Musicians on the stage at the 2012 Plant & Sing/Lindsay Morris.
On Columbus Day weekend the fall festival Plant & Sing will return to Sylvester Manor, where people will gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, readings and food sharing. All are welcome to participate in morning farm activities free of charge; tickets for the evening performances are on sale here. Early bird tickets with $15 discounts are available until Oct. 1 Children under 12 are free. Price vary from $30 to a VIP ticket at $125.
The Wainwright Sisters, top, the Deadly Gentlemen.
The headliners for the show are the Wainwright Sisters, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, who play bluegrass and American music. The opening act is the bluegrass band, the Deadly Gentlemen. Five other bands and a collection of nationally recognized food writers, poets and thinkers will also perform — stay tuned.
“It’s the community harvest festival tradition made new,” says Bennett Konesni, co-founder of Sylvester Manor Educational farm and founding director of the festival,” preserving old traditions and exploring how to create a new culture of food that is musically joyful, alive with people, and rooted in place.
Visit plantandsing.comfor ticket pricing and the full weekend schedule of farming activities and performances.
Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island’s 1652 homestead and the most intact plantation remnant north of Virginia, is a nonprofit educational farm. Their mission is to cultivate, preserve and share Sylvester Manor’s lands, buildings and stories, inviting new thought about the importance of food, culture and place in our daily lives.