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    Here Comes the Sun! Solstice Ukulele Jam w/ Jamie Ipsen!

    June 21, 2019

    Summer Solstice Uke Jam with Jamie & the HUGs*!

    We will be singing SUNNY songs to welcome the official start of summer with a break mid-way through our play list to catch up with each other.  All are invited (whether you remember any chords or not!) and bring a friend or two.  Let Evie know if Jamie needs to bring spare ukuleles for the occasion.  If you could bring your kazoo and capo (if you have them) that would be great.  Play list on request.  Can't wait!!

    HUGs*= Hammond Ukulele Group

    Ukulele Classes with Jamie Ipsen!

    July 01, 2019

    Monday mornings, Three Levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Tablature

    Learn to play this easy, fun, little instrument.  No experience is needed - only a smile and lots of enthusiasm!  Jamie will teach you basic chords and strums that will help you through dozens of songs.  Ages 8-98 are welcome to attend!  This is a super-fun activity for parents and their children! 

    Cost for 5 classes: $25.--  

    (If you don't have a ukulele, there are some available to try for the duration of the classes for a small rental fee of $5 per week towards your purchase of a ukulele). 

    Please call the Gallery to register before June 15th to reserve your uke! 


    July 05, 2019

    Celebrating in Art & Music THE IDEAL OF NORTH

    Meet this summer's visionary artists as they share their amazing interpretations of the beauty of the North! Hear the inspired music of Alex Raykov, Alexander Korolov and friends, virtuosic Renaissance musicians as they present Counterpoint Splendor on period instruments! 


    Art Opening begins at 5:00 with presentations by our featured artists Grant Lounsbury, Mark Scarlett and Pamela Winchester.​

    5:30  Grant Lounsbury:  North by Northeast
    Paintings inspired in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, the Canadian Northwest and in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    6:00  Mark Scarlett:  Going With the Flow
    Iconic photographs gathered on Mark's Northern adventures and refined at his home in the woods of Rossie, NY.  Mark's presentation will include a debut of his new film.
    6:30 Pamela Winchester:  On the Wing
    Pam's mobile, book and barn quilts combine to express her noble vision and hopes for our local and the global community.
    7 PM.  Counterpoint Splendor, Alex Raykov, Alexander Korolov & Friends

    ​Genuine virtuosos, Raykov and Korolov's music--played on period instruments with homemade silk strings--transports listeners to a time centuries past when music heard directly without amplification or digital enhancement was the norm of the day.

    Free concert. 

    #Renaissancemusic  #lutemusic  #luteduets  #violadagamba #thespiritofnorth #theidealofnorth #landscapephotograpy #eggtemperapainting #NorthCountrylandscapes 

    An Afternoon with Ukulele Virtuoso & Teaching Artist Stu Fuchs!

    July 13, 2019

    “Ukulele Zen: Caribbean Ukulele Styles & How to Go Deeper into Your Music” with Teaching Artist, Stu Fuchs

    The music of the Caribbean is a GREAT way to solidify and refine the basics of Ukulele strumming while exploring new syncopated rhythmic terrain. Award-winning ukulele teaching artist Stu Fuchs will show you how to play the joyful Caribbean grooves of Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady and Calypso.  


    This workshop is all about learning to groove better!  You'll learn lots of fun and uplifting songs, new syncopated rhythms & strums, melodic riffs, and level-up on your rhythm & coordination.  


    As we learn these songs, strums & styles, Stu will lead you in applying his method of Ukulele Zen - a holistic learning method that draws upon the principles of yoga, meditation & qigong.  Ukulele Zen has helped thousands of people cultivate good technique through a focus on good posture, breathing & relaxation techniques, a very positive and supportive mindset for their music journey.  


    Stu's lighthearted, caring & holistic teaching style makes his workshops a not-to-be missed experience.  You'll come away with new skills & powerful practice tips to help deepen your music journey. 


    Be prepared to have a blast getting into the groove!


    Open to ALL LEVELS of player, beginner to advanced. 



    3:30pm             Arrive, Meet, Greet & Tune

    4:00-6pm           Workshop — with a brief break

    6-7pm              Pot luck — bring salads or light, summer fare!

    7pm                Concert (90 min)


    The fee of $45.— includes Stu’s 2-hour workshop plus Concert ticket.

    NEW!!! Ice Cream Social & a Night of Good Old-Fashioned Fun with Acapella North Chorus

    August 18, 2019

    6PM Ice Cream and Cake, CONCERT, Raffle Baskets and More! 

    Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social; review the tempting raffle baskets, enjoy the amazing sound of our award-winning Acapella North Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, and more!  

    This event is a Fund-Raiser for the Hammond Presbyterian Church kitchen renovation.

    A Weekend Celebration of the Celestial Harp of Janet Witman Performer, Composer, Arranger and Founder of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra

    August 24, 2019

    Celebrating the Celestial Harp of Janet Witman

    Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019


    Janet Witman covers the spectrum of the harp world. She is a classically-trained pedal harpist from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is the esteemed leader of The Brandywine Harp Orchestra in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her arrangements of both solo and ensemble music are used throughout the country. She performs in The Astral Harp presentation with her husband Kevin Witman. Together, they present a very engaging combination of music and astronomy. Her music provides an ethereal environment for images of the wonders of the universe as explained by her husband.

    —Ray Pool

    Schedule of Events

    Saturday, August 24, 2019


    1 PM            Meet and Tune!  Come early and enjoy the gallery, take time to set up and visit with friends old and new! Enjoy Kevin Witman’s pop-up astro-photography exhibit!


    1:30 - 300 PM      SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES         

    Scottish Festival Favorites for Harps!  Janet has attended and performed at many Scottish festivals over the years, and she'll be presenting and sharing her arrangements of some of the greatest hits played by pipers, singers, harpers and dancers. Scotland the Brave, The Rowan Tree, Loch Lomond, Atholl Highlanders and more! Many can be found in her collection, "Wild Mountain Thyme" which can be ordered at www.brandywineharps.com       

    PDFs will be supplied to all registrants at the time of registration.

    All levels welcome.  Bring your harps!!!


    3:30 - 5:00        ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP I 

    Janet directs and arranges music for the Brandywine Harp Orchestra, and 2020 will be their 20th anniversary!  Janet will provide pdfs for special request of Moon River, Secret Garden's Nocturne and Isle of Innisfree. Singing encouraged!

    In this workshop, students will be practicing pieces to perform with Janet during her Sunday concert.  


    5:30            Light supper (bring salads/desserts!)


    7:00-9:00        OPEN-MIC & STAR GAZING (on a Clear Night) 

    Emcee, Janet Witman & Star Gazing with Kevin Witman.  Be sure to let Evie or Janet know what you wish to present!!!  


    Sunday, August 25, 2019


    For weekend participants:  Morning free.  Janet will be playing ‘special music’ at Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 St. Lawrence Avenue, Hammond, NY 13646 (4.4 miles from the Gallery).  All are welcome to attend the service.  There is a beautiful public dock at Oak Point, Hammond (about 6 miles from the Gallery) with shallow water and sandy bottom, ideal for River enjoyment.


    12:00            Lunch


    1:00-2:30        THE FINGER LABYRINTH EXPERIENCE.*   Janet will present an ancient healing tradition using a printed Caerdroia labyrinth diagram, where participants will journey inward and outward using their fingers while Janet guides them along with her healing harp music of modes and original music. Harpers will learn the music during the workshop, and gain understanding on how to use a labyrinth for sharing and for self care.    Light lecture, music handouts and play alongs!


    2:45 - 4:00     ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP II


    5:00            ASTRAL HARP.  

    Janet and Kevin Witman present their "out of this world" multi-media event of jazzy/pop harp music and amazing astrophotography. Kevin's photos have appeared in BBC's Sky at Night, Astronomy Magazine website and Space Weather, He is an engaging lecturer and planetarium operator at North Museum in Lancaster, PA. Janet's arrangements of Moondance, Stairway to Heaven, Starry, Starry Night will leave you feeling inspired!  Harpists who have attended Janet’s weekend ensemble workshops will be joining her in some of her legendary harp ensemble arrangements!


    * Labyrinth enthusiasts may wish to visit the lovely labyrinth behind Hammond Presbyterian Church (address given above) in Hammond village.

    Poetry in the Barn... Word Lovers Unite!!! Hosts, Ray and Laurie Petersen

    September 27, 2019

    Poetry Night in the Barn is the night when word-lovers get their say, sharing favorite poems and creating their own. This season's-closing event is always a time of warmth, friendship and open-hearted sharing. Don't be a stranger!  Grab some verses and head over to the Gallery!   5:00 PM.  Date tentative. Please call to confirm.

    Hosts: Ray and Laurie Petersen

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