‘Concert Under The Elms’

(7.6) There are still a few towering old elms* on the lawn and the shade will be welcome now that summer is here. This Thursday the concert series features Atwater-Donnelly with their unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music. With the addition of Cathy Clasper-Torch (vocals, violin, cello, Chinese erhu) and Erin Lobb Mason (vocals, double bass) you’ve got yourself a band.

Concerts are free for RIHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and coolers. Food truck: Nanu Burmese Fusion.

Coming up at Concerts Under The Elms: Bay Swing on July 13th, the Good Living Band July 20th, Nickel Jukebox on July 27th, and Funkademic on August 3rd.

The John Brown House is at the corner of Benefit and Power Streets.

Concert Under the Elms, 6:30pm to 8pm, Thursday, July 6, John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, (directions)

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*The Museum has tried valiantly to manage the diseases that have afflicted their American elms. In 2013, one century-old specimen had to be removed and a cross-section was saved for display in the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park. From the accompanying text: “Unlike most American elms, it survived the introduction of Dutch elm disease into North America in 1928. The tree, which grew to be 75 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter at the base was weakened by age and a fungus.”

One note: Some time ago, a locust tree was planted on the lawn and limbed high into a lovely vase shape. It now casts a nice dappled shade; these may make good substitutes until science comes up with a cure or a resistant elm cultivar.

In 2016, the RIHS was forced to remove four additional dead elms. There are no good treatments at this point. The RIHS always shares the resulting wood with artists.

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