Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Pyramid Hill offers concerts, kids' programs

Sculpture garden lures visitors

By Cassie Carothers
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum has its own opening day today, with a jam-packed schedule lined up for its sixth season.

        The park boasts more than 250 acres of sculpture gardens, seven lakes, three miles of hiking trails, and a lengthy schedule of art- and nature-related events.

        New this summer is the Sunday afternoon Music in the Park program, featuring musical artists from the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

        Guests will hear a variety of genres at the 2 p.m. concerts including opera, baroque and banjo music.

        Two evening concerts are also scheduled. On July 7, the 122nd Ohio National Guard band will play and on Aug. 4, the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra.

        The park is hosting an Arbor Day celebration on April 26 featuring 300 second-graders reading poetry and singing songs. Kids can also enjoy a fishing derby on June 15, where prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories, and all fish will be returned to the lakes.

        The park will host weekly kids' programs starting in June. The Summer Series on Wednesdays will feature field trips and workshops combining art, nature and theater. Shaun Higgins, assistant director at the park, said this summer kids will explore creeks, meet pirates, and study artifacts from American Indians who once inhabited Pyramid Hill.

        Eleven hundred children attended the summer program last year, Mr. Higgins said.

        “It's a unique facility — it's a marriage of art and nature creating natural galleries for monumental sculptures of art,” Mr. Higgins said of the park.

        All programs are free with paid admission to the park. Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children aged 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.

        More information available at www.pyramidhill.org


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