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September 14, 2013

Concerts at Papilion aim to attract visitors

People can enjoy cooler fall weather and a variety of local musical acts at the Papilion this fall.

The Papilion, at Honor Heights Park, will have “Three Eves of Peace & Music” on the third Thursday of September, October and November. The Third Thursday concerts are free, but donations are welcome, said Matthew Weatherbee, the president of Friends of Honor Heights. Papilion gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

Concert promoters decided fall would be the best time to bring more visitors to the Papilion, Weatherbee said. The Papilion, which opened this year, features a butterfly house, an event lawn and an array of art works and flower beds, he said.

“We wanted to have an event in the fall when the weather is nicer,” he said. “I hope it overflows into the garden. Our facility is so nice, we felt we needed an event to get people and families to come. And, if you’re going to do something outdoors, fall is the time to do it.”

Weatherbee described the concerts as “Bring Your Own Everything” events. “Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages,” he said. “The concerts will feature an eclectic mix of popular music from the past 30 years.”

Bands set to perform at the concerts are:

• Sept. 19 — Willyecho, a Tulsa trio that describes itself on its Facebook page as a “modern, neo-soul band.” It covers tunes from classic and contemporary rock and a little country.

• Oct. 17 — Wild Card, which Weatherbee said has a more hard rock sound. The band’s website says it covers rock, blues, disco, pop, rhythm & blues and western swing.

• Nov. 21 — Paradox, which covers music from such rock groups as Bon Jovi, Lynrd Skynrd and Journey. It also performs country tunes.

The butterfly house will be open for free during the September concert, Weatherbee said.

Concert-goers also can enjoy the variety of flowers and art in the garden, as well as the music, Weatherbee said. Some of the garden beds have been pruned, with fall flowers such as mums replacing old plants, he said.

“I think the garden beds look better now than they did over the summer,” he said. “The flowers have grown, and there are a lot more blooms.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Third Thursday concerts, Three Eves of Peace & Music.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 17, and Nov. 21. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concerts begin at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Papilion, Honor Heights Park.

ADMISSION: Free. Donations are welcome.

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