Benefit concert for fire victims on Sunday
Submitted photo The Franklin County Fair: A Timeless Tradition As most alert readers know by now, the Franklin County Fair kicks off today with a parade through downtown Greenfield that starts at 5 p.m. We’ve included some of the fair’s highlights in the calendar. Among the talent gracing the Community Stage will be Shakin’ All Over, pictured above, which will get people moving with dance tunes from the 1950s and 1960s on Friday, at 4 p.m. For more information on the fair, including admission costs, wristbands for the Midway and parking, see “Fairs & Festivals.” L-R: Shakin' All Over band members Paul Nadeau, Kerry Blount, JD Foster, Janice Dompke, Steve Frankel, Mike Slahetka
CHARLEMONT — Seven bands and singer/songwriters will be putting on a day-long show Sunday at the Mohawk Family Campground and Restaurant, to raise money for a Heath family of seven who lost everything they owned in an Sept. 7 house fire.
The Sandra and Will Donovan family home in the Mohawk Estates has been uninhabitable since the fire, and all the possessions in the home were destroyed by a fire that started Saturday morning in the basement and shot through the roof of the two-story house, where Sandra Donovan has lived since age 10. The five children range from 9 to 19 years old.
Shakin’ All Over band leader Michael Slahetka, who organized the fundraiser, said all musicians are donating their time for this event, which takes place from 1 to 8 p.m.
“We do have several businesses that have given us gift certificates or items to auction off,” said Slahetka.
He said people of all ages are welcome. There is no cover charge, but whatever people can donate to help the Donovans will be appreciated.
Bands performing that day include:
∎ Small Change, with American roots music, from 1 to 2 p.m.
∎ Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band, from 2 to 3 p.m.
∎ Singer/songwriter Emily Bourque, with original songs, from 3 to 4 p.m.
∎ Doug Johnson, with true stories and new country music, from 4 to 5 p.m.
∎ Steve Crow Rebellion Trio, from 5 to 6 p.m.
∎ Fancy Trash, edgy acoustic music, from 6 to 7 p.m.
∎ Shakin’ All Over, classic dance hits from 1950s to 1960s, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Food and drink is available from the restaurant.