WEEKEND: Concert fetes freeing of Elwha River waters
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Singer Aimee Ringle, above, and Saratone will offer music in honor of the free-flowing Elwha River in a “River Back to the Ocean” concert Sunday in Port Townsend.
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Singers Aimee Ringle and Saratone, above, will offer music in honor of the free-flowing Elwha River in "River Back to the Ocean," a concert at Port Townsend's Madrona MindBody Institute this Sunday.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Aimee Ringle and Saratone, a pair of singers and song leaders, will host “River Back to the Ocean,” a fundraising concert and sing-along, at the Madrona MindBody Institute at 7 p.m. Sunday.

This will be an evening of folk music with plenty of opportunities to join in, Ringle promised.

“What we're going for that night is funk-folk,” she said.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 or more.

Proceeds will help Saratone and local filmmaker Jeff Eichen make a music video of Saratone's original song “River Back to the Ocean.”

The song is about the freeing of the Elwha, a river whose salmon runs were blocked for nearly 100 years before removal of its two dams began in 2011.

Celebrating a victory

“We're celebrating a major victory,” Ringle said.

She and Saratone, who is from Ashland, Ore., believe in the power of song to highlight common dreams.

So Sunday “is definitely going to be an evening of celebration, of sweet communion,” Ringle said.

“We're all singing beings, all creative beings.”

Sunday's gathering will be in the Madrona Room at the Madrona MindBody Institute, which is in Building 310 at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

The smaller studio is ideal, Ringle said, since it's a more intimate setting than the institute's upstairs ballroom.

For more information, phone Madrona at 360-344-4475 or visit www.AimeeRingle.com and www.SaraToneHome.org.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: April 18. 2013 4:07PM
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