Leadership Lake County’s Community Builders 2022 class in partnership with Remarkable Lake County is hosting a kickoff event on April 30 to celebrate the launch of its new Lake County Cultural Passport.
The mission of the project is to build community engagement, awareness, and appreciation through cultural exploration, according to a news release. The Lake County Cultural Passport consists of culturally significant sites in Lake County that have had an influence on life in Lake County, and the project aims to encourage people to explore these sites and learn about their local impact.
“One of the biggest selling points to visitors coming to Lake County is the breadth of historical and cultural sites throughout the county, Remarkable Lake County Executive Director Neil Stein stated in the release. “When the Leadership Lake County Community Builders class shared the idea of the Lake County Cultural Passport with me it immediately sounded like a great way to group many of these historic sites together with the goal of promoting these sites to local residents who may have never visited them or haven’t visited a site in a long time.”
The kickoff event will take place at historic College Hall on the campus of Lake Erie College in Painesville. Participants can begin checking in at 9 a.m., and there will be a welcome by Lake Erie College President Brian Posler at 9:30. Lake Erie College is providing breakfast for participants, and Leadership Lake County is providing a Grab-N-Go snack table so teams can have something to eat as they travel to the different sites, the release stated.
Participating teams will then set out to visit the different cultural sites listed in their passports. Teams will be required to visit at least one site on the eastside, westside, and central Lake County along with one additional site to qualify for prize drawings. There are currently 12 sites in the Lake County Cultural Passport with more to be added.
The kickoff event lasts until 4 p.m. back at Lake Erie College.
Teams will turn in their passports once they have at least four sites marked off their passports by volunteers at the passport cultural sites. Those teams who turn in their passports will be eligible for the prize drawings which include local merchandise, gift cards to local restaurants and more, the release stated.
Teams for the kickoff can consist of two to four people, and only 50 teams can participate in the kickoff event. The first 25 teams to register online will receive event t-shirts provided by Stahl’s Transfer Express.
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