Tomorrow the Motor City Songbirds Festival will take place at PJ's Lager House in Detroit for the next two days starting at 6:00 p.m., and it will benefit Play it Forward for For the Seventh Generation, a little known project for fostered children with an enormous heart. As Children of the Gods, we are charged, each of us, with the responsibility for the caretaking of the children if the world. This event combines that sacred duty with good times, good music, and good people.
The concept of being responsible for the young is not new, and it is an important part of many Pagan and non mainstream societal, as well as main stream, value systems. The thinking behind what many of practice is succinctly stated in one way by Molly Larkin as she writes
"The “7th generation” principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, we must consider how it will affect our descendents seven generations into the future"
And children are definitely are future. It is up to every person to make sure that children are cared for, nurtured, and protected. Also, it is up to society to challenge them, to test them, to offer them new experience, and provide for their needs - physical and otherwise. The For the Seventh Generation organization sees to it that they match children, with these goals in mind, with resources and experiences that provide these.
The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation is the engine behind this movement. They see that the organization matches donations of goods and services to " needy foster children, foster families, and young adults aging out of the foster care system throughout metro Detroit". This can encompass the mundane as well as the breathtaking. One such match really speaks to the nautical nature of the Land of the Fresh Water Seas. That match was in the person of Captain Rorke, who uses sailing as therapy in Northern Michigan.
In this case, the match will be Play It Forward. This group provides musical instruments and instruction for children in the Foster Care system. Thus, it was only natural that this team would link up together. And yes, there are some Pagans involved. Come out, and you will recognize a few.
This goal is noble, and as always, our Detroit artists are on the vanguard of seeing needs and responding to them. So in that spirit, this year's festival will allow our local women artists to shine and support this cause. Organized by Julie Pevos Sias, Complex Care Coordinator, Partners In Care High Intensity Program at St. John Providence Health System, this event promises to be a feast for the soul and the ears.
There is an artisan's market, as well as an auction, planned. Food and drink will keep you replenished, and the organizers assure attendees that vegetarian options are available as well. It's all for a good cause, and the entertainment is a banquet in itself.
The line up for the event is as follows:
PJ's Lager House is located at 1254 Michigan Ave here in Detroit. Admission is $8, and any questions can be addressed by calling 313) 961-4668.
To find out more about Play It Forward here in Michigan, go to their page.
For more information about SAIL Champion, Capt. Rorke's sailing program for foster children, please visit here.
To donate or volunteer to For the Seventh Generation, please visit them at http://www.fortheseventhgeneration.org/success-stories.php, and while you are there check out some of their success stories.
For another example of how these types of charities function in other places, check out this story.
On a personal note, "Witches" by Alison Lewis is my jam.