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By ROBERT VILLANUEVA email@example.com
ELIZABETHTOWN — Dinner and a concert might bring a smile to the faces of some residents on Oct. 25, but the purpose is to bring safe drinking water to Guatemala.
To benefit the Living Waters for the World project sponsored by the Elizabethtown Noon Rotary Club and First Presbyterian Church, Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours will perform following a meal of Guatemalan cuisine. Tickets for the dinner and concert, which will be held at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, are $30, while tickets for the concert alone are $20.
Bob Swope, who has participated in the project, said the event should help two ways.
“First, we hope to raise $20,000 through the ticket sales and corporate sponsorships,” he said.
Additionally, the event should raise awareness of the world’s water crisis.
“More than 3,000 people die every day from waterborne illness,” Swope said. “Most of them are children, and it is preventable.”
Living Waters for the World is a program of Presbyterian Church USA, providing training and resources to partner with communities that need clean water.
As part of the Living Waters project, church members and Rotarians have made trips to Guatemala to install two water purification systems in two villages: Aldea Casaca and San Rafael Petzal.
“We realized there is a tremendous need there,” the Rev. Skip Dunford of First Presbyterian Church said. Dunford was part of the team that traveled to Guatemala.
The project team plans to install two more water purification systems by the middle of 2009.
“It’s not a real sophisticated process, but it does cost money to travel there,” Dunford said.
The project is an “ongoing mission” that requires money not only for the travel but the supplies and water purification systems, he said.
The Guatemalan dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be prepared by church members with help from John Hardin High School food service.
A variety of dishes including oven-baked sweet plantains, Guatemalan-style chicken and rice, black beans, pork, tortillas, Guatemalan salsa, corn cake and more will be on the menu, Swope said.
Described on the band’s Web site as “quintessential Americana,” Antsy McClain is referred to as “the embodiment of the small-town, blue-collar life he experienced growing up in a little Kentucky trailer park called Pine View Heights.”
Swope called McClain “a master of imagery” who “encircles you with Pintos, mosquito bites, corn dogs smothered in Velveeta cheese, flamingo lawn ornaments and small town carnivals, leaving you little time to switch from recklessly doing the twist to crying in your beer.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (270) 737-6194. Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.