Events and Happenings

Here’s our Full Calendar of Events

UPCOMING:

Tuesday May 17th and May 31st 7pm – 8pm

MEDITATION AMONGST THE MUSHROOMS

Meditation amongst the Mushrooms Practice time. These drop in 1 hour sessions are free and open to anyone. We will be experimenting with various meditation techniques and philosophies! Come prepared to share your routine and discuss what meditation means to you. Wear comfy clothes as we will most likely do some movement exercises as well! Mushroom Tea will be served.

Tuesday, May 24th, 6pm – 7pm

Wednesday May 25th – Saturday May 28th

FORAGED New York! Troy’s Wildly Delicious first Foraged Food Festival!

For details check out the Foraged website:

https://www.foragednewyork.org/

Friday May 27 7pm – 8pm

Join for an all-levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga class, each week focusing on a different connection with nature.

This is a Community Class (by donation). Suggested Offering: $5 – $20

Bring a yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothes which you can easily stretch in. Arrive 5 minutes early to set up and settle in. Bring drinking water.

We will explore concepts of New Beginnings… Taking Action… Taking Charge… Authenticity in Expression… Adventure … Choosing Ourselves … Realigning Intentions… Restoration… Manifesting New Opportunities …

Instructed by Maria Cristine Diotte
Bliss Arts

Yoga at the farm instructed by Maria of Bliss Arts

Saturday, June 4th, 1pm – 3pm

Collar City Mushrooms and Bliss Arts invite you to attend a painting workshop by Jonn Paul. A list of required materials will be provided with registration. Workshop is $20.

A statement by artist Jonn Paul:

“My art making began in high school. My goal was to be an art teacher but the time period was not ideal for my art career. For the next 30 years I taught myself. Then in 2000 at the age of 50 I attended the University of Maine at Orono. From there it’s history to where I am now.
It was in the 1970’s I used this term, Abstract Realism, to describe my art. It was the combination of Cubism, Surrealism, and Illusionism. The artists I admired in the 1970’s were M.C. Escher, Salvatore Dali, and Pablo Picasso. Now I renamed my style to Pseudo-Morphism (false forming).
I hope all those who attend my exhibit will understand what an artist must do to create works of art. “

Tuesday, June 7th 8pm – 9pm

A meeting to discuss how we can create change in the legal system surrounding psilocybin laws.

Mushroom tea will be served.

Saturday, June 11th 5:30 – 8:30pm

Dinner on the Farm with Matt Olley from the Little Viking Co

This BYOB multiple course dinner crafted by Vegan Chef Matt Olley will surely delight and amaze! Only 20 tickets are available for this family style dinner served right in our farm lobby. Come alone, or bring a friend or two!

Buy your tickets here!

Sorry you Missed it:

Saturday, May 7th, 5pm – 8pm

Collar City Mushrooms and Bliss Arts invite you to attend Jonn Paul and Groovebeats
-an exhibit of paintings by artist Jonn Paul
-artist talk and meet the artist
-live musical performance by Groovebeats
-culinary treats made with Collar City Mushrooms grown fungi
…and who knows what other fun things may materialize…
$10 suggested donation to attend.

A statement by artist Jonn Paul:

“My art making began in high school. My goal was to be an art teacher but the time period was not ideal for my art career. For the next 30 years I taught myself. Then in 2000 at the age of 50 I attended the University of Maine at Orono. From there it’s history to where I am now.
It was in the 1970’s I used this term, Abstract Realism, to describe my art. It was the combination of Cubism, Surrealism, and Illusionism. The artists I admired in the 1970’s were M.C. Escher, Salvatore Dali, and Pablo Picasso. Now I renamed my style to Pseudo-Morphism (false forming).
I hope all those who attend my exhibit will understand what an artist must do to create works of art. “

Jonn Paul discussing his art
Medicine Man by Jonn Paul

Groovebeats:

Groovebeats plays heavy funk-infused Dead, JGB, and the Band. They are a musical collective of Mike Johnson (guitar), Chris Carballeira (organ / keyboard), Dan Gerken (bass), and Dave Berger (drums).

The Groovebeats at Collar City Mushrooms

Saturday, April 16th, 7pm – 9pm

PINK MOON IN LIBRA BLOOM

Diotte Sorelle perform at the Upstate Artist Guild in Albany

An evening of poetry, rhythm, meditation, and connection featuring Diotte Sorelle, and Avery the Poet.

Diotte Sorelle is a duo of sisters Maria & Kristin Diotte collaborating together and presenting experiences of spoken word poetry blended with percussion and song.

Avery the Poet is a wordsmith and creative expressionist who weaves stanzas of emotional depth and every day moments into poetic experiences.

The evening will entertain, enlighten, relax, and uplift. There will be percussion, poetry, and guided meditative spoken word experiences.

Mushroom Tea will be served.

