Food, Fun and a Foot-stompin’ Good Time
RVGA’s 10th Annual Barn Dance, Saturday, July 7th, 2012
The Rondout Valley Growers Association invites the community to frolic on the farm at its 10th Annual Barn Dance and Local Food Barbecue on Saturday, July 7th, from 5 –10 p.m. at the historic Kelder’s Farm, 5755 Rt. 209 between Kerhonkson and Accord, New York.
Barbecue supper will highlight fresh, locally-grown food including free-range chicken, grass-fed beef hot dogs plus veggie dogs, Love Brines sauerkraut, fresh made green, pasta and veggie salads created by Saunderskill Farms in Accord, Davenport’s Farm in Stone Ridge, Binnewater Farm Project CSA, and the Rosendale Café, cider from Stone Ridge Orchard, fresh fruit and beverage. A cash bar will serve wine and Keegan Ale’s locally brewed beer.
Lively music and “step-by-step” dance instruction will be provided by The Shoe String Band and caller/fiddler Liz Slade playing a tasty mix of old-time Appalachian tunes and country classics. As they put it, “we’re local, organic, free-range, sustainable and 100% bio-degradable.” Shoe String’s Jeff “Lonesome Oscar” Marks calls Liz “Our favorite dance caller, and an awesome old-time fiddler who will have everyone up and dancing. No experience needed, just be ready to have a good time!” And the musical offerings of the event will kick off during dinner with the Cajun sounds of Dr. Romo.
Children’s activities include a petting zoo, edible mini-golf course, hayrides, and a jumping pillow. A 50/50 raffle will help fund the RVGA youth scholarship, and a Jane’s Ice Cream/special dessert bake sale fundraiser will feature delectables created by talented local bakers and chefs.
This year, the community’s support of RVGA is more valuable than ever, according to RVGA’s executive director Deborah DeWan: “A $25,000 matching grant we’ve received from the New World Foundation means that every dollar raised will have double value.” She added, “meeting this match will help us strengthen the connections between the farmers and the community. So come to the Barn Dance!” RVGA is committed to supporting the farms and farmers in this historic growing region, which keeps scenic land in active agricultural use, and creates a bountiful supply of fresh, nutritious, locally-raised farm products.
$25 admission includes dinner and dancing ($30 day of the event); children under 12 are $10, and age 6 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at Gill’s Farm, Davenport Farms, Kelder’s Farm, F & C Brooks Dairy Farm, Saunderskill Farm, Barthel’s Farm, Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, the High Falls Food Co-op, and online at http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Barn Dance sponsors include: Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, Rondout Savings Bank, Keegan Ales, Kelder’s Farm, Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty in Stone Ridge, and Emmanuel’s Marketplace.
For more information about the Barn Dance, RVGA, or a variety of volunteer opportunities, email Deborah.Dewan@rondoutvalleygrowers.org, call 845-626-1532, or click the “events” link at www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org.