Gradual shrinkage

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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As a Fort Worth native, I have fond memories of dragging blankets and coolers to the Botanic Garden for Concerts in the Garden. The adults would break out the food and drink while the kids could split their time between the blanket and catching fireflies among the trees.

This year I caught the Woodstock-themed show and noted that things have changed. The music is still excellent, but I was disappointed by the gradual shrinkage of the blanket area, in favor of the (assumed) profitable table seating.

The grassy area up front is now just two rows of blankets, with a secondary blanket area beyond the road. I was shocked to learn there are three levels of table seating, which now dominates the garden.

Because a party of four must shell out $100, $140 or $180 per table, I’d guess that more than a few families miss the days when it truly was just a concert in the garden.

— David Hamre, Fort Worth

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