The Summermusicgarden

Welcome to the return of the Summer Music Garden Concerts in the Children’s Garden at the Knox County Career Center. This will be the second year of this summer series of family concerts in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Children’s Garden. Generously sponsored by the Ariel Foundation and the Community Foundation, these concerts are free to all! The concept of the concerts is to encourage everyone to be outside, experience the wonders of nature, socialize with friends and meet new people - all while listening to live music. In addition, the Science Play-Space Initiative, better known as SPI Spot, provides a fun and educational science activity for children and their families. All ages attended these concerts in 2013 and found them most enjoyable. The music is not just for kids - it is for everyone!! Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic or snacks, as well as chairs or a blanket to sit on. Bottled water is provided. Concerts are from 4-6 pm on three Sundays in the summer: June 22, July 20 and August 17.

Concerts are free, are from 4-6 pm, and you just need to bring a chair or blanket and a picnic snack! The Children’s Garden is located behind the Knox County Career Center at 306 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio. Sponsored by the Ariel Foundation and the Community Foundation, with help from the SPI Spot. The concerts are all on these Sundays: June 22, July 20 and August 17.


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June 22 - Sarah Goslee Reed and her Firefly Band with Tom Martin on bass and keyboards and Skip Trask on drums will open the series with their fun blend of folk music. Their songs are a mix of original tunes and somewhat obscure covers - all fun and sure to involve the audience in singing or dancing! SPI will have some cool science about fireflies to go along with the music.

The Rain Crows

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July 20 - The Rain Crows will bring to the stage their creative original
songs and are a “natural” choice for this garden setting. Julie Zickefoose
and Bill Thompson publish the magazine Bird Watcher’s Digest and their band with Wendy Clark and Craig Gibbs will keep everyone entertained. SPI will provide some amazing bird science to complement the music.

Padula Oblongata

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August 17 - Padula Oblongata returns!! Their exciting jazz and the antics of Michael Padula brought the biggest crowd to last year’s series so we are having them back. Ted Buehrer, Ross Feller, Ed Schiebel, and Skip Trask bring the Hammond B3 organ, saxophone, trumpet, drums and percussion to life making this lively group a joy to hear and watch. SPI will once again provide some yoyos for a physics lesson about how a yoyo works. BYOY - Bring Your Own YoYo