Beginning June 4, the Nordonia Hills Concerts kicks off its twentieth season. The concerts are the first Sunday of the summer months June, July, August and September, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Originating in 1997, the concert series was created and managed for many years by volunteers including Shirley Kaiser, who was the primary organizer when she died in October of 2014, shortly after the 100th concert in the series.
The series is now managed by Karen Ferritto, who says "getting it all ready" is the most exciting part of the concert series for her, so "our community can have fun." Ferritto says is also happy to carry on the tradition after being recruited by Paul Kaiser, Mrs. Kaiser's husband.
"People have come every year since it started," Ferritto said. "It's a good time."
This season, there are four concerts, with performances by Katch, Logan Wells and Billy Fischer, The Good Knights, and Busmen's Holiday.
The series starts with Katch on June 4 at Sagamore Hills Park, 11550 Valley View Road in Sagamore Hills.
Logan Wells and Billy Fischer perform at Northfield Village's Smith Park, 125 Houghton Road on July 2.
The Good Knights will perform Aug. 6 at the Northfield Center Gazebo, 9546 Brandywine Road by town hall. The Aug. 6 concert coincides with the township's annual ice cream social.
The series ends with Busmen's Holiday on Sept. 3 at Pavilion 3 in Macedonia's Longwood Park, 1586 E. Aurora Road in Macedonia.
Rain dates, if needed, have yet to be announced. Ferritto said she's nervous about the weather, "because we never know what will happen in Ohio."
Ferritto said the concert series is made possible through the donations of sponsors and members of the public. Sponsors this year are Sagamore 400 Townhouses, the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce, Keller Williams Chervenic Realty, JMR Medical, Knight Sound & Lighting and Michaels Auto Parts. All of the sponsors have donated for several seasons, except for Knight Sound & Lighting, who is a first-year donor.
Ferritto said donations are accepted year-round to help support the concert series.
In addition to the performances, the concerts also have door prizes and a 50/50 raffle, with prizes made possible through donations.
"Our businesses have been very generous," Ferritto said, "so I'm happy to be giving out lots of door prizes."
Great Lakes Grillers will be serving during each of the concerts except for The Good Knights' performance in August, as food will be available at the ice cream social.
"I want it to be successful ... I want it to be a fun time. We need to see smiles in these changing times," Ferritto said.
For more information regarding the concerts or donating, see NordoniaConcerts@aol.com.