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Sat. & Sun.
July 28 - 29
Elaine Fong

Elaine Fong is a certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Instructor. Founder and former artistic director of Odaiko New England, she is a member of the Alameda-based taiko group, Maze Daiko. She has 10 years of dance training and works to develop collaborative projects on both coasts with artists, musicians, and life coaches.

Rosendale Drumfest Japan!
at the Rosendale Community Center - featuring Elaine Fong

10:30: Opening Ceremony, Blessing of the Drums
11:00am - 1pm: Workshop: Beginner Taiko
3pm - 5pm: Workshop: Matsuri

11am - noon: Closing Drum Circle: Big Cheese Garden

Beginner Taiko (Japanese Drums)
Get a "taste" of Taiko at this workshop.  The power of group drumming (creating one rhythmic voice from many) is at the heart of taiko. Taiko drumming is unique and fun – you use your entire body and your voice to create rhythm. You will learn how to play with ease, how to use your voice (kiai), and you will even learn a taiko song! Most especially, you will have the opportunity to drum in community. No experience necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and curiosity. Taiko is a physical experience; wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Matsuri: Festival Rhythms of Japan
The booming sound of the taiko can be heard throughout the many festivals in Japan. At this workshop, you will learn the rhythms of "matsuri", or festival drumming. Bring your own drum, djembe or other percussion instruments and learn the joyful rhythms of matsuri. You will also have the chance to drum the matsuri patterns on taiko.

Sponsored by The Dutchess County Arts Council

Saturday May 5
2pm - 7pm

Cinco de Mayo

Co-sponsored by the Rosendale Chamber of Commerce, BlueBarn Productions, Prudential Nutshell Realty, Jack & Luna's Cafe, Little Ones, River and Mountain Midwives, Codhill Press, Medusa Antiques, Little Explorers and
Half Moon Books


2:00pm - Cinco de Mayo Parade on Main Street
led by the Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club.
All ages welcome. Come to Redwing Blackbird Theater (413 Main St) between noon and 2 pm for masks, costumes, and rehearsal. (Free)
More info about the celebration...

3:00pm - Mexico Beyond Mariachi at the Rosendale Theatre ($5) Live music and dance from Mexico!

4:00pm -Food and Festivities at participating Main St. businesses following the performance for a town-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration!

7:15pm - Film: Like Water for Chocolate at the Rosendale Theatre ($7/$5 mem)

DRUMMERS: Drum rehearsals at the Rosendale Community center Mondays April 2nd and 9th. On Cinco de Mayo, drummers should assemble at the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM at 1:45. Parade starts at 2.

5pm - 7pm - Open House for EldersDrumProject
at the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center, 415 Main St. Rosendale

Come meet the Board of Directors and learn the history of the Elders Drum Project.
Free snacks and drinks - Raffle - Slide show
Community Drum Circle at 6:30pm

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October 9

cow mask

Boi Homen Pageant comes to Rosendale with Amelia Biancardi
Noon to 4pm • Willow Kiln Park, Rosendale

Performance by IABAS will follow the pageant at 2pm.
Performances by Gustavo's Capoeira students, and others TBA

This community pageant comes from the roots of Brazil. Emilia Biancardi is a musician, professor, and ethnomusicologist who developed the world-famous "Vivi Bahia" production in the 1960's, which popularized much of the music and dances of Bahia. She also founded, in America, IABAS the all women Brazillian folkloric ensemble.

Raindate is Monday Oct 10th.
We also have the use of the Belltower Church on Main St. if the weather is wet all weekend.

Click here for a full schedule of events with Emilia.
Sponsored by the Dutchess County Arts Council, EldersDrumProject Inc.,


September 24


Alessandra Belloni in Concert at the Rosendale Café:
Honoring the Sea Goddess - Daughters of Cybele
9 pm - $10
Internationally renowned Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni (a Remo artist) presents: Daughters of Cybele, Women Drummers for World Peace featuring Southern Italian ritual drumming and chants in honor of the Black Madonna and the women healing trance dance Pizzica Tarantata.

In celebration of over 30 years of the Italian Music and Dance Company I Giullari di Piazza (the Players of the Square), Alessandra Belloni has assembled this unique ensemble of women using voice, percussion and ritual dance to honor the healing power of female energy. Countries around the world, including Southern Italy, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East have musical traditions based on the power of women. Belloni and company emulate one of the most ancient ways of praying and healing, including sacred chanting to the Black Madonna sung by female voices in harmony, accompanied by various percussion instruments (frame drums, tambourines, shakers, djembes, ballaphones, dumbecks, riqqs, mazhars, and marimbas).

