Concert Heartstrings

A Powerful Close to the Tin House Season at The Restoration Farm

By: Lauren Jahoda

Nassau County includes a population of 1,352,146, 43 7-Elevens, 14 hospitals, 10 colleges/universities, 8 shopping malls, 8 dog parks, but only 1 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm — The Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage, NY (www.restorationfarm.com).

As described by Linda Tagliaferro, here’s how a CSA works:

You become a member of the farm for an annual fee, and when those fresh foods are harvested, you’ll receive seasonal food straight from the farm. CSAs give members access to produce from local farms, and it helps the farmers with their initial farming expenses.

CSAs are a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy local, fresh fruits and vegetables and who also wish to help the environment because this type of farm-to-buyer plan doesn’t require shipping produce long distances. There’s no need for trucks to transport fruits and vegetables cross-country and it results in less pollution and use of fuel.

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The seven-acre Restoration Farm was founded 7 years ago by Daniel Holmes and Caroline Fanning, who lease the land from Nassau County at the unique Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Approximately a year ago, when the large tin structure was added to the farm (originally intended for equipment and machinery storage), a new kind of produce emerged from an already diversified supply — the Tin House Concert Series.

Holmes explained that an intimate concert series had always been a thought since his attending get-togethers several years back at a friend’s home, during which they would have local talent stop in and perform in a close, comfortable atmosphere. Holmes confided that this casual listening space was especially influential to him because the performances there opened his heart and ears to a variety of music he hadn’t encountered before — that of folk, bluegrass, Americana, blues and country. His vision of bringing music to the Restoration Farm came to fruition with the arrival of the “tin house.” Holmes joked that the defining moment came with his revelation that: “It even has a bathroom. This could actually work.”

And it does.

Tin House’s inaugural concert took place on May 4th to kick off the summer season with a performance by Miles to Dayton. Other acts followed, including The Live Cultures, The Carrie McQuade Trio, Long Island Bluegrass Quartet and Kerry Kearney this past Sunday. Sunday’s setting included children in overalls, wagons and wheel barrels. and a crowd surrounded by picnic tables, fresh produce, two bonfires and an amazingly addicting homemade basil and lime water refreshment.

Kerry Kearney was preceded by a young man who swore in the audience, playing the Star-Spangled Banner beautifully on his violin, followed by the farm’s own MC, who performed his own summer camp-like farewell version of the traditional folk song “House of the Rising Sun” (made popular by The Animals). Next up was Bill Scorzari, with two of his Raddle Chains & Straw Walkers members Bill Herman (of Paradiddle Records) on percussion and Steve Kaplan on bass. The trio captivated the audience with an intimate performance of his new original music slated for a second album, including “Shelter From the Wind,” “It’s Time,” “Patience and Time” and “A Brand New Deal” (www.billscorzari.com).

Kerry Kearney, along with Mario Staiano (drums) and Gerry Sorrentino (bass), headlined the afternoon show with what he dubs, “Psychedelta” — “an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots,” developed by Kearney over the past 40 years. From the baiting slide guitar licks and finger-picked riffs I heard on Sunday, it comes as no surprise that in 1988, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Starship heard Kerry play and asked if he’d be interested in joining his band for a 3 month tour. Kerry accepted and 3 months turned into 5 great years (www.kerrykearneyofficial.com).

We’re very excited here at Heartstrings for Tin House’s upcoming season two and want to extend an enormous thank you to Daniel, Caroline and Susan (and their families) for their effort and commitment to what is truly a unique haven within our community.

Take some time to look at our photographs of the gorgeous day we had on Sunday, as well as the dirt roads and breathtaking landscapes that are The Restoration Farm. While waiting for the music to start again next year, feel free to stop by the farm any time to pick up some fresh produce, do yoga on the farm, take that beekeeping course you’ve been thinking about, or just stroll through the beautiful grounds which meet up with and into the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

 

 

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