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Monday, October 22, 2012

The Pool Pavilion in Tower Grove Park: There's No Better Place to Spend a Saturday Morning

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Children dance at the Harvest Session Finale. - BRIAN HEFFERNAN
  • Brian Heffernan
  • Children dance at the Harvest Session Finale.

The rooms where music is made and experienced affect everything from the sound of the instruments to the mood of the people in them. Each week in Space Explorer, Brian Heffernan will tell you about a different room with significance to St. Louis music.

It's a nice way to start a weekend.

"Nice" is a tame word, but Saturday morning activities, both in practice and portrayal, ought to be subdued. Anything remotely jarring might send folks diving back under the blankets. With cups of coffee and an occasional breakfast sandwich, the crowd and its canine friends pause in and around the almost-century-old Pool Pavilion to take in the cool, 53-degree autumn morning. Children scoot up close and parents with canvas produce bags give a listen to local talent.

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So, with an acoustic guitar and subtle accompaniment, including a percussionist who finger-pattered tempos on the tops of his thighs, folk songstress Auset welcomed buyers and browsers to the Tower Grove Farmer's Market and the finale of the KDHX-sponsored Harvest Sessions concert series last Saturday, which also included performances by The Lulus and Pretty Little Empire.

"I don't know how many people come for the music," says Beverly Hacker, executive director of KDHX. "But, I definitely think people stay for it." She says one of the goals of the series is to cultivate foot and bike traffic and build a sense of community in the neighborhood.

For Lon Crouch, seated in the rear row of plastic chairs, a stop here is part of his daily exercise regimen. He lives just a couple blocks away and walks the park every morning. "I enjoy the people and the music on Saturday mornings," he says with grin. "I usually get a coffee and a cookie. That's just standard fare." Chocolate chip, today.

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