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Summer sizzles with great food, music and theater

Summer Suntime

Summer Suntime


Summer is the reason Northeast Ohioans put up with winter.

School is out and fun is in. With plenty of fantastic food, sensational sounds and memorable theater to enjoy, summer days and summer nights become even more enjoyable.

Cleveland’s growing reputation as a haven for foodies is bolstered by Gourmets in the Garden, which returns to the Cleveland Botanical Garden with some of Northeast Ohio’s favorite culinary masters June 11-Aug. 27. A stellar lineup of chefs includes Jill Vedaa (Rockefellers), Matt Mytro (Flour), Richard Basich (Great Lakes Brewing Co.), Chris Hodgson (Hodge’s), Tony Smoody (Bon Appetit), Britt-Marie Culey (Coquette Patisserie), Ben Bebenroth (Spice of Life Catering Co.), Tom Burke (Momocho), Douglas Katz (fire food & drink), Ali Barker (Chagrin Valley Country Club), Randy Carter (Jack Flaps) and Rick Carson (Nosh Eatery).

Gourmets in the Garden will be held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in the Garden’s Geis Terrace. Tickets, which include all-day admission to the Garden, are available for the entire 12-week series at $60 for Garden members and $180 for non-members as well as individual sessions for $6 for members and $16 for non-members. Early registration is encouraged by calling 216.721.1600, ext. 100 or by visiting


WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays, University Circle’s signature summer event, returns June 11-Aug. 27. The free concert series features live music, movies, food and activities from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday. Local bands provide the music — from rock to reggae to swing and salsa. New this year will be a performance by members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Local food vendors will be on hand and visitors can also relax in the Wade Oval beer and wine garden or take a ride on the Euclid Beach Rocket Ship. Movie nights are scheduled for July 9 and Aug. 13. For more information, visit

ChamberFest Cleveland’s third season, a 10-concert chamber music festival, offers music from four centuries with the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall hosting opening night 8 p.m., June 19. An opening night party will also be held at L’Albatros.

Other concerts are scheduled for Case Western Reserve’s Harkness Chapel (June 20), the Museum of Contemporary Art (June 21), the Dunham Tavern (June 22), The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights (June 25), Mixon Hall (June 26), Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights (June 27) and the Institute of Music’s Kulas Hall (June 28). The season concludes with an afternoon program at Mixon Hall on June 29. Tickets are available by calling 216.785.9977 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by visiting

Now in its fifth year, the Holden Arboretum Summer Concert Series remains a popular summer attraction. All concerts are held outdoors (in the event of rain, concerts will be performed indoors at the Corning Visitor Center) and are free for members and guests under 18 years of age. An admission fee of $5 will be charged for non-members. Food and drinks are available and guests are welcome to bring a picnic.

The concert series kicks off June 17 with a children’s concert featuring Chip Ricter. Also on the schedule this year are Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys (June 24), the Northcoast Jazz Collective (July 1), Haywire (July 8), Cellocentric (July 15), Blues Chronicles (July 22), North Coast Winds (July 29) and the Cleveland Institute of Music Ensemble (Aug. 5).

Tickets are now available for Mercury Summer Stock’s 16th cinematic season “Mercury at the Movies.” The family-friendly musical theater series will be performed in Regina Hall at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. This summer’s productions include Thoroughly Modern Millie (June 13-28), Sunset Boulevard (July 11-26) and The Wedding Singer (Aug. 1-16).

Tickets for “Mercury at the Movies” are $18 for adults and $15 for students (college age and under) and seniors. Subscription rates for 2014 are $45 for adults and $36 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 216.771.5862 or visit

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