Mark your calendar for summer Verandah Concerts at Hayes Presidential

A string band, a boogie piano player and vocalists performing songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are among the performers featured this summer during the Verandah Concert series at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The popular concerts take place twice a month on Wednesdays on the verandah of the historic home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating on the expansive lawn. Admission is free.

Each event begins with an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. Donations are accepted for the ice cream. Music starts at 7 p.m.

On Verandah Concert Wednesdays, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will have extended hours and offer a schedule of special events, such as hands-on artifact activities, gallery talks and themed tours of the Hayes Home. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on concert days.

The 2020 Verandah Concert schedule:

  • CANCELED June 10 – Fostoria Community Band, performing concert band music
  • CANCELED June 24 – Bridge County Bluegrass Band, performing bluegrass music
  •  July 8 – Cottonwood Jam String Band, a traditional acoustic string band HAPPENING, BUT WITHOUT THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL. Visitors are welcome to bring snacks or a picnic.
  • July 22 – Nostalgia, a vocal ensemble performing music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
  • Aug. 5 – Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” performing boogie, blues and swing piano music
  • Aug. 19 – North Coast Big Band, performing toe-tapping tunes of the World War II era

Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union with additional funding by Mosser Construction and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.

If there is inclement weather, concerts could be canceled. For updates, visit or call 800-998-7737. Updates also will be posted on the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ social media pages.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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