The Best New Year's Eve Party In Town!
100 years ago, the Templar Motors Factory was gearing up to produce beautiful automobiles that would travel the country from coast to coast, race at top speeds, appear in movies, and grace the streets of Cleveland and other cities. During the six years of production, more than 6700 Templar automobiles were built, but, unfortunately, only 39 of them are known to still exist. Lakewood is fortunate to have a display of original Templar automobiles, housed in the original factory on Athens Avenue. On New Year’s Eve, the display will be open, as the Lakewood Historical Society hosts a birthday party for both the cars and the factory. All the makings of a great party will be available, including Ernie Krivda’s wonderful band, dancing, food stations, and an open wine and beer bar. Following a twenties theme, guests are encouraged to dress accordingly (or buy an accessory at the party store), visit the speakeasy for a classic cocktail or be photographed behind the wheel of an actual 100-year-old Templar, before toasting the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, at midnight.
This event is also a fundraiser for the Lakewood Historical Society’s “Digitizing the Archives” project. The Society owns many photos, printed documents, and objects that, when digitized, will be much more readily accessible by the community. The cost factor has made this a slow-moving project. Additional funds will allow for more personnel and more equipment to move the process along more quickly. Fortunately, the archives of the Society continue to grow as wonderful items are donated, telling the many stories of Lakewood’s history. The Templar story is one of those pieces of Lakewood’s history.
Time to purchase tickets is running out. Visit the website of the Lakewood Historical Society, lakewoodhistory.org or call 216-221-7343 to purchase tickets. This promises to be a Superfine New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Norine Prim is the First Vice President of the Lakewood Historical Society.
As First Vice President of the Lakewood Historical Society, I will be submitting info pertinent to the Historical Society for publication.