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Songs & Stories with Caryn and Kelley

Caryn and Kelley are beginning their project in earnest now! Don't miss their upcoming workshops in February and March. Also, stay tuned for details on an East Lawrence nature walk with Ken Lassman. Here's scoop from Caryn and Kelley:


Songs & Stories of East Lawrence with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg celebrates the vibrant mosaic of this neighborhood’s communities, histories, flora and fauna, and stories. Funded by a grant from Rebuilding East Ninth Street, the project includes two writing, singing, and story mapping workshops, plus a Wild East Lawrence walk with Ken Lassman, publication of a book of our writing, and a book launch concert.

The workshops -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 29 and March 14 at the Cider Gallery -- bring us together to try out some writing and storytelling exercises, do a little singing, and brainstorm with Kelley and Caryn about a new song or two they will write about East Lawrence. We invite all people who live in, have lived in, or simply had adventures in East Lawrence, age 10 and up, to participate. No one has to sing alone or read their writing aloud, and people of all backgrounds and experience are welcome.

"You can come and sing your heart out or even just listen. There's a lot of power in just being part of a group of people singing," Kelley explains. Caryn adds, "The writing part of our day together is a pressure-free time to see what you have to say to yourself and others, and all we do meets you where you are."

Caryn will work with participants to revise their writing for a book we're creating of East Lawrence stories and poems. Kelley and Caryn will take our song ideas and write some new East Lawrence tunes, and Kelley will also hold some choir rehearsals after the workshops so that at 2 p.m. on Sun., May 10, we can come back together for a book release concert.

All participants will receive a free copy of the book. Lunch at the workshops is provided by the Community Mercantile, and Kelley and Caryn are grateful to the Cider Gallery for donating their space. The whole project is free, but participants must sign up in advance and commit to attending both teh Feb. 29 and March 14 workshops. More at

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