With Daughters of Cybele, Alessandra Belloni carries on the tradition of Roman priestesses who played the tambourine in worship of Dionysus, god of ecstasy and wine, and the Earth goddess Cybele. Belloni states, "Now, more than ever, it is important to bring attention to the healing effect of drumming and dance on women who have been abused. Women in Italy now are going through a very difficult time with rape and abuse becoming more popular and almost accepted by society." With this concert about the cycles of womens' lives, she wishes to bring awareness on this current situation, and to send healing to the women who have been victims in Italy and around the world.

Click here for her WORKSHOP at the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center
Check out Alessandra's website: alessandrabelloni.com

Sponsored by the Dutchess County Arts Council, EldersDrumProject Inc.,

Sat. & Sun.
July 23 & 24


Rosendale Street Festival 2011!
Come spend some time this weekend in Rosendale!
There will be live music at 5 different stages continuously during the weekend. And lots of food, crafts, wares and local flavor.
Join the community drum circle in front of the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center!

Fre Atlast and the Community Drum Ensemble will be playing on the Canal Stage from 5pm to 6pm, Sunday July 24

For more information about the festival go here.

May 28 & 29


415 Main, Rosendale

All welcome. Come join in the festivities.
TRANS-form our world.

Click here for schedule


Saturday, May 14

GALLERY OPENING • Large oil paintings by Amber Kelly
Reception with the artist is from 5-7 pm.
At the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM CENTER, 415 Main, Rosendale.
For more information call Amber at 845-687-3114.

Sunday, April 17

Walk About Water Opening Ceremony
Neversink NY to Salt Spring State Park PA • April 17-23
Opening Ceremonies begin Sunday at 9 am, Aden Rd., Liberty NY.
Fre Atlast & Birds of a Feather will be playing at 1:30 at the Catskill Harvest Market,
2758 State Rt. 52, Liberty, NY.
See poster here.

Saturday, April 16

Spring Jam for the Rosendale Street Festival
Our SpringFest Fundraiser will be on April 16th at the Rosendale Rec Center!
Great music, great food, and a raffle We hope to see you there!
Suggested donation is $10 per person/per family.
For more info go here.

Friday, April 8

Conn. Center For NonViolence presents the film FREEDOM RIDERS
7 pm at The Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary
467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002
Featuring Freedom Rider, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. and the Peace is Possible Chorus with Victoria Christgau, Fre Atlast, and Caru Thompson. Talk-Back following the film.
FREE. Click here to see the flyer.
Seating is limited, call or email to insure your seat:

Fri. Sat. Sun.
March 11-13


6th Annual Goddess Festival
3 days of Peace, Love & the Goddess!
Venues in Saugerties, Woodstock and Kingston!
For events, times, and locations go here.
To see a poster click here.

Birds of a Feather will be performing on Fri. at 7 at
Colony Café in Woodstock.

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Sunday, Dec. 5

5th annual Frozendale Holiday Festival
will be held on Main Street in Rosendale. Starting with a performance by Dog on Fleas at the Rosendale Theatre at 11:00 am and ending with an illuminate ceremony (with cookies and song) at the Rosendale Library. In between, there are hay rides, kids’ activities, vendors, goodie giveaways, a free puppet show at the Redwing Blackbird Theatre, Billy Manas will be performing at 4pm and there will be a free showing of "Polar Express" at the Rosendale Theatre.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Silent Auction and Fundraiser for The Solidarity for Women in Distress
At the Colony Café, Woodstock with Fre Atlast and Birds of a Feather, The Erin Hobson Compact, The Greg Douglas Band, and Butter. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Bands from 7:45 pm to 11:30 pm.
For more information go to Mombasa or Bust!
Sunday, Nov. 21
13th Annual International Pickle Festival in Rosendale
From 10 am to 5 pm at the Community Center, Route 32, Rosendale, NY.
Live music, dancing, pickle judging, pickle eating, pickle juice drinking, pickle toss...
For more information go to picklefestival.com

Sunday, Oct. 3

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Blessing of the Animals
The ceremony will take place at 3 pm. Drummers wear white.
Go to woodstocksanctuary.org for directions.

Saturday & Sunday
Oct. 9-10

At the Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Rt. 32 in Rosendale.
The festival starts Saturday at 10 am and ends Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Featuring Edwina Lee Tyler, Caru Thompson, Fre Atlast, and many others.
Heartbeat drum going throughout the weekend! Come take your turn.

