Woody Guthrie would have been one-hundred-years-old on Saturday July 14.The iconic troubadour was a beloved performer during a challenging time in our nation’s history and his songs continue to have relevance today.
A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle “Loneliness Lethal for Seniors” talks about results from a new UCSF study that finds older people who are lonely are more likely to experience a decline in health.
Bread & Roses performer Barbara Dane, an 85-year-old resident of Oakland, was quoted in the article as saying many older adults need to take more responsibility for their own social lives.As her late husband’s primary caregiver, Barbara had to take some time off from a 50-year career as a jazz singer. After he died, she realized how very important it was to maintain her active and varied social life as a performer.
In the mid 1990s in Santa Fe, New Mexico, David Lescht founded and directed Outside In, a nonprofit organization similar to Bread & Roses.His niece, Stacey Lescht of Corte Madera, came by the office recently to let us know of his unexpected death. She wanted to be sure we knew how much Bread & Roses and our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, had meant to him ..
A recent article in the Santa Fe-New Mexican mentioned that David met Mimiwhen the rock group he managed called The Brotherhood Band did a concert for Bread & Roses at a Bay Area juvenile detention center. David kept in touch with Mimi and was inspired by her example to start an organization in Santa Fe to bring music to those isolated in detention facilities, hospitals, convalescent centers and other institutions.
Did you know that you can help Bread & Roses while at the same time supporting the local farmers and small businesses in Marin? Simply shop at Mill Valley Market. Through their “Shop and Give” program, Mill Valley Market will donate 2% of your total purchase to the nonprofit of your choice. Bread & Roses has been a beneficiary of this program since 2007, and we are grateful to Mill Valley Market for their support and generosity over the years.
Mill Valley Market is located in Mill Valley at 12 Corte Madera Avenue. It is a third-generation, family-run market that supports local vendors and grows and sells its own produce from farms up in Sonoma County. All of their produce, eggs and meat are fresh, organic and of the highest quality. For more information, check out their website. You can also find a recent article in the Pacific Sun’s Marinivore Magazine that features Mill Valley Market.
With musicians playing trombones, trumpets, flugel horns, cornets, euphoniums, tubas and french horns, it’s a rare thing to hear a live 14-piece brass band. When the concert is a Musical Bridgestribute by the Golden Gate Brass Band for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (1937-2012), it is truly a “once in a blue moon” opportunity.
Today, April 30, 2012, our founder Mimi Fariña would have been 67-years-old.When she died of cancer in 2001, she was way too young to leave us.Mimi’s great gift is the strong legacy she left at Bread & Roses.
On this anniversary of her birthday, we appreciate all who continue to support our mission of hope and healing through live music. If you would like to join the Mimi Fariña Founder's Circle, please make a donation in her honor today.
The Board and Staff of Bread & Roses would like to thank all of the performers, volunteers, donors and sponsors who participated in our March 22 benefit concert, "Take Heart." We couldn't have done it without your support. And what a night it was, complete with dinner, music and dancing! The following is a slideshow of photos taken at the event:
All photos by Ken Friedman, courtesy of Bread & Roses.
If you attended the event, please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.
In Singing Lessons: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Hope and Healing(c. 1998 p. 174) Judy Collins recalls looking for songs for an album project in 1976.
“After the death of her husband, Dick Fariña, Mimi Fariña, Joan Baez’s younger sister, had started a nonprofit organization in San Francisco called Bread & Roses, to provide free entertainment for people in homes, jails and hospitals in the Bay Area.She wrote the “Bread and Roses” melody to a poem by James Oppenheim and I recorded it, using a choir of voices in a church in New York.”
In her liner notes for the album, also titled Bread & Roses Judy said:“Songs come from many places, unexpectedly, amazingly.”She relayed how Mimi had sent her a copy of the “Bread and Roses” poem. She thought it so beautiful that she asked her to set it to music.Her sister Holly Ann then designed a Bread and Roses tapestry piece featuring a single rose and wove it using hand-dyed yarns which was then used as the art for the inside album cover.