'Field Notes' Three-Day Festival Celebrates Science and Art in Grand Center

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Does a bonfire under a full moon accompanied by tales of lunar moons shining on Cahokia Mounds and the Mississippians goddess-based religions appeal to you? Or solar telescope viewings, nature walks in Forest Park, a wild edibles cooking demo or a free American roots music concert? These are just a few of the remarkable events taking place this weekend as part of “Field Notes: A Celebration of Science and Art in Grand Center,” a full roster of programs with experts in the fields of art, geology, botany, architecture, design, archaeology, and astronomy.

Field Notes at Grand Center

Field Notes at Grand Center

The event—sponsored by The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon—is a cross-disciplinary program that will explore the interactions between the built environment and the natural world. The event features tours, lectures, activities and exhibits taking place at a variety of Grand Center locations and beyond. From the bonfire held in the vacant lot across from the Pulitzer to a geologic and architectural bike tour, the event offers unique opportunities for people of all ages to connect with new people and ideas, and to engage with the city in surprising ways.

After kicking off the events Friday night with the bonfire–which also includes a popcorn demonstration, a demo of archaeological tools and a end-of-the-evening drum circle (dancing goddesses anyone?)–the festivities resume on Saturday with a keynote lecture on the history of science in St. Louis, solar telescope viewings, a rock and mineral exhibit, a science of color demonstration, a wild edibles cooking demo, the geological and architectural bike tour, and an evening-ending Salt of the Earth concert—the only event that requires a ticket, available at St. Louis Public Radio for $10. A cash bar will be available.

The events resume on Sunday with three walking tours of Forest Park led by naturalist Peter VanLinn and Forest Park Forever volunteers, and art and geography tours at the St. Louis Art Museum led by docents that highlight artworks and architectural highlights that connect with our local geology and geography.

For a list of all events, locations, times and their complete descriptions visit the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts website.

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