5K Walk/Run in Remembrance and Come See Majestic Birds of Prey
Walk/Run down a country lane in remembrance of those you love or to remember those long forgotten at the “Love Remembered” Memorial 5K Walk/Run, being held at Villenova Cemetery, Cemetery Road, South Dayton on Sunday, September 15th. Registration starts at noon, $20 for adults, $10 for students and the walk starts at 1 pm! Walk or run as far as you like. Dogs must be on leash. We will be giving away random prizes and serving refreshments! The deep affection one holds in their heart for a departed one is reflected in the “Love Remembered” theme. “Those we love don’t go away they walk besides us every day.” Your donation is vital to keep an indispensable but often overlooked asset functioning for our community.
At 2:30 after the walk, we invite everyone to come see SkyHunters USA present an educational and live flight demonstration of their amazing birds of prey to include a Golden Eagle, Vulture, Great Horned Owl, Saker Falcon, Northern Goshawk, Kestrel, Barn Owl and a Harris Hawk! Meet them up close and gain insight into the lives of these fascinating apex predators. Cemeteries are quiet and safe habitats for birds and all kinds of wildlife. A $5 per person donation is requested, bring your chair!
People might not naturally associate a cemetery with love. As was the first Villenova burial of a fifteen-year-old boy two hundred and eight years ago, everyone interred in a cemetery was once loved by someone. A father’s grieving love for his young son and dedicating his land to allow neighbors to bury loved ones were the beginnings of Villenova Cemetery. The erecting of carefully chosen personal monuments, planting flowers, family and generations of descendants tending gravesites are all loving tributes to a life once lived. People who graciously donate to a cemetery association often do in remembrance of a loved one.
The “Love Remembered” walk is being held by the nonprofit Villenova Burial Association as a continuation of the theme from their annual bake sale held at South Dayton Supermarket around Valentine’s Day. Sponsors of the “Love Remembered” Memorial 5K Walk/Run are Arkwright Printing, Cherry Creek Sub Shop, Tri-R-Services, Elizabeth C. Phillips, Tops, Keith & Barbara Crowell, David & Kathy Crowell, Walmart, The Morey Family, South Dayton Super Market, The Mustard Seed, Wing City Grille, McDonalds, Austin Milling, Linda Prather & grandchildren, Herbert & Barbara Nobles, Brent Phillips, Hae Jude Signs, Himes Auction Co. and AmeriGas. All proceeds will help operate, maintain and contribute to the future expansion of Villenova Cemetery. It is the last active cemetery continuing to serve the public in Villenova Township, Chautauqua County. Donations may be sent to Jenny Dye, VBA Treasurer 8586 Silver Creek Road, South Dayton, NY 14138.