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Tri-Lakes area residents aim to help Haitians

SARANAC LAKE Its a long way from the Tri-Lakes area to Haiti, but the distance the human heart can reach is immeasurable.

The Hearts for Haiti Coffeehouse is slated to take place on Saturday, April 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Church Street. Musicians Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Joan Crane and Matt Moore, Rustic Riders, Duane Keith and Steve Dehond will help to raise funds for a medical mission trip to Haiti May 1-9, 2007.

We will be seeking to explore, make connections with people and continue to seek practical, workable solutions to Haitis problems of water, cooking heat, food, income, education and medical care, said Lisa Meissner, who is both helping to coordinate the event and performing.

A night of fun

Lisa Meissner said the night will provide great entertainment and a fun family night out. While there, people can learn about the issues facing Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

People just want to live. Haitians want the same things as Americans shelter, food, clothing, health, education, said Lisa Meissner. It is so close to us, but the disparities are so great. Dave Nichols and Spare Change have been described as NOT your Daddys Bluegrass Band! This group will play everything from traditional bluegrass to some of the more entertaining swing tunes of yesterday. Nadine Nichols on bass provides the foundation for the mandolin antics and lead singing of David Nichols. This is a highly entertaining group.

Adirondack finger style blues master Joan Crane has fulfilled a lifelong musical dream by teaming with piano player and vocalist Matt Moore. Together they create a wonderfully authentic 20s and 30s blues and ragtime sound in the tradition of Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis. In addition to his stellar keyboard work, Matt is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Joan has played with many notable musicians including Doc Watson. Last seen in Saranac Lake at Bluseed Studios, Joan played some wonderful gospel blues with very rousing piano and vocals by Matt.

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