Brooklyn schedules outdoor spring and summer family movies and senior center events

BROOKLYN, Ohio — Now that spring has sprung, Brooklyn officials are planning for plenty of socially-distanced outdoor programming.

“We feel that the community wants to resume as many activities as possible in general but especially outdoor programming,” Brooklyn Recreation Commissioner Jack Abbruzzese said. “Obviously, this needs to be done safely and responsibly, which it will be.

“Our department is responsible for offering activities for all ages and interests. The summer events are a large part of those offerings. It’ll help promote a positive experience moving outside from all the fall and winter indoor activities and help bring the community back together in a sense as we’ve all been segregated in many ways.”

One of the events that due to social distancing thankfully did happen last year was the city’s annual free family movie nights taking place in the western parking lot of John M. Coyne Rec Center.

The family flick fun continues this year with “The Sand Lot” (May 27), “Spies in Disguise” (July 21) and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (Aug. 25). Spot are limited with online registration required.

Brooklyn is bringing back its free spring and summer concerts with Flipside (June 9), Funkology (June 23), The Diamond Project Band (July 7), Chardon Polka Band (Aug. 11) and Becky Boyd and the Grove Train (Sept. 8) appearing at Memorial Park’s Grand Pavilion.

“Brooklyn is excited to bring back some of our summer events,” Brooklyn Mayor Katie Gallagher said. “We’re looking forward to seeing our residents in person enjoying each other and the parks while listening to some terrific live music in the sun.”

Going into the various programming, the rec commissioner expects roughly 100 people to attend the family movie nights while the summer concerts will attract 200 community members.

“We’ve actually added more concerts and movies this year than in years past,” Abbruzzese said. “We felt comfortable doing so referencing attendance numbers we have had in recent years. It’ll be manageable to keep safety protocols in place.

“Being outdoor events, we’ll have proper signage posted from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health promoting mask-wearing and social distancing. Unfortunately, we will not be allowing dancing at the concerts or congregating in large groups. Families and groups for all events will be asked to stay with the groups in which they arrived.”

The Brooklyn Senior Center is also scheduling numerous outdoor events.

“I’m very excited that we can finally do something to reconnect with our seniors safely,” Brooklyn Senior Center Coordinator Karen Fratto said. “Seniors are excited to have some events to look forward to this spring and summer. They’re anxious to get back to some sense of normalcy.”

The senior center events begin with the “Spring Get Together at a Distance.”  From noon to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Grand Pavilion in Brooklyn Memorial Park, the city will provide free hot dogs, chips and cold drinks. There will also be some bingo playing for prizes. (Sign-ups begin April 26).

Up next is a “Roll out the Barrel” affair with The Wayne Tomsic Trio performing from 1 to 3 p.m. June 16 at the Grande Pavilion. (Sign-ups begin June 1).

There’s also a “Drive up Ice Cream Social” scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. July 14 at the senior center (Sign-ups begin June 28), as well as “Beach Blanket Bingo” from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at the Grand Pavilion (Sign-ups begin Aug. 2). The latter features bingo and music from the 60′s.

Brooklyn Senior Center members are encouraged to bring lawns chair to each event, as well as sign up early by calling 440-635-4222.

“The majority of our seniors have been vaccinated so they’re more confident going back into public, but we will still keep the safety measures of social distancing and masks at these outdoor events,” Fratto said.

Speaking of vaccinations, naturally some residents are wondering when the Brooklyn Senior Center can reopen its doors for indoor programming.

“Until we get the word from the governor’s office that we can open safely, we’re going to hold back and just do outdoor events,” Fratto said.

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Updated: March 24, 2021 — 12:42 pm

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