Save the Green River Schoolhouse

$36,600 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 132 people in 26 months
Judith Banker
on behalf of Johnny Williams
 ANN ARBOR, MI
The Green River Schoolhouse is a family and community treasure and we need your help to save it!  Built in the late 1800's by John Dow Williams and his three older sons, with the help of the Johnson Lumber Company and the entire community, the schoolhouse began holding classes in 1886.    Located on the corner of Green River Road and Cedar River Road, with the Green River flowing directly under the property, the schoolhouse came to be known as the Green River Schoolhouse.

...a little history
Generations of the Williams family were taught in the Green River Schoolhouse as it passed hands from the grandfather John Dow Williams, to his son, John Dow Jr., and finally to its current owner, John Dow (Johnny) Williams III.  Johnny has made the beloved Green River Schoolhouse part of the community since he bought it from his parents in 2002, bringing in touring and local musicians to perform on weekends, hosting weddings, classes, recording sessions and other events year 'round.

In the last few years, despite constant upkeep and tender care, the schoolhouse roof and chimney have fallen into serious disrepair. Unless the roof (which is composed of layers of slate shingles topped with asphalt shingles) and the chimney (which had to be taken down) can be restored, the ensuing water damage will make the building unuseable. 

Here's where we need you!!
Our community is gathering together to help Johnny (and us) keep the schoolhouse in operation by organizing this fundraising campaign.  Johnny is a retired special education teacher and does not have the funds to bankroll the sizeable cost of properly restoring the roof and chimney, as well as the deteriorating front sand/cement porch and other essential features of this historical building. Using local resources for materials and labor, we estimate it will take $40,000 to bring the schoolhouse back to proper working order. 

We are turning to our community---to those who have performed and listened to music in that beautiful room over the years, to those who have gathered in the schoolhouse to dance, to celebrate, to be together at a loved one's funeral,  to those who have attended Johnny's popular summer Hootenanny music festival and to those who cherish perserving our treasured historical buildings---to help us raise the funds to save the Green River Schoolhouse!

Any amount is most gratefully received and will go directly to cover labor and materials for the restoration.

Johnny Williams will manage the funds and the repair project. He has been the steward of the Green River Schoolhouse since 2002 and generously provided this special venue to members of the community for square dances, yoga classes, musical recording projects, weddings, funerals, live music concerts, and community picnics.  Johnny is well-known and respected for his strong sense of community and commitment to the preservation of the land and character of the Jordan Valley.  Our goal is to preserve the  Green River Schoolhouse for many generations to come.

Thank you for your help!
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Big, big thank you to all the wonderful artists and others including emcee Jim Manheim, Pilar's Tamales and El Harissa cafe, who contributed to the amazing event this past Sunday celebrating the release of Johnny Williams' CD, Gotcha Covered and to raise funds for our Save the Green River Schoolhouse campaign. The rain and tornado warnings didn't keep us down! We raised $1270 toward our goal--including $800 from ticket sales and $470 in generous on site donations from John & Lyn Newmyer, Doug Selby, Xiaoli (Jasmine) XU and Dave Stead, Kim & Mike Lucas and family, and Peter Smith. What a wonderful time we all had!
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Tune in to Phil Maq's Prime Time Theme Attic Show on 89.3 WHFR.FM Monday, 5/6, 8-10 to catch Phil chatting with Johnny Williams and Judy Banker about Johnny's new double-CD, Gotcha Covered, the CD Release and Schoolhouse Benefit at Johnny's Speakeasy on Sunday, May 19, 3-6 p.m., and our GoFundMe campaign, as well as Johnny playing a few of his original tunes. It's going to be a blast! Listen live at https://WHFR.FM/STREAMER.
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Coming Sunday, 5/19, 3-6 p.m. at Johnny's Speakeasy, we'll be celebrating the release of Johnny Williams' CD, Gotcha Covered, a double CD of Johnny's original songs performed by over a dozen of his Michigan musician friends and a couple by Johnny himself. Almost all of those musicians will be performing at this show, to help raise the $5000 needed to top off our goal for this campaign and complete the heating and cooling repairs on the Schoolhouse. Check out the lineup here. Thank you to all who have so generously contributed time, talent, and funds to save the Schoolhouse! You all rock!
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Alright friends -- an event you've all been waiting for! Save the Date, Sunday May 19, 3-6 pm for the official CD release for Johnny's CD "Gotcha Covered" at Johnny's Speakeasy! Almost all the artists who recorded Johnny's songs will be performing as well as a special performance by The Sidemen--one of the coolest groups around (ft. John Sperendi, Jim Latini, Dave Keeney, Sophia Hanifi and Tony Pace). All proceeds will go to help us top off our GoFundMe campaign so that the remaining critical repairs can be completed at the Green River Schoolhouse. Ticket information and more to come!
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Shannon OBrien
19 months ago
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Oh my goodness.. I wonder if Al and I could swing this? A week in Green River land??! I will check in with him when he gets home. Mary, what a beautiful gift!!!

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Michael Ewing
22 months ago
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YEA!!!! So glad to see this getting done! :-) :-) Thanks Judith for your help with this project!!!

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Cathy Cooper Ferguson
10 months ago

Darn! I will be in the UP visiting my family! Maybe next year!

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Shannon OBrien
15 months ago

I am grateful to be a part of this. Thank-you!

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$36,600 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 132 people in 26 months
Created April 26, 2017
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$26
Andrew Kanitz
20 days ago

Thanks for all of the great music and stories! Best of luck!

$25
Shannon OBrien
25 days ago
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This is an amazing scene. PERIOD!!!

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Anonymous
25 days ago
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GB
$800
Gotcha Covered CD Release & Benefit
25 days ago (Offline Donation)
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PS
$70
Peter Smith
25 days ago (Offline Donation)
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XS
$100
Xiaoli (Jasmine) XU and Dave Stead
25 days ago (Offline Donation)
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KF
$100
Kim & Mike Lucas and family
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DS
$100
Doug Selby
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JN
$100
John & Lynn Newmyer
25 days ago (Offline Donation)
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$100
BillyBilly Brandt
28 days ago
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Sorry I did not make it man. I’d love a copy of the CD how do I buy write you a personal check or on this.

Shannon OBrien
19 months ago
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Oh my goodness.. I wonder if Al and I could swing this? A week in Green River land??! I will check in with him when he gets home. Mary, what a beautiful gift!!!

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Michael Ewing
22 months ago
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YEA!!!! So glad to see this getting done! :-) :-) Thanks Judith for your help with this project!!!

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Cathy Cooper Ferguson
10 months ago

Darn! I will be in the UP visiting my family! Maybe next year!

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Shannon OBrien
15 months ago

I am grateful to be a part of this. Thank-you!

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