Moondance At The Cibolo
Summer Concert Series
Celebrating nature at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
By: Niki McDaniel
The Cibolo Nature Center & Farm’s long-running spring-to-fall concert series starts up again this month with a new name: Moondance. The family-oriented Moondance concerts will take place under the oak trees at the CNC each month through October on the Saturdays closest to the full moon. Concert-goers will continue to be able bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets, children, grandparents, friendly dogs on leashes and – perhaps best of all – their dancing shoes.
The Lost Mule Band will bring its unique mix of traditional country, classic rock, blues and Texas swing to Moondance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on May 25. Most of the six self-described “homegrown” musicians in The Lost Mule Band have been performing together for more than 25 years, playing traditional country, classic rock, blues, Texas swing, folk and original tunes.
Band members include David Digby, vocals, acoustic guitar; Darin Digby, guitar, steel guitar; Will Digby, guitar; Jeff Duke, vocals, bass guitar; Phillip Duke, vocals, piano and keyboard; and Mike Riordan, drums. David Digby and Jeff and Phillip Duke all sing solo as well as in two- and three-part harmonies. The band has been a long-time favorite at the CNC’s concert series.
Carolyn Chipman Evans, executive director and co-founder of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, explained the name change for the concert series, previously known as Songs & Stories.
“Since we’re celebrating the CNC’s 25th anniversary this year, we wanted to do something special,” she said. “Over the years, everyone at the concerts has really gotten into dancing, so this year we’ve lined up bands that are great to dance to. Combine that with planning the concerts close to the full moon each month and you get a ‘Moondance.’ We’re also asking all the performers to sing their version of Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ song.”
This season’s future lineup includes:
• June 22: Brother Fork and the Spooners
• July 20: The TX LadyBugs
• Aug. 24: King William Jazz Collective
• Sept. 21: The Court Jesters
• Oct. 19: One Minute to Midnight
Admission to Moondance costs $10, $7.50 for CNC members and $5 for those 65 and older, with kids under 12 admitted free. Season tickets are available for $50, $45 for CNC members. Wheelie Gourmet will also be on hand, selling Moroccan gourmet sandwiches from its colorful food truck, including gyros, chicken tagine and vegetarian offerings.
“Families are welcome to come out for a hike in the afternoon, and stay for a picnic supper and great music at Moondance,” Chipman Evans added.
Moondance is sponsored by H-E-B, Frost and Brandon Gallagher-Manning Memorial Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation (an endowment supporting the concert series). Proceeds from the concerts help support nature education and outreach programs at the CNC.
The mission of the non-profit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. The CNC provides nature- and science-education programs for children and adults, and the nature preserve is open to the public for hiking, wildlife-watching and the peaceful enjoyment of four native Hill Country habitats adjacent to Cibolo Creek. The nature center also operates The Herff Farm at the Cibolo at 33 Herff Road. The Herff Farm is open on Saturday mornings, featuring The Farmers Market at the Cibolo, an Inspiration Garden and workshops to help families live in a more ecologically sustainable way. Call (830) 249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.
Every Saturday in May
Farmers Market at the Cibolo, 33 Herff Road, Boerne
8:30 am -12:30 pm (Summer Hours!)
The Farmers Market at the Cibolo features locally produced, high-quality organic or natural foods and products such as vegetables and fruits, heritage lamb, pork, farm-fresh eggs, exclusively created baked goods, artisan chocolates, edible ornamental plants and organic gardening supplies – plus a demonstration organic veggie garden. Enjoy breakfast and listen to live music while you shop.
Cibolo Nature Center Programs
Apr 29 – May 4
Wildlife Field Research
Monarch Biology, Ecology & Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training
Location: CNC Auditorium & Back Porch
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
May 9 & 14
Breeding Point Bird Counts
Location: CNC Pavilion
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 am
Kid’s Club: Dragon Flies!
Location: CNC Visitor Center
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Second Saturday Volunteer Day of Service
Location: Meet at the CNC Visitor Center.
Time: 9 –noon.
Harvesting Rainwater and Solar Energy
Location: CNC Library & John
Best of Boerne Fest
“Art on the Plaza”
Location: Downtown Boerne – Main Plaza
Boerne Birders: James Kiehl Park
Location: James Kiehl Park
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Mother Nature’s Storytime: Snakes
Location: CNC Visitors Center
Time: 10 – 11 AM
Moondance Concert Series!
The Lost Mule Band
Location: CNC Stage
Time: 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Call 830.249.4616 or go to www.cibolo.org/calendar for further details on any of these events.