Hundreds of folk & bluegrass music lovers are expected to gather at the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps (200 Congers Road, New City, New York) on Sunday afternoon, August 25 for the fourth annual picnic, singing party, and jam hosted by the Borderline Folk Music Club of Rockland County and co-sponsored by AcousticMusicScene.com. The free event is set for 12-6 p.m. in the outdoor grassy area adjacent to the parking lot.
The theme of this year’s event, a one-day mini-folk festival of sorts, is the folk and bluegrass music of the 1960s. In keeping with that, each of the artists who have been pre-selected to entertain picnic-goers in 15-minute sets that afternoon will perform one song from that era and an original number inspired by the music of the 60s.Artists slated to perform (listed alphabetically) include Arlon Bennett, Jim Colbert, Christine DeLeon, Gathering Time, Marci Geller, Great Blue (Steve Kaplan and Shirl Lawrence), John Guth, Josh Joffen, Larry Kolker, Pat Lamanna, Mara Levine, The Levins, David Massengill, Anne Price, Maggie Seligman, Roger Sprung and Steve Suffet. Folk harmony trio Gathering Time also will serve as the house band, while Marshal Rosenberg is the house percussionist and Mara Levine will provide harmony vocals for other artists.
A few of the artists who were part of the folk scene during the 1960s or whose music was inspired by it will present an hour-long workshop. Steve Suffet will moderate the music-laced discussion, joined by John Guth, Josh Joffen, David Massengill, Anne Price and Roger Sprung. For those who prefer music of a participatory nature, Sprung, a banjo virtuoso, will lead a folk jam and song circle – as he has at previous Borderline picnics.
AcousticMusicScene.com’s Michael Kornfeld, who also serves as president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and vice president of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) board of directors, joins folk DJs Jim Colbert (a host of “The Folk Show” on WPSU-FM in University Park, PA), Bill Hahn (co-host of “Traditions” on WFDU-FM in Teaneck, NJ) and Joe Pszonek (host of “Radio Nowhere” on WMSC-FM in Montclair, NJ) in emceeing the event.
Although hosted by the Borderline Folk Music Club, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (NY) and the Folk Music Society of New York (aka Pinewoods Folk Music Club) are co-sponsoring and assisting with the event, along with AcousticMusicScene.com. “We are all members of the folk music community at large, and we all help each other out when and where needed,” says Sol Zeller, president of the Borderline.
Picnic attendees should bring their own lunch and lawn chairs. Soft drinks will be available for sale. No alcohol will be served or permitted on the premises. Plenty of free parking is available both on-site and at the school parking lot across the street.
Although this is a free event, Zeller requests that people make reservations in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (845) 354-4586. Additional information is available online at www.borderlinefolkmusicclub.org.