DRUMFEST SHOWCASE at the Rosendale Theater
Sunday 6 pm - $8 admission, $5 seniors & students, under 12 free.
Featuring Edwina Lee Tyler. Other performances by Caru Thompson, Amadou Diallo, Kareem Bangora, and Gustavo Caldas.
Click here for schedule...

Saturday, Sept. 25

Rosendale Zombie Fest
Calling all Drummers: Please come join us! Fre Atlast will be leading the parade.
We meet at Willow Kiln Park (Theatre Parking lot) in Rosendale at 12 noon for parade.
Dress as your wild drummer selves.
July 24 - 25
Rosendale Street Festival!
Birds perform 5 pm sunday at the Canal Family Stage.
Parade at 5:45. Wear white.
For more info go here

Sat. June 12

Rosendale Rocks the River!
Ten of your favorite Bands.Admission is only $10. Noon until 10:pm
Bands include Pitchfork Militia, Lara Hope and the Champtones, Rented Mule, The Jude Roberts Band, David Kraai and Amy Laber, Tractor Barbie, Grenadilla, The Sweet Clementines, Melinda DiMaio, Peter Morrison, and community drum ensemble, Birds of a Feather. Food will be available from Market Market and The Last Bite. Sound by Taconic Records and Sound.

First Saturdays
RedwingBlackbird Theater
July 17
August 7

Redwing Blackbird Theater presents: Cacophony Puppet Cabal!
A series of Saturday puppet shows by and for the community.
Good for all ages. Admission FREE. Donations accepted.
All invited to participate in puppetry and music improvisation!
Schedule: 4 - 6 PM open rehearsals followed by 6 pm & 6:30 pm shows.
Redwing Blackbird Theater, 413 Main Street, Rosendale, NY
For more information please contact Amy Trompetter - 845 658 7651
amy.trompetter@gmail.com - redwingblackbirdtheater.com
Sat. May 8
A Middle Eastern Feast and Benefit
for the Rosendale Theatre Collective

for the purchase of same as a community-owned performing arts center.
6 pm to 9 pm at the Belltower, 398 Main Street, Rosendale.
For more information about the Collective visit their website at rosendaletheatre.org
Sat. April 17
Phools Parade in New Paltz
Dress as your wild self. Drum or march with puppets.
Meet at Drum Depot at noon, 413 Main St., Rosendale.Gather in New Paltz at 1pm. Parade at 2pm. For more info go here
Sat. March 20
Arts Society of Kingston Benefit
The Way of the Magical Women.
CALLING ALL DRUMMERS - Birds of a Feather performs at 6:30 pm.
Click here for more details.

March 19 - 20

4th Annual Retreat for Women
Hosted by Women's Music Circle
Fre will be presenting there at 10 am on Sunday the 20th.
Click here for schedule.

March 12-14

5th Annual Woodstock Goddess Festival
3 day of Peace, Love, and the Goddess at the Colony Café in Woodstock.
CALLING ALL DRUMMERS - Birds of a Feather performs from 7 to 8 pm.
To benefit Family of Woodstock

Sun. Jan. 17

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
4 pm - 6 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Prospect St., Torrington, CT
Click here to see flyer. Click here for directions.

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Sat. Oct. 17

Wise Woman Retreat for Women Drummers with Edwina Lee Tyler
A unique opportunity to learn and drum with Edwina in an intimate setting. We will refine, define and create a powerful womens' drum circle.
Where: West Shokan, NY (Scenic Catskill Mountains NY)
Questions? Call Whitefeather at 845-657-2943 or click here

