New Ulm, MN – Celebrating EARTH DAY – New Ulm brings together 3 local businesses that wish to bring a community focus to the traditional Earth Day international observance, and also recognize the life and music of John Denver as he is inducted into the 2017 Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery; Riverside History and Nature Learning Center; and The Pantry & Aquaponics Farm will each sponsor an EARTH DAY – New Ulm activity on Saturday afternoon, April 22 .
Presenter Scott Sparlin says it makes sense to link the two observances, “John Denver believed strongly in an environmental ethic, so to emphasize and celebrate that on Earth Day is really appropriate. It’s amazing how simple songs influence modern culture and, in his own way, John did so on many fronts.”
John Denver was born Henry John Deutchendorf Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico. Many of his early songs were written there and were inspired by his experiences working on the land. One of the many causes that he championed throughout his career was the environment.
As a renowned environmentalist and humanitarian, Denver’s membership in many organizations included the Cousteau Society, and Friends of the Earth. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan presented Denver with the Presidential World Without Hunger Award. In 1993, he won the Albert Schweitzer Music Award for humanitarian efforts.
Denver’s work continues to be honored at the annual Aspen, Colorado “Celebration of the Life and Music of John Denver” which is still going strong, and this year will mark its 20th anniversary.
Singer/Songwriter, Carl Franzen, one of many John Denver Minnesota collaborators, nominated Denver into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame 2017. This nomination was officially accepted by the MMHF Board of Directors and will be awarded along with other nominees at the Official 28th Annual Induction
Ceremony and Banquet, November 3, 2017 at Turner Hall.
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