Go, See, Do: Lawrence Field Day Fest, Paleo Garden Plant Sale and more

photo by: Ailecia Ruscin/Contributed Photo

Fans take in a concert at the 2017 Field Day Fest. The 2019 Field Day Fest runs July 18-20 and will be bringing a wide range of music to venues around town.

More than 20 musical groups will take the stage for free concerts around the city at this weekend’s Lawrence Field Day Fest.

The annual music festival, now in its eighth year, runs from Thursday through Saturday and will include 24 bands. Fally Afani, the festival organizer and editor of the website I Heart Local Music, said it was important to keep the concerts open to everyone in the community.

“For this year, I Heart Local Music was asked to take the reins of the festival,” Afani said. “So, our policy is the event will be free and for all ages.”

The festival is funded with money from the city’s Transient Guest Tax Grant Program, Afani said.

Performances will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at several venues: White School House, 1510 North Third St.; Lucia Beer Garden & Grill, 1016 Massachusetts St.; The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.; and The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St. For a full schedule, visit the I Heart Local Music Facebook page.

Paleo Garden Plant Sale

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Ferns, clubmosses and other relatives of prehistoric plants will be on sale at the KU Natural History Museum’s Paleo Garden Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Gardeners in search of unusual ferns and mosses can find some this weekend at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum’s Paleo Garden Plant Sale.

The plants on sale are potted cuttings taken from the museum’s Paleo Garden, including ferns, clubmosses and flowering peperomias. All of them are living relatives of plants that were common in early Cretaceous forests, said Anne Tangeman, communications and events coordinator at the museum.

“I suggest people get there early because there is a limited quantity of plants,” Tangeman said.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the museum, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard. Cuttings are priced from $1 to $12, and all proceeds from the sale will support the ongoing care of the Paleo Garden.

In conjunction with the plant sale, there will be a family-oriented program on plant science from 10 a.m. to noon in the museum’s Panorama Gallery. The museum’s website says visitors will have the chance to do plant-related experiments, including dissecting a flower.

photo by: John Young

In this 2015 file photo, Michele Clark, center, catches a pass under the basket as Mary Pat Pellett and Diane Knowles defend during a Granny Basketball League game at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.

National Granny Basketball Tournament

Seniors who shoot hoops will converge on Lawrence on Saturday for the National Granny Basketball Tournament.

Sixteen teams from around the U.S. — including two from Lawrence — will be playing at KU’s Ambler Student Recreation Center, 1740 Watkins Center Drive.

The game isn’t quite the same as what you’d normally see on TV or at Allen Fieldhouse. According to the Granny Basketball League website, the rules are based on how the game was played in the 1920s — jumping isn’t allowed, for instance, and there’s a limit to how many times players can dribble. Even the uniforms — bloomers and long stockings or tights — are designed with the game’s history in mind.

Pool games begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the championship game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Admission is free.


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