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The Hawthorn Tree to host Dry January Concert on Saturday to support COMEA Shelter


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne tea and herb shop The Hawthorn Tree is hosting a Dry January Concert on Saturday. All proceeds earned at the event will be donated to a local nonprofit organization.

The event is set to feature performances from local musicians Mason McTell and Ocean Plains. Susan Allen, owner of Hawthorn Tree, told Cap City News she is preparing special mocktails, teas and adaptogenic beverages for the event.

Allen’s idea to host a Dry January event, which challenges people to give up drinking during the first month of the year, came about almost by chance.

“It kind of just fell together that the musicians wanted to play at my store,” Allen said. She, McTell and Plains agreed that they wanted to donate any money earned to a nonprofit organization. They decided on the COMEA Shelter, which provides emergency shelter and transitional living arrangements for people in Cheyenne.

Allen said she has worked at a nonprofit organization in Greeley, Colorado, and has worked with the city’s local cold weather shelter. She said she has seen first-hand, through her work and struggles with addiction, how alcohol can serve as a barrier to the homeless population.

The Dry January Concert will take place from noon to 3 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are strongly encouraged to help support the COMEA Shelter.