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Two North Olmsted summer festivals merging

            Area arts and government officials believe one merged summer event will be bigger and better than two smaller ones.

            City officials last week announced the new Olmsted Festival of the Arts is set for Aug. 14 on the Frostville Museum Campus of the Olmsted Historical Society.

            Kim Wenger, director of planning and development for the city of North Olmsted, said the new event is the result of  a merger between the North Olmsted Juried Arts and Crafts Show and the Northern Ohio Music Festival. Both the art show, which was headed into its fifth year, and the music festival, which was going into its third, had been held on the museum campus in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

            Wenger said the combined event is being designed to draw a wide range of participants and vistitors.

            “The Olmsted Festival of the Arts will feature arts and crafts, three stages of musical performances, student art displays, hands on music demonstrations, and more,” she said. “Fun food, ice cream and beverages will be served up by the Frostville volunteers and other vendors. Additionally, all buildings at Frostville will be open to the public.”

            Wenger said the merger  is a logical step for the festivals.

            “They have many of the same people involved,” she said. “There is a certain amount of crossover. Paul Schumann is president of the Historical Society and is also chairman of the city Landmarks Commission. His daughter, Chelsea, is a primary organizer for the music festival. John Kepperly is a leader in the arts festival as well as many community artistic events. They and other people involved frequently work together on events. This should be a very successful event with all of them together.”

            Wenger said with many of the same people already involved in these and other events, it also makes sense for the city to work more closely with the event.

            “If it’s a good event happening in North Olmsted, then it’s good for the city. We want to promote and encourage events like this,” she said.

            Organizers are enthusiastic about the synergy between the events and anticipate growing interest and support by the Westshore community and the Arts Community in general, Wenger said.

            “The volunteers of the Olmsted Historical Society are excited for the chance to bring more visitors to Frostville and to show off our recent improvements, including our new stage/pavilion,” Paul Schumann, OHS president, said. “This combined event will be bigger and better than previous years, and our hope is for it to continue to grow into a big part of everyone’s summer.”

            Chelsea Schumann from the music festival said the combined event should be a bigger and better draw for many people.

            “We should be able to get more artists and musical performers with the larger event,” she said. “We’d also anticipate more visitors and people coming in to see them.”

            Many past participants are already busy preparing, she said. In addition, she  said the event also is drawing strong sponsors. Currently, those include: the Kiwanis Club of North Olmsted, Bowling Green State University Chapter of Arts Enterprise, the North Olmsted Cultural Activities Commission, Olmsted Historical Society and the Cleveland Metroparks.

            Kepperly also lauded the new event.

            “This event should be bigger and better for all of us,” he said. “We would anticipate drawing not only from North Olmsted, but also from the communities and region around us.”

            Artists interested in participating should contact Kepperly at jkeppe@mac.com, while musicians should contact Chelsea Schumann at schumann.chelsea@gmail.com.

 

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