Benefit concert for clean drinking water

Folk music for Puerto Rico relief

Nov 10, 2017
Under-served communities are the least equipped to handle the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Rockland — A “who’s who” of Maine folk musicians will join forces Saturday, Nov. 18, in a benefit concert to help bring clean water to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which left much of the island without access to safe drinking water.

The concert will begin 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St. Suggested donation is $15 (or more) at the door, with all proceeds going to the Puerto Rico relief efforts of Waves for Water, Inc. W4W is a nonprofit that works around the world to provide clean water in remote locations affected by natural disasters.

The performers, all of whom are volunteering their time, include Nick Apollonio, Gordon Bok, Will Brown, David Dodson and Mary Kate Small, Sara Grey, Jim Loney, Kendall and Jacqui Morse, Riki Schneyer, Steelin’ Thunder, Bob Stuart and Megan Rogers, and Kathy Westra and George Stephens.

The concert is the brainchild of Rockland residents Sara Grey and her husband Dave MacLurg, who quickly enlisted many friends in the folk music community as volunteer performers. Their desire to find a nonprofit beneficiary led them to Waves for Water, Inc., a charity with staff on the ground in Puerto Rico working to mitigate immediate suffering by providing portable water filtration systems in communities living at or below the poverty line; address breakdowns in water infrastructure by creating large and centrally-located water depots that can serve entire communities; and design and implement long-term solutions to change the way water is accessed for years to come.

For more information, contact Grey and MacLurg at 593-8612; or Westra and Stephens at 593-8068. Special thanks go to St. Peter’s for providing the concert venue.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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