By Zech Wheeler
Globe Staff Writer
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audobon Center will host a night of music and dinner under the stars with its first Birds, Bluegrass and BBQ event, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wildcat Park.
“It’s a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks,” said Kerstin Landwer, development and volunteer coordinator for Wildcat Glades. “There is nothing that says fall in the Ozarks like sitting outside, listening to bluegrass and eating some wonderful barbecue. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do on a Saturday night in the early fall/late summer.”
The event will include music from Red Bridge Bluegrass, barbecue from Billy Sims and a silent auction featuring a barbecue package, Chihuahua puppy and more.
“It’s to raise money for education programs here at the center,” said Landwer. “We do a lot of education for people of all ages, and we charge next to nothing for the program.”
Hailing from Springfield, Red Bridge Bluegrass will perform Birds, Bluegrass and BBQ after participating in last weekend’s Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival.
“They’re a really great group,” Landwer said. “They have a heart for what we do here, so they were really happy to step up and help us out, to be able to be a part of this.”
The evening is expected to present a feeling of nostalgia and promises to be a fundraiser unlike any other seen in the area, Landwer said.
The event is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner and two drinks. Registration is required and attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets will be available at the Heron’s Nest nature store at the Audobon Center or by calling 417-781-6287.