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.
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.
Earlier this year, RiversEdge collaborated with 90 Proof Twang to produce a music video for their song “Bench Seat.”
Concerts return to Thursday nights at RiversEdge on June 11 when the Phillip Fox Band and 90 Proof Twang will be performing on the IBEW Local 648 Stage at RiversEdge. The Phillip Fox Band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by 90 Proof Twang at 8:30 p.m.
90 Proof Twang is a fan-favorite at RiversEdge and has been performing at the RiversEdge Concert Series since its inception in 2012. In fact, 90 Proof Twang was the very first band to perform at the concert series when concerts were still being held on Court Street and under the McDulin Parking Garage in downtown Hamilton.
Named the 2015 “best country band” in the tri-state area by City Beat Magazine, 90 Proof Twang is a Southern Rock/Country Music band from Oxford, Ohio who formed in 2012. If you combined Marshal Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash in a bowl, added a little Eric Church and Zac Brown, mixed it and baked it with a modern hippie vibe, you would produce 90 Proof Twang.
The band, led by front man, Josh Brock, has created a following in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana tri-state area and has been recruited to work with country music mainstays Dave Gibson (singer/songwriter Gibson Miller Band) and Del Gray and Porter Howell (Little Texas). Singer, Josh Brock, released an acoustic album in the spring of 2013 with guitarist Dave Cornett. 90 Proof Twang Released their first ep “Six Pack” May 29, 2014.
RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton, Ohio is excited to announce it will be hosting David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite on Saturday, June 20. The one-day festival will feature six bands including The Revivalists, a special acoustic set by David Shaw, The Main Squeeze, Maggie Koerner, The Heard, Wild Adriatic and Elementree Livity Project.
2015 marks the fourth consecutive year The Revivalists will perform at RiversEdge. The Revivalists’ front man, David Shaw, is a native Hamiltonian and truly enjoys performing in his hometown.
“As someone born and raised in Hamilton, the recent revitalization of the city has been something inspiring to witness,” said Shaw. “Getting the opportunity the last few summers to perform with my band, The Revivalists, at RiversEdge Amphitheater has always been a highlight of my year and a great opportunity to reconnect with family and old friends. The Big River Get Down will serve as a way to help increase the profile of Hamilton, while bringing something unique directly to the people of the city. Over the coming years we hope to sustain and grow this event along with the continuing renaissance of Hamilton to bolster the economy and provide yet another pillar of confidence and pride for the community.”
When discussing the parameters and scope of the festival, David Shaw stated he wanted the proceeds from the festival to be put towards something that would make the City of Hamilton an even better place to live, work and play. To help David accomplish this mission, all proceeds from the festival will be dedicated to the City of Hamilton’s 4th of July fireworks and free concert at RiversEdge.
A limited number of $10 pre-sale tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. All other tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 25. Advance tickets are $15, 4-packs of tickets are $50 and day of show tickets (if available) will be $20.
For more information on David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Presented by Miller Lite, please visit www.bigrivergetdown.com.
Joe and Sarah Marcum have agreed to provide a charitable gift of $3.5 million to fund the creation of Marcum Park in downtown Hamilton. The park will be situated on over six acres adjacent to the Great Miami River on the site of the former Mercy Hospital, including the existing amphitheater and overlook.
Master Plan of Marcum Park
Three of Joe and Sarah Marcum’s five children were born at the former Mercy Hospital in downtown Hamilton. So when the Marcum’s were approached last year by John Guidugli, president/CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation, and City Manager Joshua Smith with a request to help fund the vast majority of the park expansion on the site, it immediately felt right.
“That ground has meaning for our family,” said Joe Marcum. “The hospital may not be there anymore but the memories sure are.”
The rest of the Marcum family agreed, and the result is the largest-ever privatedonation for a park in Hamilton. The creation of Marcum Park will expand the current RiversEdge Amphitheater to the east on the greenspace bound by N. Second, Dayton, and Buckeye Streets.
“This is downtown’s backyard,” said City Manager Joshua Smith. “With increasing momentum in Hamilton’s urban core, the Marcum family has given this community a huge push toward becoming a purposeful destination for working, living, and playing.”
