BUHL DAY Organizers plan event for family
The juried art show has been revived for this year's celebration.
By LAURE CIOFFI
VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA STAFF
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Nick Baron has fond memories of going to Buhl Day as a child and playing games and enjoying food.
He's now working on making new memories of Buhl Day with his own three children.
Baron of Sharon and his wife, Melissa, are chairmen of the 30-plus member committee that plans the annual Labor Day celebration in Buhl Farm Park in Hermitage.
"It's always been a big day," Nick Baron said. "So many people have grown up with Buhl Farm Park, and it is something everybody relates to -- going to Buhl Farm on Labor Day."
Melissa Baron likens the event to Old Home Week, where people gather and catch up with old friends.
"It's a wholesome family event," she said.
A juried art show will be added this year. That had been discontinued in the last few years because of the disbanding of the Shenango Valley Arts Guild, Melissa Baron said.
They have also tried to add more child-friendly events for all ages, including puppet shows for the young and rock climbing for older youths.
Karen Emmett, publicity chairwoman of the event, says it's a great way to say goodbye to summer.
"It is really a picnic in the park, a family day. You figure all of it is provided free for anyone who would like to come," she said.
Tribute to residents
The day is also known for honoring residents who have given to the community.
This year's honorees are Eugene Derr of Sharpsville, Maurice Keavney of Sharon and Dr. William McDowell of Hermitage.
Buhl Day began in 1915 as a tribute to industrialist Frank Buhl and his wife, Julia, who created the 300-acre Buhl Farm Park as a free recreation area for local residents. The annual celebration was held until the start of World War II and then resumed in 1980.
This year, food vendors from different area organizations will be set up, and Buhl Day committee members will be shuttling the elderly and infirm around in golf carts.
Emmett said one disappointment for some is that there are no fireworks. The committee has decided to forgo that expense this year but promises the sky light display next year.
The entire event costs about $30,000, which comes from private and business donations. Planning for the yearly event takes nearly a year.
The Barons say they will continue on next year as chairmen, but they are hoping to attract new volunteers.
"We really struggle with having the same people every year work on the committee," Melissa Baron said. Sign-up sheets for new volunteers will be at the souvenir and information booth, she said.