Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:46

    Fireworks planned at state park Bear Mt. State Park — Blankets and barbecues will be the order of the day on Friday, June 24 at Bear Mountain State Park for the annual fireworks spectacular. From 5 to 9 p.m., visitors can dance to the sounds of Party Time Productions and children can enjoy the bounce house on the field. Bear Mountain’s concessionaire will sell picnic fare from an outdoor tent and have merchandise for sale. The merry-go-round will also be open. Arrive early as parking lots fill up fast. Approximate time for the fireworks display is 9 p.m. Parking is $8 per car. Alcoholic beverages and personal pyrotechnics are not permitted. Bear Mountain State Park can be reached via Exit 19 of the Palisades Interstate Parkway or from Route 9W. For more information or special access needs call the Bear Mountain Office at 786-2701. Living history group recreates life during the American Revolution Kingston - Join the Brigade of the American Revolution as they hold their 18th Century Market Days and Militia Muster on the grounds of Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston. This free event will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the weekend a variety of 18th century vendors will be on hand demonstrating their crafts and selling their goods. Also enjoy militia drills and firing demonstrations, children’s games and drill, presentations on 18th century foodways and fashion and style, and 18th century dance instruction. Senate House State Historic Site will be open for tours, for a small fee for adults and free for children 12 and under. The Brigade of the American Revolution is a non-profit living history association dedicated to recreating the life of the common soldier during the American Revolution, 1775-1783. For more information call 338-2786 or visit the State Park’s Web site at Kayak for Hospice on June 26 Plum Point - Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties will host a kayaking fund-raising event on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point in New Windsor. Sponsored by The Moodna Creek Boys and Storm King Adventure Tours, the minimum donation with your own kayak is $25, donation with rental of a kayak is $50. Refreshments will be served. Go to and click on events for more info or call Janice at 561-6143 ext. 324. Pie-eating contests to mark Noble Pies’ first year anniversary Warwick — Noble Pies of Warwick is holding a pie eating contest on Sunday, June 26, in conjunction wit its first anniversary. The company has been in business at its retail location on Route 94 in Warwick since June 2010. The celebration will also include pie games for children and adults, drawings for prizes, and product samples. Noble Pies specializes in homemade baked goods made from scratch using local fruits and vegetables, and no preservatives. Noble Pies also makes muffins, cookies, quiches and cakes. Gluten-free and sugar-free products are available They participate in several farmers markets and fund-raising activities locally. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter the pie eating contest by e-mailing to: or calling 986-7436. Entries will be accepted on the day of the contest until 11:30 a.m. Pie contests start at noon. More details are available at Sweet Adelines to sing at Great American Weekend Goshen — Song of the Valley Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will perform on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. at the Great American Weekend in Goshen. If you love to sing, this is also a chance to talk to members and learn how you can join the group. For more information, call Rosemary at 446-4345 or June at 227-2853. '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: 1-1:45 p.m. Gayle Donnelly (eclectic/soul/pop) 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. 2-3:30 p.m. E’lissa Jones (folk) Warwick resident 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 over 250 original songs 3:45-5 p.m. The Levins (folk/ pop/feel good music) 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, visit 469-0993. Applewood Winery to present Groovy Tuesday on Saturday, 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. (There is a strict no cooler policy and no outside alcohol permitted.) Tickets are available at or call 988-9292.