$10 suggested donation

Avery the Poet at Poets Speak Loud, an Albany Poets Open Mic at McGeary’s Tavern

Saturday, April 9th, 6pm – 9pm

A SPRING MEATY MAX DINNER

Join us yet again for another delicious, fully vegan, GFA meal made by Meaty Max himself– using Meaty Max Vegan Meats AND Collar City Mushrooms! Missed our thanksgiving event last year? LOVED it and looking for more? Come feast with us for a 3 course meal:

Course 1: Beet Burger Sliders served on a pretzel bun with the works: (cheese, pickles, lettuce) and topped with mushroom and meaty max bacon– Can be made GF over greens

Course 2: Mushroom & Meaty Max Tikki Masala Skewers served over garlic amaranth

and with side of local, seasonal veggies. Fully GF

Crouse 3: Mini Key Lime Lion’s Mane Cheesecakes with a date crust. Fully GF

Mushroom beverage will be served but please feel free to BYOB!


		A Meaty Max Dinner at Collar City Mushrooms image

Tuesday March 22nd and April 5th 7pm – 8pm

MEDITATION AMONGST THE MUSHROOMS

Meditation amongst the Mushrooms Practice time. These drop in 1 hour sessions are free and open to anyone. We will be experimenting with various meditation techniques and philosophies! Come prepared to share your routine and discuss what meditation means to you. Wear comfy clothes as we will most likely do some movement exercises as well! Mushroom Tea will be served.

Friday April 1, 15, and 29 7pm – 8pm

Join for an all-levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga class, each week focusing on a different connection with nature.

This is a Community Class (by donation). Suggested Offering: $5 – $20

Bring a yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothes which you can easily stretch in. Arrive 5 minutes early to set up and settle in. Bring drinking water.

We will explore concepts of New Beginnings… Taking Action… Taking Charge… Authenticity in Expression… Adventure … Choosing Ourselves … Realigning Intentions… Restoration… Manifesting New Opportunities …

Instructed by Maria Cristine Diotte
Bliss Arts

Yoga at the farm instructed by Maria of Bliss Arts

Saturday March 26th 5pm – 6pm

Exploring All Peoples through Artistry – A Celebration of the Life Works of Lois Lewis Schumm with musical guest Nick Bisanz

The first Collar City Mushrooms Music and Creativity Celebration of 2022. There will be mushroom themed snacks, the musical stylings of Nick Bisanz, and many pieces of art created by Lois Lewis Schumm. Suggested Donation of $10.

Artist: LOIS LEWIS SCHUMM

NOVEMBER 12, 1928 – AUGUST 15, 2017

Lois L. Schumm was born in Manhattan, New York City in November of 1928 to Leo Trencher, a stockbroker, and Sophie Trencher (nee Berg), a homemaker.

She attended public schools in Manhattan and was accepted to Hunter High School – one of New York City’s elite Public High Schools.  She went on to graduate from Hunter College- part of the City University of New York in 1950 with a major in art history.

After her marriage to William Lewis, a fellow Hunter classmate in 1952, she settled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with two young children.

By 1963, she commenced a thirty-year career as a studio and art history teacher at Cherry Hill West High School.  During her career she went on to earn a master’s in studio art from Rowan University. 

She painted throughout her career, but it was in 1989, when she married Fredrick Schumm after the passing of her husband William, that her painting took on the style displayed currently. Mr. Schumm, a Fulbright scholar born in Colorado, was a well-known sculpture whose work was free wheeling and abstract. 

These works, all one of a kind, were done for the most part in the 1990’s and 2000’s and feature abstract dreamlike figures with brilliant color combinations and with complex psychological overlays for the viewer to discover.

Mrs. Schumm won many awards at various shows in south and central New Jersey with numerous galleries featuring her work at private receptions.  

A person standing in front of a wall with art on it

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Musician: NICK BISANZ

In 1985, a 17 year old guitarist named Nick Bisanz performed for the first time. That enthusiasm remains after 3 plus decades of creating and performing music on Guitar and Electric bass. Nick has worked and performed with a long list of artists and musicians, including Songwriter Joe Henry, DeVries & Lafalce from the band ‘agitpop’, Paul Rapp of ‘Blotto”, and a 30 year collaboration with Pat Irish, as well as numerous Albany NY area favorites! Nick has been fortunate to share the stage and open for such greats as Bob Dylan, Glenn Frey, Mike Watt, Shonen Knife, and many more. Nick was bassist- guitarist for Albany legends “The Last Conspirators” and co-wrote with Tim Livingston the bands critically acclaimed final album “Hold That Thought Forever”. In 2020, along with spoken word artist Mike Jurkovic released “American Mental”. Providing music and themes for Mike’s tales of the human condition! Nick is the Creator of The Nick Bisanz Show W/Geo Doody! A weekly live stream variety show of music and guests hosted by Nick. Nick performs and records in Albany NY as a solo, duo, freelance and with legendary Albany party band geo & The Komrades as well as numerous spoken word artists.

www.Nickbisanz.com 

www.nickbisanz/facebook 

Chef: Meg Meduna

Meg Will be making a variety of mushroom snacks including but not limited to: Johnny Cakes with a mushroom sherry cream sauce, garlic olive oil crustini with arugula, barata cheese, balsamic reduction and seared prince mushroom medallions.

Friday March 18: 7pm – 8pm

An all-levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga class lead by Maria Diotte which will celebrate and honor the energy of the Full Moon in Virgo.

Connect with your breath as you stretch and strengthen your body while noticing the energy of the moon.

Bring a yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothes which you can easily stretch in. Arrive 5 minutes early to set up and settle in. Bring drinking water.
$5 – $20 Suggested Participation Fee.

