Fundraiser: A night of music, jungle stories, indigenous handcrafts, Colombian emeralds
Thomaston, Maine: Sarah J, a singer-songwriter from New York City, will be performing during a fundraising event at Water Dog Tavern on Saturday night, June 14, from 7:30 until 10 pm. The event will be in support of the Amazon Pueblo project, a non-profit organization based in Rockland, Maine, to build a pier in the Amazonian indigenous village of La Libertad, Colombia.
The evening will start at 6 pm with the presentation and sale of Colombian trade goods throughout the evening, such as:
• Indigenous handcrafts (jewelry, blowguns, Amazonian blood wood carvings, piranha and other river fish products);
• Exclusive low-acid Colombian coffee and forastero chocolate, and;
• Emerald gold and silver jewelry from the Muzo mines of the Colombian highlands, purchased directly from the emerald district of Bogotá.
During the sales, two former village volunteers and the other directors of the project will be on hand to answer question about the program, volunteer opportunities, and recount stories of adventure from the village.
At 7:30 pm Sarah J will start to perform. Sarah will be playing a wide range of music from original songs to top 40, folk, and rock. Sarah is a board member of the Amazon Pueblo project and volunteered in the village during the summer of 2013. The Sarah J website is found at http://www.thesarahjshow.com.
In addition to building the pier, which will help support the village’s sustainable business efforts, the money raised will support a number of other goals in the village, including:
• Paint the dock which was constructed from the project’s last fundraiser ;
• Replace the roof of the project’s guesthouse, and ;
• Initiate a program to reduce the village’s Dengue fever carrying mosquitos.
The Amazon Pueblo project promotes sustainability through socially-conscious business in indigenous villages of the Colombian Amazon. The project was started by a University of Maine at Augusta (URock) student in 2012. All work is done by volunteers mostly from the United States and Europe. The project has many opportunities for people who are interested in volunteering at home, or in the Amazon jungle of Colombia. For more information about the event or the Amazon Pueblo project, visit www.amazonpueblo.org.