LEAF To Host Expanded Summer Performance Series

Visitors of all ages will enjoy LEAF’s free outdoor concerts and performances in LEAF’s Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater, all of which are free and open to the public. On Thursday evenings in July and August LEAF will present the “Arts in the Arboretum Concert Series” featuring a range of local talent including Tennessee Back Porch, Mambo, Bootlegger’s Bible Club, The Vendettas, Abbey Road and Rooftop Project. The newly expanded “Summer Sunday Performance Series” will feature noon-hour musical entertainment courtesy of Jess Royer & Mckenzie Lee Sprague, Me & the Boy, Erie Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and Acoustic Ear Candy. On Sunday, July 15 a “Poetry in the Park” open mic event will be organized by local poet Luchetta Manus. Attendees at these performances are invited to sit on LEAF’s stone risers or bring their own blanket and chairs.

The 2018 schedule of performances is as follows: 


7:00 – 8:30 pm


Noon – 1:00 pm

*Details for July 8 “Poetry in the Park” event organized by Luchetta Manus: Come join us for an hour of poetry in the park. We encourage you to come to our open mic session and express yourself using poetry, song, or a short story. Light refreshments and pizza will be available while they last. Special thanks for donations provided by Omega Harvest in Girard, and Huddle Young Adults.


Gannon University’s
Shakespeare Summer Nights

7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • July 16, 17, 18 – Macbeth
  • July 23, 24, 25 – Standup Shakespeare

Shakespeare Summer Nights presented by Gannon University’s Theatre Department. In case of rain, theatre performances will be held at Schuster Theatre. Rain notices will be posted at the Schuster Theatre Box Office websiteFacebook page, and Twitter account. The Schuster Theatre box office number is (814) 871-7494

The performances series is supported by Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors; Penelec – A FirstEnergy Company; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Erie Arts & Culture; and the McCain Family Foundation.


The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) is a tree museum situated within Frontier Park and is home to over 250 different varieties of trees. The collection of over 1,000 trees has grown in interest and diversity since the first tree plantings in 1998, allowing LEAF to generate a greater awareness of the importance of trees to our lives by creating educational opportunities and outdoor experiences for our community. For more information about LEAF visit LEAFErie.org.

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