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Schedule Of Events:

10:00- 11:30  Memoir Workshop “Power of Place” with Judith Prest. at the David Remling Science Laboratory, 2025 Burtonville Road, Esperance.
Judith Prest is a published poet, creativity coach, photographer, workshop leader/teacher and mixed media artist. She is the owner of Spirit Wind Studio, LLC. She trained as a clinical social worker many years ago (MSW, SUNY Albany, 1983). More recently, Judith studied Expressive Arts and holds certificates in Creativity Coaching and Expressive Art Therapy.
Pre-Registration is required for the Memoir Workshop.  Please contact the Schoharie River Center at or to register.  Cost: $20.00






In the SRC Cultural Hall - 2047 Burtonville Road, Esperance NY
10:00 – 11:30      Story Collecting about Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
Tell YOUR story.  Collected with the assistance of New York Folklore staff (,  to be digitally archived.


Noon – 1:00     Videos of “Place” in the Cultural Hall, 2047 Burtonville Road, Esperance.
A mini film festival of films about “place” by festival participants and others.


1:00 – 2:00  Science, Story, and Justice: Writing from the Field
Panel discussion with Sara Foss (news columnist) , John Garver, geologist and blogger “Notes from a Watershed” and others.


2:00 – 3:00  Environmental Humanities and Digital Media (Telling our stories through Eco-Media)   
Panel discussion with Eric Ayotte (Schoharie River Center), Hannah Degarmo (media producer and filmmaker) and Todd DeGarmo (Director, Center for Folklife and History, Crandall Public Library)

3:00  Curator’s presentation for the exhibit: “After the Storms: 10 Years and 36,000+ Volunteers Later”   
Ellen McHale, New York Folklore and Lillian Spina-Caza, media producer


3:30   Reception and refreshments

7:00 – 8:15   Songwriting in Place with Sara Milonovich and Reggie Harris.   “Under the Tent” at the David Remling Science Center, 2025 Burtonville Road, Esperance, NY.
Join us for an evening of music and conversation about “place” and the ways that place is used as inspiration for song. This will be held outdoors at the Schoharie River Center, 2025 Burtonville Road.  Please bring a folding chair and bug repellent.

Sara Milonovich is an award-winning singer, fiddler, songwriter/composer, and bandleader.  Growing up on a working farm in the rural Town of Florida, Montgomery County, she began playing fiddle when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.)  Her song, “Scarecrow”, was a Folk Category finalist in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and her song, “Newsprint”, was a semifinalist in the 2012 Show Me the Music Songwriting Contest. She continues to teach traditional music in schools and universities throughout the US, as part of American cultural outreach programs abroad, in workshops/masterclasses at festivals, and in private fiddle lessons.  

Reggie Harris is a singer-songwriter, storyteller and world-renowned song-leader who is a powerful interpreter of the global music narrative. A passionate, engaging inspirational entertainer and concert artist Reggie is recognized for focusing new energy on the important role of music in the discourse for inclusion and the struggle for human rights using the lessons of history as a base.  His April 2021 release On Solid Ground, the number one CD on the FolkDJ Charts for May 2021, is a collection of 13 songs compiled in response to the challenges and changes in American civic circles stirred by the COVID pandemic and years of racial and political unrest that erupted post the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and thousands of others. Reggie’s leadership in racial and interfaith dialogue continues to open opportunities for dialogue and courageous conversation.

Tickets for the concert will be $10.00 for a single ticket; $20.00 for a family.

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