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Black Swamp Conservancy and Toledo Symphony free concert at Meadowbrook Marsh

Black Swamp Conservancy and the Toledo Symphony are collaborating to bring music and nature together throughout northwest Ohio. The public is invited to the first concert of this innovative “Simple Gifts: Celebrating Our Musical and Natural Roots” series on Sunday, Sept. 8th at the Meadowbrook Marsh Preserve on the Marblehead Peninsula.

Free and open to the public, the outdoor concert will begin at 2 p.m., with guided nature walks of the preserve beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as no formal seating will be provided for this casual event.

Sure to provide a picturesque backdrop, the 190-acre preserve includes trails, picnic areas and an observation platform for wildlife viewing. The property contains a diverse mixture of habitats, and harbors a number of rare and threatened species. In 2013, Black Swamp Conservancy partnered with Danbury Township to expand this site by 80 acres, including the remainder of the marsh for which the preserve is named.

“Simply Gifts” is a collaborative project between the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Black Swamp Conservancy, a land trust dedicated to protecting agricultural and natural areas in northwest Ohio. The two organizations are partnering during a celebratory time to create awareness of the many musical and natural “gifts” in the region; the Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Symphony is celebrating its 70th. The concert series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Edward H. Schmidt Musical Arts Fund of the Toledo Symphony.

The Sept. 8th concert is free and open to the public; however, tickets must be reserved by contacting the Symphony box office at 419-246-8000. Danbury Township residents may obtain free tickets at the township zoning office. The zoning office phone number is (419) 734-6120.Those attending are asked to  park at the Dempsey Fishing Access located one mile east of the preserve on East Bayshore Road. A free trolley service will begin at 11:30 a.m. to shuttle attendees from the parking area to the preserve and back. The concert will take place rain or shine, and space is limited.

For more information, visit www.blackswamp.org.

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