We will focus on and explore concepts of Release… Transition… Transformation… Rebirth… the coming of Spring…

Some various aspects of this full moon which we can explore are the Crow, the Worm, the Sap (maple, sugar) etc.

Thursday March 17: 7pm – 8pm

Collar City Mushrooms’ Book Club Meeting. We will be discussing Christopher Hobb’s second edition of Medicinal Mushrooms. This month some of us will be sharing tinctures and extracts made using recipes in his book. There are still a few seats left in our club (we’re limiting it to 10). Email Avery @ collarcitymushrooms@gmail.com for more information.

SATURDAY, February 26th 2pm – 5pm: Bowling Fundraiser for Capital Roots. We are helping to raise money to support Capital Roots in their mission to provide quality food to people in the capital region.  Our farm shop will be closing at 1pm so our entire team can participate. You can donate to our team here: 

Thursday February 17: 7pm – 8pm

Collar City Mushrooms’ Book Club Meeting. This is an invite only event: not a drop in. We will be discussing Christopher Hobbs’ Medicinal Mushrooms. We’ll be creating a few of the suggested concoctions during our sessions as well (we plan to stay in this book for a few months)! There are still a few seats left in our club (we’re limiting it to 10). Email Avery @ collarcitymushrooms@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday February 13: 2pm – 4pm The Second Sunday Poetry and Prose open mic.  This monthly recurring poetry and prose open mic welcomes readers of all abilities.  ** THIS EVENT WILL BE VIRTUAL ONLY** Please see the Second Sunday Facebook page for Zoom Invite details:

Saturday February 12: 5pm – 8pm

Come join us for a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner by culinary artists Dave & Corinne. This group meal — perfect for singles, couples, dyads, triads, family and friends — will feature Collar City Mushrooms in an array of unique vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The second course will feature a colorful salad that you’ll toss together with your tablemates. Local ingredients like R&G cheese, Laughing Earth produce, and Saratoga Olive Oil Company’s oils & vinegars will be featured. 

Appetizer

Spaghetti Squash Nest 

with roast shiitake, herbed goat cheese and sweety drop peppers.

Suggested beverage pairing: (white wine) Riesling, Pino Grigio (red wine) Pinot Noir, Barbetta, Dolcetto (you can find some really nice wines at Troy’s 22 2nd Street Wine Co.; (Beer) Belgian wheat, citrus beer; (Non-alcoholic beverages): Seltzer with lemon or other citrus; lemonade; citrus fizz non-alcoholic cocktail.

Second Course

Love & Prosperity Salad 

with young mushroom conserva, edamame, shredded carrots, mixed lettuces, diced beets, jicama, and roasted chickpeas with a black garlic balsamic vinaigrette.

Suggested beverage pairing: (white wine) Sauvignon Blanc; (red wine) Pino or Gamay Noir, Sangiovese; (beer) Any of the Sours (Belgian lambics, gueuze and Flanders red ale, and German gose and Berliner Weisse; some really interesting ones can be purchased at Elixir 16 at 45 2nd Street in Troy or Brown Brewing); (Non-alcoholic beverages) Ginger kombucha, Seltzer with epicurean elixir from Troy’s Hedonic Tonic, Sparkling ginger mocktail

Entree

Oyster Mushroom Cube 

with lentil, walnut, and red pepper served with roasted red pepper rose harissa sauce with a side of roasted broccoli raab, baby bell peppers, and lion’s mane.

Suggested beverage pairing: (red wine) Cabernet sauvignon, Robust rhone, Languedoc red, Syrah; (white wine) Chardonnay, Oaked white rioja; (cocktail) spice up your mushroom-cider toddy with some local Applejack; (Beer) any dark beer, stout, bitter, porter; (Non-Alcoholic beverages) something stone-fruity, kombucha sangria, or maybe try a mushroom elixir?

Dessert

Chocolate chaga cupcakes 

with dark chocolate balsamic and a chocolate coconut frosting in a pool of vanilla lion’s mane sauce

Suggested beverage pairing: (red wine) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, port; (non-alcoholic) milk, oat milk, Earl grey tea with your choice of dairy

Buy Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/242020629217

Tuesday February 8th and February 22 7pm – 8pm

Meditation amongst the Mushrooms Practice time. These drop in 1 hour sessions are free and open to anyone. We will be experimenting with various meditation techniques and philosophies! Come prepared to share your routine and discuss what meditation means to you. Wear comfy clothes as we will most likely do some movement exercises as well! Mushroom Tea will be served.

Saturday January 29: 11am – 12pm

Knit Wits with Kerri.  This beginner’s knitting class will go over basic knitting techniques, but also leave room for already established knitters to work on current projects. Hot Mushroom Tea will be available.  Class will be by donation. 

Genny knits a blanket

Thursday January 27: 7pm – 8pm

Collar City Mushrooms’ Book Club Meeting. This event MAY be virtual (or combined in person/virtual, depending on the Covid climate. We will be discussing Merlin Sheldrake’s Entangled Life. There are still a few seats left in our club (we’re limiting it to 10). Email Avery @ collarcitymushrooms@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday January 11th and January 25 7pm – 8pm

Meditation amongst the Mushrooms Practice time. These drop in 1 hour sessions are free and open to anyone. We will be experimenting with various meditation techniques and philosophies! Come prepared to share your routine and discuss what meditation means to you. Mushroom Tea will be served.

