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Crystal Ritter
Community Events Coordinator
City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department

Free Music, Movie, and Bicentennial Celebration of Trees at Bryan Park June 2

Bloomington, Ind.-Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts the annual "Summer Sampler" Saturday, June 2 beneath the leafy bowers of Bryan Park - a fitting location for the Bicentennial-inspired theme, "Celebrating 200 years of Bloomington trees."

The event begins with a special Bicentennial tree planting in Bryan Park, hosted by city officials, at 5 p.m. An "Ask the Tree Experts" area set up at the North Shelter, and featuring highly qualified local tree care, planting, and maintenance experts, is open from 5:30-8 p.m. Participants include:

  •  Ken Cote, Nursery Inspector, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Entomology
  • Kerry Bridges, member of the Bloomington Tree Commission and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Master Arborist, Tree Guy, Inc.
  • Seth Inman, ISA Certified Arborist, Trees Please
  • David Dilcher, member of the Bloomington Tree Commission and IU professor emeritus
  • George Hegeman, member of the Bloomington Tree Commission and IU professor emeritus
  • Lee Huss, urban forester, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and ISA Certified Arborist


Play Day, with free, hands-on, active games and playful activities for kids of all ages, takes place adjacent to the Ask the Tree Experts from 5-8 p.m. The Monroe County Public Library's Book Bike will also be on hand with books about trees, and highlights of tree identification apps for smartphones and other devices.

Artist Emily Wilson will be at the Ask the Tree Experts shelter from 6-7 p.m. to sign the posters printed from her winning Arbor Day poster design. Bicentennial Arbor Day posters will be for sale during the event for $10, or $20 for a poster signed by the artist. Bicentennial tote bags in two sizes will also be available for purchase during the event.

Live, tree-themed musical entertainment takes place throughout the evening on the mobile stage in the center of Bryan Park. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. hear the original folk choir and dulcimer music, stories, and songs of Malcolm Dalglish. At 7:15 p.m., award-winning natural science song-and-dance man Billy B. takes the stage to educate and entertain with rollicking music and tales about trees. A special screening of the 2012 Dr. Seuss classic film, "The Lorax", takes place under the trees at 9 p.m.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the evening are food trucks set up in the Stull Avenue parking lot on the north end of Bryan Park, and free face painting.

For more information about the Summer Sampler: 200 Years of Bloomington Trees, contact Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3725 or