Indian Creek Nature Center to host afternoon of music and instrument making

Indian Creek Nature Center
The interpretive center was originally built in 1932. — image courtesy of Indian Creek Nature Center

The Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids is inviting children and adults to get down and funky at their Boogie in the Barn event this Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

The event is being held in the Indian Creek interpretive center (6665 Otis Rd. SE), an old 1932 dairy barn that has been renovated and now includes event space. Boogie in the Barn will take place upstairs in the former hay loft.

“In the summer we have enjoyed music around the campfire, but that is not quite so inviting during Iowa’s cold winters, so we’re moving the performance into the warm auditorium of our interpretive center,” said Jan Aiels, the Indian Creek education director.

As part performance, Sheila Stevens, a guitarist from the Cedar Rapids area, will perform sing-along songs at Boogie in the Barn, and both children and adults are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the musical performance, attendees will have the opportunity to create simple instruments of their own to boogie along on.

“We’ll use gourds, pebbles, seeds and other recycled materials to create simple percussion instruments that participants will take home,” said Aiels.

Those who wish to participate in the event can register online, or call 319-362-0664 to reserve a spot. Fees to attend the performance and instrument-making workshop are $5 – $15 depending on membership and group size.

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