Saturday, August 10 Will Be A Big Day In Parma Heights

Among the groups involved in the Kids in the Commons event is the Parma Heights Police Department.

Celebrate summer with the city of Parma Heights as a new pop-up handmade festival is coming to town. Making its debut from Noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, the Big Creek Handmade Fest will feature a handmade artisan/crafter market in conjunction with the city’s annual Kids in the Commons event

This new festival will feature local handmade vendors who will be selling their wares to the public. Ranging from bath and body products, to art, to jewelry, and more, there is literally something for everyone. Families are encouraged to attend.

This year’s Big Creek Handmade Fest is launched by locally-owned Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows. The company currently hosts over 30 artisan/crafter events held year-round in the midwest.

“The Big Creek Handmade Fest is the perfect summer event for art enthusiasts and families alike and I am very excited that we are hosting this festival in conjunction with our Kids in the Commons,” said Mayor Mike Byrne.  “This is a great opportunity to enjoy handmade pieces of art created by many talented local artists including members of our own Greenbrier Art League.”

Overflow parking and a shuttle will be available at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road.

You can come to shop for handmade art and crafts, visit with a caricature artist, play with bubbles or climb the rock wall, stop to see paper folding magic, get your face painted, take a souvenir photo with a mermaid, princess or superhero, visit the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, or take a dip at our municipal pool and waterpark.

At 9 p.m. August 10, you can round out your day of fun with a family movie night as “Mary Poppins Returns” is presented.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

All these family-friendly activities are with the help and support of numerous community partners, including the Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma Heights branch, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Parma Heights Garden Club, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, the Cleveland Water Department, NOPEC, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Parma Heights Food Pantry, Seek Ye First Ministries, the Parma Area Family Collaborative, the Parma Heights Historical Society, MyCom, the Valley Forge High School Athletic and Music Boosters, and the Parma Heights Police and Fire Departments.

Sponsors of the Kids in the Commons event are NOPEC, Parma WalMart, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, My.Com, Akron-Cleveland Area Realtors and the Parma Heights Historical Society with Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus.

15TH ANNUAL ST. JOHN BOSCO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – The 15th annual St. John Bosco Parish International Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, August 15 through 18 on the parish grounds, 6480 Pearl Road, with support from the Home Family Italian Club, next door at 6450 Pearl Road.

The four-day event will include a spectacular fireworks display on Friday evening August 16 at dusk, by “Lite the Nite Pyrotechnics,” sponsored by Joe and Sheila Kavalec and Jim and Cathy Kavalec.

There will also be games of chance, ethnic foods, kiddie, and adult rides and a $10,000 grand prize raffle at 9 p.m. Sunday, August 18.

Bluestone Union will entertain from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15.

Cavalieri Reale will be on stage from 7:30 until 10 p.m. Friday, August 16.

On Saturday, August 17, The Soul Men, a Blues Brothers Tribute Band will perform from 7-10 p.m., and Sunday, August 18 will feature two different bands.  New Barleycorn will play from 2-5 p.m. and Shout! From 6:30 until 9 p.m.

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK – A free Yoga in the Park class will be held at the Gazebo in Greenbrier Commons at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays August 3 and September 7.  The community is invited.

RECYCLE YOUR COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS – Bring your old computers and electronic equipment you wish to recycle to the Parma Heights Service Garage, 6140 Pearl Road, from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, August 10.  Televisions cannot be accepted.

SUMMER BAND CONCERTS – The City of Parma Heights, in cooperation with Cox Communications and the City of Parma, will present a series of Summer Band Concerts at 6:30 p.m. Sundays July 28 through August 25 at the Gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road.

Here is the summer line-up of the free concerts.  Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.  A dance floor is provided.

  • July 28 – Akron Symphonic Winds
  • August 4 – Don DiSantis (Rat Pack Era music)
  • August 11 – The Polka Pirates
  • August 18 – It’s Time for a Song (Americana)
  • August 25 – Logan Wells (Pop, Oldies, Country).

AT THE CASSIDY THEATRE – “Lend Me A Tenor” will be presented on the theatre’s main stage from August 16 through September 1.  Here is a bit more on this production:

On a very important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Mirelli, world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders - General Manager of the company - is beyond stressed and insists that his assistant, Max - a nervous, young fellow and secret tenor extraordinaire - watch over Tito’s every move to ensure smooth sailing. After a huge fight with his wife Maria, Tito is left unconscious – leaving Max to step in. Throw in Diana, an ambitious, female co-star; Maggie, Max’s giddy girlfriend; Julia, head of the opera guild; and a bellhop fighting for Tito’s attention, you have a recipe for comedic disaster. Max navigates the company through one catastrophe after the next and, together, Max and Saunders find a way to save the Opera Company’s big night.

Rick Haase

Rick Haase is a freelance writer from Parma Heights.

Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019