Retreat center hosts Summer Jam Concert


NEW HARTFORD — St. Margaret’s Ecumenical and Retreat Center at 47 Jordan Road will hold a Summer Jam Concert and Dessert Social with Billboard-charting singer-songwriter Sherry Anne and regionally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Donna Mucks on Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Admission is free. A benefit offering will be invited. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair. If it rains, the event will be held indoors.

St. Margaret’s Ecumenical and Retreat Center in New Hartford was built in 1937, inspired by Rachel Munson Williams Proctor’s visit to St. Margaret’s Convent in Sussex, England. Upon her return to the U.S., Rachel’s generosity afforded a home for the Sisters of St. Margaret to be established in Utica.

A bequest from Rachel and Frederick Proctor built the site in New Hartford; while the Sisters were in residence there they welcomed people of all faiths. Today, Executive Director Judith H. Reilly and a non-profit Board of Trustees carry on St. Margaret’s tradition of hospitality. Learn more at 

Born with a bilateral hearing and speech impairment, Billboard-charting singer-songwriter Sherry Anne has faced many challenges and share inspiration through uplifting messages of faith and hope to encourage others to overcome whatever their life obstacle may be.

Sherry Anne sings with an elegant voice and has appeared as a special guest at Bill Gaither and The Gaither Vocal Band events. Her outreach encompasses music ministry and inspirational speaking. Sherry Anne has authored two children’s books and has recently recorded her 8th CD and a new music video releasing this fall. Learn more at 

Donna Mucks was on a mountain retreat when she was gifted with the inspiration for her first song. At the time, she only knew how to play two chords on a guitar. Today, her gentle, folksy style has been compared to John Denver and Karen Carpenter. One of her favorite singers is Willie Nelson for his “do it my way” attitude and how he crafts a story in song. An accomplished songwriter, Mucks is also a children’s book author, penning “Good Days” tales of her two dogs. She has often share her gifts of song and storytelling at children’s hospitals and for military veterans. Learn more at 


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