Mandan News

Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers celebrate the holidays

Christmas with Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers is coming to the O.N.E. in Mandan on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas with Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers

Christmas with Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers

The event is presented by the God’s Child Project and a free will donation is asked as an entrance fee. Jill Wiese is a bassist and sings for Cotton Wood, a bluegrass band from around the Washburn area,, she came up with the event after she and her daughters Kayla Wiese and Ashley Stewart traveled to Guatemala with a God’s Child Project service team.

“The ladies are throwing the concert because they want to help all of the children they worked with in our school and center for malnourished children,” said Kristin Clouston, special activities coordinator for God’s Child Project.

“We’re hosting it as a fundraiser to help care for and educate poverty stricken boys and girls in the United States, Central America and Africa,” said Clouston.

The apple does not fall far from the tree, because Jill’s daughters Ashley and Kayla along with Ashley’s husband, Danny Stewart, are performing bluegrass along side other bands such Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers.

Cotton Wood is made up of members Jill Wiese, Lee Benjamin, Keith Koch and Dan Foster. While the Prairie Meddlers are made of band members Mike Swenson, Andrea Ficek and Brian Gray.

Also performing is Mandan’s very own Brianna Helbling who is singing and playing guitar. Helbling goes to Mandan Middle School and wows the crowds wherever she plays.

Other activities are available at the event such as an ugly sweater contest, a photo booth by Awesome 2 Products, a silent auction, door prizes and food, beer and drinks available from Central Market, Papa Murphy’s and Wal-Mart.

“People can purchase anything from home decor to coffee, books, purses and jewelry. 100% of the proceeds will go towards charity,” said Clouston.

O.N.E. was getting into the holiday spirit and gave the venue for free for the Christmas with Cotton Wood and the Prairie Meddlers event.

By Katie Jones, editor