The Docket August 2016

July 29-31
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic and Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks
Head to the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College to enjoy the Jackson-Belden Music Fest and Balloon Classic, which both start at 4 p.m. July 29 and 30. There also is a Night Glow in the evening of July 29. The Balloon Classic starts at 6:30 a.m. July 30 and 31.

Through August 12
“Light & Structure” Artwork by Christopher Triner
“Light & Structure,” new work by artist Christopher Triner is on display at Julz by Alan Rodriguez. Christopher Triner has been a practicing artist in Stark County for more than 25 years. Julz by Alan Rodriguez is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A meet and greet with the artist will take place on August 5, First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Through September 11
Butterfly House
Head to the Butterfly House and Gardens at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance to see butterflies, skippers, moths and many plants. Admission is $3 per person, and children 2 years and younger get in free. The Butterfly House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Plain Township Farmers’ Market
This is a local producers-only market offering seasonal produce, non GMO meats, free-range eggs, vegetable and herb plants, dried and fresh herbs, breads, cookies, cakes, personal care products, live music and more. Amenities include a playground, covered pavilion, new bathrooms, pet-friendly walking trail and dog-washing station. The farmers’ market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. at Veterans’ Park on Schneider Street. For more information, call 330-492-4689.

August 1
“Little Giants”
Each summer, the Canton Palace Theatre hosts a Summer Kids Movie Series, featuring G or PG rated movies each Monday at 1 p.m. Group reservations are available, and all films are shown in HD quality. Take your kids to see “Little Giants” at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $1.

The event is called Cardio for a Cure and it will be hosted by Impulse Personal and Sports Training. It will be an evening of fitness for the whole family that will consist of a mix of both Cardio Dance and PIYO Class sessions. The classes will be donation only with all proceeds going to the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer. Robin Cole, a former NFL All-Pro linebacker, prostate cancer survivor, and founder and director of the Obediah Cole Foundation will be joining us to help raise awareness and educate on the importance of early detection.

August 2nd
Cardio for a Cure
Impulse Personal and Sports Training is hosting Cardio for a Cure, an evening of fitness for the whole family that will consist of a mix of both cardio dance and PIYO class sessions. The classes will be donation-only with all proceeds going to the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer. Robin Cole, a former NFL All-Pro linebacker, prostate cancer survivor, and founder and director of the Obediah Cole Foundation will be joining us to help raise awareness and educate on the importance of early detection. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Market Square in downtown Canton. For more information, call 724-207-0057 or 330-499-2266.

August 3
Farmers’ Market
Pick up organic, local produce from StarkFresh’s Veggie Mobile parked in the Lake Community Branch Library parking lot from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the main Stark County Library. It is used to bring a variety of produce and fresh foods to everyone, including those with mobility challenges (such as those living in senior housing, apartments, etc). To ensure equal access, they accept SNAP, WIC, Senior Vouchers, credit cards and cash.

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 30
Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In
Gervasi will host a weekly car cruise-in this summer on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun, casual evening at Gervasi Vineyard with the whole family. Showcase your car or stroll among others. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, live music and more. Admission is free, and feel free to grab a bite at one of the three restaurants on the property. Prizes are given at 7:30 p.m.

August 4
First Ball
This one-of-a-kind event will start at 10 a.m. and feature a 3-mile long human chain of area youngsters stretching from the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton, where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kids will toss an official NFL football from one participant to the next along the route until it reaches its final destination, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The event concludes at approximately 11:30 a.m., and following the event, each participant will receive a sandwich courtesy of Chick-fil-A and beverage on the Hall of Fame grounds. All participants also will receive a First Ball T-shirt (while supplies last) and free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame that day.

August 4
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner
Congrats to the Class of 2016 Enshrinees: Edward DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel. Make plans to attend the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Guests will witness the enshrinees receive their jackets. The evening will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a cocktail party and dinner. For more information, contact event manager Melissa Dale at 330-458-2052 or

August 4, 11, 18, 25
Jackson Township Farmers’ Market
Jackson Township will be buzzing again this summer with farmers’ market vendors. The Jackson Township Parks will be hosting a weekly farmers’ market on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through October 6. North Park is on Fulton Drive NW across from Jackson High School. The market will provide a place for local growers to sell fresh and healthy foods and to bring neighbors together in the Jackson Community.

August 5, 12
Simply Stories
Simply Stories is designed to emphasize books and the art of reading and storytelling. By keeping it simple (differing from the library’s other Story Time offerings), they encourage participants to appreciate books, literacy and, in today’s high-tech world, off-screen time. Sit back and enjoy thirty minutes of stories with no particular theme, replacing crafts, songs and rhymes with simply more stories. All ages are welcome, but the interest level may be from ages 3 to 8. Children attending story time must be accompanied by an adult. Simply Stories starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Massillon Public Library.

