and his wife Bonnie. How can you not love this community?

  • Dr. Charles Greanhoff
  • Susan Grimberg, and Mary Osborn.

  • Big Brother? Sniper? Nope, just LakewoodAlive video crews.
  • A sign to stop, give, and think of those that are not as well off as you. I will never get tired of this Christmas Tradition.
  • As darkness rolled over us, the kids moved into the lighted toys!
  • You know what is great? Lakewood, a dog-friendly, family sort of a town. Here Ben Taddesse with Vinnie.

  • The crowd really started to build by dusk.
  • The Timieskis
  • Adopt a Huskie led off the parade with dog teams!

  • Chomps from the Cleveland Browns.
  • The official kick off to the parade, with a banner of sponsors.
  • And that darn little truck.

  • Followed by the full size version.
  • I could be wrong, but this is the first Monster Truck I can remember in Lakewood on Detroit. I have seen IndyCars, Nascar cars, Top Fuel Drag racers, LeMans style protypes, but this is the first Monster Truck.

  • H2O, get your kids involved TODAY!
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Giving out hugs.

  • Brennan Florist, on Madison, 221-8200
  • Ian Andrews, Director of LakewoodAlive with Suzanne Metelko, Dean of the University of Akron.

  • Ian Andrews, Director of LakewoodAlive. Sorry girls, he just got married!
  • The Kazoo Band.
  • Silhouette Dance Studio
  • The fabulous Miss Donna!
  • PeeWee Hockey! The word is with NHL on strike, the big money and blog viewership has moved to PeeWee Hockey.

  • Cleveland Cycle Tours.
  • Lakewood Girl Scouts
  • The Masonic Lodges
  • The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Auction

  • Diane Helbig and Patty Ryan from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.
  • Drug Mart
  • Barton Senior Center
  • Alison Breckel, and Ed Favre.
  • The Lakewood High Ranger Marching Band.
  • Lakewood Garden Center
  • Lakewood Kiwanis
  • Lakewood City Crews, and Meet The Trucks!
  • The Queen and King's chariot.
  • The Light Up Lakewood Queen and King Megan Barrett and Tyler Krebs. They are also the recipients of the 2012 Plantation Home Scholarship. Congratulations to Megan Barrett and Tyler Krebs!

  • More bike cabs, what a great idea.
  • Bill Call on Kazoo
  • Mary Lou Call gets a ride from Lakewoodite Daniel Dominic, owner of the bike cabs, and is featured in the new issue of the Great Lakes Courier.

  • Christine Cowen and Thomas Mulready with others on Kazoo.
  • Buddy the Elf
  • and Santa!
  • Then it got crowded. We all had an hour to walk around, and shop, eat, hear other musical groups, while waiting for fireworks.

  • So I walked around, and got nailed by Kate Parker right in the gut,
  • Jay Foran with good friend and School Board Member Tom Einhouse.
  • Susan Grimberg, President of Lakewood Hospital, Robert Weil, MD, Zippy, and the University of Akron, Lakewood's Campus Dean Suzane Metlko.
  • Jim O'Bryan, Salli Breckel, Heidi Hilty, Phil Hility, photo by Police Officer Ted Morley.
  • Detective Patrick Foye, with Ken Brand, Marketing and Event Coordinator at LakewoodAlive. KEN Great Event!
  • The Mulreadys, errr Hunts, errr Thomas and Carol.
  • The Mechenbiers.
  • Trevor Davis.
  • Kris Williams and Jason Weiner.
  • The Wheeler Family.
  • LakewoodAlive's Housing Outreach Director, Hilary Shickler with Lakewood's Law Director Kevin Butler.
  • Steve Ott, Dan Ott, Emily Hilty, Heidi Hilty and Salli Breckel.
  • Ann and Gary Bisch.
  • The Ignizios.
  • Frank Revy and Tallulah.

  • The Rose-Shickler clan.
  • Then they threw the switch and the lights went on.

  • No really.
  • And we turned around to see fireworks. Ohhhhh.
  • Then we ran two blocks west and one north.

  • To watch the fireworks.
  • Afterwards, The Place To Be Filled Up!

  • Back on Detroit everyone went back to walking, talking, shopping, eating, drinking and general merriment.

  • Chris Fedor, Gloria Brooker, Steve and Kit Hoffert.

  • John Russell.
  • Center Judy and Paul Szentkiralyi with a friend.
  • Mulready still playing, marching and Kazooing!
  • The McDermott Clan.

  • Betty Tereck with Curt Brosky.
  • Shawn Warren from Erie Design.
  • Great caroling by some really good carolers who happen to be great people too.

  • Rozi's was hopping all night.

  • Ian and Ed talk about what a great night it was.
  • The Salos with the grandkids!
  • Cathy with the Frantz gang, Vince of course went back to work after the fireworks.
  • Michael Dever with some of the wee ones.
  • The Harrants.
  • Drunks at Rozi's. Just kidding.
  • Greta and Marley.

  • The Careys

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