The Wooden-Apple Farmstead with support from the CNY Arts Center is hosting the 4th annual Music and Art Festival over Labor Day weekend in Palermo, NY. This event, located at 1489 County Route 4 in Palermo includes a pancake breakfast, songwriter competition, vendors, and great music.
The event begins Friday evening, Sept. 2 at 6pm with a songwriter contest. Open to the public, local new and emerging songwriters compete for cash prize and the honor of performing on the festival main stage the next day. Past winners include The Early Bird Trio and Kay Miracle. Musicians interested in being a part of the contest should contact Gina Holsopple at 315-591-0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday morning begins with a pancake breakfast at 9am and music begins at 10am. Musical acts include Colleen Kattau, Mark Wahl, Gina Holsopple, Cam Caruso and the local webcast On the Porch, hosted by storyteller Matthew Wood.
Colleen is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation! Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger, Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012, and Tom Paxton. She’s been also a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Mark Wahl is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and luthier. He has been around the local acoustic music scene for decades and is known by many as the director of the Ontario Center for Performing Arts (“the Music Hall”). A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, Mark retired from his business in design and general contracting to direct his full energies to his music, the Music Hall, and his luthierie shop where he produces and repairs fine acoustic instruments. Mark’s original songs are often poignant vignettes with powerful use of metaphor and simple, compelling melodies. Mark will turn your head and draw you in with his diverse but personal perspective, strong delivery, colorful lyrics, and unique instrumentation.
Cam Caruso is a singer-songwriter from Oswego, NY. Cam started singing, playing guitar, and writing songs when he was 14 years old. At 18 he recorded his first EP, “Wherever You Are.” He spent the past two years studying music in Springfield, MO. His second EP, “My Mental Paradise,” was recorded earlier this year at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO. Cam is currently studying music at SUNY Oswego and performs at venues throughout Central New York. More information about Cam’s music can be found at www.camcarusomusic.com.
Gina Holsopple is a nationally award-winning songwriter, originally from Kansas and now residing in Palermo, NY. Gina's latest album, “2015”, was nominated by the Syracuse Area Music Awards for best folk album. She is also a three-time winner of the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS in 2009, 2010 and 2013, winner of the 2012 Wayne County Original Music Competition in Wayne County, NY, winner of the Performing Songwriter Contest at the 2010 Avalonfest in Paw Paw, WV, and the Schroeppel Songwriter Series contest in Schroeppel, NY in 2007. As an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer “her meandering melodies and winsome voice are sure to make your foot tap, head bob, and lips open wide with a smile.” More information can be found at www.ginaholsopple.com.
For more information, please find the Wooden-Apple Farmstead on Facebook or through the contact information listed below. Anyone wishing to be a vendor or sponsor for this event should contact the Wooden-Apple Farmstead at 315-591-0711 or wildernessX@gmail.com. Local business sponsors include Old City Hall, Fulton Savings Bank, Fulton TV & Appliance, Green Planet Grocery and the Oswego Bagelry and Sandwich Shop.
The Wooden-Apple Farmstead is a hobby farm in Palermo, NY committed to building community, arts and sustainability in Central New York. The CNY Arts Center, located in Fulton, NY, is committed to bringing high quality arts programming and experiences to all ages.