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CONNECT with some neat stuff Saturday at Bernheim

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 CLERMONT — Every year CONNECT at Bernheim finds new, unique ways to intersect art, nature and science for one unforgettable evening.

This year is no different.  On Aug. 24 from 6:24p.m. to 10:24 p.m. art and music will unite in an astonishing way that few have ever experienced. 

Nationally known installation artist, Craig Colorusso, will present his solar powered sound sculpture, Sun Boxes. Sun Boxes is comprised of 20 speakers that are operated independently, each being powered by the sun via solar panels. A different loop is set to play a guitar note in individual boxes continuously, which offers a B flat major (Bb) chord collectively. Due to differing lengths of each loop, the chord slowly develops over time until the sounds continuously overlap.

This allows participants to slow down and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold, offering a much needed break from the technology and hustle of day-to-day life.The art doesn’t end with Sun Boxes.  New to this year’s festival is CONNECTglow, a light sculpture competition featuring more than ten landscape scale installations by regional artists. 

Some of the light sculptures will float in Lake Nevin while others will add spectacle from the loop trail around the lake.Three great bands are also slated to entertain the crowd at CONNECT.   Troubadours of Divine Bliss, New Mother Nature, and Old Baby will perform at Bernheim’s Sunset Amphitheater.

The Troubadours are a folk band from Kentucky that has travelled America, Europe, and Canada.  After spending some time in the streets of New Orleans as Christmas Carolers, the female duo was named “Best New Folk Band” by New Orleans’ Offbeat Magazine. 

Unlike The Troubadours, New Mother Nature is a relatively new band made up of faces from bands including The Phantom Family Halo, Natural Geographic, and many more. They offer a unique and mature composition style that builds on different musical influences. The sound is said to be “organic”, using straightforward melodies while maintaining a sense of playful, cautious experimentation. 

For rock and roll lovers, Old Baby promises to entertain. The local group is based out of Louisville and is with record label Hawthorne Street Records. They will be featuring songs from their newest album, Love Hangover, released earlier this month.

The cost to attend CONNECT is $5 per person.

Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until approximately sunset, except December 25 and January 1.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public.  The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, including weekends.  Isaac’s Café, located in the Visitor Center, is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with refreshments. 

Bernheim is located in Clermont on Highway 245 at Exit 112 on Interstate 65.