Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Another exciting HARVEST SOUNDS benefit concert will be presented at historic First Universalist Church, 331 East Washington St., New Madison, on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. The Darke County Parks District will be this year's beneficiary, receiving 100% of the proceeds from the church's twelfth annual concert benefiting Darke County non-profit organizations.

The Darke County Parks District was created in 1972 and is celebrating 40 years of enhancing life in Darke County. The mission of the eleven parks making up the District is to provide appropriate educational and recreational programs and activities while hosting nearly 100,000 visits every year.

HARVEST SOUNDS will open the program with Shaker music by the church trio of Rev. Richard Venus playing mandolin, Lloyd Ketring at the organ, and pianist Roberta Feltman.

Featured performers for the popular and outstanding community event will be well-known and talented local musician Joseph Helfrich, and Tara Hornbacker, humorist and musician.

Tara Hornbacker is an ordained minister and Professor of Ministry, a popular vocalist, instrumentalist, speaker, humorist, ministry consultant and retreat leader. Holding a degree in speech and theater, Tara's career includes professional theater with the Chicago Repertory Theatre and various summer stock companies. 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. He has taught music at several schools, and has been a full time musician since 1992, specializing in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and mountain dulcimer.
This popular and in-demand artist will be making his third appearance at a HARVEST SOUNDS concert.

A reception will follow the concert for a time to meet and mingle with the artists and audience members. Tickets remain at $8 (no charge to students through grade 12) and are available from church members, Darke County Parks Nature Center, and at the door the day of performance. For information you may call 937-548-2480.

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