• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Music & Arts in the Valley


Call the Cultural Arts Hotline at (330) 650-4636, ext. 228 after 2 p.m. the day of an event for up-to-date ticket availability and severe weather cancellations.


 
Red Tail Ring

COURTESY RED TAIL RING

Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series Concerts
The Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series, presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, celebrates the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley. This series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Cable 9 Television, Cascade Auto Group, and the Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Foundation.

Single concert admission: $17 adults, $12 Conservancy members, $5 children ages 3 - 12, unless otherwise noted. General seating. Create your own subscription series and enjoy any three Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series concerts for one low price! Three-concert series: $45 adults, $30 Conservancy members, $15 children ages 3 - 12. No cash refunds, but tickets may be exchanged up to 10 days before the concert. Advance sales available by calling 330-657-2909, option 4, or purchasing online at www.conservancyforcvnp.org.Click on Events for listings and registration links.

All concerts are held at Happy Days Lodge. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concerts begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted,

Friday, November 21
Red Tail Ring
Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the Red Tail Ring duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping.

Friday, December 5
Claire Lynch Bluegrass Holiday
Treat yourself to an amazing evening. Claire Lynch and her band interpret holiday classics mixed with a few unexpected tunes. Long recognized as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch continually pushes the boundaries of bluegrass. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association. Admission for this event is $22 adults, $17 Conservancy members, $7.50 children ages 3 -12.

Sunday, December 7
Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas
Cherish the Ladies has shared Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over 25 years. Tonight the Ladies put their signature on classic Christmas carols. Arrangements highlight the group's unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Admission for this event is $25 adults, $23 Conservancy members, $7.50 children ages 3 - 12. Note that this concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 14
The Duhks
Canadian fusion band, The Duhks, have a truly global range. They mix North American folk and bluegrass traditions with Celtic melodies and Afro-Cuban and South American rhythms. After a two-year hiatus, the band is energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members. Concert admission for this event is $23 adults, $18 Conservancy members, and $7.50 children ages 3 - 12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

You can extend your evening with an optional Dinner in the Valley before the concert. Fee includes dinner, specialty beverage, dessert, and concert ticket. Register by January 7, Call 330-657-2909 ext. 100 or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Saturday, January 31
Billy Strings &Don Julin
This duo plays American string band music with the energy level of an extreme sport. Haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals honor the musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin. This is your granddaddy's bluegrass delivered with the pedal-to-the-metal intensity of a moonshine runner.

Saturday, February 7
Mountain Heart
Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and keen sense of entertainment have helped them forge a unique sound and stage show that appeals to broad musical tastes. It is one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled and has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry more than 125 times. Admission for this event is $22 adults, $17 Conservancy members, and $7.50 children ages 3 - 12.

Friday, February 20
Mississippi Heat
The Chicago Sun Times has called blues band Mississippi Heat "quite simply the hottest band in Chicago." For more than 20 years, the band has followed the unwavering vision of bandleader and composer Pierre Lacocque. Heat marries the golden sounds of 1950s Chicago Blues greats (think Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Jimmy Rogers) with a preference for writing original music.

 
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Ed Caner.

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Cuyahoga Valley House Concerts
Sundays, December 14, January 18, and February 15
Ed Caner has performed as a sideman for over 50 major acts. He is also a founding member of his own band, Hey Mavis. For our series, Ed invites different guest musicians to perform with him each month. Admission: $8 general public, $6 Conservancy members. Advance sales available by calling 330-657-2909, option 4, or purchasing online at www.conservancyforcvnp.org.Click on Events for listings and registration links. Hines Hill Conference Center, 7 p.m. Seating is limited. The facility is not wheelchair accessible.

 
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Contra Dance at the Boston Township Schoolhouse.

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Contra Dances
Thursdays, December 11, January 8 and 22, and February 12 and 26
Become part of a living tradition in Cuyahoga Valley—contra dancing. Caller Carol Kopp leads dancers through each dance while the band Hu$hmoney plays lively jigs, reels, and tunes. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Fee: $6. Boston Township School House, 7 p.m. instruction, 8 - 10:30 p.m. dancing.

