It is good to see native leisure occasions returning for the summer season of 2021 | Editorial | Opinion

Last summer was a bummer for a lot of people because of the novel coronavirus pandemic that resulted in the cancellation of many festivals, concerts and other mass events focused on entertainment.

However, we are excited to announce that summer 2021 looks better with such community events and programs.

For example Mayfield Village plans to bring back Summer concerts at its outdoor amphitheater known as The Grove.

Shane McAvinew, director of parks and recreation, said his department is “moving cautiously” and currently has planned a constellation of Friday and Saturday evening concerts that he hopes the audience can enjoy.

The season kicks off on July 9th with tribute acts Simply queen and FLESH & BLOOD, the ultimate poison experience, and runs through September 11th and ends with a symphonic rock group Cello anger.

However, McAvinew stated that events at The Grove will look a little different this year as organizers take into account safety and capacity factors during the pandemic.

Concerts at The Grove are public and do not require tickets, but officials will keep an eye on capacity.

The venue can accommodate approximately 6,000 people when it is full due to its large outdoor area. However, McAvinew said the goal for now is to limit capacity to 25 percent – around 1,500 people.

“If we can control the environment, we will likely be successful,” he said.

Mayfield Village announced the schedule for 2021 summer concerts Ohio lift The COVID-19 mask mandate and all other remaining coronavirus health ordinances will apply from June 2nd. In response to the statewide policy, McAvinew will encourage concert-goers to wear masks and maintain social distance when outside the “pods” of family or friends they arrive with.

McAvinew said he will continue to monitor the Ohio Health Department’s weekly statistics on new cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County. Based on these trends, Mayfield Village can make adjustments to attendance restrictions or COVID-19 prevention measures at the concerts if necessary.

Meanwhile Perry Township announced that its 2021 Summer Concert Series, The seven-week event is scheduled to begin on July 7th. The opening evening will take place The Castaways Band, A group that specializes in 50’s, 60’s and Motown music.

The performances take place every Wednesday from 7 July to 18 August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The season’s final show will take place Vinyl arcade, Pieces of music from the 70s and 80s as well as TV themes and jukebox classics are played here.

Entry is free and guests are invited to bring blankets and lounge chairs for concerts in the park, which is at the north end of Perry Park Road.

Last year Perry Township Trustee canceled the final four weeks of the 2020 concert series in response to a recommendation from the Lake County General Health District. In July, the district advised all Lake County communities to postpone the remaining community events with mass gatherings as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the county increased.

Before complying with the health district recommendation, community officials said the first concerts in 2020 went well. Participants in the performances followed proper social distancing guidelines.

In addition to other outdoor concerts, local performances will take place again this spring and summer, with indoor plays taking place.

Rabbit Run Theater Madison Township announced it was preparing to reopen its barn doors to theatergoers. The 2021 season is a summer full of musicals, starting on May 28 with “Always … Patsy Cline”, followed by “Daddy Long Legs” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes”.

The theater will initially operate with a seating capacity of 30 percent with the hope that more seats will become available over the course of the summer and the threat of COVID-19 will continue to decrease.

It’s nice to know that the coming summer will have a lot more live entertainment events than there was a year ago.

It is clear that those who are comfortable going to mass gatherings will have some great opportunities for summer fun.