Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Uncommon Ground

Bluegrass Bar-B-Q Barn Dance and Fall Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, from 6-9 pm.
The Farmstead Arts Center Old English Barn, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $10 for students, and free for kids 5 and under, may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or CASH ONLY at the door.

The English Barn at Farmstead Arts will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of great music, wholesome food and fun for the whole family. Food provided by the Soup Shoppe in the Riverwalk Plaza in Basking Ridge will be available to purchase beginning at 6pm.

Music and dancing will begin at 7pm, featuring “Uncommon Ground,” (above) a hot alternative Bluegrass group based in New York’s Hudson Valley. The band draws on the talents of Mike Kobetitsch on guitar, and mandolinist Wayne Fugate, both long-time veterans of the Bluegrass scene who have performed with “Out to Lunch”, Grammy award winner, Lisa Gutkin, and a host of other noteworthy bands and musical luminaries. Fugate was also heard and seen on Broadway playing mandolin and guitar on Steve Martin and Edie Brikell's Tony nominated musical Bright Star. Rounding out the group are the ever amazing Rachel Handman on fiddle and string bass player Phil Helm, two principles in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic whose technical precision, fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and mastery of the Bluegrass genre, give the band a distinctive, signature voice. To hear samples of their music, visit https://www.waynefugate.com/music.

Fundraising events will feature a silent auction with goods and services donated by area businesses and individuals available to the highest bidder. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Farmstead membership at the membership tent where they will also be able to purchase unique Farmstead t-shirts featuring artwork by Liberty Corner artist Linda Arnold.

The Farmhouse will be open for the public to view the current art show, “Spectrum”, which features works by Farmstead studio artists, teachers and students. The art show closes on Sunday, September 10th, so this will be one of the final opportunities to view the show. There will also be lawn games provided for families with children. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs if they prefer to sit outside.

For more information visit www.farmsteadartscenter.org or contact Operations Manager Kathy Harris at admin@farmsteadarts.org or call 908-636-7576.

The English Barn and farmhouse are wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to admin@farmstedarts.org at least three weeks in advance.

Funds for this event has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.