 

Lyceum Distinguished Speakers
Fostering fresh perspectives and lasting connections, Cuyahoga Valley Institute's Lyceum series presents in-depth and engaging content from experts in history, adventure, and the natural world. Admission: $6 adults, $3 children ages 3 - 12. General seating. Advance sales available by calling 330-657-2909 ext. 100. You may also register online at conservancyforcvnp.org. Click on Events for listings and registration links. On lecture days, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at 330-650-4636 ext. 228 after 2 p.m. for up-to-date ticket availability and severe weather cancellations. All lectures are held at Happy Days Lodge. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 16
Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson: The Iceman
A paleoclimatologist and self-taught mountaineer, Dr. Lonnie Thompson has spent decades researching glaciers. His travels have taken him to some of the most rugged locations on the planet. Dr. Thompson states, "I believe ice is our best archive of the history of the Earth's climate. Understanding how the climate system works and has worked … is absolutely essential for any prediction of what's going to happen to the climate in the future." Join Dr. Thompson to discover what his work reveals. Hear about the adventure and challenge of first reaching study sites and then collecting, transporting, and interpreting sample ice cores.

Friday, February 27
Dr. Edwin Scholes: Birds of Paradise
Dr. Edwin Scholes is a leading ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In 2012 he and worldrenowned photographer Tim Laman released Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds. This National Geographic book celebrates their monumental effort to create a complete "family portrait." It took eight years and 18 expeditions to Papua New Guinea to document all 39 species. Birds of paradise are known for extravagant plumage, crazy courtship dances, and bizarre behaviors. Join Dr. Scholes to gain insight into the challenges, adventure, and importance of cataloguing all species of one bird family.

 

Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society
Part of the Conservancy, CVPS sponsors monthly presentations by locally and nationally recognized photographers as well as workshops, photo walks, and an annual show. Free. For more information contact CVPS at info@cvps.org or the Conservancy at 330-657-2909.

Thursday, December 11
CVPS Holiday Party
Celebrate the holiday season with other CVPS members as you enjoy a casual evening with photo-loving friends. CVPS will provide pizza;members are invited to bring beverages and snacks. Guests welcome. Hines Hill Conference Center, 7 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, January 8
Tim Cooper: Creating the Realistic HDR Image
Professional photographer and master educator Tim Cooper returns to the Cuyahoga Valley. He discusses how to create true-to-life High Dynamic Range imagery with results that are beautiful and believable. Happy Days Lodge, 7 - 9 p.m.

Friday through Sunday, January 9 - 11
CVPS Workshop: Lightroom-Crafting the Fine Photograph
Do you want to take your post-processing skills to the next level? Join Tim Cooper, a nationally recognized photography instructor, for this hands-on workshop using Adobe Lightroom. Space is limited. Fee: $460, $395 CVPS members. Hines Hill Conference Center, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. For additional information, visit www.cvps.org. To register, visit conservancyforcvnp.org and search under Events.

Thursday, February 19
Members' Show
Members of the CVPS are invited to bring up to three recent images to share. Professional photographers will be on hand to offer an optional critique. Happy Days Lodge, 7 - 9 p.m.

 

Locations:

Akron-Summit County Oublic Library (Main Branch)
60 South High Street, Akron 44326

Boston Township School House
1775 Main Street, northeast corner of SR 303 and Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264

Canal Corners Farm & Market
7243 Canal Road, at intersection with Tinkers Creek Road, Valley View 44125

Canal Exploration Center
7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside roads, Valley View 44125

Everett Covered Bridge
2370 Everett Road, 0.5 mile west of Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264

G.A.R. Hall Museum
1785 Main Street, Peninsula 44264

Happy Days Lodge
500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264

Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road, 4 miles south of SR 303, Peninsula 44264

John S. Seiberling Gallery on the Hines Hill Campus
1403 West Hines Hill Road, Peninsula 44264

M.D. Garage
Adjacent to Boston Store Visitor Center, located at 1548 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264

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