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Three familiar musicians will kick off Americana Concert Series Sunday, March 5

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Emily Higgins and her best musical friend, Myrtle, will kick off the Americana series along with Bo Brown and Mullins on Sunday, March 3.

Local favorites Emily Higgins, Bo Brown and Melinda Mullins will kick off the third season of “Americana & Roots in the Garden” benefit concert series at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017, inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

The two-hour performance will benefit the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, one of five naturalized areas among the 20 themed gardens and 15 special collections in the Springfield Botanical Gardens located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in southwest Springfield. Admission is a donation of $10 for adults.

The trio of singers, guitarists and songwriters are calling their Sunday concert “Planting Notes of Spring” and will be performing original and traditional songs celebrating nature and gardening.

Proceeds will fund the construction of a paved trail through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs, explains Ric Mayer, chair of the Friends of the Garden group that develops and maintains the prairie garden located east of the Botanical Center.

The fundraiser is sponsored in cooperation with the Friends of the Garden, Springfield Botanical Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

The Shortleaf Bank will perform at the Springfield Botanical Gardens to help raise Funds for a paved path through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie.

Other concerts in the series include:

  • The Shortleaf Band, traditional Irish-American music, Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. following the Butterfly Festival at the park.
  • Patrick Mureithi, original and traditional acoustic Americana and blues, Sunday, October 22, 3 p.m.

 

For more information, call the Botanical center at 417.891.1515 or Ric Mayer at 417.995.3943.

 

Friends of the Garden tax-deductible annual memberships on several levels can be purchased at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center gift shop. For more information, visit us on Facebook or at FriendsoftheGarden.org.

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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