Monday, February 18, 2008

Songwriters Exchange March 9 @ 7:00pm

Pompanuck Farm began the new monthly Songwriters Exchange In February, which by all accounts was a great evening. Pompanuck's Round House offers a beautiful, relaxed and intimate setting for live performances and fluid conversation about the creative process. "Inspired" was the word of the evening as audience members and performers engaged in thinking together about this mysterious subject of songwriting- from individual methods and inspiration, to the song that just "bubbles up" as compared to the concept of crafting a song over time, from the importance of songs that have "moved mountains" in history to the equal importance of the restorative effects of playing for oneself.

Pompanuck invites audience members listen to original music and join in the conversation with area songwriters, Athena Burke, Deena Smith Chappell, Scott Carrino, Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and JoAnne Spies On March 9 at 7:00pm In April, The Exchange will be on Sunday, the 13th.

This monthly evening of (acoustic) performance and conversation is offered to foster an exchange of music and ideas. Participants have the opportunity to present original material, including works in progress, to each other as well as to an audience. These evenings will offer songwriters an environment of respectful listening from both the other presenters and the audience, giving them the chance to talk about the songwriting process as well as present original material with an emphasis on support and exploration and de-emphasizing performance and critique.

Songwriters are encouraged to present songs as solo performances whenever possible to get a sense of the structure of the material (except when necessary as in the case of overlapping lyrics). This is not a workshop, open mic or variety show but an opportunity to share original work and cultivate the creative process. The evening may end with a 10 -15 minute jam.

Each participant will have at least 10-15 minutes to perform a piece and have time for talk, questions and discussion. After a break for refreshments, performers will have the chance to play another song or two.

There will be a $5 charge for audience members. Desserts, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

Please contact Scott or Ferrilyn if you'd like to sign up as a performer.

Please visit to see detail of this and other events and for info and directions to Pompanuck Farm 494 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816 518.677.5552

The goal of the Songwriter Exchanges is to foster the arts in our community, bring together area songwriters and to share the creative process along the way.

Scott Carrino
Ferrilyn Sourdiffe

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Alberto's Great Escape Wednesday March 12

Alberto's Great Escape
at Pompanuck Farm

On Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00pm, Pompanuck Farm will present Alberto’s Great Escape. A play conceived, written and performed by Carlo Adinolfi and Concrete Temple Theatre.

Elements of dance, clowning, and Commedia dell'Arte bring to life this heart-warming tale, exploring dreams of adventure, the difficulties of leaving home and what it means to be Italian!

The hero of the story is an Italian postal worker who, frustrated by his dead end job, finally reaches the end of his tether and decides to leave home and see the world. However, he is riven by indecision as he finds the gravitational pull of his family and the things he values most more than he can bear. In the confusion of attempting to leave, he bumps his head and enters a strange fantasy world in which he meets the Florida Sunshine Girl. A fantastical journey ensues in which he dances the tarantella, becomes trapped within the walls of his apartment, and battles Strega Cecila. His battle with the witch finally wakes him from his stupor, to find that all along he had the freedom to leave and fulfill his dreams.

Alberto's Great Escape is a charming, touching tale inspired by the profound pathos of the clown combined with the communal folk memory of (Italian born) Carlo and (Italian American) Renee's families. The band 'Le Nozze di Carlo' has created and recorded original Italian folk music for the piece.

Children will love the physical clowning moments in Alberto's Great Escape, while adults will appreciate Alberto's quest and the poetic language.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 518.677.5552 for reservations.

Concrete Temple Theatre is a multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, and the visual arts, which focus on the individual's struggle for identity and society's struggle for cohesion. Through touring and presenting workshops in New York City, nationally, and internationally, Concrete Temple Theatre strives to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialog, while making connections and opportunities for diverse audiences to question and examine their place in the world.

Pompanuck Farm is a not-for-profit eco-retreat center dedicated to sustainability and education in the visual, environmental, movement, musical and healing arts, for children and families.
Please visit to see the schedule and for info and directions to Pompanuck Farm 494 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816 518.677.5552

Friday, February 15, 2008

Women's Retreat Day changed to March 2, 2008

Friends, We are pleased to offer this popular day again for March!
*Notice: We have decided to reschedule the women's retreat for Sunday because there is a substantial snow storm predicted for Saturday.

Women’s Retreat Day
March 2 , 2008

Please consider joining us at Pompanuck for our first Women’s Retreat Day of 2008 on Sunday, March 2nd. We follow with a general description to guide you in getting the greatest benefits from your retreat day at Pompanuck.

Begin by asking yourself what kind of day you really want. Do you want to bring a friend or do you need to be nurtured in solitude? You can design a day that best suits your needs and time frame.

There is a cover charge of $50 per person for the day. This includes the Tai Ji class, lunch and beverages, art class, all-day use of the sauna, the grounds, the art studio and the Round House. In addition to these activities you may schedule a massage, a pedicure, or a facial, or any combination thereof. For those of you who cannot spend the entire day there is a $30 fee for a half day. Between scheduled activities you are free to sauna, walk the trails, breathe the mountain air, knit and drink tea in the upstairs great room, or take a nap.


9:30 - Arrival: Participants arrive and gather in the Round House to check in and enjoy a hot beverage.
10:00 – 11:00 Gentle Tai Ji class with Scott Carrino - appropriate for beginners.
10:00 – 4:00 Body work appointments. Call 677–5552.
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch in the Round House Kitchen.
4:00 – 5:00 Moving and Painting to Music in the art studio.
6:00 – Closing. Enjoy a beverage and some nibbles as you wind down the day. Sense the feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation you have experienced. Ah.

Spa Treatments

Massage - $75 full body massage
Pedicure - $50 includes salt scrub, herbal soak, foot and leg massage, nail polish and finisher.
Facial - $40 includes mud mask, herbal rinse, face, head and neck massage.

Ashley Bridge, Lisa Carrino, Mandy Hill, Charlene Pray, Scott Carrino
Please call ahead, 518-677-5552, to reserve appointment times.

Lunch Menu

Mushroom Bisque

Hearth Baked Rosemary Bread
Wings of Life Salad Bar – Assorted Greens, sprouts, peppers, carrots, crumbled feta,
marinated roasted tofu, chicken, and delicious homemade dressings.

Triple Chocolate cake with Kahlua laced whipped cream
or Greek Honey Walnut cake with Orange Lemon Honey Syrup. Yum...