Give To The Max program will bring music to Harmony

If all goes as planned, kids will be enjoying instruments similar to these as the proposed Freenotes Musical Park in Harmony. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Examples of some of the musical sculpture and instruments that may be part of the proposed Freenotes Musical Park in Harmony are shown above. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Some things just seem to go together: peanut butter and jelly; bacon and eggs; little boys and puppies; and music and harmony. The community of Harmony has been linked with many musical endeavors over the years: the Harmony Community Band; various community musicals, as well as more recently, the Live Arts Jams, all featuring the talents of local musicians.

So it seems quite appropriate that a number of movers and shakers of this Fillmore County community are working together to create the Freenotes Musical Park. The musical park will be located at the Harmony-Preston State Trailhead, also known as North Park, just north of the downtown district in Harmony.

An international company known as Freenotes Harmony Park will be providing the various components for the park. Freenotes is the industry leader in outdoor musical instruments. Invented by Grammy award-winning musician Richard Cooke more than 20 years ago, these innovatively designed instruments are durable, sustainable, and perfectly-tuned sound sculptures that enhance any outdoor space. Freenotes has musical instrument installations on five continents including North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. In the United States, they have installations in all 50 states.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, area residents will have an opportunity to help make the Freenotes Musical Park in Harmony a reality by supporting the 24-hour fundraising event known as Give To The Max Day. Give To The Max, originally known as GiveMN, was launched in 2009 as a collaborative venture led by the Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make Minnesota a better place. Organizers of the state-wide event were looking for a program that could generate money on the local level that would help fund local programs and projects. 

The initial Give To The Max Day touched off a blast of online giving, totaling $14 million in just 24 hours. Since that trial run in 2009, Give To The Max Day has become an annual event in Harmony, championed by the Harmony Area Community Foundation.

This is the sixth year of Harmony’s involvement in the Give To The Max program. The HACF has been able to donate more than $200,000 to Harmony area groups and organization from money raised by this program and other events.

How to donate

There are several ways to give during the 24-hour period on Nov. 15. One is by logging onto using your credit or debit card. A second is by writing a check and sending it to PO Box 342, Harmony, or delivering it to Steve Donney’s office at 17 Center Street East on or before Nov. 15.

Matching grants increase donations

Four additional matching grants have been made available during this drive. A $1 for each $3 given up to $1,000 by First Southeast Bank of Harmony and Canton; a $1 for each $3 given up to $1,000 by Harmony Enterprises; a Tim Penny Match: $100 match for any new donor contribution of $100 or more (or for anyone that hasn’t given in the last three years) for the general endowment fund and up to two, major gifts of $5,000 or more will be matched $2,500 by Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund (SMIF) for the general endowment.

“The Freenotes Musical Park will be such a wonderful addition to our North Park,” Sandy Strozyk said. She is the chair of the local Give To The Max Day. “This is just one of the many ways the HACF is making the Harmony area a better place to live. I had a chance to see children and adults enjoy the musical park located in Hastings recently. It really is a great way for the young and old alike to enjoy music. And what a great asset for a community named Harmony!”

For more information, log on to the Harmony Community Foundation website.