Concerts, reunions, outdoor activities abound
From the Summer Sizzle concert series to Homecoming Celebration and the Big Splash Aquatics Center, lots of outdoor activities will keep Grove City Parks and Recreation staff members worried about the weather through the upcoming summer season.
And that’s fine by Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Kelly Sutherland.
After two summers of canceled or scaled-down events, parks and recreation staff are planning a robust — in some cases expanded — slate of warm-weather events.
“It’s going to be nice to have to worry about the traditional stuff – whether it rains or not – and not about people having to wear masks and hopefully not a resurgence,” Sutherland said. . “The rain worries, I can handle. We’re looking forward to having a close to normal and traditional summer this year.”
Free Summer Sizzle Concert Series will open on May 27 with a performance by Grove City Community Winds.
“We weren’t able to perform a Community Winds concert last year, and the entire Summer Sizzle series was cut short,” Sutherland said. “Usually the series starts on Memorial Day weekend and lasts until Labor Day.”
The concerts only took place in July and August last year.
The 2022 series returns to its normal start at 7 p.m. on May 27 on the Friday before Memorial Day, but the schedule extends this season through September.
“We listened to what people were telling us,” Sutherland said. “A lot of people want outdoor activities like concerts that last well into the fall.”
The series was moved last year to Town Center Park, 3359 Park St., the former site of the library across from the City Security Complex.
“It turned out to be an even better venue for gigs than we anticipated,” Sutherland said. “This green space is a perfect setting for people to bring a chair or a blanket and listen to good music.
“It’s like Picnic at the Pops, just on a smaller scale,” she said.
The downtown park, which is still under development, is designed to attract more people to downtown and introduce them to the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars and shops, Sutherland said.
“One of the great things about the downtown park is that it’s in our DORA neighborhood,” she said.
Customers can purchase an alcoholic beverage in a DORA-designated mug at an alcohol-service establishment and take their beverage with them while strolling downtown and stopping at participating stores and businesses.
DORA operates from 2 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, except during a few special events, including Boo Off Broadway, the Town Christmas Party, and the Homecoming Party.
“We wanted to include the Park Street green space in the DORA because this space is now used for many city events,” said Andy Furr, executive director of Heart of Grove City, the non-profit group that promotes the city center. said at the time.
The decision to include the additional section of Broadway in the DORA boundary resulted from some of the businesses in that area expressing a desire to participate, Furr said.
The reunion celebration, held in conjunction with the Grove City Alumni Softball Tournament, is scheduled for July 29 on Park Street, east of Broadway and in and around the Town Center Park site.
The park is also set to host outdoor performances of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by the Little Theater Off Broadway. Performances are scheduled for June 24-26 and July 22-24.
“We are organized so that there will be outdoor events in the city center just about every weekend in the summer, whether it’s the Summer Sizzle concerts, the plays of the LTOB or Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop the Heart of Grove City runs alternate weeks (May through October),” Sutherland said.
The Summer Sizzle Series program includes:
May 27, Grove City Community Winds (patriotic marches and jazz)
June 3, Marquis 66 (classic rock & roll)
June 10, Whiskey Will (classic rock & roll)
1st of July, The Usual Suspects (blues, southern rock, Motown and jazz)
July 2nd, Special concert from 3:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m., Central Ohio Brass Band (patriotic marches and jazz)
July 8, 50 steps up (rock)
July 15th, The Russell Blues Band (blues, jazz, latin, pop)
5 August, The Conspiracy Band (R&B, rock & roll and jazz)
August 19, Ladies of Longford (contemporary Celtic, acoustic, pop)
August 26, NACHO Street Band (variety)
september 2, Lee Gantt Band (country, rock & roll)
September 23 Rezes-Hall Band (classic rock)
September 30 Lords of Literature (classic rock)
The concerts start at 7 p.m. and are free.
More information is available at grovecityohio.gov.
Weather-related cancellation information is available on the @GroveCityOhio and @GroveCityParks Facebook and Twitter pages or by calling the weather hotline at 614-277-3060 on the day of the event.