Concerts in Riverside Park


Oh, the birdie and the cricket and the willow tree, Oh, the birdie and the cricket and the willow tree, Oh, there’s no hurdy-gurdy with a melody so purdy, as the birdie and the cricket and the willow tree”.

Mike and I used to take in the human version concert in the park many years ago. But the crowds bothered us so now our concerts come from the wind through the trees, the sound of the Pere Marquette River moving through Riverside Park, and from the birds. Adding to that mixture is the blended sound of the cricket orchestra in full volume. The only type of music that tops that is organ music at church.

As for the park itself, Scottville Riverside Park offers over 50 modern sites, complete with electricity, water, and cable on about 30 acres. Primitive sites are also available for those who care to “rough it” a bit. There’s a handicap accessible bath house and laundry facilities, along with a large shelter with a stone fireplace. North of the trailer site is a camping area with its own shelter which is used by scouts and young people on canoe trips.

Near the entrance is the picnic area, complete with numerous tables, grills, kindling wood, and playground. Activities at Scottville Riverside Park include basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoe, and an outdoor pool. An off-site boat launch allows those with kayaks and canoes to head out onto the Pere Marquette River, which is also known for its quality trout and salmon fishing.

Mike likes to fish through those concerts while I prepare a picnic lunch of ham and potato salads, dill pickles, French bread, and watermelon slices for dessert. There under a beautiful blue sky we dine and listen to nature’s concert each and every time we go to the park. Our ears are tuned specifically to listen to the wonderous music of nature. And there is no music as “purdy” as that!

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