Published 8:54 am Monday, March 5, 2007
By By Lydia Grimes – features writer
Brewton was one of just many stops on David Loar's southeast tour recently.
Loar is riding his bike from North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to New Orleans to raise funds for the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity's Musicians' Village.
The Musician's Village project, under honorary chairs Bradford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. will provide housing for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
The Dave Matthews Band has already issued a $1.5 million challenge grant to back up the project.
Habitat for Humanity has a goal of building 81 houses for the musicians and 150 in the surrounding Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood.
Loar has been a professional actor for 16 years, the past six as a member of the Blackfriars Resident Troupe of the American Shakespeare Center.
As a former resident of New Orleans, Loar said he was profoundly concerned about the city of New Orleans and its people after Hurricane Katrina. He worked in area for a period of time after the hurricane and has seen first hand the destruction.
Loar, along with his driver companion, David Smail, left North Myrtle Beach on the fourth of February on his journey of 1,000 miles. He rode through South Carolina and Georgia before traveling through Alabama.
If you would like to contribute or read Loar's comments, log onto http:///rideforhumanity.blogspot.com