Sunday January 9: 2pm – 4pm The Second Sunday Poetry and Prose open mic.  This monthly recurring poetry and prose open mic welcomes readers of all abilities.  ** THIS SUNDAY WILL BE VIRTUAL ONLY** Please see the Second Sunday Facebook page for Zoom Invite details:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89624226076

Tuesday, December 7, 14, 21, and 28: 7pm – 8pm

Meditating Amongst the Mushrooms will be a four-part meditation series. Classes will be one hour which will include time at the end of each class for questions and discussions. This class is for meditators of all levels and abilities. Instruction will be for seated in chairs, but other arrangements are possible (bring your own meditation pillows or other equipment).

Classes will be offered by suggested sliding scale donation of $5 – $20 per session. Registration required as space is limited to 10 people. Email Avery at collarcitymushrooms@collarcitymushrooms

Instructor: Bob Muncil is a meditation and mindfulness instructor with a certification from the School of Positive Transformation which is led by Dr Itai Ivtan of Naropa University. As someone with long-term sobriety, Bob has had a daily meditation practice for many years and during the pandemic decided to start teaching others after seeing a such great need especially in the recovery community. During his teaching sessions Bob draws from a host of meditation practices and philosophies. His classes will include easy instruction and will expand through the series to allow participants to incorporate a meditation practice which serves their own individual needs.

Saturday December 18: 12pm – 2pm

Join the Capital Region Vegan Network for their 3rd annual Holiday Gathering & Cookie Swap with lunch and beverage provided by Meaty Max Vegan Meats, which will feature mushrooms grown by Collar City Mushrooms!

$18 members | $20 non-members

Bake up some yummy vegan cookies (we suggest preparing 2-3 dozen), and enjoy a delicious Meaty Max bbq mushroom sandwich with homemade slaw and side salad (gluten free option available!), plus a warm drink with mushroom powder! Please plan to bring an ingredient list or recipe of your cookies to share (with any possible allergies clearly mentioned).

RESERVATION REQUIRED! Click here (https://bit.ly/crvn_holidayevent) to register.

This is an indoor event (masks recommended when not eating), so tickets are limited and are currently available for people participating in both the cookie swap and purchasing lunch. CRVN Members’ children under 10 who will not be buying lunch are welcome to attend at no cost. This is our last event of the year, and we can’t wait to spend it with you!

Sunday December 12: 2pm – 4pm The Second Sunday Poetry and Prose open mic.  This monthly recurring poetry and prose open mic welcomes readers of all abilities.  

Monday November 22nd: 6pm – 9pm We will be hosting a limited number of people for a vegan, gluten free dinner party brought to you by the team at Meaty Max Vegan Meats.  See Eventbrite page for details and to purchase a ticket.  

TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!

Oyster mushrooms covered in gravy and topped with Brussel Sprouts.

Thursday November 18th: 7pm – 8pm Collar City Mushrooms will be hosting our first Book Club Meeting.  Book suggestions so far have been Entangled Life, Mycelium Running, and Mr Bloomfield’s Orchard.  During this first session we’ll meet, share some mushroom tea, and talk about our book club goals (like maybe coming up with a cool name).  Email Kaya at volunteersatccm@gmail.com to get on our book club mailing list.

Sunday November 14: 2pm – 4pm The Second Sunday Poetry and Prose open mic.  This monthly recurring poetry and prose open mic welcomes readers of all abilities.  

Saturday November 13th 7pm – 9pm

Out of the Darkness: The Poetry Session curated by Bliss Arts NY.

Poets, writers, and creatives of all talent levels have been given the opportunity to write poems based on John Zoccoli’s work. We will have an open mic and the poets who wrote art inspired pieces will be featured.

Saturday November 6th 1pm – 4pm

Out of the Darkness: The Painting Workshop curated by Bliss Arts NY.

Artist John Zoccoli will lead a group of participants through some basic painting instruction (if necessary). We will be painting works inspired by a poem. So bring a poem you’d like to see realized, or choose from a selection that will be provided. Make Reservations through Bliss Arts by emailing Maria at: blissartsny@gmail.com

Guests enjoying the painting “the Two Become One” during OUT OF THE DARKNESS launch event.

Saturday October 30th 11am – 4pm

Collar City Mushrooms will be at the River Street Block Party at 433 River Street (Behind the Hedley Building). There will be craft vendors, food and drink vendors, and music! All for Free! Come say Hello at our booth. The Shop at 333 Second Ave will be closed.

Sunday October 17th 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Reiki and Reishi with LisaMarie

Reiki Master LisaMarie will offer 10 minute Reiki sessions and the Collar City Mushrooms team will be serving up hot Reishi and Ginger tea.

Saturday October 16th 5pm – 9pm

OUT OF THE DARKNESS: a Music and Creativity Celebration

Eternal Conundrum, by John Zoccoli

Free (though donations are really appreciated)

Collar City Mushrooms, in conjunction with Bliss Arts, will be hosting our 3rd art and music event. There will be Paintings by John Zoccoli, Live Music by Kenyatta Huges poetry by Jose Perez, a variety of Culinary Treats made with Collar City Mushrooms grown Fungi, and who knows what other treats that may materialize.

