Friday, March 11, 2011

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"I determined early on that to make the most meaningful impact, the lead witnesses would be Muslims who believe their community is being radicalized and that Muslim leaders are not sufficiently cooperating with law enforcement." - NY Congressman Peter King admitting his hearings are carefully staged theater.

"I bet America's unemployed are cheering all the jobs created by holding hearings about Muslims" - Peter Daou

Good Friday Morning,

The big news this morning is not Charlie Sheen, it's an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Japanese coast earlier today which spawned a tsunami measured at some locations at 4 meters high and tsunami alerts have been set across the Pacific basin from Indonesia to Hawaii to Ecuador. You can follow reports from Hawaii on Twitter and a live feed from America's Paradise is here. The first waves are hitting the Islands at 8:07AM EST this morning. Coastal California is also under a tsunami alert.

The tsunami sweeping across the Pacific has already hit Wake island at 1.3 feet and Midway at 5.1 feet.

Rapes, murders, jewelry store thefts... yeah, that's Putnam County these days. It's odd and strange and slightly encouraging that the artificial walls we've set up to prevent the outside world from coming in are coming down.

As for our county and town governments, we have the County Legislature passing memorandum calling for the state to increase funding for this or that. We've got caretaker County Executive Paul Eldridge blaming 'unfunded mandates' for county budgetary issues, issues that could be resolved if the county would just man-up and cut the budget. In other words, whether we like it or not we're just like everyone else save that our governments are constructed of tax-and-spend Republicans. Go figure.

On our local Tea Party, on Wednesday I wrote:
"And one more thing… we’re talking about smaller government and lower taxes here. How come I’m (still) beating the drum on this? Where are those tea baggers who were so adamantly vocal about all this at the national level? Why have their voices been silent on this and other local taxation and corporate welfare issues? Does this signify what some have been saying all along, that they were just luckless saps, simple tools of the Republican machine in order to win control of Congress? You know where this is going… It doesn’t take a crack gee-whiz lawyer to see the obvious. "
Can you guess the outcome? Yeah. Absolute Silence.

Where's Nan? [The Nansense Edition]

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has unexpectedly coined a phrase, "Nansense" while referring to US engagement with Libya. To wit:
“We have to be cognizant, and while there is no question, of course, of the engagement and the commitment that we currently have and we have to have a sense of priority regarding the expenditure of American blood and friendship,”
And on her website she's updated her posting and comment policy. It now reads: [emphasis, mine]
Hello to all readers and friends! Our office reserves the right to delete submissions that contain vulgar language or  personal attacks. Beyond that, it’s important to note to all readers and  potential contributors that this is a forum that is meant to provide a voice in particular to our District constituents, though others are also welcome.

In service of the mission to provide a voice, we do, because we’re responsible for the page, have significant latitude to define what is or is not a valuable contribution to the discussion. Contributors whom we determine to be posting primarily to endeavor to dominate the comment threads, or to promote a particular political position via cant or invective, are hereby given fair warning that their posts are at risk of deletion. We welcome all points of view, but we will apply appropriate discipline to the process, in order to be fair to all who visit. Thanks for giving this due consideration."
In other words, and assuming you can work your way through all that grammatical Nansense, her website is designed to provide only her point of view and if choose to discuss that you'd best do it elsewhere.

Would someone please tell me why the US Government is backing Mohammar Qadaffi? An odd question, right?

But for a week now pro-democracy forces have been begging the international community to enforce a no-fly zone over that nation to give them a chance to make some progress in deposing this dude and for a week the US has been vacillating. Just yesterday a US government official said that creating a no-fly zone would be "an act of war" and that the US was not prepared to act unilaterally, that we would wait for other nations to act first.

We have Congresswoman Nan Hayworth saying that American lives are not worth the effort of supporting democracy movements. But Hudson New York writes:
The US has an large and longstanding account to settle with Gaddafi, The good people of Libya have given us the opportunity to settle it. We should take it. While there are good reasons to believe that whatever government the rebels set up will not be a close ally of the US, it could certainly be an improvement. There is even a remote chance that it could turn into a model for an Arab Muslim democracy; after all, the people have suffered through 40 years of a Socialist, Islamist regime that, in spite of all the oil, has left them miserable and impoverished.
The United States has a specific problem in the Arab world and our blind support of their dictators and totalitarian governments is well known. Over the past couple of months we have had one opportunity after another to alter that perception and yet we have failed at each and every chance, chances that only come once. And just yesterday, the Saudi government, our best friend and closest totalitarian ally, fired upon, killed and injured unarmed, peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators.

