Free concerts to come at Oasis Community Garden

Thursday , May 29, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Oasis Community Garden is sponsoring a kind of block party almost every Thursday evening this summer, and everyone is invited.

Local singers and musicians will perform each week, and vendors will offer food and artistic goods. Children can play on the garden paths, and watch the progress of the flowers and veggies growing in the rented garden plots.

Bring your yoga mat to join in a yoga session, or just settle back on your own blanket, and eat your picnic as live music plays and the sun dips on the horizon.

“We did it last year, just to see if we could,” said Kim Bowsher, vice president for the Junior League of Ogden, which owns the garden, and sponsors the events. “We started with eight evenings, and we didn’t publicize it, but the news spread by word of mouth, and we were getting 80 to 100 people every time.”

With the 2013 experiment complete, the Junior League has expanded its offerings to a dozen concerts, and is ready to spread the good word.

“We’ll have live music every week and a really great group of vendors, some for all 12 weeks, and we are rotating others.

Handmade soaps will be for sale, as will crafts made from recycled vinyl records, and upcycled clothing and a T-shirt company. A mushroom company will sell produce and shiitake mushroom growing kits. A $5 donation is suggested for those who join the yoga sessions.

On stage will be local musicians, mostly with acoustic acts.



Goodles Goodell plays June 5 and July 10.

“Goodles has a really clean voice, and plays folk,” Bowsher said.

Thomas Graham plays June 12 and July 17.

“I think he has a similar sound to Mumford and Sons,” Bowsher said.

Melody Pulsipher performs June 19 and July 31.

“She has a kind of Stevie Nicks thing going on,” Bowsher said. “She has her own music and just a few covers. She’s got an album coming out June 21, and she’s getting ready to tour.”

Chas & Kimber play June 26 and Aug. 14. The two own Go Guitar Live, and will have music students performing as well.

Junior folk sensation Sammy Brue plays July 3 and Aug. 7.

A band called Mistakes plays Aug. 21, and the Aug. 28 slot is still being booked.

“They are all local musicians, people who live right here, in town,” Bowsher said. “It’s important to support local artists. The Junior League’s goal is to empower your community. People can bring picnic baskets, and it’s an early start to the weekend. It’s the community partaking in something that is more than just your back yard.”

The Oasis Community Garden is something the Junior League of Ogden spend years developing. The group also sponsors school programs focused on healthful eating and exercise.

“We’re just about improving our community,” Bowsher said. “That garden was a mess when we got it. It was just a bunch of weeds, bottles and garbage. We spend a ton of time acquiring the land and cleaning it up. Now we want the community to enjoy it.”

Contact Nancy Van Valkenburg at 801-625-4275 or nvan@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_NancyVanV; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SENancyVanV.

PREVIEW

  • WHAT: Oasis concert series
  • WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Aug. 28 (except July 24)
  • WHERE: Oasis Community Garden, 2445 Monroe Blvd., Ogden
  • ADMISSION: Free
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