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12.10.2015
Put A Lid On It

 "The Church" requires some much needed repairs. 100% of all proceeds go toward repairs and maintenance at The Guthrie Center, the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, named for Woody and Marjorie, dedicated to community service. With the addition of certain improvements, The Guthrie Center can serve the community all year round. 

"The Church" requires some much needed repairs. 100% of all proceeds go toward repairs and maintenance at The Guthrie Center, the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, named for Woody and Marjorie, dedicated to community service. With the addition of certain improvements, The Guthrie Center can serve the community all year round. 

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Stating our Case – Raising the Roof on the Guthrie Center    

 Most of us are familiar with the Guthrie Center as the site of the indescribably glorious Alice’s Restaurant events. Arlo sang that into our hearts. He also gave us, those who have been blessed to be on so many of his musical journeys through the last 50 years, the soundtrack to the lives we’ve lived.

 Years ago, I think I heard it first in a 1969 concert at the University of Cincinnati gym where Arlo played with Santana, when Alice’s was new, Arlo was prophesingin’ (telling the future with that song) that Alice’s Restaurant was becoming a movement.

Since 1991 as you know, because you did so much to make it happen – our amazing ‘movement’ has a home address that is truly our shared home: The Guthrie CenterIt happened because Arlo made it happen, and then it kept happening because thousands and more people dreamed the dream, hoped the hope; and like the song changed us, so has the Center.

 Here’s just a small taste of the fruits currently on the menu at our Alice’s - The Guthrie Center:

 Free, healthy lunches are created from supplies donated by area grocers and restaurants and prepared by a volunteer staff. For over a decade meals have been offered free to the entire community, averaging 70 disabled & disadvantaged residents weekly, who otherwise lack access to a good meal, and the sociability the center offers.

 Free, year-round, "Get Smart at the Guthrie Center provides tutoring for children and adults. Free Yoga for Health program taught by a Kripalu certified yoga instructor, offers gentle yoga for all levels.

 Free legal aid provided through our association with the Berkshire Center for Justice.

 The annual "Garbage Trail Walk to Massacre Huntington's Disease" has been occurring for a decade now and draws large numbers of walkers of all ages and abilities from the local community and from out of state. The walk remembering Woody’s long fight and creative work raises substantial donations and makes lasting friendships.

 Culturally…well, we don’t even have to say much about that because the Center is renowned for our weekly hootenanny concerts, creating new artists and our affordable Troubadour shows presenting the greats of all time. Making music. That’s what we do, that’s what Arlo does, that’s what it’s all about!

 The Guthrie Center now requires a new roof,  several substantial kitchen upgrades, and as they say in construction…HVAC upgrades.  These are essential improvements that will be possible to the tune of $150,000, half of which is available as a matching grant.  So we are starting - can we all sing this together! - a capital campaign to raise the matching $75,000.   Most important, any amount matters, one dollar, or yes…$75,000. It’s the spirit of the giving that matters. We’re all angels in the eyes of the hungry.

 Speaking of angels, let’s get back to what has happened under that ole’ roof. The Trinity Episcopal Church was built in 1866.  Deconsecrated as the church was, so that it could be the setting with the same roof as it was built with, for the Folksinger to be present that Thanksgiving with the garbage on November 25, 1965.

 Today, needing a new roof for sure, the furnace fixed for year round doins’, the new stove installed so that we can continue to prove Woody’s lesson that there is such a think as a free lunch; the awe inspiring Guthrie Center is still a church. Just the Arlo kind. It’s a bring your own God church.

Yes, today the Center is an interfaith foundation for healing prayers and meditation. Services are offered on first Sunday of every month, on seasonal holidays for many faiths. The Guthrie center promotes interfaith dialogue and encourages respect for all people; no matter race, gender, or lifestyle, the Center is always mindful to honor all faith traditions and spiritual beliefs. 

 Alas, after all of those gatherings, meals, prayers, revolutions, songs, and not a few relationships started and children born, in order to provide for the next generations, our children and grandchildren, and our vision of community, we are opening our arms to you to make a donation toward reaching our matching grant.  

 

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