Sun. Oct. 11

Odd Fellows presents Lips, Hipps, and Riffs
Showtime is 7 pm at the Odd Fellows, Rte. 213, Olivebridge, NY 12461.
Performers will include Shivati, Twisted Tassels Tribal Dance Troupe, Elizabeith Muise, Greg Melnick, Mikhail Horowitz with Gilles Malkine, and Siobhan.
Contact Elaine Ralston at 845-657-5115 for more information.
Sat. Oct. 10
Rosendale Drum Fest - FREE!
10 am to 6 pm - Town of Rosendale, NY
Join us for a day of drumming and dancing.
Sponsored by The Elders Drum Project, Inc. and the Dutchess County Arts Council. Click here for schedule.
Sat. Oct. 10
Internationally renowned Italian Percussionist Alessandra Belloni presents:
Women Drummers for World Peace featuring ritual drumming and chants in honor of the Black Madonna.
8:00 pm at Rosendale Cafe, 434 Main St., Rosendale, NY
TICKETS $10.00 845-658-9048
Sat. Oct. 3
Walkway Over the Hudson Project - A State Park for Everyone
Members of 55 Hudson Valley Towns will be there "flying" proudly the flags for their Libraries, Fire Departments, Schools, Theater groups, Art Associations, Hikers Clubs, Temples, Churches, Galleries, Music Groups, Rescue Squads, Children's groups... everyone will be there !!! Click here for more info.
Sat. Sept. 19
11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the World Peace Sanctuary, Benton Road, Wassaic, NY
THIS IS A FREE EVENT. Drummers wear white. and arrive at 10 am.
For more information, directions, please visit our website at:
www.worldpeace.org or call 845-877-6093

Reneé Englander receives Volunteer of the Year Award for Ulster County!

Aug.21 - Aug.24

12th Annual Women's Drum Happen'n
in the Catskill Mountains. We are returning to our beautiful lakefront location at the Circle Lodge in Hopewell Junction, New York.
For more info... Drum Central
Download registration form here
July 18-19
Rosendale Street Festival! on Main Street in Rosendale, NY
Click here to see photos of the event!

Sat. June 20

The Global Medicine Show Bearsville Theater, Woodstock NY
Challenge our worldview, breakdown old assumptions and inspire positive action through the healing power of music, stories, and ceremony. Experience the power of thinking globally and acting locally. Drumming circle led by Fre Atlast. Music from Uncle Rock, Ilfra Halley and others. World Peace Ceremony by Victoria Christgau.

Sat. June 13

375 Main Street, Rosendale, NY • Tickets are $10.
It’s outdoors, very adult & kid-friendly. The music starts at 12 noon.
To learn more e-mail Ron Parenti at ronparenti13@gmail.com

Sun. June 7

Gay Pride March in New Paltz
Calling all drummers and volunteers for puppet procession. This year we will have some of Amy Trompetter's unique puppets parading with the drummers.

Mon. June 1

Amma in Woodstock
Amma at the Bearsville Theater
Once again Amma blessed us with her presence in Woodstock.

Sat. May 30

Alessandra Belloni and Daughters of Cybele
play at the Rosendale Cafe at 8:00pm
Women Drummers for World Peace featuring Southern Italian ritual drumming and chants in honor of the Black Madonna and the women healing trance dance Pizzica Tarantata. $10
Friday May 1
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, SISTERHOOD is presented in an evening of sharing, reflection, dance and drumming by the Big Sistahs of Vassar College and the Little Sistahs of Girl Scouts. VASSAR COLLEGE, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY

April 25

Calling all Drummers and Dancers!
Clinton Ave. United Methodist Church Earth Day Street Fair
Assemble at the corner of Clinton and Center Street, Kingston NY at 10:45 am.
We will play for 1 hour, drumming and dancing our gratitude for the earth.

April 17-18

3rd Annual Women's Music Circle Retreat for Women
featuring emma’s revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O) & Fre Atlast
37 South Main St., Voorheesville, NY sponsored by oldsongs.org

March 22

Sacred Sounds Series at the Mothership
Fre Atlast and Birds of a Feather Community Drum Ensemble Spring Celebration. Performance and Drum Circle. 6 pm. Bring your drums!
Woodstock Mothership, 6 Hillcrest Ave, Woodstock, NY
paul@woodstockmothership.com or elders@eldersdrumproject.org

Sunday, Feb. 22

Concert - Aleah Long En Full Circle
3:00 PM - Newburgh Free Library Auditorium, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh NY
Description: Singer-songwriter Aleah Long of Newburgh offers New Age soul/trance-dance music inspired by a blending of ancient kemetic & Amazonian experiences.

Sunday, Jan. 18

18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Birthday Commemoration
Doors open at 3:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington, CT
With: Victoria Christgau, Fre Atlast, Caru Thompson and the Peace is Possible Chorus
For more information see flyer.
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Sat. Dec. 6

Frozendale Festival
Family drum circle at the Drum Depot 3 - 4 pm.
High Meadow School Chorus sings at the lighting of the Rosendale Library at
5 pm. Howard Zinn Puppet Performances throughout the day at the Blackbird Theatre, 413 Main St. Click here for more info.

Sun. Nov. 23

Pickle Festival at Rosendale Community Center
10 am - 5 pm. For more info contact picklefest.com.

