Southwest Kansas singer-songwriter Al Miller will present a musical tribute to the bygone days and years of Garden City and Finney County on the afternoon of Oct. 8.

That’s the date of the Finney County Historical Society’s annual fall picnic, with an encore program by Miller entitled “The Sounds of History,” narrated by Linda Miller, his wife.  The event is set for 1 p.m. in the grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

FCHS members and the public are welcome and admission is free, but reservations are required and due by Oct. 4.  The number to call is 620-272-3664 and reservations may also be made in person at the Finney County Museum.

Everyone planning to attend is asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.  Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided.

The guitarist, singer and composer has selected songs representing times as far back as Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado’s trek through what is now Southwest Kansas in 1541, as well as the era of the Native Americans, the years of the pioneers, and the days of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, all the way up to the 21st Century.  The music will range from old-time songs to original compositions Miller has written for the occasion.

The musician has appeared in numerous events and venues, ranging from concerts to theatrical programs, as well as performing in area restaurants.  He is a popular wedding musician across Southwest Kansas too.  He and his wife first presented “The Sounds of History” at the 2017 museum program, “An Evening in the Past,” which took place in May.

The Sunday picnic will conclude with a donation drawing, offering cash and merchandise prizes provided by Keller Leopold Insurance, Stan and Nancy Bieker, Walmart Super Center, Ehresman Packing, Ward’s Garden Center, West Dillons, Yadira and Osmany Hernandez, Roth Glass and Framing, Steve and Rhonda Stone, Megan and Brian Wehkamp, the Garden City Telegram, the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo and others.

​Tickets for the prize drawing will be available at the event.  Proceeds support exhibits and programs at the museum.