We had a chance to win friends among our enemies and not only have we lost those opportunities but we've even gone so far as to make matters worse by allowing Republican representative Peter King (NY3) to hold Congressional hearings that are designed to injure our reputation in the Arab world even more.

What is wrong with us?

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Saturday, March 12

World day against cyber-censorship

Launched by Reporters Without Borders in 2008, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship is intended to rally everyone in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all.

The fight for online freedom of expression is more essential than ever. By creating new spaces for exchanging ideas and information, the Internet is a force for freedom. In countries where the traditional media are controlled by the government, the only independent news and information are to be found on the Internet, which has become a forum for discussion and a refuge for those who want to express their views freely.

However, more and more governments have realised this and are reacting by trying to control the Internet. Never have so many countries been affected by some form of online censorship, whether arrests or harassment of netizens, online surveillance, website blocking or the adoption of repressive Internet laws. Netizens are being targeted by government reprisals. Around 117 of them are currently detained for expressing their views freely online, mainly in China, Iran and Vietnam.

World Day Against Cyber-Censorship pays tribute to them and their fight for Internet freedom. Reporters Without Borders will mark the occasion by issuing its latest list of “Enemies of the Internet.”

Putnam Arts Council Second Saturday Series

7:30PM - Putnam Arts Council continues our Second Saturday’s In the Center  music series on March 12 at 7:30pm with Mulebone, John Ragusa and Hugh Pool, a blues duo that rocks like a jam band. Notes about them include “original sound that is simultaneously soulful, agile and adventurous”, “virtuoso instrumentals and killer vocals”, and from WBJB-FM, ”some of the best Delta blues you’re likely to hear this side of 1925, …”.

The audience here in our own backyard is growing each month as folks are blown away by the quality and intimacy of this unique venue at the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac. Seating is limited, reservations are advised; tix $20./$15 for PAC members.

Irish Open Mouth

8PM - Songs, dances and Spike Mulligan's Pukhtoon. Jim Dale - of Broadway, film, TV and Harry Potter fame - will join our celebration of Irish humor and music in an evening that includes musicians Tim Pitt, Patrick Cummings, Pallas Athene, Neil Hickey, Patrick Delamere, Lora Lee Ecobelli and Jan and Kate Hoekstra.  Also on the bill will be Irish step-dancing, a short play, Gerard Furey's Irish Language and the Double Bass Bagpipes. Mr Dale is expected to entertain with Thomas Meehan's Yma Dream and Spike Milligan's Pukhtoon. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52, Lake Carmel, New York. Tickets: $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 AotL Member Admission.

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Savings Time Begins

2AM - It's the first event today and one most of you will miss by several hours. Still, once you awaken for the day, run around the house and reset your clocks and check your fire and smoke detectors.

Bridge Raising Part 1: Volunteer Day at Angle Fly Preserve

10AM - Meet at the entrance to Angle Fly Preserve. Join your neighbors and help build a bridge over Angle Fly Brook!  We need your help on March 13 and 19 to build a new 40-foot single span fiberglass truss bridge across the Angle Fly Brook. Over 200 bridge parts, footing materials and tools will need to be hand carried to the site along a half mile hiking trail. At the site the bridge footings will be built and the bridge assembled and put in place.
Volunteers are needed to carry parts and materials to the site and help with the construction of the bridge. There are opportunities for all members of the family to participate - no experience is needed. Parts vary in size and weight from very small bridge parts to very large 40-foot fiberglass bridge beams.  Cheerleaders are also needed to provide encouragement to the volunteers.
The Angle Fly Brook divides the Preserve in half and this bridge will provide access to the western side of the Preserve. Our plan is to create 10 miles of hiking trails on the property.  Approximately 4 miles of hiking trails have been built with 6 miles of trails to be completed this summer and fall.

Please wear sturdy boots, work gloves and dress for the weather and ticks. If you have a backpack, please bring it for carrying bulky items.  If you can, please bring bridge-building tools such as large socket and crescent wrenches (the bridge requires the following sizes: 1 1/8", 3/4", and 9/16"), hammers, and battery drills. Pack a lunch and bring water or another beverage, and snacks. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.


