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Chatham Eden Hall summer series to kick off with free bluegrass concert

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the “king of kid hop,” is among touring performers set to christen Chatham University's first series of summer shows on its Eden Hall Campus in Richland.

A writer and vocalist, 23 Skidoo will present his child-friendly mix of wordplay and storytelling set to drums and music at 4 p.m. July 12 in the Hilda M. Willis Amphitheater, off Ridge Road. Admission is $10; free for children age 5 and younger.

The terraced outdoor arena seats 250 people, including people with disabilities. Food vendors and restrooms will be available during all shows.

“In the plans for the campus, the amphitheater had always been an integral part,” said Bill Campbell, vice president of marketing and communications for Chatham University.

“The vision had been to do not just university programs but community programs, too,” Campbell said. “It's just really exciting to be able to start to bring that to life.”

A free concert of live bluegrass music by the Roustabouts, a five-member band from eastern Ohio, will open the summer series of outdoor entertainment at 7:30 p.m. June 19.

“This is the first of what we hope will be many of these types of community events that we'll be able to host at Eden Hall, not just in the summer, but throughout the year,” Campbell said.

“Grain-to-Glass,” a wine and beer tasting with music by the Early Mays, will showcase locally produced wines, spirits and beers made with locally grown fruits and grains, at 7 p.m. June 27. Admission is free.

The following films will be screened at dusk on the following Thursdays: “Saving Mr. Banks” on June 26; “Bears” on July 1; “Chocolat” on Aug. 7; and “American Graffiti on Sept. 4. Admission is free.

The Cincinnati-based Madcap Puppet Theatre will present “The Enchanted World” at 10 a.m. July 26. Admission is free.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, based in Chicago, will create a Shakespearean-type play based on audience suggestions at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for high school and college students, and free for Chatham students.

Chatham also will present four workshops in the newly constructed field labs on the Eden Hall campus: “Rain Collection & Conservation” at 6:30 p.m. July 17, $25; “Sustainable Yard & Landscaping Practices” at 6:30 p.m. July 31, free; “Composting” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, $25; and “Energy Conservation” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, free.

“Farm-to-Table: Harvest Tasting” is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and is free.

More information on the 2014 Eden Hall Campus Summer Events Series is available online at or by calling 412-365-1100.

The Chatham University Eden Hall Campus is at 6035 Ridge Road, Richland Township.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or




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