Artwork and Science to return collectively in “Save the Sourlands SoloFest”

Art and Science to come together in “Save the Sourlands SoloFest”

Sourland Conservancy brings collectively 25 naturalists and musicians on October 10 to rejoice and save Central Jersey’s nice forest.

On October 10 at 8pm, The Sourland Conservancy will current a free, hour-long program combining nature documentary and music pageant to boost public consciousness and funds to handle a severe risk to the Sourland Mountain area, which is the third largest forested space in New Jersey in central New Jersey and residential to a number of threatened and endangered species.

“We’re shedding over 1 million timber. That’s devastating,” stated Sourland Conservancy Government Director Laurie Cleveland.  “Over 20% of the Sourland timber are ash, the best focus in New Jersey, and all these timber will probably be killed inside the subsequent few years by an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer. We’re working to develop a reforestation plan in partnership with native, state and nationwide organizations that acknowledge the ecological significance of the Sourlands – and the impression of ash decline on our forest’s skill to scrub our water and air, sequester carbon and supply important habitat.”

The Sourland Conservancy’s common Sourland Mountain Pageant was canceled because of COVID-19, so Conservancy workers, volunteers, sponsors, associate organizations, in addition to native municipalities labored collectively to create a brand new occasion to securely have interaction the group within the effort to revive the forest.  

The signature efficiency will characteristic greater than a dozen musicians who have been recorded performing in iconic Sourland settings after which mixed as one within the studio of Music Director, Cliff Wilson of Princeton. Wilson additionally co-produced the unique documentary upon which the occasion is predicated, The Sourlands: A New Jersey Treasure. Every musicians recorded unique songs alone or with a family associate, surrounded by lovely Sourland landscapes together with St. Michaels Farm Protect, Hunterdon County Sourland Mountain Protect, Baldpate Mountain, Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, and Unionville Vineyards.

Featured musicians embrace:

  • Hopewell native Danielia Cotton, who has appeared at earlier Sourland Mountain Festivals and has not too long ago launched an EP album, A Completely different Sort of Struggle.
  • Abbie Gardner and her husband Craig Akin of Jersey Metropolis, who premiere a brand new music, Cypress Tree. Gardner has a solo profession and is a part of the Pink Molly band.
  • Stacey and Alan Schulman, the As Is Jazz duo, of Llewellyn Park who’ve been hailed for “scorching scat singing, heated guitar taking part in” on their Right here’s to Life album.
  • Jonathan Tetelman, a rising opera star, who’s a local of Titusville, and has been described within the New York Instances as “a complete star.” 

Roughly half this system will probably be a documentary specializing in the wonder and ecology of the Sourlands, in addition to the intense threats dealing with the forest, as described by almost a dozen naturalists and scientists, together with Jim Amon, Rush Holt, Sharyn Magee, Jennifer Rogers, Hannah Suthers, and foresters from the New Jersey Forest Service. They’ll give attention to the significance of the Sourlands by way of wildlife safety, water high quality, local weather, historical past, and recreation. 

This system will premiere totally free on YouTube at 8pm on October 10, adopted by an “After Social gathering” at 9pm on Zoom. Individuals can go to Sourland.org/solofest for extra info, to buy occasion merchandise and After Social gathering tickets, to preview music performances, or to donate funds for planting native timber and shrubs within the Sourlands. 

“The Sourlands are one of many nice pure and recreation property of New Jersey and it wants our assist,” stated Brad Fay, the producer of the SoloFest and founding father of an agritourism initiative, Uncover Central New Jersey. “No matter your familiarity with the Sourlands, this occasion can serve to deepen your love for this area, or that will help you make the primary acquaintance.”

NJ.com is the presenting sponsor of the Save the Sourlands SoloFest. Different main sponsors embrace the Witherspoon Media Group, Uncover Central New Jersey, Inexperienced Energy Vitality, Hegedus Legislation, Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, Kilbourne & Kilbourne, Michelle Baker Design, Northfield Financial institution, Sourland Pet Well being, Union Line Storage, and Unionville Vineyards.

Submitted by the Sourland Conservancy, which is a 501(C)(3) member-supported nonprofit group whose mission is to guard, promote, and protect the distinctive character of the Sourland Mountain Area. For extra info, go to www.sourland.org. The Save the Sourlands SoloFest offered by NJ.com will air October 10 from 8-9pm. For extra info, to donate or to observe the occasion, go to www.sourland.org/solofest.

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