The Civitan Club of North Columbus plans a series of concerts in Clintonville’s Whetstone Park

Live music will be back this summer at Whetstone Park in Roses.

the Citizen Club of North Columbus planned a weekly concert series — the first in two years because of COVID-19 — at the park, 3901 N. High St. in Clintonville.

Glenn Williamswho is responsible for organizing concerts for the Civitan Club, said the concerts have been taking place for more than 65 years.

“We’ve been counting the days,” Williams said. “We have people calling us asking when we are going to reopen.”

All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Pavilion and are free and open to the public.

The first concert, scheduled for May 22, features the Whetstone High School jazz ensemble.

Williams, a trumpeter, will perform twice with the Clintonville Community Band on June 12 and again on September 4, bringing the season to a close.

Williams, who has played trumpet since he was in fifth grade at Clinton Elementary School, said the line-up was impressive.

The Ohio State University Alumni Band will take the stage on June 26.

Another highlight of the series is the All-Ohio State Fair Band, which will feature up to 260 musicians on July 31. The concert will be moved to the open area on the south side of the shelter.

New to the lineup, Nostalgics, which will perform on August 24.

Vocal performances will include Sweet Adelines on July 17 and the Clintonville Community Choir on July 24.

The pavilion is at the bottom of a grassy slope, with bleachers on the heights. Williams, who played for TBBITLsaid the Civitan Club spent $3,000 to bury the wires and upgrade the pavilion’s public address system.

The group is trying to raise money for a golf cart that will be used to help transport people with reduced mobility to and from the parking lot.

Paul Carringer, member of the Clintonville Area Business Associationsaid he had been a fan of the concerts for many years.

“We’ll be able to take our lawn chairs and our blankets, sit on the benches and listen to the best music in the best park in town,” Carringer said.

For more information about the club and concert schedule, go to northcivitanclub.org.

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