NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The city will host its inaugural “Parkapalooza” from 5 to 10 pm Saturday (June 25) at North Royalton Memorial Park, 14600 State Road.
The event will include live music, food and crafts for the kids. The city is asking residents to bring their own chairs for the outdoor concert.
“This came together through a lot of hard work by many people,” City Council President Paul Marnecheck told cleveland.com in an email.
“Councilwoman Linda Barath, Jackie Canter (general manager of BlueLine Classics LLC in North Royalton), as well as Jamie Anton (part-time secretary) in the mayor’s office and, of course, Mayor (Larry) Antoskiewicz himself all worked as a team to make this happen,” Marnecheck said.
Two musical acts will perform. The Alley Katz — singers Logan Wells, a North Royalton native, and Patti Ann Tansey Vojvodich — will take the stage from 5 to 7 pm The duo’s repertoire includes dance hits, oldies, top 40 and country music.
Then, from 7 to 10 pm, “T” and Rich Dueling Pianos will play. According to the duo’s website, they perform well-known singalong classics like “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.
Also in “T” and Rich’s repertoire are country, rhythm and blues, polka, disco and rap selections. Their act includes comedy routines and audience participation as well.
“No two shows are ever the same, because the show is created literally on the fly using a combination of audience requests and their personal arsenal of songs,” the city’s website said regarding “T” and Rich.
The concert will take place in the park’s newly renovated amphitheater, which, until now, the city had used mostly to show movies during the summer.
The amphitheater renovation involved construction of a stage and shelter, a bridge replacement, new electrical connections and regrading the slope around the stage area.
Food trucks at Parkapalooza will include Dough Daddy Doughnuts, which serves New Orleans-style fritters, dipping sauces, fried Oreos, lemonade, coffee and canned beverages; Pack Your Bowl; and a food truck from Antonio’s Pizza in North Royalton.
Attendees can also compete in cornhole, and the city and North Royalton City Schools will set up a crafts and activities tent for kids that will include face painting.
Marnecheck said Barath and Canter of BlueLine Classics came up with the idea of Parkapalooza.
“After the success of last year’s Summerfest, they wanted to do something even bigger for the community,” Marnecheck said.
Summerfest was a car show and concert with food trucks and fireworks. Canter, whose BlueLine Classics buys and sells vintage cars and trucks, helped plan and coordinate the car show last year.
“I know Jackie and Councilwoman Barath already have a few ideas for next year’s Parkapalooza in the hopper,” Marnecheck said. “Stay tuned.”
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