The Union Recorder

June 17, 2013

Music in the Grove

CSH to highlight season, campus with free community concert

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Central State Hospital’s pecan grove has long served as a place for community gatherings, fellowship and celebrations of various traditions. 

The Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) and Z97 FM will host a free community concert in the orchard next week to highlight the campus and hopefully begin a new tradition.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to use what the area has been used for traditionally. The concert is important because of the awareness it brings to the opportunities at the Central State Hospital,” said Mike Couch, executive director of the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority. “It’s a chance to see the gorgeous campus and what an asset it can be. We appreciate Z97 for being a partner in this to represent what the state hospital really presents. Historically, the pecan grove was a gathering place for the community, and we hope to make it that once again.”

The concert is slated Saturday, June 22, kicking off with the Fall Line Ramblers performing at 5:30 p.m. and Free Lance Ruckus taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. The event is expected to conclude at 9 p.m. Metropolis Cafe and Baldwin County Fire Rescue will provide food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during the concert.

“As a strong supporter of the CSHLRA, Z97 is proud to produce and promote great events for the public to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the hospital campus,” said Walter Reynolds, program director for Z97. “This sort of event continues to shine a positive light on what’s happening with the campus and all of the possibilities which exist for this community.”

Attendees can pack a picnic basket and blanket, or purchase a table for eight for $20, or $5 for two people. Reservations can be made at Metropolis Cafe in downtown Milledgeville by completing the back side of the RSVP flier. The deadline to reserve tables is Monday.

“This is an important time for the people of Milledgeville to recognize the resources that are available to them in the revitalizing Central State Hospital,” Reynolds said. “Since music is something that brings all people together, it’s a great way to bring attention to the work being done as Central State.”

For more information about the event or to reserve a table contact Steffi Beigh at

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