AREA HAPPENINGS: Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show, Ashland Chautauqua

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The Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show will take place Saturday, July 9.
The Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show will take place Saturday, July 9.

United Way of Ashland County Fun Friday

Musician and storyteller Joanie Calem will perform at the Fun Friday on July 8. Fun Fridays take place once a month in the summer from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foundation Plaza, 78 E. Main St., Ashland.

Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show

Last year, a record 687 cars were on display during the Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show. Proceeds from the event put on by Ashland Main Street go to the Ashland Police Division's Shop with a Cop program. This year's Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show starts at 8 a.m. with registration, which runs through noon. Awards will be presented throughout the show. The dream cruise will take place at 3 p.m. The event includes 400 dash plaques; door prizes; 50/50; disc jockey and  food court. Registration is by donation.Vehicles must be registered to qualify for awards. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Ashland-Downtown-Dream-Cruise-and-Car-Show-250546371661184

July Music on Main

Nashville-bound Patrick Jaeckin Loose Strings will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, opening for Departure, a Journey tribute band, which will play from 7 to 9 p.m., during Ashland Main Street's free Music on Main event at Foundation Plaza in downtown Ashland.

July Ashland Bandshell Summer Concert Series performances

On Sunday and Thursday nights from 8 to 9:15 p.m., concerts take place on the stage of Guy C. Myers Memorial Bandshell. Performances coming up are: The Oolong Gurus performing a mix of rock, country, bluegrass and blues (July 7); high energy rock and pop cover band Escape the Circus (July 10); Rare Vintage-10, a 10-piece cover band from Ashland that performs a wide variety of musical styles, including artists such as Jimmy Buffet, Lionel Ritchie and Chris Stapleton (July 17); Creole Stomp playing a mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop, traditional creole and zydeco tunes (July 21); Country music band Raquel & The Wildflowers (July 24); Eight-piece band Brass Tracks featuring the iconic horn band hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s (July 28); and Alla Boara bringing to life to Italian folk songs in modern arrangements (July 31)

John Anderson portrays Ernest Hemingway during is performance on the opening night of Ashland Chautauqua "In Times of War" at Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM
John Anderson portrays Ernest Hemingway during is performance on the opening night of Ashland Chautauqua "In Times of War" at Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Ashland Chautauqua

Ashland Chautauqua’s traditional five-day event, with its evening first-person performances and daytime workshops, features a variety of memorable characters this year in keeping with its theme of “The Famous and Infamous.” The evening performances will be held July 12-16 at the Myers Band Shell in Ashland’s Brookside Park.

Ashland Chautauqua’s 23rd year features scholars portraying five historic individuals who are noteworthy and memorable for special reasons. The scholars include Leslie Goddard portraying Lizzie Borden, accused of the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother; Darrick Johnson portraying Malcolm X, the convert to Islam whose fiery speaking skills inspired many and alarmed many others during the 1960s civil rights era; Dianne Moran portraying Mary Surratt, keeper of the boardinghouse where the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was planned; Susan Marie Frontczak portraying Madame Marie Curie, the scientist who discovered radioactivity and won two Nobel Prizes for her scientific research; and Elsa Wolff portraying Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and became a superstar.

This year both the adult and youth workshops will be held  in person. The schedule of workshops appears on the www.ashlandchautauqua.org website. Each workshop is led by a Chautauqua scholar. The topics all relate either to a character or more generally to the context of the time in which the character lived.

The popular feature, Coffee with the Scholars, will be back on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The location is in the community room at the Board of Realtors at 107 East Main Street in downtown Ashland. Everyone is welcome to participate in these informal conversations with the scholars for a behind the scenes glimpse of Chautauqua.

All Ashland Chautauqua events are free and open to the public. The evening performances and workshops are held at accessible locations.

Kingwood Center Live on Lawn

Kingwood Center Gardens announces the return of their annual summer concert series, Live on the Lawn. Live on the Lawn features free concerts on Thursday evenings in July.

The 2022 concert line-up is: July 7 – Tom’s Kitchen Table, July 14 – Oolong Gurus, July 21 – Jody Odom Jr., July 28 – Paradigm.

Free admission will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the concerts beginning around 7 p.m. in a great new location. Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Seating will not be provided.

