Black Rose Society holds benefit for fire victims

The Black Rose Acoustic Society is hosting a benefit for Black Forest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Wonderland Ranch, 8798 Hodgen Road.

Eleven bands will perform on two stages, and there will be food, beverages and outdoor activities as well.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Tri-Lakes Cares to be distributed directly to Black Forest residents impacted by the fire,” said Black Rose President Jeff Smith. The event has been dubbed as, “Music in the Forest, for the Forest.”

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 the day of the show. Children under 12, Black Forest residents who lost their homes and firefighters will be admitted free. Tickets are available on the Black Rose Acoustic Society website at www.blackroseacoustic.org.

Fiddle legend Doug Kershaw is slated to perform, as are Wendy Woo, Moors & McCumber, Mango fan Django, Charlie Hall and Friends, The Wielands of Mass Destruction, Skean Dubh, The Blue Fenders, The County Line Ramblers, and Grass It Up.

“There will be non-stop music alternating on two stages, plus children’s activities, a petting zoo, food and beverages, volleyball, horseshoes, Bluegrass music, Cajun music, Celtic music, folk music, country music, Americana and lots of family fun, so bring your lawn chair and blankets and spend the afternoon.”

Smith encourages people to purchase advance tickets to streamline the entry process at the gate.

Proceeds from the Benefit for Black Forrest will be handled by Tri-Lakes Cares. Tri-Lakes Cares will be accepting donations of canned goods, clothing, personal hygiene items, household items, other non-perishable items and monetary donations.

For more information about how to donate, go to: www.tri-lakescares.org or call Carrie Pendergast at 481-4864, x110.