John Zoccoli

About John Zoccoli:
My artwork expresses the parts of me that I find difficult to articulate in any other way. Discovering this talent has not only provided me with an outlet to express myself, it has given me an identity. The gift of my innate talent in art is a blessing, and I have worked hard to develop my natural ability into a skill, one that I am proud of. My art has opened many doors for me, metaphorically, and actually. Art has allowed me a safe space to deal with the various traumas I have endured and allowed me to transform my pain into beauty. I have touched the lives of many with my art (using it to give back to loved ones, various life affirming organizations, and more). This gives me a sense of fulfillment like no other and offers me the opportunity to transcend the limitations of being a prison inmate. When people view my art, they do not judge me by the worst thing that I ever did. Through my art, others see the real me—not the stereotypes and stigmas attached to being in prison. Through my art, I can inspire others, touch their hearts, raise money for organizations, and, in a small way, make the world a more beautiful place. I was arrested as a teenager, in 1995, and subsequently sentenced to 25-to-life. Adjusting to living out a sentence that was longer than the life I had lived was difficult. I struggled to find my way. The harm I caused others and my family left an emptiness inside of me. Although I knew I could not undo what was already done, I decided that I could not continue down a path of negativity, or allow prison define me. Making a choice to be a light in a dark place, my transformation began with art. Through creating art, I not only found a way to express myself, I discovered my calling in life—my purpose. I realized that, far from the thugs and gangsters I had idolized as a teen, I was an artist. While I have always had a natural ability in art, my art would not have the depth and meaning it has without education. In 2006, I earned a Certificate in Ministry and Human Services from the CMHS program sponsored by Rising Hope, I earned my BA with a focus in Mathematics from Bard College (class of 2015) and a MPS from New York Theological Seminary (class of 2017). Currently, I am learning the world of digital media and loving the possibilities it offers. I have won several awards for my art. I’ve had work featured on the cover of the Bardian Magazine. I have created cover art for many books including illustrations for Out of the Wilderness, as well as all of the illustrations for my self-help book Johnny Landed on His Feet: A Guide to Becoming your Golden Self:. At this stage in my life, I am dedicating much of my time and talent to various life affirming organizations, teaching others, and doing my best to “be the change I want to see in the world.”

https://zoccolidesigns.com/prints/ols/products?page=3

John Zoccoli on PBS Brief but Spectacular:

https://www.pbs.org/video/brief-but-spectacular-1626293874/

An interview with John Zoccoli about our upcoming event and his process on the Sanctuary for Independent Media

https://soundcloud.com/mediasanctuary/artist-john-zoccoli-talks-of-his-exhibition-at-collar-city-mushrooms

An interview with John on Spectrum News. Matt Hunter mentions that the show is one night only. The event is only the 16th, John’s art will be displayed through November.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2021/09/27/former-inmate-takes-artistic-journey-to-rehabilitation#

An interview by Paul Grondahl about John in the Times Union:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Grondahl-From-prison-to-redemption-through-art-16457685.php

Jose Perez

About Jose Perez:
Jose A. Perez, MPS landed in prison at 16 years old and quickly learned that living in a men’s maximum security prison would take some strength to survive. He found that writing poetry, would be the catalyst for change he needed to not only survive but also thrive. Poetry was a source of healing and coping with a difficult transition as a teen. He draws inspiration from the trauma filled world he lived in as a child and also from the works of Kahlil Gibran, Emily Dickinson, Allen Ginsberg, and Nasir “Nas” Jones. During his time incarcerated, Jose led the Harvest Moon Collective Poetry group under the tutelage of beat poet Janine Pommy Vega, where poetry workshops were used as a space to find ones voice and improve ones craft. Jose spent 20 years incarcerated and went to earn his AA from Bard, his BS from Nyack College through HudsonLink, and capped his academic career with a Masters in Professional Studies from the New York Theological Seminary.

An interview with Jose Perez on WOOC 105.3, the Sanctuary for independent Media Radio Station by Andrea Cunliffe:

Kenyatta Emmanuel


About Kenyatta Emmanuel

Singer and songwriter Kenyatta Emmanuel is an artist and activist who has shared his music from Sing Sing to Carnegie Hall, offering a full live concert the same day of his release after serving 24½ years in prison. His music and message explore the beauty of life, love, and the human condition, reminding us of all that we hold in common. He is now an Artist in Residence at the Initiative for a Just Society at Columbia University

An Article about Kenyatta Huges from his time working with Carnegie Hall:

https://www.carnegiehall.org/…/2020/12/11/Raise-All-Voices

An interview with Kenyatta on WOOC 105.3 the Sanctuary for Independent Media radio by Andrea Cunliffe:

https://kenyattaemmanuel.com/

About Bliss Arts:
Bliss Arts encourages inspiration and wellness through the practice of Yoga and Reiki, and through Arts events, exhibits, workshops & performances. Founded by the creative practice of Maria Cristine Diotte. – facebook.com/blissartsny

Sunday October 10th 2pm – 4pm

Poetry and Prose Open Mic

This Long Standing Poetry and Prose Open Mic hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox will now be held at Collar City Mushrooms! Mushroom Tea and Snacks will be available by donation.2 poems or 5 minutes of prose! Come for the mushrooms, stay for the poetry!

