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Pilgrim Place celebrates centennial with Progressive music, folk festival

The Progressive Music & Folk Festival at Pilgrim Place, to be held September 18 and 19, is the latest in a series of events celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of this intentional community.

Performers highlighting this event include Ellen Chase Harper, ValLimar Jansen, Jim and Jean Strathdee, Bob Hurd and Jim Manley. Additional featured performers include Patti Amelotte, Cathy Clasper-Torch, Francisco Herrera, and Paul Svenson. Some of these singer-songwriters have internationally appreciated reputations and have performed throughout the world.

“Along with joyful entertainment the event will encourage faithful culture and music in of many traditions–Protestant, Catholic, and other faiths, as well as secular,” said Pilgrim Place event chair Rev. Gene Boutilier. “Attendees will experience artistic power in progressive movements for peace and social justice. The messages of the Pope’s new encyclical on care for the earth will be retold in great music.”

Event hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

There will also be arts and crafts booths and exhibits, including seminars on worship and the craft of the singer/songwriter for congregations, hammered dulcimers, audio/visual installation for churches, creative interplay and much more. A “Peace and Justice” exhibit, featuring displays, photographs and other memorabilia, will tell the peace and justice story of many of the residents at Pilgrim Place.

The Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art at Pilgrim Place will also expand its hours to be open during the music festival and will feature an exhibit of musical instruments from around the world. This is a joint exhibit with the Folk Music Center, the event co-sponsor. The Claremont School of Theology and Progressive Christians Uniting are also sponsors.

Pre-sale tickets for the Progressive Music & Folk Festival are available for $35 through September 7, and for $45 after that date. Deep discounts are available for teachers, students and low-wage workers. Optional meals are $13.

For information or to register online, visit www.pilgrimplace.org/Folk Festival. For more information, call Viki Battaglia at (909) 399-5573.

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