For 30 years, from 1967-1997, Saint Meinrad College presented an annual fundraiser for its student-run ministry program Cooperative Action for Community Development. CACD continued its services after the closing of the college at Saint Meinrad. Today, students of Saint Meinrad School of Theology and volunteers from the surrounding communities constitute the membership of CACD. This not-for-profit corporation provides a much-needed service to area residents who depend on home-heating assistance. CACD also sponsors the annual Special Olympics held in Tell City, IN.
“Sounds of Spring” was the main source of funding for this service organization over the years. In 2004, the musical variety show was revived as Saint Meinrad Archabbey celebrated its sesquicentennial. St. Bede Theater was once again filled and CACD benefited from the concert. On March 18th and 19th St. Meinrad held two benefit concerts for the CACD at St. Bede Theater. The two-hour musical variety show featured entertainment by Saint Meinrad students, faculty, staff, monks, coworkers and their families.
I played in two different groups – Anathema Sit, the band that plays at the Unstable, and The Hilltop Ravens, a bluegrass band put together especially for the event. Here are a couple of pictures.