The Stories of Kenmore’ melds neighborhood’s past with its present

October 10, 2016 by The Akronist

Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance and Wandering Aesthetics partner to present “The Stories of Kenmore” at the Rialto Theatre.

“The Stories of Kenmore” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Rialto Theatre at 1000 Kenmore Blvd. • Akron, OH. This event will feature live storytelling, Pierre’s Brooklyn Pizza and cash bar. Doors open at 6 p.m., stories begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free. For more information please call Angela at (330) 217-1280 or email


Akron’s Kenmore area is comprised of several facets: the village it once was, resonating across generations and distance; the community of need and those committed to its healing; the section a city, drifting from the neighborhood’s embrace.

“The Stories of Kenmore” is an event designed to meld vintage with what’s new, in a space where past is also present. We hope to start a process that will craft a new and shared identity– a sense of place and pride for all of our residents.

There will seven storytellers, among them: Captain Brian Simcox of the APD, Ameer Williamson, a Positive Hip Hop Artist, and Ward 9 Councilman Mike Freeman and the Coach Kemp Boyd. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to tell their own “Kenmore story.”


Chris Miller, who grew up in Kenmore, is one of seven storytellers. Community members will also be invited to tell their own stories throughout the evening. (Photo: Emily Durway)

Brian Simcox Captain, APD Zone 2 Story Title: “Growing up in Kenmore”

Ameer Williamson Positive Hip Hop Artist Story Title: “Positive Artist in a Negative World”

Chris Miller Akron Community Foundation & The Akronist Story Title: TBA

Kemp Boyd Coach, Kenmore Football Team Story Title: “Football is More Than a Game”

David Hoppe President, Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance Story “A Boulevard Child”

Mike Freeman Akron City Councilman Ward 9 Story Title: “untitled”

Richard Cardarelli Kenmore Kiwanis Story Title: TBA

Greg Burke Captain, Neighborhood Block Watch Story Title “A Kenmore Who’s Who?”


To enhance our community by reaching out to all residents to engage them in effecting cultural, artistic, recreational and business revitalization.

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