To help raise funds for the showing of free outdoor movies in Kingston’s parks this summer, the Friends of Kingston Parks and Recreation, a special, Kingston-based committee dedicated to bringing back a city tradition, is gathering some of the most prominent musicians who happen to live in the area for an afternoon concert on Saturday, March 24 at the Old Dutch Church. Tony Levin, Rebecca Martin (who is a nationally acclaimed jazz artist as well as president of the Kingston Land Trust), Pete Levin, Machon Taylor, Charlie Knicely, Harvey Sorgen and the Teri Roiger Trio will perform, guaranteeing a one-of-kind, talent-packed event, which also is noteworthy for its historic setting (be sure to check out the gravestones in the surrounding yard before or after the concert, some of which date from the early 18th century and are in Dutch).
In sync with the family-oriented film showings, kids and grandparents are also welcome. The concert runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Accompanying the music will be baskets of goodies on which you can bid in a silent auction. Tickets cost $15 per person, $25 per couple and can be purchased online at www.kingstonparksmovies.com (use the Just Give function and be sure to designate your donation as “tickets”). You can also reserve on the organization’s Facebook page.
The funds raised will be used to help pay for a portable high-definition projector, portable screen and high-quality sound system. Movies were once shown in Kingston’s parks under the stars, but were eliminated in the early 1990s due to budget cuts. For more information about the project, visit www.kingstonparksmovies.com. Or, if you want to help, contact former alderman Jen Fuentes, who is leading the committee, at (845) 332-6600 or [email protected].