|By Nick Robinson|
Magdalena’s throws bash to help keep doors open
In less than five years, Magdalena’s Tea House has become a haven for live music, art, poetry and comedy, served with tea, coffee and a rare-in-these-parts menu of vegan and raw foods.
On Saturday, Magdalena’s will host “Dream Up! A Positively Visionary Collective Concert,” a daylong concert and silent auction to benefit the teahouse. But in typical Magdalena’s fashion, it’s about more than raising money.
Fossum’s father owned a record store in Lansing, where she grew up, and she liked the atmosphere of people always coming in. Creating community was important, and something she fostered at Magdalena’s. “The teahouse has always been about community,” she said. “We’re having some struggles as a community, and it’s important to come together.”
DeShaun Snead, a student in Michigan State University’s Jazz Studies program, helped Fossum organize the event. She started working with the teahouse by hosting an open mic night and has also performed concerts there.
Snead and Fossum will also give concertgoers the chance to make a personal Dream Tree, a sort of diagram meant to help people focus on where they come from and what they want out of life. Roots represent your past, the trunk is your strengths, the branches your goals, and so on.
Fossum and Snead have high hopes for the event. “We want people to have a good time while taking an opportunity to create something for themselves,” Fossum said. “Take one day and turn away from the negative in our lives and focus on the positive.”
‘Dream Up! A Positively Visionary Collective Concert’