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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Someone Has Been Setting Fire to the Picnic Tables at Stern Grove

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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Someone — or some people — have been torching Stern Grove's distinctive green picnic tables. The arson has been discovered on three separate occasions in the last week by the Grove staff, reports Hoodline. Some of the tables have had fires lit directly on top of them, while one table was so charred that only ashes remain. Scattered beer cans were left behind, hinting that the culprit(s) was partying, and piles of hay have also been found, no doubt used to stoke the fire. Weirdest of all are the miniature American flags that have also dotted the scene of the crime. 
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Anne Abrams, a spokesperson for Stern Grove festival, said that the fires have occurred on non-concert days. The Stern Grove festival's 79th season started on Sunday, June 19 with a performance by Janelle Monae and will continue until Sunday, August 21. 
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The park is located on 33 acres of land that is mostly populated by eucalyptus trees grown from seeds shipped to San Francisco by an Australian bishop in 1871. Apparently the land was originally a sandy desert, but Holland grass was planted to help convert it into a green oasis. 

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