An Evening with Art Garfunkel adds third performance
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Proceeds to benefit The Nicaragua Project
Due to his popularity, another intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel has been added to the end of the month performances.
Tickets are sold out for the Jan. 30 and 31 performances and tickets for the recently added Jan. 29 performance are going fast.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance.
The five-time Grammy Award winner, who was once a part of the Simon & Garfunkel duo, will perform several of their hits from the 1970s and some from his solo career, provide anecdotes of his life adventures—and those of friends—and entertain questions from the audience.
Proceeds benefit The Nicaragua Project, a local nonprofit organization started by Leiper’s Fork resident Gene Cotton. The Project works to improve life for families in Nicaragua by rehabilitating schools and orphanages, providing educational supplies and scholarships and other humanitarian efforts.
The Project, which is affiliated with Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, got its start 25-years ago when Cotton accompanied his children on a cultural exchange trip to Nicaragua.
“On that first trip I just fell in love with the people and the country,” Cotton said. “There wasn’t a single kid who wasn’t profoundly affected by that trip.”
Cotton still participates in the church’s annual project in Nicaragua; however, he also goes three to five times a year with other groups.
“You may not be able to change the whole world, but you can change the whole world for somebody,” Cotton said.
That’s what the Nicaragua Project does.
Several years ago the Project adopted a K-9 school in a poor area of Managua, Nicaragua.
It’s taken numerous trips, but the two-story building has been completely renovated and restored.
Classrooms became a place that encouraged learning and a library/storage room that didn’t have a single children’s book was transformed into an inviting, full-fledged library with book shelves for the hundreds of books now housed there.
Education is not free in Nicaragua, so the Project also raises $20,000 for scholarships and works to educate parents about the importance of education.
“When we first arrived, there were only 129 students in the school,” Cotton said. “Now there are 370 students.”
“We’ve been doing this long enough now. We have a history,” Cotton said. “ We are helping kids go on to college. It only costs $1,800 a year to put a kid through college. What a difference you can make with just a little amount.”
The Nicaragua Project is not only changing the world for one person, it is changing the future for families.
Tickets for An Evening with Art Garfunkel are $200 for Cabaret seating and $100 for all other seats. To order tickets, go to www.franklintheatre.com
Posted on: 1/16/2014