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Saturday, St. Joseph’s Historic Church will be filled once again with the sound of music.

For the second year, Acoustic Junction will take place at the landmark 13497 Lower McDowell Rd., according to Bob Cervera, the mastermind behind the event.

Donations raised through the concert will go toward restoring the old church, as they did the last time Acoustic Junction was held at St. Joe’s.

Though donations for the church are welcome, people may attend the event free of charge. Cervera said he and other performers have gone out of their way to keep the event free to the public.

“It’s just a cool event and I’ve enjoyed doing it,” he said. “At the point in time when a lot of money starts becoming involved, then I’m not interested anymore. It takes the fun out of it."

According to Cervera, funds raised during the previous event at the church — a little more than $1,000 — helped pay for new windows and a new door for the Geary County landmark.

“There’s still no electricity out there, so we run the event off of generators,” he said. “So we have lighting and we have heat in there.”

The church dates back to the early 1900s, according to the Geary County Historical Society’s website. There was also a church built on that site in 1870. It was among the first churches in the area.

There is also a cemetery associated with the church, which is maintained to this day by McDowell Creek community members.

The inside of the church is still a work in progress, but Cervera feels the atmosphere in the old church is second to none.

“When they get that all done, it’s going to be the neatest place around here to go,” he said.

The goal in restoring the church is to turn it into a community center.

“It’s got a ways to go,” Cervera said. “They’re just chipping away at it a little bit at a time. But I think even from last year, people who come to the event this time are going to — they’ll see the difference.”

In any case, he’s happy to help preserve a historic piece of architecture.

“You see so many of those old structures just go to pot,” Cervera said. “They just ignore them or tear them down."

On the roster for Acoustic Junction this time around is the Junction City High School chamber orchestra, the Guys on the Creek, Davis Roe and Josh Childs, Rob Watson and Charles Kolacny, the Church Ladies, and Cervera’s own band, Quitting’ Time.

At 6:30 p.m., the event starts with a social hour. Refreshments will be available. From 7 until 9 p.m., the concert itself takes place.

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