Friday, October 31, 2008

Songwriters Showcase November 9th

Pompanuck Farm Presents Songwriters Showcase November 9th

(White Creek, NY) Pompanuck Farm is presenting a songwriters showcase on Sunday, November 9th at 6:30 pm. The event will highlight four accomplished songwriters from the surrounding region. The artists will share original material with the audience and then discuss their songwriting process in an open forum setting. Audience members and the songwriters are encouraged to participate in a lively, in-depth conversation about the creative process of forming original music.

The featured songwriters will be:

Scott Carrino: Scott spent his early years listening to and singing along with the radio and "playing" percussion on whatever surface that he had nearby. Scott started writing songs the moment he picked up a guitar at age seventeen. Often, in those early days when he attempted to learn a favorite song, a heartfelt song of his own would emerge. He has surrendered to the process and knows that songs will come through him when he is open and able to hear them. Scott continues to play percussion any chance he can and was a founding member of "Conundrum" a local percussion ensemble made up of drumming friends and their drums and a very popular local jam band in the 1990's.

Eric Geoffery: When Eric’s parents realized that he was playing Beethoven by ear at an early age, they decided to stop paying for piano lessons. In a way this was probably quite ironic in that it helped plant some pretty deep seeds of musical rebellion and self expression that to this day are continuing to unfold in his musical and creative discoveries. Eric’s intense curiosity and playful approach to music combined with his passion for the well-being of the planet has resulted in a unique style and an impressive body of work. Currently at play developing a series of earth oriented meditational evolutions through sound and the spoken word, Eric continues his path down the road less trodden.

Deena Chappell Smith: Born into a family of musicians, Deena Chappell Smith has been performing professionally since the age of fourteen. Her vast musical background includes performances in Bluegrass, Rock and Roll, Folk, Swing and Jazz. Deena was also the co-creator of the popular “Musical Chairs” children’s program where she has led countless children of all ages and backgrounds through the songwriting and recording process. However, her career as a singer/songwriter is just beginning. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Goddard College where she is creating a body of music that reflects her understanding of and experience with the ‘voices’ of archetypal theory.

Tony Lee Thomas: A student of voice from age 4, his vocal endeavors has included classical technique, various choral ensembles, even barbershop and doo-wop quartets. Tony began guitar at seven years old with acoustic folk under Alice Spatz and was soon learning American Appalachian traditionals and the music of popular artists from the '60s. After having developed his own songs with bands like Reed St. and recently Harvest Mountain, Tony discovered that he had compiled a strong bank of original music. This has resulted in the release of "Supernova" in 2006 and "In Love and War" this summer. Among countless nominations and awards, Tony was Nominated "Poet of the Year" by the International Society of Poets 2007. Tony’s innovative songwriting and radiant charisma has earned him many fans on a national level.
There will be an $8 charge for audience members. Desserts, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. Please contact Scott Carrino or Deena Chappell Smith if you'd like to sign up as a performer for future Exchanges.
Please visit for more information and other events, as well as, directions to Pompanuck Farm 494 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816 518.677.5552
This program is sponsored by Pompanuck Farm Institute, a not‑for‑profit educational retreat center dedicated to sustainable community and individual potential through the visual, musical, movement, environmental, and healing arts.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Family Holiday Workshop Series !

For ages 8 and up
Fall Crafts for Holiday Gifts
Sat, Nov 8th, 10am-3pm
Using birch bark, origami, Kumihimo and jewelry-making techniques, you will be guided through the process of creating several different craft items to bring home or give as gifts.

Not Just Gingerbread Houses
Sat, Nov 22nd, 10am-3pm
This workshop lets you experience gingerbread as a building material. You’ll learn about the entire process from mixing the dough, to shaping, baking, icing, building and embellishing. We will demonstrate several holiday pieces: hanging ornaments, candlesticks, place markers and houses or design your own. You will be able to bring home your pieces or give them as gifts.
The Circular Calendar
Sat, Dec 20th, 10am-3pm
Using designs from ancient civilizations you will learn to make a beautiful round calendar for 2009 to grace your home. See a new way of looking at the year.

All workshops will include a break for lunch (please bring your own) and time to hike on the trails or play a round of big games.

Sign up for one or all three!
Cost per workshop: $ 50 (1 child, 1 adult (18+)), $ 10 for add’l child (max. 2 kids per adult)
Family Discount Rate: $ 90 (2 kids, 2 adults)

To register, call 518-677-5552 or email

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CircusYoga Returns to Pompanuck!

Friends, This Family Workshop is always fun and inspiring! Hope you can join us!