ASHTABULA – A parking lot turned into a multigenerational playground on Saturday morning as “Meet Us in the Plaza” featured entertainment, food vendors and plenty of other activities.
The event was sponsored by Ashtabula County Medical Center and Premiere Fitness with an eye on young and mature alike, said June Parmater, Wellness Specialist at Premiere Fitness.
“We wanted to have a fun event for the community,” Parmater said. She said there was a sprinkle of ACMC booths with local vendors as well as oldies music, a bouncy house, and a hula-hoop performer.
Jo Evvs, the hula-hoop performer, said it was his first event since the start of the pandemic.
Nicole Simms attended the event with her family after hearing about it at the Ashtabula Health and Fitness Plaza County Medical Center where she works and where the event took place. Simm’s daughter Skyler, 10, said the event was “exciting.”
She said the family decided to come see the event.
“With COVID, there hasn’t been much to do,” Simms said.
Bonnie and Greg Felde took the time to dance to the music performed by “Oldies by Nicely Done”. The couple said they enjoyed supporting the local vendors, that the group was one of their favorites, and it was a great day to do something outside.
One of the vendors was from “My Neighbors Collaborative” which grew vegetables for 20 families this summer and sold the surplus in the plaza on Tuesday. Pam Bean, volunteer coordinator for the MNC-sponsored Community Supported Agriculture program, said it was a great event to sell the vegetables.
The Ashtabula County Health Department also provided COVID-19 snapshots to those interested.