Arts & Culture Patron: Drew C. Reilly

Drew Reilly is the Deputy Law Director for the City of Stow Law Department. Drew manages all aspects of legal work such as contract management, legal drafting, and more. He also leads the city’s prosecution in planning and zoning cases. Drew has been heavily invested in the arts, specifically musical theater and guitar which he owes to his mom and dad who instilled in him a love for them.

What is your earliest memory of the arts?

I was always heavily invested in the arts. I was lucky that my mother instilled in me a love for musical theater. She took me to try out for a play at ANTICS in Cuyahoga Falls when I was in third grade, and from then on it was a steady stream of community theater at Carousel Dinner Theater, Weathervane Playhouse, and Dynamics Community Theater (in Tallmadge). My father instilled in me a love for guitar, and I have not stopped playing since.

What artist/arts organization in Summit County do you wish more people knew about?

It took me way too long to be introduced to them, but Summit Choral Society is providing important cultural work to people from the youngest ages, up through to some of our oldest residents. After learning about them, I served on their Board for several years because of the great work they are going. Also, because I work for the City of Stow, I would kick myself if I didn’t plug our Concerts on the Green series, which features live music and food trucks at our City Center. Finally, I would be remiss if I don’t talk about the amazing work that ArtsNow, and my friend Nicole, are doing for arts in Summit County. If you don’t know about ArtsNow, it’s because you are not paying attention!

What is a “can’t miss” Summit County arts/culture/environment experience?

We are lucky in Summit County, we have something for every cultural itch. Participating in the Summit Metro Parks Hike Spree in the fall, catching a show at Weathervane Playhouse, or taking the opportunity to see live music at any number of the local Friday night concert series (such as Lock 3, Hudson’s 2nd and Main, Cuyahoga Falls Front Street, or Kenmore’s First Friday), there is so many opportunities.