2PM - Garrison: The Academy Award nominated documentary, GASLAND by Josh Fox, will be shown at Desmond-Fish Library Meeting Room, 472 Rt. 9D (entrance on Rt. 403), Garrison at 2 PM. Discussion will follow.

The film documents the controversial process, developed by Haliburton, of hydraulic fracturing - fracking - and how it impacts our water, our environment and our health unless we do something about it – For more information, read this recent article in the New York Times - This event is sponsored by Philipstown for Democracy. No charge, but contributions to cover expenses are appreciated. Questions – call 917-273-0808

Making Art Together: Still Life Drawing

3PM - Workshop Leader: Don Longabucco. Try a new art form.  Make art together.  Sketch with friends. This workshop will be led by Lake Carmel artist Don Longabucco. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring something to sketch on and something to sketch with.  Workshop will last about 2 hours. A donation of $5 is asked from the public. There is no charge for members of Arts on the Lake. Those who plan to attend should email: or call 845 228-2685.

Into The Future:

Wednesday, March 16

Public Hearing on a Carmel proposed Blasting Ordinance

7pm  - Carmel Town Hall. From Lori Kemp: Well, 4 years later and finally a "Blasting Ordinance." The problem is that the proposed ordinance does NOTHING to protect residents from the ultra-HAZARDOUS /inherently-DANGEROUS activities of transporting, storing, and using of dynamite and other explosives in the Town of Carmel.

Blasting is defined in law an “ultra-hazardous activity” because it "necessarily involves a risk of serious harm to the person, land or property of others, which cannot be eliminated by the exercise of utmost care." 

The possibility of nearby blasting to affect the structural integrity of your home, cause damage to your wells and septic, alter hydrology by bringing water towards your property or away from your wells, contaminate well water and air in your home is very real.   Also very real is the risk of being struck by flyrock debris and inhaling silica dust from drilling, and the noxious gas sometimes released when rock breaks. 

The  Town’s proposed ordinance, as it now reads, does nothing to protect people and property from the “ultra-hazardous activity” of blasting or the contamination of air and water that might be a result of said blasting...

I urge all to ATTEND this public hearing - DEMAND that the Town provide residents PROTECTION from the inherently dangerous activity of blasting!   If you cannot attend, please write the Town Board with your concerns.  I have provided a template below for your convenience.

Friday, March 18

Two One-Man Shows

8PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents two exciting one man shows at Arts on the Lake on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Old Hickory by *Ric Siler (photo) and  Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins.

Fresh from its successful run at The Woodstock Fringe Festival, Old Hickory will be performed by the author Ric Siler and directed by *Wallace Norman. Old Hickory is the funny, murderous tale of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy hates girl, boy wants to kill girl. Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins will be performed by *George Kimmel and directed by *Peggity Price.

In Cemetery Man we meet an aging gravedigger who is about to be replaced by a backhoe and who does not accept the change gracefully. As he recounts his experiences, it becomes abundantly clear that digging a proper grave is a human thing, which calls for care and concern if the departed are to go peacefully into eternity.

Lighting and Stage Manager, Jeff Green, Assistant Stage Manager and Sound, Zuli Lozada.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for AtoL members. Tickets may be purchased at: or call: 845 228-AOTL (2685)

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Saturday, March 19

Putnam County History Conference

9AM - Morning Session. The morning sessions will be of general interest to history-lovers.  Eugene Boesch will talk about what Putnam County was like at the time of its creation in 1812 and about what archeology reveals about society of that time. Sallie Sypher will speak on the many little reasons why our towns seceded from Dutchess County. Pat McMahon Houser will discuss the changes in land use from 1812 to the present and how the reservoirs affected planning, farming, and growth.  There will be breaks between each talk and plenty of time for questions and answers. Lunch. Jonathan Kruk and Rich Bala, Hudson River Ramblers, will entertain during lunch, which is scheduled to begin at 12:15.  Those wishing to have lunch should telephone the County Historian's Office (845- 808-1420) or e-mail to and send a check in the amount of $10 to County Historian , 68 Marvin Ave. , Brewster NY 10509.  Even if you do not want lunch, please let us know that you plan to attend. Teachers wishing in-service credit for the conference should register with Afternoon Sessions. The afternoon session, which begins at 1:15, is designed primarily for teachers, but all are welcome and will find it interesting.  County Historian Karl Rohde will lead a discussion of Bicentennial planning and opportunities for teachers and students.  At the Mahopac Library.