Saturday September 4th 5pm – 9pm

Mushrooms, Deadbeat Duo, and Art

Denise Parent and Mike Johnson from the Deadbeats will be playing some Grateful Dead Tunes. We’ll be Tie Dying, and providing pizza from DiFamiglia and Mushroom tea! This will be the last day to See Armando Soto’s Artwork displayed at the farm, and to meet the artist! DJ Stark Raving Mod will be spinning some tunes during set break and for eth after party. MeatyMax Vegan Meats will also be doing a popup of their delicious new vegan products, and the mysterious Charlatan Fraud will be entertaining everyone with his prognostications and dream criticisms!

Charlatan Fraud

Free to attend! (Donations are encouraged and appreciated!)

Armando Soto’s paintings reflect Taino, Nuyorican and Jazz cultures. Many works are for sale, and prints will be available as well.

About Armando Soto:
Born in New York City, Armando Soto is a graduate of Pratt Institute NY. He received his BFA in Painting, Drawing and Art History. He also studied Bilingual Special Ed. at the Bank Street School of Education NYC.
For many years, he taught in lower Manhattan for a community organization called Arts Resources for Teachers and Students which collaborated with teachers in developing art projects within the school district.
He is a collaborative member of the Action Alley Project in which a mural was created with the artworks of children of the Troy Area United Ministries with the color and arrangement of the artist. He has also assisted with art projects at Public School 1 in Troy.
His recent show, “Los Tainos Through Nuyorican Eyes,” featured a retrospective of his work at El Taller Boricua, a Puerto Rican Art Workshop in East Harlem, New York City.
He has been featured as an Artist Educator at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. From September to October 2014, he was in an art show called Points of Entry Through Folkloric Expressions, which showed an exhibition of his work based on the Indigenous people ( Los Tainos) of Puerto Rico and the Folkloric influences in his art works.
His work is consistently shown at the Martinez Gallery in Troy NY which had an exhibition called Nuyorican Pilgrimage in March 2016, and has displayed his work at the New York State Museum.
Currently, Armando monitors the Open Studio and teaches Abstract Painting and Studio Concepts at the Arts Center in Troy NY.
As an Independent artist, he also teaches privately at the Ilium Building in Troy NY and presents art workshops throughout the capital region.

Sunday September 12th 2pm – 4pm

Poetry and Prose Open Mic

This Long Standing Poetry and Prose Open Mic hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox will now be held at Collar City Mushrooms! Mushroom Tea and Snacks will be available by donation.2 poems or 5 minutes of prose! Come for the mushrooms, stay for the poetry!

Sunday August 8th 12p – 3pm

DJ Stark Raving Mod will be spinning some groovy tunes and Tie Dying! We will also have a few other crafts (coloring pages / paint)Kid FriendlyBring your own material to dye $5
Tie Dye a plain white T (add $3)
just hang out and listen to tunes, drink Mushroom tea, and eat snacks: FREE!

Sunday August 7th 2pm – 4pm

Poetry and Prose Open Mic

This Long Standing Poetry and Prose Open Mic hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox will now be held at Collar City Mushrooms! Mushroom Tea and Snacks will be available by donation.2 poems or 5 minutes of prose! Come for the mushrooms, stay for the poetry!

Thursday August 19th 6pm – 8pm

Poetry and Prints

Collar City Mushrooms and Bliss Arts NY are kicking off the creation of limited edition prints of a select number of Armando Soto’s pieces with an evening of poetry.We will have two featured poets and an open mic for poetry / prose.

Armando Soto’s paintings reflect Taino, Nuyorican and Jazz cultures.
An exhibit of his work is currently being displayed at Collar City Mushrooms until the beginning of September.

The Featured Poets for the evening:

Julia Soto Lebentritt (“Leben” for short) is a writer with a background in arts administration. As the director of a Poetry/Theatre/Dance Series in Hartford, CT, she worked with Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Maureen Owen, and Peter Schuman’s Bread and Puppet Theatre. Her published poetry appears in literary journals and chapbook collections. She favors spoken word and shared experiences. Known for her celebration of language as music and the revival of oral traditions (especially lullaby practices), her “Melting Poet Trio” in NYC featured a world percussionist, jazz singer, and the poet herself in original works exploring the deconstruction of lyrics and playing with sounds and syllables as poetry. The fire hydrant is a very important object in the life of Julia who was born in Troy, NY, where they were (maybe still are) manufactured. Now she is most famous for bringing artist Armando Soto home with her to live in Troy since 2000.

Victorio Reyes Asili. Victorio is an activist and author who teaches writing at the University at Albany. As a poet, former Hip Hop artist, scholar, and social activist, Victorio Reyes Asili focuses his research towards expanding established conceptions of literary poetics to broaden the representation of marginalized voices and the work of artists that utilize poetry as a platform for questioning stations of power. He is the winner of the Phyllis Hurd Liston Prize presented by The Academy of American Poets. His creative work has been published in a wide range of literary journals including The Acentos Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, Word Riot, and Obsidian. His poetry on Hip Hop and other matters has been anthologized in the following collections: It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and Chorus—A Literary Mixtape. He also is a former executive director of the Albany Social Justice Center.

