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a wonderful variety of types of music that the symphony plays for us.”

“Symphony Sunday in the Park” isn’t solely a concert. Near the stage, the Acadiana Symphony Conservatory staff oversees the instrument petting zoo. Before the concert and during intermission, concertgoers play xylophones or try their luck at the violins while Conservatory teachers give impromptu lessons.

Photo by Danielle Ducrest

And since 2013, a picnic decorating contest has spurred the creative natures of concert patrons. Last year, homemade lollipop ornaments, a human-sized board game made of colorful squares and painted cardboard cutouts of candy bars formed a Candyland-themed picnic. The 10-person group, coordinated by Lynette Fraser, handed out suckers to kids and led a game on the human-sized board. Their group took home the first-place prize in 2013 and again in 2015, a painting of their picnic area created by artist Paul Schexnayder. They had plans to reenter the contest this year.

In celebration of the concert’s 10th anniversary, the ICRA has a few treats in store. Some of the ICRA’s founders and founding board members will be honored at the concert, and others will be recognized at successive concerts during the 2016 to 2017 season. The picnickers will be entertained by a special pre-show of Frank Sinatra songs performed by Spencer Racca. Not only does Racca regularly perform the music, he also embodies Sinatra’s mannerisms, clothing and hair styles. The Rayne native’s goal seems to be to make his impersonation as genuine as possible. More surprises and special decorations will be unveiled at the event.

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