NORTON - The tranquil sounds of folk music drifted through the Winslow Animal Sanctuary Sunday afternoon as the farm held its first music fundraiser, hoping to get a start on the funds needed to support the 200 rescued animals who live at the shelter throughout the winter months.

Over half a dozen local singer/songwriters, such as Butch McCarthy, Joanne Lurgio, Jan Luby, Ander Lewis, Lew Bones and others, were scheduled to play at the four-hour event.

Despite a slow start, over 60 people turned out to the sanctuary, their cars lining Eddy Street for several blocks.

"At first, it didn't look hopeful at all, but they're filling in," said owner Debra White.

The price of admission to the concert was the same as a regular visit, $10 for adults and $5 for children. Many patrons sat in folding chairs around the newly built stage to watch the musicians while dozens of others visited the animals.

While there was not a specific amount expected to be raised during the event, White was grateful for whatever patrons offered.

White said that in total $70,000 is needed to feed the animals and for the nonprofit sanctuary's upkeep December through February.

Future events at the animal sanctuary will be held every weekend in October, including an Octoberfest "Friendly Haunted Nature Trail." For more information, visit

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