Nick Ruf and Louise MacLellan will return by popular request to the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. for more of their original children’s folk compositions that so captivated their young audience last year.

The afternoon program will include the creation of a Valentine to be sent to children in Haiti. Refreshments will be served, and donations gratefully welcomed.

The performing pair have a second life, of course. MacLellan has been a social worker with a private company in Connecticut and Rhode Island, helping people of all ages. She also achieved success as a fundraiser for United Way in Rhode Island. Ruf teaches classes in psychopharmacology at the universities of Maine and Southern New Hampshire and conducts post-graduate workshops at both locations.

Put them in front of an audience of eager young faces and they become the delightful storytellers and songsters whom children from South to North America adore. They have raised money through their music for Epilogos, a Salvadorean agency that builds houses and villages for the homeless, and they personally support two children in school there. In 2004, they helped build houses in Mexico through the Casa Linda organization. Children have benefited from their concerts in Peru and Bolivia, as well. Ruf and MacLellan’s two CDs will be on sale.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to