Dance party will benefit family that experienced fire

LINCOLN — Burnham Hall in Lincoln will host “The Schlein Family Highfalutin Hootenanny” on Saturday, Feb. 23, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Two of the area’s most danceable bands, the Hokum Brothers and BandAnna, will donate their talents for a fabulous dance party. All proceeds from the hootenanny will go to the Schlein family, who recently lost their New Haven home in a fire.

The event is being organized by alumni and current students of the Walden Project, the alternative outdoor high school program at Vergennes Union High School that Matt Schlein founded, and many family friends. Organizers say they are holding this benefit because Schlein has given so much to the community over the years. He has been teaching in Addison County for 20 years and started the Walden Project 13 years ago. He and his wife, Jackie, raised three children in that house and on New Year’s Eve lost everything, including their cat, family heirlooms and many musical instruments.

Everything to make the event happen is donated, including the musicians’ time, the sound man’s help, the poster design, the use of Burnham Hall, the finger food that will be provided, and the raffle items.

The bands strike up at 7 p.m. Admission is on a sliding scale from $10 to $10,000 — nobody will be turned away at the door. There will be a cash-only bar. Attendees should be sure to bring cash or a check for the raffle, featuring many items generously donated by local friends and businesses.

For more information contact Tasha Ball at (802) 989-5132.

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