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On Thursday, July 9, the well-known local bluegrass and gospel group Acoustic Strings will kick off the 2015 concert series at Walker Tavern Historic Site near Brooklyn, Michigan. The concert will run from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Walker Tavern’s Picnic on the Lawn series.

“Acoustic Strings is a delight to work with and has everyone tapping their toes by the end of their performance,” noted Friends of Walker Tavern President Bonnie McJennett. “We are pleased to sponsor such a talented group of crowd-pleasing individuals.”

“We encourage our visitors to bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the outdoor music as the summer sun begins to set,” said Walker Tavern site historian Laurie Perkins. “It’s a great time to be out-of-doors in one of Michigan’s wonderful state parks.”

The Thursday night concert series also will feature Sarah Bernstein and Luke Lenhart July 23 and the Old Tyme Millers String Band Aug. 20. The free concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Walker Tavern. Events canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled based on the performers’ availability.

Walker Tavern is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center. It is located at the junction of U.S. 12 and M-50, southeast of Jackson. A Recreation Passport is required for park entry. For more information, call 517-467-4401 or visit www.michigan.gov/walkertavern.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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