LAKE COUNTY -- Ann Arbor based singer/songwriter Kitty Donohoe will kick off the Lake County Historical Society's 2020 FOLK FRIDAYS music and performance series with her concert at 7 p.m., Friday, July 17, at the Lake County Historical Museum, 915 N. Michigan, Baldwin.

Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage. She is known for her earthy and compelling songs based on her American roots, playing guitar, cittern, and piano.

Her voice, her musicality and her songwriting have been praised by many including WFMT-Chicago, Sing Out! Magazine and the Lansing State Journal. She has played throughout the United States and Ireland and has shared the stage with folk greats Steve Goodman, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, Bruce Cockburn and others during her career. She has six recordings available which cover a wide range of her music.

Kitty wrote a commemorative song called "There Are No Words" on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to the Emmy she received for the song, it was featured in a documentary which led to her performing the song live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008. We hope she will grace our stage Friday night with her performance of this special song.

The concerts have been moved outside this year due to the pandemic but the Museum is extremely happy to be able to still present the series this summer. The concerts are supported in part through grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Baldwin Downtown Development Authority.

The concert is free. It is a rain or shine event. Everyone is asked to bring their own lawn chair. The property will open at 6 p.m. for seating and parking.

The performance will take place at the Boat House at the open barn doors on the north side of the museum facility. There will be a designated seating area in the parking lot and grassy area immediately north of the Boat House with parking for those wishing to remaining in their cars beyond that.

The Museum requests that everyone wear facial masks/coverings and practice social distancing with family groups sitting six feet from each other. It is our primary concern that the audience is kept safe and as protected as is possible from the spread of Covid-19.

It should be noted that if the audience does not follow the Museum's protocol for the concerts, the remaining ones will be canceled. We trust that everyone will comply and that we can all enjoy some wonderful folk music this summer.

For further information or questions, please contact the Museum at (231) 898-6500.