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Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, one of the organizational sponsors of the heART of Geauga Arts Jam, will be hosting…

GLTG Hosts Arts Jam Concert, Apollo’s Fire

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, one of the organizational sponsors of the heART of Geauga Arts Jam, will be hosting several events in the historic Geauga Theater during a celebration of local artists. The Arts Jam takes place June 21, from noon to 10p.m., in and around Chardon Square.

At 7:30 p.m. on the theater stage, “The Artist in You” will feature Alex Bevan, Akron duo Shivering Timbers, the Geauga Gems, Spoon2Soon, string band Mr. Haney, Next Big Thing and many others. It will be hosted by actor, radio personality and Chardon native Jim Blum. Tickets to the show are $8 and can be obtained by calling the box office at or visiting

Arts Jam, a showcase for the arts, features more than 100 artists and performers, highlighting music, dance, drama, poetry and the visual arts. The day will include performances, workshops and many family-friendly activities such as face painting, acrobatics, storytelling, juggling, the popular Graffiti Wall for kids and much more. All afternoon events are free or of nominal charge.

The poetically inclined are encouraged to bring some of their material with them to Beans Coffee House, which will host an open-mic poetry reading in the afternoon.

And pickers and strummers will want to bring along an instrument or two. At the end of the afternoon, near the gazebo, many of the performers will gather, jam and invite the audience to join in.

In addition to the Geauga Theater, other organizational sponsors of Arts Jam are the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture and Chardon Tomorrow. Financial sponsors for the 2014 event include The Burr Funeral Home and the Junction Auto Family.

The entertainment continues into Sunday for GLTG. Apollo’s Fire, the internationally renowned music ensemble, will bring “Glory on the Mountain: An Appalachian Journey” to the Geauga Theater on June 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available through Apollo’s Fire’s box office, 800-314-2535, or online at

The historic Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water St., Chardon.

Stop! Swap! or Shop!

The Geauga Council for Arts & Culture is sponsoring the Stop! Shop! Or Swap! opportunity in conjunction with the heART of Geauga Arts Jam on June 21 from noon to 6 p.m. on Chardon Square. Paintings, prints, sculpture, handmade jewelry, fiber art and frames will all be accepted.

Stop by the booth. One can purchase a piece of art outright; all pieces are reasonably priced. Or, one can swap art. Participants may bring in up to six pieces of art and receive a credit towards the purchase of one or more of the pieces that are on display.

All funds generated from the art recycling program help support the arts in Geauga County. For information, call Teresa Runion at 440-834-0502. For information about Geauga Arts Jam, visit

GANG Welcomes Harmonica Duo

On June 17, harmonica virtuosos Debbie and Art Temple (aka the Wind Harps) will share their talent with the Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG). The educational program, which is free and open to the general public, will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at Heinen’s Cafe, 402 Center St. in Chardon. No reservations are necessary.

The Temples will entertain The GANG with a variety of music, while discussing the art of harmonica playing. They will also display various types of harmonicas and explain their use. Art usually plays a special chord harmonica, while accompanying Debbie who plays lead on the more familiar melody harmonicas.

In keeping with the topic of the evening, guests are encouraged to bring any unusual and/or antique harmonicas for the show-and-tell portion of the program. The hosting artist this month will be Chesterland musician Nicky Bucur.

The Geauga Arts Network Group is an ad hoc group whose mission is to promote communication, collaboration, and cooperation across artistic disciplines for artists living and/or working in Geauga County. For more information, call Joanne Durante at 440-729-6481.

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