Old West End Festival features tours, art, music and moreWritten by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The 40th annual Historic Old West End Festival will feature tours of five houses built no later than 1913. The homes range from the Reynolds-Secor Home Mansion View Inn with 18 rooms to the Anthony J. Gallagher House with four bedrooms and terrazzo on the front porch.
“They’re all absolutely fabulous houses and are definitely worth the tour,” said Kent Illenden, the festival publicity chair. “Every house on the tour has had a lot of restoration or updating on various parts of the house.”
Also at the festival, June 4 and June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be an art fair surrounding the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion with about 100 artists. About 10 food vendors will sell carnival-type food.
Illenden said he expects about 10,000 people to attend the festival, similar to last year.
June 4 will also feature the King Wamba Carnival Parade at 10 a.m. and a car show under the trees of Toledo Spain Park. The parade will include floats, art cars, performance art and musical presentations.
The Old West End/Toledo Symphony Stampede is a 5K run that will take place June 5, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m and the race starting at 9 a.m.
“The route is all through the Old West End and then the symphony provides little combo groups,” Illenden said. “They have a half-dozen or more of these groups set so that as you walk or run this route, you hear these groups.”
Tom Guyton, the race committee chair, said he expects to see about 150 runners this year, an increase from last year’s 125 runners, but could see up to 200 runners.
The 5K began last year when Dan Schmitt, the festival committee president, asked Guyton to be the race director.
Festival proceeds will go to the Historic Old West End Association (OWE), which uses the funds for architecture preservation, education scholarships, music in the park community concerts and several committees.
Registration will cost $15 for children 12 and younger and $25 for those 13 and older. Proceeds from the 5K will be split between the symphony and the OWE.
A tour of one home costs $4, and all-house tour tickets costs $12. Advance tickets are $10, and children younger than 12 are free. Donating four canned goods or canned pet food goods at the festival will reduce the tour tickets to $10.
The canned goods will benefit “Feed Your Neighbor.” The canned pet food goods will go to the “Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank.”
For more information, visit the web site www.toledooldwestend.com.