Two One-Man Shows

8PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents two exciting one man shows at Arts on the Lake on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Old Hickory by *Ric Siler (photo) and  Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins.

Fresh from its successful run at The Woodstock Fringe Festival, Old Hickory will be performed by the author Ric Siler and directed by *Wallace Norman. Old Hickory is the funny, murderous tale of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy hates girl, boy wants to kill girl. Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins will be performed by *George Kimmel and directed by *Peggity Price.

In Cemetery Man we meet an aging gravedigger who is about to be replaced by a backhoe and who does not accept the change gracefully. As he recounts his experiences, it becomes abundantly clear that digging a proper grave is a human thing, which calls for care and concern if the departed are to go peacefully into eternity.

Lighting and Stage Manager, Jeff Green, Assistant Stage Manager and Sound, Zuli Lozada.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for AtoL members. Tickets may be purchased at: or call: 845 228-AOTL (2685)

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Sunday, March 20

"Efficient Government in New York: State and County Solutions"

11:30 AM  - Guest Speaker:  Paul Francis, Governor Cuomo's Director for Redesign and Efficiency, former Director of Operations for Governors Paterson and Spitzer. Please join us to mingle with fellow Putnam County Democrats and discuss how our governments can and must be redesigned Sunday, March 20th, 11:30AM at Four Brothers, 654 Route 6, in Mahopac. $25 suggested donation, at the door or sent in advance to 31 Sycamore Rd, Mahopac NY 10541  c/o L. Jones with checks made out to "Putnam County Democratic Committee" Please RSVP at

Concert Keep Art and Music in Yonkers Schools - Westchester Symphonic Winds

3:30PM - City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers Public Schools and Sarah Lawrence College present a free concert in support of the arts in education. Featuring: The Westchester Symphonic Winds and our very own Yonkers Public School Teachers! Now, more than ever, it is vital that we make our voices heard and keep art and music in Yonkers' Schools! Reisinger Concert Hall, Sarah Lawrence College, One Mead Way Bronxville, NY

Monday, March 21

Photo Group - Arts on the Lake

7PM - Photo Group with Chris Casaburi. All photographers are welcome. Formed in 2009, the Photo Group provides an opportunity for local photographers to share knowledge and learn from one another. The group meets monthly to discuss photography, to swap tips & techniques, and to share images and stories in both traditional and digital media. It's a comfortable, friendly environment where members can also present their work, by showing prints or including digital photos in a projected slideshow. From beginner to professional, we invite all photographers to join. No yearly dues, free. More about Photo Group The Photo Group usually meets the 3rd Monday of every month. Email Chris Casaburi at for more information.

Tuesday, March 22

New York State Park Advocacy Day

Join Parks & Trails New York and the Alliance for NYS Parks for the 5th Annual Park Advocacy Day and help send a message of support for New York’s 213 parks and historic sites. As a park advocate, you will have the opportunity to join with park supporters from throughout the state to meet with policymakers and stress the importance of keeping New York’s state parks open, protected and well-maintained. Your efforts will have a lasting impact on legislators’ as they make important decisions about parks.

Participating in Park Advocacy Day is meaningful, fun, and most of all, easy! As a Park Advocacy Day participant, you will be assigned to a team with fellow state parks supporters who will join you in meetings with policymakers throughout the day.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.  Online registration is quick and easy - click here to register.

For more information on Park Advocacy Day, please contact Mark Luciano at Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or email

Saturday, March 26

Community Forum on Water Quality and Conservation

10 AM - 3PM - On Sat., Mar. 26, HHLT will host Follow the Water, a community forum on water quality and conservation, at the Highlands Country Club, Rte. 9W, in Garrison, NY.  The free event, scheduled from 10:00am to 3:00pm, will feature two moderated hour and a half long panel discussions.  Children's watershed education programming will be provided in a separate room during the panel discussions by members of HHLLT's education team.  Participants will receive lunch and the opportunity to browse informational exhibit tables during breaks before and after the panels.


The morning panel, Water Policy & the Regulatory Framework, will present an overview of existing regulations on watersheds, wetlands/watercourses and wastewater management from the state, county and local levels, and introduce newer wastewater management technologies like subsurface drip dispersal. 

