Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will celebrate Independence Day with patriotic music, lemonade and watermelon.
Shangri La will be open for regular hours of operation on Thursday, July 4, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. From noon until 4 p.m. or while quantities last, Shangri La will provide lemonade and watermelon for visitors to enjoy. At 2 p.m., the Orange Community Band will perform selections of patriotic music in a shaded area just beyond Shangri La's Central Courtyard for approximately 30 minutes. The special music and refreshments are all included with general admission.
The Orange Community Band is comprised of members ranging from high school students to senior citizens and will be led by Orange Community Band President, Elizabeth Banks. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating during the concert.
"We're delighted to be able to celebrate Independence Day with our friends in the community and hope that everyone will come out to enjoy the patriotic music and cool refreshments," said Rick Lewandowski, Director of Shangri La. For more information, call 409-.670-9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free for STARK Cultural Venues members. Admission fees for the Gardens at Shangri La are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (age 65 and up), students (with ID), and youth (age 10-17); $2 for children (age 4-9); and free for toddlers (age 3 and under). Outpost tour fees are in addition to Gardens' admissions, and visitors are reminded that participants of an outpost tour must be 4 years of age or older. Members-only and handicapped parking is available inside Shangri La. Group tours are available by advanced registration.