What’s a birthday bash without balloons, games, ice cream and cake? Throw in a smorgasbord of tasty regional treats, whimsical costumes and rides on the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel and you’ve got the Western Reserve Historical Society’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.
Inspired by the theme “Somewhere in Time,” many of the 308 guests dressed as historic Clevelanders, from Ambassador /Governor Myron T. Herrick and his wife, to the auto pioneer Horatio Nelson Jackson and his mechanic, to even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch having been played in the classic movie by Paul Newman, who grew up in Shaker Heights.
When they weren’t dancing to tunes spun by DJ Chris Tyers, partygoers grazed on such festive fare as pretzel chicken and waffles from Great Lakes Brewing Company, a tapestry of vegetarian sushi from A Taste of Excellence, lobster rolls from Marigold Caterers, and lamb nachos from Zach Bruell. As for the cake and ice cream? Zagaras sent an array of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with whipped butter-cream, and Weber’s dished out bowls of frozen custard, including salted caramel, Euclid Beach Vanilla and Higbee’s Frosted Malt.
Winners of best costumes, the scavenger hunt, even What Is It? — a game identifying curious tools from the past — drew awards of custom-decorated “150” cookies from Luna bakery. The night’s big winner was the Western Reserve Historical Society’s education and public programming, which will benefit from the $60,000 raised by the event’s proceeds and silent auction.