Plus you! Bring a poem or two to share!

Armando will be in the house and rumor has it he may share a poem or two as well! We are working on making prints for a few of his paintings and they will be made into limited edition prints that will be available for purchase.

About Armando Soto:
Born in New York City, Armando Soto is a graduate of Pratt Institute NY. He received his BFA in Painting, Drawing and Art History. He also studied Bilingual Special Ed. at the Bank Street School of Education NYC.
For many years, he taught in lower Manhattan for a community organization called Arts Resources for Teachers and Students which collaborated with teachers in developing art projects within the school district.
He is a collaborative member of the Action Alley Project in which a mural was created with the artworks of children of the Troy Area United Ministries with the color and arrangement of the artist. He has also assisted with art projects at Public School 1 in Troy.
His recent show, “Los Tainos Through Nuyorican Eyes,” featured a retrospective of his work at El Taller Boricua, a Puerto Rican Art Workshop in East Harlem, New York City.
He has been featured as an Artist Educator at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. From September to October 2014, he was in an art show called Points of Entry Through Folkloric Expressions, which showed an exhibition of his work based on the Indigenous people ( Los Tainos) of Puerto Rico and the Folkloric influences in his art works.
His work is consistently shown at the Martinez Gallery in Troy NY which had an exhibition called Nuyorican Pilgrimage in March 2016, and has displayed his work at the New York State Museum.
Currently, Armando monitors the Open Studio and teaches Abstract Painting and Studio Concepts at the Arts Center in Troy NY.
As an Independent artist, he also teaches privately at the Ilium Building in Troy NY and presents art workshops throughout the capital region.

Saturday July 17th 5pm – 7pm

Collar City Mushrooms Music and Creativity Celebration!

Free (though donations are really appreciated)

Collar City Mushrooms, in conjunction with Bliss Arts, will be hosting another in person art and music event. There will be Paintings by Armando Soto, Live Music by Jeanine Ouderkirk, and a variety of Culinary Treats made with Collar City Mushrooms grown Fungi.

Armando Soto

About Armando Soto:

Born in New York City, Armando Soto is a graduate of Pratt Institute NY. He received his BFA in Painting, Drawing and Art History. He also studied Bilingual Special Ed. at the Bank Street School of Education NYC.
For many years, he taught in lower Manhattan for a community organization called Arts Resources for Teachers and Students which collaborated with teachers in developing art projects within the school district.
He is a collaborative member of the Action Alley Project in which a mural was created with the artworks of children of the Troy Area United Ministries with the color and arrangement of the artist. He has also assisted with art projects at Public School 1 in Troy.
His most recent show, “Los Tainos Through Nuyerican Eyes,” featured a retrospective of his work at El Taller Boricua, a Puerto Rican Art Workshop in East Harlem, New York City.
He has been featured as an Artist Educator at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. From September to October 2014, he was in an art show called Points of Entry Through Folkloric Expressions, which showed an exhibition of his work based on the Indigenous people ( Los Tainos) of Puerto Rico and the Folkloric influences in his art works.
His work is consistently shown at the Martinez Gallery in Troy NY which had an exhibition called Nuyorican Pilgrimage in March 2016, and has displayed his work at the New York State Museum.
Currently, Armando monitors the Open Studio and teaches Abstract Painting and Studio Concepts at the Arts Center in Troy NY.
As an Independent artist, he also teaches privately at the Ilium Building in Troy NY and presents art workshops throughout the capital region.

Jeanine Ouderkirk

About Jeanine Ouderkirk and John Colonna:

Jeanine Ouderkirk is a vocalist, pianist, and woodwind specialist, performing and teaching music in the  Capital District since 2008. Originally an instrumentalist, Jeanine’s journey of the voice has brought a new sense of musicality and connection to the heart and soul of performance for the people. A soloist, accompanied on the piano or guitar, the singer explores the styles of Jazz, Soul, Pop, Rock, and Classical. Ouderkirk is the Pre-K through eighth grade music teacher at the beautiful Saint Gregory’s School and in the thirteenth year of private instruction. Studies for a Bachelor’s of Music Business and Master’s of Music Education at The Crane School of Music brought Ouderkirk eventually to explore improvisation and jazz vocal techniques with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon at the CircleSinging sessions at Omega Rhinebeck. For more information on Jeanine’s work as a clinician of CircleSinging as well as a performer and educator and for more information, visit: www.jeaninemariemusic.com

John Colonna is a virtuosic and lyrical pianist who mixes many influences into a unique and vibrant sound.  He studied classical piano as a child and teenager and was seduced by the power and simple beauty of rock music.  Soon his interests turned to jazz and he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  After performing across the country in a variety of venues and genres, he attended New York University to study with Don Friedman, the late great jazz pianist.  Since receiving his Master’s Degree from NYU he has performed with his own group (the John Colonna Quartet), the Blake Fleming Trio, Renaissance Church in Harlem and teaches at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick college.  He has also been active playing with Chinese rock and pop musicians such as Vivian Fang Liu, Theresa Carpio, Rose Liu, Eric Moo, Wu Hongfei, Kevin Lin, Shino Lin and Candy Lo.

http://www.jeaninemariemusic.cm/band

About Bliss Arts:
Bliss Arts encourages inspiration and wellness through the practice of Yoga and Reiki, and through Arts events, exhibits, workshops & performances. Founded by the creative practice of Maria Cristine Diotte. – facebook.com/blissartsny

Saturday July 24 1pm – 4pm

Artist workshop with Armando Soto

Have you ever thought of making a drawing from an outdoor setting or from an interior space? We know that there are many ways of drawing, some use, pencils, charcoal, others use markers, and ink.  In our current workshop we will be using the scissors as a drawing tool. The scissors in combination with paper that are basic tones of black, white, and gray the student will guided through concepts of balance, arrangement and composition and have a better understanding of ideas and concepts on a picture plane.

