Community Picnic and Farm Festival
Mason Square Branch
Thursday, August 14, 2- 8 pm
Does this spot look familiar?
Patrons of the Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library will recognize this space as the overgrown, trash-strewn, vacant lot between the branch’s two parking areas.
It may be hard to imagine from the photograph, but on Thursday, August 14th the branch, in collaboration with the Stone Soul Festival, Gardening the Community, and the Mason Square Health Task Force, will be hosting a community picnic and farm festival in the lot above to honor generous library benefactor, Annie G. Curran.
A day of farm fresh food, family fun, and time spent amongst neighbors, the event will culminate with a concert by students from the Community Music School and singing by four-time Stone Soul Festival performer, LaDawn. A singer since elementary school and member of many church choirs and gospel groups, LaDawn has been singing with the Floyd Patterson band since 2005. You can listen to her perform here. Although seating and refreshments will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring whatever picnic gear they please — blankets, lawn chairs, Frisbees, or a cooler of favorite summer snacks.
This event and the renovations necessary to transform the lot into a viable community space were made possible through the Outside the Box program, a grant awarded to the branch in June by OCLC, Projects for Public Spaces, and Redbox. The lot’s revitalization will be permanent. The area will be landscaped, with trees, raised garden beds, and pots of herbs and will be furnished with café sets, Adirondack chairs, and umbrellas for shade. In addition, the space will be able to accommodate a variety of community events with the addition of an outdoor tent and PA system.
The implementation of these enhancements will allow the Branch to showcase local musical and theatrical talent and host outdoor family film screenings and community potlucks, as well as entertaining and educational activities for kids. It will become a space where patrons can read quietly in the shade; a space to toss a ball without worry of it landing in a busy street; a space for neighbors to gather. We look forward to seeing you there!