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2017 Hooley Schedule

All Day Festival Fun Offered at The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™

In Ireland “hooley” is a word for a lively gathering. In Cleveland, The Hooley™ is West Park’s annual day-long block party. On Saturday, May 13 from 12 to 8 p.m., The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ (Lorain Avenue from West 165th to Rocky River Drive) kicked off Cleveland’s robust community festival season with crafts, live music, dancing, pipes and drums and plenty of family fun. “So many people’s lives have intersected with this West Park neighborhood that we think of The Hooley as a giant homecoming celebration,” said Steve Lorenz, Executive Director of Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation, organizer of the free, family-friendly festivities. “We've invited generations of past and future residents to come together and discover or, in many cases rediscover, what they love about the community.”  This year The Hooley™ was again presented by Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

Everyone knows that good food is the key to any good party and The Hooley™ is no exception. In addition to the diverse fare available at the pubs and eateries lining Lorain Avenue, kettle corn, ice cream, freshly squeezed lemonade and other festival staples were available. “Those looking for something substantial for lunch or dinner enjoyed The Hooley’s newest culinary offerings: Hatfield’s Goode Grub, The Hub, and BOMBA Tacos,” said Lorenz. “And, of course, many of our neighborhood restaurants had booths on the street, too.”

Two entertainment stages showcased a variety of musical acts and performers. “The main stage featured artists who played everything from Celtic to classic rock,” explained Lorenz, noting that veteran rockers Tie Dye Harvest—celebrating 25 years in the spotlight—were crowd-pleasers with Clevelanders. Meanwhile, the Dollar Bank Family Stage was home-base for high-spirited Irish dancers, high-kicking karate students, and other acts. 

The family-friendly activities continued at the nearby Youth Center with an obstacle course, 30-foot fire truck slide, and pop-a-shot game operated by the St. Mark School Parent Club. Meanwhile, on West 168th Street, shoppers of all ages perused Artist Alley’s selection of jewelry, toys, clothing, home décor, Irish-themed gifts, and handmade arts and crafts curated by My ReClaimed Life. “With new businesses in the area, more than 100 vendors, children’s activities, and two packed entertainment stages,  the eighth annual Hooley offered something for everyone,” said Lorenz. 

In addition to the generosity of Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital and aforementioned sponsors, The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ was made possible with support from its vendors, participants, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Neighborhood Family Practice, West Park Family YMCA and the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  

Once again, there was no charge to enter the area of The Hooley™ thanks to presenting sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

The opening ceremony began at noon on the main stage at Rocky River Drive, facing east on Lorain Avenue. The entertainment in order of appearance: The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police; Brigid’s Cross (Celtic), Tie Dye Harvest (Classic Rock and originals), Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums, Tie Dye Harvest, Harp City (Celtic and Rock), and The Sunrise Jones close out the evening. Voted Cleveland’s best cover band, they featured Classic Rock and Pop from the ’60s ‘70s, and ‘80s including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and more.

The Family Stage at West 165th Street, sponsored by Dollar Bank, featured entertainment for the younger crowd. Irish dancers from multiple dance schools performed, each showcasing its own distinctive style, some wearing colorful costumes and ringlet wigs. Appearing were: Brady Campbell Irish Dance School, Burke Schools of Irish Dance, Cannon Irish Dance, and Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance. Other acts included acoustic guitar by Jim Tigue, a karate demonstration from All American Karate, juggling from the St. Ignatius Circus Company, singing by Tower City Chorus, and a performance from Newton D. Baker School of the Arts. As they marched to the Family Stage area from the west, The West Side Irish American Club Pipe Band played a medley of crowd-pleasing tunes.

An estimated 30,000 joined visited for a great day of music, food, and family friendly fun. Click here for the poster.

Questions? Contact Jackie Wohleber at 216-252-6559, ext. 1000 or email her at TheHooley@kammscorners.com.
Hooley Crowd at Family Stage
A view of the crowd on Lorain Avenue from the Family Stage looking west.
This year, The Hooley™ was supported by our presenting sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Please thank them and the following for their support:
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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Logo
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