June 2003, Saturday
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Nature Art Program
Time: 10:00am
Location: Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Route 9D in Wappingers Falls
Come to Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center on Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 am and have fun learning about the environment through art. Bring drawing paper and a pencil. All ages welcome.

Please pre-register by calling Stony Kill at (845) 831-8780.

Summer Hike at Stony Kill
Time: 10:00am
Location: Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Route 9D in Wappingers Falls
Summer's scents and sounds are upon us. Celebrate the official first day of summer with a hike on the Freedom Trail at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center on Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 am.

Please call (845) 831-8780 to pre-register.

Tribes Hill Music Festival
Time: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Hammond House in Valhalla
Tribes Hill, a non-profit organization supporting regional musicians, presents an all-day, all-ages concert featuring the area’s most established musicians and up-and-coming singer-songwriters. An open mic session will kick off the day.

The Music Festival will give fans the opportunity to not only hear Tribes Hill artists, but also to meet them in a friendly and casual environment. There will be raffles and surprises throughout the day. Artists on-hand will sell and sign their CDs. At 3:00PM there will be a hands-on, interactive music session especially for kids. Food from Tarrytown’s Custom Cuisine will be available for purchase.

Tribes Hill works to unite musicians, music lovers and their patrons, to create a supportive and spiritual community where independent music can thrive. The Festival takes place at the historic Hammond House in Valhalla, home to both the organization and its leader, Rick Rock. Rick carefully chooses artists with a message that aligns to the mission of Tribes. The Festival’s lineup reflects the wealth of talent in the group.

Songwriting rounds will feature Joziah and Sharkey of Gandalf Murphy, Susan Kane, Dan Scanell, Iris Cohen, Lara Herscovitch, Fred Gillen Jr, Pat Wictor, Todd Giudice, Too Human, Marc Von Em, Cadence Carroll, and Steve Kirkman.

Suggested donation for the Tribes Hill Music Festival is $10/person.

Bel Canto's recital & reception
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SUNY New Paltz Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall G
A song in the heart and twinkle in the eye will greet guests of Bel Cantos' gala recital and reception. Participants from the Bel Canto Institute Summer Program will present an afternoon of bel canto songs and arias on Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m. The program's coaches will accompany the singers. The coaches include Jane Bakken Klaviter, Millard Altman, Gildo Di Nunzio, and Whit Kellogg, all of whom are or have been Assistant Conductors with the Metropolitan Opera. A $15 ($10 senior) donation is requested.

Join the participants, after the recital, as they celebrate the program finale with a five course Italian dinner. The dinner will occur at the renowned Loft restaurant on Main Street in New Paltz. A reservation is required for the dinner but not the recital. The cost of the dinner is $50. For further information, please call 845-883-9787 or E-mail belcantoinst@aol.com.

Fire Towers of the Catskills
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Cragsmoor Free Library, Cragsmoor Road
At the turn of the century, fires raged out of control in many of our vast wooded areas. In response, the state began to build fire towers. Between 1910 and 1950, more than 20 towers were constructed, made of steel with cabs to protect observers.

By 1970, fire towers had become obsolete. Some towers were destroyed, some sold and others left behind to fall victim to vandals and the elements.

Three years ago, Martin Podskoch, a teacher from Delaware academy in Delhi, began recording reminiscences of fire observers, aerial surveillance pilots and the forest rangers who supervised them. His well-illustrated book, "Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore," documents the era of fire towers in the Catskills and Shawangunks and the resurgence of interest in them today.

Pokskoch will appear at the Cragsmoor Fire House, which is located on Sam’s Point Road, one mile from Route 52 off Cragsmoor Road. He will entertain us with storytelling and present a slide show. Call 647-4611 for more information.

Jill Clayburgh to star in "The Crazy Girl"
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Susan Shiva Stein Theater, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
Jill Clayburgh, a movie, television, and theater veteran whose talent and élan have kept audiences enthralled for over thirty years, will perform with her daughter, actress Lily Rabe, in the opening production of the Powerhouse Theater¹s special presentation line-up, ³The Crazy Girl.²

This season Clayburgh will star in playwright Frank Pugliese¹s ³The Crazy Girl,² a story that follows a young New Yorker¹s retreat to her mother¹s suburban home during the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack. The daughter¹s sanctuary, however, becomes shrouded with disillusion as she finds enemies disguised as lovers, family, and her own self. Jill will play ³Stacey,² a mother struggling with the failures and disappointments of an unfulfilled life, but still attempting to repair a severed relationship with her emotionally disturbed daughter.

³The Crazy Girl² will be the first special presentation of the 2003 Powerhouse Summer Theater season. Written by renowned playwright Frank Pugliese, the show will be performed at the Susan Shiva Stein Theater and runs June 27-29. Shows June 27 and 28 at 8pm and June 29 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by calling (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599, or by visiting the Box Office at Vassar College in person.

1893 "Viking" ship visit to Newburgh
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, NY
The excitement of Viking life and the heritage of Norway will be available for all to see and hear at the free "Viking Ship Celebration" in Newburgh NY. This "Sons of Norway"-sponsored festival of Scandinavian music, art, and Nordic maritime history will be presented on the 110th anniversary of the remarkable trans-Atlantic voyage of an exact replica of the ancient Gokstad Viking ship.

The on-stage activities will include a one-man play, by Rolf Stang the Norwegian-American actor and singer, depicting Erik the Red. There will also be Norwegian folk dancers, a performance by a Scandinavian accordion club, and a fashion show of both Viking attire and folk costumes from Norway.

On the lawn, there will be a recreated Viking village interpreted by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, some Norwegian elkhounds ("Viking dogs"), and a fjord hest (Norwegian breed of horse), in addition to demonstrations of the Viking game of kubb.

At 7:00 that evening, a concert of Norwegian music, performed by the renowned violinist Ole Bohn (flown in from Norway for this performance) and American piano virtuoso Donald Berman will begin inside Grace United Methodist Church, at 468 Broadway in Newburgh.

For more information about the June 28 Viking Ship Celebration at Washington's Headquarters, please visit http://viking.1893.home.att.net/ or telephone Norman Arntzen at the Save Our Viking Ship Committee: 860-945-8741.

Washington's Headquarters encompasses the 1750-70 Hasbrouck farmhouse, used by Gen. George Washington in 1782-83, and the adjacent museum, currently hosting the "First In The Nation" exhibition, open from 10 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. There is a fee for the guided tour.

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