Today I laid out our t-shirts and confirmed that we have volunteered seven years at the Symphony. Each year it continues to inspire us in its beauty and in many ways simplicity.
The Symphony celebrated ten years this year. Originally, it was the inspiration of just a few. Two especially, who saw a vision of what the annual concert could be—a gathering of people who enjoy good music to introduce them to the beauty of the Flint Hills.
This year, in celebration of the ten years, it was held at the Z Bar Ranch or Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, site of the first gathering. Our volunteer time started at 10:00 am so we were on the road by 8:00. At that time, the weather was a bit up in the air, but the day turned beautiful.
We opted for a different seating choice this year—near the edge where we could listen to the music while enjoying the beautiful hills.
We completed our volunteer duties to hear several educational presentations. We were especially interested in the reintroduction of Prairie Chickens onto the Prairie. The history of the bison herd was surprisingly interesting as well.
Lyle Lovett was a guest of the Symphony. We were buzzing around the seating area when he and his band showed up on stage for a sound check. They ended up playing for at least 30 minutes. What a surprise treat.
Once the concert started, all eyes were on stage. Ours, however, were on this beautiful spot.
And, finally this