Golden Oldies for a New Generation
Every Community has them. The landmarks and events that make childhood memories and bond generations. For those who move away they are the must-do list on return trips home and for residents they are must-see recommendations to visitors. In Tuscarawas County these destinations not only provide a glimpse into the past but also provide a new perspective for travelers in town for business, pleasure, or just passing though.
Two historic theaters begin the list of area must-sees. Opened in 1937 The Lynn Drive-in is the oldest drive-in movie theater in Ohio and the second-oldest in the US! Twin screens offer current movie entertainment rain or shine late Spring through early Fall. The theater is located at the junction of US Routes 250 and 21 just north of the Village of Strasburg and the nearby Ramada Limited Hotel offers overnight packages with drive-in tickets. The Lynn isn't the only historic theater in the area. In downtown New Philadelphia, just a block from the town square and county courthouse is the Quaker Cinema. With a newly-renovated facade hearkening back to it's opening in the 1940's and giant movie posters decorating the two theaters, the Quaker offers not only first-run movies but also special events featuring local film makers, classic film showings and private birthday parties.
For a cool treat Funday's, an old-fashioned root beer stand, offers drive-up service with tradition dishes like coneys, creamed chicken, fries, and more served car-side by car hops along with refreshing draft root beer in a frosty mug. Funday's is located on "The Boulevard" connection New Philadelphia and Dover- officially Fourth Street. Minutes away from Fundays is a one-of-a-kind gem that has become a symbol for New Philadelphia as well as Tuscarawas County. Tuscora Park, opened in 1907, is a community park opened to the public for a range of experiences.
There are usual park amenities such as sports venues like baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, boccie courts, and a football field. For families the park offers several playgrounds, a community pool, concessions, mini golf and a duck pond featuring a new boardwalk. What sets this particular park apart from others is the number of children's amusement rides available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (afternoons and evenings on the weekends and evenings only during the week) The rides include motorized swings, an open-air gondola Ferris wheel, a century-old Spillman carousel, a mini roller coaster and several rides for toddlers. Tickets for rides are only $1! The on-site football stadium is known as Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in tribute to Wood Hayes who began his coaching career at New Philadelphia High School (home of the 'Fighting Quakers') before moving on to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes.
For more information about these, and other memory-making attractions in the area, visit the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau at: www.traveltusc.com. Photos Courtesy of Andy Donaldson Photography