Arts for Hunger, now in its sixth year, brings together the generosity of talented people in Waldo County to help those less fortunate in the community. Local artists, crafters and citizens donate items for a silent auction and sale held throughout the month of October at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. In addition to the silent auction, two benefit concerts are planned: Ameranouche on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and Greater Purpose on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Ameranouche on Oct. 13

Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) features music on two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass. A winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival, the group tours nationally, year-round, and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Ameranouche sails through melodious tune with love, musicality and signature, jaw-dropping velocity. For more information on the trio, visit Tickets are $15; attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate. This benefit concert is sponsored by UniTel.

Greater Purpose on Oct. 14

Greater Purpose, coordinated as a ministry outreach of the local Quaker Hill Christian Church, will offer uplifting music to benefit hunger relief efforts. Everyone is invited to gather with family and friends to enjoy great music, light refreshments and fellowship. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.  Attendees also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate as well. For more information, contact Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080.

Arts for Hunger benefits many

All proceeds from the concerts and the silent auction will benefit nonprofit organizations in Waldo County: the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry serves 11 towns in Waldo County; People for People ensures that needy families in Waldo County have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner each year; and Open Door, which serves free meals the last week of each month at the Unity Community Center.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or