Fascinating music

Music lovers attend the last Gigs in the Garden concert before fall

Sunday marked the last week of concerts in the garden for the summer.

The event is organized by the Springfield Sister Cities Association.

Lisa Bakerink with the band says each week featured a different performance from a local artist in the month of May.

It’s just a big concert in an outdoor setting. Relax, relax, have an adult drink and enjoy the beautiful park.” Bakerink said.

Bakerink says the group’s goal is to create peace through people.

“We believe that one-to-one relationships, opportunities for cultural exchange and meeting people from other cultures bring people together.” Bakerink said.

Rick Hollandsworth has been to Gigs at the Garden before and says he heard about it on Facebook.

“I love listening to live music, and had never been to the Springfield Botanical Gardens, and I think the events and the music scene are just amazing and here in Springfield.” said Hollandsworth.

Sunday’s featured artist was a local folk band consisting of Shannon Stine and Natalie Wlodarczyk called The Shandies who performed together for several years.

“We just started playing a few places around town and, and we just started singing together and we realized, hey, we like to do that.” said Wlodarcyzk.

The two have traveled the world to perform their music and appreciate the support from those who were at the concert on Sunday.

“Performing in Isesaki, Japan in August 2019 representing the Springfield Sister Cities Association. And this series of concerts today was a celebration of that. So we were excited to come and play today, said Wlodarczyk.

“It’s great to be able to perform original music and have an attentive crowd and you know it’s really a treat.” Stin said.

Gigs in the Garden will be back this fall on Sundays at 2 p.m.