Letter from an inmate

This year’s tour in Eastern Oregon included a large number of community shows. We performed at several assisted living and senior centers, a Boys & Girls Club, a lunch program for kids, and two prisons. Anne Gavzer was in charge of organizing all these shows, and put in an enormous amount of effort before the tour to arrange our visits, get us all clearance for the prison shows, and to make sure we brought in only approved items. It was so incredibly worth it; for the inmates, the guards, and for us. Breaking down the walls between us, experiencing the ultimate freedom of touring with an incredible group of people, and those who find themselves incarcerated, for whatever reason, was such a gift. And this letter is the kind of response that brings tears to our eyes and makes all the difficulties of planning and touring so worth it.
Thanks to everyone who made this happen!

From an inmate at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility, where New Old Time Chautauqua performed a show during its 2012 tour.

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