To the editor:
To close out our year, House of Prayer Retreat and Spiritual Growth Center on Cypress Creek Road near Alva, extends a special invitation to neighbors in the East Lee County area for "Music Under the Oaks" on Sunday, December 2.
This event is a free afternoon of entertainment featuring live bluegrass/old time music and classic rock. The music of Fish 'n Tips is reminiscent of that from the movie, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou, while Mike Kennedy and Owen Feeney will intersperse classic 70s and 80s rock with Christmas carols and other surprises. Special guest master or ceremonies, Valerie Alker, reporter and host of WGCU's All Things Considered, will keep things lively for us.
Parking is free. Admission donations of non-perishable food items are requested for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The music will play from 1 to 4 p.m. Nibbles and beverages will be available for sale. The public is welcome to bring their picnic lunch if they wish as well as a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Bring the family; this will be great fun for all ages.
You might choose to have your face painted by Sandra Bates, program director at Alva Community Center. Or you could find the perfect Christmas gift created by a local artist or author. Several raffles will be held with prizes including a hand-made quilt, a colorful pottery serving bowl, a hand-knit afghan and other surprises.
Mother of God House of Prayer has been serving the people of Southwest Florida since it opened its doors in 1982 and is not attached to, or supported by, a specific denomination. It was founded to provide a holy space where individuals might come "home" to themselves and "home" to God. People of all faiths who seek spiritual nourishment are welcome to attend specific programs and retreats or to schedule an afternoon or a weekend for quiet reflection at the center.
Please come by on December 2 to enjoy the beautiful gardens and landscape and watch the waters of Cypress Creek roll by while some great musicians entertain you.