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Sloatsburg’s Harmony Hall Celebrates Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Council

Posted on 06 November 2017 by Editor

Held just before countywide elections took place, Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg, NY, hosted an event that included two of Rockland County’s leading women politicians, who attended to talk shop and the history of women voting to the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Council. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee were on hand Saturday, November 4, at the Jacob Sloat House to honor those Girl Scouts who earned their Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York Girl Scout Patch. Continue Reading

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Harmony Hall once again celebrates the Vernal Equinox

Posted on 12 March 2017 by Editor

Harmony Hall in winter, fronted by the Great Lawn. / Photo by Geoff Welch

Spring was about to be sprung early this year, when winter temperatures climbed to record highs. And then, suddenly the thermometer plunged back to below freezing. But no matter. The Vernal Equinox will be right on time and marks the official beginning of spring while also featuring a perfectly balanced day with equal parts day and night.

Harmony Hall Curator Geoff Welch will host an afternoon celebrating the Vernal Equinox on Sunday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. (The actual Vernal Equinox takes Monday, March 20, at approximately 6:29 a.m.) Continue Reading

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Down at the Highlands Bluegrass Festival

Posted on 20 September 2015 by Editor

HHBluegrassFest2015The Highlands Bluegrass Festival on the Great Lawn of Harmony Hall kicks up its heels Sunday, September 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Sloatsburg, NY.

2015bluegrassThe event, including most parking, is free with a suggested donation to help raise funds for Harmony Hall and to keep the music going. What’s $5 or $10 — that’s the cost of a beer in the big city.

Now in its 6th year, the day-long Highlands Bluegrass Festival has become an important event for the corridor parks region, drawing both a local crowd and visitors from across the Lower Hudson Valley. The selection of musicians and bands also ranges from nationally known bluegrass brands to local players eager to show their stuff to the crowd at the big stage.

JeffScrogginsGeoff Welch has curated the Highlands Festival music since it’s first year, with a nice selection of finger pickers and jammin’ –this year’s bill includes the Eric Escoffery Band  Garcia &  Grisman Tribute, Dogs Like Us, and bluegrass master Jeff Scroggins with his many Friends. The local group Moonshine Creek Bluegrass Band was a late addition but will undoubtedly make hay while on stage.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival will also feature an assortment of craft and food vendors. Sponsored by the Town of Ramapo, with essential help from Rockland County, the event is the product The Friends of Harmony Hall — a non-profit Sloatsburg organization that helps raise funds and awareness for the renovation and operation of the Jacob Sloat House in Sloatsburg, NY, a Ramapo National Historical Registry treasure.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was a noted fiddle player whose participation in the Highlands Bluegrass Festival helped elevate the event into a recognized and appreciated festival.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was a noted fiddle player whose participation in the Highlands Bluegrass Festival helped elevate the event throughout the bluegrass music community.

This year’s Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of fiddle player extraordinaire Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was the headline act at the 2012 Highlands Bluegrass Festival, and again in 2013 with the Rowan Cunningham Band, helping to establish the Sloatsburg event as a player on the bluegrass music circuit.

Cunningham was raised in a musical family and has been involved with music since she was five years old, becoming the centerpiece of the The Flying Cunninghams in the early ’80s — a bluegrass band with brothers Steve on bass and Tom on guitar. A three-time Florida Bluegrass Fiddle Champion, she gained national recognition as a fiddler and fiddle instructor, going on to have a successful musical career that included the Hickory Project.

Though music was her passion, Cunningham worked full-time as an engineer, most recently at Florida Turbine Technology in Jupiter, Fla. She earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an executive MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 


A look back at the 2012 Highlands Bluegrass Festival and twang and mournful sounds of headliner Sue Cunningham’s fiddle work.

 

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An Eye For Art

Posted on 13 April 2012 by Editor

Ken Linsner lives surrounded by Tibetan thangka and Samurai swords, Japanese paintings, and plenty of books — several libraries’ worth. It’s the life of the mind as lived in the world of art and every conceivable art object possible, from an older aunt’s long-held paintings to that silverware collection passed down through the generations to a rare Tibetan kapala — sacred sculpted skull. Continue Reading

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Dec
16
Sat
9:00 am Veteran Holiday Baskets @ Sloatsburg Village Hall
Veteran Holiday Baskets @ Sloatsburg Village Hall
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Veteran Holiday Baskets @ Sloatsburg Village Hall | Sloatsburg | New York | United States
A special Holiday Food Basket giveaway will take place on Saturday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Village of Sloatsburg Fire Hall. Items include frozen turkey and fixings and desert for[...]
Dec
17
Sun
2:00 pm Music for Winter Solstice @ Harmony Hall
Music for Winter Solstice @ Harmony Hall
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Music for Winter Solstice @ Harmony Hall | Sloatsburg | New York | United States
As the days grow shorter, we prepare to welcome the Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 17th from 2-4 PM at the mansion! Join Geoff Welch and musical guests guitarist Alpha Halvorsen and percussionist Christina Stefenelli[...]