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Sheryl Cohen brought her 5-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and her 8-year-old son, Nathan, for the Tie Dye Party at the Solon Center for the Arts on Friday. Instructors Jolee Klugherz, left, and Lara Young assist the children with the activity.

Fun is “popping up” in the City of Solon this summer in the areas of art, dance, theater and music.

About 50 took part last week in the first-ever SCA Pop Up Series, presented with creativity and safety in mind by staff members at the Solon Center for the Arts.

Last week’s event featured the creation of tie-dye clothing, drawing families young and old to the parking lot of the art center.

“We want to bring people back,” Tracy Sullivan, director of community and cultural enrichment, said. “We still want to provide events and programming.”

The art center remains closed to the public but is open to those summer camp participants only. That is why the pop ups are held outdoors, Mrs. Sullivan noted.

“Most of these will occur in the parking lot,” she said, and their timing is all weather dependent.

The goal is to hold them either weekly or biweekly, with the theme “popping up” on the center’s Facebook page just days prior to allow for registration.

“We are in the process of developing more,” Mrs. Sullivan said. “As we get close, they will be released.”

Each of the center’s staff, which lead areas of art, music, theater and dance, will be responsible for one “pop up,” Mrs. Sullivan explained.

Art department coordinator Maria Klein said the idea for tie-dye stemmed from its popularity as well as the fact that it would lend itself to a “pop up concept” of small groups coming through.

“It’s hands on and something that can be done as a family,” Ms. Klein said.

Staff manned stations where cards with various tie-dye patterns were offered. Some chose swirls, while others did their creations in a stripe format.

After they made their creation, they placed them in bags to take home. These bags were complete with instructions for washing.

“It will be a fun, laid back kind of evening,” Ms. Klein said.

Mrs. Sullivan said it is hoped that the center presents a handful of these pop ups throughout the summer. Many will be geared toward families, she said.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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