25 years of making memories: A summer of art and entertainment at Caponi Art Park

Caponi Art Park will offer a summer full of family-friendly programing featuring a wide variety of music, theater and dance concerts as it celebrates its 25th year in Eagan.

The park will have its 25th Birthday Bash & Classroom Dedication 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 11. The event will include family activities, art demonstrations, cake and tours of the park.

The late Anthony Caponi — park founder, sculptor and Macalester College art professor — created Caponi Art Park as an outdoor laboratory to teach and demonstrate how creativity is an essential part of daily living.

From 1949 to 2013, he devoted himself to integrating art, life and nature into a 60-acre sculpture park.

It was opened to the public in 1987 and became a nonprofit in 1992, as it began to offer arts and education programming.

Caponi Art Park hosts more than 18,000 visitors annually, providing opportunities for engagement in a variety of arts experiences.

A new event Bluegrass and Beer makes it debut this year on Friday, July 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. with a performance by part Rosemount band Sawtooth Brothers, beer provided by Urban Growler Brewing Company and food by New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus.

The band, which released its debut album “One More Flight” last year, features two sets of brothers — Clint and Luke Birtzer of Rosemount, and Ethan and Jesse Moravec of Rochester — and combines traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic country and gospel.

The cost for a presale ticket is $10. A single admission at the door is $12.

Another new series will start in 2017. It’s called CAP Presents, which is billed as a new take on entertaining performances.

The schedule includes:

• “An Evening with Mark Twain” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23

• Philemon &  Baucis – A Picnic Operetta at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27

The Evening with Mark Twain will be led by Michael Bateson who performs as Mark Twain, offering an interactive experience with one of America’s and the world’s best-known humorists and authors.

The performance of “Lion King Junior” will be a two-act musical adapted from the Disney version.

Both the story and music in this shortened version closely follow the original film.

Mixed Precipitation will perform a new adaptation of Joseph Haydn’s rarely performed marionette opera, “Philemon and Baucis.” Attendees can expect a heartfelt and hilarious space-age adventure featuring chef-created bites to tell the story.

Tickets for CAP Presents can be purchased on the park’s website.

Another highlight this year will be the Summer Performance Series. It will include:

• Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra – Sunday, July 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

• Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue & Chinelos San Pablo Apostol – Sunday, August 6, 6:30pm – 7:30 p.m.

• Kevin Kling & Simone Perrin – Sunday, August 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

More is at http://www.caponiartpark.org/programs-and-events/summer-performance-series/

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to spread on the grassy slopes for an enjoyable evening at the Art Park in the Theatre of the Woods.

Any weather-related announcements will be made via the park’s website, e-newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.

Full descriptions and more information is available at http://www.caponiartpark.org/programs-and-events.