Story and photos provided by Laura Payne, Volunteer Coordinator for The Botanic Garden at OSU
With generous support from our sponsors, The Botanic Garden at OSU’s (TBG) concert series continues to be an enormous success. Last year we brought in performers Patrice Pike, Tyler Siems, Tyrel Draper, Stillwater’s Misfit Ukes, John Homer, Stillwater High school Choir and the OSU Jazz Combo. We also held our first children’s concert with singer/song writers Andrew and Polly.
The 2017 concert schedule is almost finished. The lineup of performers will be a couple of familiar faces, along with some new, yet well known, faces in the music world. Concerts run from 5:45pm – 7:30pm to give visitors a little more time to get to the garden from work.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a nice picnic and just sit back and enjoy the music and the atmosphere.
Last year we designated a new area of the garden as our “events lawn”. The space is a lot bigger, but there wasn’t a real place for the performers to set up. So, TBG started a fundraiser for a bandstand. The goal was reached and construction of the bandstand will begin this year.
It’s been rewarding for the staff to watch families in the garden enjoying the live music and spending time together. Generally there are a few little ones who get up and dance, which is always appreciated by the performers. Our visitors value the relaxing community atmosphere and the performers have commented that the garden is the most beautiful place they have ever performed.
Our outdoor concert series continues to connect one of Stillwater’s best kept secrets with the Stillwater community. In order for the community to continue to experience these free concerts we rely on the support of our sponsors. 2016 sponsors were Hideaway Pizza, Kicker, OSU’s Office of the President, Daddy’O Music Co., Flourishes Flowers, Décor and More, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater.
If you would like to help sponsor the free concerts at The Botanic Garden at OSU, or would like more information about events please contact Laura Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your contribution we will add your logo to our banners that are displayed during the concerts as well as put your logo on our flyers.