Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Singer/Songwriters Night !

Pompanuck Farm is presenting a monthly songwriters exchange on Sunday, January 17th at 5 - 7 pm. Hosted by Scott Carrino and Deena Chappell Smith, this month’s event will showcase singer/songwriter Gary Moon. Gary hails from Lake George, in upstate New York, who began his musical career at venues in the Lake George region performing the songs of popular artists of the singer-songwriter genre as diverse as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jim Croce and Arlo Guthrie, all the while sharpening his own writing style and drawing on these influences to craft his own original compositional style. In 2005, Gary released “Orion”, his first CD of original material. In 2006, Gary was a finalist in the Solarfest songwriting competition held in in Tinmouth, VT. Currently, Gary is working on a second CD project.

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.

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.

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.

There will be an $8 charge for audience members and $5 for students. 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.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Winter Dance !

7 pm – 11 pm

Admission: $7 per person, $10 per couple, $5 for students

Come warm up from the cold, put your dancing shoes on and dance the night away at the Round House!

Families and individuals are welcome to come and dance to favorite selections from Motown, Classic Rock, Disco, Funky Jazz and many more favorite tunes. Kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. This is an alcohol-free event. Refreshments will be available.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Open House December 5th

Come visit Pompanuck Farm for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 – 6. Follow signs to the Round House where you can chat with neighbors or enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa and sample some of our delicious baked goods: fresh hearth baked rosemary bread, rich raisin studded babkas, Italian hazelnut biscotti, almond meringues, and our “surprise ginger snaps”. Children are invited to decorate their own gingerbread cookies. You’re also invited to take a walking tour of the buildings and grounds or a hike in the Pompanuck woods.

This season the Pompanuck Store has some wonderful new additions to our collection of homemade items as well as many traditional favorites like colorful Mexican shopping bags made from recycled plastics, gingerbread candlesticks, cornhusk angels, birch bark barrels, and industrial strength potholders.

There is a new line of jewelry, accessories, and house wares, crafted by talented local high school students. Also available is framed Chinese Calligraphy, an art taught during our Tai Ji workshops here at Pompanuck. They convey with powerful brush strokes the beauty of the natural setting in which they were created.

You may do your holiday shopping from 10am- 6pm daily from December 1st – 24th. (Closed Mondays). Purchases at the Pompanuck Store help support our programs for children and families. Pompanuck Farm is a 501c3 educational not-for-profit.

We are seeking volunteers who are able to help out in the store for 3 hour shifts. Volunteers are welcome to a 10% discount on anything in the store. Please contact Lisa Carrino 518-677-5552 for more information.