Beatlemania coming to Kent

By Heather Malarcik | Main Street Kent Published:

It seems like the world comes to a screeching halt after the New Year in so many ways. The decorations get put away, people realize they overindulged for two months straight and need to get back on track, and the colder weather sends many into a state of hibernation. Spring seems to be an eternity away from now. At Main Street Kent, we're coming up with ways to make this time of year a little more fun.

By now, most everybody knows we're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America…and many festivities are being planned around that, aka Kent Beatles Fest, an entire weekend of music in downtown Kent on Feb. 7 and 8. To add to the fun, Main Street Kent has partnered with Portage Community Bank, Hall-Green Agency, and Marathon Financial Services to put together a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, event for Beatles fans.

The Beatles 50th Anniversary Progressive Evening begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the newly revitalized Venice Cafe. Guests will enjoy live music and their choice of two cocktails or other beverages. Then, at 6:15 p.m., the party will move to Laziza Mediterranean Restaurant for a delicious, full dinner and soft drinks. At 8 p.m., the show begins at The Kent Stage, featuring Hard Day's Night, a popular, internationally-known Beatles tribute band. To top off this fun-filled evening, ticket holders will venture over to Secret Cellar, the new wine and jazz "speakeasy" located in the basement of Acorn Corner (formerly known as the Franklin Hotel) for dessert and a nightcap. All of this for only $125 per couple. Tickets are available at www.mainstreetkent.org and only 60 will be sold. Sounds like a great way to get out and have a good time in Kent this winter. If you don't get in on this one, don't worry -- we have plans for other progressive events in the coming months as well.

Also during February, right around Valentine's Day, we're bringing back the Chocolate Walk. On Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m., ticket-holders will go on a chocolate-collecting adventure around Kent. Thirty businesses are participating in the event, and tickets are $20 each. In the past, "Chocolate Walkers" have collected chocolate truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate espresso bark, mustache-shaped chocolate, and chocolate on a stick. It's really fun to see what the business owners create.

Tickets are available online at www.mainstreetkent.org and at McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts in downtown Kent. For more information, feel free to call us at 330-677-8000. Don't wait until spring to get out and enjoy our amazing downtown — there's so much to see, do, and taste here!

Heather Malarchik is executive director of Main Street Kent.

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