August 5
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon
Plan to attend the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon at noon at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy a delectable lunch, followed by a show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between. The season’s hottest fashions will be provided by local and regional stores, and will showcase both male and female models.

August 5
Concert for Legends
Music icon Tim McGraw will headline the second “Concert for Legends” during the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

August 5
Patio Party
As part of its effort to increase arts programming in the heart of North Canton, the North Canton Public Library will host lunchtime Patio Parties, a series of concerts on the Little Art Gallery patio in July and August. The party will begin at noon. Light refreshments from Earth Fare North Canton will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. The music will be friendly to all ages. Erin Nicole Neal and the Chill Factors will be performing. For additional information, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330-499-4712, ext. 331 or

August 5
First Friday
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the full-out event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for August is Hall of Fame City.

August 5
Toby Keith
Toby Keith is coming to Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $38.

August 5, 19, 26
Friday Night Flicks
Head to downtown Louisville for movie night. Movies start at 7 p.m. at the green space on Main Street, across from Citizens Bank. The movie for August 5 is “Star Wars VII.” “The Peanuts Movie” will play August 19, and “Zootopia” will play August 26.

August 5-21
Greater Alliance Carnation Festival
Head to Alliance to enjoy the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival. Including golf scrambles, tea parties, book sales, movies, concerts, a rib fest, flower show, fishing derbies, a queen pageant and more, the festival has something for everyone.

August 6
The Canton Repository Grand Parade
More than 200,000 spectators will head to Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2016 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands will dazzle the crowd. The parade begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton.

August 6
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Stop by the Massillon Museum anytime between noon and 2 p.m. for a different art and history workshop taught by local artists or museum staff. No registration is required, and it’s free for all ages. The theme for August is photo transfers with Gary Spangler.

August 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement
The Class of 2016 will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular ceremony held in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

August 6
Scared Scriptless
See Scared Scriptless Improv Comedy at The Kathleen Howland Theatre at 8 p.m. Shows are $8 each, and the shows are never the same. Enjoy two hours of hilarious improv comedy by Canton’s premier improv troupe. Tickets can be purchased at 2nd April Galerie, online or by calling 330-451-0924.

August 6, 13, 20, 27
Canton Farmers’ Market
The Canton Farmers’ Market runs rain or shine from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the former Timken High School administrative building parking lot. The market offers baked goods, artisan breads, cheese, eggs, meat, jams and honey, fresh flowers and more.

August 7
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable
Make plans to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable at 12:30 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Guests will enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the Class of 2016 Enshrinees. The event will be emceed by a sportscaster of national acclaim in an unscripted format where the enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers.

August 7
NFL/Hall of Fame game
To kick off the 2016 NFL season, watch the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts play the first preseason game of the year at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

August 8
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
The Canton Palace Theatre hosts a Summer Kids Movie Series, featuring G or PG rated movies each Monday at 1 p.m. See “The SpongeBob Movie” for $1 admission. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

August 8
Drum Corps International Competition
The 2016 Drum Corps International Tour of Champions will start at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps. Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more. Ticket prices range from $20 to $45, with a $5 increase the day of the show. Group rates are available.

August 9
Blink 182, A Day to Remember, All American Rejects
See all three bands at Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

August 10
Goo Goo Dolls
See the Goo Goo Dolls at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $58.

August 11
Summer Serenades in the Park
Serenades in the Park is a free, family friendly series of brass, woodwind and string ensembles. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite picnic food, games and a blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. The 45-minute performance will feature a brass quintet at Minerva Municipal Park.

August 11, 12
Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch will be at Blossom Music Center for two nights of concerts. Both concerts start at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $55 for the August 11 concert and $70 for the August 12 concert.

August 12
See “Giant” at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 before the movie, for $5 per person.

August 12
The Spirits of the Palace Ghost Investigation
Head to the Canton Palace Theatre for an investigation into the world of the paranormal. The crew from Team S.P.E.C.T.R.E. will lead you in your investigation into the Spirits of the Palace Theatre. Doors open at 10 p.m. The event begins at 10:30 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Admission is $40 per person. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For tickets, contact the Canton Palace Theatre Box Office at 330-454-8172, visit or stop by the theater.

August 13
Tour du Towpath
Starting at 8:30 a.m., take an 8-, 16- or 32-mile adventure along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail at Tour du Towpath in Canal Fulton. Registration is $30 for adults, $25 for members and $10 for children 12 and younger. Or you can purchase a family pack (two adults and two youth) for $60. Tour du Towpath offers the bike ride, as well as a picnic lunch, live music, raffle prizes and more. The ride begins at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center.

