Meet Jackie Jones. She is an 88-year-old musician who plays 1920’s jazz tunes on a washboard guitar, accompanied by a wooden tap-dancing cat, at the oldest farmers market in San Francisco. Her one-woman band has been captivating audiences at Alemany Farmers Market for over 15 years.
Last year, Jackie took a terrible fall in her home, breaking her foot and fracturing bones in both of her legs. She has been homebound ever since and, despite her age and the obvious challenges she continues to face regaining her independence, she fully intends to return – somehow! – with her wooden cat to the farmers market as soon as possible.
I launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help Jackie get back on her feet! We beat our initial goal of $5,000 in less than two days and are still going!