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Pink Plastic Flamingos – Tacky or Cool?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Pink Plastic Flamingos – Tacky or Cool?

By Kathryn Mabin After a long hard winter, like we’ve had, with mounds of snow, brutal cold, and slippery walks and driveways, as mailboxes begin to fill with those colorful garden catalogs, we long for the warmth of the sun, the chirping of the birds, the lush green of the grass, and the multicolors of a floral garden. When that happens I also think of lawn ornaments, gnomes, gazing balls, ducks and geese, but most of all I think about pink plastic flamingos. So I spent an afternoon researching these flamboyant feathered friends, and here is what I discovered. Don Featherstone was a sculptor, who was hired in 1956 to work at the Leominster, Massachusetts company called Union Products. Union Products made two-dimensional plastic ornaments for the lawn. Don was hired to redesign their very popular plastic duck into...

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Flamingo Fever Matching Game

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Flamingo Fever Matching Game

Flamingo Fever! Play The Matching Game Brought To You By Polish Village Flamingos are in establishments all over Parma. Match the flamingo with its location, bring this with you to the Flamingo Fever Banquet/Auction for a chance to win the grand prize. Flamingo Fever Banquet/Auction Saturday, September 20, 2014 Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. St Charles Parish Hall 5891 Ridge Road Parma, Ohio $25.00 a person Pre-order tickets by contacting or Call (440) 843-6474 Click Here to Download the Flamingo Fever Matching Game (Above photo by Carole Murray, Lego Flamingo Artist is Annette...

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Polish Village Resident is Artist of the Month

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in News, Photos | Comments Off on Polish Village Resident is Artist of the Month

By Kathryn Mabin Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in variety of mediums. This article is the second in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors. Jill Golias Jill Golias and her husband Brian live in the Polish Village area of Parma and have lived in Parma most of their lives. They are both proud graduates of Parma High School. Jill is an amateur photographer. Her love of photography started when dad, Gary Soukup, bought her a camera at age 11. Tinkering with her camera has brought her great joy and some unique and unusual shots, too. She eventually migrated over to a DSLR Nikon camera. In addition to portraits, she loves nature and the capturing...

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Artsy flamingos are flocking to perches throughout the city

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in News, Photos | Comments Off on Artsy flamingos are flocking to perches throughout the city

By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News If you’ve been at certain businesses up and down Ridge Road lately, you may have noticed some of the entries in the “Flamingo Fever” art exhibit hatched by Kathryn Mabin of Polish Village. Some of the entries have local “flavor” written all over them, like Mabin’s own Stash Mingo-ski, which is a tribute to “Big Chuck” Schodowski’s character immortalized in numerous comedy skits. Mabin’s work of art is in residence at the Key Bank branch at Ridge and Ridgewood roads. Paulette Kall created a Ghoulardi Flamingo that is on display at the Local Tavern. One of the most intricate birds is Annette Mannion’s Lego Flamingo at Colozza’s Bakery. Mannion used 1,300 pieces to build a bird. The second annual Flamingo Fever Banquet & Auction will be held Sept. 20 at St....

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FREE TICKETS! Summertime Fun!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News, Photos | Comments Off on FREE TICKETS! Summertime Fun!

By Kathryn Mabin Friends of Parma Theater wants you to submit your stories and fondest memories of the Parma Theater. Was it where you received your first kiss, met your spouse, or viewed the best movie ever? Share your memorable moments that are tied to Parma Theater with us. In return, the eight most memorable stories will receive a pair of tickets for baseball on Friday night, August 22, 2014, to Union Night for the Captains vs. Fort Wayne Game at Classic Park in Eastlake Ohio. And, with your permission, your stories may be used in future editions of the Parma Observer. Friends of Parma Theater is an all volunteer group of concerned citizens committed to the cause of saving the Parma Theater. The mission is to cultivate a creative arts district and multi-use facility to enrich and educate...

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Flocks of Flamingos Have Been Sighted!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in News, Photos | Comments Off on Flocks of Flamingos Have Been Sighted!

By Kathryn Mabin Much like the swallows that return to Capistrano, and the buzzards that return to Hinckley, the Flamingos are flocking to Parma. Beginning in the spring, the lawns in Parma start to sprout bright bursts of color in the form of pink colored flamingos. They are as much of a harbinger of Spring as the robins are. Although many local communities welcome these fantastic tropical beauties into their gardens and on their lawns, they are more frequently found in Parma. Last year the very first ever public art exhibition, Flamingo Fever, was sponsored by the Polish Village CDC [Old World Parma], in Parma. This event was so well received by the community that it was decided to make it an annual event. “So, what is Flaming Fever?” you ask. It is a public art exhibition. Artistically minded...

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