The Press Newspaper
The lush flowers and greenery of Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore will be the backdrop for a groovy day filled with fine arts, great music and delicious food Saturday, Aug. 2.
The WoodsStock Music & Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to midnight, rain or shine at Schedel, located at 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. All proceeds raised will benefit the nonprofit arboretum and gardens. The juried art show will feature fine artists from throughout the country who will line the Grand Lawn of the 17-acre botanical gardens. Seven bands, including national recording artists The Wheeler Brothers, will be performing on two live stages throughout the day. The festival will also include a vintage car show and two food courts presented by Rosie’s Italian Grille and Rosie’s Rolling Chef. Beer, wine and liquor will be available for purchase throughout the day.
The entertainment schedule includes:
11:45 a.m.: Twisted Strands delivering a unique brand of Irish, Scottish and other Celtic inspired music.
1:30 p.m.: Skip Turner Band, from Toledo, performing smooth driving rhythms and solo riffs of jazz horn tunes.
3 p.m.: Corduroy Road, an acoustic three-piece group covering juke box favorites.
5:15 p.m.: Bourbon Street Band offering a wide range of “rock, rhythm, and blues,” and featuring the music of Woodstock.
7:30 p.m.: Indie folk rock band, The Wheeler Brothers Band, of Austin, Texas, who trace a personal lineage of rock, folk, Americana, and blues on their full-length album, “Gold Boots Glitter.” The band, boasts local roots, with members having graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School.
9 p.m.: Mikey Blue Barone, who will take the stage with his guitar and harmonica to deliver smooth blues.
9:45 p.m.: The star of Rosie’s Italian Grille, Phil Barone and The Cruisers, will perform Joe Cocker and the Jim Morrison Tribute synchronized with the Wet Sun Light show to create an amazing 1960s style psychedelic experience.
Schedel Director Rod Noble noted festival organizers feel especially fortunate to have scheduled The Wheeler Brothers, who have been touring all over the country and have few open dates.
“These guys are incredible musicians and vocalists. They play a style that is pleasing to anyone’s ear and they put on a great show,” he said.
Noble added, “We have a hidden gem of nature right here in people’s backyards that is the perfect setting for either a fine arts show or a music show. Combining the best of those two worlds with our world-class botanical gardens is just something folks won’t want to miss.”
VIP tickets for WoodsStock are $45 advance, which includes two drinks, seating and a special bistro area. General admission tickets are $25 in advance. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.woodsstock.org, by calling 419-862-3182, or at Rosie’s Italian Grille and Schedel Arboretum & Gardens.
Parking and continuous shuttles will be offered free from Woodmore High School in Elmore. Parking and free shuttles will also available beginning at 3 p.m. from the Courtyard Marriott in Rossford. The hotel is offering special discounted festival room rates.
For more information, visit www.WoodsStock.org or www.Schedel-Gardens.org or call 419-862-3182 or 419-866-5007.
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