By 1812Blockhouse

C’mon, admit it. Once and a while you just have to purchase that chocolate bar at the gas station to have your occasional “fix.”

Chocolate is, of course, a part of a good life. Technically, it refers to a food product made from roasted and ground cacao pods. Cacao has been consumed in some form since the Olmec civilization (19th to the 11th centuries B.C.).

These days, it is a key part of Spring Into Chocolate Weekend at Charles Mill Lake Park, which runs from Friday, May 20 through Monday, May 23. The schedule of events is as follows:


7:30 PM – Family BINGO –fun for all ages. Enjoy a night of BINGO treats at the Messerly Recreation Center.


9:30 AM – Chocolate Lover Breakfast – Enjoy chocolate pancakes, chocolate muffins, chocolate donuts, and more. Cost is $2 per person, cash only. First come, first served.

12 Noon to 1 PM – Kidz Mystery Animals/Nature crafts – Stop by the Eagle Point Shelter for mystery fun!

2 to 3 PM – Chocolate/Pretzel time – Meet at the Messerly Recreation Center for this craft and treat combo. You will make flowers out of chocolate, pretzels, and marshmallows. For all ages.

3:30 PM – “What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar? – Let’s find out! All ages welcome at Eagle Point Shelter

7 PM – Chocolate Delight – Games for all ages, chocolate trivia games, and more at the Messerly Recreation Center


10:15 AM – Non – Denominational Church Service at the Messerly Recreation Center.

While you’re there, enjoy the other amenities at Charles Mill, including:

  • Full size basketball court located by beach
  • Public Swimming Beach; beach hours are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday- Thursday and 10 AM to 7 PM Friday-Sunday. (Pets are not permitted at the swim beach area or in the water at the swimming area.)
  • Swimming Pool at Eagle Point Campground
  • Horse-shoe pits by our beach and in both parks
  • Bocce ball court
  • Shuffleboard court
  • 9 hole Frisbee golf course located just beyond beach
  • Donaldson Hiking Trail located off Crider Rd.
  • Fishing (Must have Ohio Fishing License)
  • Boating (Max 10 horsepower)
  • Playgrounds / swings located in both parks and beach area

Charles Mill Lake Park is located at 1277A State Route 430 in Mansfield.

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