The Update | St. Patrick’s Festival in Hubbard; Bug Day at MetroParks Farm

HUBBARD, Ohio – The St. Patrick Church Festival will take place Aug. 3-6 on the church grounds, 225 N. Main St.

The festival, now in its 65th year, will feature live rock, country and polka bands, food, rides, games and a basket auction. Admission is free.

Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4; 5 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 5; and 1 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6.

The children’s matinee will be Aug. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.

First prize for the festival raffle will be a new Chevrolet Trailblazer; second prize is $1,000; third and fourth prize is $500. The drawing will take place Aug. 6.

To purchase tickets or for more information, go to

Here is the live music schedule:

  • Aug. 3: RDNA band, 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Aug. 4: Hern Brothers Band, 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Chris Higbee Band, 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Aug. 6: Del Sinchak Band, 1 to 4 p.m.; Old Skool Band, 7 to 11 p.m.

Bug Day Returns to MetroParks Farm

CANFIELD, Ohio – Mill Creek MetroParks’ annual Bug Day will be Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road.

The free, family friendly event will include live bug exhibits, including a presentation by The Bug Man Mark Berman of Columbus; Orin McMonigle, author of dozens of books on insects; and Don Kovach, bee manager.

Other activities will include bug-catching and release, bug crafts, a bug tattoo station and a pop-up library. There will also be tractor wagon rides.

A private Bug Man stage show will take place immediately before the event. Registration is required HERE or by calling 330 740 7107, ext. 129. The price is $15 per person.

Limited free parking on the site will be available.

Grassfire Music Festival at Nelson Ledges

GARETTSVILLE, Ohio – The Grassfire bluegrass and jamgrass music festival returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5, featuring the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Yoinder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas, Rumpke Mountain Bloys, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan Band and more.

Tickets are $90 (advance purchase only at for a Friday-Sunday pass ($100 at the gate); $65 for Saturday-Sunday pass (sold at the gate only). Here is the schedule:

Friday, Aug. 4

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: The Flyin Jays.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Donna the Buffalo.
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m.: The Chatfield Boys.
  • 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.: Jerry Douglas.
  • 9:15 to 9:45 p.m.: The Chatfield Boys.
  • 9:45 to 11:15 p.m.: Yonder Mountain String Band.
  • Late night: Rumpke Mountain Boys.

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • 11:30 to 12:15 p.m.: The Sugar Mules.
  • 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.: Brown Chicken Brown Cow.
  • 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: The Sugar Mules.
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m.: The Travelin McCourys.
  • 4 to 4:45 p.m.: Whiskey Drinks.
  • 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
  • 6:15 to 7 p.m.: Whiskey Drinks.
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: The Sam Bush Band.
  • 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.: The Sam Grisman Project.
  • 9:15 to 11 p.m.: Del McCoury Band.
  • 11 to 11:45 p.m.: The Sam Grisman Project.
  • Late night: Fireside Collective

Cultural Event to Focus on Italy

CANFIELD, Ohio – Mahoning Valley Cultural Alliance’s next Culture and Cuisine series will focus on Italy and will take place Monday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. at A La Carte Catering, 429 Lisbon St. 

The cost is $30 for Mahoning Valley Historical Society members and $35 for nonmembers.

Speaking at the event will be Martha Pallante, longtime professor/chair of Youngstown State University’s history department, currently holding the Darling Endowed Chair in History. She has written and spoken widely about her Italian heritage, including work in ancestry training. She will also share some culinary stories and recipes of Italian origin. 

Today is the deadline for reservations. Call MVHS at 330 743 2589.

The Mahoning Valley Cultural Alliance is an advisory group under the umbrella of MVHS.

‘Clue’ on Stage at New Collingwood Event Center

CAMPBELL, Ohio – Collingwood Center, a new community center located in Campbell, will present “Clue: On Stage” at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12.

Tickets are $22 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased in advance by calling 330 536 7250 or online at

The play is an adaptation of the 1985 film and the board game.

The center is at 633 Porter Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a cocktail hour, with a cash bar and concessions available.

The performances are sponsored by Columbiana Performing Arts Center.

The cast includes Kage Jonas Coven, Jude Mikulich, Brooke Nobb, Samuel Mentzer, Celena Pollock Coven, Joshua Yohman, Jack Rusk, Selene Phillips, Frank Carsone and Emelia Sherin. The creative team is under the direction of Brooke Nobbs and Jude Mikulich.

Revenue from the show will fund further productions and events at the new hall, which is a flexible rental space, said Julie Collingwood, owner.

Lecture on Jewish Figures in Popular Song

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will host professor Daniel Goldmark, director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.

Goldmark will discuss the presence of Jewish figures in the history of American popular song, going back to the turn of the 20th century and early Tin Pan Alley to current groups like Haim.
The program, part of the JCC’s J. Newman Levy speaker series, is free, but registration is required by Aug. 7. Register HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.