When budget cuts silenced the longstanding Short North Sunday Jazz series, local music lover and budding PR maven Alexandra Kelley Fox was determined to keep summer music alive in Goodale Park. With permission from Columbus Parks and Recreation and funding from six Short North area organizations, Fox founded a new series.

When budget cuts silenced the longstanding Short North Sunday Jazz series, local music lover and budding PR maven Alexandra Kelley Fox was determined to keep summer music alive in Goodale Park. With permission from Columbus Parks and Recreation and funding from six Short North area organizations, Fox founded a new series.

Now in its third season, the Goodale Park Music Series has expanded from its jazzy roots to an eclectic showcase of all things local.

With blankets, chairs and coolers in tow, we trekked to the park last Sunday to check out the first show of the season.

Sounds

Happy Chichester took opening day honors under the gazebo on July 10, and his 90-minute solo set was a great lead-in to a talent-packed, genre-spanning series.

Next up, on July 17, Jim Maneri and Daddy Romance will fill the park with "Columbus-style party jazz." Maneri, a Columbus music legend, returns to the series for the third consecutive year.

"Sunday afternoons, blankets, picnics, meeting neighbors, good music: These things that spring forth from these concerts are valuable to me," Maneri said.

The series takes a break July 24 because of the Jazz & Rib Fest but reconvenes on July 31 with the Andy Shaw Band and rolls forward each Sunday with Columbus' beloved Spikedrivers, Peruvian singer-songwriter Enrique Infante and crowd-pleasing quintet The Randys.

Eats and treats

The Small Business Beanstalk has organized an awesome array of local food carts in the event that packing a picnic lunch isn't your style. The popup outdoor food court includes Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Rad Dog, Leslie's Creperie and Earth's Crust Pizza.

After grabbing a broccoli pesto pizza or a scoop of salty caramel, wander over to ThoughtCo to get a hand-screened T-shirt or visit Columbus Crafty Cotillion for local, handmade goodies. Even wee music lovers will stay entertained with art and craft activities provided by the Columbus Artmobile and performances by the folks at OpenHeart Creatures.