Mesopotamia holds heritage event

MESOPOTAMIA – Each fall, people from across the area travel to northern Trumbull County to see and purchase the various items made by local blacksmiths, quilters and canners during the 12th annual Mesopo-tamia Heritage Day.

The event has grown from being held at the old township hall to now being at the center park at Routes 87 and 534.

Scott Schaden, owner of the End of the Commons Store at the center, said the day brings families out for fun while getting to see the artisans.

“It started out in the town hall but got bigger and bigger so we had to move it to the park where there was more space,” he said.

Local artisans showcase their soaps, candles and foods. Entertainment included a dulcimer player and a storyteller dressed as a trapper.

Crafters in period costumes performed outdoor demonstrations including soap making, basket weaving, candle making and quilting.

Schaden said the event is the biggest fall event held in the township.

Bob Temple, a blacksmith with the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith at Burton’s Century Village hammered a hot piece of steel which he said when heated up is easier to shape.

“When you heat it up, it is like clay and you can really move it,” he said as he was assisted by fellow blacksmith John Pratt.

Schaden said a quilt made by a local family is raffled each year at the event.

Also on display was a new planter next to the park pavilion.

Trustee David Brazofsky said there was a stone uncovered in front of the Civil War Memorial at Routes 87 and 534. The stone had been buried for a while and has “Mesopotamia” and “O” carved on its side.

Brazofsky said it was dated around 1867.

Brazofsky said when he became a trustee four years ago the old stone was mentioned to him by Trustee Don Sly.

Late in the summer, he went and unearthed the top of the stone and saw the letters and later had it dug up.

“It felt like Indiana Jones digging it up.” Brazofsky said.

He said he asked building director Larry Laverich to do something creative with it, and he created a large planter with flowers in it by the pavilion.

Brazofsky said the “O” on the maker stood for “Ohio.”

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