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The Tuesday Top 5: June 25th, 2019

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 10:31 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 25th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Grandview Hop, St. Christopher Fest Set This Weekend

Summer fun continues this weekend, with the annual St. Christopher’s parish festival set for Friday the 28th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  and Saturday the 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The first of four 2019 Grandview Hops is also this Saturday.

I wrote in late March, The Grandview Hop has added more kid-oriented fare, including a market for teens to sell products and child activities.

Some of the Grandview Hop entertainment highlights this week include the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company, a group made up of TBDBITL alumni; GHHS alumni and keyboardist Amelia Rose (Walsh); Riviera Royals; Columbus guitarist/singer Jenny Flory; and The Amazing Giants, a stilt-walking troupe.

The Endeavor Brewing Co., 909 W. Fifth St., will operate a beer kiosk on Second Avenue just off Grandview Avenue, with 100 percent of the sales this weekend supporting the nonprofit Tri-Village Mentor League.

The St. Christopher’s parish festival features rides, carnival games, food and various family entertainment.

2. Conspiracy Band Celebrates Grandview Connections

The St. Christopher’s entertainment will include a notable band with strong ties to Grandview Heights.

Conspiracy Band photo

The funk/R&B-oriented Conspiracy Band will headline the Friday evening lineup of entertainment with an 8 p.m. show.

Residents can also catch the Conspiracy Band tonight, Tuesday, June 15th at the Music on the Lawn.

The Conspiracy Band will mark its 14th performance at the Music on the Lawn concert series – presented by the Grandview Heights Public Library in cooperation with the Parks & Recreation Department – when the ensemble takes the stage for a one-hour set at 7:30 p.m.

The double dose of musical fun with the Conspiracy Band in the Tri-Village this week comes as the band marks its 30th season entertaining the region.

Band leader Rodney Sutton said the funk/rhythm & blues band has a special affection for Grandview Heights, where he and his family lived for 13 years. He noted several GHHS musicians – including Sutton’s daughter and GHHS 2010 graduate Courtney – have played either a few gigs or for some time.

“I hold Grandview dear to me,” he said, voicing his appreciation for getting called back for the Music on the Lawn series year after year.

GHPL PR Manager Canaan Faulkner agrees the Conspiracy Band connects well with the community, including bringing talented local kids up for a song or two.

The parent Sutton Entertainment operation has expanded in recent years. Its stable of 30 musicians now form two bands, a string quartet and groups of various sizes, plus DJs to play community concerts, festivals, weddings, and corporate events.

Sutton said an ability to perform a variety of musical styles is a key to the band’s success at venues through Central Ohio. “You give people something to connect with,” he said.

3. First Avenue Park Set For Movie

The second of three outdoor movies presented by the Parks & Recreation Department this will occur tonight, weather permitting.

The First Avenue Park – located at 850 W. First Ave. between Bobcat Avenue and Yard Street – will be the setting for Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. but the movie will wait for the sun to set before the movie reels begin to roll.

Still, those attending the Conspiracy Band concert at the library should have more than enough time to saunter down West First, throw down a lawn blanket, and catch the animated film.

4. McKinley Park Tennis Courts Looking Good

I wanted to point out the excellent repair and resurfacing project completed recently on the four tennis courts at the western end of McKinley Park.

Tennis Court Paint

The courts were closed in mid-May to allow Canal Winchester-based Heiberger Paving Inc. the opportunity to recondition the courts as well as replace the weathered plywood backboard on Court #4.

The competitively bid $48,868 contract called for crack repair, resurfacing and repainting the courts blue with white outlines. The out of bounds area are painted green to complete the U.S. Open color scheme.

Tennis Court Backboard

The project also involved the installation of new nets and hardware as well as a 10’x 20’ Bakko professional series backboard for solo practice. I’m told the upgraded surface provides a natural bounce for the tennis ball and reduces the reverberation, making it quieter for those in the park and neighboring residences.

Tennis Court Players

The resurfacing should extend the life of the courts for many years to come.

5. Planning Commission Sets Community Plan Review

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m. to review and consider recommendation of the Building on Tradition Community Plan presented in early Spring.

As I wrote in early April, the McBride Dale Clarion consulting firm recommended guidelines for targeted zoning improvements; economic development incentives and policies; infill and redevelopment strategies, including a housing study; and public service capacity and efficiency.

When the Commission completes its review, a recommendation will be send it to City Council for its consideration. Any Council acceptance will likely come in the form of a resolution.

The commission will also review a site plan for a water meter building at Grandview Crossing.

The developer also will update the Commission on site plan development for the mixed-use project.

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