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Pete Seeger & the Power of Song


New Old Town School classes begin Tuesday, March 4

This May, songwriter, activist and American folk icon Pete Seeger turns ninety-five years old. The eight-week class, Pete Seeger & the Power of Song, celebrates Seeger's rich and timeless legacy of song. …

MD headlines Boone County Arts festival

Fifth Grade Arts Festival expanded to three days

The 2013 Fifth Grade Arts Festival was expanded to accommodate the eight participating schools: Caledonia, Immanuel Lutheran, Lincoln, Meehan, Perry, Seth Whitman, St. James and Washington. The seven period day included classes in poetry, stage make-up, cartooning, junk art and pottery. 

Soup & Bread

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January 26 fundraising event to benefit BEDS Plus in Western Springs, IL

The second annual Soup & Bread fundraising event benefitting BEDS Plus takes place Sunday, January 26 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Village Club of Western Springs, 4221 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs, Illinois.

Chicago Folk Club celebrates 10 years

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Old Town School song leader talks about Folk Club@The Grafton 

CHICAGO IL - On January 4, 2004 a small group of Old Town School of Folk Music students and their instructor Mark Dvorak uncased their instruments and began to sing and play in the crowded back room at The Grafton Pub, just next door to the school.

Old Town School winter session begins

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MD is teaching three classes in session one of the 2014 Old Town School of Folk Music Education calendar. 

On Tuesday, January 8, students worked on "Minding My Own Business" by Big Bill Broonzy and "All I Have to Do is Dream," first made popular by the Everly Brothers in 1960.

We get letters...


Ms. Julie Morley from Chicago IL writes...

Mr. Dvorak -

Two or three favorite colors? My seven-year old daughter Katharine (Kit) wants to make you a Rainbow Loom bracelet...

We LOVE  your CD 'Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me." It's already a cult classic here in our home-bound igloo. …

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