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The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System proudly presents the 64th annual Evenings in Appleby Garden Concert Series.

This annual tradition is free and open to the public. Below is the full schedule:

All concerts begin at 8 pm.

Tuesday, May 29      Augusta Big Band Aggregate (“ABBA”)

Tuesday, June 5         Kendrell Germany Trio

Tuesday, June 12       Creative Impressions

Tuesday, June 19       Savannah River Bluegrass

Tuesday, June 26:     Special Guest

Concert Series Tips

Seating: Bring a chair or borrow one for a donation and relax and enjoy the sounds of the summer.

Parking: Free parking is available in the library parking lot, the Episcopal Day School parking lot, and on Johns Road (street parking).

Raining: The Concert Series is a rain or shine event. Check the forecast and come prepared!

Eating: Pack an evening picnic or purchase dinner or dessert from a food truck. We will have barbecue from Stewart’s Ribs ‘N Things and frozen delights from Garden City Frozen Treats and Desserts at every concert in June.

Competing: The always spirited Appleby Garden Party Competition is back for the third year, and the public is invited to bring their best portable lawn party décor and food set up to vie for the title of Appleby Garden Party Winner of the Week.

No smoking on library grounds, please!

History of the Appleby Library and the Concert Series

The Annie de Prairie Appleby Branch Library, which now houses over 35,000 books, was originally built as a private home around 1830 by Judge Benjamin Warren.  He chose Greek Revival architecture, which was popular in the South at the time, for this lovely home.  This home was one of the first built in the neighborhood known as Summerville, as Augustans sought to escape the heat and disease of the climate along the Savannah River banks. After the death of his wife, Mr Scott B. Appleby and his son, James Scott Appleby, gave the house to the City of Augusta and Richmond County to be used as a library that was first opened in 1954.

The Evenings in Appleby Garden Concert Series, originally known as “Music in the Garden,” began in 1954 as an evolution of a former library program, a listening series for classical music at the old library headquarters. According to the  Augusta Chronicle, due to concerns with the space and the recent donation by the Appleby family of the mansion that is now the Appleby Branch Library, “library officials approached the Augusta Music Club…, and the two groups worked out through cooperative effort a summer concert series to be held in the cool back garden of the Appleby branch.” The concert series has been held annually at no charge to attendees since then.

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Additional Questions?

Contact us at outreach@arcpls.org, 706-736-6244, or 706-821-2612.

 

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