German Village Gazette

Frank Fetch Park

Third Sunday Concert Series lineup announced

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Jazz diva Mary McClendon will commence the Third Sunday Concert Series in Frank Fetch Park.

McClendon is no stranger to the series, having performed at many concerts in the park. However, this year she will have an accompanying band, said Jerry Glick, who helps organize the concerts.

McClendon's show is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 17.

The concerts are free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

If it rains, the concerts will be moved inside the Meeting Haus.

The series is sponsored by Hausfrau Haven, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the German Village Garten Club.

"We're really excited about this season," said Glick, who is also a member of the Garten Club and chairman and founder of Friends of Frank Fetch Park.

"It's one of the strongest ones we've ever presented. I think it shows great variety, too."

Other performers include the Tony Monaco Trio, slated for 7 p.m. June 20. Monaco is a renowned organist with a distinctive style using a classic Hammond B3 organ.

Luxury Brown, a rhythm and blues band, will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Vocalist Meredith Evans leads a band that is known for filling the dance floor.

The final act is guitarist Jeff McGargish and violinist Christ Saetti, who will present an original mix of light classical, rumba, gypsy and jazz.

By 2000, villagers began to abandon the park, which was overrun with weeds and brush.

So, Glick assembled a core group of volunteers, which eventually grew into Friends of Frank Fetch Park. The Third Sunday Concert Series is just another way to show off the green space, he said.

"Now we have such a tremendous park," he said. "The community is very supportive of the park."

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