‘Nights Out in the Parks’ at Geauga Park District

‘Nights Out in the Parks’ at Geauga Park District

 Who’s craving fresh air?

Bring a date or the family, a lawn chair or blanket, and take the night OUT!

Nights Out in the Parks return to Geauga Park District on special Saturdays in June, July and August – three outdoor movie nights, four outdoor amphitheater shows and a workshop – especially for enjoying the arts in Nature!

This year’s workshop offering, to create your own wind chime from objects including kilm-fired clay leaves, shells, wood, crystals and glass beads, will take place on Saturday, July 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The West Woods’ newly renovated Affelder House. A fee of $24 covers all materials and instruction.

Registration is required for “Listening to the Wind” Windchime Workshop at http://geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516 – but the rest of the Nights Out are entirely registration and fee free!

Movie nights will offer up the perfect doses of summer nostalgia under the stars of three different parks: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on June 25 at Observatory Park (an International Dark Sky Park, one of only five east of the Mississippi); Field of Dreams on July 23 at Big Creek Park; and episodes from the Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea on August 13 at Orchard Hills Park.

Movie-themed activities begin at 8:30 PM, including free popcorn and lemonade, and each film will begin at dark. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and make it a night (especially at Big Creek Park, where you can reserve your camping spot in advance).

Big Creek Park will also be home to Nights Out outdoor amphitheater shows from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with refreshments served: The New Barleycorn (contemporary folk and traditional Celtic songs and music) on July 9, and Cleveland Opera Theater on July 30.

The West Woods’ Affelder House is at 15139 Chillicothe Road, down a long access drive, in Russell Township. Observatory Park is at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township. Big Creek Park is at 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon Township. Orchard Hills Park is at 11340 Caves Road in Chester Township. Amphitheater shows will move indoors in case of inclement weather.

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