Fee: $45.00 per student, Materials included 

Sunday July 11th from 12pm – 3pm

DJ Stark Raving Mod will be spinning some groovy tunes and you’ll be able to create some tie dyed creations! Bring your own cloth, or buy a plain white T-Shirt for an additional cost. Attending the event and hanging out is free… Tie Dye costs 5$

There will be plenty of mushroom tea to drink!

May 22nd 5pm – 7pm

A workshop by Bliss Arts NY

Email blissartsny@gmail.com to register or to ask any questions.

$25 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Participate in a painting workshop with artist Amara Issel in which we will be exploring with acrylic paints and mixed media. Cost: $25 Participants are welcome to bring either a canvas or a piece of sturdy cardboard, acrylic paints and paint brushes, and any materials that might be fun to use such as string, glue, tissue paper etc.
If you do not have a canvas or materials, just let us know and we will have some for your use. All are welcome to attend, including beginners.
Space is limited so please contact us beforehand if you plan to attend. Covid precautions will be taken. Masks required.

Amara Issel is currently showing an exhibit of paintings at Collar City Mushrooms through the month of May. You can view the exhibit any time during Collar City Mushrooms’ normal business hours.
Many of the paintings are for sale.

About Amara Issel:
Statement: Art is necessary to inspire others. It is a way you communicate a feeling.
I was raised in Lima, Peru in a family that really appreciates Art. One of my uncles used to paint everything about seascapes, and I used to watch how he painted, while he used to record my voice. I have always been surrounded with color pencils, crayons, and Art books since I was a little child.
I consider Art as part of me, a way to express myself with vivid colors, like my vivid dreams.
I am connected with our Mother Nature and all that she has to offer for my inspiration. Being in contact with Nature, whether hiking or kayaking, is a way for feeling the existence of why I am here, and it brings me peace, happiness and restores my sense of seeing things.
I taught myself to paint portraits at first. I currently reside in upstate New York; when I visited Lake George and the Adirondacks, I wanted to paint landscapes because the images last in my mind for weeks, and maybe this was the starting point to my own self-discovery experience with painting landscapes

Collar City Mushrooms first Art, Music and Tasty Mushroom Treat Extravaganza!

May 1st from 5pm to 7pm

Collar City Mushrooms, in conjunction with Bliss Arts, will be hosting our first in person art and music event. There will be Paintings by Amara Issel, Live Music by Mr. Days Band, and Culinary Treats by Lansinburgh’s own Dave Chaiken and Corrine Carey made with Collar City Mushrooms grown Fungi.

Guests will be required to wear masks, eat in designated areas, and move through the farm in small groups in order to adhere to Covid Precautions.

About Amara Issel:
Statement: Art is necessary to inspire others. It is a way you communicate a feeling.
I was raised in Lima, Peru in a family that really appreciates Art. One of my uncles used to paint everything about seascapes, and I used to watch how he painted, while he used to record my voice. I have always been surrounded with color pencils, crayons, and Art books since I was a little child.
I consider Art as part of me, a way to express myself with vivid colors, like my vivid dreams.
I am connected with our Mother Nature and all that she has to offer for my inspiration. Being in contact with Nature, whether hiking or kayaking, is a way for feeling the existence of why I am here, and it brings me peace, happiness and restores my sense of seeing things.
I taught myself to paint portraits at first. I currently reside in upstate New York; when I visited Lake George and the Adirondacks, I wanted to paint landscapes because the images last in my mind for weeks, and maybe this was the starting point to my own self-discovery experience with painting landscapes.

About Mr. Days Band:
3-Piece band from upstate NY with Jam, Rock, Country, Folk, & Funky vibes. Infinitus demo out now https://mrdays.bandcamp.com/album/infinitus

About Dave and Corinne:
Dave Chaiken and Corinne Carey are Lansingburgh residents who love the availability of fantastic local produce, dairy and meats from the Troy area. Dave is currently with the Capital District’s most prominent hospitality company as a corporate executive chef; he loves playing guitar, crafting with wood, and restoring their 140-year old Victorian home. Corinne is a public policy lawyer by trade and a radio producer for the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, which can be heard on our local community-supported radio station WOOC 105.3 FM. She’s also an avid flavor creator whose love of regional cuisines stems from her time living and traveling in Central America, India, and Morocco. They’ve been married for 11 years with their anniversary on our opening night’s event!

About Bliss Arts:
Bliss Arts encourages inspiration and wellness through the practice of Yoga and Reiki, and through Arts events, exhibits, workshops & performances. Founded by the creative practice of Maria Cristine Diotte. – facebook.com/blissartsny

There is no fee to attend, but donations will be appreciated!

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