Each Hearth event is created by a group of “amateurs.” The etymology of amateur refers to someone who does something “for the love of it.” Last Thursday night at our Spring Hearth event, “Letting Go,” we had beautiful songs and stories shared by local amateurs–people willing to perform for the love of their local community. Over 380 came out and together we raised over $1400 for Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice as well as another $300 or so directly for The Hearth.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, especially Shirley and Michael Remington who manage the concessions. Thanks to all of our “amateur” storytellers–Jim Titus, Emma Durbin, Adam Marx, Cat Gould, Dee Anne Everson, and Jack Wiens. Thank you to musicians Lisa Spencer, Karen Wennlund, Nancy Spencer, Susannah Cole, Noah and Joseph Yaconelli. Our next event is June 11th.

You can listen to this past Hearth event at KSKQ (89.5) this Wednesday at 1pm or download it at The Hearth Radio Hour on KSKQ here.

The theme is Border Crossings and funds will benefit Oregon Action. See you there.

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Our next Hearth night of live stories from local folks takes place on Thursday, March 19th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom (1800 E. Main in Ashland). Six brave souls will share a true story in ten minutes on the theme “Letting Go.” Cost is $5 and all proceeds collected at the door will benefit The Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice.  Storytellers include Dee Anne Everson, Cat Gould, Jeff Golden, Emma Durbin, and others. Music by Duane Whitcomb and friends. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Wine and homemade treats will be available. Spread the word.