Tonight: Last chance for Shakespeare, next Sat: Jazz Fest in South Park

If it doesn’t rain, tonight is your last chance to see “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in South Park. Show starts at 8, come a bit early if you want a good spot for a chair- blankets guarantee a front row seat. It’s 90 minutes of fun. ADDITION: If in it rains- it will be held in Hope Lutheran Church, 500 Hickory Street.

Easiest parking is at the bottom of the hill, along Buckeye. The location is South Park Green, across from James Street on Hickory.

Next week, we have the South Park Jazz Festival- another free event brought to you by those crazy dreamers in Historic South Park along with Ron Gable of the Jazz Advocate.

What: South Park Jazz Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 26

Where: At the gazebo on Park Drive, west of Wayne Avenue and north of Wyoming Street

Cost: Free

Parking: Free parking is available at Rite-Aid at Wayne Avenue and Wyoming Street, at Hope Lutheran Church and at Emerson Academy on Hickory Street

More information: Maps and information are available online at or by calling (937) 648-0627. In case of rain, the event will not be canceled, but will be moved into the Emerson Academy Auditorium at 500 Hickory St.

Music schedule

Noon to 1:20 p.m.: “Cat in the Hat” with the SMAG Dance Collective

1:30 to 2:50 p.m.: Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers

3 to 4:20 p.m.: The Dayton Jazz Orchestra

4:30 to 5:50 p.m.: Ron Jones Quartet

6 to 7:20 p.m.: April Aloisio Quartet

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Deron Bell Band

via South Park Jazz Festival expands.

Unfortunately, if you read the whole DDN article above, you’ll find that Ron is taking the South Park out of the Jazz Festival for next year, but, we’ll still have our music festivals in South Park as long as neighborhood music champion Lisa Persons lives on Park Drive. She has been bringing music to South Park for at least 5 years. Unfortunately, Ron decided to make his moving announcement before the show- and without informing anyone in South Park first (UPDATE: I missed the meeting where he announced it). Not exactly the best way to treat the hand that’s fed you.

It’ll still be a great time, so come on down and see why South Park is a National Neighborhood of the Year tonight- and next week.

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