Selected Community Events


Peter Yarrow

Oct 5, 2012 7:30 p.m.

Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
On Friday, October 5, 2012 the Heyde Center will welcome legendary folksinger and songwriter Peter Yarrowto Chippewa Falls. Peter Yarrow began to sing with Mary Travers in December 1960. Later (Noel) Paul Stookey joined them and they chose the name "Peter, Paul and Mary" for their folk trio. Yarrow's songwriting helped to create some of Peter, Paul & Mary's most famous songs, including Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle and The Great Mandala.

In an effort to combat school violence, Yarrow started Operation Respect, which brings to children, in schools and camps, a curriculum of tolerance and respect for each other's differences. Founded in the year 2000 by Yarrow, Operation Respect is a non-profit organization designed to promote civility and conflict resolution into the curriculum of U.S. schools on a nationwide basis. The project began as a result of Yarrow and his daughter Bethany and his son Christopher having heard the song "Don't Laugh At Me" (written by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin) at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Operation Respect later quoted Yarrow as saying:
"Since I have lived a life of social and political advocacy through music, one in which I
had seen songs like Blowin' In the Wind, If I Had a Hammer, and We Shall Overcome
become anthems that moved generations and helped solidify their commitment to
efforts like the Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement, I knew I had just
discovered a song that could become an anthem of a movement to help children find
their common sensitivity to the painful effects of disrespect, intolerance, ridicule and
Operation Respect's stated mission reads as follows: "To assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence."

Tickets: $27 VIP (assigned seats in the front three rows), $25 Adults, $23 Seniors, $21 Youth
Heyde Center for the Arts 715-726-9000