August 13
Fun Fest
Centered on the Massillon Museum lawn, Lincoln Way and First Street in Massillon, there will be games, sports, performances, music, health and safety booths, giveaways, art activities, a free movie, inflatables, a bookmobile and more at Fun Fest. This free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

August 13, 14
National Hamburger Festival
Head to Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron for the National Hamburger Festival. Admission is $5 per day. Children 8 and younger get in free. Tickets are available at the gate. All food tickets must be purchased at the festival. Food tickets are $1 each and are used to purchase all food items. The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. August 13 and noon to 7 p.m. August 14.

August 15
Mercy Service League Fundraising Party
Mercy Service League will hold its annual fundraising party, Celebrity Bartending Night at Ninety One Wood Fired Oven in Jackson Township. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the community is invited to join Mercy Service League as it raises money for the Mercy Facility Transformation Project. The event will include fresh, novel cuisine (pizza, steak, seafood and pasta), “celebrity” signature drinks, a live radio broadcast by News-Talk 1480 WHBC’s Kenny Roda and the opportunity to purchase tickets for the $10,000 Cash Raffle; the winner of which will be announced October 15 at the Service League’s Harvest Ball. For more information, call 330-430-2750.

August 16
Wine-Pairing Dinner
Enjoy an exclusive dining experience in the vineyard at Gervasi. Included is a five-course gourmet meal prepared with a wine pairing. Enjoy a drink and appetizer at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather or excessive heat, the dinner will be moved to the pavilion. Tickets are nonrefundable. Taxes are not included in the $140 ticket price.

August 18-21
40th annual Grecian Festival
The 40th annual Grecian Festival, sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, will take place at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The festival will feature authentic Greek cuisine, pastries, gyros, Greek wine and coffee. There will be live music, raffle baskets and a market place. Admission and parking are free. There will be a lamb roast August 18 for $10 presale per ticket. There is a drive-thru August 18 and 19. See Spon live for $10 on August 19 in the McKinley Room, and enjoy the Bouzoukia-Greek Night Club for $20 presale August 20 in the McKinley Room. For more information, visit the site or call 330-494-8770.

August 19, 20
Western Weekend
Make it a western weekend at the Canton Palace Theatre. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is playing at 7:30 p.m. August 19, and “Unforgiven” is playing at 7:30 p.m. August 20. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each showing for $5 per person.

August 20, 21
Warrior Dash
Warrior Dash is the world’s largest obstacle race series, held on the most rugged terrain. This Warrior Dash will be held at Clay’s Park. Participants earn their warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3- to 4-mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. After conquering the battleground, warriors will celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins and live music at a post-race party. For more information, contact Joan Moyes Stoll at 330-854-6691.

August 20, 21, 27, 28
Shakespeare Cruise
See Taming of the Shrew performed on the St. Helena III canal boat and along the banks of the Ohio and Erie Canal. The performance is by the Canal Fulton Players. Tickets are $23 each, and the cruise starts at 6 p.m.

August 23
MassMu Brown Bag Lunch
From 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., enjoy a free speech by Rudy Turkal entitled, “From Blood Purifier to Bowling Balls.” This event is open to the public, and no reservations are necessary. There will be free cookies and coffee available. You can bring your lunch or purchase one at the lobby cafe, Anderson’s in the City.

August 24
Tiger Stripe Ice Cream Night
Tiger Stripe Ice Cream Night will begin immediately following the Massillon Tiger Kick-Off Pep Rally, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Duncan Plaza. There will be free tiger striped ice cream cones (specially designed by Handel’s for this annual event). The event will begin approximately at 7:30 p.m. at the Massillon Museum.

August 26
Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, Michael Ray
See Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay and Michael Ray at 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center. Tickets start at $27.

August 26, 27
32nd annual William Powell Clearview Celebrity Golf Tournament
Join sports legends and professional athletes for 18 holes at the historic Clearview Golf Club, in honor of founder William Powell. Celebrate the legacy of William Powell and the historic Clearview Golf Club. Join Renee Powell and other sports legends and professional athletes for a dinner reception Friday, August 26 and 18 holes with a celebrity playing partner, lunch, awards dinner and prizes Saturday, August 27. For more information, call 330-488-0404.

August 27
gARTen of eARThly Delights
An event like never before in Canton, the gARTen of eARThly Delights awestruck a sold-out audience last year, and it promises to be even more spectacular this year. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details. The event is presented by the Canton HeART Guild to benefit the Canton Museum of Art. The event will be from 7 p.m. to midnight on the roof of the Cultural Center.

August 27
Sci Fi Night
The Canton Palace Theatre is pleased to announce a new summer movie series featuring popular films that audiences will love. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each showing. Tickets for double-feature showings are $8 for both movies or $5 for one. “Forbidden Planet” is playing at 7:30 p.m., and “It Came From Beneath the Sea” is playing at 9:15 p.m.

August 30 through September 5
167th Stark County Fair
Head to the Stark County fairgrounds to see animal exhibits, ride rides, enjoy fair food and more at the 167th Stark County Fair.