Monday, July 26, 2010


SUNDAY August 1st and August 22nd
9 am - 12 noon

Please join mycologist, Sue Van Hook, for a hands-on day in the field collecting fungi, making spore prints, and learning stature types for easy identification of the common edible and medicinal fungi. In the morning we will be introduced to how to collect mushrooms while we foray at Pompanuck Farm and the surrounding State Forest. Over lunch Sue will teach the major groups of fungi and we'll spend the afternoon practicing identification on our collections. Please bring any mushrooms or fungi from home, a collecting basket, a dull knife or garden trowel, waxed paper, a bag lunch, water and any sunscreen or repellents you desire. Please wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts for tick protection. Cost is $10 for each walk.

Sue Van Hook can most often be found on hands and knees in search of fungi in Skidmore's North Woods. She engages students in various mycoremediation projects as part of the first year biology majors course. Using fungal mycelium she and students have worked to restore segments of trail and degrade stable waste. She collaborates with researchers at RPI in Troy, NY growing fungi for "green" products. In 2007, Sue produced Treasures in the North Woods: a guide to the natural campus at Skidmore College in collaboration with students, staff and faculty spouses. As a Senior Teaching Associate, she currently teaches laboratories for Unity of Life (BI 105) and Diversity of Life (BI 106). She chairs the Campus Environment Committee, working on campus sustainability and stewardship of the North Woods.
Sue earned her M.A. in Biology and B.A. in Botany and French from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She worked as a naturalist and preserve manager for the Nature Conservancy in northern California and as Stewardship Director for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust before coming to Skidmore in 1992.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Anna Dagmar and Bruce Williamson July 23, 7pm TO BE RESCHEDULED...

To be rescheduled!

July 23, 7pm
All roads will converge at Pompanuck Farm on July 23 as NYC-based folk/pop pianist and singer-songwriter collaborates with versatile woodwind artist and Bennington Faculty member Bruce Williamson in concert. The two became fast friends at the farm almost exactly one year ago following Dagmar's CD release concert, and within a few minutes, in one of those "small-world!" conversations, they began to scheme about a chance to share the stage. Dagmar is known for her lyrical depth, vividly intricate piano accompaniments, and honest vocal delivery. Her third full-length album, "Let the Waves Come in Threes," was produced by Bennington native, Ben Wittman. Ranging from an upbeat sea shanty to a hopeful soldier's lament, the album held Top 20 positions in the National Roots Music Report "Folk" Charts for 6 consecutive weeks, peaking at #6, and was selected for A-List Artist on High Plains Public Radio, and #1 Airplay on WVIA. Williamson has performed worldwide with artists as diverse as Art Lande, Fred Hersch, Gary Peacock, Bobby McFerron, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and NY City Opera Orchestra. Also a composer, he has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dagmar and Williamson's collaborative debut promises to be an evening of heartfelt creativity, beauty and imagination.

Marty Wendell on Saturday, July 31 at 7pm. TO BE RESCHEDULED...

Pompanuck Farm is presenting recording artist Marty Wendell on Saturday, July 31st at 7pm.
Wendell is a unique artist who has shared the stage with a long list of legendary artists including Arlo Guthrie, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. He is one of a select group of artists to record in the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash as well as Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and B.B. King recorded their first records. Many consider this the place where Rock and Roll was born. Having reconnected with his rockabilly roots at Sun Studio, Marty recorded the album “Rockabilly Heart” which met with much critical acclaim, including being featured in France’s leading Rockabilly magazine.
Wherever he and his band perform they remind their audience just how good genuine rockabilly music can be. His concerts include many classics as well as some of his original songs. In 2010 Simply 21 Records released a new album, “Marty Wendell – Live and Rockin’ “which was recorded when Marty appeared with recording giants “The Platters.” Marty’s live shows are always exciting and having something for everyone they are enjoyed by people of all ages. For more information about Marty Wendell visit
Tickets: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door and $10 students, $12 at the door. Refreshments will be available.