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Two-Part Benefit Event Will Use Gardening, Poetry and Music To Help Others

A Benefit Event for The Haven and PATCH Community Garden
The Winter Line

On Saturday, April 26, six local bands and a poet will lend their respective talents to take part in a fundraiser that’s open to the community and creatively combines music with gardening.

Billed as The Winter Line Presents: 6 Bands, 1 Poet – Grafting Sustenance and Soul, the event benefits The Haven, Charlottesville’s homeless day shelter, and the PATCH Community Garden, located adjacent to Tonsler Park.

The garden helps provide breakfast for people who rely upon The Haven. A donor who wished to remain anonymous contributed two acres of land for the project several years ago.

The main part of the event focuses on a workday at the garden, during which participants will help with maintenance, and prepare the space for new growth. The workday happens from 1-4 p.m., and all community members are strongly encouraged to share in the afternoon. Part of the efforts will involve planting numerous apple trees that blossom during different parts of the year and bear fruits suitable for many purposes.

From 7-10 p.m., The Haven’s sanctuary will serve as a performance space for music and poetry. The evening features The Winter Line, a promising local folk-rock act that has helped organize and implement this community fundraiser. Other confirmed artists include The Rung and Spoke, Matthew McAllister, Frank Bechter, Mockingbirds and The Working Effective.

Between each set, Bernard Hankins will read a section of his original five-piece poem that will be performed for the first time. To mirror the intention of the fundraiser, artists will focus on themes that are at least loosely related to making positive changes in the world.

People who participate in at least two hours of the workday will receive a voucher that allows them to attend the performance free of charge. Otherwise, admission is $10. Cash and check donations be accepted at the door, with all proceeds going to The Haven. Further information is available by visiting

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