Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias graced the stage at Monteverde Friends School last Saturday.  But as lovely as their rendition of “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” might have been, the old crooners were clearly upstaged by the variety of talent from students, parents and community members at the grade 11/12 Coffee House.

One special part of these evenings – and indeed, of the Monteverde community – is the loving acceptance of everyone’s gifts.  Every person on stage feels supported and appreciated, not in fear of ridicule.  What that does is draw out hidden talents and passions in all our students and friends.  For example, at intermission, a grade 11 student approached me (Willie Nelson) and asked if she could be included in the program, and if there was anyone on guitar to accompany her.  She said, “I see now that you don’t have to have the highest level of talent, just really enjoy sharing music.”  We quickly hooked her up with guitar-superstar J.P. to figure out their number, and another student ended up doing harmonies with her.

In addition to the photos below, we’re excited to be able to share the entire podcast (click here) of the evening, thanks to Marvelous Mari at Monteverde FM Community Radio.  So as you drive to work or do your workout or surf through the rest of the MFS website today, enjoy the creative energy and surprising talent here in the cloud forest.