What could be better on a warm summer evening in June than to listen to inspiring music in a beautiful garden?

How about three featured performers in three different gardens, along with sweet treats?

Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and with audiences rotating each hour, this year's featured Mùsica Dulce performers and gardens are:

Katie Perez, in the gardens of Carl and Sue Peterson, 914 Park Street, Decorah.
Katie is a student at Decorah High School.  She plays the violin, mandolin, hammer dulcimer, and bass guitar.  Although Katie usually plays with friends in the classical string trio of Two Toes and a Thumb, for this program she will be accompanied on the guitar by her dad, Jim Perez.

Katie’s repertoire includes classical, Irish jigs and reels along with a mix of old folk tunes and bluegrass instrumentals.

Kate Haller and Kate Blair, in the gardens of Larry and Diane Grimstad, 2110 Twin Springs Road, Decorah.
Kate Haller and Kate Blair bring to Mùsica Dulce a colorful program of solo and duo flute, clarinet, and saxophone. The usual rules of the classical stage are somewhat disregarded as the Kates pair Mozart with a little bit of swinging bouillabaisse, French waltzes with hints of American folksong, and introduce poet William Blake to the ghetto blaster. 

Michelle Lynn, in the gardens of Dean and Jackie Jones, 1403 Oneota Drive, Decorah.
Folk and rock oriented singer, songwriter, and guitarist currently based out of Decorah, Iowa, Michelle Lynn is known for her steady performance schedule. She regularly brings her folk rock music to every corner of the Driftless Region in the Upper Midwest. Adam Ptacek joins her on bass at virtually every show. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (K-12) and are available from: Decorah United Methodist Church 563-382-3835 and Anderson Law Office  563-382-2959.

Decorah First UMC is celebrating its 11th year of linkage with our brothers and sisters in Potrerillos, El Salvador.  Proceeds from Mùsica Dulce help to continue Decorah's legacy of life changing experiences that have fostered mutual understanding and a commitment to peace and justice among people from Decorah and the community of Potrerillos.

Over the past decade two delegations have traveled to the North and five delegations have traveled South with home stays as an essential aspect in enhancing awareness and understanding; and nurturing closer relationships.  Decorah UMC Sister Parish will be welcoming a delegation of six from the community of Potrerillos, El Salvador Aug. 29 through Sept. 8 of this year. 

The seeds for Sister Parish’s founding were planted in 1987 when Richard Fenske, a Lutheran minister, and Vicki Schmidt, a longtime social justice advocate, met at a social ministry conference. Both had life-changing experiences in Central America and wanted to share this experience with others. Over the years Sister Parish has grown and changed but the focus on solidarity rather than charity has remained constant.  More than 25 years later, the vision of Sister Parish continues to be valid and answers the question of "What do you do on a Sister Parish delegation?"  

For more information about Sister Parish access the website at sisterparish.org; attend Mùsica Dulce and ask a member there; and/or contact a local member through First United Methodist Church, Decorah.  563-382-3835.