Mantua – The second annual Sweet heART Auction and Cookie walk will be held from noon to 5 pm February 10 at the Mantua Township School building (Old Center School), 11741 Mantua Center Road.

This is a joint effort by The Mantua Restoration Society and the Community Center Management Board to raise funds to continue renovating the school building and turn it into a community center for Northern Portage County and Southern Geauga County.
Contributions of art, plus cookies for the cookie walk, are being actively sought for this community event. As well, whimsies (folk art, sports collectibles, hand-knitted and crocheted articles and anything else that isn’t cookies or official art) are being sought for a silent auction going on throughout the event. This year visitors will also be entertained with Americana music, a little bluegrass, and folk music played between 12:30 and 1:30 by Cal Craig and Skip Schweitzer featuring guitars, banjos and mandolin. Come sing and play along with us.

If you would like to help with the event, please call Terry Vechery at 330-962-0818 or Jan Oros at 330-858-8394, or Carole Pollard at 330-274-0118. Cookies can be delivered to the school building between 9-11 on February 10. Whimsies can be delivered on February 3 at the Mantua Civic Center on the Village Green between 10 am and 2 pm

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Skip Schweitzer, of Mantua, can be described from early on in life as an avid outdoorsman and old car restorer and aficionado. He comes from a long line of great lakes fishermen and hunters. He is a taxidermist and a retired psychologist. His grandfather Charles, a machinist and fisherman who fed his family with fish during the Great Depression, was one of the original auto restorers at the Thompson Auto Museum, now the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. Skip learned to hunt, fish and restore cars from his father Roy and learned the value and appreciation of antique automobiles from his grandfather. Skip has, over the years, restored upwards of 25 automobiles including many Fords, Studebakers, Buicks, Jeeps and VWs. Skip has written extensively on automobiles and outdoors for several newspapers, magazines and auto publications this past 20 years. His current antique automobiles include a 1930 Ford Model “A”, and a 1970 Volkswagen Cabriolet. Skip’s most frequent bylines are, Outdoors With Skip, and The Old Road.