The Bethlehem Land Trust Board of Directors would like to congratulate our scholarship winners this year. Best of luck to:
Gabriella Binette & Samantha Ouellette
Bethlehem Land Trust
Schedule of Events for 2021
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU IN PERSON!! REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR MASK TO ALL EVENTS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. TO GET TO THE MEADOW WHERE THE EVENTS TAKE PLACE, FOLLOW THE "BLT EVENT" SIGNS TO THE PARKING AND THE PROGRAM.
REMEMBER TO BRING CHAIRS OR A BLANKET TO SIT ON AS WELL AS YOUR PICNIC AND REFRESHMENTS!
June 6th (Sunday) CT Trails Day Hike 1:00pm (Easy 1 mile Nature Walk)
and Singer/songwriter Concert with
Bob Gotta & Jill Thompson 2:30-4:00pm
Jill Thompson is a performer of original acoustic music. Beginning at an early age, she gravitated towards writing and playing her own songs. " I use and create open guitar tunings that have enlarged my musical territory. Without the discovery of these tunings, I never would have written most of these songs. I try to stay loyal to the path of my creativity wherever it leads. The lyrics reflect personal experiences that I hope will be meaningful to the listener as well"
Woodbury-based Bob Gotta is a contemporary singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist who has graced many stages in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York performing songs from his all-original CD, The Seasoned Heart. Bob’s consummate finger style guitar work creates many fine textures which support his expressive baritone vocals on his songs “Love Like the World,“ “Dreams Come True“ and “Irish Fiddle Song.” Kim Hoffman, a highly accomplished musician in her own right will accompany Bob on fiddle today. Gotta’s songs about love that is hard to find, to figure out and to hold onto also offer allusions to travel, social injustice and poetry. Bob leavens his song sets with admirable covers of Nick Drake’s “The River Man,” Iris DeMent’s “Our Town“ and Bruce Cockburn’s “Southland of the Heart.”
June 16th (Wednesday) Singer/Songwriter Concert with -
Fran Patnaude and Tom Hanford 6:30-8:00pm
(Full Moon) and Moonlight Concert 6:30pm Singer/Songwriters
Francis T. Patnaude has been actively composing and performing original songs and improvisational blues for may years. He is an artist who creates metal sculpture and collage and refers to his musical style as painting and sculpting with sound. The performance at Bellamy-Ferriday House marks a reunion of sorts with Tom Hanford with whom he played numerous gigs throughout New England for over twenty years. Fran is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at Western CT State University. He lives and has an art studio here in Bethlehem.
Tom Hanford - Guitar, Violin and Harmonica Traditional Folk and Blues, Classic Country, Roots Rock and Roll and Original Songs
With a repertoire of classic folk and country songs and stunning original compositions, Tom has has developed a reputation as a performer of historical music. He is also known as a performer and teacher of children’s music and has taught and performed at numerous daycares, schools, libraries and festivals. Currently he teaches music and art to preschoolers at HUDSON VALLEY CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION in Brewster, NY.
Tom has released two solo CDs featuring original songs and covers for adults, If You Would Be Mine and Songs for David and two CDs for children, Tom Hanford’s Musical Menagerie and Fiddle Dee Dee, Children’s Folk Songs of Old New England.
June 19th (Saturday) Music by “Sirius Coyote” 3pm-4pm
Original, Traditional, and Contemporary Music
World Music with a Latin flavor, spiced by a message of community, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
Be ready to be entertained, enchanted, and stirred by lively rhythms and unforgettable melodies.
Sirius Coyote members are Kathleen Sartor, Giovanni Ciarlo and Dennis Waring.
June 24th (Thursday) Singer/Songwriter Concert with -
George Mallas and David Ray 6:30-8:00pm
George Mallas has been writing and playing his piano-based songs since his teen years. George’s musical influences are some of the greats, such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. His melodic songs touch your heart strings on subjects of love, longing and redemption. George has released two CD's, the latest his wonderfully received “unscathed.”George co- hosts the weekly Facebook Live show “Sandro, George and the OG" each Monday night at 7pm on The Pawling Public Radio page.
David Ray: A former New York City cab driver, bartender, bouncer, and actor, David’s songs have been described as “cinematic.” They’ve been sung by artists as varied as Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin and Dove Award winner Kathy Troccoli, and recorded by producers from Arif Mardin to Rick Wake. Along with Lyle Lovett, Richie Havens, Julie Gold (From a Distance) and others, his early Fast Folk recordings are now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
As a performer, he’s shared the stage with Roger McGuinn, Shawn Colvin, John Leventhal, Dave Alvin, Lucy Kaplanski, Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Osborne, Cliff Eberhardt, Maia Sharp, Mark Ford, KJ Denhert, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, and many more.
