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Tri-Lakes area residents aim to help Haitians

Rustic Riders play an eclectic mix of original music they call Rock and Soul. Blues, rock, traditional, gospel, folk and jazz traditions are blended together with both the usual and the unusual instrumentation of acoustic guitars, bass, hand percussion, cello, mandolin and bouzouki.

Skip Outcalt writes songs and sings tenor, plays guitar and electric bass. Lisa Meissner writes songs, sings alto and plays guitar, cello, mandolin and bouzouki. Klaus Meissner plays percussion, makes Lisas guitars and lends his ear to the overall sound mix.

Duane Keith (Gould) plays any instrument he wants and sings traditional and contemporary folk music. He seeks out tunes that move the spirit. His playing is clear and precise. As he sings from the heart, his bass voice fills the room.

An extra special treat is Steve DeHond. He will be reading selected poems through the night from his 2005 book Father to Sons. These poems touch our deepest memories as parents. He will also read from his nearly completed book Trancendency.

There is a suggested minimum tax deductible donation of $10 for 3 plus hours of entertainment, coffee and home baked treats. The event is suitable for all ages.

A sorely stressed nation

This event will help to raise funds for a Medical Mission Trip to Haiti that the Meissners are taking in May. Luke Meissner, who returned from Iraq last fall, will be providing medical services in Les Cayes, Grann Plaine and Ile a Veche Haiti.

The group will be joining Lisas sister-in-law, Lynn Scheerhorn, and a group of people from churches in Ohio and Michigan to provide mission work in Haiti.

We are called to serve our neighbors. Haiti is relatively close to us, but is the poorest country in our hemisphere and the fourth poorest in the world, said Meissner.

This is Scheerhorns sixth trip to Haiti doing mission work. Scheerhorns sister is bringing sewing machines to help start a sewing cooperative and Scheerhorn will continue to help with the Beading Cooperative she helped start last year.

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