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Free Big Band concert set for Sunday, Sept. 27




The historic Crystal Ball Room hosted the nation’s top Big Bands during the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park’s heyday. Courtesy photo.

The historic Crystal Ball Room hosted the nation’s top Big Bands during the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park’s heyday. Courtesy photo.

BUCKEYE LAKE – The Buckeye Lake Historical Society will host a free big band concert for families and people of all ages on Sunday, Sept. 27 noon until 7 p.m. Rob Parton and his Orchestra will take at the stage 4 p.m. for two sets of jazz and big band sounds.

The free concert will be held at the Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore on the site of the historical Crystal Ball Room. This tribute to Buckeye Lake, Ohio’s Oldest State Park will highlight its past and its future.

The Buckeye Lake Amusement Park was in existence for 70 years and during the heyday of the big bands over 50,000 people a day would crowd into ballrooms at the “The Playground of Ohio”, said local historian Donna Braig. “The park was pure bedlam when a big headliner, such as Louis Armstrong, came to play. Those were great days.” The Big Band Tribute will honor many of the sounds of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James.

Visitors will be able to purchase all types of food from local restaurants and to bring back the park days there will be tents with fortune tellers, carnival games, and rocketship rides. Live music will be on stage from 1 – 3 p.m. Concert visitors should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

This community event will include several special events including kayak and biking. Families can participate in an eight-mile self-guided bike tour of Buckeye Lake or rent a kayak and paddle around on Crane Lake. Kayak safety demonstrations and races are on the event schedule.

The free concert is a partnership with the Buckeye Lake Museum and several others including Ohio Arts Council, North Valley Bank, Licking County Visitors and Convention Bureau Buckeye Lake Chamber, Perry County Community Foundation, Fairfield County Foundation and ODNR. Sponsors are still being accepted.

For more information, call the Buckeye Lake Museum (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org or Facebook.


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