"Kinderfolk on Stage" is Saturday, March 16, at the Courtyard and Cellar.

This is the fourth year for this lively fundraiser to welcome the spring and support Kinderhaus, Decorah’s outdoor-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Music by Kinderfolk starts at 7:15, and featured artist, Lissie, takes the stage at 9:30.

Along with entertainment, there will be appetizers, a cash bar and coloring for those who want to nurture their inner child.

“I’ve heard so much about 'Kinderfolk on Stage.' I can’t wait to experience it,” says Gracie Platt, Kinderhaus’ new director.

Kinderhaus staff and friends will kick off the event at 7:15. Elizabeth and Hans Finanger will enliven the space with banjo and mandolin. Mika Petersen will share a Waldorf story. Lydia Hayes and Kristin Albertson will sing folk songs and play mandolin. Cerissa Snethen will read original poetry. Bree Sauer and Kate Steege will sing folk music and play guitar. Otter Dreaming will play solo piano and accompany Stevie Ray McCargar who will croon Motown with back up by Ellen Rockne, Rachel Sandhorst, Kristin Albertson and a special guest. Gracie Platt will perform a hula hoop routine. Eric Graham will juggle. And Steve Zittergruen will perform an original song that is sure to entertain.

After a short intermission, and to much applause, Lissie will take the stage at 9:30. Lissie is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who tours extensively and now makes her home in Northeast Iowa. Her fourth and latest album, Castles, was released in March, 2018.

“We are so excited to have Lissie as our featured artist,” says Mika Petersen, lead teacher. Lissie is generously donating her time and talents to this Kinderhaus fundraiser.

“One of the things I love about Kinderfolk on Stage is that it happens when we are all anticipating spring’s arrival. And for an outdoor-based school, spring is a time of celebration.” says Kristin Albertson.

“Come celebrate with us, and support the school we love.” says Steve McCargar.
Anyone can support Kinderhaus by giving a free will donation at the door.
(Kinderhaus is a non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible.) All are welcome.