Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City to host summer concert series beginning Saturday

The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City will host a concert series this summer paying tribute to the late author-naturalist and her book "Music of the Wild." (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City will pay tribute to the noted author and naturalist and her book “Music of the Wild” with a series of summer concerts beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of her former home.

“We wanted guests of all ages, locals and visitors, to experience the same wonder that inspired Gene when she lived here,” Dave Fox, historic site manager, said in a news release.

The first concert, Celtic on the Cabin, will feature Celtic musicians from central Indiana and the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis performing traditional and modern Celtic music, the news release said.

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed to pay for continued wetland restoration, garden maintenance and educational programming at the historic site, the news release said.

At 6 p.m. June 16, Symphony in the Prairie will feature a quintet from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performing classical and modern musical favorites at the Hemingway Wetlands wildlife viewing blind, the news release said. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics to enjoy the music and setting.

At 6 p.m. July 21, Bluegrass at the Barn will feature local group The Jughuffers performing traditional bluegrass and folk music along with a few stories.

Stratton-Porter grew up in Wabash County but moved after marrying to a large cabin in Geneva near the Limberlost Swamp. She and her husband, Charles, later built and moved into the Wildflower Woods cabin near Rome City, which is now the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.

Stratton-Porter eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking, and she died there Dec. 6, 1924, after being injured in a traffic accident.

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