by curator Josh Williams
(WASHINGTON, Ark.) – Washington State Historic Park announces the annual Music in the Park Summer Concert Series themed “The Music That Binds Us Together.” An additional free concert will take place the afternoon of Saturday August 20 in addition to the evening performance in front of the 1874 courthouse.
To 3 p.m., Dr. Kristin Stephenson will perform piano pieces from 19th century salons in Washington Presbyterian Church. The music performed will include compositions by Mozart and Beethoven. Dr. Stephenson graduated from the Julliard School in New York and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC More information can be found online at www.kristinstephensonpiano.com.
To 7:30 p.m., Clark Buhling will perform vintage banjo tunes on the lawn of the Courthouse from 1874. Clarke Buehling is widely recognized for his interpretations of the late 19th century finger banjo. Clarke is also at the forefront of the recent resurgence of interest in Ante-bellum minstrel banjo style and songs. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/clarke.buehling.
Music has been a favorite pastime that unites families and communities. Washington Residents at 19e century enjoyed playing and listening to all types of music as a form of entertainment and camaraderie with each other. Come enjoy evenings of great music that bring us together as a community at Historic Washington State Park.
Customers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The gift shop will be open for refreshments and Williams’ Tavern restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for dinner.
The Music in the Park series is sponsored by: Tyson Foods, Farmers Bank and Trust, McDonalds of Hope, Lagrone Williams Hardware of Hope, Washington Grace Cottage and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.
About Washington State Historic Park
Washington Historic State Park, located in Washington, Ark., is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays. The park is a restoration village interpreting historic Arkansas in the 19th century. Daily tours are offered to more than 15 historic sites and museums, such as the BW Edwards Weapons Museum and the Blacksmith’s Shop.
Relax and enjoy your stay at the Historic Washington Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast and enjoy a Southern cooked meal for lunch at Williams’ Tavern Restaurant. The 1914 school dormitory for group rentals is also available on-site, as well as the historic 1860 Brunson House and 1940 WPA Gymnasium for weddings and meeting space for groups of all sizes.
To learn more about upcoming historic tours, events, rent a facility, or book a room at Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast, visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call 870-983-2684. The park is located on US Highway 278 nine miles north of Hope and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30.
About Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas State Parks and Museums cover 54,400 acres of forests, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historical and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, one National Natural Landmark, 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and War Memorial Stadium.
State parks have 1,800 campsites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, five lodges, and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors come each year from all regions of the country. Park staff deliver more than 42,000 educational programs, activities and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.
Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and educational opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more about all we have to offer.