Euclid Beach Memories – John Frato & Dudley Humphrey


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Popcorn Bisque
    • Roast Coaster
    • Lemon Sorbet


    Story topic this week…

    Euclid Beach Memories
    The sights, sounds, smells, and souvenirs of Euclid Beach Park still linger in the air 50 years after the rides were powered off and the concession stands closed. Euclid Beach Park enthusiasts, John Frato & Dudley Humphrey, keep its memory alive, hosting nostalgic events and continuing to share the many stories of the park’s impact on Cleveland history.


    John Frato Bio

    John Frato is a native Clevelander who was raised and still lives in Lyndhurst, OH. He is the current President of Euclid Beach Park Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Euclid Beach Park. John is the Training and Volunteer Coordinator for the Carousel at the Cleveland History Center, and is a Board Member of Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society. He and his business partner, Joe Tomaro, are known as The Euclid Beach Boys® and co-own one of the largest collections of amusement park memorabilia in the area.

    Dudley Humphrey Bio

    Dudley Humphrey’s family became the owners of Euclid Beach Amusement Park in 1901, vowing to make the park a respectable, family-friendly place for recreation. They had previously run a popcorn stand at the park. Dudley was born and raised in Cleveland. He spent his first 16 years actually living at Euclid Beach Park. He graduated from Hawken School and Hamilton College (Clinton, NY). His wife, Betsy, and he ran the Humphrey-Euclid Beach popcorn business for 30 years until they sold it in 2011.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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