Refuge Journal 4

Nov 02 2017

Dear John

We are excited to announce our next project: an album we’re releasing that you, our readers, get to know about before it’s announced! Our friends Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up Dear John, a tribute to GRAMMY award winning artist John Hartford which will be released on vinyl, CD, and digital download on December 9. Hartford is best known for his hit “Gentle on My Mind” – later recorded by Glen Campbell – which netted him two GRAMMY Awards. He received two additional GRAMMY awards in his career, including Album of the Year in 2001 for his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou Soundtrack.

Holiday Mischief

Our Holiday Mischief show takes place on December 14th with Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, the Appleton Boychoir, and other special guests welcoming the holiday season. We are offering a Sustainability Package that will include priority seating & early admission, a Holiday Toast with Cory & Adriel, a limited edition signed poster, and more! All proceeds benefit Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

St. Paul Elder Services - Giving Back

Refuge residents give back to our community in various ways. One is by going to visit our friends at St. Paul Elder Services and performing in the dining hall for them. St. Paul residents gather around and sing along as artists play a combination of some well-known tunes and their own songs.

About a year ago, Refuge artists had an event sponsored by Lincoln in which they went out to dinner with, and then held a small concert for St. Paul residents. Co-founders Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae sang along with alumni resident Jon Wheelock.

“For me it was a opportunity to relive a childhood memory I did with my father and grandfather. The gift of song has and always will be an uplifting thing for all parties involved! The Refuge is inspiring in the fact that they are still doing the small things that matter the most in life. I cant wait to sing again for the lovely people at St. Paul!”- Jon Wheelock

Below is a video of the event created by 2016 artist in residence Oliver Franklin Anderson.


Check out this throwback video from our chapel featuring co-founder Adriel Denae with The Dove & The Wolf, Erin Rae, and Coco Reilly. These artists came together while staying here for Mile of Music to sing Twain’s ‘Rare Feeling.’ The video was shot by Refuge photographer Justus Poehls and edited by Refuge sound engineer Sam Farrell.

Pop-Up Concert

Join Refuge artist J.S. Ondara and Tyler Childers along with J.E. Sunde for a Three Three Five Pop-Up Concert on Sunday, November 5th at Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay. A portion of proceeds will be donated back to Refuge Foundation for the Arts. Tickets are available in advance for $20 or at the door for $30. For more information, visit