Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Summertime and the Livin' is Easy" annual benefit recital for Omega House to be July 30

Local musical artists will present the 7th annual "Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy" Omega House benefit recital at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, July 30, at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton. Click on poster for larger version. (Poster courtesy Lara Neves)

HOUGHTON -- The 7th annual "Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy" -- an annual gathering of local musical artists who blend their talents through jazz, light opera, folk and
blues, to benefit Omega House -- will be held at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, July 30, at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Madeleine Street in Houghton. A $10 donation is suggested.

Local musicians and singers take a bow during the curtain call following the July 24, 2012, Omega House hospice benefit recital in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock. This year the annual recital of easy listening music will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church on Madeleine Street in Houghton. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

This year’s featured artists include Erika Vye and Steve Brimm on guitar and banjo, along with artists Barry Pegg, Ann Campbell, Greg Campbell, Courtney Clisch, Trish Helsel, Cheyenne Kaufman, Maggie Kieckhafer, Roger Kieckhafer, Karen Schlenker, Emilie Krznarich, Barbara Lide, Lara Neves, Mark Oliver, David Owens, Tyler Plamondon, Marika Seigel, Mollie Trewartha, Kate VanSusante, and Eponine Zenker. Pianists will be Jon Ensminger, Jared Anderson, Trisha Kuzmic and Eponine Zenker.

During the 2012 Omega House benefit recital, "True Colors," at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, Maple Sugar Folk, accompanied by Dave Bezotte on accordion,  perform "Belle Rose du Printemps," a traditional French song. The audience joins in singing the chorus after soloist Barbara Lide. Other members of the group here include, from left, Jan Wieber, Barry Pegg, Amanda Binoniemi, Karin B. Schlenker, Marcia Goodrich and Ruth Robertson. (Videos by Keweenaw Now

Omega House offers a peaceful, homelike environment for terminally ill people and provides end-of-life care that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Encouraging the audience at the 2012 Omega House benefit recital to sing along, musician David Owens plays and sings a medley of "Oldies," including such favorites as "The White Cliffs of Dover."

Any person in a hospice program or who would qualify for hospice care is eligible to live at Omega House. Medications, supplies and equipment are usually paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

During the 2012 Omega House benefit recital, Ann Campbell, left, and Lara Neves perform the Flower Duet from "Lakmé" by Leo Delibes.

Attend the recital this Tuesday and support Omega House, where people come for loving care near the end of life. For more information, visit their Facebook page or the website at, or call event coordinators Lara Neves at 370-7739 or Carol Pfefferkorn at 482-4438.

More photos from the 2012 Omega House recital, "True Colors":

Soloist Karin Schlenker performs "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" during the 2012 Omega House benefit concert.

Barry Pegg sings an amusing English tune.

Barbara Lide and Dave Bezotte perform the favorite "Blue Skirt Waltz."

At the end of the 2012 recital, Ruth Robertson -- musician, vocalist, and coordinator of the Omega House benefit concert for several years -- accepts a bouquet of appreciation for her talent and leadership.

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