Horizon Books - Traverse City MI

Buckets of Rain rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods through the development of urban gardens. Song for Hope is our annual fund raiser.

The 2017 Song for Hope Fundraiser is scheduled for August 17-20 – once again, we take over Downtown Traverse City in front of Horizon Books to play music and raise money and awareness for Buckets of Rain. This year we will feature local artists performing their favorite music, their way. Come on down and bring your friends!

Visit for the whole story. It’s really cool to turn music into vegetables – no magic required, just a lot of hard work.

Before the first song...

2017-08-16 10:00:00


Dennis Palmer

Performing Songwriter

Kirby Snively

Singer, Songwriter

Chris Skellenger

Chris Skellenger

Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Bob Dekorne

Bob Dekorne

Musician, Singer

Geno Miller

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and more!

The Duges

Musical Duo

Signup to Perform


Are you interested in helping us out by performing during the Songathon?

We have one hour time slots during the following days and times.

Thursday, August 17, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, August 18, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Click the button below to use our online signup app.



Through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots, Buckets of Rain diminishes urban blight, rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods, and feeds the homeless through partners like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and others. We have re-purposed 23 blighted lots into food production since 2013, and grown tens of thousands of servings of vegetables, free of charge, for our partners and neighbors.


The old neighborhoods of Detroit/Highland Park are home to thousands of struggling community members with little access to food and services, and virtually no access to fresh produce. Urban blight has infected these neighborhoods, opening the door for criminal activity on abandoned properties and destroying community cohesion. There are 50,000 abandoned and crumbling houses and at least that many that will be uninhabitable in the next few years.


Buckets of Rain was formed in 2006 and began by pioneering a unique type of gravity fed drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in Lesotho, as well as areas of Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Since 2012, we’ve turned our attention stateside, to struggling communities of Michigan, specifically in Detroit and Highland Parks long-crumbling neighborhoods


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Horizon Books



Horizon Books
243 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684


Volunteer performers for Buckets of Rain have set a new World Record for 3 years straight, singing the Woody Guthrie classic "This Land is Your Land" for 75 straight hours in 2016. Whew! Well since we already own that record, and several of us cannot even hear the song anymore without breading into a cold sweat, we're changing the "Song for Hope" event into a "Continuous Concert" concept for 2017, where out volunteer musicians can play anything they choose during their 1 hour set.

We'd love to have you volunteer to fundraise and perform.
-Simply register on this site, up a few scrolls, and you can choose a time to perform at that best suits you.
If you'd like to support a musician who has registered, scroll up to "Donate" and tell us who you'd like to help sponsor in this year's concert.
We can always use volunteers for some advance promotion and fundraising, and if time is tight, and donations are gratefully received.
Know a musician who could use the publicity - please help her or him register!! Got more time than money? We are always grateful to anyone who'd like to volunteer their time for a day of the event. If nothing else - Stop down and sing!!

No instrument necessary, no experience necessary, no talent necessary. Play sing, or tap a tambourin - whistle, fiddle, or pick - everyone is welcome to participate! Bring your choir, put a group together, get your kids involved, put the band back together, or just meet some new friends - all we ask is for acoustic-style instruments or very subtle amplification out of respect for our hosts and neighbors.

Yes! - We'll be live streaming the performance, have live WNMC remotes, excellent musicians, lots of support, and even own the whole street during 'Friday Night Live' on...well...Friday Night. We've got lights, light amplification, and a few axes around, so all you really need to do is register, fundraise, and come to jam!

Our efforts in Highland Park have created a sense of community in an area that is a fresh food wasteland otherwise. We clean up an abandoned site, plant trees, build raised bed vegetable gardens, and use local volunteers to tend the gardens and distribute the vegetables to the community, to shelters, schools and veterans programs. Last year, we distributed over 100,000 serving of fresh vegetables, and our goal is far larger. Your money supports us for the things we can’t recycle or reuse, like gasoline, nails and screws, and occasional repairs.

First and foremost, supporting a great cause! And secondly, the chance to win a prize from a number of local businesses. These prizes range from a show at a local bar, to a recording session, to dinner or golfing certificates!

(10) $50 Gift Cards from Team Elmers. (2) $50 Dinner Gift Certificates to Funistrada. (2) Pieces of Donated Artwork (1 piece by Greg Sobran & 1 by Allen Wrenn). (1) Living room Reading of the one act play "Blanche, Ophelia, & Lady M" from October Journey Productions - Tom Emmett. (1) Half-day Pontoon Rental - On the Narrows Marina. (2) Hand-made Guitars - Bob Dekorne. (1) Peace Pole - Dave Moffat

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