‘Love & Mercy’ is theme of latest ‘Sacred Songs of the Secret Church’ event

SARANAC LAKE — Duane Keith Gould will perform songs on the theme “Love & Mercy” in the second concert of this monthly series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Saranac Lake. There is no charge for admission; donations benefit various causes.

Featured songwriters and artists for February’s theme include Brian Wilson, T Bone Burnett, Nick Lowe, Billie Joe Shaver, Jan Krist, Mark Heard and “Christian Supergroup” the Lost Dogs.

Donations received at the February concert will benefit Waterkeeper Alliance (https://waterkeeper.org/), which supports a growing, grassroots-led network of over 300 Waterkeeper Groups in over 45 countries. According to the organization’s website, the Waterkeeper movement was started by a band of blue-collar fishermen on New York’s Hudson River in 1966 because industrial polluters were destroying their way of life.

Today, over 1 million volunteers and supporters worldwide are patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways on six continents. The nearest Waterkeeper Groups to the Adirondack region are Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper (https://www.savetheriver.org/) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (https://bnwaterkeeper.org/). Waterkeeper Alliance has an A rating from Charity Watch, “America’s most independent, assertive charity watchdog.”

The January concert raised over $300 for Samaritan House, which provides transitional housing in Saranac Lake.

Sacred Songs of the Secret Church (SSSC) is a ministry in development of the Presbytery of Northern New York (https://presbyteryofnny.org/).


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