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Sun, Oct 02
This is what Washington Square in Greenwich Village looked like on a Sunday morning in the 50s and 60s -- just a bunch of folks bringing guitars and banjos, joining together in impromptu jam sessions, or gathering around and lending their voices to a favorite song. New York's proper Parks Commissioner, Newbold Morris, described them as people who "come from miles away to display the most terrible costumes, haircuts, etc. and who play bongo drums and other weird instruments, attracting a weird public."
Well, people still love to play weird instruments, wear terrible costumes, and get together to make music. So Opus 40 is recreating those Washington Square days on the first Sunday of each month throughout the summer. Admission is free to anyone who brings an acoustic instrument.
Sat, Oct 15
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Oct 22
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
During this day long conversation concerning the extensive native and
ancient quarrying that took place in our local area, the various
speakers will bring their expertise and knowledge to Opus 40, the
unique and important quarry based sculptural environment of Harvey
Fite, in order to shed light on how the people before us have altered
the stony landscape for purposes both functional and sacred. Once the
enormous amount of built stone structures, the mountains of stacked
stones and quarried water reservoirs that run from Saugerties up
through the Paleolithic Flint Mines of Coxsackie and beyond are
properly looked at and connected, we may begin to sense and fathom an
earth-scaping project that took much more time then the brief
bluestone industry would of allowed.
Glenn Kreisberg is a radio frequency engineer, researcher, and writer
and has edited two volumes of a Graham Hancock Reader including "
Mysteries of the Ancient Past". His forthcoming book,
Spirits in Stone: Lost Landscapes and Hidden Legacy of Northeast
America, will be published soon by Inner Traditions.
Evan Pritchard is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture. He
is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin
People of New York, and No Word For Time, the
Way of the Algonquin People. His most recent book is Bird Medicine, The
Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism. All were published by Inner Traditions
Linda Zimmermann is author of over 30 books on anomalous subjects. Her
most recent is entitled Mysterious Stone Sites in the Hudson Valley
of New York and Northern New Jersey.
Teresa Bierce is a longtime investigator of local lithic curiosities
and is the Western Connecticut coordinator for NEARA (New England
Antiquities Research Association)
Philip C. LaPorta is a geologist and archaeologist who is executive
director of The Center for the Investigation of Native and Ancient
Matt Bua is author of Talking Walls: Casting Out the
Post-Contact Stone Wall Building Myth which has a focus on the area
of Kiskatom in the town of Catskill.
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