I'm taking a little time off this summer to work on a new Immokalee book, BUT I'm available to perform if you need me!  I'll be posting a fall/winter schedule in the next few months.   Have a wonderful summer!

Previous events

Dec7

Holiday Juletrefest

No. Ft. Myers

Carlene will be singing, backed up by her guitar and piano, plus entertain with stories in between.

Tour of Immokalee - Renaissance Academy

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Naples, FL Target shopping lot

Carlene is a tour guide for this fascinating day visiting our nearby neighbor, Immokalee. Sights include RCMA's historical mural, the Collier County Pioneer Museum; Lake Trafford memorial gardens; Lake Trafford marina and rustic zoo; lunch at Lozano's restaurant; the newly constructed Our Lady of Guadalupe catholic church; produce shopping at the Farmer's Market; a stop at the Mexican bakery and a drive-through on the way home of nearby Ave Maria.

Immokalee 21st Century

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South #100, Naples, Fl 34102

THIS IS A COMPLETELY NEW IMMOKALEE PRESENTATION. Carlene is midway through writing a sequel to her 2012 book, Immokalee's Fields of Hope, and will share her observations of the community today. "Fields of Hope" became real, as children and grandchildren of immigrant farm workers we met in the first book have grown up, gone to college and come back to Immokalee to give back to the community they love. From corporate agriculture to many alternatives today, we discuss the question, "Is agriculture dead in Immokalee?" Yet still today, many of Immokalee's residents still are not here legally, and we will discuss the reasons why - the ins and outs of immigration policies and their effect on the town. Fulfilling the dream focuses on schools, sports, and non-profits, followed by a discussion of perceptions from inside and outside, poverty, race and divisions, and finally answering the question, "What is American?"

Judy, Joni & Joan

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FGCU Renaissance Academy, 1010 5th Avenue South #100, Naples, Fl 34102

Judy, Joni & Joan - The music of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez helped inspire a generation through the 1960s, one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, and continues to inspire us today. While only Joan Baez sang at Woodstock, Joni Mitchell watched it on TV from a New York hotel room and wrote the ultimate song about the festival: Woodstock. The political, social and cultural views that led to their amazing music will be woven with Carlene's performance of them in her voice that was strongly influenced by Judy, Joni and Joan. Join us as she sings a selection of their songs and shares their history in this historical musical presentation.

Judy, Joni & Joan

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The Arlington, Naples, Fl

Judy, Joni & Joan - The music of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez helped inspire a generation through the 1960s, one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, and continues to inspire us today. While only Joan Baez sang at Woodstock, Joni Mitchell watched it on TV from a New York hotel room and wrote the ultimate song about the festival: Woodstock. The political, social and cultural views that led to their amazing music will be woven with Carlene's performance of them in her voice that was strongly influenced by Judy, Joni and Joan. Join us as she sings a selection of their songs and shares their history in this historical musical presentation.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

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Keylime Bistro, Captiva, FL

Carlene will be paired with Sawyer Fredricks, the youngest person to ever win the voice. You'll remember him with his long blonde hair and hat!

Woodstock 50th Anniversary

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Bethel Woods Center, Bethel, NY

I'll be ATTENDING the 50th Woodstock Anniversary at the original site that is now a Music venue. I can't wait to see what new songs might be inspired by this celebration!

Woodstock Memories

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The Landings History Club, Ft. Myers, FL

Carlene Thissen takes you back to August, 1969, to the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Experience the music of the times, dance if you like, view photographs and hear Carlene tell personal memories of Three days of Peace and Music.

Tour of Immokalee - Bentley Vi

Immokalee, Immokalee, FL 34142

An all-day tour of the agricultural town of Immokalee, including history, the Lake Trafford pier and marina, organizations that serve the people of Immokalee, lunch at Lozano's restaurant, the farmer's market, Mexican bakery and more!

Pinwheels at the Pier

Naples Pier, 25 12th Avenue South, Naples, Fl 34102

Pinwheels @ the Pier is the Children’s Advocacy Center’s child abuse prevention month activity bringing attention to the plight of children in our community that have suffered abuse. Carlene Thissen will be singing a song she wrote for this event and help plant pinwheels in the sand as a physical embodiment, and reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children. This time, we are going to break the Guinness Book of World Records!

Tour of Immokalee - private group

Immokalee, Florida 34142

An all-day tour of the agricultural town of Immokalee, including a stop at tomato fields, history of the community, Mexican Bakery, RCMA's historical mural, Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, the Lake Trafford pier and marina, organizations that serve the people of Immokalee, lunch at El Taquito restaurant, a stop the farmer's market, and a stop in Ave Maria on the way home!

Immokalee Tour FGCU private group

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Immokalee, Florida 34142

An all-day tour of the agricultural town of Immokalee, including history, the Lake Trafford pier and marina, organizations that serve the people of Immokalee, lunch at Lozano's restaurant, the farmer's market, Mexican bakery and more!

Woodstock Memories

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Captiva Library , 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

Join Carlene for this multi-media presentation as she shares her own memories of Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August, 1969. Dress in your best hippie clothes for stories and music that was performed at Woodstock, all backed by a slide show and Carlene singing and playing guitar.

Father Richard Sanders Called From Silence

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FGCU Naples Center, 1010 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102

Learn about the first Spanish-speaking priest to minister to farm workers in Naples' St. Peter the Apostle Church, who then moved to Immokalee where he died in 1985. We will cover his first and second funerals and his legacy that continues today.