By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN Peter Yarrow of the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary will begin the ninth season for the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association with an intimate concert Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are now on sale for “An Afternoon of Conversation & Song with Peter Yarrow,” in which audience members will enjoy a memorable afternoon as Yarrow shares history, songs, and stories with only his guitar accompanying.
Having spent nearly 50 years with the legendary folk trio, his song writing has produced some of their most moving songs including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done” and “Light One Candle;” and also earned him multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous Grammys.
Colleen Compton, executive director of the arts association, saw Yarrow in concert last year with her husband, Dennis, at Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre in St. Cloud.
“We felt as though we were sitting with him in a living room, hearing stories about his life, his music, and the issues that move him,” Compton said.
Though many may know the trio’s folk classics, his concerts are so much more than a nostalgia show, Compton noted.
“Peter connected with the sold-out audience in ways that went well beyond a typical concert,” she said. “He encouraged sing-a-longs and audience participation. He signed books and autographs. It was a memorable concert, rooted in the historic milestones of his past, yet focused on the current issues that continue to call him to activism.”
This concert is recommended for all ages.
Yarrow has published many children’s books, complete with audio recordings and illustrations, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” which will be available for purchase that afternoon. There will also be an opportunity to have an autographed copy signed by Yarrow that night, Compton noted.
For Vikings fans, the arts association scheduled the concert at 3 p.m. so as not to conflict with the 7:30 p.m. football game in which the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers.
For more information about Yarrow, visit www.peteryarrow.net.
To purchase tickets, which are now available online, visit www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac, or contact the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office by calling (320) 286-4120.
All tickets are reserved seats and are $15 for adults and $7 for youth (high school students and under). Room permitting, tickets will also be available at the door, beginning at 2 p.m. Call (320) 286-4120 to confirm ticket availability.