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Conservancy Series to Bring More Entertainment to the RiversEdge Stage

The Hamilton Parks Conservancy announces the premiere of The Conservancy Series, four programs bringing live entertainment to the RiversEdge stage during the summer of 2016.

This is in addition to the
Free Concerts on Thursday evenings
and  other events organized by the
City’s Resident Services Department.

The series begins 6 p.m. June 26 as the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents “POPS! Goes the Symphony.”  The orchestra will perform selections from some of America’s most beloved music, from Leonard Bernstein to George Gershwin, including music from the movies “Jaws” and “Indiana Jones.” As a special treat, soloists from the Chorale will perform vignettes from “Oklahoma!” in costume. This event sponsored by MillerCoors.

Everybody in town knows the Klaberheads from their annual appearances at the Hamilton Oktoberfest, but their chops extend far beyond oom-pah, and they will perform 7 p.m. June 30 in a Big Band format. The Franz Klaber Orchestra has been entertaining local audiences for over 80 years, and this third-generation iteration under the direction Erika Klaber promises the same fun and surprises  provided by her father and grandfather. Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wehr.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival returns to RiversEdge for its popular Free Shakespeare in the Park Series. This time, they’re bringing the classic tragedy “Macbeth,” a play full of political intrigue, family drama–and ghosts! The command performance will be 6 p.m., August 17. Sponsored by an anonymous Friend of the Parks.

The Conservancy Series season ends September 17 with the return of Signs of Life – The Essence of Pink Floyd, back by popular demand. A Signs of Life show captures the music, mood, emotion and excitement of a Pink Floyd concert. Eight talented musicians and a production team are dedicated to reproducing the vast and spacious Pink Floyd “essence” – arguably one of the most musically accurate Pink Floyd tributes anywhere. Their shows use authentic sound effects, engaging video and dynamic lighting effects to recreate the classic Pink Floyd feel. Showtime will be 8 p.m. Sponsored by Jim & Sue Fitton, Gerry Hammond, and the Courtyard By Mariott. 

For more information on the Conservancy Series, please call 513-785-7055 or visit us at on the internet.



‘An Attractive Park on Hamilton’s River Front is Now Being Planned’

Hamilton Parks Conservancy

As we prepare to break ground on Marcum Park this spring, an article from the Hamilton Evening Journal from February 1, 1916 reminds us that our city has long had the yearning for a garden spot on the river.

As the article notes, the plans for this park included a bandstand just a block or so away from where our RiversEdge Amphitheater now draws thousands of citizens for concerts and programs.

Plans for this proposed park were short-lived, however, as the site would be excavated for the widening of the river channel, and at a meeting two days later, Miami Conservancy Engineer Arthur Morgan put the kibosh on it.

Below the clipping of the map is the complete text of the article and a description of the imagined park.

Hamilton Evening Journal February 1, 1916
Hamilton Evening Journal
February 1, 1916

J.E. Freudenberger, landscape architect of Dayton, has just completed an elaborate plan for a park system in Hamilton, which was submitted during the last week to the commission in the Butler County capital, named for the purpose of preparing a plan for the adornment of the Miami River Bank north of the new High and Main Street bridge and on the east bank of the river.

The plan calls for the beautification of the land as far north as Dayton street for two squares. The old Hamilton hydraulic will pass through the land proposed to be beautified, but this will be in part covered by a handsome bridge. A pergola is to be built at the north end of the park with a bandstand between it and the hydraulic bridges.

Attractive walks will lead from High Street and also from Monument Avenue into the park, and shrubbery, flowers and grasses will add to the decorative scheme. At the intersection of High Street and Monument Avenue, a wide attractive entrance will lead to the park, which is almost two acres in extent. It is designed to give the Hamilton public a spot for recreation. The tract was formerly used as a dump and has been an eyesore for many years.

According to Mr. Freudenberger, the park will be one of the most attractive small parks in the state.

Hamilton Evening Journal
February 1, 1916