Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Cupcakes from Sweet in Harvard Square were at a bake sale Saturday to benefit relief efforts in Japan. (Photo: Brian Del Vecchio)

Japan relief efforts have taken a delicious and tuneful turn, with a bake sale Saturday in Harvard Square and ongoing sales of a limited-edition live EP from the band Quiet Loudly.

Quiet Loudly is a Brooklyn, N.Y., quartet whose soulful rock has drawn a solid fan base in Cambridge — playing here is a homecoming for some members, who played in the local band Pinocchio Syndrome — and hopes those local fans will donate $5 for “Quiet Loudly: Live in Pittsburgh for Japan Relief,” recorded during a summer tour with GunFight! The six live tracks include four originals from the record “Soulgazer” and two covers: ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears” and Neil Young’s “Helpless,” performed with members of GunFight!.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward relief efforts in Japan, drummer and singer Sal Garro said.

Click here to donate and get the download link.

The Saturday bake sale included treats — cookies, pies, cakes and cupcakes — from UpStairs on the Square, Finale, Sweet Cupcake, Harvest, Henrietta’s Table and Rialto, all available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside UpStairs on the Square at 91 Winthrop St., with proceeds going to Peace Winds Japan, an NGO doing relief work on the ground in Japan.

There are more than 40 Bake Sale for Japan events happening around the country toward a $100,000 fundraising goal to help victims of the series of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear crises that began March 11, said Upstairs co-owner and event organizer Mary Catherine Deibel.

This one was to have some unique features, including Cambridge’s Yumi Izuyama leading a group of Japanese residents who will distribute bracelets and give lessons on how to fold origami cranes. People buying baked goods will get a crane and can make their own to send on to national sale organizer Samin Nosrat in San Francisco, who plans to forward the cranes to disaster victims.

An hour of Japanese folk tales began at 11 a.m., courtesy of Norah Dooley, of Massmouth, and other volunteers.

There was also to be “a limited amount” of tea donated by Somerville’s MEM Tea Importers, and “we’re hoping to sell some limited-edition Japan Relief posters created by local designer Travis Robertson and made available by Susan Corcoran of Black Ink,” Deibel said. Black Ink had its own relief effort March 25, when it held a sale with 20 percent of sales going to aid for Japan.

Members of the Cambridge Tsukuba Sister City Committee — Cambridge’s sister city of 26 years, Tsukuba, is getting refugees from the disaster in northeastern Japan — ask that people also consider continuing to send donations through:

  • The Consulate General of Japan, at 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston MA 02210, or by telephone at (617) 973-9772, which will send funds directly to Japan.
  • The American Red Cross, which will transfer tax-deductible funds to the Japanese Red Cross.

This post was updated to reflect that the Harvard Square bake sale ended. Information about the bake sale was taken from a press release.