Bless the Animals

This coming Monday afternoon (October 2, at 5:30 p.m.) at the Alvernia College Shrine of Mary, the annual Blessing of the Animals will take place. Before the event (at 5:00 p.m.), “East Side Dave”, folk music singer and songwriter and host of the weekly Mountain Folk Radio & Web Show, performs a 1/2 hour free concert doing songs about animals – he calls them ”critter” songs.As I rarely do press-release-type coverage here, you may assume that I feel a special relationship to “East Side” Dave Kline, Alvernia College, or animals. All are true. I met Dave Kline about 25 years ago when he fronted a bluegrass band and released an album with a song that memorialized a very significant place from my childhood (Hay Road, in Temple, PA.), where I spent many days playing and just being my childhood self. I wrote a review of that album, that song, and Dave’s band for the Reading Eagle/Reading Times newspapers and I have followed his career (He also manages Reading’s WEEU radio station), his radio/web show, and his fine music ever since.In addition, I was Assistant Professor of Art at Alvernia College during the 1980s. My tenure there will always have a unique place in the story of my life and the history of Alvernia College. My love of animals equals my love of humans and in many ways does surpass it.The animals we live with here in the country are our dear family members and I’m sure many of you consider your animals to be loved members of your family as well.For these reasons and especially for my love and admiration of our brothers and sisters of the Animal Kingdom, I am writing to let you know about this meaningful event. I do hope to see you and yours at the Grotto.*The Shrine of Mary is located at the “Grotto” and it is not on the Alvernia map because it is on the grounds of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters which is right next to the college. Directions: Follow the directions to Alvernia College on the website, when you get to Greenway Terrace, turn left onto Adams Street and directly to your right will be Parking Lot “C”. Please park in Lot “C”. There will be signs directing you to the Grotto. The Grotto is a very short walk from Lot “C”.*Image: Dave Kline, Angel, and Sunny

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