2014 Weekend In The Commons August 8 - 10

The Soul Men

Good food, good music, and good friends are a surefire recipe for summer fun and that’s just the package the City of Parma Heights is offering during its Weekend in the Commons, Friday through Sunday, August 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Parma Heights is, and has always been a city with a small-town atmosphere, so our celebrations feel like a block party with neighbors and friends getting to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.

This year’s Weekend in the Commons will begin with the dedication of the Ohio Flags of Honor, presented by the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation, with an Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Ohio Flags of Honor was created by the father of one of Ohio’s Fallen Heroes to pay tribute to the men and women from our state that have lost their lives in the service of our country during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. I encourage all our residents to join us as we remember and honor our Fallen Heroes. The Ohio Flags of Honor will be on display through Sunday, August 10 at 12:00 noon when a Closing Ceremony for the flags will be held.  

The popular outdoor Movie In The Commons, presented in partnership with Cox Cable, will be held in the grassy area behind the tennis courts on Friday night at 9:00 p.m. This year’s feature presentation will be the animated film “The Lego Movie.”  “Everyone is encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs,” said Recreation Director Tom Moran. In the event of rain, the movie will be moved indoors to the N.E.O. Soccer facility. 

Saturday entertainment kicks off with a car show presented by Mike “Cadillac Mike” Azzarello and the Cadillac Sound Machine in front of Yorktown Lanes at noon.  Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display until 4:00 in the afternoon while Azzarello spins oldies tunes from the ‘40s to the ‘80s. 

The Fire Department will be offering blood pressure checks, apparatus tours, balloons and coloring books for kids.  

The steel drum sounds of Island Jeff bring a bit of the Caribbean to the Commons pool on  Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. "He has been a popular entertainer the past few years and we’re happy to have him return", explained Recreation Director Tom Moran.  Island Jeff also has a variety of family-oriented activities planned. 

The pool will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m. for open swim with a $1 donation requested with proceeds going to the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation. 

Music at the Gazebo begins on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. with Ronnie Fiorentino of the Rat Pack Era who will be performing until 5:30 p.m.  Starting at 6:00 p.m., the band Shady Drive will entertain Parma Heights with their mix of blues and rock through 8:00 p.m. Rounding out Saturday’s entertainment from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. will be the sounds of The Soul Men, a Blues Brothers Tribute Band. 

Sunday’s entertainment starts off with the lively sounds of Tom Mroczka and The Music Box band playing polka music and a variety of non-polka tunes from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  “A splendid time is guaranteed for all” as The Liverpool Lads, Northeast Ohio’s favorite Beatles Tribute Band, takes the stage and performs the music of the Fab 4 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cleveland’s Breakfast Club, an 80’s tribute band, will bring the entertainment at the Gazebo to a close Sunday night from 8:00 -10:00 p.m.

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