spruces up for a new season
popular concert series
at the gardens will begin in April
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2011) At Yew Dell Gardens
in Crestwood, Ky., spring is in the air and landscape cleanup work has
begun. Several volunteer groups recently helped prepare the grounds
just in time for the premier of the third annual Concert Series.
area Boy Scouts, college
students and community volunteers
help with the cleanup efforts.
Beginning in March, the second Saturday of every
month is volunteer day, said Siofra Rucker, Director of Marketing
and Development for Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. On March 12, more than
20 Boy Scouts, 40 students from John Carroll University in Dayton, Ohio,
and a several community volunteers cleared trails and built a bridge,
just to name a few projects that were completed.
Through the efforts of Langdon Johnson, who was working on an Eagle
Scout project, a local troupe of Boy Scouts volunteered for community
From the community, Yew Dell has over 250 volunteers, Rucker
said. The annual cleanup day was an opportunity for these volunteers
to work with Executive Director Paul Cappiello, a nationally recognized
leader in the field.
April 21: Harry Pickens Trio
May 29: Appalatin
June 16: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
July 21: Bourbon Baroque
Aug. 18: Bourbon Baroque
Sept. 15: Harry Pickens Trio
Oct. 20: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Nov. 17: Cheyenne Marie Mize
Tickets: $20 members; $25 nonmembers
Information: (502) 241-4788 or visit: www.YewDellGardens.org.
Volunteers can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of their
labor when the Third Thursday Concert Series begins April 21 at Yew
Dell Gardens, located at 6220 Old La Grange Rd. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
this popular series kicks off with music from the Harry Pickens Trio.
The Trio performs selections from classical, jazz, popular and world
The series is comprised of eight concerts and has been very popular
and increased in the number of performances and types of concerts,
said Rucker. Reservations are required as seating is limited to just
over 100 seats per concert in the Gheens Barn.
This years lineup will include a variety of music: bluegrass,
classical, folk, jazz, Latin and rock. Rucker said a new local band
will be featured in May Appalatin. We try to have the most
popular performers from the previous years and mix it up a bit.
Visitors can arrive early for a cash bar and picnic on the grounds if
they wish to do so by bringing their own food or pre-ordering a boxed
dinner from the Red Pepper Deli in Crestwood.
The purpose of the Third Thursday Concert Series is to introduce Yew
Dell to individuals who do not realize it is in the community and sponsors
such diverse events, said Rucker.
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