Hillsdale Concert Series to Bring Jazz to Hamlet Park July 17

HILLSDALE — Hillsdale’s Hamlet Committee continues its new Jams in the Hamlet concert series on Saturday July 17 when members of the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble will liven up the town’s Hamlet Park.

As is the tradition in jazz, the ensemble isn’t a set group of players but a network of artists who work together on a regular basis. The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble has performed in some form in the tri-state area for the past 15 years.

For this performance the audience will hear Steve Rubin on drums, Rick Savage on trumpet, Lew Scott on bass and Joe Vincent Tranchina on keyboards, along with a special guest.

The performance will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the park opening for concert guests at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations toward the cost of the concert series are encouraged. While some seating will be available, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park is located southwest of the intersection of state Routes 22 and 23 at the traffic light.

The Hillsdale Hamlet Committee’s monthly Jams in the Hamlet series kicked off in May with a bluegrass concert by the Sleepy Hollow String Band. In June, the Hudson Festival Players brought classical music to the park.

Jams in the Hamlet is being produced by Hamlet Committee members and full-time Hillsdale residents Garrin Benfield and Jason Durant. The series features professional musicians and will be capped off by a community talent event at the town’s annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 9.

Refreshments available for purchase at the park will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewing Co., Little Apple Cidery and Momma Lo’s BBQ. Local non-profit, community-driven organizations will be on site providing information on their activities.

The jazz concert is sponsored by The Alander, a modern boutique lodge in Copake opening this summer. Other groups that have donated time, money or materials to the concert series include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Taconic Ridge Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Random Harvest Market, Berkshire Property Agents, Sylvan Motor Lodge, Encore Audio, Copake Auction, Rock Paper Pixel, Hillsdale General Store, Moore-Bridger Tree Service and the Columbia County Tourism Board.

Funds for the event are also being raised through the sale of Jams in the Hamlet merchandise, available at https://jams-in-the-hamlet.creator-spring.com.

Here is a list of acts who will perform as part of the series:

Aug. 21: Singer/songwriters Kerri Powers and Lisa and Lori Brigantino

Sept. 18: Children’s performer and Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and Claudia Mussen

Oct. 9: Community Talent Night at Hillsdale’s annual Pumpkin Festival

The Hillsdale Hamlet Committee decided to sponsor the concert series this year to allow the community to come together safely outdoors and to raise awareness and use of the Hamlet Park. The committee has embarked on a program to revamp the park based on a professional master plan approved by the Hillsdale Town Board.

For more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/jamsinthehamlet

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