'Concert in the Park' on Aug. 7 at Beatty Park – The Daily Times

Jul 29, 2022
Beatty Park in Steubenville will be the setting for “Concert in the Park” on Aug. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. and featuring the longtime group Friends Community Choir — Contributed
STEUBENVILLE — Beatty Park, located at 621 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, will come alive with music on Aug. 7 with performances by an established community choir and a local singer, both as part of “Concert in the Park.”
Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 6 p.m., and will feature the longtime local favorite Friends Community Choir as well as singer Chelsea Householder, the lead singer for the local band Red Ravin.
The concert will be held at the Storybook Walk field with parking available all through the park, with handicapped parking reserved at the bottom of the field, explained Flora VerStraten-Merrin of the Friends of Beatty Park.
“You must have a sticker to park in this area,” VerStraten-Merrin said, adding, “We also will provide rides up the small hill if someone can’t walk the hill or the stone staircases to the concert area.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Cash concessions — snacks and cold drinks — will be available. In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.
Chelsea Householder — Contributed
The community choir has been together for more than three decades and holds practices every Tuesday evening at the Wintersville United Methodist Church. Members of the group are from Steubenville, Wintersville, Weirton, Toronto and the Richmond area. While the faces have changed through the years, their joy and enthusiasm for singing the gospel has not, a spokesperson noted.
Householder is a 2008 graduate of Edison High School and a 2011 graduate of Eastern Gateway Community College. In 2009, she won the Jefferson Community College Idol competition and took third place in the Jacktown Fair Idol competition in Wind Ridge, Pa., in 2011. She spent four years singing with Slim Lehart and the Wheeling Express and traveled to various venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
A member of the Victoria Jamboree in Wheeling, Householder enjoys singing at nursing homes, churches, festivals and events throughout the Ohio Valley and identifies her favorite genres of music to perform include country, classic rock and gospel.
“The ‘Friends of Beatty Park,’ not to be confused with the ‘Friends Community Choir,’ is happy to sponsor this event,” noted VerStraten-Merrin, who spearheads the volunteer group that is revitalizing the park.
This marks the second year for the park to host a music event, the first one having been the Steubenville High School orchestra.
The group plans a variety of events at the park that was created and deeded in 1797 as a “nature preserve,” the same year as the city of Steubenville was formed.
“We plan various organized types of hikes from our four trails; dogs walks and adoptions; concerts; historical walking tours and nature and outdoor classes with various guest speakers; and Halloween and Easter events,” VerStraten-Merrin noted. “Our calendar is available on our Facebook page, Friends of Beatty Park, under events at the top of the page. We also post our events at the park near the entrance.”
This is the third year for the volunteers at the park where she said many projects have been completed, others are in progress and future developments and and improvements.
“We are excited to be working on developing the ‘old historic pool’ portion of the park. There are concrete bleachers that measure 150 feet long that once overlooked the original pool, as bystanders or those taking a swimming break could watch those swimming, and many performances were held at the pool from the early 1930s, with bands and concerts, through the 1970s with in-water performances, too,” she explained. “This area will be developed as a beautiful outdoor amphitheater and will seat hundreds of spectators. Below the bleachers will be a large field, surrounded with a dense canopy of trees and provide the perfect backdrop for and outdoor concert or play,” she continued, adding that, “We hope to have that area developed and completed sometime in 2023,” she said.
Historic Beatty Park, she pointed out, is a place for hiking at various levels/skills and lengths, picnics, basketball, bird watching, enjoying the StoryBook Walk that changes each month, appreciating nature by observing plants, flowers and rock formations and learning about historic structures.
All events at the park are free and open to the public with donations appreciated to go for projects in Beatty Park
Other events on the 2022 calendar, aside from the Aug. 7 concert, are:
– Sept. 17, 10 a.m., historical walking tour offering a hike with local historians to historic locations in the park. At noon, light refreshments will be served, and John Boileigh of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will give an archaeological presentation.
– Oct. 1, 10 a.m., Boileigh will lead a creek bed walk for discovering and discussing creek creatures and fossils. Boots or hiking shoes are recommended.
– Oct. 22, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Cemetery walking tour. Participants can drive from area to area, however, and bring a lawn chair if needed. The special focus will be on Black History in relationship to burials in Union Cemetery.
Four guest tour guides will be Jeff Evans, a former park ranger at Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry Park tour guide, high school history teacher and Civil War enthusiast; local author Susan Guy; Paul Zuros, executive director at Historic Fort Steuben; and VerStraten-Merrin, president of the Jefferson County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society.
– Oct. 22, 6 p.m., “spook-tacular stories” following the Union Cemetery Walking tour with fires and snacks at the Old Stone Lodge at Beatty Park.
– Dec. 3, Beatty Park will have a float in the Steubenville Christmas Parade and events at the park afterward, including photos with Santa, Stone Lodge stories and winter/holiday hikes.
“If you’re interested in working in the park or helping with any of the events or activities, join our group anytime,” VerStraten-Merrin said. “We have various planning meetings and work dates and need volunteers to help during these events and activities and work days.”
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