MOHAWK — Mohawk is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of place, but a local church is inviting guests to stop and stay awhile.
For the second summer in a row, Mohawk United Methodist Church is hosting Music at Mohawk, a summer series of free, family-friendly music events held on the west lawn and shelter house of the church.
Rev. Kerry O’Brien hopes families will find time to enjoy a quiet summer night in the cozy little area northwest of Greenfield.
Guests may bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments, including non-alcoholic beverages. A children’s play area is nearby to keep young ones entertained.
The music starts Saturday, June 10, with a concert by up-and-coming Christian artist Anna Owens from 6-8 p.m.
The 17-year-old started out performing her original music as a child at church, and now plays throughout Indiana at open mic events, musical competitions and public and private shows.
Future acts include the folk duo Patchwork, Christian speakers and vocalists Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, and The Occasional Blues Band. A fifth concert may be added soon.
O’Brien said the summer concert series is open to various types of music, not just Christian artists.
The overall goal is to give people something free and wholesome to do on a summer night while introducing them to the quiet little area of Mohawk, an unincorporated community in Buck Creek Township dating back to 1883.
“There’s not a lot that goes in around this neck of the woods, and we’ve got the perfect venue for outdoor concerts,” said O’Brien.
“The neighbors all loved it last year, and all the musicians who played last year are coming back, which is a good sign,” he said.
O’Brien was happy with the turnout at last year’s concerts, which drew an average of 60 guests.
“We didn’t know what to expect, but it went really well,” he said. “The music was great and everyone really enjoyed it, and the bands were pleased at the generosity people showed in the tip jar.”
O’Brien hopes even more families turn out this year to enjoy some outdoor music in the quiet country setting, where little kids can play on the playground and big kids can toss a Frisbee in the adjacent fields.
“This is where residences and cornfields meet,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of traffic and noise. It’s just really conducive to relaxing and having a good time.”