Conciertos en el campo for Ojalá Niños!
By Elsmarie Norby
The first concert in what will become an ongoing community cultural event will be held at Rancho San Miguel Viejo on Sunday, December 1, at 3pm. Come and enjoy the music of Wendy & The Lost Boys/Wendy y Los Muchachos Perdidos, an acoustic string band that draws from the roots of American music, including folk, blues, pop, country, and rock ‘n roll, featuring Wendy Sievert (vocals/guitar), Wade Ashley (vocals/guitar), Tom Driscoll (vocals/guitar), and Ron Incontro (bass). They are all seasoned musicians who came together early this year and now share their talents and love for the many genres of American music…and donate this concert to benefit Ojalá Niños. Muchas Gracias!
To benefit Ojalá Niños
Wendy and the Lost Boys
Sun, Dec 1, 3pm
Rancho San Miguel Viejo
Free bus from calle Cardo, across St. Paul’s Church, 2:15pm
The concert will take place at the historic church, built by the local Otomí people in 1542, in San Miguel Viejo, a rural community just to the west of San Miguel. You will enjoy your visit to another culture, meet some of the Ojalá children and their families, and see their art work. A reception will follow the concert.
A donation is requested which will benefit the formation of a music program for the children of Ojalá Niños, a nonprofit organization which now offers daily afternoon classes in literacy, eight different art classes and math, free of charge to over 100 local children. Any amount you give will be matched by a grant from a generous donor. There is no public transportation to this community. The following are your options:
To get there by car: from the train station, go over the tracks and straight onto a cobblestone road. (Watch for traffic coming from the right.) About half a mile in is a left fork. Take that and follow our signs to the church. Please try to carpool.
By taxi: make sure the driver knows where San Miguel Viejo is. Pay 70 pesos from Centro, 50 pesos from the Bodega Aurrera. It’s also a nice walk from the Bodega.
Or: there will be a free bus from calle Cardo, across from St. Paul’s Church, leaving at 2:15pm. We suggest that you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and casual dress.
“Ojalá” means hope. Ojalá, you’ll come to our concierto en el campo!