Outdoor movies enhance Tallmadge's music concert series

Rec Center hopes to attract young families with outdoor films

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- For the third consecutive year, the city invites people of all ages to enjoy various genres of music at one of its most well-known parks.

The Music on the Circle free concert series is scheduled Saturdays, July 12 through Aug. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Circle Park.

Parking will be available at businesses around the Circle.

Attendees are encouraged to take chairs or blankets to sit on, and food is welcome.

As a complement to the concerts, the city's Parks and Recreation Department is expanding the outdoor movie program called Movies in the Parks it started last year.

After two of the concerts at Circle Park, a family-friendly movie will be shown on a large, inflated projection screen. On two separate dates, two other movies will be shown at dark without preceding concerts at different parks.

The movies being shown will be announced at a later date.

Rec Program Coordinator Renee Kaufman said the concert series attracts people of all ages, but when a movie was shown after one of the concerts last year, more families with young children attended. To attract even more young families, the Parks and Recreation Department decided to show a total of four movies this year.

"We just thought this might be a good way to have the community come out and enjoy the music. By the time the music's over, it's dark out, and they can enjoy a movie ... ," Kaufman said. "It's a fun community function that we've been wanting to do so we just thought by incorporating the two together it might be a fun way to get it started."

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Music on the Circle, MOVIES IN THE PARKS 2014:
July 12  —  The Chardon Polka Band (polka music) with movie to follow — Circle Park
July 19  —  The John Trapani Big Band (big band music)
July 24  — Movie only — at dark, park to be announced
July 26  —  The Diamond Project (Neil Diamond cover band)
Aug. 2  —  Sweet Beats (Beatles cover band) with movie to follow — Circle Park
Aug. 9  —  Instant Replay (oldies)
Aug. 14 — Movie only — at dark, park to be announced
Source: Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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