The Two Farms Benefit Concert: Saving Farms with Music and Dance

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman
The Two Farms Benefit Concert: Saving Farms with Music and Dance

New Paltz, NY - April 3, 2006 - Join us on Earth Day for a special concert to raise funds to permanently protect two farms in the heart of New Paltz. Tickets for the April 22nd event, featuring Pete Seeger and a host of local artists, are on sale now at Manny's Art Supplies and PDQ Business Centers in New Paltz. Tickets can also be reserved by contacting the Wallkill Valley Land Trust at 845-255-2761. Tickets will be held at the door for people who call ahead.

The concert will be held at Studley Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz Campus at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 per person and $12 for students and seniors. Famed folk musician and songwriter Pete Seeger will be in New Paltz to perform along with locals including Betty and the Baby Boomers, Dog on Fleas, Two Dollar Goat and members of The Vanaver Caravan to raise funds to buy land protection agreements on 180 acres of farmland located on historic Huguenot Street. This line-up promises a memorable evening of song and dance that will have you singing along and tapping your toes.

Musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, labor activist, environmentalist, peace advocate and a much beloved figure in American life, Pete Seeger has issued some one hundred records, written and collaborated on numerous radical songbooks, articles and technical manuals on playing the banjo.

Betty and the Baby Boomers are known for outstanding vocal harmonies and eclectic repertoire ranging to traditional folk to blues, songs of political and social struggle and contemporary original songs that are a refreshing reminder of the halcyon days of American folk music.

Dog on Fleas is a collective of musicians who conspire to make good times for kids, and for the grownups who travel with them. Their songs are mostly original, and may sound like blue-billy, old funk, new skunk, old jazz, americontra, or lullabies.

As residents of New York State's Hudson Valley, Two Dollar Goat can be found all over the region and beyond enthusiastically playing tunes new and old in the Bluegrass style.

Also performing will be members of The Vanaver Caravan, Caravan Kids and students from The Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute . Known for their high powered percussive dance, the show will feature their newest member, Joel Hanna, who was in the touring company of Riverdance and was a soloist in Dancing on Dangerous Ground.

These artists are all pitching in to help raise funds for this worthy cause championed by the Wallkil Valley Land Trust and the Open Space Institute, non-profit conservation organizations working together to preserve two farms on Huguenot Street in the Village and Town of New Paltz. Through land preservation agreements, these farms - the Jewett Family Farm and the Huguenot Street Farm - will remain in private hands and continue as active farmlands, enabling them to remain much as they are forever. These properties contribute enormously to the historic nature and bucolic countryside of the New Paltz area. Both farms have frontage on Huguenot Street with its stone houses dating back to the 17th century, as well as nearly a mile of shoreline on the Wallkill River. The Open Space Institute has made a substantial challenge grant of $475,000 to protect this important landscape. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust is now seeking dollar-for-dollar matching funds to secure these critical easements The Earth Day fundraiser is just one of many efforts to engage the local community's support and enthusiasm for these two farms that contribute in multiple ways to our livelihood.

Huguenot Street Farm, owned and operated by Ron and Kate Khosla, is a thriving Community Supported Agriculture farm. The Jewett property is annually planted in traditional field crops. Both these farms provide spectacular views across the fields from Huguenot Street to the Shawangunk Ridge.

About the Open Space Institute
The mission of the Open Space Institute is to protect scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats, and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, special loan programs, and creative partnerships.

Through its Shawangunk Ridge Land Protection Program, initiated in 1971, the Open Space Institute ( has protected more than 24,000 acres in the Gunks, including the highest summits in the range (Sam's Point and High Point), the famed Ellenville ice caves, Stony Kill Falls, the Witch's Hole, the Mine Hole Hollow, the Trapps Gateway, Shawangunk Ridge State Forest and other areas.

About the Wallkil Valley Land Trust
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust founded in 1987, is the local land conservation organization in southern Ulster County. It works to preserve open space for present and future generations and has protected nearly 1000 acres. The land trust seeks to conserve the community's environmental heritage, to promote voluntary preservation of land, and to protect scenic, natural, recreational, and agricultural lands.

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