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Thorn Creek Nature Center celebrates spring with music

The annual Woods Music Benefit March 22 2013 Thorn Creek Nature Center Park Forest will offer attendees chance celebrate early

The annual Woods Music Benefit on March 22, 2013, at Thorn Creek Nature Center in Park Forest will offer attendees the chance to celebrate the early spring woods. | Supplied photo

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Updated: April 18, 2013 6:06AM



The annual Woods Music Benefit is slated for 7 p.m. March 22 at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest.

The evening will feature musicians Anna Stange, Helen Silvia, Melva LeBlanc and Fall Creek Bluegrass.

Stange’s performances feature old favorites from the American folk tradition, songs she has collected from her travels, and Stange’s original work. She plays a variety of instruments: guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and simple folk instruments.

Silvia is well-known among her fellow musicians as an organist and pianist. She has taught music and music therapy and is a longtime member of Friends of Thorn Creek Woods. She will accompany LeBlanc.

LeBlanc began singing in church at a very young age and has developed a gutsy, soulful, gospel blues style.

Fall Creek Bluegrass members Chere McKinley (guitar and vocals), Mitzi Oden (banjo and vocals), Grady Grice (fiddle) and Linda McLemore (bass) will perform bluegrass, folk and gospel songs.

All proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and the nature center.

The program is for ages 12 and older, and tickets are $10.

To buy tickets or for more information, call (708) 747-6320 or email thorn_creek@att.net.

Staff reports



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