Ashland-based Peace House is celebrating its 25th year by throwing a party. Musicians and performers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.
As part of the event, Peace House will honor the creators of Ashland's Railroad District Peace Fence: Jean Bakewell, Kay Cutter, Nancy Bardos, Nancy Parker, Kate Geary and Jan Rice. Peace House also will recognize those artists and creators who took their ideas of peace and hope for the world and shared them with the community by making a panel for the fence.
The concert and variety show will feature many regional artists:
- The Rogue Valley Peace Choir Ensemble recently back from performing at the Folk Life Festival in Seattle, will perform eight songs.
- Peace Choir Ensemble director Dave Marston will perform Beatles' songs with fellow Nowhere Men musician David Gabriel. Singer and actor Gabriel has performed with Siskiyou Singers, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, The Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre, Rogue Music Theater, Rogue Opera and Oregon Stage Works.
- The Hamazons are an improv comedy troupe of four funny women who have been bringing laughter to the Rogue Valley since 1999. Using suggestions from the audience, these Warrior Princesses of Comedy — Kyndra Laughery, Carolyn Myers, Eve Smyth and Cil Stengel — create instant theatrical fun.
- The husband and wife team of Steve and Lynn Fain sings songs ranging from the sacred to folk, country, and popular accompanied by the stand-up bass.
- Singer/songwriter Lucie Scheuer has sung at folk festivals across the U.S. and Canada and performed in the U.K., Australia and Russia.
- Poet and author Ron Hertz will recite selections from his poetry. Hertz was a high school English teacher for more than 30 years.
- Kenton Gould, oboe and English horn musician, has taught oboe in the Rogue Valley for 16 years. He plays oboe and English horn with the North State Symphony and will play "Amazing Grace." He also has played with the Rogue Valley Chorale, Rogue Opera, Siskiyou Singers, Rogue Valley Symphony, Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, and Rogue Music Theater.
- Banjo Bill, recently named "Official Old Time Banjo Player" of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, will play songs of the 1800s. He also plays harmonica, spoons, jaw harp and washboard.
A raffle and silent auction will round out the evening. Proceeds will benefit Peace House and honor those who work for peace.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Peace House members and $5 for seniors and students. Children are admitted free. Tickets are available at Sound Peace, Northwest Nature Shop, Music Coop, and Bookwagon New and Used Books, Ashland, and at the door.