Wed, May 11

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Organic Roots Farm at Popover Hill

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Time & Location

May 11, 5:00 PM

Organic Roots Farm at Popover Hill, 147 E Old Rte 6, Hampton, CT 06247, USA

About the Event

Farmer-Musician Bennett Konesni will return to Hampton to lead a worksong workshop and give an evening concert on May 11 at Organic Roots Farm at Popover Hill at 147 East Old Route 6. Bennett has devoted his life to learning and sharing songs that help get work done, from field hollers to sea shanties, from herding calls to lumberjack anthems, and has been featured by NPR, the New York Times, The Library of Congress, and on the Ted talk stage. He tours internationally and has shared the traditional music of the United States as a Special Envoy for the US Department of State to Mongolia and Ukraine. Bennett last performed in Hampton in 2007 after completing a Thomas J Watson Fellowship. He is the grandson of Rad and Leila Ostby, previous owners of Popover Hill Tree Farm, so this is sure to be an interesting and powerful evening of music in Hampton. The workshop will begin at 5pm and Bennett will lead songs as the group works on a project that is yet to be determined – stack firewood, pick rocks, plant tomatoes, etc. at Organic Roots Farm, now owned and operated by Sam and Rosetta Fisher. Bennett will take time to discuss how to make music happen at your own farm or homestead during everyday activities like stacking firewood, weeding the garden, or doing the dishes. This will include a discussion of where to find songs, what types of songs work best, and how to convince reluctant friends or family members to join in. After about an hour, the group will take a break to share food. The farm will be cooking up some farm fare for those interested in having supper with us. The farmhouse supper will feature the All-American classic “Sloppy Joe” made with local grass-fed beef and accompanied with Baldwin Brook Farm artisan farmstead cheese selection of smoked gouda and pepper jack, served on a bed of mixed spring greens, pickled purple onion, and our own brown sugar mustard glaze. The classic will be served with farm-made egg potato salad, maple-bacon baked beans, and a peppered coleslaw. Dessert selection will feature an array of homemade pies, including our signature spring rhubarb custard, and farm fresh homemade ice cream from Lapp Valley. This supper will be available for those attending either the workshop or concert and will be served at approximately 6pm. The cost of the meal will be by donation. A portion of the proceeds from the workshop and concert will go to an organization that means a lot to the Fishers, Working Hands Ministries; a local non-profit start-up in Hampton that aims to share the love of Jesus by providing free labor and assistance to the widowed and elderly with home repair and maintenance, enabling them to stay in their homes while not being gainfully employed. Tickets are available at Bennett’s website, www.worksongs.org, and are on a sliding scale with $25 suggested for the workshop, $30 suggested for the concert, or $50 for both. Or buy a family ticket for $100 and bring all the kids. That said, people should pay what they are able to afford and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event will be held rain or shine.