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WEEKEND MATTERS | YSU Summer Festival of the Arts headlines Youngstown events

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

YOUNGSTOWN — Downtown will be filled with arts, culture and music this weekend as organizers from Youngstown State University, JAC Management, the city of Youngstown, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church host a variety of events. 

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

  • The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest runs from Thursday through Sunday at 220 N. Walnut St., and includes music and dancing, Greek food and pastries and a display of cultural memorabilia. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Takeout lunch service is available Thursday and Friday. Admission is free.
  • The 23rd annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts will take place Saturday and Sunday at its new location at Wean Park, 229 E. Front St., between the Market Street Bridge (Huntington Community Alley) and the Covelli Centre. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. An artists’ marketplace will showcase the work of more than 70 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles.
  • Youngstown Wine and Jazz will take place Saturday at Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, 201 S. Phelps St., featuring saxophonist Jackiem Joyner and Jazz in the Park. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each ($25 for VIP seating) and are available online at, at the Covelli Centre box office and at the gate.
  • The Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue will be dedicated at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wean Park. The statue commemorates the 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, the first Black Major League Baseball player, and George "Shotgun" Shuba, his white teammate from Youngstown.
  • A Pipe Organ Crawl will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event includes short organ performances and a historical talk about each organ at Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown. St. John's will offer two church tours at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and Trinity United Methodist will offer tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Double Vision, Huckin Fillbillys to perform at River Rock at the Amp

WARREN — Double Vision, a Foreigner tribute band, will headline Saturday's show at River Rock at the Amp, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW. The band will perform at 8:30 p.m.

Huckin Fillbillys will open the show at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $8 (free for children 12 and younger), can be purchased here and at the gate.

Former Vindicator columnist de Souza to speak as part of lecture series

LIBERTY — Former Vindicator columnist Bertram de Souza will discuss his new book, “No Holds Barred,” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kravitz Deli’s meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave. 

The discussion is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime lecture series.

“No Holds Barred” features about 300 of de Souza’s more than 1,600 columns penned over 36 of his 40 years with The Vindicator, as well as a variety of related Vindicator archive photographs and drawings.

The 368-page book was designed by former Vindicator art director Robert McFerren and is divided into 11 chapters on topics including James A. Traficant Jr., a comparison of the Obama and Trump presidencies, the Mafia, General Motors, Youngstown State University, politics and public corruption.

De Souza, a native of Uganda, earned a degree in journalism at Kansas State University. He worked for the Selma Times Journal and earned his master’s degree in political science at Marquette University before coming to Youngstown in 1979.

The lecture is open to the public. Admission is $5 for historical society members and $6 for nonmembers. Refreshments and live entertainment will be provided, and a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the historical society’s education mission. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins will be admitted based on seat availability. 

For reservations or more information, call 330-726-8277.

2 performances scheduled for ‘Youth Valley Players Showcase’

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre will present the “Youth Valley Players Showcase,” an original revue created by Mahoning Valley high school students.

Performances will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts at Wean Park, 229 E. Front St. Donations will be welcomed at the door and will support the activities of The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre.

Wickshire Poland hosting Shred-It event

POLAND — Wickshire Poland, 335 W. McKinley Way, is hosting a Shred-It event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Guests can enjoy refreshments and tour the senior living community while their paper items are being sorted and shredded. They also will have a chance to win a door prize.

To RSVP, call 330-992-2421.

The Butler Institute’s National Midyear Exhibition returns

YOUNGSTOWN — The annual National Midyear Exhibition is returning to The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., after last year’s show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 85th National Midyear Exhibition will be on view in the Butler’s MacIntosh, Finnegan-Hynes and Davis galleries from Sunday through Sept. 5. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Participating artists from around the country will be in attendance for the prize announcements and awards presentation. 

The 85th National Midyear Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition of original work in all 2-dimensional media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, drawings, prints, photographs and digital works from artists age 18 or older living in the United States or its territories. 

This year, 140 entries from 126 artists from 18 states were accepted out of 727 entries from 269 artists from around the country. A catalogue of the works included in the exhibition will be available in the Butler Museum Store.

Admission to the Butler is free, and the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

For more information about the National Midyear Exhibition, contact Liz Hicks-Skeels at 330-734-1107, ext. 1108, or