The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™
Tagged West Park’s Homecoming Celebration, the 7th annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ kicks off at noon on Saturday, May 14, and runs until 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue in the City of Cleveland neighborhood of Kamm’s Corners. Lorain Avenue will be closed to traffic from West 165 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 seven years ago. Today, The Hooley™ remains an annual day of live music, festival food, entertainment, and activities for all ages, presented by Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation.
The opening ceremony begins at noon on the Main Stage at Rocky River Drive, facing east at Rocky River Drive. Expect Irish music, including pipes and drums, ballads, laments, reels, and an infusion of bluegrass and rock music. Here's the entertainment in order of appearance: The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police; JP & the Chatfield Boys; The Whiskey Island Ramblers; Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums; Mary's Lane; and The Sunrise Jones close out the evening.
The Family Stage at West 165 Street will provide entertainment for the younger crowd. Irish dancers from multiple dance schools will perform, each showcasing its own distinctive style, while wearing colorful costumes and ringlet wigs. Also on stage will be Newton D. Baker School of the Arts, Saint Joseph Academy’s Choral, Taylor’s Troupe from Gunning Park Recreation Center, and the All American Karate Studios. Enjoy The West Side Irish American Club Pipe Band and a DJ spinning tunes and hosting interactive audience fun and games untill 8 p.m.
Nearby will be the Youth Center, operated by the West Park YMCA, featuring a bounce house, a 30-foot tall fire truck slide and engaging games and activities for youth of all ages. Pop-a-shot returns, operated by a local Girl Scout Troop.
Purchase unique goods and pick up interesting information from the more than 60 booths lining Lorain Avenue. Indulge in a variety of Hooley™ offerings from more from a dozen food vendors. Come hungry! All the restaurants will be open, too.
Cleveland Bazaar will host a juried handmade arts and crafts show on West 168 Street. Bring a tote bag for your purchases of unique items, including accessories, stuffed animals, clothing, beach glass jewelry, toys, home decor, and more!
Last year, more that 30,000 people visited The Hooley™! Admittance is free! A thank you to all of our sponsors.
Steve Lorenz is Executive Director, Kamm’s Corners Development.