Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social in Downtown Kent scheduled for this Saturday, August 8th from 1pm to 4 pm on the Home Savings Plaza. Nothing says summer like ice cream so don’t miss out on the roll back prices (25 cents a scoop, FREE for Seniors!) and fun family activities planned for kids of all ages compliments of the DICE and Main Street organizations. It’s a great chance to drop in on your favorite stores in downtown Kent and see all the new stores that will be opening in the next month on Main Street as the Phoenix Project wraps up phases 2 and 3.
WHAT: Kent’s 6th Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
-Ice Cream at 25 cents a Scoop
-Free Ice Cream for Senior Citizens
-KidzArt Face Painting
-Kent Historical Society Open for Visits 11am-2pm.
-City Bank Antiques open for Antique Clock Tour. 11am-5pm.
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 1-4pm
WHERE: Home Savings Plaza, Intersection of Main and Water Streets in
Music Performances at The Home Savings Plaza:
-1:00-1:30pm: The Giant Hand Made Organ of John Prtljaga
-1:45-2:30pm: Weninger and Simon, Pedal Steel Guitar and Folk Songs
-2:30-3:00pm: Barbershop Quartet Harmonies of The Clear Choice Quartet
-3:00-4:00pm: More Music…
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Hand Made Organ of John Prtljaga
The Organ was started by John in 1990 and continues to be modified to play Old Time Dutch and German Folk Songs, Polkas, and Waltzes. It has 75 Keys and started out as a Wurlitzer 65 Organ. The Case is made of oak and now has the design of an old fashioned Dutch Street Organ. This will be the 3rd year John has made his appearance with this personally crafted instrument.
WENIGER AND SIMON:
Weniger and Simon have been playing to audiences around North East Ohio since 1985, with our unique blend of styles and sounds, we like to call “Eclectic Electric Folk-Age Music.” The majority of our music comes from the past twenty five years of pop and folk music, augmented by a substantial number of original compositions. Instrumentation includes guitars, keyboard, harmonicas, synthesizers, recorder and pedal steel. We have performed in some of the larger bookstores, such as Borders and Booksellers, at weddings and receptions, and on restaurant patios of Gamekeepers Tavern, The Timberfire, Chagtown Cafe, Fishers in Peninsula and The Old Whedon Grille in Hudson. We have also performed at The Mustard Seed in Fairlawn and in Solon, The Zephyr and the old Brady’s Cafe both located in Kent. Don’t forget the Riverfront Coffee Mill located in both downtown Cuyahoga Falls as well as the new location in Green.
John Weniger has been playing music in churches, restaurants, bands and bars for over 30 years, ten of which as the leader of the “The John Weniger Band”. His talent of composing music and lyric, as well as the clear warmth of his vocals, has only grown in popularity through the years.
Gerry Simon has been performing in bands in Ohio, California, the Virgin Islands, and Florida since 1968, ranging from jug, blues, country, folk, and rock and roll. His bands have shared billing with acts as diverse as Loretta Lynn and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage.
CLEAR CHOICE QUARTET:
Clear Choice is a barbershop Quartet singing throughout the Ohio area, based in Akron. Dan, Ray, Jim and Bill are all members of the Akron Derbytown Chorus and have over thirty years of singing experience between them.
Downtown Kent Historical Highlights:
CITY BANK ANTIQUES: http://www.citybankantiques.com/
In August 1995, Don and Karen Barrett opened City Bank Antiques in the original, 1911 City Bank Building in Kent, Ohio. Don is an expert in the repair of American pocket watches. It was inevitable that their hobby would someday develop into a business, which Karen, a former librarian, now manages. Their store offers a variety of antique clocks as diverse as cuckoo and school house regulators to grandfather clocks and pinwheel regulators. The Barretts are proud to be official Chelsea Clock dealers, the “timekeepers of the sea” and the last great American clock company.
In September 2005, Don and Karen showcased their expanded shop which now encompasses the entire original City Bank Building and occupies more than 1850 square feet of first floor retail space. When it comes to antique pocket watches, City Bank Antiques is one of the largest retailers in the state.
The Kent Historical Society: http://www.kentohiohistory.org
The Role of the Kent Historical Society The role of our historical society in the community has grown over the years. We now bring educational programs to schools, businesses, and civic organizations, as well as collaborate with community groups on projects such as the preservation of our historic Pioneer Cemetery, the Main Street Kent revitalization program, and historic preservation projects in the community.
We are dedicated to documenting Kent history through artifacts, records, and documents from the people of our community, our living history.
Kent Historical Society Museum
234 S. Water Street, P.O. Box 663
Kent, Ohio, 44240
Phone: (330) 678-2712
Hours of Operation
Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.