Mantua – This year is the 50th anniversary of the infamous 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga River that prompted massive clean up efforts along the waterway. Many community organizations are holding events in order to celebrate the amazing comeback of this valuable local resource. Close to home, the folks at the DMRC and the Chilling Station will be hosting an event to give local families the opportunity to celebrate the mighty river while enjoying some frozen confections near the riverbank.

The event will feature opportunities to enjoy the river from the bank or take part in a celebration paddle along the Upper Cuyahoga River. Take part in a Summer Solstice Stroll at Buchert Park or along the nearby Headwaters Hike and Bike Trail, and to celebrate the season with family and friends.

The event takes place near river access points in the Village: At the Chilling Station (10585 South Main Street) and Buchert Park on East High Street. In addition to free ice cream for the kids, the event will feature Crestwood Lions’ food truck, homemade pierogis, and refreshments from the Restoration 44 Coffee Company.

Come celebrate along the beautiful Cuyahoga River on Wednesday, June 19th from 4 to 8 pm. The Xtinguish Torch Fest is hosted by the Chilling Station and the DMRC, whose mission is to work with the Village of Mantua to engage citizens, civic organizations, business community and property owners to develop and implement a plan to reverse blight within the village.

Event sponsors include: DMRC, Compass Packaging Company & the Chilling Station, Advance Rehabilitation, Breakaway Excursions, Buckeye Trail Association, Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak Livery, ODNR, Portage Park District, Portage County Regional Planning Commission, and Restoration 44 Coffee Company.