Amy’s Music Listings 3/29 – 4/4/06

Hi, all-

A whisper of colors other than gray. Claves in quadruple time: the woodpeckers are back.

On that note, here is this week's listing:

                                                                                   Wes Houston Presents: every Wednesday at 8:30PM on Woodbury Cablevision Channel 20 &Queens Channel 34

                                                                          Wednesday, March 29th at 9PM: GLENN PETTIT Acoustic Cafe at Cool Beanz, St. James 556 North Country Rd. (Rte 25A) 1/4 mile east of Lake Ave. opposite Hitherbrook Nursery. No cover, no minimum, open mic beforehand. 631 862-4111 They also podcast on

Thursday, March 30th from 7PM to midnight: 'A Race for Life'' benefit concert for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring Caitlyn Amanda, Miles to Dayton and the Blue Scene at the University Cafe. $5 donation.  Call  631 632-6027 or for info and reservations.

Friday, March 31st at 8PM: Long Island's Own  featuring BUDDY MERRIAM & Backroads and the MARY LAMONT Band at IMAC in Huntington tickets are $27.50, but IMAC, LI BLues Society and Folk Music Society of Huntington members get 25% off the ticket price, which brings it down to $21.

Saturday, April 1st at 8:30PM: ELIZA GILKYSON at The Folk Music Society of Huntington No whiny girly here: Eliza sings like a real woman, edgy, poetic, a little tough, elegant and funny, and is most definitely what you'd call a veteran of the acoustic scene. She's the other link in the trio of Iain Matthews and Ad Vanderveen, if you saw the two of them at the UCafe last year. The open mic starts at 7:30PM. The concert will be held at the usual FMSH spot, the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr, Centerport (wheelchair accessible). $20 at the door. Call  631 425-2925 for info, or go to

Saturday, April 1st from 8 to 11PM:  Music4Peace project Alan Semerjian and Chris Greiner at the Conklin Barn, 2 High St, Huntington. $5 donation. Info:

Saturday April 1st at 8PM: The SOUND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA featuring tenor Karim Sulimanat William Floyd HS Mastic Rd, Mastic Beach $10 and kids under 12 get in free. 

also on Saturday at 9PM: DENISE ROMAS at SoulGrowth (inside Body Awareness Exercise/Yoga studio) 101 N. Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, 957-4692. Open mic precedes.

Sunday, April 2nd at 2PM: DAVID OLNEY at the University Cafe with Caroline Doctorow opening Songwriter David has written some modern alt-country classics like ''Deeper Well'' which was covered by Emmylou, and his others have been covered by Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and Del McCoury. Songwriter Caroline's new CD is so great that  – mark my words – pretty soon other people are going to be covering her songs.  $20/$15 students.  Call  631 632-6027 or for info and reservations.

also on Sunday at 2PM: PATRICIA SHIH  at the Deer Park Public Library. Free. 

Sunday, April 2nd at 7PM: Music4Peace project with Buddy Merriam, Sonny Meadows, Clauda Jacobs, and more. $5. UUFH, Nicholls Rd, Stony Brook. Info: 631 689-2788     Continue reading


Celebrating 40 Years, Festival Will be Staged at Westchester’s Croton Point Park, on the Banks of the Hudson River, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2006

peteseeger2.jpgPOUGHKEEPSIE, NY, February 13, 2006 – The Clearwater music and environmental festival – The Great Hudson River Revival, is once again looking for 900 dedicated individuals to volunteer their time, energy and talent to help stage “The Festival that Saved a River,” which has been at the forefront of the nation’s environmental movement in the struggle for clean waterways.  The Festival returns to Croton Point Park, on the shores of the Hudson River, in Westchester County, Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18.

clearwater.jpgThis year, Clearwater celebrates 40 years of environmental action, education and music.  Inspired by a desire of singer/activist Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson River, the Festival today attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend offering the best in music, dance, family fun and
children’s activities, crafts, storytelling, and
environmental education.



Lending a Hand


Volunteers are an integral part of the Festival
experience.  There are numerous ways for people of all ages to lend a hand, both before and during the event. Volunteer responsibilities include transporting performers; preparing and serving food for performers and other volunteers; setting up the sound stages, booths and displays; supervising children’s activities; working in the hospitality field tent, information booth or reception area; staffing the Festival’s gift shop; selling festival tickets; and providing pre-Festival office support at the Poughkeepsie office.

On average, most volunteers contribute approximately ten to twelve hours of their time during the festival weekend. All volunteers receive a weekend Festival pass, valued at
$45 – $60, free meals all weekend long, and on-site camping.  Volunteers also get an official Revival Volunteer T-shirt, access to the volunteer lounge, as well as an invitation to two Volunteer Dance Parties. Membership in Clearwater is required to be eligible.  A donation of $25 is also requested to help share administrative costs and other expenses. The fee is waived for volunteers who work 25 hours or more.  Total fees for
volunteers are as little as $40, but no more than $60, depending on membership donations.

Candidates will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and applications must be received by May 12.

For more information about volunteering at this year’s Clearwater Festival, contact Jen Rubbo, Volunteer Coordinator, at 845-454-7673, ext. 123.  You can also email her at, or log on to  and click on the Clearwater Festival banner to apply on-line.

A Special Community of People

Each year, hundreds of volunteers come from all over the tri-state area to be a part of the dynamic Clearwater community.  They get together to meet new friends and
reunite with old ones, as well as share and celebrate Clearwater’s role in environmental education and its efforts to help clean up the Hudson River.

