The 2015 concerts were sponsored by the Ariel Foundation, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and Knox Community Hospital.
The first concert was on June 21 and was moved to Ariel Foundation Park due to expected rain. The Rain Crows were a big success last year, so they were invited back for a repeat performance. The children made boats and floated them in the numerous puddles. The attendance was small - about 40 adults and 12 children - most likely due to it being Father’s Day.
The second concert was July 12, and we were happy to be back in the Children’s Garden, which had been meticulously weeded and spruced up by Career Center horticulture students. The Linda Dachtyl Quartet played fantastic jazz and entertained us all on the Hammond B3 organ. No rain fell - even though it got threatening toward the end - a relief to all! The kids made fizzy bath bombs with glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs inside. These were fun and easy to make, and we made sure that the drummer, Cary Dachtyl, received one as well since he was gracious enough to let a few small ones try out his drums. Attendance was about 50 adults and 20 children.
The final concert was August 9, and we were again able to be in the Children’s Garden. Elixir performed their modern interpretations of folk songs from the 1800’s. Children turned small flower pots into bells, using beads and twine, and had fun painting them. This was the best attended concert with about 60-70 adults and 25-30 children (it was hard to count as some people didn’t stay the whole time and some babies/toddlers were really too young for the craft).
Expenses for the concerts include musician fees, publicity, programs, sound system, porta-potties (only at the Children’s Garden), a generator (only at Ariel Park), craft supplies, water and ice, and payment for SPI help. Many thanks to Samantha Hollar who helped determine the crafts, and to Toni Metcalf who worked all three concerts. Also a huge thanks to Ruth Sinclair for designing, maintaining and donating the cost of the website www.summermusicgarden.com.