Mr. Marcum agrees, “It’s a wonderful thing to have a central area where the city can come together and enjoy a nice park. It will add interest to the development of the downtown area. This will help Hamilton to be more dynamic.”
A year ago, the City of Hamilton worked with stakeholders surrounding the site to develop a conceptual master plan for the site. Those stakeholders included representatives from immediately surrounding neighborhoods, Hamilton Community Foundation, YMCA, Courtyard by Marriott, Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, St. Julie Billiart Parish, Hamilton Parks Commission, among others. The proposed master plan was publicly unveiled at an open house to allow city residents to provide input where approximately 75 attended.
Work is underway to finalize the design, and construction is expected to begin laterthis year for a planned opening in the summer of 2016. With the assistance of design firm MKSK, a committee including the Marcum family, Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton Parks Conservancy, and the City of Hamilton is meeting to finalize the details of the park plan, keeping in mind ways to make the park interesting and useful for all ages.
“It’s an open book right now,” he said. “I want it to be a park that is both utilitarian and a thing of beauty,” said Marcum, adding that attention is being given to landscaping details and that even the types of trees are being carefully chosen.
Marcum Park is an extension of the RiversEdge Amphitheater project, completed in 2013 and a venue for many concerts and events over the past two summers. The amphitheater portion of the park will now be known as RiversEdge Amphitheater at Marcum Park.
Marcum added that a special attribute of the park is its location.
“It’s accessible to everyone. Having the land in the center of downtown is a big plus,” he said.
According to Guidugli, the new park fits perfectly with Hamilton’s other recent revitalization projects as well as the Foundation’s strategic plan, specifically the goal of enhancing community quality of life.
“It is one more way to connect people to each other and to the beauty of our downtown,” said Guidugli. “The Marcum family is a strong, long-time supporter of the City of Hamilton and the Foundation.”
In addition to their private family foundation, they have established five charitable funds at the Hamilton Community Foundation. Joe Marcum is the most recent recipient of the David L. Belew award, given annually by the Hamilton Community Foundation to honor those who’ve made significant contributions of time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in our community.
The Hamilton Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving the quality of life for the greater Hamilton, Ohio community and its residents. Founded in 1951 with one $5,000 fund, the Foundation now manages more than 600 charitable funds. For more information, contact the Hamilton Community Foundation by calling (513) 863-1717 or visitwww.hamiltonfoundation.org.
Often leaning on the simple descriptor, “Bourbon-fueled, Bayou rock”, The Delta Saints are a Nashville-based quintet composed of Ben Ringel (vocals/resonator guitar), Dylan Fitch (lead guitar), David Supica (bass), Ben Azzi (drums), and Nate Kremer (organ). They have spent the past six years carving out their very own space in the musical gray-area occupied by other blues-inspired artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and North Mississippi Allstars.
The band’s founding members met in the fall of 2007 as a group of college transfer students looking for drinking buddies. Friday night hangs quickly turned into Friday night jam sessions, and before they knew it, a friendship had formed. The discovery of their shared passion for creating and performing music eventually brought about the need for a name. Ringel’s upbringing in south-central Louisiana seemed an obvious connection, but he will be the first to tell you, “It just sounded right.” He continues, “One day we’ll make up a great story about how we got our name. It will involve prison and bourbon and voodoo, but until then, the truth will have to suffice.”
However it happened, once they found their footing, The Delta Saints never looked back.
Summer 2014 has seen the release of their first live album, Live at Exit/In. The album captures an electric sold out 2-night weekend in their hometown of Nashville. In support of Live at Exit/In, The Delta Saints will hit the road on another international tour highlighted by a handful of major summer festival appearances at Summerfest (US), Summer Camp Festival (US), The Ride Festival (US), Grolsch Blues Festival (Germany) & Leffingeleuren Festival (Belgium).
At the end of the day, The Delta Saints know that their continued success as a band depends on their hard work and willingness to continue soaking up every opportunity they are given.
“We want to grow, but we understand that it’s all in due time,” says Ringel. “We want to fully realize the weight of our experiences, and be able to savor them too. We pay our bills, we fill the gas tank in our van, and we pay for our own albums to be pressed, all because of the people who believe in our music,” Ringel reflects.
The Delta Saints have set out to build a name for themselves the old-fashioned way, winning over one fan at a time.