One of the Festival’s many dedicated volunteers is Roberta Goldberg, a native from Croton-on-Hudson who now lives in Connecticut.  She has volunteered each year for over two decades.  “After so many years, it’s become part of my
identity.  I truly believe in the importance of protecting our environment and want to help, even if it’s only in a small way
,” said Goldberg.

Arlene Novich, a teacher at Mamaroneck High School, has been volunteering since 1990.  She always signs up because she wants to do her part for the Hudson River.  “I grew up
in Inwood, right on the Hudson,
” she said.  “The river has always been dear to my heart.”

We all work for a common cause and we work very hard,” said Rick Brodsky, a 40-year-old psychologist and volunteer from Danbury.  “You’re on the river among hundreds of people, including the legendary Pete Seeger, and you realize this is an extraordinary experience that can never be duplicated.”

Ron Aja, Director, Special Events for The Clearwater Festival, noted, “An extraordinary number of people are involved with the Festival each year.  Without their help the event would not be as successful, as vibrant, or as
.” He added, “For volunteers, the festival experience is enhanced because they are a part of creating it.  They bring a richness and sense of commitment to the cause that make it a truly rewarding and fulfilling  event.”

For more information about The Clearwater Festival or to join its mailing list for updates on Festival events, performers and ticket discount opportunities, call 1-800-67-SLOOP or log onto

LI Solar Conference 4/21/06 & Workshops

We at RELI would like to let you know about some upcoming events you might be interested in. 

First, Solar Conference Long Island 2006 – a day long event featuring expert speakers, workshops, vendor displays, and a chance to talk solar specialists.  There will be displays of solar panels, other renewable energy equipment and one of the largest solar installations on Long
Island right on campus!  The seminar will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006 from  8 A.M.  to 3:30 P.M.  at Farmingdale State University, 2350
Broadhollow Road.

Solar installers, homeowners with current solar power systems on their homes and those who wish to install/learn more about solar power for
their homes or businesses are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend, to learn about the latest technology including hybrids; see new and
aesthetically pleasing design elements and forms; understand new financing and tax incentive opportunities; learn how to lower electric bills and
decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.  The seminar costs $30.00, which includes breakfast, lunch and all materials.

For more information (or to register), visit

There are also two upcoming free Solar Seminars, given by a certified solar energy contractor, with a LIPA representative also in attendance to answer questions.  The seminar will cover basic information about PV
and how it works, how to plan a PV installation for your home, information about current LIPA rebates and state and federal tax incentives,
and residential net metering.  These seminars  will be given on Monday, March 20 at the Town of Hempstead Dept. of Conservation & Waterways
Administration Building (at 7 PM) and on Wednesday, March 22 at the Middle
Country Public Library, Centereach Location (at 5 PM).  To register (or if you have any questions), please email

We hope to see you at one (or both) of these events!

Renewable Energy Long Island
631-537-4680 fax 

PO Box 789
Bridgehampton NY 11932

Jim Frazzitta in concert Sat 4/8/06 Dix Hills

Picture 024.jpgMolecule Music presents

Jim Frazzitta

former singer/songwriter and lead guitarist of NYLON & STEEL)

at St. Lawrence of Canterbury Church
655 Old Country Road, Dix Hills

3/10 mile west of Deer Park Road (rte 231)

Saturday April 8th

8:00 PM


Open Mic

All musicians and poets are welcome (sign-up 7:45 PM)


3 Dollars for children under 12
Light refreshments served.

Hotline: (631) 368-1920

UCS: Cleaner Yards, Dirtier Air?

from the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Cleaner Yards, Dirtier Air?
March 2006
Read this issue of Greentips online

Warmer weather is on the way and, for many people, this means the start of yard care season. Homeowners might not realize that lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, and leaf blowers represent a significant source of carbon monoxide and smog-forming hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, but the average lawn mower emits as much smog-forming pollution in one hour as eight new cars traveling at 55 miles per hour.

By following a few simple steps, however, you can keep your yard looking its best with less environmental impact:

  • Perform routine maintenance as recommended in the owner’s manual. Changing the motor oil, cleaning or replacing air filters, and getting periodic tune-ups will ensure your power tools run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Use the proper fuel/oil mixture (as indicated in the owner’s manual) for equipment with two-stroke engines. An improper mixture will decrease efficiency and increase pollution. (Four-stroke engines do not use a fuel-oil mixture.)
  • Maintain sharp blades on cutting tools so you spend less time running the motor.
  • Clean the underside of your lawn mower’s deck to reduce resistance and maximize efficiency.
  • Avoid spilling gasoline, which contributes to air pollution when the gasoline evaporates. Use a funnel to pour gas into the tank, and be sure not to overfill.

When the time comes to buy new yard equipment, consider electric-powered models. They may have a higher price tag than their gasoline-powered counterparts, but they are up to 50 percent less expensive to operate over a 10-year life span because of lower fuel costs. Electric tools are also cleaner—even if the electricity they use is generated from fossil fuels, it is easier to control the pollution from a single power plant than from thousands of individual tools.

You can eliminate pollution entirely by using old-fashioned manual tools such as push mowers, pruning shears, and rakes or brooms. These are especially appropriate for small yards or lawn care projects.

If you need gasoline-powered equipment, however, choose models with a four-stroke engine rather than a two-stroke engine. Generally speaking, four-stroke engines are far more efficient and generate fewer pollutants.

Related Links:

Environmental Protection Agency—Your Yard and Clean Air (pdf)

Green Seal—Lawn Care Equipment (pdf)

Canyon River Outfitters Association—The Environmentally Friendly Four-Stroke

Environmental Protection Agency—Beneficial Landscaping

Environmental Protection Agency—Lawn and Garden (Small Gasoline) Equipment