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Concert at the Cave Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-6 p.m. in Doling Park

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Music fans enjoy a free concert at Dolling Park. The second annual concert will be Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.

The Doling Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will present the the 2nd Annual Concert at the Cave Sunday, Sept. 24, Noon-6 p.m., with live music and other activities near the entrance of Doling Park’s Giboney Cave, 301 E. Talmage Ave., Springfield.

“We had so much fun last year, we wanted to do it again,” says Christina Dicken, president of the Doling Neighborhood Association. “It’s great to invite everyone to a concert in Doling Park and show off our Northside pride.”

This year’s event features four bands: Elwood Crossing, Canto 17, Patrick Mureithi and Friends, and The Creek Rocks. Bands will perform in the natural amphitheater outside the cave entrance. Jerry Jacob is emceeing the concert.

The nonprofit group Play it Forward SWMO will be collecting musical instruments to help children in southwest Missouri have with the opportunity to discover their musical talents. Please bring musical instruments to donate (no pianos, please.) The group will bring percussion instruments for kids to play at the event.

Bass Pro Shops is sponsoring free cave tours at Giboney Cave, led by Park Board Outdoor Initiatives staff. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors should plan on getting your shoes wet and muddy inside the cave.

The Doling Neighborhood Association is also sponsoring a bounce house and games for kids. Moon City Creative District will have kids’ interactive art activities.

Doling Museum will also open during the event, highlighting Doling Park’s history dating back ot the 1880s.

Admission and all activities are free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 

For more information on Concert at the Cave, email ConcertAtTheCave@yahoo.com or visit Doling Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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