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Verandah Concerts mark 20th year

Kerry Patrick Clark performs during the 2013 Verandah Concert series.Twenty years ago the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center hosted its first free outdoor concert series. Today, Verandah Concerts are a favorite summertime activity for people throughout Northwest Ohio and beyond.

Admission to the Verandah Concerts is free thanks to the generosity of Fremont Federal Credit Union.The 2014 series opened June 11. Each Verandah Concert begins at 6:45 p.m. with an old-fashioned ice cream social. Attendees can grab a cup of hand-dipped Ohio-made Toft’s ice cream as they relax in lawn chairs on the spacious lawn in front of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.

The verandah of the elegant 31-room house serves as the stage for the concerts. Musical performances begin at 7 p.m. and last an hour. Admission is FREE thanks to sponsorship from Fremont Federal Credit Union.

The final concert in the 2014 season is August 20 featuring music by the North Coast Big Band. Attendees are reminded to bring their own seats and come prepared for the weather. In the event of thunderstorms, the event will be canceled.