Arts Week kicks off today in Medina County, with a week of free concerts and art-themed children’s activities.
Jim Gilder, vice president of the Medina County Arts Council, said this year’s festival has a bigger selection of events than usual.
“It keeps expanding, and this year it’s got more bookings than ever before,” he said.
On Thursday night, there will be simultaneous concerts in Medina, Brunswick, Spencer and Sharon and Liverpool townships.
A change from last year is an addition of an organ concert, something that hadn’t been done for several years.
The concert will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Medina. The concert will feature several local organists, including John Burke, JoAnne Zurell, Chris Ilg and Cathy Fafrak.
Burke is the long-time organist at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Medina and is Medina County treasurer.
Zurell plays regularly at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lodi and is a retired teacher from Medina City Schools.
Ilg teaches music in the Highland Local School District and plays the organ for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sharon Center, and Fafrak serves as organist and choral accompanist at the United Church of Christ, Congregational on the Square and accompanies the Medina Chorus.
Arts Week is sponsored by the Medina County Community Fund and The Ohio Arts Council, with additional support for the lunchtime children’s events from Akron Children’s Hospital.
The yearly tradition of a week devoted to the arts has been going on for at least 10 years, Gilder said.
For more information, call (330) 722-5502 in Medina, or (330) 273-8000 in Brunswick for more information or check the Arts Council blog at MedinaArtBuzz.blogspot.com.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or email@example.com.
List of events:
Children’s programs on Medina Square at noon
Monday — Michele Cotner will teach theatre games
Tuesday — Tim Brown appears as the Samurai Balloon Guy
Wednesday — Kelly Parks and the Medina Centre for Dance Art will present an interactive program and will include a small performance
Thursday — Pat Rainey will entertain with songs and stories
Friday — Jane McGargee will lead a project designed to provide young artists with the fun of chalk art
Recreation Center Evening Concerts in Brunswick at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday — Dave Parsons will entertain with guitar and vocals
Wednesday — “Jim Gill in Concert” features the folk/rock entertainer who provides both music and comedy
Thursday — Bud Preston entertains as a finger style guitarist
Evening Concerts on Medina Public Square at 7:30 p.m.
Monday — Tony Rump with his saxophone will entertain with jazz
Tuesday — Jazz Tan Laundry, a Medina High School Jazz ensemble, will feature classic numbers from the jazz era
Wednesday — Dave Parsons and Dan Polk return with their guitars and vocals that feature classic rock, some Jimmy Buffet, other popular styles, and entertainment for all ages
Thursday — “Jim Gill in Concert” entertains with both music and comedy
Friday — “Chalk Art for Children” at 7:30 p.m. will again precede the regular Friday night Medina Community Band Concert.
Children and youth will have the opportunity to draw their own art work on the sidewalks around the outside of Public Square. The band, directed by Marcus Neiman, plays at 8:30 p.m.
Other performances and events:
• A concert in Sharon Township at 7 p.m. Wednesday will feature the Sharon Center Church Praise Team as part of this summer’s “Music in the Circle.”
• The Medina County Arts Council will sponsor a concert by Parsons and Polk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Stream Park in Liverpool Township
• A Thursday concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at J. B. Firestone Park in Spencer. Jazz Tan Laundry will appear as part of this summer’s concert series sponsored with funds from the J.B. Firestone Trust.
• The Litchfield Town Band will play one of its historic regular Friday night band concerts at 7:30 p.m. on the circle at state Routes 18 and 83.
• In addition to the arts week programs, a production of “The Wizard of Oz” presented by CAMEO in the opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Medina Performing Arts Center.
• Climaxing the week, thousands of people from throughout Northeast Ohio are expected to gather on Public Square for Art in the Park, the juried art show presented by the Medina County Art League. The art show and sale will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.