Buehler’s Food Truck, Ferris, and their Snacks & Sips will offer a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase. The Gateway Café and Kingwood’s Garden & Gift Shop will be open until the concerts begin.

The 2022 Live on the Lawn is presented by Modern Woodmen of America and sponsored by the North Central Ohio Media group.

As a reminder, you must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and all alcohol must be purchased and consumed on the grounds. For additional information, including inclement weather location, please visit www.KingwoodCenter.org.

Rural Life Center Ice Cream Social

The Richland Rural Life Center, 969 E. Crall Road., Mansfield (Madison area), will host its ice cream social on Saturday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. All items are individually priced and the menu includes shredded chicken, sloppy joes, beef hot dogs, coneys, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce, desserts, drinks and homemade vanilla ice cream. The facility, located between Stewart Road and state Route 545, offers grounds for use by Boy Scouts, 4-H and other service groups. Building rentals are also available. Proceeds from the dinner help to maintain the facility.

Coburn Gallery national juried exhibition

A national juried exhibition, “Time Will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” is on display at the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University now through Sunday, July 24. The exhibition features a collection of 34 artworks that embody the creativity and innovation of artists 50 years and older spanning all levels of artistic endeavor. A closing reception is scheduled July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Artists in the exhibition include Robin Roberts of Ashland, Keith Dull of Ashland, Amanda Kiplinger of Polk, Marty Bossler Lee of Ashland, Irene Maginniss of Mansfield, Barbara D. Morejon of Ashland and M.P. Freed of Wooster.

The jurors for the exhibition were Judy Takács and Robert Villamagna.

John Mellencamp exhibition at Mansfield Art Center

The Mansfield Art Center is exhibiting John Mellencamp's work in a mixed-media exhibition called "Paintings & Assemblages" through Aug. 7 at 700 Marion Ave.

More than 55 of Mellencamp's pieces are on display, including some that have never been seen before.

One of Mellencamp's most recent pieces is a self-portrait of him smoking a cigarette. He finished the painting less than a week before his work was shipped to Mansfield.

Elvis in the Pavilion

Talented Elvis impersonator Lonnie Freeman will bring two hours of Elvis songs to Ashland Golf Club on Sunday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Ashland Golf Club, 1333 Center St.  Each ticket provides a beer, glass of wine or soft drink and a guaranteed seat in the pavilion. Reserved tables of eight are encouraged, but not required.

Only 175 tickets are on sale for this fun evening so buy your tickets now to be sure you are singing along with Elvis. Call the golf pro shop at 419-289-3767 for further details.

United Way of Ashland County Fun Friday

United Way of Ashland County's Fun Friday will take place 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5. at Foundation Plaza, 78 E. Main St., Ashland.

Rummage Sale

The Christian Community Nurses' Rummage sale with be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Christian Community Center, 807 Valley View Drive, Loudonville. Donations can be dropped off July 23- Aug 3 at the center.

August Music on Main

Falcon Punch will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, followed by Low-E from 7 to 9 p.m., for Ashland Main Street's free Music On Main offering at Foundation Plaza in downtown Ashland.

August Ashland Bandshell Summer Concert Series performances

On Sunday and Thursday nights from 8 to 9:15 p.m., concerts take place on the stage of Guy C. Myers Memorial Bandshell. August performances are: Falcon Punch playing an eclectic mix of classical jazz and video game music (Aug. 4); South Street Jazz Co. (Aug. 7); Northcoast Americana band Hey Mavis (Aug. 11); and Ashland Regional Ballet wrapping up the concert series on Aug. 14 with performances in a wide range of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

Ashland Pride

The first Ashland Ohio's Pride in the Park will be Aug. 20 at Brookside Park from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This day boasts a bandshell show at the Guy C. Meyers Memorial Bandshell, featuring DJ Jay Fox from Mansfield Mix 106.1 FM, local bands and live entertainment hosted by Jasmyn La Basha.

There will be a variety of food trucks around the park throughout the day, and vendors at both pavilions.

At 7:30 p.m., head to Riley's (155 W. Main St. in Ashland) for the after-party. music, games, and fun, and a drag show at 11 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Ashland Times Gazette: AREA HAPPENINGS: Ashland Chautauqua, Ashland Downtown Car Show