Holiday Season

Nov 26, 2013 12:00 PM by PRESS RELEASE

'Harps and Handbells for the Holidays' set for Dec. 15

The Bayou Harp Circle will present its 9th Annual Christmas concert, "Harps and Handbells for the Holidays," on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Affiliated School for the Blind Training Center on 409 West St. Mary at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Inc.

The Bayou Harp Circle is a group of local harpists that formed in 2004 and are now under the direction of Bette Vidrine. Eight of the members will be playing in this year's fundraising concert, and they'll also be joined by singers, flutes and the children of the St. Cecilia Bell Choir. Bringing a unique sound to traditional Holiday music, the artists hope to draw in a crowd that not only enjoys the music but takes the time to learn more about ABL.

ABL was founded in 1983 as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing special services and training to Louisiana's visually-impaired, blind and deaf-blind populations. The Training Center is used to teach people who are blind and deaf-blind the skills that lead to independence, employment and community integration.

Through the years, ABL has grown significantly. They have four chapters and approximately 190 members throughout Louisiana, and over sixty employees throughout its various operations. With the help of such fundraising events like "Harps and Handbells for the Holidays" and the giving spirit of those who attend, ABL is able to continue their services and increase their awareness to the public.

Learn more about the non-profit and their schedule of events at http://www.affiliatedblind.org.

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