cookies with Jam

In 363 days, the 2017 Quarry Farm Jam is happening under the red roof of the Seitz Pavilion. Two days after the 2016 musical gathering, my toes are still tapping and I wonder at the videos and photos that keep popping up on Facebook, including this compilation from Dave Frick:

A few years back, Steve¬†brought up the idea of inviting musicians to this place, this “whole different world” as Betty Wannemacher says. No program, said Steve, just ask people to come on over and play their favorite musical instrument…or not. Listeners could pack a lawn chair. We’d supply the cookies, per tradition.

Four years ago, the first Quarry Farm Acoustic Night included guitar players and kazoos. The next year, fiddles and a saxophone showed up, too. The third year, scheduled for late October, was renamed a Jam as the pavilion was wired with electric outlets and lights. The weather didn’t care, however, as the Jam was snowed out (yes, snow.) The next day, we circled the second Saturday in 2016 as the fourth music night, plugged or unplugged.dsc_0046dsc_0044

Saturday’s instruments included guitars of various scale, a ukulele, autoharps, fiddles, harmonicas, and I believe that a mandolin made an appearance, too. There was a good gathering of music lovers to listen alongside and in the peaceable kingdom next door.

Oh so many thanks to Doug, Mike, Ralph, Gus, Dondi, Lynn, Bob, David and Michelle. And Erin, who has joined us every time with her roadie/soundman dad Bruce and musician mom Beth. Did you notice that great blue heron skimming low over the cabin on its way to sunset? That was your great-grandpa, Erin, and boy, is he proud.

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Making jam

1908061_875195272492033_3010147628062901086_nCome on out to 1/8 mile north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora on Saturday, October 3, at 6 p.m. for

The Quarry Farm Jam

(formerly known as Acoustic Night — now we are wired!)

Acoustic Night

Acoustic Night2Join in with a musical instrument of any kind, or just bring a chair and kick back under the stars (or under the Seitz Family Pavilion roof) and enjoy yourself.

Last year’s line-up featured guitars, a ukulele, a sax, violin, and many voices. Free kazoos will be available, as will cider and cookies.

There will also be a small silent auction of items made by local artists, with all proceeds to benefit The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm educational programming, trail maintenance and for the care and feeding of the farm animal sanctuary.