During the afternoon session, Practical Ideas for Home & Business, the focus will be on steps home and business owners can take to conserve water and increase water quality in their communities.  Topics will include non-point source pollution and its prevention, use of rain barrels and rain gardens, and installation and maintenance of technologies like composting toilets.  There will be time for questions and comments from the audience during both sessions.


The forum is open to the general public and free of charge, but registration is strongly recommended as space is limited.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event on a space available basis.  Call or email HHLT at 845/424-3358 or for more information or to make a reservation.

Imagining the "Highlands of the Hudson" in 19th-Century America

5PM - Lecture with Stephen P. Rice, Professor of American Studies, Ramapo College. Throughout the century there were three main ways that people imagined this dramatic stretch of the Hudson River: as a magical realm of legend, as a natural scene of beauty aided in part by the hand of man, and as a historical setting of national importance. Prof. Rice examines these depictions in the verbal and visual arts, ranging from poems and works of fiction to paintings and popular illustrations.

This lecture is free and open to the public; and is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. To RSVP, please call 845-265-4010 or email,

Sunday, March 27

Vernal Pool Exploration and Book Signing

1PM - Come explore vernal pools and learn about the species that rely on them for survival such as frogs, fairy shrimp, salamanders and newts! A hands-on, outdoor activity for children and families and people of all ages, led by outdoor educator, naturalist and author Laurel Dodge. Wear mud boots! Copies of Laurel's newly published book Nature Study for the Whole Family will be available for purchase and signing. Nature Study for the Whole Family promotes a return to nature study as a first-choice activity for family fun and learning and emphasizes how nature study can bring families closer, create special family memories, and encourage personal growth. Registration is suggested as space is limited. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is greatly appreciated with proceeds going towards the future stewardship of Land Trust nature preserves. Call 343-0840, x12 to register or RSVP via our Facebook page. Location: Laurel Hill Preserve, Town of Minisink.

Wednedsay, March 30

Reading of "Rabbit Hole" to benefit Gilda's Club

7:00PM - 9:00PM - We hope you will join us for a very special reading of David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Rabbit Hole"  Benefiting GILDA’S CLUB of Westchester. Gilda’s Club…offering support forpeople whose lives have been touched by cancer…all types of cancer. Rabbit Hole takes us through a dark tunnel but it reminds us, with graceful simplicity,that there is light at the end of it. Produced and Directed by Elizabeth D’Ottavio. CAST: Ben Berner, Dee Dee Burke, Elizabeth D’Ottavio, Margie Ferris, Michael Fox, Kaili Lewis. Suggested donation $20 (Any and all donations welcome) To reserve a seat, please email Liz: or call 914.419.6000

Sunday, April 3

Michelle LeBlanc

2PM - 3:30PM - 1950's Jazz: Bop, Cool, R&B Our quartet returns to perform at the Shrub Oak Library just in time to celebrate the coming of spring. Michelle jazz combo features the legendary Bill Crow on bass, the talented arranger Tom Kohl on piano and the world touring sax player, Ed Xiques. Our show will include a special encore featuring tunes from our new CD "I Remember You." This free concert take place in the special events room of this lovely library. Ample and convenient parking is available, so invite all your jazz lovin' friends. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY (914) 245-5262

Saturday, April 9

Putnam County Land Trust 42nd Annual Dinner

5:30PM - Join in the celebration as Putnam County Land Trust marks 42 years of preserving open space and protecting sensitive habitats in Putnam County- right in your big backyard.    Enjoy live music by Bruce Eisenstein, a sumptuously wonderful buffet dinner, their famous silent auction of eclectic items and an exciting Live Auction led by Ivan and Laura Cohen.  Displays of Land Trust properties along with recognitions and awards will be part of the evening.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the preserves and programs of Putnam County Land Trust.  Speaking about the upcoming dinner, Land Trust President Judy Terlizzi said, “PCLT needs the community’s continued support to preserve open space and sensitive habitats in Putnam County.”  In addition to attending the dinner, the Land Trust is looking for supporters to donate goods or services for the auction or advertise in the dinner journal.   

