From Dolly Parton to Cedar Point, so many stories have touched our district this past year.
CLEVELAND – Northeast Ohio is sure to grab its fair share of headlines throughout 2022, including from the entertainment world.
But what was the most captivating story of the last year? Here are WKYC.com’s top five articles on the entertainment industry and its impact on the region:
5. New football-themed water park comes to Guangzhou
As the Guangzhou Pro Football Hall of Fame Village continues to take shape, officials broke ground in December on a 147,000-square-foot indoor water park that will feature a waterslide tower, lazy river, wave pool, zero-entry play area, poolside Bar and outdoor entertaining area. The theme was… well, football!
4. Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker visit Lakewood’s Cleveland vegetarian restaurant
Before Buck was set to perform at the Machine Gun Kelly concert, he and Kardashian both visited the popular cafe and received positive feedback for their support of local businesses.
3. Cedar Point announces an adults-only after-hours event for guests 21 and up: Wild Frontier Nights
This season, one of the nation’s most popular amusement parks has a new event. “Wild Frontier Nights” features “heavy flavors from the chef’s personal recipe collection, handcrafted cocktails you won’t find anywhere else, live music, dancing, bull rides and fun adults-only activities.” ALL TICKETS There is also unlimited use of certain rides.
2. Bruno Mars teeing off at the Cleveland Bar
In July, patrons of Rum Runners in the Flats were treated to an unexpected surprise when Bruno Mars served them drinks behind the bar. The stunt was apparently part of a promotional campaign for SelvaRay, which earned the pop star the accolade of “Best Bartender in Ohio.”
1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Dolly Parton remains a possible 2022 inductee after announcing her decision to “drop out”
Music legend Dolly Parton caused a national stir over the winter by demanding that her name be removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination process, feeling she did not “entitle herself to it.” However, the museum subsequently rejected her request, praising “her incredible talent as an artist” and “her humility”. Ultimately, Parton was elected and attended her inauguration.