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Summer Concerts: Spring festivals also get underway; check out Ferguson and Kirkwood

Javier Mendoza
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Here’s hoping the weather cooperates this weekend because lots of festivals are planned — as well as opera al fresco.

Ferguson is hosting Spring Fest on Saturday, which also marks the opening of its farmers’ market, 20 S. Florissant Road. In addition to such things as hula hoop and home brew demonstrations, bands will provide a backdrop and a reason to stop by. The music starts at 9 a.m. with the Bedlam Brothers Band and includes Jeske Park Band (12:30 p.m.), Jeanie Trevor (3:30 p.m.), Javier Mendoza (6:30 p.m.) and Soulard Blues Band (9 p.m.).

For more information, go to fergusonstreetfest.com/

Kirkwood’s Mayfest is also Saturday. The Tunes at Ten series at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market will feature Salt of the Earth (10 a.m.). Boogie Foot will be at the station plaza at 11 a.m. Other things to check out there are the Kirkwood Garden Club's plant sale, the Artists in Bloom Art Show and National Train Day and Rail Safety Day festivities.

The Missouri History Museum will host Opera Theatre’s Spring Sing! at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. This free outdoor concert joins volunteer singers with artists who will be featured during this festival season – plus mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, soprano Christine Brewer and members of the Normandy High School Choir.

And for the week ahead, check out the Big List below. Have concerts to add? Send the information to dkorando@stlpublicradio.org

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.
Kae Petrin covers public transportation and housing as a digital reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.

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