The event will be held at the Starr Ridge Banquet and Conference Center at 38 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 5:30pm.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Take advantage of special dinner pricing of $60 per person if paid by March 30th.  To make a reservation, inquire about advertising space or donate goods or services for the auction, call 845/228-4520 or 845/279-3122, or visit the PCLT website at

Friday April 22 - Earth Day

An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater

We're excited to announce Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater, which will be held at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on April 22 at 8pm.

The show will feature Pete Seeger & Tao Seeger, Peter Yarrow & Bethany Yarrow, Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon, and David Amram and Family. Performances by Clearwater friends and special guests including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Guy Davis, Rufus Cappadocia and the Power of Song, will round out this special celebration. 

Clearwater's environmental mission is about inspiring and educating the next generation, and we have applied this theme to music. Honoring tradition while looking toward the future has always been a major part of the Clearwater Festival. The Generations concert is all about classic Clearwater artists performing with and inspiring their children and grandchildren in order to carry on their legacy through song.

Tickets for the Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration concert range from $48 to $98.  A limited amount of $250 tickets include premium seating, a post concert reception with the artists, as well as special Clearwater gifts. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Saturday, May 14

Carmina Burana

8PM at Brewster High School. The Putnam Chorale performs CARMINA BURANA - One Performance Only - with full orchestra and accompanied by the Brewster High School Chamber Singers and the Seven Star Dancers, on MAY 14, 2011 8 pm at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Foggintown Road, Brewster, NY.  Get more information at our web site ( or by calling 845-279-7265.

A collection of historic medieval songs and poems was discovered in the year 1803 at an abandoned monastery in Bavaria.  This collection was found to be satirical works that had been performed by traveling goliards, disaffected clergy and clerical students, who used the works to lighten the burden of everyday life and to poke fun at the authorities of the day.  In a way, the Saturday Night Live of its time!

The works make fun of church excesses and follies and mock the changing morals of the times.  There are love songs and songs for drinking and gambling that celebrate Epicurus, the ancient Greek Philosopher and advocate of the blissful life.  The stories are provocative and often disrespectful, but offer a common man perspective and a chance at some frivolity.

Saturday, June 18

Clearwater Revival

Croton Point Park - Pete Seeger star Drive-By Truckers star Martin Sexton star Indigo Girls, Arlo Guthrie star Josh Ritter star Jorma Kaukonen star Peter Yarrow, John Sebastian star Janis Ian star The Low Anthem, Red Horse (Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka & Eliza Gilkyson) star The Klezmatics, Toubab Krewe star Justin Townes Earle star Chris, Smither star Joanne Shenandoah, Tom Chapin star Bernice Johnson Reagon star Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell, James McMurtry | Jay Ungar & Molly Mason | Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Tao Seeger Band | Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely | Mike & Ruthy | Sarah Lee & Johnny, Bethany & Rufus' Roots Quartet | Clayfoot Strutters | Zlatne Uste | Joe Purdy, The Nields | The Kennedys | Jen Chapin | K.J. Denhert | Zon del Barrio, Vanaver Caravan| Buskin & Batteau | Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Brooklyn Qawwali Party | Joe D'urso | Joel Plaskett, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater star The Power of Song star The Rivertown Kids, Mustard's Retreat star Magpie star Roger the Jester star Dog on Fleas, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus star Paul Richmond star The Storycrafters, Rick Nestler star Donna Nestler star Travis Jeffrey star Margo Thunderbird, Marva Clark star Linda Richards star Eshu Bumpus star Dan Einbender, Dirty Stay Out Skifflers star Geoff Kaufman star Sarah Underhill star Peninnah Schram, Kay Olan/Ionataiewas star Mel & Vinnie star Karen Pillsworth star Gregorio Pedroza , Allan Aunapu star Jan Christensen star The New York Packet star Matt Turk star Hope Machine

July 21 - 24

Gathering of the Vibes

Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s acclaimed music festival destination, will “bring the magic” once again with a 4-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts and community, July 21-24, 2011 at Connecticut’s magnificent Seaside Park. The rumor mill is swirling with artist announcements around the corner. Gathering of the Vibes promises its most spectacular and diverse lineup to date, delivering over 40 hours of music on multiple stages. Powerhouse Vibes alumni include: The Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Furthur with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, James Brown, The Black Crowes, and Damian Marley and Nas, alongside breakout acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Jackie Greene, and tri-state favorites The McLovins. The Vibes also warmly embraces new, virtually unknown artists, who may submit music for consideration through sonic bids.
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