Concert will benefit Kenyan school

SARANAC LAKE - The Second Annual Concert for Jambo Jipya will be held Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m. at the Saranac Lake High School auditorium. This year's event will again support the Jambo Jipya School in Mtwapa, Kenya. It is sponsored by the non-profit foundation, Reason2Smile, and the Saranac Lake Central School District.

College acapella groups from the University of Vermont and Colgate University will again perform. Last year's audience was treated to the sounds of the women of Colgate, The Swinging 'Gates, who will be joined this year by their male counterparts, the Colgate 13. UVM's TopCats will also return this year to charm concertgoers once again.

Saranac Lake will be well-represented by the SLHS Jazz Band as well as the Men's and Women's Ensembles. Rounding out the first half of the night will be the percussive sounds of Waluba Drumming and dancing of the members of Somabeats. The second half of the performance will showcase the three college acapella groups.

Keela Dates, founder and Executive Director of Reason2Smile, has recently returned from Kenya, bringing a large number of unique Kenyan crafts to sell at the Marketplace. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the Marketplace goods available then, as well as during intermission. In addition to Kenyan wire toys and jewelry, there will be original artwork by nationally known local artist Nip Rogers and the SLHS art classes. There will be a silent auction for a handmade quilt and rounding out the Marketplace offerings will be the well-known Jambo Jipya Totes, made of recycled upholstery and wool fabrics.

Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $15 for a family. Keela Dates will present the most recent news about Jambo Jipya. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Jambo Jipya School.

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