Friday, April 14, 2017

Video: Spotlight Elyria - Spring 2017

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda held her first Community Conversation of the year at Northwood Middle School on March 23, 2017.   The meeting began with an interview conducted by Chronicle Telegram Editor, Andy Young. Please click on the video to view.

Future meetings are scheduled throughout the year, and we would love to have you attend:
  • June 22 @ West Park Rec Center
  • September 28 @ South Park Rec Center
  • December 14 @ East Rec Center
Reservations are appreciated but are never necessary.  Please call the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402 with any questions or to reserve your seat for an upcoming meeting!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bicentennial Documentary Tickets Now Available!

The Mayor and the City of Elyria Bicentennial Committee
Request the honor of your presence at the Bicentennial Documentary Premiere:

Making History Then and NOW!
A unique tribute to our city’s past, present and future

Thursday Evening, May 18, 2017 – Hoke Theatre
Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center
1005 Abbe Road North
Elyria, Ohio  44035

There are TWO TICKET OPTIONS: Cocktail Party & Viewing: $25.00 or Viewing only: $5.00
Cocktail Party (Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar):  6:00 – 7:00pm
Program & Documentary Viewing: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Tickets can be purchased online here...
or at the following:
  • Elyria City Hall Mayor’s Office - 131 Court Street
  • The Elyria Arts Council – 336 Broad Street. 
A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door - for the viewing only.       

Official Bicentennial Souvenirs sponsored by Discount Drug Mart will also be available

All proceeds from ticket sales and souvenirs go towards the rebuilding of the Ely Square Fountain.  For more information call the Mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402. 

Monday, April 10, 2017


The City of Elyria sang with one voice this past Sunday, April 9 as representatives from 16 churches joined together at the First United Methodist Church for the Elyria Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing: Celebrating Faith and Prosperity.  The mass choir filled the historical sanctuary with song from common hymns in Elyria’s white and black congregations from the early years to the present.  “This was an amazing display of Elyrians from all congregations and walks of life joining together to celebrate our community and our diversity,” said Mayor Holly Brinda.  “It was truly an historical event that many, including myself, will never forget and I hope will inspire all of us to join together more often.”  

Guest speaker John Beckett spoke about the importance of faith in Elyria’s evolving history and how faith is just as important today to the City’s and individuals’ development and prosperity.  The hymns were selected because of their lyrics reflect an abiding faith that has endured through many generations.  Among the hymns included: Blessed Assurance, When We All Get to Heaven, Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, and It Is Well With My Soul.  Sincere appreciation is extended to event organizer Jeanine Donaldson and other organizers, participants and choir representatives. 
  • Jeanine Donaldson & Elyria YWCA – Event Organizer & Soloist
  • Elyria Bicentennial Committee and Mayor’s Office – Event Support
  • United Methodist Church – Event Host
  • Pastor Kent Joy – Event Welcome
  • Dr. Mark Jessie – Event Welcome
  • Mayor Holly Brinda – City Welcome
  • John Beckett – Event Speaker
  • Betty Halliburton – Event Moderator
  • Reverend Terrance Bivens – Choir Conductor
  • Reverend Howard Harris – Music Support
  • Reverend Darrell Shumpert – Music Support
  • Blossie Wright - Soloist
  • Felicia Cunningham - Soloist
  • Reverend Carl B. Small - Soloist
  • Asbury Methodist Church – founded 1897
  • Church of the Rock Ministries  - founded 1997
  • Community United Methodist Church – founded 1965
  • First United Methodist Church – founded 1827
  • Full Gospel Faith Fellowship – founded 1996
  • Jones Chapel – AME Church – founded 1924
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church – founded 1921
  • St John Lutheran Church – founded 1869
  • Bethany Baptist Church – founded 1915
  • Community of Faith United Church of Christ – founded 2015
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ – founded 1824
  • First United Presbyterian – founded 1912
  • Greater Christ Temple – founded 1930
  • St Andrew Episcopal – founded 1837
  • Second Baptist Church – founded 1933
  • Washington Avenue Christian Church – founded 1881

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing - 5PM - April 9, 2017!

The Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing will take place this Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 5:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Elyria - 312 3rd Street!  More than 15 choirs from Elyria's churches will come together as one mass choir and sing some of your favorite gospel songs as we remember our past and look to the future through music.  More information and a complete list of participating churches is below.