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With Perfect Honalee, Peter Yarrow Brings ‘Puff’ to Campus

102710NewsAndNotes_YarrowCome frolic in the autumn mist with Peter Yarrow.

Yarrow, one-third of the iconic 60’s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs Wednesday, Nov. 3. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall.

Yarrow will sing and sign copies of his children’s books “Puff, the Magic Dragon” and “Songs for Little Folks.” “Puff” is of course based on the wistful song – co-written by Yarrow and recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary – about a boy who daydreams of visiting a dragon in the fantastic land of Honalee.

Yarrow’s visit is sponsored by the UNCG University Libraries. It is free and open to the public.

Yarrow wrote some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul and Mary recorded, including “Puff”, “Day Is Done”, “The Great Mandala” and “Light One Candle.” In addition to “Puff” and “Songs for Little Folks”, his children’s books include “Day Is Done” and the “Peter Yarrow Songbook” series, an anthology of American folk music for children.

As a performer and social activist, Yarrow has used music to inspire and bring people together to create a more just, peaceful and compassionate society. He has embraced many issues over the years, including equal and civil rights, human rights, hospice care, public broadcasting and the nuclear threat.

Yarrow’s most recent efforts are focused through a non-profit he founded in 1999 called Operation Respect, which disseminates a free program utilizing music, video and classroom curricula to help establish safe, compassionate and nurturing environments for children in schools and summer camps across America.

Operation Respect is based on his belief that music can be a powerful educational tool and source of inspiration for children and educators alike. Yarrow has received two honorary PhD’s for this work and a unanimous vote honoring the work of Operation Respect by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reflecting on his almost five decades of music-making, during which he has seen so many positive changes, Yarrow notes, “We’ve lived through a time in which people realized that, by working together, they could move towards a more just, more humane and peaceful world …. With strong voices and full hearts, in song and in deeds, we will carry on together for the generations yet to come.

Photograph by Kevin Mazur