Fri. Nov. 21

Ensemble Night! at the Drum Depot at 413 Main St., Rosendale.
7 - 8:30 pm. Mixing it up with drums and melodic instruments for fun.
$5 donation. Contact Fre at 845-658-4136.

Thurs. Nov. 13

Obama Victory Dance Party
Benefit for the Rosendale Food Pantry.
Held at Rosendale Cafe, 8 pm. Bring a non-perishable food item for admission.

Sat. Nov. 8

Gathering of the GODDESS
*Two Workshops *Goddess Initiation* and *Bonfire *Dance and Druming.
A One Day Retreat of Reclamation, Alignment and Initiation.
Perizad's number is 845-657-7276twistedtassels.com

Aug. 21-24

11th Annual Women's Drum Happen'n in the Catskill Mountains
For more info... Drum Central

Sat. June 14

Iabas Concert at Willow Kiln Park, Rosendale.
4 pm. Community drummers will perform with the band.
Free event, made possible in part by a grant from Dutchess County Arts Council.

June 10

Amma at the Bearsville Theatre
6:30 pm. Drummers meet at 6 pm. Wear white.

June 1

New Paltz Gay Pride March
Drummers meet at 1 pm at New Paltz Middle School.

March 14-15

The World Peace Prayer Society will host a 2-day
Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation
with Fre Alast and Victoria Christgua at The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic, NY • www.worldpeace.org
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Sun. Nov. 4

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS with Sirius Coyote
2 to 3:30 pm at the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT. Sirius Coyote helps us celebrate the "Day of the Dead."
Phone: 860-567-3163 or 860-945-0056siriuscoyote.org

Sat. Oct. 20

"Bringing the Divine Inward, Dancing the Divine Outward"
Ancient Callings. This workshop focuses on breath, intent, fluidity of movement, connection of spirit through movement, and energy synergy within one's self as well as a troupe or tribe.
Call Perizad at 845-657-7276 to register. twistedtassels.com

Oct. 5 - 14

WOMEN OF THE WORLD is performing in concert in Provincetown during Women's Week on Thurs. Oct. 11 at 5 pm at the UU Meeting House Theater, and on Sat. Oct. 13 at 7 pm as part of The Really Big Show.
Go to womeninnkeepers.com for a full schedule of the weeks events.

Aug. 27 - Sept. 1

WOMEN OF THE WORLD is performing at UU Meeting House at 7 pm each night in PTown. WOW has performed across 5 continents with a variety of percussive instruments and expert vocalizations with Fré Atlast, Victoria Christgau, Kathleen Sartor, and Caru Thompson.

June 16 - 17

2007 Clearwater Music And Environmental Festival
The Great Hudson River Revival. This two-day celebration features music, dance, storytelling, environmental education, sails on the history ship, Sloop Clearwater, and plenty of activities for kids. clearwaterfestival.org

June 3

Annual New Paltz Pride Parade
Fré and Birds of a Feather will be marching.

May 29

Amma is welcomed to Woodstock by Fré and Birds of a Feather
at the Bearsville Theater, 6:30 pm.

Saturday, May 26

Sirius Coyote Concert
at the Wesleyan University Press 50th-Anniversary Reunion -1:00 pm
Wesleyan University Press, 215 Long Lane, Middletown.
For more info: 860-945-0056 or email info@siriuscoyote.org

May 18

Woodstock Goddess Festival
at the Colony Café at 22 Rock City Rd. in Woodstood, NY.
Fré and Birds of a Feather will perform at 7 pm. Doors open at 6. Proceeds to benefit the Ulster County Battered Women's Shelter.

March 3

Soaring Spirits! A Powerful Women's Conference
9am - 10pm. Princeton - Blairstown Center - Blairstown, NJ
Presenters include: Alessandra Belloni, Ubaka Hill, Julia Haines, Fre Atlast, Jeanne Ayesha Lauenborg, Moe Jerant, Robin Renee, Yonnette Fleming(Reign), Tara Langella, Adhi Two Owls, Sharon Vaught, Suzanne Werfelman and more!! For more info go to: soul-speaks.com
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April 30, 2006

Rosendale Peace Pole Festival
Fré, Victoria, Birds of a Feather, and the High Meadow student drummers hold a World Peace Flag Ceremony and the planting of Rosendale's first Peace Pole at the Rosendale Community Center. Sponsored by the Elders Drum Project.
The Dalai Lama comes to Woodstock!

Sept. 21, 2006

Dalai Lama Dalai's Chair

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