Remember the Cedar Beach Blues Festival? Well Long Island blues impresario Mark Gresser, AKA Doctor Blues, is bringing it back to the North Shore of Long Island. This year the Blues on the Beach Festival will take place onLong Beach in Nissequogue, N.Y. Saturday, September 22nd & Sunday, September 23rd. Twenty eight bands will be performing on two stages over the course of the weekend. The music starts at noon each day. The Homegrown String Band will be performing on the Acoustic Stage on Saturday at 5:30. Other acts on the Acoustic stage include Ken Korb, Dee Harris, and The Deal. Saturdays Electric Stage will feature Kerry Kearney, Lex Grey, and Memphis Crawl.
This festival has been going on for 27 years and has been, and still is, a great chance to get together with friends and hear the best blues and roots music Long Island has to offer.
Homegrown Two, the duo will be performing a midweek, mid afternoon, show at The Montville Township Public Library, in Montville, N.J. at 1pm on Thursday, September 13th. We'll be performing a blend of original and traditional acoustic American roots music with; banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, doumbek, and dulcimer.
Join us Sunday afternoon at 2pm for a concert on the grounds of the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY. The show will be at the boathouse down by the river. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and get there early to get good spot. Last year we heard people were turned away, so don't delay! The concert is free, but there is a parking fee. This concert is the final show of the season for The Islip Arts Council's 2018 Summer Concert Series.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum 440 Montauk Highway Great River, NY 11739
It's that time again! Summer starts on Edwards Farm Day. Come on down to the farm on the corner of Edwards Street and Foster Avenue in Sayville, NY for a great day of family fun.
"An afternoon on the Edwards Farm . . . will feature hands-on activities including quilting, grinding corn, making ice cream, and seed planting along with baby farm animals, spinning and weavingdemonstrations as well as music by The Homegrown String Band. To help defray expenses, admission is $4.00 per person, $15 for a family of four, $2.00 each additional person over 2 years of age."
On Sunday, February 18th, at 2 pm; we, (The Homegrown String Band), will be bringing our unique brand of acoustic American music and dance to the Connetquot Public Library in Bohemia, New York. The show is free and open to the public. Come on down and help us celebrate 21 years of performing our old, new, borrowed, and blue, high energy American roots music.
"The Family That Plays Together" - photo by Steve Gravano
Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 - Day 1, Year 6:
I tapped seven trees last Wednesday January 24th, the earliest I've ever started my backyard sugaring. Today, one week later, I started boiling. This was not only the earliest I've boiled but also the coldest day I've spent hunched over my homemade evaporator. I brought three buckets of, mostly frozen, sap inside the night before so I would have some warm liquid to start with. I started the fire at 7am, (the air temperature was 18 degrees) by 7:30 I had a good boil and by 4:30 I had boiled 30 gallons of sap down to 2 1/2 quarts of syrup.
Tues. Feb. 6, 2018 - Day 2, Year 6:
A little warmer today, but not much. 23 degrees at 6:45 am, high for the day was around 32. It started snowing around 10 am so I threw up a pop up canopy over my evaporator; a real home, not too far away, from home. I boiled 30 gallons of sap in 10 1/2 hours. The yield was 2 quarts plus 1 cup of syrup. I'm really tired right now.
Tues. Feb 13, 2018 Day 3, Year 6:
I collected 40 gallons of sap over the past week. I boiled down 30 gallons today in about 11 hours. The yield was 2 1/2 quarts of syrup. I still have about 10 gallons plus whatever is in my buckets, maybe another 5 or 6 gallons, but very little wood left, so unless I scrounge up a pile of wood in the next few days, I'll be done for this year. Total for the year; 90 gallons of sap boiled, over 31 hours, for 7 1/4 quarts of syrup.
Thurs. Feb 15, 2018 Day 4, Year:
I picked up some good sized oak branches the power company left along the roadside last summer. They had been lying on the ground throughout the fall and winter, so they were fairly wet. I cut them up, split the bigger ones, and stripped the bark and wet sap wood. Once I had a hot fire going I warmed them up around the edges of my evaporator. It took a couple hours to get a strong boil, but I managed to cook up another 2 quarts plus a cup of syrup over another ten hour day. I'm done. Nine and a half quarts of syrup, 120 gallons of sap, and 41 hours of boiling.