Musician Ann Zimmerman will present a concert,
“WinterSong,” on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at University Baptist
Church in Shawnee to benefit two local non-profit organizations:
Habitat for Humanity and Sustainable Shawnee. The concert,
originally slated for early February, was rescheduled due to winter
Admission to the event is by free-will donation; $10 is
suggested. “Patron” tickets will be available at the door; with any
$50 donation, the sponsor will receive one of Zimmerman’s
The concert also will feature an opening act by local
Shawnee artists Tim Sean and Head Cabinets. Desserts and
refreshments will be served during intermission.
Zimmerman said performing to benefit Habitat for Humanity
and Sustainable Shawnee is a natural fit for her personal values.
“The idea of building houses alongside those who will
live in them has always seemed like a great idea to me,” she said.
“In Manhattan, Kan., I was a very active member of their Family
Selection Committee, helping decide which family would be the next
to work on building its own house. That’s when I wrote ‘Good
“I have long been involved with The Land Institute. They
have an emphasis on living in a way that sustains the earth and all
its resources and inhabitants, so it’s easy for me to be in sync
with an organization like Sustainable Shawnee.”
Dr. Doug Watson, professor emeritus of English at
Oklahoma Baptist University, arranged for Zimmerman’s performance.
Watson expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the concert for
continuing their support even as the concert date was rearranged.
They include The C. L. Craig Foundation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation,
BancFirst, Direct Colors, GO Consulting and The Bicycle
Zimmerman grew up in Salina, earned a bachelor’s
degree from Kansas State, taught school, spent a year’s internship
studying prairie grasses at The Land Institute, earned a Harvard law
degree, and returned to Kansas to marry a cowboy and practice law –
all the while singing, writing and staying in touch with her
“roots.” More information about Zimmerman’s music can be found
online at www.annzimmerman.com.
Humanity of Shawnee, Inc., is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity
International, an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its
work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty
housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than
300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable
shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information,
visit www.habitat.org or www.shawneehabitat.org.
is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable living and
educating the community on how to live more “gently” on the planet.
Community members interested in a sustainable future are invited to
join the group; dues are $25 a year. Sustainable Shawnee meets on
the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at University Baptist
Church in Shawnee. For more information, visit www.sustainableshawnee.org.