Summer Shakespeare festival brings the Bard to Stan Hywet
Written by Thom Callahan
Be certain, there’s a sizable chunk of humanity who if the term "Shakespeare" is spoken, a mass exodus may follow. But you’d never know that with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, embarking on its 13th year at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens this summer.
One of the fans of the Bard is a couple who faithfully drives from Wooster each season, recalls Terry Burgler, who with his wife, Nancy Cates, founded the festival and are its artistic directors.
“We would never miss this; this is summer camp!” Burgler says the couple once told him. This year’s plays, which run Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., are “The Comedy of Errors,” July 4 through 21, and “Cymbeline,” Aug. 1 through 18.
The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) invites area arts organizations and the general public to nominate deserving artists, arts educators, philanthropists, businesses and volunteers for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration, honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theater and the visual arts.
Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of our arts and culture community. This gala event takes place Nov. 3 at Summit Artspace with a roving arts feast throughout the building’s three floors.
Arts award categories include: Outstanding Visual Artist, Outstanding Artist in Music, Outstanding Artist in Dance, Outstanding Artist in Theatre, Arts Volunteer, Arts Patron, Arts Outreach, Arts Business Support, Arts Educator, Rising Young Star-Artist, Rising Young Star-Leadership and Collaborative Projects.
Lock 3 in downtown Akron is hosting a double elimination cornhole tournament before every WONE Rock The Lock concert on June 21, July 19, July 26 and Aug. 2 and 9.
After the tournament players may enjoy WONE’s Rock the Lock concert. Cost is $20 per team and includes two drink tickets for soda or beer and munchies from downtown restaurants like Baxters, The Peanut Shop, The Pita Pit and more. The first and second place finishers from each week will be invited back to play in the Tournament of Champions on Aug. 16 (rain date is August 23).
Registration starts at 5 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to 12 teams. The first toss is at 6 p.m. and the Rock The Lock Concert starts at 7 p.m. For a complete Lock 3 Concert Schedule visit www.Lock3Live.com.
Children these days face many obstacles. There are multitudes of young people with different issues, and the proper care isn’t always easy to find.
Where do children with special needs and behavioral issues go to get the help they need to stay in school?
The Akron area YMCA’s Phoenix Alternative School provides a place where troubled youth, grades 4 through 12, can receive close attention, getting them back on track and into their school systems quickly.
Unlike other local burial grounds, the Glendale Cemetery (founded as the Akron Rural Cemetery) seems to stand apart from the rest, with its lush tree canopy, meandering serpentine roads and century-old mausoleums.
It’s almost as if, though some may find it odd, the grounds beckon one to linger.
And while the cemetery has provided a final resting place to some of Akron’s movers and shakers -- the Seiberlings, Spicers and Barbers, to name a few -- Glendale also has provided a verdant backdrop for joggers, walkers, ballets and summer concerts.
Steven Kaut wants folks to know that the 174-year-old cemetery still provides a viable and unique resting place.
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy... and I might even get tomatoes.”
“Gardening requires lots of water...most of it in the form of perspiration.”
“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden here this summer?”
These are just a few of the things I heard in my community garden over opening weekend. It told me a lot about the people involved and the expectations of what the new Glendale Community Garden means to this community.