Down home music, old time baseball (July 11)

July 7, 2009

Maybe it’s the lingering Fourth of July nostalgia, but July always feels like a good month for history. As I considered events for this coming weekend, I kept returning to music and sports of bygone eras. Perhaps it’s also the influence of my 20th high school reunion this weekend (already!?!?). M. has several times expressed amazement that I lived most of my life in the 1900s — and when he puts it that way, I DO sound really old!

But we’re going back even further than that for Saturday’s (July 11) events. The first, Bluegrass at the Farm, showcases a style of music that’s been around for generation upon generation. Suson Park in St. Louis County hosts national fiddle champion George Portz and his band, along with an open jam for junior fiddlers and country music singer Marissa Harms. The grounds open at 6 p.m., and the cost is free for kids 11 and under, $5 for those 12 and older. What to bring: lawn chairs, coolers and snacks, bug spray, cash for concessions. What to leave home: glass containers of any kind. Music starts at 7 p.m. Call 314.894.3089 for details or take a look at the online flyer.

And in honor of the All-Star game this weekend in St. Louis, I’d be remiss not to include some old-time baseball too. The St. Louis Perfectos, a vintage club playing by the rules of 1860, usually takes the field in Lafayette Square — but this weekend they’re playing for free in front of the All-Star crowd under the Arch on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Going back still further, the Daniel Boone home in Defiance hosts a Saturday pick-up game of town ball, the predecessor to baseball (the field design, players and gear are all slightly different). There’ll be a one-hour demonstration at 11 a.m., and then visitors are invited to try their skill from noon to 3 p.m. There’s an admission charge of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors over 55 and $4 for kids 4 to 11. Those not playing ball can tour the Daniel Boone home and take part in the other activities on the grounds.


One Response to “Down home music, old time baseball (July 11)”

  1. Justin Says:

    I did a big feature story on the Perfectos back in my reporting days. That old time baseball is very cool. Should be fun.

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