Join the Fun at The Hooley™

The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police perform after opening remarks at The Hooley™.

Tagged “West Park’s Homecoming Celebration,” the 6th annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ kicks off at noon on Saturday, May 9, and runs until 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue in the Cleveland neighborhood of Kamm’s Corners. Lorain Avenue will be closed to traffic from West 165th Street to Rocky River Drive.

“Hooley” is Irish slang for party or celebration. This one started out as a celebration of the new streetscape installed six years ago. Today, The Hooley™ remains an annual event for all ages, presented by Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation. Once again, there is no charge to enter the area of The Hooley™, thanks to our generous sponsors.

The opening ceremony begins at noon on the main stage facing east at Rocky River Drive. Expect Irish music, including pipes and drums, ballads, laments, reels, and an infusion of rock music. Here's the entertainment in order of appearance: The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police; The Sunrise Jones; The Donegal Doggs; Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums; The Donegal Doggs (return); Mary's Lane; and Cats on Holiday close out the evening.

The family stage at West 165th Street, sponsored by Dollar Bank, will provide entertainment for the younger crowd. Irish dancers from four dance schools will perform, with each school showcasing its own distinctive style. Some dancers will be wearing colorful dancing costumes and ringlet wigs. Also on stage will be Newton D. Baker School of the Arts, Saint Joseph Academy Chorale, Taylor’s Troupe from Gunning Park Rec Center, Perlas Del Caribe Dance Crew, and the All American Karate Studios. Enjoy The West Side Irish American Club Pipe Band followed by DJ McNab, who will take over with interactive audience fun until 8 p.m.

Nearby will be the Youth Center, operated by the West Park YMCA and sponsored by Neighborhood Family Practice, featuring a bounce house, a 30-foot-tall fire truck slide, and engaging art activities for youth of all ages. The always-popular pop-a-shot returns, operated by Our Lady of Angels Parents-Teachers Union.

Purchase unique goods and pick up interesting information from the almost 60 booths lining Lorain Avenue. Indulge in a variety of Hooley™ offerings from more from a dozen vendors, including gyros, hot dogs, pulled pork, and freshly squeezed lemonade. Come hungry!   

New this year, Cleveland Bazaar is hosting a juried handmade arts and crafts show on West 168th Street, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood. Bring a tote bag for your purchases of unique items, including accessories, stuffed animals, home decor and more!

Last year, more that 30,000 people visited The Hooley™!  Please join us for a great day of music, food, and family-friendly fun. Bring your camera! Take pictures that show the spirit of the event, and upload your pictures to Instagram using #TheHooley for a chance to win $25 gift certificates from our hospitality tent sponsors. Additional information can be found at kammscorners.com.

Marilyn Osborne

Marilyn Osborne is the Manager of Marketing & Communications for Kamm's Corners Development Corporation, the non-profit planning and development organization serving Ward 17 in Cleveland.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.05.2015