The Liberian Education Fund will host an outdoor slideshow and concert to benefit Liberian high school students Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Steam Boat Landing Park on the waterfront. The event will move into the Boathouse in the case of rain.

The slideshow will be given by LEF coordinators and Belfast Area High School graduates Kim Ouillette and Maya French, who recently returned from Liberia and Ghana, Africa. They will be talking about their experiences in Liberia, showing slides and live footage and describing the Liberian scholarship recipients they met during their trip.

The gala concert will feature the Gawler Family and their wonderful synthesis of folk traditions;  acoustic/jazz music with vocalist Ilyse Laurel and guitarist Dominic Williams; and classical violinist Nate Lesser.

The Liberian Education Fund is a student-led organization based out of BAHS. For the past five years, Belfast students have been fundraising to provide educational scholarships to Liberian high school students. This year, after successfully graduating 13 Liberian students, the organization is providing full scholarships to 14 additional high school students. Four to five other Maine high schools will be soon be joining Belfast in supporting Liberian youth. In the fall of 2012, LEF hopes to double the number of Liberian scholarship recipients and begin to support the Liberian graduates through college and university.

Admission at the park entrance will be $10, $5 for students; and $20 for families. Attendees should bring chairs and blankets for seating on the grass. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 930-5189.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to