The first 2014 concert on June 22 was attended by 70 adults and 30 children. Music was provided by Sarah Goslee Reed and her band Firefly, with Tom Martin on bass and keyboards and Skip Trask on drums. The kids danced and everyone had a wonderful time. SPI employees helped the children construct their own fireflies out of various craft materials.
The July 20 concert was for the birds...literally! The Rain Crows performed their unique original songs and were a “natural” choice for this garden setting. Julie Zickefoose and Bill Thompson publish the magazine Bird Watcher’s Digest, and they brought books, feathers and children’s bird guides to give away. Their band included Wendy Clark, John Borchard, Craig Gibbs and Skip Trask, and brought people in from as far away as West Virginia! Julie’s blog and Facebook made this concert the best attended ever - well over 120 adults, plus over 50 children. SPI helped children paint murals using bird feathers and quills.
The final concert was August concert 17 with the return of both Padula Oblongata and yo yo science. The exciting jazz and the antics of Michael Padula brought the biggest crowd to last year’s series so it was a logical choice to have them back. Ted Buehrer, Ross Feller, Ed Schiebel, and Skip Trask brought the Hammond B3 organ, saxophone, trumpet, drums and percussion to life, and guest guitarist Andrew Clarkson drew some additional college fans. As in 2013, there were over 100 adults and approximately 50 kids (it became very difficult to count). Over 48 yo yos were provided to children and eager adults, who were captivated by Jim Marth and his yo yo expertise.