Oct 31, 2012

Harvest Sounds 2012 benefits Park District

NEW MADISON – Another exciting Harvest Sounds benefit concert will be presented at historic First Universalist Church, 331 East Washington St., New Madison, on Nov. 11, 3 p.m. The Darke County Parks District will be this year’s beneficiary and will receive 100% of the proceeds from the church’s 12th benefit concert.

The Darke County Parks District was created in 1972, and now encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of open and natural spaces throughout Darke County. The Park District through its various Park Areas, the cross county Tecumseh Trail, Nature Education Center, Pioneer Log House, Anthony Wayne Peace Council House and Sugar Shack, hosts nearly 100,000 visits every year, and is celebrating 40 years of enhancing life in Darke County. The mission of the twelve parks making up the District is to acquire and preserve land areas possessing special natural and historical features and to maintain these resources for the benefit of the public through appropriate educational and recreational programs and activities. For more information about Darke County Parks, please visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Harvest Sounds will present another year of performances by talented artists who donate their time and talent, making each concert a popular and outstanding community event. Featured artists will be well-known and talented local musician Joseph Helfrich, and Tara Hornbacker, inspirational speaker, humorist and musician.

Tara Hornbacker, an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, is Professor of Ministry Formation at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, IN, and formerly served at the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren. Holding a degree in speech and theater, Tara’s career includes professional theater with the Chicago Repertory Theatre and various summer stock companies. She is a popular vocalist, instrumentalist, speaker, humorist, ministry consultant and retreat leader. For her first Harvest Sounds appearance, Tara has chosen music from the Americana folk genre, Celtic and bluegrass.

Joseph Helfrich, known simply as “Joseph,” is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who has been performing in public for over 25 years. Joseph holds a BA in speech communication from Bluffton University, has taught music at several schools, and conducts seminars on communication techniques. He has been a full time musician since 1992, specializing in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and mountain dulcimer. He moves comfortably from one end of the music spectrum to the other, incorporating a wide variety of styles and a healthy dose of humor. This popular and in-demand artist will be making his third appearance at a Harvest Sounds concert.

There will be a reception following the performance.

Tickets for Harvest Sounds will remain at $8 (no charge to students through grade 12), and will be available from church members, Darke County Parks Nature Center, and at the door the day of performance. For advance information regarding the concert, call 548-2480 or visit the church website, www.uuchurchnm.org.

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