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'Voices from the Hillside' returns to Evansville

Marge VanGorp will return to the Evansville Art Center for a second round of her popular "Voices from Spruce Hill." (File photo)

A poet and historian's performance about a rural church and its cemetery has proved so popular that it is returning to the Evansville Art Center, the art center said in a news release.

Marjorie VanGorp will present "Voices from the Hillside" from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the art center, 111 Main St. in Evansville.

It will be her second round at the art center. VanGorp has written an anthology based on Spruce Hill Church and its cemetery. Her ancestors were among the founders of the church. Visiting their graves sparked an interest in the lives of six men buried there who were instrumental in the organization of the church.

Paulette Friday will provide narration and VanGorp will read their stories, accompanied by "old-time" hymns by musician Patty Kakac, who invites the audience to sing along. The evening of history and music will be followed by a dessert reception where you may meet the performers and ask questions and share stories.

This is a free presentation but donations will be accepted. Attendees are asked to bring a treat to share if they can. The art center will provide coffee, spiced cider, and cold water. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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