Spirit of the Wood to host International Women’s Day celebration

MANISTEE — The Spirit of the Woods Music Association will host a concert celebrating women songwriters in honor of International Women’s Day at 8 p.m. on March 10, at the Browntown Hall — 8233 Coates Highway in Manistee.

There is a charge for admission.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 each year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights; thus, IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The Spirit of the Woods Music Association will present a concert featuring mainly female musicians, interpreting the songs of women songwriters.

The featured performers at this concert will be Mary Sue Wilkinson, Annie Capps, Marlene Wood, Sally Potter and Darcy Sahlgren.

Mary Sue Wilkinson is from Dubuque, Iowa, and now resides in Traverse City. She is a singer and musician, and was a member of the musical groups “Iowa Rose,” “The Pets” and “Sister Wylene.” She specializes in using music for dementia care, and also offers speaking, training and keynote presentations. She is the author of “Songs you know by heart: A simple guide for using music in dementia care.”

Annie Capps Hometown is from Chelsea, but currently resides in Ann Arbor. Annie and Rod Capps, and sometimes Jason Dennie on mandolin and harmony singing, and Dan “Ozzie” Andrews on Bass, play and record music on the Yellow Room Records Label. Annie is a member of the “Yellow Room Gang,” a group of renowned singer/songwriters who meet monthly to share food and new works in progress, and perform together in various incarnations and venues. She is the founding member of “Songwriter’s Anonymous,” a networking collective of 60 plus members of the local music community.

“The audience is drawn in right from the beginning with Annie’s amazing voice and the power of her songs. She has a way of making everyone in the venue feel like she is his or her personal friend,” said Dave Rutkofske, Blue Water Folk Society.

Marlene Wood is from Grand Rapids, originally, but currently lives in Beulah. Marlene plays bass guitar and does vocals for the music group “The Nephews.”

When Sally Potter is not producing an annual singing festival or helping other communities produce similar events, singing with the “Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing,” or leading local monthly community sings. She also teaches economics and U.S. history to students at Williamston High School. Sally has continues to perform, song lead and help produce numerous music events, most recently taking on the volunteer job of concert booking manager for the 36 year old “Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series.”

Darcy Sahlgren is an accomplished singer, guitarist, elementary school teacher, Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor and a founding member of her band, “The Corn Fed Girls”— a favorite on the Michigan folk music festival circuit. Darcy and her father, Mark Sahlgren, currently host a radio program in Kalamazoo; WMUK’s weekly acoustic music showcase “Grassroots.”

The Corn Fed Girls’ members include Darcy Sahlgren on guitar and vocals; Phil Barry on guitar and vocals; John Campos on mandolin and vocals; Michael Fuerst on fiddle and vocals; Sarah Fuerst on bass and vocals; and Jay Gavin on, well, you name it.

For more information about the Spirit of the Woods Music Association call (231) 477-5381 or (231) 723 2230, or online at www.spiritofthewoods.org.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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