Each October, the Plant&Sing Festival is held at historic Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, NY. People gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals.
When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy our world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn of Sylvester Manor. Savor locally produced libations & food, and kick back to amazing music as the sun sets over Gardiner’s Creek.
It’s the community harvest festival, made new. We are preserving old traditions and exploring how to create a new culture of food that is joyful, alive with people – rooted in sharing & sense of place- set to a Traditional American Music soundtrack.
Saturday evening will feature a community crab boil & potluck followed by garlic and bean shucking accompanied by plenty of joyful noisemaking.
Sunday morning includes planting garlic and worksonging.
The music starts Sunday afternoon featuring great Americana music and culminates in a contra dance.
Performers & schedules will be announced in July/August, and tickets will be available shortly thereafter.