On Saturday, Oct. 16, popular singer/songwriter David Mallett will present a concert to benefit New Hope for Women. The event, sponsored by The First Bancorp, will be held at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Mallett is one of Maine’s musical treasures.  From his days at the University of Maine through his first recordings produced by Noel Paul Stookey; from his time in Nashville through his most recent CD, “Alright Now,” he has created scores of outstanding songs. His classic “Garden Song” (“Inch by Inch”) and many other pieces have been covered by artists such as Alison Kraus, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets. Mallett has taken his music across the United States, Canada and Europe; performed in numerous concert halls and festivals; and appeared on many broadcasts including public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

“We’re thrilled to have a musician of David’s caliber perform to benefit our work to end domestic and dating violence. We hope to fill the church with people for what promises to be a great evening of music,” said Glen E. Rainsley, New Hope’s development director.

New Hope volunteers and staff will offer homemade baked goods at the intermission, and there also will be an opportunity to enter a drawing for a beautiful handcrafted quilt/wall-hanging.

Concert tickets are $18 at Northern Kingdom Music, Rockport; the Belfast Co-op; and Aboca Beads, Damariscotta. One also may call Rainsley at 594-2128 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or send e-mail to grainsley@newhopeforwomen.org. Checks should be made payable to New Hope for Women.

New Hope for Women offers support to people in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic and dating violence and provides educational resources to assist its communities in creating a safer and healthier future.

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