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Black Friday in Evanston


EVANSTON IL - The Merion, 1661 Chicago Avenue, welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its performance series in the Emerald Lounge on Friday, November 25 at 4:00 pm. 

The Merion is a retirement community located in the former North Shore Retirement Hotel. The facility has been completely remodled and updated. The public is invited.

“Our residents and our walk-in audiences have simply loved Mark. He is so entertaining, and his singing and repertoire fit perfectly into our atmosphere. He opened the Emerald Lounge last September and we wanted to have him back right away.”

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Just writing to thank you for your generosity of spirit and help bringing to life our little project here in Plymouth. Throughout the weekend you poured your talents and energies into your refined arts of teaching and performing and consistently kept our project “down to earth.” Experiencing you in action was like seeing the whole host of mentors that influenced you come to life. Your depth of character and care and concern for others just rang out like a bell all weekend. I think I speak for everyone here when I say we deeply appreciate your mentoring. It felt like a weekend-long blessing.

2016 Distinguished Teaching Artists Awards


It is our pleasure to introduce the recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Artists Awards: Mark Dvorak, Charles Kim and Mary Peterson.

These honorees have been nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of members from the Old Town School’s Board of Directors. Criteria for selection was based upon excellence as a teaching artist, excellence as a leader among fellow teachers, and excellence in their contributions to the community culture of the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Our teaching artists help make the School a national model for community arts learning and inspire our students, community members, and staff alike. …

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