Although none of them experienced the 1960s except on television, students from The Out-of-Door Academy orchestrated a blast from the past at their latest concert at Woodland Community Church.
Orchestra members wore tie dye shirts, bell bottoms and hippie headbands to perform songs by the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
The free concert was held on Feb. 2 to benefit Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Downs Syndrome), a nonprofit that serves residents in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
BUDS board member Patricia Crauwels explained how donations are used.
“BUDS supports about 250 families, all of whom have a child with Down syndrome,“ she said. “Your money goes towards new parent kits, summer scholarships and to support educational opportunities for the parents.”
Instead of charging for tickets, the ODA students displayed their artwork and asked for donations. The selection of art included stationary, jewelry and coasters.
Each piece started with a photograph taken by the student. The photographs were then printed out, and the students used a photo transfer technique to decorate the items.
“We often support Manasota BUDS,” ODA art teacher Leslie Garasic said. “I’ve been here for 23 years, and I remember it going back at least 10 years.”
In addition to concerts, Garasic said the school raises funds for BUDS through dress-down days, and one year, they put on a talent show.