Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
May 20, 2023, 1-5 pm
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Tickets $10 in Advance! or $15 at the Door

“Rock On ~ Dream On and Save the Monarch!”
All proceeds benefit the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project

Jonny Rosch and Friends

Jonny Rosch
Jonny Rosch, famed vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter for more than 40 years, was the lead singer for the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band and has worked with performers like B.B. King, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, Joan Jett, Carly Simon, Cindy Lauper, Bo Diddley, and many more. A consummate musician, he will be back here in the Hudson Valley as the musical director and band leader for the 1st Annual Hudson Valley Pollinator Festival at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery on May 20th.

Mick Gaffney – Guitar
Mick Gaffney, renowned guitarist, performed with Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Sam and Dave, Lesley Gore, Tommy James, The Mamas and the Papas, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Chubby Checker, Maxine Brown, Gary U.S Bonds, Chuck Mangione, Billy Preston, The Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay and the Americans, Trini Lopez, Rita Moreno, Eartha Kit, Jim Nabors, Bobby Vinton, John Davidson, Frankie Laine, Nipsey Russell, Les Paul, George Benson, Rick Derringer, and Kevin Eubanks from the Jay Leno Show. At present, he is the lead guitarist for Darlene Love.

Andy Burton – Piano / Organ
Andy, a multi-instrumentalist – performed on piano, organ, synths, accordion and more — with the following artists — John Mayer, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul), Louden Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, Beck, Willie Nile, Ian Hunter, Ricky Byrd, Joe Lynn Turner, Misfits, HBO’s Vinyl, Revolutionary Road – upcoming Chris Columbus film, and the list goes on…

Zoe Zeeman – Bass
Fresh out of Wesleyan College at the age of 23, Zoe Zeeman was chosen to be the bass player in The Marotta Brothers Band — two of the most renowned drummers in rock session work history who played with Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, and Paul McCartney to name a few. Zoe recently toured internationally with the band TV Girl, which played to huge crowds at Coachella and received rave reviews. She also performs in the Jon Zeeman Band, Reelin’ In The Years Band.

James ‘Worm’ Wormworth – Drums
James Wormworth was the drummer on the Conan O’Brien show which also included The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Basic Cable Band with Jimmy Vivino, Conan – TV Series, and Max Weinberg 7. Because of the thousands of stars he played with on that show, his credits’ list reads like a who’s who of music luminaries. He also provides drums or percussion on movies and TV shows such as Messenger, TV Funhouse, The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon, etc. Music runs in the family — James’ father James Wormworth Sr. (drummer), and his sisters –Tracy (bass guitarist) and Mary Wormworth (vocalist) are all famed musicians. James “Worm” Wormworth is also known for playing the drums barefoot.

The Kennedys
The Kennedys, husband-and-wife Pete & Maura Kennedy, began as touring members of Nanci Griffith’s band. They released their debut album, River of Fallen Stars, in 1995. Since that time, they have had 15 critically acclaimed albums. They are long-time friends of, and performers at, the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

Hugh Pool
Traditional Delta Blues and Classic Rock guitarist Hugh Pool has shared the stage with artists Patti Smith, Gov’t Mule, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter, and worked with Debbie Harry, Michael Brecker, Radio 4 and many others and is a partner in Excello Recording Studios in NYC.

Keith Christopher
Co-founder of the Georgia Satellites. Played with The Yayhoos and is currently the bass player for Lynard Skynard.

Baron Raymonde
Saxophonist Baron Raymonde has performed with Rod Stewart, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Bruce Springsteen, Gloria Gaynor, Levon Helm, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, Ronnie Spector, Leslie Gore, Little Anthony, Matt Guitar Murphy, GE Smith, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Artie Shaw Orchestra and many more.

David BailisGuitar

In addition to touring as a Lead Guitarist for numerous artists, David is a member of the renowned electro-funk band The Pimps of JoyTime. He is the musical director and guitarist for Hip Hop Superstar Bajah and the Dried Eyed Crew. He also leads the Dynamic Jazz Trio DB3. David lives in Greenwich Village and is helping establish a pollinator garden at PS3 in The West Village with the help of the Hudson Valley Pollinator Project.

Keith Crupi – Drums

Keith has performed with Ben E King, Hugh Jackman, Florence and the Machine, Michelle Williams, Taylor Dayne, Tony Braxton, Neil Sedaka, Micky Dolenz, Tiny Tim, Laurie Beechman, NY Philharmonic, Botanica, and many Broadway musicals including Wicked, Miss Saigon, Lion King, Hair, Aida, Full Monty, Kiss Me Kate, Billy Elliot, and many others. Keith has had national TV appearances with David Letterman and Good Morning America, among others, and has played to an audience of over 80,000 playing for Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium!

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U.N. warns of looming global water crisis. Here are some solutions.

“A newly released U.N. World Water Development Report warns that humanity is walking a dangerous path toward losing its most precious resource….  despite the stark warning, the report actually focuses on solutions. A global water crisis is only imminent if not addressed in time, and the good news is we already have a lot of the projects and initiatives we need to tackle the problem”.

Read more here….

How to grow mushrooms in your own backyard 3.18.23

Mushrooms are a remarkable source of food and medicine that have been cultivated and wildcrafted by humans for thousands of years. This workshop will introduce participants to the world of mushrooms: their role in making healthy soils and forests and their potential in growing them in a home environment or on a commercial scale.

The morning session will focus on mushrooms and their medicinal applications, methods of mushroom cultivation (shiitakes on tree logs, lion mane/oyster on totems, and Stropharia in woodchips), bed and log prep, maintenance and harvesting, yard management, and economics of growing mushrooms as a small farm enterprise.

In the afternoon session participants will inoculate shiitake mushroom spores into logs and then take them home to see them grow and reap a harvest.

Sign-up for both sessions! See the attached flyer for registration information or go directly to

How to grow mushrooms in your own backyard 3.18.23

a New Waste Transfer Station in Wawayanda?

On June 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a public meeting on a proposed plan for an industral park in the Town of Wawayanda which will include an industrial park with many, many warehouses and a Waste Transfer facility. The public comment period is May 19, 2022 to June 20, 2022.
SEQRA Lead Agency: Town of Wawayanda Planning Board 

DEIS Completion Date: April 27, 2022 

Commencement of Public Comment Period: May 19, 2022 – Closure of Public Comment Period: June 20, 2022 Public Hearing: June 8, 2022, at 7:30 pm  

Name of Action: Dolsontown Corridor DGEIS Project Location: Dolsontown Road, Town of Wawayanda, Orange County, New York The currently contemplated projects, the cumulative common impacts of which are the subject of the DGEIS, consist of RDM #3 (a/k/a “Dewpoint South”), RDM #4 (a/k/a “Dewpoint North”), RDM #5 (a/k/a “Dolsontown East”), RDM # 6 (a/k/a “Simon Business Park”), and the Marangi Solid Waste Facility.  

The DGEIS is also available online at the Town of Wawayanda website at

NYS Takes Steps to protect Pollinators

Today, the New York State Assembly, led by Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright, passed The Birds and Bees Protection Act which would place a ban on neonic-treated corn and soybean seeds, which represent 73% of the neonics used in NYS agriculture bill. This bill bans the use of seeds coated with toxic insecticides called neonicotinoids or “neonics” and prohibits neonic use for ornamental and turf applications. In order for this bill to become law, it now needs to pass in the Senate before it can go to the Governor’s desk for her signature. We need your continued support to get this billl to the Governor’s desk. Please keep sending emails, calling your legislators, and organizing in your communities to promote the bill.

Read the bill passed in Assembly and now pending in our State Senate.