summer bagpipe concertsSundays, May 30 through Aug. 1 - 8:30 p.m.
Red bridge on Central Lake
Social distancing guidelines should be followed.

Bagpipe music at sunset will once again fill the lakeside air in Ariel-Foundation Park this summer. A piper will be playing at the red bridge on Center Lake at 8:30 p.m. Sunday evenings this summer.

The free 30-minute concerts will be comprised of Scottish tunes and marches as well as some familiar hymns and patriotic tunes. Those who attend may want to bring their own folding chair. If rain occurs, one of the picnic shelters by the lake will be used. Concert dates are May 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; and Aug. 1. Social distancing guidelines should be followed by attendees.

pipersLRA rotating schedule will be shared by three Knox county pipers: Ginny Cameron, Mark Hedge and Gary McCutcheon. These three pipers have often performed together and individually at civic ceremonies in Knox County and by request.

Ginny Cameron, retired from teaching vocal and choral music at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, loves Scottish music and piping and sharing with the community in this lovely setting.

Mark Hedge was raised in Yorkshire, in the north of England and immigrated to Ohio 20 years ago. Hedge took up bagpipes at the suggestion of one of his daughters about eight years ago, who would like them played at her wedding.

Gary McCutcheon has long been a figure of musical activity in Mount Vernon. He and his wife Carol were band instructors in the Mount Vernon City Schools until their retirement. McCutcheon serves on the board of the Ohio School for Scottish Arts and works with placement and supervision of student teachers with Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Ariel-Foundation Park is a stunning 250-acre example of adaptive reuse, created on the former site of a glass-making factory. It offers architectural ruins, lakes, observation tower, walking trails, steel sculptures, a museum, and connections to both the Kokosing Gap Trail and the Heart of Ohio Trail.

Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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