JULY 23rd - Cow Chip Raffle Tickets go on Sale at Nick's, Bethlehem Spirit, True Value Hardware, Little Town Deli, Bethlehem Masonry and online through our website. Tickets will be $10., 5 for $45. and 10 for $90. No more than 2000 tickets will be sold. 1st Prize $2,000.00 CASH!!
July 25th (Sunday) ANNUAL MEETING 4:00-4:30pm , Trail Hike 4:30-5:00pm
Concert with “The Rakes” 5:00-7:30pm
Sunset 8:18pm (Full Moon)
The Rakes are a band of 5 friends who have as much fun perfecting their songs as they do performing them; and it shows. Exceptional vocals are at the forefront with solid backing musicianship that compliments rather than distracts. Covering a diverse selection of genre jumping music a Rakes gig is a guaranteed good time. At their core The Rakes are a countryish Americana band. But as you will quickly learn they defy the "country" label. Mixing classic rock, a little soul, a dash of blues, a "90's" block and even a little hip hop. The Rakes exhibit broad appeal as they truly play something for just about everyone.
August 22nd (Sunday) Moonlight Singer/Songwriter
Concert with -
Doug Mahard and Mark Dalton 6:00-7:30pm
1981 Doug Mahard lit out on the road and landed in Louisiana for six years. There he reveled in the cajunfunkhillbillyrockjazzgrass music that permeated the cities and the backwater bayous. His experiences fired his imagination and he began writing songs such as “The Sun Always Shines in Louisiana,” which his wife thinks is Louisiana’s equivalent to Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind.” Another song crafted in between bites of gumbo was “Railroad Troubadours,” which spins a yarn so vivid you can smell the alcohol on the hobo’s breath.
The Berklee College of Music songwriter finalist has released three CD’s. His self-titled 2012 release featured late, great guitarist Joe Beck. His third CD, Fidel Castro’s Favorite Band, showcases the talents of Gordon Titcomb, who produced and played, along with some of the finest musicians out of NYC. In 2017, he took second place in the American Songwriters November/December lyric contest with “You Are the Amazing One.” Doug was one of the judges for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 CT Folk Alliance songwriting contest along with judging for the 2019 Bethlehem Fair “Bethlehem Got Talent Contest”. His songs “Big Planet of Love” and “You Are The Amazing One” were chosen as the official retreat songs at Ellis Paul’s New England Songwriters Retreat in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Hear his music at www.dougmahard.com.
Mark Dalton has pursued music as a life-long hobby, picking up the guitar at the age of fourteen. Whether pop-folk from the 70’s, blues from the 20’s or his own style of song writing and instrumental compositions, each song represents a step in a journey for this self-taught musician.
(Sunset 7:42pm) Full Moon
September 21st (Tuesday) Moonlight Concert 5:00-7:30pm “Switch Factory”
(Sunset 6:51pm) Full Moon
(United Nations International Day of Peace)
October 23rd (Saturday) Cow Chip Raffle Drawing (Starting at 10:00am)
Pumpkins and activities for children with best pumpkin face drawing contest!
Music TBA 10:00-12:00pm
November 5th (Friday) Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night and (Masque Presentation?)
December 21st (Tuesday) Winter Solstice Celebration??
All events take place at the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve, (NOT THE BELLAMY-FERRIDAY HOUSE), in the field on Main St. North just north of the entrance to the Bellamy-Ferriday House. Follow the signs to the "BLT EVENT".
Check out the Bethlehem Land Trust website for any updates on events at:
Phone: (203)910-3836 ( Stuart Rabinowitz, President)
Pictured top row from left to right: Bob Gotta, David Ray and George Mallas. Bottom row left to right: Mark Dalton and "Sirius Coyote" with (Kathleen Sartor, Giovanni Ciarlo and Dennis Waring), and Doug Mahard and The "Rakes".
- NEWS & INFORMATION
The Blog is an ongoing commentary on the plants, animals, and terrain on our protected properties. Read it frequently to see what the BLT board members and visitors have spotted as they monitor or stroll the preserves. If you see something interesting when you are visiting the Bellamy, Two Rivers, Long Horizons, or Canfield Preserves, email us.