By Alicia Dziak
Art! Music! Nature! If you love any or all of these things, there’s no better place to be than Griffis Sculpture Park’s (GSP’s) for its Summer Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21. Stop in from noon to 7 p.m. and enjoy all of the above, and then some!
Many fans of GSP fondly remember previous musical events at the park, including when 6,000 fans saw 10,000 Maniacs play a benefit concert. The Band also played a show at the park in the mid-1990s. And “The Canadian Invasion” in 1994 featured an impressive collection of Canadian bands, including Lowest of the Low, 54-40 and Blue Rodeo.
At the Summer Fest, GSP continues the tradition of great outdoor live music by featuring musical performances by some of the region’s best musicians, including headliner Funktional Flow, Sly Boots School of Music, Sonder and Kaleidoscope Sky.
The younger set can take part in children crafts and activities, “This year we will have a great children’s activity table which will include creating painted button trees and stick beaded wind chimes,” explained Nila Griffis, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which runs the park.
Guests will also enjoy tours of the park, artists creating works and much more.
Park goers can also take in the 250 sculptures that reside throughout the trails of the park, making it the largest outdoor sculpture park In the United States.
The events will take place on the top of the hill at the Mill Valley side of the park. (What this means: guests must be able to endure a 10 minute walk uphill to the festival site.)
“People will be able to bring chairs and coolers and we will have BBQ available with both meat and vegetarian options,” said Griffis.
In addition to the food booth, there will be a beer and wine garden on-site.
Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Gates open at noon. For more info, visit www.griffispark.org.
Need another excuse to visit the park? Check out the awe-inspiring Night Lights at the Park, Sept. 14 to Oct. 9. “This will be our 4th annual Night Lights and we are definitely going to be launching some very exciting things this year,” said Griffis.
For the fourth year in a row, the Night Lights crew will come to the sculpture park and transform a part of the park with creative lighting. Colorful LED lights interact with the sculptures and landscapes to create a fun and surreal atmosphere.
After paying admission, guests will walk unguided through a portion of the sculpture park. (It’s helpful if you bring a small flashlight.) There are plenty of new lighting displays planned, which will be revealed soon.
Mark your calendars for one of these dates: Wednesdays through Saturdays from Sept. 14 to Oct. 8, or Sunday, Oct. 9; 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view the largest sculpture park in the country at nighttime! For more info, visit www.nightlightshq.com.