Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–November 15, 2016. Start your holiday season off right by giving to others during “Woodland Carols” on Saturday, December 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Savor homemade soups while listening to holiday music by popular area performers. The event is an annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry. You won’t want to miss this!
Woodland Carols will feature performers Bittersweet Christmas Band, Anna Stange and Ingrid Krizan. Register now for the “Woodland Carols” program. Cost for program is $10 per person, or one bag of groceries per person.
Bittersweet Christmas Band presents a potpourri of music that represents every possible perspective on the holiday season from the reverent to the ridiculous. Two-to-four-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation on guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand drum and other percussion instruments make the Bittersweet Christmas Band an act not to be missed!
Margaret Nelson is a songwriter and vocalist whose crystal clear tones make the holiday music come to life. Phil Cooper is well known for his beautiful arrangements of traditional ballads and tunes. His exceptional guitar playing provides the perfect melodic setting for each song this band performs. Susan Urban, a well-respected song writer and “wise” woman, provides both lead and harmony vocals as well as solid rhythm guitar back-up. Add Kate Early’s strong harmonies and sense of humor, and you have a band that has a great time making music.
Bittersweet Christmas Band has released three recordings: “Dance In the Dark of the Year”, “Yuletide Magic” and “Glad and Golden Hours”.
Ingrid Krizan, Thorn Creek naturalist by day and concert cellist by night, weaves nature narratives into musical renditions fitting to the season. Her offerings strive to underline the relevant connections between life, nature, and art music.
Anna Stange, a favorite performer for Woodland Carols, excels as a singer, song-writer, peace activist, quilter and gardener. Join Anna as she brings her subtly quiet yet on-target sense of humor and humanity back to our stage once again. Anna will close out the concert by leading our seasonal sing-along.
The Pantry, located on Governors Highway, regularly feeds over 750 low-income families from the ten surrounding communities in Rich Township. All donations from Woodland Carols will help to feed these local families during the holiday season. Last year’s event provided bags of groceries and $380 in donations to the Food Pantry.
Donation items can be dropped off at the nature center during open hours, Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Acceptable items are: non-perishable food items (including boxed, canned and dry foods) especially cereals and peanut butter; personal care items for men and women, especially toothpaste, deodorants and razors; ziplock quart and gallon size bags; baby formula; and disposable diapers (adult and infant). Items will be accepted through Saturday, December 10.
The perfect winter gift giving present for art lovers and for nature lovers is now available. Inspired by the Thorn Creek Nature Center, “Prairie Chapel”, is an original graphite drawing by local artist Marikay Peter Witlock. Through a generous donation by the artist, the “Prairie Chapel“ print is available with a donation to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods of $75 or more. 100% of donated dollars will benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve.
The “Prairie Chapel” print is a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered prints, with image size of 13” x 17” and finished size of 18” x 21”. It is printed on acid free 80 lb. paper. Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization. Donations to Friends, over the value of the Prairie Chapel print (valued at $75) are tax-deductible.
To view a framed “Prairie Chapel” print, visit Thorn Creek Nature Center Friday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about “Prairie Chapel” or to register for Woodland Carols, please contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, 708-747-6320 or [email protected].
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