FARMINGTON — A concert,  “An Evening of Original Music,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Phil Poirier, songwriter and guitarist from Livermore Falls, and Dan Kennedy, pianist/composer from Amherst, Mass., will play their special compositions.  

Both have donated their talent and time to benefit a climate-friendly project in Honduras for building efficient wood cook stoves in El Junco, a mountain village befriended seven years ago by Franklin County United Church of Christ members.

A decade ago, Poirier volunteered to perform at the G.I. Coffeehouse in Farmington at Old South United Church of Christ. Bob and Craigen Healy were so impressed with the integrity of his message and his fine guitar sound they invited him to play in Farmington again for this concert.

Kennedy is married to the Healy’s daughter Rachel.

Admission to the concert will be by freewill donation.

All proceeds will be used to buy chimneys and steel plates for the stoves where El Junco women will cook their tortillas and beans, using only half the firewood required by their current stoves. The chimneys will carry away the smoke, leaving healthier kitchens for the mothers and children.

The villagers requested these improved stoves when they learned that their friend “Roberto” Healy was making them in other villages as a volunteer for Sustainable Harvest, International.  

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