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Thousands expected to visit Akron to mark the 84th anniversary of founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted: 9:16 AM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 13:16:10Z
Gate Lodge

Thousands from near and far are expected to visit Akron for Founders Day Weekend — marking the 84th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, according to our News 5 media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal.

As many as 12,000 people are expected in the city with many activities taking place in Akron that hold significance for the organization.

The lush and green Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is home to Gate Lodge, which is where the founders of A.A. first met to discuss steps to sobriety that would become some of the founding principles of the organization. The Gate Lodge has become a popular pilgrimage for those in A.A. since it opened in 2004 after staying a private residence for decades.

To celebrate Founders Day Weekend, there will be events taking place at the gardens. Admission is free to the Gate Lodge, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free shuttles will be available. On Sunday, there will be a motorcycle procession.

A full listing of events can be found here .