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Lewisboro’s EarthTones Kick Off Earth Day Weekend

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro will kick off Earth Day weekend with a multi-media performance headlined by The EarthTones, a women’s a cappella group from South Salem.

The group will perform Friday at the sanctuary of the South Salem Presbyterian Church. The program, entitled “We Belong to the Earth,” will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature songs, instrumentals, poetry and projected images. A wine and cheese reception will follow, with a gallery of artwork by artists Olimpia Gambacorta and Susan Shanti Gibian. The event is free, though donations to support environmental awareness will be welcome.

“The program celebrates our Earth and our responsibility as its stewards,” said Elizabeth Meyer-Gross, one of the event’s organizers and a founder of The EarthTones.

In addition to the a cappella music of The EarthTones, the presentation will include musical performances by Barned Out, a local folk band that features Jean Lewis on hammered dulcimer and Cara O’Reilly on pennywhistle. Local residents John and Brenda Bergstrom and Brian Loxley will read poetry by William Wordsworth, e.e. cummings, Mary Oliver and Robinson Jeffers.

The program will open with large-screen projections of seasonal images accompanied by excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Throughout the show images will also be coordinated with the songs by The EarthTones and Barned Out.

Jennifer Lahey, another organizer and member of The EarthTones, explained that net proceeds from the donations and from a raffle sale for a Green Basket “will go to helping to create awareness of environmental issues facing us in New York.” The EarthTones describe themselves as “a cappella for a cause.”

The EarthTones members include Lewisboro residents Caro Giordano, Mariana Gordon, Mary Greenblatt, Stephanie Harding, Elizabeth Meyer-Gross, Jennifer Lahey, Rebecca Purnick and Kathy Rothfeld with hammered dulcimer accompaniments by Jean Lewis.

The Presbyterian Church is located at 111 Spring St. in South Salem.

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