Pavilion

Published on April 25th, 2019 | by Alexandra Saner

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Free Gigs in the Garden concert series brings music to the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Central Bank and Central Trust present Gigs in the Garden, a free concert series at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in May of 2019 at the Peace through People Pavilion located within the beautiful Dogwood Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

Gigs in the Garden features a variety of local performance groups and offers community members an exciting way to enjoy the extraordinary park. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

Barak Hill performs on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Hill is a singer/songwriter with acoustic Americana style. His honest, well-crafted lyrics set to strong melodies connect with people on an intimate level.

Layton Hollow Gals perform on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Melinda Mullins (guitar/vocals), Emily Higgins (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Betsy Mae Graves (upright bass/vocals) share songs from The Johnny Mullins Collection with harmony, passion, and fun.

Betsy Nace and Jeremy Chesman perform on Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Nace is a professional flutist with international performance credits. Dr. Chesman is a professional harpist and a professor at Missouri State University.

Gigs in the Garden is organized by Ric Mayer, maintainer of the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, through Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Funding for the concert series is made possible through Central Bank and Central Trust’s sponsorship of the Dogwood Garden.

Though the concerts are free, donations are accepted to help fund an ADA-compliant pathway through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie. One of more than 40 garden areas at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, the Kickapoo Edge Prairie is an educational demonstration of Missouri’s ecological heritage.

The Peace through People Pavilion was constructed in late 2016 to encourage more cultural performances and community events in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. The Pavilion furthers the Friends of the Garden mission to bring people, nature, and gardens together as well as the Springfield Sister Cities Association mission of Peace through People.

For more information, please visit friendsofthegarden.org, call 417-874-2952, or e-mail info@friendsofthegarden.org.

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About the Author

Lexy served on Springfield Sister Cities Association's Board of Directors for four years before joining the ranks as Associate Director. She is also Associate Director of Friends of the Garden. Lexy is an arts and culture enthusiast, and she has served as Marketing Director for Springfield Little Theatre and Membership Development Coordinator for Springfield Regional Arts Council. Lexy is active in Springfield Creatives, having served on its founding Board. She also moonlights in community theatre and film projects.



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