Rock the Block, Cleveland Pops Concert Help South Euclid Celebrate Its Centennial June 24-25

Rock the Block and a Cleveland Pops concert will make up a centennial celebration weekend in South Euclid June 24-25.(

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The city is celebrating its centennial in 2017 and has set aside two days this month to commemorate the milestone.

Those days are June 24, when the Third Annual Rock the Block street party will be held on Mayfield Road, and June 25, when the Cleveland Pops Orchestra will perform a free Centennial Community Celebration Concert on the Notre Dame College lawn.

Rock the Block, coordinated by former councilman Tony Caroscio, features music, food, karaoke and pizza-eating contests, and more. Centered at the lot of St. John Lutheran Church and School, 4386 Mayfield Road, the area included in the party has been slightly reduced this year to take in the portion of Mayfield Road from South Green Road, to Sheffield Road.

Economic Development Director Michael Love said that the number of vendor booths, however, will increase from 41 a year ago, to 43.

“Rock the Block was an idea of Tony Caroscio, inspired by the festival in Little Italy (in Cleveland),” Love said. “It’s a street party Mayor (Georgine) Welo had been interested in doing if she could find the right person to coordinate it. Tony Caroscio stepped up and has been coordinating it since it started.

“Tony’s excited that this year’s Rock the Block has been made part of the city’s centennial celebration.”

Rock the Block takes place between noon and 9 p.m. The music lineup in the St. John’s lot features a DJ from noon to 1 p.m.; the South Euclid duo Rick and Sharona, from 1-2 p.m.; the country sounds of Monica Robins (of WKYC TV-3) and the Ninja Cowboys, from 2-3:30 p.m.; classic rock band Chain Gang (featuring Kevin Maher, owner of South Euclid’s Maher-Melbourne Funeral Home), from 3:30-5 p.m.; and Poptopia, from 5-6 p.m.

Finishing off the night will be South Euclid band Cocktail Johnny, from 7-9 p.m.

A pizza-eating contest, sponsored by Marco’s Pizza, will take place at 6 p.m., while the karaoke finals of a contest held in recent weeks at the Black Forest bar and featuring three singers, will get under way at 6:15 p.m.

Former Cleveland Brown cornerback Hanford Dixon will be the event’s celebrity guest, judging the karaoke contest and meeting with fans.

A kids area will include an inflatable slide and obstacle course, courtesy of St. John Church.

Other attractions are a display by South Euclid business Herps Alive, and a performance by Guinness World Records bubble blower Dr. U.R. Awesome. Velocity Church and Garfield Memorial Church will participate with face painters and a balloon twister.

Twelve rain barrels, painted by local businesses and organizations, will be auctioned.

Food and drink will be provided by Marco’s Pizza, Tiki Time Bistro, the Chef Grey Wolf food truck, Boy Scout Troop 424, Giant Eagle, Coffee Phix Cafe and Black Forest. The event will also include a beer and wine garden.

Rock the Block t-shirts, which feature a centennial logo on the back, will be available for purchase for $10 apiece.

During the event, Mayfield Road, eastbound, and the center turning lane, will be closed to traffic. The two Mayfield Road westbound lanes will remain open, with one lane open in each direction.

This year’s Rock the Block has 22 sponsors, including gold sponsors Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) and Notre Dame College.

South Euclid Community Center Director Meg Martines said that a recycled art contest will be held at the center, 1370 Victory Drive. Those attending Rock the Block are being asked to take the short walk to the community center, between noon and 6 p.m., to look at and vote on their favorite works of art.

Martinez said the Cleveland Pops concert, which begins at 7 p.m. June 25, will include songs from the past 100 years, some with local connections. Bob McKimm, president of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society, helped put together the concert set list.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and perhaps a picnic. The food trucks Barrio and Joan’s Bones BBQ will be stationed at the concert.

Love said South Euclid will further celebrate its 100th anniversary Oct. 13 — the date the city was incorporated in 1917 — with the burial of a time capsule at Notre Dame College, and on Oct. 14 with a centennial celebration dinner that is still being planned.

Please take a moment and click here to help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a partner. Every dollar you give buys four meals for the hungry.

Wendy Albin Sattin became the executive director of Community Partnership on Aging on May 1. The organization works to meet the needs of seniors in South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Highland Heights and Mayfield Village.

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