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The Sawtooth Brothers performed at Caponi Art Park in 2017, in what turned into the popular Music+Beer series. The public park will be home to several new experiences this season including both a yoga program and CAP Super Saturdays.

Calendar filled with culturally diverse, family-friendly programming

Caponi Art Park is prepping for its most extensive summer season yet.

The 60-acre park in the heart of Eagan will be home to music, dance, artistic creations, theatrical performances, locally brewed beer, molten iron, food trucks and even a little exercise this summer.

Organizers are adding a new Yoga in the Park series and CAP Super Saturday series both on Saturday mornings in 2019.

Both will be held in the sculpture garden. Donations are welcome.

The new CAP Super Saturday is a series of two-hour long interactive events by professional artists who will engage attendees in movement, music, dance and art activities.

It’s an evolution of an former program at Caponi Art Park titled “Tuesdays in the Park,” which fell off the calendar a few years ago.

Thanks to a new sponsorship with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the program has returned to Saturdays.

“This is specifically programed for younger families,” program director Steven Read said. “It’s all about art, learning about art, getting out and moving around.”

It’s still in the planning stages “but everything is geared toward movement,” Read said.

He said the schedule includes a variety of dance groups, musicians and they’re working on bringing in an interactive puppeteer.

The program also includes a nature walk and a light snack. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.

CAP Super Saturdays are scheduled for 10 a.m. June 22, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14.

Alpa Goswami will lead Yoga in the Park that will take place on several other Saturday mornings.

“This is something we wanted to do for a while,” Read said. “We made it a priority this year. It’s another way to enjoy nature and immerse yourself in the park. It fits right in with what (founder Anthony Caponi) envisioned for this park.”

Goswami has guided several pop-up yoga sessions in the south metro through the years through District 196 and 191 community education departments, according to her website. She’s also led sessions at Angry Inch Brewing and Bald Man Brewing.

Yoga in the Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 1, 8, 15, 29; July 6, 20; Aug. 3, 17 and 31.

If yoga becomes popular, Read says it could continue.

Young families are welcome to yoga. For children who may not be interested in the full yoga session, Read said they’ll have crayons available.

The popular Music+Beer series is back with three Saturday evening dates in 2019.

Now in its third year, the Music+Beer has proven to be one of the most popular additions to Caponi Art Park’s schedule.

“It draws in a new crowd to the park,” Read said. “Hopefully it’s introduced the park to a new audience. Music+Beer is so fun. It’s family-friendly. There’s usually a place where the kids play and dance. And, I think we finally settled on a name.”

It got its start as Bluegrass and Beer. Music+Beer doesn’t limit the musical selections.

They plan on bringing in area breweries and food trucks to complete the experience.

The music schedule is set as Annie Mack with Kashimana scheduled for June 15.

“She’s going to blow the leaves off the trees,” Read said. “She’s amazing.”

Black River Revue with Stanton West will grace the stage July 20.

“I have a friend who is a radio host who raves about Black River Revue,” Read said. “I’ve heard from a bunch of people from Duluth they put on a great show. Stanton West is back too. They’re were a big hit last year.”

Dead Horses with Fletcher Magellan plans to perform Aug. 24.

“Last summer Dead Horses opened for Trampled by Turtles so it’s big to get them out there,” Read said.

The Music+Beer series runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. It’s free for children under 12.

The longstanding Summer Performance Series is also back.

The schedule for 2019 includes “Summer Rain” by Nirmala Rajasekar and Zeitgeist June 9; Siama’s Congo Roots July 14; and the Electric Machete Studio Aug 18.

Read said all three will have exhibits on display. The suggested donation is $5 per person and it’s free for children under 12.

The site will be the host of two “Hot Art!” Workshops at 10 a.m. July 13 and 6 p.m. July 24.

The community iron pour is scheduled for noon Aug. 3.

“To see art being made in the park is just amazing,” Read said. “It’s a very flashy and showy way of making art. We’ll have them come out to the Leaf Fest again. It’s amazing to see what they’re doing.”

The date for Leaf Fest is Oct. 19.

“Once all the oaks turn color it’s a beautiful place to be in the fall,” Read said.

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

Tickets can be purchased at www.caponiartpark.org.

The park has been open to the public since 1987. It features 32 sculptures by the late Anthony Caponi. The Italian artist was the chair of the art department of Macalester College for decades and founder of the park. It’s located at 1220 Diffley Road.

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