By Jo-Ann Polise
The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association is stepping up again this year to help improve conditions at Stuyvesant Cove and to lure area residents to the river with a series of free outdoor concerts.
The concerts are offered free of charge to all and include a variety of styles including swing, jazz, blues and bluegrass as well as an evening of traditional Irish music and dance.
Plans for the annual series begin in March and among this year’s musicians are several past performers including John Colianni, the Rutkowski Family Trio, Sean Mahony and David Hershey-Webb. New to the roster are Jason Green and The Labor of Love, New Harvest and Niall O’Leary and friends.
I serve on the board of The SCPA and am the coordinator for the annual concert series. I met Jason Green when I went to hear another artist perform at an East Village restaurant. I spoke to the guitarist during the break and Jason Green and The Labor of Love will be opening the concert series later this month. In a similar fashion, fiddle player Clarence Ferrari was part of a group that performed last year and will be performing country and bluegrass with New Harvest in July.
I am pleased to announce that there is a lot of interest to perform at The Cove. It’s such a beautiful setting; who wouldn’t want to perform at the river? The series is made possible in part by a grant from the office of Councilman Dan Garodnick.
In other news, in an effort to protect the plantings installed post Hurricane Sandy, the SCPA has committed $5,000 to cover the cost of fencing that will serve as a reminder to visitors to the park that they should stay on the foot paths and not walk through the flowerbeds, nor should they allow their dogs to enter the planted areas.
Several years ago the SCPA purchased new topsoil, necessary after the storm washed out entire sections of the park. Park manager Daisy Hoyt has now determined that the fencing project is needed in order to allow the plants to continue to establish roots.
People who enjoy the park are also encouraged to become a Friend of Stuvyesant Cove Park by visiting www.stuyvesantcove.org, and downloading a contribution form.
Jason Green and The Labor of Love performing Funk, Blues, Jazz and Latin music on Monday, June 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. Rain date: June 23.
John Colianni Quintet performing Jazz and Swing on Monday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. Rain dates: June 30 and July 9.
New Harvest performing traditional American music including Bluegrass, Texas Swing, Cajun, Country Blues and old time fiddle on Wednesday, July 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. Rain date: July 2.