Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:47

    Chip Murray to appear at Pennings Farm this evening Warwick - Chip Murray and his band will perform hits from his new CD, “Wide Awake,” including “Independence Day” and “Like I Do” at Pennings Farm in Warwick on Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 includes autographed CD and the performance. Some summertime fun for the kids this July 4th weekend Pine Island - On Saturday, July 2, the Pine Island Black Dirt Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Kay Road and Treasure Lane, plans a slew of activities for young people. Nancy Colgan, the Warwick Valley High School agricultural teacher, and Future Farmers of America students will be hosting a special red, white and blue July 4th activity for children using real, fresh strawberries throughout the day. “With school just getting out and the 4th of July around the corner, we thought a summer, holiday event for children was just the perfect thing for the Market this weekend,” said Pine Island Chamber of Commerce President Marlene Caraballo. The market, which runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 8, features a variety of local products including fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables; grass-fed meats; plants; hanging baskets; herbs and herb-infused olive oils; cheeses, organic tea, coffee and ground cacao; pies; cheesecake; baked goods, artisan soaps, and more. 'Sundays in July Free Music Festival’ launches July 3 in Sugar Loaf Sugar Loaf — The seventh annual “Sundays in July Free Music Festival” kicks-off on Sunday July 3 at 1 p.m. in the Bertoni Gallery Sculpture Garden on Kings Highway in Sugar Loaf. The schedule is: 1 to 1:45 p.m. Gayle Donnelly, who lives in Chester, has been singing and playing piano since she was four, but entered the local music scene in 2009. She provides an eclectic mix of soul, pop, and some rock elements to her audience. Her originals can be likened to the raw sounds of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, and other like singer/songwriters, according to organizers. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Warwick resident E’llissa Jones is a professional singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She has been described as “an exceptionally talented artist who possesses a dark and melancholy voice with a velvety quality reminiscent of jazz singers.” Influential styling ranges from folk music, jazz, rock, and R&B in her catalogue of more than 250 original songs. 3:45 to 5 p.m. Ira and Julia Levin play harmony-driven acoustic music that ranges from folk to pop. The Levins play on both sides of the Atlantic “bringing their joyous harmony driven music to as many communities as they can.” Sometimes they perform as a folk pop duo and sometimes with their World Folk Ensemble. The event is sponsored by Warwick School of Music. Blankets and/or chairs should be brought for seating. For more information, call 469-0993. Marc Von Em and E’lissa Jones will take the stage at the winery on July 7 Warwick — “Night Stage” is returning for its second installation at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery on Thursday, July, 7 at 7 p.m. This month features Marc Von Em and E’lissa Jones with her trio. Night Stage is hosted by Paul Siegel and is produced as an interview show featuring footage of each live performance. Jones is a Warwick resident of Warwick and the Times Herald Record’s 2010 singer/songwriter of the year. Her material is original, her style is dynamic and diverse and her shows are always upbeat, according to organizers. Richie Havens said Von Em possesses “sincere songs and a powerful voice.” He has toured with Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20). He is a consummate entertainer who always commands the room, organizers said. Night Stage is produced by, the new online magazine featuring reports, interviews and much more. Performances are also broadcast on WTBQ radio 93.5 FM. Tickets are $12.50, and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner. They are available at, by clicking on “Marketplace.” Midsummer in your organic garden Warwick - Warwick resident Gar Wang, the organic gardening columnist for Dirt Magazine, will share tips on the organic approach to pest management, soil amendment, mulching and watering techniques at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick on Thursday, July 7 ,at 6 p.m. She will also discuss specific plants that thrive in the hot months. Wang has been lecturing on organic gardening and sustainable practices throughout the region for nearly 20 years. To register online, visit: Applewood Winery presents Groovy Tuesday on July 9 Warwick — Applewood Winery will present a summer evening concert, “Groovy Tuesday,” on Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The concert will showcase music from the 60s and 70s featuring songs from both sides of the pond, from New York to Liverpool. Admission to the concert is $10 per person which includes a free wine tasting in the Tasting Room. Events are held rain or shine. Concerts are held on the lawn and lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. In the event of rain concerts are held in the Apple Barn. The café is open featuring a light menu and sangrias. Tickets are available at or call 988-9292. Annual Great American Weekend book sale Goshen — A book sale will again be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1 St. James Place, Goshen, across the street from the Great American Weekend rides, on the lawn tomorrow, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be hard and softcover books of all kinds, and a selection of special priced books. Regular books are $1 for hardcovers, 50 cents for softcovers and 25 cents for children’s books. Warwick Jazz Festival is Aug. 18 to 21 WARWICK — The second annual Warwick Valley Jazz Festival is scheduled for Aug. 18 to 21. This community, musician driven event, organized by Warwick resident and musician Steve Rubin, celebrates the wealth of jazz musicians in the Hudson Valley. Saxophonist Todd Williams, a Chester resident who worked with Wynton Marsalis, is among those slated to appear. Organizers added community jazz festivals are springing up as a grass roots path toward supporting this musical art form. To learn more, call 986-8690.