WIPPS 2013 Spring News: Peter Yarrow and Dave Obey Event

“People can overcome their differences, and when united, move toward a world of greater fairness and justice,” says Peter Yarrow, legendary folk singer and songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Yarrow (on guitar) will join former congressman David Obey (on harmonica) for an evening of musical entertainment scheduled for May 2, 2013, 7:30 pm at the UW Center for Civic Engagement Theatre.

For over four decades Yarrow toured with the renowned folk group, and co-wrote such legendary songs as Day is Done, Light One Candle, and Puff the Magic Dragon. Peter, Paul and Mary became known for espousing social causes and reclaiming folk-music’s potency as a cultural and political force. As a life-long activist, Yarrow has lent his support to causes ranging from the Vietnam War to anti-bullying campaigns. In the past decade, his Don’t Laugh at Me program has helped shift the American educational paradigm to educating the whole child, in character, heart, and social-emotional development, and is now utilized by over 22,000 schools nationwide. Most recently, Yarrow performed a benefit concert for Sandy Hook community members.

The concert is planned as a fundraiser to help complete the David R. Obey Resource Center, located in the Center for Civic Engagement on the University of Wisconsin – Marathon County campus. Cost for the concert, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, is $50 per person and includes a hors d’oeuvres reception. A cash bar will be available. Corporate sponsorships are available. Registration is available here. The CCE Theatre is located at 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau.

For more information on the program, contact connie.nikolai@uwc.edu.